Dan Evans(58 posts)

Android is Dan's last thought before she closes her eyes at night and her first thought upon waking up in the morning. And, between waking up and sleeping, Android is still in her thoughts. That's how hooked she has become to Android ever since she started covering Android news and writing Android app reviews.




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Smart Settings: Intelligent and automatic profile switcher for Android

by: Dan EvansAugust 14, 2012

Don’t you hate having to fiddle with your phone’s profile settings? If you’re lazing around the house, having your ringing volume cranked up all the way to maximum is okay, but it’d be quite embarrassing to disturb a meeting when someone calls you.

Alternatively, if you have your phone set to Silent mode because you are at a party, you might not be able to tell if someone’s messaging you. Your smartphone, unfortunately, isn’t quite smart enough to switch between profiles by itself, but one developer known as Root Uninstaller has decided to change that by developing an automatic profile switcher for Android.

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Keek: Android app for 36-second video status updates

by: Dan EvansJuly 26, 2012

You might be wondering, what in the world is a “keek”? Is it some sort of strange bird call? Think of tweets and their 140-character limit. Now imagine that short, concise message in a video. That’s what a keek is.

Instead of letting people infer what they want to from your 140-character tweet, a keek allows you to give the world a 36-second update. There’s a lot you can say and show in 36 seconds and you can give your viewers a better idea of what you’re updating about.

Show the world you’re at a concert, for example, and give them an idea of the noise around you. You can also share what being in a brain-numbing hours-long [...]

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NewZap: Intelligent news reading app

by: Dan EvansJuly 26, 2012

Keeping up with the news doesn’t mean having to be glued to the TV 24/7 or buying the newspaper daily. A number of news providers bring the news to you, which means you can easily access them through your computer or your mobile device.

Unfortunately, news providers can cover topics ranging from innovation to crimes, technology to religion, and while you’ll no doubt want to keep up with what’s happening in the world around you, you’ll only be interested in a number of things. To save you time in sifting through dozens of articles, a news reading app for Android promises to give you only the news you’re interested in.

Introducing [...]

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Bolls: Android strategy game of cute, algae-eating balls

by: Dan EvansJuly 25, 2012

Bolls is a turn-based Android strategy game that not only involves fighting off your opponent’s own Bolls but also gathering resources for them. That isn’t a typo you’re looking at. Bolls are the eponymous creatures of this online multiplayer strategy game. These creatures are circles with faces, mouths, and occasionally, hands, fangs, wings, or gills.

The aim of the game is to pit these cute creatures against your enemy’s own army of Bolls. Don’t forget that you’ll need to make sure that your troops have sufficient nourishment. They eat Algae which can be collected in the river. Each Boll in your army can consume 1 algae a month so [...]

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Logic Labyrinth: Android game app for strategic thinking and logic

by: Dan EvansJuly 25, 2012

Puzzle games and brain teasers are a great way to spend your breaks between classes or at work. Some people play solitaire on their computers or with real cards, others try to make as many words as they can with word boardgames.

Logic Labyrinth, developed by eetayo, looks deceptively easy. The goal of the game is to get one of the two balls you’re provided into the hole in the labyrinth.

The balls you’re given each stage are random but I highly enjoyed the balls’ 3D look against the level’s wooden background. On the HTC Sensation that I played this on, the balls in the first world have a beautiful marble texture.

To navigate the [...]

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AutoReader 3D: Reading in 3D stereo and reducing eye strain

by: Dan EvansJuly 25, 2012

Being able to carry copies of digital books may have made things easier for many of us, but if you read something for hours on end, it won’t take long before you’ve developed a headache and eyestrain. We have different ways of coping. Some of us turn down the brightness level of our mobile devices, while others change the background and the text color. Smarter, more savvy Android users, will have a different approach to preventing eyestrain.

Developed by webstunning apps, AutoReader 3D looks like a regular reader at first. When you launch it, you’ll see a very clean interface with no frills. The app comes with an explanatory guide which you [...]

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Best Android apps for ZIP and RAR files

by: Dan EvansJuly 23, 2012

Thanks to compression, sending a number of files in one go is easy. If you need to send a batch of files, like pictures, documents or song files, to someone, you can kiss the tedious process of waiting goodbye. No more waiting for each item to finish attaching to your e-mail and hoping that each one of them can be successfully downloaded by your recipient. Simply compress your files into a ZIP or a RAR file and you’re good to go.

Sending ZIP and RAR files is one thing, but what about when we receive them on our Android phone or tablet? Do we have to wait until we get home to our desktops? Of course not. Thanks to newer and more powerful apps, our phones can [...]

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Best Android apps for buying or selling on Craigslist and eBay

by: Dan EvansJuly 18, 2012

Unless you’re strict on spring cleaning, chances are you’ve got a lot of stuff lying around that you really don’t need. If you’ve finally gathered the strength to part with them, there are a number of options available to you to get rid of them. You can give them to friends and family who need the items more than you do, for example. You can also donate items to the less fortunate. Of course, there’s the option of simply shucking your useless stuff into the trashcan. While all those are fast and effective ways of uncluttering your space, they don’t give you back the money you spent on those things.

“One’s trash is [...]

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Best ninja games for Android

by: Dan EvansJuly 18, 2012

People have always held a fascination for dangers lurking in the shadows. Whether they are ghosts or curses or assassins, people are drawn to them like moths to a flame. Perhaps it’s the promise of a swift and efficient kill or the life of silence and danger. Regardless, the ninja has been an object of fascination for centuries.

These covert agents and master assassins have been the focus of many forms of media, from books, to anime, and to games. At some point in our lives, probably all of us have dreamed of becoming ninjas. Though becoming one may be a huge challenge for the everyday John or Jane, games let us assume the roles of these hidden [...]

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Textbook Buy Back Comparison: Android app to sell old books

by: Dan EvansJuly 16, 2012

The life of a student just isn’t complete without lugging around heavy textbooks. While some schools already provide lockers for their students, lockers were in limited supply in my university. Where other students either read their lessons ahead and only took notes to school or just completely left their textbooks at home and relied on listening to class discussions, I proudly loaded all my textbooks in my backpack and charged into school.

Carrying those books certainly made my university life something to remember, but now that I’ve graduated into adulthood, those books are now occupying a lot of space in my room. I’m sure I’m not the only one [...]

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