Ken East(181 posts)

Ken is an expert on management and is currently engrossed with his newly started adventure in logistics management. But, that's only his second love. His first love, of course, and without being mushy when this is said, is Android.




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My Tracks: Using phone and GPS to track your physical activity stats

by: Ken EastAugust 2, 2012

Android transformed the phone from just a simple piece of hardware for calling into a sophisticated device capable of multifaceted functions. Yet another addition to the thousands of things that a mobile Android device can do is that of being an outdoor companion, using your device as a sports accessory to keep track of your outdoor activity.  The My Tracks app simply does this for you, recording your activity details with an option to share them via your preferred networking sites.

My Tracks is a perfect app for outdoor enthusiasts who want to share their outdoor activities on the spot while at the same time using the GPS sensor of their mobile Android devices to [...]

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Notification History: Record keeper of notification alerts

by: Ken EastAugust 1, 2012

Android’s latest version, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, is gaining momentum as updates have started to roll out onto devices, leaving users craving for the new and exciting eye-candy to check out. Speaking of eye-candy, sloppy notifications tend to sour the supposed-to-be-sweet Android experience. They wake you up late at night, disturb during your study hours or when you don’t expect them, and the worst, cause you to miss out on the important notifications for your apps. Notification History can save you from the hassle, keeping all your notification alerts sorted and easy to access.

Notification History, as its name suggests, simply provides you with a detailed [...]

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Sentry: An Android app for automatic Wi-Fi toggle

by: Ken EastAugust 1, 2012

One of the culprits that rapidly drain an Android phone’s battery is the Wi-Fi, which, once activated, keeps on draining your precious battery power whether it gets a signal or not. The battery power that gets wasted for that function could have simply been used to give you more minutes to listen to your favorite music or make an important call.

You can deal with this problem by adjusting the screen brightness or simply by turning your Wi-Fi off. However, forgetting to turn it back on could possibly spell disaster; you’ll end up missing important emails or urgent notifications. You no longer need to worry since this classic dilemma now has a new practical [...]

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Android app review: LogMote Android app for passwordless logins via QR code scanning

by: Ken EastAugust 1, 2012

A password is meant for security, preventing unauthorized people from accessing private and important information. Still, it doesn’t guarantee absolute protection, for it also has its own limitations.

For instance, you are not protected from keyloggers that can grab your login data anytime. Furthermore, if you have numerous online service accounts, remembering all those passwords without mixing them up is quite a challenge, except if you have a photographic memory.

This is where LogMote comes in handy, providing a password-free log-in service where you access web services on your desktop through QR code scanning. We have already reviewed Uniclau, another [...]

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Smartive Hotels: Hotel booking app for Android

by: Ken EastJuly 30, 2012

Finding and booking a hotel even if you are in the middle of nowhere is easy, that is, as long as you have your smartphone with you. You can avail yourself of such service via the numerous hotel booking applications which you can find on the Google Play Store, from the most famous and reliable to the freshest ones.

We have already featured several of the best Android apps for finding cheap hotels and now we turn our attention to a fresh app called Smartive Hotels that won’t just let you book your hotel accommodation easily but also packs extra features.

Smartive Hotels joins the long and growing list of hotel booking apps on the Google Play Store. It [...]

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BBC Olympics: Bringing the Olympic games to your Android device

by: Ken EastJuly 29, 2012

BBC is one of the best news channels that keeps us abreast of all the important events around the globe, from local news up to the events of international significance. With the London Olympics now in motion, BBC also prepared something for Android users–the BBC Olympics app for Android–to keep them updated on the important happenings of this long-awaited international event.

The app lets you stream videos of the Olympic games right to your Android live or on demand, along with news updates, commentaries, and interviews from BBC journalists themselves.  It’s

Get exclusive Olympics news fast and easy through the app, so you won’t need to [...]

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How to install the Jelly Bean Google Music app on ICS devices

by: Ken EastJuly 25, 2012

The craze for Google’s Jelly Bean is picking up, like a storm brewing in the distance, ready to unleash its wrath just to get a taste of that currently awaited Android OS. There’s no doubt that users are willing to do anything to get it, but Jelly Bean is just not coming yet, except for some devices that have already received their update.

But, one of the goodies that Jelly Bean brings is coming your way. It’s a leaked Google Music app version 4.3.605 which could probably let you taste Jelly Bean — or at least a small sweet bean.

Google Music allows you to listen to your music collection anywhere and any time since it’s stored [...]

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Samo Coloring for Kids: Ad-free coloring book for kids and children

by: Ken EastJuly 24, 2012

The Google Play Store doesn’t only make room for apps for grownups but also has a selection of apps for children who are starting to figure out what they can do with their little hands.

Letting small children get their hands on coloring materials could turn your walls and furniture into a coloring book disaster. Instead, try an alternative way to develop your child’s artistic side with Samo Coloring for Kids. It’s a simple and intuitive coloring application designed to immerse your child in the world of colors without the danger of accidental purchases common in many other apps.

Developed and released by Martin Adamek, Samo Coloring for Kids [...]

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Autodesk ForceEffect: Simulating engineering design concepts on the go

by: Ken EastJuly 23, 2012

There’s no doubt that Android smartphones are equipped with an arsenal of features which assures their usefulness in different kinds of situations. Various mobile applications reinforce the handiness of smartphones, catering to different purposes ranging from simple operations to complex tasks and computations. Autodesk ForceEffect is one of the latter, designed for engineering students as a useful aid in performing tedious design analyses and measurements.

Autodesk ForceEffect is one of the apps of choice for doing quick engineering calculations and simulations right on your mobile device. It provides you with ample engineering functions such as real-time [...]

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Best Android apps for brain training and exercise

by: Ken EastJuly 23, 2012

We are in the age where technology allows us to do so many things that in the past we could never do or never do well unaided. Because of technology, ironically, many people are no longer exercising their mental skills and, instead, are making their gadgets do things like computations and analyses for them. In turn, their mental capabilities become rusty. After all, “Use it, or lose it.”

If you refuse to let your brain turn to mush, we’ve put together a list of apps that can help you exercise, train, and sharpen your brain. They are mostly free to download from the Google Play Store. Read on to learn about the best Android apps for brain training and [...]

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