Vinny Marino(29 posts)

Vinny, is a huge mobile technology enthusiast. He is constantly reading up on the latest Android news. Vinny also enjoy's what he does here, making stellar app, game and custom rom video reviews, as well as creating some great how to video's. While Vinny isn't all wrapped up in android he enjoys rooting on his favorite football team on Tv.

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How to Flash Custom ROMs on Your Android Phone

by: Vinny MarinoAugust 31, 2011

If you’ve rooted your Android phone, you’re most likely interested in a few custom ROMs. The problem is that many people interested in flashing custom ROMs are not sure how to go about getting started.

In this post, I will run you through the general steps of flashing custom ROMs. You can follow along with the instructional video I’ve included at the end.

Your phone must be rooted so that you can perform the steps in this guide.  If you have a non-rooted your phone, this guide will result in an epic fail.  Android Authority has numerous rooting guides for a lot of the most popular Android phones–so, go ahead and try searching for a rooting guide for [...]

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Wallpapers That Make Your Android Phone’s Screen Glow, Sparkle, and Twist in Multicolor

by: Vinny MarinoAugust 30, 2011

Android fans love to change their devices’ wallpapers from time to time.  A static wallpaper, however, can become boring and bland.  Here are five of the best live wallpapers that I’ve found for your Android phone.  Live wallpapers, in contrast to static wallpapers, display animation and movement as background to your screen.

Although I’ve arranged the apps in ascending order, the choice is purely and subjectively mine.  Your list might be arranged differently.

All five wallpaper apps are free for you to grab from the Android Market.  I’ve also added a video review showing these five wallpapers in action, so check out the video review at the end.

#5 Ice Galaxy [...]
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Best Android Apps for Those Prowling for a Job

by: Vinny MarinoAugust 29, 2011

Are you looking for a job and do you have an Android device? Forget classified ads in your local dailies. If you have an Android phone, you practically have access to thousands of job postings on several well-known job searching sites.

Here are four of the best Android apps that you can use to search for jobs using your Android smartphone. We can’t always be glued to our computer chairs, and with these applications, you’ll be able to go job hunting efficiently even if you’re not in front of your desktop. All of these apps are free and are essentially smartphone-based access points for Web-based versions of the job sites. I’ve also included a video review of these apps. Don’t [...]

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Of Dragons, Dice, and Good Samaritans — Best 3 Android App Games for August

by: Vinny MarinoAugust 24, 2011

August is about to come to a close, but the month didn’t just go by without some really awesome games worth recommending to you. If you’re like most Android users, you probably have a handful of great games installed on your device. In this quick review, I will tell you about three amazing games that made my August more fun. Try them–all three are free from the Android Market.

Dragon, Fly! (Free)

Dragon, Fly! is a very addictive and fun game that challenges you to work your way hard to get through the levels. I often found myself not wanting to put my phone down because I felt like I just had to conquer the level I was on. Your objective is to stay [...]

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Apps to Use When You’re Bored with Your Android Phone’s Lockscreen

by: Vinny MarinoAugust 22, 2011

With all of Android’s famed customizability and flexibility, you would presume that customizing a basic screen item–the lock screen–should be easy to accomplish. The sad truth is that customizing your Android phone’s lock screen is fairly limited. The good news is that you can do it with some help.

The WidgetLocker Lockscreen app is one such helpful app. For a measly 2 dollars, you can take full control of your Android phone’s lockscreen and do pretty much anything you want with it–edit the unlock bar, add enabling widgets, and the like. Take it from someone who loves customizing Android phones: this app is a must-have, and the price is [...]

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Freshly Baked HTC Sense 3.0 ROM Called Kinged SHOOTER E3D Comes Out of XDA Oven

by: Vinny MarinoAugust 22, 2011

The HTC EVO 4G has seen its flashes of HTC Sense 3.0 ROMs in various colors. And, while the ROMs shine bright and colorful while they are still fresh off the oven, their brilliance tend to fade away as more users explore them and discover several of their lackluster performance.

The most frequently griped about are the lag during normal operation of the device and the lock-ups while attempting to unlock the phone (talk about irony here). The VR Kingdom ROM, for instance, came out and was royally bowed down to as the first true HTC Sense 3.0 ROM available for the HTC EVO 4G. It was undoudtedly a great ROM, but it also carried with it issues such as constant lock-screen [...]

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Three Android Apps to Start Your Week Right

by: Vinny MarinoAugust 22, 2011

If you own an Android device, chances are you’re always looking for the latest and greatest applications out there on the vast Android Market. For this week, I have three great recommendations–and all free from the Android Market. One makes your Craiglist ads-browsing life easier. The second keeps you up-to-speed on the latest news and scores in your favorite sport. And, the third provides quick shortcuts to your favorite Android apps installed on your device. As a bonus, I’ve included video reviews for the apps, so make sure you check them out.

Craigslist (Free)

The Craigslist Mobile app for Android makes browsing through much [...]

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How to Root Your HTC EVO 4G (with OTA Gingerbread Update)

by: Vinny MarinoAugust 18, 2011

With the current flood of new and more powerful Android smartphones, the HTC EVO 4G may look like it’s an already old phone. Yet, although the HTC EVO 4G was released last year and was an instant hit, a lot of people today still have this Android smartphone as their primary device. Won’t it be great if users of the HTC EVO 4G could also enjoy the wonders of a rooted device?

This guide is exactly the perfect one for that. This guide walks you through the steps for rooting the HTC EVO with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread over-the-air (OTA) update. If you run into issues while following the steps, check the FAQ section at the end.

RequirementsHTC EVO 4G with the [...]
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Virtual Shutter Release Button on Your Android Phone Too Small? Get a Screen-sized One

by: Vinny MarinoAugust 15, 2011

Some Android smartphones have physical camera buttons. Others don’t–and much to their owners’ frustration. For the latter case, a virtual camera button usually compensates for the lack of a dedicated, physical button. Yet, many a user has been frustrated by the the camera buttons of most camera apps for Android.

For instance, when I attempt to shoot a self-portrait photo, I constantly run into trouble with touching the onscreen camera shutter button precisely with my finger. Since the primary camera of most smartphones are rear-facing, and the virtual camera shutter button is displayed on the touchscreen opposite the rear camera, it’s impossible for me [...]

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