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Barcode Cache: App for managing and sharing scanned barcodes

by: Alvin YbañezMarch 28, 2012

With a plethora of applications at Google Play Store, our Android smartphone never ceases to surprise us with new and exciting apps that can make it a pocket-size convenience.  Barcode scanners, for instance, belongs to a type that shoppers can use frequently to immediately fetch info about an item.  But, with hundred—or even thousands—of codes that need to be scanned, we need an app that organizes things.  This is where Barcode Cache comes to our aid.

Barcodes and QR codes are scanned to identify certain information about a product. With the creation of barcode scanners and the ability of smartphones to scan codes, these codes are now used to rapidly spread a variety [...]

 

Adding more life to your battery with Trend Micro Longevity

by: Ken EastMarch 27, 2012

It’s very frustrating to run out of battery power at a time when you’d need your Android phone or tablet to run a bit longer for more urgent tasks.  If you’re near a power outlet and you have your charger cable with you, then you’re in luck.  But, what about those times when you’re on the go?

There are several tools and apps that can help you optimize the battery consumption of your device, but many of them still aren’t good enough. A lot of users are still looking for the perfect app that would solve their battery problem.  In the quest for the perfect battery optimization app joins Trend Micro’s battery saving tool: [...]

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LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X

by: Carl ParkerMarch 27, 2012

Today’s match includes two phones that were announced at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona a few weeks ago. LG had announced the LG Optimus 4X HD, the successor to the LG Optimus 2X from last year. Meanwhile, HTC also revealed its HTC One X. Naturally, we can’t resist seeing how these potential giants measure up to each other in the ring.

Design and Display

The LG Optimus 4X HD is rocking a 4.7 inch True HD IPS display with 1280×720 pixel resolution. LG is promising the “finest viewing experience with high resolution, clarity and no color or shape distortion.”

Despite the size of its display, the LG Optimus 4X HD is [...]

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APK Batch Installer: Install, backup, restore, rename Android apps in one go to/from your Windows PC

by: Carl ParkerMarch 27, 2012

Android devices certainly have no dearth of backup and restore solutions, but most apps available on the market only support restoring apps one at a time. For those of you who are practically obsessed about flashing ROMs, having to wipe your apps and restore each and every one individually can be tiring. Fear not! An easy-to-use computer application makes it possible to restore your APKs in one convenient batch. Developed by XDA-Developers Senior Member hamsteyr, APK Batch Installer Tool  greatly reduces the stress of having to restore your beloved apps whenever you flash new ROMs.

APK Batch Installer Tool is a Windows-based application that makes backing up and [...]

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KD Collage: Create collages of your photos on Android

by: Paul NuñalMarch 27, 2012

Crafting beautiful collages can never be as easy and exciting once you get the hang of it. If you’re a trigger-happy type of person who keeps important memories by capturing photo snapshots of key events of your daily life, then we’re happy to introduce you to an interesting application known as KD Collage.

KD Collage is the latest addition to the list of photo-editing Android apps made available on the Google Play Store. Handy for decorating and editing pictures on the go, KD Collage lets you create beautiful photo collages with your own personalized background. Users can also add text effects to give information on their work of art.

The [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Beam vs Nokia Pureview

by: Carl ParkerMarch 26, 2012

Fresh from the Mobile World Congress 2012, it seems like both Samsung and Nokia will be putting out interesting phones this year. But, what makes these phones particularly interesting isn’t just the specs they rock on the inside; these two phones each have their unique charm points. The Galaxy Beam is Samsung’s latest attempt at manufacturing a projector-equipped phone. Nokia seems to be getting competitive with their Nokia Pureview and this device’s crowning glory is its phone camera that packs more megapixels than actual cameras.

Design and Display

The Galaxy Beam has dimensions of 124 x 64.2 x 12.5 mm and a weight of 145 grams. It is equipped with [...]

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Top 7 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Android App

by: Paul NuñalMarch 26, 2012

Free Android apps attract us.  Many of us love free apps, in fact.  In many instances, there are free apps that provide good functionality and features, as well as great service from the developers.  Yet, most free apps provide limited functionality.  In most cases, the limitations can be lifted by buying the paid version of an app.

Do you really need to buy that paid app?  How do you decide whether to buy a paid app or not?  Here are some tips that can help you decide well.

How often do you use the application?

Before you spend a decent amount of money on a particular application, always think about how often you are going to spend time with the application.  [...]

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Proxy + Privacy Browser for Anonymous Surfing of Blocked Websites on Android

by: Paul NuñalMarch 26, 2012

The Web is a fun place to learn new information, socialize, interact, and play games to kill the time. However, there are certain Internet areas that are limited to access, or blocked by either a corporate firewall or banned country-wide.

An interesting Android app called Proxy + Privacy Browser, developed by Smartwebs Innovations, lets you access banned websites all in the comfort of your mobile smartphone. Virtually any site can be unblocked, including many social networking sites, web hosting services, blogging platforms, entertainment sites, and news channels, just to name a few.

Apart from giving you an all-access pass to your favorite sites, the [...]

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MIUI Music Player even for non-MIUI phones

by: Paul NuñalMarch 26, 2012

Android users who are familiar with the eye-popping visuals and slick performance of MIUI-based custom ROMs can attest that MIUI is, by far, one of the best custom ROMs out there for any Android device.

For those of you wishing to get a small slice of the MIUI craze, then were happy to tell you that the native MIUI Music Player has been ported as a stand-alone application that perfectly sits within any Android device.

XDA Developer members DaxIΠFIΠITY and Brainmaster, have joined forces to make the latest MIUI Music Player run on any device with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) onboard. Designed specifically for ICS devices, the new MIUI Music [...]

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SMS Popup App: Reading SMS Without Leaving Currently Open Apps

by: Carl ParkerMarch 23, 2012

Don’t you just hate being in the middle of something and getting interrupted? You can be in the zone, playing your favorite game or watching a movie, when suddenly you get the notification that you’ve got a new message.

And, if it’s a message you’ve been waiting for, you’ll need to leave whatever app you’ve currently got open, to read the message and reply to it through your inbox. From there, it’s back to the app you had been on until the next message arrives. Rinse, repeat.

Thankfully, there’s SMS Popup, making the problem of interruption non-existent. SMS Popup allows you to quickly read and reply to SMS [...]

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