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3 years ago

The best calendar apps for Android


We've amassed some of the most popular, polished Android calendar apps that Google Play has to offer.

For a lot of us, Android’s native calendar does the job - we can plonk in appointments, invite attendees, build different calendars, and have instant access to our schedule with home screen widgets. There are some mighty ambitious third-party apps that try to improve upon the built-in experience, though. In no particular order, here are a few that are worth taking a look at. 

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3 years ago

Instapaper updated with pagination, tilt scrolling, and more


Instapaper for Android has been updated to version 1.2, bringing bug fixes, performance enhancements, and a couple new features. We're not sure which bugs and performance issues were addressed, but we do know which features were added.

Pagination allows you to scroll an entire page versus line by line. If you're used to this type of scrolling, it's quite nice in any app that's built for reading. It's now available in the settings menu for those who want to give it a shot. In addition, you can enable tilt scrolling, which is just what it sounds like -- tilt your device to scroll the page. If you're the type who likes gestures and such, this one is for you.

On the visual side, Instapaper now supports in-line footnotes, and a new sepia mode that should prove easy on your tired eyes, 

Probably the biggest new feature is actually called The Feature -- a section of curated, editor recommended articles. While not for everyone, often times it's nice to have a place where quality content is the norm. 

Grab the update from Google Play, or install Instapaper ($2.99; Android 2.3.3 or higher) from the link above.

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3 years ago

Dial directly from your home or lockscreen with Simple Dialer Widget


Here's a great time-saving tip and way to show off the power of Android all in one -- use a widget to dial contacts directly from your homescreen. Widgets are one of the most powerful and customizable parts of Android, but most people relegate them to simply displaying weather or offering music playback toggles. With Simple Dialer Widget, you can put that homescreen space to good use by having a fully functioning phone dialer front and center on the phone.

The dialer works just as the proper dialer does, with a full call log and favorites list (although some of us are having issues with favorites) accessible with tabs on the widget. There's a crazy amount of customization available when you make the widget -- from colors to date format and text sizes -- as well as the ability to resize it to your liking. It also works on the lockscreen of devices running Android 4.2, which is a nice plus.

Interested in taking a look? Head to the Google Play Store link at the top of this post to grab a download of Simple Dialer Widget -- it's free and certainly worth a try.

Via: ComputerWorld

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Rugby Pro Jelly Bean OTA rolling out now


AT&T is pushing out a Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy Rugby Pro (remember that one?) that should be hitting devices starting today. Running Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, this durable mid-range device usually wouldn't be considered for an update to Jelly Bean, so we're glad that Samsung and AT&T haven't forgotten about it. In addition to the regular host of Jelly Bean improvements -- like Google Now and Project Butter -- there are a couple of specific additions here. The update will bring a new camera UI with live filters and a pause/resume video recording option, a new "blocking mode" that lets you block calls, notifications and LED lights for a certain period of time, and new keyboard options with the inclusion of the Swype keyboard.

The update is rolling out OTA (Over The Air) starting today, but can only be downloaded over Wifi. If you're not near a Wifi connection, you can also sideload the update via Samsung Kies software if you're so inclined.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Of course there's a 'Lance Armstrong Doping' Android app


Because think of all those AdSense dollars that would otherwise be going to waste if someone didn't aggregate this week's already overhyped Lance Armstrong news.

It's in Google Play if that's your thing.

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3 years ago

In Darkness: A poor-man's Resident Evil for just $1


Like horror movies, zombies, puzzle games and first-person shooters? They're all rolled into "In Darkness" on Android. For $1 you're set loose in a dungeon sort of place, with a handgun, a submachine gun and a shotgun. First task: Find your way out of the first room. Only problem is that's when the zombies show up.

The graphics for In Darkness aren't the best in the world. The gameplay is pretty rudimentary, and I'm still not a fan of joystick controls. But for just a buck, In Darkness lets you simultaneously use your brain while relieving zombies of what's left of theirs. And who doesn't love that?

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3 years ago

How's the new Google Chrome Beta running for you?


Right in the middle of CES last week, Google opened up the Chrome beta channel for Android, allowing adventurous phone and tablet owners to get a sneak peek at what's next from the mobile browser. The current beta -- which was actually updated just yesterday -- is based on the latest Google Chrome 25, a full seven versions ahead of the most recent stable release for Android. That means a couple of things -- firstly, many of the performance issues in the earlier Chrome releases have been ironed out -- and secondly, some new bugs have taken their place. That's why it's a beta, after all.

We've found that performance -- and bugginess -- in the new Chrome beta seem to vary from device to device, more so than the stable Chrome builds. In our experience it performs pretty well on the Nexus 4 and Samsung Exynos devices, but we've run into a few hiccups on Tegra 3 devices like the Nexus 7.

So we're interested to hear how you're getting on with the Chrome Beta, if you've taken to using it as your main mobile browser. Head on over to the comments section and let us know about your experiences with the app, and don't forget to tell us which phone or tablet you're using it on. Is it an improvement over the stable channel for you? Or is there still work to be done to bring it up to scratch on yoru device? Hit the comment link above and have your say.

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3 years ago

Clean Widgets receives complete overhaul in version 3.0 update



Clean Widgets, a compilation of useful homescreen and lockscreen customizations, has received a quite notable update today to dramatically improve the look and experience of the app. The move up to a completely new point release -- version 3.0 -- brings a new design style that's cleaner with a new font and redone graphics all around. There's a new customization screen that lets you change the widget styles before placing it on the homescreen, offering very granular control. There are more improvements to be had under the hood as well, with a reduction in file size by almost 75-percent from the previous version.

There's a whole grouping of useful widgets included in the Clean Widgets app including clocks, battery monitors, toggle switches and more. Stick around after the break for a quick walkthrough of the app from the developer himself, and head to the Play Store link above if you're interested in picking up Clean Widgets for your own phone or tablet.

More: Lionfish Apps

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3 years ago launches new subscription plans starting at $14.95 a month

14 is today launching two new, affordable subscription plans for their customers to stream and download audiobooks from the service. The cheapest option starts at $14.95 a month, and for that you get to choose one of over 25,000 titles to listen to on your Android device as well as your computer. For $22.95 a month that gets upped to two audiobooks every month to listen to. Audiobooks says that their customers listen to one or two books per month on average, and so these new subscription plans offer them the most value for money. Both are less than the $25 a month plan previously offered for all-you-can-eat audiobooks, but do offer a little more flexibility.

Before committing any of your money though, offers a free 7-day trial of the service, giving potential new customers the chance to test drive the service before signing up. Grab a copy of the Android app from the Play Store link above, and you can catch the full press release after the break. 

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3 years ago

Puzzle game Sand Slides launches on Android


Sand Slides, an interesting puzzle game with a large iOS user base, is making the move to launch on Android today as well. In typical puzzle game fashion, the concept of Sand Slides is quick to pick up but hard to master. There are three containers at the top of the screen and three hoppers at the bottom, and your objective is to move the sand that collects at the top into the proper color-coded hopper. Sounds simple, but things pick up quickly and you have to start getting inventive with your swipes to keep the sand going in the right direction.

The game keeps you entertained with cool backgrounds and music, adding to the experience. If you're interested in a good puzzle time-waster game, head to the Play Store link above and check out Sand Slides for $0.99.

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3 years ago

Tapatalk HD exits beta, goes on sale for 99 cents today only


Tapatalk HD is exiting Beta today, launching officially on the Play Store for a promotional price of just $0.99 for today only. The tablet-optimized "HD" version of the Tapatalk app has been a long time coming, finally hitting the Play Store with a Beta tag behind it in December. Well it only took a few weeks since then for Tapatalk HD to shed the Beta tag for a full release. This tablet-optimized version of the Tapatalk phone app does a good job taking advantage of the extra screen real estate available, with a split pane view and photo gallery views. There are lots of customizations in look-and-feel to be had as well, so you can really make this app look the way you want.

Tapatalk HD will be $0.99 for today only, and will jump up to $4.99 after that. You can grab a download at the Google Play Store link above if you're interested.

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3 years ago

Carbon backup app hits beta for the week


From the developer behind the needs-no-introduction Rom Manager comes a new backup solution that not only syncs apps between devices -- it brings the app data long for the ride as well. Carbon (yes, it's called Carbon) uses Android's built-in backup feature and has several syncing options (or will at some point), but right now Google Drive's the way to go for cloud syncing. The gist is you can back up apps and app data from one device, and restore it on other. No muss, no fuss, mostly. But do remember that this is beta, so things are missing/wonky.

Carbon needs root access in this beta form (which will only work for a week, Koush says), but the finalized version should work on non-rooted devices, so long as they're running Android 4.0 and up. Hit the link below for more and to download the beta.

Source: +Koush

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Wallbase HD Wallpapers, News 360, Deer Reader Lite and more!


We just had a crazy, awesome and news-filled week at CES in Las Vegas, but that doesn't mean we're stopping our weekly app picks. Another week, another great (albeit slightly abbreviated) set of apps for you to go check out on your own phones and tablets this weekend.

Stick around after the break and see how we did this week.

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3 years ago

Flipboard updated to support Android 4.2 Daydream feature


Flipboard for Android was updated today, and along with a fix for "accidental" flipping and some minor bug fixes, there is a major feature added in -- support for Android 4.2's Daydream feature. Flipboard says this "allows you to create a screen saver made out of Flipboard covers," and that's a pretty good description.

You won't find any new settings inside the Flipboard app itself, but if you open the display settings on your Jelly Bean 4.2 device you'll see Flipboard listed under the different Daydream modes. The screen saver itself is well done, with the zooming and gently panning of images you'll find in the Photo Table Daydream provided by Google. It uses the entries in your Cover stories category, so you'll probably want to adjust those a bit.

It's more media centric than the Currents Daydream, and lacks a lot of textual information, but we're really excited to see a major player take advantage of the tools Google provides to make unique and awesome apps. Grab the update or install the app for the first time from the link above.

Thanks, Carlos!

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3 years ago

Smart Camera 2.0 brings together remote shooting and sharing


A few days before CES 2013 started in earnest, Samsung launched a new app called Smart Camera 2.0. It brings together features from companion apps for their various Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, including remote viewfinder and photo transfer to a mobile device (either automatically or manually).

Only smart cameras made from 2013 onwards will be able to take advantage of the new app, which can be found now in Google Play. Any Samsung smart camera owners out there? How have you found the current handset and tablet companion apps? Are they reliable and useful? If you end up using apps like this a lot, is there any reason to not just get the Samsung Galaxy Camera?

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