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3 years ago

Droid does trigonometry with a slew of TI calculator emulators

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If the stock Android calculator isn't quite enough to fit you needs, have no fear.  App developer Doug Melton has ported the AlmostReal TI-83, TI-85, and TI-86 emulators to Android.  I've been monkeying with the TI-86 version for a few days, and have to say the job is very well done.  Support for TI-Basic is included, so hours of geek fun can be had writing those small programs many of us love to tinker with.  It even works as a calculator, too!

You can grab the TI-86 version (my personal choice) after the break, or visit Doug's AppBrain page to see the other choices, as well as a few other apps he's written.  Thanks Doug for the beta copy, and thanks everyone for sending this one in!

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3 years ago

Google Listen app not auto-updating?

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Google Listen

Those of us who use Google Listen to (erm) listen to podcasts have been scratching our heads the past few days, as the app suddenly no longer wants to automatically update with new episodes. You can go through and do it manually for each podcast, but that kind of defeats the purpose. Hopefully we'll see a fix for that soon.

And then there's that other problem with Google Listen -- the World's Greatest Android Podcast still isn't in Listen's listings. No minor oversight, to be sure. :p [Google Listen Group] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: FishNotes by Jimmy Houston

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FishNotes

Even hardcore Android geeks need a break from the shell and their code editor every now and then, and I like to spend some time getting a line wet at one of the many creeks and streams around my area.  I'm not the best fisherman around, and I'm certainly not at the level of expertise you see from fishing professionals (what a job, eh?), but like everyone else who shares my passion for angling, I'd love to catch more, and bigger, fish.  The secret to doing this, according to the experts, is to keep track of the when, where, and how you catch them so you can repeat what's successful, and have a plan for any conditions.

What if you had an application for your Android phone (any version of Android is supported) that could help, and even fill in many of the important details for you?  You would have the records and locations, and know what to look for the next time your out.  Well we have such an app, FishNotes by Jimmy Houston.  It's not cheap -- it checks in at a whopping $12.99, so I think it's pretty important to give this one a close look so you can decide if it's for you.  We cover it all, with a mess of screenshots and the download link, after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Jan. 15 2011

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 weekly apps

It's been a couple weeks since we have let you know the fun applications we have running on our devices, and we apologize for the delay, but the suspense was fun, no? Well, fear not, we are back on our weekly track of bringing your our favorites, so let's take a look at some of the great applications we got running this week!

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3 years ago

Updated Android Market (2.2.11) appears in the Android Central Forums

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Android Market

If you're looking for the latest version of the Android Market, look no further than the Android Central Forums. Member Upstreammiami has blessed us with Version 2.2.11 in .apk and .zip form. He says it's a security fix, and apparently some people have seen it pushed out already. But if you're not in the waiting mood (that'd be us), you can get your download on at the source link. Huzzah! [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

SwiftKey keyboard on sale, VIP group closing

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Swiftkey

TouchType sent out an email Friday (Jan. 14) reminding everyone that their SwiftKey VIP program sign up was ending Jan. 18, and to announce that they're offering SwiftKey keyboard at a sale price on the Android Market.  We already heard that they were closing the program to any new members (last chance to sign up), and they say this is just ahead of "releasing some great new stuff in there," so it sounds worthwhile to get enrolled while you still can.

They've also put SwiftKey keyboard on sale for just $1.99, and this one too isn't going to last forever.  The sale is only going to run for a few weeks, so if you've been on the fence consider this the heads-up that you can save a couple bucks off the regular price of $3.99.  We've dropped a link to the app after the break, and you can also visit SwiftKey keyboard's developer forum right here at Android Central.

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3 years ago

NewEgg Mobile updated to 1.0.2 -- brings some bugfixes

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 NewEgg mobile for Android.

Although it had a rather shaky start, NewEgg's Android app has been given a welcomed update.  Now in version 1.0.2, NewEgg Mobile allows you to browse their entire online inventory (with customer feedback), create wish lists, and even buy items directly from the app.  To make searching for that new CPU easier, NewEgg mobile also supports voice and barcode search functions.

NewEgg Mobile 1.0.2 does bring some enhancements, but I still notice some issues that need to be resolved.  Many times in a row I received a "network error" message (I'm on Wi-Fi), which is pretty frustrating.  Additionally, if you leave the app for any reason at all, it will not save your state.  And don't even think about trying to use it in landscape mode -- won't happen.

Being the computer geek that I am, I browse NewEgg all the time.  I've been a NewEgg customer for 10 years, so it's good to finally have a NewEgg app for Android.  I buy a lot of items from NewEgg, and I'm thrilled to have the option of buying something directly from the app.  It's usable as it is now, but I look forward to future refinements. Download link's after the break. [NewEgg Facebook]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Calendr

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While most users may be familiar with Clockr, the minimalistic time display application a lot of you may not have heard of Calendr yet. Calendr offers the same minimalistic approach as Clockr with the difference being that it's used to display your calendar events rather than the time.

Calendr, while pretty basic in function is still a nice widget to have placed on your homescreen if you need to be unobtrusively reminded of upcoming events ahead of time. Events will be displayed up to one week prior and will only display the information you enter in and nothing more. You'll also find Calendr very light on battery usage as it only updates the display once a day or when a new entry is added. Custom options include font size, color adjustments as well as background and alignment options so that you may customize it anyway you wish.

Calendr is now available for free but keep in mind it only works with the default Android calendar. If you are making use of the HTC calendar or the Moto calendar this will not work.

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3 years ago

Telenav updates Android version to 6.2, available on AT&T today

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Telenav 2.2

Telenav, makers of popular cross platform turn-by-turn navigation software, has updated their Android application to version 6.2.  Many improvements come along for the ride, including improved responsiveness, 22 million new points of interest (all searchable inside the app), a new quick search bar, better voice recognition, and new multiple route suggestions.

While we applaud Google for excellent turn-by-turn navigation via Google Maps, ask anyone who uses Telenav and they will likely tell you they love it.  It's a very well written and great performing application, and today's improvements should only make it better.  Especially interesting is the multi-route suggestion -- enter your destination and Telenav will tell you up to three different routes to reach it.  As Todd Witkemper of Telenav reminds us in their video demonstration (after the break!), there will always be certain roads you don't like to travel, so having a choice of route from the beginning is a very nice touch.  And choice?  I'm always for more of it.

Telenav 6.2 is available today as an Android Market update for the Samsung Captivate, the HTC Aria, and the Motorola Backflip, branded as AT&T Navigator 2.2.  Telenav also tells us that Android devices on other carriers will soon be able to upgrade their version as well.  Follow the break for the full press release, a series of pictures of the new UI,  and a video from Telenav showing off the cool new features.

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3 years ago

Google Translate turns a year old, gets new 'Conversation Mode'

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Google Translate for Android

One of the coolest little projects Google's been working on over the past year has been its translation features. And the Google Translate app just turned 1 and got a pretty major update with a bunch of UI improvements -- and one very cool experimental feature.

Conversation Mode is "optimized to allow you to communicate fluidly with a nearby person in another language." Basically you and whomever you're speaking to talk into the phone, and it translates both sides of the conversation in near-real time. It's only for Spanish and English right now, and is still in its infancy. But this is very, very cool, and is likely to save our butts in a month in Spain. Check out the dearly demo from the IFA conference after the break. [Google]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: *Spark from Hiplogic

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Spark launcher

If you're getting tired of the standard Android look and feel and are looking for a new vertical sliding homescreen, Spark just might be it.  It's a home replacement from HipLogic, and it brings a series of panels that include weather (Android users go crazy for their weather!), news, deals, and social feeds from Facebook and Twitter.  We had a look when it was in the early beta stage, and HipLogic has made a lot of improvement in the speed and useability areas.  Hit the break for a download link and a walkthrough of Spark.

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3 years ago

LogMeIn update brings optimization for tablets

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LogMeIn is easily one of our favorite VNC applications available for Android. With the explosion of Android tablets we're seeing, it only makes sense for app developers to begin integrating unique tablet functionality and support into their applications. LogMeIn announced that it has released an update that brings optimization for Android tablets, and brings a few new features along with it. LogMeIn now supports Wake-on-LAN, remote sound, and my favorite; multi-monitor support. It's good to see the developer really stepping up to the plate to take advantage of the capabilities of Android tablets. The update is available immediately in the Android Market for free to existing users, and for $29.99 to new users. Check out the full presser and download links after the break. [LogMeIn]

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3 years ago

MiniSquadron Special edition is here!

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MiniSquadron Special Edition

MiniSquadron, one of our favorite games of 2010, is back in 2011 with a 99-cent special edition. New planes (and helicopters), new levels, and hours and hours of my workday spent "testing" the updated app. The game's on sale through Jan. 17. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Goggles gets faster, does Sudoku

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Google Goggles is pretty damn cool, being able to nearly instantly recognize just about anything you can take a picture of. And in Version 1.3, it's gotten faster -- and smarter.

First off, scanning barcodes is much faster. Takes about a second now. Then there's the print ad feature -- scan the ad and it'll find search results about the product. And what's really cool is that you can scan a Sudoku puzzle and have the puzzle solved for your lazy butt get a little help. It's pretty damn cool. Video of it in action and download links are after the break. [Google]

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser Mini officially launches in Market

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Just a few weeks separated from its beta launch in the Android Market, the new Dolphin Mini browser has grown out of beta status and officially entered the Android Market, V1.0. Along with the release comes several new features and bug fixes, including a new data backup and restore feature.

New Features

  • New backup and restore feature
  • Refined UI and toolbox design
  • New bookmarks label
  • New flash plugin and updated flash settings
  • New address bar "quick options" by long pressing address bar

Dolphin Browser mini has quickly become one of our favorite browsers of choice, so be sure to check out this official release in the Market and let us know what you think in the comments section. [via Dolphin Browser Blog]

 

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