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2 years ago

Android App Review: US Presidents

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Sometimes you just need to know about the U.S. presidents. Maybe you're in a history class. Maybe you like being the walking encyclopedia in your group of friends. Shoot, maybe you're just a patriotic citizen and it's something you've got to do, for you. Whatever the reason, there's an app for you, and it goes by the name of US Presidents.

US Presidents is pretty straightforward. You can view each president in chronological order, quiz yourself, look up presidents in a list (or search for them), or watch a "parade."

Pressing the "Learn" button at the top of the list pulls up the presidents, in order, one at a time. Think of it as a presidential flash card, if you will, with name, presidential number, birth and death place, and a portrait. The card also has political party, the dates he took and left office, their VP, and for fun, one trivia bit.

You can advance further into the list or backtrack using the left or right arrows at the top. Overall, simple and aesthetically pleasing.

The quiz option is pretty cool, as it lets you test your knowledge in a number of ways. You can test yourself on a president's full name, their VP, or their number, to name a few. Once the quiz has started, you're given four names to choose from. A counter up top keeps track of how much time has passed and how many questions you've answered correctly.

The Lookup option is exactly what you'd think it would be. You can either select a president from a long list or start typing a name in order to find exactly who you're looking for.

Last, there's the parade. The parade cracks me up because it's nothing more than a portrait of the president, their name, and the Stars and Stripes Forever by Sousa playing in the background.

Fortunately, for the aspiring history buff, US Presidents is free in the Android Market. If you're so inclined, download links and more pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Tell us what you think about the Android Central Superfooter!

Maybe you've noticed that we've been sprucing up the place over the past few months. And we're certainly not done, folks. More great things are in store. But for today, we'd like to ask for your feedback.

Hit the break to find out how you can help make the Greatest Android Website in the World even better.

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2 years ago

HP TouchPad can now run Android 2.3.5 -- with working touchscreen drivers

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The process of breathing new life into the now somewhat defunct HP TouchPad continues. The folks from Team TouchDroid now have up and kind of running, Android 2.3.5 on the device much to the dismay of webOS users everywhere. While it's still not something you're likely to use on a daily basis, the fact the touchscreen drivers even working is a quite a feat alone -- whether or not you're into the whole running Android on a TouchPad scene or not, you really can't deny the coolness factor here.

Source: Team TouchDroid; Thanks, Seven2k!

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2 years ago

Yet another weird Android commercial surfaces

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We have seen our fair share of odd Android videos, most of them including a dancing Android, but this one is on a whole other level. Words don't really describe what takes place here, these models go from wearing clothes to Android devices, and then the dancing Android pops up. Seriously, just watch it, and see for yourself.

Source: Google +

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2 years ago

Android App Review: ScreenCast & Screen Recorder

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Ed. note: Your phone must be rooted for this app to work.

Recording what's happening on your Android device's screen has always been a bit of an anomaly. There options were few and far between (one, two tops) and the frame rates you'd get from them weren't top-notch. Then, all of a sudden, like a beacon of hope and progress towards a better future, ScreenCast & Screen Recorder appeared.

ScreenCast & Screen Recorder is as simple to use as they come. Hit the big red record button on the main screen and you're good to go.

There also are a couple of settings in ScreenCast & Screen Recorder, like the ability to choose normal or high quality, pick the frames per second you want to record at, or define the default file name for your videos. It's pretty bare, but it doesn't need to be comprehensive. They are just screen recordings, after all.

There's also a built-in gallery where you can open and watch your videos, but be assured, everything still shows up in Android's gallery, too. Rounding it all out is the benchmark options, which stress tests your system to try and see what the maximum fps you can record at is.

ScreenCast & Screen Recorder doesn't do live streaming nor can it take screesnshots, but the developers says those are both features being worked on.

ScreenCast & Screen Recorder has both a free version and a paid version for $2.99. The free version is merely to let you see how the app works (and that it works at all) and only lets you record 30 seconds of video. Spring for the real thing and pay the three bucks. It's totally worth it.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Holiday caught on camera again, shows off AT&T's early LTE capabilities

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Moving on from one holiday to another, this morning we’re getting a peek at the upcoming HTC Holiday, headed for AT&T’s long anticipated 4G LTE network. While the 4.5-inch qHD display, the 1.2 GHz dual core processor, and the 1 GB of RAM are certainly exciting, the data speeds shown off in these shots obtained by the folks over at BGR are what’s really whetting our apetite: 29.71 Mbps download and 6.43 Mbps upload speeds are enough to make even the most hardened of hearts melt.

Keep one thing in mind though: these speeds represent usage on a network that very few people have access to yet. There is no telling how much of a decrease we will see once the network is a bit more active. If you’ll recall, we were seeing the same sort of speeds in the early days of Verizon’s LTE. Don’t let it damper your excitement though: even if the network slows down, we’re still looking at a huge improvement over the current AT&T offerings.

No word on when the Holiday will grace AT&T’s shelves or what it will cost, but something tells us it will be worth the wait. Hit the source link for a few more candid shots.

Source: BGR

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2 years ago

Droid 2 Global gets its Gingerbread update

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Ol' Moto Matt just dropped word this morning that the Droid 2 Global (that's the GSM/CDMA world phone edition of the Droid 2 that was swapped in shortly after the phone's release) can now get its Gingerbread update. Just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates to snag yours.

Source: Motorola Support forums; more Droid 2 forums; Thanks, Tim!

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2 years ago

Sprint files suit, looking to block proposed AT&T and T-Mobile transaction

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The battle of over the AT&T and T-Mobile continues today. Sprint has now filed a lawsuit against AT&T, hot on the heels of the U.S. Justice Department's own suit opposing the merger. AT&T responded to the Department of Justice at the time but Sprint isn't stepping down over this matter anytime soon, as noted in their press release:

"Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.

Long and short of it all here folks, this battle is just getting started and as of now, no one knows exactly how it will play out but Sprint is doing everything they can to prevent it from going through. They firmly believe it will give AT&T too much control over the wireless market which in turn, will be bad for consumers as a whole. Full press release is after the break for you all.

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2 years ago

And the winner of the Verizon-branded HTC Merge is ...

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It's time, folks. Time to announce the winner of a Verizon-branded HTC Merge -- one of the more mythical phones of the past year or so.

We asked you to send in pictures with our beloved Lloyd (that's the little green guy you see everywhere), and boy, did you deliver. We got more than two dozen entries, and it wasn't easy to pick a winner, that's for sure. We hemmed. We hawed. We gnashed our teeth. But in the end, there can be only one. And so the winner of a Verizon-branded HTC Merge is ...

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Wunderlist

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On any given day I have what seems like a never ending list of things I need to get done, and keeping track of it all isn't easy. Wunderlist is a great solution for that ever present to-do list, especially if you use different devices throughout your day. Not only is there an Android app, but Wunderlist is also available for iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, and even online so devices such as the BlackBerry PlayBook can utilize the program.

We first told you about Wunderlist a few months back. It's really easy to use, and has a great UI with customizable backgrounds. Simply enter your task and any notes you like, include a due date, set the reminder, and save. You can sort your tasks by list, today, overdue, starred, and more. Seamless and automatic syncing across all devices you have the app on, regardless of the platform, makes this app really convenient. Today Wunderlist has gotten even better, as the latest update is not only much faster and more stable, but now includes a widget and push notifications!

If you haven't checked out Wunderlist yet, now is a great time to do so. If you are already using Wunderlist with an account, sync one last time before you download the new version. If you have been using Wunderlist for Android without an account, you’ll have to create one. Once you have, sync before you download. And since this incredibly useful and well put-together app is free on all platforms, you have nothing to lose! No need to add this app to your to-do list, the download link is after the break so go get it now.

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