Receive The Most Interesting News Headlines Three Times A Day Via Push Notifications With SmartNews

December 12, 2014

I depend on my Android devices (tablet and smartphone) to provide me with the latest news headlines from around the world. I have tried numerous news apps and the one that I have settled down to and really look forward to reading is SmartNews.

SmartNews - screenshot

SmartNews uses a proprietary algorithm to analyze over 10 million articles a day to give you the top trending stories from a variety of news sources. The interface is optimized for readability with zero loading time (read offline). If you are a newshound, I really think you will like this app.

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I Wish Someone Would Buy Me This Android Tablet

December 2, 2014

I love the Android devices and as Christmas nears I keep salivating over the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-Inch Tablet. I have had the opportunity to handle one of these at the local box store and that is all it took. What is mesmerizing about this tablet is the display (Super AMOLED 2560×1600 WQXGA Resolution) that sets it apart from anything else out there. I like the idea of the microSD slot (upgradeable to 128GB), the 3 GB of ram, and that the engine under this lightweight thin tablet is a 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa Processor (1.9 GHz Quad Core + 1.3 GHz Quad Core). The Amazon customer reviews are confirming what I am thinking on this.

I was thinking if I posted this on the blog, someone out there (like my wife), would send a poor blogger like me this Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Inch Tablet… Oh, I almost forgot, shipping on these at Amazon are FREE…

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-Inch Tablet 

Samsung Galaxy S Tablet 8.4 Inch

At a Glance:

  • Super AMOLED 8.4-inch display for bright and vivid graphics
  • Use two apps at the same time with Multi Window
  • Rear and front cameras for photos and video chat
  • Lightweight, ultra-thin design for portability
  • Add up to 128 GB memory with microSD slot
  • Fingerprint scanner for security
  • Share tablet with Multi-User and Kids Modes
  • Up to ten hours of battery life, and even more with Ultra Power Saving mode

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Beautiful Pedometer App With The NEW Android Material Design

November 10, 2014

If you have a Nexus 5, Moto X, or LG G2 (or other recent high-end device) that features a hardware step sensor AND you want a pedometer with the NEW Android UI (called Material Design) then take a look at Pedometer (by Ivin Liu)

What I like about this particular pedometer is that it is not tied into the GPS feature of the phone, which means better battery life, and it is specifically (and simply) designed to do what a pedometer does and that is track your steps (and distance).

Pedometer

Features:

- Set your goal! It is recommended that you take 10000 steps a day. This app allows you to set a goal that’s right for you, and displays your current progress.

- Track your progress with a detailed list of history entries. Unlike other apps, Pedometer’s history feature will keep track of all the info from every day you walk.

- Split counter for activities! Create and save activities so you can separate how many steps you took in that one jog from the rest of the day. Useful for tracking progress over a particular activity rather than throughout the whole day. Free version is limited to the creation of 5 activities, purchase pro to unlock unlimited activities.

- Colorful themes: choose one of 6 colorful themes that use the new material design. Dark themes coming soon.

- Low powered: Unlike other pedometer apps, this one will not affect your battery life at all.

- Achievements and leaderboards: sign in with your Google+ account to unlock both single and multi day achievements and compete with your friends in leaderboards!

- More than just steps: Pedometer also shows you how far you walked and how many calories you have burned today.

Requirements: 

- Devices with a hardware step sensor, such as Nexus 5, Moto X, or LG G2. Most recent high-end devices will also have this sensor. The hardware step counter makes it possible to keep the pedometer active without any additional battery drain.

- Android 4.4 KitKat or newer: The latest version of Android provides APIs to utilize that hardware step counter


Discover All Devices Connected To Your Wi-Fi Network With The Android App Called Fing

November 7, 2014

If you are looking for a simple way to see all the devices on your wi-fi (local area network) and to determine who, what, when, where, how and why they connected; then, you need to take a look at Fing.

Fing is an Android App network utility designed to specifically perform a wi-fi network analysis by scanning the network that you are connected to discover what devices are (or were) connected to the network. Fing is especially useful when you need to evaluate security levels, detect intruders and resolve network issues.

Fing - Network Tools

Fing is a fully functional (feature rich) network utility:

+ Discovers all devices connected to a Wi-Fi network. Unlimited devices and unlimited networks, for free!

+ Displays MAC Address and device manufacturer.

+ Enter your own names, icons, notes and location

+ Full search by IP, MAC, Name, Vendor and Notes

+ History of all discovered networks.

+ Share via Twitter, Facebook, Message and E-mail

+ Service Scan: Find hundreds of open ports in a few seconds.

+ Wake On LAN: Switch on your devices from your mobile or tablet!

+ Ping and traceroute: Understand your network performances.

+ Automatic DNS lookup and reverse lookup

+ Checks the availability of Internet connection

+ Works also with hosts outside your local network

+ Tracks when a device has gone online or offline

+ Launch Apps for specific ports, such as Browser, SSH, FTP

+ Displays NetBIOS names and properties

+ Displays Bonjour info and properties

+ Supports identification by IP address for bridged networks

+ Sort by IP, MAC, Name, Vendor, State, Last Change.

+ Free of charge, no banner Ads

+ Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with retina and standard displays.

+ Integrates with Fingbox to sync and backup your customizations, merge networks with multiple access points, monitor remote networks via Fingbox Sentinels, get notifications of changes, and much more.

+ Fing is available on several other platforms, including Windows, OS X and Linux. Check them out!


Android Version of CPU-Z (popular system information tool)

November 5, 2014

I am sure many of the techie types out there have heard of CPU-Z, a system information tool that gathers information on the main devices and components of your computer (such as CPU, Motherboard, Memory, etc…). These types of tools are not only useful for identifying components, but are useful as troubleshooting tools as well.

Today, I noticed on Google Play (the Android Store) that there is an Android version of CPU-Z that is just as good as the PC version in identifying cpu, clock speeds, sensors, battery levels, screen resolution, and much more (for your smartphone or tablet)…

CPU-Z

Android version of the popular CPU identification tool for PC/Windows., CPU-Z is a free application that reports information about your device.

- SoC (System On Chip) name, architecture, clock speed for each core ;

- System information : device brand & model, screen resolution, RAM, storage.;

- Battery information : level, status, temperature ;

- Sensors.

Requirements :

- Android 2.2 and above (version 1.03 and +)


Some Neat Things You Can Do With Mighty Text

November 1, 2014

I recently featured Mighty Text here on the blog (link) that gives you the ability to text to-and-from your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, etc…

Since that article I have had a chance to explore Mighty Text a little further and discovered that you can “Send Web Pages, Files, Text Snippets, Maps from your computer to phone!” using the Google Chrome extension that I mentioned in the article.

Mighty Text

In Addition to Sending/Receiving Text, you can also perform the following with Might Text:

Send a web page from your computer to your phone

Just click the M icon, or right-click anywhere on the page and select Open this page on Phone.  Within a couple of seconds, the web page should load on your phone.

Send a file to your phone instantly (Web App)

No more emailing files to yourself! In the MightyText web app, select the Phone tab, and click the SEND FILE  button.

Send a Google Map to your phone instantly

Ever looking at a map that you need to send to your phone because you’re about to leave? When you are on a Google Maps page on your computer, click the M icon, and select “Open Map on Phone” and that map will load on your phone immediately.

Select some text from any web page, and send it to your phone

Grab any piece of text, right-click, and it goes directly to your phone

 

 


Send And Receive SMS Text Messages From Google Chrome On Your Computer

October 29, 2014

Wish you could answer your phone text from your computer?  Well, you can with the Google Chrome browser extension, called MightyText. You must first install the MightyText Android App, on your phone, from the Google Play store which will enable the permission to sync your text messages from your phone to the browser extension. After you have completed that installation on your phone, install the MightyText Chrome browser extension from the Chrome Web Store.

Mighty Text - Google Chrome Browser Extension

I’ve been using MightyText for over a week now and I must say I am liking what I am seeing and experiencing. I like the idea that when I am on my computer and I receive a text on my phone I will also get the text on my computer where I can reply to the sender. Since you are using your computer’s keyboard, typing out your text messages is much faster. You can also have your contacts synced with your phone so that you can pull up a contact and start sending text messages (and even generate phone calls) directly from your browser window.

Other features include syncing photos/videos from your phone, creating draft text messages, a built in scheduler and a visual status of your phone’s battery (and an alert when the battery is low).


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