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 +)


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).


Popular Clean Master For Android Now Available For Windows

October 27, 2014

The cleaning utility that I use on my Android devices (smartphones and tablets) is Clean Master. I have come to rely on it to clean, optimize and protect my devices and have found it to be very reliable and fast.

Clean Master is by a company called cheetahMobile that has Android offerings such as Clean Master, CM Security, CM Browser and Battery Doctor. I endorse each of these apps and have them all installed on my Android devices.

This past week I stumbled onto Clean Master for PC and installed it to give it a try.

Clean Master

The PC version of Clean Master will scan for junk in your web cache, system cache, known software locations, registry, video and multimedia locations, social media locations and online gaming locations. The first scan that I performed Clean Master identified over 3 GB of junk; with subsequent scans identifying less that 500 MB of junk.

Under the settings you will find options to give you reminders to perform a scan based on a time period or when the junk on your PC accumulates to a specific point. You can also set Clean Master up to perform a scan each time you boot your PC.

Just like their Android offering of Clean Master, I am quite impressed; however, there is one thing I am seeing that is missing that I think is important. I think there should be a backup option available, especially when performing registry scans. Other than that, Clean Master for PC is going to be a winner; and, just like the Android version you will see the PC version only get better.

Clean Master for PC is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 …

 


A Really Nice Looking Android Music Player With 5 Band Equalizer

October 22, 2014

I don’t know what it is, but as long as I have been working with software (and now apps), if it looks good, I like it. The Dub Music Player + Equalizer is no exception. Instead of the flat look that developers are working toward, Dub Music Player + Equalizer has a simple, effective and real-like interface that sports an awesome looking vue meter. I am not into playlists and I like the idea with this player I can select a folder of music and it will play the contents of the folder.

Dub Music Player + Equalizer

Enjoy your music in a new way. 

Perfectly balanced Dub Music Player, will meet your need for a clean and high quality sound, with built-in 5 band equalizer, that has a predefined presets, which directly change the sound quality by genre:

√ Hip Hop
√ Rock
√ Dance
√ Pop
√ Latin
√ Metal
√ Classical
√ Flat
√ Normal

You can also save your custom preset. Bass Boost and Virtualizer effects will further amplify and enrich the sound on your Android devices.

Features:

√ Simple and effective interface, faithfully showing visualization of your music played.
√ Browse and play music by songs, artists, albums, playlists, folders and genres
√ 5 bands Equalizer
√ 9 predefined presets, with the ability to save custom presets
√ Bass boost and Virtualizer audio effect
√ Media volume control
√ Home screen widget
√ Lock screen widget
√ Supports headset / Bluetooth controls.


HOT TECH NEWS – Google Gearing Up To Handle All Your Email Accounts With Gmail

October 20, 2014

This is something I know will excite many people. Google is gearing up to handle all of your email accounts with Gmail (for Android). From what I am reading you will be able to setup Gmail (when the new version is released) to pull in mail from other external accounts you may have (such as Outlook and Yahoo).

New Gmail

…the new Gmail will be able to handle email accounts from other providers like Yahoo or Outlook, switching between them with either a simple swipe or by touching the account drop down. Here’s the new onboarding video Gmail will show for returning users upgrading to the new version. Source: Android Police


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