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).


Quick Note – The Brain Fart Class Of Note Keeping

October 13, 2014

In the heavyweight class of note keeping apps, we have Evernote and OneNote that are exceptional in that they can perform a higher level of note keeping that are best suited when researching something or we want to store something of importance (for future reference).

In the lightweight class of note keeping we have Google Keep, that is exceptional in that you can keep notes in a manner for which we keep sticky notes (for grocery lists, to do lists, reminders, etc…), that are at a lower level of importance, but we feel necessary in order for us to exist.

Each of these heavy weight and light weight apps can be quickly accessed from all of our computing platforms (such as the Windows and the Android platforms); but, did you know that there is another class of note keeping called the “brain fart” class of notekeeping?

The brain fart a class of notekeeping is where you need to make notes quickly (on the fly), as they come to mind and are only around for the short term. This is the class of note keeping where another note keeping app called Quick Note comes into the picture.  Quick Note is like having a piece of paper and pencil with you at all times; and, in appearance, Quick Note looks just like the canary yellow ruled line notepads that we all have used at one time or another.

Quick Note

Quick Note is installed as a Google Chrome App that you can make a shortcut to so that your Quick Note notepad is easily and quickly accessible at all times. To use Quick Note you need to sign up for a diigo.com account so that you never lose your notes, as they are then synchronized (and stored) to your diigo.com account.

Quick Note is especially designed for lightweight note-taking. You can use it as a simple notepad,  scratchpad, clipboard, or to record todo lists. 

★ Quick to add and edit ~ Add note in the app or from right-click menu

★ Quick to search ~ Instant search for all notes

★ Quick to access ~ One-click to access your notes

★ Sync to cloud and access your notes anywhere


Turn Two Or More Android Devices Into A Single Baby Monitor

October 9, 2014

Turn your Android devices (i.e. smartphones and tablets) into a baby (or pet) monitor with Munchkin Monitor.

Munchkin Monitor

The Munchkin Monitor app needs to be installed on at least two devices. One device acts as the Munchkin (baby) Station and stays with the baby, while the other acts a Parent Station and stays with you. Together they form a single baby monitor. The stations need to be paired before first use.

During monitoring the Munchkin Station uses its microphone to detect noise and transmits this information over the cloud to any paired & listening Parent Stations. The Parent Station then notifies you if it’s too noisy for too long, or if the connection fails. Additionally, a Parent Station can request a photo from the Munchkin Station.


Geek Squeak – Android Authority Reporting Pushbullet Updated With Cross-Device Copy/Paste

August 20, 2014

Pushbullet is an app that gives you the ability to move files, pictures, links, and more between your devices (and computers). If you have multiple computers and devices (such as smartphones and tablets), then Pushbullet is a must have app that works across those platforms. Android Authority has an article posted reporting that Pushbullet Updated With Cross-Device Copy/Paste. This goes to show that this app continues to get better and better and serves a real purpose.

The service continues to evolve with improved notifications and more support for cross-device data sharing. Today’s app update is unique in that it takes the service’s functionality past simple notifications – users can now copy/paste across different computing units… @Android Authority

Pushbullet


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