by Joe Levi | May 9, 2013 10:59 AM
Any respectable company wants to grow its user-base. Companies can't stay stagnant, they have to grow, or they will be eaten up by their competition. Microsoft isn't going to be eaten up any time soon, but their smartphone platform isn't growing -- at least not compared to their competition. It shouldn't come as a surprise for anyone who has been following the news: Windows Phone is still a distant third in the smartphone race. What's a mega-corporation like Microsoft to do in this situation? Try to steal Android users, of course! Android and iOS dominate the market, and Microsoft knows ...
by Joe Levi | March 29, 2013 1:29 PM
Smartphones without apps aren't very "smart". Unfortunately apps and smartphones fall victim to the classic chicken-and-the-egg conundrum: which came first? Without apps, a platform isn't very appealing and won't be picked by many users. Without a lot of users on a given platform app developers won't devote much (if any) time to writing apps for said platform. Microsoft found themselves in exactly this situation when they abandoned Windows Mobile in lieu of Windows Phone -- and went from a bunch of apps to none overnight. Despite Windows Phone (arguably) being one of the easiest platforms ...
by Joe Levi | March 20, 2013 12:45 PM
Android Jelly Bean has some pretty sweet lock-screen widgets built-in, but they're limited to just one widget per panel. If you want to control your music, see how many missed calls you have, what your battery status is, or check the weather forecast you've either got to have a lot of lock-screen widgets spread across a lot of panels -- which sort of defeats the purpose -- or you need a lock screen widget that packages all these into one. Of course, another option is just to replace your lock screen with a new one. C Lock Screen is a replacement for your stock lock screen that puts ...
by Joe Levi | January 11, 2013 1:08 PM
At CES 2013 we learned about about a whole new class of SoC that will power the next generation of smartphones and tablets. These new chips not only come with more speed and capabilities, they also come with promises of reduced power consumption which most interpret to mean "longer battery life". The new processors are still several months away from being in devices that we can actually purchase. In the meantime we have to "get by" with the devices in our hands today -- which, you've got to admit, aren't half bad! That brings us to battery life. Isn't there something we can do to help ...
by Michael Fisher | December 28, 2012 3:19 PM
I recently introduced my mother, a self-professed luddite, to the social photo-sharing app Instagram. It was a magical experience. In less than fifteen minutes, my mother was using faux HDR to bring out the midtones in her photos, slapping some frames on them, and sharing them across her just-created Instagram friends list (populated with many more Facebook-sourced names than either of us expected). None of the recent controversy surrounding Instagram's new terms of service mattered to my mom in this new world of photo-sharing, her first encounter with such a single-purpose social app. Its ...
by Michael Fisher | December 6, 2012 4:13 PM
We were all given a bunch of exciting stuff to drool over following the Windows Phone 8 reveal back in October. In the avalanche of information about a fundamental change to the kernel, new hardware support, additional features and new UI enhancements, it was a given that a few things would slip through the cracks. Things like enterprise support, remote device management, Kid's Corner ... and a new utility called Data Sense. Data Sense is a Microsoft-developed app intended to help users reduce overage charges incurred by using too much cellular data. It's also presumably attractive to ...
by Michael Fisher | August 8, 2012 11:10 AM
Like any kid who grew up with an abundance of time, books, and VHS movies, I like quoting things. From face-to-face interactions to phone calls to muttering to myself as I do dishes, about 1% to 2% of my daily vocal output is comprised of out-of-context quotes from a brain chock-full of memorable snippets. That ratio expands to about 10% on the internet; half of my time on Twitter is spent sharing senseless quotes, the symptom of a lifetime spent watching too much Star Trek and Growing Pains. Think I'm weird? You're right- but I'm not alone. Surely you've noticed the propensity of your ...
by Joe Levi | July 11, 2012 8:02 AM
In most of my videos you've seen some pretty nifty widgets: Beautiful Widgets. I've had them on my smartphones almost as long as I've had smartphones! Recently, however, a new player in the widget game has begun to surface: HD Widgets. Does the "HD" in the title really mean what you think it does? How does this widget pack compare to the others? How do you set them up? Hit play for answers to all these and more! HD Widgets for Android on AppBrain Download HD Widgets from the Play Store
by Joe Levi | May 31, 2012 8:25 PM
Notifications on Android are great and very convenient, but many of us spend much of our time in front of a traditional desktop or laptop computer with out phones nestled snugly in our pockets or pouches. Let's face it, not all notifications are important, but you don't know if that notification you just heard was spam or a vital text message until you pull out your smartphone and take a look. DeskNotifier is a set of apps that aim to resolve that by pushing notifications from your Android to your computer. You'll need the desktop app and the Android app to get started. Hit the play ...
by Joe Levi | May 18, 2012 11:38 AM
It hasn't been that long since we told you about the Samsung Galaxy S III. One of the cooler features of the phone, at least in my mind, is the multi-tasking, picture-in-picture, pop-off video player. This SGS3 feature will let you watch a video while you're reading a web page, or answering email, for example. It's really a cool idea. Unfortunately, we've got to wait for the SGS3 to be released to get it. Or do we? ☆ Stick it! (Pop-up Player) is a media player app, available for download from the Play Store that will cost you around two bucks. I mention in the video that I bought my copy ...
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