by Taylor Martin | October 3, 2013 7:18 PM
Last night, I spent the better part of two hours setting up the Galaxy Note 3 review unit that arrived yesterday morning. During that time, I was downloading all the applications that I typically install on a new or freshly restored device. How many apps, exactly? 71. Yes, there are 71 applications in my must-haves, and many more that I will typically install as I need them. When you have more than 71 applications on your phone, there's something you can count on happening several times each week: a flood of app updates. When it rains, it pours. Our own Stephen Schenck explained last week ...
by Taylor Martin | September 13, 2013 4:15 PM
Mobile users, in general, are pretty stingy. "$2 for a calendar app? That's crazy! I'll use this free one." There's an argument to be made for free apps, sure. But the pricing scale of mobile applications has largely skewed our views of the value of said apps. The millions of applications which make our mobile devices … useful are typically much cheaper than their desktop counterparts. Where Mac and PC apps may cost anywhere from one to several thousand dollars, the vast majority of the most expensive mobile apps still cost less than $20. Most would assume the average price of mobile ...
by Taylor Martin | September 13, 2013 7:00 AM
Mobile gaming … isn't for everyone. But for those who enjoy it, rest assured, Windows Phone is not the ghost town it once was for platformers, puzzle games, and even 3D action games. Although the selection isn't quite as broad as we'd like, some of the most popular titles on Android and iOS have been officially developed for Windows Phone. We did some digging, some research, and lots of playing hard work to find some of the best games Windows Phone has to offer. In this video, we cover the top five Windows Phone games available. Don't agree with our list? Have some favorites of your own? ...
by Taylor Martin | September 6, 2013 5:40 PM
Earlier today, I made a video (embedded below) about sharing pictures between iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. In that video, I noted that although there are ample ways to send a small file from one phone to another in a close vicinity, there really isn't a way that feels … quite up to snuff with all the other capabilities of our powerful pocket computers. Using Bluetooth works between Windows Phone and Android, is simple to setup, and is usually pretty reliable. But it doesn't work (officially) with iOS; the transfer rate is also pretty slow for larger files; and it has a setup process ...
by Taylor Martin | September 5, 2013 6:58 PM
Windows Phone is home to some of the best mobile image sensing innovations of late. And while the app situation is improving, there are still many holes in the content selection. Photo editing apps, sadly, is one of those holes. That doesn't meant there aren't any photo editors. There are. And some of them are pretty nice, but they still fall short of the selections on other platforms, such as Android or iOS. Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Touch for Phones aren't available on Windows Phone, for example. But there are some decent alternatives. Watch this video to learn about the best Windows ...
by Taylor Martin | August 27, 2013 7:17 PM
DashClock is easily one of the most popular Android widgets for your home screen. On the surface, it's just your run-of-the-mill clock widget that can be used for a lock or home screen widget, or as a Daydream mode. But once you dig into the settings, it's clear there's a lot more to DashClock than that. With the aid of developer APIs, DashClock is open to third-party extensions that spread far and wide. In Google Play, there are dozens upon dozens, if not hundreds, of various extensions for your DashClock Widget. Watch this video to our favorite DashClock Widget extensions! And if we ...
by Taylor Martin | August 26, 2013 7:06 PM
Jelly Bean has brought many new and very useful features to Android in the last year. One of the most understated, however, is Daydream. Buried in the display settings, Daydream mode is essentially a screensaver that can be triggered when your Android device is docked or sleeping. But with the help of third-party developers, Daydream can be much more useful. It can be used as a bedside clock, a news feed reader on your desk, or a slideshow viewer. Watch this video to see what the best Daydream mode apps are!
by Taylor Martin | August 14, 2013 6:40 PM
We promise beating dead horses is not a hobby of ours. But let's be honest, the app situation on Windows Phone 8 is real. I, personally, have been an avid user of iOS and Android for several years now, and have become accustomed to a specific subset of applications. And nearly three weeks ago, I switched one of my lines over to a Windows Phone device, the Lumia 1020, without hesitation. I knew what I was getting myself into. I knew I would have to sift through the mountain of poorly made third-party clients for all the missing apps on Windows Phone. But I couldn't possibly know what it ...
by Taylor Martin | July 9, 2013 1:04 PM
Shortening links is often necessary. Maybe a link you want to share is over the character limit and keeps dividing into two text messages. Or maybe you want to track the analytics of the links you share to your social accounts. Whatever the case, it's no secret that shortening links on a desktop or laptop is much easier than it is from mobile. Mobile applications typically require a handful of additional steps to shrink the URL down to a respectable and more usable size. Fortunately, there is at least one Android application that practically automates the process. Watch the video below to ...
by Taylor Martin | July 2, 2013 7:05 PM
There are a ton of mobile applications. Between Android and iOS, there were nearly 1.8 million applications as of May and June. Of course, that number is somewhat inflated, if you count the number of free and premium versions of the same application, and duplicate applications across both platforms (Evernote, Dropbox, Skype, etc.). Chances are, that number is quickly approaching one million a piece, and that means a couple things. There is an application for virtually everything. Seriously. Take a minute and think of something you wish there were an app for. Take another second to search ...
by Taylor Martin | June 26, 2013 7:00 AM
Application support is everything nowadays. It can make or break operating systems or ecosystems, and send entire companies into an eternal abyss, otherwise known as irrelevancy. Without proper support from major services and app developers, users constantly have to search high and low for alternatives, or simply learn to do without. And getting used to a broad application library, such as Google Play or Apple's App Store, making the switch to another platform, is tough. Even supplementing your needs with a secondary operating system (i.e.: a Windows Phone smartphone and an iPad, or any ...
by Taylor Martin | June 7, 2013 6:52 PM
When you think of Google Android apps, you generally think of the applications that come pre-packaged on practically every Android device – Gmail, Hangouts (previously Talk), Calendar, Google+, Maps, and the Play media suite. Of course, there are also applications that don't come pre-installed, but pretty much everyone already knows about, such as Drive, Goggles, Keep, etc. But if you dig just beneath the surface, there are several Google-made applications that don't get nearly as much notoriety. Just take a peek at Google's developer page in Google Play. There are dozens of ...
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