Posts tagged with: Apps
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    In life, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Similarly, despite the app stores being full of them, there's no such thing as a "free app", either. To explain what I mean, let's define some terms and some roles. "Free", in this sense, means "without cost or payment". Basically, if you don't have to open your wallet and fork over any hard-earned cash, it's "free" to you. However, that doesn't mean that it's "free", meaning unimpeded.  The first role is probably the one that you, dear reader, most closely align with yourself: a user. The second role likely applies to a smaller subset of ...

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    Being able to modify anything in Windows Phone isn't really something easy, but then again, that doesn't apply to the lock screen. You have some really cool options provided by the Microsoft Weather app, Facebook and even the current Beta of Instagram. In that same fashion, there are third party apps that can take the experience to a whole new level, and one of the best ones just saw an update. Tetra Lockscreen just saw a major update today, and is now available on the Windows Phone Store. The improvements include features like weather data on the lock screen, but the full list mentions: ...

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    As usual, at the end of every year, we're looking back at what happened over the course of twelve exciting months -- that got us a lot of extraordinary products and services. We not only do this because it's fun and important to recap some crucial events, but also because we usually also look at the future, trying to anticipate what the next year will bring us; and, in order to realistically try to predict things from the future, we need to know what happened in the past. We're kicking off the year-end series today with the best apps, as well as the not so "impressive" applications of ...

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    We know from experience now that when Google decides to go big, it goes big. The same holds true for its app update days. Early this morning, we were hearing word of a major update to Hangouts, and then hours later we learned about a major Android Wear revision for Lollipop. We're happy to report that those two things aren't all, and that the Google app updates continue with these Wallet and Inbox updates we're now filling you in on. The Google Wallet update is meant as an easier way to manage gift and loyalty cards in one central location. It comes in at version 8.0, and a download link ...

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    As we're sure many of you are aware, the major design language shift in Android Lollipop has inevitably spurred a mass outbreak of updates. We sure aren't complaining, and the next app to join in on the fun is Chrome, which now finally has its Chrome 39 for Android update out of beta and pushed to the stable channel. Here's what's new. You'll of course only be able to take advantage of the main tweaks if you are running Android 5.0, but you're not entirely out in the cold if not. There's now a colored status bar that can be defined by web developers (we've got it working it with Pocketnow; ...

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    While smartphones haven’t exactly changed all that much in the last two or three years, the services and applications that make them run definitely have. The apps and services are smarter, more affordable, and more openly available to a wider array of devices and operating systems. More specifically, cloud storage is available in abundance. Two years ago, cloud storage was relatively expensive, corresponding mobile application support was sparse, and there were only a few services to choose from. However, the level of competition in the space has risen tenfold. Probably more – ...

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    When Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC earlier this year, I actually got very excited for an iOS update for the first time … possibly ever. I use iOS daily and, despite popular belief, I don’t hate it. However, for the last few years, iOS has been a bore, and it’s been a little behind the curve, particularly in the ability to share information between apps, or interoperability. This stemmed from a combination of Apple’s walled garden, as many like to call it, and sandboxed applications. Apple only officially allowed cross-application sharing between a few, select applications, like its ...

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    Back in April, I covered Link Bubble, Chris Lacy's third-party Android browser which loads web pages in the background without interrupting whatever it is you were doing when you clicked the link. It's a chat heads-style floating browser that can be tossed aside. You get to choose when you want to read the pages you load, rather than being jerked around between your Twitter client, a feed reader, and your default browser. But even the developer knows Link Bubble isn't ideal for every situation, that not every link should be loaded into a floating bubble that, due to some Android ...

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    A lot of people have always said iPads and other tablets are primarily geared towards entertainment – the consumption of media, no creation. I, on the other hand, have always had a different stance. I've always tried do more with mobile devices, to get more out of them, to create content and get actual work done from mobile. It hasn't always worked out so well for me, particularly when I tried to go tablet-only for a day. However, getting more done with your tablet is entirely possible. One company, Branchfire, is dead set on making that possible with its PDF annotation app iAnnotate. In ...

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    "What are your favorite Windows Phone apps?" is a question I never get asked on the internet, mainly because people are too busy asking me what my daily drivers are, despite the fact that it's all there in my Twitter profile. But it's an important question. Because even though I feel that you shouldn't carry a particular device just because I carry it, the question of which apps and services we opt to use is another story. To step back to 2008 for a second: apps are magical things. As we discovered on a recent episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, almost all of us can remember ...

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    Benchmarking applications have been a hot topic as of late, as many manufacturers have cheated and gamed results, making headlines. The most popular benchmarking app out there though, is helping to thwart that by doing what it can – today, the AnTuTu 5 update has gone live in Google Play. The AnTuTu 5 update was first covered by us, in video form and lengthy written form, back when we were able to obtain a beta version for review. Since then, the app has stabilized in a final version, and loose ends have been tied up. We encourage you to give our previous in-depth coverage a look if ...

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    For many of you, the new school year is just beginning. Others have just a few days or weeks before they're back in the classroom, as well. Fortunately, the transition back into the school year doesn't have to be so hard. Education and productivity applications are available in droves. There are literally hundreds of note taking applications, task list managers, calendar apps, and more. There are even applications where you can go to ask questions about your homework, or knowledge engines to reference, right from your phone. If you're after help inside or out of the classroom, we have a ...

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    Are you headed back to school soon, and planning to have your Android device with you as your wingman? If so, you're in luck, because there are tons of great app options to help you be productive and focused. We spared you the time picking the gems out of the mess that is Google Play, and compiled the best five into a five essential back to school Android apps video. High up on our list is Genius Scan+, the go-to scanner for many of us here at Pocketnow. With Genius Scan+, you can wave goodbye to the scanners of yore... you know, the ones that require complicated computer software ...

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    It seems one of the new trends in the tech world is to copy Snapchat. The company, valued in the billions of dollars, has seen its product influence services such as Facebook's Slingshot and Instagram's Bolt, and the latest app to draw inspiration from it is the Microsoft WindUp Windows Phone app. The app, published by Microsoft Research on the Windows Phone Store, lets you send self-destructing messages (with a timer) to your friends -- and not-so-friends, if that's your thing. Picture and video messages can be sent, along with regular text. You can also share voice recordings, which does ...

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    Some of the best apps out there are ones that solve problems you never knew you had, and Chris Lacy is a master at thinking up such ideas. Today, just a few short months after releasing Link Bubble, he has unveiled his newest creation: TapPath. TapPath is marketed as a perfect conjunction app for Link Bubble, though you certainly don't need to purchase that app to get the most out of this one. It allows you to easily automate different actions by clicking links a different number of times. Here's an example: you're browsing through Twitter, and you see an interesting link. You could, ...

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    What's on your phone? Perceived as excessive mobile users, we here at Pocketnow get asked this question more than just about any other question. The thing is, not all of us are heavy users. And even those of us who are don't necessarily rely on a bevy of applications to get us through the day. On the flip side, some of us hoard applications and never use them. Some of us install upwards of 100 applications and use most of them on a regular basis. Most of us, however, reside somewhere in the middle. So what do the Pocketnow editors have on their phones? Which applications do they deem ...

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    When I first saw the Minuum campaign on Indiegogo, I was sold. I've said for years that the way we type on smartphones doesn't make sense. Gesture (or trace) typing is a logical step forward, as was predictive and context-aware input. But that doesn't answer why we're still using the same keyboard layout which works best for 10-finger typing. Why do our smartphones use the same keyboard layout that was designed over a century ago to prevent typewriters from jamming? Why do we need a keyboard that takes up nearly half of the display when you're typing? Those were the exact questions the ...

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    Sure, the Moto X might be starting to show its age a little. As of next month, it will be one whopping year old. But it still seems to be holding its own. We'll let you be the judge of whether it's the phone's sheer quality, the personalization of the hardware, or the great value the Moto X is at such discounted prices. It could also be the amount of lightweight, yet very useful, software features. Unlike the last two videos like this, we covered many of the Moto X's defining features in detail – Trusted Devices, Skip, Touchless Control, etc. No less, since we gave the One M8 and Galaxy ...

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    Last week, I reviewed Pressy, the button that hijacks the 3.5mm jack on your smartphone and turns it into a button which you can then use to launch apps, send SMS, place calls, and a few other simple tasks. Frankly, I really like the little bugger. It's not exactly the most practical accessory, it's overpriced, and, yes, it takes up the headphone jack, meaning it could potentially become annoying for someone who listens to music often on their smartphone via wired headphones. I don't. I have two sets of Bluetooth headphones and I typically stream music from my iPad or computer. Still, out ...

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    Weather apps are a dime a dozen. Seriously, search "weather" in Google Play and dozens – maybe even hundreds – will pop up. But any ol' developer cam create a weather app that can display the current conditions and provide you with the forecast. But not every weather app is both functional and pretty. That's what LevelUp Studio, creator of popular Android apps like Plume and Beautiful Widgets, wanted to do. LevelUp released Bright Weather for Android back in May. It's a feature-packed, yet minimalist weather application that's simply gorgeous. Frankly, how polished, smooth, and ...

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    A new Google Play Music iOS update has landed today, bringing even more features to Google's popular music management app. This update is surprisingly large for what we'd consider to be an already well-refined app, with more new features supplied in the changelog than the fixes. First and foremost in the update is the addition of gapless playback, meaning there'll no longer be a pause between the end of one song and the start of the next. It's easy to see how this could be a useful feature, so we're glad it's made the jump for our iOS device-toting friends. Users of the app can also now ...

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    Today is July 3, meaning that the first orders of the LG G Watch from the Google Play Store will begin shipping later in the day. That means it's high time that the official Android Wear app, meant to act as a companion to the watches on the market right now, debuts on the Play Store. Sure enough, it (along with a couple other launch apps) is now live. The Android Wear app worked just fine as a minimal companion to Android Wear in our testing using an emulated Wear watch, so we're assuming the experience will be very similar on working units. The more exciting item is the whole section of ...

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    Talon has quickly become one of the most popular Twitter clients on Android, and it's managed to stay consistent with the OS's design guidelines really well for the most part. Today in a new preview version of the app we're taking a look at Talon Android L support -- meaning, the app has been redone to show off the new Material Design. Two main things have been redesigned -- the tweet viewer and the timeline. You can take a look at both above, and get a feel for how Material Design encompasses the whole new app. Things such as the color of the notification bar and the positioning of the ...

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    Productivity applications are a dime a dozen, especially on iOS. There are literally hundreds of calendar apps, note taking apps, and todo lists to help you get things done on the go, and new applications enter the scene all the time. However, sometimes it takes us a while to sift through all the muck to find the best and most helpful productivity apps around. Since our last iOS video about productivity apps, we've found three more extremely helpful and awesome iOS productivity apps. Be sure to check out the apps in the video and to share your favorite productivity applications for iOS in ...

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    One of the coolest features of Android Wear many people don't realize is the fact that developers can build standalone apps for the platform -- meaning, you can perform tasks without relying on a smartphone proxy. One of the apps demoed at Google's I/O 2014 developer conference was Eat24, which allowed the presenter to order a pizza straight from his watch. While that app is still MIA as far as we can tell, two other apps have already become available that we'd like to shine the spotlight on. The first app, a very unoriginal idea, is a minimalistic calculator app that can run directly on ...

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