Friday, December 31, 2010

SiMi Folder Widget (Android) - Gain fast access to your key apps

In the digital world seconds can take forever, which is why we're all looking for faster ways to get to what we need. One way to speed things up is with this folder widget.


SiMi Folder Widget is free on the Android Market

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Microsoft Security Essentials - An excellent, free security suite

I am amazed, amazed I tell you, by people who either pay for bloated security software or use the bloated software supplied by their ISP, when the free suites are so awesome, memory-thrifty and FREE!

Here's an unbeatable suite from a vendor you may have heard of. It's free and it works.



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Monday, December 20, 2010

Elixir (Android Video Review) - A cool set of system info widgets

Let all widget users rejoice! We have them, iPhone users do not. Here's a great way to see what's going on with your internal memory, CPU, SD card, etc. at a glance. Check out the video below.




Elixir is free on the Android Market

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

InkPad (Android) - A simple and attractive note-taking app

Android apps need to be useful, fun, attractive and simple to use to get my vote. This note-taking app gets it on all counts. It's free with adds and 99 cents for the no ads version. Check out my video review below.
























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Bad Grammar and Typos = Phishing

The phishers are out in force. It's Christmas and the phishees are spending money online, so naturally, phishers smell the blood in the water. One thing you can almost always count on though...they don't write very well.

Take the example below: Cardholders of Macy's and Nordstrom's have been seeing this popup. Notice the "you" instead of "your"?


But come on people, why would the card issuer's website be asking you for information they already have?

Stay safe.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

GE.TT - Share files easily to Twitter, Facebook or Email

We're becoming one big brain, sharing almost everything with each other over the web. Scary, but convenient, for sure. Here's a great way to share files with others on Facebook, Twitter or via email. It's simple and free.



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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Apture Highlights (Firefox Add-On) - Background info at your fingertips

Anyone wanting to make better use of the power of the web will want to check out this Firefox add-on. Highlight words or phrases to get instant information from various sources. Watch the video to see how it works.

Apture Highlights Extension Welcome Video from Tristan Harris on Vimeo.


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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Animate your desktop with Animated Christmas Trees

If you've already up your Christmas tree in your home, why not put one or more animated trees on your computer desktop? Choose one of these small executables to make your desktop come alive with holiday cheer.



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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Mobile Manager (Android) - Puts you in control of your phone

With this app you can block calls from annoying people, protect your phone from viruses, keep private calls and texts private, detects how fast you're driving and send texts to callers accordingly, and more.



Mobile Manager is free on the Android Market

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Opera 11 beta - Now with extensions and tab stacking

Everyone who uses Firefox or Chrome knows and loves the ability to add extensions, and now that functionality comes to Opera in the version 11 beta. Tab stacking is a nice new feature as well. Check out the video to see a review.



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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fancy Widget (Android) - Attractive and Free Clock/Weather Widget

If you're looking for a very attractive clock and weather widget for your Android home screen, you won't have to look far. This one fits the bill perfectly.



Fancy Widget is free on the Android Market

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

SE - DesktopConstructor - Organize your desktop like nobody's business

Some of us are born organizers. We like to organize ourselves and everyone else, sometimes to their great annoyance. But who can fault you for organizing your own desktop? It's a free country, right?



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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pet First Aid (Android) - For when your pet gets hurt or sick

First aid training should be required for everyone, since giving someone immediate help can make a significant difference in outcomes. There's lots of information out there for humans, not so much for animals. This Android app can even things out a bit.



Pet First Aid is currently $2.99 on the Android Market

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

System Info Widget (Android) - Thorough and attractive homescreen widget

Everything you want and need to know about your phone's status is displayed in an attractive interface right on your homescreen.

* Battery life/Status indicator
* Bluetooth & WiFi On/Off
* Phone profiles
* Battery Temp. in °C and °F
* RAM, ROM & SD storage
* 4 widget sizes, 6 themes
* Custom widget items
* Custom update interval



System Info Widget is $0.99 on the Android Market

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

InstantFirefox - Get instant search results from your address bar

Searching by typing in your Firefox address bar is a super-convenient way to find stuff on the Internet. This add-on takes the convenience a big step further. Just start typing in the address bar and watch the suggestions flowing. Check out the video to see it in action.



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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Calorie Counter Pro (Android) - Let Android help you stay trim

Who doesn't like counting calories? OK, don't everyone raise their hands at once. But this app had help you keep track of your eating and weight as you strive to reach your goal.


Calorie Counter Pro is now $2.99 on the Android Market


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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Itching Thumb (Android) - An awesome gesture-based task manager

When it comes to switching to another running app, Android's stock interface doesn't make it very easy. Sure, you can keep backing up till you get there, but why not see everything that's running in a slick interface and just go to the app you want?



Itching Thumb is available free on the Android Market

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Markup - Transforms any webpage into a whiteboard

This wonderful little bookmarklet makes collaborating on webpages a cinch. Just drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar and click on it whenever you need to markup a webpage. Once that's done you can publish it to be viewed by others.



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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

DROPitTOme - Allows files to be securely added to your Dropbox

Hey, send me that humongous file, will you? What? It's too big? No problem, just drop it in my Dropbox.

That scintillating dialog represents how easy it can be to have friends and colleagues transfer large files to your Dropbox when you set up a unique upload URL with a secure password and send it to them. Check out how it works by watching the video demo...



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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Class Buddy Pro (Android) - Conquer school with this app

I still have a bit of PTSD left over from my college days. My symptoms include a recurring dream where I realize at the end of the semester that I've completely forgotten to attend one of my classes the entire term. Nice. If only I'd had my Android phone and an app like this! Tons of features to keep track of classes, assignments, tests, grades, etc.






Class Buddy Pro is available at $0.99 on the Android Market


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

pMessenger - Blackberry-like messenger for Android!

If you like the convenience and freeness of Blackberry messenger but don't want the Blackberry, check out pMessenger for Android, which works with Blackberry, Android and iPhone.



Free (for a time) on the Android Market

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Make sure your Gmail is secure

Gmail is wonderful. But is it secure? Aside from the unlikely but greater=than-zero chance that a Google techie will dip into your account, how can you make certain that your email account is, if not impregnable, at least reasonably secure? A step up from the safety-in-numbers defense, Gmail offers a security checklist that's worth looking at.



Gmail Security Checklist

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Use your keyboard's number pad like a professional

What professional uses the keyboard's number pad expertly? To be honest, I'm not sure. But that's beside the point. The point is, if you'll give me a chance, you can probably enhance your life by improving the skill and efficiency of your number pad use. Get free online lessons that will have you tapping away like an accountant. That's it! An accountant.



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Animated Weather Android - A beautiful weather app for your Android phone

Animated Weather for Android - Weather forecast application. The exquisitely realistic video effects of cloudiness, rain and snow provide the vivid sensation of current or future weather conditions for more than 50000 locations over the world.



http://www.weather-android.com/

Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY9qkmzbBy4

Available on the Android Market

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Yet another reason to run, not walk, from AT&T

Early upgrade fee rises from $75 to $200. This is what a company does when they aren't worried about losing customers. They have you by the family jewels and they think you have nowhere to go. So, screw you.

AT&T’s early upgrade smartphone program detailed. Spoiler: they made it $125 more expensive

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

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Friday, October 01, 2010

StartTalking (Android) - Hands free texting and more!

This app can save lives...

From the developer:

"StartTalking makes texting-while-driving 100% hands-free and eyes-free, because it addresses the problem of distracted driving while using a mobile phone. Just start talking to your mobile phone and StartTalking does the rest. You simply get StartTalking’s attention, speak your message and listen to responses.

Here's what you can do with StartTalking:

* Send text messages
* Listen to incoming text messages as they arrive
* Reply to messages
* Post to Twitter
* Post to Facebook
* ...and there's lots more coming

You can even send any message in your own voice, which really makes it personal and 100% accurate."

StartTalking Overview

StartTalking can be downloaded here.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blio - A revolution in ebook readers

You don't need a Kindle or an iPad to read eBooks. Of course it's not comfortable to lie in a hammock with your PC, but if you don't mind reading while sitting at your computer, check out this very cool eReader software that's just come out.



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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

GmailWidgetPlus (Android) - See your unread Gmail by label

Using labels in your Gmail to sort and categorize your emails is a very powerful tool, but the native Gmail app on Android doesn't give you a convenient way to use them when it comes to notifications. This widget allows you to put a notification widget on your home screen with the labels you select showing the number of unread emails by label.



Available on the Android Market

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

torrific - Find and download any torrent file out there

Torrent downloads are awesome. Whether your looking for software, movies or music, it's an incredibly powerful means of finding and acquiring what you need. From the developer of torrific:

"torrific.com is a BitTorrent service provided by Acceleration Labs, LLC. It provides access to files hosted on millions of computers on the Internet in the BitTorrent network.

torrific provides a hosted bittorrent client that is engineered for download speed. That's it. No fancy features, no fiddling with a hundred settings, just really really fast speed. Our datacenter is connected directly to several of the Tier1 Internet backbone providers and additonally peers with dozens of networks directly. That means you get to the files you want fast."




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Thursday, September 23, 2010

SwiftKey (Android) - Graduates to full app on Android Market

With the most accurate word prediction (not only the word you're typing, but the word you'll type after that!) I've ever seen, so accurate it's creepy, the SwiftKey soft keyboard is now on the Android Market at a discounted price for a short time. Highly recommended by Barry's Best!



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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

feedlooks beta - RSS/Twitter client with a nice clean look

If you're easily distracted by clutter this may be the RSS/Twitter client for you...

"Check your Twitter feed and favorite blogs in an uncluttered email-like interface. Read content in full visual glory without leaving the app."



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Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tagxedo - Another sweet tag cloud tool

Yesterday I featured an online tool for creating word, or tag, clouds. Here's another one that a reader recommended. From the website:

"Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text."





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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mini Info Widget (Android) - Get your phone's info on your home screen

A nice way to get your device's info on-screen.

* Battery percent %, Status
* Total, Available Internal Storage
* External Memory, SD Card
* 2x1 Widget
* Wifi, BT, GPS, Volume, Brightness Toggle
* RAM, CPU

Check out the video demo!



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Wordle - Create your own awesome word clouds!

Everyone needs a word cloud once in a while. Word clouds are graphical representations of words that give prominence to words based on the frequency of their use. You supply the words and Wordle created the cloud, then lets you change fonts, colors, etc. Use the result in your website or however you like.



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Friday, September 17, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

join.me - Share screens and collaborate with ease

Need to get some people on the same page? Can't all get together in the same room? Don't sweat it. Get join.me. From the developer:

"Get your people together without getting your people together. Share a single screen so everybody’s on the same page. You don’t need a plane, a projector or a sandwich platter. Just gather at join.me to meet.

So what is it exactly? It’s an impromptu meeting that happens wherever you are. It’s getting a second or third pair of eyes on your presentation from across the hall or across the continent. It’s sharing your screen instantly with anyone to get stuff done, quickly.

It’s join.me, the last two words in an invitation to be collaboratively better."




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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

myDAY Journal (Android) - A super-nice way to keep track of life

Anyone who likes or needs to keep a journal will love this Android app. It has many choices of font colors and sizes and is easy to search.



myDAY Journal is available on the Android Market (current price $1.49)

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CCEnhancer - Get CCleaner to clear out even more junk!

If you don't already use CCleaner, you need to repent your sins. It does an excellent job keeping your machine lean and free of junk files. This application just makes it more powerful and effective...

"CCEnhancer is a small tool which adds support for over 270 new programs into the popular program CCleaner. The tool uses the WinApp2.ini system built into CCleaner to easily add new rules and definitions for programs."



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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fanvibe - For the socially connected sports fan

There's nothing like actually being at a game, right? The palpable excitement of the crown gets into you, you feel connected to everyone there. This web site isn't really like that, but it does give you the opportunity to connect to others who are watching an ongoing game, whether it's NFL, NCAA, whatever. Check it out.



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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Zoom Page - Firefox add-on lets you easily zoom in or out

When the web page display seems too small or too large, how do you get it just right? Not easily, until this add-on arrived. From the developer:

"Zooms 'Full page' or 'Text only' using two buttons in status bar. Reset zoom level by clicking percentage display. Change zoom mode ('Full page' or 'Text Only') by right-clicking percentage display. Zoom level steps are configurable."




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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Ultra Keyboard (Android) - One of the coolest after-market keyboards available

One of the things I love about the Android OS is its customizability. Especially as it pertains to after-market keyboards. Take a look at this sweet entry.


Ultra Keyboard is available for download on the Android Market

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Monday, September 06, 2010

WhatTheFont! - Get the name of any font you see on the Web

This tip is for anyone who runs across a font on the Web and wants to know what it is. Since I'm a publisher this happens to me all the time. I see it, I like it, I want to get it for my sites. Your motives may be different but the need is the same.



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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Saturday, September 04, 2010

MuNo - Webmail notifier for Chrome browser

Chrome is a fantastic browser and is becoming better as more useful extensions are added. Here's one that you might find enhancing to your productivity. Notifies you when you have unread mail from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.



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Friday, September 03, 2010

Sprite Backup (Android) - Backup everything!

A bit costly at $4.95 on the Android Market at the time of this writing, nevertheless what the app offers makes it worth it. Free online backup of everything you can imagine on your Android 2.2 phone.

The video below will give you a good overview.



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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

WidgetLocker (Android) - Put widgets on your customizable lockscreen!

Your stock lockscreen can only do so much, which is why this app is so attractive. The main thing is allows as far as I'm concerned is the addition of widgets to your lockscreen. Well worth the bit of coin it costs.


 Available on the Android Market ($1.99)

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nitro PDF Reader - The latest free tool for creating PDFs and more

Do you like remembering the olden days, those days of yore when reading PDFs was free but creating them was only for those who could afford to spend hundreds on a piece of expensive bloatware? I do. Makes me appreciate free applications like this one even more.

Nitro PDF Reader has features you would only expect to see in a costly piece of software, such as the ability to create PDF documents, extract content and markup and comment, and so much more than can be mentioned on my little blog. Check it out in the video below.





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Monday, August 30, 2010

Google Shopper (Android) - Add power to your bargain-hunting

Competition is what puts consumers in the power seat, but you can't always know what the competition's prices are...or can you?

With this Android app you can scan bar codes to find the best online and local prices.



Available on the Android Market

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Froyo (Android 2.2) Stable Release CyanogenMod-6.0!

For those of you Android users who have or want to root, Froyo is now within your grasp! No need to wait on promises from your carrier. CyanogenMod-6.0 is now ready in its stable release form.


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