Communication with an artificial intelligence through voice commands has been the holy grail of sci-fi nuts since the “Library Computer Access and Retrieval System” was first sighted on Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was only with the launch of Google Voice Actions, about a year ago, that voice commands became a reality. Despite being […]
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Halloween is a great holiday for all to enjoy and what’s a better way to celebrate than to trick out your Android phone in full orange attire. For this article I have found a number of apps, themes, and games that transform your phone into a Halloween-themed device.
Last week, I wrote about 3 simple note-taking apps that made it easy to keep your life in order. Those apps didn’t have very many features, but that was the whole point, the focus was on the note-taking. In this weeks article, let’s look at two competing note-taking apps, Evernote and Springpad which are bursting […]
They say that the best camera is the one you always have with you. Similarly, the best notebook is also the one always present with you. Although I prefer taking notes by hand, my Android phone is the device which I am always carrying with me and so, my default note-taking device is a combination […]
Unless you were away for the past couple of weeks, you must have heard about Facebook launching its latest enhancement to the standard profile view, the Timeline. In short, Timeline, if you allow it, will be the new default view of your profile, allowing other users easy access to your past activity on Facebook. Once […]
In my previous article of the Android Widget Series, I gave a few examples of clock widgets that help keep you on time. In this weeks article, I will give examples of a few different “agenda” widgets. These widgets either place calendars, to do lists, or a variety of other organisational tools on your home […]
Facebook officially launched its improved Friend Lists feature today, making it easier than ever to view and share relevant content with the appropriate individuals. In this article I will highlight the main uses of Facebook’s newest feature.
In my article last week, I provided examples of a number of Android widgets that help users monitor and toggle their settings (including WiFi, battery, brightness, data, gps, etc.). In this weeks installment of Android widgets, I will highlight a number of useful clock widgets that assist you in telling the time. Depending on which […]
With the growth of apps, the various smartphone platforms are all becoming similar. What makes Google’s Android stands out from the rest is the ability to add “widgets” on the home screen and offer the user a unique experience. For those of you who are not sure what widget is, they are essentially interactive icons […]
A little over a year ago, I did a post on Live Wallpapers on Android which became popular as new Android users wanted to push their devices to the limit. Today, the Android platform has matured significantly and with better hardware comes improved support for live wallpapers. This article will feature some of the newer […]
Shortly after Google Chrome launched, we came out with a guide outlining a few of its features and some useful tips and tricks. Now almost 3 years later, Chrome has grabbed a sizeable portion of the browser market share and has become the default browser for many users. During its growth, Chrome has matured greatly […]
Android devices from different manufacturers all have their own default Android music players. However, as I have learnt the default app does not always provide all the features I need and in some cases they do not read all my music files. Hence, I have tried a number of alternative apps which I will outline […]
Android’s default video player is an efficient, but spartan app. It is simple to use, but it only plays a limited number of formats. Hence, most users will want to download a third-party app that fills in the gaps and plays those videos that the stock video app cannot handle. Additionally, third-party apps will also […]
Facebook has become a really useful platform to organise parties and other events. Most, if not all, of your friends, family and acquaintances are on this social media platform, so organising an event simply involves filling in the relevant information and inviting people. Although Facebook is a great platform for creating parties and sending out […]
Google+ (or Google Plus) is the hot new thing in social networking. Everyone and their little sister have been clamouring for invites to set up their account in this new playground. Unfortunately, users are having to start from scratch without any of their connections, posts or other media cultivated from other social media sites. For […]
Smartphones have brought a lot of useful functionality to mobile devices and one of the less touted ones is the ability to have ringtones made directly from your MP3 music files. Unlike older generation phones which often had a preset limit of tunes, newer smartphones allow for a limitless number of audio files to act […]
Let me preface this article by saying that unless you live in Singapore or plan on travelling to this fair island, what follows may not be particularly relevant to you. Nevertheless, the apps I am going to discuss are innovative concepts that could be implemented in any major city. Read on for 8 of my […]
Gmail’s offering is one of the best available. Its simplicity coupled with its minimal interface make it a favorite amongst geeks and newbies alike. However, users need not feel constrained by Gmail’s simplistic interface as they can easily enable enhanced features provided by Google through “Google Labs” or from third-party sources through “Gadgets“. In this […]
Google launched its Chrome browser in 2008. At the time it was fast, secure, stable and a minimalistic alternative to Microsoft’s beleaguered Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s bloated Firefox. However, Chrome was also criticised for lacking any extensions or customisation options. So, slowly Google rolled out extensions, theme support, and even Web Apps. Although we have […]
Earlier this year we described how to secure your Gmail account with 2-step verification. Facebook has recently launched a similar security feature called Login Approvals and in this article I will describe how to enable it.