Smartphones have a way of insinuating themselves into every aspect of our lives. Most of the time, this just leads to accusations of rudeness or hypergeekiness, but walking down the street while browsing, texting, or whatever can pose more serious hazards. Transparent Screen is a great, free Android app that uses your device's camera to give you a heads-up of what lies ahead. Here's how to use it:Install Transparent Screen here. Launch the app to start it, stop it, or change the settings. Before you begin, you may want to tinker with the settings. … Read more
Cultivating Twitter accounts can be a serious business to some users. If you want to track your Twitter follower stats, there's an easy way to do it on Android.
Check Your Twitter Stats (TwiStats) is a simple widget app for Android that shows your total Twitter followers, total number of Tweets, and follower counts over time (daily, weekly, and monthly).
To use TwiStats, install the app, place the widget on your screen, then enter your Twitter username. No password is required. For the stats over time, you'll need to wait a few days for the data to be … Read more
It may have taken a long time for Google to get around to releasing its popular Chrome browser for the Android platform, but that day has finally come.
In order for your tabs to sync from the desktop version of Chrome to the Android Chrome Beta, you will first need to install Chrome Beta on your Android device, and ensure you are running the latest version of Chrome on your desktop.
Once you have both apps installed and up to date, sign in to each respective browser using the same Google account. You can sign into Chrome desktop under Preferences &… Read more
Google just released Chrome Beta for Android.
Chrome Beta brings all of your favorite Chrome features to your favorite smartphone or tablet, including Incognito mode. Here's a quick rundown of how to open and manage Incognito tabs.
Before we begin, you will need to download Chrome Beta from the Android Market. If you aren't using a device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, you won't be able to download Chrome Beta as it's only compatible with ICS devices.
To open an Incognito tab, tap on the Menu icon on any screen. Select New Incognito tab … Read more
You found this really amazing app in the Android Market and you want to share it with your friend who has an iPhone.
Sure, you could tell your friend the name of the app and wait patiently while they fumble through the half a million apps in the App Store looking for it, or you could send them a direct link for the app in the App Store, right from your Android device.
A new app, iTunes App Store Explorer, allows Android users to browse the App Store directly on their device. Of course, you won't be able to … Read more
With Instagram, any boring photo is only a crop, filter, and tilt-shift away from becoming a piece of art.
Some might argue that such laziness through filtering discourages true photographic creativity, but there's no denying the Internet's obsession with the photo social network. If anything, it's a satisfying break from Facebook.
Even though it's only available on the iPhone (for now), many businesses have cropped up to provide services that augment what Instagram offers. From Stitchtagram pillowcases to photo magnets, there's no shortage of Instagram paraphernalia.
As a person who appreciates the printed photograph, here'… Read more
After the recent desktop beta release,allowing users to earn up to 5GB of additional space, Dropbox has released a beta version of its Android app, giving users to potential to claim the same 5GB of space another way.
Before you get all excited and think the 5GB of space along with the 5GB you earned from using the desktop beta, sorry, you can only earn 5GB total.
To get started with the Dropbox Android beta you will need to visit this Dropbox forum post to download and then install the APK.
After installing Dropbox version 2.0.9 for … Read more
Free My Apps is giving away promo codes for popular paid iOS apps in exchange for you downloading and using one of the sponsor apps for a minimum of 30 seconds.
While the paid apps end up being free, your time is the real cost here. Downloading and using a sponsor app for 30 seconds adds up fast, especially if you are trying to earn enough points for one of the bigger name apps.
Who knows, maybe during the process you will find some free apps you never knew about, but can no longer live without. After all, that's … Read more
Amazon's Appstore for Android include apps that allow in-app purchases. In-app purchases may include items like premium content, subscriptions and game unlock codes.
To prevent a scenario in which your 3-year-old daughter accidentally makes an in-app purchase of an unlock code while playing Cut The Rope (true story), here's how to set the Amazon Appstore's parental controls :Enable parental controls
Step 1: From within the Amazon Appstore, touch the menu key and select Settings.
Step 2: Select Parental Controls.
Step 3: Check the first box to enable parental controls and enter your Amazon.com password. This will … Read more
I hate to admit it, but my iPhone is always the first thing I reach for when I spot a photo-worthy scene.
Sure, I own a digital camera, but my iPhone is always with me, packs an excellent camera, plus I have the option to edit and share photos instantly. That (combined with the fact that my Canon G12 usually weighs down my purse) is a good enough reason to use my iPhone as my primary shutter.
If you're like me, or want to start exploring iPhotography, these four hidden tricks will help you take your iPhone camera skills … Read more