Locator services like Foursquare are fun and more addictive than they seem at first glance, even though checking in repeatedly can be a pain. Often, users resist new services because the notion of doubling or tripling the number of check-ins makes us want to just stay home--but Checkin King makes life easier for Android-using location loggers. Here's how to get started:Install and run the Checkin King app, then read and accept the license agreement. (The developers have a short batch of questions for you, but you can skip ahead if you like.) Select the services you … Read more
Setting up your Gmail or Google Apps account using Google Sync on your iOS device has many advantages. One of the advantages is that you are able to receive push e-mail, calendar and contact updates. Google recently added some new features to its Google Sync solution for iOS users, one of which was the ability to choose which e-mail address sent e-mails appear to be from.
Before we begin, make sure you have your Google Apps or Gmail account set up using Google Sync on your iOS device. If you are unsure how to do so, read this post.
Attaching smileys to instant messages, texts, and e-mail can be a fun and easy way to add character to your messages. Whether you're trying to convey extreme joy :D or sorrow :'(, there are some extra smileys built into your Android phone's keyboard that you may not know about. However, finding them is just a couple of finger presses away.
Step 1: Open the app you want to send a message from.
Step 2: Tap the screen where you want to start typing so the keyboard will pop up.
Step 3: Press and hold on the happy smiley face … Read more
If you've ever bought something from eBay, you know that it's painless (unless you get sniped at the very last second by some nameless fiend). Selling can take a more serious effort--but it can be nearly as painless as buying. The Android eBay app is a joy to use and might just send you searching through the attic for old stuff with barcodes, just to see if you can squeeze a few more bucks out of your old books or gadgets. Here's how to get started:
Install and run the eBay app.
Choose your preferred site, then … Read more
If you've seen retro-filtered photos from your friends lately, they're probably using Instagram. It's a free mobile application that lets you give your photos funky filters. Within a few minutes anyone can transform a photo from blah to artsy and eye-catching.
Folded into the app is a social network, as each user gets a personal Instagram profile and can share filtered photos on Web sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Whether you're a seasoned Instagrammer or just learning about the service, CNET's Ariel Nunez has some tips on how to get a little more out of … Read more
Creating a photo album on your Apple device is a great way to organize your favorite, or in some cases, your least favorite photos. Up until now, there hasn't been a way to do this while on the go. That has changed in iOS 5.
Watch the video above for the full run-down showing you how easy it is to create and organize photo albums on iOS 5.
Apple has added a lot of new features in iOS 5, one of them being the ability to edit pictures directly in the Photos app. This feature is very easy to use and almost feels like it has been there from day one, even though it has been noticably absent.
Look through the slideshow below for a step-by-step guide on how to edit photos on your Apple device on iOS 5.
Sending group messages to family and friends is a great way to communicate with everyone without having to retype or copy and paste a message over and over. The iPhone just so happens to be capable of sending and receiving group messages. Even though the phone used in the video is running iOS 5, this feature has been around for a while and is not iOS 5 specific.
Enabling this feature is simple:
Go to Settings > Messages > Group Messaging and turn it on. That's it!
Now, when you send a group message, if the other user has … Read more
If you spend a lot of your time on the move, you probably spend a lot of that time on your smartphone. With a myriad of apps in the Android Market and other useful functions at your fingertips, it's sometimes too easy to run down your battery without realizing it. So how do you figure out which apps will limit your mobile time with your Android device by draining battery life? Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the main settings area of your phone by pressing the Menu button and then choosing Settings.
Step 2: Scroll down in this … Read more
Instagram caught fire among iPhone users by making it simple to apply filters to pictures and then (more importantly) to share them across multiple social media sites. While the Android camera has some neat sharing features, its camera replacement apps haven't captured the same ease of use. Lightbox aims to do just that, and Android users will no doubt start flooding the net with their own lovely filtered shots. Here's how you can get started:Install and run the Lightbox app, then set up an account. Choose which social networks you want to share pics … Read more