There were some changes brought to the Google Play Store as well. One of the changes wasn't even mentioned during the keynote -- the ability to update or uninstall apps on your Android device, directly from the Google Play Web site. A small feature, but one that is sure to come in handy to many users. Here's how it works.
As a freelance writer, I need all the help I can get to stay on target. I don't have a boss who might suddenly appear, looming over my shoulder, wondering why I'm on Facebook. I don't have co-workers who are depending on me to finish my part of a larger project. It's just me and the Internet, with deadlines to hit and monthly quotas to fill.
I began using the Pomodoro Technique, which has you working for 20- or 25-minute blocks and then taking a 5- or 10-minute break. It has helped me stay focused for … Read more
When the smartphone craze first started, the thought of being able to stream a movie or TV show while commuting into work or waiting at the airport was simply a dream. Screens were small, coverage was spotty, and it was hard to find shows you actually wanted to see. Fast forward to today, and streaming content on the go is genuinely good.
We rounded up seven apps that provide a great streaming experience on your Android device, whether you're sitting on the couch with solid Wi-Fi or out and about with a 3G or 4G connection. Here they are. … Read more
Instagram just rolled out a pretty big update, the first since the Facebook acquisition, to the iOS version of the app. There were big changes to the explore tab and a revamped profile tab, but there was also one hidden shortcut in the app that is going to make a lot of lives easier.
I learned of the smooth trick from a Tumblr post by MG Siegler that pointed to a tweet from a lead Facebook designer, Keegan Jones. Here's the tweet:
Cool @instagram 2.5 trick: Long press on the camera button to access your camera roll.-- … Read more
Did you know there is a Super Secret Settings menu in Tweetbot for both iPhone and iPad? Don't worry, not many people did. While what the settings actually do in the secret screen may not be all that obvious, there is one setting you might want to take a look at changing.
In the aptly titled Super Secret Settings screen you can enable the streaming of your Twitter feed over 3G. Up until the discovery of this setting, streaming in Tweetbot was only allowed over a Wi-Fi connection. Streaming your Twitter feed means you'll see tweets in real … Read more
MightyText is similar to iMessage, except for Android. You can send SMS from your computer or tablet (all you need is a Web browser), and still use your own phone number. You'll also be able to screen incoming calls by seeing the caller information on the computer. This is also a great way to stay in touch with friends and family if you forget your phone at home or work and can't run off to get it right away.
Note: You will need a Google account to use this app. The account is used for syncing access from … Read more
It's dead-simple to transfer files from your Android device to your computer using a USB cable or a Wi-Fi network, but sometimes you want to share files with people more remotely. Shynk is great for this, letting you set up an account to access and share files with anyone you like. Here's how it works:Create a free Shynk account here. Download and install the Shynk app from here. Run Shynk and log in with the account info you just created. Head back to the Shynk Web site and click "Phone" near … Read more
Flipboard is your one-stop app for many networks and news sources. In fact, Flipboard supports Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr, and a few others! Once you have all your networks linked to the Flipboard account, a beautiful stream of information will appear in the app.
Here's a quick guide to getting your feet wet with an app favored by many:
Swype, which was bought by Nuance recently, has released a new public beta for Android. It has some interesting new features, including the capability to learn as you go and built-in Dragon voice recognition. If you're interested in trying it out, here's how to install and enable the new Swype beta for Android:
Install Swype beta
Step 1: Register for the Swype beta at http://beta.swype.com/android/create.
Step 2: On your Android device, go to Settings > Application settings and tap on the box next to Unknown sources. This will allow you to install apps … Read more
Despite having an official mobile client available for Instagram, there are still a lot of third-party apps out there for viewing photos from the service. Instamap, one of the alternative clients, offers a feature not yet present in the official app: finding photos by geotag. Think of Instamap as Instagram meets Google Maps -- a lovely pairing.
Grab a copy of Instamap for Android. After installing, open the app and choose whether or not to use your Instagram account when browsing photos around the world. If you sign in, then you can Like or comment on photos, as well … Read more