Podcasts are great: they keep us informed, they enrage us, they make us laugh, and they make our time at the gym pass more quickly. Some Android users drift into iOS-envy when pondering Apple's easy integration of iTunes podcast subscriptions with their devices. Don't despair--Google's got your back. The Listen app makes it easy to subscribe and listen to podcasts on any Android device, and it integrates with Google Reader to make subscribing that much simpler. Here's how to get started:Install the Listen app and fire it up. While it's not too … Read more
If you've ever missed a call on your Android phone thanks to a failed swipe, you're likely looking for alternatives. ShakeCall is a great, free app that lets you answer and drop calls by shaking your phone, and it's easy to set it up so you can't accidentally answer or (worse) drop a call from a tiny bump. Here's how to switch over:Install the ShakeCall app from the Android Market. Open it up to show your options and get started. Select "Setup the Shake Version" first and then … Read more
Apple recently updated its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote (iTunes links) apps for iOS. The latest update brings the apps iWork trio to the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as updated the iPad version. With the additional exposure and use that is sure to follow with the new release, being able to quickly find documents on the go is something users are going to want to do.
It seems that there is always news of accounts on certain Web sites being hacked, or being at risk for getting hacked. In general, though, any account that you have with a weak password could be at risk. To eliminate concern, there are free password-strength-checking tools available online. Below you will find three of the more popular ones available.
1. Microsoft's Password Checker. This is definitely one of the more well-known sites that allows you to check your password. Having the Microsoft name attached to it may make the user more comfortable to test their password strength here (… Read more
At some point, a friend may ask to borrow your superfast smartphone to look up something on the Web. It's times like these when you really don't want any of your private search queries popping up in the autocomplete area for your friend to choose. Perhaps you were looking up something medically related, or some other personal matter--you want to keep it as private as possible. Follow these steps to erase the search history on your Android phone.
1. Open your mobile browser on the phone and head to Google.com if it isn't your default search … Read more
Having tons of apps to choose from is one of the main perks of having a smartphone. Unfortunately, some apps may be keeping more stuff on your phone than just the core files needed by the app. This "stuff" is the cache for each app, which can be easily cleaned out to offer more space for new apps. Normally, you would need to look at the details for each individual app to see how much cache space it is consuming. However, with the use of one small app you can view their cache sizes all in one place, … Read more
Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off this morning in San Francisco (join us at 10 a.m. PT for the live blog). The usually tight-lipped Apple set expectations last week that among the announcements will be something for the next generation of iOS.
New rumors suggest that iOS 5 will receive group messaging along the lines of RIM's BlackBerry Messenger, a notification pop-up window that resembles WebOS, and a list of all your notifications stored in a drop-down menu borrowed from Android.
Notifications could also be visible on the lock screen, if the rumors prove true, … Read more
Sprint Premier customers will actually get a bit of a head start, as they'll be able to purchase the Evo 3D (only) online starting June 21 while supplies last. However, anyone can preorder the devices now at any participating Sprint store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card. The carrier will open stores early--8 a.m. local time--on June 24 if you're really anxious to … Read more
As CNET's Nicole Lee reported this morning, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha this week said that 70 percent of customers returning Moto smartphones are doing so because of poorly written apps that strain the CPU or battery. That's reasonable, but I suggest that there's a more obvious issue at hand here, and it affects more than just Motorola. The problem is poor education. Simply put, most new Android users don't know what they are getting into when they buy a new phone.
The Boy Genius Report has reported that the latest handset from RIM, the BlackBerry Bold 9900, will be delayed until September even though the initial launch was slated for summer of this year. We've yet to hear back from RIM to confirm this, however, so stay tuned for any updates.
The Bold 9900 has a similar design to the older Bolds, but with a sleeker and thinner form factor. The display is also now a capacitive touch screen, designed to take advantage of BlackBerry OS 7 that brings support for augmented reality apps via a built-in magnetometer.
It also … Read more