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App Review: Shake, Raffle and Roll

Posted by wicked January - 19 - 2012 - Thursday Comments Off

Whether you’re the one deciding on where you and your friends will eat for lunch, or you’re the raffle facilitator for a corporate event, there’s no need to worry about tossing a coin or rolling pieces of paper.  Shake, Raffle and Roll is the app that can do all those for you. It’s a convenient version of the electronic raffle and is very useful for making decisions, as well as for situations that call for picking out a name from a fishbowl.

The mechanics are fairly simple. You need to input your choices, give your device a shake, and tap to reveal the answer. Now we have a whole bunch of raffle and ticket apps on the Market, but what differentiates Shake Raffle and Roll (or ShakeRaffleRoll) from others is that it has four modes:

Name Mode: This allows you to input a set of names of people, places, objects, etc., which the app can randomly chose from.

Number Mode: This mode requires you to type in a minimum and a maximum number (say your minimum is “1” and your maximum is “1000”). The app will then randomly pick a number for you within the limitations you set.

Face Mode: This is an interesting take on raffling. Take a group photo, and the app will randomly choose one area to zoom in to. Whoever is in that area is the chosen person.

CSV Mode: A pretty useful function, the CSV Mode reads from and enables you to load CSV files saved on your SD card. This definitely comes in handy if you have a long list of choices.

User Experience

Shake, Raffle and Roll has a neat and instinctive interface, but although the app instructs you to shake your device to reveal the answer, a simple tap will actually do (which sort of defeats the entire concept, but we digress). It’s also great that the app has the option to turn off its background music, since it still needs a bit of work.

All modes are easy and even fun to use, but although the Face Mode is interesting, it can’t really handle photos of large groups as the app only zooms in to a random area, but does not recognize faces. The CSV Mode is a definite favorite as it gives you the option to add as many categories as you want.

The Verdict

All in all, Shake, Raffle and Roll is a great raffling app that surpasses many of those currently in the Market when it comes to functionality. Try it out for yourself and download it here.

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This article, App Review: Shake, Raffle and Roll , was originally published at – Your Android News Source.

Battery Extenders for Your Android Phone

Posted by wicked January - 18 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

The mobile phone has evolved from being just a simple text-and-call device into a more sophisticated, computer-like tool. Your smartphone, however it is made, drains battery juice faster than ordinary cellular phones. With all those extra features, NFC chips, improved cameras, faster processors, and software enhancements on your smartphone, battery life of less than a day is to be expected on Android phones. But, with the help of battery extenders, your Android phone can survive for even a day or more.

Battery extenders are not included in the box and can be bought separately from various electronics stores. Used together with your default battery, battery extenders help you use your device longer and prevent you from connecting it with its power charger soon. Although it considerably extends battery life, you need to be extra careful in choosing your battery extender. Extra precaution should be needed when using these batteries, since they are not made specifically for your device.

Most consumers think that battery extenders will alter the phone’s performance or has a higher risk of exploding. The truth, however, is that battery extenders may even perform better than your default battery. When choosing your battery extender, you need to go for a battery that offers high-quality performance, good service, and longer warranty. One of the popular brands of battery extenders is Mugen Power. Avoid low-quality batteries which may give you undesirable battery life and may have a higher risk of exploding.

If you opt not to use battery extenders, you can go for alternative ways to cut off your battery consumption. You can either alter its current settings or plug it to its charger when not in use.

Battery extenders vary in sizes and bulkiness. Battery size is always directly proportional to its juice. The longer the battery life, the bigger and heavier your batteries will be. This is what you get from those extended hours on your smartphone. A stronger battery extender, however heavy, can give you extra phone juice of more than 30 hours. So, you will need to decide which is more important to you: a sleeker device or extended battery performance.

Your battery extender will also come with back covers. Make sure you purchase the right battery that fits your style and also fits your phone.

How long does your phone last on a normal charge on its standard battery? Is the battery life on your device acceptable to you? Do you think you should use battery extenders?

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This article, Battery Extenders for Your Android Phone , was originally published at – Your Android News Source.

How to Find Out What Apps Are Most Popular Among Your Friends

Posted by wicked January - 17 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off

Like many things in life, apps are better enjoyed and more fun when shared with friends and those closest to you. And, what could be a better way to get the latest scoop on the hottest and most popular apps in the Android Market than getting app recommendations from friends and family? An amazing new app called AppAware lets you do just that–and more.

AppAware utilizes social networking to fetch recommended apps and games from the Android Market, as well as apps used frequently and recommended by your friends so you can try, share, bookmark, and comment on these apps. In turn, you can share and recommend apps of your choice, as well. Other features include being able to get app hints and tricks and report bugs to developers.

A cool homepage widget keeps you updated with the latest and most popular apps organized by categories, and a refined search tool can let you search for popular apps within a specific location or country. AppAware also lets you launch apps and games right from within the app itself for convenience.

The login screen allows you to link your AppAware account to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social networking accounts for more connectivity with your friends. Remember, the more social networking accounts you link, the more recommendations you’ll get.

The different buttons on the Apps page allow you to explore and discover apps in various ways. There are options to search apps according to location, categories, friend suggestions, or even get a random app recommendation. The search tool lets you search for specific apps by app name or user. The app’s page on the Android Market also includes information on which of your friends have installed or tried that particular app.

The Friends’ Feed page shows you a feed of your friends’ latest activity, plus top apps from a specific location or category. Your AppAware profile statistics are also shown, and a nifty Notifications bar, which can be dragged to the top of the display, prompts you of alerts.

Tap on a user’s profile photo to launch that user’s AppAware profile screen. You can then send your friend a message, visit that contact’s other friends, view bookmarked and installed apps, as well as your friend’s recent activities on the Android Market.

To remove a user from your friends list, just tap “Menu > Remove from your AppAware”. Tap on Menu > Settings to edit your AppAware profile, enable/disable notifications, and to allow the app to automatically update your Facebook/Twitter accounts whenever you install or try new apps.

Each app’s page shows you app details, screenshots, videos, user comments, Market ratings, and more. You can also easily share the app from its details page.

With AppAware, you make app discovery easier by knowing what apps are hot among your social networking contacts. To get into the latest app discovery experience, download AppAware for free from the Android Market today.

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This article, How to Find Out What Apps Are Most Popular Among Your Friends , was originally published at – Your Android News Source.

How To use Your Android Device as an Extended Display for a PC w/ ScreenSlider App

Posted by wicked January - 17 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you’re looking to put more visual ooomph into your desktop setup for gaming or just needing more display screens as added workspace, it’s often easier to get yourself a new desktop monitor to add to your already impressive gadget collection.

But, tough economic times have forced tech enthusiasts to consider other solutions, and if you have an Android smartphone or tablet, you won’t need to look any further. With some help from ScreenSlider, a nifty Android app, you can use your Android device as a monitor display extension.

ScreenSlider allows you to view items that are currently running on your desktop monitor on your Android device, even if you’re in another room. It’s like having an extra, portable display or screen–perfect for multitasking or keeping track of activity on social networks while you stay focused on the main task on your monitor. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and the proper LAN setup on a Windows PC or laptop.

The app features easy controls on your Android device: pinch-to-zoom, two-finger panning while zoomed, three-finger scroll, and press-and-hold for right mouse click. You can use the built-in Android keyboard and speech-to-text recognition to input text into Windows apps. The app runs on devices with Android 2.2 or later.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get this cool feature up and running:

  1. Download the ScreenSlider app from the Android Market for just 99 cents — a 50% discount from the original US$1.99 price for a limited time. If you have installed a previous version of the app which did not have the auto-update feature, it’s important to uninstall the old app first before installing the newly upgraded version.
  2. You will also need to download and install a separate ScreenSlider app to your PC. It’s available for free download from the developer’s website after entering a valid email address.
  3. Launch ScreenSlider on your Android device and enter a device name once requested.
  4. Right-click the ScreenSlider app on the system tray of your Windows PC/laptop and select “Find Devices”.
  5. Double-click your device on the list once it is detected over your Wi-Fi connection. A dialog box will pop up, prompting you to enter the code shown on your Android device in order to pair your device and PC.
  6. Click “Agree” for any license prompts that might come up during installation. The screens might flicker for a bit while the app is initializing, but once that’s done, the app should be ready for use.

Congratulations! You can now use your Android device as an extended monitor for your PC.

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This article, How To use Your Android Device as an Extended Display for a PC w/ ScreenSlider App , was originally published at – Your Android News Source.

Top 6 Best Blogging Apps for Android Phones and Tablets

Posted by wicked January - 16 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

Bloggers everywhere rejoiced when they no longer had to be chained to their laptops and their desktops. Now able to blog directly from Android mobile devices, like phones and tablets, bloggers can capture their day-to-day life and update things as they happen.

With the number of blogging apps on the Android Marketplace, it’s difficult to choose which ones you should go with. To help narrow your options, we present our top picks for the 6 best blogging apps for Android phones and tablets.


Tumblr is a microblogging platform which allows users to post text, images, video links, and quotes to their tumblelog. It also allows users to follow other tumblelogs that they find interesting and to view their posts on the Dashboard. It is also possible to reblog posts so that it shows up on users’ own tumblelog.

Apart from that, however The Tumblr app is capable of saving drafts, queuing posts, customizing tweets, and more. It also allows you to manage your main blog and several other blogs. One advantage of the Tumblr app on an Android device is that you can find and follow people from your address book.

If you’d like to start posting to Tumblr, you can download the Tumblr app from the Android Market.


For bloggers who would like to post longer, mostly text-based entries, then WordPress is for you. The WordPress Android app has been developed to keep up with the demands of perfect and convenient smartphone blogging. The app is fast and sleek, but works best on tablets. Blogging on smartphones may be a little difficult, given the substantially smaller display.

Just like its desktop counterpart, the WordPress app allows you to create new posts, edit old ones, view blog statistics, and manage comments on your existing WordPress blogs. A benefit of this application is that it supports both blogs and self-hosted WordPress blogs.

If you’d like to start posting to WordPress, you can download the WordPress app from the Android Market.


Blogger was developed by Google, and because of this, it’s made the sign-up process easier. No need to create a unique username and password–you can use your Google credentials to log in and start blogging.

The Blogger app comes with features that allow early publishing of news posts, adding pictures to your blog entries, and labels. You can even add a location to each of your posts. If you’ve got multiple blogs, don’t worry. The Blogger app allows you to easily switch between them.

If you’d like to start posting to Blogger, you can download the Blogger app from the Android Market.


If you’ve been a long-time fan of LiveJournal, you will not be disappointed. The official LiveJournal app gives you easy access to your journal from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet. Nearly identical to its desktop counterpart, the app allows you to post entries, manage comments, as well as manage posts you’ve published.

If you’re out on an adventure and want to chronicle your progress, the LiveJournal app allows you to compose drafts so that you can post the whole thing when you either complete your adventure or when you’re ready to share it with your friends.

You can even post to communities. You don’t need to feel limited by posting just word-based entries because you can also include photos, and create and post polls.

If you’d like to start posting to LiveJournal, you can download the LiveJournal app from the Android Market.

Posterous Spaces

Posterous Spaces is an Android app developed by Posterous that allows users to manage their spaces. Spaces are lot like tumblelogs, which gives the user the option to upload a single picture or several of them in one go, sharing videos or text posts of their current thoughts. Users can create as many spaces as they want, and even create spaces for groups so that everyone involved can contribute.

Unlike Tumblr however, and much like WordPress, LiveJournal and Blogger, the Posterous Spaces app lets users control whom they can share their spaces with. There’s a whole lot more privacy involved.

To start sharing your spaces with your friends, download the Posterous Spaces app from the Android Market.


The Blogger-droid app may be less known than its official Blogger counterpart, but it does serve pretty much the same purpose. Developed by Anders Hedström, this app allows you a lot of the same functions of the Blogger app. You can easily create, view, and edit blog posts on your Blogger blog.

You can also upload and add pictures to those entries, as well as select the size and quality of the uploaded pictures. If you’d like to queue posts ahead of time, Blogger-droid also allows you to set a date and time for the entry to be published.

To get posting on Blogger using the Blogger-droid app, download it from the Android Market now.

With such portable apps for various blogging platforms, you no longer need to wait until you can get to a desktop or laptop just to be able to upload your freshest blog entry. You can now do so right on your Android phone or tablet. Which of these blogging apps do you use?

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This article, Top 6 Best Blogging Apps for Android Phones and Tablets , was originally published at – Your Android News Source.

Sync iTunes with Android – How to Transfer iTunes Music to Android

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2012 - Sunday Comments Off

It is sometimes very frustrating if you have devices that are incompatible and you can’t sync your files because they have different formats. If you have a Mac computer and an Android tablet/phone, for instance, you will most likely have your music organized on iTunes. Android is not really iTunes-friendly, and iTunes is not exactly Android-friendly.  Thus, you may have a hard time synchronizing your music between the two devices. Fortunately, we have a great tutorial for you, guaranteed to sync iTunes with your Android device.


Don’t get too excited on how to sync your Android device with iTunes just yet. Before anything else, you have to download two apps that you are going to use later. You are required to download and install:

  • iSyncr (available for Windows or for Mac users).  Get the Windows version here, and the Mac version here.
  • PlayerPro Music Player, which you can get from here.
  • USB drivers for your Android phone (so that you can connect your phone as a USB Mass Storage device to your computer)


Making iSyncr work optimally requires two general steps. The first one is to set up and configure iSyncr properly on your Android phone, and the second one is to properly set up and configure PlayerPro Music Player on your phone.

Set Up iSyncr on Your Android Device

  1. Download and install iSyncr to your Android phone. Download the version for the operating system running on your computer (i.e., the Windows version for Windows machines, and the Mac version for Mac machines).
  2. Run the iSyncr app on your phone.
  3. You will be asked where to install iSyncr. If your phone has more than one storage area, you can choose to install to both storage areas.
  4. When the installation finishes, you will see a reminder about the proper way to disconnect your device from your computer after syncing. After this, you will have the option to view a tutorial about using iSyncr. You can skip the tutorial if you like.
  5. Go to the app’s home screen. Tap on the Settings icon.
  6. In the app’s Settings screen, enable “Play Count Logging” and “Auto Clean Playlists.”
  7. You can also set the Playcount Sensitivity and Skip Threshold according to your personal preference.
  8. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
  9. When asked for a connection type, choose to mount your phone as a disk drive or as a USB Mass Storage device. This will enable your computer to use your phone as a removable drive.
  10. Open the removable drive in My Computer.
  11. Launch the iSyncr executable file located in the removable drive.
  12. Click on the Options button. In the Options screen, enable “Sync iTunes Album Art” and “Remember Selected Playlists.”
  13. On the list of playlists, check those playlists that you want to sync, then click the Sync button.

Set Up PlayerPro Music Player on Your Android Device

Now that you already have your iTunes music synced with your Android device, the next thing that you need is a music player that works in harmony with iSyncr. The best choice so far is PlayerPro Music Player because of its ability to synchronize play counts, lyrics, ratings, album art, and ID3 tags. Of course, you have to first install this app and again take note of configuration settings to set it up properly. Here are the instructions for setting it up:

  1. Download and install PlayerPro Music Player from the Android Market.
  2. Run the app.
  3. In the app’s main screen, tap the Menu button, then tap the Settings button.
  4. Go to Music Library > Scrobbling, and select “Simple” from the list to make sure that play and skip counts are synced to both iSyncr and iTunes.
  5. Go to Music Library > Rating System, and select “iSyncr” from the list.
  6. Go to Look and Feel and enable “Prefer ID3 artwork”.

If you have grown accustomed to the way your iPod works, setting up your Android phone in the manner described in this guide will help you keep that familiar experience. Everything from iTunes playlists, artists, albums, album art, lyrics, ratings and ID3 tags is synced between iTunes and your Android device–not to mention that any changes in your playlists are also automatically updated.

Have you tried setting up your Android device to sync with iTunes?

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This article, Sync iTunes with Android – How to Transfer iTunes Music to Android , was originally published at – Your Android News Source.

Coby MID9742-8 9.7 Inch ICS Tablet – Hands On [Video]

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2012 - Sunday Comments Off

Coby is getting into the ICS tablet market this year with seven different tablets. The one we see here is one the the more high end of the bunch the MID9742-8 packing a 9.7 inch screen, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, 1MP VGA front camera, 1GHz single-core processor, GetJar marketplace, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage with an expandable space of an extra 32GB.

The Coby tablets won’t be your powerhouse tablets, they will be your mid-range tablets with nice specs but nothing over the top ranging under $300 there’s not much to complain about especially with the lower price.

Check the MID9742-8 tablet in action live from CES 2012 below.

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This article, Coby MID9742-8 9.7 Inch ICS Tablet – Hands On [Video] , was originally published at – Your Android News Source.

Toshiba Excite X10 10.1 Tablet – Hands On [Video]

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2012 - Sunday Comments Off

While at CES 2012 I saw a ton of new Tablets and phones running Android one of my favorite things I saw was the Toshiba  Excite 10.1. The reason I fell in love with it was the design, it feels absolutely perfect to me it’s defiantly the best feeling hardware a tablet has ever had. The straight edge makes the thinness of the device really stand out at only 0.3 inches thick.

The Toshiba Excite X10 is powered by TI OMAP 4420 dual core processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz equipped with 1 GB of RAM. The screens resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels and 10.1 inches in size. It was running with Android 3.2 Honeycomb when I got to take a look at it but I was told Toshiba is hoping to ship it with Ice Cream Sandwich. For your picture taking needs the Toshiba Excite has a 5 mega pixel rear camera and 2 mega pixel front facing camera. Sounds to be a pretty promising Tablet no?

Check out the Toshiba Excite X10 in action below.

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This article, Toshiba Excite X10 10.1 Tablet – Hands On [Video] , was originally published at – Your Android News Source.

Samsung Galaxy Note LTE AT&T – Hands On Video

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2012 - Sunday Comments Off

At&t released many devices at CES 2012 one of them being the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE a very large device with a massive 5.3 inch screen. It comes with a stylist to help navigate throughout the huge display, surprisingly enough it fits fine in your pocket and doesn’t feel to abnormal while holding it up to your ear during a phone call.

The Samsung Galaxy Note comes packed with a 1.5 Ghz processor, 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front facing camera for video chatting, 1GB of RAM, a beautiful Super AMOLED display, and a 2500 mAh battery. To see it all live from CES 2012 check out the video below.

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This article, Samsung Galaxy Note LTE AT&T – Hands On Video , was originally published at – Your Android News Source.

Top 5 eBook Reader Apps for Android Phones/Tablets

Posted by wicked January - 14 - 2012 - Saturday Comments Off

Tablets are gaining popularity these days as a means for extending the functionality of desktops and laptops. Tablets are lightweight, compact, and not only smart enough for productivity but also great companions for reading ebooks while on the go. Most tablets come in various shapes and sizes, from 5.3 inch phoneblet hybrids to 10.1 inch monster displays.

If you intend to read ebooks on your Android tablet, you’ll be glad to know that there are Android apps to serve that very purpose. Here are some of the top and the best ebook reading apps for your Android device.


Perhaps the success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the sole reason why the Kindle for Android app is the popular choice of many ebook readers out there. Read literally thousands of free books on the go on your tablet or your smartphone without ever needing a Kindle. The Kindle app lets users experience the same features and functionality that catapulted Amazon’s success with the Kindle Fire.

It’s the perfect ebook reading app that caters to any reader’s taste buds, whether you’re browsing for the latest fashion trends on a magazine, or getting real-time updates through online newspapers, the Kindle for Android never fails to amaze you. Other features include a built-in dictionary, Google Search, and Wikipedia access–all of which will greatly complement your reading pleasure.

Get the Kindle app from the Android Market.

Google Books

Reading just got better with Google’s own reading app called Google Books. What is Google Books? From the name itself, it’s all about books and Google’s integration with its services. What makes it different from other ebook reading apps is the sheer number of downloadable books that span over 3 million titles for you to browse and download. Choose from a wide spectrum of choices from Google’s vast library of free and public domain materials that couldn’t be normally found anywhere.

Get the Google Books app from the Android Market.

NOOK for Android by B&N

With Amazon porting its famous Kindle Reader app for Android, Barnes and Noble is doing the same thing. There’s no need for you to own a NOOK tablet, as the application runs on any Android smartphone or tablet. With over 2 million books in Barnes and Noble’s arsenal, you’ll have your very own pocketable library at your fingerprints. Optimized for Android use, the app can easily mark your favorite magazine subscriptions like US Weekly, National Geographic, and The Oprah Magazine — free for a 14-day trial period. Previous users of the NOOK tablet will feel welcomed by the app as it sports the familiar user interface that they love and adore.

Get the NOOK for Android by B&N app from the Android Market.

Aldiko Book Reader

If you’re tired of the same old-fashioned ebook readers found on the Android Market, try Aldiko Book Reader. It is a great alternative to apps supplied by many large companies such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Buy ebooks at great deals from your favorite retailers in either Adobe PDF or EPUB formats. Users can also download directly the ebook of their choice into their Android device without using a computer to transfer files.

Get the Aldiko Book Reader app from the Android Market.

Kobo eBooks

Reading on your Android device will never be the same again with Kobo eBooks. Featuring a massive database of free ebooks to download, users are treated to many interesting titles. Start your day right with the Kobo eReader app that makes reading more entertaining and stimulating. Make reading a fun learning experience as the app has a special feature called Reading Life, which monitors and tracks your reading statistics. You can also share memorable quotes, notes, dialogues, and more with the integrated Faebook feature.

Get the Kobo eBooks app from the Android Market.

Check out these ebook readers for your Android device and carry on with your reading habit. With your books now as portable as your smartphone or tablet, there’s no more stopping you from reading your favorite books any time you want and wherever you are.  What’s your favorite ebook reader app?

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This article, Top 5 eBook Reader Apps for Android Phones/Tablets , was originally published at – Your Android News Source.

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