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Yesterday morning, Lifehacker published an article titled "How to Break Down the Barrier Between Your Android and Computer," and it's well worth a look for any Android power user. The article is broken into three sections: Two-Way (Android <-> Desktop) and One-Way (Desktop -> Android) and (Android -> Desktop).

In the interest of not stealing their thunder, I'm not going to tell you what apps they suggest and why, but I will tell you what types of apps they cover:

  1. Two-way
  1. Files
  2. Small data/notes
  3. Reading material
  • One-way (Desktop -> Android)
    1. Remote control/screen viewing
    2. App sync/installation
    3. Web pages, maps, and text
    4. Files
    5. iTunes
  • One-way (Android -> Desktop)
    1. Phone activity (SMS/calls/etc)
    2. Web pages
    3. Files

    Be sure to hit up the source link to check out their app suggestions!

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    Oct
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    Last Updated: November 3rd, 2010

    Although the name may be reminiscent of Optimus Prime, this phone might not live up to the most powerful Autobot. Think of the Optimus T as an Android feature phone with the stats of a mid-range device.

    It comes packed with the following specs:

    • Android 2.2 FroYo
    • 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen
    • 3.2MP Camera (no Flash - what is this, 2005?)
    • Wifi (includes Mobile Hotspot Option)
    • GPS
    • Bluetooth

    The Optimus T appears to be the exact opposite of what most people are expecting to see from handset manufacturers: a starter phone.

    05
    Oct
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    Verizon has just announced the Droid Pro (that's right, the same device that was previously rumored to have a dual GSM /CDMA radio for global roaming, a 1.3 GHz processor, and a 4" display), and let me tell you, the thing's got a few surprises hidden up its sleeve.

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    For starters, it's not a landscape slider, unlike the Droid 2. Instead, Motorola's decided to go with a candybar form factor for this one, much like the form factor used by RIM for numerous BlackBerries and also by Palm for the Pixi.

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    Oct
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    Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

    Reviewed version: 2.0.4
    Requires: Android 1.6 or newer
    Cost: Free

    I have fat fingers. There. I said it. With my old Sanyo Katana, it wasn’t a problem because I would just multitap and tap and tap to enter text. But when I finally made the jump to a smartphone, I quickly ran into a stumbling block with the virtual keyboard.

    The HTC Hero has a pretty compact screen, especially in portrait orientation.

    05
    Oct
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    Looks like Gorilla Glass is fast becoming the trend among tablets and smartphones - not only is Samsung slapping it on their Galaxy S devices, but the Tab as well. What's so great about Gorilla Glass? To quote Wikipedia:

    Corning attributes the choice of Gorilla Glass superiority not only for "unparalleled damage resistance and protection" but:

    • "Thinner form factor: Gorilla Glass retains its performance advantage over standard chemically strengthened substrates even when used in thin form factors.

    05
    Oct
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    Take a look at what I found in the Android Market this morning when I was doing a casual sift through the swamp of garbage that the Market is today. It's the official Yahoo Finance app - an app that trails behind Google's own super popular Finance app by over a year. Of course, the more the merrier, and Yahoo is a huge player in the finance world with its Yahoo Finance site, so I downloaded it to take a look.

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    Last week, Google announced that over the next 2 weeks, support for purchasing paid apps was coming to 18 more countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan.

    This morning, reports are trickling in that the switch has been indeed flipped, at least in some of these countries. So far, we've been able to confirm Sweden, Denmark, and India.

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    Oct
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    Today, Google flipped the switch on paid app purchases in more countries, such as India, Sweden, and Denmark, just as promised, and with that came another subtle, yet important, change. Instead of showing prices in developers' native currencies, all application prices are now converted on the fly into your own currency.

    Here's what the Market looks like for me in the US now - notice the tilde (~) symbol next to converted prices:

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    Here is Sweden:

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    And here's Denmark:

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    Oct
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    Last Updated: October 10th, 2010

    Do you guys remember Napster, the music sharing service that started it all, made huge headlines, was sued into oblivion, went legit as a radio with a monthly subscription fee, and later got picked up by Best Buy? Of course you do, and I'm willing to bet most of you downloaded at least one song using Napster back in the day.

    The app, quietly launched over the weekend, offers access to over 11 million songs using your Napster account, which costs $10 a month.

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    Oct
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    GrubHub, an online food delivery and ordering company, just dropped an Android application into the Market. The app lets you find out which restaurants in your area deliver and place an order online or over the phone. Here are the areas with current GrubHub coverage:

    • New York
    • Chicago
    • San Francisco
    • Oakland
    • Boston
    • Los Angeles
    • Washington DC
    • Philadelphia
    • San Diego
    • Seattle
    • Portland
    • Denver
    • Boulder

    According to the application description, this translates into support for over 13,000 menus.