24
Oct
dragonassistant

For years Nuance's Dragon served as a leader in the world of voice dictation and commands. More recently, though, as Google and Apple move in on the speech control world, the company has a more pressing need than ever to distinguish itself. Enter Dragon Mobile Assistant. This app aims to "expands the natural language understanding and artificial intelligence" of Dragon Go! and "[add] the most popular personal assistant features."

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At this point, most of our readers are probably aware of how voice assistants work.

24
Oct
tectile

I love NFC. In fact, I use it every single day and can't imagine going back to life without it. Since I'm running CyanogenMod 10 on both my tablet and phone, I take full advantage of the profiles feature, which allows custom settings for various situations like work, home, night, and more, each of which can be activated (and de-activated) via NFC.

Beginning now, Samsung owners with NFC-capable phones can utilize a very similar feature with the newly updated TecTile app.

23
Oct
redbeacon

Maybe you're looking for a pro to fix up some odds-and-ends things around house. Maybe you some painting done. Or perhaps you're in desperate need of a landscaper. No matter what your home improvement quandary is, there's someone out there who will gladly accept your money to perform said activity. The problem is, though, finding the right person for the job.

Fear not, oh unskilled one - you can now use the power of your smartphone to find just such a person, thanks to the new Redbeacon app.

23
Oct
beyondpod

We already know that TeslaCoil loves to throw secret menus into its apps like Nova and WidgetLocker, but it turns out they're not the only developers using this sort of hidden functionality. Popular podcatching app BeyondPod also has a hidden menu, and it's chock-full of useful features.

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First things first - how do you access this super top-secret place of magic? Pretty easily, actually. Start up BeyondPod, and hit the menu button > More...

22
Oct
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While we're just hearing that an entirely new version of Google Wallet is on the way (what exactly is new about it is what we don't know), Google announced via Twitter that MetroPCS is the latest Wallet carrier partner. The Galaxy S III is the only Wallet-compatible device on Metro for the moment, but you can probably expect most future Metro phones to carry Wallet support, as well.

22
Oct
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If you're not a fan of your phone's stock camera app for its lack of vintage polaroid filters, you probably have come across Camera ZOOM FX at some point or another. It's pretty popular, but since the introduction of Android 4.0, its UI has looked a little dated. Today, that changed - along with over 20 new features, ZOOM FX is sporting a brand-new look. Check it out.

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I'm not going to list all the new features here (because let's face it, a filter is not a feature, it's a filter), but here are some of the highlights:

  • New UI / performance enhancements (hardware acceleration)
  • Portrait mode
  • Adjust brightness, exposure, ISO, light metering
  • Horizon and stability indicators
  • Golden spiral grid
  • New UI for photo timer
  • Pinch digital zoom
  • Gallery mode
  • XHDPI support
  • Customizable actions
  • Facebook sharing

That's a lot of stuff.

21
Oct
solidexplorer

Among people who love file managers, there's no doubt that Solid Explorer is a favorite. It's full-featured, intuitive, and powerful. Adding to its already-impressive feature set, it was just updated to version 1.3.8 in the Play Store, bringing along a slew of enhancements that are sure to please the Solid fans among us:

-status bar
-special bit flags for file permissions(root only)
-fixed freezes when transferring over ftp
-fixed a bug causing the files to be deleted instead of moved
-quick config popup under jump action
-ability to stream media from Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and ZIP files
-fixed some issues related to media streaming
-manual toggle for system remount (root only)
-stability improvements
-minor bug fixes

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The update is live in the Store now - if you already have Solid installed, you can go ahead and pull it down.

19
Oct
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One of the things that makes Fraps so popular among PC gamers is its ability to capture frames per second info in the corner of just about any game, allowing users to monitor and benchmark performance.

Bringing similar functionality to your Android device, FPS Meter shows just how many frames per second any app is running at, and by extension allows you to capture video of that performance with the recording app of your choice.

19
Oct
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Following up on the success of its Current Caller ID app, WhitePages has released version 2.0 of the WhitePages app, bringing a slick new Android-oriented UI and new social/discovery features along for the ride.

Besides its newly holo-fied interface design, the WhitePages app adds the ability to connect with friends and neighbors with a Nearby People functionality that can be used, as seen in the video, to "find a friend" and plan a lunch.

19
Oct
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Orbitz.com, one of the top online travel/booking resources around, has just released a new app – Hotels by Orbitz, meant to help users find, book, and enjoy hotels in thousands of destinations world-wide, whether you need a room tonight, or want to book a future stay.

The app, which has a somewhat slick – though not strictly holo – interface, not only lets users search for and book hotels, but also provides access to Orbitz Mobile Steals – "exclusive mobile-only discounts of up to 50%." The app also allows you to find hotels based on your current location, and sort search results, like with Orbitz's online interface, by best value, lowest price, or by distance.