Using your phone while on the road is extremely dangerous. A safer way to stay connected is to use a hands-free kit. This is great if you want to make calls, but less helpful if you're dependent on the myriad of messaging services currently in use.
Enter Drivemode, which has been kicking around the Google Play Store for some time now. At a very fundamental level, it provides a gesture interface for a number of apps and system functions, essentially allowing you to safely use your phone without even looking at the screen. It also supports the composition and sending of SMS messages through voice recognition. Read More
Our lives keep getting busier every day and that's not an understatement. If you've been wanting to learn a new language or practice a new hobby or add some exercise into your daily life, you've probably hit a wall when it came down to scheduling time for it repeatedly every day or week. Google Calendar, which is turning 10 years old today, is here to the rescue in its latest release.
With version 5.4 comes a new Goals feature that helps you set up your exercise, skills, or custom goals. You get to choose the frequency, preferred time of day, and duration, then Calendar does the heavy lifting of looking through your schedule and figuring out the most appropriate timeslots to help you achieve your goal. Read More
Bots. They're coming. They're not after world domination. They don't want to entrap mankind in order to guarantee our safety. They simply want to talk.
And they're talking, alright. They're talking on Telegram. They're coming to Skype. Google apparently has another messaging service in the works, and they're making plans to talk all over that.
Now they're ready to host conversations in Facebook Messenger. Read More
HTC started testing its very own memory cleaner app just recently in the HTC Preview program, and now Boost+ has made its debut in the Play Store. Oh, it does more than clean memory. It locks apps, empties cache, and so on, but do you want any of it? Too bad, you can't use it anyway. This release appears to only be compatible with the new HTC 10, which essentially no one has yet. Read More
Ustwo, the developer of the popular game Monument Valley (and Sky Kids) has a new app called Face Maker. No, it's not an app for creating human faces, it's an app for designing watch faces for Android Wear. Ustwo is no stranger to the Android Wear world—it has released several other watch face packs in the past, but this is the most configurable yet. Read More
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Managing photos isn't a new problem. Smartphones may provide us with a camera in our pockets all the time, but we've had to wrestle with how to store photographs since we started taking them. We've crammed pictures into photo albums and transferred images off digital cameras using USB cables. These days we're trying to figure out the best way to manage photos on touchscreen devices that let us take and store so many.
Slidebox is one the latest options to pop up in the Play Store. Read More
If you've used MyFitnessPal or any other kind of food logging app, you'd know that it can be daunting to log every single thing you eat. And if you've tried to follow diets to lose weight or build muscle, you'd know that there are so many strategies and that implementing them takes a lot of work and time especially when you take on the impossible task of finding adequate recipes and organizing them in a way that makes sense. Having lived through both scenarios, I am completely drawn to Eat This Much's concept.
Instead of painstakingly logging what you ate and discovering at the end of the day that you didn't meet your goal, or browsing through thousands of recipes trying to find the ones that seem to fit your goal, you just tell Eat This Much what your dietary preference and fitness goals are, and it uses its smarts to automate everything and take the guesswork out of meal planning. Read More
Opera Max isn't a browser, but it utilizes the company's well known data compression prowess to save you a lot of bandwidth and Megabytes, regardless of the app you're using to sip through your data. However, prior to today, Max was only optimized for phones and didn't work well, or at all, on tablets.
With version 1.7.5, Opera Max is adding a tablet layout that utilizes the bigger screen estate to display more of your monitored app usage, data compression results, and settings. You can enable Opera Max on your data network, your WiFi connection, or both. You can blacklist some apps, allowing them to use as much bandwidth as they want, or go drastic and prevent an app's background data usage if you don't like what it's doing when you're not using it. Read More
Telegram has just received a huge update to version 3.8 with plenty of goodies for all its loyal users to enjoy. There's a pretty important new version of the Bots API, but before we get to that, the app also got redesigned chat screens and a couple of small functional changes too.
I don't use Telegram enough to be able to tell the difference between these new chat screens (in the image above this post) and the old ones, but the most apparent change to me is that the bubble's anchor is at the bottom now as opposed to slightly higher. Read More