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Man Uses Geek Wizardry, Magic To Use HTC EVO 4G As Garage Door Opener

Man Uses Geek Wizardry, Magic To Use HTC EVO 4G As Garage Door Opener

In an impressive display of nerdery, XDA member JsChiSurf (who you may remember as the guy behind the re-mapped EVO buttons and a shout-out in Fresh 3.5) has used a host of tools and tricks to create an app that allows him to use his EVO as a garage door opener. Check out the video below (it's on the longer side at nearly 4 minutes, but it's got all the details).

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Solar Wind: An Amazing, Trippy Live Wallpaper

Solar Wind: An Amazing, Trippy Live Wallpaper

Many Android owners seem to have a love/hate relationship with live wallpapers - no matter how stunning they are, they generally zap performance and battery life too much to be used for long. Here's one that might work on both sides of the coin: meet Solar Wind LWP.

solar_wind1 solar_wind2

As you can see, it's... well, it's a bit hard to describe. It mainly consists of multi-colored strings of dots swirling around.

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All Hexage Games 50% Off Until Monday

All Hexage Games 50% Off Until Monday

There's no question Hexage's Android games are state-of-the-art - in fact, EVAC was #1 on our list of non-Angry Birds games - but there are those of you reluctant to spend your hard-earned cash on a game for your phone.

In an effort to alleviate that stress, the game development firm has cut the prices of each and every one of its games in half until Monday, January 3rd. As a reminder, Hexage is the company behind the following games.

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PSA: There Are Some Trojans In Some Apps... Somewhere. Remain Vigilant, Friends.

PSA: There Are Some Trojans In Some Apps... Somewhere. Remain Vigilant, Friends.

I've been avoiding this one for a few days because it doesn't really seem like much of an issue to me, but it hasn't gone away, so I've changed my tune. Maybe this post will help somebody from getting a Trojan - and that has to count for some brownie points or something, right?

For the past few days, security-app maker Lookout (who you may remember for their App Genome Project) has been warning folks about a new AndVirus (yeah, just made that up) they've found called Geinimi.

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[Review] Super Drill Panic Takes You Back To 1992; Also, The Center Of The Earth

[Review] Super Drill Panic Takes You Back To 1992; Also, The Center Of The Earth

A new round of games that incorporate one of my favorite Android services, OpenFeint, has recently been released. We've gotten our all-too-idle hands on several of these games and, let me tell you, some impressive things are being brought to the table.  While flipping through the games and wasting all of my time, one game stuck out to me. Maybe it was the nostalgic feel of it. Maybe it was the Indiana Jones throwback feeling of it.

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Viewsonic G Tablet, From Rags To Riches - An Owner's Guide To Making The Best Of A Great Tablet

Viewsonic G Tablet, From Rags To Riches - An Owner's Guide To Making The Best Of A Great Tablet

Over the past couple of weeks, I spent countless hours debating whether I should wait around a few months and see what tablets come out or get one now. In the latter case, which tablet was right for me?

Let me start out with what I wanted out of a tablet. First and foremost, I needed a device that let me check my email and read the news. Every morning, I wake up, grab my Sprint EVO 4G, and check my email using Gmail and my work email using Exchange.

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[Comic] Plan: Buy Nexus S, Write Awesome Android App.

[Comic] Plan: Buy Nexus S, Write Awesome Android App.

If you're ever looking for a good webcomic, look no further than Abstruse Goose. Case in point: today's Nexus S comic. There's not much to say about it, so here it is:

Rovio_is_pure_evil

Bonus lols: the image name is "Rovio_is_pure_evil.PNG."

Probably safe to say we've all been in a similar situation - which is pretty good for Rovio.

[Source: Abstruse Goose via Reddit]

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21 Best New Android Apps And Games From Last Week (12/21/10 - 12/27/10)

21 Best New Android Apps And Games From Last Week (12/21/10 - 12/27/10)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market in the previous week or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Featured App

Tunerfish

This week's featured app is sponsored by Tunerfish - a social TV/movie/video platform.

Tunerfish is especially dear to me personally, as I was 1 of 2 developers working on it for the past 3 months.

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QuickDesk Dev Releases Calendr 1.0 To Android Market, Minimalists Rejoice!

QuickDesk Dev Releases Calendr 1.0 To Android Market, Minimalists Rejoice!

Faruq Rasid, the developer behind QuickDesk, has developed and now finally released a minimalist calendar widget called Calendr that's inspired by Clockr. The widget is simple and attractive, showing your next upcoming event, as well as the date and time, from your Google Calendar. As a complete minimalist when it comes to my home screen, I am truly loving it!

calendr_alpha1

Unlike early Alpha versions, the 1.0 version of Calendr only updates when an event is created, edited or deleted.

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Your Move, Shazam - SoundHound's Free Android App Now Features Unlimited Music IDs

Your Move, Shazam - SoundHound's Free Android App Now Features Unlimited Music IDs

The developers of SoundHound, a music recognition app, have decided to update the free version of their app to allow an unlimited number of music IDs, instead of the previous limit of 5 each month.

Meanwhile, SoundHound's biggest competitor, Shazam, has a very similar offering: a free app that has the same limit of 5 music IDs per month. If Shazam does nothing, which is hard to imagine, and you don't plan on spending any money, there's no contest regarding which app you are going to end up using.

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