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Caio Dettmar

Brazilian geek musician and student of Advertising & Promotion and Jornalism, which is into tech, games, and a Google fan boy ♥

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It’s been almost three years since I bought my first game on Steam. Since then, I’ve built up a collection of 61 games on it (not even including the DLCs I’ve bought); without my realising it, Steam became the only marketplace I use for buying PC games.

I love how it works: I can install the games I’ve bought on any of my computers without having to carry CDs and DVDs around, which is particularly great for my netbook that doesn’t have an optical drive, and I don’t have to worry about the original media being lost or ruined. I know that I will always have the game – as long as Steam sticks around.

That’s all great, but it’s got nothing to do with Android. So why bother with the app? Read on to find out…
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The Pomodoro Technique is a popular time-boxing productivity method to help you improve your focus and concentration, requiring nothing more than a kitchen timer. The idea is simple: alternate 25 minutes of work with 5 minutes of rest, and repeat.

Today I’ll show you the principles of this technique, and how to use it daily, using Pomodroido, an app designed to help you do the technique whenever you go, so you don’t need to carry a timer with you everywhere.

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Since I rooted my phone and installed CyanogenMod 7 on it, I have noticed the obvious performance gain. My phone became faster, and my battery started to last longer, even when I became lazy with regards to saving some energy.

As the laziness overcame me me, I stopped making any tweaks at all; yet my phone didn’t die, and nether did I.
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Kickstarter is a powerful resource for raising funds for a project, and recently some mobile developers have started using this platform to get the cash they need to make their games. Interested users donate some money and receive different rewards – almost always related to the project in question – depending on how much they fork over. The twist is this: if the project doesn’t raise the required dollars by the deadline, their money never leaves your pocket.

Let’s take a look at how Kickstarter is being used in the Android world. (more…)

For months people was expecting the announce of the Sony tablets, previously known as S1 and S2 in rumors. Sony finally announced them at IFA 2011, now with the (just slightly better) names of Tablet S and Tablet P. Both tablets are “Playstation Certified“, and each has an exotic design. But are these features really worth it?
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Classic Notes, like its sister app Extensive Notes, is an app to do pretty much everything. The developer’s description of the app is much longer than would fit in the description — and, wow, there are so many features included in less than half a megabyte! There is so much to cover, so let’s get started…

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UberMusic is a music player inspired by the Metro UI and Zune Player for Windows Phone 7, and it is the most gorgeous music player you will find in the Android Market. It mimics the Zune player even in the animations. This skinnable music player, made by the same developer of LauncherPro, is gaining fast popularity in the Android Market; in less than a week out of beta it’s already sold almost 10,000 copies of. Lets see why this app is growing so fast, and why it’s really worth it!

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Pax Britannica is a one-button (or one-touch) real-time strategy game originally made for Windows/Mac/Linux, that recently reached the Android Market in a port made by Stefan Wagner. It is a very simple and fun game that will get you completely addicted, with its beautiful graphics and the simple yet deep gameplay.
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SoundCloud is a social community for musicians and DJs around the world to listen, record, and share their work across the internet. Like Twitter, you can follow and be followed by your fellow artists, but if you’re a fan, you can just follow your idols and even communicate with them.

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With the “smartphone era” came a great thing for musicians: the mobile tools for composing and playing music on a pocket size instrument with the practicality of touch interfaces. We hear so much about apps for iOS around music composition, notation, and live playing, made by the biggest and famous musical software and hardware companies — but what about Android? Though many of them didn’t look at us, some developers did, and have made powerful and useful weapons that every musician with an Android phone should have, covering everything from simple on-the-go notations to a full sequencer in your hands.

Join in me in this Roundup with the most awesome tools for musical notation, composition and learning, for Android.

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