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By now, the Glass Explorers Program is in full swing; websites are producing more and more articles on Google’s latest ‘experiment’ and the product is generating a lot of buzz. I was lucky enough to get into the Explorers Program (thanks to this tweet) and have been using Google Glass for a few weeks now. I’ve been formulating a lot of thoughts about it: how it is to wear, what I can use it for now, what it will be useful for with the right apps, etc. I’m going to talk about all of that and more in this article.

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I remember my first video game console. It was 1989, I was 4 years old and my parents got me a NES with Super Mario Bros. Since then, I’ve been a fairly avid video game player — though admittedly not as often lately as I’d like to. I’ve had Nintendos, PlayStations, Xboxes, PC Games, mobile games, and more. Right now, we are on the cusp of a new popular platform for gaming: the browser. They are getting more powerful, they are everywhere, and thanks to Brass Monkey, they feel like consoles….
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Recently, Gmail announced a new way of displaying email that presumably cleans up your inbox and makes you more organized — you can read more about it in Mark Wilson’s review. After using it on both the desktop and my phone, I’ve got to say they’ve done a good job. However, one thing they have not implemented yet is a priority inbox for close family and friends. While the Primary inbox does a nice job of filtering out automatic emails from social networks, shopping sites, and more, there is no way to differentiate work from personal email.

That’s where Dextr comes in. The app bills itself as a new mail experience that brings you closer to the people you love. Dextr’s goal is clear: to make it easier for you to communicate with the people you care about the most.

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About a month ago, Matt Mullenweg (of WordPress fame) blogged about 2 pieces of technology he had been wearing in order to track some aspects of his health. One of them was the Jawbone UP, which I debated buying for about 60 seconds before actually buying it.

Ever since, it’s been quite the conversation starter, with people asking me what it is and what it does and how it works. Well, using a heart-rate monitor and pedometer, the Up works hand-in-hand with your Android phone, syncing data and giving you some nice personal analytics through its aptly named Jawbone Jawbone Up Android app.

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A while back I did a roundup of Multimedia App for Android Tablets. You may have noticed that missing from that list were music apps, but fear not; I have not forgotten about music apps — as a matter of fact I love music. There are so many great music apps for Android tablets that instead of lumping them in with other multimedia apps, we decided to dedicate a roundup strictly to them. Here, we’re going to look at streaming, discovery, syncing, and even playing apps that work very well on your Nexus 7, 10 or other Android tablet.

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Recently Google released its new note-taking solution, Google Keep. The competition in this area is pretty stiff with a lot really great apps that already exist — just off the top of my head, there’s Evernote, Simple Notes, Fetch, and OneNote. With these and more already in the note-taking app space, how does Google Keep measure up? After using it for several weeks in real-world scenarios, here’s what I found out.

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Mobile gaming, as you probably know, is super popular: people play games on mobile. Because of that, there are tons of games for Android; they even have their own section in the Play Store, completely separate from “Apps.” I have my select crop of games, as I’m sure you do. I prefer 2D side-scrollers — they are simple, somewhat mindless games that help me pass the time. However, when I came across Draw a Stickman I was pretty intrigued. It didn’t seem like your run of the mill adventure game, so I downloaded it and gave it a try. What did I think? Let’s take a look!

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When it comes to Twitter clients I bounce around a lot — on all platforms. Heck on the desktop I use TweetDeck even though I’m not a huge fan of it. I haven’t really found a free app that I really like and I really don’t want to pay a ton of money for a client when the service itself is free. On Android, I’ve run the gamut: Twitter’s official app, Twicca, Carbon, Tweetlanes, Falcon, Tweetdeck, and more. Each, while good, left me wanting something more. Then I found out about Robird.

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As you know, I’m a pretty big fan of movies! Earlier this year I reviewed Movie Mate Pro, an app for tracking theatrical releases. There is another side to the coin though; what about movies out of theaters that are released for purchase or streaming? With the amount of different online options out there, it can get tough to keep track of them all. That’s where eTrizzle comes in.

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I have a confession: for a long time my passwords probably weren’t as secure as they should have been. With personal accounts at over 60 websites, it was tough to manage them properly — not to mention all of the accounts I have for my clients. In short, I wasn’t managing secure data properly. Then my friend told me about Dashlane, a cross platform password manager with an Android client.

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