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Kim Barloso

Kim is a freelance writer with a love for the web and Android devices.

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I recently started a journal to keep track of my thoughts and life events. It’s been too long since I’ve used pen and paper to write, so I decided to do it in a more modern way. As an Android app enthusiast, I scoured the Play Store for the most appealing note-taking app. I soon found out there were only a few apps that met my standards, and Flava won me over almost instantly. In addition to having a new approach to note-taking, it’s the ideal journal app that blends nicely with the phone’s Holo interface. It’s not just a digital version of the old fashioned notebook, it’s that and so much more.

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There comes a time in any Android user’s life where the need to try new things is stronger than the need to stick with the old and familiar. Sometimes it’s a great move, and other times we realize we knew better than to fix what’s not broken.

For the longest time, I’ve stuck with Go Launcher Ex for all my home screen customization needs, with the occasional flings with other newer, less robust launchers. But along came Atom Launcher. I was drawn to its fresh set of themes, among other things. Here’s why this little launcher got me completely enamored.

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Managing finances is a task that’s often taken for granted. We’d rather play games on our mobile phones than make records of how much we’ve spent for the day. Toshl Finance, a money management app for Android, seems to understand this challenge and offers the easiest possible solution for tracking, planning and overseeing your spending habits. It may be simple and straightforward, but it works.

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It’s Customization Month on Android.Appstorm! Throughout March, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you improve your phone or tablet experience and make them suit your style.

Any Android user knows that customization starts with a great homescreen background. The wallpaper element is the quickest way to change the way your phone looks and is the central force that pulls everything together to give your homescreen its distinct style — one you can truly call your own.

Unfortunately, the need to beautify our phones can sometimes be a tiring and time-consuming process that not a lot of us have time nor patience for. Despite the apparent scarcity of quality background images in the web, there are a lot of places where you can get high definition wallpapers for your phone. You just have to know what to look for. Fortunately for you, this roundup brings you the best wallpaper resources the Internet has to offer. Here are 50 of the best-looking images that can grace your home screens today.

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While there are apps we can’t live without, there are others that exist to simply entertain and delight the senses. Such is the case with apps for beauty, fashion and shopping. If you’re into any of these and own an Android device, then this article is for you. In this roundup, we picked out ten excellent fashion apps to match your personal style.

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Twitter clients for Android have tried to sell their tricks over time — some more successful than others. When Falcon came out as a widget, it earned a positive review from our own Abhimanyu Ghoshal. Now, it’s a fully functional Twitter app and it looks to be picking up from where it left off. There’s nothing new to Falcon Pro’s tricks, but it’s how it does it that makes all the difference.

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As a frequent shopper, I often find myself buying more than what I really need — and spending more than I intended. That led me to look for an app that does the math as I do my purchases so I can stick to a strict budget and, at the same time, stop guessing how much I need to pay at the checkout counter.

Let It Shop proved to be just the app I was looking for. Below, I will show you how it stands out from all other shopping list apps I’ve tried so far.

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App Disco is yet another addition to the long list of app discovery software for Android, further proving there are never too many ways to browse and find apps or games in the vast Android ecosystem. Being a new player and still in beta, it did quite well with setting itself apart from all that came before it, which is to say it’s unlike any other app we’ve seen so far. Let’s see how AppDisco fares compared to the others, and what it has to offer for the savvy Android app addict.

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Most cooking apps for Android are rather straightforward, as cooking involves less time spent using the app and more time doing the actual task at hand. That’s pretty understandable, and as an occassional food maker, I have been content with whatever cooking app I had installed at the moment — until I came across The Baker App. This app not only got my attention, it also motivated me to venture into the exciting world of baking. It’s not every day that I get unusually excited about a cooking app, but The Baker App is obviously an exception.

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There are numerous apps for photo editing in the Play Store, most of which apply filters and other enhancements to give images a makeover. There are a few, however, that offer a combination of motion and still photos to create an intriguing animated image. These are popularly called “cinemagraphs”, a way of isolating a specific motion within an image and playing it repeatedly to create a moving photograph. One of the few apps for making cinemagraphs is fotodanz and it certainly can make your photos dance and bring them to life.

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