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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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I, like 200 million other people, am a keen Twitter user. I use it to disclose my daily thoughts and opinions (and, from time to time, to have a good rant) as well as to keep up with current affairs. Twitter has become one of the fastest growing social networks of our time, with people signing up to it then discovering just how useful it is.

Buffer, from British developer Joel Gascoigne and Austrian developer Leo Widrich, is a great way to space out your tweets whilst you’re not online. This way, you avoid bombarding your followers with 20 tweets in a row.
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The possibilities of getting news on your Android device are endless. Just head over to the Market, search for news and look at the number of options that come up (10,475 last time I checked…). But the question is, which one do you use?

Well, we’ve already had a good look at Feedly, a popular Google Reader based news reader for Android phones and we loved it. It allows you to browse easily browse news from a variety of different sources and it’s completely free. But now, there is a tablet version available for Honeycomb tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Apps for taking notes are a dime a dozen on every app marketplace. The Android Market also has its fare share, from heavyweights like Evernote and Springpad, to the super-light Epistle and Mobisle Notes. As an app developer, then, what do you do to keep yourself and your app relevant against such tough competition?

One way – if you believe the developers of Extensive Notes – is to cram your app with every feature, function, and add-on that one can think of. Let’s take an in-depth look at what makes this mind-numbingly full-featured app unique.
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Sharing photos from your mobile is becoming more and more popular. Whether it’s holiday snaps, embarrassing pictures from a night out, or just random shots, everyone seems to be snapping away and uploading it to their favorite social networking site.

Facebook’s growth has been practically exponential since its conception, and over three billion photos are uploaded to it every month. Some storage figures Facebook released claimed that they have over 1.5 petabytes (that’s 1500 terabytes, or 1.5 million gigabytes) of photo storage… and that was back in October 2008.

Minus is a new alternative for photo sharing on Android, to sit with Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. With Minus you can also share documents, videos and files. You can sign up for an account free via the Minus website and then just sign in to start sharing.

The question is: will this contend with Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr? It’s impossible to review Minus solely as an application as the service itself really needs some explaining as well, so read on for my thoughts about both. (more…)

If you’re anything like me, you have at least a few dozen online accounts, with as many usernames and passwords and registration emails to keep track of, not to mention the multiple cards, banking details, family and travel information… How do you stay sane with all this personal data? How do you keep it with you at all times, yet securely so no one but you can access it? A few applications that store your delicate information and encrypt it are available for Android, and one new entrant is SPB Wallet. (more…)

Self identified as an “external brain”, Evernote aims to capture and organize all types of data and make it searchable from multiple platforms. Use cases have ranged from taking notes for research for writing a book, planning events and even taking notes for class. Evernote is avaliable on every major smartphone platform, on PC and Mac, and even as a web client, making all of your data accessible and searchable from anywhere.

Evernote stores text, images, voice, entire web pages or nearly any other file type as a note, and organizes them in Notebooks the user creates. Each note can then have tags associated for deeper organization, and using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software even text in images are searchable. It’s also a “Freemium” service, meaning there is a free version and a $5/month premium version. The free account allows up to 60 MB of data per month while the premium can upload up to 1 GB and has more bells and whistles.

Evernote recently released Version 3.0 of the Android client. Let’s take a look at what’s new.
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What do music streaming and productivity apps have in common? Both have been given a fresh lease of life, thanks largely to the smartphone revolution. Now that we have so many things to do and so little attention to spare, apps to help us remember things while on the move are vital.

Just like with every category of app, there are so many productivity and Getting Things Done (GTD) apps available to choose from. The general rule of thumb while selecting a GTD app would be to find the one that syncs to the web and allows you to access your tasks from anywhere. Doit.im is one such ubiquitous productivity app, available in the browser and on smartphones.
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Taking notes is a vital aspect of most people’s everyday routines, from conference or lecture notes to shopping lists. We often have to resort to using rough scrawlings on a piece of paper that gets lost or ruined.

Epistle is a note-taking application for your Android phone. Thanks to low resource usage, it is a speedy and efficient way of making and viewing notes while on the move. It features integration with your Dropbox account too, so you can access your notes from your computers as well as your phone!
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Imagine the following scenario. You leave the office and get in your car as your device sends a text message to your spouse letting them know you are heading home, while any incoming e-mails or text messages from your clients are instantly replied to with a generic “out-of-the-office” message.

As you begin to approach a local supermarket, another text message is sent out to your family asking if anything is needed to be purchased, and any replies are read aloud through the loud speaker.

As you pull in to your driveway, your handset instantly connects your home’s Wi-Fi connection. Setting your phone into a cradle on your desk automatically adjusts the volume and starts up your favorite station on Pandora.

Does it sound too good to be true? It’s not. All of this and almost everything imaginable is possible with the highly versatile application that is Tasker by the geniuses at Dinglisch. Tasker allows you to turn your Android-powered device into a true “Android” which will perform tasks for you on certain triggers or contexts. Never again will you forget to silence your phone while in a meeting or launch your favorite music application when you plug your ear buds in as Tasker will take care of monotonous everyday tasks with ease.

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