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Screen sharing apps could be seen as the poor cousin of remote access tools. While the latter can be used to dial into and control a computer running the necessary software, screen sharing tools such as Mikogo only provide a viewing experience. It’s a one-way process, but that certainly does not mean that it is any less useful.

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You have no doubt noticed that the longer you use your Android phone or tablet, the slower it can get. As well as a noticeable drop in performance, it’s also likely that storage space gets eaten up, apps start to hang and other problems might creep in. There are steps you can take from within Android that enable you to free up space, monitor the status of different aspects of your device and generally stay in control, but this will generally mean having to visit number of different areas of settings or making use of third party tools.

All-In-One Toolbox – or All-In-One Toolbox (17 Tools) to give the app its full title – aims to be very much what the name suggests, your one-stop-shop for all manner of maintenance and optimization tasks. The collection of tools includes a batch installer and uninstaller as well as a task management tool.

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While owners of iPhone, iPods and iPads can turn to iTunes to manage their iOS devices from Windows – or indeed OS X – the options available to Android users are far more varied. Depending on which device you have, you may find that you have an incredibly useful piece of software that you can use to connect to your Android powered phone or tablet, but you may also end up with something terrible or even nothing at all.

SnapPea is a free tool that can be used to manage your Android device from Windows, backup data, install apps, take screenshots and much more. This is an app that is currently in beta, but it’s already taking shape and there’s a big bonus over some other comparable tools: there’s no need to root your device.

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Mapsaurus is a rich and easy to use discovery application that presents app recommendations in a rich, visual format. If you are reading this right now, it’s probably safe to assume you take an interest in new and exciting apps and games and, as such, I’m sure you’re already aware of applications that help you find the latest and greatest titles in the Google Play Store.

Mapsaurus is one such application, but instead of insipid lists of apps for you to randomly peruse, it displays recommendations in a really cool way.

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It’s National Novel Writing Month once again, time to challenge yourself to write 50000 words in 30 days, no easy feat! But with your Android device by your side, you can keep working on your novel or non-fiction book anywhere and anytime. Throughout this week, we’ll share our best apps, thoughts, and tips to help you achieve that writing goal.

About a month ago, I considered purchasing a tablet because it’d enable me to write anywhere without having to carry around my bulky 17″ laptop, which is great for editing photographs and video on location but not so great for a quick article or blog post. Armed with a new Nexus 7, I decided to start taking my writing outdoors for a change of scene and some fresh air.

The next step in becoming mobile while working was finding a way to type efficiently on my tablet. The Nexus 7 ships with the stock Android Jelly Bean keyboard, which is nice enough but not nearly as flexible as I’d like. So when I began looking for a replacement keyboard, I found Thumb Keyboard to be a compelling choice because of its new approach to improving the two-handed typing experience. It looked to be just what I needed to turn my 7″ tablet into a killer writing device. Here is my experience with it so far.

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Our cell phones are replacing everything. Now even our wallets are being replaced. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to get rid of that bump in their back pockets or purses? Near field communication technology, along with online payment services (ie. Google Wallet and Paypal), are making payments using smartphones possible. Apps like Mint help to keep track of personal finances. Now there’s an app that becomes a digital backup of everything in your wallet.

Lemon, a company that already develops a receipt and spending tracker in Lemon Receipts, have released Lemon Wallet that goes far beyond and provides a digital backup of everything in your wallet, including your receipts.

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One of the great advantages of Android devices over the iPhone is that you do not need to decide how much space you are going to need with your initial purchase. Almost all Android phones and tablets include some internal storage that is supplemented by a memory card that can be upgrade as and when you see fit.

But this is not to say that you’re not going to run out of space. All memory has a finite capacity, and the law of average states that you are most likely to run out of space when you need it most – just as you need to take an important photo, or when you need to download a file to work on. 1Tap Eraser is a free tool that can be used to manually and automatically keep your storage in check by cleaning out unnecessary space hogs.

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There must have been countless times when you have settled down on the sofa to watch a film, only to realise that you have left your computer switched on unnecessarily in the other room. Or you may have your computer connected to your TV and are looking for an easy way to control playback that doesn’t involve the mouse and keyboard.

These are just a couple of scenarios in which TeamViewer for Remote Control would prove incredibly useful. It is a free remote access app that enables you to control your PC or Mac from your Android device and work on your computer as if you were sitting in front of it.

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If you’re like me, you carry all sorts of files on your smartphone, even those that you don’t necessarily need or use. It’s my way of bypassing thumb drives that I often lose or forget, and it has worked pretty well over the past year. But while I’ve solved this problem, I now have another: how do I access my phone’s files on a computer, with minimal fuss?

Enter Shynk. It’s a simple Web and Android app combo that allows you to access your phone’s files from any internet-enabled desktop, without having to be on the same network. Shynk also packs a text messenger to read and reply to your SMS messages. And it’s all secure — AES 256-bit secure. So is it time to ditch your thumb drive? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

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One of the many great things about Android, particularly when it comes to comparison with iOS, is the fact that the operating system is almost endlessly customizable. If you don’t like the launcher your phone or tablet came with, there are countless others to choose from.

However, despite a few differences here and there, the basic idea behind many launchers and homescreen organizers is essentially the same. If you have a large number of icons that you need access to, this can mean that you end up getting a thumb workout as you scroll back and forth through screens. Imgy is here to give your thumb a rest and provide you with virtually unlimited amount of homescreen space.

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