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…)

The carrier and the OS have an important relationship. For a phone to be a phone, it’s the carrier’s job to make sure the service is in tip-top condition, allowing you to make phone calls. However, sometimes the ambitions of the operating system go higher than the carrier’s capabilities or even their will. One feature that most carriers don’t like giving away for free is tethering.

With the price of gas reaching four dollars a gallon in some places across the United States, everyone could use some savings at the pump. For Android users on versions 1.4 and up, finally there is a solution!

GasBuddy is a free, community driven gas price application with a simple goal: it helps you find the cheapest gas prices in your area. This in-depth review will teach you all about what GasBuddy offers and why it should have a place in your app drawer.


Over the last few years, smartphones have become an integral part of our lives with most of us depending on them to help organize our work and personal lives. From primarily being communication tools, phones are quickly growing into swiss-army knives for everything we do on a daily basis – be it taking notes, maintaining todo lists for work and home, managing schedules or tracking what we do.

In this article, we will look at some of the best Android applications that can help you be more productive at work as well as in your personal life. Now there is no dearth of notes and todo list applications on the Android Market, but this is a list of some of the best ones out there.


Shopping can be tricky. Since products can be bought online and in stores, finding the best deal can be time consuming. That’s why there are several barcode scanning applications on the Android marketplace and we have rounded up five of the best.
Each application has a primitive barcode scanning function but some offer additional searching options including online and store pricing.

To see which app is best suited for your bargain hunting needs, read on…


The default SMS applications on most Android phones are dry and lack features. They do what you need them to do and that is about it. GoSMS Pro is a feature-rich messenger replacement which aims to bring some extravagant touches to your texts.

The amount of features in GoSMS is more than what most people will need, and trying to identify and explain each one individually would be absurd. If I had to convey GoSMS to someone quickly, I would say it has depth that other applications (messengers especially) don’t quite reach. There is a level of customization offered that I have not seen replicated in any other application.


This is one of those arguments that keeps coming up: “Android is ugly”. Well, okay, it’s usually framed as, “Android is ugly compared to iOS“, as in Connor’s recent article.

But you know what? I don’t think that Android, as a platform, is so hideous that we should be embarrassed about getting a Desire out in the same room as an iPhone user.

Okay, vanilla Android is a little plain — so install a new launcher, get a decent wallpaper, and replace the stock apps.

I’ve seen a lot of comments about Android apps being less attractive than their iOS counterparts. On paper, I guess this is annoying, but to be honest, I don’t care. None of the big apps I use every day (like Facebook, Twitter, and Evernote) look ugly to me on their own; it’s only when I actually compare them to the iPhone versions that I see why people complain. I do consider some of the apps I use regularly to be unattractive, like iSyncr and Titanium Backup, but their features more than make up for this. Maybe I just have bad taste?

So my question to you is: do you think Android is so ugly that it’s actually a problem?

Media has certainly been the focus for Android developers recently. Android has always been lagging behind iOS in terms of media capability, but given the recent increase in media apps available for the platform and Google’s recent Google Music announcement, it seems that they are finally pulling their finger out and trying to beat Apple off the top spot. Android is still a long way away – there is still nothing equivalent to the iTunes Store available for Android and media still isn’t as integrated as on iOS (I’m talking about syncing capabilities, which can still be a little bit hit-and-miss with Android) – but at least the cogs are starting to turn.

Instinctiv aims to simplify this by making the music on your PC/Mac available on your phone without having to transfer it. In short, it is a wireless music player which, according to the app’s description, promises “a better music experience for Android”. This is similar to other apps in the Market, such as doubleTwist’s AirSync, however Instinctiv is completely free (for the time being anyway). I decided to give it a go – read on for my full review. (more…)

It seems like I’m on a constant search for file syncing apps for my Android phone. Most recently I checked out DroidCloud, an app that added CloudApp functionality to Android. While this was a good solution, I kept looking and found my way to Scansfer, an app that allows you to send and receive files using QR Codes.


With the rise of obesity and sedentary lifestyles we have also witnessed a surge in services and applications that help you stay healthy or track your progress on the way back to better habits. From Apple’s Nike + iPod integration to Nokia’s push of Sports Tracker with the special N79 Active package, and thanks to modern smartphones sporting an accelerometer that can also serve as a pedometer, there has been, for the last few years, a great choice of gear and software for the sports addict who also happens to be a technology enthusiast.

One such gear, that we don’t see quite often, is the bluetooth heart rate monitor. Today we will look at the Polar WearLink Transmitter With Bluetooth and its integration with several Android applications. (more…)

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