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.

(more…)

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.

One of the most important aspects of writing – especially long form writing like reports, stories, novels, etc. – is the organization and structuring of content. A lot of people use long lists and sub-lists but unfortunately, for a lot of visually inclined people like myself, this gets ugly and out of control very quickly. I can’t get myself to make any sense of content until I can spatially organize everything for an at-a-glance overview.

One of the best ways to do this is to create mind maps. To quote Wikipedia, “A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information”. I’ve been creating mind maps for years now, for everything from organizing my financial details to preparing project plans and even content outlines for blog posts like this one. The excellent open source app Freemind was my weapon of choice and has stuck with me, not the least for lack of alternatives. Many online and offline mind mapping apps were available, but none seemed to do the job well enough. So when Mindjet, one of the better commercial desktop mind mapping apps out there, released their Android version for free, I was excited.

(more…)

Even though the partial evacuation of New York City due to Hurricane Sandy forced Google to cancel their event yesterday, a whole new range of Nexus devices were announced through the press, led by The Verge. The entire Nexus lineup was revamped, with an expansion of the Nexus 7 offer, an entirely new flagship smartphone, the Nexus 4, and a larger tablet in the form of the Nexus 10.

(more…)

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.

Inspiration is something that’s probably important to your creative endeavours but things have changed since NaNoWriMo was first launched. We now live in the age of smartphones and tablets, devices we can utilise to collect our ideas and inspiration from anywhere. In this special roundup, we’re going to take a look at a selection of great Android apps for storing everything interesting you might come across – texts, web pages, photos, and more.

(more…)

For writing enthusiasts, the end of October only means one thing – NaNoWriMo is about to begin! NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual creative writing project where participants are challenged to write 50000 words during the month of November. The NaNoWriMo.org site is where the challenge takes place, but you’re free to use any software to do your writing before uploading it there. Given the difficulty of the challenge and how time-consuming it is, we can’t think of a better way to kickstart your project and keep up with your goals than on your Android device. After all, it’s always with you and can help you through every step of the way.

That’s why during this whole week, we’ll take an extensive look at the creative process, starting with a few general tips, then collecting and organizing ideas, mapping the storyline, using different onscreen and hardware keyboards, writing and editing the text, keeping up with your goals, and always syncing everything between phone, tablet, and computer. By the end of the week, you’ll be fully prepared and ready to tackle NaNoWriMo.

(more…)

For some, cooking is a necessity. For others, it’s an enjoyable pastime. Discovering new recipes then putting them together in your kitchen is a hobby partaken by many and, with the rise of tablets, it’s become a much more interactive experience than ever before.

Taking your tablet into the kitchen with you might seem like an unattractive prospect to some, but it can unlock access to a world of recipes and support for your cooking. In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at five great cookery apps available for your Android tablet!

(more…)

It’s Christmas day 2004, I’m slouched over the family budget PC, CRT screen and all. My blurry vision can’t tell if Flight Simulator is installing or has frozen. The computer’s tower revs and whirrs under the strain – barely possessing the required memory and processing power to handle such a beast of a game — stored on two disks if memory serves me right!

Flight Simulator gave me hours of joy. There was something invigorating about a virtual flight in snowy conditions from Heathrow to Keflavík. I’d often sit with a cup of tea – periodically adjusting course, checking fuel or praying autopilot would handle the turbulence so I wouldn’t have to.

The fact that I can now enjoy a similar thrill on my Galaxy Tab 2 thanks to the guys over at Laminar labs is a testament to their hard work on the X Plane 9 series and to modern mobile hardware. Thirteen year old me would nosedive at the sight of this bad boy. And no Joystick required!

(more…)

We’ve been talking for years about going paperless in every sphere of our lives, but the reality is we’re not quite there yet — printed receipts, cheques, forms, and business cards are still very much an intricate part of our existence. And let’s not forget our notebooks, napkins and sketch pads. That being said, it’s always worth taking steps towards relying less on paper — going digital helps the environment and makes information easier to manage too.

That is why Genius Scan is a handy app to have on your home screen. It allows you to scan any printed matter using your device’s camera and save it for easy archival and reference. Whether you’re prone to misplacing documents or need to quickly gather notes for your next research paper, Genius Scan can be of great assistance.

(more…)

Last week, we asked you whether you would go for Microsoft’s Surface or an Android tablet. This week, the debate seems to have also been steered towards tablets, by Apple’s own Phil Schiller. During his announcement of the iPad Mini, Phil decided to tackle the Nexus 7 heads-on by looking at both devices’ processors, screens, build and app catalogues.

Leaving aside the direct comparison for a second, the iPad Mini is definitely an interesting piece of technology. It carries almost the same specifications as the 2nd-generation iPad in a smaller and thinner body adapted to fit a 7.9″ screen. However, the main advantage is that it offers access to Apple’s growing ecosystem, which includes 250000 apps tailored for the iPad, and a huge number of accessory makers ready to build cases, keyboards, docks, and a myriad of other gadgets just for it. That argument alone can be enough to win over a lot of enthusiasts.

But on the other side, the smaller resolution screen, the higher entry-point price, the older-generation processor, and the lack of “openness” in Apple’s ecosystem might tip the balance towards the Nexus 7. That’s also helped by the recent surge of applications dedicated for Android tablets, which might level the ecosystem-argument a bit. For instance, we’ve already covered 50 must-have apps, 10 social apps, 40 news apps, all tailored for Android tablets and we even looked at 10 specific apps that you wouldn’t find on the iPad.

Personally, I’ve long been convinced that 7″ tablets cater to a different market than the regular 9.7″ iPad. These smaller tablets are more portable, more practical, and all-around more useful than ~10″ devices. A year ago, when I bought my Iconia A100, there wasn’t much competition in this space, and the decision was relatively easy to make. However, if I was to choose right now, it would be a lot more complicated. Both the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini offer their own advantages so it’ll be interesting to watch how the market will react when given the option to go for Android or iOS.

Nowadays, the majority of us have moved away from the traditional newspaper and started using the internet to get updated on the latest happenings in politics, business, entertainment and other fields. Our current generation would rather read an electronic copy than the paper, but a phone’s screen is too small, therefore anyone who has a tablet prefers using that for their daily dose of news.

In this roundup, I’ll cover my favorite news apps which are optimized for Android tablets. These are distributed into five different topics: General News, Regional News, Tech, Lifestyle, and News Aggregators.

(more…)

Page 50 of 138« First...102030...4849505152...607080...Last »