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Statistically speaking, I’m one of the members of society most likely to end up with a loaded gun shoved in my face. I’m not a cop. Or a soldier. I’ve never even held a gun before, let alone received any formal training. It’s all down to the fact that, believe it or not, this writing stuff doesn’t pay all the bills so I have to work another job while I attend college. That job is at a 24/7 petrol station and for some reason or another all the Dirty Harrys out there enjoy holding them up – hence the above average statistical probability.

There’s a baseball bat in the back office. We staff have never been given any formal instructions as to its use – I imagine for a whole plethora of legal reasons – but it’s fairly obvious. I mean, we don’t even play baseball in this country.

The other night I was cross-checking some invoices while a drunk guy waddled around the forecourt and I got to thinking; what would I do if it happened right now? Sprint for the exit? Reach for the bat? I honestly don’t know and worrying about it is silly. Yet we still ask ourselves ‘what if?’.

Well chances are, there’s an app for it.
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Halloween is fast approaching, bringing with it the many frivolities like trick or treating. However, being a seasonal event, there’s also a ton of great Android apps that go along with it, from the spooky to the fun. Today’s roundup is all about ghosts, zombies, vampires, and, er, pumpkins: virtual ouija boards, augmented reality ghost hunters, creepy ringtones – it’s all here! (more…)

We’ve all seen the futuristic sci-fic films that feature cool headsets or bionic eyes that enable someone to see live information around them. Perhaps the best known examples include Terminator, Robocop and Iron Man, who each have the ability to identify and analyse the environment around them, like the Terminator’s ability to identify that one particular punk’s garments would fit him perfectly – “Your clothes… give them to me, now”.

Augmented Reality apps have been available on the Android Market for some time, and I believe they represent one of the best things about smart phones; the ability to overlay the view through your camera with useful and fun information was one of the things that initially wowed me enough to buy my first Android. Now, there are some pitfalls in trying out AR apps. Some – let me tell you – are pretty awful. I’ve weeded these out, and below are what I consider the best currently available on the Android Market.

So, read on for a round-up of great AR apps and let your Android show you what it can do! It’s like the future… only ‘now’.
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How often have come you across a situation where a scale or compass was a necessity? Not often, I know. But at times, there might be an odd job and you might have to measure the length of something or check if the angle of a furniture is right. A scale and a protractor are not the tools one would carry in his pocket these days.

But almost all of us carry a mobile phone. Given the ninja chipsets and all capable hot inventions under the hood, it should not sound far-fetched if someone says your mobile can double up as a portable toolbox. Smart Tools is a mobile toolkit that strives to lend a helping hand when you really need one.
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The sky and the stars that twinkle remain a constant source of fun for people of all ages. Despite being a lazy pastime, stargazing is a great hobby that serves as food for thought. Spotting stars, planets, and constellations is no easy business. You might have to brush up on basic astronomy — and to tell the truth, reading about the stars isn’t half as fun as watching them.

Google does a splendid job charting out the terrain of Earth with its Maps and Earth apps. To help star gazers and to educate people venturing into that domain, there is Google Sky Map. Is it really simple to use and understand? Let’s go check out!

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I use my Android phone for so many tasks I couldn’t count them on ten hands if I wanted, let alone two. Viewing timetables, cinema listings and property searches. Tweeting. Facebook. YouTube. Locating ATMs and checking out local attractions to name but a few. Thousands of apps fufill our need for information everyday but, sadly, many of them are rather two-dimensional. Nothing that makes you hold your phone at arms length and go ‘Wow!’ anyway.

Layar, an Augmented Reality (AR) app developed specifically for the Android operating system takes a quick glance at the rule book and chucks it out the window. Using GPS and the phone’s camera, a small bit of social networking and tonnes of third-party programs, your local area becomes so much more fun. In the words of the creators, it “shows you things you can’t see”.

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