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I’m really addicted to RSS. I don’t know how to explain it without sounding like the biggest loser of all time, but the only real way to say it is to tell you that Google Reader’s death was almost a traumatic experience for me. I made the switch over to Feed Wrangler, a paid subscription service with a couple of unique ideas of its own, because I felt a paid service offered more long-term stability and I wouldn’t have to stress out ever again — although, admittedly, I consider trying out Feedbin on occasion to see what that’s like.

But even the best subscription service in the world fails if it doesn’t have an amazing app to go with it, especially since that’s what I was used to with Google Reader. Feed Wrangler got a lot of great support from developers straight out of the gate, including Press on Android. I think Press is one of the most sublime experiences you’ll find in Google Play, and it’s worth every penny. If you don’t have it yet, you need to read the rest of this review.

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Let’s be honest, we are both app addicts — me, because i’m the editor of a site called Android.Appstorm, and you because you’re reading this. We are smitten by new apps, we like finding them, trying them, reviewing or reading about them, and we enjoy the process almost as much as we enjoy unwrapping presents on Christmas day. That’s why, as a trusted member of the App Addict Club, I’ll let you in on my top secret app discovery and curation tool: Playboard.

I have been using the service and app for several months now, almost from its first days on Android, and it has quickly become the Robin to my Batman, the ultimate tool in my arsenal as an editor of this site and an app addict. And with the recent update to version 2.0, Playboard has become a little more awesome than before, so it’s time that I take a few moments to tell you about it.

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IK Multimedia wants to bring music creation into the mobile world, and its suite of apps and gear is a fine step in the right direction. I say step, it’s worth noting, because neither the apps nor the hardware I’ve been testing over the past few weeks manage to produce the full package.

But it’s a great start, and much of what we’re about to discuss would suit both professional musicians, journalists, podcasters, and DJs doing some light work on the road and hobbyists or amateurs on a budget or just dabbling in audio production.

I’ll be running through most of the IK Multimedia apps for Android and iPad, while touching on a few worthy competitors and alternatives, and weighing in on the hardware we were sent for review — the iRig Mic Cast, iRig Mix, iRig Pre, and iRig Mic. First, let’s look at the gear.
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Given the name of our site, it wouldn’t be a huge stretch to assume that we are big Android app addicts, would it? As such, we spend most of our day searching the Play Store and other app recommendation sites like Playboard, trying new apps and writing about them. However, with over one million apps available for Android, and developers getting better at designing beautiful apps and tailoring them for phones and tablets, it has become almost impossible to keep up with the flood of great content.

That’s where Drippler steps in, curating news — and more specifically app and game news — from various sites like ours to help you stay updated on the latest and greatest software to hit the Android platform. But does it live up to its promise?

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The cool thing about Flowpaper is that it makes you feel like an artist, even if you’re not. At the same time, it has the necessary tools for those lucky/talented few who can paint or draw to create something breathtaking. It’s a drawing tool that plays on a flowing vector paintbrush mesh pattern, wherein beauty gushes and swirls from your fingertip — even as you proceed to trace the shape of a squiggle.

Flowpaper reminds me of an old screensaver from the 90s that constantly generated waves of colored lines that swam around the screen, enrapturing me for minutes at a time. Drawing your own waves, it turns out, can be just as captivating.
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In today’s society the internet is one of the best resources for humor and people are constantly looking for funny pictures and media to make them laugh. However, despite having my Android device with me, there was a lack — in my opinion — of humor apps available on the platform. So I resorted to using my browser which just made the whole process of discovering and enjoying humorous content harder.

However, in the past few months two apps have been released with the high standards of design and usability that would make me use them on a regular basis. The first one is iGAG, linked to the 9GAG network and the second is Cheezburger, connected to the Cheezburger network. In the following article, I will explore both applications, highlighting the best features of each.

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The home launcher forms the backbone of our devices and is quite possibly the single most important application when it comes to usability. It not only defines how we interact with our phone but also invariably determines the look and feel of it. Our devices obviously come preloaded with the phone manufacturer’s favored launcher application but with Android being the platform of alternatives, the Play Store offers a plethora of replacement apps that work just as well and in fact, enhance usability in most cases.

Nova, Apex, Go Launcher and ADW are some of the more popular ones around and while all of these applications and many others offer numerous customizations, options and tweaks aiming to make our phones more intuitive and easier to use, they aren’t really too different from each other and are built up from the same design base. This is the precise reason why Action Launcher Pro, which offers a completely new and refreshing take on Android home launchers, is an important and welcome innovation.

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By now, the Glass Explorers Program is in full swing; websites are producing more and more articles on Google’s latest ‘experiment’ and the product is generating a lot of buzz. I was lucky enough to get into the Explorers Program (thanks to this tweet) and have been using Google Glass for a few weeks now. I’ve been formulating a lot of thoughts about it: how it is to wear, what I can use it for now, what it will be useful for with the right apps, etc. I’m going to talk about all of that and more in this article.

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The idea of learning a new language may bring back horrible memories of chanting aloud amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant, and discussing whether the vocative form is indeed a case — but there is a better way to learn. If you’ve always loved the idea of picking up a second — or third, or fourth — language, your phone and tablet could help you out.

Having an Italian girlfriend spurred me into attempting to learn the lingo. I am essentially monolingual — I know enough French to get by, a smattering of German, and sufficient Latin to satisfy my love of etymology. I needed something to help me become fluent in Italian. Duolingo seemed to fit the bill.

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When the Chromecast was announced last week, I got very excited about it and received many questions on Twitter from people who knew I already owned an Android TV Stick — an iMito MX1 to be precise. They were either wondering about the difference between the devices, either questioning my enthusiasm towards it given that I already have something similar.

After all, it’s easy to be confused. Both serve as an HDMI extension to your TV that makes it a lot smarter than it is, and both seem to play well with Android devices. So what exactly is the difference, and which one should you buy? Read on for the explanation.

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