Todo.txt Touch is a native Android app for Gina Trapani’s open source command line interface, Todo.txt — a simple tool that lets you manage a todo list based around a single plaintext file. From the website:

Typing commands on your mobile phone isn’t easy or fun, and neither is syncing files from your phone back to your computer. Currently coupled with Dropbox, Todo.txt Touch helps you manage your todo.txt on the go and automatically syncs the file to all your devices.

In this review, we’ll take a look at Todo.txt Touch and what it has to offer.

Have you ever been in a bar, coffee shop, lift, supermarket or anywhere else that plays music and been bewildered at the currently playing track? Well, no longer. Two apps are available on the Android marketplace, with both free and paid versions, that aim to abolish that irritating moment forever.

Shazam is the popular iPhone and iPad app, which made its way onto Android, that listens to a short clip of a song and “tags” it. The tag reveals the song name, artist, album and several options such as purchasing it (from iTunes on iOS or AmazonMP3 on Android). It comes free on Android with a five song limit per month, while a paid “Encore” version is also available with extra features, including unlimited tagging.

SoundHound is a rival app which is also available on both iOS and Android. It too matches your recorded music clip from its database whether it’s a real song playing or something you’re singing yourself! They claim to be the first app in the world to recognize human-generated humming or singing for tagging purposes. (more…)

Todays smartphones give users a wealth of functionality: as a portable internet browser, music player, camera and even sometimes to make phone calls!

One use that continues to be popular is using a smartphone to read and aggregate news. Now, although there has been a slew of the aptly coined term “Jumbo Phones” announced over the past few weeks, the smartphone screen can sometimes be too small to comfortably browse text based websites.

Applications such as Google Reader or Feedr look to remedy this by developing an RSS reader built for the phone, but scrolling through text headlines is not much more intuitive than the previous option. Enter: Pulse.


This week, Justin Stravarius asked, Is the Android Market Refund Window too Short? In this article, he covered the potential impact that the decision to change the refund window from 24 hours to 15 minutes would have on both users and developers.

But I’m curious. How many of you have actually used the refund feature — and has the change in its length altered the amount that you use it?

Vote in the poll, and let us know whether this has affected you!

(If you’re not sure how to claim a refund on an application, it’s actually quite simple: first, open Settings | Applications | Manage Applications, and browse to the app you wish to get your money back for; then, press the “Uninstall & Refund” button. If your 15 minutes are already up, this button will just say “Uninstall”, and you’ll get no money back for pressing it.)

More than half of us claim to have had trouble sleeping a few nights each week, and an awful lot more wake up some mornings feeling rotten, exhausted and wanting to go back to bed. Science has pinned down how and why this happens and lifestyle magazines and blogs are littered with simple ways you can make yourself sleep better and feel better the next morning.

Using your phone to track your sleep probably isn’t going to be the first thing that pops into your head, but here are three quick and simple things you can do to help yourself, and three apps you can try to help you beat insomnia, analyze your personal sleep cycle, and wake up peacefully and comfortably the next morning.


We’re going to be kicking off a new series next week, called “Ask the Editor”. This will run a few times each month, and give you a chance to submit questions to be answered by our editorial team (and a few expert writers, if we need some assistance!)

Whether you have a question related to Android apps, accessories, or hardware, I’d really love to hear it! I’ll do my best to answer a series of diverse questions that will be interesting for everyone.

Without further ado, here’s a quick form to submit your question for next week’s post. With a bit of luck, you’ll be seeing my response up on AppStorm soon. Thanks for contributing!

We’ve collected the top five reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in January. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!


Google announced their new web-based Android Market during yesterday’s event. It allows you to browse, buy and download apps for your Android device entirely through a website, available both on your phone and on your computer. After some technical difficulties preventing me, and a selection of other users, from logging in, I was able to bring my whole Android Market experience to the web.

The release of a desktop-based Android Market is something users have wanted for a long time and is part of a package of updates coming to the store. Google will also be rolling out currency-specific pricing so developers can set specific prices for certain territories to keep them in line with their overall strategy.


Nope, Google Buzz isn’t getting an update (at least, we don’t think so). Instead, Google is hosting an event in Mountain View today to show off what’s new in the Android ecosystem, including news and demos on their upcoming Honeycomb release. We expect to see extensive descriptions of Android’s 3.0 software and possibly news of an expected 2.4 release dubbed “Ice Cream” (or “Ice Cream Sandwich” depending on where you read). The event started at 10am PST, and will last approximately an hour and a half before the invitees get hands-on.

Honeycomb is Google’s tablet-based release of their popular Android smartphone platform, expected to launch on the Motorola Xoom earlier this year. Honeycomb also introduces video chat via Google Talk, tabbed browsing and support for dual-core processors.

The rumour mill also suggests Google might be officially announcing its streaming music service (a topic I covered in my first article here) and maybe even upgrades to the Android Market, including a web-based, desktop interface.

The event is now over. Check out the post to see the video and the transcript of our live tweets of the event.


One of the shortcomings of Android is its media player. Sure, it’s adequate — but it is clearly lacking, compared to the iOS media player. Now that people use smartphones for all kinds of purposes, including listening to music, the absence of a mindblowing media player is such a tragedy. Winamp for Android could be the missing piece in the puzzle.

The legendary media player from the desktop is now available for Android powered mobile devices. Read on to know how awesome it turns out to be.


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