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Mobile phone plans can be quite complicated to manage, depending on your carrier and subscription. Take my own example: I’ve used unlimited data plans in the US and France for a couple of years now and never monitored anything but my data consumption, which was usually capped at 3GB.

But I recently moved to Singapore and found that local plans were a little more traditional, with an actual limit on the minutes, text messages and data you could use each month. Tracking these figures manually was a pain, as there’s no easy way to check how many minutes and text messages I have left on my plan — data consumption on the other hand is fairly easy to keep an eye on. Thankfully, Dodol Phone makes it incredibly easy to track all of this information in a remarkably effective way. (more…)

Any Android phone or tablet comes supplied with a web browser installed — depending on your carrier or manufacturer you’re likely to find that it is either terrible or just about bearable. But few people stick with the default browser for long and there are now plenty of alternatives to choose from. The likes of Chrome, Firefox and Opera prove about as popular on mobile devices as on desktop computers, but in fact there is even more choice. Next Browser comes from the company best known for producing Go Launcher, and we thought we’d take a look to see how it compared to the competition. (more…)

The internet was supposed to be a democratizing medium, providing the same level of access to information to everyone no matter where they are in the world. But regionalization has gradually crept in over the years and you’ve undoubtedly stumbled across content you’re not able to access simply because of the country you live in.

If you think this is unfair, there are various steps you can take to re-route your internet connection to make it appear as though you are located somewhere else, but for many people the majority of solutions are just too complicated to be of practical use – this is not the case with TunnelBear VPN.


Smart phone users usually expect more from their mobile browsers. The way we view websites on desktops is not always the same pleasant experience when we use our phones’ smaller screens. With this demand came a range of browsers for Android, all competing to meet a variety of user expectations.

If you have an Android smart phone, chances are you’ve used (or are still using) Dolphin Browser, Opera, Google Chrome or Firefox Beta. For the longest time, I was pretty happy with having Dolphin as my default browser – until Boat Browser came along. I gravitated towards its simple, clean interface with a resolution slightly larger than Dolphin’s. I was so pleased by its cool original features that I decided to make it my default app for opening websites.


Finally, Mozilla Firefox lovers who also have an Android phone can rejoice — Firefox Mobile is here with a full version of your favorite browser. The stock browser for Android is not bad, but, then again, the stock browser for Windows is not that bad either, yet most of us have moved on. There are alternatives for Android but many of us have been anticipating a full version of Firefox for some time, as it is one of the best browsers for the PC.

Let’s take a look at the features and performance of the newest Android browser to see if it is a download-worthy app for you.

Android’s built-in browser is cool, but it’s not awesome; there’s plenty of room for improvement. Opera aims to block that gaping hole with a much clearer, more attractive user interface.

Opera Mini (a lightweight version of Opera’s Android browser) is one of several alternative browsers available on the Marketplace and integrates a number of tactics not normally found in the built-in browser. For example, Opera uses server compression technologies to minimize both load times and data usage. It’s my Android browser of choice, so let’s get tapping! (more…)