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A month ago, I asked, Do You Actually Need Your Smartphone?, and turned off all “smart” features (everything other than texting and calling) as an experiment.

Turns out, yes, I actually do need my smart phone.

While I knew it was useful, I didn’t think I needed it so much. So far today I’ve used it numerous times over the last few hours!


This is usually the first thing people ask when they hear about Wolfram Alpha: how it compares to Google Search. Though both are, at first glance, a search box, both are very different, in one way and yet totally similar in another! It’s very confusing, so let me clear this up.

With Google, when you’re searching for something, you usually don’t expect Google itself to know the answer – although with some simpler searches this is starting to change; try searching [weather] on your phone. While Google typically gets its results from external sources, Wolfram Alpha generally either knows the information itself, or works it out. (more…)

If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried pretty much every single todo list app on the Android Market. Even the ten new ones that cropped up just last week! And yet nothing seems to work exactly the way you want, right? This was my story until very recently, when I found an answer the second time over.

For years, I scoured the web for a decent task management web app that worked the way I did, and I finally settled on Remember The Milk. As it turns out, it was the Android version that finally ended my search on the mobile. (more…)

As Android is doing so well, I thought it was time to put a spanner in the works.

You see, yesterday I was thinking about my phone: an HTC Desire, rooted and running Cyanogenmod 7.1., set up exactly how I like it. With a beautiful wallpaper, and the shortcuts I use most often all on one homescreen, I’ve tweaked my phone down to the minutest detail. But for what benefit? Sure I love doing it, but is it necessary? (more…)

Astrid Task is an open source, simple todo list app on the Market, and is by far the most popular with over two million users. It focuses mainly on ‘social productivity’, making your tasks available to other people – for example, it allows you to assign tasks to colleagues for a specific project.

Let’s have a look at what this intelligent and user friendly todo list app has to offer.

With summer finally here many of us are in the mood for getting fitter and trying on those summer clothes. To help you show off at the beach I’ve collected a pretty good round-up of apps I’m finding quite useful in this endeavor for summer!
With apps for tracking progress, keeping an eye on your food intake, water intake and even apps that act as pretty good personal trainers – without the high per hour price tag – we’re really spoilt with our Androids!

Apps for taking notes are a dime a dozen on every app marketplace. The Android Market also has its fare share, from heavyweights like Evernote and Springpad, to the super-light Epistle and Mobisle Notes. As an app developer, then, what do you do to keep yourself and your app relevant against such tough competition?

One way – if you believe the developers of Extensive Notes – is to cram your app with every feature, function, and add-on that one can think of. Let’s take an in-depth look at what makes this mind-numbingly full-featured app unique.

Sharing photos from your mobile is becoming more and more popular. Whether it’s holiday snaps, embarrassing pictures from a night out, or just random shots, everyone seems to be snapping away and uploading it to their favorite social networking site.

Facebook’s growth has been practically exponential since its conception, and over three billion photos are uploaded to it every month. Some storage figures Facebook released claimed that they have over 1.5 petabytes (that’s 1500 terabytes, or 1.5 million gigabytes) of photo storage… and that was back in October 2008.

Minus is a new alternative for photo sharing on Android, to sit with Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. With Minus you can also share documents, videos and files. You can sign up for an account free via the Minus website and then just sign in to start sharing.

The question is: will this contend with Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr? It’s impossible to review Minus solely as an application as the service itself really needs some explaining as well, so read on for my thoughts about both. (more…)

Over the last few years, smartphones have become an integral part of our lives with most of us depending on them to help organize our work and personal lives. From primarily being communication tools, phones are quickly growing into swiss-army knives for everything we do on a daily basis – be it taking notes, maintaining todo lists for work and home, managing schedules or tracking what we do.

In this article, we will look at some of the best Android applications that can help you be more productive at work as well as in your personal life. Now there is no dearth of notes and todo list applications on the Android Market, but this is a list of some of the best ones out there.


At its core, FileExpert is nothing more than a file manager for Android. However it bears some distinct and useful features which I explore in this review. The stated aims of FileExpert are to be a free file manager that gives its users valuable and useful extensions. It most certainly does.


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