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This is an exciting time to be a software developer; the open-source community has never been stronger, with a wealth of open source projects you can participate in. What if there was a way to discover software challenges you could contribute to, solve real-world problems, and make people’s lives better in various tangible ways? And possibly even win prizes and recognition for your work? ChallengePost offers one such way.
Sometimes we just want to quickly launch an app, rather than marvel at the beauty of our painfully-customized home screen. There’s a whole class of “launcher helpers” — small utilities that don’t even try to offer a full launcher experience. Instead, they help you find what you need as soon as humanly possible, then get out of the way. My long-time favorites Gesture Search and SwipePad are such apps, and today, I’m here with Quad Drawer, a $1 tool that aims to replace your launcher’s built-in app drawer with something simpler, faster, and more elegant.
Buying and selling used stuff is great: It’s truly “green,” as items get a second lease on life and some new love; buyers often get bargains, and sellers get to free themselves of something they didn’t need anymore (plus, money!). Yard sales and classifieds predate the Internet by many years, but once you bring the Web in, they go on overdrive. Today I’d like to show you three Android apps for buying and selling used goods. All make heavy use of your phone’s camera, and work best if you live in a big city.
Now that Google Reader is but a distant memory, the fight for the future of RSS is truly on. One of the most notable products fighting the good fight is Feedly. Google Reader wasn’t an app or an add-on: It lived purely on the Web, so today I’ll be looking at Feedly Cloud, a browser-based RSS reader that requires no external tools to use. We first reported about it as it went live on June 19, but now’s the time to take a good, long look at it.
Now, where did I leave that car? If you’ve ever found yourself confounded by this annoying problem, you know what a drag it can be to start hunting around a vast parking lot, laden with bags (or a child!) trying to figure out where the heck that car was. The good news is that with a smartphone, it really doesn’t have to be that way. There are quite a few Android apps promising to save your parking spot for you, but when I tested out some of the leading ones, I arrived at a surprising conclusion.
I am not the kind of user who jumps to a different Android launcher every week. I’ve been using Nova Launcher for nearly a year now, I think – and before, I was using Go Launcher (and featured themes for it) even longer. That doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally become curious when an interesting contender shows up – and Atom Launcher is just such an alternative. What makes it interesting, to me, is that it’s not another clone.
For international shoppers, shipping is often a major pain: Items can be much cheaper on the Web than in your country, but once you factor in the shipping, so-called “killer” deals start looking much less attractive. That’s the key attraction behind websites that offer free international delivery.
I consider myself a discerning note-taker. If a note-taking application isn’t just so, it can drive me crazy. This is where I’m supposed to tell you I’m on a never-ending quest to find a great note-taking app. But really, I’m not: for months now, I’ve had a duo of note-taking apps on my homescreen. One of these is the wonderful Draft, which is worth every cent of the $2.57 it costs. If you’re looking for a great way to write on your phone, read on.
Samsung’s current flagship device, the Galaxy S4 marries no-compromises hardware with Google’s mobile operating system, slathered with a thick layer of Samsung’s own software overlays and customizations. That doesn’t mean the outcome is perfect. How does the Samsung Galaxy S4 stand up to the vagaries of day-to-day life? Is it worth the money? Read on to discover, and for a chance to win this extraordinary smartphone for free!
I had recently started using the Sony Xperia Z, my first non-Samsung Android device in a while. Unlike the international Galaxy S4 (i9500), the Xperia Z has a wealth of available ROMs. Today I’d like to show you a ROM called PAC, which pulls out all the stops when it comes to customization. If you’re particular about how you like to customize your device, chances are PAC would help you get the result you want.
Have you ever forgotten important directions given to you over the phone? Or has a company ever reneged on its promise to you, and you were left with no way to prove that a service representative did indeed make that promise? That’s when call recording becomes indispensable. Of course, if you have to remember to record every call, chances are you’re going to forget to record that one call that really matters. So, not just call recording, but automatic call recording – that’s what you need.
Android’s default Contacts app is one of the things phone makers seem to relish customizing. Maybe because it’s a straightforward app, or maybe because you’ll be using it every day and they want their style constantly on your mind. The good news is that this being Android, there are numerous alternative contact apps to choose from. Today I’m here to show you two apps vying to replace or augment the Contacts app you’re currently using: One is utterly unique, while the other is time-tested and more conventional.
It’s not every day that I get to pick the brain of a world-leading 3D artist — but that’s exactly what I got to do with Rafael Grassetti. You may not recognize Rafael’s name, but you have no doubt seen his work on massively popular games like Assassins Creed 3, Mass Effect 3, and others, and may have even held one of the toys he designed for toy giant Hasbro. Rafael is one 3D artist who made it big, and I wanted to find out what it takes and how he got there.
Mastering a foreign language can change your life. It can open the door for a new career, or even a new country, not to mention an entire culture you would now be able to enjoy in its native tongue. But it’s not easy, either, and takes time, persistence, and constant practice. Today, I’d like to show you language-learning service Duolingo’s Android app, which is completely free, just like the rest of the service, and is definitely worth a look.
There’s something about scribbling in an old-fashioned notepad that feels magical. Sure, you mostly use it for writing, which is something you can do on your phone just as easily (or maybe even more easily) but scratching out your thoughts on paper means sketching is just as easy as writing, so you can illustrate your ideas. Many apps tried capturing that ease, most famously Paper for iOS. Today I’m here with InNote, a free Android app that lets you create multiple sketch notepads, draw with various tools, and convey your ideas visually.