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Whatever alarm clock you’re using, it’s uglier than Timely. That’s a bold assertion to make, I know. But I’ve been using Gentle Alarm, one of the most powerful and versatile alarm clocks for Android, for over a year now — and we’ve also looked at other alarm clocks like DoubleTwist and Alarm Clock Xtreme. That’s why I feel confident in saying Timely, a relative newcomer, is probably the most elegant alarm clock available on Android right now.
Alarm clocks are fundamentally very simple things: They wait until the designated time, and then wreak havoc. Or so the basic concept goes, at least. But these simple alarm clocks all face an age-old problem: What if you switch them off an go back to sleep for “five more minutes” only to wake up hours later? Supposedly, you could use self control to solve this problem. But why use self control when you can use technology instead? Puzzle Alarm Clock pulls out all the stops in the snooze department: It’s absolutely determined to get you out of bed.
Whether it’s your first or second language, English can be tricky. Many of us use our smartphones mainly for reading and writing — not to mention our tablets, of course. So what do you do when you come across an unfamiliar word, or when you need to write an important message on the go without making embarrassing mistakes? Today I’d like to share three free and useful apps that can help with both reading and writing English: Two dictionaries, and a keyboard.
Let’s face it: When it comes to eBooks, there is pretty much just one big name that matters. One ecosystem; one line of apps; one source of books; one maker of devices. If this makes you feel a little uneasy, I can certainly understand why (after all, I too think you should own the books you buy). And if you are one of the tiny, nonconformist minority still resisting assimilation into this oh-so-convenient eBook ecosystem, you may be interested in Fabrik. This beautiful Android app boasts a form of cloud sync, just like you-know-who.
One of the key advantages of Android is that it is a wide-open ecosystem. This also makes Android potentially risky – which is where antivirus apps come in. We’ve previously looked at Lookout and Advanced Mobile Care, and today it’s time to check out another free competitor that prides itself on beautiful looks, 360 Mobile Security. This security app has over 3,300 reviews on Google Play, raking up an unbelievable 4.8 star average. Let’s see what makes it so popular.
AV-Test, an independent IT security institute, has just published its latest detailed test report for Android antivirus apps, evaluating 30 different antivirus apps, from well-known players such as Lookout and F-Secure to more obscure apps like Ikarus and MicroWorld. Not all antivirus apps for Android catch all of the threats which are currently in the wild, and there are few things worse than a false sense of protection.
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.