The price of liberty may be eternal vigilance, but sometimes you just want to zone out. Maybe you want to play Farmville while the boss is out, maybe you want to know when that friend who owes you money is nearby, or maybe you just like to keep your friends close. In any case, you can use the free ToothTag app to keep track of Bluetooth-enabled devices and receive notifications when they come close. Here's how to do it:Install the ToothTag app from the Android Market.The next time you're near someone you want to keep track … Read more
If you've tried Seesmic, Twitdroyd, TweetDeck, the stock Twitter-type application on your phone, or the official Twitter app, but continue to search for that "one," why not try another? On Amazon's Appstore for Android you can download the full, ad-free version of TweetCaster Pro for Android (normally $4.99) by Handmark, for nada, niente, rien, nichts, gratis.
A lot has been improved upon since our review back in March 2011. With a new feature, Zip It, you can remove users or trends from your feed without unfollowing them. Instapaper support lets you save long articles to read later. Use Color Coding to personalize your own tweets and @replies with a custom color of your choosing. At the top of the list are five tabs for your full tweet list, tweets that just mention you, direct messages, your favorites, and any lists that you follow or follow you. Gone are the small yellow dot indicators for new tweets or mentions--we now see the number of tweets, mentions, and direct messages on the appropriate tabs. TweetCaster allows you to add a picture or video from galleries or directly from your mobile device's camera. Built-in URL shortening is also available, and you can quickly add geotag information or the usernames of your contacts to a tweet. Linking your Facebook account to TweetCaster will update that profile as well. The feature list goes on.
It's not perfect, but it is one of the better, simpler, and cleaner Twitter-based apps out there for Android users.
TweetCaster Pro will be Amazon's free App of the Day until 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT tonight. Try it out. There's always the option of uninstalling if it doesn't suit your needs, and free is free. … Read more
Last week, I conducted an informal poll on a CNET article I wrote called "Chromebook, Netbook, iPad: which would you rather spend $500 on?" In it, I outlined equivalent price options in the world of Android tablets, Chromebooks, small laptops, and iPads. In the poll, I opened the options further, asking what readers would spend $500 on. The options: a Netbook, an iPad, a Chromebook, an Android tablet, a smartphone, or a cheap laptop.
Even I, a serious iPad user, was surprised at the results. See below, current as of today.
Percent Votes iPad 50 percent 4980 Android … Read more
Our buddy Peter Ha is back on the show to tell us what's new over at The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's iPad-only newspaper. Unfortunately, halfway through the show we find out that Macho Man Randy Savage passed away today, so RIP to one of our favorite WWF athlete. To get us back in good spirits for the rest of the episode, Jeff and Peter make a Twitter wager, and the loser has to...well, you'll have to listen to find out what's going to happen when Peter gets to 4,000.The 404 Digest for Episode 825 Creepy dude installs a streaming camera in a Starbucks bathroom. Playboy for iPad skirts Apple's nudity rules with Web trickery. Add Peter Ha on Twitter so Jeff can pejazzle his future. Episode 825 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Google is reportedly reinforcing its mobile patent portfolio.
The company has paid $4.9 million for the patents of now-defunct Israeli company Modu, according to an Israeli business newspaper called Calcalist.
The search giant hasn't confirmed the report. However, such patents could be useful as Google attempts to offer new ideas in the Android landscape.
Modu was founded in 2007 by Dov Moran. The company sold a Modu phone, which was designed to be tiny and lightweight and could be placed into separate "jackets," or cases, to expand its functionality.
On its own, the small Modu could … Read more
Led by the iPad, the tablet market has taken off with a bang, but even with all the hoopla, less than 5 percent of U.S. consumers polled by Nielsen actually own one.
Tablets represent a huge potential money maker for the industry based on what consumers will pay not just for the device but all the content they need and want. Yet Nielsen's data, presented at the paidContent Mobile conference this week, shows that it's a market with considerable room to grow.
Adoption of tablets has risen over the past year to 4.8 percent in this … Read more
It's been about two weeks now since Google and Sprint threw open the doors of a partnership they jointly announced at CTIA, a quick and easy way to integrate Google Voice's extensive calling extras on almost all Sprint phones. These extras include visual-voice mail that you can read on the phone or online, personalized greetings, and cheaper international calls. We've spent some time using the conjoined service, and integrating, disabling, and reintegrating it. So far our in-house experience has been pretty good.
Setup Assuming you've got a Google Voice account already, there are two paths for … Read more
When it comes to Android hardware makers, Dell is not a name that immediately comes to mind.
Thus far the PC giant has had a tough time cracking the Android market thanks to uninspiring phones and tablets. I see many people carrying around Android devices, but I've yet to notice someone with a Dell Aero or a Streak tablet. Companies such as HTC and Samsung own the smartphone space, while traditional computer companies struggle in this new war. Thankfully, the tablet wars are just now getting underway. As a result, Dell could find itself turning things around in short … Read more
Earlier today Verizon introduced its first Windows Phone handset, and now AT&T has announced the upcoming availability of its fourth Windows Phone 7 device, the HTC HD7S.
The HD7S will go on sale June 5 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. The smartphone was first introduced at CTIA 2011 and largely resembles the HTC HD7 from T-Mobile, except the HD7S has a sharper 4.3-inch Super LCD touch screen.