If you think "Noonien Soong" when someone says "Android doc," you might be a Trekkie (and fiercely proud of it). But if you hear "Android dock" instead, maybe you're thinking of Next Launcher, an Android-based app dock and launcher. If you use Next Launcher, you'll certainly want to take a look at Next Task Manager Widget, a free 3D plug-in for Next Launcher from GO Launch Team. We tried Next Launcher with and without Next Task Manager Widget installed, and the plug-in definitely improved the docking app's 3D performance. Though Next … Read more
Passing time playing games with your smartphone or tablet requires applications that are quick to learn and fun. Temple Run's excellent graphics and easy-yet-satisfying gameplay make it a good option for casual gamers.
Temple Run comes as a free application, but payment is required for additional power-ups. Installation through the Google Play store completed quickly, and there were no log-ins required to play the game. The startup menu's graphics are well designed, as are those for the game, itself. The selection to start a new game was easy to find and well labeled. In terms of play, the … Read more
Parents of Pokemon fans may need to find out about upcoming games. Pokemon X and Y is nothing more than an application to play a trailer, so those seeking Pokemon information should simply use the Internet rather than download this program.
Pokemon X and Y installs quickly and without any problems. The nature of the application is confusing and at startup, the user is greeted with a dated looking Web page screen with links to three Pokemon-related trailers and sites. This looked like an advertising screen rather than the app, itself, but after trial and error it became clear this … Read more
Quickly snapping pictures with your iPhone's camera and sending them is nothing new. We do it all the time with friends and family. But sometimes you need to do it in a more professional capacity, and with more send and edit options. That's where Avocado Scanner comes into play. It lets you snap pictures, edit them, and send them as PDF attachments. It also offers a faxing and printing feature, but only with the Pro version.
Avocado Scanner has a very basic interface, with two options at the bottom of your iPhone screen: a button to access your … Read more
Photo editors on Android are about as easy to find as a needle in a pile of needles. In its quest to differentiate itself from the pack, this app falls short, though. Picture Editor - Sketch Artist has a few cute features but is riddled with ads.
This app will show up with a different name -- Photo Sketch -- when you actually download it. It shows up with a ton of ads, too. These don't just take up a huge chunk of the app's screen, but hide in your status bar and browser, as well. Sharing from … Read more
For being such a low-maintenance site, Craigslist can be a pain on mobile gadgets. Fortunately, Craigslist Minimalist Browser lets you surf the famed classified site much faster than you're used to. It takes a while to load on the first try, but you'll love the added speed and improved search this app offers once it's up and running.
When you first try to load the app, it will hang for a little while and may crash. Every time after that, the app loads in seconds and takes you right to an easy search menu. Craigslist Minimalist Browser'… Read more
If your smartphone has become your point-and-shoot camera, you're probably missing some of your go-to shooting modes. Camera 360 will help bring them back and add some cool effects, too. It's a big shift from what you're used to in Android's default camera, but it's a switch worth making.
This app does away with the translucent viewfinder tools you'll find in most camera apps. That means there's not as much room for you to actually frame your shot, sadly. It's even worse when you factor in the ad that the app floods … Read more
The iPad is a kid's dream toy. It plays games and movies, and is a finger-painting easel waiting to be tapped. So there are dozens of apps that allow children to tap, dab, and paint the screen to their heart's content. Picture Buddy is yet another of these apps, and while it doesn't bring anything new to the table, its cute presentation and simple interface are perfect for a young child.
The app is very simple, and you just start it and tap to get going. There will be a palette of colors and a slider to … Read more
If you want to ditch your personal recording device, you can use your smartphone to replace it. iRig Recorder is an app specifically designed to capture the full power of your smartphone's microphone to record audio. Its layout is smooth, but the features and recording quality leave a lot to be desired.
The app doesn't put any limit on your recording and even lets you know how much data you have left. That makes it easy to know when you should cap your recording for space concerns. The app's menu also tells you how much battery life … Read more
Editing PDF files by adding or correcting text, signatures, or images requires specialized software. PDFpen for Mac allows users to modify PDFs in a simple but efficient program.
Downloading PDFpen for Mac took much longer than expected on a high-speed connection, but installation completed quickly. The program has extensive instructions and tutorials to walk the user through its functions. This is a welcome addition to such a unique and comprehensive program, and better yet technical support does appear to be available. The program immediately brings up a menu where the user can select PDF files with which to work. A … Read more