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How to get Google Maps Turn by Turn Street Name Voice Navigation Back

How to get Google Maps Turn by Turn Street Name Voice Navigation Back

Google Maps and Google Navigation are some of the best apps on the Android platform. The unattractive, computerized female voice of the Navigation app has guided me to many locations, whether I’m in my car or in my motorcycle. I don’t like to look at my mobile phone while I’m driving, and I can’t look […]

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Always have a backup: my review of online storage service CrashPlan

Always have a backup: my review of online storage service CrashPlan

Late last month my home file server suffered a catastrophic meltdown, in which the power supply died. The power supply destroyed two hard drives, including my operating system drive, and damaged a third drive so badly I couldn’t read any data from it. The electrical problem caused the rest of the system to behave erratically, […]

How I Rooted My Amazon Kindle Fire and Installed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

How I Rooted My Amazon Kindle Fire and Installed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

My process for rooting an Amazon Kindle Fire and installing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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How to Get Spotify For the Amazon Kindle Fire … Sort Of.

How to Get Spotify For the Amazon Kindle Fire … Sort Of.

My frustration with apps for the Amazon Kindle Fire continues. In my first impressions write-up, I wrote that a huge drawback for me was the absence of critical apps in the Amazon app marketplace. I use Dropbox daily, and it isn’t present on the Amazon AppStore. I wound up installing it via an unsupported method, […]

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Amazon Fire: First Impressions and Purchase Decision Tree

Amazon Fire: First Impressions and Purchase Decision Tree

Here are my first impressions on the Amazon Kindle Fire. It is great for consuming Amazon video and music. The rest of the device is a complex web of expectations and past experience. If you’ve never owned a tablet or Android device before, have a lot of Amazon content, and want a tablet form factor for less than $200, the Fire may be for you. Everyone else has some tough decisions to make.

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Empathy Quotient Online Quiz

Empathy Quotient Online Quiz

Empathy is the ability to recognize emotions in other people and yourself, and the capacity to share feelings that are expressed by other creatures. The topic of empathy came up recently on Ars Technica when discussing the demise of Ryan Dunn. One of the forum members linked to an online quiz for determining one’s empathy […]

Problems with Amazon’s Android OS App Store

Problems with Amazon’s Android OS App Store

Amazon launched their own private Android app store a few days ago. Amazon attempted to generate some buzz with free apps, like Angry Birds Rio and a version of Shazam, the app that identifies music for you. Unfortunately, the launch generated a different kind of buzz — Apple files lawsuit over the name “App Store,” […]

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Shared Lists on Android Phones With AK Notepad and Catch.com

Shared Lists on Android Phones With AK Notepad and Catch.com

Have you ever forgotten a grocery list at home? Have you ever contacted a loved one to ask if they need something from the store? How about a list of books, music, or movies that you want to discuss with your friends? Worse yet, have you ever kept multiple lists for the same place, yet […]

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Fireshot Screen Capture Program for Chrome Beta

Fireshot Screen Capture Program for Chrome Beta

I test the Fireshot Screen capture plugin for Chrome beta. It works just as well as the full Firefox version and seems very stable so far.

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WallSwitch Desktop Wallpaper Switching App for Android Mobile Phones
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WallSwitch Desktop Wallpaper Switching App for Android Mobile Phones

One of the things I like the most about my HTC Incredible Android phone is its large, beautiful screen. It’s a far cry from the Motorola StarTac phone I owned. SmartPhones encourage me to dork out in ways I never cared about before. For example, I put a different background on my Incredible. It was […]

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