mobile apps

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    Google's tantalizing Mobile Chrome App SDK

    Posted March 12, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Google's new Cordova-based toolchain lets you develop hybrid mobile apps from the same HTML, JavaScript, and CSS code as Chrome apps.
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    4 Android e-reader apps: The latest word in reading

    Posted February 7, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    Sometimes even a tablet is too much trouble to tote. These Android smartphone e-reader apps will make it easy to enjoy your favorite book wherever you go.
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    PhoneGap toolkits tame mobile app development

    Posted January 17, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    Adobe PhoneGap, AppGyver Steroids, and Telerik Icenium simplify app development, but shine brightest at debugging and app distribution.
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    First look: Microsoft Remote Desktop apps for iOS and Android

    Posted October 21, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    Late to the game, Microsoft releases Remote Desktop apps for rival mobile platforms, but they're bare-bones at best -- and where's the WinPhone version?
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    Scorecard: Best Android office suite shoot-out

    Posted June 17, 2013 - 11:08 am

    Which package of office apps provide the best mobile productivity experience on Android devices? We put the leading contenders to the test to find out
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    Seven apps for playful cats

    Posted June 3, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    Bring your cat toys into the digital age with a few feline-friendly mobile apps.
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    10 terrific apps for last-minute travel

    Posted April 18, 2013 - 11:54 am

    You can't plan for some things. These ten apps will help you deal with travel details at the eleventh hour.
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    Five essential Pokki apps bring the best of mobile and the Web to your desktop

    Posted March 13, 2013 - 10:44 am

    The Pokki platform runs sprightly Web and mobile apps on your desktop, no browser required.
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    Smartphone tools to keep your Wi-Fi network humming

    Posted February 11, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    Ekahau offers most comprehensive set of Wi-Fi site survey features in three-product test
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    1Password for iOS keeps your digital life safe

    Posted December 21, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    As a researcher once said, the ideal password is one that is hard to guess, impossible to write down, and can only be used in one place. This combination of requirements is very hard for a human to achieve, but AgileBits's 1Password 4 makes it an absolute breeze.
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    Review: Android Injector makes APK as easy as ABC

    Posted November 23, 2012 - 8:35 am

    It's easy to get intimidated by Android, as a lot of its apps and services are designed more for hard-core geeks than the everyday user. And, initially, I was intimidated by Android Injector, a desktop application that allows you to install APK files (Android apps) on your Android device-- until I used it, and realized just how easy it really is.
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    Review: Miso for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:40 am

    If you find yourself bored while watching TV, add some spice to your viewing by making a game of it. Miso brings competition to social TV through points. It also offers extra content for some shows. And while you get some social features on all iOS devices, the app only offers its full complement of tools for iPhone and iPod touch users running iOS 3.2 or later.
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    Review: TV Guide Mobile for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:20 am

    TV Guidehas earned cred in television listings--the company has produced a printed guide of TV show listings since 1953. However, the way we watch TV has changed quite a bit since then, and the app that bears the company's name attempts to keep up with the times. If you like a traditional list-type guide to find what's on, TV Guide's free app is a solid choice. The app makes it easy to find what's new and if streaming versions are available, though its social features lack in comparison to other TV companion options.
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    Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 review: mobile app development, the HTML 5 way

    Posted June 23, 2012 - 7:04 am

    In Web page design, the popularity of Adobe's Flash multimedia platform is nose-diving, while HTML5 is skyrocketing. That transition is causing websites and website designers to find better ways of incorporating motion and interactivity, and Adobe's new Dreamweaver CS6 ($399 as a stand-alone program, as of 6/1/2012; also part of Adobe's Creative Suite 6) provides an array of tools to serve up HTML5-based designs on smartphones, tablets, and desktops.
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    WatchESPN for iPhone and iPad

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Cable sports giant ESPN offers a mobile app that lets you watch live sports and shows on your iPhone or iPad no matter where you happen to be. The app is called WatchESPN. And I would certainly love to, if I could get the app to dependably stream video.
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    PayAnywhere review: a feature-rich mobile payment processor

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:50 am

    With PayAnywhere's free card reader and app for iOS 4.0+ devices, Android 2.1+ phones (but not tablets), and BlackBerry 4.7+ devices, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards with a transaction fee of 2.69 percent per swipe. Keyed-in transactions are subject to a fee of 3.49 percent plus 19 cents.
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    Intuit GoPayment review: processing system includes a sturdy card reader

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:44 am

    The Intuit GoPayment mobile payment processing system includes a free card reader and apps for iOS 4.0+ devices and most Android phones and tablets. Using this pay-as-you-go service, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards for a fee of 2.7 percent of the total sale for swiped transactions, or a 3.5 percent fee for keyed-in transactions. Opt for Intuit's $13-per-month subscription plan, and your fees drop to 1.7 percent per swiped transaction, or 2.7 percent per keyed-in transaction.
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    Election fever: 6 mobile apps that can keep you informed

    Posted February 11, 2012 - 8:28 am

    The big game is on -- and by that, we don't mean football, basketball, baseball or Angry Birds. We're talking about the biggest pastime in the U.S.: Watching (and taking part in) the current Republican primaries and the upcoming presidential elections.
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    11 essential tablet productivity apps

    Posted August 13, 2011 - 8:40 am

    Whether you're an executive, a traveling sales rep, a student, or a soccer parent, a slate full of smart apps can help you manage the ever-changing demands of your daily life. It doesn't really matter whether you use an iPad or one of the new Android tablets; both platforms offer a wealth of options for staying on top of things. And in any case, it's not about having the most apps--it's about having the right apps for you.
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    8 great iPhone photo apps

    Posted July 29, 2011 - 9:37 am

    Use apps like Filterstorm, PhotoForge2, and TiltShift Generator to edit and enhance your phone photos to great effect.
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    9 awesome mobile must-haves

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Secure phones: Smartphones are notoriously vulnerable to data-security and privacy breaches. Lookout Mobile Security locks down your Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Mobile phone to keep malware and other threats from invading.
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    Apps for Printing Photos From Android Phones

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 11:49 am

    With mobile phone cameras getting better and better, more people are using their smartphones as their primary cameras. Eventually, you'll want to print the cherished family photos that you've saved on your phone. Rather than dealing with MicroSD cards and USB cables to transfer your photos to a computer, wouldn't it be nice if you could print them directly from the phone?
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    BlackBerry apps: Are they worth the download?

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    There are people who simply don't get the smartphone concept. Some of those people, oddly enough, seem to be smartphone application developers. I am often astounded by the amount of effort obviously put into an app only to have a spit-shined, sparkly GUI which is, sadly, fairly useless.

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