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    5 video editing apps for Android

    Posted March 7, 2014 - 11:32 am

    For a platform with more than a million apps, it sure is difficult to find a decent video editor on Android.
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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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    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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    First look: Android Studio eclipses Eclipse

    Posted August 22, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Google's new Android development environment pairs rich layout and build capabilities with IntelliJ IDEA's famous ease
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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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    Android Studio First look: It eclipses Eclipse

    Posted May 22, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Google's new Android development environment pairs rich layout and build capabilities with IntelliJ IDEA's famous ease.
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    5 great Android apps for cloud admins

    Posted May 16, 2012 - 9:55 am

    If you administer cloud servers or services, such as those from Amazon Web Services or Rackspace, you might be relieved to learn that you don't need access to a notebook or desktop PC to perform routine administrative tasks.
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    Review: DroidWall protects your rooted Android phone against unauthorized Internet access

    Posted April 28, 2012 - 7:04 am

    I review a lot of Android apps: Many of them are junk, some are so-so, and a small number are great, providing functionality that should be included in every Android device. DroidWall (for rooted devices only) is among the elite few. Why? Because DroidWall allows you to specify which apps can access the Internet--giving you more control over your phone and enabling you to protect yourself against unauthorized data connections.
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    Share files wirelessly between Android and any computer

    Posted August 27, 2011 - 8:11 am

    Between my Android tablet and my Android phone, I've been creating a lot more content on the go than I may ever have expected to. Between pictures and notes captured on my Thunderbolt, and the occasional article hammered out on my Iconia, There's pretty much always something on my mobile devices that I'd like to grab from my PC. Dooblou WiFi File Explorer handles this task beautifully.
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    Review: Spotify for Android

    Posted August 27, 2011 - 8:08 am

    Spotify for Android is a simple music player that ties in with Spotify's free and premium streaming music services. Sure, you can use it to manage your phone's locally stored tunes, but as a music manager it's inferior to, say, Winamp. Spotify as a package deal--with the all-you-can-stream online and offline premium account--is quite good.
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    Choosing the right mobile browser for your Android phone

    Posted August 6, 2011 - 8:06 am

    Choosing a mobile browser is a lot like choosing a browser for your desktop. Do you want something light and speedy? Or is the ability to customize your online experience with add-ons and themes more important to you? Here's a look at some of the most popular Android browsers, to help you decide which browser is right for you.
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    Smackdown: Amazon Appstore vs. Android Market

    Posted March 22, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    After months of chatter, Amazon's Appstore for Android is live and ready for download. But are two app stores better than one? Let's do a quick comparison with the Android Market to see if the Amazon Appstore is worth an install.
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    Get your own virtual desktop with AlwaysOnPC

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    Quite a few apps in the Android Market try to solve the problem of how to access, view, and edit office documents with an Android device. It's a difficult task compounded by the limitations of the small screen and keyboard, and by the fact, too, that many document formats are proprietary (Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF, and so on) and are thus difficult for third-party developers to work with. AlwaysOnPC provides a powerful, customizable, cross-platform solution that uses open-source software hosted on a cloud-based, Fedora Linux PC.
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    Save e-mail attachments to Android phones

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:26 am

    If you use an Android phone, you almost certainly use the bundled Gmail app--and you almost certainly have encountered the annoying inability to save e-mail attachments onto your device. Save My Attach does what it says, without any fuss.
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    Protect your Android phone with security apps

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 11:37 am

    You back up data on your computer in case it crashes, and you might install LoJack on your car to help recover it in case someone steals it--so why shouldn't you protect your Android phone? Most people carry a lot of sensitive data on their phones. If someone steals your handset or if you happen to lose it, all that personal information is suddenly not so personal anymore. Your phone is an investment, so you should safeguard your contacts, photos, texts, videos, and music.
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    Android Thanksgiving Apps

    Posted November 22, 2010 - 12:45 pm

    Thanksgiving is a time of family, food, and shopping. It's also a time of getting lost on the way to visit relatives, cleaning up crazy kitchen messes, and dealing with people who would stab you in the back to get a great sale. Fear not: Your Android phone has you covered, with apps that can make this Thanksgiving holiday an enjoyable (or at least a bearable) one.
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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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    Android's Dumbest Apps

    Posted August 6, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Sales of Android phones are soaring and are paced by the growth in the number of apps--more than 60,000--that are available in Android Market.
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