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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Version of WinAmp for Android Does Wireless Syncing to Macs

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

"Winamp for Android unveiled a number of updates this morning, including a new Winamp for Mac Sync beta app that extends wireless music and video sync to Mac users, access to Spinner's MP3 of the day from your Android phone, and a new premium version of the app with extended features."

If you use a Mac you may be interested in the latest version of WinAmp which supports WiFi syncing to the Apple platform. Also, some features that are available in the $5.00 "Pro Bundle" are support for FLAC files, a 10-band equalizer, and gapless playback. Take a look at the article for more info!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Subconscious Mode will Extend your Battery 54%

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"Here's how E-MiLi works: It slows down the WiFi card's clock by up to 1/16 its normal frequency, but jolts it back to full speed when the phone notices information coming in. It's well known that you can slow a device's clock to save energy. The hard part, Shin said, was getting the phone to recognize an incoming message while it was in this slower mode."

Researchers at the University of Michigan may have come up with a way to extend your cellphone battery life by as much as 54%. Professor Kang Shin and student Xinyu Zhang have come up with a novel approach to minimize the amount of energy used by wifi to minimize idle listening. Their new approach is called E-MiLi, which stands for Energy Minimizing Idle Listening. Apparently the process is compatible with current hardware, with a firmware upgrade. Hopefully the approach proves effective and hardware manufacturers pick this up asap!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Securely Share Your Wireless Network With Wifi Joiner

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 03:00 PM

"Want a simpler way to allow others to join your Wi-Fi network, without having to give out your WPA code? Wifi Joiner creates a QR code for your network that the other user can scan to easily connect to your wireless network."

This is a pretty handy little app for those who need to share their wireless network with others yet don't want to just hand out the password. Wifi Joiner will allow you to generate a QR code that can be scanned by another user running Wifi Joiner to quickly and easily configure your wireless network on their device. Your wireless password can even be encrypted so it is not just stored as plain text in the QR code for all to read. A pretty neat idea over all. Something like this should be a universal standard. Just beep the WiFi sign and Starbucks to connect securely.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Connection Checker Saves You Battery Power By Automatically Checking Your Connections

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:30 AM

"Android: Try as we might, you can never avoid finicky Wi-Fi and low-signal areas. Connection checker will save your phone's battery (and a little bit of your sanity) by disconnecting crappy connections automatically."

Why doesn't this app come standard with all phones? You would think a built in connection tester would be a standard feature for a mobile phone that could potentially move through different areas with spotty data connections. Maybe phone developers neglect to include such feature because having your phone search for networks uses up the battery causing you to charge it more often and eventually replace the battery when it dies. Maybe it's their ploy to get you to buy a new battery faster which gives them your hard-earned money. Well, not anymore!

Install Connection Checker and it will automatically check for wi-fi and data connections then disconnect you if you have no signal saving you battery power (and hopefully your battery from frequent recharging). Plus, it will save you from having a drained battery if you forgot to disconnect your data connection before visiting friends in the boonies with no cell service (Yes, there are still areas without cell service. Trust me, I know!). The app is free or you can download a pro version for $1.74. Not too bad for something that should come with your phone anyways!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Head to Head Battle: iPad 2 vs. Motorola XOOM

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Motorola XOOM" @ 07:30 AM

This is a head to head comparison video between the Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based Motorola XOOM and the iOS 4-based Apple iPad 2. Each tablet has pros and cons, and I discuss my findings after using both of them for a while. Chime in with your own thoughts!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Motorola's XOOM: Promising, But Not Ready For Prime Time

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Motorola XOOM" @ 08:00 AM

At first I was somewhat paralyzed. Then I pulled the trigger on the XOOM and I unboxed it. And now it's time for the review!

Here's the rundown on the hardware: this version of the XOOM has 32 GB of storage and no integrated 3G/4G; like other XOOMs, it has 1 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot (that unfortunately doesn't work right now), Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a 5 megapixel rear camera with dual xeon flashes, and a 2 megapixel front camera. The 10.1 inch screen is 1280 x 800 resolution, and there's a 3.5mm headphone jack - along with a microHDMI connector for video out, and a microUSB connector for synchronization. It has a special power connector though and won't charge over USB. It weighs in at 681 grams (1.5 pounds), and is 249 mm across, 168mm tall, and 12.9mm thin.

Now, on to the two-part review!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Motorola's XOOM Slate: Unboxing and First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 07:00 AM

Last week I picked up a Motorola XOOM WiFi edition. The XOOM was announced with much fanfare at CES 2011, and while it was heralded as the best hope for challenging the juggernaut that is the iPad, a few things have soured since then.

First, that when Motorola first shipped the device through Verizon in the USA, it would cost a hefty $800 if you got it without a Verizon contract - but you couldn't use the WiFi on it until you paid for at least one month of Verizon's data service (which was $50 or so, making the price $850). What? Yeah, exactly! Then it was revealed that the XOOM would start to ship without the ability to play back Flash, which was one of the original advantages over the iPad - you can download Flash now of course, but at launch this key element was missing. The first tablet to offer 4G would also only offer it after the user shipped it back to Motorola for a hardware upgrade - oh, and the microSD card slot still doesn't work to this day (a future firmware upgrade will fix that). More than a few negatives!

In Canada the XOOM is $599, Flash is available in the marketplace, and lacks the cellular radio, so there's no need to ship it back. So, other than the non-functional microSD card slot, the XOOM I bought is in slightly better shape right out of the gate than the XOOM people bought from Verizon in February. Read more...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Unlock With WiFi Automatically Unlocks Your Phone When On Preset Networks

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 12:00 PM!5788727/unl...ur-home-network

"Android: Free app Unlock With WiFi toggles your Android device's security lock based on the Wi-Fi network you're connected to."

Locking and unlocking your phone can be a pain, but is often necessary to prevent unwanted usage, protect your personal info or avoid accidental calls. But now, Unlock With WiFi makes it a little less painful. The app keeps your phone unlocked when on networks that you specify. Great app to have if you don't see your phone getting tampered with while at home or at a friend's house. The app requires Android 2.1 or high and is currently free, so snap it up while you can!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Samsung SH100 Camera Uses WiFi for New Features

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 08:30 AM

"Samsung's SH100 isn't the first point-and-shoot to have Wi-Fi, but it makes better use of it than most: You can use Samsung's Galaxy S Android phones as a wireless remote and geotagger for the camera."

I love when mobile device can be used together in cool new ways. This is a great example. You can use your Galaxy S phone with the SH100 as a remote viewfinder, to take pictures, and for geotagging. It also has DLNA built in so you can get your photos off with countless networked devices. I look forward to features like this being standard in all camera's and working with all Android phones. This camera is due in March at a price of $200.

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