Apps can provide lots of extra functionality and convenience in our lives, but sometimes you wonder if they have been created for no reason other than to see how many people will actually download it. Today Gizmodo featured a piece on an app that allows you to “safely cross the street with an app that watches for traffic.” RUFKM?
Okay, we know people love to walk down the street, across the street, and basically do anything – including drive. But for two research teams at two different universities took their time to develop this app – and make the video below. Great use of incredible minds, no?
People lose their phones all the time. Often, it’s not that they have actually LOST their phone, however left it somewhere, or misplaced it during travels. We are all aware of programs that you can install on your Android smartphone in order to locate and track your phone, among other features, but what if you never installed any such application and suddenly you don’t know where you phone is?
Lookout Plan B
After browsing through the Android Market, I came across the often used Lookout, but then I found “Plan B.” This program is FREE and specifically for people who didn’t have any application installed to find their phone, but have misplaced it. Based on the reviews, customers found it took up to 10 minutes for the first message to arrive, but were otherwise positive.
Android rules my life. Well, at least my phone and tablet devices. My Droid X got it’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OTA update last week and aside from having to do a hard-reset on the device and start over again, the update seems pretty good.
Last night after removing a recurring calendar event from my schedule; I noticed it was still appearing on the widget on my home screen. So I clicked on it to see what it thought it was, or if it led nowhere. Well, it went to my calendar, to an event which was named: “Fake event to work around a calendar issue.”
What is this? Why isn’t this fixed or at least have some less obvious message for the users?
While many PC enthusiasts enjoy the benefits of overclocking on high-end PCs, making them fly at speeds often much faster than released specifications.
With a possible 1.45GHz speed from your 1GHz rated processor is now possible for many with only a few clicks — on their Droid X and Droid 2 phones. Without rooting, and without custom ROMs, you can simply install this 99Â¢ app and test, then implement higher CPU speeds with a few clicks.
Android nerds — get it now and overclock for an even faster Droid. Check out the DX/D2 Overclocker, or scan with your phone to the left.
Life automation (“BioEfficiency“) could soon be a reality — courtesy of Google. Amit Singhal, a fifteen year veteran of the search business is a Google Fellow and engineer, speaking often on the development and potential future of search.
TechRadar reports that Amit believes that search will progress allowing real-time data, such as GPS location, time of day and even weather conditions, matched up against a to-do list or shopping list. Then, let’s overlay that data with current retail pricing for the physical area (as only one example) — and you could get alerts that say “on the way home, why not stop and get the butter on your shopping list, which is on sale today for $1.99. At the same time you could complete the remainder of your shopping. CLICK HERE for directions.” Once you arrive, it could automatically display your shopping list.
This type of technology implementation may freak some people out — even in concept. The reality is that it’s not in the distant future. With enough datapoints and some programming, these types of activities are definitely possible on today’s smartphones. An Android phone could make all this happen, and allow you to further use Google Goggles to identify the products you bought, checking them off your list.
Each completed activity, response to predictive suggestions and other information (such as what you actually bought when you went to the store as compared to your list), could allow real-time suggestions when creating to-dos. You may put Product A on your list, only to have the application recommend that Product B is on sale, and you have purchased is 70% of the time when you intended to purchase Product A in the past year.
Okay, some people just LOVE push to talk (PTT) — think back about 5 years when it was all the rage. Sometimes annoying, yes. Useful othertimes as well. But I never liked the “walkie talkie” button thingy. Made it seem too ‘low tech.’
Well, TiKL has released an app for Android that makes it cool, very ‘transponder’ like and actually is GREAT for when you are driving in the car. No need to call when you can just ring in.
It uses our primary phone # on your device as your “id,” simply listing all of your contacts and you choose them to add to your list. There is a do-not disturb mode, which the “Call info” button will allow you to obtain the recent caller information. Just hold down the button on the center of the screen, you’ll get a red glow, and talk away.
A confirmation tone sounds after you let go (or is an electronic “over” LOL). It’s a great app, glad to see it’s free and you can get it too! Just scan the QR code here to get it straight from the Android Market.