Sunday, July 31, 2011

Car Locator - Free Amazon Appstore App of the Day 7/31/11

Car Locator
A radar-style screen and Google map make locating your car easy. If you've ever gazed out at a sea of parked cars and realized that you have no idea where yours is, Car Locator is here to help. This GPS-based app for your Android device remembers your car's location and leads you right back to it. It also keeps track of how long you've been parked, lets you know if you need to feed the parking meter, and more.
Park, Save, and Go.
Setting Car Locator to remember your car's spot is easy. When you park your car, just open the app (or use the handy widget straight from your home screen). You'll see your current location on Google Maps, along with a cool-looking radar display that signifies your car with a red dot. Just double-tap the location of your car on the map (or simply shake your phone) and Car Locator will remember where it is.
Along with the visual help, Car Locator features a "sonar" function that emits a beeping sound: The closer you get to your car, the faster it beeps. This can be very useful in a crowded parking lot (or if you want to pretend that you're piloting a submarine).
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Golf Frontier GPS - Free Amazon Appstore App of the Day 7/30/11

Name: Golf Frontier GPS
Description: Get your game on with this fully functional golf range finder and course map. Golf Frontier GPS provides accurate course detail for nearly 15,000 downloadable golf courses, and the best part--no subscription fees and every coarse download is free, always.

Your Golf Game with an Improved View
The feature-rich interface indicates carry and reach distances for the current hole. Distance arcs are placed at 100, 150, and 200 yards (or meters), however, you can calculate distance from anywhere on the map by adding new map points: Just long tap anywhere on the screen in map view. The one-touch interface makes marking and measuring shot distances simple. Does it make the actual shot simple? Well, that's up to you.

GPS Conveniently
Auto hole transition moves to the next hole without being prompted. As you approach, GPS adjusts with you. It's there to aide you, not burden you. Go on with your golf game seamlessly. The GPS sensitivity adjustment allows you to configure your settings for optimum accuracy. Additionally, adjust the battery life setup to get the most from your battery for those long days on the course. Use the Most Frequent mode for ultimate accuracy.

Any Course Can Be a Golf Frontier GPS Course
If you can't find your desired course, you've got options: First, check the course library. Golf Frontier is always adding new courses. If they haven't added it yet, send an e-mail and make a request. Don't want to wait? Feel free to add it yourself. Golf Frontier GPS allows you to create your own GPS course map using their robust online map editor.

Golf Frontier GPS is dedicated to producing the highest quality Android GPS application possible, and they're happy to respond to your comments and concerns.
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Alternatives to the Android Market

So you have an Android phone that you want to be able to make your own, or you may feel a little restricted by Google's Android Market.  What other options are out there?  I do a lot of talking and linking to things in Android Market, but I also talk and link a lot about the Amazon Appstore. The Amazon Appstore (among others - see below) is an alternate place to download apps for Android and along with the below list gives you the freedom to get your apps from anywhere.

I will cover a handful of app stores below. Feel free to check them out and comment about your experiences.

Name: SlideME App Store
SlideME is a great alternative to the Google Android Market, and is the site that has made recent (geek gamer) news because of the user yongzh getting booted out of Google's market and pulling all of his apps and moving over to SlideME and releasing them for free. He is the author of the (insert-classic-system-here)OID games like, NESOID, SNESOID, GameBoid. Just for those apps alone you should go check out the SlideME appstore.
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AndSpot takes a unique approach to the idea of an app store. One that all you power users out there will love. They have a monthly service that gives you UNLIMITED Android app downloads for a low low monthly rate of $8 per month. It is in Beta so you have to sign up for it and wait to get an invite.
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Name: Aproov
Aproov is a web based app "store" that specializes is only Free apps. This is great if you are someone that spends a lot of time looking through the regular market's free section and struggle with it because it is not designed for just free apps, where this app store is designed just for that.
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Name: OnlyAndroid (
OnlyAndroid is an app store that has an option that is similar to the Amazon Appstore. It offers a "deal of the day" on an android app or service. Although it is not a free app, but it also does include services, for example the deal for today (7/29/11) is a 15 month subscription to the SmrtGuard service which gives you data backup and a lost phone finder service for 50% off. It is definitely a site to keep tabs on because they might offer a great deal on that certain app you have been eyeing.
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Name: Amazon App Store
Amazon Appstore is the alternative appstore that I am obviously a huge fan of mainly because of the feature they offer every day that gives you a FREE app that you can just download. No strings attached. They have a great selection of apps and almost all of the apps have a sale price that is cheaper than the "normal" Android Market.
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Star Chart - Free Amazon Appstore App of the Day 7/29/11

Name: Star Chart
Now you can have a virtual star chart in your pocket. Look through the eyes of your Android onto the whole visible universe. All you have to do is point your device at the sky, and Star Chart tells you exactly what you're looking at.
Learn about stars, planets, and more

Look for your favorites
To the Stars!
Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe, and all of the latest high tech functionality, Star Chart calculates--in real time--the current location of every star and planet visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are. Even in broad daylight.

Want to know what that bright star is called? Point your device at it--you might just find out it's a planet. Want to know what the night sky looks like to people on the other side of the earth? Just point your device down. Want to know where your star sign is in the sky? Star Chart tells you all this and more.

This app has many features designed to bring the stars to you. Just point and view. No need to scroll around the screen to find out what you are looking at. Alternatively, look around the sky using finger gestures. Perfect for armchair astronomers. Supports dynamic device orientation viewing, allowing you to view the night sky while holding your Android at any angle. Accurately depicts all the visible stars of the northern and southern hemispheres: over 5,000 stars. Displays all the planets of the solar system, plus the Sun and the Moon. Displays all 88 constellations with constellation imagery based on the beautiful artwork by 15th-century astronomer Johannes Hevelius. Includes entire Messier catalogue of exotic deep sky objects.

Just tap on anything in the sky and get the facts on what you are looking at, including distance and brightness. Its powerful zoom function lets you view the sky in exquisite detail, using intuitive finger gestures. Fully configurable, Star Chart displays only the sky objects that you are interested in. It allows you to view the sky underneath the horizon. So now you can see where the sun is, even at night. Manually set your location to find out what the sky looks like from anywhere in the world. And there's a full search feature

So point your Android device at the sky and see what's out there.

(Augmented Reality mode is only available if your device supports it, for this feature requires a built-in compass. Manual scrolling is supported on all other devices.)
Download Link: (Amazon)

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jamie's 20 Minute Meals - Free Amazon Appstore App of the Day 7/28/11

Name: Jamie's 20 Minute Meals

A Letter From Jamie
Hi Guys,
Thanks for all your messages asking for 20 Minute Meals on Android. It's finally here, and will help you to prepare and cook loads of delicious meals; each one in around 20 minutes.
There's 60 recipes in total; each one presented one step at a time, with photos along the way, so you really can't go wrong! There's also a cool shopping list feature which sorts your ingredients by aisle so you'll be really speedy in the supermarket too.

Breeze through the store using aisle view on the shopping list
As well as all that you'll find 21 videos of me shot exclusively-for-mobile with useful tips, tricks and kitchen skills from sharpening a knife to chopping an onion. Download it today and get cooking!
Big love,
Jamie Oliver xxx

Jamie's App:
Who can help but be charmed by England's Jamie Oliver, The Naked Chef? Jamie is well known as chef, restaurateur, and an advocate for improving unhealthy diets, especially championing healthy school lunches for children.

Watch an introductory video from Jamie and get right to the recipes. Search for a recipe or peruse 10 categories such as Delicious soups, Tasty stir-fries, and Simple risottos. Each recipe includes a summary with a picture of the dish, an ingredient and equipment list, detailed instructions, and relevant videos on tasks like garlic preparation or onion chopping. Double-touch the screen in landscape mode to see pictures of each step.

Add ingredients to your list and then use the general shopping list to view by recipe or by aisle. Use the menu to quickly access any video or learn about what Jamie feels are kitchen essentials -- both ingredients and equipment. Jamie promises that this app will "arm you with the confidence" to have tasty meals in 20 minutes!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Free Apps on Amazon. Can it be hurtful?

Free Apps on AmazonCan it be hurtful?

As a potential developer, and a current website author I know that ratings and comments are incredibly important.  You want to be seen in the best light and you want to be seen as an asset to whatever genre you are creating digital media in.  Android apps are the same way.  No matter where you get your app from their is always a rating that is considered and comments that are read before the app is downloaded.

So you get the opportunity to have your app listed as the "Amazon Free App of the Day".  You have to consider both the good and bad sides of it. the good is obvious. You are going to get your app out to thousands and thousands of people that might not have ever heard of your app before.  A ton of publicity for your app.  But at what cost.

the problem I see here is that because of the fact that people are just going to download it because it is free it puts you into the possibility for a poor rating or comment. And I am not talking about a justified poor rating.  If there is a quality issue with the game, or something isn't working.  I am talking about a review like the following example:

1.0 out of 5 stars Supermarket chick gameJuly 27, 2011
*.********* "undulating tendril of disarray" (Over There) - See all my reviews(REAL NAME) 
This review is from: Supermarket Scramble (App)These apps sure are full of exciting settings and themes. For chicks. What the hell is up with all the lady themed market bakery lame insulting to intelligent woman games? Does the dev really believe this type of marketing tactic will make women buy this cheeseball crap? Pfft more crappy apps...

You get a review from someone that shouldn't have downloaded the app in the first place.  I am saying this because the app is called: Supermarket Scramble.  It is an app that appears to be marketing itself to a certian type of person, obviously not the type of person that downloaded it and reviewed it. 
What would fix this?  I think that Android Market has a great idea in the fact that you have to purchase or download the app to be able to rate it. Amazon will let anyone review any item on their site...  Any suggestions on how to make this better?

Supermarket Scramble - Free Amazon Appstore App for 7/27/11

Name: Supermarket Scramble
If you've always dreamed of owning your own business, here's your (virtual) chance. There's a catch, however. Your business is a grocery store, and the customers are quite demanding! In Supermarket Scramble, you'll have to be quick on your feet--I mean, on your fingers--to succeed.

Miles of Aisles
Feeding the masses is a tough job, but you take great pride in your store and its customer service. In this game, you'll be quite busy fulfilling shoppers' grocery lists by lining up at least three in a row of that item on the "product grid." It's the classic match-three puzzle game, only with tasty food.

Say Shopper One has apples, lettuce, carrots, and sandwiches on her list. As quickly as you can, find places on the grid where you can slide these objects around (swapping adjacent items) to make three in a row horizontally or vertically. Once you've found enough of the desired food, that item is checked off the list. When a customer's list is completed, you tap on the cash register to make the sale.

The Customer Is Always Right
Sometimes you get the Little Old Lady, who waits semi-patiently while you track down her oranges and bananas. Other times, you get the Diva. She's late for a cocktail party and needs you to round up her items pronto, do you understand? It's not easy to make her happy, but if you do there's a big tip in it for you. And there are plenty of other customers--some of whom you need to unlock--with their own unique quirks.

Be sure to watch the patience meters that appear at the bottom of your customers' lists, which reflect how fast you are filling their order. The faster you complete their order, the more bonus money you can earn. If the meter runs out, however, they leave in a huff and you just lost a sale.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Apps Not "Approved" For Your Phone

For the final (for now) portion of the "Why Root" series I will discuss some other apps that are only available on a device that is rooted. Well they may be listed on here as "only available", keep in mind that they may be install-able on a non-rooted phone but they probably won't work, or do anything at all.

Name: Superuser
Superuser is the main app that allows you to grant Superuser rights on your phone. Any of the apps on this page, or any app that requires root will need your permission to use the seperuser ability. This app allows you to save that permission and remember it for the next time you use the app.
It is preloaded on a majority of the roms and root packages out there, but just incase it isn't you can get it for free on the Android Market. The barcode and links on this page link directly to the Market page, so they will work on your computer or phone.
From the Developer:
Grant and manage Superuser rights for your phone.
This app requires that you already have root, or a custom recovery image to work.
Note: App and binary will have different versions. The app is updated more often than the binary is.
Install fixed for CM6 Stable
If install fails, check for a solution
Download Link: (Android Market)

Name: Titanium Backup
This is the first app I install after a reset or flashing a new rom. It allows you to backup your apps, mass move your apps to the memory card, and much much more.
From Developer:
EXTREMELY powerful tool. Backup ALL apps, Market links, remove bloatware & MORE!
☆Over 2 million users, 23+ languages!
☆Needs ROOT, Android 1.5-3.1+
☆PRO Key is available on Market!
☆Voted #1 TOP ROOT APP on Twitter.
☆Problem? See
☆Internet used for Dropbox/Changelog
☆AVOID "unofficial" TB versions: they cause infamous "package signature" errors!
☆ ☆ ☆
The ONLY tool that can backup, restore, freeze (with Pro) your apps + data + Market links! Fully supports protected and system apps! 0-click Batch/scheduled backups! Can move apps (or app data) to/from SD card! The PRO version adds 0-click batch restores, Dropbox sync, conversion between user <=> system apps, Dalvik cleaner & MORE!
Download Link: (Android Market)

Name: Rom Manager
Rom Manager was previously covered on this site, but is required on any list of root apps. It gives you the easiest way to download and flash a custom rom onto your phone, plus be able to make a backup of your current setup, and restore it too. This is the 2nd app that I install (after Titanium Backup).
From the Developer:
Must have app for any root user. Make backups, flash ROMs, and own your device.
*June 15, 2011* I am aware of the recently introduced force close bug, and would like to apologize. I have updated a fixed version, Please let me know if that works!
ROM Manager is THE MUST HAVE APP for any Android root user. (Over 1.3 million downloads and counting!)
* Flash your recovery to the latest and greatest ClockworkMod recovery.
* Manage your ROMs via a handy UI.
* Organize and perform backups and restores from within Android!
* Install ROMs from your SD card.
* Install your favorite ROMs over the air!
Download Link: (Android Market)

Name: drocap2
Drocap fills a big gap that Android hasn't officially incorporated, Screenshots. It gives you the ability to take a picture of your screen, which is great for sharing what is on your screen with the web, or through a picture message. As you use it you will find a million uses for it.
From Developer:
Screen Capture Utility.
WARNING: You need root permission for use drocap2.
Tap start button and shake the device or wait for timer to capture screen image. You can also make a capture trigger from Notification bar. This works well with "superuser whitelist" environment.
Download Link: (Android Market)

Name: Root Explorer File Manager $4.87
As the only paid app on this list (unless you consider pro or upgraded versions) this is a must have app for anyone with root. there are tons of tutorials that tell you how to use this app to remove apps that are preinstalled, like all the bloatware...
From Developer:
Root Explorer is the ultimate file manager for root users. Access the whole of android's file system (including the elusive data folder!).
Features include SQLite database viewer, Text Editor, create and extract zip or tar/gzip files, extract rar archives, multi-select, execute scripts, search, remount, permissions, bookmarks, send files (via email, bluetooth etc), image thumbnails, APK binary XML viewer, change file owner and group.
Download Link: (Android Market $4.87)

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GRave Defense HD - Amazon Appstore Free App for 7/26/11

Name: GRave Defense HD

GRave Defense HD is the next step in the evolution of tower defense games. Follow the harrowing encounters of the Fellowship of Survivals as you battle mutated zombies and formidable boss monsters.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
In a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by a nuclear war, hordes of zombies hunger for human flesh. But these aren't your garden variety zombies. It takes hundreds of rounds of high-caliber bullets to knock down these walking undead. It's enough to make George Romero break out in a cold sweat. Fortunately, you're packing some serious heat. Obliterate mutant hordes across 20 levels using fire, electricity, lasers, and other things that go boom.

But the situation soon gets from bad to worse. Zombies aren't the only threats you'll encounter. Some creatures are flyers that can only be shot down by certain towers. You'll eventually face off against some of history's most notorious villains, including Dracula and Frankenstein's monster.

So Many Zombies, So Little Time
Each battlefield is unique. Visit exotic locations such as the Amazon Rainforest, the Bermuda Triangle, and even a space station that makes the Alien movies look like a Sunday picnic. You must use your array of towers and evolving tactics to survive. As you knock down each creature, you earn money to buy more towers. GRrave Defense is essentially a terrifying balancing act of resource allocation and military necessity.

View animated briefings
GRave Defense Gold on Steroids
GRave Defense HD includes all the levels from the original GRave Defense Gold, plus a new larger, beautiful (beautiful to zombies, anyway) multi-screen level. All levels, towers, mutants, special effects, and achievements are rendered in high-res graphics. Unlock new achievements, enemies, and towers. Earn new military ranks and climb up to the top of the hierarchy.

New Features
Challenge yourself with the new survival mode and four different levels of difficulty. GRave Defense HD also features visible monster paths, tower states and cool-downs, and a display for showing how much money each monster generates. Are you ready to be humanity's last chance for survival?

"If you're a fan of tower defense games and/or zombies and have a nice device to play this on, get it. Hands-down, Grave Defense HD is one of the best tower defense games on Android." -- Droid Gamers

"...for serious fans of the genre who relish a mighty challenge GRave Defense HD is a title worthy of your strategic prowess." -- Pocket Gamer

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