August 11, 2013 |
"My phone is about to die. " Thanks to my job, this harrowing low-battery experience is something I am used to and always prepared for. I take my charger with me everywhere I go and keep an extra one at work. Yes, our smartphones are "smart" and enable us to video-chat, play games, take pictures and navigate the world. Unfortunately, battery life has yet to catch up with the rest of the technology. If you also have trouble making it through the day without charging up, you can do the basic tricks such as reducing screen brightness and disabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
July 31, 2013 |
Microsoft announced Wednesday that subscribers to Office 365 will be able to use a new Office Mobile app on their Android phones. The new app is available immediately in the Google Play store. And it comes just a few weeks after Microsoft released a similar app for iPhone users who subscribe to Office 365. PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet The Android app is free to download. But an Office 365 subscription costs $100 a year. For that fee, users can install Office apps on up to five devices such as PCs, Macs, and smartphones.
July 8, 2013 |
Need help surviving the summer heat? Turn to your smartphone. While some are more useful than others, weather apps are now becoming a fixture on smartphones and tablets. The problem is that weather apps tend to fall into two main categories -- information dense, or information minimalist. Here are five weather apps that go above the standard and might be worth -- dare we say it -- paying for your specific needs. Weathertron (99 cents): The iOS app displays a live, visual minute-by-minute forecast that looks like an info graphic.
May 23, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nextdoor, which wants to be the go-to social network for neighborhoods, is rolling out an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nextdoor co-founder and Chief Executive Nirav Tolia said he expects the mobile app to fuel growth and increase the amount of activity in neighborhoods. Nextdoor is being used by more than 12,600 neighborhoods in 50 states, he said. Some 30% of visits to the Nextdoor website come from mobile browsers. Nextdoor is like Facebook but for neighbors: a private network to find a baby sitter, borrow a cup of sugar, organize a block party or spread word of a break-in.
May 17, 2013 |
Google's Hangouts messaging app has been receiving generally positive reviews since it was launched Wednesday, but when it comes to Android users on AT&T's network, it's hit a bit of a snag: The carrier isn't allowing users to make cellular video calls. Google introduced the new Android and iOS app during the keynote at its annual developers conference. The app is designed to make it easier for users to communicate with their friends through Google by sending messages or making video calls, whether from their smartphone, tablet or computer.
April 19, 2013 |
Facebook has begun expanding the free voice calling feature on its Messenger app to Android users. Earlier this year, the company introduced free voice calling for iPhone users, letting them use the Messenger app to call other Facebook members. The app uses smartphones' Internet connections to make the call, either through a Wi-Fi network or over 3G or 4G networks. Now, three months after introducing the feature for iPhone users, Facebook started rolling it out to some U.S. Android users Thursday afternoon and says more users will get the feature throughout Friday.