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Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

If you just nabbed a new Android smartphone or tablet, or are coveting one, which apps should you download immediately? Check out these 15 picks.

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One of the best things about Google’s Android mobile OS is the vast collection of crafty developers constantly working away on new mobile applications for Android phones and tablets. In other words, Android is all about the software. And there’s certainly no shortage of Android apps.

As such, navigating Google’s Android Market can be intimidating for new or beginner users, to say the least. So we handpicked 15 free Android apps that every Google phone or tablet owner, whether you’re a newbie or power-user, could benefit from installing.

Keep moving for details and download links. (Note: The following apps were tested on a Motorola Atrix 4G running Android v2.2.1, but most should run on all new Android devices.)

Pandora Radio for Android

A variety of cool, free Internet radio applications exist for the Android platform, but none offer the same quality music catalogue and customization options as the free Pandora for Android app. Pandora is easy to setup and use: Create and account, log in, simply pick an artist or band you like and the application creates a custom “station” based around that artist, with similar tunes, selected by other like-minded listeners.

Twitter for Android

Any and all Twitter users with Android devices should download the most popular Twitter app on the Market: the official Twitter for Android app. The software boasts an intuitive and visually appealing interface. And though more advanced, feature-packed apps exist-like Plume for example-Twitter for Android provides all the basic Twitter functionality you’ll need for free, with no ads.

Google Maps for Android

Google Maps is the must-have mobile-mapping app for Android smartphones. View your current whereabouts on a Google map, based on GPS or cell-tower-location; get walking/driving directions; share your current location with friends, via Google’s “Latitude” service; and much more. All for free.

ScoreMobile for Android

ScoreMobile is the Android-device-toting sports-nuts’ dream app. The completely free app offers scores, statistics and more for a variety of sports and leagues, including both NFL and NCAA football, Major League Baseball, professional golf and NASCAR. Users looking for in-depth info on specific sports can find more full-features apps in the Market, but ScoreMobile is the best software for keeping tabs on a variety of game-types at once.

TV Guide Mobile for Android

Installing the TV Guide Mobile app for Android is like keeping an always up-to-date copy of TV Guide in your pocket; you’ll never have to look beyond the screen of your Android device to determine your current local TV options. Just enter your location and TV provider, and you instantly get all relevant TV listings. And you can set favorite-show reminders that integrate with your Google Calendar so you never miss an episode of 30 Rock or Modern Family.

Amazon MP3 for Android

Amazon MP3 for Android is a must-have application for all mobile media enthusiasts. With simple navigation and a clean user interface, Amazon MP3 for Android makes it easy to find and purchase the songs and albums that you seek, over Wi-Fi or your cellular network. Free “Songs of the Day” mean you can frequently download new music without ever dropping a dime. And “Daily Deal Albums” are always available for $5 or less.


Dropbox for Android

Dropbox, a cloud-based storage service, makes it quick and easy to share files between Web-connected devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones. Dropbox apps exists for all major mobile platforms, and you get 2.0 GB of free storage just for creating an account-more if you recommend the service to others. You simply load up your Dropbox with content, launch the Android app and everything within your dropbox is available to you via smartphone. You can also upload new content while on the go.

Kindle for Android

The Kindle for Android e-reader application brings’s collection of more than 750,000 digital books directly to your smartphone, so you can purchase books any time you have wireless connectivity and read whenever you have battery life. Many classic books are free, and best-sellers start at just $9.99-less than what you’d pay for a print version in a book store. You can preview books before buying and read them on multiple Kindle devices, thanks to the app’s Whispersync technology, which transfers bookmarks and other annotations between devices.

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Facebook for Android

Facebook for Android offers all the basic Facebook Web-functionality, including access to your battery news feed and Friends’ status updates. You can upload photos and view albums, as well as write on Friends’ Walls and respond to posts on yours. A Facebook Places feature lets you “check-in” to various locations. And you can message connections via the app’s built-in chat feature.

Movies for Android (By Flixster)

Flixster’s Movies software is a must-have app for all film buffs with Android devices. Find the closest theatres using the app’s GPS or manually-entered location and mark your favorite theatres for easy access in the future. View show times, trailers and reviews from popular services like Rotten Tomatoes. Buy movie tickets using your Android device. And browse Flixster’s collection of more than 60,000 DVDs for future viewing.

Poynt for Android

Poynt is the only mobile, local-search application for Android you’ll ever need. The app uses your current location, based on GPS or user-input, to find the closest businesses, retailers, restaurants, gas prices, events and much more. Poynt offers a dedicated weather section, too. You can find local movie theatre listings and purchase tickets via Android. And the app integrates with your Google calendar and address book so you can quickly add contacts or events. Speed Test for Android

Ever wondered just how fast the wireless carrier’s cellular network is in or around your home or office? Thanks to the free Speed Test for Android application from, you can determine upload and download speeds for cellular and/or Wi-Fi networks. Just launch the app, hit “Begin Test” and you’ll have a rough estimate of your network’s upload and downloads speeds in a matter of seconds. And the app saves test results for future comparisons.


Urbanspoon for Android

If you’ve ever found yourself in a strange city with an empty stomach and a hankering for some quality cuisine, Urbanspoon for Android is the app for you. Simply enter your location, pick the kind of food your want, specify a price range and then “shake” the app for restaurant recommendations that fit your parameters. And you can click on the suggested restaurants for more information, including contact details and maps, reviews and Facebook integration for sharing your choices.


Movela Netflix Queue Manager for Android

No official Netflix for Android application exists at the moment, but the next best thing is surely Movela’s Netflix Queue Manager for Android. The app lets you search Netflix’s vast movie library and browse films by category, manage both your DVD and “instant” queues, rate movies and find recommendations based on your viewing habits-but unfortunately you cannot view Netflix streaming films.


Angry Birds

Unless you choose to reside in the ground beneath a large stone, you’ve likely heard of the phenomenon that is Angry Birds. Born on the iPhone, but eventually ported to most major mobile platforms, Angry Birds is the most popular mobile game ever-and it’s free on Android. Launch different types of birds in attempts to topple obstacles, foil your piggy-adversaries and save your unborn avian-spawn from total demise. And if the first version isn’t enough for you, Angry Birds Seasons is also available for free download.

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Top 10 smartphone facts you may not know

What role does a Viking king have in the evolution of smartphones? What’s the connection between Samurais and iDesigner Jony Ive? And what’s so fruity about BlackBerrys? Check out top ten rundown of telecoms trivia to find out.

1 BlackBerrys were almost called Strawberries

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A marketeer at Research In Motion initially wanted to call the company’s iconic business blowers ‘strawberries’. The thinking was that the physical QWERTY keyboards they feature reminded him of the seeds you find in the summer fruit.

He was overruled by his boss, though, who favoured ‘BlackBerry’ because the alliteration meant it had more of a ring to it. It’s hard to argue with him.

2 Microsoft’s Kin sold just 500 units

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The Kin was launched in a blizzard of hype. But in the face of mass indifference from consumers, Microsoft pulled its social networking focussed Kin phones from the market after just six weeks. In that time a trifling 500 units were sold.

Of all the handsets once touted as iPhone killers (an ignominious list that also takes in the Palm Pre and the Nokia N8), none fell as short as the Kin.

3 The first mobile phone call was in 1973

One afternoon in 1973, Motorola General Manager Martin Cooper took to the streets of New York with a prototype mobile phone. It was a monolithic device that snaps reveal was every bit as obelisk-like as you’d expect.

But it worked well enough for Cooper to make a call. And what a call. The first number he rang was Dr Joel S Engel of Bell Labs phone company. When Engel, who was head of research at Moto’s deadly rival, picked up, Cooper was delighted to be able to inform him that Moto had beaten them to the punch with the first functional mobile phone.

4 Cameraphones in Japan & Korea must make a shutter sound by law

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The rise of voyeuristic photography in Japan and Asia was an unwelcome side effect of the boom in cameraphone ownership. It’s now such a problem that handset makers are now legally bound to make handsets that do not allow users to turn off the shutter sound.

5 Bluetooth was named after a Viking King

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Bluetooth technology, which enables smartphone owners to swap data wirelessly, landed in smartphones back in 2000 with Ericsson’s T36. But the name ‘Bluetooth’ goes much, much further back.

The tech, which was developed jointly by Scandinavian tech giants Ericsson and Nokia, takes its name from King Harald Bluetooth of Norway. Unlike other potentates of the 10th century, the Danish king favoured negotiation with his foes over bloodletting. And it’s for that propensity to talk first and fight later that his name was chosen for the communications technology.

6 ‘App store’ was patented by Sage Networks back in 1988

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Patent battles are ten-a-penny in the tech sector right now. But few are as intriguing as the ongoing spat between Apple and Amazon over the latter’s use of the term ‘app store’ for its Android applications market.

In fact, the phrase ‘app store’ was originally coined in 1998 by Sage Networks. And a cursory look at its patent filing reveals that it was thinking along similar lines to Apple way back then. Not least in the way that the application details plans for a service to host computer software applications over a global computer information network. Sound familiar? It gets even more uncanny later on, when we’re informed it planned to allow “multiple users to rent software applications developed by applicant or third parties”.

Alas, although Sage was granted the patent, it didn’t complete the final stage needed for it to be binding. In 2002, a rebranded Sage, now in the hands of new owners, attempted to reapply for it and was rejected out of hand.

7 Nokia phones’ tone for receiving texts is Morse Code

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Or to be more specific, it’s Morse Code for the letters ‘SMS’. That’s ‘short messaging service’ to you and me.

8 Nokia once claimed there was no market for touchscreen phones

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Back in 2006, Nokia bestrode the mobile phone world. But if you cared to look close enough, the seeds of its decline were already in evidence. Nowhere was that more evident than a survey it conducted into sector trends.

According to Nok Nok, poll participants had left them in little doubt there was ‘no market for touchscreen phones”. So for its Nseries phones it retained physical QWERTY keyboards in keeping with their billing as pocket PCs.

A year later, the touchscreen-toting first iPhone appeared. And as the world went for the tech in a big way, Nokia was left floundering. As Apple and Android eat away at its market share month by month, the company’s movers and shakers must rue their “faster horse” moment more each day.

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9 HTC stands for High Tech Computer Corporation

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As anyone who knows phones will tell you, HTC wasn’t always the fun consumer brand it is now. For aeons, their functional phones were the sole preserve of geeks and technocrats.

But while the gadget-maker’s MO has changed, in the form of the moniker ‘High Tech Computer Corporation’ (HTC) it’s stuck with a name every bit a sawdust-dry as its handset offerings once were. Although in a funny kind of way, we actually think that it’s meta-boringness almost makes it cool.

10 iPhone takes its cues from samurai swords

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Apple design doyenne Jonathan Ive is Apple’s not so secret weapon in the smartphone wars. And his weapon of choice is the samurai sword.

Or at least, it’s an inspiration. In search of an insight into ensuring his products stay light while retaining an integral toughness, Ive once travelled to Japan to see how the sword-creating craftsmen have been forging the blades since time immemorial.

The purpose? To see metal pushed to its absolute limit. The sword makers are experts in creating blades with soft, light inner layers while ensuring the outer, business end is super sharp and robust. It’s a process that involves folding and re-folding steel over and over again and is a tradition that’s been handed down for centuries.

How far the techniques he’ll have learnt in the Land of the Rising Sun actually feed into Ive’s drive to create ever-thinner-but-robust kit is hard to quantify. But given the man’s meticulous attention to detail, you can be sure that the experience will have fed in somehow.

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Top 10 reasons to get a Palm Pre instead of an iPhone

1 iPhones are already ubiquitous. And they’re about to get even more soiPhones are undoubtedly fine bits of kit. But any early-adopter kudos they had disappeared about ten million unit sales ago. And with Orange and Vodafone about to join O2 in offering Apple handsets, they’re going to be ten-a-penny in a few months time. By contrast, the Palm Pre is cutting-edge and still rare-as-hen’s-teeth exclusive.

2 Let’s get physical (keyboards)

Unlike the iPhone, the Palm Pre offers touchscreen functionality for the fun stuff, but is mindful that there are some times when only a physical QWERTY keyboard will do. Ever tried composing lengthy emails on an iPhone touchscreen? It’s not the best.

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3 Happier snapping

The Pre is fitted with a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and boasts variable depth perception. In our book that makes it leagues ahead of the flash-free iPhone 3G S as a snapper.

4 Wireless charging

The Touchstone charging panel – sold separately – allows Palm Pre owners to juice up their handsets simply by placing them on a dock. Once there, a magnetic field generates electricity which charges up the battery. Better still, you can stick your handset on speakerphone while it’s on the device and continue to take calls the whole time.

5 Removable Mobile Phone battery

Replacing the battery on an iPhone is trial by screws, fiddlyness and frustration – especially if you’re caught short and need to make/take a call as a matter of urgency. But the Pre’s laptop battery can be removed in a trice, allowing you to pop in a spare in a matter of seconds.

6 Smooth OS

Reviewers were united in their praise of the way the Pre enables users to access multiple applications simultaneously with minimum lag. This, combined with the seamless integration of a raft of services, means that the Pre a doozie for making the most of your time.

7 The App Store has an app for everything. But loads of them are dreadful

No more to add here. But ponder this: Did the world really need that egregious, shockingly ill-judged Baby Shaker game? And as for the Pepsi app that made Spinal Tap look like riot grrll faves Bikini Kill…well, really.

8 Loads more Pre apps on the way

Only a complete dullard will have failed to notice the paradigm shift in mobile phone industry business models and consumer habits that has made the Apple App Store such a hit. Palm was certainly taking notes and is soon to launch a natty development kit that ought to clear the way for a slew of great applications arriving on the Pre soon.

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9 Impressive web browsing and connectivity

The Pre’s built in browser and HSDPA support makes for a supremely fast and wholly pleasurable mobile internet experience. Meanwhile, support for A2DP, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 means that the Pre is one of the best connected phones around.

10 It’s cheaper

The cheapest iPhone 3G S contract that offers the handset for free is £45 per month. The Pre, meanwhile, is gratis from £35 per month. That’s £120 per year extra to spend on apps.

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How to repair laptop power adapter cords

Laptop AC adapter power jack connectorYour laptop goes dead and you don’t understand why because it’s plugged in. The very first thing you should look for is status LEDs. The transformer brick or power adapter usually has a status led on it to show that it’s plugged into a good outlet and is functioning. If the laptop power adapter LED is not lit and the cord is firmly seated in both the transformer and the wall outlet, then the AC adapter is probably bad. But troubleshooting most power problems takes a little more effort. Fortunately, it’s also common for the failure to be the power cord itself, as I’ve noted with some Toshiba models. Many HP and Compaq models use “L” connectors which are less prone to failure, and Sony and Dell cords seem more robust as well, but it’s always a possibility. It seems to me I’ve seen “L” connectors on IBM Thinkpad as well.

If the status LEDs on the laptop blink when you wiggle the power cord or if they can be kept on if you position the cord just right, the failure is either the power cord or the power connector inside the laptop. Of the two, you want the problem to be the power cord because it’s much easier to fix. A power cord can look perfectly good (see above) but be broken inside, normally as result of letting it dangle off the back of the laptop when you work on your lap. The length of cable running from the power adapter to the laptop is shielded coaxial cable, with the inner conductor attached to the inner part of the barrel connector and the outer part serving as ground. The actual AC power cord is often detachable from the power adapter and is unlikely to fail as long as it’s seated. If you have no technician skills, you can buy a replacement laptop adapter from for a decent price.
stripping the coaxial power cable for the laptop adapterMany power cords also include a large choke, probably a ferrite, which I assume is to prevent RF interference generated by the laptop from leaking back onto the cord and turning the length between the laptop and the power adapter into an antenna. Frankly, I just cut them off on a repair if they are close too the barrel connector. It’s nice to have a reasonable wire stripper so you can strip the coax in one shot rather than worrying away the sheathing with a cheap tool. You want to take about an inch of the outer sheath off and then twist the braid shield together. Some techs like to preload the braid with solder before tacking it to the power connector, but if there’s a tab you can wrap it around first it’s not really necessary.

I prefer to buy new connectors than to try to reuse the original for several reasons. First, the original laptop power adapter will have a molded casing on the connector, and the only way to get it off is to hack away a little at a time with a razor. I’ve done it and effected a repair when I was traveling and had no other choice, but the braided conductor on my Toshiba notebook was soldered directly to the outside of the barrel rather than having its own solder point, like a replacement connector. It’s also very difficult to solder factory connectors without melting the insulator unless you have a hot, fine tip iron. I get my replacement connectors at Radio Shack for a buck or so, bring the original for sizing. The inside and outside diameter have to be an exact match, so you might even want to bring your notebook to the store with you.

solder the new laptop connector onto the coaxial power cableIf you are working with the cord length still attached to the power adapter (transformer), make sure you slide the shell for the new connector onto the cord and faced the right way before you solder on the connector. Otherwise, you’ll be faced with doing it all over or just taping the heck out of the connector. The length of the barrel connector that fits into the laptop body is somewhat flexible, too long can work, to short and you may be able to back-off a little on the connector shell. To the left, you can see the inner (yellow) of the laptop power cord soldered to the center tab of the barrel conector, and the braid soldered to the outer tab. If you have a heatshrink gun and tubing you can make a much neater job of it than I’m doing here:-)
Sliding the plastic shield onto the laptop power jackObviously, you don’t want the two tabs to touch or it just shorts out, so you can work a little tape around one of the tabs if you are paranoid, but leave room to get the shell on. The shell is actually threaded, as is the connector, so they usually hold together pretty good. Since this particular failure gave me so much grief the first time it happened, I always travel with a spare replacement end for my laptop power cord. While my first replacement is still holding up, should it fail, I can just undo the splice and tape the replacement end on in a matter of minutes. It’s unfortunate that so many people buy a new laptop power adapter or even crack their laptop open and start fooling with the inside receptacle when the problem is just the connector on the power cord.Laptop AC adapter shown with spare cable end

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Top 5 things surprised me about iPhone 5

Of all the new parts of the iPhone 5, what still feels the most shocking? Here are my Top 5

After a week of using the iPhone 5, I’ve posted my review of Apple’s new phone on CNET. Which brings me to wondering: how much can a familiar-looking device that we’ve seemingly known about for months be capable of surprising anyone, much less a tech editor?

For me, the iPhone 5 surprised in the following ways.

The weight
Shaving about an ounce off a phone’s heft doesn’t sound like a lot, and I’ve always been skeptical of incremental reductions (20 percent lighter!), but the first thing that shocked me when I picked up the iPhone 5 was how light it was, not how thin it was. There’s a reason for this: many smartphones boast large screens and sleek looks, but few weigh as little as 3.95 ounces. Most other iPhones weigh about the same, so it feels different immediately.

The beauty of Maps
Whenever you hear that an app is beautiful to behold, especially an app as integral to the use of the iPhone as Maps, it can’t help but feel superfluous. Still, try to look at Maps on an iPhone 5 and not feel wowed. Right now, it’s the best graphics demo the iPhone 5 has in its stable, and Flyovers feel intensely surreal, even if you’re a Google Earth addict. Whether the graphical finesse of the new Maps and turn-by-turn navigation can make up for the lack of more-refined Google search terms, Street View, and public transit directions feels like a dicey proposition, but Maps is undeniably fun to play with.

The speed
In particular, I’m talking about LTE. I’m not a 4G LTE user at home, and I never thought I’d need it in a phone. Still, the wake-up moment for me was when I opted for FaceTime over LTE instead of Wi-Fi because LTE was more than twice as fast as my home broadband wireless connection, and the connection was smoother. It’s a seductive draw: would I end up paying through the nose for LTE for its snappy convenience? I’ve used it far more than I ever thought I would, at least on the review unit. The A6 processor’s harder to appreciate right off the bat, but both combined give this iPhone a serious turbo kick.

Lightning doesn’t support Thunderbolt
For years, I’ve wondered when iOS devices would sync via Apple’s incredibly fast Thunderbolt port. A new, smaller connector seemed like the ideal opportunity. Then came the name: Lightning. Lightning and Thunderbolt. Yet, the packed-in Lightning cable works via USB. The door could still be open for Thunderbolt (or USB 3.0) in the future. Does faster syncing matter? To me, it does.

Everything changed just a bit
There’s no Big Thing on the iPhone 5, but, try to name a part of the phone that hasn’t changed. Usually, iPhones keep at least one or two things intact from one year to the next. This year: design, screen, speakers, microphones, cameras, data connection, even connector port and earphones were toyed with. Instead of investing in one game-changer, the iPhone 5’s a top-to-bottom tune-up that makes me wonder, just a little bit, what Apple could do to top it next year.


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Top 30 Best iPad 2 Apps and Games

Some months back we mention about Top 43 Free iPad Apps, and now today’s post, we’d like to highlight some really useful iPad 2 applications. The following list showcases our top 30 best application for Apple iPad 2. Check out the List Below:-


1. Pages:-

Apple’s premier word-processing application enables you to create wonderfully designed documents, complete with images, tables, charts and all the formatting options you could dream of. Using Pages on iPad, you can View and edit Pages ’09, Microsoft Word, and plain text files from Mail, the web, your MobileMe iDisk, a WebDAV service, or your Mac or PC using iTunes File Sharing. Share your work in Pages ’09, Microsoft Word, or PDF format and send it via Mail. Or, publish to public beta.

2. Things for iPad:-

As the name suggests it takes all the things you have to do in your life, and crunches them into easily manageable projects. You can tag tasks into things you do that at home, at work, at the shops, when you’re bored. Effortlessly manage to-dos, notes, due dates, and projects. A smart today list and the scheduling feature allow you to work as effectively as possible – every day.

3. GoodReader :-

The iPad is an Amazing Book reader, there’s just one problem. The iBook app only epub document. GoodReader is the super-robust PDF reader for iPad. GoodReader not only supports massive PDF and TXT files, but also handles the most popular file types:
• MS Office – .doc, .ppt., .xls
• iWork ’08/’09
• HTML and Safari webarchives
• High resolution images
• Even audio and video!

4. BBC iPlayer :-

BBC TV and Radio programmes now on your iPad. Watch and listen live, or choose your favourites from over 400 hours programming from the last 7 days.

5. Numbers:-

Numbers, the powerful spreadsheet application made for the Mac, has been completely redesigned for iPad. Tap the bright Multi-Touch display to create compelling, great-looking spreadsheets in minutes. With over 250 easy-to-use functions, an intelligent keyboard, flexible tables, and eye-catching charts, all the answers are at your fingertips.

6. Keynote:-

Keynote is most powerful presentation software on the planet of MAC OS X. The iPad version is somewhat more of a challenge, but it’s still useful for playing with and editing presentations on the move. It makes creating a world-class presentation, complete with animated charts and transitions, as simple as touching and tapping.


1. SketchBook Pro :-

SketchBook Pro is best high-end painting and drawing app for iPad. SketchBook Pro delivers a complete set of sketching & painting tools through a streamlined and intuitive user interface designed exclusively for the iPad experience.

2. iMovie:-

Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app for iPhone, iPod touch, and the amazing new iPad 2. Designed for the Multi-Touch screen, iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the stunning Marquee view. Make a movie in minutes by adding video, photos, music, and sound effects. Then give it the Hollywood treatment by adding a theme, titles, and transitions. And you can share your movie with the world – right from iMovie.

3. Brushes:-

Brushes is a popular painting app, specially designed for the iPad. Its a great way to start Digital Drawing.

4. Photogene :-

Photogene is about improving your digital photos and having fun while at it. Photogene offers a wide selection of photo editing tools. No gimmicks – they will actually make your photos look better. The user interface is quick and responsive.

5. ArtStudio:-

ArtStudio is a professional drawing / painting application. It uses advanced mathematics to attain the highest level of quality, at the same time offering incredible performance achieved through numerous code optimizations. It still remains a fantastic tool for beginners – it contains drawing lessons showing step-by-step instruction on drawing various types of images.

6. Adobe Ideas:-

Adobe Ideas is your digital sketchbook, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. Sketch design concepts while sitting in a cafe, capture and store color themes while browsing through the photos on your phone, or jot down notes on a photo. Any time you need to explore creative ideas, Adobe Ideas is there with you.


1. iBooks:-

iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.

2. Wall Street Journal:-

Experience The Wall Street Journal’s award winning coverage, blending the best of print and online. Get everything you love about The Journal including, What’s News, Opinion, Marketplace, Money & Investing, Greater New York, Personal Journal, WSJ Weekend and more. Plus, full-screen video, market data, quotes and a customizable Watchlist.

3. The Elements: A Visual Exploration:-

If you think you’ve seen the periodic table, think again. This beautiful title lets you experience the wonder and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before. And as the first really new ebook developed from the ground up for iPad, The Elements beautifully shows off the capabilities of this lovely device.

4. The Guardian Eyewitness:-

The Guardian Eyewitness app for iPad showcases the world’s most distinctive and provocative photographs, providing a daily, visual reflection of global events.

5. BBC News

Get the latest, breaking news from the BBC and our global network of journalists. By downloading the BBC News app you can view, News stories by geographical region, News by category including business, technology, entertainment and sport.

6. New York Times:-

Enjoy the award-winning journalism of The New York Times on your iPad. The improved NYTimes app for iPad now has more content, including blogs, videos and slide shows. Share articles, photos and videos through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. And get breaking news alerts to be the first to read about events as soon as they occur.


1. Shazam:-

Shazam is an interesting app that lightens to any audio and recognize the track. Find out what’s hot and popular: Shazam Music Chart can be viewed in a new, user-friendly, single screen layout, to help you keep up-to-date with the latest tracks and artists in the music scene.

2. Glee Karaoke:-

The #1 music app in 21 countries, Glee Karaoke makes you sound like a star. Sing your heart out to songs from the hit TV show while a little magic helps you sound amazing.

3. Baby Decks DJ:-

Baby Decks is a fully portable DJ rig for your iPad. Brought to you by Async, the same people who brought you Baby Scratch and Flare Scratch for the iPhone, Baby Decks is the answer to all your mobile DJing needs and will have you scratching at home all day, or rocking the party all night.

4. GarageBand

Whether you’re a musical prodigy or just love creating your own walls of sound, GarageBand for iPad gives you all the tools you need to lay down fresh tracks and record music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses on your iPad.

5. Magic Piano:-

Experience the #1 music app in over 80 countries and add your songs to the 5 million already played. Create your own music or enjoy the app’s 45 free classic and popular tunes. No practice or patience required!


With the iELECTRIBE, sound creation is easy, fun and intuitive – just as on a vintage analog synthesizer. Simply choose a part (or sound) and touch the 16-step sequencer to quickly build a groove.


1. Infinity Blade:-

The first mobile game powered by Epic’s cutting-edge Unreal Engine 3 technology, Infinity Blade takes handheld gaming to new heights with gorgeous visuals, adrenaline-fueled battles and advanced character progression in a fully 3D castle realm.

2. Scrabble:-

THE BEST SCRABBLE EVER, DESIGNED JUST FOR iPAD! Enjoy the fantastically fun game you know and love with stunning HD-quality graphics, quick, easy play and incredible exclusive features. America’s favorite word game is now an iPad essential!

3. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery:-

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an exploratory action adventure with an emphasis on audiovisual style. Traverse a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle & evoke sworcery to solve mystical musical mysteries. Co-operate with friends via Twitter, experience a videogame world that is affected by moon phases & help a wandering warrior monk complete her woeful errand.

4. Cut the Rope HD:-

Cut The Rope is one of the best puzzle games out there that is more fun than anything. Cut the Rope combines realistic physics, plus stunning High Definition graphics ,with simple, yet accurate and precise touch controls. Cut the ropes by simply swiping your finger across them and collect the stars by touching them with the candy, but it’s not always simple.

5. Angry Birds HD:-

The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles. Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Check out Angry Birds Cheats here

6. Real Racing 2 HD:-

Are you ready for the ultimate racing experience for iOS? Optimized specifically for iPad and iPad 2, Real Racing 2 HD is a heart-pounding, visually astounding 3D racer that puts the steering wheel directly in your hands. The expansive, 10-plus hour career mode and extensive, one-of-a-kind multiplayer means the fight for first place is never over.

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Lenovo Planning Convertible Tablet PC with Windows 8

Lenovo wants to be the second largest computer manufacturer in the world. With the launch of Windows 8, the company has the opportunity to ascend quite high. Lenovo is working on some laptops with touchscreens, but they are also planning an impressive convertible tablet. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, a 13.3-inch notebook, whose whole display can fold into the bottom of the keyboard, would seem to be a kind of giant tablet convertible monster. It seems that now the Chinese have a second variant of this concept in the works. Officially, Lenovo has said that they intend to offer devices in October with Windows 8 and devices based on ARM processors and “Windows RT” as well. The Wall Street Journal has learned from reliable sources that another Yoga is being planned with ARM.

The concept behind the convertible notebook is that the display can be folded completely around to turn the device into a tablet. The new Yoga would uphold this basic concept, but it will just be based on an ARM platform instead. The processors are supposedly from Nvidia, so it is clear that Lenovo, in addition to Microsoft and ASUS, will be a big customer for Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Further details are not yet clear, but we can at least look forward to an innovative device. Hopefully the Tegra 3 Yoga-like model will not only be cheaper than the x86-based IdeaPad Yoga itself, but also smaller. A 13-inch diagonal display is somehow just too big for a proper tablet.


What You Get for Your Money – Laptop Shopping Tips

Buying a laptop is one daunting task, perhaps one of the most daunting tech-buying tasks. There are a lot of factors to consider: screen size, RAM, hard drive size, software and price.

That price aspect could be one of the most confusing things about buying a laptop. Stroll through a Best Buy or even just look at the laptop pages on Amazon and you’ll see laptops across a number of different price ranges – some cost less than $450, some hover in the $800 range and others can go for as much as $2,000.

Whether you’re buying a laptop for school, someone going to school or you’re just in need of a new system, you need to zero in on what you need and how much you want to spend. Below is our guide to what you can get in the laptop aisle for your hard-earned money.


PHOTO: HP's Pavilion G6 is a budget laptop that starts at $400.
$300 to $600

This is obviously the bottom price bracket: laptops between $300 and $600. These are budget laptops, which means you’re going to get less on the spec and design front.

Laptops in this price range typically have:

Last years’ processors, an Intel Pentium or base AMD processor (if you are lucky, you can find one with an Intel Core i3 processor)

No more than 4 to 6GB of RAM

320GB to 500GB of hard drive space

And a cheaper, mostly plastic build

These machines are fine for web surfing, word processing but not video editing or heavy gaming or lots of multitasking. The biggest thing you give up in this category is build quality: The screens are not very good, and the machines are made mostly of plastic. They will get the job done though.

Good choice: The HP Pavilion G6 for $359.99 is one of the better laptops you can get in this price range. It’s made entirely of plastic, but it’s perfectly capable, and HP did a good job on the keyboard. The $400 version gives you a Pentium processor, 4GB of RAM and 320GB of hard drive space.


PHOTO: The Samsung QX310 laptop has a 14-inch screen and up to 1 terabyte of hard drive space.
$600 to $900

Moving on up are laptops between $600 and $900. This is where most mainstream laptops fall these days, and they offer the best balance of affordability, specs and build.

Laptops in this range can have:

Core i3 or Core i5 processors

6GB to 8GB of RAM

A bit more hard drive space, between 500GB and 1TB

Discrete graphics from AMD or Nvidia

A better build quality than the previous bracket

You will get much more power out of a system in this range. And like we’ve said, the make of the system will also be better than in the lower price range, but it’s more like a mid-range car – design might be good, but you might not get the leather interior and nicer dashboard.

Good choice: The Samsung QX411 is a great example of what you can get in this range. For $659.99 you get a Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The laptop has a metal palmrest and a nicely arranged keyboard.


PHOTO: The MacBook Air starts at $999; it is thin, light, and has a long battery life.
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$900 to $1,200

Welcome to the world of higher-end laptops, those that cost between $900 and $1,200. This is the ideal price range if you are looking for a higher performance machine. There are two types of systems in this range.

The first is the new category of utrabooks. Most of these cost $999. They don’t have CD drives, but they are thin, light and have fast hard drives called SSDs, or Solid State Drives. For the entry-level price, you get a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. You get less storage space than cheaper laptops because the drives are so much faster.

Then there are bigger, mainstream systems in this price range, which will have stellar graphics, higher resolution displays, and better-build quality. Typically, you’ll find laptops with Core i7 processors, discrete graphics and at least 1TB of hard drive space. It’s also where you really start to get a very nicely built system – much more metal than plastic. That’s really the biggest difference.

Good choice: The MacBook Air is one of the best examples of what you get for a laptop in this category. At $1,200 for the 13-inch model, it’s very well made, fast, and has long Apple A1322 Battery Life. While the Windows ultrabooks at $999 are made well, the Air has had the edge in build quality and in trackpad and keyboard comfort.

Best of the best

PHOTO: Asus' Zenbook ultrabook is one of the best Windows 7 ultrabooks around.
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$1,200 and up

You’ve reached the top, though your wallet might not be happy. This is where you get the best of the best: laptops with premium parts, much higher resolution screens, and top-of-the-line specs.

You also start to get into this price bracket when you add on to laptops if you configure them online. Add more hard drive space or better graphics to a laptop that starts at $900, and it will be easy to verge into $1,200 to $1,400 territory.

Apple’s laptops usually fall into that range, and some others from Sony, Lenovo, Samsung and Asus do as well.

Good choices: The Samsung Series 9 ultrabook, Asus Zenbook Prime, Dell XPS 15, and HP Envy are some of the best Windows laptops in this range. Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display starts at $2,199.00 because it has the highest resolution display on any laptop on the market.

Long story short: more money, better specs and better look and feel. It will all seem a lot less overwhelming if you know what you need, and what you want to spend.


How To Increase Your Laptop Battery Lifetime

batteries service 5 “facts” from a freshmanA laptop with a short  battery life is a nuisance, especially when you’re on the road and nowhere close to a power socket. To make each individual charge of your battery last longer, learn about the 20 Ways To Increase A Laptop’s Battery Life. What is even more annoying than a drained battery however, is a dying battery.

Battery lifetime not only depends on the type of battery and its quality, it also depends on how the laptop computer battery is cared for. In this article I will explain what determines the lifetime of Lithium-Ion laptop batteries, the type of rechargeable battery found in most if not all modern laptops, and what you can do to increase your battery lifetime.

Introduction To Lithium-Ion Batteries (Li-Ion)

Modern laptops are almost exclusively delivered with Li-Ion batteries. They are lighter, offer a higher performance, maintain their charger longer, and are less susceptible to the dreaded memory effect than previous types of rechargeable batteries.

In the US, Li-Ion batteries are classified as non-hazardous for the environment as they do not contain free toxic metals. In the EU however, vendors are required to recycle at least 25% of the batteries they produce. After all, Li-Ion batteries do contain material worth recycling, although the cost of doing so is rather high.

Priming Li-Ion Batteries

The predominant statement you will find is that new Li-Ion batteries do not require priming. Nevertheless, you should fully charge your Li-Ion battery before using it for the first time.

Cycling Li-Ion Batteries

Li-Ion batteries have a lifetime of 300 to 500 full charging cycles or up to 2000 partial cycles. There are reports that cycling a Li-Ion Dell Latitude D620 Battery   after long storage periods, i.e. fully discharging and re-charging it for two or three cycles, leads to to capacity gains. Other sources recommend cycling Li-Ion batteries every couple of weeks. Generally, you should not fully discharge your Li-Ion battery.

Caring For Your Li-Ion Battery

While Li-Ion batteries do not have a memory effect and don’t need to be primed or cycled to maintain full capacity, their lifetime can still be shortened dramatically, if not cared for right. Two things can damage Li-Ion batteries: deep discharges and heat. All of the following battery DOs and DON’Ts are derived from these two major factors.

Li-Ion Battery DOs

  • partially discharge and recharge (no memory effect).
  • charge at lower voltage.
  • take out battery when laptop is running with AC adapter connected.
  • store Toshiba pa3534u-1brs battery in refrigerator with a 40-50% charge.
  • cycle the battery every few weeks or after every 30 partial charges.

Li-Ion Battery DON’Ts

  • deep discharge battery.
  • trickle charge.
  • ultra-fast charge.
  • leave fully charged battery in laptop while running on AC power (heat damage).
  • freeze battery.
  • buy old Li-Ion or spare laptop batteries (Li-Ion batteries age, see below).

Aging Of Li-Ion Batteries

One more thing to keep in mind is that Li-Ion batteries begin aging the moment they are produced and there is little you can do to prevent this. What causes the aging is that the electrolyte slowly breaks down the positive plate, causing the internal resistance to increase to a point where no energy can be delivered. A partial charge and low temperatures slow down this process and hence increase the lifetime of your Toshiba Pa3285u-3bas Battery.


Li-Ion batteries are superior to Nickel-Cadmium or Nickel-Metal Hybrid batteries in that they deliver a higher performance, show a much slower self-discharge, and don’t have a memory effect. However, they do age, withstand only a limited amount of charge and discharge cycles, and are damaged by heat. The best thing you can do to preserve battery lifetime, is to store your notebook battery in a cold place whenever you have reliable AC power available. Alternatively, maintain optimal cooling and airflow to decrease heat buildup. In any case you should perform a full discharge and recharge cycle every few weeks and avoid fully discharing your Li-Ion Acer Aspire 4720 laptop battery in the meantime.

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