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All Things Appy: Top 5 Android Launcher Apps

One quick and easy way to refresh an aging Android smartphone phone is to replace the home screen with a Launcher. Launchers are skins with themes and unique behaviors, like transparency and scrolling styles. Our No. 1 pick is Nova launcher, an extremely customizable launcher app designed to speed u...

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All Things Appy: 5 Best Firefox Themes

If you're a daily Internet user, there's a good chance that you're also a daily Internet browser user. If your choice is Firefox, you may be tired of its look -- it hasn't changed much recently. However, Firefox allows you to customize its background look with more than 300,000 themes. Plus, with co...

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For Safe, Private Mobile Browsing, Huddle Under F-Secure’s Freedome

At a meeting with the press earlier this year, F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen -- yes, the man who sparked the angry exodus of a small group of malware vendors from the RSA security conference after learning that RSA had worked with the NSA to make a pseudo-random number generator kno...

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All Things Appy: Top 5 New or Improved Android Apps

Five of the top free Android apps that either have been introduced for the first time or significantly updated this year are in the categories of password management, Web browser compression, lock screen functionality and media. Google's Android OS apps can be obtained in Google's Play Store. Browse...

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NCAA March Madness Live App Is Crazy Good

I've known some diehard college basketball fans to take vacation days just to watch the popular NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, but lesser fans can sneak away to catch the action without camping on the living room couch: NCAA Digital has updated its NCAA March Madness Live iOS app for 2...

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Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life Brings the Universe-Tromping Physicist Back to Earth

There are three elements that bring a great nature documentary to life: first, you need great video footage; second, you need to infuse the content with a sense of time, scope, and wonder; and third, you need a cool narrator. Brian Cox's Wonders of Life app delivers all three. I stumbled upon the ap...

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Cycloramic Pro Swims With the Sharks

How does an iOS panoramic photo shooting app first introduced in 2012 rocket to the top of the Paid App list in Apple's App Store? Answer: The developer takes it to ABC's Shark Tank, an entrepreneurial investment TV show, where he demonstrates how his iPhone can spin around, taking photos all by its...

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Be-Bound Offers a Sip of Web in Data-Dry Deserts

As someone who regularly explores the back-roads of desert-adorned Southern California, I'm acutely aware of massive, gaping holes in wireless network coverage as soon as you leave blacktop in rural America. You can sometimes off-road all day out west with no mobile data coverage. Moments of connect...

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Horizon Keeps iPhone Video Shooting on the Level

Even if you've never been guilty of sharing one of those annoying vertical videos, you may have run into a situation where you've been filming and moving around at the same time -- and because you were scrambling over a rock or playfully wrestling while recording, your fun little video perspective s...

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Outline Sings Dandy OneNote Duet

Note-taking applications are very popular with many users, and that's probably why developers have flooded Apple's Mac App Store with those kinds of programs. A notable exception, though, has been Microsoft. That's not to say it has ignored the thirst of note-takers -- it makes a robust outline-note...

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NewsBar Raises the Bar for RSS Readers

"Out of sight, out of mind" is an old saw that's absolutely true about RSS readers. Relegating RSS feeds to a tab in a Web browser, website or standalone application keeps news out of sight and consequently out of mind. NewsBar addresses that problem by placing a vertical bar on a Mac's display wher...

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Handcent SMS: Straight Up or With a Twist

I had an idea the other day: I wondered whether there was a text-messaging application available for Android that offered a soft keyboard similar to the iPhone's. I checked out the Android Market and found that Handcent's SMS app had the highest rating of the messaging apps, so I decided to try it.

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‘Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile’: Head-Bangin’ Good

I'm not what you would call a major gamer, but I've played the console version of "Guitar Hero: World Tour," and I didn't get booed off the stage every time. So that makes me an expert, right? When you're playing "Guitar Hero" on a mobile phone, the most important thing to bear in mind is that you'r...

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QuickOffice for Android: Fills a Need but Not Worth the Price

If nothing else, you've got to give the people over at QuickOffice credit for being early movers. They are the first to bring us an application that will open Microsoft Word documents and Excel spreadsheets on an Android-based phone. They're also the first, to my knowledge, to figure out how to reor...

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Where’s Got Everything You Need Right There

Where aggregates content from a variety of content providers, and they're all location-based. Need a fill-up, or a cup of coffee, or maybe a quick dozen roses? No problem. The main page is a grid of icons. There's one for Yelp, which brings up a list of Yelp categories such as restaurants, home serv...

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