apps – Mobile Geeks http://www.mobilegeeks.com Covering the Latest Mobile Technology Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:25:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 39846093 New apps you must see: Facebook Hello, Mortal Combat X and Clear [April 24, 2015] http://www.mobilegeeks.com/new-apps-facebook-hello-mortal-combat-x-clear/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/new-apps-facebook-hello-mortal-combat-x-clear/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:18:36 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?p=26250

Hot new apps are showing up all the time and we want to make sure you don’t miss a single one! Here are some of the most exciting ones we have seen this week. By the way, we plan to make these new app posts more often, so come by more often to see what […]

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Hot new apps are showing up all the time and we want to make sure you don’t miss a single one! Here are some of the most exciting ones we have seen this week.

By the way, we plan to make these new app posts more often, so come by more often to see what you could have otherwise missed. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter to stay up to date on all our content. Without further ado – let’s get appy.

Facebook Hello makes calling smarter

This is pure testament Facebook is dedicated to mobile, as this is not really an application that directly advertises the social network. It does use Facebook, but in a way that is convenient and smart.

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In a nutshell, this is pretty much a smarter dialer for Android. Hello connects with Facebook to get better caller ID details, including birthday info and other Facebook information. It also makes it easier for you to block numbers.

And if this wasn’t enough, Hello also integrates Facebook business accounts. You can easily search for a restaurant and get directions or make a call. This service is linked with Facebook services, so you can even opt to contact your contacts via Messenger or Facebook calls.

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Pretty convenient right? You should at least give it a try. Facebook mentions that our phones are very smart, but can be pretty dumb when performing basic tasks like making calls. It’s totally true.

Introducing Hello from Facebook on Vimeo.

Hello – Anrufer-ID/Blockieren (Free, Google Play) →

Mortal Combat X reaches the Google Play Store

It has been a few weeks since iOS users were graced by the intense graphics and bloody fights of Mortal Kombat X. It was only this week that it hit the Google Play Store, though, which makes this quite a significant event for fans of the popular franchise.

It’s one of those games you really do have to download and try, so go get it!

MORTAL KOMBAT (Free+, Google Play) →

Clear will find all the offensive posts you have published in social networks

Ever wondered if old offensive things you have shared to social networks will come back to haunt you? Those who want to clear these negative actions will have to spend hours going through their profiles, deleting everything individually… or they can download Clear!

This iOS app goes through your profiles, finding anything that it deems offensive and showing giving you the option to delete it. It currently supports Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Hopefully more services can be added later, but do keep in mind Clear is still in beta.

You can get the application from the Apple App Store right now, but it won’t do much if you are not signed up yet. You need to get on a waitlist; and a pretty long one, at that. Go get in line at the Clear website!

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Best Android apps for musicians http://www.mobilegeeks.com/best-android-apps-musician/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/best-android-apps-musician/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:45:25 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?p=21458

Musicians tend to spend a lot of time and money on their art, and they can focus so much on it that they forget smartphones and tablets can do wonders for them. Android smartphones and tablets can expand your creativity and save you from having to get expensive accessories. There’s a plethora of great apps […]

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Musicians tend to spend a lot of time and money on their art, and they can focus so much on it that they forget smartphones and tablets can do wonders for them. Android smartphones and tablets can expand your creativity and save you from having to get expensive accessories.

There’s a plethora of great apps for musicians out there, but how do you figure which are the best? Search no further; I have put together a neat list of my very favorite musician apps for Android devices. Let’s take a look at them and see which ones you need to download.

Guitar Tuner Free (Guitar Tuna)

I like Guitar Tuner Free (otherwise known as Guitar Tuna in iOS) because it has a wide selection of supported instruments. Musicians who play multiple instruments shouldn’t have to deal with multiple apps, right?

This app supports instruments like guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, violin, viola, cello, fiddle, balalaika and banjo. It is very accurate, simple, and manages to look very good while keeping the crown as our favorite Android tuner around. As the name entails, it’s also free!

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Ultimate Guitar Chords

Those who are just starting to learn how to play the guitar will definitely need an app that shows you how to play all the chords. In fact, even those of us who have been playing for years often forget how certain chords are played. I mean, there are just so many of them.

Ultimate Guitar Chords provides an easy experience and good looking interface. No bells or whistles, just pure chord learning.

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Ukulele Chord+Scale+Tuner

I am a huge ukulele fan and avid player, so I had to give this one to my fellow ukulele lovers. It has a horrible name, but the Ukulele Chord+Scale+Tuner app works great. It has everything the name mentions, as well as a metronome and other tools.

This app is great for those wanting to learn Ukulele, or simply as a tool for your casual playing. One flaw, though. The tuning feature is only for tuning by ear, but you can use Guitar Tuner Free if you don’t have a keen ear.

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Metronome: Tempo

Tempo is very well-known among musicians. It is actually considered to be fit for professionals, and it is the best-selling metronome app since 2009. That says a lot about the app.

The application comes suited with 35 different time signatures, including compound and complex meters. It also gives you total control over your experience, allowing you to customize accents or turn off beats. It’s also only $1.25 for the paid version.

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Songsterr Guitar Tabs & Chords

Looking for some good tablatures and chords? Let me introduce you to the acclaimed Songsterr app. This app offers about 500,000 tabs and chords from many popular musicians. And no, it’s not only for guitar players. You will also find tabs for bass and drums, giving you a full experience.

The app is very simple and useful. You can simply start playing songs by accessing your tabs, which also happen to come with sound. You caneven slow the song down to half its normal speed for those difficult sections. It’s $4.99, but totally worth it.

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Vocal Mastery Warm-Ups

Do we have any vocalists around? Us instrument players can often forget that vocalists need some tools and help too. Why don’t you check out this neat app. Vocal Mastery Warm-Ups helps you train your voice in order to achieve… mastery.

In short, achieving mastery means that you can reproduce the same notes, voice, and all other factors exactly the same, every single time. Consistency is important in music.

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Andrig

Also known as Guitar(Rig) Amp & Effect Pedal, Andrig allows you to carry your whole guitar set-up with you at all times. It’s all in your phone. This app replaces your amplifier and effect pedals, allowing you to practice and get creative without spending hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in this equipment.

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Algoriddm djay 2

The djay2 app is a casual and straight-forward DJ app. You can easily mix between songs, but other complicated mix features are taken out of the equation. The app does include one awesome feature, though – it has Spotify integration. If you have your Spotify set up, you won’t even need to work on your playlists anymore.

This is a great app for DJs who want to bring the party to casual gatherings and small scenarios. It’s also only $0.99.

Download djay 2 from the Google Play Store

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Apps to download first when you buy a smartphone (December 2014) http://www.mobilegeeks.com/apps-new-smartphone/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/apps-new-smartphone/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:40:06 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?p=20233

So you just got a shiny new smartphone and are wondering what apps you will need? There is a huge list of awesome apps out there, but it’s important to get you started with some of the ones you will need and use the most. I will show you some of the most popular, interesting, […]

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So you just got a shiny new smartphone and are wondering what apps you will need? There is a huge list of awesome apps out there, but it’s important to get you started with some of the ones you will need and use the most.

I will show you some of the most popular, interesting, fun and helpful apps out there. Fasten your seat belts, guys. Let’s get your phone ready for action.

Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram

Let’s start with your social networks, guys. We all know smartphones are all about communication, and you will need your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram apps. I mention those because they are the most popular, but there are many other social networks out there.

Wether you are using an Android, iOS or Windows Phone device, you will find these social networks in your respective app stores. Or at least most of them.

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Swiftkey

OK, so this one only applies to Android users, but Android users make the majority of smartphone users, anyways. Most devices come with inferior keyboards. There are many great replacements out there, but I still haven’t found a keyboard that sways me away from Swiftkey (and believe me, I have tried many others).

This keyboard has crazy good predictions. Not to mention, it actually learns from your typing habits and saves your typing style in the cloud. I absolutely love it. By the way, this app is now free!

Google Maps

If you are an Android user, you already have Google Maps pre-installed. Other manufacturers have their own solutions, though. And no matter how much we try to like them, there is simply nothing like Google Maps. You can download Google Maps straight from the Apple App Store.

Windows Phone users are a bit out of luck, as there is no official Google Maps app for them. There are some unofficial alternatives that do a great job, though. My favorite one is GMaps.

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Google Drive or Dropbox

The market is getting filled with cloud storage solutions, but the most popular are still Google Drive and Dropbox. We recommend that you download these apps and synchronize your important files with them. After all, local storage is starting to become a thing of the past.

You can get Google Drive from the Google Play Store or Apple App store, while a good replacement is available for Windows Phone. Meanwhile, Dropbox offers its app on all major app stores, including the Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Windows Phone app store.

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Google Play Music

Google Play Music happens to be my favorite music streaming service, as it syncs your own library and allows you to access it from any device. It comes in handy for those who like sticking to their own music and would rather not pay monthly subscriptions. Now, if you do want a subscription music streaming service, I would recommend Spotify. It’s a very popular service with apps for all platforms.

You can get Google Play Music from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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Definitely get Chrome

They say all stock internet browsers are only good for one thing – downloading Chrome. Chrome is the favorite browser world-wide, and it would take a lot for any of us to leave it.

Chrome now comes stock with Android devices, but those with iOS devices can get Google’s famous browser from the Apple App Store. Sadly, Gogole has no plans to release Chrome for Windows Phone. Kind of a bummer… but Microsoft swears the new Internet Explorer is awesome!

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Get your reading on with the Amazon Kindle app

I am not a fan of reading on LCD screens, but if you are going to do it, you should get the Amazon Kindle app. Amazon has one of the largest collections of electronic books, as well as some of the most popular eReaders out there. If you have a Kindle reader, the app will sync with your devices, and vice versa.

You will also be glad that Amazon supports all 3 major platforms. You can find the app in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Windows Phone app store and more.

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Angry Birds!

I know, a lot of you will say this game sucks royally. At the very least, many of you will think its outdated, and it is. The deal here is that this section is more aimed towards new smartphone users. Think of Angry Birds as your introduction to casual mobile gaming. Play around with it, have some fun, get addicted, and then you can move into more advanced gaming.

Of course, Angry Birds is also everywhere. You can get it straight from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Windows Phone app store.

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7 Windows PC apps you must have http://www.mobilegeeks.com/7-windows-pc-apps-you-must-have/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/7-windows-pc-apps-you-must-have/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:58:13 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?p=19974

Got yourself a new PC? Maybe you just want to find some awesome apps/programs for your current one. Whatever the case may be, sometimes we all need a little help finding awesome applications for our devices. We thought it would be helpful to give you some recommendations on programs for work, play and everything in […]

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Got yourself a new PC? Maybe you just want to find some awesome apps/programs for your current one. Whatever the case may be, sometimes we all need a little help finding awesome applications for our devices. We thought it would be helpful to give you some recommendations on programs for work, play and everything in between.

By the way, this is aside from all the other services and apps we all download. So you won’t find things like Skype, iTunes and Spotify in this list.

VLC

Out of every other video player out there, I always say VLC has been, is and will continue to be the best. At least for a long time. What makes it so great? VLC can virtually handle every video format you can throw at it. It is known for its very extensive list of supported formats. I have never ran across any format it can’t play.

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RocketDock

We can hate on Mac OS X computers all we want, but we can’t deny those computers have an awesome dock, with great shortcuts and cool animations that stock Windows software simply can’t match. If you want something similar to Apple’s solution, you will want to try RocketDock.

It works almost the same way. You can put app shortcuts in it, and there are indicators that show you which apps are currently open. In addition, the user can minimize windows to it, making for an easier multi-tasking experience. And yes, you even get the cool animations.

The best part? It’s completely free!

Launchy

Launchy offers a good tool for those who want a cleaner desktop. It’s pretty much a floating tool that helps you find applications and files quickly. It’s like a search function, to say the least.

Just start typing the name of a program… say, Skype. Launchy will the suggest the found results and you can open the program directly. In addition, you can even do things like type in Chrome, press tab and then put in a website. Launchy will open a new tab with the typed in results. Pretty neat, right?

It works by indexing everything in your Start menu, which means it won’t always catch everything. You can index those actions the program doesn’t automatically register, though. The program is also free do download, but the developer asks for donations from those who find the tool useful.

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Trillian

Instant messaging can get messy. Especially considering the plethora of messaging services we all use. Should you use Facebook Messenger? Skype, Hangouts, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger (I know…) or what? How about you put them all together in one program?

Trillian does exactly that. It may be a bit old, but Trillian takes care of business without too many complications. It can be your go-to messaging program for all services. It’s also cool that it keeps all your devices in sync.

The program is free to download, but you can get the PRO version for $20 a year. This subscription removes ads, supports cloud history and adds “hundreds of other features”. They also have plans for business users.

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Dexpot

There is a reason why most who work with computers use multiple monitors. It just makes your workflow much better, and helps you keep windows, programs and other content organized. Those who use a single screen for working will know how annoying it is to have a bunch of clutter in your desktop.

Of course, not everyone has the need, money or space to have a bunch of monitors. I like recommending Dexpot to those who still want a certain level of multi-screen features. You guys have seen those linux geeks with their multiple desktop home pages, right? That is much like what Dexpot does.

It helps you organize your content by creating different home pages. You can then easily switch between them with the provided tools. And yes, it is also free.

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Adobe Creative Cloud

OK, so this one is not for everyone, but those who use Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere or any other Adobe programs will love it. Adobe Creative Cloud offers all major Adobe apps for a monthly price, effectively making it cheaper than buying all these programs separately.

In addition, users will always get updated to the latest versions and will get cloud features and mobile app support. The complete bundle costs $39.99 a month, but there are student discounts, as well as smaller plans for those who don’t need too many apps. For example, I am a big fan of their Photography offer, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99.

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Steam

Time to stop working and start having fun! How about some awesome games? After all, that is what Windows PCs are known for – the huge list of available games. Steam has become the unofficial center for all games on the internet. You can go through the library discover, purchase and save all the games you want.

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What to do if your smartphone is slow http://www.mobilegeeks.com/tips-smartphone-slow/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/tips-smartphone-slow/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:23:20 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?p=19212

Even the most powerful devices around can get the dreaded lag that comes around after using it for a prolonged period of time. We have all experienced it, right? You start noticing your phone is no longer as fast as it used to. Suddenly you start noticing more hiccups and slow-downs. It’s no fun, and […]

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Even the most powerful devices around can get the dreaded lag that comes around after using it for a prolonged period of time. We have all experienced it, right? You start noticing your phone is no longer as fast as it used to. Suddenly you start noticing more hiccups and slow-downs.

It’s no fun, and we know it’s getting on your nerves. There are ways to reverse this negative effect time and usage has on our smartphones, though.

It’s all a matter of how your phone is handling your apps and data, which can become overbearing as you accumulate photos, videos, applications, files and other content. Let’s go over some of the best tips for speeding up your device.

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Wipe your cached data

Cached data is where your phone stores temporary data for quick use. For example, instead of loading the same images and icons from a website or app, these can stay around in the cached data, allowing your phone to open display the content much faster.

This is usually great, but after some time things start going downhill. Some apps are not great at handling it, cached data can be buggy and this data does take up space. It’s best to clear it from time to time.

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Doing this is very easy on iOS and Android. iOS labels it as “Clear Cookies and Data”, which can be found under the “Privacy” section in the Settings. To do this on Android, just go to your Settings app, tap on “Storage” and then select “Cached data”.

Windows Phone users will have to struggle a bit more, as there is no native way to do this yet. You can download certain apps that do this. Or you can uninstall and install your apps, which is an annoying solution, really.

Get rid of apps you don’t use

There’s a plethora of apps out there, made for everything. Who are we to say no to at least trying these? Most of us are guilty of having too many apps in our devices. I probably don’t even use a third of all the apps I have, but I still have them there.

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The problem with these is not only that they are taking up space, but they are also using up your resources. Most apps have background services and tasks, which means they are often creating a load for your device… unnecessarily.

If you don’t use it, get rid of it!

Clean up your storage!

Similarly to apps, having too many files on your device can directly, and indirectly, affect your smartphone’s performance. Try to keep your device neat and tidy. Get rid of all those repeated images, old videos you won’t be watching, downloaded content and anything that may be hogging on your phone’s performance.

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Get a fast SD card

Those of you who still use SD cards will know that some of these storage accessories can be a pain. Some micro SD cards use very slow transfer speeds, which ultimately results in a slower phone. Buy a faster micro SD card if you really want your phone to perform at top speeds.

Also, sometimes files and data in your SD card can become a burden on the phone. There’s a lot of hidden stuff applications and services shove in there. From time to time, back up all your important files and format that SD card. Wipe it clean!

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Speed up your processor

OK, so this one is not exactly for everyone, but I thought I should mention it. It’s possible to overclock your processor to make your device faster. This does require tinkering, rooting, jailbreaking, flashing and the like. We don’t recommend this step to the faint of heart, and advice that you do some extensive research before you take the plunge.

Your device may have a built-in performance booster, though. For example, the HTC One M8 has what they call “High Performance Mode“. This will make your device faster, even if it does affect battery life.

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Factory reset?

Lord knows you have tried it all! You have exhausted all options and that annoying phone is still as slow as a tired turtle. Now what?

If nothing else seems to help, I always tell people to try a factory data reset. This does mean wiping your device completely, so it’s best you back up important files before you do this. A factory data reset will delete everything and take your phone back to the state it was in when first purchased (at least software-wise).

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This tends to get rid of most phone issues, unless the problem is hardware-related. Chances it will speed up your device are very high. We do have a good collection on factory data reset tutorials. Look through them to find your device’s factory data reset instructions.

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KNFB Reader iOS app gives sight to the blind http://www.mobilegeeks.com/knfb-reader-ios/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/knfb-reader-ios/#respond Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:48:38 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?p=16667

Modern technology can be fun, helpful, convenient and efficient, but overall, these amazing gadgets are enabling. Like any other previous innovations, smart devices allow us to open doors and take shortcuts that were not even an option just some years ago. We live in an era where limitations are only set by one’s creativity. You […]

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Modern technology can be fun, helpful, convenient and efficient, but overall, these amazing gadgets are enabling. Like any other previous innovations, smart devices allow us to open doors and take shortcuts that were not even an option just some years ago.

We live in an era where limitations are only set by one’s creativity. You could create apps that help u in our everyday lives, just like you could create apps that completely change a person’s life. They can be used as tools for the handicapped and disabled, for example.

The KNFB reader app enters the market, more or less giving sight to the blind. This application sees for those who are not fortunate enough to have that ability. The in-app camera can take a picture of anything with writing, only to then transcribe the text and read it out loud for the user (Braille also supported).

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It is astounding to realize how much freedom such an application can grant blind users. People around the world have started using KNFB Reader with great results. We are all astounded by the app’s performance, accuracy and speed. What is next?

The team is committed to making SNFB Reader available to the masses. Aside from the currently available iOS app, an Android version will be released in the “coming months”. They are not stopping there, though.

The team is looking into wearables. More specifically, they are thinking about creating a Google Glass app, which would be ideal for the app’s audience. Google glass features a camera that looks at what is in front of you at all times.

Such an app would virtually give a more immersive and deeper perception to the blind. And because it is sound equipped, functionality would be as simple as facing the direction of the printed text and telling Google Glass to read the writing for you.

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Google Glass compatibility continues to be just an idea, though. Your best bet would be not to hold your breath on it. What you can do right now is download the iOS app from the Apple App Store, which definitely doesn’t come cheap.

At $99, it would probably be the most expensive app I have ever purchased. But then again, you can’t really put a price on the abilities this application provides. Any person who needs it wouldn’t think twice about paying this price.

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It is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Oh, and they must be running iOS 7 or higher. Will any of our readers be using KNFB Reader? If you have other solutions, please let us know about them!

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Android racing game apps – CPU usage compared http://www.mobilegeeks.com/android-racing-game-apps-cpu-usage-compared/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/android-racing-game-apps-cpu-usage-compared/#respond Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:43:14 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?p=13985

Ever wondered which apps are using the most your devices’ processing power? The M2 community has certainly considered the question, recently publishing a report that covers Android racing games, assessing which games use the most processing power. Read on to find out which racing games are the most demanding, and perhaps also which are the […]

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Ever wondered which apps are using the most your devices’ processing power? The M2 community has certainly considered the question, recently publishing a report that covers Android racing games, assessing which games use the most processing power. Read on to find out which racing games are the most demanding, and perhaps also which are the most inefficient.

The Android gaming app industry is growing at a phenomenal rate with so many games available on the increasingly ubiquitous mobile OS from Google. Gone are the days when the iPhone games ruled the roost for gamers. Android is now the platform of choice for anyone who enjoys gaming on their smartphone. Within the broader gaming industry, racing games are as popular as ever with a wide choice of racing apps that leverage the accelerometer and gyrometer sensors that are built-in to most of today’s mobile devices. Racing games have also improved graphically over the years and today’s top titles look totally stunning and much closer to what we can expect on a console or PC.

However, as these games improve graphically with fast moving, lush images, the demands on the devices’ hardware also increases. This is especially true of the devices’ processor, or system-on-chip which combines a CPU and graphics processor to pump out the images that you see on the display. In principle, we would expect newer, more visually stunning games to actually place more strain on the SoC than older games.

The M2AppMonitor is an app that tracks and monitors the behavior of installed Android apps, examining just how much strain an app can have on system resources and power draw. In a recent blog post M2AppMonitor was used to assess the overall power drain of 9 nine racing game apps in terms of how much processing power they used during game-play. The results were actually quite interesting.

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The most demanding racing game was not actually what I would describe as the most visually stunning game. Stickman Stunts taxed the processor to 59% of its potential usage, which is far higher than most apps. Motor World Car Factory came in second place with 53% usage, but again the app itself is not actually that great looking compared to many other games on the market. Check out the two images below showing screenshots from the two table toppers in terms of CPU usage.

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I think the big take away from the report is that games are not necessarily tuned and configured for lower overall processing and can actually be quite inefficient in terms of how the app uses the processor. Software design involves tuning the interaction between the hardware and the software to ensure maximum efficiency. Clearly in the case of the two games mentioned above, we can see some major efficiency flaws.

The M2MonitorApp can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store and is great way to assess the performance of your installed apps. You can also see the CPU racing game performance blog post here.

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The best Android Wear apps [July 2014] http://www.mobilegeeks.com/best-android-wear-apps/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/best-android-wear-apps/#respond Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:33:01 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?p=13695

So you just got your Android Wear smartwatch and are ready to start enjoying its amazing capabilities? The platform is new and support continues to grow, but there are some apps you simply must have. We have curated a list of our favorite Android Wear apps, so we would say these are our personal must-haves. […]

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So you just got your Android Wear smartwatch and are ready to start enjoying its amazing capabilities? The platform is new and support continues to grow, but there are some apps you simply must have.

We have curated a list of our favorite Android Wear apps, so we would say these are our personal must-haves. At the very least, you should try them out. Let’s check them out! Also, you can click on the titles below to access the Google Play Store page for each app.

Google Keep

Let’s start with the basics. Google Keep is an app that allows you to create notes, reminders and lists. There are options like Evernote and Trello available, but we feel those are aimed at specific customers.

Google Keep is very simple and automatically syncs with your Google account. Simply activate it via voice and you can start creating notes, as well as checking off items on your to-do list.

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Eat24

Are you a frequent food delivery customer? If so, you have probably heard of Eat24, one of the best food delivery apps for mobile. You will be glad to learn this app also has Android Wear support, and it was actually featured during the Google IO demo.

The app is a bit limited, as one can only re-order from your favorite restaurants. Users will have to use their smartphones for any special or new orders, but the ability to order food from a smartwatch continues to be quite the novelty.

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Lyft

For those who don’t know, Lyft is a great alternative to cabs and other forms of public transportation. You may also know them as “the weird cars with a pink mustache”. You can simply download the application and request a driver in cities where the service operates. Even more exciting is that it’s also the first of its kind to support Android Wear.

Like other apps, it’s a bit limited, but it will be a great app for frequent users. You can “request a Lyft” from your list of saved locations and a driver will be there to pick you up as soon as possible.

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Tinder

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps around. For those that haven’t used the service, it simply gives you a stream of profiles from users within your vicinity. You can swipe left or right to “like” or “not like”. If two people like each other a match is created and you can chat away!

You guessed it – Tinder is also available for Android Wear. You can now Tinder all day without even pulling your phone out. If you have used it, you can attest to how addictive this app can be, so try to stay productive!

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Find My Phone

This app does just what you think it does – it helps you find your phone by triggering an alarm from your smartwatch. It also works as one of the best phone “leashes” around, as it alerts you if you start moving away from your phone. This means you will never forget your phone again!

The main features are free, but the app also offers the PRO version for $0.99, which offers improved customization.

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Wear Calc

We often need a calculator and it can be a bit of a hassle to use a smartphone. Wear Calc offers you a simple and clean tool for making your calculations.

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Wear Volume

This is another very simple app that can completely change your life. Wear Volume allows you to control your smartphone’s volume straight from your Android Wear smartwatch.

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PayPal

PayPal is the most popular internet banking institution, and they could not let Android Wear down. The official app is now Wear-compatible and you can do some awesome stuff with it.

PayPal’s Android Wear app allows users to make payments, get notifications and even redeem offers. The basic PayPal experience offers the most commonly used actions in the app… all from the comfort of your wrist.

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All the single ladies and gentlemen will appreciate our curated list of the best dating apps you can find around. We know meeting people can be a little complicated. And even if it isn’t, a little help from these apps can never hurt, right? If you are ready to spice up your life with new […]

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All the single ladies and gentlemen will appreciate our curated list of the best dating apps you can find around. We know meeting people can be a little complicated. And even if it isn’t, a little help from these apps can never hurt, right?

If you are ready to spice up your life with new friends, relationships or whatever you may be ready for, you will find plenty of apps to aid you. The only issue is very few of them are worth their salt. If you are lost in the wilderness of dating apps, just check out our favorite options!

Tinder

Tinder is probably the most popular app of its kind. It is now available in both Android and iOS, and it is simple as pie. You simply sign in via Facebook, set up your profile and start tindering!

This app works by creating encounters with people within your vicinity. You can set the distance you prefer and a few other preferences, like whether you want to meet men or women. When it’s time to get started you will be presented with a stream of images accompanied by a short bio.

You can tap on the image to see their profile, swipe left to “dislike” or swipe right to “like”. If the other user also “liked” you, you will then be connected and you can chat away. That simple! The app will also tell you if you have friends in common, which could be good or bad, depending on your personal preferences.

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Plenty of Fish

Are there really plenty of fish in the sea? The classic saying may come to life with the Plenty of Fish app, one of the most popular dating applications around. With over 50 million users, you are bound to find your very own fish!

The application mixes in your profiles information with Tinder-like features to suggest the best dates around you. Plenty of Fish will offer you a list of people based on your preference. You can re-visit your curated list whenever you prefer. It’s a great app for new people, and it doesn’t lack a user base, which is usually the main problem.

OKCupid

Surely, most of you have at least heard of this service. OKCupid is a well-established and very popular dating service that aims to be more honest in its matches. Instead of asking direct questions, OKCupid makes you take tests and determines your personality.

Data is probably more honest than people and their perception of themselves. You can also rate profiles and connect with a huge variety of users. Their “Locals” feature is also pretty fun. It allows you to check who is around your area and is willing to meet up.

If you are into those spur of the moment meet-ups (which are the best, in my opinion), this is your best bet.

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Down

If you are down to… you know, anything, this is the right app for you. Previously known as Bang With Friends, Down does exactly what its old name suggests. It connects to your Facebook account and gives you a stream of friends and friends of friends.

You can say whether you would like to “date” or do some “fun stuff” with them. If the other person is also “down”, you will both be notified. You can take it from there.

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Grindr and Brenda

We know the other apps are not exactly designed for the gay community, so we are giving you a section for gay men and women who may be interesting in finding a special someone.

Grindr is an app for gay or bisexual men looking for the right guy. Likewise, Brenda is a dating app for gay or bisexual women. They work very similarly, utilizing location to allow users to find profiles of nearby users.

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The best part of getting a brand new, powerful smartphone is exploring and discovering all the apps at our disposal. This can soon get out of hand, though. We have all been there – downloading cool apps all day, everyday, just to never use them again. It’s time to clean up! Deleting an app is […]

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The best part of getting a brand new, powerful smartphone is exploring and discovering all the apps at our disposal. This can soon get out of hand, though. We have all been there – downloading cool apps all day, everyday, just to never use them again. It’s time to clean up!

Deleting an app is a simple process, but new smartphone owners may sometimes have a hard time figuring out how it’s done. Especially when they are coming from other operating systems or feature phones.

Beginner smartphone users need not worry, though, we are here to show you how to delete your apps. We are covering all major mobile operating systems, so odds are one of the tutorials below works on your smartphone.

How to delete an app on your iPhone (iOS)

This is probably one of the simplest devices to do this on, but the feature is hidden in plain sight. It will be hard to find it if you don’t know where to start.

  • Turn on your iPhone and unlock the screen.
  • Press and hold on any app/icon.
  • After a few seconds, all the apps will start “wiggling” or shaking.
  • You can drag apps to re-locate them, or press the “X” in the corner to delete it.
  • Press the home button to make the icons stop shaking.

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How to delete an app on your Android phone

Most people own Android devices, so chances are this is your section. Like with everything else in Android, you have multiple options for deleting apps. Let’s go over the most popular ones.

From the Google Play Store

  • Turn your smartphone on and unlock the screen.
  • Access the Google Play Store app.
  • Swipe from left to right or tap on the top-left corner to open your menu.
  • Tap on “My Apps”.
  • You will see a list of all your apps, tap on the app you want to delete.
  • Press the “Uninstall” button in the top-right area.
  • Press “OK”.

From the App Manager

  • Turn your smartphone on and unlock the screen.
  • Access the Settings app.
  • Scroll down until you find the App Manager (this may be labeled or organized a little different, depending on your device).
  • Tap on the app you want to delete.
  • Once inside, you can either “Force stop”, “Disable” or “Uninstall” the app.
  • Pick “Uninstall” to delete the app.
  • Press “OK”.

From the App Drawer

  • Open your app drawer (where all your apps are listed).
  • Press and hold on the app you want to delete.
  • Your device should show an option (or multiple) on top.
  • Drag the icon to “Uninstall”.
  • If the previous option is not listed, go to “App Info”. You should be able to uninstall from there.

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How to delete an app on your Windows Phone

  • Turn your phone on and unlock it.
  • Swipe from right to left and access your App List.
  • Press and hold on the app you want to delete.
  • Select “Uninstall”.
  • Select “Yes” to confirm.

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How to delete an app on your BlackBerry 10 phone

  • Turn your phone on and unlock it.
  • Find the app you want to delete.
  • Tap and hold on the app until it starts “wiggling” or shaking.
  • Tap on the trash can located on the top-right section of the app’s icon.

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