5 Cool Android Apps Released in 2012

So you’ve got your Android device and you’ve visited the Play Store to download the Facebook, Twitter and Angry Birds apps. But what else should you download? I mean what are the coolest apps of 2012, the ones that you simply must have?
Well, luckily for you, we have our fingers on the pulse when it comes to the hottest apps and have decided to provide you with a list of the 5 coolest Android apps released in 2012. And here they are:

1) Instagram

Yes, you’ve heard the hype from your iPhone-owner friends, telling you that Instagram is the best thing ever to happen to mobile photography and that the app is all theirs. Well, now (finally!) in 2012, Instagram has been made available on Android. In their own words, “Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family.” This app has the ability to turn amateur, and even poor, photographers into professionals. Simply take a photo of anything you like, choose a filter, and completely transform the look. You can then share said photo with the Instagram community or with friends and followers and Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr too – genius!

2) CTERA Mobile

OK, so it may not be cool in a fun kind of way but cloud and document syncing apps are all the rage at the moment and CTERA Mobile may prove to be one of the best. Recently released for Android, CTERA is unlike other similar apps in that it has been designed specifically for mobile use, as opposed to being adapted from a desktop program. Working seamlessly with CTERA Portal and CTERA Cloud, this mobile app allows secure downloading of documents for storage on your device. You can also save attachments from emails and upload them to your CTERA Cloud. Very useful, especially for big smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note or the new HTC One X that are usually used for business.

3) WeatherWise

If you’re looking for a cool weather app (who isn’t, right?), WeatherWise is bound to satisfy. In fact it’s probably the coolest weather app there is. The app has all the features you would expect from a weather app but delivers it in an animated theme. A Zen Tree is the default theme and plenty of others are available for $0.99 – well worth a download.

4) Google Play Music

If you are into your music, Google Play Music is an app that you simply must have. In fact, stop reading for a second and download it now… OK, done? Good. Let me explain a bit about the app. This app lets you listen to your entire music collection anywhere. OK, so your standard music app allows you to do this, but I’m talking about your ENTIRE collection! You can add as many songs as you like to your computer, access them via the app and save your favorites for offline playback. No need to rush out and buy a 64GB SD Card either, all the music is stored online. Any music purchased from Google Play will automatically show up in the app and you can share a free play with friends on Google +. This is a great apps for all Android phones, especially for those that come without microSD card slots.

5) Generate All The Memes

We’ve all seen those crazy weird video and picture-based memes that are all over the web. You know the ones that have a funny picture with an even funnier description? Well, if you have ever wondered how to create them, Generate All The Memes is the app you need. You can create a picture, add some funny text and share it with all of your friends. There is also over 10,000 user-made image memes to browse through, so you’re bound to find something that makes you chuckle.

That’s it, the 5 coolest Android apps of 2012 so far, all designed to change your mobile device for the better!

Top Five Action Games For Android

Android platform has the best mobile platform for inter process and inter application architectures. If you want to install suits of application and games in your mobile, then android blows most competitive platforms in this area. There is something about android mobiles, which gives you alluring, interesting and tempting experience while playing games. If you have bought android device recently or any plans to buy it in future, then here are top five action games, which will give you thrilling experience.

1. Assassin’s creed: If you want to experience the real power of assassin in digital epic adventure then must play this. The game which gives you well balance experience of chaotic actions, stealth and riddle solving exploration, with historic environments in digital form. This gives you the much-feared experience and rides you through lot of adventures move.

2. Dungeon Hunter: The exceptional games like Dungeon Hunter don’t come occasionally. The game is embedded with story of man who supposed to fight a queen in a mystical land. Game passes you through occasional exploration, protection and killing with the help of five magical fair ladies. It’s the ideal game to play alone which will keep you stuck to your android for lot of ours.

3. Gangster west coast Hustle: Is the first game in the gangster game series from west coast hustle games for android in particular. Game comprises of two parts, gangster offers you mind boggling experience of gangster’s life through realistic environments. You run your own gang, steal money, shoot cops and goes through rapid firing through different weapons. The graphics in gangster are awesome; the extra digital effects add perfect originality while playing this game. You get obsessed in leveling system so much that, you will find very difficult to pull yourself from game before finishing it completely.

4. Heavy gunner 3D: The most recent fantasy is possible for android users through game like heavy gunner which is in enlightening 3D experience format. This game is a first person shooter game creates inter-galactic atmosphere by offering mind blowing and thrilling shooting experience. The game has beautiful concept with best visual presentation, which involves nonstop actions and best customize options to choose your game difficulty levels, which keep you intact till you achieve your final mission.

5. Robo defense: If you already played tower defense game, you know basics of robo defense game. Same as tower games, robo defense games offers lot varieties of towers, which comes with more upgraded options. The game really set unforgettable experience for user and is highly addictive. The 11 difficulty levels and riddle solving exploration keeps you extremely curious till the end of the game.

Games is the most loved feature an android ever has, and if you really want to take true gaming experience then android computer will be best device for you. Playing above games on your laptop may cause their batteries draining out; in that case android computer is perfect option. So just add above games to your android and they will give you perfect excitement you want on your android.

How To Fix iPad Slow Download Speed

A lot of users on the Apple Support forum have recently been complaining that their iPads (including the newer models like iPad 2 and the new iPad are showing incredibly slow download speeds. The problem that these users complain of is not with respect to the network itself – users speedtesting their networks say it is upwards of 10mbps. Rather, it appears specific to the device.

One fix that seems to be working for a few users has got to do with the Radio Mode settings on Airport Express. To explore this fix, follow these steps below. You can also check the original thread here.

1. Launch ‘Airport Utility’. You will see one or more Express units.

2. Tap the first Express unit

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. You will have an option that reads ‘Manual Setup’. Tap to open this.

4. In this window, find out the tab that reads ‘Wireless’.

5. Under ‘Radio Mode’, change the settings to 802.11g ONLY

6. You are done. Get back and repeat the process for all your stations.

You are done. It appears to fix the issue. Does this work? Tell us your experience as well as alternate fixes in the comments below.

Nokia Lumia 900 Data Network Not Connecting – New Fix In Place

Soon after the new Nokia Lumia 900 running on Windows Phone 7.5 was released, there were reports from several blogs and websites that the phone appeared to have problems connecting to the internet. While the initial reports suspected the issue to be with the Lumia hardware, the company has now confirmed that this is clearly a software issue. The hardware or the carrier network itself is not the issue.

Nokia has now announced that users facing this issue can now find a patch to the issue by plugging into Zune and downloading the latest update. You can check their complete statement here. If this seems some sort of a hassle to you, Nokia also says you can swap your Lumia 900 for a brand new phone with the updated OS at any AT&T store in your neighborhood. Check out the video below to see the steps to update the Lumia from a PC

In addition to this, all customers facing this issue are also being offered a $100 credit to their AT&T bill. This offer will also stand if you purchase a brand new Lumia 900 from the stores before April 21.

Is The Internet Getting Increasingly Sinister?

Can you call yourself a geek or a techie without having a Facebook or a Google account? Not many teenagers have been able to successfully dodge the array of social games like Farmville forced upon them by their friends on Facebook. No wonder then that our internet liberties are wholly tied today to how these big web companies choose to treat their customers. Google’s recent privacy policy announcement just gave its users a glimpse of what could happen if the company were ever exploit its dominance. Check out this infographic to see why our dependence on Facebook and Google in the internet could be getting us closer and closer to virtual slavery.

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iPhone 5 Launch In July 2012?

It was originally pencilled in for the second half of 2012, but could we see the next incarnation of the iPhone as early as July?

The iPhone 5, or the “new iPhone” as it might be known, could be announced during the summer and the latest rumour surrounding the Apple device is that it could have a new kind of casing known as ultrasonic bonding. Apple has made a patent application that is dated 15 March. It makes a refinement to an older patent that dates from 2008 of the use of Ultrasonic bonding that can be seen on iPods and the metal back of the iPhone. The bonding allows designers to work with both metal and plastic. It makes devices lighter which also staying strong. The alternative is a metallic weld. Apple devotees will say ultrasonic bonding makes the device more attractive.

News of bonding is not the only report to fire up the rumour mill around the iPhone 5. More important for US users rather than UK ones but with the introduction of LTE connectivity on the new iPad, the same could well extend to the iPhone 5. Much like the reports for the new Samsung Galaxy S3 which is also expected to be unveiled later this year, the iPhone 5 could also have an edge to edge display. One of the strongest features of the iPhone 4S is that touchscreen and the resolution. The iPhone 5 would need to outstrip that and the rumour is it will have a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution with a 367ppi. Under the bonnet reports suggest the iPhone 5 could have an A6 processor and potentially a quad–core processor.

A major focus of the iPhone 4S was to improve the camera on the device. As more and more Android devices come with an 8 megapixel offer the iPhone will certainly have that or even more. Some reports have suggested a 3D camera is in the works. Another Apple patent has featured a self-timer meaning iPhone users could set a timer, set-up the camera and then snap the picture with the photographer themselves in the photo, which would be a massive draw. It’s likely the device will have NFC as contactless connection and payment is the next big thing on the cards for the mobile industry. Although Apple have no confirmed when they will launch the new iPhone deals, the recent reports suggest that we might not have that long to wait.

Whatever is on the cards for the iPhone 5 one thing is certain, it’s going to generate huge amounts of enthusiasm and excitement. If past Apple paths are to be followed then the device will have a fresh iPhone design and a new style of bonding perhaps making it look more like the iPod in terms of finish could be heading our way. The device will almost certainly be quicker with even faster processing speeds as Apple focusses on its iPad and iPhone and their increasing ability to work in tandem.

How To Use Local Scout On Windows Phone Outside United States

Local Scout is one of the most useful integrated applications that come with the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS. The app lets you check out the places to eat, drink, shop or just about anything else in your vicinity with just a few taps. The best part about the application is that it is tightly integrated with Bing Maps. So, if you find something interesting to check out your neighborhood, you just have to tap the directions to get started on your turn by turn navigation. The application is also integrated with other third party apps like FourSquare to instantly check in, find reviews,etc. For a comprehensive understanding of how it works, click here to visit the Windows Phone website.

Local Scout on Windows Phone Mango OS

But here lies the problem. If you do not reside in one of the following countries; Australia, France, United Kingdom, and United States ; then Local Scout is not available for use in your country. So how do you use this? Follow the steps below:

1. From your Windows Phone Home Screen, swipe to the right to view the comprehensive list of all applications

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the Screen to view the ‘Settings’ options. Tap once to open the Settings

3. You are by default on the ‘System’ tab. Scroll down to an option that reads “region+language”. Tap once to open

4. There are a lot of options to set. Scroll down right to the bottom of the screen to an option that reads “Browser & search language”. It should be set to the default language of your choice.

5. Tap the field. You will be taken to a list of all languages available for ‘Browser & search language’. Scroll down to the option that reads “English (United States)”. Tap this once to select this.

6. Tap the ‘Windows’ button on your phone to return to the home screen.

You are done. Now when you tap the search button on your Windows Phone, you should see an additional ‘local scout’ button on the left. Enjoy this awesome Windows Phone feature.

4 Lesser Known Ways NetSuite Can Help Optimize Your Resources

The idea for this blog post was triggered by a marketing email I received from one of my clients. After a little digging through, I realized that their email was sent from a third party email marketing service provider. I found it interesting because this client happens to use NetSuite for their ERP and CRM requirements, which has an in-built email marketing solution. As it turns out, the client had no idea NetSuite offered such a tool with CRM+. If you are using NetSuite at your workplace, here are some ways your business can save costs and increase revenues.

Subscription Management:

A study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit last year showed that business models among companies are rapidly evolving with a lot of businesses now integrating subscription/membership into their offerings because of the profitability. If your business has a subscription model, you do not have to build the necessary back-end infrastructure from scratch since NetSuite already has the necessary features for you to get going. With NetSuite’s subscription services feature, you could track and schedule orders, monitor fulfillment and deploy a recurring billing system. Each fulfillment in a subscription is consolidated as part of a single transaction that is scheduled to dispatch periodic deliveries. If you have not given this a spin yet, it’s high time you do.

Saved Searches:

This is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked, part of the ERP suite. The saved search feature is a goldmine and can be used to extract, format and customize data in a variety of ways to suit one’s requirements. If your job involves preparing monthly reports and analyzing them, mastering the various provisions of the saved searches feature will save you hours of work every month; providing you with sufficient time and resource to analyze and derive more meaningful information from these reports.

Customer Data Mining:

NetSuite provides a range of options to sort and filter customer data. For instance, it is possible to filter out customers based on their acquisition channel (like phone call, website, outbound advertising, etc.), identify the behavior patterns of customers from each of these channels and make decisions based on their usage patterns. In addition to NetSuite’s native solution, there are also third party add-ons you could install which will help you look at the consolidated information from your NetSuite dashboard instead of having to login separately into each of these different services.

Event Management:

A number of businesses today use webinars as a marketing tool to attract leads. If you have been working on webinars yourself, then NetSuite’s event management tool should help in extensively tracking the leads generated from the event. Webinar events may also be integrated with NetSuite’s eCommerce tools if you plan to launch a paid webinar event. There are a number of third party tools that can help you with this. But by using the native features available here, you can be saving on money and time by deploying right from NetSuite.

Mobile App Usage Statistics Shows App Download Numbers Don’t Mean Success

There has been something of an App War in the UK. The App Store versus the Android Market, Windows Phone Marketplace. Each is turning to developers to offer more choice for consumers. As smartphones get faster, allowing a quicker transfer of data, integrating Augmented Reality along with fancy graphics we have developed a habit for downloading games, information or apps just to make our lives easier or just a little bit more fun. But how much do we really love our Apps?

New research suggests while we might rush to download the latest app and play with it for a few days, in fact our love runs cold quickly. The research focussed on users in the US. It showed that 68% of smartphone users only open five or fewer apps a week. 17% don’t use any apps and under half, 42% of Americans have a device that has apps.

They are, the researchers say, merely a novelty that wears off. We delete apps we get bored with, we stop using them and if you use an operating system that shows up the apps you use most frequently, you can scroll through the screens to show the ones that have fallen out of favour. The estimate is that around 80% of apps are eventually deleted, which is why the researchers of this report say measuring downloads of apps is a bad way to measure how popular they might actually be.

The importance for apps to smartphone launches has grown as it is a good way of showcasing a devices capability. Both EA and Gameloft released new apps and games to coincide with the iPhone 4S. Siri was an app itself originally, and the developers were taken over by Apple. But while there is big demand at the launch, users tend to whittle down the apps they use regularly, until there are just a core few they use. The Nokia Lumia 800, the first to use Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, made app integration even easier by adopting social networking platform friendliness, allowing users to see Twitter and Facebook updates as though they were messages. BBM, or Blackberry Messenger is much the same, a feature that has become so integrated into device practice that it is a social networking platform in its own right.

For app developers though, it is not great news. Apps do not make firms a huge amount of money, no matter how much of a push they might get on the AppStore. One UK based developer created a wide range of apps but still saw that arm of their business operate at a loss. A good profile raiser, but not a sound business model.

But is it so bad that we use and lose apps? One of the best things about our smartphones is the ability to mould them and personalise them. Keeping it fresh with new apps makes it easier for us to explore new games and new places. We might get excited about a tourism app while in a new city, but never use it again when we get home, but instead of seeing apps as a long term download, should we just see them as a short term fancy, a fling rather than a marriage? With so many millions of apps to choose from it would be impossible for anyone who sample even half over the course of a smartphone’s lifetime. More choice makes it easier for us to pick and choose, as difficult as that may before developers who want us to keep hold of them forever.

How Big Is Wikipedia?

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, has had a phenomenal few years. It is by far the world’s most popular online encyclopedia. Protecting an online profile is vital to any website such as Wikipedia, because its loyal fan base may abandon it in droves if it is seen to make any major mistakes, either with its content […]

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, has had a phenomenal few years. It is by far the world’s most popular online encyclopedia. Protecting an online profile is vital to any website such as Wikipedia, because its loyal fan base may abandon it in droves if it is seen to make any major mistakes, either with its content or its technology.

Most of the bad press Wikipedia has received has been on account of the negative perception of its ‘freely sourced’ content, and the fact that anybody can add or edit articles, with only the most basic monitoring of uploaded content in operation. Editing poor content on Wikipedia is largely the job of its large online community, many members of which spend their days trawling its content to find errors, and correcting them. The bias of some articles has led to some negative media coverage and criticism of Wikipedia, with some claiming the structure of Wikipedia allows some subjects to be biased to the extent of being inaccurate, or not accurately or comprehensively sourcing information and images. In light of this, many colleges and universities have banned the use of Wikipedia in any academic function except casual reading.

Freedom of Knowledge

Nonetheless, Wikipedia generally has good press at is is seen as being part of a movement to ‘democratize’ information, making it free and available to all. Wikipedia recently came out in ardent opposition to recent American anti – piracy laws, and effected a ‘blackout’ of its English pages for a 24 hour period. Many came out in support of Wikipedia’s ‘blackout’ strategy. Wikipedia’s growth over the years can be best shown in the form of statistics and graphs:

Current article count (English): 3,860,798+
Estimated number of words (English): 2,100,000,000+

This graph shows the general increase in the number of articles on the English Wikipedia over the years 2001 – ’12.

This is a visual representation of Wikipedia’s size, if its english articles were compiled into a physical collection. The size of this collection would, by now, be far too big for anybody to read in a lifetime.