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Engage9 helps comics and calendar artists unleash their creative energy on Android

November 25, 2009 |

It’s always nice to see developers branch out in different directions and offer something that’s truly unique.  Holland9 is offering a new delivers platform names Engage9 which comics and calendar artists can upload, manage and schedule their content and create new mobile-based applications.  The web based system allows content owners easy control over their content and also offers an advertising module which can be used to monetize the content via ads.

Publishers and artists are much better positioned to tap the new mobile engagement opportunities with engage9. “Leading publishers and artists know that their content must now be enriched with vibrant interaction and engagement options. The new generation smartphones users are the key, and engage9 is designed to reach armies of them.

Engage9 delivery platform offers up some unique features:

  • Real-Time — images can be changed up to a minute before a new day. Example: if news or sports provide last-minute creative ideas, the artist can change the content on
  • Interaction — the comment, 3 slide and rating options offer the opportunity to really get to learn the audience. Ask the user to fill in the words in a comic or offer a sweepstake contest for the best words
  • Community — enable your audience to share your content with their friends via e-mail or facebook to all mobile devices and networks.
  • Statistics — relevant user information about how the images are consumed are located in the statistics tab in the web system. Learn relevant things about your audience and truly engage to build lasting relations.

For more details, we have the full press release after the jump.   Also, check out engage9’s website.  They have a pretty good video of how the system works.

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In a sea of note apps, ColorNote prevails.

November 23, 2009 |

It was just yesterday that I was looking for a note app on the market. My search returned.. a lot. I tried this and that, and had to have two because I like the UI of one but want the widget option from another, it’s annoying. Then Nick over here asks if I’ve tried ColorNote, and all my note needs have been met!

Not only is this application very simple, it’s very powerful. With the app ColorDict installed as well, you have one mean note app. But let’s not rush things. First things first. As you might have guessed, you can change the color of your note, which is nice when you add a note as a widget; it will pop up as its designated color that you’d assigned it. The support of the sticky note widget makes this app a winner already for its superior editing options from the sticky note app alone.

A few more useful features include the addition of reminders, which could be very helpful to some people who forget things constantly like myself. The option to share your note through Gmail, Messaging, Facebook or Twitter is very useful as well, especially if you’d like to share your brand new Haiku with the world in a tap or two. The app itself may support more things to share with, but Facebook and Twitter are what I have installed, and what else is there anyway? And as simple as it seems, to select a word, all you do it tap on it, and the whole word becomes highlighted. I like that, points from this guy.

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Google Maps Navigation now available on all Android 1.6 handsets

November 23, 2009 |

One of the new most competing features of the newly release Motorola DROID was its ability to use Google new turn-by-turn navigation system. Google originally touted Google Maps Navigation as a feature only for Android 2.0, but seeing that there are probably 5 million Android handsets across the globe that may not get a 2.0 upgrade; Google has chosen to release the new feature to Android 1.6 devices. If you currently own the T-Mobile G1 or the myTouch 3G, head on over to the Android Market and grab the latest copy of Google Maps. All you have to do is type in the directions you want and then hit the Navigate button. Other new features include layer overlays for transit lines, Wikipedia Articles, about places, and more. You will not be able to take advantage of the “Navigate to” voice command feature since that is something that is built into Android 2.0 and not the app, but you can always create directions shortcuts from your home screen. Just long press on a blank area on your home screen and then select Shortcuts > Directions and then set up your destination. You can type in an address or name of a contact and select the appropriate icon to display. I’ve already got a whole folder of directions shortcuts set up and ready to go.

Google Maps Navigation is currently available only in the U.S. market, but I’m hoping that one of our readers can tell us if they can download the new app. According to xda-developers, there are reports of navigation working outside the U.S. on the ported version of Navigation from the DROID.

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Buzz is to Fly as Deck is to Screen (Buzz Deck Review)

November 17, 2009 |

As a follow up to my Flyscreen review, (although its been a while) I figured i’d do a short review of Buzz Deck, Flyscreen’s cousin/rival.

Buzz Deck offers much of the same features as Flyscreen, give or take a few, but it is mostly mobile webpages consolidated within the app. You won’t find a calendar, or SMS ‘card’, but you have great RSS feeds and sites from the get go at your disposal. So, if Flyscreen wasn’t your thing, here is a great alternative if you didn’t like your lockscreen stealing the show!

With a UI similar to Palm’s WebOS (although omitting WebOS’ polish), the app uses ‘cards’ that you can add, remove, whatever. The cards are broken into certain sections, Social Networking,  News Stream, Web Service, and Custom Cards, which allows you to add any website, and if available, will automatically put it into the mobile version. So whether its Facebook, Twitter, tech, sports, or celebrity gossip.. Well, there’s a card for that. There’s a card for just about anything, but not necessarily only on Buzz Deck. (may the Apple flames begin!)

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HTC adds a few new features to HTC Sync

November 12, 2009 |

Since the dawn of time (the launch of the HTC Dream about one year ago) there has been a complaint that the Android platform has no real way to sync with a PC to grab things like contacts, pictures and music. The iPhone has iTunes, but Android simply has a USB mass storage connection. Fortunately HTC listened to consumer complaints and created HTC Sync which now works with the Magic, Hero, and Tattoo. HTC Sync allows Android users to sync up your contacts from Outlook and even allows you to install Android apk files directly to your phone. HTC has just released a small update to the PC application which adds some additional functionality.

  1. This update for HTC Sync provides more connectivity between your HTC Phone and PC. Still providing synchronization between your Outlook and your HTC Phone, we’ve added in media enhancements, syncing your contacts pictures along with their contact information.
  2. Syncing now also syncs your HTC Phone’s time with your PC’s time and vice versa, providing the most accurate time for you, wherever, or whenever, you are.
  3. Sync your phone with ease. Just plug in your HTC phone to your PC using a Mini (Or Micro) USB cable and watch as HTC Sync displays your model name and starts to sync your information for you.

If you’ve owned an HTC phone before and are switching over to a new HTC Android phone, HTC Sync is an indispensable tool. In order to save yourself a little frustration, just remember to turn on USB debugging on your Android phone before you connect it to your PC.

Source: HTC Support

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T-mobile G1 tweaked to run Google Maps Navigation

November 11, 2009 |

Google Maps Navigation
If you thought you needed a new Android 2.0 handset to get your Google Maps Navigation on, think again.  The hard working folks at xda-developers have been able to tweak a few settings on the T-Mobile G1 to get the turn-by-turn directions feature working.  Surprisingly, the Google Maps apk file was pulled from the Motorola Milestone which has been reported not to have Google Maps Navigation.  Engadget has a few snap shots of the app in action, but if you want to know how to get it running on your rooted Android phone, head on over to xda-developers for all the details.

Source: AndroidRelease

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A detailed look at Google Maps Navigation (with Video)

October 28, 2009 |

As you might already know from our earlier post this morning, Google will be introducing a new version of Google Maps on Android 2.0 which will include Google Maps Navigation. Google Maps Navigation is a turn-by-turn navigation system done the Google way. It includes many of the features we have all come to love from Google Maps (traffic, layers, search, streetview) to help you find your way from point A to point B.

  • Search in plain English. No need to know the address. You can type a business name or even a kind of a business, just like you would on Google.
  • Search by voice. Speak your destination instead of typing (English only): "Navigate to the de Young Museum in San Francisco".
  • Traffic view. An on-screen indicator glows green, yellow, or red based on the current traffic conditions along your route. A single touch toggles a traffic view which shows the traffic ahead of you.
  • Search along route. Search for any kind of business along your route, or turn on popular layers such as gas stations, restaurants, or parking.
  • Satellite view. View your route overlaid on 3D satellite views with Google’s high-resolution aerial imagery.
  • Street View. Visualize turns overlaid on Google’s Street View imagery. Navigation automatically switches to Street View as you approach your destination.
  • Car dock mode. For certain devices, placing your phone in a car dock activates a special mode that makes it easy to use your device at arm’s length.

For now, Google is only rolling out Google Maps Navigation to the Android platform, but I would not be surprised if eventually it made its way to Windows Mobile and even the iPhone. The best thing about the new application is that it is free. no more paying monthly $10 a month to your carrier of software provider for turn-by-turn navigation. Google has put up a little demonstration video of how it all works. So sit back, relax, and let Michael (Google product manage) take you for a short tour of what Google Navigation has to offer.

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