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Pulse bills itself as “Your news. Anywhere.” That’s a pretty good description of this nifty free app (and website, for those without a tablet or smartphone) that lets you set up a customized news feed of the information that interests you. Continue reading

WS App Review: Munchin Apples

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Munchin Apples is an Android app designed specifically for toddlers between 1 and 2 1/2 years old. It has a narrow focus of teaching little ones to identify apples, but is it worth the time? Continue reading

MyFitnessPal, a great little tool for counting calories and monitoring your activity just got a little bit better. You’ll now be able to sync it with fitness equipment at the gym to better monitor your exercise. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning For Your Smartphone

Monday, March 18th, 2013

As I write this, the first day of spring is only a day away. Seems like a good time to take up that good old tradition of spring cleaning – on your smartphone or tablet. Is your phone the equivalent of a spare room crammed full of stuff you thought you might use someday? Here’s how to straighten things up. Continue reading

Apps aren’t hard to find (unless you’re looking in the Windows App store,) but good apps aren’t so easy. A lot of free apps aren’t even worth the time it takes to install on your phone or mobile device. So here’s a quick round-up of our favorite apps from the past few months: Continue reading

WhatsApp: How to Use (Part 2)

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

WhatsApp lets you message friends anywhere around the world using your mobile device without any charge to send or receive messages! Learn how to set up your profile and adjust your settings on this app. Continue reading

Google has issued a transparency report explaining when they’ll allow the government to take a look at your private information such as e-mails, photos and documents. You might say, “Google doesn’t have any of my private information,” but they just might. Continue reading

Facebook announced some big changes to the newsfeed, promising to reduce clutter and focus more on stories from people you care about. Among the new additions, feeds specifically for music and photos. Continue reading

WS App Review: Sports Tracker

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

There are many exercise tracking applications on the market. However, most are not really up-to-the-mark. The Sports Tracker application is an exception. This application is remarkably well designed and has very few short comings for tracking distance based exercises. It also has a special add-on that enables you to track your heart rate. Continue reading

A five-year-old British boy managed to rack up $2500 in charges in just 15 minutes charges playing Zombies vs. Ninjas on his parents’ iPad. He did it with “in app” purchases of add-ons to the “free” game. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen to you… Continue reading

Ever wish there was a quick way to find your keys, your cat or the remote? A company says it has the solution for that problem in the form of stickers and a Smartphone app. Continue reading

Question: I bought a Kindle Fire 2nd generation tablet. I click on a video and it says I don’t have Adobe Flash, but does not say how to get it. I am very disappointed in it. It is an Android. – Mike Answer – This should be a quick fix. Continue reading

Google+ Sign-In – How It Works

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Google has introduced Google+ Sign-In, which the company promises is “simple and secure, minus the social spam.” If you sign in to Gmail, YouTube or any other Google service, you can use your credentials to sign in to outside apps. This works like Facebook sign-in, but Google says their version is better. Continue reading

The Department of Health and Human Services Text4Health Task Force says mobile messages are a great way to improve the health of Americans, especially traditionally under-served groups like those in rural communities, people with low incomes and minorities. Continue reading

Your Cell Phone Is A Bacteria Farm

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

A professor at The University Of Surrey asked students to make imprints of their mobile phones in a Petri dish to find out how much bacteria the phones carried around. Turns out your phone is home to a lot of nasty bugs. Continue reading

Your dirty touchscreen not only looks messy, it could help a thief break into your phone, tablet or touchscreen computer. Crooks are staging “smudge attacks” where they follow the pattern of your fingerprints to determine passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. Continue reading

Help! My Android Tablet Has No Instructions

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Looking for some instructions for using your new Android tablet? Here are some suggestions on the best places to search for help. Continue reading

Android – Show your Touches

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

I love my Samsung Galaxy S III, but like most touch-enabled devices there’s no confirmation of where you’ve been touching. I can live without such a luxury, but why bother when Android OS (at least everything after v4.0) has a built-in option that does just that? Continue reading

Smartphones are being blamed for a drop in sales at the supermarket checkout line. Instead of flipping through a magazine or picking up some candy and lip balm while waiting for that person checking out 45 items in the 10 items or less lane, people are checking their Facebook, replying to texts or getting in a Words With Friends move. Continue reading

WS App Review: Scanner Radio

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Listening to police and fire scanners can be interesting and sometimes a little scary. You could spend around $100 to buy a scanner and listen to calls in your area, or you could download Scanner Radio for free and listen to calls on over 3600 police and fire scanners in the United States and Australia on your phone or tablet. Continue reading

Tamogotchi virtual pets were a huge hit in the 1990s, when it seemed like every kid (and some adults) were carrying around a tiny little digital friend that required constant care and feeding. Now the high-maintenance virtual critters are making a comeback as a free smartphone app called Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Continue reading

Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Illegal

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Did you know that unlocking your phone is now illegal in the United States? What is unlocking? Why would you want to unlock a phone? Why is it illegal if you own the phone? Continue reading

Facebook tried it unsuccessfully with Facebook Credits, but plenty of online games like Farmville make big bucks with virtual currency. Now Amazon is getting into the act with Amazon Coins and they’re launching it with a big giveaway. Continue reading

The Federal Trade Commission is calling on mobile platform providers and mobile app developers to establish a national “Do Not Track” registry similar to the “Do Not Call” registry to prevent apps from tracking the locations of unsuspecting users. Continue reading

Nancy Mobley from Oxford, Alabama writes: I have an Android phone. I am a Diabetic and have an app called Glucose Buddy that I use to keep track of my Sugar level and meds that I take so my doctor can see where the ranges are. How can I download the information from my phone to my computer to put in a document? Continue reading

App Vs. Widget… What’s the Diff?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

What’s the difference between a widget and an app? I hope that this clears things up. Continue reading

You would expect an app like Google Maps to pinpoint your location, but why do the Angry Birds need to know where you are? Many popular Android apps also track your location, check your device ID and even access the contacts on your phone. Continue reading

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