Tuesday, February 26, 2013

3 best call blocker apps to block Unwanted Calls on Android Smartphone

Tired of some boring Pesky Sales calls from some fake numbers when you are so busy with your work or on a holiday? Fortunately, now you can block them by installing call blocker apps on your android smartphone. I have downloaded several of such apps on my htc one x for testing, but many of them failed to reach my requirements. I picked the Top 3 best Call blocking apps for android from them and here is the list.

1. Mr. Number Text, Call & Block (Rated: 4.4)
 Mr. Number Text, Call & Block
This amazing app makes it easy to block calls and texts, reverse lookup phone numbers and get more info about US businesses that call your mobile phone. The average rating of it is 4.4 in the android market. And about 75,000 + users have rated it with five stars.

- Block calls and texts from one person, an area code or the entire world
- Reverse lookup mobile and landline numbers
- Business Caller ID provides details and deals
- Stop telemarketers and debt collectors before they waste your time
- Automatically intercept calls and texts from private/unknown numbers
- Report spam calls, SMS, and MMS to warn other users

2. Call control-Call blocker (Rated: 4.4)
Call control-Call blocker
Call Control is full featured, super easy to use and is trusted by more than 5M users to block unwanted calls and texts. With Call Control - your phone only rings when you want it to.

Main Features:
- Automatically blocks thousands of active spam callers reported by the community.
- Community Blacklist stops telemarketers, debt collectors and other spam calls before they bother you.
- Personal Blacklist lets you block any phone number or area code (3 entry limit in Lite version)
- Reverse lookup for spam callers to find out who's calling (and it's free).
- Powered by the FCC Do Not Call Registry - blocks reported offenders automatically.

More Features:
- Blocked Calls Don't Ring! You choose what to do with blocked calls:
- Pickup and Hangup / Disconnect.
- Send to voicemail.
- Mute ringer.
- Call waiting blocking supported.
- Personal Blacklist
- Block any phone number.
- Block any area code (i.e. 888, 800, 206).
- Wildcard blocking supported (i.e. 888-209-????)
- Block text and picture messages.
- Block Private & Unknown calls.
- Personal Whitelist and Contacts Protection - Make sure important calls are never missed.
- Online and Local Backup - backup of your personal lists so they are never lost.
- Call Log Integration – Blacklist, Whitelist and Lookup right from your Android’s Call Log.
- Privacy Mode and Scheduling.
- Widgets.
- 100% Ad Free!

3. Call Blocker (Rated: 4.3)
Call Blocker
Call Blocker blocks unwanted calls now and protect your privacy. One of the leading blocking app call blocker which is being rated 4.3 in the android store is rocking with its unique features. It supports multiple languages like French, German, English, Chinese, Portugal, Spanish etc.

--Black List--
–Block unwanted calls (Reject calls, forward or reply with an auto-SMS)
–Block spam SMS (accept phonebook only or simply block black list)

--Contact Backup--
–Back up contacts to a server, so you will never lose them!
–Transfer data to new phone (available cross-platform to Symbian / Android / BlackBerry device)
--Privacy Eraser--
–Quickly and easily erase the call history, delete SMS messages between your phone and individual contacts permanently to protect private data.

--Private Space (Premium) --
–Automatically move private contacts’ messages and call logs to a Private Space so that they don’t appear in the phone’s regular SMS and call logs
–Keep secrets by hiding the icon as displayed on the main screen, so that nobody knows you are using Private Space.
-Protect your REAL space by creating one or more fake spaces. If anyone wants your password, show her/him the fake one!

Go to Google Play to check the details about these 3 call blocker apps, and choose your favorite one. Do you have any other good apps to recommend? Please leave it in comment.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Apple iPad Mini, Tough Fight!

As expected, Samsung Electronics introduced a new 8-inch tablet on Saturday at Mobile World Congress, named Galaxy note 8, intended to compete directly with Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad Mini and Google’s 7-inch Nexus 7.
Samsung galaxy note 8 vs. iPad mini
Just like other Samsung’s other tablets, the new tablet comes with a stylus pen which allows the user to write, highlight or draw on the screen and is capable of showing multiple apps on the screen at the same time just like the previous Samsung galaxy s3 or note 2. Today, we will compare the specs and other features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and Apple iPad mini.

Samsung galaxy note 8 vs. Apple iPad mini size
Compared the 7.9-inch iPad mini, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 is a bit larger in every dimension.

Samsung galaxy note 8 vs. Apple iPad mini weight
Today’s high advanced manufacturing technology has made both devices relatively light, but the iPad mini is 30g lighter than the Note 8.0.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Apple iPad Mini display
In this aspect, The Note 8.0’s display is a bit sharper, at 189 pixels per inch (PPI).

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Apple iPad Mini processor
To make sure everything runs smoothly, Samsung’s galaxy Note 8.0 powers with its Exynos 4 Quad chip, the same one found in Samsung’s phablet, the Galaxy Note II ,.
Apple gave the iPad mini a last-generation A5 chip, first introduced in 2011's iPad 2.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Apple iPad Mini RAM
The Note 8.0 quadruples the iPad mini’s mere 512 MB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Apple iPad Mini storage
The Galaxy Note 8.0 will come in 32GB and 64GB versions. Samsung throw the 16GB model away for the Galaxy note 8, but has a microSD card slot, unlike Apple’s mini-tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Apple iPad Mini wireless
Both tablets ship in both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + mobile data models. At least in some regions, Samsung's will be LTE-capable. Apple also offers a (pricier) LTE iPad mini.
But the Note 8 support make phone calls in some regions.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Apple iPad Mini battery
Samsung’s note 8 (4600 mAh) has a big battery than the iPad mini (4440 mAh). But you should remember many other factors also determine actual battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Apple iPad Mini camera
Samsung and Apple both realize the Cameras are rarely the most important part of a tablet. Both of them offer a 5-megapixel rear camera for the two devices. The Note 8 has a 1.3 MP front facing camera while the iPad mini has a 1.2MP front facing camera.

The unique pens on the Note 8 can be used to write, highlight and draw. The screens also sense when the mouse hovers over the screen, providing an equivalent to the hovering mouse cursor on the PC. However, few third-party applications have been modified to take full advantage of the pens.

Android’s tablet app selection is improving, but here iOS is still King. Apple now had over 275,000 iPad-specific apps in the App Store. Google Play's selection often defaults to stretched-out phone apps. Fortunately, these will look a bit better on an 8-inch screen than on a 10-inch tablet. I give the huge advantage to Apple in this area.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available for purchase in the second quarter of this year, Samsung said. The company did not list a detailed price for the device while now the iPad Mini costs $330. So which one is your favor? Welcome to Show your thoughts below.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

5 Best Free Android Keyboard Apps That Will Increase Your Productivity

About a Month ago, I have written a review for SwiftKey 3, and some people may find it is not the specific keyboard that best fit your needs. Happily, there are lots of other Android Keyboard apps in android market and you have the ability to modify the on-screen keyboard that comes installed on your device.

Today I am going to show you the Top 5 best free Android Keyboard apps in Android market and have a look at all of the main feature types across the keyboards. Just choose the one you absolutely need.

1. GO Keyboard
GOKeyboard can make your typing faster and smarter. It is an essential choice for android mobile.
GO keyboard rightfully supports predict in multiple languages and keyboard layouts. Plus, GOKeyboard has more than 60 themes, and will release new themes every week. GO Keyboard Pad mode has variety of keyboard layouts designed specifically for the tablet; it is Very suitable for use in 5″, 7″, 9″/10″ tablet.

Other Main features include:  Has accurate dictionaries, Smart engine for predictions, Import contacts, Support fantasy text output, Support Emoji, Smart to set skin and back ground, Auto-memory and correct as you type, Multi-point touch keyboard, Support the slide input.

2. SwiftKey Flow
SwiftKey learns as you use it to make corrections and predictions based on the way that you write. SwiftKey Flow has almost everything you’d ever want from an Android keyboard: swipe typing (which is the newest feature), predictive typing (which is pretty accurate and autocorrect), some degree of customization, and a nice clean interface. It can even learn from your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or blog to make its insights even more personalized.

3. Swype
Rather than using your thumbs or the index finger hunt-and-peck method (a personal favorite), Swype reinvents text entry altogether, letting you drag your fingers through the letters that spell a word. Your Android phone may have come pre-loaded with Swype, but if not, you'll need to go to their official website and follow their instructions for installation. Really simple. Personally, I like this keyboard very much.

4. SlideIT
SlideIT keyboard is an excellent tool for entering text, replacing your touchscreen keyboard. SlideIT keyboard enables users to dramatically improve writing speed with practically no learning curve. Instead of entering text by tapping on the keyboard letters, SlideIT keyboard eases texting by sliding a finger along the keyboard letters, while the words “magically” appear on the screen.

SlideIT's great features:
- Smart predictions and disambiguation
- Over 45 language packs and layouts
- More than 60 skins
- Speech-to-text
- Keyboard customization
- Import contacts from your phone

5. TouchPal Keyboard
Just like other keyboard, TouchPal Keyboard Support multi-language, dictionary update, contact import to dictionary and the unique Voice input, etc.

Main features include:
- Multi languages support 60+ (download language packs after installation)
- Numbers of delicate themes for you to choose
- Outstanding dictionary with online update
- Import contact list to your user dictionary
- Backup/restore user dictionary in SD card
- Voice input (Android 2.2+)

Whether you’re looking for predictive typing, swipe typing, customizability, aesthetics, or even anything else, one of the above should fulfill your need pretty well. So just pick one from them. If you find any other better keyboard, please share them in the comments. I will add it to the list if necessary.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC One, Is HTC's One a Samsung Killer?

Taiwan Mobile manufacturer HTC on Tuesday finally took the wraps off its latest android flagship smartphone: The sexy htc one, which attempt to take on fierce competitors such as the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy smartphones. So, how can it stack up against the rat race from high-profile competitors like the excellent Samsung Galaxy S3? Is the newest HTC's One a Samsung Killer? Today I will show you all a full comparison between these two booming devices.
Display: HTC’s beautiful new one phone is surely better built than the Samsung galaxy s3. It's encased in unibody machined aluminum with a Gorilla Glass 2 covered display and the back is simple lovely. The htc one sporting a 4.7-inch HD display, which has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and the screen packs in a whopping 468 pixels per inch, while Galaxy s3 features a 4.8 inch display with 306 pixels per inch, at a resolution of 720 x 1280.
Processor, RAM: Thanks to its 1.7 GHz. quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM, HTC One runs fast. And it is one of the first handsets to feature the new CPU. On the contrary, Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by Samsung’s own quad core Exynos 1.4GHz Cortex A9 processor for international version, Snapdragon S4 dual core at 1.5GHz for the US version.
Camera: The most interesting thing about the One is its 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera. Yeah, you read that correctly. HTC says the new One captures 300 percent more light than current competing smartphone sensors, offering "astounding low-light performance.” HTC now have explained why 4 megapixels are better than 8. The Galaxy S3 has an 8-megapixel camera on back and a front camera at 1.9 megapixels.
Storage:  HTC one includes either 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage, and lacks an SD card slot for expansion, while the Galaxy S3 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions and support for SD card up to 64GB.
Operating System:  On the software side, the HTC One runs Google's Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Laid atop the operating system is HTC's Sense 5 user interface, which boats the company's new "BlinkFeed" live stream.
"HTC BlinkFeed is a bold new experience that transforms the home screen into a single live stream of personally relevant information such as social updates, entertainment and lifestyle updates, news and photos with immersive images so that people no longer need to go to separate applications to find out what's happening," the company said in a press release. Samsung galaxy s3 owners have received the Androidv4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS with Premium Suite that includes some of the amazing features of Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

According the detailed news from mashable, htc one also comes with front-facing stereo speakers, with one on the top of the phone and one on the bottom. Resembling strips and called BoomSound, they are positioned left to right in landscape mode.

The HTC One also includes a nice perk for TV lovers — a universal remote control and mirroring app for easy channel flipping.

Battery: HTC One has a 2300 mAh embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery compared to Galaxy S3's 2100 mAh battery.
Carriers: In the U.S., the HTC One will be available on major carriers AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile beginning in March, leaving Verizon out of the mix. HTC said the One will be available globally through more than 185 mobile operators and major retailers in more than 80 regions and countries. Samsung Galaxy S3 is now available for purchase in Samsung stores, resellers and through various carriers. Both of the phone support LTE.

So, after review these, what is your opinion. Personally, I think the One could be the product to choose. Anyway, different people, different taste. Which Android Smartphone is your love? Welcome to leave your comments.

Monday, February 18, 2013

How to Connect PS3 Controller to Samsung Galaxy S III for Better Mobile Gaming

Sometimes, it is really quite frustrating while we try to play advanced games on our smartphone. Just try playing FIFA 2012 on your android phone and I am sure that you want throw your phone out of the window. So How to get out of this ugly scene?

If you have a Samsung Galaxy S III, you can finally solve this problem by pairing your wireless PS3 remote to your phone. Of course, your S3 need to be rooted for this at first.

Step 1. Rooting Your Galaxy S3
To begin with, make sure that you have ODIN installed and download theCF Root File. Then just follow the video instructions below.
Step 2. Download Sixaxis
When your phone is rooted, then you need to download the Sixaxis Controller app from the Google Play Store. It'll cost you $1.99. Attention, if you're trying this on a phone other than the Samsung Galaxy S3, you can use the free Sixaxis Compatibility Checker app to make sure it'll work. It must then be enabled in the Languages and Input settings.

Step 3. Get the Right Adapter
To hook up your PlayStation 3 remote to your Galaxy S3, you'll need the charging cable that came with your S3, as well as a USB type A female to mini 5-pin type B male adapter. They cost no more than a couple bucks.
Step 4. Connect!!!
Now, just follow the steps in this video below and you will finally be able to enjoy all the best games right on your Samsung Galaxy S III with your PS3 controller. Go and try it, you can feel something unthinkable. Good luck.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

8 Awesome Android Apps for Discovering New Things

Today, smartphone play a very important role in our daily life, such as watching videos, play games or simple make video calls with our friends and so on. But apart from those common functions, we can also use our phone to breaking from the norm and discovering new things by using variety of apps in the app store to make our life easier. Here I will present you a collection of some excellent android apps for discovering New Things.

1. Foodspotting / Discover New Food
Foodspotting / Discover New Food
On the hunt for a delicious dinner? Then you can’t miss this kind of food app. Foodspotting is a visual guide to good food and where to find it and it lets you look for your next meal based on the biggest indicator of all: photos. With this app, you can discover nearby dishes, find whatever you’re craving & see what’s good at any restaurant.

2. Slacker / Discover New Tunes
Slacker / Discover New Tunes
Slacker is the most complete music service on Android. With millions of songs, hundreds of expert-programmed stations and endless personalization, Slacker gives listeners anytime, anywhere access to the world’s best music and entertainment. You can also create your own particular stations, and block artists or songs you hear that don’t rock your world.

3. Waze / Discover the Best Way To Get There
 Waze / Discover the Best Way To Get There
Waze is the app guides you around traffic and let you get the best route to your destination, and it also helps you find the cheapest gas for your trip while you’re on your way. Now Waze makes it fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road. Easily meet up, pick up friends, share your drive and ETA, and see who's headed to your destination too!

4. Flipboard / Discover Information
Flipboard / Discover Information
Flipboard brings together world news and social news in a beautiful magazine designed for your Android phone and tablet. The app turns your news, Twitter and Facebook feeds into your own personal magazine, and makes it easy to discover new content through its curated channels focused on everything from tech to fashion.

5. Highlight / Discover New People
Highlight / Discover New People
As you go about your day, Highlight uses Facebook and LinkedIn to help you find mutual friends and shared interests, makes it easy to meet new people by notifying you when friends and other interesting people are nearby. Highlight gives you a sixth sense, showing you hidden connections and making your day more fun. And now they are working to add more login options like Google+ or others.

6. Shazam / Discover What That Song Is
Shazam / Discover What That Song Is
Hear a song and need to know what it is? Shazam can help you identify what song is playing on the jukebox while you’re out with friends. Once you tag a song you can instantly watch the music video for the tune on YouTube, share tracks with friends, or purchase the song to listen to on your device.

7. Hooked / Discover new Games, Game recommendations!
Hooked / Discover new Games
If you are a crazy game lover, then you can’t miss this app. With over 200,000 games, Google Play isn't personalized to you. Hooked uses proprietary technology to match unique, well thought out and fun games to your personal game play style.

8. Appreciate / Discover new Android App
Appreciate / Discover new Android App
Appreciate is the first Android app on the market that gives you fully personalized app pages and app recommendations. With this app, you can find users in the community with similar application taste and exchange apps. Find great apps on the market with the help of your friends and Facebook Friends.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Wine for Android will allow you to run Full-Fledged Windows apps, someday

Several days ago, I have introduce you how to Get Windows 8 Metro-Style Live Tiles on Your Android Device, but have you imagined run Windows apps on your Android smartphone or tablets? Yes, one day, you may be able to run Photoshop CS6 or old version on your Samsung galaxy S3 or other mobile devices. Well, that may one day be a reality and Wine for Android is on the way.
Wine for Android
Wine (WINdows Emulator or Wine Is Not an Emulator) is an open source application that allows Windows applications to run on other operating systems like Linux and Mac OSX. The project features the software library Winelib, against which developers can compile Windows applications to help port them to Linux.

Alexandre Julliard, the original developer behind Wine, showed off Wine on Android on Sunday in Brussels. Phoronix describe the demo's performance as "horrendously slow," but this was simply because Wine was running on an emulated Android environment, rather than on an actual device.

At this point, the ARM version of Wine on Android is functional, but far from practical, while a stable version of WINE for Android would allow you to run some x86 Windows apps on ARM Android phones and tablets, it probably would be more practical on larger screen devices than on a 4 or 5-inch smartphone. With a 10-inch tablet, for example, imagine pairing the tablet with a keyboard dock and booting up serious productivity software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. This could certainly help close gap between what can be done on an Android tablet versus a full Windows/Mac/Linux PC.

All in all, a workable version of Wine for Android won’t be release-ready for quite some time temporary, but this proves that it is really a good starting point and of course will improve with time. What do you think, would you like to see WINE for Android or not? Welcome to leave your comments.

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