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Create A Live Podcast With Spreaker

Speaker takes away the hassle usually associated with creating podcasts, and puts everything you need into one simple app. Here’s how to use it…

Speaker is one of the very few apps on the Android Market that allows you to create, broadcast and publish new podcasts wherever you are, as long as your Android device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. All of this can be done for free, and is one of the main reasons Spreaker has gained such a large following of podcast-enthused Android users in the short amount of time that it has been available. As well as recording podcasts, Speaker also boasts a comprehensive library of other podcasts for you to tune in to all of which you can track through a Twitter-styled follow’ system. The choice is so varied that you might find yourself listening to one podcast in Angola, and then in the next instance, someone on the other side of the planet in Japan.

This tutorial will guide you through the various menus of Spreaker and show you the basics of getting started with recording a podcast, We’ll also demonstrate how you can practice recording your voice, how to do a podcast live on air, as well as give you some information and helpful tips about browsing through other people’s podcasts. The tutorial itself isn’t difficult to complete, and once you have nailed the following steps, there’s no doubt that you’ll be creating your own audio masterpieces in no time.

Spreaker android app

1. OPEN SPREAKER

Open the Spreaker app after downloading it from the Android Market. The main menu gives you four different options. For the purpose of that tutorial, tap Broadcast to continue.

2. BROADCAST MENU

The Broadcast menu gives you the three main ways of recording a podcast through Spreaker. Press the Record Episode option to record e practice podcast before going live.

3. RECORD EPISODE

Dress the Record button to start recording your voice. The right-hand side of the app will then show the audio levels picked up by your internal microphone. Hit Stop when you’re finished.

4. EDIT PODCAST DETAILS

inter a title for the podcast you just recorded and listen back to it by pressing the Play button, Hit the Publish or Delete options, depending on what you want to do with your recording.

5. EPISODE DETAILS

From the broadcast menu, press ‘Live Broadcast’ inter a title for your podcast by tapping the New Show button. This title will make your podcast searchable by other Spreaker users.

6. LIVE RECORDING

Press the Record button to begin a live broadcast Once finished, hit the Stop button and wait for it to process. Your podcast will now be fully searchable by the title you assigned it earlier.

GeoCam Is a Well Rounded App For Everyone

Location, location, location. Even if you aren’t in the real estate business, you’ve probably heard at least once that location really does matter. You want to always make sure that you’re going to be able to keep things interesting. We like Android apps that keep things interesting, so when we discovered GeoCam, we had to check it out.

GeoCam is an app that makes it easy to save the senor data of your device to a log file, calculating the coverage of the site. The coverage will always be a ratio of the track covering area to the area of the site (expressed in percentages, of course)

Sounds complicated? GeoCam is all about giving geographic data to photos. This gives you a lot of actual power — you can show the distance between specific objects if you take a series of photos.

GeoCam

There’s a lot of power in this little app. For one, you can make a geophoto of just about anything that you want. You could make a photo of an object that intrigues you. Road trip anyone? Looking at what photos really mean on a deeper level could change the way we travel. After all, we’re always rushing through life. This could be a great way to remember locations that you would have otherwise forgotten about because you didn’t have time to write everything down.

Real estate investors definitely will get a big kick out of this app, because they can send a Geocam Report to show properties that could really lead to big profits. It’s much easier to take a picture than to try to write down all of the details of a property that catches your eye.

What we liked best is that each GeoCam report is in PDF format. PDF is a format that’s viewable on just about every device that we can think of. You won’t have trouble sharing data, that’s for sure.

Don’t forget about GeoLog when you’re evaulating this app. GeoLog 2 lets you sync with the logs from photos made with any camera. this is the heart of making geophotos. You then will turn around and use GeoCam to view the geophotos in all of their nerdy, scientific glory. How cool is that?

GeoLog

If you do decide to download this free app for the Android, you’ll find a lot of functionality. Don’t get overwhelmed — there’s ample help available if you want to take advantage of it. Why not check it out today and see if you like it? You’ll be glad that you did!

Android Fans, It’s Time to Get Wild About Flipboard

There’s always a new app coming out, and there’s never a bad time to highlight them. Sometimes we get bogged down with the sheer amount of apps to be covered, but hey — it is what it is. We definitely wanted to cover Flipboard, especially now that it’s being placed over to Android. This is an app that started out on the iPad scene and was ported over.

What does it do that’s so earth shattering? Well, it makes reading things on your tablet a lot more streamlined. Everything is turned into a magazine like view that you can flip through — hence the name. Facebook feeds? No problem. Google+? No problem. Twitter? Too easy. YouTube? You bet.

But what also makes Flipboard interesting is that it scales to cover both the 7 inch tablets and the 10 inch tablets. The tablet experience isn’t as solid across different sizes as many would like, but it’s getting better. The app handles various screen sizes with ease — not having a problem with taking advantage of widescreen displays. It’s all good as far as Flipboard is concerned.

Flipboard android

Flipboard HQ indicated that it worked with Samsung closely to make sure that the app performs great on both the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note, but any other Android tablet will do nicely. This means you Nook and Kindle people can join the party as well.

Google is really trying to get developers on board for this push to make the tablet experience more interesting. Will it stick? Perhaps — but only time will really tell what users have to look forward to.

Flipboard is a free app that you should definitely download and check out today. Have fun!

More Android Apps We Overlooked in 2012

2013 is here, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not already on the hunt for great Android apps. What you will find is that we have looked up the best Android applications for your needs, but these lists are subjective. We’re going to list what we think is a good fit, and then we’ll turn things over to you. Check it out below first, then sound off in the comments:

JuiceDefender:

JuiceDefender

When it comes to automation apps, Android is where it’s at. You can make your phone do a lot of really cool stuff — all without alerting you, if that’s what you want.

JuiceDefender tweaks your device settings to provide maximum battery life — how cool is that?

Viber:

viber android

This is a very popular VoIP app that runs circles round Skype. If you’re tired of the classic issues with Skype, then you need to look at Viber a little closer.

imo.im:

imo.im

This is our favorite IM client. It covers Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, and MySpace. Just about everything you need is included in this app.

AnkiDroid Flashcards:

AnkiDroid Flashcards

Need to memorize something for class? You should check out AnkiDroid. It’ll let you flip through virtual index cards faster than if you had them out on your own. (more…)

Mark My Words Free Brings Out Your Inner Trivia Nerd – Not That You Mind!

OK, we admit to being biased. We’re really into anything brainy that lets us flex our nerdy side. It just can’t be helped. There are some good apps out there for this sort of thing, but we had to stop and write about Mark My Words Free.

This is all about figuring out well known phrases in terms of who actually quoted them first. You have to use your own knowledge and a few clues — but it’s harder than it appears.

When we checked out Mark My Words, we were really impressed by the artwork. This is a free app that really stretches the boundaries of free by delivering solid quality. You’re not going to be disappointed downloading this one.

Be sure that you check for device compatibility in Google Play — it’ll lead to a great experience.

You get 4 clues for each quote, which we found pretty generous. There’s no need to feel like you’re going to be stumped. There were some obvious ones, some not so obvious ones, and everything in between.

If you want something a little brainier than the classic “race” or “brickbreaking” games, then this game is definitely more your speed.

One thing that we really liked is that you have access to a premium version — Mark My Words Pro. You get even more quotes and it’s just a nice way to support the hard work it takes to deliver such a quality app to Android. At $2.99, it’s really a no brainer purchase anyway.

If your friends don’t get your sense of humor, or really get into all of the trivia games out there, this is y our chance to “unplug” a bit from what they think and just go your own way. While they’re playing something that doesn’t take much skill, you get to flex your knowledge and entertain yourself on a completely different level.

It’s up to you — but we definitely enjoyed the app, and we are definitely going to see what other apps come down the pipeline from here. It’s obvious that the developer knows what they’re doing, so we want MORE! :) Check it out for yourself!

Slots Social Casino Gets You Deep in The Game – On The Go!

If you’re thinking about a new Android game, you might want something that’s going to let you pass the time without getting too caught up. There’s nothing wrong with games that take forever and ever, but you probably only have so much down time before you have to do something else. For example, you might be waiting to catch your flight. That’s not a time where you want to get so sidetracked or caught up in a game that you don’t hear when you’re going to be boarding your flight — what a costly mistake!

You are much better off looking into a game like Slots Social Casino. We know, we know — free Android apps are a dime a dozen, but we really try to find apps that are at the top of the pile. This app is one of them.

First and foremost, it’s not your ordinary slot casino game. It’s a free casino where you can play slots based off of real casinos in the United States. You are getting 3D slot action here, folks. You can make new friends, invite and follow other friends, send messages, gifts as well as chips. You get fresh chips everyday to play, and you can also buy some chips as well. You will be part of a global ranking system — can you reach the top? There’s only one way to find out. If you add more friends, you get more chips.

It’s all about having a good time rather than anything serious. You might feel that you don’t have too much time to play another game but you would be wrong here. You can start and stop playing this game with ease. Though, we’ll be honest if you’re really excited about playing the game you’ll probably want to play it for a while. There’s nothing wrong with making sure you have something that you’re going to play more than once. After all, space can be at a premium with Android sometimes if your SD card is already full.

This app is 100% free, and it’s only play money. If you want real money gambling, you’re still going to have to look elsewhere. Good luck!

Presentation Ready – Check Out the EasyPPT App!

Look, let’s get real for a second. Even if you hate presentations, there’s nothing that’s going to get rid of them once and for all. Need to impress a new round of investors? Surprise, you’re going to have to give a presentation or two to seal the deal. There’s just no getting around your need to handle presentations with ease. If you have a smartphone already, why not make your life easier?

Convenience is worth checking out, and that’s why we had to check out the EasyPPT. It’s an app that does what it says it does — gets you the power to control your presentation via your phone.


You can also remotely connect to your PC and control the presentation directly, if you wanted to.

What’s convenient about the app is that it works well with smartphones like the Galaxy S III, that has a pen to go with the device. The app responds to pen pressure, which means that you can even make annotations as you present your presentation.

If you write on the phone screen, the markings will show up. You can also take photos and even turn pages.

Could you imagine having to give a presentation on the go and not being able to take your laptop along? Believe it or not, it happens a lot more than you can imagine. The best approach then would be to get an app that can adapt itself to your environment.

When you are really having more presentations than you know what to do with, why wouldn’t you want to make things easier?
Just manipulating the presentation from the phone would be cool, but this app goes one step further. You can actually manipulate it from the PC itself. All you have to do is download a small file and then connect to a specific IP address with your phone. The app will handle the rest of it.

We love apps that are creative like this but also serving a deep need that everyone can relate to.

It’s a free app, but if you’re on the fence, think of it this way — it’s designed to help you. Surely there’s no real harm in testing it out for yourself, right? Why not look into it today while it’s on your mind?

The Printer Is Alive Thanks to PrintJinni – and Mobile, Too!

Are you thinking about going out and about with your Android phone? Still need to print things without being at a computer? If you have an Epson All in One printer, PrintJinni is going to be your friend. This is an app that was ported from the iPhone first, but that’s not a problem. You’re getting fully functional software for your ‘Droid that will definitely handle print queues for you.


Of course, you can’t forget about all of the items that you can print. This isn’t just limited to black and white printing. If you want to print out a photo that’s saved to your phone, you can definitely handle that with no problem. Important series of charts and graphs? The PrintJinni can handle all of this and still wait faithfully for you to come up with something else to print. You can print emails, Word documents, PDF files, and even full out web pages.

Some things are just easier to discuss when you can visually display them to other people. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you really do need to have a visual aid, of course.

Taking your show on the road with Android is something that’s pretty easy, but you just need to have the right apps. PrintJinni comes in two flavors — you can do the free version, or you can buy the paid app. The free version gives you a realistic demo of the app, but if you’re going to be a power user, we definitely recommend the paid version instead.

All in all, this is an app that really speaks for itself — why not check it out today?

5 Crazy Android Apps We Never Thought Would Exist

In the world of tech, sometimes the jokes just write themselves. When you have a platform that’s as open as Android is, it makes sense that app developers would write amusing applications that are designed to make us laugh more than actually being useful.

We decided to look for off the wall apps just because we figured you would need a laugh at least once in a while — check these out!

First and foremost, we have a Dog Whistler app. The old school dog whistles work by using hit pitched sounds that humans cannot detect but dogs sure can. So this app uses a high frequency sound wave that can get your dog to finally pay attention to you. Don’t expect your dog to respond overnight, but if you train them to come to that whistle, they certainly will!


Speaking of interesting apps, we also found a Metal Detector. This app isn’t going to turn you into a treasure hunter like the guys on television, but you will be able to see about the metal devices that are right around your phone. It’s more of a “look what we can code” more than anything else.


From here, you have a Super Hypnotherapist app. This is supposed to help you fall asleep, but the jury is still out in terms of effectiveness. Some people report that it’s soothing, but many just think it’s more toy than anything else.


For fans of old memes, there’s a Cleverbot app. You can talk to a robot app that is so realistic you almost feel like you’re talking to a human. Thankfully, it’s just programming at work. Smart programming, but programming nonetheless.


Finally, there’s Zombie, Run! — a very cool app. It’s hilarious — the app is a game that displays a map of your surrounding area. It projects flesh hungry zombies on the screen at various locations that all have one thought in mind: eating you! Your mission? Run from the zombies before you get caught. It’s a great way to get your run in without feeling bored. Okay, so it might even be a little practical, but we aren’t going to admit that. No way. No sir.


There’s tons of fun little apps in the Android Market, so if you haven’t been in a way it’s definitely a good idea to go back and see what those wacky Android developers are actually up to! Check it out for yourself!

Video Conferencing Applications for Android Mobile Phones

It is a lot easier to hold business meetings when you have access to the possibility of using video conferencing. Android is great when referring to business needs that people have and when referring to video, it does not disappoint. There are actually many applications that will offer video conferencing ease and we are going to talk about the most commonly used ones.

First on the list needs to be Qik Video Connect. Its interface will be different when thinking about the iOS counterpart and the Android version will feature 4 blocks on the screen. Every single one is a specific function. The included functions are Video Chat, Video Mail, Video Gallery and Record and Share. Even if the Android version is different in appearance when compared with the iOS version, the functionality remains the same. Video Mail is a feature that you might find to be really interesting. It is highly similar to Voice Mail but it will utilize video. The big advantage stands in the fact that video quality will be better than on live chat due to it being pre-recorded.

You might also want to use Tango, which is impressive as it allows users to have cross-platform video chat. This basically means that you can also chat with a friend that will use iOS instead of Android. This is definitely a feature that you are going to like and there is also the addition of the fact that video quality is really high. Users appreciated how easy it was to use Tango and the fact that it will work on both 3G and 4G networks at the same time. You can easily find your friends with the use of Tango as you can search for different contacts that use the application. Just look them up by phone number using the app feature to locate friends.

Fring is a video conferencing app that scores high at easiness of use. The interface is not cluttered and even first time Android users are going to quickly understand everything that has to be done. The video quality is pretty good although it will be a little lower when compared to the iPhone version. However, the main advantage is that you can visit the Android site and download Fring for free.

In the future there will surely be other video conferencing applications that are going to be great and even now the choice is wider than what was presented. Make sure that you choose an app based on your needs and your conferencing requirements.

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