How to Stream Anything from Android to AirPlay

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The AirPlay wireless streaming system makes sharing stuff between your phone and TV incredibly easy—but only if stick with Apple gadgets. Try to share content from an Android and suddenly you’re out of luck. But with these third-party streaming apps, Airplay and Android can finally speak the same language.

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The Best Android Widgets

As long as Android has been around, there have been widgets. It is one of the features that has separated Android from its competitors for all these years. There are widgets for everything too. News feed widgets, social networking widgets, calendar, weather, clock, battery, and pretty much everything else you can think of. See video for the lists of best widgets.

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Share files between Android and Windows with ES File Explorer

ES File ExplorerSharing files between an Android device and Windows isn’t as difficult or as tedious as it once was. Apps, like ES File Explorer, can even share files over Wi-Fi with relative ease. To share files between your Android device and a Windows PC using ES File Explorer, follow the steps here.

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Learn how to sync your Android device with a Mac like a pro

Android and MacAndroid devices and Macs just don’t get a long. This misconception may have been true back in Android’s infancy, but nowadays there’s a long list of methods, apps, and services that let you use your Android device with your Mac. It’s impossible to cover every app and service available. So here’s a complete guide to using Android with a Mac.

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Best Widgets for your Android Phone this 2013

If you own an Android phone, your home screen doesn’t have to be a boring grid of apps. By adding some widgets, you can see all kinds of information and perform certain actions directly from the home screen.

  1. Car Widget is a scrollable list of extra-large icons, providing easier access to the apps, contacts and shortcuts you use most while driving.
  2. Dashclock is a highly customizable widget for showing all kinds of information in one place, including the time, weather, battery life and unread e-mail counts. Users can expand the functionality even more with Dashclock extensions, such as AnyDash.
  3. Eye in Sky (formerly WeatherEye) is a weather app for Android.
  4. Google Drive Shortcuts widgets that will let you jump directly into a file or folder on Google Drive.
  5. Flipboard it shows a headline and image from one story at a time, which you can swap out for another one by hitting the refresh button.
  6. Google Now shows your latest updates from the service, such as the weather, upcoming flights, calendar appointments and traffic on your commute home.
  7. Holo Bulb  – No more fumbling around for the flashlight app. Just add this 1-by-1 widget to your home screen and you can quickly toggle the LED flash bulb on your phone.
  8. ESPN ScoreCenter – widget that lets you stay up to date on sports scores, and lets you see your favorite teams’ scores with one tap.
  9. Screen Timeout Toggle – a simple toggle for keeping your screen from shutting off.
  10. Simple Calendar Widget -this widget provides a resizeable, slick-looking view of your agenda. It also hooks into GTasks and Astrid to show items from your to-do list.
  11. Slider Widget gives you volume readings on all kinds of audio — along with a bonus brightness control — and lets you adjust them right from the home screen.
  12. SoundHound ID Now can identify any song just by listening to it, which comes in handy when you hear a good song on the radio or at a bar.
  13. ICS Voice Search Shortcut – this 1-by-1 button takes you right into the Google app and begins a voice search.

The 13 Best Android Widgets for 2013 by Jared Newman [via techland.time.com]

Use your Android phone as a Flashlight

Having to unlock your car door in a parking spot with bad lighting, or the door to your house, or having to search for something that you have dropped in the dark, is something that can become an unpleasant experience very fast. Especially the dropped in the dark situation, be it on the outside, a dropped car key or door key for instance, or while you are in bed trying to find that last piece of sandwich or cookie that you dropped there, can be problematic without proper light source.

A flashlight would be handy, but who has a flashlight nearby in situations where one is needed? I do not. What I do carry around at all times and have even in reach when in bed is my mobile phone. Before you say that I’m addicted to the phone and all, I have to say that I need it in reach as I’m receiving server down and “there is a problem with your website” SMS messages and sometimes even phone calls on it.

Tiny Flashlight is an application for Google Android devices that can turn your phone into a flashlight that is usually bright enough to produce enough light in situations where it is needed. While it is excellent for finding locks and dropped items, it can also be used in other situations from letting others know where you are to morse code or reading in the dark.

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Here is how it works. You install the app on your phone or tablet and start it afterwards. It displays a big power button that, when activated, turns on the camera LED flashlight to use it as a light source. This works only on devices that have a LED flashlight, like my Samsung Galaxy Note 2. If your device does not have that, you can still use the application as it also can use the screen of the phone instead for light.

The application comes with a set of different lighting profiles that you can enable that serve different purposes. It takes two clicks to activate another lighting profile and depending on its functionality, it either makes use of the LED flash or the screen itself.

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The warning light, depicted by the ample on the screen above, uses the front screen for instance to alternate between two red lights that aim to warn others, while the strobe light uses the LED flash instead for its functionality.

It needs to be mentioned that turning on the light using one of the widgets will drain the battery faster, but it is obviously better to use the light in situations where you need to than to worry about the draining of your phone’s battery.

Tiny Flashlight is a free application for Android devices that you can download and install from Google’s Play store. The application displays a single ad banner at the bottom of the screen when run.

Use your Android phone as a Flashlight [via ghacks.net]

AVG releases free ‘TuneUp’ application for Android devices

Security vendor AVG has released an application for Android that lets users adjust power settings and manage applications to conserve battery power.

TuneUp for Android, which is in Google’s Play store, is free. The power controls can be used to turn off certain phone functions in case the battery is running low as well as monitor the power consumption of applications.

The application’s “Task Killer” shows the applications and services running on a device and lets users stop ones that are consuming a lot of memory, which may also may help an Android device run faster.

Users can set alerts with the “Data Usage” feature so they don’t run over their data limits set by their mobile service provider. The feature lists how much data has been used per application and when the application began consuming data.

The device’s memory can also be monitored. TuneUp for Android shows the amount of internal memory that is being used and the remaining space on an SD card, if the device has one. Applications and utilities can also be deleted using this function to free up memory.

AVG’s application works on devices running Android version 2.1 and higher.

AVG releases free ‘TuneUp’ application for Android devices [via techworld.com.au]

View all photos now with your Dropbox App

Dropbox was one of the applications that my Galaxy Note II phone shipped with by default. It was installed by default and all I had to do was sign in to my Dropbox account to start using it. I have to admit that I’m not really using it for much on the Android phone. I do have configured it to automatically add screenshots that I take to my online storage so that I can access them on other devices right away which helps me a lot when I’m writing about a new feature or reviewing an Android app.

Dropbox 1.3.5 for Android has just been released and it brings along several new features. If you use it to store photos you may notice that you can now view all of your photos stored in your account right from the Android app.

Just switch from the folder view to the photo viewer at the top. Here you should see your photos sorted by date. You can also switch between a photo or album view, and tap to interact with the photos displayed here.

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Dropbox app for Android updated: view all photos now [via ghacks.net]