Hands on with Life360 Family Locator and a quick look at upcoming car integration and home automation services [Video]

I had a chance to see Life360 Family Locator in action today at CTIA. If you have kids, you’re going to want to pay attention because Life360 is all about family security. Over 15 million people have located family members with this app, viewed safety points & threats in their neighborhood, and chatted on their group messenger called FamilyChannel. Life360 Family Locator allows you to know where your family members are located, what safety points and threats are nearby, and if someone needs help or is safe (through the FamilyChannel).

If you’re still not convinced, Life360 Family Locator has been instrumental in reconnecting families after major emergencies such as the Japanese tsunami in March 2011 and the devastating floods and tornadoes that hit the United States in May 2011.

Hit the break for a quick hands on, what Life360 has in the pipeline, and download links.


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Hands on with the Kyocera Rise and Hydro at CTIA

Kyocera just announced the Rise and the Hydro, which are two entry-level Android smartphones. The Rise is a QWERTY slider (pictured above) with a 3.5-inch display and the Hydro (pictured below) is a waterproof offering with the same display. Both have Ice Cream Sandwich onboard and probably won’t be available till the second half of the year. We don’t have pricing yet, but expect them to be sub $100 for contracts. For more information, checkout our previous post or hit the break for a quick hands on.


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Hands on with the DROID Incredible 4G LTE by HTC

Verizon and HTC kicked CTIA off with the official announcement of the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, the 3rd Incredible since its original launch in 2010. It’s similar to the HTC One S, but unfortunately it doesn’t come with the ImageSense chip that you will find on the AT&T One X, T-Mobile HTC One S, and Sprint EVO 4G LTE. There are some pluses however, they’ve included a removable battery (1700 mAh) and a micro SD slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage. However, with that comes a little extra bulk.

HTC is going all the way with their booth this year as they’re really pushing the One line. In the video (after the hands on) you can see a mini-show they have going on at the booth.

Hit the break for the quick hands on.


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Be More Productive For About A Buck, TinyList For Android (Video)

Joe’s my name and productivity is my game, so they say.  All kidding aside though, Im always on the hunt for good and effective productivity applications for my Android device so when I come across one I like, I always feel compelled to share it with you guys.  Latest to catch my eye is an app called TinyList, which is a basic and simple to do list packing a big punch in the feature department.  Create a check list, to do list, grocery list or anything else you’d like to keep track of in seconds and then share it with whoever you want, whenever you want, however you want.  The UI is intuitive while still promoting style and smooth navigation.  Check out the quick demo below along with the screen shots of the app in action.  The app will run you about 99¢ on the Google Play Store but that’s a small price to pay to make your life a little more organized.  After all, you know what they say right?  “Organization relieves stress”.  So check it out via the QR code or Play Store link below and don’t forget to let us know what you think.

Gestures : 

  • Single tap to check/uncheck item
  • Slide to the left to delete list/task
  • Slide to the right to edit list/task
  • Slide right/down to duplicate list/task
  • Touch and hold to move list/task
  • Pinch to go back
  • Pinch outwards to create an item in the middle of two items
  • Slide down from the top to create an item at the top
  • Tap on numbers to modify it using the built in number incrementer  
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Did the Samsung Galaxy S III meet expectations?

Whenever anything gets a tremendous amount of hype, it’s usually a letdown more than not. The Galaxy S III had a lot of hype over the last few months so the question is did it meet expectations?

As far as the specs, it came up a little short. I think a lot of people were expecting more megapixels, but honestly 8MP is fine as long as it takes great pictures. Knowing Samsung’s history, I don’t think we should have any worries here. The quad-core processor is on par as well. The letdown has to be the display. Unfortunately we didn’t get a “Plus” after Super AMOLED, so that means PenTile. It will still be a great display, but unfortunately it won’t be as good as the HTC One X’s Super LCD 2 display.


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Contest: Submit the best caption and win a Purple DROID RAZR compliments of Motorola and Talk Android [Updated with Winner]

Motorola totally reinvented themselves when they brought back the RAZR late last year. By incorporating it in the DROID line with Verizon Wireless it became an instant hit. At only 7.1mm thick, it’s one of the sexiest phones available. Now’s your chance to grab one for FREE. Motorola was gracious enough to give us a brand new purple DROID RAZR for one of our awesome readers.


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Manage All Of Your Cloud Storage With SanDisk Memory Zone, Also Makes For A Decent SkyDrive Client (Video)

 

Now-a-days cloud storage is beginning to become the norm and several of you by now have probably caught on to the fact that you can open several cloud storage accounts to get yourself a decent little chunk of the storage space in the sky.  Well, how do you manage so many accounts at once?  SanDisk wants you to take the guesswork out off wondering how much storage each of your services has left thanks to its application, SanDisk Memory Zone.  While we’ve written about this app in the past before, Memory Zone has been given a few updates and allows you to keep even better tabs on not only how much storage you have left but also serves as a file browser for each of those storage services.  The application assists in helping you control and manage all of your content seamlessly and with very little effort.  Whether you have content on your memory card, your phone’s storage or directly in the cloud, you can easily move files to and from with just the click of a few buttons.

SanDisk Memory Zone offers you more memory management functionality than any other application available for the Android™ phone.

SanDisk Memory Zone puts you in complete control. Manage and backup both your local and cloud memory with one free app. Move files back and forth from your memory card to select cloud services, or from the cloud directly to your phone. Cloud services supported: Box, Dropbox, Google Docs, Picasa, SugarSync, SkyDrive and Facebook.

So, if your device is getting bogged down due to limited storage space, then maybe it’s time to better manage your device. In addition to the integrated functionality you’ll also have the opportunity to secure your content while on the go by applying a password protection feature.  You can also backup/restore all of your files on command.  So, without further ado, what are you waiting for?  Get the application now and start uploading your videos, photos, music, docs and whatever else you want.  In addition, when initially surveying the application, I noticed that it had pretty decent SkyDrive support, something that is lacking a bit on the Android platform.  This application is the closest I’ve seen in  the Google Play Store that will allow you to seamlessly navigate through your SkyDrive files, all for the price of free.

SanDisk Memory Zone not only allows you to transfer and back up your files, it also allows you to secure them through a password protection feature. So you have the peace of mind knowing your videos, photographs, music and other files are not only available, but they’re available only to you.

Get seamless, integrated storage connectivity between your phone, your memory card and your files in the cloud. It’s never been easier to enjoy, manage, share and protect your digital assets.

Unlike utilities with awkward and difficult to navigate folder structures, SanDisk Memory Zone has an intuitive, graphical user interface that lets you get the job done, fast.

Check out the quick video demo below as well as the screen shots of the app in action.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Samsung Epic 4G Touch: Should I stick with stock?

Okay my fellow Android lovers, I have a serious question for all of you and I would like your honest opinions. I currently own a beautiful, white Samsung Epic 4G Touch (GSII) that I really do love. Though I am not a huge fan of TouchWiz, I do like a lot of functions that it incorporates and it actually runs very smooth on the device. It has a gorgeous 4.5 inch display, a notification LED, headset jack is located on the top (which I prefer as I rest my phone in my car cup-holder while it’s plugged into the auxiliary port), expandable/removable memory, 8 MP camera, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and a top-notch GPU for all my gaming fixes.

Despite the fact that it was released on Sprint in September of 2011, many would say that the company’s GSII variant is still one of the top phones today. That being said, why on Earth do I want a Galaxy Nexus? I find myself combing eBay and Craigslist searching for a great deal on one of these bad boys, and according to my math, if I can sell my Epic 4G Touch for what I want, and then buy the Galaxy Nexus for the price that I want to pay, it will most likely just be a wash.  So I guess my question is should I go through the trouble? Hit the break for more of my dilemma!


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