Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: PrinterShare

Hey all you bargain hunters! Today Amazon is giving away the paid app, PrinterShare that usually runs for $12.99 and currently has a 4 1/2 star rating. PrinterShare allows for wireless printing from your mobile device or SD card in various ways and supports many forms of documents. With a fairly simple UI and ease of use, I was able to get this to work on my HP photosmart in no time. I highly recommend this app for your wireless printing needs.

Product Description:

Printing right from your smartphone

Print documents (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XSLX, PPT, PPTX, PDF, TXT) from your smartphone’s SD card and from Google Docs. Also print email from Gmail, photos from the SD card, contacts, agendas, SMS or MMS, call logs, and even web pages directly from your device to a printer right next to you or anywhere in the world.

Premium Features

Please note: This is the premium, unlocked version of PrinterShare Mobile Print. All the premium features are available, and no key is required.

Premium Features: nearby direct printing via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without PC; nearby printing to PC or Mac shared printers; unlimited remote printing. You do not have to buy pages or have a subscription on the receiving computer (Mac or PC).

Nearby Printing: you can print to WiFi printers shared on your Local Area Network from your Android phone without having to install PrinterShare computer software. You don’t need to log in or sign up with the system for Nearby Printing. A wide variety of printers are supported.

Remote Printing over the Internet: make sure you’ve installed the PrinterShare software on the computer connected to the printer, just like when you print from computer to computer using PrinterShare, then just log in to your free account with your smartphone and find and select the printer you want to print to. In addition, from your mobile device you may look for printers shared by others, select one, and print on it.

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Droid Bionic Arena Scavenger Hunt Winners Page FINALLY Goes Live

While I was getting locked and loaded to rant about Verizon pulling down the Bionic Area page after the scavenger hunt AR game was over, I noticed Level 2 on the site is now open to see who has won (I was starting to think they were going to keep it a secret). They have listed the confirmed winners as well as the ones still pending approval.  There is also a stats page showing the total prizes that were found within the game, but more interesting, a link to download the game. There is a little note at the bottom that, though the game has concluded, to download it anyway to see what’s next. This hints they may do a scavenger hunt like this again in the future. Be sure to go check it out from the source link below.

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Make Free WiFi Calls From Android Phone Or Tablet With Groove IP

The quest for making free calls over WiFi with an Android device is not a new topic, but if you’ve gone down this road you’re probably familiar with apps like sipdroid or csipsimple. If those two names are familiar then you also know you had to deal with Google Voice Callback, pbxes, or SIP accounts and possibly some other forwarding trickery to get the app to work. It’s possible that you’ve even tried to set these apps up and failed after not understanding exactly what needed to be done. Enter GrooVe IP, where all you need is a Google Voice account to get started. If you like simple and something that just “works” and works well, hit up the break for more.


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Phone Story – The Production of Smartphones, Uncensored

Phone Story has become a hot topic at the moment following its recent removal from the Apple App Store. Apple contacted the developer of the game explaining that they violated four rules for iOS app creation; its depictions of child abuse (code 15.2), objectionable or crude content (16.1) and promises to turn over a portion of the money to charity (21.1 and 21.2). Not to mention the fact that they probably felt the “Story” hit too close to home.

The game depicts a dark look at smartphone production, starting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the mineral coltan is mined by children and prisoners of war. The app then follows the production process to a Chinese factory where workers are subjected to abuse, discrimination, inhumane conditions, and forced overtime, ultimately leading to suicides. Next the story presents us with the hordes of oblivious consumers bombarding what is no doubt meant to portray an Apple store. I’m sure they didn’t appreciate that. Finally the story ends up in Ghana, Japan, & China where obsolete “recycled” phones have ended up to be salvaged using methods harmful to people and our environment, and from there the cycle repeats itself.
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TouchPal keyboard for Android, free for a limited time (Video)

If I was a betting man and you had an Android phone, I would say that you have updated your keyboard from the stock version that came pre loaded. There are a few really great options for alternate keyboards in the Android Market to choose from. From simple replacements like SwiftKey X, That aim to reduce keystrokes via prediction, to more exotic ones like 8Pen , that rely on unorthodox sliding movements. Which do you choose?  I am sure by now you are asking yourself why not just use Swype? Well my friend, Swype doesn’t have the ability to predict the words you are slip sliding around. A fairly new app, TouchPal, just released out of Beta, ties both advantages together, making one extremely useful keyboard. With predictive sliding, this fresh idea comes with many features not found on other keyboards.  Hit the break for the full list and to check out some more screen shots and a video of the app in action.  
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Need A Simple Video Editor? Try VidTrim For Your On-The-Go Editing Needs

Sometimes you just want a simple video editor that allows you to do what you need to do both on your device and while on the go.  If that’s you, then you might want to check out VidTrim for Android.  The free application allows you to edit your videos with simplicity and ease all from the comfort of your wireless device.  The application is ad supported but has all of the same functionality minus a couple of features than the paid version, which will run you $2.82 on the Android Market.  So, if you’re ok with a few ads, then you’ve got yourself a little bargain here.  Hit the break for the full list of features and to check out another screen shot.  And as always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  If you’re ready for the download you can snatch it up here on our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code or you can grab it on the Android Market.  
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Adjust your screen brightness with the flick of a wrist

If you’re anything like me, and you have a 4G phone or you’re constantly on your phone,  you know battery life can suck these days. One common way to preserve battery life is to keep your screen brightness at a lower level. I realize that the auto brightness feature found on most Android phones is an answer to many, I find that sometimes the screen can still be unnecessarily bright. XDA member, Marinelli.Tv, has come up with a solution that I love and frequently recommend to those who complain about excessive battery drain. It may even impress your friends!

Brightness Motion Pro allows you to adjust your screen brightness with percentage increments by a simple flick of the wrist. Moving in a right hand motion will take you up a notch, moving to the left will take you down. To add to its effectiveness, the app even displays an icon in your notification panel informing you that it’s active, and includes your current percentage. The paid version, Brightness Motion Pro, is only $.99 for a limited time, and allows for more advanced features like, start up on boot, initiate auto brightness, brightness slider control, and more. There is also an ad-supported free version without all the bells and whistles for those who want to try it in its simplest form. Hit the link or QR code below to give this great idea a try, and be sure to let us know if you think it improves your battery life.  
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U.S. Patent System to get overhaul, Unfortunately not enough

The U.S. patent system will get its first major overhaul in 60 years. The senate voted 89-9 in approval of the America Invents Act, and President Obama said in his speech last night, “Today you passed reform that will speed up the outdated patent process so that entrepreneurs can turn a new idea into a new business as quickly as possible. That’s the kind of action we need.”

The goal is for streamlining the patent process, reduce costly legal battles, and provide the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the funding it needs to process patent applications faster.

The United States is switching from the “first-to-invent” system to the “first-inventor-to-file” system which puts us in line with other industrialized countries.

Small investors are concerned as they feel they will now be at a disadvantage with big corporations. Supporters are concerned with costly lawsuits in which companies are arguing and trying to prove who the first inventor is.


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Polish Up Your Home Screen With Smoked Glass Clock Widget For Android

With the endless amount of clock widgets available for free on the Android Market today, the most difficult and daunting task is actually choosing one.  But you can’t just pick any one.  You need one that will appropriately compliment your home screen, right?  That’s what we’re here for.  Allow us to point you towards Smoked Glass Clock Widget by developer Factory Widgets.  The sleek and contemporary design of this widget is sure to compliment your device’s background regardless of how busy it might be.  The widget offers an array of features at a glance like calendar events, time, system information and weather forecasts.

The application comes with around 140 different skins to match up with your device’s current theme.  The widget can be placed in multiple positions on the home screen and will even support your Honeycomb device.  If you’ve been looking for a “polished” widget packed with as much information as you can possibly find, Smoked Glass Clock Widget should suffice.  If you’re ready to give it a go, hit up our popular apps database for the download where you’ll also find a QR code available.  If that’s not your forte, then you can grab the app over at the Android Market.  Hit the break for some more screen shots of the application, and as always, feel free to leave a comment or two below.  
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Wizz Bar for Honeycomb

Wizz Bar

Occassionally we run across an elegantly simple app, that just makes sense and makes things easier. Wizz Bar is one of those apps. Essentially it’s a mini app drawer for your tablet that remains quickly accessible from within any other app. It’s perfect for those apps you need on hand like calculators, note-taking apps, or settings, and it’s a cinch to use!

Just:

  1. Open the Wizz Bar application
  2. Add an item
  3. Apply
  4. Touch on the middle of Android Honeycomb’s navigation bar
  5. Enjoy

To clarify, it doesn’t have to be just apps either. It can be any activity, like activating a playlist or launching a bookmark.

Wizz Bar is free in the Android Market.

Try it out!