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Need a Mother’s Day gift idea? Try Gift Wizard Lite for Android

A while back I did a review on Gift Wizard, which helps you when you can’t figure out what to give as gift to someone special. I remember it vividly. My wife turned to me and asked what to buy someone as a thank you gift, and I immediately opened up Gift Wizard, punched in some details about the person, and it spit out a bunch of ideas. We immediately settled on one of them. The whole process took less than 2 minutes. The funny thing is that I realized Gift Wizard really didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know, but many times when trying to think of a gift for someone, the obvious never seems to come to mind.

We’ve all been in situations where we just can’t figure it out and the panic starts settling in. It’s time to get rid of all that stress and give Gift Wizard Lite a try. Gift Wizard Lite is totally free so you don’t have an excuse. Back when I reviewed it, I had the paid version, which is .99 cents. To me, it was worth every penny, but with Mother’s Day coming up, SockMonkeySolutions just released this free version. What a perfect opportunity to give it a try. It has all the same features as the paid version except you won’t be able to load/save profiles or share your results via SMS or other social networks. If you try it out and it works for you, I recommend jumping right in to the paid version. It will make your life a lot easier with the saved profiles. Hit the break for download links.


Play Store Download Link – Lite


Play Store Download Link – Full

Next Issue brings Netflix-like service for magazines to Android tablets

If you love to read magazines, you might want to take a look at Next Issue. It’s basically Netflix for magazines. You pay a monthly fee and get unlimited access to a library of magazines. The service starts at $9 per month, which will give you access to monthly magazines. If you want access to weekly magazines, it’s $15 per month.

These aren’t just PDF’s, they are enhanced digital editions and custom designed for tablets. You will find enhancements like videos, bonus photography, and interactive features.

I don’t know about you, but this price seems a little steep. Netflix costs $7.99 per month and allows you to stream its entire library. The $9 per month plan is already higher, and I feel like Netflix offers so much more. They are offering a free 30 day trial so it doesn’t cost anything to give it a try. Hit the break for the full list of titles, a demo video, and the download links.

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Personalized magazine Zite finally comes to Android

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Zite from our own Stacy Bruce. Zite is yet another news/magazine app that’s been around on iOS for a while, but finally found its way into the Play Store. All if these news/magazine apps have their gimmick and Zite’s is that it’s a “personalized magazine.” It automatically learns what you like so it will deliver the news, articles, blogs, and video you know you want. You can even sync Zite with your Twitter and Google Reader account to give it a head start. Unfortunately it’s only optimized for phones so no tablets yet. Hit the break for download links.

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Crystal Downloader Available in the Google Play Store

Have you ever wanted to get your downloads faster? Well it looks like we may have help in that department. Well XDA forum user xtr143 has a post detailing the process used to get faster downloads. The app is called Crystal Downloader and it is available in the Google Play Store. The features of the app are:

– Split file in maximum 32 parts.
– Pause and resume download, of course.
– Auto detect server allow multi-parts download or not, and how many connection can makes in a moment.

Checkout the source and  hit the Play Store link or grab the QR code for the app. I don’t know about you guys but faster downloads sounds good to me.


Play Store Download Link

Traffic Wonder HD for Android is a creative and challenging puzzler that’s also very addicting [Hands on Video]

For those of you that like puzzle games, I’ve got a treat for you. It’s called Traffic Wonder HD. It was released a couple of days ago in the Amazon app store for $1.49, but after a short delay, it’s now live in the Play Store for .99 cents.  The goal is simple, but the task isn’t. You are given a certain number of vehicles, and you need to figure out what the best route is for each one to get to their respective destination or garage. I say the “best route” because there are two other issues at hand, which is what makes this game so challenging. The first is that none of the vehicles can collide with each other and the second is you have to use the least amount of fuel. For each vehicle, you trace the path that you want it to take to get to its garage. After you have completed the paths for all the vehicles, you hit the play button and watch the results. Hopefully you won’t burn too much fuel and none of the cars collide with each other. If either of those happens, and it most likely will, you go back to the drawing board.

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When it comes to customizations, nobody does it better than Perfect Keyboard for Android [Video]

I have to be honest. I’m not really into keyboard replacements. I’ve found that most of the time they either respond slow or are buggy. I have tried a few, but I always end up going back to stock. I recently tried Perfect Keyboard, and it might actually be the first keyboard that I keep.

First of all,  the reason this is called Perfect Keyboard is not because it’s perfect, at least “out of the box.” What’s perfect for me may not be so perfect to you so that’s why they offer so many customizations. It’s the user that makes the keyboard perfect so the title implies that this keyboard is actually perfect for everyone because each user will tailor it to their needs. Isn’t that what Android is all about? Customization is what attracts most of us to Android and Perfect Keyboard delivers that.

There are various settings for the look, feel, touch response, and word suggestions. For example, if you want blue keys with pink letters, you can do that. Do you want vibrations? How about being able to set any image as the keyboard background? You can do that as well. They even have nine preset keyboard themes that include Basic, Honeycomb, Stone, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC, iPhone, and others. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, there is a while bunch more that you can download from the Play Store.

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Stuck on Android Gingerbread, but craving Ice Cream Sandwich? Phoenix Launcher will give you a taste

If you have a Gingerbread phone and want a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, then you might want to check out Phoenix Launcher.  It was created by XDA user, andy572, and it will give you the same look and feel of Android 4.0. There are 2 versions, the Free version features:

  • 5 home screens
  • Included Android 4 wallpapers
  • Very smooth scrolling
  • Enabled for LDPI, MDPI and HDPI devices

And for $2.01, you get your choice of 3, 5, or 7 home screens and the following additional features:

  • Set your favorite workspace as default
  • Enable/Disable wallpaper scroll
  • Choice between 2 hardware home key actions (workspace overview and “snap to default workspace”)
  • Show or hide the workspace indicator
  • Enable or disable icon text backgrounds
  • ability to change dockbar style up to 9 different styles

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NCAA March Madness Live for Android is officially available, Unfortunately device support is seriously lacking

Last week we watched the iOS version of NCAA March Madness Live release with the promise that the Android version will release in time. We’ve seen a lot promises come and go with zero, and yes, Turner Sports delivered on their promise, but unfortunately it won’t be available to most of the Android world. Let’s start with the good stuff. They’ve gone with the freemium model, which means it’s free for you to download and you will be able to enjoy such features as:

  • Live game radio of all 67 games
  • Live social chatter for teams in every game
  • Fill out your official NCAA Bracket Challenge bracket right from your Android
  • Track the entire bracket live throughout the tournament
  • Get alerts for upsets, overtimes, crunch time (close games), and your favorite teams
  • Post directly to Facebook and Twitter
  • Use My Channels to see where each game is on all four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV
For an in-app purchase price of $3.99 you can enjoy:

NCAA March Madness Live App Coming to ‘Selected’ Android Devices In Time for Tourney

NCAA March Madness is about to begin and just like last year they are going to make PC, smartphone and tablet apps available so you can keep up on all the action, wherever you are. Formerly March Madness on Demand, the new app, March Madness Live, should be available in Google Play for “selected” Android devices before the tournement gets under way on Monday, March 13th. The app will run $3.99 but will give you access to a slew of cool features such as:

  • High quality live streaming video of every game
  • Video highlights of every game
  • Live radio broadcasts of every game
  • Schedules
  • Live scoring and stats
  • Live tournament brackets
  • NCAA Bracket Challenge game
  • My Channels
  • Social Arena

Those are just a few of the features you get for $3.99 and any basketball fan will love this app. Keep your eyes peeled for its release because we should see it over the next few days. Jump past the break to see the full press release.  Read more

3D Printing From Your Android Device Should Soon Be Possible Via Paint3D App

Let’s face it. 3D printing is cool stuff. Being able to create your own models for various purposes like gifts or even desktop decorations is a pretty enticing concept. It’s yet to take off in a practical and accessible form, but that isn’t stopping developers from riding the wave and creating some cool stuff. That’s what a team of developers based out of Johannesburg has done with Paint3D. The application promises to let you create and print your own 3D designs straight from your Android-powered device!

The application isn’t available to the general public as of yet, but it surely demonstrates some really cool and futuristic capabilities. Hit the YouTube video after the break for a better idea of what Paint3D does and how it does it.

source: engadget

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