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Mobile Monday: BATTERY WIDGET? REBORN!


Today I thought I’d share an app I’ve been using for a couple of months that I use to keep track of my battery.  Batter Widget? Reborn provides a window into the inner working of your phone’s battery. It’s primary feature is to provide a circular battery status. Beyond that it includes also includes a usually fairly accurate time remaining plus provides a very good interface to see Android’s battery stats.  There are 2 sides to the app, the quick view that are provided by the Widget and Notification Area,  and then the detailed view in the application itself.

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Mobile Monday: Photo Grid

Today I thought I’d share an application that I find myself using more and more for my picture of the day. Photo Grid is a collage application for Android. It creates 4 type’s of collage, plus the ability to add boarders to a single image.  I’ve spent a lot of time looking for applications for adding effects to photos on my phone. Most are filled with tacky effects and usually lower the resolution of your images to un-usable quality. I usually use the Grid Collage for my picture of the day. I like the clean look it produces and how easy it is to use. It still lowers the quality of the pictures to 720 or 1080p, but most of the time, I find the grid look worth the loss of image quality.

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How brave am I?

When I first broke my phone, I did a search for replacement parts for my phone and found that the screen was only between $40 and $50 to buy. This gave me hope that it wouldn’t be to expensive to get fixed. Of course when I contact local places to do the repairs I was presented with a price of around $170, I decided to put the repairs on the back burner and live with the broken screen. Then today I saw that HTC will probably be bringing Jelly Bean to the Amaze in the new year the desire to repair my broke screen return. So I did a search for ‘How to repair a HTC Amaze screen’ and found this video.

And this post: HTC Amaze 4G Screen Take Apart Repair Guide

Between the two it show’s that it should be possible for me to replace the screen myself. Though I’m not sure if I’m confident in my abilities to actually try. After all there were plenty of electrics that I took apart in my youth that never seemed to go back together right. Do I want to try it with my phone? Do I want to risk being without even my broken phone?  It’s a tough call. For now I’ll leave it as is and see if HTC does indeed release Jelly Been for it, before I take such a big step. Of course it could be possible that Google will bring the cost of the new Nexus down low enough that I can just get a new phone(Shhh don’t tell Melissa I’m thinking of buying a new phone).

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Mobile Monday: Cracked up

A couple of weeks ago I had a tragic accident with my phone. It slipped from my pocket at the pool and landed on the hard ceramic floor, cracking the screen. It was a tragic event, specially considering the phone is less than a year old and that kind of damage isn’t covered. I tried to go back to the borrowed nexus one, but it stopped charging shortly after I started using it. So I’m let with a phone with a broken screen. Some of you might be wondering why I didn’t subscribe to the device protection plan from my Carrier. Well that’s $7 a month and I would still have to pay $150 to replace my phone. Over the course of the 3 year contract that’s $252. I’ve been quoted around $170 to repair my phone from 2 different shops.  So I have no regrets with my Choice, just a dilemma of what to do next.

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POD: The Wrong Ice Cream Sandwich

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When we went shopping this weekend we picked up a box of Ice Cream Sandwiches. I wanted to celebrate the release of Ice Cream Sandwich for my HTC Amaze, which I expected today. The kids thought this was a great idea and were looking forward to have them all day. Unfortunately the update never got released and so I was left with the choice of saving them for when it did get released and disappointing my kids, or just enjoying the treat tonight. As you can see by today’s picture we chose to enjoy the Ice Cream Sandwich tonight. Plus we have another 3 to have when the update does finally ship.

POD: A new toy for Daddy

Today I bit the bullet and singed away my freedom for the next 3 years. That’s right I got a new Cell phone. I got a HTC Amaze from Telus. I usually would use a picture of the phone, or of my unboxing. But this picture makes me wonder who was more excited by my new phone, me or Jacob. I will be doing a right up on the phone in the coming weeks, but the one thing you can be sure of, is that my POD will get an upgrade with its 8 Mega pixel camera.

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Mobile Monday: Toronto Transit Tracker

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Today we look at Toronto Transit Tracker. A handy app that uses real-time information about when the next streetcar will arrive. the next Streetcar will be arriving. There are 3 tabs to the application, Favourites, Streetcar and Map.

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Mobile Monday: PhoneWeaver

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CAP201103072327Today we have a late post for our Mobile Monday. Left has kept me from posting it earlier, but it’s still Monday so here it is. Today we look at PhoneWeaver from SBSH Mobile Software. I first found SBSH software when I was looking for software for my old Windows Mobile phone. I was thrilled when I found out the were developing for android. They have 3 apps on the android market and in the coming weeks I hope to review both SafeWallet and GoNews so stay tuned.

PhoneWeaver adds Smart Automatic Profiles to your Phone.  Profiles can be triggered by Time, Location or even calendar. Profiles can control all aspects of your phone. Turn on or off WIFI, Bluetooth, 3G data, GPS and even change the home screen wallpaper.

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Mobile Monday: picplz

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CAP201102190030Today we look at another app for sharing photos with the web. Picplz is like Twitter for photos. There are two parts to picplz, the first is a mobile app, for Android, or iOS.  With it you can apply effects to your photos and then share them on the web. The second is the picplz site for sharing your photos and managing your connections with other online services and social networks.

The Application on android recently received an update to streamline the interface and improve functionality. When you first launch it you have 6 options,My Network, Interesting, Activity, My Profile Gallery and Camera. My Network and Interesting are for reviewing pictures posted to picplz. My Network being restricted to the users you are following, Interesting on the other hand show recent pictures from anyone on the system.  Activity is about the comments, by people you are following. My Profile gives you a preview of what other people see when they look up your picplz account, while Gallery and Camera are for adding pictures to picplz.

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Mobile Monday: Bud Phone

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It seems strange that I have anything sponsored by Bud on my phone, but this little application saves me money so it’s hard not to like it. Bud Phone uses VOIP to let you make local calls to many cities in Canada (the complete list is here). Bud phone is a simple Dialler application for Android, iOS, and Black Berry. Once you have registered at BudPhone.ca it dials a local number, that then dials the number you are connecting too. It takes an extra minute to make calls but there are know ads during the call and the quality has been pretty good. The service is great but you are still using local minutes, that is unless you have a cell plan with favourites numbers. Just add the local access number as a favourite and you can now call local or long distance numbers without using minutes.

Of course BudPhone.ca also offers a computer based VOIP solution for free that gives you a free phone number, with Free Long distance, Call Display and Voice mail. It will even forward to missed calls to another number so it can be used away from the computer. More on that another day.

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