Today I thought I’d share a new app to the Android Play store. The City TV app from Rogers Digital Media. It allows you access to many of City TV shows on the go. Being able to catchup on shows you missed anywhere is great. Of course it does point out a couple of flaws with Rogers Anyplace TV, which is supposed to grant access to their on demand service through the web, iPad, iPhone and even Windows 8 App. The problem I have is that though I can access it from my computer through the web or windows 8 app or even from the iPad when I try to run it from my phone or Melissa’s phone it wont let us because we aren’t with Rogers. So what they are giving away to anyone on the web or IPad, is only for their customers when you try to do it on a phone. Of course it’s worse is that for access from the phone it’s not free:
The application is free to download. For only $5/month, customers can enjoy 5 hours of viewing on their handset (overage fee is $1/hour/month) – any time, any place. This fee is prompted when selecting an eligible title or you can subscribe upfront within the “My Services” section of the application. To unsubscribe, go to “Settings>Account” and click the “Unsubscribe” button.
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.
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.
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.
Today I thought I’d go a little different. And talk about some hardware, Melissa and the kids got me for father’s day. The Motorola Media Dock.
It’s a simple device that your phone sits in to charge, what’s great about it is what happens on your phone when you slide it in. It goes from phone to desktop clock. With the time and date prominently display along with the local weather. With a press of the screen you can set alarms, watch a slide, listen to music or access the phones regular home screens. I also find it easier to slide into the dock then connect the Micro USB cable.
Over all I really like the look of the phone in the dock, and I’ve been tempted to pick-up another one or two so I don’t have to keep moving this one from my home to my office.
I have more hard where news next week, that puts today’s post in an interesting light, so stay tuned.
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.
Today 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.
Today 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.
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.
Today we’re getting back to our weekly app review with an application that fills a need I’ve had for a while. Flickr Free provides a simple but powerful interface for interacting with Flickr from your android phone. The interface isn’t flashy but it has all the features I’ve been looking for. You can View public photos or your own from Flickr, Upload from your Camera or Image Gallery. As an added bonus it supports multiple accounts. It’s an open source application that has a paid version to support development on the app. There seems to be a differences between the two version but I can’t seem to find any clear description of what they are. One minor annoyance with the user interface is that in the free version they have the upgrade button as the first option when you open the account. I like the idea of supporting developers, that just seems a waste of interface space.