When fans of established bands discover that their favorite front man has gone solo, it's generally a moment of extreme trepidation. Many would agree that The Stones, Genesis, and The Police were far greater than Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel, and Sting on their own. But then you have artists like Neil Young, Michael Jackson, and Justin Timberlake, who really matured as artists once they struck out on their own. As much as I adore 311, I also love Nick Hexum's new project, Nick Hexum Quintet, which finds the singer, backed by a stellar group of musicians, including his … Read more
Since the 17th Century there have been many different iterations of legendary sexual libertine Don Juan. Today, in 2013, he is Don Jon, a sexually-voracious commitment-phobe, who takes greater pleasure from online porn than from his many conquests. But the "Jersey Shore"-inspired character (well played, written, and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who could teach "The Situation" a thing or ten about laying "9s," puts the one-night stands behind him when he meets a "dime" named Barbara (Scarlett Johansson). But can he do the same with his porn addiction?
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When MyScript Calculator by Vision Objects landed on the Google Play store, the handwriting recognition was said to be top-notch. Taking their technology a step further, the company released MyScript Notes Mobile, which lets you handwrite words directly onto the screen and have them converted to text.
Their most recent app takes the same handwriting functionality of the Notes Mobile app and lets you use it system-wide on your Android device, replacing the keyboard. You don't have to use a stylus to do the writing, though it might be a bit faster and more precise. Ready to try it … Read more
The default Android browser may not offer the amount of features or shortcuts you'd expect on a mobile device. As Jason Cipriani pointed out in Twelve ways to customize your Android, you have the freedom to use another Web browser offered through the Google Play store. So which one should you pick?
Within the Android community, there are users who swear by one Web browser over another -- Chrome, Dolphin Browser, and Firefox being three of the most often mentioned. The current version of these Web browsers will likely suit your needs, but if … Read more
It's been three long years since Whitney Cummings' last stand-up tour. But between co-writing CBS series "2 Broke Girls" and starring on NBC's "Whitney" and E!'s "Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings," there just wasn't adequate time for touring. But now, with the cancellation of the latter two series (as well as two significant relationships), her schedule has opened up a bit. So she's hitting the road again with an entirely new act, inspired by a new attitude and lease on life. "People see me as a … Read more
RealNetworks today gets into the cloud storage game with its new RealPlayer Cloud app. Available on a multitude of platforms, RealPlayer Cloud takes a videocentric approach to storage, and its success could mean a sort of rebirth for the arguably irrelevant streaming-media company.
At first glance, RealPlayer Cloud might seem like just another storage service, as it gives new users 2GB of free storage (US and Canada only) and offers premium plans that start at $4.99 per month. What sets this multiplatform app apart from other cloud storers like Dropbox and Google Drive, however, is that it is exclusively … Read more
Visual effects like parallax have been around since the 1980s and have been popularized as a development technique during the golden days of gaming in the 16 bit era. Parallax effects simulate depth by giving the foreground and background layers of an interface independent constraints in direction. An example of this is when you play Super Mario and the background seamlessly moves in reverse as you walk forward. The result is a multi-plane effect that makes for an illusion of depth.
Reverse wallpaper scrolling makes for a subtle but interesting experience on your phone. Android has had this capability for … Read more
You can spend weeks trying out highly rated Twitter apps to find your favorite for Android. I know, because I've done it. Yet it's worth sampling some alternatives to Twitter's own app in search of a great-looking Twitter client that's just as rich in features, if not more so.
Most Twitter apps worth the name serve the most basic of functions, but a handful of them support multiple accounts, themes, and user-defined options. Some take things even further and tie in Facebook, widgets, photo filters, and enhanced notifications.
I've put together a small collection of … Read more
Odds are high that Chinese smartphone-maker Oppo may prove to be the first official hardware partner for CyanogenMod's custom Android build.
A video posted to Oppo's YouTube account on Friday (reproduced below) shows Cyanogen founder Steve Kondik proclaiming that he's "looking forward" to attending an Oppo event in Beijing on September 23. Adding, "we have exciting news ahead," it's here that the video ends and splashes "Oppo N1" on the screen, the name of the upcoming smartphone.
Although it has started making some waves in the Android pool, Oppo has … Read more
Quickoffice, an application for working with Microsoft Office documents, was acquired by Google in June 2012. The apps on Android and iOS have helped users on mobile devices gain access to documents, spreadsheets, and presentations without going back to their desktops. It's been more than a year, but Google has finally started making some good changes for Quickoffice.
If you've never had a chance to try Quickoffice on your mobile device, now is the time, as Google has released a free copy on both the Play store and App Store. As a second added perk for trying … Read more