While software keyboards continue to improve and speech recognition becomes a more viable option where it does not create social stigma, text input remains a key challenge for mobile devices. Larger tablets -- generally 8 inches and larger -- can accommodate a keyboard tucked away in a folio carrying case or attached as a cover or, as seems the trend with Windows tablets, embedded into a case.
For smaller tablets or smartphones, though, carrying a touch-typable keyboard around can mean yet another bulky thing to pack. The challenge even predates the rise of smartphones. In the heyday of PDAs like … Read more
MyFitnessPal has risen through the ranks of diet services to become a major player in the weight loss world. Its part-coach, part-diet-journal approach helps anyone find, evaluate, and alter their eating and exercise habits, for free.
The MyFitnessPal app for Windows Phone recently underwent a few changes, adding new features that make it faster and more motivating.
Getting started To get started, you need a MyFitnessPal account, which you can sign up for when you first launch the app using either your Facebook log-in or an e-mail and password combo. Next, you fill out a questionnaire with your height, current … Read more
Read My Feed Free reads your news feeds out loud in a simulated voice on your Android device. This free app lets you listen to concise news summaries hands-free using your phone's speaker or headset while you drive or are otherwise occupied. It updates and cleans up feeds with the touch of a button, and it also displays feeds in text so you can read along or turn the sound down yet still use Read My Feed as your news reader.
Read My Feed is easy to use, especially if you start with one of the sample feeds provided … Read more
My Singing Monsters is a new take on the increasingly popular village-builder category on the App Store. You are tasked with raising and teaching various types of monsters how to sing in your village. With multiple resource types, timers for when you can select and hatch certain monsters, and plenty of mechanics so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor, My Singing Monsters was a pleasantly surprising free iOS game.
My Singing Monsters takes a couple of minutes to load up the first time as it downloads new assets and finalizes the installation. After this first install, however, it … Read more
Going beyond custom alerts for various events on your Pebble watch, one of the more fun uses for the Pebble smartwatch is the ability to create and use custom watch faces. Up until now, iOS users have had to rely on browsing watch faces using Safari. The process is a bit tedious and it's easy to forget where you saw a particular watch face. Enter MyPebbleFaces.
What started as a fan Web site to curate Pebble watch faces has turned into a free iOS app where iPhone users can browse available faces and install them directly on their watch. … Read more
George Takei, famous for his role as Sulu on "Star Trek", as well as his more recent role as an Internet-conquering social-media star, has joined the ranks of Bruce Willis and One Direction by offering his own branded perfume. The spray-on cologne is dubbed "Eau My," a punny reference to his catchphrase, "Oh myyyyy."
Takei teased fans, asking them to guess the name of the new fragrance. His Facebook followers offered up some real gems, including "Old Space," "Takei Me Now," and "Red Shirt."… Read more
My Wedding Planner offers only a fairly bare-bones photo organization tool in place of anything more comprehensive for your wedding planning needs. The app allows you to take photos of things you find in magazines, in stores, or at other weddings so you can store them as "wedding ideas" that are then accessible at a later time. You can create a second album for other people's ideas but it doesn't go much further than this.
When you load up My Wedding Planner for the first time, you'll find a menu showing you where to add … Read more
IKnowMyAnimals Free helps little ones learn the names and sounds of barnyard animals, but its ad-support banner blocks too much of the screen. Kids young enough for this free Android game aren't likely to be able to read the ads, but they will notice when the top of a horse's head is obscured. IKnowMyAnimals Free is appealing without being cloying, and parents will like the fact that IKnowMyAnimals Free doesn't ask for access to anything, except network access for the banner ads.
IKnowMyAnimals Free has a colorful home page that also links to Safari and Water editions. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- CNET's Xbox One review: The game console that would rule your living room (but shouldn't quite yet).
- Interactive Dylan video takes surreal roll through TV land.
- Keep your phone from getting stolen (and what to do if it is).
- Microsoft says Xbox One can use up to 15 Kinects at once for maximum next-gen gaming.