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Pocket 5.0 for Android introduces new design and smarter organization of your read it later lists
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday November 20, 2013

Pocket, the popular app for bookmarking articles to be read at a later time, has released version 5.0 of its Android app with the goal of making its service more in tune with the habits of its readers. Upon first glance, it appears to have been successful.

SwiftKey Beta unifies phone and tablet keyboard for Android users
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday October 17, 2013

SwiftKey, a popular keyboard replacement application for Android smartphones and tablets, has released a beta app that will give users more control over how their keyboard appears, and remove the need to purchase multiple versions of the app.

MyColorScreen's Themer Android launcher drastically changes a home screen with ready-made themes [Beta Video Review]
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday October 03, 2013

Android is known for customization. While other smartphone operating systems let users personalize the phone's apperance within certain confines, Android allows users to completely alter the appearance of the home screen, and no app represents as big of a change as Themer, an app that makes it easy to apply the unique creations often showcased on MyColorScreen.

IFTTT iPhone app is one of the most useful iOS apps around
By Andrew Kameka on Friday July 12, 2013

IFTTT is a beloved website that automates certain activities that trigger other activities. When the "This" happens, "That" follows without the user having to do anything. After a long history of managing these automated actions, an IFTTT iPhone app is already one of my favorite iOS apps.

What's the best carrier in my area? CellMaps has the answer in its coverage app for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday May 21, 2013

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile: which is the best carrier? A new app called CellMaps provides a highly-detailed answer to the growing question of which carrier offers the best wireless service in a given area.

Google Now iOS vs Android
By Andrew Kameka on Monday April 29, 2013

An update to Google Search for iOS has delivered much of the same joy that Android users have enjoyed for the past 10 months, but what are iPhone and iPad users missing with their version of Google Now?

Reminder+ iPhone app uses location to make sure you never forget any task or event
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 26, 2013

Apple iOS comes with a reminders app to help spark your memory, but it's designed to meet only the most basic needs. Reminder+ is another simple app for remembering what needs to be done, but it manages to provide more sophistication and options based on location.

Osito offers Google Now-lite features for iPhone users
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 19, 2013

Apple iPhone users jealous of Google Now still don't have the official app to distract them, but a new iOS app called Osito attempts deliver the basics of predicting what personal information you're likely to seek.

doubleTwist takes on Pandora with new Magic Radio service integrated into app
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday March 12, 2013

Pandora isn't short on rivals, but the streaming music service just got another one in doubleTwist. The popular Android media player has added a new streaming service called Magic Radio that's backed by 7 Digital's music catalog.

Android app switching is made much easier with Pie Control
By Andrew Kameka on Friday February 15, 2013

Pie Control is a handy Android 4.0 app that follows the same concept seen in browser quick gestures and the ParanoidAndroid ROM. It's easy to jump from one app to the next, whether switching or launching, and do much more. Here's a video demonstration of the app.