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Windows Phone 8.1 Review: most of the things wrong with Windows have been fixed
By Andrew Kameka on Monday April 14, 2014

There's always been an excuse to not use Windows Phone. With Windows Phone 8.1, which tries to plug in many of the weakspots of the operating system, the list of reasons not to use it is getting smaller.

Cortana Beta Review: Microsoft goes in search of a better personal assistant for smartphones
By Andrew Kameka on Monday April 14, 2014

It's not Siri, it's Cortana. Microsoft's intention to build an assistant with personality aims to be something more special than Siri, and the beta version of the feature shows that's it's already more than halfway there.

Samsung launches Milk Music, a pretty music app powered by Slacker Radio
By Andrew Kameka on Friday March 07, 2014

Samsung has yet another music streaming service to deliver the latest hits to smartphones. In addition to its internal music app that ships with every phone and its former Music Hub powered by 7digital, Android's leading manufacturer today unveiled Milk Music, a Slacker-powered streaming music app that is exclusive to Galaxy devices in the United States.

Beats Music review: maybe the robots know music better than we do
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday January 21, 2014

Beats Music positions itself as the anti-Spotify because it is a system built on human input and likes to promote curated playlist. If you're looking for suggestions of what to listen to or a more diverse radio option, I'm not sure that's the best way to go.

Lovely for Android is a simple app for finding a new place to live
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday December 17, 2013

I hate my apartment but the building is in the perfect location and the price is right, so I'm stuck here until I find somewhere better. Lovely is an app with the potential to help me, or anyone else, find a better place to live.

VSCO Cam makes the jump from iPhone to Android - hands-on
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday December 03, 2013

Among the many alternative camera apps available on mobile devices, VSCO Cam has stood out as one of the leaders for iPhoneographers. The photo editor and expandable filter camera today makes its Android debut, so take a quick look at this hands-on video to see how it operates.

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.