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12/19/2013
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Jeff Bertolucci
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10 Best Android Apps Of 2013

From a slick password manager to a top-notch image editor, these standout Android apps will improve your mobile life.
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Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop
With more people toting Android tablets, their potential as remote access devices grows, as well. Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop is a great way to operate a Mac or Windows PC via an Android slate. It lets you run desktop programs remotely, view and edit files without fussing with transfers or syncs, and even watch HD movies (depending on the speed of your Internet connection, naturally). The personal edition is free for noncommercial use, but you'll want the Anywhere Access Pack ($1.99 monthly or $16.99 annually) for remote access via the Net. Business and enterprise editions are available, too.

With more people toting Android tablets, their potential as remote access devices grows, as well. Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop is a great way to operate a Mac or Windows PC via an Android slate. It lets you run desktop programs remotely, view and edit files without fussing with transfers or syncs, and even watch HD movies (depending on the speed of your Internet connection, naturally). The personal edition is free for noncommercial use, but you'll want the Anywhere Access Pack ($1.99 monthly or $16.99 annually) for remote access via the Net. Business and enterprise editions are available, too.

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John Albertini
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12/19/2013 | 2:23:18 PM
multi page post slide shows HATE HATE HATE
Do we have to tell you for you to understand what a royal PAIN in the A slide shows are?

I refuse to view them anymore.

All so you can take credit for page hits that we NEVER look at the ads!  FRAUD!

Stop, desists, cease!  One article should equal ONE page, period!
Laurianne
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12/20/2013 | 9:11:35 AM
Re: multi page post slide shows HATE HATE HATE
John, I am sorry you don't like the slideshow format. Some of our readers find it convenient for perusing app ideas, in particular. I hope you will find other content valuable on our site. I don't expect everyone to like every format we offer but I do aim to keep you coming back for the things you like.

Thanks for the feedback--Laurianne
mak63
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12/20/2013 | 7:10:53 PM
Re: multi page post slide shows HATE HATE HATE
I second what Laurianne said. Not everyone will like the slideshow format. I don't really, but I understand why it's being done (more pages= more contend/ads) and I try to keep an open mind about it and accept it. The article is certainly worth it.

 
mak63
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12/20/2013 | 7:30:49 PM
cool apps
Great list, thank you. Some of them were unknown to me. It's worth to keep an eye on Dashlane, TextSecure and RedPhone. We can recommend these apps to everyone in the world, specially to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Regarding the remote desktop app, I'd like to mention TeamViewer Quick Support; where instead of connecting to your computer, you connect to the phone from your computer. Awesome app for IT guys.
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12/21/2013 | 9:09:30 AM
Re: multi page post slide shows
@Laurianne, one option might be to include a 'show in one page' button, satisfying both camps.  I am on a medium-speed 4G connection where the latency ranges from 80-120 ms - it can take a while to go through 11 complex pages.
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12/21/2013 | 2:31:32 PM
Re: multi page post slide shows HATE HATE HATE
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I agree, I hate slideshows too.  But the stuff they put in them is so damn interesting that I look at them anyway.

I don't know why tyhey use them.  A gimmick, I guess.  I only want the content, not the gimmick

-faye
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12/22/2013 | 6:51:39 PM
Fart Apps
This is a great list, especially Splashtop, but I really like Compufart a new fart synthesizer that doesn't just play sound recordings and lets you make all sorts of fart sounds.  It's pretty ridiculous, but entertains the hell out of my kids.  Stuff like this is why Android will always beat iPhone for me.
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12/24/2013 | 11:54:00 AM
Re: cool apps
Does ANYONE believe that any android phone encrytion is safe from either the Government (or Google for that matter)?  It will take more proof than someone I never heard of, saying, "no, Really!"
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12/26/2013 | 9:01:58 AM
Other Apps to Consider
The   treycent   mobile   app   lets   you   voice   bookmark   photos,   videos   &   documents   and   share   with   your   friends   or   team.   You   could,   for   example,   share   spoken   questions   or   phrases   to   load   Instrgram   feeds,   YouTube   videos   or   SharePoint   documents.   Works   with   any   internet,   intranet   or   password-protected   site.   Create   your   own   siri-like   virtual   assistant.

 
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12/27/2013 | 5:03:09 PM
Map Day
Another great app from 2013 is Map Day. This simple app allows you to see how your schedule will look on a map. It will show you the estimated travel time between events and whether you should expect to be late or early. 

Check it out: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.praxical.mapday
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