Have an Android? Check These Top 10 Apps Out!

We all know the various problems are smartphones can solve nowadays anywhere from “shazaming” your favorite song to find out what it’s called to typing in your caloric intake to shed more pounds with a diet oriented app. Our phones have evolved into multifunctional devices we rely on MUCH more than we did in the past.

Taking the application concept to a completely higher level is the Android OS for Android phones. Basically the Android platform has really succeeded in creating a developer friendly marketplace for literally anyone wanting to try their hand at developing phone applications using a computer. As a result of such an open ended marketplace with minor fees to Google for selling your app in the Android marketplace, many different and interesting apps have hit “virtual” Droid shelves. Here we are going to break down what InformationWeek feels are the top 10 apps every Droid user should never be without!

Top 10 Android Apps!!!

  1. Documents To Go. This neat little app makes it possible for you to revise, check AND edit Microsoft Office documents while eating lunch or out of the office. The free version allows the reading of the document but for just $14.95 you could open any .doc file up and actually make edits to it!
  2. Dolphin Browser HD. Ever tried surfing the internet on a Droid phone? I will admit it was VERY frustrating when I had one. That is also why this second application is sort of bittersweet for me (wish I knew about it sooner!). It is essentially a very well put together browser alternative for all those internet surfers out there (get a tan!). The interface is great and it does really well in succinctly describing the various feeds you want covered.
  3. Color Flashlight. This application is very cool. Let’s say you are completely stuck in the dark with a power outage or in a drastic situation where you have no access to anything but your Android phone. Well, this app is literally a flashlight. Yes! a flashlight. It illuminates pretty nicely around you and even has different effects and colors to change it to in case you want to be found somewhere and are surrounded by a specific color. With this phone you could change the illuminating light to a contrasting color and voila! Light!
  4. Gasbuddy. I have actually personally used this app and it is AWESOME! It really does work. basically you either make a profile to let it record where you have been before so it can quickly show you gas prices near your typical haunts OR you can type the zip code your currently in and it pulls up gas stations around you that have gas prices marked by other patrons that checked into that gas station. It’s genius!
  5. GateGuru. So this is a really interesting app. In case you ever have an international flight or cross county flight you should really get this app. Essentially it takes the confusion out of boarding the right terminals and figuring out which gate you need to go to. It lists gates, terminals and flight times to make sure you know exactly where you’re going.
  6. Google Translate. I really want to try this app out of all these other apps the most. So does your group of friends make people think you’re all coming from a UN conference? Well in case you feel a schism between you and these intercultural buddies of yours you can actually use this app to converse with them in their own languages in real time. It is an actual translator and it actually works. Also works with text messages.
  7. History Eraser. This is one app I could most definitely use! If you ever have issues with privacy and worry when giving away your old phones for others to use (or for money) people will accidentally stumble upon a naughty text message history log or confidential codes for America’s Nuclear Silos. Then this app might do you some good. It erases everything I mean EVERYTHING from your data history on your phone. From history logs to the frequently called list nothing will stick around in the bowels of your smartphone to become subject to nosy peepers sticking their noses where they don’t belong.
  8. Kindle & Nook. By now most people must know what these two little cool gadgets are. For those who don’t the Kindle and Nook are tablets used specifically for reading books on the go. You purchase the book electronically and can load it up on the Nook/Kindle and save it with virtual bookmarks. It’s also lit so you can read anywhere without any problems. Well this app is like a Kindle/Nook adapter for your smartphone. Download the app and don’t worry about purchasing the e-reader!
  9. Lookout Mobile Security. I never thought smartphones could be attacked by malware but I guess that only makes sense considering you can connect to the internet on these phones and the OS is made up of a bunch of code. So it also makes sense these phones should be protected by antivirus apps. Well Lookout Mobile Security seems to be one of the better apps out there and it not only scans for spyware/malware but also backs up your information and manages privacy settings all on one dashboard. Exceptional.
  10. Touchdown! No this is not a football app. Although I’m sure there must be one very similar in name to this one that is. This is actually an app for better management of Microsoft Exchange. It allows you to access your email accounts while logging into Microsoft Exchange without having to use any Android emails. It seems to be the most literal translation one can come across on the Android of the Microsoft Exchange program.

Well that sums up the most beneficial, coolest apps on the market to date! Hopefully all of you find use for at least a few or one of these handy applications! If you want more information or would like to read the original article please click here.




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Building Your Own SUPER Computer Finally! Pt. 2/2

Building Your Own Super Computer USING Parts Purchased in Part 1/2!

Hi everyone, sorry again for being absent Thursday really wanted to finish this post and kept thinking of all my readers depending on my incredibly well thought out instructions to build their super computers!!! But alas! here I am and here is the second addition to: How to Build Your Own Super Computer.

Phase IV: Motherboard and Microprocessor

CAUTION: Do not shock your computer parts when installing them! When installing these parts into your computer it is imperative that you ground yourself while working. You can buy an anti-static bracelet in case you want to be doubly sure you don’t ruin your hard bought items.

So now that we have all computer parts purchased, we can finally start assembling this beast you might call a machine. The first phase involved in assembly are the motherboard, ram and microprocessor components. Unwrap the motherboard and microprocessor. Now, find the microprocessor socket on the mother motherboard and align the marked corner of the chip to the marked corner of the socket on the motherboard, and your done with the microprocessor!

Next is the heat sink installation. The heat sink is the medium that prevents your CPU from overheating when in use. Basically it is the unit responsible from transferring the heat your CPU generates as energy into liquid form using a type of coolant and thermal grease to maximize this effect. Evey heat sink is different but they all come with instructions that are usually easy to follow.

Lastly, we are going to install RAM. When installing RAM I have always been told to make sure you install each stick starting with the closest slot to the CPU and moving upwards. For this exercise just make sure the stick is correctly installed and you hear it click into place starting with the slot labeled 1. Your RAM slots should be numbered. Now we go to the case!

Phase V: Case Assembly

So now we actually have assembled one of the most important parts to your computer. The motherboard/CPU unit! You must feel so proud of yourself, well put the pause button on your congratulatory moment because we aren’t done.

Here is what the heatsink mounted above the CPU mounted onto the motherboard looks like.

Take the faceplate included with your motherboard purchase and click it into place in the corresponding holes on the case, Next take the spacers and screws also included with your mobo and place them into the corresponding holes on the case. First, place in the spacers, then align the mobo with the faceplate you clicked in a step ago and then screw in the screws through the spacers into the mobo.

SIDENOTE: Make sure when installing your mobo you DO NOT screw in the motherboard too tightly butallow it to be “nestled” into the screws. Also ensure that NONE of the mobo cables touch (even lightly) your case it can ruin the whole board. Lastly DO NOT drop the screws on mobo!!! You can damage the wiring of the mobo and ruin it.

Phase VI: Power Supply

I understand the PSU is installed inside the case along with the mobo and RAM but it is important enough to me to consider it a separate step (HEART you PSU!). Anyways back to work. So there are two sides to a Power Supply Unit. There is the back (fan side) and the front (wire side). In case you have never seen where a PSU should be located look for a cut square/rectangular cut out area on the top left/right side of the case.

Next situate your PSU on its brackets keeping it in place while you screw it in using screws that came with the unit.The fan side should be facing outside the case while the wire side facing inside the case.After installing it correctly, attach the power leads from the PSU to the correct areas on the mobo. There is a big one and a small one. After connecting these leads the rest of the wires should be color coded to match their correct ports. When in doubt look at the manual that undoubtedly came with your PSU.  That is it for your PSU we are almost done!

Phase VII: HDD Installation

Now we are ready to install your HDD (Hard Drive Disk). When you purchased your computer case it also should have come with brackets for your HDD. These brackets should make for a snug fit with your HDD and the screws that also came with the computer case should be used to screw the HDD into these brackets.

HDD installation into HDD brackets.

After screwing in the HDD into the brackets place the brackets back into its slot inside your case and connect the HDD into your PSU through the correct connector and connect the other HDD cables to the mobo. The red striped cable is “pin 1”. Get the marked “pin 1” side of the red striped cable and find the “pin 1” port on the motherboard and click it in. Your HDD is now correctly installed.

Phase VIII: (LAST PHASE!) Installing the CD-Rom Drive

We are finally almost done! I’m excited.  So now we are going to install your CD-Rom/DVD/Blue Ray drives correctly and make sure they don’t fall apart when you start using them. Locate the faceplate or rectangular slot located on the front of your computer case.

Now either connect it to your PSU (any available connector will work) or screw it into place with the face of your drive facing outside within the opening. Then connect the OTHER red striped cable that should have come with your CD-Rom and connect the red stripe marked side of the cable to your mobo.

Lastly! connect the audio cable that also came with your mobo and ensure that it securely connects to the indicated audio port on your motherboard and you are DONE!

Congratulations! on completing your first working computer! I hope it does work if in the off-chance it does not work please go here. It seemed to be a great thread post regarding issues someone had with a computer they just built so it definitely might help you.

Enjoy your AWEsome new computer you tech savvy genius you!

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PollTime!!: Should Netflix Have Split Its Services?

I just recently read an article (click here to read) regarding Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, and many outraged Netflix customers. For those of you that don’t know (or aren’t Netflix customers), Mr. Hastings responded to many consumers via a thread detailing his utterly apologetic demeanor to angry consumer posts. Sadly, consumers got even more mad it seemed once they found a face

I'm not a psychic but I have a strong feeling Mr. Hastings is not smiling anymore.

to connect with their Netflix problems. So as a result of this new development I felt it was a priceless opportunity to incorporate this into a PollTime!! Post! Feel free to answer the question below:

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What is the World’s Fastest CPU? Bulldozer.

Since today is my Friday (I know I am blessed), I thought of ending my blogs this week with an Ask A Question post that sort of ties in with the personal computer theme I can’t get out of my head!

***SIDENOTE: I actually figured out my PSU (Power Supply Unit) for my computer is a stock dell PSU that has been running for at least 3 years. The problem is it has 4 12+v rails the strongest of which runs 30 amps WHEN it was purchased. That power has obviously been diminished since then and a system with a GeForce 8800 GTS (ancient video card) needs at LEAST 25/6 amps to function properly. Therefore daddy needs a new PSU (I’m thinking Corsair). I learned all this yesterday, computers are so fun and cheap! :ENDSIDENOTE***

So Bulldozer. Actually first lets check out what the fastest desktop CPU can do: Intel Core i7 995X. Want proof? Click here.

Intel Core i7 995X

Fastest market ready CPU. An unnecessary beast. Not out yet.

Details: The newest addition to the Intel family packs a punch from 6 processor cores! Additionally, this CPU incorporates Intel’s Hyper Threading Technology and 12mb of shared L3 cache memory. This processor will operate at 3.6 GHz AND able to operate at 3.86 with Turbo Boost enabled! This is going to be one strong CPU. The rest of the stats mirror those of the Intel Core i7 990x. According to this new story, Intel is pushing the release date of this CPU as early as possible due to the recent story of its competitor, bulldozer. Click here for more info. Want even MORE information? Click here.

AMD FX CPU (i.e. Bulldozer)

...The Bulldozer. Need I say more?

Details: AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) recently broke the record for the world’s fastest functioning CPU. The CPU nicknamed “Bulldozer” has overclocked at 8.429 GHz. Before this the previous speed in the Guinness World Book of Records was 8.309 GHz. This beast makes Intel’s beast mentioned above look like a bunny rabbit. Apparently the only issue AMD is having putting this chip out on the market is a bucket of liquid Nitrogen and liquid Helium in order for the CPU to not overheat. Personally, I feel that is way too much to learn for me right now. I am barely grasping the basics of computer maintenance let alone throwing chemistry into the mix. The processor has 8 cores making it two cores bigger than the Intel Core i7 995x!  The upside to this processor is, according to AMD, implementing fans and normal cooling systems found in PCs today would allow this CPU to reach speeds up to 5+ GHz. Still an amazing feat. Click here for more info.

Hopefully Intel finds a way to compete with this monstrosity and AMD finds a way to not make dumping liquid Nitrogen/Helium on it one of the requirements on the box!

Have a Great End of the Week!

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5 PC Issues I Cannot Stand.

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Hello everyone, I hope your week hasn’t been too stressful! We are nearing the often duplicated but never emulated (I heard that in a song) day known as Friday! WhooOOOOOOO! For me this week and last has been rather frustrating due to the fact that my desktop computer at home has completely fallen apart. I guess that is how computers die. They randomly start shutting off on you exhibiting symptoms of old age such as: BSODs, hardware issues, random intervals of lag and random freezing.

So for today I decided to discuss the 5 most annoying, day-ruining symptoms of a dead or dying computer based on what I have experienced in the past 2 weeks.

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Why can't BSODs look more like this Microsoft?! Then I wouldn't mind them happening so often!

Issue 1: BSOD, also known as Blue Screen Of DEATH. I despise this issue I hadn’t discovered until last week. BSODs occur when serious errors cause your computer system to abruptly crash. BSODs are actually technically called STOP errors. It is an annoying blue screen that seems to contain the most cryptic ambiguous messages about how broken your computer is with some generic self help information. I quickly realized those numbers on the screen are actually codes that change depending on what is failing on your system. Click here for STOP errors.

Issue 2: Hard Disk Failure. This happens to be another serious problem with computers and coincidentally, also happened to be this past week. Hard Drives are square electronic storage compartments for your computers, any computer. Every computer has a hard drive and eventually they will break. The only problem with hard drives is it is very difficult to tell when they will break on you because it could happen overnight. Here is a mini list of common HDD failures:

  • Head Crash- This happens when the drive head of the HDD touches the platter where all your information is magnetically stored. When this happens both the head and the data will be ruined and is irretrievable.
  • Magnetic Media Alignment- In other words “bad sectors”. In this case your HDD has sectors which are not holding the correct magnetic alignments with the rest of the platter and therefore causes data to be inaccessible. This is the reason why people always say backup your data…I found out the hard way! In this case the HDD can continue to be used once you use a low level format to mark the bad sectors on the drive in order to not write data on them anymore.
  • Shattered Platter- Many mobile computers used glass platters inside the HDDs which were making them susceptible to rough handling problems that would shatter the platters.
  • Logic Board Issues- Sometimes the logic board (communicates information from computer to HDD) electrically malfunctions making it impossible to continue writing data to the disk.

Issue 3: Motherboard Breaks. When this less common problem arises usually the most obvious symptom is going to be your computer not turning on at all. Steps to troubleshooting this problem can be found here.

Issue 4: Monitor Problem. Currently I am having this issue with my Gateway monitor so hopefully I can fix it. The only real problem that contributes to this issue is an old monitor that was rarely turned off when used. Good practice for your monitors would be to ensure it is shut off whenever not in use because computers emit rays that continuously degrade the lifespan of a monitor.

Issue 5: Power Supply Issue. This is another issue I am having problems with more recently. Power supply issues are very important because they can actually catch on fire. Additionally, they can ruin your whole computer if you continue to attempt to use it without replacing the power supply.

Hopefully this comprehensive 5 issue list will enlighten some of you as to how or why bad things happen to good people in the realm of technology. But everyone has been there, including me not too long ago… and I am still there… just ordered a Mai Tai because the power supply might not be the problem!

Have a gggGGGGREAT Day.


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BattleTime!!: Microsoft 8 Vs. iPad

Hellooooo everyone! Sorry for not being able to blog for the past few days I have been super swamped at work taking care of electronic recycling needs and trying to better the environment O:). Today I was planning on doing a list type of post (5 Reasons Aliens will Invade Earth) but I found another story based on tech companies battling it out for supremacy over the customers’ imagination (and wallet :D). In lieu of this most recent story I have decided there are way too many “battles” occurring between these giants so I have made a whole new categ0ry called: Tech Battles!! to better organize all these developments happening in the technological realm.


The Battle: This fight is going to be between Windows 8 and the iPad. In recent years the iPad has conquered and maintained utter domination of the electronic tablet market not giving any breathing room for other companies attempting to tap into tablet profits for themselves. Here is where Microsoft 8 is supposed to come in. The newest operating system is designed with tablets in mind. Lets check out an overview of the fighters. Source: Windows 8 Battling the iPad.

How cool does Windows 8 look?!




In This Corner: Windows 8, the newest upcoming addition to Microsoft’s family of OS’s that is providing users with a slew of upgraded features not present in Windows 7 as well as backwards compatibility. Check here for a more detailed list of rumored/certified enhancements. So far these features include:

  • Windows 8 is going to be designed to function on all PCs that work with Windows 7.
  • In addition to using mice and keyboards, Windows 8 users will be able to input information into the OS through voice commands and touch-screen capabilities! (<— Very exciting to me.)
  • The interface design is going to be similar to that of the Windows Phone one. It is a tile interface that is different from the classic interface style and users will need to download the classic interface as an application of they do not want the tile interface.
  • Windows 8 will also allow application programming in a wider variety of languages including: HTML5, JavaScript, CSS as well as “modern” programming languages such as: Visual Basic, C, C#, C++, .Net, Silverlight and XAML.
  • Microsoft will add an online Windows Store where users can download apps they enjoy or be directed straight to application developer websites.
  • Windows 8 is going to be available via flash drive! Microsoft is targeting this to business minded people who need the OS operating on several different PCs.
...But then iPads look so clean and nice..and futuristic. What a choice. I wonder what the Samsung/Microsoft tablet will look like?

& In The Other Corner: Everyone is obviously familiar with the iPad which is supposedly the majority of the reason for much of the conceptualization Microsoft ended up sticking with when building the Windows 8 operating system. Since iPad 3 is not coming out quite yet let’s review the current iPad 2’s specifications to see what Windows 8 needs to push through as much as possible before Apple’s new IOS and iPad 3 coming onto the market:

  • iPad 2 sports Wi-Fi + 3G capabilities.
  • Storage space for the iPad 2 comes in three wonderful colors: 16G, 32G & 64G.
  • iPad 2 is Bluetooth & EDR Technology capable.
  • Carriers for the iPad 2 include: AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
  • iPad 2 is about 9.7 inches diagonally and has Multi-Touch support.
  • 1 GHz dual core Apple A5 processor.
  • Two cameras: Back Camera- Records video, HD p720, still camera w/ 5x digital zoom. Front Camera- Records video, VGA 30 frames/sec. w/ audio, VGA quality still camera.
  • 25 Watt rechargeable lithium/polymer battery.
  • Up to 10 hours of usage before recharge needed.


Who will win? I really have no idea nor would I want to weigh my opinions on either contender until this match actually starts! Check back for more updates!


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PollTime!!: iPhone 5 or Droid Bionic?

Very soon a battle is set to ensue between two phones that represent much more than their service providers I of course am talking about the Droid Bionic and the iPhone 5. These two giants are set to wage war this fall in a wrest for power to see which OS is bigger and better. The Android open source system or the sleek, succinct Apple iOS used for the iPhone. I personally have never owned an iPhone and was the only one out of my group of friends that went with Android. Depending on who you ask each OS is cluttered with its advantages and disadvantages but the Apple/Droid camps have been at war for quite some time now foreshadowing its culmination into what will become the Battle of the 4G LTE network capable phones! So please throw in your two cents and let us know which phone you’re rooting for.

*** Want to see a spec by spec comparison? Check this link out.

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