Monday, September 22, 2014

My KODAK Moments

Today's app of the day is My KODAK Moments.


When it comes to having physical photos in your hand, there is no more trusted a brand in the world than Kodak. After the transition to digital photography and the movement away from film, My Kodak Moments is the latest breach from the company into the digital imaging space, with a free mobile app to bridge the gap between your smart phone and the physical world.

Regardless of what anyone will tell you, there is nothing better than looking at an actual photo. There is an immediacy of flicking a page that a tablet can not achieve and there is an intimacy that is lacking when looking at things through pixels. Of course, with everyone shooting digitally, the challenge becomes moving images from the virtual to the physical space. There are of course plenty of Kodak kiosks in shops, but at the end of the day, if our smart phone is becoming our primary camera, why are two computer interfaces necessary?

My KODAC Moments is a great solution, giving you the full power of  Kodak kiosk, from your phone. No longer is it necessary to stand for hours in a crowded store to create your perfect photo book. Instead, you can do it from the convenience of your phone- for free! You can create and order pictures, pickup in the store on the same day or have the images mailed to your house, create greeting cards and choose from a variety of print sizes. If the physical world is not for you, then the Tell My Story feature is a great feature, allowing you to bundle together three images, lay over a voice track, then share the creation across social networks. A really great feature for the socially minded!

All in all, this is an excellent, free android app. Check it out!







In the words of the developer:

It’s fast and easy to make prints, photo books, greeting cards and more anytime, anywhere right from your smartphone with the My KODAK MOMENTS app! And the new Tell My Story feature lets you create and share short, three-picture videos with your voice-over.
Print your mobile photos in exciting new ways
Create and order photo prints and photo gifts directly from your smartphone
Pickup in store same day or have products mailed to your home
Choose from hundreds of photo greeting cards
Order prints up to 8x10”
Create even more in store by safely and securely connecting your smartphone to a 
KODAK Picture Kiosk via Wi-Fi
Create a video with your picture and voice
Select any three pictures from your phone 
Record a story of your photos – for added fun have kids record too
Perfect for sharing with family and friends via messaging or FACEBOOK
Your stories are saved in the app, or you can save to your phone
Compatible with Android devices running OS 4.1 and greater
WiFi enabled KODAK Picture Kiosks are available at CVS/Pharmacy, Target or Bartell Drugs in the U.S. and Officeworks in Australia. Once you download the app, you can access the app store locator to find a retailer near you or you can visit the store locator at: www.kodak.com/go/findakiosk

This application uses Localytics, a web analysis service provided by Localytics, Inc., that uses performance cookies to anonymously record your usage of different functions in order to help provide the best application we can. By using the app, you agree that the app. can place performance cookies on your device. If you do not want your usage recorded, you can turn off tracking in the set up menu with the "Allow Cookies" checkbox or do not install the app.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

File Expert with Clouds

Today's app of the day is File Expert with Clouds.


There are countless file managers available for android devices, all of which manage to do very similar things. Primarily, this means being able to browse the file structure on your device and move things around with some basic copy, cut and past functionality. For anyone who has tried to do this though, it quickly become obvious that the Android file structure is completely unintuitive. Things  simply end up looking like a complete mess with different apps storing similar file types in completely different locations. In short, there is a better way.

That better way of managing the files on your Android device is File Expert with Cloud. For starters, if you don't want to have to browse through the Android file structure, File Expert with Cloud will scan your drives and locate files of various types (images, videos, music) and then clump those files together in an easy to browse format. This ultimately means it does not matter how messy the files are on your device - File Expert with Cloud will do the heavy listing and make browsing this simple!

That is only the beginning though, as File Expert with Cloud is not only one of the most popular file browsers around, but is also one of the most feature packed. One of the best features is the 'cloud' functionality. You can say goodbye to 10 different apps to manage all your various cloud storage solutions. Instead, with  you can access all the most popular cloud storage services directly from the app and browse with them the same ease as lcoal files. Support currently exists for Google Drive, Dropbox, Box.net, SkyDrive, SugarSync, Ubuntu One, meaning accessing your files from anywhere has never been easier. 


In addition to the powerful capabilities of this app (read the description if you are not convinced), the best thing is possibly the design. This app looks great and has more than enough customization settings to keep even the most 'picky' android user happy. One feature I found great was the ability to tag files and then group them together on custom made tabs. This was great for getting quick access to files that I open frequently. Root users won't be disappointed, with File Expert with Cloud allowing full root access, letting power-user tinker with files as they wish.

All in all, this is a fantastic android file manager. Check it out today.


 In the words of the developer:

File Expert is an ultimate app for managing your files on your mobile phones, tablets, personal computers and cloud storage servers. One of the most popular file managers on Android!
Our design principles and answers to those requirements:
★ Help users to locate their target files quickly & easily
√ File Expert organize files into different pre-defined categories. Those categories are put in the first tab of the app. Users even could create their own tags to mark files for quick access. We also have a powerful file search engine built into the app. We believe that in most cases users should find their targets less than a minute!
★ Transfer files to others devices via all kinds of connections
√ You can send files using Bluetooth, WiFi (include WiFi-Direct), NFC; You can use File Expert to access FTP, SFTP and FTPS servers; You can also turn your device into Web or FTP servers to accept files; You can send files to your favorite clouds; You can send files by using our own service GCloud
★ A clean, easy-to-learn UI interface, even a newbie user could start to use it in just one minute without having read any docs
√ File Expert has a creative tab based interface. All competitive apps don't have this technique. A Tab based interface will allow users to switch work folders quickly and extremely easy to learn - just imagine how a web browser works and you will know the benefits in using tabs
Key Features:
● Access to your Gallery, Video, Music, E-Books, Documents, Apps, Plug-in, APK files, Zip Files, Favorites 
● Access to your Phone SD card, External SD card and Phone Internal Storage on your start page
● Powerful File Manager- supports all basic file operations like Copy, Cut, Paste, Delete, Create, Sort, Rename, Send, Details, Favorites, Hide, Create Shortcut. Batch operation and more
● Multi-Tab File Manager, the one and the only one support tabs
● GCloud - Free cloud service with powerful features
● Tagging- Mark your files with user-defined tags
● Recycle Bin
● Ultra fast & resumable file downloader
● Web PC Suite- Access your device from your PC browser
● Share My Contents, Network Clients, One Touch Clean
● Switchable full Holo based themes include Light, Black & Mixed styles
● Search SD card, perform operations on search results
● Web PC Suite- Featured HTTP Sharing in old versions. Turn your mobile phone into a HTTP Server and visit it wirelessly on PC or tablet in a Windows style interface. Double click on APK file to install it to your phone
● FTP Sharing - Turn your mobile phone into a FTP Server. Share & manage your files on other FTP Clients
● Wi-Fi Send- Directly send files via Wi-Fi between File Expert powered phones.
● Access your host computer from phone-Samba Client, FTP Client, SFTP Client, FTP Client, Bluetooth Client
● Root access to system folders and files like Root Explorer. Remount /system to read write. Requires rooted phone. Please note it’s a paid feature.
● Cloud Storage - Use one app to access various cloud services! Support Google Drive, Dropbox, Box.net, SkyDrive, SugarSync, Ubuntu One and more!
● Bluetooth - Full-featured Bluetooth capabilities include OBEX FTP, OPP
● App Manager - Uninstall/Backup apps. Backup your app & its data to GCloud
● Archive manager - Create and decompress ZIP archive, Decompress RAR even encrypted RAR files. You can view your ZIP/RAR/GZIP/TAR/TGZ/BZ file just like accessing a folder and directly decompress unique files and folders
● Thumbnails - view thumbnails
● Image Viewer - supports both local and remote folder
● Powerful Text Editor
● Help your player to play media that store on SMB share
● Quick Connect allows you to browse and download content from your friend's phone.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tiny Helicopter

Today's app of the day is Tiny Helicopter.


There are plenty of addictive games available for android devices, particularly since the rise and dramatic fall of Flappy Bird, with many developers creating chip rip-offs of the bird and pipe formula. The one thing that many of these games (including Flappy Bird), is that although they may be addictive they are not very much fun. In fact, they are not fun at all! 

Tiny Helicopter looks to break that mold, by taking the classic Flappy Bird formula but my actually making it an enjoyable gaming experience. Of course the game is still challenging and definitely gives players that 'just one more try' type of feel, but the difficulty is at the perfect level. Not too hard, not too easy - just right to keep you wanting to come back.

The concept is simple. You have to fly a helicopter through a series of caverns / cliffs. As you pass each one you get a point, with the goal being to break your your own top scores. The controls are also simple, with one touch all you need to give your helicopter a slight boost and jump. The control of the helicopter feels eally good. Coming from a round of Swing Copter (the 'sequel' to Flappy Bird)r which has atrocious controls , it was refreshing to find the developer has things in this department working well.

The game also looks and sounds great, with simply but effective graphics and the same for the sound track and backing  music. All in all, a great game well worth checking out.



In the words of the developer:

Tap the screen to fly the tiny helicopter through mountains.
Try to get the helicopter as far as you can and earn lots of points!
Test your skills in this fun and challenging to play game!