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NCAA March Madness Android App, Full Tourney Coverage

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 in Sports, Top Rated Apps | 5 comments

The NCAA March Madness Live Android app has arrived just in time for the greatest month in college sports, the NCAA basketball tournament.

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 8.77MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Sports
  • Price: Free

One of the headlining features of this official 2012 NCAA March Madness Android app is that you can watch each and every one of the tournaments’ games from your Android device for a price of $3.99. Note: this fee is for complete tournament coverage accessible also on your computer and iOS devices. The current version of this Android app has a disappointingly short list of officially supported devices (HTC Rezound, LG Nitro, LG Thrill, Motorola Droid Bionic, Motorola Droid Razr, Samsung Droid Charge, Samsung Note, Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Nexus S 4G) and doesn’t guarantee, or offer refunds, for any other Android devices. Even if you don’t pay for the streaming video, all other app content is free.

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SanDisk Memory Zone Android App, Manage All Files

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 in Productivity, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

The SanDisk Memory Zone Android app is a centralized hub for controlling, managing, and backing up your local device and cloud-based memory.

  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Size: 2.00MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Productivity
  • Price: Free

The SanDisk Memory Zone app supports your Android device’s local storage sources (e.g. internal memory and external SD card) as well as cloud services (e.g. Dropbox, Box, Google Docs, Picasa, and SugarSync).

The app’s main page displays a list of all the memory sources/accounts you use along with their current usage/limits. By clicking on a specific memory source you can view a breakdown of exactly what’s being stored, like the number of files in categories such as music, photos, videos, documents, and apps. By swiping up and down you can quickly switch between your various memory sources.

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APP Lock Android App, Secure Private & Personal Info

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 in Tools, Top Rated Apps | 12 comments

The APP Lock Android app is a simple solution for protecting some (or all) of your applications with a number passcode or lockscreen style pattern.

  • Version: 1.21
  • Size: 600KB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free

When you launch APP Lock for the first time, you’ll be asked to choose a passcode or pattern that will be required to open APP Lock and any secured applications. As many of you already know, it’s best practice to use a completely unique password that would be difficult for someone to guess. Also, avoid using the same passcode or lockscreen pattern as you’ve set for the phone itself.

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CloudMagic Android App: Fast, Personal Search Engine

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 in Tools, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

The CloudMagic Android app (and browser extension) lets you search across personal data services using a single query, minimizing the time it takes to find what you’re looking for.

  • Version: 1.1.3
  • Size: 1.16MB (apps2SD enabled, removes widget)
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free
Currently, the CloudMagic Android app only supports the following services:
  • Gmail
  • Google Apps Email
  • Google Docs
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Contacts
  • Twitter

CloudMagic works by indexing upfront the data (e.g. email, documents, contacts) found in the services listed above.  Each individual search you place with CloudMagic combs through all of the data simultaneously and returns results separated by the type of data. For more targeted searches, make use of descriptive qualifiers like “from:” “to:” “filename:” and “tweet:”. Search results are updated instantaneously as you enter more detailed text in the search field. The search algorithm is even sophisticated enough to handle partial searches, which if you’re forgetful like me are an extremely common occurrence.

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FEMA Android App, Emergency Preparedness Reference

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 in Reference, Top Rated Apps | comment

The FEMA Android app is the official emergency preparedness resource provided by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Size: 633KB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Reference
  • Price: Free

FEMA’s mission is to “support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.” Regardless of where you might be from (U.S. or not), the information included in this app is quite universal.

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