Download Official Google Reader App for Android

Google has finally released an official app for . The Google Reader Android app supports multiple account, synching preferences, subscription features and search among other things.

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Google Reader for Android also allows users to change settings to allow using the volume keys for previous and next items in your list and also includes a "send" feature which integrates with other apps on your phone, so that you can quickly share items in , or .

You can download the new Google Reader Android app from the Android market or use the QR code below to quickly download it.

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Crackle Launches First Android TV & Movies Streaming App for Android

Sony’s Crackle, a service which is known for their TV and Video streaming has announced a new App which will allow users to watch full episodes of TV shows and full movies on their devices.

Crackle Movie Streaming Android

The free app which is available in the Android Market gives users access to hundreds of movie and TV show titles. The free version lets viewers watch snippets of the TV shows, whereas the premium version which comes at $4.99 a month gives users access to all the titles available with Crackle.

Crackle which boasts of a huge list of original shows, movies and TV shows does not have the video library the Hulu boasts of, however, it does have some really good movies which you could watch on the go.

Some of the top movies on Crackle include Snatch, The Cable Guy, High School High and Taxi Driver, with original shows such as Urban Wolf, Angel of Death and Trenches.

The Crackle app itself is free in the Android market, however, you will have to pay the $4.99 subscription fee to access the service monthly.

HootSuite For iPhone and Android Free On October 13

HootSuite is a popular client which allows you to manage your Twitter accounts and allow multiple users to access and post to them.

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In addition to that web interface, HootSuite also has an app for the , and . However, the is paid which might deter using from buying it. However, if you haven’t bought the app because of the $2.99 price, here is your chance to get it free.

According to an announcement on the official HootSuite blog, HootSuite for iPhone and HootSuite for will be available for free on October 13, 2010. Users will be able to view Ow.ly clickthrough stats for your links, manage more than three social networks, and enjoy all the benefits of the full version of HootSuite mobile.

Download HootSuite for iPhone and HootSuite for Android free on October 13.

WordPress 2.6 for iPhone and iPad Released

The WordPress team has released an updated WordPress app for the and . WordPress 2.6 contains several new features including video recording and upload, local drafts, auto-save, post revisions, media library and more.

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The WordPress app for iPhone and iPad has been upgraded to include new features that will make it more easier to blog from your iDevice. It will now allow you to easily upload that video you recorded during your recent vacation with ease.

Users will also be able to save local drafts to their device so that they can always go back and add more thoughts to their posts before they publish it along with the ability to auto-save posts so that they you no longer have to worry about losing it because of a crash.

Complete features in WordPress 2.6 and iPad app include:

  • Video. Record, upload, attach, and play videos within the app.
  • Total rewrite of the way local drafts are handled, to prevent the unintentional loss of your pending posts.
  • Auto-save and post revisions.
  • Media Library to manage your media from your iDevice.

You can download the WordPress app from the iTunes store here or read the release post and release notes on the new changes.

VLC Player For iPad Now Available

VLC, the open source and cross-platform media player has now been ported to work on the . The best part about VLC player is that it has almost every codec required to play videos built-in, allowing you to play almost any video file.

VLC Player for iPad

VLC Player is currently available for downloads for iPad, sadly and users will not be able to download and use this popular video player on their devices.

If you are using an iPad, head over to this iTunes link to download the app.

(h/t @tanmays)

Clipboard Manager for iPhone/iPod Touch

Apple had introduced a much needed copy-paste feature in iOS a long time back. It allowed users to copy and paste text among multiple applications.

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However, what if you want to copy multiple text and then paste it in another application? Will you switch between both of them over and over again to copy and paste text? Well, if that sounds like an hassle to you, there is an app for that.

The Clipboard Manager and History app for and allows users to copy clipboard items and save them permanently in a database, send the note by email, copy it again to system clipboard, open in Safari and copy to the image gallery.

The best part of the Clipboard Manager and History is that it will store the copied data in a database, allowing you quick access to the copied text.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Clipboard Manager and History is definitely a worthy application to add to your iPhone or iPod Touch. It will definitely come in handy when you want to store some text for a long time and paste it across multiple applications.

The only problem I saw with the app is that it does not support multi-tasking in which makes it a bit tougher to copy paste multiple text in applications.

Clipboard Manager usually sells for 99c, but is free for a short period of time. You can download it from iTunes store.

Ratings: 3/5

Top 5 Mobile Travel Apps For Labor Day Weekend

A long weekend is coming up this week and many people might take short trips across the United States during the Labor Day weekend. Grip’d.com, a company who develop web and apps have spent several months testing various apps on different platforms like iPhone, Blackberry and to come up with top 5 travel apps.

If you are planning a getaway this weekend, or in future, make sure to install these apps which are highly recommended by the folks at Grip’d.com.

WeatherBug

WeatherBug Mobile App

No matter whether you are travelling long distance or just a commute to work, knowing what the weather would be like plays an important factor on how you plan your travel.

WeatherBug provides users with the simplicity of Apple’s Weather app, but with a few extras for your phone. It’s the largest network of professional weather stations in the US and is the only source for truly live, local weather.

WeatherBug is available as a free download for several mobile platforms including iPhone, , Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Nokia. Download it from here.

BePut

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BePut enables users to share their whereabouts with people they want to find them. Users simply use the application to locate their exact position and with a touch of a button, have the opportunity to send an email or text message to the desired recipient with their exact location. The recipient gets a special FindMe Key which is secure. The only guaranteed way to not get lost.

BePut is available as a download for iPhone and iPod Touch and costs 99c. You can download it from here.

Car Care & Roadside Emergencies

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate it when things don’t go according to the plan. You have this important presentation, and you end up with a flat tire in an express way. Or maybe you are trying to get home from a concert, and your car doesn’t start up. These situations happen all the time, and they usually tend to happen when you expect them the least. Now some of us have a knack for breaking and fixing things as far as cars are concerned.

The Car Car & Roadside Emergencies app for iPhone and iPod Touch has instructions for several common problems you might face on a road trip, the step by step instructions make it easier to figure out what to do, so that you can quickly get it done and be on your way. Car Care & Roadside Emergencies can be downloaded from the App store and cost 99c. App Store link.

Waze

Waze Social Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Waze is a social mobile application that enables drivers to build and use real-time road intelligence. The service includes constantly-updated road maps, alerts on traffic and accidents, and data providing users with the fastest route to get to wherever they need to go. Map and traffic updates are automatically collected and generated as users drive with Waze activated, but drivers can also actively report and update other users with what’s happening on the road.

Waze is available as a free download for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian. You can download it from http://www.waze.com/.

Shazam

In the car for hours and can’t figure out the song playing on the radio? When you hear a song and wonder what it is, Shazam is there with the answer. Hold your iPhone to the music and within seconds Shazam will tell you the artist and track name. You can even download the song through iTunes on your iPhone.

Shazam is available for various platforms and can be download from http://www.shazam.com/.

These are some of the apps which will make travel a bit easier for you. Do you prefer to use other apps while you are travelling? Do share them with us and our readers.

Trillian Beta for Android Released: It is Awesome

Trillian has long been one of the best multi-protocol instant messengers for Windows. However, Cerulean Studios has no intention of being limited to the PC or the Mac. It has already has already released Trillian for the Blackberry and the iPhone, both of which have been lauded by critics. In fact, Trillian is regarded by many as the best IM app for the iPhone, along with Beejive. Now, Cerulean Studios is bringing the same awesomeness to Android users.

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Trillian for Android supports AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, Windows Live Messenger, MySpace and Yahoo. The support for Facebook Chat should earn Trillian brownie points from Android users, since the official Facebook app is yet to implement this feature. Existing Trillian users will be pleased to know that the Android version also features cloud synchronization of contacts and accounts.

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Trillian’s interface is simple but functional. The home screen displays all online contacts, grouped according to existing categories and the messaging service. Pressing a contact opens up the tabbed chat interface with landscape mode support. I was impressed to discover that Trillian already supports supports photo transfers, emotions and even buzz.

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Download-Trillian-AndroidTrillian for Android is still in beta, and as expected, there are a few niggles here and there. Nevertheless, it is still very much usable. In fact, Trillian already has its fair share of handy features like push mail notification for IMs when Trillian is suspended and automatic away mode.

Users on Android 1.6 and above can download time restricted beta build of Trillian from here.

Top 10 Android Applications In Android Market

If you have got a Android based phone recently, you might want to start installing new apps on it to get the best out of it. The only reason why OS has been able to compete with Apple’s   is because of the Android Market. The Android market features more than 75000 applications and games.

Best Android Apps

Some of these applications just take your Android phone to the next level and are very useful too. If you haven’t got an Android phone yet take a look at some of the Best Android Phones in the Market right now and then check out our list of Top 10 Applications for Android based phones. You can find all the apps below in the Android Market place by searching using the application name.

#10 Fring: Fring is the best multi-IM client I have used on Android so far. Nimbuzz comes in a close second, but the application was not working properly when I tried to start it the second time around. Fring supports most of the major IM protocol like Yahoo, Google Talk, and AIM. The only IM protocol which Fring does not support is Facebook Chat. The application has a greenish theme, and also displays your phone book contact with your IM contacts. Fring also allows users to make video calls via 3G or Wi-Fi to fellow Fring users. The only downside is that it displays ads and there is no paid version of the application available to remove them.

#9 WaveSecure: Scared of losing your high-end Android phone? Use WaveSecure then! I don’t think this application needs any introduction. WaveSecure is the best multi-platform security application for your phone. The application allows you to lock your phone down, remotely wipe the data in the event of a theft. The application allows you to backup and restore your contacts and SMS, and also helps you track down your phone location in case you lose it.

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# 8 Endomondo: Endomondo is a sports tracking application for Android. The application is available for many other mobile operating systems like Symbian. The application supports quite a few rare’ sports like Skating, Skiing, Snowboarding, along with the usual running and walking. DroidFit may be a better alternative to Endomondo for some users, but the latter has a nice UI which is very important. The best part about the application is that it allows you to track your workout online as well. Pretty handy I say! The application can be downloaded for free from the Android market.

#7 AppBrain: AppBrain allows you to remotely install applications on your Android phone. Users can browse the applications at Appbrain.com and remotely install them. The site also shows the users a list of most popular apps and the recommended applications. The site also allows users to share their applications among their friends and view what applications they have installed on their phone.

#6 Barcode Scanner: Read about an awesome application somewhere on the internet? In all probability, the application review must be accompanied with a QR code as well. The Barcode Scanner application uses the camera of your phone to decode the information hidden inside the QR code. Barcode Scanner is available for free at the Android Market.

#5 Rockplayer: It is a very well-known fact that nearly all the Android phones fall flat on their face when it comes to video playback. They don’t support most of the popular codes like Xvid/DivX. This is where Rockplayer comes to the rescue. The application was recently released in the Android Market and it supports a plethora of video codes. The supported video codec format list includes MKV, Xvid, DivX, and RMVB. The minimum Android OS version required is 1.6. A free as well as a paid version of the application is available at the Android Market.

#4 Swype: I don’t think Swype needs any introduction to any Android user. Swype is hands down the best keyboard available for any Android phone out there. Using the Swype keyboard, users need to glide or swipe their hands across letters of the word they want to write. The rest of the work will be done by the smart algorithm of Swype. The prediction of Swype is quite precise as well. Swype comes pre-installed in many popular phones like the Droid X and the Galaxy S.

Astro File Manager

#3 Astro File Manager: This has to be the best file manager I have ever used in any mobile OS. Astro file manager can open ZIP and RAR files without any additional plugins. Along with this, the application also allows users to backup and restore their applications. Recently, the free version of Astro File manager was updated to include ads. However, there is an alternative paid version available for download as well.

Advanced Task Manager

#2 Advanced Task Manager: Most of the Android phones have around 250 to 512MB of RAM. Most of the time, this is more than enough. However, if a lot of applications are running in the background then the amount of free RAM depletes pretty quickly. This not only decreases the performance of the phone, but also kills the battery life. This is where Advanced Task Manager comes in. As the name suggests, Advanced Task Killer is well – task killer! There are two versions of the Advanced Task Killer available at the Android market place a free version and a paid version. The free version has ads, while the paid version is ad free.

#1 Launcher Pro: This is a must have software for every Android phone owner. Launcher Pro replaces the default Android launcher, with a much more visually appealing launcher.  The software also works in Landscape mode,  which the default Android home screen does not. Along with the home screen, the application replaces the Menu of the phone with a 3D Drawer’, and it looks stunning.  Users can also set the number of home screens, as well as the theme of the dock. The software works like a charm, and is not a resource hogger. Launcher Pro is available for free at the Android Market. A paid version of the application recently hit the Android market as well. The Plus’ version includes the different HTC styled widgets.

These are just some of the few apps in the Android Market which make it a pleasure to use the phone. I bet you might have your own favorites to share, so go ahead and tell us about them through your comments.

Google Open Spot Android App Finds Empty Parking Spots

Imagine this scenario, you had to drive to your friends place on a Sunday which took you around 25 minutes in total, once you reached there you spend another 25 minutes just to find a parking spot which is a good 10 minutes walk from where your friend lives.

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This is a scenario many Americans might be pretty familiar with. Open Parking is a huge problem and finding a spot is always a hassle. In comes Google’s "Open Spot", an application which finds open parking spots for you. Open Spot will show you parking spots located within a ~1.5 kilometer (km) / ~.9 mile (mi) radius of your location. As you move, Open Spot will automatically refresh to show you parking spots within a ~1.5 km / ~.9 radius of where you currently are.

Open Spot works by letting people who are leaving parking spots share their spots with people who are searching for parking.

Start helping others find parking, and together we’ll all save time, save gas, and reduce pollution. Like to keep score? The more open spots you mark, the more parking ‘karma points’ you’ll get.

Don’t get very excited yet though, Open Spot does not perform magic on its own to find you an open parking spot, instead it relies on individuals who use the app to mark a location on Google map when they are leaving a parking spot, so that other users who are searching for one in that area can find it.

This app might turn out to be useful, however, there is no guarantee that people will actually use the app to mark a spot every time. In addition to that, the parking spot marked by another user may get taken up by another driver who is nearer than you, thus making your trip to that spot a waste.

Also there might be an issue with users marking fake Parking spots, however, Google has some technology in place to tackle such "griefers" (as they call it) and they will take steps to fix issues if people start adding fake parking spots.

I would be interested to see a full fledged app from Google that makes use of Google Street view and Google Maps to show open parking spots in real-time rather than having to rely on humans to perform the job. Considering that they already have some technology in place to detect fake parking spots, this wouldn’t be hard work, would it? What Say? Did you find your parking spot?