Archive for February, 2011

Craigslist for Android No App Needed

February 28th, 2011

I have recently been searching Craigslist for a fishing boat for me and my 11 year old son. I love Craigslist for the endless amounts of stuff for sale, but their mobile offerings leave something to be desired.

Its no secret that I am an Android fan. So I decided to search out the Craigslist app in the Android Market. Apparently, Craigslist doesn’t have an app for Android. There are a bunch of different apps for Craigslist from different developers, but some of the reviews weren’t so favorable. Besides, I have an older Android (HTC Hero) that doesn’t have much internal space left, so I wanted to see if I could find a way to use what I currently have to keep on top of the boat listings.

Google Reader + Craigslist

I noticed the other day that Craigslist is kind enough to provide an RSS feed for your searches. Well…this is awesome!
I can simply setup my Craigslist boat search and then subscribe to the RSS feed using Google Reader as my default RSS reader.
Google has been kind enough to make Google Reader mobile enabled so it works seamlessly on my Android phone. I also now have the ability to share, like, add/edit tags and even send Craigslist ads via email. All without having to install any apps whatsoever!

image courtesy ditii.com

If you are having trouble finding the RSS feed for Craigslist or any other page you may want to add to Google Reader…try looking in the ‘Bookmarks’ or ‘Favorites’ menu item for RSS information. Or do like I do and hit up Google for the information 🙂

Droid Code- Chrome extension that adds QR code to Android Market

February 26th, 2011

Ever since Google introduced the Android Market online, web links to useful Android apps have sucked!

Any blog writer posting about a great Android app, now has access to the market from their computer. However, the typical app page in the market, only has the page URL as a way to link to the application information. Adding a QR code to your post is a great way to allow readers to access the App you are writing about.

For some reason, Google hasn’t added more ways to share great apps from the online market. Currently your only option is to link to the page URL.

For Chrome users… binoyxj to the rescue

binoyxj is a developer that has created a quite useful Chrome extension called Droid Code. This extension simply adds a QR code to the individual app pages in the Online Android Market.

As a writer, I can now copy and paste that QR code into my posts about Android Apps. This will help my readers to easily access the apps using a simple barcode scanner such as:

Barcode Scanner

Auto text message with Text Secretary

February 22nd, 2011

Have you ever been in a situation where you get a text message that you want to answer with a simple message that lets the other person know that you are still around but temporarily unavailable?

Textsecretary is the answer!

With Textsecretary you can set a custom, auto reply message for situations like meetings or while driving, that will let your contact know that you are not ignoring them.

Features:

    Home screen widget for quickly switching between “Away” and “Available”.
    View your current status and applied message in your notification tray.
    Option to automatically silence or vibrate your phone when you are “away”.
    (you can also set it to do nothing)
    Volume options for when you become “available”.
    Toggle Away/Available feature in the Application. (Easier to use widget for quick, on-the-go switching.
    Save messages, and be able to quickly select one for, fast, on the go, message changing.
    Option to enable an Auto Response Timer.
    ( When active, TextSecretary will only reply once every 15 minutes, per person)
    Option to Hide the ongoing Notification.
    Option to add a notification to the sender. When active, ” (TextSecretary Autoresponse) ” is added to the end of your away message.
    Option to add a notification to the sender to let them know that they will not receive another autoresponse for another 15 minutes.
    Saved messages will appear in the spinner, listed by the name you give the message.
    (Example- Name: Driving
    Message: I am currently driving, I will get back to you as soon as possible.
    More features coming soon!

This is app is only $1.99 but I think its well worth the investment.

See it in the Android Market

Find it at AppBrain

http://www.appbrain.com/app/textsecretary/xynteq.beta.textsecretary

BBC iPlayer for Android released UK only

February 19th, 2011

The BBC, known the world over as a reliable source of news and information about events across the globe, has released their iPlayer for the Android mobile OS.

The player allows streaming of BBC TV programming, radio content and includes many of the features from the desktop version, which includes series stacking, live TV, and radio streaming.

The player currently works on Android 2.2 and up and it is recommended that your device has a powerful processor, have Flash installed, and 3G -data plan- or WIFI connection to ensure a smooth viewing experience.

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Feature list:

– Watch live TV
– Listen to live radio
– Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
– Add programmes to your favourites and have them ready and waiting when a new episode or series is available
– Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes

Get it for free on the market.

https://market.android.com/details?id=bbc.iplayer.android&feature=search_result

BBC iPlayer is only available on mobile phones within the UK. How you can access programmes depends on your phone and network. Programmes can be played through a wi-fi connection and, for 3 UK or Vodafone customers (except those using Android, Apple or Symbian^3 devices), over a 3G network. The BBC is working to make BBC iPlayer available over more 3G networks.

View developers page for more information.
http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/mobile_iplayer/

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