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Kindle Fire – Most Desired Holiday Wish-List Item, Apple iPad Sales Plunge

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The Amazon Kindle Fire is truly the iPad killer product that is crushing down the sales of the Apple iPad. No other tablet PC was able to compete with the Apple iPad. Even Samsung’s Galaxy Tab which is more features than the iPad was unable to bring down the sales of the iPad. However, the Amazon Kindle Fire that was released in November 2011 has already managed to surpass the sales of iPad. The Kindle Fire is considered to be the most desired holiday wish-list item.

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One of the main reasons why the Kindle Fire has become so famous in short period is the fact that it is available at a very affordable price as compared to the iPad. The sales of the Apple iPad has shooting down from 16 million to 13 million and this is mainly happening during the holiday season of December when the iPad’s sales were expected to grow even more. The release of the Kindle Fire in the month of November 2011 was timed perfectly to attract the oncoming vacation season. Over 1 million Kindle Fire is sold every week.

The vice-president of Amazon Kindle Fire, Dave Limp has stated that the Kindle Fire is the most successful product that they have ever launched. They are making great efforts to build new Kindle Fire units to meet the high demand. Even though the Kindle Fire received ambiguous reviews at the beginning, it is managed to hit high sales in no time.

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There are several reasons why Apple iPad has failed miserably to compete with Kindle Fire. One of the main reasons is its price. When you compare the price of both the products, you can notice that anyone can afford a Kindle Fire rather than owning an iPad. The original iPad is still not available in many countries and still Apple managed to launch the iPad 2. The original iPad and the iPad 2 are still priced high. The sales of iPad are increasing but it cannot compete with the Kindle Fire.

When you want to gift a Kindle Fire, you only need to spend 200USD whereas to gift to an iPad, you need to spend 500USD. It has been observed that many people are looking cheap tablets to buy. While searching for cheap tablets, people often come across the Kindle Fire. Since the product has a very famous brand backing it and is available at a cheaper price than iPad, the sales are bound to shoot high.

Some people do not like to compare iPad and the Kindle Fire. The iPad has a mammoth screen size of 10 inches whereas the Kindle Fire has a comparatively smaller screen of 7 inches. The Kindle Fire is just an eBook reader and it can be used for watching movies, listening to music and browsing the web. The iPad functions more like a laptop. You should be clear about the fact the Kindle Fire is not an alternative product to the iPad. In simpler terms, Kindle Fire offers basic entertainment features that cannot match the feature rich iPad.

Top Google Android Games

Long gone were the times when Symbian and Apple iOS were the most popular Mobile platforms. The Google Android is on the rise from the moment. With over 100,000 apps in the Android Market, and scoring nearly 27% of the smart phones sold in the US in 2010, Android is creeping ahead of Apple’s iOS. Android users will have a pool full of choice to make about their applications especially with the games. Read to know the top google android games in the android market.

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All you Android users will have lots of exciting, interesting and action-packed google android games to choose from. With a powerful handset like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 or the Google Nexus S with powerful processors and dedicated graphics you can enjoy all the top games in the Android market. Some of the top games of Android are listed and not all are action packed, some may involve tweaking your brain also.

Top Google Android Games

Angry Birds

Angry Birds is one of the most downloaded google android games on the market. Its simple nature makes it one of the most interesting, exciting and creative games. The story revolves around a revenge dyed story where in filthy green pigs steal the eggs of the birds. Now the Angry Birds have to avenge the pigs by dishing them out with their special powers. The game has more than 105 levels testing your skills and strategies to take out the pigs, as no two levels are the same.

Robo Defense

Robo defense is yet another interesting game that tweaks your brain and tests your strategic skills. The aim of the game is to prevent enemy robots from accessing your area by planning carefully an array of weapons units in its path. Among the entire Tower defense games available this one is the best mainly because of its unparalleled design.

Hungry Shark

Hungry shark is one of the most addictive games available for your Android Handset. The game is simple, you are a shark and you have to gobble everything in your way like fishes and swimmers but watch out for the poisonous jellyfish and mines. The accelerometer helps you explore the ocean. The sound effects and graphics sound really tempting and challenging.

Zenonia

Zenonia is an action packed fantasy game loaded with loads of weapons, spells, quests and lovely visuals pleasing to the eyes. The Korean game has been translated well to English and really exciting to try out.

Turbo Subs

Turbo Subs is much like a strategic diner game, focusing on your time management skills. You have to keep the customers of your sandwich shop happy by serving their favorite baguettes as fast as possible. Controls involve just tapping to serve the customers.

Hyper Jump

Hyper Jump evolved from the classic Doodle Jump of the IPhone. You have to keep moving up the ever-growing height leaping heavenwards for as long as possible with the use of platforms and power ups.

Air Control Lite

Air Control Lite is a flight traffic monitor game that tests how well you can handle air traffic and land planes and helicopters with varying speeds. Flights and helicopters keep appearing along the edges of your screen and you have to carefully land them without any two colliding. As you land planes the difficulty and the number of planes increase giving you a hard time. It is a very interesting and a must have game for your Droid.

NinJump

NinJump is a traditional yet interesting game that first appeared on the Apple app store. It is available for Android users with a touch screen. The game is quite simple where you have to maneuver your Ninja avoiding obstacles or cutting through them by tapping on the screen. You can gain power ups by slashing through same obstacles for three times that enables you to go higher up which is the main aim of the game.

Need For Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift is the most famous racing game on any platform. It is not a free game though but it is worth the cost for gamers who have a fierce liking for racing games. The NFS Shift tests your driving skills through a series of different races where you can earn money and stars to improve your car and finally compete in the World Tour, by unlocking levels and races. It is a must have to taste its rich gaming experience if you have a powerful Android handset.

Paper Toss

Paper Toss is not a thrilling or an action packed game. It is very unique where all you have to do is throw crushed paper into the dustbin. Its not as easy as it seems, you will have a fan on either side with varying wind velocity that will disturb your paper’s projectile into the dustbin. You have to comprehend considering the wind velocity to beat the game. The game has different difficulty levels varying with the distance between the paper throw and the dustbin.

Tank Hero

Tank Hero is a neat little arcade game. The objective is to go up the levels by shooting missiles at enemy tanks directly or by reflecting against the walls once. The game tests your accuracy and your ability to maneuver the tank with the touch controls.

Shoot U

Shoot U is a rather smart game that tests your basic physics skills. The graphics might seem simple but your objective is to hit the red star by getting the trajectory and speed right and most importantly avoiding obstacles.

These google android games are a few very smart, creative and interesting games available in the Android market that any genuine gamer would want to have on his Droid.

Best Zombie Games for Android

It seems that we are never going to fed up with horrifying faces of zombies who do everything to let you down in games. Still we have many of the Zombie Games for android and there is not do doubt of being their best out of other games. The top four Zombie Games for android are here with which you can surely entertain yourselves.
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    1. Stupid Zombies

With the name of Zombie Game, this gives the illusion that the game is abuse for the zombies but the meaning has maintained its deep meaning inside the game. In this Android Zombie Game, the player is consecrated with five bullets and with these bullets he has to kill all the zombies by using his mind and accuracy.

In the beginning, this Android Zombie Game was on fifty-fifty as this sort of games work better only when the controls and levels are highly accurate. And with the capability of both the features, this Android Zombie Game is high on the sky. Also the level designs and skill testing with the passage of game is highly appreciable. Stupid Zombies is available free for android 2.2 or better than that.

2. Plant Vs Zombies

Another Zombie game for Android is the Plant vs Zombies which is developed by famous game developing company advert as Popcap.
This is a tower defence sort of game and is different from all the other Android Zombie Games as the player faces the zombies coming to his lane. The way of protecting your lawn from zombies is to plant the flowers there that kill the zombies and also slow down their speeds. There are various plants each having its own speciality also you has to face different type of zombies at each level. Plant vs Zombies game is available at amazon.com at $2.2 and there is requirement of android 1.5 or better than that.

3. Typing Zombies

This Android Zombie game makes use of the keyboard better. In Typing Zombies, those who are familiar with keyboard typing can gain a lot of fun along with each of their heartbeat running faster than ever. For those who are not the one that uses keyboard ever, this can learn them to type fast. This game is available for free and it requires android 1.5 or better than this.

4. Zombie Runaway

In this Zombie Game you don’t have to run away from the zombies as in Zombie Runaway, you are the zombie yourself and you have to run very fast to cross the area of graveyard.

This Android Zombie Game is real fun. It seems easy in the beginning but with time you have the face various obstructions in your way and you have to prevent yourself from these obstructions hitting you down. If you don’t get the success in preventing from these obstructions and get hilted down by 3 obstructions then you are dead. Zombie Runaway is available for free but the android should be 2.1 or better.

If we missed any zombie game for android, do tell us through comments.

Are Android applications spying on You?

Are you an Android User? Do you download and install apps from Android Market? You are popular because you are affected by We-Know-Where-You-Are and What-You-Did-Last-Week attacks.

Not only if you are a user of Google Latitude or Facebook Places or Foursquare app, who like to share your location with friends, others and family, but also other apps that you are using on your Android phone will be sharing your physical location to its advertiser (even without your knowledge and approval).

According to the research people from Penn State, Duke University, and Intel Research Labs, the Android applications that were installed were gathering location details from people using GPS supportable handsets and was sending them without the users’ approval or notification.

30 famous Android apps like BBC News Live Stream, Evernote, MySpace, Spongebob Slide, The Weather Channel, and Yellow Pages were tested. TaintDroid, a homemade tool was used to follow what data were shared and with whom. The results were:

* 2 out 3 apps had violated the user privacy by sharing unauthorised location details or info that was referring to individual people’s mobile.

* Nearly 15 apps sent the user location info to ad companies like Admob or Analytics, firms like Flurry without the users’ knowledge.

* 7 out of the 30 had sent the unique device identification number of the GSM handset and the SIM number to its servers.

* 2 of the applications gathered the users’ mobile number, the ID number and the users’ geo coordinates.

Even if the Police want to access these details, they need a court’s order. But, these apps are doing it pretty neatly and easily without you notice and are storing them on to their servers and sharing it with advertisers.

This shows the inability of the Android apps that has no access control and thus users have no protections against these and they are free to collect these sensitive details. One app was sharing phone details, every time when it is restarted. The terms of use for the app is also not referring anything about accessing these sensitive data.

The name of these apps was not released, making us ignorant of the good and bad ones, it would be better to delete them all.

List of tested apps:

  1. 3001 Wisdom Quotes Live
  2. Antivirus
  3. ABC Animals
  4. Astrid
  5. BBC News Live Stream
  6. Barcode Scanner
  7. Blackjack
  8. Bump
  9. Babble
  10. Cestos
  11. Coupons
  12. Dastelefonbuch
  13. Evernote
  14. Hearts
  15. Horoscope
  16. ixMAT
  17. Knocking
  18. Layer
  19. MySpace
  20. Manga Browser
  21. Movies
  22. ProBasketBall
  23. Ringtones
  24. Solitaire
  25. Spongebob Slide
  26. Traffic Jam
  27. Trapster
  28. The Weather Channel
  29. Wertago
  30. Yellow Pages

Even a simple app could transmit your locations status 24 x 7, which according to the law can be done nothing.

We only come to know about the problem we face from Android apps, but we will face such problems even in apps from other mobile OS. Android apps being open source, the test was conducted easily by the research team, leaving out other company apps.

4 Cool and Free android applications which will replace your other gadgets

Here in this article I am going to mention 4 coolest free android applications which will spice up your android mobile phone. Check out the 4 coolest android applications below.

Free Android Applications

Flashlight

Flashlight is a great android application which is available at free of cost for your android mobile phone. You can download this application from the android market at free of cost. When you launch this application your phone camera LED will come on and light your way.

Once you have opened this application keep your finger at the bottom and move from bottom to top and the bulb starts glowing and if you want to turn off the bulb just move your finger from top to bottom.

Important thing to be kept in mind while using this application is that before moving on to your phone’s home screen switch off the bulb. This is because if you don’t turn off your bulb your battery will soon die. This application is most dependable on Motorola phones, but it also works on some other mobile phone as well.

Tape Recorder

There are many recording android applications are available for android but I recommend the free RecForge Lite and its $6 big sibling, RecForge. With the Lite version you can record for less than 3 mins for each recording.

AS a default the sounds that you record will be saved in the format as .mp3 files. If you want you can save the file in the formats like .wav or .ogg file by changing the settings. You can choose to record the sounds in mono or in two- track stereo.

Once you have done your recording you can attach a further recording at the end and you can convert it into another format and if you want you can share it via Gmail, text message or Bluetooth. In Recforge Version you can edit the audio.

TV Remote Control

I wish I could use my android phone into a universal remote. But it doesn’t happen any time soon. The problem behind this is that the phones don’t emit the infrared signals, which are the preferred interface between the device and the remote.

This Wi-Fi remote neatly controls the boxee set top box.  By switching on your Wi-Fi connection on your mobile you can control the device over LAN.

If you have attached your Pc with your TV so that you can see all the movies and also the TV shows Via Boxee account, this program allows your phone to access a remote control.

Remote Keyboard and Mouse

By using your Android phone you control your computer. The open source RemoteDroid makes use of the network and the java to ast to another keyboard and mouse for your computer. Initially you must install the Java SE runtime on your PC and then run the RemoteDroid Server software and also you must turn on your android phone’s Wi-Fi and get it onto the network.

Once you have done those steps, you will find the UI minimal but intuitive: the big rectangle as a touchpad, the 2 small rectangles are the buttons and the keyboard icon brings the keyboard.

Unfortunately RemoteDroid doesn’t support Swype. But still it allows you to control your PC without touching it.

4 Best Free Android apps for printing photos from mobile

Now a day mobile phone camera is getting better and people are using their mobile phones as their prime camera. Ultimately you would like to print all the family photo’s that you have saved on your mobile phone. Thats why we need android apps for printing photos directly from phone. It would be great if you can print the photos directly from your mobile phone rather than dealing with the memory cards and the USB cables to transfer your photos to your pc and then taking the print of the photos.

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There are applications available in the android market which allows you to print the photos from your phone directly to your Wi-Fi supported printer.

Here I mentioned few applications which allow you to print your photo directly to your printer.

4 Android apps for printing photos directly from mobile

  1. HP iPrint Photo

    This application is available at free of cost. This application lets you to edit and crop the photos before you print. It supports around 200 HP inkjet printers. It is quick and easy to set up.

    HP’s iPrint Photo software is my favourite application among other applications. It is easy and fast to set up and the most stress-free to use.  There are built in straightforward tools present in the application which allow you to grasp any photos on your mobile phone and perform trivial edits before you start print. This application is also available for various platforms like Windows mobile and Apple iOS as well.

  2. Polaroid PoGo App

    Polaroid PoGo application is also available at free of cost. This application doesn’t need Wi-Fi. This app lets you to add borders and also frames to your images.

    This application is the only Bluetooth Printing available. There are varieties of frames available which can be used to frame your images.

    This supports printing from any mobile phone with the Bluetooth capabilities. So even if you have older mobile phone rather than a Smartphone you can still print the photos.

  3. Brother iPrint & Scan

    Brother iPrint and Scan is also available at free of cost. This directly scans the images from your phone. This takes a longer time in setting up. Printing from the computer might be quick.

    Have a photo and you like to set it as your mobile wallpaper? If you’ve a brother printer, you might need to grab the company’s iPrint & scan application. This app searches your wireless network for compatible brother printers. You may wish to check with your user manual to ensure that your printer’s wireless settings are configured properly, however; my printer settings were not, so i spent few hrs in configuring it on a wireless network. You can do scans remotely, as well, though you must manually place the item you like to scan on the scanner bed in advance.

  4. Canon Easy-PhotoPrint (Free)

    This app is also available at free of cost.  This allows you to pick many pictures for batch printing. This is a great app for printing many pictures at once.

    This app lets you to wirelessly print any of the photos on your mobile phone or SD card. At once you can choose up to 39 photos to print, type of paper to use and the number of copies to print.

    We are looking forward for your feedback on the review of free android apps for printing. If you have any suggestions please let us know through comments.

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12 Free Best Android Applications

Here in this article you can find out the useful and best Google Android applications for your android phone. The free android applications mentioned below will truly spice up your android mobile phone. Here I have listed the free android applications under different categories like communication, entertainment, finance and Life Style. Check out the best android application below.

Best Free Google Android Applications

Communication

1. ChompSmS

The ChompSMS is a great application for the people who send SMS all the time. ChompSmS has got the greater UI, touchscreen QWERTY keyboards, chat style SMS bubbles and much more features.

2. Hi AIM

People who often use AIM for chatting can now download Aim from the android market. the data’s will be sent via network and there are no SMS fee.

3. Speaking Pad

Speaking pad is an android application, a talking notepad which speaks whatever you type. This is great entertainment application where one can prank his pal with the computerized speech.

4. Meebo IM

People who often use many Instant messengers like Gtalk, Yahoo, and MSN etc can make use of this Meebo IM application. This application supports various IM’s like Gtlak, Yahoo, AIM, MSN, MySpace, ICQ and Jabber. By signing in via Meebo account your chat history will saved forever and you can access it from anywhere by just logging into at meebo.com.

5. Phonebook

Phonebook is a greater application which has a good UI for viewing and managing all your contacts. This app displays all your contacts with images and contextual info like birthdays, missed calls and unread text messages. It has a nice landscape view, a good dialler and also a quick access to your most called and favourite contacts. Have fun with this app while browsing your contacts.

6. Opera Mini

Opera Mini is a wonderful application for your android phone where you can browse the web by saving your time and your money. It compresses the pages up to 90 percent which makes browsing fast. You can easily synchronise the bookmarks, history and many more between your pc and your mobile phone.

Entertainment

1. ikamobile Movie Finder

iKamobile Movie finder is a great application for the movie fans. With this application the movie fans can easily find out the show times at the theatres in your location. You can also check out the latest releases, watch trailers, browse movies, etc.

2. Funny Jokes

Funny jokes is an application where you can browse the coolest funniest jokes. You can add your own jokes and you can share with others and also you send it via email or by text messages. There are 1000’s of jokes in 12 categories.

Finance

1. Mobile Banking

Mobile Banking is a great application where you can check your balances, transfer funds and pay bills all on the go. With the GPS you can locate the ATM and the Banking centers.

2. aCurrency

aCurrency is application which is a currency converter for more than 160 currencies with the daily exchange rate updates. At a same time it shows up to 5 currencies. All the currencies are provided with country name, currency code and also the country flag.

Lifestyle

1. DailyHoroscope

DailyHoroscope is an application which updates the horoscope on daily basis. It is easy and fun to use. Just tap on your sign and you get your horoscope on you mobile screen on 6 different colours.

2. Everyday Quotes

eQuotes is a great application which provides you a piece of wisdom from famous people of all time every day. It makes you to rethink your everyday life.

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