by George Heymann

Pebble: E-Paper Smart Watch right on the “SPOT” for Android and iPhone

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

I’ve been a fan of smart watches since Microsoft launched Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) watches back in 2004. Do you remember Spot? The now defunct service used FM radio signals to broadcast information to your wristwatch.

The service once activated could send content to your smart watch including weather, news, stocks, calendar, sports, horoscopes, lottery results as well as downloadable watch faces. You could also have text messages sent to your watch via MSN Messenger.

Enter Pebble, which was introduced in a Kickstarter project as the first watch built for the 21st century. Pebble promises to be what SPOT could only dream of. Pebble connects by Bluetooth to an iPhone or Android device. Pebble will have an app market that will feature downloadable watch faces and a host of internet-connected apps.

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Voice Share: Send Voice Messages via SMS and Facebook

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Our friends at Base 2 Applications, LLC have released their latest creation Voice Share. Voice Share is a smartphone app that simplifies sharing “voice notes” with your friends and family through SMS messaging and Facebook available for Android and Windows Phone.

Using the app is a breeze, you tap on the big microphone icon to record your voice message, then tap another to share via SMS or Facebook. You can also attach “gifts” (colorful icons) both free and premium versions to your voice recordings to send with your recordings. Please note you are limited to 1 of each type of gift per day. Premium gifts require you to unlock Voice Share premium a 99 cent in app purchase.

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App Lock : A simple, easy to use, feature rich app protector for Android

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

App Lock is an app protector application developed by Creative Core that lets you selectively password protect apps and personal data stored on a Android smartphone.

There is allot to like about this free ad-supported app. App Lock is elegant in its simplicity, the intuitive UI makes working with this application a pleasure. The program opens to the enter passcode screen, you enter the provided initial passcode 8888 and then follow the prompts in the settings menu to customize the settings.

From the passcode settings you can:

  • Enable/disable App Lock
  • Edit your 4 digit passcode
  • Mask the passcode when editing
  • Email the passcode to yourself in case you forget it
  • Set a password hit for yourself
  • Set a password recovery challenge question
  • Set a lock delay of between 1 minute and 1 hour
  • Remote Control utilizing SMS messages
  • Set a lock policy

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Avast! Mobile Security for Android is here!

by George Heymann

Avast Mobile Security software came out of beta yesterday and is now available as a free download from the Android Market. The avast! Application features full-featured antivirus and anti-theft security software for your Android phone.

The program helps protect personal data by automating virus scans and providing automated alerts when browsing potentially harmful sites. Even if you believe that anti-virus software for Android is a solution searching for a problem. The avast! Application provides excellent anti-theft features that allow you to activate security features remotely using SMS commands to control GPS tracking, phone locking, wiping, audio monitoring and a host of other useful features.

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Vibe ‘Feel’ who is calling

by George Heymann


Vibe is a free Android application that lets you assign vibration patterns to your contacts so you know who’s calling without having to look at your phone. The program was recently updated to work with SMS & MMS text messages.

The app lets you assign custom vibration patterns in the same way many users choose to assign a custom ringtone to contacts, except that its private and discreet. Vibe developer Base2Apps, calls Vibe “A caller ID with vibration patterns.”

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SVOX makes ‘listening’ to Android text-to-speech a little easier on the ears

by George Heymann


If you use your Android phone for navigation you are already familiar with its text-to-speech (TTS) capability. As good as Google Maps is for navigation, I’m not a fan of the robotic sounding voice that is part of the default ‘PICO TTS’ engine.

SVOX a Swiss company that specializes in speech synthesis for navigation systems built into BMW, VW, Chrysler, Ferrari, and many other cars is now bringing its voice solutions and text-to speech (TTS) expertise to the Android platform. The SVOX ‘Classic Text To Speech’ engine is a free download from the Android Market. Voices for SVOX are $2.99 and are available in 25 different languages many in both male and female versions. You can check out the voices by listening to samples on your phone within the SVOX app or by listening to the demos at their website @

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McAfee report shows significant growth for malware on mobile platforms

by John Roberts

Technology Market 

The research by McAfee shows that 2011 has also had the busiest ever first half-year in malware history,

New research shows that the amount of malware targeted at Android devices jumped 76 percent since last quarter, making Android the most attacked mobile operating system.

including a first-ever appearance of Mac fake AV and a significant uptick in rootkits.

“This year we’ve seen record breaking numbers of malware, especially on mobile devices, where the uptick is in direct correlation to popularity,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs.

“Overall attacks are becoming more stealth and more sophisticated, suggesting that we could see attacks that remain unnoticed for longer periods of time. High-profile hacktivist groups have also changed the landscape by drawing a line between attacks for personal gain and attacks meant to send a message.”

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TouchPal replacement Android phone dialer puts information at your fingertips

by George Heymann

TouchPal Dialer is a direct replacement for the standard Android phone dialer. The free TouchPal dialer puts a lot of information at your fingertips and helps you find contacts and complete calls quickly.

The main application screen displays the keypad, your last 4 calls (both inbound/outbound), and 5 buttons running L-R at the top of the screen displaying the most frequently used functions : Dialer, Call log, Contacts, Favorites and More.

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Preview: CrossTxT send and receive text messages from any internet connected PC

by George Heymann

CrossTxT is an Android application that allows you to send and receive text messages from any Internet connected computer. Once you set up your CrossTxt account, you will be able to send and receive texts and optionally synchronize your contacts to the CrossTxt database.

If you are familiar with texting through your Gmail account with Google Voice, it’s similar with some additional features and caveats.

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Swiftkey X : If you’re not already a TouchType customer you soon will be

by George Heymann

If you are a Swiftkey user Touchtype has opened its private VIP only beta to the public. The Swiftkey X beta is now available from the Android Market.

If you haven’t tried the excellent Android replacement keyboard before you’re in for a treat. TouchType has taken its already class leading predictive text algorithm to the next level with the introduction of its next generation cloud based fluency inference engine.

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