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Help me learn to love Flipboard

I'm trying to find my way around Flipboard on my Android phone. I like it so far, except that I kind of really hate Cover Stories. It takes up 2/3 of the screen and it mainly includes stories that people in my Facebook and Twitter feeds have shared. This isn't stuff that I usually think of as the most important or interesting news of the day, and if I just want to see what people are saying on Facebook, I'll go to Facebook. Is there any way to hide or move the Cover Stories board so it's not the main feature of the first page, or at least customize it so that it shows, maybe, aggregated news from the newspapers and magazines I subscribe to and not so many pictures of my friends' kids? Or are there any aggregator apps for Android that still pull in a variety of sources but offer more customization?
posted by payoto on Apr 9, 2013 - 6 answers

The paperless life, on Linux

Is there an integrated system that will let me digitize scraps of paper very quickly? The intended use case would be removing the paper clutter from a busy person's desk. Household uses Linux, Android phones, an iPad and a Mac. [more inside]
posted by themel on Apr 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Android apps for a six-year-old?

I bought my son a low-end Android tablet and now I want to load it up with quality applications. I'm looking for equal parts entertainment, education, and beautiful UI. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for 2-player android games that reproduce the board-game feeling

A favourite evening activity for my wife and I is playing board games. I've been thinking for a while now that a lot of the things that are fun about board games ought to translate very well to tablet games. So I'm looking for suggestions for Android games that fit a few criteria: [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Apr 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Foolproof app for video chat between a Samsung Galaxy Tab and an iPad?

After a demonstration with Facetime, my dad would like to regularly video chat with his grandson. Grandson owns an iPad 2. I've tried to talk Dad into buying an iPad too but he's attracted to the lower price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Mar 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Best combination food/exercise log app?

iPhone user; I've experimented with exercise logging apps such as MapMyRide+, Cyclemeter and Fitocracy (most of my exercise is cycling-oriented, but I'm also looking at Kinect exercise games and, potentially, weightlifting). Is there a good combo app that logs both exercise and food intake? Or one site that could possibly accept input/imports from both? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Mar 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Looking for an Android app.

Best Android app/s that will help remind me to eat regularly? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Mar 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Visual (Dollars and Coins) Time and Money Tracking App

There used to be a time tracking app for Android or iPhone which tracked time visually by displaying amount spent/earned in the form of US dollars and coins on the screen. What app was that? [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Mar 18, 2013 - 1 answer


On Android, is there a way in any of the available browsers to turn off honoring <meta name = "viewport" content = "initial-scale = x.x, user-scalable = no">? I'm sick of designers that don't want me to zoom in on their preciously designed mobile site.
posted by benzenedream on Mar 13, 2013 - 4 answers

For the love of god, help me root my (not-so) Incredible

I'm failing miserable at rooting my Incredible. I'm very, very new to the whole rooting concept, but the low storage space detailed here is unacceptable, and I can't afford a bigger SD card or new phone. Help? [more inside]
posted by csox on Mar 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I downgrade Android 4.1.1 to 4.1 on a Motorola Razr M w/o Rooting?

So Verizon finally updated my Razr M to 4.1.1 and, for some reason, the battery life has become absolutely horrid and wifi tethering has basically stopped working. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Mar 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Something light and cheap that works like a laptop

I'm sick of carrying around a heavy full-size laptop. I could replace it with a new shiny ultrabook or something, but I don't want to spend that much. Is a Nexus 7 + a bluetooth keyboard a bad solution? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Mar 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Recipe & shopping list app for Android

I'm looking for a convenient app for Android that will build a shopping list from a list of ingredients. [more inside]
posted by zixyer on Mar 6, 2013 - 6 answers

HTC Not-so-Incredible

Help me figure out what to do about my buggy HTC Incredible, either to fix it or to replace it. [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Mar 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Google Play music alternative?

Can I access my music in the Google Play Music cloud with something other than the Google Play Music app? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Mar 1, 2013 - 8 answers

How much do Android updates matter?

People keep emphasizing that a major advantage of Nexus mobile phones is that Google will update them to the latest version of Android. But does it really make a huge difference going from a .x to .x+1 Android release when you have so many apps that can modify every aspect of your phone, not to mention what you can do with alternative firmware like CyanogenMod?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 1, 2013 - 11 answers

What are the best inexpensive, unlocked Android options?

A friend would like to switch to a cheap, unlocked Android phone and a prepaid plan within the next month. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Need help restoring bricked Verizon Galaxy Nexus

My rooted verizon galaxy nexus won't boot and I need help recovering it (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Feb 24, 2013 - 3 answers

How to effectively search Android apps?

Is there a way to search for Android apps that have "appropriate" permission requests? [more inside]
posted by unlaced on Feb 23, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I deny an android app permissions it claims to require?

Android apps seem to grab permissions that I have no desire to give them. My understanding is that the permissions per app are all bundled together: it's all or nothing. At least officially. Is there another way? Also, is there a privacy watchdog site that will help me find apps that actually respect my privacy and support/purchase them over those that do not? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 19, 2013 - 4 answers

iTunes Music Store on Android

Last year I bought a new Android device that replaces a long string of iPods. I just now noticed that a couple things in my music library are not playable on it because they were purchased from the iTunes Music Store! What to do? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Feb 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Small Quickie Games for Android

I'm looking for some quick games I can play on my android phone, for when I'm waiting five minutes or dozing off at night. Ideally these will be more like puzzle or card games rather than action games (and even more ideally, free, but I'll pay a couple bucks for something great). Examples of games I've liked and disliked inside. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Feb 14, 2013 - 31 answers

Make Me A God Of Fire!

Can you help me make more of my Kindle Fire? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Feb 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Swap two Nexuses for a Note II? Pros and Cons?

I love my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. I hate carrying two devices around and have been considering switching to a Note II. What are the pros and cons? What would I be gaining or losing? My major uses inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Feb 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Encrypted chat between mobile devices?

The best and simplest way to communicate between a smallish number of (known) people, on a few different devices, with encryption? [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Has Data ever held an image in his mind?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation: Are there any explicit examples, in either the show or the non-canon supporting materials, of Data holding a specific image in his mind? Does he ever say anything like, "I am picturing ____" to explain, in visual terms, what he's thinking about? Does anyone ever direct him to "picture" something?
posted by Greg Nog on Jan 30, 2013 - 12 answers

What Android remotes work with Itunes 11?

I've checked a couple different apps, and I can't find an Android remote that works with Itunes 11. Is there one? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jan 27, 2013 - 2 answers

iTunes to Android

How do I transfer my iTunes library from my desktop iMac to my Samsung Galaxy tablet?
posted by jabo on Jan 26, 2013 - 10 answers

Android car audio via USB

I want to buy an aftermarket car stereo that supports streaming audio over a USB connection. I want the audio to be streamed over USB so that I can play audio from Pandora and Google Navigation through the car stereo. [more inside]
posted by zixyer on Jan 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me find this advanced text input APP that predicts your next letter

Help me find this advanced text input APP that predicts your next letter [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jan 25, 2013 - 3 answers

Where can you find reliable Android reviews?

Where are there reliable Android reviews for both applications and games? Metacritic does not yet have an aggregator for Android and Play Store ratings are of little use. So what is recommended? [more inside]
posted by sien on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Apps for sleeping the old-fashioned way?

Android Appfilter: I have been reading about humanity's sleep schedule (polyphasic sleep) before industrialization and the eight hour day. I would like to know if there is an app or something else to help me regulate my waking/sleeping to that schedule. I know there are apps for picking the best times to go to sleep and wake up, but they don't have the kind of windows I am looking for. Any help?
posted by parmanparman on Jan 23, 2013 - 3 answers

I broke my jailbreak!

My Verizon Galaxy Nexus is unlocked, but I also broke it. Help me put it back together again! [more inside]
posted by pdb on Jan 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Mired in a sea of cell phone choices, 2013 edition

I need a new phone! However, in looking at the available options, I am finding myself mired in analysis paralysis (not to mention a lot of "junk" websites full of keyword matches but zero useful content). Help narrowing down my selection, or even just finding a reliable source of sincere, information-dense reviews would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jan 21, 2013 - 15 answers

"Google Voice" app on Canadian Nexus 7?

I have a Google Voice account and phone number, and from my desktop I am able to send & receive SMS (google.com/voice) and even make outgoing calls (gmail.com). I just got a Nexus 7, and would like to find the 'Google Voice' app, but I'm not able to. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Jan 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Best Kitchen Mounting System for Nexus 7?

My Nexus 7 has become a near-indispensable kitchen tool, and I'd like to find a way to mount it in the kitchen so I can use it more easily while cooking. I have zero counter space available, so a stand is out, and I can't mount it on the underside of a cabinet, either. Safe wall space is close to zero, too, so I guess that leaves me with the fridge. Are there any decent fridge-mounting systems for the Nexus 7 or other 7" tablets? Ideally I'd like something that allows me to easily insert and remove the tablet, since it won't live in the kitchen all the time. I could probably DIY this but I'm working on so many other household projects I'd really like to be able to buy an out-of-the-box solution and be done with it, though I'd be willing to add magnets to a great non-magnetic mount.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jan 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me create the perfect Contacts Manager

After years of being an Android user, I finally bought my first iPhone. I'm having trouble and getting thoroughly confused with merging and syncing all my contacts. Please help me start over and create the Ultimate Contacts Manager solution that doesn't require me to become a sync wizard. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Best way to record cellphone conversations?

What is the best way to record on an Android phone? Are there applications that can do this? Or is a speakerphone/tape recorder combination better? What about physical addons or accessories? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider on Jan 15, 2013 - 9 answers

My Gmail acct. hijacked to send spam

Twice recently my Gmail acct. has been hijacked by someone who is sending spam emails to some, but not contacts --seems to be only recently emailed (by me) people. The spam is an ad, as seen on Fox News for Raspberry drops weight loss aid. How do the spammers access my Gmail account? Could it be through my brand new Android cell phone? I am unaware of any other problems on my (Macbook) home computer. I have a secure WiFi router at home. No evidence malware or virus. I've changed my Gmail password, FWIW. Any suggestions on how/where to find a way from this happening again?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Jan 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Stream music from my pc to my android phone over local wireless.

I want an app that I install on my Droid 3 phone that'll find my computer on my home wireless network and which I can point to my music folder and stream. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Jan 11, 2013 - 9 answers

I want to save this moment forever

I'm looking for phone apps that will allow me to easily and simply record sound and simultaneously back up the recording offsite (send it to email, save to a cloud server, etc.). [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Jan 11, 2013 - 7 answers

I want to read public domain books on an Android smartphone

I want to read public domain books (especially Shakespeare) on my Galaxy S3. But all of the apps I can find are giving me trouble. What's the best-designed and most convenient solution? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jan 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Is it the stylus or the screen?

I got myself a Lenovo tablet on super sale for Christmas. I'm interested in using it to read and annotate pdf files (mainly journal articles). The pdf reader app I'm using has the ability for freehand writing, and I'd like to try that out for margin notes (some of the papers are technical with lots of symbols, so writing is easier than typing). I bought a stylus that had pretty good reviews on Amazon, but I have to push down to make it work which is ok for highlighting, but tiring for writing. Is this a limitation of this tablet's screen? Or is there a stylus that is easier to use? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jan 9, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I safely uninstall MobileIron encryption on my Nexus 7?

How do I safely uninstall MobileIron encryption on my Nexus 7? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Jan 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Is there an easy way to setup a home media server?

Advice needed: is this an easy setup for a home media server so anyone can watch movies and listen to music anywhere in the house? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Tmobile android phone recommendations

Jumping into smartphone world for the first time.…..i) I would like advice on an android phone that works on T-mobile 4G for email/websurfing/productivity. ii) Would also like advice on buying used phones in general. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Dec 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Nexus 7 Apps

What are your must have free or low cost apps for the Nexus 7?
posted by thatwhichfalls on Dec 25, 2012 - 13 answers

Backup texts to computer

How do I get my text messages off my phone? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Dec 24, 2012 - 6 answers

But how did you see me there? I was invisible!

Is there any way to 1) have an Android phone that is always on and connected with your gmail account and 2) be invisible in gchat at the same time? [more inside]
posted by segfault on Dec 24, 2012 - 5 answers

What is a good source of Android games and app reviews?

Getting a Nexus 7 tomorrow. I need good review sources for Android app reviews: both games and utilities. [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Dec 24, 2012 - 3 answers

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