Due to limited mobility from a disability, I'm forced to rely strictly on voice commands to control a cell phone. Over the years, trying to find a solution for reliable hands free functionality in this area has been challenging. Anyone familiar with voice recognition in the past knows the capricious, quirky nature of the beast. It can be VERY frustrating and almost comical at times. Anyway, with today's processing speeds and the advent of Siri and Google Now, I can happily say that it's almost there for me. In fact, I give a 90% approval rating for recent experiences with the latest Iphone and Android products. The biggest obstacle now has been the necessity to hit the home button to trigger the lovely Siri. This last hindrance was overcome by none other than Google with their release of the Moto X -- which waits in standby mode listening for your command. I was so excited by all the reviews that I rushed out to buy my own. It turned out fantastically, but (and there's always a butt in these things) it came with another quirky disappointment. And this one is kind of surprising: The damn thing won't answer incoming calls by voice. I've looked thru all the settings and searched high and low for an app but to no avail. The closest I've come is an app that auto answers after one ring, but who wants that? What if I'm trying to dodge the ex-gf. Lol. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
posted by dthm42
on Mar 13, 2014 -
Is there some kind of app or website that will send me notices when authors I designate as my favorites publish a new book? [more inside]
posted by something something
on Feb 26, 2014 -
Why can't I sign up for google apps with the domain I own? Weird troubleshooting loop, I'm probably doing something wrong that is really obvious. [more inside]
posted by mai
on Feb 17, 2014 -
In a vain attempt at not spending lots of money, I attempted to replace a cracked screen on my Galaxy S3 and managed to make it way worse. I've managed to borrow a phone for a few weeks until I can afford to get it fixed properly but it's a Blackberry!
I've had an Android phone for the last few years so am used to being able to being able to have a wide choice of free apps. Once I get over the shock of being so limited, what apps to I need? I can't even find a podcast app... It's a Blackberry 9900 and I'm in the UK.
Thanks in advance.
posted by joboe
on Sep 19, 2013 -
(Alternative Title: You're Beautiful When You're Angry)
I'm in a mean mood and I'm looking for fashion and beauty apps on my iPad to cheer myself up. [more inside]
posted by tel3path
on Sep 7, 2013 -
I'm still using a Samsung flip phone from the earlier part of this century. It works fine; I'm not a big cell phone user, but it calls and texts, is reasonably cheap, and I'm quite happy with it. For some upcoming graduate work, though, I need a device that is capable of runnings apps (specifically drug information, like Epocrates) and am weighing my different options. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by lharmon
on Sep 5, 2013 -
Looking for fun exploration/archaeology type games or puzzle based RPG for iphone. In the past I've played Puzzle Quest, and loved it. Hated Puzzle Quest 2. One caveat, I don't want anything where there is in-app purchases [more inside]
posted by Draccy
on Jul 7, 2013 -
I just installed some Smart TVs in a weekly rental unit. Will the renters be able to log on and off to their personal accounts, or have I opened Pandora's box ? [more inside]
posted by lobstah
on Jun 9, 2013 -
Looking for an app or desktop program that will help me clarify my thoughts and make decisions. Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue
on Jun 5, 2013 -
I'm hoping to start our food and sundries budget off on the right foot by shopping the sales as much as possible, but going through flyers and/or finding coupons on store at a time can be really tedious. There has to be a site or app for this, but I seem to be striking out.
Any recommendations from the hive mind? Bonus made-up points for anything that lets me set even basic alerts.
(The Canada factor is key--the initial few apps I've looked at have been US-only.)
posted by Decimask
on May 29, 2013 -
I've been given a $50 gift card to the iTunes store, and I'd like some help spending it. [more inside]
posted by gladly
on Apr 23, 2013 -
Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin
on Apr 12, 2013 -
I need to find a to-do/productive/teamwork app with a fairly specific feature set. It has to be... [more inside]
posted by nosila
on Apr 8, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
I recently started using Onlive Plus and like it a lot. But I'm stuck on one thing. Once I have downloaded and edited a Dropbox file in Onlive, how do I get the file back to Dropbox?
The Onlive FAQ says, "After you edit a file, save it and upload it to Dropbox," but I can't figure out how to accomplish the upload from within Onlive. And my google-fu is failing me.
Thanks in advance.
posted by Short Attention Sp
on Mar 19, 2013 -
I just got a new iOS device and web browsing is a bit different than browsing on my desktop. When I click on a link, I expect to be taken straight to a webpage, but instead I often get an advertisement to download an app for that websites' homepage. Example: Contra Costa times
Is this just the way web browsing works in the mobile era? What are my options if I decide that I always don't want to install an app?
posted by cnanderson
on Mar 19, 2013 -
Siri is touted as an advanced piece of engineering technology, but as far as I know I can open Apple made apps and run a command. Very helpful if you figure it out (it's worth it), but limited indeed.
What are its limits? Can this be extended?
Note: There is no Siri API, or god forbid, SDK, to speak of.
posted by tenstairs
on Feb 26, 2013 -
I've been using Weight Watchers online for years now, but it's stopped working for me. Is there an iPhone app with a similar function? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham
on Dec 12, 2012 -
Can you recommend a useful menstrual cycle tracking app for Android? The few I've tried so far are either so basic as to not be worth the trouble (I can mark "Start Period" and "End Period" on my own calendar) or geared more toward fertility tracking, which isn't applicable. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone
on Dec 10, 2012 -
I am using an iMac with Mountain Lion as my desktop, and an iPhone 4S with iOS6 as my cell phone. I use OSX's and iOS's native apps for email, contacts, and calendar, which are provided by Google Apps.
What I need is a GTD (to do) application for the Mac, which a) has an iOS version, and b) supports syncing to iCal or Google Calendar.
I currently own Omnifocus, but as of Mountain Lion, it no longer supports iCal sync. I want to be able to sync deadlines and tasks to my calendar, this really is a pretty basic feature that seems to be missing from a lot of GTD applications.
Wunderlist doesn't support this. I've looked at Things, but it doesn't seem to support it either.
posted by Unhyper
on Nov 3, 2012 -
I am relatively new to the smart phone world. But what I already learned is that incredibly many apps are for free. I wonder how that is possible. During the last month I have spent some time myself developing a financial app for Android - my preferred smart phone. The app of course could be useful not only for me but also for others. So I put it into the Google Play Store. Since I made some effort with bringing the thing to life I am not ready to give it away for free but expect getting a reasonable price paid. What I wonder is are people in general expecting apps to be free anyway? Are there other models how to finance the development of smart phone apps?
posted by matthiasw
on Sep 6, 2012 -
I'm asking for my 14 year old son...how does one get started in developing games and apps? [more inside]
posted by snsranch
on Aug 30, 2012 -
shut down! Now how am I supposed to convert my hundreds of wedding photos into a 2 minute video, with music? Please, please, please tell me there's an alternative way to do this - weather an automatic service, or a stand alone program, or some multi-step conversion nightmare. Thanks!
posted by rebent
on Aug 13, 2012 -
Paid Google Apps accounts cannot share (delegate) contacts with users outside of its domain.
Has anybody come across this issue and been able to work around it? [more inside]
posted by Slackjaw37
on Aug 1, 2012 -
I have a large number of books that I want to donate to a library or sell. I want to give my friends and family first pick at anything they want (my primary aim is to quickly reclaim the physical space used up by the books). I need a workflow that will allow me to scan the books' UPCs, etc. with my iPhone 4's camera and end up with an email-able spreadsheet pre-populated
with ISBN/Title/Author. Columns for genre, edition and/or year, and short blurbs would also be welcome.
I have a PC laptop with the MS Office suite in addition to the iPhone. What are my options? Thanks, hivemind!
posted by Inspector.Gadget
on May 20, 2012 -
Spending a long weekend in D.C. Looking for off the beaten path restaurant, app suggestions & other recommendations. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari
on May 4, 2012 -
Best iPad educational apps to help a 5 year old catch up before kindergarten? She needs help with basic English, ABCs, numbers. [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy
on Apr 22, 2012 -
Please help me build a solid foundation in understanding User Experience. I am in technology and this skill will super help me. [more inside]
posted by gadget_gal
on Mar 15, 2012 -
What are some of the best writing applications for the ipod touch?
I am sometimes times writing on the fly and just did the nanowrimo thing and found it was a blast! So want to learn more about witing applications..Any info on bluetooth keyboards would be cool as I could use it with some apps. Thanks everyone and Happy and safe holidays and Merry christmas to all.
posted by Upon Further Review
on Dec 26, 2011 -
Are there any iPhone/iPad apps or games that would help a 10-year old with her reading? When she reads out loud she does really well for a few minutes but quickly starts to skip words or guess them rather than trying to read what's on the page. She loves computer games so I was wondering if a reading game might motivate her.
posted by Dragonness
on Dec 19, 2011 -
I'm deploying a fleet of Motorola Xoom Android tablets to a couple dozen skilled trade workers. What apps do I need to include to help make my life and the lives of the workers as easy as possible? No internet access other than a few approved sites (managed by firewall and a wireless profile), but they'll be getting their email and calendar (all powered by GAFE) too.
posted by deezil
on Dec 5, 2011 -
I'm looking for a web app that lets you create job applications and collect responses. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01
on Oct 14, 2011 -
I am a PC Windows/Word/Scrivener user with Dropbox and Google account; I want to write lengthy prose on the move (at cafes, hotels etc.) using my new WiFi iPad 2 with Apple keyboard and keep my text safely synced/compatible/accessible back at home. What apps, accounts do I need? [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron
on Jun 19, 2011 -
Non-developer trying to build an app that uses locations/times/schedules, similar to a "next bus" utili-tool. What should I know before wasting too much time and energy on something that really ought to be left to the professionals? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow
on Jun 17, 2011 -
Very happy owner of a new Ipad2 (with 3g). Are you an Ipad user/owner? What are your absolute favorite apps? And why? I have looked at a lot of prior threads asking for best apps for particular purposes, including this one
about best apps for gifting, but I'm actually just interested in finding out the apps MeFi people love the most.
posted by bearwife
on May 17, 2011 -
app filter -- I am finally getting on the smartphone wagon, and it will be a droid (probably a used G1 if that matters). Lots and lots of my job involves talking on the phone. I want an app that will automatically time my outgoing and incoming phone calls by contact and/or by info that I type in. I want to transfer that information on a monthly basis to my computer, to sync that information with my billing program. [more inside]
posted by freshwater
on Feb 25, 2011 -
Pimp my iPad! I'm going to be using an iPad for business trips in the near future. Can you help me find all the best apps for wandering through a strange city? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes
on Feb 24, 2011 -