Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 
4649 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 470


  Reply # 1188224 3-Dec-2014 19:53
Send private message

JayTaicho: Wow, it's great! Sends stuff instantly too. I like how SMS' pop up on the desktop. Thanks!

You're welcome. I am waiting for the day when they start charging for the service, certainly it is already polished enough to warrant a paid app and I will buy it day one if that does happen.

Twitter: @nztechfreak

699 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 103

  Reply # 1188304 3-Dec-2014 22:37
Send private message

NZtechfreak: Tasker is awesome, definite +1 there.

Replace a stack of the stock apps. I'd look to replace the stock messaging app with something that has rich notifications - Evolve SMS probably the one to go for there. Replace the inbuilt video player with MX Player and get the custom codec plugin from XDA (just ask Google). Replace the dialler with something like ExDialler with a material theme. For music players check out PowerAMP, GoneMad Music Player. Solid Explorer or Root Explorer for file management. Replace the stock launcher with something like Nova Launcher (like Google Launcher mentioned above this adds the Google Now voice trigger to launcher screens, as do several other third party launchers). Replace the stock keyboard with Swiftkey. If you use DLNA UPnP stuff then Bubble Player a must. If you're a Lastpass user that app also well worthwhile now that it has the ability to fill in login credentials directly in apps and the browser.

Pushbullet is awesome.

USB OTG stuff is rather non-obvious and is awesome - allows USB peripherals to be connected - hard drives, flash drives, mice, keyboards, USB DACs, gamepads.

If you're a gamer with some old consoles and games gathering dust get some emulators on there - N64, PSX, PSP, NDS, GBA, Dreamcast all have very good emulators available - these are especially great with external gamepads (whether USB as per above or bluetooth). If you're going bluetooth controllers you can even connect multiple controllers and connect your phone to the TV for blasting some 4 player Mario Kart 64, or maybe some 2 player Tekken Dark Resurrection.

Do check out the Humble Bundle too, it's not available for iOS and is quite awesome when the Android ones roll around.

Just got push bullet... awesome. Can't wait for it to go native on mac. Using it with chrome. Universal copy and paste is awesome. Saw someone in the play store charging $9.50 for just this feature.

509 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 155
Inactive user

  Reply # 1189723 6-Dec-2014 03:07
Send private message

depends what you are interested in.
There are lots of pebble apps

you can get a lot of what you want by searching for the components used in the app
eg camera accelerometer will bring up heaps of apps that use the two sensors together
do this with accelerometer, magnetometer or compass, camera, mic , wifi, gps etc
but here are some interesting starting points 

ugmented reality browser , points or data overlayed on a camera view, many plugins inc some for NZ
SkyMap, point phone at sky, tells you what the star is.
Similar apps do satellites/comets etc
3g/4g/wifimap - shows you where to get coverage
hear what your camera sees
google goggles - image analysis
mobile ( optical character recognition) 

also used in
business card scanners -> contacts
pdf scanner, receipt scanners, word translators etc etc
vibration analysis using accelerometer

NZ - search for nz or New zealand - hundreds of apps

Fix my street - report problems to the correct council

Giveway - road rules as you drive

geonet - earthquakes

lightning strike detector

I'm in the process of making an app that will play drum beats and different sounds in time to your walk / run
but there are hundreeds of different ways of generating music from:
o smule

1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.