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Top 5 Android Devices

If you’re a fan of open source technology, you’re likely spurning Apple’s phones and tablets in favour of Android. However, the difficulty when investing in an Android model is the variety out there, which can make choosing a phone or tablet quite a challenge. Ironically, this array of technology is also one of the OS’s major draws.

Other reasons to choose Android over Apple include the use of widgets over installing apps, the wider variety of app marketplaces and the compatibility with Flash. However, there are drawbacks too – Android is less widely regulated so it may pose increased security risks to your phone or tablet.

If you do choose to go Android, there is a plethora of innovative technology out there, each one offering something a little different. So to help you in the decision making process, here are five of the best Android technologies to suit a variety of needs.

  1. Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet

One of the major selling points for the Nexus 7 is the price tag. Available at just $199, this beats all branded major competition and is a superb option for households or individuals on a budget. Smaller than the iPad, experts claim this might be more easily comparable to a Kindle – especially with its heavy focus on book and film apps. It has been described as a way for users to access and consume web content, and buy in particular from Google’s app stores. It is the ideal hybrid model – larger than a smart-phone but smaller than the average tablet – which makes web browsing highly portable, yet more easily visible.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S3 smart-phone

The Samsung Galaxy S3 makes the Top 5 Android technologies list due to its impressive quad-core processor, HD display and 4.8 inch screen – great features for a smart-phone. In terms of operation, it also boasts a surprisingly powerful battery, which allows it to keep its charge for longer; ideal for busy people on the go.

3.  Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

If there is one thing that puts people off purchasing a tablet it’s the touch screen typing capabilities. Sometimes you just want a regular QWERTY keyboard. While other tablets offer plug-in typing facilities, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is an Android tablet with the physical benefits of a Netbook – it has a foldable and removable keyboard dock. Plus, it’s slimmer and lighter than the iPad, it has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and it can process full HD movies too.

  1. Arnova ChildPad

The Arnova ChildPad has made it onto the list due to its innovative use. It is a tablet aimed at children and one of the few that runs an Android OS. This give kids the ability to use child-friendly Android apps without annoying mum and dad (by stealing their tablets). At 7 inches it’s smaller than the average 10 inch tablet which suits smaller fingers down to the ground and it comes fully loaded with 30 apps tailored for kids.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

At number five, is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – the Android tablet most comparable to the iPad. It is both lighter and thinner than Apple’s model, offering a dual-core CPU which offers users a good speed and an 8 mega pixel camera to boot.

So there you have it – five Android technologies suitable for five different uses – and one thing’s for sure, you don’t get this level of choice when you buy from Apple.

This article was submitted through TechGeec’s article submission form.

Amy Boff writes for Appliances Online. When she isn’t checking Facebook she enjoys walking her dog. Follow her on Twitter @AmyBoff

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How to Set Up Custom Voicemail for Your Android Contacts

When somebody misses your call, you’re usually redirected to their voicemail inbox. You hear a generic greeting, a beep, and then you leave a message.

But that’s boring. Why settle for the same old generic voicemail messages when you can assign custom voicemail messages to your favorite contacts?

Thanks to Android, assigning customized voicemail greetings has never been easier. Today, we’re going to show you how to give every one of your contacts a unique voicemail message using Google Voice.

Step 1) Download Google Voice

Google Voice is a free app that is available in the Google Play store. Download and install Google Voice here. Unfortunately, the Google Voice app is currently only available to Android users in the United States.

Step 2) Enable call screening

Google Voice has a useful call screening function. You’ll need to enable this function before you record your custom voicemail greetings.

To do this, open Google Voice and select the gear icon in the top right corner. Tap on the Voice settings link and then navigate to the Calls tab.

Find the radio button beside Call Screening that says ‘On’ and select it. Once you hit Save Changes, call screening will be enabled. Call screening allows you to send callers directly to voicemail, listen to the voicemail message they’re about to leave, accept the call, or accept and record the call.

Step 3) Set up Google Voice voicemail

Now that you’ve enabled call screening, you can set up Google Voice’s voicemail. Open Google Voice and click the gear icon in the top right corner of the main menu. Choose Voice settings from the list and then select the Voicemail & SMS tab.

Once you’re ready to record your voicemail message, select Record New and speak your name into your phone. Then, choose the Android phone that you want your calls to be forwarded to and hit Connect.

Google Voice will call the Android phone you selected and then ask you to record the name you want your contacts to hear when they call you.

Step 4) Set up customized voicemail greetings

Now that you have connected Google Voice’s voicemail, it’s time to record customized greetings for your favorite contacts. To do this, once again click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the page, navigate to Voice settings and choose the Voicemail & SMS tab.

Look for the Voicemail Greeting section and then click on the Add button to add a new contact. Type in whatever name you want to use for that customized voicemail greeting.

After you press OK, a new window called Record Greeting will appear. Open the drop-down menu called Phone to ring and then select your Android phone. Click Connect and Google Voice will immediately call your phone.

When you pick up the call, Google Voice will tell you to record your customized voicemail message. Once you’ve hung up the call, select your voicemail message from the Voicemail Greeting section of the Voicemail & SMS tab, which can be found under your settings menu (click on the gear icon in the top-right of Google Voice).

Step 5) Choose your contact

Go to Google Voice and look through your list of contacts. Select the contact for which you have already recorded a personalized greeting and then select Edit Google Voice settings. Choose the Voice message that you have already recorded from the dropdown list that pops up. You can also set up a personalized voicemail message for a group using this method.

You’re done!

This feature is useful for plenty of different reasons. You can set up a customized Google Voice message for your work contacts, for example, that says you’re currently out of the office. And your friends can hear another message entirely.

Whether you want to leave a cute greeting for your girlfriend or an “I’m safe, mom” message for your parents, Google Voice can help you get the most out of your Android smartphone. Thanks to the power of Android and Google Voice, generic voicemail messages are a thing of the past.

This article was submitted through TechGeec’s article submission form.

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Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions

Here is a list of my 10 favorite extensions for the Google Chrome web browser (in no particular order):

1. Clickable LinksTurns unclickable urls & email addresses into clickable ones. Click HERE to download.

2. Downloads - Access the Downloads window directly from the toolbar. Click HERE to download.

3. Firebug Lite for Google Chromeprovides the rich visual representation we are used to see in Firebug when it comes to HTML elements, DOM elements, and Box Model shading. It provides also some cool features like inspecting HTML elemements with your mouse, and live editing CSS properties. Click HERE to download.

4. InvisibleHandAutomatically get the lowest price on whatever you’re buying. Click HERE to download.

5. Session Manager - Session Manager lets you save sessions of your opened tabs and windows, and to quickly re-open them whenever you like. Click HERE to download.

6. Smooth ScrollScrolls the websites smoothly when scrolling with the mouse wheel or the keyboard. Click HERE to download.

7. StayFocusdStayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time per day that you can spend browsing time-wasting websites. Click HERE to download.

8. Turn Off the LightsThe entire page will be fading to dark, so you can watch video as if you are in the cinema. Click HERE to download.

9. WOTWeb of Trust is a safe browsing tool, which warns you about risky sites that cheat customers, deliver malware or send spam. Click HERE to download.

10. Xmarks Bookmark and Password Sync - Backup and sync your bookmarks, passwords and open tabs across computers and browsers. Xmarks is also available for Firefox, Safari and IE. Click HERE to download.

Google Goggles Available for iPhone

Back in December Google Goggles was released for Android T-Mobile smartphones. This allowed users to search in Google Maps using a picture they took. It highlights recognized objects and then all you have to do is click on it to find out more information. Google announced today that Goggles is available for the iPhone.

Quote (via SearchEngineCompany):

Google Mobile’s blog does warn that since “computer vision” is difficult that it’s still a Labs product and that they will continue to work on it to make it work better. Google Mobile App is in the Apple App Store and users need only downloaded the updated version on their iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 devices. Devices must be running iOS 4 or above and Goggles is only enabled for English-speaking users.

You can download it HERE.

Google I/O Very Unprofessional

As I was watching the first day of the Google I/O Keynote I noticed some issues Google had but nothing they could of prevented, for example losing WiFi and so on. But the second day from what I heard was a mess. (I haven’t watched the keynote yet becasue it isn’t on their YouTube channel). They were losing WiFi, their remotes wern’t connectig to the projectors, and their Bluetooth keyboards wern’t connecting, and the list goes on. It even got so bad they had to ask te audience to turn off their WIFI on their computers and phone to free it up for Google sake. (But can you really picture 5,000 people getting WIFI off of one router)? You would of thought Google would of had this down by now but hey didn’t. Could this be a regular thing with Google? To be honest I love Google (epically everything they do is very casual) but this is kinda ruining their reputation.

Google Gag Puts Topeka on Top of Web’s April Foll’s Day Prank

TOPEKA, Kan. – For a month, Topeka was Google. For a day – April Fools’ Day – Google was Topeka.

In a nod to Kansas capital, this unofficially changed its name to Google, Kan., for a month in a bid to become a test site for the company’s planned super-fast fiber optic network, the popular search engine changed its name yesterday to Topeka.

Visitors to the company’s homepage, google.com, were greeted by the name “Topeka” in Google’s familiar multicolor typeface. Below it was a link to a lengthy blog posting by Google Inc. Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt explaining the move.

Topeka, Mr. Schmidt said, took its name from the Kansa Indians as “a good place to dig for potatoes” along the Kansas River.

“We’d like to think that our Website is one the Web’s places to dig for information,” Mr. Schmidt wrote.

Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten’s office was inundated with calls.

“We’ve had a lot of fun with it. It’s brought attention to our city,” Mr. Bunten said.

Google wasn’t the only institution to have fun with April Fools’ Day.

The intuition of higher learning formerly known as Johns Hopkins University made a surprising announcement: It was finally dropping that first, awkward “s” and changing its name its name to John Hopkins University.

The alteration was quickly made to the university’s Website, and the media relations staff posted photos of the ditched letter being removed from around campus: A worker in a neon work vest filling in an engraved “s” on a marble sign. A crane pulling a metal “s” off a building.

Even the campus bookstore, in an announcement on the university Web site, was stocking up on Wite-Out to help faculty members update their cards.

“We give up,” university President Ronald Daniels said, “We’re fighting a losing battle here. And we strongly suspect the extra ‘s’ was a typo in the first place.”

  • YouTube offered the curious option of watching videos in text essentially a stream of code instead of images.
  • The comedy video site FunnyOrDie.com was revamped as Bieber or Die, its homepage riddled with the tennybopper star Justin Bieber.
  • Starbucks poked fun “at itself by unveiling new “micra” and “plenta” sizes, one absurdly small, the others as big as a bucket.”