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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

iTunes and Android


If you have iTunes, and you don’t have an iPhone – but an Android phone instead, syncing iTunes to your phone can be frustrating. So here are some tips to sync iTunes and make sure your cover art works well on your Android phone.

Syncing iTunes

Salling Media offers a complete solution for syncing your iTunes media to Android. On top of that it is really user friendly and super fast.
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It will ask you to mount your phone as a disk drive when you launch it; so pick up your phone, swipe down the notification bar, and tap the disk drive option.
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Once you mount your phone as a disk drive, Salling Media immediately detects your phone as an external storage media. Head over to the music tab, click the sync button, and you’ll find all your iTunes music in your Android; quick and easy.
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If you happen to subscribe to podcasts, and you want to listen to them in your phone, Salling Media got you covered. You can sync all your podcasts
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… or simply select those you want to listen. Click the sync button once you have made up your selection, and you’ll get all your podcast in your phone.
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Managing Cover Art

Although iTunes music comes with cover arts, we like to pick our own images for our musics with “cover art downloader”. It’s not only free, it also has an awesome batch cover art feature that download missing cover arts for your music.
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Check your cover arts, and tap any one of them which you want to change.
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Tap the search button to look for alternatives cover arts online.
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Tap the one that you want, and cover art downloader will replace your current cover with the one you want.
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Feel free to share any other tips on syncing iTunes and managing cover arts in the comments section.

    Monday, 20 June 2011

    Twitter for android

    android-twitter-introSocial media has become a part of many people’s everyday life. If you converse with people on Twitter or have an active presence for your business, you know how fast information flies through Twitter feeds.
    With information moving at the speed of Twitter, having access to this sea of information is a must-have for many people. There are several Twitter clients for Android. Below is a breakdown of some of them.

    Twitter

    The first and most obvious application is the one Twitter made. The Twitter made application is very clean and gives you the basics you need to send and receive updates, DMs and Replies. There aren’t really any extras to speak of.
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    Twitdroyd

    My first Android had Twidroyd (formerly known as Twitdroid) installed on it. Without digging too deep, it looks very simple. Almost as simple as the Twitter made app. However Twitdriod has a lot more to offer. Daily deals, nearby tweets and channels make it a good upgrade from a basic app.
    Channels are a list of recent tweets from companies, universities, sites, news and other sources. This makes it easy to keep track of the latest information easier.
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    TweetCaster for Twitter

    Tweetcaster is another basic yet easy to use Twitter application for Android. You can search, see your @replies, DMs and the other essentials. Whats cool about searching in Tweetcaster is when you type in a search term, you can choose to search Twitter as a whole, people with that word in their name or nearby tweets.
    Another more advanced feature is being able to post to multiple accounts at once. This is super handy if you tweet for multiple accounts with similar topics.
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    Tweetdeck

    It wouldn’t be right to talk about Twitter apps and not mention Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is a powerhouse in the Twitter desktop application world. While Tweetdeck for Android does not offer the full host of features as the desktop, it is no slouch. You have access to your Facebook, Foursquare, Google Buzz and multiple Twitter accounts.
    Another great feature adopted from the desktop is the use of columns. Columns makes it easier to see feeds that matter to you. You can set up several different columns and simply swipe to the one you want.
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    Seesmic

    We have talked about Seesmic a couple times here on Make Tech Easier. It is a great competitor to desktop and web applications. The Seesmic Android app gives you a few special features. The first is being able to see Facebook Pages, both your own and pages you like. It also lets you use Salesforce Chatter. Of the apps on here, this is the only one I noticed offering this as an optional account.
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    Hootsuite

    Of the group, Hootsuite is my personal favorite. The reason isn’t because it can add multiple Twitter accounts or Facebook or Foursquare. It is because I can schedule tweets. Scheduling updates is very handy and helps create the illusion that you are more active on Twitter than you really are.
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    Conclusion

    A basic user can pick any of these Twitter Android applications and they will have what they need. The more specific your needs, the more you may want to try an application for a while and see how it works for you. My top two choices on this list are Tweetdeck and Hootsuite. They are user friendly and because you have an account with each, no matter where you sign in to that account, they are all more-or-less in sync.