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Well the CTIA (wireless association conference) was last week and, as one would expect, Android was the hottest topic for the upcoming year.  It seemed nearly every carrier and every manufacturer (sans Apple) was making an Android device.  It’s good news, really.  Now people have a choice and now there’s healthy competition.  It’s also good for those of us who refuse to switch to AT&T’s crappy service JUST so we can have the iPhone.  So for those of you like myself who are VERY satisfied with the Droid on Verizon, here’s some more apps (some that “used” to be iPhone only) to look forward to in the very-near future:

Logmein Android
https://secure.logmein.com/welcome/android/

Paypal
http://www.androidcentral.com/paypal-bump-android-bound

Dropbox
http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/22/dropbox-android-app/

Skype Mobile
http://www.skype.com/download/skype/android/

Oregon Trail
http://www.androidcentral.com/oregon-trail-android-app-ctia

Fandango
http://www.fandango.com/androidapp

Rhapsody (public beta coming April 4th)
http://www.rhapsody.com/android/download

Blockbuster (aren’t they bankrupt?)
http://www.androidcentral.com/blockbusters-android-app-ctia

Grandmasterpixel (social pixel-art game):
http://www.droidgamers.com/index.php/game-news/android-game-news/210-grandmastpixel-beta

Zenonia (RPG game):
http://www.eurodroid.com/2010/03/famed-iphone-rpg-zenonia-hits-android-for-5-99-and-1-6-phones-and-above/

Thickbuttons:
http://thickbuttons.com/

DriveSafe.ly:
http://www.drivesafe.ly/

Slacker Radio:
http://www.slacker.com/everywhere/mobile/android/

With today’s press release announcing the 2011 software suite of products, they also updated their 2011 feature list.  Here are some of the new features we’ll see in Revit 2011:

Download the Autodesk Press Packet

Also the brochures for Revit Architecture 2011 & Revit Structure 2011 & Revit MEP 2011:
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/autodesk_revit_architecture_2011_brochure.pdf
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/revit_structure_2011_overview_brochure_us.pdf
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/autodesk_revit_mep_overview_brochure_us.pdf

Revit Architecture 2011 Revit Structure 2011

User Interface Improvements

  • A modeless properties palette allows the user to change the properties of an element during placement or modification.
  • Contextual tab improvements reduce the number of tab switches and provide consistent tool locations.
  • Users now have the ability to adjust the order of tools on the Quick Access toolbar.

User Interface Improvements

Adaptive Components

Adaptive component functionality is designed for situations when components need to flexibly adapt to unique contextual conditions. Adaptive points are created by modifying reference points. The geometry drawn by snapping to these adaptive points results in an adaptive component.

Adaptive Components

Form Editing

A form can be edited in sketch mode by modifying the curves from which it was created. A form can also be dissolved back to the curves from which it was created. Once a form has been dissolved, its profile curves and path (when applicable) remain. These curves and path can be edited to create a new form.

Form Editing

Large Team Workflow

Improve your ability to work with projects containing linked files with the capability to apply view filters, tag elements, and control visibility of worksets.

Large Team Workflow

Text Improvements

Improvements to text tools enable you to:

  • Adjust the location of the leader relative to the text block
  • Format text with bullets and numbering
  • Modify text using the Find & Replace Text tool

Text Improvements

New Structural Tools

Several structural tools, previously available only in Autodesk® Revit® Structure software, are now available to Autodesk Revit Architecture users.

These tools include:

  • Curved Beams
  • Metal Decking
  • Slanted Structural Columns
  • Trusses
  • Beam Coping tool
  • Beam System Tags

New Structural Tools

Enhanced Visualization

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display materials and ambient lighting in editable views.

Enhanced Visualization

Keyboard Shortcuts

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides a new interface for managing keyboard shortcuts for Revit Tools:

  • Add or remove keyboard shortcuts and assign multiple shortcuts for each Revit Tool.
  • Import keyboard shortcuts from another user.
  • Export keyboard shortcuts to share them with other users, or to a spreadsheet program where you can sort, organize, and print a list of shortcuts for quick reference.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Custom Elevation Tags

Define the appearance of view tags used for elevations. Elevation tags can now have any shape and any number of arrows pointing in nonorthogonal directions relative to the tag body.

Custom Elevation Tags

Background Images in Rendering

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display images in the background of rendered views.

Background Images in Renderings

Sheet Improvements

Improvements to sheets enable you to:

  • List sheets on the drawing list that are not in the project, such as consultant drawings
  • Consistently align views on sheets

Sheet Improvements

Convert Line Types

The convert lines tool converts existing model lines, detail lines, and symbolic lines into the preferred line type.

Convert Line Types

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software helps architects and designers work naturally, design freely and deliver projects efficiently. Purpose-built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Revit Architecture helps you explore design concepts and forms, and better maintain your design data through documentation and construction. With parametric change technology, any change you make is automatically updated throughout your model, keeping your design and documentation coordinated and more reliable. Share essential BIM data with your partners for a more collaborative, integrated building design process. Support a more efficient design process that enables improved sustainable design analysis, clash detection, construction planning and material fabrication.

What’s New

Key Features Common to all Revit Platform Software Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011 and Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 software share a common set of key enhancements for improved design functionality and workflow to help design teams accelerate better design with tools that promote productivity and support sustainable design and analysis. See the Autodesk® Revit® Platform Enhancements for 2011 backgrounder for information on the platform enhancements.

Enhancements specific to Revit Architecture 2011 include:
Form Editing
  • Sketch editing for conceptual masses in Revit Architecture 2011 has been improved with the ability to edit individual profiles of any type of form without having to delete the form first, similar to “sketch mode” but even more accessible.
  • The Dissolve Form command removes the surfaces from a form, leaving the valuable defining profiles, curves and points.
  • In the past, only voids could be used as cutting elements for Boolean operations, and it was difficult to access them again for further transformations. Now solids can be used to cut other solids, so that when the cut is executed, geometry from both forms remains visible.
Surface Rationalization
  • The ability to rationalize surfaces has been enhanced. Surfaces can now be split by levels, reference planes and model lines.
  • Now, divided surface patterns can be made up of any combination of UV grids and intersects created by these new elements. Adaptive
Components

The adaptive component is a generalized implementation of the pattern-based curtain panel family, which was introduced with the 2010 release of Autodesk Revit Architecture. It is designed to handle cases where components need to flexibly adapt to many unique contextual conditions. The adaptive component can be used to simply fill in the empty edge panels on a divided surface or for more complex modeling or framing applications.
Structural Tools
Several features formerly available only in Autodesk Revit Structure software are now available in Autodesk Revit Architecture, such as the ability to create:
  • Curved beams
  • Slanted columns
  • Beam copings
  • Trusses
  • Metal deck profiles, and more
Rendering Enhancements:
  • Background Images Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display images in the background of rendered views.
  • Procedural Textures Create custom procedural textures based on patterns such as checker, gradient, wood or tiles.
  • New Autodesk Material Library More smoothly exchange material data between Autodesk applications with the new Autodesk Material Library. Materials can be exchanged with certain other supporting Autodesk applications (AutoCAD®, Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk Revit MEP and Autodesk Revit Structure software) in a true one-to-one mapping — helping create a consistent definition and rendered look and minimize the need to rework materials after data import. Note: The new Material Library in Revit Architecture 2011 will only export materials, lights, or environments to 3ds Max/3ds Max Design 2011.
  • Removal of Four-Core Rendering Limit Rendering in Revit-based products is no longer limited to the use of four cores on multiprocessor computers. Revit-based products can now take advantage of as many cores as are available on your computer.
Access to Autodesk® Green Building Studio® Web-Based Services (Available with Subscription to Revit Architecture)
  • More smoothly extend BIM workflows to include sustainable analysis. With more than 1.6 million virtual weather locations across the globe, the climate information used in analyses can be more local, accurate and current.
  • By using the power of cloud computing, Green Building Studio can generate analyses in a matter of minutes, thus helping architects and designers to iterate through multiple design options earlier and more often.
  • For new buildings projects, whole building energy analysis can help predict more accurate building operation costs before construction. For renovation and retrofit projects, the software helps users to make the most efficient design choices.

Don’t forget to bookmark: http://www.revit2011.info

Autodesk Unveils 2011 Software Portfolio for Building Design, Infrastructure and Construction Industries

http://news.autodesk.com/news/autodesk/20100325005433/en/Autodesk-Unveils-2011-Software-Portfolio-Building-Design

To view the full archived Autodesk webcast from today click here.  In the webinar they outline a lot of the new 2011 products.

Updates for Key Product Lines Promote Building Information Modeling and Multidisciplinary Collaboration for New and Renovation Projects

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced new versions of its software for the building, infrastructure and construction industries. The updated portfolio is designed to help increase industry adoption of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process, facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration and address new and renovation projects.

“Our new 2011 software helps support that goal by capitalizing on the enormous benefits of Building Information Modeling, and facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration from start to finish for everything from new construction and renovations on residential and business projects to large-scale infrastructure and government projects.”

“The building design, construction and infrastructure industries must improve productivity, while at the same time completing complex projects on time and at, or under budget,” said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president of AEC Industry Solutions. “Our new 2011 software helps support that goal by capitalizing on the enormous benefits of Building Information Modeling, and facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration from start to finish for everything from new construction and renovations on residential and business projects to large-scale infrastructure and government projects.”

2011 Portfolio for Building Design and Construction

Autodesk’s 2011 software for new construction and existing building projects supports the Building Information Modeling process to help architects, designers and engineers more easily create and profit from digital design data and better communication across extended project teams. Updated software includes:

  • Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 software — Autodesk Revit Architecture helps architects and designers work naturally, design freely, and deliver projects efficiently. Purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM), Revit Architecture helps explore design concepts and forms, and better maintain design data through documentation and construction. With parametric change technology, any change made is automatically updated throughout your model, keeping design and documentation coordinated and more reliable. Key new features include:
    • Large team workflow
    • Enhanced visualization
    • Enhanced documentation
  • Autodesk Revit Structure 2011 software — Autodesk Revit Structure is the purpose-built building information modeling (BIM) solution for structural engineering firms, providing tools for structural design and analysis. Revit Structure integrates a multimaterial physical model and an independently editable analytical model for more efficient structural analysis while providing bidirectional links to popular structural analysis software. Key new features include:
    • Framing enhancements (slanted columns, beam systems, trusses and connection symbols)
    • Reinforcement and concrete cleanup enhancements
    • Analytical model enhancements
  • Autodesk Revit MEP 2011 software — Autodesk Revit MEP building information modeling (BIM) software helps mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineers, designers, and drafters gain the competitive advantage of BIM by analyzing and optimizing building systems designs before they are built. Autodesk Revit MEP helps design teams accelerate better design with tools that promote productivity and support sustainable design and analysis. Key new features include:
    • Cable tray and conduit modeling
    • Panel schedules and demand factors
    • MEP fixture management

To help facilitate the BIM process, while at the same time protecting investment in legacy software, training and design data investments, the 2011 portfolio includes:

Enhancements for AutoCAD Architecture 2011 and AutoCAD MEP 2011 include:

  • AutoCAD Architecture 2011 — efficient drafting and documentation with an intuitive environment and purpose-built tools for architects. Key new features include:
    • New geometric and dimensional constraints
    • New renovation tools to help accelerate design and production
    • Improved wall cleanups with new intelligent Cleanup command
  • AutoCAD MEP 2011 — version of AutoCAD software for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) designers and drafters that provides greater drafting productivity. Key new features include:
    • MvPart view blocks (create and store AutoCAD block names, edit display)
    • Parallel conduit routing
    • Sloped piping

To facilitate multi-discipline collaboration the 2011 building and construction software portfolio includes:

  • Autodesk Navisworks 2011 — software (including Autodesk Navisworks Manage 2011, Autodesk Navisworks Simulate 2011 and Autodesk Navisworks Freedom 2011 software) enables design and construction professionals to unite project contributions into a synchronized model for whole-project review, simulation and analysis. Key enhancements for the Navisworks 2011 family of software include:
    • Restructured and simplified User Interface (applies to Navisworks Manage, Simulate and Freedom)
    • Enhanced sectioning Tools (applies to Navisworks Manage and Simulate)
    • New Primavera link and Gantt view (applies to Navisworks Manage and Simulate)
  • Autodesk Buzzsaw 2011 — Autodesk Buzzsaw is a leading software as a service (SaaS) delivered document, data, and design management solution for centralizing and more securely exchanging project information for distributed teams (across stakeholders, geographies and companies). Fully integrated into the portfolio of Autodesk design solutions, Autodesk Buzzsaw 2011 now includes the Buzzsaw Sync feature. With Buzzsaw Sync users can:
    • Automatically synchronize files from the desktop to the Buzzsaw cloud without interrupting users’ workflow
    • Easily centralize multi-discipline models for importing into Autodesk Navisworks
    • Leverage Buzzsaw permissions to more securely synchronize, share and access information

To facilitate design visualization and creative storytelling the 2011 portfolio includes:

  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 — Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 software offers compelling new techniques for bringing designs to life by aggregating data, iterating ideas, and presenting the results. Key new features include:
    • Quicksilver, an innovative new hardware renderer
    • FBX File Link with Revit Architecture
    • Viewport display of 3ds Max Design materials

2011 Portfolio for Infrastructure

Autodesk’s 2011 software for road, highway and utilities projects includes:

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 — AutoCAD Civil 3D software, the building information modeling (BIM) solution for civil engineering, helps teams deliver higher-quality transportation, land development, and environmental projects faster. Its model-based approach helps keep project information coordinated while delivering higher-quality documentation and visualizations. AutoCAD Civil 3D helps users gain the competitive advantage of BIM to deliver more innovative project solutions. Key new features include:
    • Scalability and performance improvements, as well as an optimized 64-bit version of Civil 3D
    • Tools to better manage the creation and editing of corridors
    • Enhanced superelevation functionality that provides a dynamic link to the alignment and flexible editing options
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2011 — AutoCAD Map 3D software can provide direct access to data needed for infrastructure planning, design, and management activities. AutoCAD Map 3D helps professionals working on transportation, land development, water, and power projects to more easily create, manage, and analyze design, GIS, and asset data so they can achieve better designs, enhanced productivity, and better data quality. Key new features include:
    • New point cloud tools
    • New and enhanced data support
    • Enhanced workflow capabilities

Availability

Product availability will vary by country. Details and purchasing options are available at http://www.autodesk.com/purchaseoptions.

About BIM

BIM is an integrated process for exploring a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally before it’s built, helping to deliver projects faster and more economically, while minimizing environmental impact. Coordinated, consistent information is used throughout the process to design innovative projects; better visualize and simulate real-world appearance, performance and cost; and create more accurate documentation.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software to help customers experience their ideas digitally before they are built. Fortune 100 companies — as well as the last 15 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects — use Autodesk software tools to design, visualize and simulate their ideas to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation for competitive advantage. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.

Autodesk, AutoCAD, Buzzsaw, Civil 3D, Navisworks, Revit and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

© 2010 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

It’s official — Motorola Droid’s Android 2.1 update to be rolled out OTA starting Thursday

The highlights:

  • New Weather & News Applications & Widgets
  • New Gallery Application now with 3D and integration of Picasa Web Albums
  • Google Maps update to include Pinch-to-Zoom
  • Google Maps Navigation gets a dark-theme for better visibility at night.
  • Live Wallpapers

Here’s the screenshot (source:AndroidCentral):

Well here’s the official Motorola document to prove it:

http://support.vzw.com/information/droid_upgrade.html

From the update PDF:

http://support.vzw.com/pdf/system_update/moto_droid.pdf

Enjoy improved performance with these Android™ enhancements. Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce new software updates for your Droid by Motorola smartphone.

The Droid by Motorola software version AP: ESE53/BP: C_01.3E.03P update includes numerous enhancements and improvements.

Enhancements

  • Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the browser, Gallery, and Google Maps.
  • New Weather and News application plus widget.
    • The Weather and News app pulls the information you want from the
      Web and brings it to your fingertips. You get weekly and hourly
      weather forecasts based on your location, and news headlines.
  • New support for voice-to-text entry.
    • Whenever a text-entry box appears, simply tap the microphone icon on the virtual keyboard and speak.
  • New Gallery application with 3D layout. View and share photos taken with your phone and images from your online Picasa Web albums.
  • Live Wallpapers offer richer animated, interactive backgrounds on the
    home screen. Access them with a long press anywhere on the home screen. Tap Wallpapers, then Live Wallpapers.

Improvements

  • Free Yahoo!® Mail is now supported—simply sign in with your Yahoo! email address and password.
  • Google Maps update
    • Personalized suggestions and synchronized starring with
      desktop maps.google.com.

      • Starred items are stored and synced automatically between Google
        Maps on your device and maps.google.com on your computer, making it easy to search for places you’ve searched for before.
    • New night mode in Google Maps Navigation automatically changes the screen at night for easier viewing.
  • Improved pattern-lock functionality.
  • Improved handset audio when disconnecting a wired headset.
  • Email accounts no longer need to be re-entered after an over-the-air update.

Internet Explorer 9 Preview Download Available

You can download the preview via the website:

http://www.ietestdrive.com/

A couple things of note:

  • This is not a full fledged browser, no address bar, no tabs, no back button, it does however include everything the web developer needs to preview — the rendering engine, the Javascript engine, hardware acceleration tools and the developer tools.
  • IE9 will NOT be supported on Windows XP, mostly because of the extensive hardware acceleration features like Direct2D and DirectWrite.
  • As of now scores 55/100 on Acid3 test.
  • As of now the JS engine is faster than Firefox 3.6, but not as fast as the newly released Opera 10.5

internet explorer 9 preview

Choosing the Right Network? Not really. In part maybe, but not the most important part. Let’s consider some other factors, keep in mind we’re talking about battery-life here:

While it’s true CDMA uses slightly more power than a GSM network, it’s a well-known fact that if you don’t have coverage your cell phone battery will be drained even quicker searching for signal.

Also consider this, while the iPhone is a great phone, it doesn’t have the ability for consumers to swap batteries. This leaves you with only a couple options: Turn off your iPhone when you know you won’t have coverage, find an app that will help you manage your transmitting settings based on location, time, or battery-life status, or lastly buy a hideous external battery option. Otherwise you’re left to manage all these settings as put forth by Apple.

If you’re using an android phone, chances are you have the option of carrying an extra battery if needed, ~$25

In an ideal world you’d likely want an android phone on a CDMA network like Verizon, then you have better coverage equating to less signal searching, coupled with user-swappable batteries, along with the JuiceDefender app.  JuiceDefender & UltimateJuice gives you the options for all the battery draining settings and will AUTOMATICALLY change each setting according to your location, time-of-day, or battery-life status.  Can’t get much better than that.

Of course there’s always the quality, type and rating of the battery.  As put forth by the manufacturer specs:

iPhone (GSM):
Talk Time: Up to 5 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 300 hours

Droid (CDMA):
Talk Time: Up to 6.4 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 270 hours

Palm Pre Plus (CDMA):
Talk Time: Up to 5.5 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 350 hours

According to AndroLib.com the Android Market hit 30,000 apps on February 24th, 2010. TechCrunch reported the 20,000 app milestone on December 15th, 2009 and predicted the Android Market would hit 50,000 apps by Q2 2010, I’d say that’s about right… well IN Q2 of 2010. Probably more like mid-May.

Anyhow, here are my calculations for when we can predict the next 40,000 app milestone:
12/15/2009 – 20,000 apps
2/24/2010 – 30,000 apps
In the last 2 weeks – +3,000 apps

At this rate, it should hit 40,000 on or around April 14th, this is of course assuming the rate stays the same and doesn’t increase. We’ll see. Have your own prediction? Post it in the comments.

UPDATE:  Well it seems no one could have predicted the kind of March Android Marketplace had, with over 9,000 new apps, it reached 40,000 in a mere 3 weeks, at or around March 25th.  Impressive!

  1. Bluetooth Headset – In terms of hands-free headsets, there are really only two brand options here.  The BlueAnt Q1 and the JawBone PRIME.  Both products are light years ahead of their competition in terms of fit, weight, and most importantly sound quality with their cutting edge noise-reduction technology.  Of course they also will set you back the most, but headsets are well worth it.
  2. Headphones – Sure you can use your headset to listen to music, but unless you are deaf in one ear, or like to listen to music in monotone, you’d be better off buying a good set of headphones.  This is a highly subjective category as some people are audiophiles and others are casual listeners.  For the casual listeners on a budget I’d propose the V-MODA Bass Freq (earbuds<$30), the JBuds J3 Micro Atomics (earbuds <$30).  For those audiophiles that have the cash, the UltimateEars SuperFi or Shure SE530 are your best bets.
  3. Dock/Cradle – For the best bang for your buck, the Motorola Multimedia Station is the clear winner here.  For ~$40 you can get an integrated solution that has it’s own built-in app into the DROID along with another wall fast-rate charger.  The only downside?  No speaker integration, but that can be fixed with adding a 3.5mm headphone cable to your speakers or amplifier.
  4. Travel/Car Charger – if you buy the car mount kit, you’ll get a car charger with that and if you buy the multimedia station you’ll get a wall charger with that, so really the wall adapter and USB power/data cable that came with your phone is the ideal travel charger.  But if you don’t get either, you can get a car charger standalone here and an extra wall charger here.
  5. Case – Cases are about as subjective as wardrobes are.  There are leopard print back cover shields, plaid back cover shields, or if you’re sane (like me) there are clear protective cases like the Zagg InvisibleSHIELD.  Not only does the invisibleSHIELD come with a lifetime warranty, scratch-proof military grade .2 mm plastic, but because it’s so thin, this protective covering you can keep on and it will fit in your dock, something you CAN’T do with back covers or thicker cases, keep that in mind.
  6. Extra Battery – Don’t take any chances here — your best bet is to buy an OEM (original manufacturer’s equipment) battery like the Motorola BP6X battery that was designed specifically for your phone.  Not only will it last longer and give you the best power rating, but it won’t damage your device, like some of the cheap knockoffs can.
  7. Chargers & Cables – The DROID comes with an excellent 2-in-1 USB cable that has the ability to power and send data, but if you need an extra data cable, I’d recommend this microUSB cable and Power-to-USB cable from Monoprice.  If you have the multi-media dock, you should be able to use your USB cable that came with your phone as your extra.  For fast-rate charging, there’s nothing better than the cable that is provided by default.
  8. Car Kit / GPS Mount – Another Motorola winner here is the Motorola Car Mount with a magnet built-in, once you put your phone in the mount, it will automatically launch Google’s Navigation app.  As a nice addition, the mount comes with it’s own fast-rate car charger, so you don’t have to buy an extra.
  9. Memory Card – For carrying all your music & movies with you, the standard 16GB micro SDHC card might not be enough.  I’d recommend picking up an extra along with a USB reader like the Kingston 16GB micro SDHC w/ USB reader.
  10. Software – Lastly and probably most importantly, don’t forget the Motorola Media Link software to upload your photos, music and videos.  The software will let you sync certain folders, or playlists created in Windows Media Player or iTunes.  It also has a quick share feature that let’s you upload directly to YouTube, Flickr, & Facebook.

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I’ve done it.  I’ve jumped on the smartphone bandwagon. For the last year I’ve been debating the pros & cons of owning a smartphone. On one hand, I didn’t think I had any real need to have internet at my fingertips all day long; On the other hand, my schedule had gotten busier and busier and the need for my family to know each other’s schedules “on the fly” was ever increasing. Now we no longer have scheduling conflicts, we communicate better, and now no more phone calls to get “directions”.

So now that I have a DROID, I thought I’d list my list of favorite android apps to get you started. I’ve spent hours researching the best of the best and well here’s what I’ve come up with:

*All apps are free, unless noted otherwise

Home Screen Replacement:

Shopping:

Google Apps: (http://www.google.com/mobile/more/)

Twitter:

Travel:

Widgets:

Academic:

Utilities:

Imaging / Photography / Graphics:

Browser Replacement:

Keyboard Replacement:

Visual Voicemail:

Games:

Security / Location:

Music:

Productivity:

News & RSS:

Movies:

Because sooner or later — it had to be done.

Here is my definitive comprehensive list of the top 99+ essential latest greatest free wordpress template design examples:

Enjoy!

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