Use this free app to leave photo postcards for others to see
TapTag is a social app lets you create and share postcards of the places you visit and leave them for others to find through their phone’s camera. It’s a cool concept, but the app (just out of beta testing) still has a few teething problems and we experienced some issues including crashes. While you can follow friends and see their location on a map, it doesn’t show their geotagged photos. For that you need the in-app camera view with photos taken by others near your location, indicated by floating bubbles.
Learn how to get the stories you want from the viral content website using its Android app
As you have almost certainly seen over the last few years, BuzzFeed is a hub for viral content, list articles and quizzes. However, the site is also gaining rapid respect in the industry for its good news gathering and impressive reporting. Its global network of offices writes news and also conducts very high-level interviews, such as a sit-down interview with President Obama in February 2015.
This burgeoning reputation as a legitimate news outlet has prompted BuzzFeed to launch an app specifically for its news section. It regularly updates throughout the day and reports on a wide range of important issues.
HTC’s mid-range offering is first to the party with Marshmallow
Back in the noughties, HTC was constantly fighting with Samsung for supremacy over the Android market. However, a series of mistakes and failed products has eaten into HTC’s profits and the company has been in a nosedive ever since. Although both the South Korean company’s HTC One (M8) and M9 were excellent phones, they failed to sell; the latter suffering due to a perceived lack of innovation from its previous iteration.HTC has decided to throw itself fully into the premium end of the mid-range market with the A9 at £419/$499.99 with reasonably high-end specs.
The first thing we have to mention about the A9 is the fact that it is the first non-Nexus handset to run Android Marshmallow. Yes, HTC’s non-flagship is going to beat the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony and even Motorola to the punch in getting the very latest version of Android. This could prove crucial to users who want to get the new operating system as quickly as possible without rooting their device.
An intergalactic take on time
Bringing the age-old concept of the astronomical clock into the digital era, the Swiss-made Cosmic-Watch is an interesting prospect, combining timekeeping with astronomy and astrology. As well as standard world clock functions, it features a detailed model of the solar system along with major constellations of stars so that you can view their positions in relation to Earth at any given time, past or future.
Upon launch, you’re presented with an interactive globe, à la Google Earth style, that can be spun and zoomed in to take a closer look at a particular region. While you can’t zoom right in to see towns and roads, you can select a location to show its local time and add it to a favourites list. Tapping the three-dots icon brings up extra options including Time Control, which can be used to rewind or fast-forward time – tap it repeatedly to make the globe spin fast like a basketball!
Other view modes include Astro that shows the astrological positions of planets, you can set the time to your birth date for an instant star chart and there’s a Stars mode that shows constellations in a celestial sphere around the Earth. While the latter offers a good overview of their positions and how they shift during the hours of the night, there’s no way of viewing the heavens from a point on the Earth. So the app isn’t very useful for precise location of celestial objects in the night sky, despite an option to show the equatorial coordinates.
Step up your security with the latest issue of Android Magazine, available now in print and for instant download
There’s a host of threats to your phone and data out there, from the much-documented Stagefright to this new nasty. Add to that the data risks from losing your phone – or worse, having it stolen – and there’s plenty to worry about.
Well, fret no more, because in issue 60 of Android Magazine we explain some key security tips and tricks that you can use to protect your phone and lock down your data. From protecting your files from malware and hack attacks to securing and wiping your data if the worst happens, we’ve got it covered.
Enhance your mobile experience tenfold with the help of this hacking tip
Keeping tabs on notifications and other alerts on your phone usually means getting the device out of your pocket. However, if you’re in a scenario where your attention is wholly on your computer’s display, you might miss something important.
Mirroring your Android device with your computer is a good solution and if for some reason you haven’t rooted your device, you can employ Vysor (a Google Chrome extension available from vysor.io) that’s compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
With Chrome installed on your desktop, grab the extension and connect your Android device using a USB cable, remembering to enable USB Debugging in Settings> Developer Options.