Google backs echoecho app to answer “Where are you?”

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It’s a “simple location-based mobile application for finding friends in the real world.” In some ways, you could say that it fits somewhere between Foursquare and Google Latitude, but it’ll work with anyone in your address book without having to reconnect through another social network.

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Google Docs Android app updated with Web Clipboard

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I was pleased to hear that the Google Docs app for Android has been updated with some new features, the most notable of which is Web Clipboard. The sad news is that it’s not quite as good as I had hoped. Basically, it allows you to snap a photo from your phone and have it uploaded to the Web Clipboard. From there, you have to go to your computer and open up the GDoc of choice to insert the image.

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V CAST Video becomes Verizon Video for Android devices

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Verizon has decided to do a little rebranding by unleashing “Verizon Video” to the Google-fueled masses. In essence, you are able to watch a bunch of your favorite television shows on your preferred Droid device, whether that be a smartphone or a tablet. It’s not unlike V CAST Video, except that they’ve upgraded the quality of the video content and expanded the selection.

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17 more Android devices get loaded with Skype 2.1

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Do you wanna do the Skype thing on your Android smartphone, but they haven’t made it available to your handset yet? Today’s news should be good, then, since Skype has just extended its Skype 2.1 for Android to the “majority of Android devices.” More specifically, they’ve added no fewer than 17 devices to the list.

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Amazon Appstore’s “Free App” costs developers plenty

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You see, the way that you can get your Android app featured on the front page of the Amazon Appstore is to agree to be the “Free App of the Day.” The idea is you get the promotion, build up the user base, and gain more sales down the line as a result. However, there is a stipulation in there that goes contrary to earlier assumptions.

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Intel working on streaming video car alarm systems

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Who wants to come back to see their car broken into or worse, no car at all? You may have an alarm installed, but is it doing the job it’s intended to? Sometimes not, and Intel is taking owners’ complaints and come up with just the right solution: a Car Security System that connects to your smartphone via an application.

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Accounting on the go with QuickBooks Mobile for Android and iOS

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The idea behind this Intuit product is to link up your smartphone with the software you already have on your computer. QuickBooks Mobile provides mobile access to your QuickBooks data, whether you’re using QuickBooks Pro, Premier or Online. They’ve designed it to work for small business owners on the go.

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Android App Measures Brain Waves Using a Wireless Headset

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If you want to measure your brain waves or your pulse, there’s an Android app that does just that. You would stick a wireless device on your head and start playing a 30 second app game on an Android smartphone that’s specially designed for this measurement. While gaming, sensors embedded in the headset would measure your neural activity and at the end, the result of your 30 second brain activity would be displayed on the screen.

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Pay for your frappalatte with Android

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I’ll admit it, I am a coffee addict. The pot is usually on about as often as it rains here in Vancouver, but from time to time id sure like to treat myself to something special from the barista. No more fumbling change, now too like my iPhone friends, I can pull out an Android smartphone and pay up at the Starbucks before sitting down to write some news.

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AndroXplorer Protects and Archives Android

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Our smartphones really are becoming like pocket computers, so we really do need the same kind of functionality that we would expect when sitting in front of the PC. The newest version of AndroXplorer for Android, for instance, brings encryption and file compression to the mobile platform.

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Check In at Home and Track History with New GMaps for Android

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While I am certain there are a lot of people who feel otherwise, I’m still not sold on the whole “checking in” to places thing, whether it be through Foursquare, Facebook, or Google. That said, the newest release of Google Maps for Android devices might actually help with some work-life balance issues.

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Nintendo 3DS AR Cards? There’s an Android App for That

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When the Nintendo 3DS hits our shores this weekend, you’ll find that the retail box includes six augmented reality (AR) cards. These paper cards can be used to interact with the different AR games that are available on the system, but it sucks to have to carry them around with you. So, why not load them on your phone instead?

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