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With Christmas and New Years freshly over, I think it is safe to say that many Americans consumed their fair share of alcohol. I can say for sure that I am one of them.

While walking around the liqour store with friends, we kept asking each other, “what do we want to drink?” After several empty handed trips around the store, I pulled out my phone and downloaded the Bartender app. I then quickly scrolled through the hundreds of drinks.

Playing with the app, I quickly saw that you could narrow down your mixed drink search by ingredients, ratings, or by alphabetical order. We then grabbed a few bottles of our favorite alcohol, and decided we could come up with tons of great concoctions to try.

Admittedly, I have not heard of a fraction of the hundreds of drinks listed on the Bartender app. That’s not to say I didn’t try to familiarize myself with a few on New Year’s eve. After scrolling through several times, I could see that many of the basic drinks are listed, though I am sure there are some that have been left out. I really liked the fact that you could create a favorites list, because honesty after a few drinks I really don’t remember what I was drinking.

After using this app several times, I have never experienced a force close. Bartender has always opened and functioned very quickly and smoothly. I don’t care for the fact that there are ads on the bottom of the page, but that is to be expected with most free apps. No perfect, but a great, quick, reference that is pretty well organized. After a few drinks, does it really matter that much anyways?

Market Rating: 4/5

My Rating: 4/5

 

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Toshiba, the Japanese computer and flat screen TV maker, is planning to unveil its newest version of the tablet at the CES this week in Las Vegas. The device is tentatively known as the Toshiba Tablet, and offers a 10.1 inch touch screen, slightly larger than the 9.7 inch offered on the iPad. The new tablet is set to run off of an Android version known as Honeycomb.

The Toshiba Tablet is expected to be released around June of this year. While a price has not been announced, it is expected to be competitive with the iPad. Apple’s iPad ranges between $499 and $829 depending upon memory and other capabilities.

In addition  to having 1080 p video playback, the tablet will offer a HDMI port that will allow it to connect to a HDTV. The iPad also lacks support for Flash content, while the Toshiba Tablet will have full Flash support. The tablet will also have front and rear facing cameras so that it can enable video chat .  More details will be available after the CES this week.

iheartradio: so bipolar

Posted: January 1, 2011 in Apps
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This is the app that I think everybody wants to love. Unfortunately, this app often leaves me salivating over its potential. The iheartradio (IHR) web page claims that Android users are given access to over 300 Clear Channel radio stations with this app. I have yet to browse all 300 plus stations, but I have tried many of my favorite channels. One of my favorite FM radio stations is just out of reach while driving in my car, so iheartradio gives me access to this station while driving.  I was so stoked when I found out that I could listen to stations from all over the country, because the same 10 to 15 FM stations get old quickly.

So, whats the problem with IHR? The fact that it drops signal way too often, ranging from a few seconds to minutes. At first, I thought that I was just hitting dead spots while driving in certain areas. This may be the case, however, I often bust out this app while sitting at home, and still find that signal is lost for several seconds at a time. When I am at home I do find that the dropped stations are much less frequent. Usually, I can count on a station to be dropped at least 3 to 4 times in an hour on average.

I am running IHR on a Samsung Fascinate, and am happy to say that I have not had any issues with force closing. I previously ran IHR on a HTC Eris, and did experience a decent amount of force closes. The only issue that I have, is when I am browsing the internet or using another app, IHR seems to lose signal on a more frequent basis. I would blame my phone, but I have other radio apps that do not falter while running other apps simultaneously.

Realistically, it all comes down to your tolerance for an app that randomly drops its signal whenever it wants to. Some people might find it a minor annoyance, while others will prefer to just stick with other radio apps like Pandora. Since I love listening to some of these stations that I simply cannot find anywhere else, I will continue to put up with the random signal drops. I do hope the Clear Channel looks into this apps shortcomings, because when working properly IHR is great. Unfortunately for radio lovers,  that is a very big “when”.

 

Market Rating: 3/5

My Rating: 3/5