what android apps do you use?

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  1. B_Marius567

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    what android apps do you use?

    I have a kindke fire and do not know what apps i need.
     
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    #1 -- online banking app
    #2 -- audible.com app
    #3 -- Weatherbug
    #4 -- Places
    #5 -- Super Sudoku

    :biggrin:

    PS: Congrats on the kindle fire. Do you like it? (My list of apps in no way reflects what you should get -- it's simply what I use the most)
     
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    I'm very cautious about phone apps and banking. So many apps are around from diverse sources and some platforms rush to get them up to be competitive — so they don't get the vetting that results from truly rigorous testing.

    I am skeptical generally about how secure phones are. People download all sorts of nifty "free" or cheap fun apps. It may not be the banking app itself that is a problem, rather it may be one of the other apps that is hiding a bit of malware or spyware under an innocuous cover, sending private information or recording keystrokes to crack accounts.

    Be careful.
     
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    ^^^ I concur with my friend Rawbs: be cautious.
     
  6. Mr. Snakey

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    Very good advise. Thats why i suggested he download from the Amazon Store and not some other vendor. The smart phones (and Kindle ) are not safe in terms of privacy, malware and spyware. They are very easy to hack. The worst being the i phone. It can be hacked in less than 2 minutes.
     
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    WOW. I was being terribly naive about it being risky from the point of view of hackers or criminals being wily about getting access.

    Is seems PRIVACY INVASION IS BUILT RIGHT INTO the smartphones when they are manufactured. Watch the HuffPost video. Even https transactions which are supposed to be encrypted are logged unencrypted by Carrier IQ. That could mean our Passwords are out there in some form of data logs accessed by your carrier, who have no need to see it at all.

    He said it exists on most smartphones from various manufacturers, and is hidden away. When we agree to the licences that we click on to make the phones work none of this is explained in an overt way.

    According to the researcher there is no way to opt out or turn this hidden application off. WTF? This begs some explaining.

    Carrier IQ: Researcher Trevor Eckhart Outs Creepy, Hidden App Installed On Smartphones (VIDEO) (UPDATE)
     
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    There are some good apps that came with my phone, but here is a list of a few of the apps I have downloaded from the Android market:

    I primarily use the barcode scanner app, a unit converter called ConvertDroid, gStrings guitar tuner, Pace Calculator for running, Pandora, GPS Essentials, Scorecenter, and Shazam.

    Not sure how they will work on your Kindle device...
     
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    That is true. The debate over the privacy invasion regarding smartphones has been going on for some time.
    Sen. Franken seeks answers to smartphone privacy issues ...
     
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    In part, the reason why our devices (smartphones and computers) are easy to hack and/or subjected to various invasions of privacy is because we as consumers generally have had this laissez-faire attitude with regard to our privacy, with bullshit logic like, "If you've got nothing to hide..."

    Well yeah, I've got something to hide. Like my frickin' banking passwords and other personal information, for starters. Only now, when the full extent of our lack of security is finally being realized, are people starting to get flustered. About fuckin' time, imo.


    But back to the o.p. I don't have a banking app on my smartphone. Some of the ones I do have include:

    a call blocking app
    a reverse number search and caller id app
    a gps location spoofer
    Lookout (a virus/malware scanning app)
    an app that allows me to access my regular email client
    Tip N Split (calculates the tip for dining, allows various percentage and figures out the split between multiparties)
    Magic Marker (draw whimsical cat faces, smileys and shit on yer screen. a "riot")
    Movies (gives upcoming, box office, finds local theaters, show times, even buy the tickets in advance if you wish)
    Walgreens (scan your meds' barcodes to insta-fill, punch in location and pick up time-voila!)
    Geocoupons (why bother to clip 'em??)

    Plus I've two t.v. apps and various news apps (Time, MSNBC, USAToday)
    and others apps I care not to mention.

    All my downloads are via the Market app that came with my device. Curiously I was just reading a piece on smartphone security yesterday. Here is the article:

    7 Security Tips for Smartphone Users | Smartphones & Tablets | Anti-Virus Software | SecurityNewsDaily
     
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    I use so many apps it's ridiculous. Here's a breakdown:

    Games:
    Angry Birds
    Blast Monkey
    Bubble Blast 2
    Find Differences
    Fruit Ninja
    Hanging with Friends
    IllusionsPro
    Jewellust
    Solitaire Deluxe
    Spades Free
    Sudoku Free
    Vortex Planetarium (Going to add a side note here. This isn't a game but it's recreational so I listed it under games. This is the COOLEST APP EVER. It basically turns your android into a planetarium. Points out all the stars and planets and constellations, and you can click on anything and learn more about it. I love love love this app, and so does my son!)
    Words with Friends
    7 Words

    Apps to customize my Android:

    Zedge (Ringtones, wallpapers, notification sounds)
    Backgrounds (More backgrounds)

    Miscellaneous:
    Dictionary
    Thesaurus
    Bank app
    Out of Milk (This is a to-do/grocery list app.)
    Huffington Post
    IMDb
    TV Guide Mobile
    YouTube
    SoundHound (This is another cool app. Ever hear a song you love but don't know the name or who sings it? Open SoundHound, let it listen for a couple seconds, and it can tell you who is singing that version of the song, the name of the song, the album it's on, and sometimes even the lyrics!)
    Ventriloid (A Ventrilo app)
     
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