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We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from Saad, who’s got wants some of that Mailbox goodness for himself. If you’re looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“I’ve seen wonderful applications like Mailbox and Sparrow on iOS, which do the job and aren’t too shabby in the looks department. Having used Sparrow on the iPad, I’ve been looking for an alternative that can be used on my Android phone. Any suggestions? Thanks!”
We can tell you’re not a fan of the Gmail app, so what about alternatives? Well, perhaps something like Aqua Mail, MailDroid or K-9 Mail could float your ocean-going vessel. If not those, then maybe it’s time to ask what the Engadget faithful use on their daily drivers, so have at it, friends.
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Last September, CNET’s Matt Elliott told you about SnipSnap, a rather ingenious iOS app that turns printed coupons into mobile ones.
It’s been a long wait, but SnipSnap has finally made its way to Android. And if you shop for anything, anywhere, ever, that should come as very good news.
SnipSnap is like a digital coupon wallet: instead of schlepping a pile of paper coupons to the store with you (or, if you’re like me, forgetting to), you simply take snapshots of the ones you want, then present the app at checkout. When possible, SnipSnap cleverly converts a photographed coupon to a mobile-optimized one, which should make for an easier time with scanners, cashiers, etc.
But there’s more to it than that. SnipSnap is also social, meaning you can access snipped coupons that others have shared — friends and strangers alike. You can find and follow friends from your phone book or Facebook or Twitter accounts, but you can also tap Discover and then the Featured button to see great deals others have snipped and shared. (Call it … [Read more]
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Apple doesn’t engage in much public discussion involving anything besides its own products, or maybe its retail stores. So it’s extremely interesting — and rare — that Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller went on the record the night before the most anticipated Samsung phone launch to date, the Galaxy S4, to go negative on Android.
In a brief interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Schiller ticked off reasons why he thinks iOS is better than Android: it’s not fragmented (“Android users are often running old operating systems”), the hardware and software for Android phones are made by separate companies, and the devices aren’t high quality (“Android is often given a free replacement for a feature phone”).
These are not new complaints; especially for those used to interacting with Apple, these talking points will seem familiar. And Apple’s not above slamming the competition in advertisements: witness the successful multiyear run of its Mac vs. PC ads.
Schiller did share a nugget we haven’t previously heard before — that “four times as many iPhone users switched from Android than to Android during the fourth quarter.” The number is supposedly from Apple’s own internal research. Obviously it should be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s also true that Apple sold 48 million iPhones in the fourth quarter and the device was the best-selling smartphone in the fourth quarter of 2012 in the U.S.
Whether Apple initiated the interview or the WSJ did, the rarity of a high-level Apple executive commenting on a rival’s looming product launch — something normally assumed to be beneath the company — will come off as somewhat defensive. But it could be yet another subtle signal that under CEO Tim Cook, the company is becoming a bit more open to traditional notions of competitive public relations.
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McAfee is a security company that has been around for a long time producing all sorts of software to help protect computer users from viruses and malware. The company is probably best known for its computer antivirus solutions, but it also offers a number of applications to help protect mobile phones and other devices. McAfee has unveiled a new security solution for Android devices.
The application is called McAfee Application Control for Android and claims to be the only security solution that resides in the Android kernel embedding in the operating system. The McAfee application offers Android users protection from the installation or execution of a malicious application on any Android device.
The software also provides protection at the application layer for Android users. McAfee’s Embedded Control solution promises tamperproof protection and superior operational control of devices in the field and promises to make it easier to manage Android devices. McAfee says that previously Android security applications only operated at the user level.
With security applications operating at the user level, McAfee says devices were vulnerable to system-level attacks. By residing in the operating system kernel, the McAfee solution improves security for the entire Android stack. The software will block unauthorized applications and changes from being made on fixed-function point of service infrastructures for devices including industrial control systems, office equipment, gaming devices, automotive devices, and various hardware for military and aerospace use.
McAfee Application Control for Android improves security is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Despite Reebok being a cornerstone of the athletic scene, it hasn’t been as quick off the mark as Adidas and Nike in embracing mobile apps as coaching tools. It’s making up for lost time with a low-key launch of Reebok Fitness for Android and iOS. The app skips active movement tracking in favor of creating a truly varied exercise program: athletes can customize the ratios of multiple activities over a given period and manually shift the schedule if they find themselves bored. The app also provides video guides for novices, and a mixture of achievements and reminders should hopefully keep us from retreating to the couch. We’d prefer a best-of-all-worlds app that can both plan our workouts and gauge our progress, but the diversity in Reebok Fitness will at least put yoga on an equal plane with a neighborhood run.
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