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How to manage RAR and ZIP files with RAR for Android

WinRAR has long been a popular compression utility for Windows, supporting both RAR and ZIP files, among others. One of the most useful features of WinRAR has been its support of multivolumes, which let you chop up large archives into smaller volumes for easier handling. Now, the makers of WinRAR have brought RAR support to Android and with it, a set of powerful features.

If your needs are basic, the ES File Explorer app has built-in compression tools that might be all you need. However, if you're a power user and need things like, multivolume support, archive repair, encryption, … Read more

Let your handwriting shine in Evernote's Android app

You can already type, record, and snap a photo to add new notes to Evernote, and now you can write out your thoughts on your phone or tablet screen to get your message across. Evernote updated its Android app Wednesday to add handwriting, a feature it's been beta testing for a few months.

With the update, you can use a stylus or just your finger to write and draw in any note. There are four color options: black, blue, red, and green, and three pen thicknesses. You get a dedicated box where you can draw and write, which is … Read more

Android SmartWatch that works with iOS -- but it's not what you think

Here it is, at long last...an Android watch that works with iOS. Well, on a technicality. The all-too-cleverly-named Android SmartWatch is not, actually, a watch that runs Android. Android is the name of the watch company, which has held the rights to call its products "Android" since before Google ever made its mobile operating system. Unlike the Omate TrueSmart, which is an actual Android OS watch, the Android SmartWatch is just another smartwatch with design ambitions.

Android previously made traditional watches, but this is the company's first smartwatch. Based on pure features, it's pretty packed: … Read more

How to get better battery life on Android

Android gets a bad rap for short battery life, but that's only if you stick with its default settings. Make these simple adjustments to give your phone or tablet a battery boost.

Disable location reporting and history GPS is a huge battery hog, as it harnesses data from the phone's GPS chip, cell phone towers, and Wi-Fi hotspots to find your location. The more a phone surveys your location, the more battery it uses. And that goes beyond just Google Maps.

Location reporting and location history are two GPS-based services with somewhat unclear motives. According to a Google … Read more

Adobe brings Revel photo-sync service to Android

Adobe Systems has released a version of its Revel service for syncing and sharing photos and videos to Android.

Revel for Android lets people upload photos and videos, organize them into albums, pool photos from others into group libraries, share them in galleries or on social media, and edit photos. Editing -- from the company that brought us Photoshop, of course -- includes basic options such as filters, cropping, exposure and contrast adjustments. Those are much the same options as are present in Photoshop Express, which by the way is integrated with the Revel app.

Revel for Android arrived Tuesday, … Read more

HTC harvests smartphone power to help solve world challenges

HTC is looking to harness the power of users' cell phones to engage in some altruistic pursuits, like finding a cure for cancer, researching climate change, and bringing food to the world's hungry.

Working to solve complex world issues often means crunching massive amounts of data. Analyzing this data takes supercomputers and time -- and this is where smartphone-maker HTC fits in with its "Power to Give" initiative.

The company has partnered with a host of scientists and research institutions to give them unused processing power from Android smartphones. This means scientific data can be crunched faster. … Read more

Shorten, track URLs on Android with Google URL Shortener

Google has long provided the URL shortening service goo.gl. Users are able to log in to the site, paste a long URL and have it shortened by Google. On top of the URL being share friendly, Google would also provide analytics detailing who is actually clicking on the link.

Early this week Google released an Android app for the service, taking link shrinking and tracking mobile.

The app is free and can be downloaded from the Google Play store here.

There are plenty of options for link shortening, with most social networks doing this on your behalf, but by … Read more

Enable Chromecast streaming in latest Chrome Beta for Android

On Monday, Google pushed out an update to Chrome Beta for Android. As usual when it comes to the beta build of its popular browser, Google included some new features for users to try out. The features are often not ready for the stable build, but ready enough for beta users to use, or at least try to break.

The update included the ability to push any HTML5 video from Chrome Beta on an Android device to a Chromecast.

To use the new feature, you'll need Chrome Beta installed on your device, and then you can enable it with … Read more

The 'all-new' HTC One gets unofficial walkthrough

Though we've nearly one month to go before HTC unveils the "all new" HTC One, we may have to act surprised on March 25 at the rate that the leaks are leaking.

Suffice it to say, we may know everything there is to know about the "M8" handset when the day arrives. Heck, even HTC is playing coy with the device, having recently started a new series of videos highlighting features.

And today came yet another twist: a 12-minute YouTube video showing the "HTC One M8" from all angles. Though the clip is … Read more

Microsoft intends to bring Xbox Live to iOS, Android games

Microsoft's Xbox Live hub is one of the most robust, well-developed social gaming spheres out there, and it's about to go more mobile in a big way.

The company is looking into bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android games, rounding out the cross-functionality of the service and extending it from Xbox consoles, Windows phones, and machines all the way to iPhones and Android handsets, according to a report from The Verge Monday.

The news was originally hinted at in a recent Microsoft job listing that read, "We will create a modern framework that is open-source, lightweight, … Read more