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Five great apps for your new Android phone

According to at least one study of mobile operating systems, Android is well on its way to world domination. With that in mind, we expect that at least a few of you have gotten--or will be getting--your lucky little mitts on a new Android phone this season. And what are you to do with that spanking-new device? Why, load it up with some great apps, naturally.

To that end, I set out to round up five essential apps for Android newbies. I'm not going to lie to you: narrowing down the list to a mere handful was quite a … Read more

iPad-friendly travel deals

Kayak HD is a free app associated with the popular travel Web site Kayak.com. The Kayak site (whose tagline is "Search one and done") is famous for letting you quickly and simultaneously search multiple other travel sites (such as Priceline, Expedia, and Travelocity), and the iPad app provides similar quick-search options but with some touch-screen innovations that make searching even faster--and even kind of fun.

Fans of the Kayak site will feel right at home with the Kayak app's interface, which has options along the bottom for Flights, Hotels, Cars, and Explore--and in fact, the Cars … Read more

Thermometer app for the grill

For a good part of the country, outdoor grilling is the furthest thing from the mind. It's cold, it's wet, and it's snowy: three ingredients that don't usually make for a good barbecue. The weather outside may be frightful, but the thought of grilled meats is always delightful, so what is one to do? Grilling requires a hands-on experience regardless of rain, sleet, or snow. So if visions of chicken and chops dance in your head, the only option may be to brave the elements. Unless, of course, you decide to phone it in.

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preGame 35: VGA debut trailers; 2010 wrap-up

It's our last episode of 2010 today on preGame and we end a great year of gaming by wrapping up some of the debut trailers from this weekend's Video Game Awards show. Tune in for some high-quality cinematics from Uncharted 3, Batman: Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, and SSX Deadly Descents.

Next we'll talk a bit about a new iPhone and Android app from the ESRB that allows customers to take a photo of a game box with their smartphones and retrieve valuable ratings information within a matter of seconds. It makes a great holiday-buying companion and … Read more

Awareness app: Upgrade your mental software

Not to be confused with the Awareness! app (note exclamation point) that filters outside noises into your headphones, the new Awareness app (note lack of exclamation point) asks a simple question--What are you feeling right now?--at random intervals.

The prompt is made via a "gentle reminder sound" that will "intercept" (as opposed to "interrupt") the user's routine, unless of course there is a scheduled iCal meeting (perhaps they should consider enabling users to block out times for such activities as sleep and sex, but for now the simplest workaround is to simply schedule said activities on iCal, or maybe even turn one's phone off).

Users can choose from 115 possible answers that are grouped into eight mood categories and one sensation category ("body feelings," such as tired, sore, etc.). Once the user answers the feeling question, "brief video clips guide you back to the present moment," and "400 inspirational quotes tied to what you are feeling" are displayed, presumably not all at once.… Read more

Mobile-app revenue could reach $35 billion by 2014

If you think mobile applications are popular now, a new report predicts you haven't seen anything yet.

This year, consumers worldwide will have downloaded 10.9 billion mobile apps, according to a report from IDC released today. But that figure will pale in comparison to how many apps users download in 2014.

By that time, IDC believes 76.9 billion mobile apps will be downloaded in a single year. Given that popularity, IDC said that mobile-app revenue around the world could surpass $35 billion in 2014, up from an estimated $4.9 billion this year.

Going forward, IDC said … Read more

Twitter and YouTube trends of '10

Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:

Twitter releases its top trends of 2010, and I sit down with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to discuss them

YouTube releases its top video views of 2010

Google finally launches a Latitude app for iPhone

T-Mobile says a 4G tablet is on its way

Google indexes search results by reading level

Google Latitude app for iPhone finally arrives

Nearly two years after Google announced its Latitude for tracking friends' locations, the service is available as an application for iOS.

Google had promised the Latitude app would arrive on iPhones "very soon" when the service debuted in February 2009. But Apple blocked the initial plan to release a Latitude app "to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone," in Google's words, so Google released a Web-app version instead some months later.

Apple also blocked the native Google Voice app, and Google took the same approach of creating a Web-app version. That action helped trigger … Read more

Chewsy iPhone app tells you which burger to get

I have a weird love/hate relationship with Yelp. On the one hand, when I'm traveling, it helps me find a good burger joint or girls-who-love-balding-nerds fetish club. But some users can be unfair, rating a good restaurant just one star because another diner brought along a crying baby.

I, however, usually just want to know how good the food is, and that's where an ambitious new iPhone app called Chewsy comes in.

Launching today, Chewsy is something of a micro-Yelp. Chewsy lets users rate food. And not just in general terms. What makes Chewsy awesome is that it lets diners rate individual menu items.

The app asks the question, "What's good here?" But it also answers it by presenting dish reviews from other users. Menu items can be ranked from highest rated to lowest rated at a restaurant, give a rating and review for each individual dish, and show you the highest-rated items within a certain distance.

Like everything else coming to the iPhone these days, it has some game elements. There are achievements that can be unlocked by doing certain things, like trying five different burgers a week, or eating in three different cities in a month. The beta doesn't say what unlocks them, but it should be interesting. … Read more

15 minutes of fame

Links from Friday's episode of Loaded:

Google releases its 2010 Zeitgeist with the year's fastest growing and most popular search terms

YouTube will now allow a select group of users to upload video longer than 15 minutes, which used to be the maximum time limit allowed

Yahoo revamps Yahoo Local

A new Pew Research study shows that only 8 percent of online Americans are on Twitter

Howard Stern renews his contract with Sirius XM Satellite Radio and will now be available on Sirius mobile phone apps