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Help me get the most out of my phone

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Jake_Taylor, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    I just upgraded from an old Blackberry with a trackball to a new Android-powered HTC Desire. I like it so far, but I know I'm far from the most tech savvy person on the board and I'm far from maximizing it's potential, so I figure others here can tell me all the cool stuff it can do to make life easier for a sports journalist.

    I've used the voice recorder app and that works great. Email, Twitter and all that is handy and I got a lacrosse stat keeping app I'm going to try out at a game in a couple of hours. Any other, preferably free, apps a journalist should get?

    Also, I can't figure out how to cut and paste in Gmail.
  2. Precious Roy

    Precious Roy Active Member

    I say get HootSuite, it's free and if you have a HootSuite account you can post to Facebook and Twitter at the same time, helps save me time a lot when I am posting to all my different feeds at once.
  3. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    I can't get apps to work on mine:
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  4. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    The HTC's come with an app called Friend Stream, which does the same thing.
  5. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Do a search for iphone on the site. There were a couple threads that listed a bunch of real good apps.

    I'll look for a link to the threads some time tonight.
  6. Tucsondriver

    Tucsondriver Member

    If you can afford it, check out this folding bluetooth keyboard. It's easier to use than most netbook keyboards, and basically turns your phone into a pocket laptop. I've got one that I use for a smaller Palm Treo that I use for typing up notes or transcribing quotes without having to lug around a laptop. I'm not comfortable enough to write full length stories on it, but it's a useful tool.

  7. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Found this thread, goes about five pages with good app suggestions:

  8. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I did some searches before I posted, but didn't use any of the right key words.
  9. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Radar Now!- No bullshit. Just weather radar for the area you're in. Animated too. Strangely no other apps are as simple and effective as this one.

    Others: You'll want to get SkyFire and Dolphin browsers. World Newspaper app is very comprehensive. Tunein radio app is golden for streaming all sorts of live audio from all over the world. AlJazeera Live is a good streaming video news app.
  10. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    What are the advantages of those browsers?

    Also, I put this on the Journalism topics board because I'm particularly interested in how I can use it for work. The entertainment apps and stuff are cool, but that's what I was aiming for.
  11. Cubbiebum

    Cubbiebum Member

    Faster and better. I use Dolphin on my Droid 2.

    Tweetdeck is the best app for posting to the social networking sites. You can post to facebook, twitter, four square ... etc. all at once.
  12. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    If the paper isn't paying for the phone or service, don't Tweet or do Facebook posts from your phone.
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