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Archive for June, 2013

Smart Apps for Android Smart Mobile-June-2013 (Free and Paid)

360 Launcher(Wallpaper,Font)

奇虎360

Description

360 Launcher is an powerful home launcher. We offer you a series of highly customized features, tens of thousands themes, wallpapers and fonts, plenty of lock screens, a lot of transition animations, app starting animations, dozens of widgets, and even icon and icon background.
Please check our thread in XDA-Developers before leaving low rating and bad reviews.If you love ADW or GO, you will love it even much.

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PieControl Pro

coolace

Description

Pie Control the Proversion!
* Please try the free version before use.
* Please be sure to remove the free version.- Set the User Icon.
– No Banner.
– All other functions.Touch the left and right edges of the screen.
Easy Interface PieControl!*To request permission to use the menu key and back key.

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Advanced Mobile Care

IObit Mobile Security

Description

Advanced Mobile Care is an all-in-one Android security and performance optimization app that performs real-time virus scans while also featuring a brand new Anti-theft, powerful Game Speeder, Battery Saver, Call Blocker, App Manager, Task Killer, Privacy Locker, Privacy Advisor and Cloud Backup.
Advanced Mobile Care is a veritable Swiss Army knife for Android tuning up. It gives Android users an excellent way to protect their smartphones from Android security and performance problems. Download for FREE and get the most out of your Android device!Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Galaxy Note, Asus Transformer and most other Android tablets are supported!Key Features:
● Mobile Anti-virus:
One touch anti-virus scan protects your device from viruses, malware, spyware, and suspicious apps. It also provides real-time protection from virus attacks when downloading a new app or unknown file.● Anti-theft:
Turn on the Anti-theft function by setting a password, and then you can alarm, lock, or get location of the lost phone. Try these features of Anti-theft by tapping Find lost phone.● Battery Saver:
Optional-Set battery saving mode to extend battery life as well as inform users about which apps consume the most battery power.● Call Blocker:
Call Blocker helps you block unwanted calls. Add the unwanted calls into the blacklist manually or just block calls from non-contacts then you will not be disturbed by the unwanted calls.● System Tuneup:
One touch scan can clean memory, cache and junk files to boost your phone’s operating speed.● Game Speeder:
Launch games with Game Speeder to make games run smoothly without lag or game-play disturbance.● App Manager:
App Manager can batch delete APK files, move app to SD card, batch uninstall apps. It also can sort all apps by name, size or use frequency to identify large or unnecessary apps for removal.● Task Killer:
Quickly shut off memory intensive and battery hogging apps with one touch.● Privacy Locker:
Hide, lock, and protect your private photos, videos and files with a password.● Privacy Advisor:
Scan and display all apps that access your personal information, such as personal data, contacts, locations, and SMS.● Cloud Backup & Restore:
Backup and restore all your contacts and call logs from your previous device to a new one.● Widget:
Perform quick scan directly from your Android desktop. Quick check system information and set a battery saving mode.

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nexGTv – Mobile TV Live TV

DigiVive Services Pvt. Ltd.

Description

nexGTv now brings to you latest movies, Hollywood Entertainment, Celeb talk and more on Mobile!
nexGTv lets you watch you favorite TV channels, shows, movies and more on Mobile! Now get your very own personal TV Mobile TV. This application with best of the Indian channels, Replay TV & Video on demand content.
nexGTv Mobile TV is one of the best application which offers a compelling end-user experience to view Live TV on mobile devices. It is the easiest to access to over 120 Live Indian TV channels, Replay and On-Demand content. That’s not all, now you don’t have to depend on 3G network to view video content. Our innovative feature of Adaptive-bit-rate streaming enables you to enjoy Live TV even on a 2G network.nexGTv Features:• Full Screen viewing
• Integrated Electronic Program Guide (EPG) of one week for all channels
• Channel reordering and deletion
• Interactive on-screen controls: This enables you to scroll through channels or adjust setting even while watching your show.
– Picture in picture mode
– Volume control
– Adaptive bit rate streamingThis Application carries best of the Indian Content from across genres such as Entertainment – channels like Star Plus, Sony, Life Ok, Colors, Maa TV, Asianet, Sun TV, Gemini TV, Udaya TV, Surya TV, bollywood Gossip, Celeb Chat, Hollywood Entertainment etc. News – Channels like Times Now, Aaj Tak, IBN7, Headlines Today, TV9 Kannada, Kids- Pogo, Cartoon network, Devotional – Aastha, Divya, etc. Music- MTV, MTunesHD, Channel V etc. and huge content of Hindi movies such as Jism 2, Dirty Picture, Gangster, Murder 2 etc. English movies such as Snipper, Broken Sun etc. It’s one stop solution for all your TV viewing needs.The download is absolutely FREE! And that’s not all, you can view over 60 channels. You only pay a nominal amount* in order to view our bouquet of premium Channels, Replay TV and Video on demand! Enjoy your TV on move like never before!*Charges vary as per your operator.Note: Data charges applicable as per your subscribed data plan with your operator.

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Oxford Advanced Learner’s 8

Paragon Software

Description

Improve your English language skills with the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Understand what words mean. Learn how to say them. Know how to use them.—————
For more information please visit the official web-site of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 8th edition : http://oald8.com
——————The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (OALD) is a world best-seller. It is now available as an app, with the full A-Z dictionary, real voice (not text to speech) audio, and My View to customize your screen. It has been developed by the same editors from Oxford University Press who created the printed dictionary, working together with Paragon Software, a leading software developer for mobile devices.Find exactly what you are looking for, fast:• Listen to real British and American voices pronounce words and example sentences.
• Access the high quality audio online, or download all 116,000 example sentences to listen offline
• All the dictionary text is live- tap to instantly look up any word
• Use My View to choose how much information appears on your screen – hide IPA, example sentences, pictures, synonyms etc. – tap to show the full entry again
• Find words with similar or opposite meanings in the integrated Thesaurus
• Use Full Dictionary Search to find your word in any phrase or example sentence in the dictionary
• ‘Did you mean…?’ function and wildcard search allow you to find a word even if you don’t know the spelling
• Create your own list of favourite words
• Tap on phonetics, abbreviations and symbols for help with what they mean
• View History to see the last 100 words you looked upLearn more with a dictionary that’s written for learners of English• 184,500 words, phrases and meanings explained clearly
• Easy-to-understand explanations written using the 3000-word defining vocabulary
• Use the Oxford 3000 keyword entries to learn the most important words in English
• Look up over 57,000 synonyms and opposites
• Learn words in their natural context with over 83,000 collocations (words that go together) highlighted
• Find the Academic Word List words easily – they are all labelled
• Notes give extra help in difficult areas, for example the differences between similar words, tricky points of grammar, or British and American usage
• Find information about British and American culture
• 1000 new words and meanings keep you up-to-date with today’s vocabulary and usage
• 1300 words illustrated in groups build your topic vocabulary. You can enlarge and explore the illustrations.
• Access over 95,000 extra example sentences
• Study all verb forms, and word originsAdditional features• Dictionary installation on SD card to save space of your device (Available for OS 2.2 and higher)
• Change the app appearance: customizable background colour, font size, search results highlighting etc.
• Detailed help file (available directly from the app)
About Oxford University PressOxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world’s largest university press, with a wide global reach. It currently publishes more than 6,000 new publications a year, has a presence in around fifty countries, and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children’s books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.tags: OALD, 3000, English, pronunciation, thesaurus, examples, synonyms, Hornby, vocabulary, My View

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Contacts +

Contacts Plus team

Description

Contacts+ is your everyday contacts & dialer app, powered with text messaging, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and much more – all in one place.With Contacts+ you can send free and regular text messages without switching apps, auto-sync beautiful pics to your contacts from Facebook, and get birthday reminders so you’ll never forget a birthday again!Contacts+ is the place to connect, however you want, with the people you care about!Features:
★ Beautiful contacts design
★ Integrated Dialer, Call log and Messages list (swipe left/right)
★ Light / Dark themes
★ Groups & favorites contacts display
★ Grid / List contacts view
★ Smart contacts prioritization by Frequency or sort by A-Z / Recents
★ Send FREE & regular text messages to your contacts from one place
★ View contacts messages history (thread) in their profiles
★ Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin & Foursquare integrated in your contacts
★ Navigate to your contacts addresses from their profiles
★ Auto pictures and birthdays sync with Facebook, including cover photos
★ Auto pictures sync with Google+
★ Merge duplicate contacts (supports most devices)
★ Contacts widget
★ Birthdays reminders
★ Fast T9 & Gesture search by names, numbers, emails and company
★ Quick call – press & hold a contact pic to call from your main contacts screen
★ Speed dial

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All-In-One Toolbox (21 Tools)

IMOBLIFE INC.

Description

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Toolbox Pro Version 30% Off SaleHappy holidays! 30% Discount for Toolbox Pro Version!Effective Date:
June 17, 2013-June 28, 2013
**********************************☆ Over 4 million users, 15 languages
☆ Editor’s Pick from AppEggs.com, AndroidApps.com
☆Featured by Lifehacker, CNET, AppBrain, XDA & much more.
☆ #1 system optimization and Cache Cleaner App in 32 countries, top 10 in 56 countries in the Productivity category.All-In-One Toolbox provides comprehensive system optimizing techniques, including real-time memory info, one click memory quick boosting, task killer, cache cleaner, history cleaner, and SD file manager etc. It embraces all factors that matter to device performance, and helps to optimize your device to run at optimum speed.Homepage: http://www.downloadandroid.infoSupported language: English, Korean, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, Arabic, Spanish, Indonesian, German, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Hindi, Polish【Top 21 Toolbox Features】
1. Apk Cleaner
2. Backup & Restore
3. Homescreen shortcut
4. Memory status report (RAM, ROM, SD Card memory and CPU)
5. System information
6. One-click task killer
7. Cache cleaner
8. History cleaner (clipboard, browser, Market, Gmail search, Google Maps, Google Earth history)
9. Call log and messages cleaner
10. SD Card temporary file cleaner
11. App to SD Card
12. SD Card file manager
13. Batch installer
14. Batch uninstaller
15. Startup manager
16. Add app to startup
17. Homescreen widget
18. Quick Settings plugin
19. Volume Settings plugin
20. Timer Plugin
21. AppLock PluginHIGHLIGHTS
-EASY TO USE
*Simple and interactive user interface
*Tweak all system optimizing features at ease-ALL IN ONE
*Embrace all system optimizing techniques
*Comprehensive one-click optimization
*Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Galaxy Note, Asus Transformer and most other Android tablets are supported!For more information about All-In-One Toolbox, please visit our website:http://www.downloadandroid.info.Kw: toolbox, all-in-one toolbox, all-in-one tool, all-in-one tool box, all-in-one tools, memory, ram, booster, optimize, boost, optimization, cache, task killer, task manager, atk, taskiller, memory booster, ram booster, battery, save battery, battery booster, system manager, process kill, speed up, system speed, app killer, system panel, memory cleaner, android booster, android optimizer, cache cleaner, history eraser, call log cleaner, message cleaner, app2sd, SD file manager, installer, uninstaller, startup manager, quick settings, volume settings, plugins, auto task killing, auto task killer, auto boost, wifi management, airplane mode, android assistant, assistant, clean, clear, advanced, files, junk, tools, task, application, apps, email, gmail, application locker, applock, Lock, privacy, security, private, photos, SMS, contacts, AppLock Plugin, taskmanager, taskpanel, processmanager, tool, tools, , taskkill, kill

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A.I.type Keyboard Plus

A.I.type

Description

The BEST keyboard on the Android Market!
Buy this to get unlimited use with ALL A.I.type keyboard features!So, what makes A.I.type Keyboards ‘SIMPLY THE BEST’?* It’s smart! The keyboard suggests your next word, completes your current word and corrects your typos based on the context of what you are writing.* It gets smarter! As you type, the keyboard learns your common words, phrases and style, and improves its text prediction accordingly. We call it – MyType.* It’s accurate! You don’t have to be very precise with the keys you hit. Even if you miss keys frequently, the keyboard will understand and correct you.* It’s cool! You can change colors, themes, background images, fonts! You can resize the keyboard by dragging the resize key! You can make you keyboard look exactly like iPhone4, Windows Phone 7 or ICS (and more!)…It has lots of FREE Skins for you to choose from.* It is totally customizable! You can control just about anything and every behavior. You can edit and store your own shortcuts for you to use while typing. You also can download Emoji for FREE !* It’s efficient! You have navigation buttons, you can undo and redo your changes, copy, cut and paste from the keyboard and more.*It’s easy to use! Drag it all the way down to expose the screen, and back up. Just swipe your finger up to get a numeric / navigation / symbols row! Another swipe – eliminate it!* It supports so many languages! The keyboard has over 35 keyboard layouts, and other than in English, text prediction is provided in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Dutch, Korean, Greek, Swedish, Polish and Hebrew.* It’s safe! A.I.type never collects, analyzes or sends your personal information, passwords, credit card numbers etc. Text stays encrypted and private.* It warns you when it corrects your text! Get a visual indication before auto-correction is applied, and a beep after the correction.Privacy notice: while installing A.I.type Keyboard, you will receive a warning message about collecting sensitive data. This is the standard general-purpose Android message issued for any downloaded keyboard and it does not pertain to A.I.type. Our keyboard DOES NOT COLLECT YOUR SENSITIVE DATA.Psychic word completions and predictions are generated by A.I.type’s servers on the Cloud. When the device is offline or Internet connection is too slow, or if you disabled Cloud-based prediction, word suggestions will be generated by the device only.Because A.I.type keeps improving, it’s recommended that you enable auto-update from Google Play so you always have the latest version.

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Android Tuner

3c

Description

♦♦ PLEASE TRY ANDROID TUNER FREE FIRST: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ccc71.at.free☺ This is the merging (and much more) of 3 TOP-50 paid apps: Battery Monitor Widget, System Tuner and Multi Toggle Widget ☺
☺ Replaces 20+ apps easily worth 30€ or more ☺☺ App screenshots:https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/106924681632471871369/albums/5847246963462398833☺ Special Offer : http://www.3c71.com/android/?q=node/932☺ Best on rooted phones, works well on stock phones too.◊ More about permissions requested: http://www.3c71.com/android/?q=node/924
♦♦ Feature set (some require root access, try free version first) ♦♦► File explorer ***◊ Access /data or any folders on rooted devices
◊ Automated batch copy/paste, zip, delete, move of files and folders
◊ Change files/folders permissions and ownership
◊ View, edit, share and stream files
◊ Access all your network shares
► Application manager ***◊ Automated batch for any of the following actions
◊ Backups app and its data/settings (automatic, multiple versions)
◊ System app uninstaller and update cleaner
◊ Sharing (email, bluetooth, dropbox, google drive, etc)
◊ Moving any apps to user, system, SD or link2SD
◊ Freeze/unfreeze any apps
◊ Zip align, clear cache, fix permissions and terminate any apps◊ App notification disabler on JB+
◊ Start-up/event manager enable/disable any components (activities, services, receivers)
◊ Usage and standby statistics (find app draining your battery)
◊ Backup and restore text messages and call-log
◊ Schedule backups and optimization
◊ Wipe dalvik-cache, clear Android cache
► Network manager◊ Monitor WiFi and mobile signals
◊ Set WiFi access point priority
◊ Configure Android firewall *
► Task manager◊ Check CPU, network and memory usage
◊ Kill or force-stop any apps or kernel processes
◊ Automatic task killer, memory booster, memory cleaner
► System Control *** ****◊ CPU governor, frequency, voltage, GPU controls
◊ Build.prop and sysctl editor (basic and advanced mode)
◊ Boost, analyze and benchmark SD cards
◊ Optimize applications and their databases
◊ Android memory manager control
◊ fsync, sweep2wake and fast charge control◊ Safe control: restore defaults from app or CWM and restore CPU settings on boot-loop
► System Monitoring◊ All Android applications or all processes, battery, CPU, network, memory
◊ Component states (WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G, Phone, APN)► Battery Saving ***

◊ Turn off WiFi, BT, GPS, 3G or lower CPU frequencies during standby/screen-off
◊ Memory booster and task cleaner
► Notifications in status bar

◊ Battery, cpu, memory, sd, temperature optionally with graphics in drop-down
► Highly Configurable Widgets

◊ 1×1 text widgets
◊ 2×1 text widgets (PRO ONLY)
◊ 2×1-5×2 graphic widgets (PRO ONLY)

◊ 1×1 toggle widgets ***
◊ 4×1 toggle widgets *** (PRO ONLY)

◊ 4×4 summary widgets, works in 4.2 lock-screen (PRO ONLY)
► Terminal Emulator & Script Editor

◊ Command history
◊ Run or test any scripts, optionally on boot
◊ Share scripts, commands and outputs

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LectureNotes

Acadoid Developer

LectureNotes is an Android app for note-taking by handwriting on the screen, in particular with a stylus.It is designed while having a user at university (or at school) in mind, for instance a lecturer who is using it for preparing her/his lecture or even for actual teaching (by writing on the device and projecting the screen content for the audience) or a student who is using it for taking handwritten notes during a lecture. However, it has found many users outside university, for instance businesspersons who use it for business notes and sales presentations or artists who use it to create sketches and drawings.Its major target devices are tablets with Android 3.0 or later (it is developed on a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet with an N-trig stylus, a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with an S-pen, and an Asus Nexus 7, a Samsung Nexus 10, and an Amazon Kindle Fire HD with an Adonit Jot Pro and a Wacom Bamboo stylus). The basic functionality should work on all devices with Android 3.0 or later, but some which are hardware-dependent such as pressure sensitivity might not.NOTE: There is a free trial version to test if the app is right for you. The free trial version is fully functional with the exception that the number of notebooks is constrained to two, with no more than eight pages per notebook.User feedback:
We would love to hear from you, please send feedback and feature requests to us by email (devel [a] acadoid.com). If you encounter a problem with the app, please email us and we will do our very best to fix it quickly.Major features:
* Requires only minimal permissions and no internet connection (we do respect your privacy!)
* Allows multiple pages to be simultaneously visible on the screen (i.e. continuous page view)
* Allows smooth writing, typing, scrolling, and zoomingAdditional features:
* Allows free choice of notebook’s page width and height (i.e. horizontal and vertical resolution of pages’ bitmaps)
* Allows free choice of notebook’s cover color, paper color, paper pattern type (plain, ruled, checkered, image, or custom), paper pattern size, and paper pattern color
* Provides four standard pencil colors, three standard pencil widths, seven standard eraser sizes, and twelve custom pencils (for which color, width, softness, and pressure or velocity sensitivity can be freely chosen)
* Provides a text layer for entering text via keyboard
* Provides simple drawing tools such as line, empty and filled rectangle, empty and filled oval or circle, and text
* Allows cut, copy, and paste within notebook pages and across notebooks
* Allows multiple layers in notebook pages
* Allows image and image set import into notebook (including image import directly from camera)
* Allows single- and multi-page PDF import (requires PDFView to be installed)
* Allows notebook export as compressed PDF
* Allows notebook export to Evernote (requires Evernote app to be installed)
* Allows audio recording and replay (requires LectureRecordings to be installed)
* Allows video recording and replay (requires LectureVideos to be installed)
* Allows sharing of notebook pages
* Allows keyword attachment to notebook pages and automatic indexing
* Allows insertion, deletion, and rearrangement of notebook pages
* Allows sharing and import of notebooks
* Allows organization of notebooks in folders
* Allows backup and restore of notebooks boardPossible issue: For certain functionality, the app requires other apps to be installed: Notebook import, notebooks board restore, and image set import require a file manager app to be installed; image import directly from camera requires a camera app to be installed; PDF import requires a file manager app and PDFView to be installed; export to Evernote requires the Evernote app to be installed; audio recording and replay require LectureRecordings to be installed; video recording and replay require LectureVideos to be installed.

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Kingsoft Office 5.5.5 (Free)

Kingsoft Office Software Corporation Limited

Description

Kingsoft Office is the only mobile Office with full-features FREE. Support for running on Android 2.1 and above system. User-friendly & nice UI interface! Users from over 200 countries and regions around the world are using it. The Average Rating of Kingsoft Office is up to 4.6 stars! Whether in a small cell phone screen or on a large screen on the Tablet, Kingsoft Office has a superior performance!【THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR MOBILE OFFICE】
★ Rich editing features! All is FREE!
★ Small Size, Stable Operation, and Special interface!
★ Support 23 kinds of files, including DOC/DOCX/TXT/XLS/XLSX/PPT/PPTX/PDF
★ Built-in file manager that can automatically organize your office document
★ Tight integration with the mail application
★ Support cloud storages such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box.net and other services with WebDAV protocol
★ A variety of gestures operations, which make your work more interesting
★ Support different Read Mode which be closer to the users’ need【FEEDBACKS FROM USERS】
★ “The best free office’s app!”
★ “So Smart! Mobile Office Changed Now!”
★ “Outstanding. Tried them all and this is the best. That’s it!”
★ “Nice Office App. Very useful, nice UI, like it better than the others I’ve tried.”
And the G+ of our page is more than 20,000. It will be our pleasure that you click the G +1 on the right of the page if you like the app.SPECIAL FEATURES:
【FILE MANAGEMENT】
※Support for viewing and switching multi-documents.
【WRITER】
◇Can view and edit documents in Page-Layout or Web-Layout
◇Bookmark and rapid positioning features
◇Save document as PDF
◇Spell Check
◇Print feature
◇Manual Paint, Comment and Revise
◇Rich formatting features including bold, italics, underline, font color, alignment, tables, alignment, header, footer, word count, find & replace, full-screen, etc.
◇Insert Picture feature, and support picture operations like deleting, rotating, moving, zoom, wrapping, etc.
◇Display a variety of graphic objects, equation, symbol, number and tables wrap effects
【SPREADSHEETS】
※Custom input keyboard, which supports for inserting and editing formulas
※Insert Charts,such as Column, Bar, Line, Pie, etc.
※Include filter, sort, cell, fill, find & replace, wrap, format painter, freeze panes, autosum features, etc.
※Support complex cell format setting, including General, Numerical, Date,Text, Alignment, Font Size and other useful features.
※Quick Calculation feature of back-plane
※Support for speedy dialing of selected numbers and sending emails
※Insert, view and delete comments
※Support Print documents and the output of PS, PDF formats
【PRESENTATION】
◇Shared Play with Wifi,, Wifi Direct or hotspot network.
◇With thumbnails list like PC Office, for convenient slide switch
◇Compatible with the SmartArt display
◇Bullets and Numbers, Frame, Paragraph and Quick Style
◇Support for inserting and editing shapes, text box, pictures and notes
◇Display charts and tables
◇Slide Layout feature
◇Variety of play modes and laser pointer display
【PDF】
※Support bookmarks insertion and positioning
※Read memory
※Zoom
※Full-screen
【OTHER KEY FEATURES】
– Support external Bluetooth keyboard and USB keyboard input
– Support external keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, Ctrl-S, etc. And we are adding more)
– Encrypted document
– Support the display of Arabic documents
– Display history files as photos wall
– Desktop WidgetKingsoft Office will apply for access to:
1.Your messages. For help to read email attachments with this app
2.Storage. For that you can modify or delete the documents of your SD card
3.Network communication. For full network access
4.System tools. For that you can create a personal hotspot when using shareplay

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ilMeteo Weather plus

ILMETEO srl

Description

ilMeteo plus: WEATHER for Android. Without ADS.
Weather forecast for all the world, satellite, wind & sea, surf, webcams, real time weather, video forecast, widget, geolocation and more.NOTE: widgets not available when moved to SD card.*** If you’re looking for the free version, please search our app “ilMeteo” ***

Top eleven reasons to write Learning Outcomes for a Programme/Course/Topic/Workshop

learningoutcomes

Image source:http://www.wnmu.edu/facdev/files/SC_slo/SLOs_print.html

1) Learning Outcome is the particular Knowledge, Skill and/or Competency that a student is expected to exhibit after completion of programme/course or workshop.
2) Learning outcomes reflect a nation’s concern with the level of knowledge acquisition among its student population.
3) Learning outcomes provides information on what particular knowledge (cognitive), skill or behaviour (affective) students have gained after instruction is completed.
4) Learning Outcomes are measured by assessment at regional, sub-national, national and international level.
5) With the help of Learning Outcome one can decide what the purpose of the assessment is, what population will be assessed, what is to be assessed, how it is to be assessed, and how the measures are to be reported and utilized.
6) Across the globe, the education quality is defined by its contribution to the development of cognitive skills and behavioural traits, attitudes and values that are judged necessary for good citizenship and effective life in the community.
7) Research shows that the quality of human resources, as measured by assessment scores, is closely related to individual earnings, productivity and economic growth.
8) Learning Outcomes shows what learners should ultimately have learned at the end of a significant educational experience.
9) Information on learning outcomes assists countries in making informed decisions about interventions to improve educational quality and help policy makers monitor trends in the nature and quality of student learning over time.
10) National, regional and international assessments allow for the benchmarking of student performance against corresponding standards.
11) In the context of international development assistance, focus on learning outcomes increases stakeholder attention on deliverables and results, and may increase accountability based on performance.

Reference:http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTEDUCATION/0,,contentMDK:21911176~menuPK:5495844~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:282386,00.html

OpenBadges: Accrediting and Crediting Your Life Long Learning, Skills, Talent, Achievement and Competency

Employers need talent; workers need jobs. Open Badges is a 21st Century credentialing approach that connects the two so both businesses and individuals thrive. More learning is rewarded and more employers get the precision, diversity and breadth in talent they seek.

Mozilla Open Badges

Learning today happens everywhere

But it’s often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements gained outside of school. Mozilla’s Open Badges project is working to solve that problem, making it easy to issue, earn and display badges across the web. The result: recognizing 21st century skills, unlocking career and educational opportunities, and helping learners everywhere level up in their life and work.

Get recognition for new skills and achievements

The web and other new learning spaces provide exciting ways to gain skills and experience — from online courses, learning networks and mentorship to peer learning, volunteering and after-school programs. Badges provide a way for learners to get recognition for these skills, and display them to potential employers, schools, colleagues and their community.

Through a simple framework that’s open to all

Using Mozilla’s Open Badges infrastructure, any organization or community can issue badges backed by their own seal of approval. Learners can then collect badges from different sources and display them across the web — on their resume, web site, social networking profiles, job sites or just about anywhere. Unlocking new career and learning opportunities
By displaying skills and achievements that traditional degrees and transcripts often leave out, badges can lead to jobs, community recognition, and new learning opportunities.

REWARD LEARNING

Make learning count. If you are at institution where learning occurs, your organization — as well as your students, employees and partners – could benefit from using badges to mark skills and achievements that are valued.

SECURE TALENT

Attract the talent you need. If you need a skilled workforce, your human resource strategy should include badges as a way to spot talent both inside and outside your organization.

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How does it work?

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How does it work? Any BADGE ISSUER (for example, an after-school programs, free online course, or vocational institute) can award certified BADGESto learners like you. Learners can then collect and manage their badges in a BADGE BACKPACK. This makes it easy to display your skills and achievements across a range of different DISPLAY SITES — from your personal resume or web site, to social networking profiles, to employment sites. The result? Jobs, new learning opportunities and unlocked privileges.

The project consists of several parts:

Open Badge Infrastructure

Mozilla’s Open Badge infrastructure provides the open, core technology to support an ecosystem of badges. It is designed to support a broad range of different badge issuers, and allow any user to earn badges across different issuers, web sites and experiences, then combine them into a single collection tied to their identity. This collection of badges can then be shared out to various audiences across the web, resulting in real-world results like jobs or formal credit.

Badge system prototypes and pilot programs

Mozilla and P2PU are also building a pilot badge system for the School of Webcraft, offering free, open, peer-based training for web developers.

  • STATUS: pilot, planning for phase 2 (Learn More)

Conceptual framework and innovation in assessment and credentials

Mozilla is collaborating with thought leaders and innovators in assessment and credentials to inform wider efforts.

  • STATUS: current version of the working badge paper (Download)

Source:https://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges/About

What is Mozilla’s Open Badges project?

Learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it’s often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of school. Mozilla’s Open Badges project is working to solve that problem, making it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web — through a shared infrastructure that’s free and open to all. The result: helping people of all ages learn and display 21st century skills, unlock career and educational opportunities, and find new life pathways.

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More reference: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges/GetStarted

Digital badges show students’ skills along with degree at Purdue University

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Passport, a new classroom app created by Purdue University, allows instructors and advisers to give students digital badges to indicate mastery of skills. The application uses Mozilla’s Open Badge infrastructure and is available for use by instructors at any institution. (Purdue University image)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Digital badges, icons that represent academic achievements or skills smaller than a college degree, are an increasingly popular way for universities to acknowledge the breadth of student learning.

Now Purdue University has developed a pair of mobile apps that make creating, awarding and displaying badges much easier. The apps, available online, are called Passport and Passport Profile . A video explaining how Passport works is available on YouTube.

Kyle Bowen, director of informatics in Information Technology at Purdue, says badges are an exciting new concept that is being adopted across higher education.

“Badges become a way to recognize learning in all of its forms,” Bowen says. “Passport provides a platform for anyone who wants to deliver learning credentials. From creation of the challenge to creating the actual badge image itself, and then a way to display earned badges, it’s all built into the platform.

“Many instructors are moving to new models of instruction, and Passport is a technology that supports many of those new models.”

Gerry McCartney, Purdue’s vice president for information technology, CIO and Oesterle Professor of Information Technology, says digital badges can sometimes provide a better view of a student’s academic experience.

“Students learn in many ways and in a variety of settings while attending a university such as Purdue,” McCartney says. “In addition to formal lectures and homework, there is also time spent in labs and doing field work; time spent in service projects or internships; and experiences they glean from student organizations. The Passport app will give interested faculty and advisers another way to recognize and validate those skills for students.”

Through their college careers, students gain knowledge and skills that may not be well-represented in their college degrees. A student may have learned practical skills such as knowing how to write HTML code, have earned a prestigious scholarship or served as an officer in a student organization.

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Digital badges are becoming a popular way to acknowledge professional skills, and Purdue University has released the Passport application to allow instructors to create badges for their students. The creator tool in Passport offers a variety of templates on which instructors or advisers can base their own badges. (Purdue University image)
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Badges are currently in use or in development at institutions such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California-Davis and Seton Hall. Organizations outside of higher education are issuing badges, too, including NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs and Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the movie studio Disney-Pixar.

Purdue’s Passport platform integrates with the popularMozilla Open Badge Infrastructure, including Mozilla Backpack. This system, developed by the same organization that develops the Firefox Web browser, allows the digital badge to include metadata such as who issued the badge, how it was earned and when it was earned; users display their badges through the Backpack site.

Mark Surman, executive director of Mozilla, says badges empower learners to take charge of their online identities and reputations.

“We believe digital badges are the next step in unlocking the full educational potential of the Web,” Surman says. “As a nonprofit organization committed to the power of open collaboration and learning, we’re extremely excited to see Purdue take this step. It’s a milestone for the entire OpenBadges project.”

Bill Watson, an assistant professor in Purdue’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, wasinstrumental in creating the Passport platform and will be using Passport in a graduate-level course this semester. He says the advantage of badges is that they allow faculty to focus on competencies, skills and learner performance.

“Typically in courses, we have a number of very broad learning goals, and grades are given out on student assignments tied to these broad goals,” Watson says. “But really, it is more a comparison of students rather than a focus on student learning and attainment of desired learning outcomes.

“Badges help instructors encourage students to demonstrate how they have met very specific learning objectives through actual performance.”

Purdue’s Passport platform consists of two apps: The Passport app allows instructors to set the steps, or challenges, a student must achieve to earn the badge. The app also allows an instructor  or adviser to create a badge by choosing from several templates.

The second part of the platform is Passport Profile. This is an app designed for tablets that allows users to display their badges, both Passport badges as well as badges from their Mozilla Backpack.

“We’ve created it so that you can easily show the badges and the information behind them while holding the tablet and showing it to someone,” Bowen says. “That way you don’t have to keep taking the tablet away to navigate through the app. You can show the work behind the badge as you speak.”

Bowen says the Passport Profile app is operated a bit like a guitar. A user holds his or her tablet with the screen facing the interviewer and operates tabs along the bottom of the screen as if they were frets on a guitar neck. Then the user “strums,” or flicks, through screens and images to display his or her portfolio.

“It’s designed to work with large gestures so that you don’t have to have a good view of it yourself to show off your portfolio,” Bowen says. “You don’t have to click on small buttons with your fingertip. You just make these large gestures that let you move through your presentation.”

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A new iPad app created by Purdue University allows users to display professional digital badges. The app is part of Purdue’s Passport platform, and can display badges from the Passport app or from the popular Mozilla Backpack. (Purdue University image)
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In addition to displaying Passport badges, the latest version of Passport Profile, which has been submitted to the Apple iTunes App Store, can also display any Mozilla Open Badge.

Each badge also has a URL that users can share on social media sites. “As we get more users we’ll build in a share function,” Bowen says.

A sample badge is available athttp://www.openpassport.org. At the site users can create a Passport account or login using their Facebook or Google+ credentials.

Among the first uses of badges at Purdue will be for students who have successfully completed courses through nanoHUB-U, a collection of short courses in nanotechnology offered online to an international audience.

The courses focus on technical subjects in science and engineering; upcoming courses for this fall include “Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy” and “Nanoscale Transistors.” Students who successfully complete the courses based on scores from five weekly exams and the scientific simulation and virtual experimentation homework assignments will receive a badge. Students who successfully completed previous Purdue nanoHUB-U courses in “Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics” have already been given the opportunity to receive Passport badges.

In the Spring of 2013 nanoHUB-U will offer badges for the classes “From Atoms to Materials: Predictive Theory and Simulations” and “Thermal Energy at the Nanoscale.”

Purdue is looking for instructors or institutions that would like to try the beta version of Passport as part of its test pilot program.

“We’re looking for up to 200 instructors and up to 10,000 students outside of Purdue to test the app,” Bowen says. “There’s no charge for instructors to use the app, but we would like feedback on how it was used in the classroom and suggestions on how to improve the application.”

Instructors interested in using the Passport app can sign up at the Purdue Passport site.

Passport and Passport Profile are two of six classroom apps created by the Purdue Studio project. The apps can be used by instructors or students to enhance the traditional classroom experience.

 With Microsoft, NASA and Disney already using Mozilla’s Open Badges system to recognize employees’ skills and achievements, the potential of the idea is indisputable.

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