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Updated Android Music app leaks out (Download Squad)

Dec 29th 2010 12:59PM I'm currently using Winamp. It has a couple advantages over the stock music player on my phone, mostly interface related.

In particular I like the option to have WinAmp pop up instead of your default lockscreen.
It shows the album art with buttons for pause, back, forward, and unlock. With the default player I had to unlock, pull down the notification bar, and select the media notification to change the song or pause it.

Maxthon browser for Android now available -- and it's good (Download Squad)

Dec 20th 2010 10:38PM @DoubleKill

Dolphin Browser and Dolphin Browser Mini do this. (I'm not sure about Dolphin HD.)

I like them over most because you can double click for text-reflow (what you described) or pinch-zoom (or use the default buttons if you have them enabled) to zoom without text-reflow. which is sometimes better on media rich sites.

I use Dolphin Mini as my default, but there are a couple sites that won't work in it, and they work fine in Dolphin.

Dolphin Browser Mini brings better Web browsing to older Android devices (Download Squad)

Dec 6th 2010 6:40AM @ekie84

I was able to change the homepage. Try this:

Bookmark the page you want. (When the lower menu is up, hit the star next to the page name.)
Open the bookmarks menu and long press the bookmark you want to set as home.
Select 'set as homepage'.

I actually did this without trying to change it in the settings, so I'll play with it more later. Perhaps it's related to the phone you have?

Either way, I've been using Dolphin Browser rather than Dolphin Browser HD since I found HD clunky as well. Most importantly, Dolphin allows standard zooming with pinch-zoom, and reflow zooming with double tap. Dolphin Mini does this too.
Too many android browsers require a change deep in the settings menu to switch between reflow and standard zoom, and I use both daily.

Long story short: Yay Dolphin!

WizMouse lets you scroll inactive windows with your mouse wheel (Download Squad)

Jul 16th 2010 12:32AM My Logitech MX700 mouse also scrolls inactive windows, but only when I use the 'cruise control' buttons, not the scroll wheel. I've always thought this was a great advantage that worked great but was an unintended side effect of the software. It's great to have something that will allow regular scrolling as well!

A small-time Massachusetts paper is instituting a paywall -- for commenters (Download Squad)

Jul 14th 2010 6:21PM Heh... I guess I took a while writing that. In the time it took me to write my miniature thesis two others beat me to the punch!

A small-time Massachusetts paper is instituting a paywall -- for commenters (Download Squad)

Jul 14th 2010 6:17PM I'm not trying to fuel any flames here, but what bothers some people here is the way you reply to some comments. For example, your opening statement conveys a harsh, belittling tone on top of its defensive nature. "...since you seem to need one to make yourself feel better." indirectly insults the previous commenter, which will serve only to invalidate any defense you may present regardless of its validity.

Had you instead stated:
'Actually, I never presented an argument to begin with. But if you're interested, here's a small one.'
it would have been received more readily as it conveys respect to your reader.

Later in your same comment, you then said "You just illustrated how this idea of a commenter's paywall will do absolutely nothing to curb rudeness in commenters" yet Moosetoga said nothing rude at all. In fact, he calmly worded his stance and asked you for more of your opinions in a courteous, layman phrasing.

You also referred to his nickname Moosetoga as a 'troll mask' and called him "snide" and a "pompous ass." Again you insulted Moosetoga when I found his comment was neither snide nor pompous, much less deserving of being called an ass.

Replies such as these are overly defensive and unnecessarily insulting to DLS readers. If you'll notice, none of the comments were rude nor insulting until you posted your reply to Moosetoga. Slappy and Peter do have some valid opinions. Sure they could have been more diplomatic in their responses, but they were honest about how they felt. I agree, you made some good points in your reply to Moosetoga, but had they been worded in a friendlier tone the following comments would have been nicer. Though you may have felt personally attacked, I feel Moosetoga was the one wronged in this situation; he just wanted to know what you think.

Remember, commenters don't need your respect, but you need theirs if you don't want to lose readership. Trolls will be trolls no matter what you say, but to some people what you say matters.


In regards to the story, I applaud the use of a credit card to authenticate a commenting account, as anyone can make multiple Gmail accounts. I believe it would be better if people were allowed to choose a permanent username though, more like DLS or Engadget. The use of the credit cards will be helpful in banning blatant trolls permanently though. That is a comment system I would love to see implemented, even here or on Engadget, as it would clean up the comment section trementously.

Details of Windows 8 emerge; instant-on, self-aware, Judgment Day looms (Download Squad)

Jun 28th 2010 9:46PM Juicy? Maybe. Thigh wetting? Um... no... I certainly didn't wet my pants over it. What are you getting at here... Is there something about you we didn't know Sebastian? ; )

4-way HTML5 speed test: Firefox 3.7 faster than Internet Explorer 9 (video) (Download Squad)

Jun 24th 2010 11:52AM By saying it "makes the best sense given what we actually do in the real world" you're referring to a small crowd of 'we'. Most people I know don't use three browsers at once, they just install the one they think is best at the time, and continue to use it solely from then on, regardless of the latest developments. Even if they install a second browser, they probably use it only rarely (such as on some interactive sites for banks or college courses that only run in 'supported browsers').

Personally I have four different browsers, yet I still use Seamonkey2 most. It may not be as fast as some others, but I use the integrated mail options, and I really like the advanced features and menu layout and ordering (even better than Firefox). I have used other browsers that really are faster, but not by enough to make me switch. I'm more concerned with the interface than those few hundredths of a second.

Verizon's Droid Eris goes on permanent vacation (Engadget)

Jun 23rd 2010 8:49AM @pika2000

Try looking at it from a layman's point of view though. The fragmentation of Android seems horrible to us, but compare it to many of the other phones out there.

When you buy a 'feature-phone' you may get minor updates to fix glitches or bugs, but what you start out with is pretty much all you have until your next phone. For a little extra upfront, you can instead buy an Android phone and get much more functionality. Even if you never get an upgrade, the phone is still as useful as when you bought it.

Being jealous of the newer Android phones with the latest revision is the same as being jealous of newer feature phones with newer features. There will always be newer and better phones, usually within months of your purchase. At least with Android there is the possibility of an upgrade or two.

Verizon's Droid Eris goes on permanent vacation (Engadget)

Jun 23rd 2010 8:05AM @Calikid

No, the real difference between Android and the iPhone is that with Android you get choices, and new and improved hardware keeps showing up. With Apple you have no choices (except color and storage) and you have to wait for Apple to decide you need something.

Of course, different things are better for different people. Some people like that their latest and greatest phone isn't outdated when the next better version comes out a few months later, and some people like iPhone's simplicity. That's why the iPhone is good for some, and Android is good for others. Personally I like choice though. Oh, and HTC's awesome phone design : )