Category Archives: Mobile App

Information about mobile applications created by Dusty Reins.

Share Haiku v12 Adds Editing and Comments

Share Haiku currently has users on four continents writing, sharing and reading English haiku poetry.

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Revision 12 adds two new features to the application.

  • Users now have the ability to edit and update or delete their own shared poems.
  • A new section -Comments- has been added for discussion and tips users can share with one another and moderators.

I know it can be frustrating when sharing a poem only to review it later to see typos, bad formatting or other problems that could not be changed.  Now users can go back and correct mistakes, use different words or even just get rid of their shared work altogether. If there have been votes already applied, or even if your post has been banned, you now have a chance to clean up your work.  Since it is now technically a new work, all voting is set back to zero.

Previous versions of Share Haiku had no way to learn why their share was banned or get tips on how to write better English haiku. A new -Comments- section opens up the lines of interactive comments and discussion between users and moderators.

I am always looking ways to improve Share Haiku so that it becomes a better tool for sharing English haiku poetry.  Add your suggestions in the Share Haiku -Comments- section!

For more information about Share Haiku and how to get it for your mobile device, click here for the Share Haiku app page!

 

Jabber Box – Now Available in Google Play

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Jabber Box features the text to speech and alarm manager services in Android powered mobile devices. Create text messages to play back as speech in the form of a reminder at a specific time. Save many similar messages in a common category or group and play the whole group in a random order for laughs and entertainment.

With you as a creator, the possibilities are endless as your imagination.  Like hiding your phone or tablet along with a birthday gift for a five yer old. Jabber Box can make a fun game of giving the birthday child clues to search for and find the hidden gift.

For more information and screen shots, see the Jabber Box app page.

You also may want to know the ideas for the app developed from one reason, on to other fun and practical purposes. Jabber Box History.

 

Get Jabber Box Preview Edition

 

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I have published a preview edition of Jabber Box for Android mobile devices and you are welcome to try it out!

Jabber Box uses the Text to Speech and Alarm Manager systems on Android devices to turn any text you type into speech.  Play it now or schedule for later play. Put multiple messages into a group and schedule random playback. It can  be quite entertaining! One group is included called “Pocket Prisoner”.  Try it out and come up with fun ideas of your own.

The application is fully functional but I still need to design screen layouts for small and large tablets.  Although it should be compatible with 8,709 different mobile devices and several different Android operating systems, it is impossible for me to test every physical device for compatibility.

That is where the preview version comes in.  Click on the link below if you are interested in trying it out on your devices and please do give me feedback regarding your experiences with it.

The preview version of Jabber Box is now available.

Jabber Box is a free application supported by display advertising and designed for use by all ages for entertainment and utility.

Thanks for trying it out and providing your feedback!

-Dusty

Share Haiku – Now in Google Play Store

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Share Haiku – For Android™

Creating Haiku poetry is fun and rewarding and anyone can do it! Haiku poems are short and follow some simple rules which can exercise your brain and creative thinking skills.

Share Haiku is an Android app that encourages the creation and sharing of haiku poetry written in English.  Many people around the world are learning English. Haiku poetry expressed in the English language is a great tool to learn English words and their meanings.

View the examples others have shared then try creating some of your own if you are new to writing haiku. The Share Haiku app also includes the rules and tips for getting started.

Need a challenge to jump-start your day?  Try creating and sharing a new haiku every day! Can you haiku?

Good Thoughts – Now in Google Play Store

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Good Thoughts – For Android™
is now available for Android powered phones and tablets.

The application gives users the ability to create and share original thoughts in several dozen categories and share them with other users. Good Thoughts is a free application supported by visual ads.

You can help battle negative thinking for yourself and others across the world by creating and sharing your good thoughts.

You will improve your positive thinking when you dwell on a good thought to share with others.  A positive exercise to start or end your day!  Others will be exposed to positive thinking when reading the good thoughts shared by others.

Let’s help build a more positive human society by creating and sharing good thoughts! And please share this post with friends if you will so they can share their good thoughts too.

 

Share Haiku – For Android™ Now Available For Testing

 

The Share Haiku application will stretch your imagination and hone your skills of observation and creative writing.  Users create original haiku poetry and view poems shared by other authors.  Users can also rank poems on a five star rating system.  During testing we will concentrate on increasing the number of shared poems in addition to testing functionality for bugs.

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Members of the Dusty Reins DevLab community on Google+ are eligible to get early access to Share Haiku during beta testing. The community is open to anyone who wants to help me create better applications for Android powered mobile devices
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Life Photo Today Rev. 2 Available For Testing

I have had a lot of distractions the past few weeks delaying work on the new app. In Rev. 2, Life Photo Today becomes LPT for shorthand and sports a dark app theme which enhances the visibility of the images I hope.

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I have introduced an Alpha Testing status update screen on startup and will now allow the sharing of any gallery photo except those taken the same day.  I will allow photos from any date once I have worked out the bugs in the live cam capture and share feature.

If you are interested in helping me test and develop this new app then join the Dusty Reins DevLab Community and look in the Life Photo Today – Testing discussion area for a link to download the app for early access and testing. It is usually easier to do this on your mobile device via Google+.

Map It! Available in Google Play Store

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Map It! is a free application for Android powered mobile devices available for download in Google Play Store.

Although this is my second mobile app in Play Store, this app was my original concept of a mapping tool for my own needs.  As I began to use the original prototype in the field I quickly realized it needed more features to become a location sharing tool as well as a mapping and navigation tool.
My part time job includes incorporating different locations to travel to almost every time I travel my route every three days. These locations are remote where there are often no road signs to go by.  Getting good verbal directions to a new location is oftentimes difficult and confusing.  The directions given to me usually does not include the fact that I may have to take a different route than the one used by my co-workers.

Now my co-workers can use the Map It! SMS text share which then gets imported into my own list of locations.  I can then decide on the best route to get there which decreases the amount of travel time required if done the old way.

So it has already proven to increase productivity which is greatly appreciated by the company I am working part time for and I consider that a big win already!

 

Map It! Rev.5 Available in Beta Test

Map It! has already become a very useful tool for me and this version is a reflection of many hours and days of testing in the field.  My usual routes are in rural areas with very spotty to no cell service so responding to poor communications has been quite challenging and time consuming.

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This version was an effort to improve reliability of the Navigation Map under difficult situations.  I replaced the new Google Activity Recognition Service with an algorithm of my own design improving the map’s responsiveness to user movements and reliability.

I will have an opportunity to do more extensive testing tomorrow and if there is no show-stopping feedback from volunteer testers in the DevLab, then I will publish this version to Google Play for release to the general public.

I have several ideas based on my own needs for future enhancements including new features. But for now, more field testing and updating the info page for Map It! on this site will be my primary concern.

Spot It! 1.1.3 Available in Google Play

I wasn’t happy with the performance of the Google Activity Recognition Service as it was creating problems with the response to user movements during navigation.

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Taking it out and replacing it with my own algorithm not only reduced the overall size of the application but has improved performance significantly.  Future enhancements will largely address user interface elements.

If you would like to see additional features added such as an automated emergency notice which shares your current location via SMS. Please let me know in the comments below or contact me via Google+ or Facebook.