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The Top 10 Most Expensive Android Apps

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Top Ten - (0 Comments)

The Top 10 Most Expensive Android Apps

The Android Market is full of tons of great applications.  Most of them are free, some are fee-based.  This is a list of the 10 most expensive android applications I have found.

1)      $200.00- Diamond Club Black- Serves no purpose- costs up to $200.00. Different membership levels – Blue is $0.99, Pink is $10 and your status is “HOT”. White – $50 with a caption of “High Roller”.  Black (the most expensive rank – aka VIP Club) – $200.  Once again, an utterly useless app, although it does display a diamond.

2)      $200.00- The Elite Club- Seeing a trend here?  $200.00 is the most you can charge for an app in the Google Play Store.  A completely and utterly useless app that simply makes you a member of “The Elite Club”.  Wahoo!

3)      $199.99- California Bar Exam- Created by developed by Celebration Bar review for bar exam prep.  Contains audio and video lectures as well as PDF files for students to prepare for the exam.  Has high reviews.

4)      $195- pcMapper- Designed for map editing and GIS data collection. Can import or export shape files and dBase tables.  Can also measure heights and distances with the camera on your phone.  Offline capability and Windows sync compatibility.  Highly praised as well.

5)      $149.99- Anesthesia Central- Designed as a tool for Anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and trainees.  Contains general info and an indexed drug reference.  Well organized, and highly praised.  Created by Unbound- they have several other medical apps too.

6)      $129.99- G Core Green Caddy- Designed as a “Golf Buddy” / Electronic Caddy.  Uses maps of known courses in the US and combines that data with the GPS on your phone to give you exact measurements while on the course; such as distance to the hole.

7)      $125.00- Pilot My Cast- Designed for aviation planning.  Made by Garmin, offers a number of flight planning tools for pilots, such as weather, advisory notices, and pilot reports.  Allows one to make and file flight plans directly from their phone.  Can also save previous plans for quick recall and filing the next time.

8)      $99.95- 5 Minute Clinical Consult- Includes information on over 900 medical conditions to help you identify any health problems.  Supports voice recognition and is somewhat popular in the nursing profession.

9)      $60.00- Mobile Navigator GPS by Navigon- Hi-Res GPS with loads of features.  More expensive than Google Maps (which is free), but with better graphics.  Great if you don’t want to buy a standalone GPS unit and have battery life to burn, could be your dream app- if you get lost a lot.  Includes text-to-speech, lane assistant pro, and live traffic updates.

10)   $30.00- Log Me in VNC- For remotely logging into any authorized computer on your phone.  You can view the screen and manipulate the mouse over a secure connection.

How to Add RAM to a Laptop

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Easy Tips - (0 Comments)

How to Add RAM to a Laptop

Adding RAM to a laptop is pretty simple, provided you can access the memory slot.  If your laptop doesn’t have a RAM access panel, then it may provide access to the memory slots under the keyboard.  If you have an island style keyboard, there is most likely an access panel on the underside.

If you have noticed multitasking has become burdensome, or your computer is running slower than usual with multiple programs open, upgrading the memory will probably help.  An average laptop probably has about 2GB of RAM.  This is really the minimum to be able to use multiple programs simultaneously and not notice your computer getting “bogged down”.  If you have 1GB or less of memory, you will notice a large improvement in the snappiness of your computer after you upgrade the RAM.

You will need a memory scanner, or your computer manual to determine what type of RAM your computer takes.  You could always walk into a store and try to figure it out with a salesperson, that’s always fun.  Luckily there are free memory scanners available that will tell you exactly how many RAM slots you have available and what type of RAM your computer uses.

Once you have procured the appropriate memory module, you will need a screwdriver and a flat work surface.

Also before you start, make sure you have taken reasonable precautions against static electricity.  Static electricity can ruin sensitive computer components, and you may not even realize a part has been damaged until after the fact and you go to use it.  Make sure to touch a metal surface before starting, and wear an anti-static wrist strap if you have one.  Power down the laptop, remove the battery, and unplug it.

Once you open the memory panel, you may notice your laptop only has two memory slots.  Most laptops come with one empty, so you usually can upgrade the memory relatively easily.  Simply slide the RAM in at a 45° angle and lock the metal pins around the module.  If you need to upgrade an older memory module, simply unlock the pins, and the memory will tilt up; then slide it out carefully.

When handling the actual RAM modules make sure that you grasp them by their sides.

When you are done, reconnect everything and power the laptop up.  Check to ensure the new memory is detected; if not double check the RAM seating and try again.  Enjoy your increased memory!