ACFC 11 Mobile Panel Notes
This is a followup post to the Mobile Use in Agriculture panel where I covered the Android platform at the recent Agvocacy 2.0 conference in Nashville hosted by the Agchat Foundation. The current devices I am using are a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a HTC EVO 4g phone from Sprint.
The main benefit of the Android platform is flexibility in service providers and handset manufacturers. There are android handsets that range from less than $100 (w/ contract) all the way up to the Tablets in the $5-600 range.
To maximize battery life:
Good apps for Android:
Lookout This is a good app to have because of the anti virus capabilities
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ZD Box This app is a great way to maximize the memory of older phones that have limited memory
ZDbox is an amazing and free all-in-one toolbox. It holds a collection of useful tools and has a nice and easy to use interface. With ZDbox you’re getting your mobile/cell phone under control, do easily some optimization and customize it to your needs. An essential tool which you will love!
Evernote turns your Android device into an extension of your brain.
Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve your productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.
Evernote is available for: Desktop: Mac, Windows and Web
Mobile: Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm WebOS, Windows Mobile
Tablet: Android, iPad
Web: Evernote for Web; Web Clippers for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer
Learn more: http://www.evernote.com/about/getting_started/
Repligo Reader I use this app to take notes right on meeting agendas & markup electronic documents
View and annotate Adobe® PDF files and attachments while on the go! RepliGo Reader is the first Android application to enable both viewing and annotating of PDF files. Review documents on the go by adding highlights, cross outs, underlines, sticky notes, arrows, lines, ovals, rectangles, freehand drawings and text boxes. Comments are stored as standard annotations in the original PDF file, just like Adobe® Acrobat®. RepliGo Reader integrates seamlessly with Gmail, Dropbox, Evernote and numerous other applications. It also makes a great eBook reader, with features like night mode and an intelligent reading view.
pFinance The only commodity future reporting app to include milk futures
One app serves all your personal finance needs. Highlighted by Google, pFinance is your personal finance hub with the following great features:
• Stock with real-time, after-hour, pre-market quotes
• Technical charts
• Stock options and option portfolio
• Market overview with indexes, funds, ETF, etc.
• Financial news from major news sources
• Currency portfolio, converter and news
• Commodity futures
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Dropbox A great place to store files and have them accessible anywhere there is an internet connection
Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go. Read your docs or flip through your albums when you’re out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps. Even if you accidentally leave your Android in a taxi, your stuff is always safe on Dropbox.
LogMeIn I use this to remotely access the computer that has the dairy records in the barn office
Access your computer from your Android, and never leave anything behind. If it’s on your computer, it’s in the palm of your hand. Directly control your Mac or PC, all your programs and all your files – like that important presentation for your boss or that application that only exists on your work computer – with a simple click. LogMeIn Ignition for Android lets you remotely access one or more computers anywhere, anytime. So you never have to worry about leaving anything behind. Be Productive
Jorte I’m just starting to use this & I’m very impressed so far
Jorte is a personal organizer application designed to be practical.
Our objective was to create an app with the look and feel of real paper personal organizer with an appealing appearance and easy practical use.Jorte has a scheduler function and you can customize its style as you choose.Calendars are displayed in a monthly or weelky view the display will rotate automatically if you turn your device sideways.You can see in one glance the important schedules that are colored red and also the schedules that have already finished.According to your style, you can set the beginning day of the week, import public holidays events and add our own holidays events.When you manage a todo list, you can view important schedules in red or rearrange the order of items in the list.Schedule and todo data can be imported from or exported to a CSV file.Jorte can be controlled using Google Voice and interact with Google Maps.The app has many features such as synchronizing with Google calendar and supports a wide variety of widgets.Issue that synchronizing schedule information is not displayedThere is the issue that schedule is not displayed when users use Jorte with Google calendar Mode. This issue is not caused by deletion of schedule information, but by mal-function of synchronization function of Android OS and information is still left on Google Calendar.
Use your phones built in GPS to measure the area of a region. Turn this application on and walk or drive around a region to measure its area. The path length is measured as well.
Smart Tools (Tools come as individual downloads also) Great way to get those measurements!
You can measure the length, angle, distance, height, direction. Smart Tools is a toolbox of a collection of 1-4 series. It includes 4 Pro versions that have 14 tools.
In a word, All-in-One.
Part 1. Length, Angle, Slope : Smart Ruler & Protractor Pro
Part 2. Distance, Height, Width, Area : Smart Measure Pro
Part 3. Direction, Metal detector, GPS : Smart Compass Pro
Part 4. Sound level meter, Vibrometer : Sound Meter & Vibration Pro
Bubble Level I can’t remember the numerous of times it has been helpful to have a level in hand
A spirit level. Hold any of the phone’s four sides against an object to test it for level or plumb, or lay it down on a flat surface for a 360° level.- Calibrate- Show angle or inclination
– Sound effects
– Install on SD
– Orientation locking
– Roof pitch
Google Apps Google has so many good apps they are a must on any platform!
Collection of apps by Google including such popular things as Google Voice, Google Docs, Google Goggles and many more.
News Apps I use all three of these apps and still have not found a clear favorite each has a strength that is a weakness of the others.
News 360 (phones)
News360 for Android Phones aggregates more than 4000 different news sources around the web to bring you news stories in a concise and useful stream, along with photos and video covering the story. The semantic analysis technology behind News360 allows you to get background information and dossiers about all the companies, people and locations that make the news, and to personalize the news for your location, and create feeds based on your specific interests
News 360 (tablets)
News360 for Honeycomb tablets aggregates more than 5000 different news sources around the web to bring you news stories in a concise and useful stream. The semantic analysis technology behind News360 allows you to get background information and dossiers about all the companies, people and locations that make the news, and to personalize the news based on your specific interests.News360 can learn from your Facebook, Twitter, Evernote & Google Reader accounts to automatically create an interest graph that you can use to get the stories that are most relevant to you from the best sources around the web, that you would have never seen otherwise, and cut down on the clutter and noise that you used to have to filter out yourself.
Clever social news feed reader. Get the latest on your interests in one place. Taptu is a social news feed reader that puts all of the stuff you’re into in one beautiful app. Taptu lets you add your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the content from your favorite web sites and blogs via RSS and transforms them into gorgeous visual streams. Or add, one of our specially curated streams on a variety of topics and genres. Found a news article or stream you like? Share it via Facebook, Twitter, Linked & email. Or, save it to read later using Instapaper
News Republic (phone)
All Breaking News in 1 App. Follow only the topics that really matter to you!
News Republic (Tablet)
News Republic, the best-rated news app on Android worldwide, is now available on Android Tablets.
A fully customized edition that brings you:
– A new slick user interface especially designed for Android Honeycomb tablets
– The best of the TagNav by hopping from topic to topic and reading the news on the same screen.
– A photo gallery that gives the top stories in full-screen photos.
News Republic, it’s all the news worldwide, live, and from all major press agencies : AFP, eWeek, Adfero, Associated Press and websites …
Spotify brings millions of tracks to Android. Your music is always with you.How do you turn your Android into a mighty music machine? Just add Spotify.
Pandora radio is a personalized radio service that streams music on your phone.Pandora® internet radio is your own FREE personalized radio now available to stream music on your phone.
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More sources of mobile information for farmers:
Although it is a few months old here is an awesome video of my dairy farm that was created by Brett Marty and Launch Squad for Evernote ( a great notetaking, web clipping & more program) . I keep thinking I will take occasional videos around the farm to post and every time I am reminded of this one and it is just so good I feel I cannot compete with it.