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Apps for March 27, 2012
Ever accidentally change the volume settings on your Android device, whether that be while using your device or while your device sits in your pocket? Volume Locker is an app that helps prevent accidental changes to volume settings on Android by forcing users to confirm a volume settings change.
What happens is when you have Volume Locker enabled and you accidentally or intentionally change the volume on your device (e.g. from silent to vibrate or increasing the volume) Volume Locker displays a notification in the notification bar or displays a pop up (you control which one you want to see); you have to confirm the volume change via the notification/pop up within X seconds (default is 30 seconds but you can customize it) otherwise Volume Locker will undo the volume settings change. Volume Locker has settings to make it play well with other apps, such as the camera app or Google Navigation, so it doesn’t interfere when it shouldn’t.
Version discovered: Varies with device
Requires: Varies with device
Download size: Varies with device
Contact Remover allows users to delete multiple contacts at a time. You can either select one contact to delete, select multiple contacts to delete, or select all contacts to delete. Contact Remover has the ability to show contacts detail from within the apps, making it easier for you to identify which contacts you want to delete; and there is a search function allowing you to search your contacts.
Contact Remover is free with no ads. Contact Remover Plus costs $1.99 (ad-free) and adds more features such as select contacts by account, merge contacts, move contacts and copy contacts.
Version discovered: v17
Requires: Android 2.1 and up
Download size: 276 KB
Deficit Hawk (US Fed Budget)
Think you can do a better job than the American government at reducing the US budget deficit? Deficit Hawk is a game that allows you to do just that. With Deficit Hawk you can apply new taxes and and new budget cuts to see if you can bring the deficit down. You can select as many taxes and cuts as you like; and each tax or cut has an optional explanation as to what it is. All data (the taxes and cuts) in the game is based on information provided by the Congressional Budget Office in a document published in 2011 called Reducing The Deficit: Spending And Revenue Options.
Version discovered: v1.6
Requires: Android 2.1 and up
Download size: 558 KB
dotTechies: We have tested all the apps listed above. However, Android Apps of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new apps. Always use your best judgement when downloading apps, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing paid apps, if applicable.
[Thanks Herb Sharpe for the tip on Volume Locker.]