FCC Android App Lets You Test Wireless Broadband Speeds

FCC Android App Lets You Test Wireless Broadband Speeds

In an effort to include more wireless data in its periodic reports on the state of broadband in America, the Federal Communications Commission has released an Android app that lets consumers test the speed and quality of their wireless provider (and of course shares that data with the FCC). [More]

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If you download an animal-sounds smartphone app to attract a fox, there is a chance that the fox might run off with your phone. When a wild animal runs off with your phone, your friends might receive strange texts that say things like “I FRY o a0ab 34348tu åaugjoi zølbmosdji jsøg ijio sjiw.” We’re not sure what the consumer lesson here should be other than “protect your phone from wild animals.”[LiveLeak]

Fight Discriminatory TSA Profiling With Your Smartphone

Fight Discriminatory TSA Profiling With Your Smartphone

It’s hard to find any travelers with nice things to say about the Transportation Safety Administration, but members of the Sikh faith really have a grievance. They claim that they’re singled out for secondary screening at airport security to an extent that’s discriminatory, and frequently ordered to allow inspections or removal of their turbans. So they’re fighting back in 21st century fashion: with a smartphone app. [More]

FBI Releases App That Helps Parents Find Missing Kids

FBI Releases App That Helps Parents Find Missing Kids

Parents can use a new iPhone app from the FBI to store photos and important information about their children and alert the authorities in case they go missing. [More]

Use The Free Consumerist Tipster App To Send Us Photos Straight From Your iPhone

Use The Free Consumerist Tipster App To Send Us Photos Straight From Your iPhone

A few of you have already noticed that we recently released an early version of our new Consumerist Tipster app for iPhone. So, even though it’s still a work in progress, we figured it was time to let everyone know about it. [More]

Video Game Emulators Vanish From Android Market

Video Game Emulators Vanish From Android Market

A number of hot-selling paid apps that let gamers play modified versions of old-school video games were yanked from the Android Marketplace. The vanished apps, which were presumably pulled due to intellectual property violations, allowed gamers to turn their phones into sketchy conduits to relive the magic of the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and other ancient consoles. [More]

Apps Help You Save On Gas

Apps Help You Save On Gas

If you spend a lot of time driving around a large city, you pass countless gas stations and probably find it’s tough to be certain that you’re stopping at the right one. It helps to have a smartphone app that keeps tabs of the ever-changing pump prices. [More]

iPhone App Lets Catholics Practice Confessing On The Go

iPhone App Lets Catholics Practice Confessing On The Go

A $2 iPhone app walks users through a simulation of the Catholic sacrament of confession, offering sinners the opportunity to admit their misdeeds via their phones. [More]

Microsoft To Apple: You Can't Trademark "App Store"

Microsoft To Apple: You Can't Trademark "App Store"

It’s been over two years since Apple first submitted an application to trademark the phrase “App Store,” but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from attempting to stymie the iPhone maker’s request. [More]

Cool Tricks You Can Do With That New Android Phone Or iPad

Cool Tricks You Can Do With That New Android Phone Or iPad

Maybe you unwrapped a new iPad, only to leave it in the box because you aren’t quite ready to take it on. Or perhaps you forced a Droid X on your kindly grandmother, hoping to spread bliss, only to see her cower in fear. [More]

Free iPad Apps To Ease Your Travels

Free iPad Apps To Ease Your Travels

When you’re on the road in unfamiliar surroundings, wouldn’t it be nice to have a little travel elf at your side to point you in the right direction and help you get the most out of your sojourn? If you’ve got an iPad, you own the next best thing to a travel elf, and it won’t even object when you shove it into your suitcase. [More]

App Helps Harassment Victims Spread Info About Creeps

App Helps Harassment Victims Spread Info About Creeps

Imagine the opposite of Foursquare — an app you can use to steer clear of particular individuals rather than meet up with them — and you grasp the idea behind the Hollaback iPhone app. [More]

How To Tame The iPad

How To Tame The iPad

I’m waiting until next year’s inevitable next-generation improvement to take the iPad plunge, giving those who already own the device a year or so to learn how to break the wild beast and teach me to use it. [More]

Budget-Boosting iPhone Apps

Budget-Boosting iPhone Apps

Money Highway paved a road to savings by rounding up 75 money-saving iPhone apps. [More]

Pitcher Diagnoses Own Appendicitis Via iPhone

Pitcher Diagnoses Own Appendicitis Via iPhone

San Diego Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer added a twist to the belief that Apples are good for your health, using his iPhone in his hotel room to look up his symptoms on a medical site and correctly deducing he had appendicitis, ESPN reports. [More]

Square Mobile Credit Card Payment App Is Awesome Yet Freaky

Square Mobile Credit Card Payment App Is Awesome Yet Freaky

Bill is understandably terrified of the Square app, which lets devices with audio input jacks and online connectivity accept credit card payments. That means iPhones, Droids and what have you are every bit as equipped to siphon money out of your accounts as crusty convenience store clerks with cash registers. [More]

When This Sex App's A Rockin' Don't Come A Knockin'

When This Sex App's A Rockin' Don't Come A Knockin'

The Bedometer iPhone App tracks the amount of calories you burn during sex, according to The Sun. You just place it on the bed when things start to get freaky, try not to get so wild that the iPhone falls off or gets submerged in fluids and then check the device to see whether or not you burned off that bagel. [More]

iPhone App Lets You Program Comcast DVRs From Afar

iPhone App Lets You Program Comcast DVRs From Afar

A new iPhone App, Comcast Mobile, gives Comcast customers the same ability as DirecTV users to program their DVRs on the go, High-Def Digest reports: [More]