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Alabama Forest Owners Associaton Wrap Up

On April 21, I spoke at the Alabama Forest Owners Association (AFOA) annual meeting about Android and iOS apps that can be used in forestry for landowners, property managers, and foresters. Many of the apps can be found here on in the review or tips sections. I was pleased with the amount of people that were interested and the positive feedback I received. 

Google Drive has arrived

Google has launched a new cloud service that has been rumored for months called Google Drive. The service allows users to store up to 5GB of documents, videos, photos, pdfs and other file types. Google Docs is now integrated with the new Drive service. If 5GB is not enough, users can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month, or 1TB for $49.99 per month. 

Wish List: Pebble watch for Android or iPhone [Updated]

Have you ever heard of Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a website that provides a platform for people to raise money for projects. Earlier this week, a new smart watch called Pebble launched on the site. Pebble is a customizable watch that can download different watchfaces and connects to apps on your Android or iPhone using bluetooth technology. Once connected to your phone, the watch will alert you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages.

Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion

Last Week, I wrote about Instagram introducing their new Android app. In just under 24 hours, the app had over 1 million downloads from the Google Play store to add to its 30 million iOS users.

Weekly App Wrap: Splashtop Remote Desktop

No, the pictured tablet is not running Windows 7 but it is the next best thing. Pictured is the Splashtop Remote Desktop app running on my Android tablet (the tablet is an HP Touchpad with Android 4.0). The app allows users to remotely access their desktop or laptop computer from a mobile device when away from home or the office. I use the app when I am in the field or traveling and need to access maps or files on my computer at the office.

No southern hospitality for the emerald ash borer

State forestry agencies in the South are bracing for the potential arrival of the emerald ash borer. Agencies, like the Georgia Forestry Commission, are putting out traps to capture the beetles that attack ash trees. The beetles have been found as far south as Knoxville, TN. In Georgia alone, 800 traps are being placed on trees by the Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and Trees Atlanta.

Instagram debuts for Android Phones [Updated]

Instagram for Android has finally arrived. The app was released in the Google Play Store earlier today. Android users have been waiting for over a year for one of the most popular iOS apps. The new Android app was teased a few weeks ago at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) in Austin and again a little over a week ago when Instagram posted a sign-up page on their website for interested Android users. Over 430,000 Android users signed up in a week and a half.

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