How to filter Internet content on your Motorola Droid

Droid-Internet-FilterThe other day I was looking for an Internet filter app for my Motorla Droid, but couldn’t find anything. My kids use my phone more than the computer right now, so figured I better get something on there as well. I kind of gave up last week looking as I really could not find much, but today while logged into my Verizon Wireless account online, I came across a section that allows you to set parental controls for Internet access on the Droid! I am sure an Internet content filter app will eventually be available for Android devices, but this solution looks like it will work just fine.

If you came across this article and know of an app or another solution, feel free to leave your comments below.

Top 9 free Android apps & games for young kids!

I have spent a lot of time browsing the Android market for just the right kind of games and apps that I think my kids will enjoy. I have installed and uninstalled a lot of different apps and will list for you today the ones that have remained on my Droid for my kids. My kids are all under 5 years old, so while there are some other cool games and apps out there, these ones have shown to be the best thus far. Note: when I say best, I mean the ones that have held their attention the longest. 🙂

Basket Ball Lite
So this is a cool game for adults as well, but my boy has a good time trying to get the ball in the basket.

Kidroid Demo
This app lets you match images, text and audio. Since it is a demo, you are limited to the items you can match, but it lasts about as long as my kids attention span.

Light Racer 3D Basic
This one is another game that is great for adults, but my kids like playing this one. They crash almost immediately, but I think they like the cool sounds.

Raging Thunder Light & Wave Blazer Lite
This is another game that is cool for both adults and kids. Great for the kids though as they can play it by just holding the phone and tilting to steer.

Solo Lite
A cool little virtual guitar. My kids love just opening it up and making music!

Trace Blast FREE
Another demo app, but is really cool. This one lets you trace letters, shapes, pictures or you can create your own template to trace. This is great for helping my kids learn how to write their letters and numbers.

This app doesn’t hold the kids attention for long, but is a place they can go and draw stuff in different colors and erase.

Zebra Paint
Saved the best for last! This one has been the favorite by far. This is basically a coloring book. Your kids can pick the picture they want to color, then pick a color from the color palette, and then touch a shape to fill in that shape with the chosen color.

If you know of any others that you have found that you would like to share, please list them below in the comments section.

How to connect your computer to the Internet using your Droid or Android phone

Last night I finally tested out one of the tethering apps for my Motorola Droid. If you don’t know what tethering means, no worries, it is just a term used to describe using your phone and its Internet connection to access the Internet on your computer. So your cell phone basically acts like a modem. So lets get started.

What you will need:

– a PC with Windows 7/Vista/XP
– a smartphone with Internet access
– a USB cable to connect your phone to your PC
USB tethering software from


1. Go to the Market app on your phone and then search for the keyword tether, a list of apps will pop up. There are a couple available, but the one I chose to use and that worked well was the EasyTether Lite app by Mobile Stream. And this version is FREE! Install this app. After installed, open the app and follow further install instructions.

2. Install the USB tethering software on your PC from mentioned and linked to above. Follow install instructions.

3. Connect your phone to your PC with your USB cable.

4. Right click on the new icon you see at the bottom right of your computer screen and click on connect.

Now you are ready to surf the net on your PC via your mobile phone’ Internet connection!

I may try some other tether apps out or purchase the full EasyTether app and will post more if I do. If you have tried any others or this one and want to comment, question, or whatever, please do so below.

How to listen to music downloaded from amazon on your Droid?

So this article is straying a bit from the realm of Internet marketing and web development, but I recently got a Motorola Droid and thought I would write about it from time to time. What prompted me to write tonight was because I downloaded my first mp3 to it yesterday via amazon’s little app. Everything went super smooth, but then when I went to my media player to listen to it, it was no where to be found. I did a little digging online to see if others were having similar issues and did find a couple forums where this was talked about, but never a solid answer. I assumed if I could connect the Droid to my computer, I could find where the mp3 was located and move it the the appropriate folder, but I was at work and so could not connect tom my computer. Luckily I stumbled across a free app called OI File Manager. Once I installed it, I opened it up and it showed me all the folders on my Droid and on the SD card. There is one folder called amazonmp3 and that is where I found the mp3 I downloaded from amazon. Then all I had to do was touch it and the song started playing. Simple fix for now.