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Fresh Android Apps for Nov. 15: Shazam update, i-Clickr, Tether

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Have a job to do, but there's not a Wi-Fi hotspot to be found anywhere? Today's Fresh Android apps features one that turns your phone into a portable, wireless Internet signal. Check it out, and some others, below.

Shazam update (Android) FREE

There's this thing called an "acoustic fingerprint." It's a kind of fancy way of saying that there are no two songs that are exactly alike. Even though Lady GaGa's Alejandro sounds eerily similar to Ace of Base's Don't Turn Around, for example, they're definitely not identical. That's how Shazam is able to figure out who is singing that really great song you're hearing on the radio or dancing to at the bar.

With a new update, Android users are now able to place a Shazam widget that immediately starts tagging a song without even opening up the app. Users are now also able to track what other Shazam listeners around the world are hearing with the Live Shazam Tag Stream.

i-Clickr PowerPoint Remote (Android) $9.99

When you're giving a professional presentation, there are two different tools that can help to make you look like you mean serious business. There's those presentation pointers -- and I'm talking about the long and sleek metal rod, not the laser pointer -- and then there's that remote control for changing slides on computer-based presentations.

The i-Clickr PowerPoint Remote app essentially turns your Android phone into one of these remotes using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features. It also gives you notes with each slide and serves as a tool to keep track of how long you've been talking. This app supports PowerPoint on both Windows and Mac computers.

Tether (Android) $24.99

When it comes to traveling, outside of losing your luggage and missing your flight, there's really nothing worse than not being able to find Wi-Fi when you really need it. Tether is an app that uses your preexisting data plan to turn your phone into an Internet hot spot. Readers should note that though this initial download is free, it's still $24.99 per year for the full service.

This app is pretty handy, but $25 does sound like a lot of money to pay up front for a mobile application. If you do spend a lot of time on the road, however, this might be a cost-effective alternative to paying for Wi-Fi at the airport or whatever fast food restaurant you happen to come upon. And since we're on the topic of uncomfortable places, I should note that Tether can work from anywhere, including your rental car, a nice restaurant, near a famous landmark, or your hotel room.