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Fresh Android Apps for Mar. 10: Clip Reader, Phone Number Spy, CardBank

by Ian Black

In today’s fresh apps, have your phone read things out loud to you, fight back against telemarketers, and digitize your retail loyalty cards.

Clip Reader (Free)

Stop looking at your phone, particularly if you’re driving.

Clip Reader reads stuff aloud to you. Copy text to your Android’s clipboard, use the app’s file manager to open a doc (PDF, Text, or HTML), or point the app to a website.

Play or pause with one eyes-free tap to the center of your phone’s screen or adjust the speed of reading up and down with a slider control. Use your driving or walking time to catch up on your reading.

Phone Number Spy – Version 2 (Free)

Telemarketers have found your mobile phone. You’ll know them by their blocked caller id.

This app claims to trace them back to the source – just like a B Movie call tracing scene. It uses telemarketing databases and will alert you if the call you are receiving comes from a known telemarketing business. The app even shows you from where on a map the call may have originated.

CardBank (Free)

Losing track of your retail reward or loyalty cards? No worries.

CardBank will capture all your cards onto your Android so that you carry them around with you wherever you go. Quickly customize cards from any maker on your phone. When the retailer goes to scan the card, they can use a hand-held scanner to read the bar code off of your Android’s screen.

The app’s notes suggest tips for the checkout clerk. Keep the scanner 6-inches from the screen, scan at an angle, and, if needed, increase your screen’s brightness.

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