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Blurring the Line

Blurring the Line
by Gary Woods

In both the Mac and PC worlds mobile apps are becoming indistinguishable from each other. On the Mac, Launch Pad displays Applications just like they appear on the iPad or iPhone and the offerings from the Mac App Store look a lot like what is coming from its mobile brethren. And on the PC with Windows 8 coming around the corner you'll have a desktop that looks a whole lot like what you see on a Windows Mobile Phone.

The operating systems becoming more mobile looking and acting is cool but if you're a PC person who just loves your Android phone and want to play those way cool apps on your computer then you're kind of left out of the picture. That is until now.

The BlueStacks App Player ( allows you to run Android apps on a Windows PC. But before you XP people get too excited; to get the BlueStacks working on your Windows PC you will need Windows 7 or Vista with at least 2 GB of memory, and an Intel Core duo processor.

After downloading the alpha-version of the program onto a computer you will position your pointer over the Android icon on the Windows desktop and a menu of more than ten default apps will appear, each openable with a click.

The BlueStacks App Player also runs other Android applications on Windows without requiring you to install a separate operating system or console. For more Android Apps click the BlueStacks Channels icon for a listings of dozens of other Android apps which you can download with your Web browser by clicking the App icon.

To back your way out of those Android Apps simply click on the X icon at the bottom –left corner of the screen. To open a Windows program running in the background without closing the BlueStacks App Player, press <Alt> and <Tab> on the keyboard.

So there you have it. If you just can't get enough of those Android Apps on your phone, check out BlueStacks.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc