How To Add/Remove Third-Party Keyboards In iOS 8

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I should just use the same introductory sentence for these posts, since they are all just some variants of "iOS 8 is out, it has new features". So, iOS 8 is out, it has new features, like widgets and third-party keyboards. Not that there is anything wrong with the native keyboard, but sometimes one has to experiment with what else is out there, perhaps you might like a third-party over your cherished iOS 8 keyboard. Only one way to find out, install it (like SwiftKey) and see for yourself. Allow us to walk you through how to install third-party keyboards on iOS 8. Read More

5 Ways To Put Your Obsolete iPhone 4 To Good Use

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Now that iOS 8 is out, your iPhone 4 is effectively obsolete in terms of OS. Where the iPhone 4 will not be receiving an OS update, it also doesn't support some major features from iOS 6 and iOS 7 such as Siri and the ability to take panoramas. Additionally, the phone didn't handle the iOS 7 update all too well; it slowed the phone down and it wasn't until Apple issued an update with a performance fix for the iPhone 4 that things improved. So, if you still have an iPhone 4 that you used or if you have one lying around unused, what can you do with it now that substantially faster devices are available? Here are five suggested uses that might let you use it as something more than a seriously expensive paperweight. Read More

How To Add And Remove Widgets In iOS 8

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Since we already spent a lot of time discussing the abridged biography of iOS 8, we will skip that particular introduction and go right to the meat of the matter. Widgets are now regular constituents of iOS 8, located where iOS 7 offered a control no more complex than an off switch; you can now completely customize your Notification Center and what widgets you show there and in what order. Let us take a look at how to do exactly that on iOS 8. Read More

Horizon Will Never Let You Record Another Vertical Video Again [Android]

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Vertical videos are the bane of our time. As much as we all hate them when we click play, we don't really remember to turn our device on its side so we can record a proper horizontal video. Google Camera came up with a solution to that with one of its earlier versions where the app doesn't record unless it detects your device is held correctly and I think that was genius. It's something Apple should consider brining to iOS. Horizon is an Android app that takes the fight against vertical videos one step further and lets you hold you device any way you want while it continues recording in the correct landscape mode. The free version of the app lets you record for fifteen seconds and an upgrade worth $0.99 will let you record without any time restrictions. With the free version, you also get a watermark at the bottom right of your video and promotional animation for Horizon at the end. Read More

Swiftkey Now Available In The App Store For iOS 8, Here’s Our Take [Review]

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iOS 8 is here! Wait, we already said that in our last article. Okay, so let's start talking more and more about it. One of the biggest advances in iOS 8 are not at the cosmetic level, it is at the developer's end, which come back on a cosmetic level. Now the environment is a little more open and to that end, there will be support for custom keyboards (amongst other things, check out our review). Predictive text is the weapon of choice for the legend of Android SwiftKey which steps foot into the battleground of iOS, armed with swipe-to-type functionality. Read on to find out how it fared. Read More

iOS 8 Is Out! Here Is What’s New And What’s Improved [Review]

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Since the announcement of iOS 8's launch, supplemented with news of Yosemite and iPhone 6/6+ and the Apple Watch's arrival, people have been torn between those saying that Apple is late to so many parties (large screen, wearables, widgets, etc.). The other suggesting that this is the kind of move that reworks the entire platform from the ground up and needed to take its time. Perhaps it is both. It does not matter to either camp because iOS 8 is out. It is the most natural evolution of a platform. If you own a compatible Apple device, you should get an upgrade. Let us walk you through why. Read More

aDollarApps: View Price History Of iOS, Android, Windows Phone, & BlackBerry Apps

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If you've ever bought an app only for it to go on sale, or temporarily free, in the days that follow then you might have regretted your haste in buying the app. Buying an app when you really need it isn't something you're going to be able to avoid but if you're interested in buying an app that you don't need to use right away or that you can delay the purchase of, it should be bought at the best price it's ever been available at. aDollarApps is a web service that tracks app price history for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry apps. You can wait to see if it goes on sale or get an idea of how often the price for an app dips and decide if you want to wait that long for another discount. You can also follow apps and get alerts to when their price drops. Read More

Chat Lock Prevents Access To Facebook, Messenger, & Whatsapp [Android]

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Chat applications alert you to new messages in multiple ways such as in the notification area, or a push message. Depending on how you've secured your lock screen or your device, these message alerts may or may not be easily accessible. Chat Lock (Facebook Chat Heads) is an app that secures these message alerts with a password. The app will prevent access to the Facebook app, the Facebook Messenger app, and Whatsapp. Whenever you tap on a new message alert, you have to enter the password before you can access your messages regardless of which type of alert you've tapped on. Read More

Miranda Helps You Coordinate Time In Multiple Time Zones [iOS]

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One of my most memorable mistakes/job fails was the direct result of my inability to work, or rather plan anything in two different time zones. To say I learned to deal with them later on would be a lie. Instead, I decided to concern myself with my own time zone and let people work it out for themselves. Miranda is a free iOS app that I could have used back then and probably will keep on my phone for the remainder of my life. It's a very simply app that helps you find time in multiple time zones with respect to your own. You can then add an event to your calendar knowing what time the event starts for you and when it starts in the other time zone using the app. Read More

Call Planner Is An App That Schedules Phones Calls With Reminders [Android]

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We've reviewed a lot of reminder apps for just about every platform out there. Reminder apps are more or less notes that you can set alerts for. They can be simple To-do list apps that can alert you to a task, or they can be calendar based task schedulers. Call Planner is an Android app that is in essence a reminder app but for a very particular niche function; phone calls. The app lets you schedule calls you need to make and if you like, it will automatically add missed calls to your To-do list and schedule birthday calls. Call reminders can have low, medium, and high priority and be put in to a planned or to-do category. Read More

iLock Photographs Intruders Who Try To Access Your Android Phone

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A picture is worth a thousand words and while that's probably gotten old and more worn every time you've read it, it's still true. To be perfectly honest, if it's a picture of a sunset or some other landscape it is worth a thousand words but if it's a picture of someone caught red handed in the act of thievery, it's worth more than a thousand words and at least on triumphant grin. iLock - Anti-theft Lockscreen is an Android app that adds its own PIN lock to your screen and if anyone enters it incorrectly, it snaps a picture from the front facing camera. The app also has you enter a codeword which, when sent to the device over SMS, can activate the app as well as give you the device's current location. Read More

GIFDeck Turns Presentations On SlideShare Into GIFs

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An important question that modern technology begs to ask is , 'Can GIFs ever be used for anything other than witty internet comments?'.  It goes without saying that life presents us with very few moments when a GIF might actually be used, and even fewer moments where such usage would be appropriate. Meet GIFDeck; it's an amazing little service that turns presentations on SlideShare into GIFs. By default, it will convert the first ten slides though you can include more if you need to. The final output GIF can be saved to your local drive and used just about any way you want. Read More

Juicing Assistant: Pick Ingredients & Get Recipes With Calorie Info

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Summer is long gone and it has even snowed in parts of Canada recently so juices for the sake of a refreshing drink are no longer in order. If you drink juices to supplement a diet regime, then Juicing Assistant is a web app you will appreciate or at the very least, bookmark for next Summer. It lets you pick the type of juice you want to make from three different  functions; Vitamin, Energy, and Antioxidant. The app then lists ingredients, fruits and vegetables, that fit your selection and you can pick which ones you want to use in your juice. The app tells you how much to use of each in your juice i.e. the recipe along with nutritional information. Read More

Defence Driving’s Road Planning Tool Has Playlists, Apps, And More For Your Trip

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Road trips can be extremely fun or they can be exceptionally torturous. Either outcome depends on how well you planned the trip. Some people might assume that it's easier to plan a road trip if it's just adults going but that isn't necessarily the case. Defence Driving  is a useful website with a road trip planning tool that helps you put together music, food, games, and safety supplies for the trip. If you were thinking this was a way to plan a trip i.e. where you would get fuel, stop to spend the night, or use the bathroom, then this is not the tool you were looking for. It does however, have a dedicated 'Apps' section that lists apps for just such a purpose. Read More

Postify: Schedule Facebook & Twitter Posts, And Set Them To Republish [Web]

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Try as much as you can, but avoiding social media isn't something you can do and it isn't smart to try. It's smarter to try and manage social media more efficiently because that's how you actually get anything out of it. There is a myriad of tools available to help you manage multiple social media accounts; some simple, some complex, some that support an army of these networks, while others that cater only to the more popular ones. Postify is one such service that lets you schedule posts to Twitter and Facebook for free. You can schedule up to ten posts and it supports multiple Twitter accounts in addition to letting you manage Facebook pages. Read More

Nugget Is A Command Line Download Utility With Virus Total Scan [Windows]

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Wary is how you would best describe me when it comes to installing unknown apps for Windows. Even the safest looking developers sometimes end up adding something extra in the EXE file so I make sure I scan these installers and executables using Virus Total and it has saved me plenty of pain and suffering. If you prefer downloading apps from the command line instead of through your browser and its download manager, or any download manager for that matter, consider giving Nugget a try. In addition to a being a command line download utility, it also scans the file using Virus Total so you don't have to do it manually. Read More

Next Deadline: A To-Do App For Projects That Focuses On Due Dates [iOS]

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There are two types of people in this world; those that get right down to tackling a task given to them opting to finish it as early as possible. Then there are people who look at how many days they have left until a project is due each time they consider starting work on it. These people are deadline driven, possibly they were among those genius kids in college who would cram one week before an exam and make it through with reasonable grades. If approaching deadlines are what drive you to excel at work, consider giving Next Deadline a try. It's an iOS app that lets you add up to four projects to it and each project may have multiple tasks added to it. Each of those tasks have their own deadline and the app's home screen will always arrange projects with respect to the nearest deadline of the next task. You can add upto four projects but will have to upgrade if you want to add more. Read More

Master Password: Off-Line Password Generator & Vault For Desktop & Mobile

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In light of recent security leak scandals, people are beefing up security on their personal accounts to paranoid levels. Security is always at a premium and to serve that end there are numerous solutions available. Solutions that secure imagesindividual folders, apps (android and iOS) and even bookmarks. The irony of security is that security providers seem to want more of your personal information to improve security. In order to really secure certain online services, you can add anything from fingerprint verification to phone confirmation, implying that in case of a security breach, not only is your web service compromised, so is your fingerprint ID and your personal phone number. However, Master Password for Mac, Java desktop, iOS and Android (beta) makes it easy for you to remain secure without the hassle of memorizing any complicated strings. Here's how. Read More

Narrate: Material Design App That You Can Dictate Notes To [Android]

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When Google didn't immediately release Material Design versions of Chrome, YouTube, Keep, Gmail, and just about every other app it has, after announcing Android L and Material Design, I was disappointed. Fortunately, the developer community is adopting Material design enthusiastically and some great apps are being developed, Narrate being one of the latest ones. It's a note taking app that you can dictate your notes to and it comes with a calendar. The app syncs notes to Dropbox and Day One, the iOS app if you have the pro version. You can dictate a new note or you can type it in. Dates are added automatically and tags can later be added. Location tag and places are under development. Read More

FilePane: A Versatile Drag & Drop File Management Utility For OS X [Paid]

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Customizations and Mac usually don't go hand in hand, people purchase a Mac (or create their Hackintosh), log in and get started. Some of us resort to GeekTool to customize certain elements, but we tend not to worry too much about the process as it serves our purpose. Sometimes, like terminal shortcuts, we come across certain easy access techniques that help make our experience that much easier. Facilitating a similar ease of use, we review FilePane, a $4.99 app that expands the power of drag and drop on your Mac. Read More