Well, that was fast! Earlier today, we reported the release of the first beta of UberMusic
, a sleek new Android music player from the developer of LauncherPro that, courtesy of the metro-style user interface that governed the alpha versions, has established quite a following. To our (short-lived) dismay, the developer decided to drop the Windows Phone 7 look in Beta 1 of the player. Though the new interface was still marginally better looking than those of most other music players on the Android Market, we hoped we wouldn’t have to wait too long for someone to release a metro-style skin for its interface. Thanks to the player’s new, powerful skinning engine, its freshly released second beta with skinning support and a debuting developer, we won’t have to. Metro UberMusic Skin
turns the player into an exact interface-wise replica of its alpha variants and is available for free from the Android Market. Screenshots and download link after the break.
Sometimes we're not around our computer but still want some magical way to execute or automate tasks, so they don't always require an utmost attention. PrettyFlow
is Windows application which is designed to allow users to automate and remotely execute tasks. With PrettyFlow, you can do anything from remotely starting a database backup to updating applications, building projects, copying files, performing FTP actions and much more. PrettyFlow can either be used as a standalone application or as a client-server model to perform tasks remotely.
A short while ago we reviewed QuickFox Notes
, which is a a multi-tab note taking extension for Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. While quick note taking can be handy in Firefox, how about synchronizing Firefox notes with Mozilla Thunderbird? Here is a small tip to help you sync QuickFox Notes with your Mozilla Thunderbird client.
Are you worried about how to organize emails that get piled up every day in your Outlook 2010 inbox folders? Managing a great deal of emails each day becomes quite laborious even with email filtering tools provided by Outlook. If you’re on the lookout for a better and extremely intuitive solution to organize the emails in your Outlook folders, get Enterprise 2.0 inspired Taglocity
add-in now. It deploys a comprehensive yet easy-to-use email management system that enables users getting host of emails every day to prioritize emails in order to make their emails specific work more productive. The add-in was particularly designed to save time that you spend on processing emails and importantly refining information out of received messages. Taglocity’s usability revolves around handling email overload, enhancing productivity, reducing the important email attention deficit, and revitalizing email search features.
What would be the best way to mitigate the loss that open applications and workspaces incur over your focus while working on important projects? We sometimes lose focus when working because it requires opening multiple applications and workspaces for getting references and other information. Since minimizing, adjusting or closing each application window greatly disrupts the project work, an application to hide all the inactive or passive application windows after defined amount of time may come extremely handy. One such unique application for Mac is HideAllApps
. It’s a miniscule application which sits in system dock, showing all opened applications, workspaces, and Finder windows. You can select any window to keep it always up front on screen while it will hide all the remaining windows automatically after a defined interval.
Bulk file renaming is not achievable in Mac unlike Windows, where you can select all files and rename them. Mac users will require a file renaming automator that can rename all the specified files in folder according to defined pre and post fixes. However, if you want to define rules to quickly streamline the file names in any way, PowerRenamer
is the probably the best free tool you can pick up. It’s a tiny application for Mac, offering a quick way to rename files according to specified conditions. It also lets you save conditions as presets, so you can use them later upon other file sets without having to specify the criteria of renaming files.
Even though MS Office allows user to cascade multiple windows under unified interface, it cannot open cascaded windows in tabs, nor does it offer a convenient way to switch between views of opened windows. Take Excel 2010 windows as an instance, in Excel you may find an option to save layout of opened windows to restore them with a single click but what if you’re working on multiple worksheets? How would you switch between views without having to first minimize the window and open those worksheets lying behind it? Office Tab
is a superior alternative to previously featured OfficeTab
If you’re using multiple playback devices, you must hate switching between them manually by right-clicking the volume indicator to open Playback Devices dialog and then changing the playback device. How about an application which lets you switch playback devices right from system tray? SoundSwitch
provides you with just that. It is a tiny open source system tray Playback Devices switching tool for Windows which saves you time that you’d have spent on switching the playback devices the default way.
Do you have the problem of flipping back and forth between overlapping windows? Do you often require checking the progress of an application process by switching windows, (such as a video converter)? Why not make your current window transparent. We have reviewed two apps before which can do this job; Vitrite
and See Through Windows
. However, both of them can turn windows transparent using a hotkey. If you want the same feature but different functionality, then GhostWin
will definitely help. It makes any window partially or completely transparent when you move it across the screen, so that you may be able to see the underlying windows.
is a video streaming web service which allows you to watch restricted videos instantly without limitation. The supported websites include Megavideo, VideoBB & VideoZer. Sheepser not only allows by passing 72 minute MegaVideo restrictions, but also provides mirror links for it’s numerous servers on which the specific video is hosted. This can be quite convenient for using alternative servers in case the current server is down. Moreover, it provides an embed code to allow users to embed the unrestricted video to their websites.
When it comes to launching new web services, Google seems to be on a roll. After bringing forth Google+ and Winyl, Google has introduced another useful web service known as Google Takeout
. As the name implies, Takeout provides the utility of obtaining your saved data from numerous cloud services offered by Google. It basically allows you to download anything from your saved contacts in a Google account to Picasa pictures.
Falling in the footsteps of its iOS and Android counterparts, Microsoft’s Facebook
for Windows Phone 7 app has, in its latest update (to version 2.0), finally added push notifications to its list of features. You now no longer need to open the app to check your notifications. The app will alert you itself the instant a friend interacts with you on Facebook. You can specify whatever interactions you want the app to report (messages, wall posts, feed comments etc.) and select whether notifications appear as both toasts and tile count or only as the latter.
For more than 6 years, medical news and information web service, WebMD, has faithfully served users with a comprehensive online medical database meant to aid users in identifying and tackling diseases and injuries. With technology moving at a fast pace, they took it to the next level by developing a detailed client specifically for Android. With a lustrous yet convenient UI, it is rapidly gaining popularity as the most elaborate medical app for Android. If you think that the app is meant to help people belonging to just the medical fraternity, think again! The immensely easy to interpret language, coupled with a highly intuitive UI and graphical demonstration of some of the most sought-after topics, make WebMD a must-have tool for anyone seeking aid from a wide array of medical topics.
Earlier we covered how HTC decided
not to rollout Gingerbread update for HTC Desire and how angry reactions from users forced them into reverting their decision. At the time of initial announcement that HTC Desire will indeed get updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, there wasn’t a timeline given to keep tap on progress or to know when exactly the update will start rolling out.
If you have an LG Optimus ME P350 running Android 2.2 Froyo and are looking forward to root it, things could not not have been any simpler then the solution XDA-Developer Chainfire
has developed for you. Gingerbreak
is the easiest and quickest way out there to give you total root access on your device without the need of fancy ADB commands or other tools.
To have a backup of your mobile device’s contents is of great importance these days. Android devices are capable of fully synchronizing and providing a backup for all your contacts and settings but with the growing utilization of device memory and the flooding of alluring apps in the Android Market, one can easily lose track of all the apps one has installed and that can be a hassle upon resetting your phone or switching to a different ROM etc. That's why it is of great importance to have a backup of all your favorite applications securely stored on your SD card for restoring in such cases. App Backup & Restore
makes backups of all apps installed on your phone and stores them in a directory of your choice on your SD card.
There is no shortage of quality music playing and streaming apps for Android. Even the stock offerings of Google's mobile operating system are pretty substantial for your basic music playback needs. But then there is the entire world of customization open for Android fanboys that lets us taste a variety of flavors for apps of almost every genre on our devices, and music players are no exception. In fact, there's a special desire among Android fans to get their hands on a music player that resembles the looks of a Windows Phone style alternative. After seven alpha versions and amidst much anticipation, LauncherPro Developer Federico Carnales’ Zune Music Player look-alike
for Android has finally entered the beta stage. Before you rush to the download link, install the app and find yourself disappointed, you should know that there is no need to be. UberMusic Beta 1
comes packed with a new skinning engine and a completely different look. The new default skin isn’t all that bad. In fact, it’s still one of the best looks you’ll find on an Android music player. Still, I’m sure many of you have grown attached to the WP7 interface of the alpha. I know I have. According to the app’s changelog, the new engine is powerful enough to allow an exact replication of the Windows Phone 7 look that made us fall in love with the alpha versions. However, the developer is yet to release instructions as to how that is to be done.
T-Mobile Samsung Sidekick 4G is mid-tier Android device that has been able to grab a massive fan base since it’s release. And it is also worth mentioning that this handset got root within hours of it’s release and the development community then took the task of making this phone more awesome with custom bacon like ROMs, Kernels and hacks that require root. There are many custom Android ROMs available for this handset, but Smooth Maximus ROM based on SK4G.KD1/SGS4G.UVKD1 is so far leading the contest with butter like smoothness and rock stability. Most system apps on this ROM are extracted from Samsung Galaxy S 4G with basic Honeycomb styling and theming. Read More
Finally there is some great news for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play owners as CyanogenMOD 7.1 Android 2.3 Gingerbread is under way for this handset. Of course this isn’t the official CM 7 release from Cyanogen and associated team, but the build claims to be equipped with the best PS1 Emulator with customized launcher for gaming purposes. Senior XDA Member and Recognized Developer jerplea is heading the development and is in the process of consistently updating the build for optimized user experience. Read More
The Huawei Ascend M860 has been around for a while, yet there is no dedicated forum - or at least we didn’t fine one - when it comes to rooting or modding the Android device running Android 2.1 Eclair. As per a request by one of our readers for a guide on rooting the Ascend M860, we may have found the simplest solution for all you Ascend M860 owners looking to root their device, that is SuperOneClick