If you're a typical smartphone users, chances are that you might be hooked to several social networks. While few might cater to your location updating needs, others might allow you post photos of your recently concluded party to show them off to the world. Amidst all the hullabaloo surrounding the various social networks of today, one often feels the need to get hands on a solution that combines these platform together to allow you to keep an eye on activities of all the different accounts from under the same roof. QISS
is a cross-platform, multi-language instant messenger and web-browsing app for Android that allows users from various social networks to unite on a unified platform to share text messages, photos (via Twitter only), URLs, message feeds and more with each other. The affiliated IM service QISS.IM
holds multiple user accounts together from various social networking sites through its mobile client. Only registered users can avail QISS services. Registration is totally free and can be done from the registration page
of the said service or from within the mobile app.
It can be quite difficult to determine the optimum read & write speed of your flash drive. While sometimes the transfer rate may appear to be as much as 25MB, at other instances it doesn’t seem to give that high read and write speed. In such a case, it can be worth checking out the optimum potential of your USB drive, in order to determine whether the data read/write rate is being affected due to other factors such as a PC running many backend processes or not. USBFlashSpeed
is a portable benchmarking application which tests your USB’s read write rate at different data sizes. The test includes calculating the USB’s read and write level from e.g. 15MB to 1KB of data. During the test, read & write data is continuously plotted on the graph to check read and write speed of the USB at numerous data transfer levels.
Windows Firewall is a software firewall and packet filtering component of Windows which helps users create inbound and outbound rules to protect their network from being compromised. Like all firewalls, it protects the networks from unauthorized access while allowing legitimate communication to pass through and by blocking malicious, specified or user profiling agents. Unfortunately, the firewall settings can be a bit difficult for many home users to configure. For this reason many users prefer keeping their Windows Firewall Off for avoiding network disruptions. Windows Firewall Notifier
is a portable application which makes it easy to configure firewall rules (both inbound and outbound) by providing prompts similar to UAC (User Account Control) for allowing and blocking network traffic.
Most apps that you've installed on your Android device keep updating at frequent interval, however, keeping a close tab on the details of these updates isn't the easiest of the tasks. Changelog Droid
is a free (ad-supported) tool for Android users who like to stay updated and informed of all the modifications made to their favorite apps off-late. By checking out recent changelogs of all the installed apps on your device in one place, you can save yourself from the hassle of wandering around in the Android Market, collecting updated information of apps individually. Instead, Changelog Droid fetches all the important information for you from the Market and displays recent changes to apps in a categorical way including version updates, bug fixes, newly added features, release date and more.
We often use Windows Run Commands to quickly launch applications and for accessing network paths. For instance, System administrators bring it up to quickly access network systems by entering the network path e.g. \\192.168.1.254\d$ or \\server\d$. Windows, by default, maintains MRU list of Run commands, however, using a system cleaner or entering too many path every now and then updates the previously executed commands. WindowsRunHistoryEditor
is a portable tool which allows editing the MRU list (Most recently Used list) of the windows Run Console. You can also erase saved history data and create your very own Run dialog box list without having to make changes to the Windows registry. This way one can save most frequently used server and network drive paths, complex application launch commands with arguments, etc., to quickly access them from Windows Run dialog.
Previously we reviewed the Mirro Skin and CD Art Display
to transform the look of the Windows Media Player. Now a member of the ASK VG team has used the same Skin to create the Mirro Media Player
(not to be confused with Miro
). Mirro is a fully transparent audio player with complete Windows 7 Aero Glass look. Unlike the formerly reviewed Windows Media Player skin, it is a complete media player and does not require any complex procedure to set up. The installation can be performed from a simple setup file, as it is not a skin for WMP but a standalone audio player. Once installed, you can playback your favorite music files of any format; WAV, Mp4, Mp3, WMV, and MOV, just to name a few. The best part about Mirro Media Player is the attractive transparent user interface. With auto playlist feature, you can play audio file listing in a loop.
The Xperia Neo has been unlocked and rooted for quite a while now, yet a custom recovery was nowhere to be seen. A rooted Android device without a custom recovery is almost handicapped. Lucky for Xperia Neo owners, XDA-Developers forum member Bin4ry has recently managed to run a custom recovery based on ClockworkMod recovery and named FreeXperia ClockworkMod Recovery on the Xperia Neo. This should see a boost in custom ROMs and mods based on flashable zip packages. Read More
Google Docs is a web-based data storage service which has the ability to create and edit documents. While it has options like real-time collaboration on documents creation with other users and support for several document formats, it does not provide compression and encryption of documents. PowerGDocs
is a portable desktop client for Google Docs to download and upload Google Docs files and open file revisions. Unlike previously reviewed SyncDocs
, it does not synchronize data with Google Docs but allows uploading and downloading it from your local drive. Nonetheless, it provides the additional utility to compress and encrypt downloaded documents.
Music is an integral part of many people’s daily lives. And your phone is your constant companion which is always with you and lets you enjoy the music of your choice on the go. Many people attribute the iPhone's success to focus on music, and that is quite true. It is a common sight today to see a person walking down a road with headphones plugged into their ears. This constant obsession with music has been fuelled even further thanks to the latest rise to fame of smartphones. Android, iOS and Windows Phone all lay special emphasis on letting users listen to their favorite songs in an optimal and convenient manner. Samsung Omnia 7 is a Windows Phone 7 device which comes with pretty good acoustic properties. And that’s why you can really enjoy it’s headphones (specially if you got the original Samsung ones with your device). But if you feel that there’s still room for improvement, you can increase the headphone volume of this device using the procedure described below!
Samsung Omnia 7 is the phone I personally use, and to be honest, I am quite in love with it. However, my first disagreement with it arose when I was late for work in the morning because I missed my alarm. Being a heavy sleeper, the speaker volume wasn’t enough to wake me up. Also, while listening to music, you might feel that the volume is not as high as you want it to be. The sound is pretty good on this Windows Phone 7 goodie, but that does not mean there is no way of improving it. In fact, it is possible to increase the volume of this Samsung Windows Phone by a large factor. Of course, there are risks involved, but if you are really looking forward to a louder phone, or are just curious about how you can get a little bit more out of your Omnia 7, well, here’s how to do it.
With every to-do list manager there comes a reminder; but reminder functions seldom come first because with task managers it’s mostly about being organized. Nyabag is an online web service that sends you email reminders of tasks as per the intervals you define. It also provides an online diary that you can use to keep a record of different events. Read More
Cloud backup services like Amazon S3, Nirvanix and Timeline Cloud provide data backup for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises), as well as for individuals. While applications like Leo Backup
, etc., provide a desktop solution for managing an Amazon S3 account from your desktop, such application are limited to the management of one cloud backup service only. Cloud Turtle
is a desktop client for paid backup services such as Amazon S3, Nirvanix and Timeline Cloud services, letting you manage multiple accounts and perform data uploading and downloading tasks. It provides all the common and unique features of respective cloud services under one interface. For example, Amazon S3 users can upload, download data, delete objects and buckets, set bucket policies, and so on. Whereas, with Nirvanix you can upload, download and delete files and folders, create, delete and edit users from your master account, stream music and videos, view your documents in Google Docs, etc. Similarly, Timeline Cloud users can use Cloud Turtle to access and manage encrypted files from their Timeline Cloud accounts.
With the Android 2.3.5 update for the Nexus S 4G up for download on the internet on the servers at Google, users must be flocking onto the download link to get their hands on the update. Considering the update is an official one, it is obvious that you will loose all root access if your device was previously rooted. Chances are, that only users who prefer stock non rooted devices, or users who don’t know much about rooting will get the official update installed on their devices, while more advanced users who prefer a rooted Nexus S 4G, will wait out for a rooted firmware or a rooting method for the 2.3.5 firmware. RootzWiki forum member Pete has just released a rooted, but completely stock Android 2.3.5 ROM for the Nexus S 4G. This was fast for sure. Read More
Earlier we covered a guide on rooting and installing ClockworkMod the Asus Transformer Honecyomb Tablet running Android 3.1 (22.214.171.124)
, and while that worked, there were people who were having trouble with the method employed. Automated rooting or ClockworkMod recovery installation’s aren’t something new to hit the Android devices, but the Transformer was missing such a tool. Yes, ‘was’, because XDA-Developers forum member brk
has just developed and released a Batch Script that not only lets you root the Transformer but gives you plenty of other options including unrooting your device.
If you are a developer or have been a user of Android in the past, then the term rooting, or unlocking a device must be familiar to you. Unlocking means that you have access to the hardware of your phone and the ability to tinker away with any hardware or software component you want. However in Windows Phone 7 unlocking is a completely different ball game. There is ChevronWP7 available for jailbreaking your phone, but it has issues like relocking of device after a while and also it does not work on more recent versions of WP7. Mostly, all Chevron unlocked devices lose their unlock as soon as Microsoft releases an update of Windows Phone. Fortunately if you are a Samsung user, there is a way to fix this. Following the easy steps outlined past the break, you will be able to permanently unlock your WP7, and won't have to worry about MS finding a fix for the current developer unlock.
Every character counts on Twitter because you only get to type 140 of them. There are services that let you enter longer tweets but what they essentially do is add a link to your tweet where followers can see the rest of it. Under these restrictions, using symbols or special characters to get your message across in 140 characters or less is one good way to do it and also to make your tweet more interesting. Twitter Symbols is a web app that lets you enter symbols and characters by tweeting from its platform. Read More
Health and fitness should be our top priority in life. It’s true that the world has got a lot to offer besides fitness, but hey, what’s the use of anything else unless you are physically not feeling at your best to enjoy life? Live Strong is a relatively well-known name in the field of fitness and health maintenance. Their app Calorie Tracker
has been around in the Marketplace of Windows Phone 7 for quite a while. So why are we covering it now? Because now Calorie Tracker is free
! Well, for a limited time at least.
If you opted to go for Flyer, the flagship Android tablet from HTC, and you luckily got it with S-OFF, then there is some great news for you! Folks over at XDA Forums have managed to tinker with this tab’s build.prop to allow GSM phone calls using Bluetooth headset. This is seriously awesome but you’ll need to have S-OFF on your tab prior to attempting this hack. And with S-OFF, you will also need permanent root that won’t allow the system to revert the changes done to build.prop. Read More
If you own a Nexus S 4G, chances are that you’ve been anxiously waiting for the Android 2.3.5 update that Google had promised for this device. Initially, there were rumors about it going live on the 11th of July, but had been pushed back to July 18. However, that did not happen either and Nexus S 4G owners were left frustrated. Finally, the update has surfaced on the servers of Google and you can easily download the file to install it manually on your handset. Read More
is a screenshot sharing application that saves the steps that you usually take to capture, upload and share screenshots. The application is geared towards those who want to upload and share screenshots with others without much hassle. Although it doesn’t have features included in previously covered screenshot sharing tools like Grabilla
, it arguably provides one of the quickest way to share screenshots with others. What makes it different is the way images are uploaded to its server; process of taking and uploading screenshots seems like happening in real-time, as it begins uploading screenshots the second you take them. In addition to saving images to server, it also syncs most recently uploaded screenshots across all configured PCs.