File compression tool does make it easier to share files among other folks, as it shrinks files size without hurting quality (well, to some extent), which an ancient person might even find somewhat magical. One of the compression archives used by most people is RAR. Even though, file compression has its own use, users often damage the RAR files amidst the compression process. We often come across corrupted RAR archives that cannot be extracted due to voids or incomplete binaries, and there is no way to open the files normally, which can be quite devastating especially if the contained files are of something important. Before losing all hope, you may try AutoUnpack as a last resort. It is a Windows application that repairs your damaged and corrupted archives, but if, for some reason, it fails to perform its required task, you can take a look at Recovery Toolbox for RAR.
It is a very light-weight RAR repair tool which does not modify corrupted documents, and can easily open files which are not accessible. It does not matter which application was used to create the RAR archive; Recovery Toolbox for RAR can access it.
The default Windows Task Manager provides you with lots of options, but there is still a lot of improvement. Compared to Windows 7, Microsoft has made some nice changes to the Task Manager included in Windows 8. However, if you are looking for a third party task manager with lots of options, check out Daphne
. It is a Windows Task Manager replacement that lets you kill processes at a predefined time, set an application to run always-on-top, change processes' and threads' priorities, and look up information for an unknown process from drk.com.ar
online database. You can tweak its look and feel, add items to the kill menu, include traps, integrate with Windows' right-click context menu etc. It enables you to copy the name, path and view detailed properties of a process and highlights the processes, which consume more memory than a specified limit. Apart from managing processes, you can perform a number of operations like find, hide application, set application opacity level, etc.
Informed decisions are usually the best ones. When shopping, comparing multiple items of the same category can help a lot in buying the right product for the best price. The caveat is, using the internet to compare products and services can be real tiresome, as most sources of right information are scattered, and sometimes, this much information might be overwhelming. FindThebest
is a web app offering a comparison engine that gathers data from different sources, and lets you browse or search products in various categories, ranging from electronics and health care to the best cities to live in, or almost anything.
is a massive system optimization and cleaning utility for Mac OS X that includes a host of system information tools, cleaning features and system optimization options to keep your Mac stable and free from superfluous data, obsolete PowerPC apps and scripts, uninstalled applications’ log files. Since Mac OS X, like any other OS, doesn’t remove useless data, system logs and caches, unused languages, etc., you may need an application like Magican to perform in-depth scan of system for removing the system logs, caches, and applications’ left over data. Apart from cleaning the system, you can check current status of major system components such as Disk read and write speed, CPU, Battery, GPU and Disk temperature, Battery health, RAM statistics, Network usage, and number of processes and threads being handled by CPU.
Need to share details of office appointments, events, meetings and work schedule with your team members but don’t want the fuss of having to manually manage and update each event? CodeTwo NetCalendars
is an application to streamline the management of office appointments, events and schedules that you want to share with others. It lets you create a group calendar, which can be accessed by your team members connected on network. Not only can you share the calendar with others, but you can also allow your team to work on it at the same time. Once the calendar is shared on network, users can access it, make changes to events, create new events and update the existing appointments. It automatically syncs all the changes made to calendars, so that you won’t have to manually open the calendar from shared location to view the latest event details.
There are many iOS apps that can help you keep track of all your financial affairs. Mint.com
has been a trusted source for expense management since 2008. It is usually a tough decision to give your account details and other such personal data to a third party app, but Mint.com is good at handling banking data, as their years in the business show. Using the new iPad app, you can know pretty much everything about your financial matters at a glance. Mint supports a lot of banks and account types, meaning that users won't have to enter too much data manually, as the app will come up with auto-suggestions to facilitate the logging of your finances. Read on to find out how the app helps you stay abreast with the status of your money. Read More
Ever since Apple unveiled its latest voice recognition wonder ‘Siri’ along with the iPhone 4S, Android developers all over the world started devising alternate solutions of their own. It’s not that Android has been completely alien to voice command-powered apps until now. If you’re an avid follower of Android apps, you might well be aware of Vlingo
– a long-ago released app that allows users to control or access various aspects of their devices via voice commands. As for possible Siri replacements, among all other attempts that have been made to replicate the marvels of said application, Iris
can be easily cited as the most impressive effort. Inspired from the same voice-based questioning/answering mechanism as that of Siri, Iris tries to help you out with your online queries, calls and texts, and not just that, the app responds to any general questions or statements that you might throw at it. As it is right now, Iris is obviously not at par with Siri, but it won't be wrong to say that it definitely has the potential to get there some day.
Google, or Gmail, specifically, offers its users over 7.5GB of storage space. For most of us, having this much storage capacity in our mailbox is useless, since emails are mostly in kilobytes. These days, cloud storage is slowly taking over the role of local storage, specially when important documents, which need to be moved around, are concerned. When you have to open a document at some remote location, having it in cloud storage is much better than copying it to a USB flash drive and carrying it around physically. Today, we have a tool for you that lets you use the online storage of your Gmail account as local storage. GMail Drive
is a Shell Extension for Windows that creates a virtual file system around your Google Mail account. In addition to just being an email client, it allows you to use your Gmail account as a storage medium. Once installed, it creates a virtual drive inside Windows Explorer and enables you to create, copy and delete files and folders. When you upload a file to your Gmail account, the application will automatically generate an email with the file as an attachment. You can use GMail Drive to access and modify all the files uploaded from the application.
With Windows 7 came AeroSnap, a handy feature that lets you resize your windows, and automatically adjusts multiple windows on the computer screen. reSizer
is an AeroSnap-based system utility that allows you to use keyboard shortcuts to focus, resize and change windows in a fast manner without touching the mouse. You can toggle the opacity
properties of active windows, and instantly place windows to fit specific areas of your screen. The application is programmed to work with the numeric keypad to enable faster switching between open applications. reSizer also lets you define application shortcut mappings to instantly access active applications.
Ever since Mango rolled out, it has not been easy unlocking your Windows Phone 7 if you do not have a developer account. Then, if you do have it, and you are in an environment where there are more than one WP7 devices, you can unlock only up to 3 devices with a single developer account. What if you have more, or a friend wants you to unlock their device, too, to get access to all those cool homebrews? Turns out, Microsoft isn’t as strict as it poses to be when it comes to unlocking. There is a simple way you can try to unlock as many WP7 devices as you want, as long as you have one genuine dev account. Even if you don't have one, all you need to do is to convince any person who does have it, as using the original account is only temporary and you will not harm the developer account in any way.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a high-tier Android phone that comes loaded with 1 GHz scorpion processor and 8 MP primary camera. The phone has managed to gain a massive fan base since its release. The developer community is also consistent in providing support for this phone and we have seen many hacks, tweaks and mods emerging in the past to enhance user experience. The recent production of these handsets, recently made available, have largely remained a difficult challenge for developers to gain valid permanent root access.
Sharing videos is just another thing that makes Facebook so addictive. While you may be interested in scrolling through the latest album your friend has uploaded, you will, at the same time, like to enjoy the music they are listening to or perhaps a family video. The only problem is that Facebook’s interface or rather your news feed is not designed to view multiple items at once and that means if you want to read a detailed article or watch a video you have to navigate away from your Facebook page. Videos can be played directly in your feed but you can’t watch it unless you stop scrolling. Facebook Video Player
is an extension for Google Chrome that enhances your video-watching experience on the social-networking giant by allowing you to play Facebook videos in a fixed location, to the right side of the page. Using this extension, you no longer have to pause your commenting or wall-posting, since you'll always have the video in front of you. As you click videos, they are all added to this side bar and each one is played in its own media player.
There might be a lot of note-taking apps available for Windows Phone 7 that make use of live tiles (we have even covered a few, like Sticky Tiles
and Live Tile Now
), but none as colorful and eye-catching as Smart Note 2
. Not only can you create notes with this free
app, you can pin them to the start screen of your Mango phone in the color of your choice. And if you are in a hurry, or just in the mood for doodling, you can do that, too, with Smart Note 2. The app can serve the dual purpose of letting users create new notes, and managing reminders or to-do lists.
There are a number of online photo editing tools out there that let you edit your photos without installing any software, but very few are as fast and creative as Picfull
. Picfull is a web app that adds a variety of filters to photos only in just a few simple clicks. Just choose any photo you like, apply one or more of the custom photo effects or filters, and save it either to your local file system in JPEG, or share it on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. There is a vast range of effects that can be added to photos; filters like Vintage Dark, Line Coloring, Pen Outline
and Color Separation
are only some of them.
Curious to find out how your Android device fares with all the various apps and processes running on it simultaneously? Cool Tool
is a free yet extremely handy system monitoring app for Android that displays usage of various resources of your device on a customizable and movable on-screen panel which remains visible regardless of what screen you navigate to. Ranging from CPU/RAM usage to network traffic, battery status and more, Cool Tool keeps a tab on some of the most significant hardware/software aspects of your device and lets you modify display settings for each accordingly. Apart from toggling the display of multiple parameters on the panel, you can show/hide the panel as you like and opt to keep it running in the background as well as upon device reboot.
Do you know about Samsung Admire ? Well if you do, then you probably have one. Samsung Admire is a mid-tier Android phone that is meant for social media addicts. The phone launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board and comes packed with all social networking tools without any TouchWiz hindrance. The phone finally stands rooted with DJrBliss’s exploit. It is interesting that a similar exploit, which gained permanent root on Droid 3 and other Droid phones, is responsible for gaining root privileges on Samsung Admire as well.
Samsung Galaxy S II is a dual core, high tier Android phone that has managed to gather huge fan base since its launch. The stock Video Player app on Samsung Galaxy S II allows the user to see videos in portrait mode. However, users need to have auto-rotation set to ON in settings for videos to stream/ play in portrait mode. Electrox666, Senior XDA member and Android developer, has managed to integrate a rotation toggle in video player that lets you easily change orientation of the video. The hack basically removes SRS effects toggle and replaces it with a rotation icon. Another advantage of this tweak is that you can easily lock video playback in landscape or portrait mode without having to go in Settings menu. Read More
Looking to instantly share your texts, photos and location with friends, supplemented by real-time voice/audio messages? Why not do it via Voxer
– a PTT-based instant messenger for iOS and Android that lets you quickly share voice messages with friends in real-time (just like a walkie-talkie), or record your messages to send them automatically upon connecting to the internet. In addition, the app lets you pick multiple contacts to initiate a group chat, and alerts you of all your new messages and friend requests via notifications.
Android is the fastest growing Smartphone OS throughout the world. The main reason behind this Android boom is perhaps its universal adaptability and a structure that is customizable to core. Recently Sony Ericsson, one of the key Android phone manufacturer, introduced Bravia Reality Engine in select devices. This engine is basically a display management functionality that comes integrated with contrast enhancement, re-coloring and other display tweaks. The main motive behind Bravia Engine is to get a closer-to-life [reality] display on your mobile’s screen. Although Bravia Engine comes packaged in newer Xperia line, but the development community has managed to port it to older Xperia devices as well. Read More
In case you are an Infuse 4G owner with root and are looking to multiply your 4G connectivity speed, then you are in luck! SSJ_Gomike, Senior XDA Member and developer, has discovered awesome build.prop tweak that lets you optimize 4G connectivity on your device. For those who don’t know, Build.Prop file is basically your device’s build properties file and is utilized for various purposes. The file carries discreet instructions for phone’s operation and you can tinker with certain lines of code to change LCD density, configure Dalvik VM Heap Size, modify camera properties, optimize network performance etc. Read More