Windows Hosts file is used to map domain names with their IP addresses to instantly access the most frequently visited websites, network locations and also to block potentially harmful remote locations. Hosts file works just like your ISP provided DNS server. The only difference is that Hosts file lets you create list of domain names and make amendments to mapped locations. The hosts file can be easily edited using any text editor but Windows doesn’t provide any tool to manage the mapped domain names. For instance, it requires you to manually enter the domains, modify the IPs, etc. Moreover, users often find it hard to quickly toggle mapped locations On or Off. HostsEditor
is an application to add new nodes to hosts file without having to manually edit them.
Since Outlook saves all data, including emails, appointments, calendars, tasks, journals and other items in PST and OST files, it’s recommended to backup PST and OST on regular basis since it helps restore all Outlook user data back when it suddenly crashes or stops responding. Backup my mail
is an Outlook backup tool which uses hobocopy
at backend to create Outlook PST backups at scheduled intervals. The hobocopy
is Console based tool which makes use of Windows VSS (Volume Shadow Service) to silently perform file backup operations. Unlike previously covered Safe PST Backup
(ad-supported), Backup my mail
can start backup operation at any day and then follow the user-defined routine for creating Outlook data backups after specified time intervals. You can also choose to follow linear backup approach to create backups after every x number of hours.
There are a whole host of task managers and reminder services and software available to help you remember important events and simple everyday tasks like picking up milk. Desktop-Reminder
is an application that allows you to add tasks as far advance as you want and set up a reminder for each task as late or as early as you like. The application, gives you audio alerts and can run unobtrusively in the system tray. You can categorize the tasks and filter them based on the category or description. It automatically highlights tasks with the closest due date.
If you have a large number of files in your computer, the best way to manage them is by putting then in separate folders and subfolders. For instance, it will be really easily for you to locate an audio file if its placed in a folder containing all the songs from the same Artist, than when you have to go through hundreds of random songs. However, with that many folders, you also need an efficient program to manage your folders. Folder Menu
is a folder switching application for Windows which lets you add your favorite folders and move between them without having to open Windows Explorer or My Computer. It allows you to jump between folders, open favorite folders, launch frequently used programs, visit favorite websites and search files by their extensions. It includes a Recent
items list to quickly open recently used files and folders. You can also set custom icons for folders and manage their size.
Consider yourself in a situation where you are writing a code and you want line by line comparison of two different versions of files to check duplication. Would you open both the files side by side and check each line of code? Duplicate Line Finder
is an application made for comparing and identifying duplicates in two text based files. The application is backed by two duplicate identification methods; by Word and by Line. You can either set it to find the duplicate lines in provided files or choose to find and strip only duplicate words. It offers some complementary duplicate finding options to create different versions of both files, such as, Strip Internal Duplicates
, Build Excluded Versions
, and Build Join Versions
. The two file versions (with duplicates included and duplicates excluded) will help you compare both processed text files side by side. Moreover, it has the ability to join both types (text file with duplicates and text file without duplicates) of text file versions
There must have been a lot of times when you had to keep your PC On overnight for a download to finish. The problem is, the PC stays On even when the download is finished. This not only wastes a lot of energy but also adds up to your electricity bill. DownOff
is an application which automatically shutdowns your PC when the download rate reaches a minimum level set by the user. It can be used to manage large file downloads and large file transfers on a network when the PC is left unattended by the user.
HTC Sensation is undoubtedly the latest “sensation” among Android phones who prefer being loyal to HTC. The phone comes with 1.2 GHz Dual-Core processor and has 768 MB RAM that ensures a powerful, speedy and butter-smooth user experience. Apart from these awesome specs, the bootloader of HTC Sensation is entitled for official HTC Dev unlocking which makes things easier for underground development community. There are scores of custom Android ROMs, kernels and tweaks that are consistently surfacing for HTC Sensation. Read More
Some external hard drives go into sleep mode after a period of inactivity (which is usually 10 minutes). While this option can be prevented by going to Advanced Power Options in Windows and disabling the hard disk sleep feature, a better alternative can be to customize the sleep mechanism of an external drive. For instance, one can use an application to toggle the auto-sleep mode On or Off according to specified criteria.
Android users, in general, simply love customizing the looks of their device through various themes and launchers. This is perhaps the reason why we find the Android Market literally brimming with umpteen number of diverse themes and an equal number of budding theme designers with innovative ideas. Having said that, exploring the Market for themes and selecting one from countless choices is never easy. I mean, circling among themes relevant to a specific launcher is one thing, but what if you were to use a theme from a different launcher without having to scour through the market in search for all the various themes on offer? That is where N3xGen Theme Manager
comes in. N3xGen Theme Manager is a free app (effectively, an online theme store) that fetches various Android themes from the Android Market and gathers them at a single place so that you do not have to dig deep into the Market in search of a good one. As of now, the app displays themes for three of the most popular launchers out there (GO Launcher EX, Launcher Pro & ADW Launcher) and Theme Chooser compatible themes for the acclaimed custom ROM CyanogenMod 7. The app supports searching themes by keywords, categories, developers as well as their availability (free/paid).
First it was My Class Schedule
, then Studious
, School Schedule
and quite a few others in between; Android-using students would be feeling blessed with the sudden emergence of so many student planners on the Android Market in just a matter of a few days. Student Timetable Helper
, although somewhat similar in its functionality to all the aforementioned apps, is yet another student planner that packs comprehensive timetable management features along with adding a couple of handy options such as an online archive for storing, retrieving and managing your timetables, customizable alarms integrated with Google Calendar events, multiple widgets for selective content (timetables, teachers, classrooms and more) with customizable styles and notification types, voice/speech recognition to input data and much, much more.
When we comes across an unknown file type, it is often required to gather more information about the file online in order to open it in an application which supports the format. Likewise, we also search for our favorite movies and songs to gather synopsis, box art, cast and crew information and more. To search the information on the unknown file type, we open our browser and manually type the search query to perform this task. It can be of immense convenience if this task can be performed from the Windows context menu, like the keyword search options available in Chrome and Firefox.
Arguably the most groundbreaking feature offered by Mango is multitasking. And multitasking doesn’t only mean the app switcher brought up by long-pressing the “back” button on your Windows Phone 7 device, Mango actually does offer multitasking in the sense that you can keep on playing music from third party apps while doing anything else. Last.fm is the
app for listening to all the music you will want in a lifetime. The app provides a pretty decent music discovery service, but that's not all. There is also the option to find out all the activities in your area that are related to music. This means that Last.fm will tell you all about the concerts taking place in your locality! The app has been around for quite a while, but now it just reached a whole new level with its new update. The Mango-fied version of the app can now be used to stream songs in the background while you reply to text messages and read your emails!
Looking for an effective way to send multiple text messages to multiple contacts at once from your Android phone? Look no further because Multi Texter
has now arrived in the Android Market. Developed by XDA Developers member shabihsherjeel, Multi Texter is a free Android app with a plethora of options for your texting needs; the best of them all being the option to simultaneously send as many as 15 different text messages to multiple contacts. To mention a few other additional features of Multi Texter, the app keeps tabs on all your sent and pending messages along with an option to resend the failed ones and lets you search through messages by content or by contact name.
Custom recovery is an integral part of Android OS as it allows users, developers and hackers to perform crucial functions like restoration, maintenance and flashing / installation. Virtually every Android phone gets root and then immediately a custom recovery is brewed in order to flash custom kernels, ROMs and patches. Custom recoveries also perform other useful functions such as wiping dalvik cache, battery stats, restore and backup system etc. and do complete cache and system format in order to implement new framework on the phone / tablet. When it comes to custom recoveries for Android phones / tablets, ClockworkMod Recovery developed by Koush is the most favored and widely adapted by Android users. In case you need more information regarding custom recovery in general and ClockworkMod Recovery in particular, then head to our detailed custom recovery guide posted here. Read More
You must have come across multiple applications and web services that allow you to remotely see and control another system. These applications and services are useful particularly when you want to remotely troubleshoot someone’s system. Chrome Remote Desktop BETA
is a Chrome application just released by Google that will allow you remotely access a computer using your Chrome browser and Google App or Gmail ID. Implicitly meant for Chrome notebooks, it works on any system with Chrome installed; Mac, Windows, Linux etc.
For the past few hours, the internet has been abuzz with the news that the popular jailbreaking service Jailbreakme.com has been sold to “some unknown and untrusted person” and everyone was being advised not to use the website anymore. This spelt disaster for new and relatively inexperienced iOS users who wanted their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to be jailbroken with utmost ease. But, as it turns out, all that hue and cry was for absolutely nothing at all (yes, the blogosphere can be a bit over-dramatic at times). The issue has been resolved, and the developer of Cydia, Jay Freeman (@Saurik) has confirmed it just a few minutes ago himself! Read past the break to know the details.
Chapter and Verse
is a Windows application for creating chapter based audiobooks for iTunes and QuickTime Player. You can join multiple files for creating a chapterized audio books and convert them to iTunes compatible AAC format. These chapterized audio books can then be played using iTunes or QuickTime Player. You can also copy them to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod using iTunes. The application saves the audio book projects in its proprietary CVP format.
Almost all web browsers (mobile and desktop) out there come with the search option integrated with the address bar. This means you can type search queries in the address bar in addition to URLs. This saves users the trouble of going to a search engine’s website and typing in the query there. Unfortunately, iOS’s default browser (Safari) lacks this feature and comes with a separate search bar. But what’s the jailbreak community and Cydia for? There’s now a tweak for that and it's called Safari Unibar
. While most desktop browsers that don't come with an omnibar, like Mozilla Firefox, still let users search if they put a valid query in the address bar rather than a URL. In Mobile Safari, however, there are two things that don't let users do that. The browser lacks a space bar in its keyboard, rendering it useless for entering longer queries, and apart from that, the app will treat anything entered in it as a URL, and adds the prefix and postfix automatically even if you key in a simple word. Read More
In a previous post we showed you how to change the Ubuntu 11.04 logon screen image
with the help of Ubuntu tweak. The recent release of Ubuntu 11.10 has replaced the GDM (Gnome Display Manager) with LightDM. For this reason, a new logon screen changer called Simple LightDM Manager
has been released by a 3rd party developer. It is developed keeping in view the LightDM structure for Oneriric and therefore it serves as a quick logon screen tweak for replacing the default Ubuntu 11.10 logon screen image with a custom picture or solid color.
An updated version of the Google+ (v2.0.0) app apparently meant for the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich installment of Android has just been leaked onto the internet by the guys over at Android Police. An APK of the app is now available for download (links provided at the end) if you wish to take it for a spin before the official release (probably somewhere around the time ICS is released). The latest version seems to work on most Android devices and brings quite a few noticeable changes; in the interface though, and not in terms of functionality. For starters, Messenger (previously known as Huddle) has now been renamed to Chords. Apart from that, there have been other minor changes to the overall UI of the app which we shall explore via screenshots and brief details after the jump.