Autodesk Brings Its 3D Home Interior Design App Homestyler To Android

Decorating a living space involves more than just placing furniture along the walls and matching the carpet with the curtains; it has a lot to do with finding the right furniture, lighting fixtures, curtains, carpets, and what not. It takes a lot of work, and there's no 'try room' for furniture like there is for clothes, so unless you know what you're getting will work for sure, you might end up buying the wrong design, style or color of furniture, fixture or decoration items. Autodesk's Homestyler is a multiplatform app  that lets you plan how you're gong to furnish a room and share your design with other users. You can choose empty rooms to furnish with virtual furniture by picking items that you can actually buy, or using mock ones that don't have a real-life replica but that you can perhaps get made by a designer or a carpenter. The app is equipped with all types of rooms, furniture pieces, fixtures, electronics, and even a large selection of paint colors for your walls. Homestyler started off as a web app, was brought to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch a couple months ago and now finally has an Android variant as well.  Read More

Replace iPhone Lock Screen Passcode With A Game Controller Combo

Remember the good old days when you had to glean cheat codes off from your friends or gaming magazines, and then try fervently to apply them using your Nintendo controller before your character died or your favorite Pokémon escaped? If you really miss those times, there are plenty of ways to recreate them on an iPhone, using the awesome gaming emulators available for jailbroken (and recently, even non-jailbroken) devices. If truth be told though, the gaming community has moved on, and you are not very likely to spend a lot of time playing these older video games even if they are available on iOS. This is why Control Unlocker can be perfect for anyone who is nostalgic for NES, but not super-crazy for the actual games. The Cydia tweak makes it possible for users to set a cheat code-like passcode on their iPhone’s lock screen, making sure that the device gets unlocked only when the right combination is punched in using the displayed controller. Read More

Ferris Offers Smart, Location-Based Video Sharing From Your iPhone

Most smartphone users shoot more photos than videos but recently, the trend has started to shift. With Vine and Instagram Video getting released, video sharing has gained considerable popularity. Both these services, however, are a bit limited. Of course, you get filters and loads of other features with Instagram, but if you want to share longer videos, the service isn't of much use. This is why many social networks specializing in video sharing such as Keek have popped up. Ferris might not seem too different from other video sharing services, but this app has more to offer than meets the eye. Ferris is not merely a social network; it intelligently arranges all your videos into a timeline, which can be previewed before you actually begin streaming one. The app also has a map that lets users view public videos from different parts of the world. Read More

Cancel iOS App Updates Mid-Download With CancelUpdate

How many times have you found yourself regretting an iOS app update? Previously, there was no quick and easy way to cancel one before its completion once started, resulting in apps that are either forever stuck in the ‘updating…’ phase until you get access to a stable internet connection, or, in some odd cases, updated to less functional versions – such as when YouTube restricted certain features of FoxTube/Jasmine for iOS. Thankfully, we have come across a method to quickly undo the update operation,  thanks to Cydia tweak CancelUpdate by Plipala. Check it out after the jump. Read More

12 Best Music Players For iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

With Apple finally introducing iTunes Radio in iOS 7, some people are claiming that the end of offline music playback is near. The sheer number of streaming services available these days coupled with the wide availability of high-speed mobile internet has dramatically diminished the importance of keeping a decent collection of music on your device. Having said that, you cannot always be online, even in this modern age, as all the uproar caused by Xbox One has clearly demonstrated. So, if you still have a lot of songs on your iPhone, you are probably familiar with more than one alternatives for the iOS Music app. The stock app itself isn't too bad, but there are some music players available in the App Store that can make it look almost crude. The variety is so large in this genre that you might easily start feeling a bit lost when looking for a decent app that can handle your music library. So, in an attempt to make your choice easier, here is our list of the top free and paid music players available for iOS. Read More

Flow Is An Android Reddit Client With A Gorgeous Card-Based UI & Built-In YouTube Player

Flow for Reddit is a new Reddit app for Android that focuses on two things: Reddit, and a good interface. Despite being in pre-beta, it seems to be working exceptionally well The app supports multiple Reddit accounts, makes it extremely easy to upvote/downvote content, has a built-in YouTube player, and makes sure the content that’s being shared is front and center. Image previews load with links, you can easily use filters to sort both comments and the links themselves, and conversation threads are easy to follow. Flow for Reddit doesn't have any big features to speak of other than the YouTube player; it’s the app's interface that’s the real selling point. It offers both a card-like interface as well as a simple list-based one that you can easily switch between. Read More

Wyze Launcher For Android Offers Auto App Sorting, Smart Search & More

Android Launchers have been around in a variety of shapes and sizes. Apps like Nova, Apex and GO Launcher have been reigning this genre of Play Store for quite some time now, with many others come and go while gaining different levels of attention. This is a category of apps that has the ability to go completely off the rails with customization, so an app has to come with plenty of features or most users won't bother downloading it, especially considering third-party launchers are used primarily by customization enthusiasts in the first place. Although Wyze Launcher might not exactly be a game changer, it certainly has what it takes for a launcher to be used as a daily driver by many. Wyze Launcher offers a lot of settings accompanied by a few innovative features that make it stand out from many other similar apps available at Play Store. Read on after the break for more details. Read More

Hands-On With CyanogenMod Project Nemesis Camera App ‘Focal’; Now Available For Download

If you have been keeping a tab on CyanogenMod’s Project Nemesis, you'd likely be aware of the team’s latest developments in building many basic apps and components of Android from the ground up. The first component that recently made its public appearance is Focal, a brand new camera app that CM claims will provide you ‘the right pixel, look, path, spark, and feeling at the right time’. The app has been designed to fill that gap between stock Android and OEM devices. We all know that the stock Android camera isn't as feature-laden as those found in many device manufacturers' offerings such as HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz ROMs. Focal aims to fill the void by developing a feature-packed camera app that can be used by anyone owning any type of android device. Read after the jump for our full review. Read More

Create Animated GIFs From Any HTML5 Video Streaming In Chrome

GIFs are sometimes the best response (and even the only response) needed to make a point on the internet. Of course, to always have the right GIF, you must spend a lot of time looking for and collecting them. Another way would be to make or extract them yourself each time you come across a GIF-worthy clip in a video you're watching. Most users might not like this idea since it possibly entails using a web or desktop app to do so, but MakeGIF Video Capture aims to change that. It's a Chrome extension that lets you create a GIF right inside Chrome itself, as long as the video you're creating it from is being played in an HTML5 player. This means you can create GIFs from YouTube, Vimeo and possibly many other resources out there. Read More

My Mixtapez Reimagines Music Playlists On Android

Mixtapes were the predecessors of today’s playlists back when audio cassettes were still relevant and you could use a pencil for something other than writing. Mixtapes died with the cassette tape itself, and we've taken to listening to or watching playlists online, on services like Spotify, YouTube and more. My Mixtapez is an Android app that lets you browse for these modern mixtapes i.e. playlists. You can listen to them online, or download them to your device for offline playback. The app also lets you watch trending videos. However, it does not have a built-in video player, and you get to watch them in your browser. Read More

How To Root Nexus 4, 7, 10 & Galaxy Nexus On Android 4.3

Google recently pushed out Android 4.3 to the AOSP as well as made the update available for the latest Nexus devices including Nexus 4, 7 and 10, as well as the not-yet-obsolete Galaxy Nexus. If you have installed Android 4.3 update on your Nexus device and are missing root access on it, we’ve got you covered. Read on after the jump, as we guide you through the process of rooting your Nexus device running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Read More

Get Chat Heads-Like Floating Notifications For Calls On Android With CallHeads

When you're capturing a photo or writing an important email on your smartphone, any incoming call can be downright annoying, as it simply interrupts your workflow. While you can enable airplane mode to make sure you don't get interrupted at such occasions, missing out on important calls (like ones from your boss) isn't too practical for many of us. CallHeads is a small yet highly useful Android app that aims to get rid of this annoyance for good. It gives you more flexibility and control over what to do with an incoming call when you are already using an app, by bringing Facebook Chat Heads-like bubbles into play. The call is displayed as a bubble over any on-screen activity, meaning what you're currently doing doesn't get disrupted, and you still see who the call is from. You can tap and hold this bubble called 'call head' to accept/reject the call, or postpone it in order to pick up a few seconds later if you can't afford to instantly dismiss your current activity. Read More

URL Uncover Helps You Determine If A Shortened Link Is Trustworthy

Thanks to URL shortening and redirection services, not all links are what they appear to be. Such shortened or redirected links take you to a different URL, which can possibly be malicious in nature as well. Extensions like WOT that tell you if a site can be trusted or not can be quite helpful for regular URLs but when it comes to shortened ones, such extensions have their limitations. URL Uncover is a web service that helps you check how safe a link is without having to visit it. You simply paste the link into it, and URL Uncover will run it by the McAfee SiteAdvisor to check if the domain is a trusted one. It will also generate a screenshot of the website that the URL links to, and pull the title, description, and keywords of that page from its metadata. Read More

Mappr Puts A Full Interactive Map In iPhone Spotlight Search Area

SearchAmplius has not been available in the jailbreak store for too long but despite that, it has managed to garner a considerable fan-following. While almost all aspects of the tweak are useful in some form, a lot of users find its ability to integrate results from the ‘Maps’ app something that really enriches the experience of using Spotlight. There are plenty of navigation-related apps available in the App Store, but being able to look for locations without launching an app is sure to be preferred by a lot of users. Having said that, the Maps results in SearchAmplius just give you a very basic idea of the location you are looking for, and most of the time, user end up launching the app anyway. The Mappr Cydia tweak, on the other hand, has a much better solution: it tweak places a full zoomable map in the Spotlight search area, which can be used to quickly pinpoint your current location or view other places on the map. Read More

Download & Manage Torrents On Windows Phone 8 With wpTorrent

Torrents and smartphones aren’t always associated with each other, but there are some apps out there that can help you control desktop torrent clients via your phone. For Windows Phone, we have seen torrent controllers like Torrent Remote and uTorrent Remote, but all these apps require a desktop companion and don’t have the capability to do anything on their own. wpTorrent is the first WP8 app that can act independently for searching, downloading and managing torrents. Once downloaded, these torrent files can be used directly on your phone, or sent to your computer using the app’s HTTP file sharing feature. wpTorrent is a very comprehensive app, letting you choose download/upload speeds, view detailed torrent information, and configure search engines to find new torrents even without leaving the app. To top it all, the app integrates pretty well with Internet Explorer, and automatically grabs any torrent link you find there. Read More

MoviePile Is A Great Movie Manager With Support For Extracting Animated GIFs & Short Video Clips

When it comes to movie management and video playback software, there are way too many choices available, some of which are simply great, while others, not quite so. That said, it also comes down to personal taste and preference. We've covered some very fantastic movie managers in the past, such as the excellent jMovieManager and today, we bring you yet another one. MoviePile is a Java-based desktop movie manager for Windows, Mac and Linux that looks great and brings a host of interesting features to the table, the most terrific of which is dubbed Tagmark that allows you to tag specific parts in a video and play them directly with a single click later, or just turn them to an animated GIF. Pretty impressive, right? Read on! Read More

Best Apps, Tips And Tweaks Of The Week [07.28.2013]

It’s that time of the week again when we round up the most popular as well as the less-popular but equally useful apps, tips and tweaks that you may have missed during your hectic workweek. This time around, we discuss the new features in Android 4.3, an excellent Instagram alternative for Windows Phone, cloud-syncing in SwiftKey for Android, and how to play GameBoy Advance games on iOS without jailbreaking, among other excellent apps and tips. Read More

10 Great New Tab Page Extensions For Google Chrome

Chrome’s New Tab page offers little by way of customization; it’s split into two or more screens (depending on how many apps you have installed), and accommodates everything from the bookmarks bar, recently closed tabs, a link to the web store, and of course, the speed dial. Apart from the websites that appear in the speed dial, there is nothing for the user to customize. That said, the page is still sufficiently equipped to meets most people's expectations from a modern browser. For anyone who wants more features, there exists a large choice of extensions that change the new tab page. Some improve the layout and increase the grid size of the speed dial, while others add useful widgets for weather and time, and there are still others that revamp the new tab page entirely, giving users a totally different experience. In what follows, we'll take a look at our collection of the 10 best new tab page extensions for Google Chrome. Read More

Get A WYSIWYG Website HTML Editor In Chrome With PageEdit

The Web Inspector tool in Chrome allows you to edit the currently loaded web page and make changes to it, but it it’s hardly the easiest way to edit a web page. PageEdit is a Chrome extension that lets you modify web pages by simply turning the tab into a WYSIWYG editor. Everything from text, images, and links becomes editable, and you see the changes happen live. The editor itself features toolbars that are similar to the ones in MS Word 2007. The extension has two modes: basic and default, that decide which toolbars will be visible when the extension is activated. Read More

NPS Image Editor Offers A Blend Of Photoshop & MS Paint-Level Editing

Having high-res cameras in our smartphones gives us the luxury of capturing pictures anytime, but sometimes, the end results aren't quite up to the mark. Those of us accustomed to professional-grade photography and photo editing use Photoshop to remedy any flaws in their captured images, but the tool isn't built to be used by just about anyone. So how about trying out something simpler? NPS Image Editor is a great Windows image manipulation tool with user-friendliness as its main selling point. The UI looks quite plain and simple, and yet packed with all the essential tools and features that an image editing software of this kind should have. Keep reading for further details. Read More