Notify! Selectively View Notifications From Apps On Your Home & Lock Screen [Android]

One of the key strengths of Android has always been the notifications system. It’s been around since the early days of the OS, but it took what felt like a lifetime for it to get any good. Unfortunately, some app developers seem to abuse it in order to spam you with promotional messages, advertisements, or pointless updates. While other times, there are a few notifications from apps that you just cannot afford to miss. If you want to put pivotal notification information right on your home screen or lock screen via a minimal widget that doesn’t bog down your device’s performance, Notify! is all you need. The simple app displays incoming notifications at any widget supported area and allows you to access them with a single screen tap. Read More

Adjust Notifications Volume Based On Sleep And Wake State [Android]

When you are walking down the street withyour Android device residing in your purse or pocket, the notification volume should be loud enough to be heard over the other noise in your surroundings. But when you’re, let’s say, attending an important meeting, the loudness of the notification sound must not break the silence or interrupt the seriousness of the situation. There are apps like Tasker that let you automatically change volume according to different scenarios, but if you want a simpler solution that's also free, you can try Awake / Sleep Volume Adjuster. This free application by XDA Forum Member Sanryd automatically adjusts the volume based  on your phone’s sleep and awake states. Let’s find out how. Read More

How To Sync Browser Data Between Desktop And Android In Firefox 29

Mozilla has finally launched Firefox 29, the latest version of the company’s massively popular web browser, for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. With version 29, Mozilla has debuted the new Australis interface borrowing heavily from Google Chrome. But besides  that, Mozilla has also revamped the sync feature of the browser; the new sync feature is better than ever, and doesn’t now require you to store the pesky auto-generated authorization code (as in previous releases), but rather all your data is now synchronized via email and password through a Firefox Account. In this guide we’ll highlight the difference between the new and old sync methods, as well as show you how to sync data between desktop and Android in Firefox 29. Read More

New Features In Firefox 29 For Desktop & Android

Firefox 29 is out and the update is a huge one for the browser and it’s users. The update finally brings the much talked about Australis theme to the stable channel and it was well worth the wait. Austalis isn’t just beautiful it’s also the most minimal that Firefox has ever been. Other new features on desktop and mobile include brand new customization options for the buttons that appear on the Menu Bar, Firefox Sync which is now set up exclusively through the Firefox Account, and new repositioned buttons for bookmarks have been added. Developers get new features too with the implementation of <input type="number"> and <input type="color"> on both desktop and Android. Additionally on Android new share options, and customization options for the home panels have been introduced. Read More

Get Hangouts To Recognize & Associate Phone Numbers With Contacts

The new Google Hangouts app has merged SMS with IM conversations. That's great except for some users, the app now will not recognize when an SMS is received from an existing contact and will show the number it was received from. For an app that was meant to make text messaging and instant messaging easier, this complicates things. The good news here is that this is not a bug, I repeat, this is not a bug. It's because Hangouts is confused with the state of your contacts and is having trouble finding who the number belongs to. The problem is in fact with your contacts and here's how you can set things straight. Read More

Typist Lets You Find How Fast You Type On Your Android

Typing has become an essential part to our modern lifestyle. It’s not possible to use most tech products available in the market today without any typing skills (smartphones, anyone?), and if you use your touchscreen phone or tablet for a lot of texting then you better be a fast typist or be ready to get left behind. But the question that remains is how fast your thumbs can move between those virtual keys? There are many desktop applications that let you measure your typing speed and finding your WMP (words per minute) rate. But now you can do that on your Android as well thanks to the new app called Typist. It carries a bunch of typing tests and allows you to find your typing speed by completing them in 1, 2 or 3 minutes. Read More

MultiWindow Sidebar Run Apps In Split-Screen View & Switch From Sidebar

One of the most interesting features Samsung introduced with Galaxy S4 and Note 3 phones was MultiWindow Flashbar which enables using two apps simultaneously in split view mode. Many users have tried porting that feature to other phones from time to time, but no other developer has probably done a better job than XDA-Developers senior member zst123 with his MultiWindow Sidebar which enables you to quickly access selected number of apps from a vertical sidebar, as well as use more than one app in split view using Xposed framework modules. Read More

Bring Back The WP8 Music App To Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is a big overall improvement over its predecessor, but there are always bound to be some nostalgic users who miss the good, old times. While no one is likely to complain about the handy, new Action Center, or the beautiful way of managing the Start screen, there are some areas of WP8.1 that still need some improvements. For my part, the new look offered by the Music hub can get a little confusing at times. Even if you like it on the whole, it is hard to deny that you do need some time to adjust to its new scheme of options and screens. If you are really missing the Windows Phone 8 Music hub, but still want to keep hanging on to your WP8.1 update, there is now a fairly uncomplicated way of going about this. Music Hub Tile is a new release for WP8.1, and this app has the power to bring the abolished WP8 Music hub back from retirement. Read More

ActIf: Add Conditional (IF) Actions To Activator On Jailbroken iPhone/iPad [Cydia]

For a smartphone to be truly “smart”, I believe it’s essential that the device fully understands what you want it to do and when, and the how as well. Granted that a smartphone’s capabilities far extend beyond those that a regular mobile device would have on offer, but the real beauty of the concept begins when the phone begins acting on actions that you want it to execute without manual initiation depending on conditions and environment. A number of apps have popped up that bring something similar, with the most notable of them being the cross-platform IFTTT service. Then, for Android phones, there’s Tasker, which can practically automate any and all areas of your phone or tablet. For iOS, a similar, and probably the best ever, has been Activator, which allows execution of actions based on certain conditions being met. Now, a new tweak has surfaced for jailbroken iDevices that adds conditional (IF) statements to Activator. This tweak goes by name of ActIf, and we’ll take a closer look at this one today. Read More

Disable Your Facebook Email And Keep Out Spam

Roughly two years ago, Facebook introduced Facebook email (boo) but kept it opt-in only. It later decided that the Facebook email address you never claimed would be the default email for all users and it would show up on everyone's timeline. The email address was easy to guess too, your profile@facebook.com (boo again) and we had to find a way to hide it. Of course that didn't mean the email didn't exist or that no one could guess it. Facebook eventually realized that no one wanted a Facebook email and while it didn't exactly kill it off, it lets you disable it and very easily so. Here's how. Read More

What Can I Do About The Can’t Connect To Camera Error On My Android

I've been regularly using an Android phone as my primary phone for almost a month now, it's the Nexus 5 and it's given me an appreciation for larger screens. Among other features and apps that I love on the phone, the camera app is what I consider the crown jewel. It's amazing; great focus, that new blur feature is cool, and I'm able to take half-way decent photos that I never could before. One recurring error that I have been experiencing with the camera app is that sometimes when I launch it, it tells me 'Can't connect to camera'. Normally, switching to my home screen and back to the app would be enough to get rid of this error but it was yesterday when the error just wouldn't go away and I had to Google my problem. It seems the Can't connect to Camera error is quite common among Android users, particularly with Nexus 5 users. For Nexus 5 users, it seems to be consistent and has been acknowledged by Google as a bug which will be fixed in an update. The problem isn't unique for Nexus 5 handsets so here's what might be causing the error and what you can do about it. Read More

QuickCamera: Launch The Camera App With A Twist Of Your Wrist [Android]

Among its many interesting features like Listening mode and Active Notifications, the Moto X phone by Google and Motorola sports a nifty and quick way to launch camera app by a simple wrist gesture. To quickly open the default camera app on the device, you can simply turn it twice like you’re shaking the phone and you’ll have the camera viewfinder in front of you in no time. This can prove extremely useful when capturing those fleeting moments without wasting time finding and launching the camera app. If you want to bring similar functionality to your own Android device regardless of its model, and provided it’s running Android 4.0 or above, QuickCamera is the way to go. Inspired by the Moto X feature mentioned above, it lets you launch camera with a wrist twist. Read More

PDF Eraser Lets You Edit PDF Files, Add Images & Text To Them

The best thing about of a PDF document is, in part, that it can be viewed on just about any device, on any desktop and mobile platform. It is one such handy format which allows everyone to see the same information, presented in the same way. If you occasionally work with PDF files, you may have encountered situations where you needed to alter a few things, for example, you may have wanted to split the PDF pages into individual files, or maybe you had to remove a few unwanted objects from the document itself. If you have not found a good application to accomplish that task, PDF Eraser is here to help. The free Windows program allows to remove any unnecessary objects, images, and text from PDF documents, annotate them and split a single file into multiple documents. Read More

GRE Vocab Lock Learn A New Word Every Time You Look At Your Phone [Android]

Having a richer vocabulary of words in your arsenal is one of the most effective ways to improve your speaking and writing skills, but there are so many words in English that it sometimes get really difficult to know where to begin. A few Google queries may return various online resources to nourish your vocabulary, and while it does work if you opt for the proper techniques, there are a number of smartphone apps now that can help you accomplish the same. If you want to learn a new word everytime you pick up your Android then GRE Vocab Lock is worth giving a shot. It acts as a secondary lock screen for your device and lets you learn a new word every time you unlock it. It houses a comprehensive built in dictionary for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and SAT students, but is just as helpful for anyone who wants to learn new English words with ease. Read More

This Cydia Tweak Brings Blackberry 10 Notification System To iPhone

The notification system in iOS is really far from stellar, even after so many improvements over the course of iOS’ evolution and especially with iOS 7. Notifications have always been one of the fortes of Android, and a lot of iOS (and even OS X) notifications seem to have been inspired from the Mountain View company’s smartphone and tablet operating system. That said, jailbreak is one of those areas that seeks continuous improvement in almost all aspects of a supported iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and a testament to this is the fact that Apple itself has incorporated features, if not directly from, then inspired by various popular jailbreak tweaks. The entire concept of the Notification Center is built around that, and the tweak that we’re talking about today, called Priority Hub, which takes inspiration from Blackberry 10 OS and brings a similar look and feel to iOS 7 Notification Center. Read More

Send Files & Text Between Mac & iOS Devices With Copybin

Sharing data between two different types of Apple devices is laborious and cumbersome anyway you put it. Granted, Airdrop has considerably improved the experience in some situations, but that luxury evades a large portion of Mac and iOS users. Similarly, services like iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive have provided some relief, but even these solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Which makes a great case for Copybin, a cross platform synchronization app that lets you transfer almost any file seamlessly between Mac and iOS in the blink of an eye.

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Lyrics Finder Finds Lyrics And Adds Them To Your MP3 Files

Software developers face many challenges during development of a new application, but perhaps the greatest challenge of all is figuring out how to make their work stand out from the crowd. Some developers try to accomplish this by including as many features as they can to their project, but if you don’t have many resources and man power to achieve the same, you may just focus on a single key function and make that just as good as it can be. Lyrics Finder is one such brilliant example. It’s a free program for Windows and Mac OS X that aims to perform just one task and does it fairly well. It allows you to find lyrics of music files stored on your computer and automatically adds them to the track’s metadata. How? Let’s find out! Read More

IFTTT Arrives On Google Play Store And Brings Android Channels

IFTTT is possibly one of the best services ever created, ever. It's been helping people automate and connect web services for about three years and the IFTTT app for Android has finally arrived in the Google Play Store, almost a year after the iOS app (that was a long wait). The app is awesome, of course, but you need only think about how much more freedom you have with an Android and you realize that the app is going to be very powerful indeed. It comes with special Android channels that let you use phone functions in your recipes for actions such as getting a notification on your phone when it's about to rain. Here's our hands-on review of the app. Read More

TinyTake: Capture Screenshots And Record Screencasts, Share Them Online

For many Windows users, taking screenshots is an activity that’s performed several times a day. If your work involves visual representation of ideas to your clients, or you constantly need to give visual assistance to customers over the internet, then a screenshot tool provides a definitive solution to accomplish this task. Fortunately, there are a ton of Windows applications that let you capture and save on screen activity any time but if you need a tool that lets you capture screenshots and record screencasts, annotate them on the fly and share them online in the simplest way, then TinyTake might be what you’re looking for. The application has been developed by MangoApps, and boasts many great features that streamline your screenshot sharing experience. Read More

World Clock is A Visual Time Keeping App With A Day/Night Tool [Mac]

The sheer volume of world clocks available to us might as well be countless. You would have to go as far back as the 70's to experience a time where world clocks were not common. Because you can't have globalization if you don't know what time it is across the globe. There are apps like Advanced World Clock and World Clocks. They probably didn't spend a lot of time coming up with the name for World Clock (seems to be the industry standard), but they can be forgiven because of how they approached this otherwise ornery idea once you look at the interface. Read More