View Source Of Any Web Page In Safari With This iOS 8 Extension & App [Paid]

For web developers, having access to a site's source is imperative. There is a convoluted method of viewing source natively, one that involves some degree of manipulation of javascript and favourites, OR we could just download View Source for iOS and call it a day. It's a new iOS app worth $0.99 in the App Store and it's one of the newest apps to take advantage of extensions on iOS 8.  Needless to say, it won't work unless you have iOS 8. The app allows you to view the source of a web page on an iOS mobile device. The app lets you view source inside its own browser and also works as an extension for Safari so that you can view the source of any page you have open in it. Read More

How To Add/Remove Third-Party Keyboards In iOS 8

I should just use the same introductory sentence for these posts, since they are all just some variants of "iOS 8 is out, it has new features". So, iOS 8 is out, it has new features, like widgets and third-party keyboards. Not that there is anything wrong with the native keyboard, but sometimes one has to experiment with what else is out there, perhaps you might like a third-party over your cherished iOS 8 keyboard. Only one way to find out, install it (like SwiftKey) and see for yourself. Allow us to walk you through how to install third-party keyboards on iOS 8. Read More

How To Add And Remove Widgets In iOS 8

Since we already spent a lot of time discussing the abridged biography of iOS 8, we will skip that particular introduction and go right to the meat of the matter. Widgets are now regular constituents of iOS 8, located where iOS 7 offered a control no more complex than an off switch; you can now completely customize your Notification Center and what widgets you show there and in what order. Let us take a look at how to do exactly that on iOS 8. Read More

Swiftkey Now Available In The App Store For iOS 8, Here’s Our Take [Review]

iOS 8 is here! Wait, we already said that in our last article. Okay, so let's start talking more and more about it. One of the biggest advances in iOS 8 are not at the cosmetic level, it is at the developer's end, which come back on a cosmetic level. Now the environment is a little more open and to that end, there will be support for custom keyboards (amongst other things, check out our review). Predictive text is the weapon of choice for the legend of Android SwiftKey which steps foot into the battleground of iOS, armed with swipe-to-type functionality. Read on to find out how it fared. Read More

iOS 8 Is Out! Here Is What’s New And What’s Improved [Review]

Since the announcement of iOS 8's launch, supplemented with news of Yosemite and iPhone 6/6+ and the Apple Watch's arrival, people have been torn between those saying that Apple is late to so many parties (large screen, wearables, widgets, etc.). The other suggesting that this is the kind of move that reworks the entire platform from the ground up and needed to take its time. Perhaps it is both. It does not matter to either camp because iOS 8 is out. It is the most natural evolution of a platform. If you own a compatible Apple device, you should get an upgrade. Let us walk you through why. Read More

Master Password: Off-Line Password Generator & Vault For Desktop & Mobile

In light of recent security leak scandals, people are beefing up security on their personal accounts to paranoid levels. Security is always at a premium and to serve that end there are numerous solutions available. Solutions that secure imagesindividual folders, apps (android and iOS) and even bookmarks. The irony of security is that security providers seem to want more of your personal information to improve security. In order to really secure certain online services, you can add anything from fingerprint verification to phone confirmation, implying that in case of a security breach, not only is your web service compromised, so is your fingerprint ID and your personal phone number. However, Master Password for Mac, Java desktop, iOS and Android (beta) makes it easy for you to remain secure without the hassle of memorizing any complicated strings. Here's how. Read More

FilePane: A Versatile Drag & Drop File Management Utility For OS X [Paid]

Customizations and Mac usually don't go hand in hand, people purchase a Mac (or create their Hackintosh), log in and get started. Some of us resort to GeekTool to customize certain elements, but we tend not to worry too much about the process as it serves our purpose. Sometimes, like terminal shortcuts, we come across certain easy access techniques that help make our experience that much easier. Facilitating a similar ease of use, we review FilePane, a $4.99 app that expands the power of drag and drop on your Mac. There is a free trail version available for the app that you can try out before you buy it. Read More

StorageStatus Monitors All Physical Storage Devices Connected To Your Mac [Paid]

Those of us working with terabytes of storage at a time, understand how imperative it is to keep an eye on all the working hard drives. There are apps that can keep you updated, from simple information like folder details, to complex performance monitoring, to entire apps like hddb that manage hard drive databases. In that vein, we are going to take a look at the StorageStatus app for Mac OS worth $2.99 in the Mac App Store, that is as informative as it is extremely tiny. Here's what we think of it. Read More

Draft Control Tracks Document Changes In DOCX, Pages & Other Formats [OS X]

The only difference between a professional writer and a drunk texter is the ability to edit. Some writers follow the simple process of "Pre-write, write, rewrite" and they seem to do alright. Some of us are a touch too critical for our own good and end up dropping a tonne of usable content in search of perfection. At some point during re-editing (it's about all we do) we realize that we should not have edited out some word or phrase, which we are unable to recall. There are built in revision tools in most word processors that let you track your text history. Microsoft Word lets you track changes alongside your document, Mac has a native version history with each file, so on and so forth. Now, we have a solution that lets you write in your favourite editor but track changes separately. Draft Control lets you track, search, archive and restore edits as you please. There is a $19.99 in-app purchase that lets you access multiple documents simultaneously, the free version lets you edit only one. Read More

Mastering Video Recording & Editing With QuickTime

For every one of your needs, there is a tool out there that can help you fulfill it. The capability of these tools evolve over time and price tags. For such tools, the functions of time and cost are inversely proportional (with all technology really). Finding tools to capture, edit and render videos for free without an annoying watermark or resolution limit was a distant dream 5 years ago, now you can do that from your Quicktime player and not lose a modicum of quality. Following is a guide on how to put your Quicktime X to best use. Read More

Screen Replay: Create Screencasts In Your Monitor’s Highest Resolution [OS X]

Imagine going back to a time when gigantic encyclopedias were required to understand how to use any new hardware you purchased. Even they fell short of fully explaining how something worked. Fast forward to these modern times where we can condense the entire experience into a short video, eliminating room for human error. Being technologists, we are always in dire need of the right tools for the job, since there is only so much you can do with a hand held camera. That is why we have tools like Video Screen Recorder, SCR, Screencast and Recorder and Acala. However, they all seem to pale in comparison when the market has something like the free Screen Replay for Mac. I love it, let me walk you through why. Read More

Shazam For Mac Identifies Music Playing On Your Desktop Or A Nearby Device

You know that feeling you get, when you want to track down some music you heard somewhere in the background? Well, if you have been using smartphones then you are already using apps like SoundHound and Yahoo! Music to achieve these goals, but there is just something about Shazam that makes it stand out from other apps that accomplish exactly that. Now, in this wonderful world of globalization in apps, Shazam comes to Mac OS X. Here is what we think about it. Read More

Bamboo Paper Finally Goes Multi-Platform & We Took It For A Spin

If you are artistically inclined, you will instantly recognize the name of Wacom, a company that made a name for itself through digital drawing tablets. Despite not being an artist, I have used the Wacom Bamboo for the longest time, as it brought an element of ease and fluidity to writing, note taking, scribbling and drawing on a computer. 'Bamboo' was the name given to their introductory line of drawing tablets. When the world started shifting to tablet computing, it was a logical choice to provide Bamboo's trade mark fluidity in the new world. This brought us Bamboo Paper, a very popular app that has been an iOS exclusive for nearly 3 years. However, it is now looking at a multi-platform launch for "Kindle + Windows Tablets + Android" Phablets and Tablets. Phones - even large screen devices - will have to make do with Wacom's image sharing app Bamboo Loop, as Paper is not available to all mobile users. Let us take you through how the app fares on an Android Phablet (tested on a Sony Xperia Z Ultra). Read More

Jailbreaking iOS 7.1.2 using Pangu

iOS is closed source. This means developers are required to conform to a controlled environment for creating content. This technique has proven to work, since the App Store generated $10 Billion in revenue in 2013. However, there exists a sizable niche that prefers some freedom on the platform. Android has made users aware of all the things they should be able to control on a platform. This is where Jailbreaking comes in. iOS users can tweak and mod the platform to their heart's content and create their own environment, that has the stability and finesse of iOS with the customization of Android. Here is how you can Jailbreak and revert back to iOS 7.1.2 Read More

How To Extract And Modify Icons On A Mac

Apple is a company that can make you feel one of three ways about it, all states are extremes, indifference, hatred or love. Regardless of how one feels about Apple as a company or Mac as a platform, nobody can deny that their design is simply gorgeous. Not to say windows is not gorgeous, only that they are not comparable. Take for example the icons alone. Symbols to help immediately identify an app with but a look. Everyone knows what a folder looks like and everyone knows what a trash bin looks like. This is the job that icons do. Every icon you see on your Mac comes with a scalable resolution of 1024 x 1024, it is so high-res that it can serve as a wallpaper for an iPad. If that is your intent or perhaps you simply want it for some other purpose, here is how you can extract icons from your Mac to use as you please and modify an app's icon with one of your own. Read More

Kinomatic: Record, Edit, Render, And Upload Videos From Your iOS device [Paid]

Video editing apps are not exactly a genre in immense demand. Not to say it isn't popular, but it attracts a niche. Professionals are probably using high end tools such as Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro CC, while the enthusiast sector probably use something like Cinelab, iMovie, Movie Maker, etc. However, for enthusiasts on the go, their options are either free apps with very limited capability or expensive apps that get the job done. Now, with the release and immense success of Kinomatic for iOS, an app worth $3.99 in the app store, we have a tool that can record, edit, render and upload your videos directly from your iOS device. The app is currently half-off so buying now is a bargain. Read More

An Introduction To AppleScript

Apple is not famous for allowing intrusion on their platforms, the carefully guarded iOS environment being one such example. You can customize it, but you have to assume certain risks, such as those involved in jailbreaking. Mac OS X however, is a slightly different scenario. Mac is a sophisticated Unix build working in unison with Apple wizardry. There are custom actions that you can make your Mac do that would render so much of your work absolutely hassle free, all at the click of a button. To help achieve this, Apple created AppleScript back in 1993. Where they let users automate basic functions on a Mac until a certain level of automation set in. If you want to customize your Mac experience through basic scripts, here is how. Read More

Rescue Yourself In The Multi-platformer Beyond Gravity [Paid]

You may have noticed that in the past month, mobile gaming went through a bit of a slump with a handful of big name titles such as the much awaited Hitman Go for android and the multi-platform Angry Birds Epic, but not many others, coming out. The mobile gaming landscape has been humdrum, at best. This could have been because of Steam's summer sale, diverting all gamers to PCs, or it could just have been coincidence, we cannot be sure either way. What we can be sure of, is that the new releases are a sign that the mobile gaming market is picking up once more. Beyond Gravity has been out on Android since the last week of  June 2014 and has enjoyed multi-platform launches. Even though it was slated for a late 2013 release, but after a few unexpected delays, it is scheduled to be out for iOS on July 10th 2014. Here is our review. Read More

Topia World Builder: Play God As You Populate The Earth With Animals [Paid]

With all the mainstream attention coming to mobile gaming and all the souped up hardware that goes into these things, it is high time a non-traditional game came along to set new precedents. There is immense power in modern mobiles which goes underutilized to reach a wider audience. Developers who cater exclusively to high end devices have to narrow their demographic from potentially billions to a handful of millions, that is not a risk developers are generally willing to take. However, sometimes, these risks are necessary to the medium progress. Games like Asphalt, The Room and Walking Dead are good examples of games that push the performance part of this platform, but they are not as unique as Topia World Builder in its approach. Here is our review. Read More

Uninstall Or Disable iTunes On Mac OS X [Guide]

 iTunes has been the backbone of media management on Apple devices since January 2001. It is the default music player for a Mac as well as a library for your iTunes purchases, it even has a significance on Windows 8. To the dismay of numerous iOS owners, you cannot transfer media without it at all. However, there are those who do not rely on iTunes' services for their media needs. To them, iTunes is merely an affectation, an extra appendage with no useful function. If you can relate to that sentiment and wish to rid yourself of this complication, we can tell you how to remove iTunes from Mac OS X.

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