Instantly Share Files & Screenshots From Mac Menu Bar With Thunder

You have your file sharing and cloud storage apps, and you have your screenshot tools. If you cross the two, you get something like Thunder - a free app available in the Mac App Store that not only lets you take screenshots and automatically uploads them to the cloud, but also allows you to upload any file to the cloud by dragging & dropping it on its menu bar icon. Whenever a file - whether one you added manually or a screenshot you took with Thunder - is uploaded, a link to it is automatically copied to your clipboard. You can upload one or several files at once; in case of more than one file, all files are added to a zipped archive before being uploaded. Read More

Get A ‘Show’ Option Beside Password Fields In Firefox

We all mistype passwords; sometimes the caps lock is left on or the numeric keypad is off and we don’t realize it, while at other times, we accidentally hit two keys at once, or just suspect we've mistyped it and erase it all to start typing all over again because there’s no way to see if we have really typed the correct one. Show/hide passwords is a Firefox add-on that allows you to see the password you've typed by adding a ‘Show’ option next to the password field. It is very much like the ‘Show Characters’ option that you see for the Wi-Fi key on Windows 7. The added option doesn't make your password visible permanently; it is kept hidden unless you want to see it, and can be hidden again once you've seen what you've typed. Read More

Official MEGA App For Android Now Available In The Play Store

MEGA - the rebranded file sharing service by the infamous Kim Dotcom that gives you 50GB of storage space for your files - now has a smartphone app for Android. Strictly speaking, it isn't entirely new; MEGA has actually acquired an existing app and modified it to match its web interface. While it's no match for the file manager offered by MEGA's web interface, it can do just about everything that can be done from the web interface. You can view a complete list of files you've uploaded to your account, select and download any of them, upload files from your device, and organize them into folders. The app has a search feature and files can be downloaded directly from a link as well. The app can also automatically back up photos from your device's camera to your MEGA account. With the 50GB of space you get, this beats backing them up to Dropbox or Google Drive. Read More

cottonTracks For Chrome Overlays A History Of Visited Links On Sites

Internet users are always on the lookout for ways to keep their favorite links organized in a way that they can be easily found when needed. Developers, in turn, are constantly thinking of ways to help users make sense of their browsing history, making it easier to access & search. cottonTracks is a Chrome extension that takes this concept and turns it into something quite different. cottonTracks isn't your traditional browsing history extension; rather, it is a reference of your browsing history. It analyses your history and each time you visit a page on a website that you frequently browse, it can show you all pages that you've previously visited on it. This takes a considerable load off your bookmarks library as well, since you no longer have to save links from frequently visited websites. It also makes finding them as easy as one click. Read More

Access Android Photos, View & Send SMS From A Browser With FoneLink

Smartphones were invented to boost our productivity but if used the wrong way, they can also destroy productivity like nothing else. You could be on fire one second getting more work done in an hour than you have the whole day when suddenly, your phone will alert you to a new message and the next thing you know, you'll be completely indulged into the conversation. For me, once I have my phone in my hand, even if it's just to read a message, checking me email, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter becomes unavoidable. The only way to avoid a dip in your productivity is to stay away from your phone while working, but that isn't always possible. FoneLink is an Android app by the developers of BlueStacks that works with its web interface allowing you to read and respond to your text messages and view your photos right in your computer's browser, regardless of whether you are on a Mac, Windows PC, a Linux based system, or even a tablet. The Android app is what creates the connection between your phone and the service's web interface. Read More

Get Firefox Home Page Bar In The New Tab Page

Firefox 13 revamped the Firefox Home page and added a bar at the bottom that gives you quick access to many options such as downloads, bookmarks, history, add-ons, etc that previously had to be accessed from the menu bar. Since the new tab page did not have speed dial at that time, this made the Firefox Home page the more preferred page to open when the browser was launched. With the arrival of speed dial though, users have to choose between the new tab page and the home page. New newtab tab is a Firefox add-on that makes the choice easier to make. It adds the options toolbar that you see at the bottom of the Firefox Home page to the default New Tab page, combining the speed dial and the bar and giving you the best of both worlds. Read More

6 Less Talked About Features In OS X Mavericks

As soon as OS X Mavericks was announced, everyone was busy discussing its new name and the myriad of new features that were announced, and generally just dying to get their hands on the developer preview. Since then, those who have access to Mavericks have been detailing things like tabbed browsing in Finder, Keychain in iCloud, and other major features. It’s times like this that the little, less important features are overlooked. Here is a list of 6 lesser known features in OS X Mavericks Beta that users will welcome as much as the major ones. Read More

myControl Offers Remote PC Control From Android With Script Support

So the battery of your wireless mouse battery has died and you don't have any charged ones handy? Need to free up a USB port but don’t have a wireless mouse to replace your regular one with? Want to watch a movie on your computer's screen from a distance but your mouse cord is acting as a shackle? If you have an Android device, myControl is the answer to all these problems. The app works with a desktop client available for Windows and Linux that connects your phone and your computer, and provides you control over the latter from the former with right and left mouse buttons, a scroll bar, a trackpad area, a keyboard, voice input, special keys, and the option to run scripts for launching services like Google Search, Hulu, Netflix, etc. The app can run in the background on both your device and your system, and a connection is maintained between the two even if you switch to a different app on your phone. Read More

JellyNote Is A Sharing Portal & Database Of Per-Instrument Sheet Music

Finding song covers, instrumental or vocal, isn't hard; you can go to YouTube or SoundCloud and find some excellent covers for pretty much any song. They have great entertainment value but if you're learning to play a new instrument, or would like to learn to play one of your favorite songs, you need something that can be much harder to find: sheet music. JellyNote is a web service that gives you just that. Not only does it allow musicians to upload music, but also their sheet music, and that too for multiple instruments that were used to create the each song. You can get sheet music for any one of the instruments and listen to the instrumental track for that as well. Read More

Facebook Adds Stickers To Its Web Chat

Emoticons have come a long way from the simple colon and brackets to small images, the vast world of emoji, and even little animated yellow heads that beat each other up with clubs. Facebook has long had little smileys that you can add to your chats, with support for them in status updates, comments, and replies coming only a while ago. In one of its more recent updates to its smartphone apps, Facebook also added ‘Stickers’, which are basically emoticons that defy the conventional emoticon size and come in sets. When they debuted, these stickers could only be sent from mobile devices and not from the web, though they appeared there perfectly. In another small update, Facebook has added stickers to its web chat. You get two sets by default, but you can get more from the Sticker Store where everything is currently free. Read More

10 Great Facebook Extensions For Google Chrome

Facebook will never be exactly how you want it to be; it’s likely never going to add that one feature you think it should, and most probably, it’s not going to bring back that old feature that you loved. The company certainly will not call you up and ask you  how you feel about a new feature they are thinking of adding, because Facebook does what it does. You can either move to a different social network, stop complaining about Facebook, or install extensions to get it to do exactly what you want. Where Facebook disappoints and fails, browser extensions come to the rescue. Here’s a list of Chrome extensions that add or fix broken features on Facebook and make the social network easier to use. Read More

Create Facebook Cover Photos From FB Pictures & Countless Templates

You can get very creative with Facebook cover photos if you have the skills for it but if Paint is the only image editor you can use well, it might be difficult for you to come up with something both original impressive. Many people simply put up one of their photos as their cover image and if that's what you wanna do too, try CoverBud Designer. It's a web app that lets you create cover photos for Facebook from your Facebook pictures, using its own template designs. The app lets you add a background image, create a collage with the photos you've uploaded to Facebook, and add text. The designer is super easy to use and it also allows you to preview your cover photo before applying, or edit it later. A small watermark is added at the bottom-left of the image, but it’s mostly obscured by your profile picture and is almost unnoticeable. Read More

PowerLine For Android Adds Bar Indicators To Screen Edges For Battery, WiFi & Several Other Stats

Widgets on your screen take up space that you would otherwise dedicate to your favorite apps. While many beautifully crafted widgets greatly compliment your screen, having way too many can make it look quite cluttered. Widget developers therefore have to get creative with how they design their widgets, and keep a lot of aesthetic details in consideration. If you are a minimalist who wants to keep monitoring key stats of their Android device such as battery level, signal strength, Wi-Fi strength, unread messages, missed calls, memory, processor consumption, internal/external storage space, give PowerLine a shot. It is an Android app that adds on-screen indicators for all these stats in form of entirely unobtrusive colored lines along the edges, meaning you don't have to use any widgets to clutter up your screen for viewing this info at a glance. These lines show whether the item in question is on a healthy level, riding low, or in the danger zone. With the free version of the app, you can add any two indicators on your screen at a time, while the paid version removes this restriction. Read More

Schedule Firefox Downloads To Start & Pause At Set Times

A great thing about torrents is that you can suspend and resume them at will. This allows you to download at off-peak hours but unfortunately, the same can’t be done for all downloads, and what you have to do instead is to start the download at off-peak hours. Download Scheduler is a Firefox add-on that lets you schedule several different downloads to start at different times of your choice and automatically pause them at a specified time as well. If the servers you are downloading from don't support resuming downloads, this add-on won’t save you in the event that you internet connection fails, but it will still allow downloads to commence without you having to initiate them at the right time. Read More

Track Stocks & Maintain An Investment Portfolio On Android With JStock

The finance section of any newspaper, be it online or print, isn't something that everyone reads or understands, but Stock market information, specifically the changes in stock prices is often used as a measure of a company's current position in the market, and such information is critical for every investor. If you follow stocks, JStock is an app that can help you  keep up with fluctuating stock prices for different stocks being traded across the world. The application previously only had a desktop version for Windows , OS X & Linux, but now it has gone mobile with an app for Android, allowing you to keep up on the go. You get a large number of stock indices to choose from, and the app historically track the changes in their prices. You can also maintain your own portfolio of stocks you've purchased to measure your capital gains or losses as the prices fluctuate. Read More

Hands-On With The New Modern UI Apps In Windows 8.1

The Windows 8.1 Preview has brought back the Start Button, redesigned some apps, and introduced a fair number of new ones. Some of these new apps are truly impressive, while others are the Modern UI version of apps that already existed as desktop versions and have long been part of the Windows OS. Between the revamped apps, the new apps, and those that are Modern UI versions of their desktop counterparts, we have four very impressive utility apps: Alarm, Calculator, Sound Recorder, and Scan, the latter three of which are essentially revamped Modern UI variants of existing Windows features, whereas the new Photo Editor, Health and Fitness, Food and Drinks, and Reading List apps have been developed from scratch. Read More

Food & Drink: The Windows 8.1 Recipe App With Hands-Free Control

Windows 8 currently features apps for buying music, reading financial news, staying up to date with sporting events, and a general app for reading news. Windows 8.1 brings with it yet another niche app, Food & Drink, that is more than just a digital cookbook. Food & Drink allows you to search for recipes from supported food channels. In addition to helping you find recipes, the app also lets you sort them into ‘Collections’. You can add the ingredients of any recipe to a shopping list, add notes to recipes, use the meal planner to plan meals and your shopping for each day of the week, and even add hand-written recipes to it by taking a snapshot of them from within the app itself. To top things off, there is also a hands-free mode that utilizes your computer's camera to let you navigate between different pages of a recipe with body gestures, without even touching the device. Read More

Windows 8.1 Helps Takes Care Of Your Body With Bing Health & Fitness

Windows 8.1 has brought something for health enthusiasts; the new Bing Health & Fitness app that lets you track your daily calorie intake, manage an exercise routine, look up how many calories there are in a particular food item, as well as a disease symptom analysis tool that helps you diagnose yourself when you’re feeling unwell (and is possibly a bad idea). The app also has a drug lookup tool that you can use to search for medicine by popular names, or their basic components to see what they are prescribed for and view other helpful information like what you should do if you’ve taken an overdose. Read More

Reading List Brings Cross-Device Synced Bookmarking To Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 has brought back the Start button and that’s reason enough to celebrate for many, but this new version has also brought with it some new apps, of which Reading List is something a lot of us are bound to love. This new app works best with Internet Explorer set as your default browser, but will also work if you’re using a different one. Reading List is a standalone app that you can save links to from the Share Charm from other apps. The saved links can then be read later. To most users, this might seem to be a Pocket-like service but it mimics the reading list  feature in Safari to some extent, with the exception that it can work with any browser, making it much better. Other than being able to work with other apps and any browser, the app is pretty basic in the sense that your links cannot be organized into folders, nor categorized in any other way. A search bar within the app makes the process of finding the right one pretty easy though. Read More

How To Embed Instagram Videos On A Webpage In Two Simple Steps

Instagram’s version of short videos is quite different from Vine's offering; you have filters, longer videos, and a live editor. Instagram may have come into the game late, but it brought enough features to stand on its own in the genre. There is one glaring similarity between Instagram videos and Vine when it was first launched; embedding videos is tiring and difficult. We showed you a rather elaborate way to embed Instagram videos, and its likely that the length of the process is going to to discourage some users from doing it all. The solution to the problem comes in the form of Embed Instagram - a simple little web app developed by Amit Agarwal at Digital Inspiration that reduces the process to just three clicks. Read More