Locationbar³ Makes Each Segment In A URL Clickable [Firefox]

Firefox users may be familiar with an old add-on called Locationbar2. When installed, it linkified the URL in the location bar so that it worked much like the address bar in Windows explorer. Unfortunately, due to the many version updates and the need for add-ons to be made compatible with newer versions of Firefox, LocationBar2 no longer plays nice with some of the later Firefox versions and it hasn't been updated since early 2011. Locationbar³ is a forked and updated version of that very same add-on that turns every segment of the address in the URL bar into a clickable link. Read More

Tweet Balloon Lets You View Timelines As An Overlay On Your Homescreen

Twitter apps in the Google Play Store are plenty, some are truly amazing and others not so much. If you aren't using the official Twitter app, you have a huge selection of unofficial ones to choose from. Tweet Balloon is a Twitter app available in the Google Play Store. Like any Twitter app, it lets you read your tweets, view your mentions, direct messages, pretty much standard stuff. What sets it apart is the little balloon widget that comes with it. The balloon widget works a lot like Facebook chat heads and that's exactly what the balloon resembles (except that it's a balloon). This balloon is why you would want the app; it snaps to the edge of your screen and when you tap it, it brings up your timeline as an overlay on your phone's home screen. You can snap the balloon back to a side of your screen to dismiss it. Read More

Giveaway: Photolamus Has Real Artists Create Amazing Caricatures Of You [Paid]

One of my favorite photo effects is the crayon or carton effect that takes my pictures and transforms them so that they look like they are posters or paintings. The thing with apps like this is that it is image manipulation and unless you take a good picture to begin with, the cartoonified version of yourself is not going to turn out all that great. The alternative would be to maybe draw something yourself and not all of us are skilled at making self-portraits. That's where a service like PhotoIamus comes in; it a simple service that takes your pictures and creates an amazing caricature out of it. The best part is that it isn't photo manipulation; the service takes your photo and real artists work to create a caricature of you. The end product you receive is a high resolution image (4000 x 4000px). Since there is actual human labor involved, you can guess that your caricature won't be free. The service delivers a black and white caricature for $6.99. It has two versions of colored caricatures, a $10.99 version that has basic coloring and a $15.99 version that features more detailed coloring. Read More

3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files

We often talk about how powerful web browsers have become; from simple programs that let you access HTML pages, they have turned into very powerful apps that support many other file formats. The modern browser can open images, play videos, and allow you to read PDF documents. So what's stopping us from taking advantage of the many file types that our browser can support? Case in point; what if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play. But we want something better; a more feature rich player that supports our music library and here's three ways to get all that. Read More

PhotoTag Lets You Add A Description To Your Photos & Videos [Jailbreak]

I love how iOS 7 sorts my photos into collections because I am very unlikley to do it myself. iOS 7 does indeed makes it easier to pick photos and sort them into albums and if you're looking for more ways to organize your photos, give PhotoTag a try. It's a free Cydia tweak available in the insanelyi repository that lets you add a description to individual photos. Given that the camera app already records information like location and the time when the photo was taken, you are left with the freedom to add other types of information to it that the camera can't capture. There doesn't seem to be any limit to how long the description can be. Read More

[Updated] Music Bubbles Control Google Music With An Omnipresent Floating Button [Chrome]

The concept of floating buttons and chat bubbles is quite popular on mobile devices but imagine a floating button in your browser. Music Bubbles is an excellent Chrome extension that adds a floating bubble button to Chrome for controlling Google Music. When you hover your cursor over this button, it expands to reveal a play, forward, and rewind button as well as a thumbs up and thumbs down button. The bubble lets you know which song is playing when you hover your mouse over it. In order to work, you must have Google Music open in a tab. The bubble appears on all pages including the New Tab page. Read More

Map of Metal Shows Genres Through The Decades With Playlists For Each One

History is boring unless you're reading about Westeros and if you're learning about the history of something interesting, like music, you will be surprised to learn that it can still be boring. Map of Metal is a web app that charts the history of Metal and its many sub-genres on a map. You can see the different genres that existed in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and the 00s by panning through the map. Of course, it's not just a cleverly designed list of music genres; every genre that you click on, you get a description of what it is and a nice list of popular songs from that genre. You can click a song to play it on the site. The songs are played as embedded YouTube videos. Read More

3 Ways To Bypass The Options Menu And Access Chrome Pages Faster

Something that I absolutely love about Firefox and am constantly annoyed about in Chrome is how I access the extensions. In Firefox, I can hit Ctrl+Shift+a and the about:addons page opens in a new tab. With Chrome, I have to access the options menu, and go through the Tools menu to get to Extensions. This is bothersome because I need to access them frequently enough and it gets annoying. The extensions page isn't the only Chrome page that needs to be accessed; you have the Settings page chrome://settings/ which doesn't have a shortcut either so here's three ways to access any one of these pages more easily. Read More

LayerShots Takes Layered PSD Screenshots On iOS & Saves To Dropbox [Jailbreak]

LayerShots is a new and absolutely amazing tweak for taking layered screenshots on iOS. It's available in the rpetrich repo for free. The tweak does what it says but the question you might be wondering is how are layers created in the first place? The tweak captures each element of the screen separately. What an ordinary user sees on their device as a single screen comprises of several elements and LayerShots will capture each one as a separate layer. The output is in PSD format and since that format is not supported by the Photos app, you need to save it to a different app like Dropbox. The tweak will probably support saving to other cloud drives but we didn't test it with anything other than iFile and Mail. Demo video past the break. Read More

New Features In Chrome 35 For Desktop & Android

Chrome 35 for desktop and Android is out. The changes and new features introduced for the desktop version are disappointing for end users but developers are going to welcome it. Chrome 35 supports more touch input, some new JavaScript features, and new extensions and APIs. Chrome 35 for Android has a lot more to offer end users; for select devices it now supports multiple windows. For all other devices, the new version supports full screen video playback with HTML controls and subtitles, and a new 'Undo closed tab' that is pretty self explanatory. Read More

Add Activator Gestures For Music App With A Cydia Tweak [Jailbreak]

If you use the native iOS Music App and would like faster access to actions such as adding a song to your favorites, toggling the repeat song options, toggling the shuffle option, and more then Controls for Music App is a free Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository Is for you. It lets you associate an Activator gesture for toggling Shuffle, toggling repeat, to let iTunes Radio know that it should play more songs like the current one, to never play a song again, and to add it to your iTunes wish list. Needless to say you must have Activator installed to use Controls for Music App. Read More

Enable Start Page, Folders, & App Info In The Chrome App Launcher

Google Chrome's App Launcher is, in my opinion, a better way to launch browser apps than what Firefox has going. Google's gone the extra mile by adding a search bar so that you can open a URL, an app, or even start a new search and send it to a new tab.  That is the App Launcher working as it should by default but if you use it often and wish it did more, you can enable a start up page and folders in the App Launcher. Additionally, you can also get information for an app from the context menu. Each features is enabled via experimental features in Chrome. Head over to Chrome://flags Read More

SlideCut Brings Keyboard Shortcuts To iOS [Jailbreak]

Who doesn't love keyboard shortcuts? Just the word 'Hotkey' makes you feel like you're about do something phenomenal even though really you might only be sending a file to the Trash or Recycle Bin. Keyboard shortcuts are present on the desktop platform and not on the mobile platform. Not even devices with a physical QWERTY keyboard have keyboard shortcuts and the majority of devices sold today have a touch screen. Where the iPhone decided to limit itself to one physical button on the screen, Samsung took it further with no buttons on the screen with some of their handsets. It's hard to imagine keyboard shortcuts with devices being the way they are but SlideCut does an amazing job at it. You actually sit and wonder why Apple didn't think of this. SlideCut is a Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository for free. It gives you keyboard shortcuts; you tap the spacebar and then slide your finger to one of the letters associated with a shortcut and the shortcut is executed. It is that simple. So what shortcuts does the tweak support? All the basic ones you are used to on your desktop; cut, copy, paste, select all, undo, redo and more. Read More

YouTuber Adds Background Playback & Download Options To YouTube App [Jailbreak]

We're going to start this of by saying that music piracy is not okay. It's not, and you shouldn't do it. Moving on, YouTube is so much more than just music videos; it's an amazing place to find tutorials from something as simple as folding a t-shirt to as complex as developing apps. People upload a great variety of content (that is not  copy right protected) and YouTuber is a Cydia tweak available in the ModMyi repository that lets you download YouTube videos in low, medium, or high quality and import them to your camera roll. The tweak can also block ads in the app but if you're benefiting from someone's content on YouTube, you should watch that ad. It can also play YouTube videos in the background  and play high quality videos on 3G and 4G. Read More

Lala Gif: Add Audio To Your Gifs

Gifs are the best way to express yourself on the internet; Gifs are to comments what emoji is to text messages. It's hard to imagine what the next generation of internet users will use to express their outrage, approval, despair, or happiness when we think of how effective Gifs are but that doesn't mean no one is trying to invent a better way to express emotions online. Meet Lala Gif a simple web app that adds audio to your Gifs. Now, technically, moving picture with sound is called a video but there's a difference in image quality, which in turn impacts how fast it loads. What we're saying is, a Gif with a little audio will load faster than a video, it will obviously be more expressive than a mute Gif, but still convenient to watch. Read More

Food Builder Gives You Nutrition Information Based On Your Ingredients

The great thing about any type of packaged food is that you can flip it around and check the nutrition information. The same doesn't hold true for when you cook yourself, or even when you're dining out. Food Builder is a neat, ad-free, Android app that gives you nutritional information for what you're about to eat. Now this isn't some magic app that lets you take a picture of your food and analyzes the photo to give you a list of the ingredients that went into making it and then gives you the nutrition information. You have to enter the ingredients yourself, manually, elbow-grease style. It comes with many pre-added ingredients that you can just select from the relevant category so that definitely speeds things up. Each food you add is a 'plate' and at the end, you get general nutrition information for it. Read More

Reedy Offers Smart Online & Offline Speed Reading [Chrome]

There is a lot of informative, and entertaining content available online and I would love to read it, all of it, but there isn't enough time. What I mostly end up doing is reading all kinds of interesting stuff that I don't necessarily have to read but want to, and then trying to catch up on stuff that I should be reading. Reedy is a Chrome extension that can help catch up on reading that needs to be done. It's a simple browser tool to help you read faster. You choose the words-per-minute speed and select the text you want to read, and it will take care of the rest. It comes with a light and dark reading mode and a very clean interface. Read More

Install CyanogenMod 11 On Nexus 5

CyanogenMod 11 was released a few days ago and since then, anyone looking to try it out was on stand-by until it became available for their respective device. The M6 build for Nexus 5 became available not too long ago and I was looking for a good excuse to root my Nexus. Here's a step by step breakdown of the process which is ridiculously  simple, and will have you downloading files for the most part. Read More

Cobrets: One Tap Widget To Toggle Four Pre-set Brightness Levels [Android]

Quickly managing brightness on your Android is a one swipe, and two tap process that brings the brightness adjuster up on your screen so you don't have to get to it by going through the Settings app. You can enable/disable Auto brightness or use the slider to adjust brightness. The problem; if you aren't using auto brightness then every time you go outside or come in out of the sun, or just move from one place to another with different lighting, you are manually adjusting the brightness on your screen. Auto brightness is meant to handle that for you but if you aren't satisfied with the brightness levels it sets, Cobrets lets you save four different brightness levels and toggle between them by tapping the widget on your screen. Read More

Edit Focus And Intensity Of The Blur Effect In The Google Camera App

The Google Camera app and its new blur effect have become very popular; Android users love it and iPhone users are looking for ways to replicate the blur effect on their devices. I'm currently looking for a t-shirt that says 'Will jailbreak for blur effect'. There is also this really interesting web app that uses the image information captured by the app to give you a 3D rendering of the image. When the app captures an image and applies the blur effect it is capturing more than you know and the image isn't just a cheap after-effect of some blur feature but what if you wanted to change the blur effect? Make it deeper? Shallower? Maybe refocus the main subject? That is all, every bit of it, possible and from within the Google Camera app. Read More