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

Generate A List Of Everything You Need To Pack For Your Trip With Ultimate Travel Packing List

Do you travel often, reach your destination, unpack your things, and ask yourself, 'Where is my toothbrush?' It happens to the best of us because it's far easier to create a mental list of things to pack in the week leading up to your departure than it is to actually remember them all when you're packing. The logical thing to do would be to create a small travel pack or make a list of things to pack as you remember them. Ultimate Travel Packing List is little web app that generates a list of things you should pack based on your gender, the length of your trip, the climate you'll be experiencing, and the nature of your trip. Although it sounds complicated when consider how many factors it takes into consideration, it's is actually quite simple to use. Read More

Octo – Auto Settings Creates Location Based Sound Profiles [Android]

Do you ever forget to turn the ringer down on your phone when you arrive at work or forget to turn it up when you leave? Octo - Auto Settings is a very smart Android app that lets you create location based profiles for sound settings on your Android device. The app is free and will let you set any level for the device's ringer mode (silent, ring, or vibrate), the ringer volume, the in-call volume, media volume, and notification alert volume. It also supports other actions that you can add to a profile such as WiFi and Bluetooth settings, display settings, and SMS settings but each one requires a $0.99 purchase to unlock it. Read More

MSGAutoSave: Automatically Save Photos & Videos Received In iMessage [Jailbreak]

Sending videos and photos is one of those little things that iMessages does that I take for granted sometimes but in retrospect, I get a lot of use out of. Specifically; I can sketch out a design, snap a picture of someone's visiting card, and just about any information that I would otherwise have to spend time writing down, and share it with others. Likewise, I receive a lot of information in similar fashion. It's great except for when I forget to save an photo to my camera roll and have to scroll through long conversations just to find it. It's time consuming. MSGAutoSave is a Cydia tweak available in the insanelyi repository that automates this function; any and all photos or videos you receive are automatically saved to your camera roll. The tweak can enable a confirmation message if you don't want all photos and videos being saved. It can also resize photos and videos before saving them. Read More

Click Modifiers: Change Modifier Key Behavior When Clicking Links [Firefox]

The Alt, Ctrl, and Shift keys have a dedicated function when used in your browser. In fact, their behavior is pretty standard throughout browsers but if you need to change how these keys work, more specifically, how they work when you click on a link while holding one of them down, give Click Modifiers a try. It's a Firefox add-on the lets you change the behavior of the three modifier keys when used with the left-click button on your mouse/trackpad. Changing the behavior is made simple by letting the user pick from a drop-down list the behavior they want to set for a particular key. Before you head into the details, you should know that the add-on will only change the behavior for actions like Ctrl+Left-Click and not for any action that doesn't involve the mouse, for example, Ctrl+F will still open the find bar. Read More

Driving Curve Measures Your Driving Behavior & Style [iOS]

A short while ago we reviewed Flo, an Android app that scores how well you drive. We've found something similar for iOS; meet Driving Curve. It's a free iOS app available in the App Store that judges your driving behavior and tells you what your driving style is. Driving Curve, in essence, does what Flo does butin addition to giving you a score, it also tells you what you accomplish with the driving behavior you exhibit. To use the app, launch it on your phone and set it on your dashboard. To score well, drive well. Avoid breaking hard, accelerating too abruptly, and take smooth corners. Read More

Record Screencasts, Google Hangouts, And Skype Calls On Android – No Root

Recording video calls and screencasts on an Android is really really easy... as long as you've rooted your device. No root and it seems as if it isn't possible. You might find some solutions that let you record a screencast on an unrooted Android but require the device be connected to a desktop system which might not suit your needs. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how you can record your screen but it comes with the following caveats; the video will have a watermark at the bottom, you will be able to record sound as well as video, you will need to connect your phone to a desktop once to set the app up, this method is 100% free. Read More