Legally View Public Information For A 3rd Degree Connection On LinkedIn

I love LinkedIn; it has great content and an amazing community of professionals willing to help other professionals any way they can. Sure, you get the occasional oddball, the compulsive marketer, the Nigerian prince, and people you've never worked with asking for skill endorsements and testimonials but it is still an amazing network that is unmatched by any other. If you use LinkedIn a lot, either for recruiting, head hunting, or simply networking, you know that the information you can see for a third degree connection is very limited. It's so limited that you can't even see a 3rd degree connection's last name. LinkedIn asks you to upgrade if you want to see more information. Connecting is only possible if a mutual connection introduces you. Here's how you can view more information for a 3rd level relationship on LinkedIn. Read More

Get Data Usage Under Control On Your iPhone

A while back, we showed you how to get data usage on your Android under control using built-in features of the mobile OS. Today we're doing the same for iPhone users with the exception that you will need to download an app for it. We have found an app that is free so the net cost of getting data under control will be nothing. The app will be used in conjunction with default features of iOS to help you control how many MBs you consume when using your phone on the go. Read More

Google Drive Update Lets You Lock Your Files Behind A 4 Digit Passcode

Locking apps or restricting access to them on an iOS device requires jailbreak and even then, it comes with limitations. This means your apps, and the data stored in them is at risk. A cloud drive, or rather a cloud drive app is where some of our most critical data is stored and in light of how important it is to keep our files super safe, Google has released an update for Google Drive that lets you lock your files behind a a 4 digit passcode. This passcode is independent of the 4 digit passcode you might have used to bar unauthorized access to your iOS device which means that if your phone is unlocked, your files stay safe. Read More

Stand Alone Google Docs & Sheets Apps Now Available In Play Store

Google Drive for a long time has existed as the one app to rule all the files saved to your Google Drive. Google has launched stand alone apps Google Docs and Google Sheets on the Play Store so that when you want to open a document or a spreadsheet, you can open them directly from their respective apps. The dedicated apps will show the files they support weeding out all other types and saving you the trouble of searching through them to get to your own files. Like the Google Drive app, you can open a document or sheet and edit it. Likewise, you can use the respective apps to create new documents or spreadsheets. The apps do not boast any new features; think of them as a way to always have your docs and sheets filtered and waiting for you when you launch them. Read More

Mingle: Action Based App Connects You With Your Contacts Faster [Paid]

I've never considered the Contacts app on the iPhone to be subpar. It's great at storing contact information and the search works well  too. I'm disappointed with the lack of grouping options but that's the only complaint I have. Meet Mingle a gesture based app that lets you chat, tweet, message, and email a contact using any app installed on your phone with just a few swipes on your screen. It's worth $0.99 in the App Store but is well worth that price. Not only can you perform these four actions through different apps on your phone, you can add custom actions of your own. The app is 50% off at the moment but the price will go up soon. 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

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

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

Netflix Roulette Find A Random Movie Or TV Show To Watch, No Account Needed

Every Friday night my sister and I have a ritual; we spend close to 2 hours looking for a good movie to watch, we find nothing, she gets tired and decides she'd rather sleep. No fun is had. Yes, we do this every Friday and if you watch movies a lot you know that you quickly run out of all the good ones and are then starved for something that's 'not bad' to watch. Some go to IMDb, some go through top ten or top 100 lists, while others take suggestions from Hulu or Netflix. Netflix Roulette is the brain child of Reddit user codeusasoft who got tired of top ten lists and other such lists that Netflix gives you. This simple little app which categorizes search by genre and will let you search either/or movies and TV series finds something random you can watch. The good thing is it has nothing to do with your Netflix account and it is not an analysis of what you've watched before, or what your viewing preferences are. It's just a random way to find something to watch and it can be used by anyone. There's also an Android app for Netflix Roulette. Read More

Flo Rates How Well You Drive, Helps You Improve [Android]

How confident are you in your driving skills? Good driving can be summed up as avoiding traffic tickets, staying out of accidents, and following traffic rules but really if you didn’t do all that you'd get arrested or have your license revoked. At the very least you’d pay a fine. So if you’re really just following rules are you a good driver? Use Flo on your Android device to find out. It is a very interesting app that scores how you drive. You’re penalized for things such as hard breaking, hard acceleration, sharp turns. When you accelerate smoothly, take a smooth corner, or brake easy, the app gives you points. Your drive is divided into 1KM segments and you get rated for each segment. At the end of the segment, you can see how well you did. Flo lets you record several trips and then compare your driving over the week. Read More

Smart QrCode Generator Add Rules To Modify URLs & Get QR Codes For Them From URL Bar

The one thing I love about the Google Play Store is that I can send apps to download on my phone from my desktop. I work from m desktop and it’s where I find and read about apps so having to switch to my phone and then search for an app in the app store is not something I would find convenient. Unfortunately, that’s how it works for iPhone users and every time I see an iOS app that I like, i have to search for it again on my iPhone. Smart QrCode Generator is a Chrome extension that simplifies this; it generates a QR code with a direct download link for the App Store or the Windows Phone store from the URL when you have an app’s page open in your browser. A button is added to the URL bar and clicking it, you can get a QR code to the link or to the URL itself. Scan it on your phone and the URL will open. If you scanned a QR code that has the direct download link for an app, the respective app store app on your device will open and direct strait to the app page you created the code for. Read More

Keep Alcohol Levels In Check With Blood Alcohol Finder [Android]

Last week we reviewed Drink It Smart, an iOS app (worth $0.99) that estimates your blood alcohol level after you tell it how many drinks you’ve had. The app itself is extremely useful and we’ve found something similar in function but far richer in feature for Android; Blood Alcohol Finder. This app not only estimates your blood alcohol level but it also predicts where it will be at over a given timeline. The app lets you add a large variety of alcoholic drinks. If there is a special drink that you brew for yourself, the app lets you add it to the list of available drinks. The blood alcohol estimate is based on your gender and weight, and the number of drinks you’ve had. If you like to go out drinking with a group of friends, you can add a separate profile for everyone. This app features ads. Drink responsibly. Read More

Pin Tweets With The New Twitter Profile Now Available For All

We’ve been hearing a lot about the new Twitter profiles which resemble Facebook profiles and they are now available for all users. The new Twitter profile is indeed similar to what Facebook has to offer with a larger cover picture dubbed the header photo. There is also an interesting new feature that lets you pin a tweet to the top of your profile that's rolled out with the redesign. For now you can opt in to the new profile view but there is no option to opt out of it. If you make the switch, it’s permanent though we’ll be exploring options for reverting it back to the old design, or opting out after opting in to the new design, in the coming days. The love/hate for the new design aside, inew feature for pinning a tweet to the top of your profile has potential and we've detailed how you can pin a tweet as well as ways that it can be used by individuals and brands alike. Read More

Import iTunes Playlists To Modern UI Music App In Windows 8

Apple is not going to release a Modern UI app for Window 8, it’s the desktop version or nothing. If you use an iPhone, or if you’ve switched from an iPhone to a different smartphone, or from a Mac to a Windows 8 computer, your music was probably painstakingly moved to the Modern UI Music App from iTunes. Sadly, there is no way to make the transition easy. Assuming that you’ve moved your music to the new app, you might also want to import the playlists you created in iTunes and thank fully, it is a painless process. Read More

Category Tabs For Google Keep Lets You Filter Notes By Color [Chrome]

If you use the web version of Google Keep over the Chrome app and find the color coding feature of the service useful then Category Tabs for Google Keep™ is a Chrome extension that you might want to check out. This simple little extension adds color filters for the notes and lists you’ve saved to Google Keep. A color label for each of the colors you can assign to a note is added to the yellow bar. Click any color label and the notes will automatically be filtered showing you only the ones that have been associated with the color you picked. Read More

Feedient Lets You View Your Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Feeds In One Place

Desktop apps that let you view feeds from different social media accounts aren't rare but if you want something that can run in your browser, Feedient might be the answer. It's a web app that connects with your Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts (YouTube coming soon) and lets you view feeds from all of them. Apart from Instagram, you can also post to your account and interact with the content e.g. reply to a comment or tweet. The app gives you a nice column view for each account and the columns can be moved around to suit your preference. The interface is nice and clean and seemingly free of bugs. Feedient is currently in closed beta but you can sign up for the service and a code should be in your inbox in a week or so. Read More

Play Music Easily While You Drive With Gesture Based Traveling Tunes App [iOS]

Our phones have replaced a lot of everyday things such as cameras, music players, the radio, the need to ask strangers for directions, and more but they now command a lot of attention from us. No doubt you've heard that iPads are soon to be integrated in cars and many people already connect their iPhones and iPods to their vehicles so they can listen to the music in their iTunes library. Depending on how the device is hooked up to your car, it may or may not be convenient to switch between tracks, pause/play music, and manage the volume. Traveling Tunes is an iOS app that plays your iTunes music. It's a simple gesture based music playing app that makes it easy to switch to the next/previous track, pause/play music, and manage volume all with simple hand gestures. It also has special settings that will increase the volume the faster you drive, dim the display when it's night time or just invert the colors at night. The app has a free ad supported version and a paid ad-free version that costs $1.99. Read More

3 Alternatives to Google Camera App For iPhone

Google's Camera app, and the newly added blur feature, have both been a huge hit. We took the app for a spin and detailed how the app works and needless to say we too were impressed. The app has gotten a nod of approval but it's given new ammo to the internet's favorite argument; iOS vs Android. Quite a number of people who have tried the app out and found it to be amazing have pointed out that iOS doesn't offer anything similar to which iOS users have silently pointed to the very large number of photography apps in the App Store. The only thing is Google's Camera app is free and while the App Store has some truly amazing photography apps, they also carry a price tag. Even mediocre ones will ask for $0.99 and here Android users have it for free. So, for iOS users who are looking for an app (or apps) that can mimic what the new camera app does, but for free, we've compiled a short list of apps to make your search brief and painless. Read More