Get Chrome Desktop Notifications When Files Finish Downloading

Last year, over the many versions of Firefox that were released, version 20 came with  one of my favorite features; a revamped downloads manager. Firefox has always notified users when a download completes but the new download manager made the files more easy to access. Chrome has a downloads bar that lets you view download progress, open a file or the folder it's been saved to. If you recall, Chrome added Notifications to your desktop that are tied to your Android device as far as maps and weather are concerned but can be used by other apps and extensions to send you alerts. That's what Download Notifier does. It's a desktop notification, routed through Chrome's own notification system that alerts you when a download is complete and lets you open the folder the file has been downloaded to. Read More

Stop Auto-play In Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, And IE

Perhaps it's just me but I have been seeing more and more websites, really popular ones at that,  hosting auto-play content. It's times like this that I'm thankful Chrome indicates which tab is playing the media so I can turn it off but some ads are tricky. They mute volume and play video and it's up to you to find them. So, what's a user to do? The answer is stop the auto-play and you stop the madness. Auto-playing content is something that your browser 'allows' by default and if you think a little about the sentence you just read, you realize that the browser is controlling this and you can tell it to stop auto-playing content. Read More

By-Pass All Restrictions To Download App APKs Directly To Your Device [Android]

Just last week we reviewed Raccoon, a Windows application that let you download Android app APKs from from the Google Play Store to your computer. For apps hosted on the Google Play Store, a desktop application like Raccoon is possibly the easiest way to get the APK. Meet Apk Downloader Extension; unlike Raccoon, it is an Android app that lets you download app APKs to your Android device's storage. All you have to do is open the link to an app in your browser (that's right, no Google Play Service intervention needed) and use the share options to download the APK. Read More

Resflux: Edit Resources To Create Custom Themes On A Per App Basis [Android]

Android users can make their devices look amazing. They can tear things down to get an absolute clean and minimal look or they can install widgets, apps, and whatnot, to get more out of it. Adding themes is one popular way to make your device look unique and if you like playing with themes on your device then Resflux is an Xposed module you will love. You will need a rooted device and the Xposed framework installed to get Resflux working. The module lets you customize everything from an app's icons and buttons, string values, color scheme, and more. Each app can have its own individual theme which means you can create a nice dark theme for the Gmail app and a nice light theme for the Clock app. Read More

Kalky: Gesture Based Calculator App That Saves Results [Paid]

iOS developers develop apps for playing music, saving and syncing photos, editing photos, capturing photos, games, and more. Very few developers will create apps that are alternatives for stock apps like Notes, Calculator, or Reminders. It makes sense because the apps get the job done and really, what else is there left to add? Meet Kalky; it's an iOS app worth $0.99 and requires iOS 7.1.1 (or above) that tells you exactly how the calculator app can be much better. It is gesture based and saves multiple results. Gestures allow the user to clear all calculations, save a calculation, use the result from a calculation in the next one, and delete the previous number entered. Read More

Every Noise At Once Lets You Listen To Music From Every Genre There Is

Music is rich in genres, some that are individually unique from others like Jazz is from Pop, and others that seem to overlap at times. Regardless if we know what a genre is called or what songs belong to it, we listen to music and develop our own taste for it. Every Noise At Once is a web app that lists every single music genre out there. If you recall, we reviewed a similar web app called Map of Metal that detailed metal genres through the decades and let you listen to songs from each one. Every Noise At Once is similar in nature except it lists every single music genre ever, and lets you listen to songs from each one. Read More

How To Organize Your Bookmarks With A Little Elbow Grease

Bookmarking a link is the easiest way to save anything since it's quick and involves no tool other than your own browser. Unfortunately, bookmarks, because they are so easy to create often end up being misused until all you have left is a big clutter of links. My bookmarks library was no different; it was full of folders nested in folders. The folders were poorly named and usually named to suit the 'occasion' I needed a particular link for instead of by topic. I had duplicate bookmarks by the dozens and what was most disappointing is that it was hard to find the right bookmark because I'd organized them so poorly. Commence operation Clean Up. Read More

Wemple Weather: Hourly & Bi-weekly Forecast For Multiple Cities

Weather apps are never going to get old, there will always be a new way to display, check, and track weather. Some people like aesthetically pleasing apps like Yahoo Weather, others like simplicity. In the end, we're all looking to see if we'll need sunscreen or an umbrella if we decide to go out. Wemple Weather is a weather app, as its name implies, for Android that lets you track the weather for multiple locations, including your current one. The forecast for each city that you want to follow is divided into three tabs; now, hourly, and forecast. Read More

Speek: Conference Calls With Upto 5 People From Chrome Or Your Phone

Skype is the go to service when we want to make calls over the internet. Provided you have a fairly decent internet connection you can get good video and voice quality from it. As a free user, Skype is great for one-on-one calls such as job interviews or getting in touch with family. If, however, you want to make conference calls you need to upgrade. There are alternatives out there to Skype and Speek is one of them. This service is geared towards the business community and it's meant to make conference calls extremely easy. To be clear, these are voice calls and not video calls. You alone need to have an account to initiate a conference call and other people can join in for free. The service has mobile apps for Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone so you make or join calls from your desktop or on the go. Read More

Hashtagger: Search Hashtags On Facebook, Twitter & Google Plus

Twitter is what made hashtags matter and as far as finding any relevant, consolidated information on an event is concerned, Twitter is still in the lead. Of course, following the success of hashtags and subsequently of Twitter Trends, Facebook and Google Plus decided they were worth having around. We can't say that hashtags have been just as successful on these two networks but people do use them. Hashtagger is an Android app that lets you search hashtags on the three major social networks; Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. You can view trending hashtags and save your searches. Read More

Volume+ Adds Music Controls & More To The Volume HUD [Jailbreak]

Music, sound, and volume profiles; we've covered tweaks for all of them ranging from those that let you manage the volume for all media channels, Activator gestures for the Music app, and even things like putting selective apps in silent mode. A lot of tweaks exist in popular repositories that let you manage sound either of your device or media playing on your device. Volume+ is the newest addition to this category of tweaks. It enriches the volume HUD and lets you see which song is playing, access the Music app, switch to the Messages app to send a new message, and access the camera. Read More

Slingshot Has Been Released & It Demands Your Phone Number

Facebook's new Slingshot app is now available in the App Store and the Google Play Store for iOS and Android, respectively. The app, for now, seems to have been made available to users in the United States only so if you live elsewhere, you're in for a slightly longer wait. Before we get down to our review of the app, we're going to talk a little about privacy and what using Slingshot means. The app itself is indeed the Snapchat competitor eveeryone thought it would be and with a large company like Facebook behind it, the design is well up to par. Read More

What Each Tab In Windows 7 Task Manager Tells You

As an end user, you never really know what your computer can do until you break something and it stops doing those things it's done so well. You may not break it in the literal sense but it's only when something goes wrong that most of us try to dig a little deeper, to see what the problem might be. One of the very basic tools at our disposal for diagnosing a Windows PC is the Task Manager. If you've used it even a few times, you'll know what information you get from some of those tabs but you may be clueless regarding some of the other tabs so here's a brief overview of each one. Read More

Now – new tab: A Google Now New Tab Page Complete With Cards [Chrome]

Many of  Google Now's features have become a part of Chrome though some, like the notifications, are still tied to your Android device. Now - new tab is a Chrome extension that turns the new tab page into a very functional rendering of Google now. It's the most accurate one we've seen to date and besides checking and listing your latest email, giving you access to a search bar, and displaying the time and date, the new tab page lets you add new events to your calendar and also works with Chrome notifications. You can drag the different cards to rearrange them any way you want. Your frequently accessed websites have their own card and cards for accessing Chrome Settings, Downloads, extensions and the default new tab page have also been added. Read More

Text, Frames, & Collages; 3 Things Instagram Doesn’t Do & Apps To Do Them [iOS]

With the last Instagram update, the app has definitely upped its feature offering. It had crop and straighten image added in an older update and it seems like it has the bases covered. You shouldn't really need other apps to make an Instagram-worthy photo, right? Sadly, no. Even though Instagram has great photo editing features, Instagram users still need apps for adding frames because not all Instagram filters have a frame and those that do, lack the option to change the frame color. Then there is text; Instagram doesn't let you add text to your photos. Lastly, a lot of people use the app to showcase products they sell and they combine multiple photos into really impressive collages which Instagram doesn't support. Those are three very good reasons that send Instagramers to third-party apps. Read More

Angry Birds Epic: The Birds Are Back & Charged With New Skills [Review]

Angry Birds was one of those games I was crazy excited to play when I got my first smartphone and I wasn't disappointed. The franchise is one of the most successful ones in mobile gaming and a movie is slated for release in 2016 but the guys at Rovio are still developing new Angry Bird games with Angry Birds Epic being the latest to hit the Google Play Store. Unlike its previous versions that have a variation of the old sling-shot gameplay, this new game is a turn based RPG. The story is of course the same; bad piggies have stolen the birds' eggs and the birds are angry. Read More

Sort Preferences In The iOS Settings App Into Groups [Jailbreak]

Apple has good reason behind the way everything in iOS is laid out and as Jony Ive will tell you before each new iPhone or iOS version is announced, a lot of thought went in to making it happen. iDevice owners who jailbreak their devices would disagree; the mobile OS is great but they can think of a few things they would like done differently. If one of your areas of contention is the Settings app and how the different settings are listed, then PreferenceTag is a tweak that will let you change it completely. It's available in both the BigBoss and Insanelyi repositories and it allows you to group different settings into tags. You have complete control over which setting will be grouped under a certain tag and if you aren't into creating tags you can just hide the preferences you don't use. Read More

Shader Gives You A Basic New Tab Page With A 3D Background [Chrome]

The New Tab page in Chrome, or in any other browser for that matter, is a very important page. Google redesigned this page in Chrome only a few updates ago and Firefox has also made some changes, albeit subtle ones to its new tab page. So, if the developers of these amazing browsers rethink the new tab page, it only stands to reason that developers and users alike will have an opinion on what they want or don't want, hence the very healthy list of extensions in the Chrome Web Store that look to make the new tab page better. We have our own list of amazing extensions for modifying the new tab page. Shader - 3D New Tab is an extension that overhauls the new tab page giving it a seemingly 3D background. It's very clean and focuses on giving you essential information only. You get the date and time, a direct link to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and Github, and a search bar. The extension has eight themes for you to choose from and it is surprisingly fast considering the background is animated. Read More

New Features In Firefox 30 For Desktop & Android

Firefox 30 is out and you can upgrade now from the help menu. Since it's the first update after the new Customize options were introduced in Firefox 29, you might need to search for the upgrade option. Click the options button at the top right, and you will see a help button next to the large Customize button at the bottom. Click it to reveal a new pane of help options which include the About Firefox option. The new update is mostly fixes and many new developer options. In this new update, plugins are disabled by default except those that have been whitelisted or that are installed when you install an add-on. A new button has also been added for toggling the visibility of the bookmarks and history side bar. With the new desktop version, a new mobile version has also been introduced and it offers more for end users. You can add your favotire share functions to the context menu just by tapping it, and you can subscribe to RSS feeds from any web page and read them on your home page with the aid of a new add-on called Home Feed. Read More

How To Add & Read RSS Feeds In The New Firefox For Android

Firefox 30 for both desktop and Android is out and one of the new features in the Android variant is a way to read RSS feeds from your home page. It's the perfect way to turn Firefox on your Android device into a fairly basic feed reader. The feature is tied to an add-on called Home Feeds which has been developed by a Mozilla developer but does not carry the company name for some odd reason. In addition to allowing you to read a feed from your home page, it also makes it super easy to add that feed to the page. Being basic, it does not have any buttons for marking an item as read or unread. You get the twelve most recent items in the feed. Read More