Official IFTTT App Now Available For iPhone, Lets You Add Your Apps To Any Recipe

IFTTT is a web service that lets you automate the web, it makes use of APIs of different services and allows users to create 'recipes' that define what an action or event on one service will do on the other one. For users who can't find services to do this for them and don't have the skills to tinker with APIs themselves, the service is simply amazing. To make things even better, it has now released an iOS app. IFTTT for iOS allows you to connect apps on your iPhone and iPad with other services and just like with the web interface, allows users to create their very own recipes from the app for let's say, saving your iOS photos to Dropbox or posting them to instagram. If you're already an IFTTT account, the app will sync your current recipes to your phone so that you can edit or activate/deactivate them any time you like. Read More

How To Save/Cache Offline Map Areas In Google Maps 7 For Android

Google Maps for Android has been updated with a brand new interface as well as improved turn-by-turn navigation, but something has gone AWOL with this update and that is the option to cache maps for offline use. One might wonder just why did Google remove such a major feature but fortunately, there is a very odd sort of workaround that still allows you to cache maps. It’s being called an Easter egg, though it would have to be the first ill-thought Easter egg by Google. Now instead of a button that allowed you to make a map available offline, you will have to enter ‘Ok maps’ in the search bar for the purpose. The entire process is detailed below. Read More

New In Chrome 28: Rich Notifications & Blink Engine

Google Chrome updates just as regularly as Firefox, but doesn't always introduce something for developers or end users that would matter much. The last major update from the browser was version 27, which brought a Google Now-like voice search to Chrome. Chrome 28 is now available and this new release brings one major change as well as a brand new feature that both developers and users will love. Chrome 28 is the first stable release to use the Blink engine for rendering pages. It also introduces rich notifications that had made an appearance earlier on in the beta version of the browser. The new notifications come with a unified notification center as well, though it appears to be very basic at the moment and is available only for Windows and Chrome OS, with release planned for Mac OS X and Linux soon. Read More

Pearltrees For Android Offers More Flexible Visual Content Curation Than Its iOS Counterpart

Pearltrees is a fairly popular web service that allows you to organize, discover and collect content. So far, the service has been available as apps for both iPhone and the iPad as well as a fully functional web interface, but had no presence on Google's smartphone OS. That changes now, as the official Pearltrees app for Android has just made its way to Google Play. The app is quite similar to the iOS one but due to the freedom developers enjoy on the Android platform, it gives you far more flexible sharing options compared to the iOS app. Users can add pearls to their trees from just about any app, which means they are not restricted to using the app’s own browser. The discover feature allows users to find new content that matches their interests to add to their trees. Read More

Get A Customizable iOS 7 Control Center Clone On Android

The iOS 7 control Center is one of the most talked about features of the OS and rightly so, since it makes toggling some frequently used settings very easy. Apart from the new features in iOS 7, its design is being debated as both a hit and a miss. While we wait for iOS 7 to roll out for all users, developers have come up with ways to replicate the look and feel of iOS 7 on a jailbroken device running iOS 6. Android developers, likewise, have made apps to bring some of iOS 7’s more popular features to the platform, and Control Center is one such app that brings the much talked about Control Center to any Android device. It adds an excellent and fully functional Control Center that allows you to toggle Wi-Fi, data connection, flashlight, Bluetooth, airplane mode, screen orientation and auto-brightness. It also has sliders for controlling your device’s media and ringer volumes as well as brightness level. You can quickly access the alarms, calculators, and camera. The Control Center added by the app can be brought up on all screens including the lock screen. Read More

Easily Populate Android User Dictionary With Words You Use In SMS, Gmail & Social Media

Dictionaries are built into our smartphones to make sure we don’t misspell words, but they also 'autocorrect’ words that appear to be typos but you intend on using them as they are, or suggest words that you don’t want to use. Teaching these dictionaries new words is both difficult and time consuming. User Dictionary is an Android app that automates the process of adding your frequently used words to your keyboard's user dictionary. These include words that you mostly use when texting, emailing, tweeting or updating your Facebook status, and can include slang terms, words you purposely misspell to write messages faster, or names of people and places etc. The app analyses your past updates on Facebook and Twitter, your text messages, WhatsApp messages (paid version only), and emails sent from Gmail to populate a list of such words that do no exist in your dictionary but have been used by you. They are then automatically added to your user dictionary and appear as suggestions when you are typing. Read More

Remove Carrier Hotspot Tethering Restrictions On iOS Without Jailbreak

Most mobile carriers restrict tethering and while their reason for doing so is to keep the load on their networks reasonable, that doesn't mean that users wont try and bypass this restriction for their own benefit. Normally, to tether an iOS device that has such restrictions set, you need to jailbreak it but for devices running iOS 6 or iOS 7, there is a workaround that doesn't even require you to install an app on your phone, let alone jailbreak it. You will need iTunes and an app by the name of iBackupBot that is available for both Windows and Mac. iBackupBot is a paid app but you will be able to use its trial version easily to complete this little hack. Read More

new metroTab Turns Chrome’s New Tab Page Into A Windows 8 Start Screen Clone With Live Tiles

The Modern UI in Windows 8 works pretty well as an app launcher, and it was primarily the backlash over the removal of the Start Button that made it look as though it wasn't useful. new metroTab is a Chrome extension that turns the new tab page in Chrome into an excellent Modern UI-based app launcher complete with live tiles as well as extra apps that mimic those in Windows 8. The new tab page has tiles that can be sorted into groups, edited and deleted. The live tiles show new notifications on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. The level of customization offered by new metroTab, and how well it replicates the Modern UI is just amazing; it even features a Camera app that allows you to take pictures with your web cam, a Weather app that gives you a week-long weather forecast for your current location and an RSS reader that supports Digg, AOL, Feedly, and the now-deceased Google Reader. Everything from tile groups to the appearance and refresh rate of the tiles is customizable. Read More

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