PowerLine For Android Adds Bar Indicators To Screen Edges For Battery, WiFi & Several Other Stats

Widgets on your screen take up space that you would otherwise dedicate to your favorite apps. While many beautifully crafted widgets greatly compliment your screen, having way too many can make it look quite cluttered. Widget developers therefore have to get creative with how they design their widgets, and keep a lot of aesthetic details in consideration. If you are a minimalist who wants to keep monitoring key stats of their Android device such as battery level, signal strength, Wi-Fi strength, unread messages, missed calls, memory, processor consumption, internal/external storage space, give PowerLine a shot. It is an Android app that adds on-screen indicators for all these stats in form of entirely unobtrusive colored lines along the edges, meaning you don't have to use any widgets to clutter up your screen for viewing this info at a glance. These lines show whether the item in question is on a healthy level, riding low, or in the danger zone. With the free version of the app, you can add any two indicators on your screen at a time, while the paid version removes this restriction. Read More

Schedule Firefox Downloads To Start & Pause At Set Times

A great thing about torrents is that you can suspend and resume them at will. This allows you to download at off-peak hours but unfortunately, the same can’t be done for all downloads, and what you have to do instead is to start the download at off-peak hours. Download Scheduler is a Firefox add-on that lets you schedule several different downloads to start at different times of your choice and automatically pause them at a specified time as well. If the servers you are downloading from don't support resuming downloads, this add-on won’t save you in the event that you internet connection fails, but it will still allow downloads to commence without you having to initiate them at the right time. Read More

Track Stocks & Maintain An Investment Portfolio On Android With JStock

The finance section of any newspaper, be it online or print, isn't something that everyone reads or understands, but Stock market information, specifically the changes in stock prices is often used as a measure of a company's current position in the market, and such information is critical for every investor. If you follow stocks, JStock is an app that can help you  keep up with fluctuating stock prices for different stocks being traded across the world. The application previously only had a desktop version for Windows , OS X & Linux, but now it has gone mobile with an app for Android, allowing you to keep up on the go. You get a large number of stock indices to choose from, and the app historically track the changes in their prices. You can also maintain your own portfolio of stocks you've purchased to measure your capital gains or losses as the prices fluctuate. Read More

Hands-On With The New Modern UI Apps In Windows 8.1

The Windows 8.1 Preview has brought back the Start Button, redesigned some apps, and introduced a fair number of new ones. Some of these new apps are truly impressive, while others are the Modern UI version of apps that already existed as desktop versions and have long been part of the Windows OS. Between the revamped apps, the new apps, and those that are Modern UI versions of their desktop counterparts, we have four very impressive utility apps: Alarm, Calculator, Sound Recorder, and Scan, the latter three of which are essentially revamped Modern UI variants of existing Windows features, whereas the new Photo Editor, Health and Fitness, Food and Drinks, and Reading List apps have been developed from scratch. Read More

Food & Drink: The Windows 8.1 Recipe App With Hands-Free Control

Windows 8 currently features apps for buying music, reading financial news, staying up to date with sporting events, and a general app for reading news. Windows 8.1 brings with it yet another niche app, Food & Drink, that is more than just a digital cookbook. Food & Drink allows you to search for recipes from supported food channels. In addition to helping you find recipes, the app also lets you sort them into ‘Collections’. You can add the ingredients of any recipe to a shopping list, add notes to recipes, use the meal planner to plan meals and your shopping for each day of the week, and even add hand-written recipes to it by taking a snapshot of them from within the app itself. To top things off, there is also a hands-free mode that utilizes your computer's camera to let you navigate between different pages of a recipe with body gestures, without even touching the device. Read More

Windows 8.1 Helps Takes Care Of Your Body With Bing Health & Fitness

Windows 8.1 has brought something for health enthusiasts; the new Bing Health & Fitness app that lets you track your daily calorie intake, manage an exercise routine, look up how many calories there are in a particular food item, as well as a disease symptom analysis tool that helps you diagnose yourself when you’re feeling unwell (and is possibly a bad idea). The app also has a drug lookup tool that you can use to search for medicine by popular names, or their basic components to see what they are prescribed for and view other helpful information like what you should do if you’ve taken an overdose. Read More

Reading List Brings Cross-Device Synced Bookmarking To Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 has brought back the Start button and that’s reason enough to celebrate for many, but this new version has also brought with it some new apps, of which Reading List is something a lot of us are bound to love. This new app works best with Internet Explorer set as your default browser, but will also work if you’re using a different one. Reading List is a standalone app that you can save links to from the Share Charm from other apps. The saved links can then be read later. To most users, this might seem to be a Pocket-like service but it mimics the reading list  feature in Safari to some extent, with the exception that it can work with any browser, making it much better. Other than being able to work with other apps and any browser, the app is pretty basic in the sense that your links cannot be organized into folders, nor categorized in any other way. A search bar within the app makes the process of finding the right one pretty easy though. Read More

How To Embed Instagram Videos On A Webpage In Two Simple Steps

Instagram’s version of short videos is quite different from Vine's offering; you have filters, longer videos, and a live editor. Instagram may have come into the game late, but it brought enough features to stand on its own in the genre. There is one glaring similarity between Instagram videos and Vine when it was first launched; embedding videos is tiring and difficult. We showed you a rather elaborate way to embed Instagram videos, and its likely that the length of the process is going to to discourage some users from doing it all. The solution to the problem comes in the form of Embed Instagram - a simple little web app developed by Amit Agarwal at Digital Inspiration that reduces the process to just three clicks. Read More

Vine For Android Gets Front Facing Camera Support & Upload Manager

Instagram introduce 15 second videos a very short while back, effectively taking away the ‘Instagram for videos’ title from Twitter's Vine that had started the whole short video sharing craze with its 6 second long videos. While Vine has Twitter’s user base to count on for users and growth, Instagram has both its own and Facebook’s users who are clamoring to join it and upload their 15 second videos. Naturally, this means stiff competition for Vine, which is very likely going to fight back. It has just released an update for its Android app, which now supports the front facing camera on your device and has an upload manager for reviewing failed uploads. The app has also added support for more devices, made some improvements to the settings and tweaked the camera to load faster. Read More

A Look At The Built-In Image Editor In Windows 8.1 Photos App

I’m not sure if there was a cold war for best image editor going on between OS X and Windows, but if there was, you can all go home now; Microsoft’s knocked this one out of the park with the photo editor built into the new Photos app that comes with Windows 8.1 Preview. It is likely that this revamped app will even send some third party apps packing too. The new editing tools seem to be accessible from any native Modern UI app that can open images, which includes the Photos app itself, Camera and SkyDrive. If you want to draw or scribble something, you will still need to use paint. The editor offers basic editing tools that let you auto-fix the color of an image, manage its saturation, contrast, and brightness, mange the light, enhance color, and apply a vignette or a radial tilt-shift effect. Read More

Collectably Offers A Virtual Pinboard For Collaborative Bookmarking

We’ve covered quite a number of online bookmarking services before, including Dragdis and Favebucket, which are both amazing for how they integrate with your browser. Collectably is a service with a similar concept, except for that it’s built for collaboration rather than just bookmarking. The service is very basic at the moment; Chrome users can install the Collectably extension and use it to add links to their ‘boards’ while others can use the Collectably bookmarklet to do the same. Links are organized into boards, i.e., folders and you can add collaborators to those boards who can edit it by adding more links or removing the existing ones. Read More

Hide, Passcode-Protect & Backup Photos & Videos On Android With Sectos

Photos on your phone are usually only kept secure by any lock that you've placed on the screen itself. Once the screen is unlocked, your photos can be accessed easily from the default Gallery app. Sectos aims to offers security for the photos you take on your Android device (update: now available on iOS as well). Apart from letting you set a passcode for viewing the photos, the app also hides them from the Gallery and renders them inaccessible from any file manager you might have installed. Pictures can be organized into albums and edited from within the app. You can add a photo to Sectos from the app itself or from the photos app. The app automatically locks itself each time you switch to another app, ensuring no one can access your media files without entering the correct password pattern. For ease of access, the app lets you ‘call’ it, i.e., open it by dialing a number in the phone app. There is also Dropbox support to keep your secure photos backed up to the cloud. Read More

Skitch For Mac Updated With A Format That Keeps Annotations Editable

Possibly the most popular screenshot app for the OS X platform, Evernote's Skitch, has just been updated, getting a few great new features. A new format for saving images annotated and captured by Skitch has been introduced, which is basically a modified type of PNG that lets you edit the annotations made in Skitch after you've saved the final image. The image canvas can now be expanded to give you more drawing space, and shapes can be drawn more precisely by holding down the ‘Shift’ key. Finally, a new option has been added to the app’s preferences that allows you to hide  the advanced options window that appears after you've taken a screenshot, facilitating you to take further screenshots faster. Read More

Hands-On With The New Features In Firefox 22

Firefox 22 will debut tomorrow, and it’s another major release in terms of features. There’s something for both Windows and OS X users, and like always, something for developers as well. The Firefox Dock icon will now show download progress in OS X. Windows users with large displays will notice text on web pages looks slightly magnified as Mozilla has added a scaling option that makes the text appear larger on large screens. A slightly smaller change for both Windows and OS X users is that Firefox now wraps text when displaying a TXT file. HTML5 video playback speed can be controlled from the right-click context menu. If you are using Facebook messenger or any of the other supported services implemented in Firefox 17 when it integrated its social API, you will now be able to manage these services from a new tab in the Add-on manager called ‘Services’. And last but not the least, developers can enjoy support for additional HTML5 elements, a new font inspection tool, and the option to dock the web console to the right of the page. This update is also accompanied by several performance enhancements that will speed up image rendering, improve security and more. Read More

CloudCube Allows Combined Management Of Google Drive, SkyDrive, Dropbox & More On Android

The file sharing and cloud storage space is very crowded, but many users still find it perfectly manageable to use two or more services at once. Cloud aggregator apps make this all the more easier and there’s a fairly large number of such apps available for just about every platform. CloudCube is yet another cloud aggregator app for Android that allows you to connect your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive, and Yandex Disk, letting you access files in each account from a single app. Users can not only browse and save files from these accounts to their local storage, but also upload files to any one of the connected accounts. CloudCube lets you upload individual files or entire folders at once and has a dedicated tab for monitoring file upload activity. The app indexes all files on your cloud and local storage and offers a central search feature that allows you to search for files and folders from the connected storage accounts. Read More

Wedge Is A Mac App.net Client With Customizable Hotkeys & Notifications

Ever since App.net introduced its free, invite-only subscription option, desktop clients for the network have been popping up. Kiwi is one of the more popular ones that debuted early on, and App.net Passport released by App.net itself is popular on the iOS platform as it gives you instant access to the a free App.net account. Wedge is yet another ADN client for OS X that lets you view your news stream, direct mentions, messages, interactions, the global App.net stream all in separate tabs. You can also search App.net for users or posts by hashtags. This is pretty much a run-of-the-mill list of features for an App.net client; what sets Wedge apart is the large number of keyboard shortcuts it supports. which are all fully customizable. It also integrates with Notification Center and gives you a lot of freedom to choose what activity you receive notifications for. Lastly, the app adds its icon to the Menu Bar that toggles the Wedge window by default, but can be set to open the compose new post box, and to indicate when there is new activity. Read More

AOL Launches Its Own RSS Feed Reader In Beta

While Feedly came out on top as the best alternative for Google Reader according to most comparisons out there, you might want to stop and reconsider where you’re going to transfer your feed-reading loyalties because AOL also has an offering and despite being currently in beta, it’s quite impressive. You can get immediate access to AOL Reader by signing up for it right now. While you can sign in to it with your Google account, it will not import your feeds from Google Reader and you will still have to import them from an OPML or XML file, so make sure you back up your Google Reader subscriptions first. Based on its interface and features, AOL Reader might actually sway users who have made up their mind to use Feedly once Google Reader expires. Apart from a nice, clean, no-bells-and-whistles interface, AOL Reader allows users to sort feeds into folders, retaining the folder structure when feeds are imported, supports feed tags as well as a huge list of keyboard shortcuts, and offers sharing options for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Read More

FlowReader Combines RSS, Facebook & Twitter Feeds In One Interface

You can now start counting the days down to the end of Google Reader and be thankful that Feedly launched its own separate web service to fill the gap. Feedly is what I'll be using come July 1, 2013 but for those who are still looking for an RSS reader, time is running out. Fortunately, the options aren't limited and FlowReader is yet another RSS reader service that you could switch to once Google Reader closes its doors. It's not just a feed reader though; in addition to letting you import your feeds from Google Reader, the service can also connect with your Twitter and Facebook accounts, allowing you to view updates from each. Users can also post to Facebook and Twitter from within FlowReader simultaneously. It also has a 'save for later' feature that allows you to mark stories in your feed for later reading. Read More

Scatter Offers Auto P2P File & Clipboard Sync Between PC & Android

Sending files between two computers, whether they're both Macs or PCs, is quite easy; you can share them over your local network, use a file sharing service or P2P file transfer apps, or simply transfer them using a USB flash drive. Same goes for sharing files between computers and mobile devices, but sharing text is a whole different story. Unless you have something like Messages and iMessage as is the case with Macs and iOS devices, sharing text between computers and mobile devices isn't all that easy. Scatter is a free app for Windows and Android (coming soon to iOS) that is an all-in-one solution for sharing clipboard content and files between a PC and an Android device. Not only does the app make P2P file and data sharing simple, it also syncs your data between two or more devices. Read More

Get iOS 7 Control Center-Like System Toggles & Shortcuts In OS X Dock With FastToggles

The brand new Control Center feature of iOS 7 is certainly worth all the attention it’s getting. Similar features were made available on jailbroken iOS devices with famous tweaks NCSettings and SBSettings.  These controls allow a user to toggle frequently used settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS as well as manage brightness and orientation etc. OS X has some of these same settings that are frequently accessed and you have to go through several clicks, menus, and options just to turn them on or off. FastToggles is a Mac app worth $1.99 that puts these settings just a click away. It’s a group of apps in itself that allow you to turn Bluetooth and Wi-Fi On/Off, toggle the visibility of hidden files and desktop icon, eject all mounted drives, empty the trash, lock your screen, log out, mute sound, open your downloads, Dropbox or Home folder, quit all apps, shut down or restart your Mac, and put the display to sleep. Read More