Movienr: Find Movies By Genre, Theme, Place, Period, & More

It's the weekend and the perfect time to watch a movie. The only question is what movie should you watch? It's the one question that will decide between a night well spent or a night utterly wasted. Movienr is a web service that might help; it lets you search for movies by genre, theme, place, period etc. So, why is this impressive when every other movie search service has a genre filter? It's the other filters that make it special. The Theme filter has everything from alien, animal, disaster to the ever popular vampire. Then there's the place filter which finds movies based on what place they are about like maybe an island, a jungle, or a dessert. The point is, this isn't your typical genre based movie search. It's far more interest based. Read More

10 Add-ons For Firefox Android That You Should Try Out Over The Weekend

Firefox users have long enjoyed amazing features on the desktop thanks to the very rich add-on repository that it has. We've covered a lot of these add-ons and often had readers asking if a similar extension was available for Chrome. It's a tribute to these add-ons that add both features and functionality. Firefox isn't just a desktop browser, it has an amazing Android version which happens to support add-ons as well. Like the repository for add-ons for the desktop version, there is a repository for the Android version as well and we combed it for some useful ones that every Firefox user should install. Here are our top ten picks. Read More

KeyCuts: Erase Words, Letters, Add Full Stops & More With Swipe Gestures [Jailbreak]

iOS 8 will allow third party keyboards to be installed on your device which is great news and something people with jailbroken devices know the importance of. KeyCuts is yet another Cydia tweak that aims to make typing on iOS better but instead of changing what the keyboard does, it adds gestures that make typing easier. The tweak is available in the BigBoss repository and costs $0.99. By default, it lets you erase one letter by swiping up, jump to a new line by swiping down, delete the last word you just wrote by swiping left, and add a space and period by swiping right. In effect, it renders the backspace, enter, and space bar useless. It supports other functions that can be assigned to these four gestures. Read More

6 New Photo Editing Features Added In Instagram v6.0 Update

Instagram is the camera app that gets filters right and it's just released a new version that brings 6 new editing features that take it beyond filters. The new features include adjustments for shadow and highlight, vignette, the intensity of the filters applied, adjustments for brightness, contrast, and saturation, sharpness, and light intensity. The update has been rolled out for both iOS and Android and changes to the camera viewer and photo editing screens have been made to accommodate the new features. Read More

Automatically Find Unanswered Emails And Add A Label To Them In Gmail

Email is, and probably will be for the foreseeable future, a major time hog in our lives, both personal and work. If sending emails or replying to old ones isn't time consuming enough, you also have to keep track of which emails you sent have gone unanswered so you can send reminders and follow up on them. A week ago Google shared a script on its developer blog to tackle this very problem. The script checks your Sent folder for emails that you sent up to 7 days ago. All emails that you sent out but have not received a reply to are labeled 'Awaiting Response' so that it is easier for you to find them. Read More

Marco Polo: Find Your Phone by Shouting Marco & It Will Answer Polo [Paid]

People leave their phones somewhere and forget where. If you've forgotten your phone at a coffee shop or a book store then Find My iPhone is what's going to help you get it back. But what if you unwisely left it in your bed and it's now rolled up in your covers, out of sight and untraceable? How long are you going to search and how deep will you have to dissect your house before you find it again? Marco Polo is an iOS app worth $0.99 in the App Store that helps you find your iPhone by shouting Marco out loud. It responds with Polo and you follow the sound to your phone. The app does not need an internet or network connection to work. Read More

How To Get Android 4.4.3 On Nexus Devices [OTA + Manual Update]

It was a busy night all around with Apple announcing the latest OS X and iOS instalments, and Android 4.4.3 finally rolling out to Nexus devices OTA. Android 4.4.3 is not huge in terms of features and mostly has bug fixes but that's no reason to not want to update to it. For those that are receiving the update OTA, getting it is super simple but those who keep checking to see if an update is available only to find it isn't, getting the update now is only slightly complicated. Here's a how-to for both manual and OTA updates. Read More

5 Xposed Modules That Tweak Google Music, Notifications, Your Lock Screen, And More

The Xposed framework is awesome if only you look at the many modules that are developed based on it, and what they let you do. We found five really amazing modules last week that add simple to complex functionality to your Android device. Statusbar Icon Hider is a simple little module that helps you clean up the icon in your status bar. Google Play Music Listen Later is a powerful module that lets you choose the default tab that Google Music opens to, and what each tab should show by default when you switch to it. Knock Code is a new way to unlock your phone; instead of drawing patterns or tying in a numeric code, you knock on your screen in a pattern. PinNotif lets you pin notifications so that they aren't dismissed and you can get back to them. And lastly, there is Ok Google that lets you add the Ok Google listening feature to third party launchers. Read More

AlbumSnapper: Create Albums From The Camera App & Save Photos To It [Jailbreak]

iOS 7 and the Photos app that comes with it does a fairly good job at organizing photos but it can't really organize the way a human mind can. It's smart organization based on location and time when a photo but it isn't going to create a photo album called 'Graduation Party' and know which photos to put in it. AlbumSnapper is a Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repo for $0.99 that lets you create albums directly from the Camera app. Whenever you launch the app, you can create a new album and the tweak will save all photos you capture to that album. It can also remember the album you created and save photos to it the next time you take them. Read More

Volume Mixer: Separately Manage Volume For Any Media Channel [Jailbreak]

Your iDevice has several different sound output channels; one for notifications, one for media, one for the in-call sound, and more. To adjust the volume for any one of these channels, they must be active. If you want to change the volume of a call, you must be in a call to do so. Volume Mixer is a Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repo for $0.99 that lets you change the volume of each channel without it being active. The tweak puts the volume controls in the Notification Centre (leaving Control Centre untouched). The tweak lets you customize which sound channels appear in the Notification Centre and also lets you change the theme of the controls with rich customization options available for the default iOS theme. Read More

Add Complete Dialling Functions To The Control Center [Jailbreak]

Control Centre introduced in iOS 7 has proven to be quite popular and there are many Cydia tweaks that modify it, make it better, add features to it, or even give it a nice face lift. Addial for iOS 7 is one such tweak available in the Insanelyi repository for free that adds a complete call dialling feature to the control centre. The tweak adds three new buttons that allow you to add a new contact, manually input a phone number and dial it, and look up a contact and make a call. The purpose of the tweak is obvious; to make calling someone as easy as it is to answer a call on your locked iPhone. Read More

Gridplay: Record Split Screen Videos In Custom Layout & Combine Them [Paid]

Gridplay is a new way to record videos; it divides the camera view into a grid and you can record a different video in each cell, or groups of cells. The app costs $1.99 in the App Store and is worth the price you pay. The app lets you record 15 second videos for each set of cells you select and an in-app purchase of $0.99 lets you increase recording time to 15 minutes. You can add a soundtrack to each video segment, control the volume separately for each one, and trim the final video which can be shared on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, or by email, and saved to your camera roll. Gridplay can connect with both the front and back facing camera and comes with different grid arrangements giving you many different split views to choose from. Read More

Moju Lets You Create & Share Gif-like Animated Photos [iOS]

Vine was the app that made really short videos popular and Instagram soon launched a similar feature to compete with it. Between apps like Vine and Instagram and regular camera apps, video making is pretty much covered on the short and extended length spectrum. Moju is an iOS app available for free in the App Store that has a slightly Intagram like look and it marries the concept of still photos and videos. It allows you to capture a photo in bursts or intervals and then combines them into a single photo. When played on your device, the Moju app responds to how you tilt your phone making it seem as if by tilting your phone, you are actually looking around corners. Creating such a photo using the app is dead simple and somewhat inspired by how the Vine app works. Read More

Google Camera v2.2 Update Brings Timer, Panorama Modes, And Aspect Ratio

Google Camera has received yet another update. The last major update brought us the amazing blur effect and this latest update brings us three new features, making the app more powerful. The timer has returned with this latest update allowing users to delay picture taking by 3 or 10 seconds. Aspect ratios have been introduced and a separate ratio can be set for both the front and the back camera. The major update though is the introduction of two new panorama modes that let you take a circular fish-eye like photo and a wide angle mode. Read More

Locationbar³ Makes Each Segment In A URL Clickable [Firefox]

Firefox users may be familiar with an old add-on called Locationbar2. When installed, it linkified the URL in the location bar so that it worked much like the address bar in Windows explorer. Unfortunately, due to the many version updates and the need for add-ons to be made compatible with newer versions of Firefox, LocationBar2 no longer plays nice with some of the later Firefox versions and it hasn't been updated since early 2011. Locationbar³ is a forked and updated version of that very same add-on that turns every segment of the address in the URL bar into a clickable link. Read More

Tweet Balloon Lets You View Timelines As An Overlay On Your Homescreen

Twitter apps in the Google Play Store are plenty, some are truly amazing and others not so much. If you aren't using the official Twitter app, you have a huge selection of unofficial ones to choose from. Tweet Balloon is a Twitter app available in the Google Play Store. Like any Twitter app, it lets you read your tweets, view your mentions, direct messages, pretty much standard stuff. What sets it apart is the little balloon widget that comes with it. The balloon widget works a lot like Facebook chat heads and that's exactly what the balloon resembles (except that it's a balloon). This balloon is why you would want the app; it snaps to the edge of your screen and when you tap it, it brings up your timeline as an overlay on your phone's home screen. You can snap the balloon back to a side of your screen to dismiss it. Read More

Giveaway: Photolamus Has Real Artists Create Amazing Caricatures Of You [Paid]

One of my favorite photo effects is the crayon or carton effect that takes my pictures and transforms them so that they look like they are posters or paintings. The thing with apps like this is that it is image manipulation and unless you take a good picture to begin with, the cartoonified version of yourself is not going to turn out all that great. The alternative would be to maybe draw something yourself and not all of us are skilled at making self-portraits. That's where a service like PhotoIamus comes in; it a simple service that takes your pictures and creates an amazing caricature out of it. The best part is that it isn't photo manipulation; the service takes your photo and real artists work to create a caricature of you. The end product you receive is a high resolution image (4000 x 4000px). Since there is actual human labor involved, you can guess that your caricature won't be free. The service delivers a black and white caricature for $6.99. It has two versions of colored caricatures, a $10.99 version that has basic coloring and a $15.99 version that features more detailed coloring. Read More

3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files

We often talk about how powerful web browsers have become; from simple programs that let you access HTML pages, they have turned into very powerful apps that support many other file formats. The modern browser can open images, play videos, and allow you to read PDF documents. So what's stopping us from taking advantage of the many file types that our browser can support? Case in point; what if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play. But we want something better; a more feature rich player that supports our music library and here's three ways to get all that. Read More

PhotoTag Lets You Add A Description To Your Photos & Videos [Jailbreak]

I love how iOS 7 sorts my photos into collections because I am very unlikley to do it myself. iOS 7 does indeed makes it easier to pick photos and sort them into albums and if you're looking for more ways to organize your photos, give PhotoTag a try. It's a free Cydia tweak available in the insanelyi repository that lets you add a description to individual photos. Given that the camera app already records information like location and the time when the photo was taken, you are left with the freedom to add other types of information to it that the camera can't capture. There doesn't seem to be any limit to how long the description can be. Read More

[Updated] Music Bubbles Control Google Music With An Omnipresent Floating Button [Chrome]

The concept of floating buttons and chat bubbles is quite popular on mobile devices but imagine a floating button in your browser. Music Bubbles is an excellent Chrome extension that adds a floating bubble button to Chrome for controlling Google Music. When you hover your cursor over this button, it expands to reveal a play, forward, and rewind button as well as a thumbs up and thumbs down button. The bubble lets you know which song is playing when you hover your mouse over it. In order to work, you must have Google Music open in a tab. The bubble appears on all pages including the New Tab page. Read More