How To Select Multiple Tiles In Start Screen Of Windows 8.1 Update 1

Microsoft’s tiled operating system received its second major update last week when the tech titan released the new Windows 8.1 Update 1 to the public. For those who missed our coverage, Update 1 has brought several new features to the table such as the ability to pin Windows Store apps to the taskbar, app install notifications, title bars, among others. One additional change is the introduction of a new context menu on Start Screen. This context menu carries options for pinning and unpinning, resizing, and uninstallation of apps and other items, which were previously accessible from App Bar. Other than that Microsoft has also changed the way multiple tiles are selected on Start Screen. In this guide we will show you how to select multiple tiles via two different methods in Update 1. Read More

Google Camera Lands On Google Play, Boasts A New Lens Blur Mode

From dead simple to the very feature-laden, there’s no shortage of camera apps on Google Play, but the search engine giant is now offering a standalone version of its stock camera app that ships with Nexus devices. Simply called Google Camera, the big G has made a number of improvements and enhancements over the stock variant though, introducing a much slicker user interface as well as throwing in a prominent shutter button for instant clicks. Besides the ever popular Panorama and Photo Sphere modes, there’s now a new Lens Blur option as well that aims to give you SLR-like quality ‘with shallow depth of field’. Read on for our hands-on impression. Read More

Retrica: Apply Live Filters To Your Camera When Taking Photos [Android]

Selfies are all the rage these days, especially on smartphone devices where they have become so popular that Apple was forced to put a dedicated Selfie section in its iTunes app store. Android is no different on that front either, it has a great camera app that is actually very good and powerful at capturing self portraits, and if you want to get a more creative with your images then try locking your sight at Retrica, a free app on Google Play that’s build with one purpose in mind: capturing self-portraits, and turning them into vintage looking selifies. Retrica does the typical image enhancements you’ll likely find in the ever-popular Instagram app, but rather than applying filters after taking the images, you can do all that even before tapping the click. Read More

ZenPen: A Minimalistic Distraction-Free Tool For Writing Online

The day to day use of PC always involves some kind of writing. Even though most of it would be short, concise tasks like posting on social media, drafting emails or writing a blog post, there are often times when you find yourself writing longer than usual. There are a ton of applications that meet your word processing needs, but most them create more distraction than simplicity. Today we’re presenting to you an app that takes care of this nuisance, and it’s appropriately called the ZenPen. It’s a free web based app that lets you write any piece of text you want in a clutter-free environment. Read More

App Eater Uninstalls Multiple Apps; Makes Them Easy To Filter Through

Previously, we’ve shown you an umpteen number of ways to batch uninstall Android apps that you don’t need anymore. The most exquisite solution so far is the Titanium Backup app which, besides offering a ton of features, also lets you remove apps in bulk. But let’s not forget Titanium Backup’s hefty price tag either. Moreover, Titanium Backup is primarily a backup utility, with uninstall features thrown into the mix to make it more worth your buck. That said, if you simply need to remove some unnecessary bloat from your device in one go, you can try App Eater instead. Not only does it allow removing apps at once, but you may also create widget to easily delete the last app you accessed, and more. Read More

Search Facebook Pages You Liked & Have A Physical Address On A Map

The great bit about having a social network that reaches over a billion people every month is that you can find all kinds of interesting information using data users share. That’s right, I’m referring to none other than Facebook, besides sharing bathroom selfies, Facebook is an awesome place to effectively promote your business in many powerful ways, one of which is the ability to attach the physical address of its location. Many pages we like on Facebook may have a physical address, but Facebook doesn’t offer a way to locate them using an interactive map of sorts. That’s why when I tried Like Map, a web app that enables you to find your liked pages or search for new ones using Google Maps API, I was instantly in love. Not only does this let you use Facebook as something like the yellow pages for finding an address, but it also makes it very easy to find other places close to the ones you've already visited. Read More

InstalledDriversList Lists All Device Drivers Currently Installed On Your PC

When dealing with a new Windows installation, it’s quite common to run into driver headaches. Every installed component on your PC concluding your printer, scanner, keyboard, mouse, and even internal devices like GPU, network adapter, and hard drive etc., use a device driver to communicate with your computer, and its installed operating system. People deal with driver issues in different ways; some will look into Device Manager utility in Windows to rectify the issue while others may directly find and identify missing drivers on the manufacturer's website. But sometimes there’s certain technical information about the appropriate driver version that’s not so easy to get. This is where InstalledDriversList for Windows aims to help. The portable program is designed to automatically highlight all device drivers that are currently installed on your machine. Read More

15 Coins: Collect Coins As You Maneuver Your Ship Around Clones [Game Review]

Considering that Android has now become the most popular mobile platform on the planet, it's no surprise that the Google Play Store now carries a huge selection of games. As one of those non-paid downloadable games designed to make use of Android’s impressive capabilities, 15 Coins is a fun-loaded arcade game that makes a lasting impression with its creative design and gameplay. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still kind of like Snake from those classic Nokia phones, but with a few extra layers of depth to the mix. That said, instead of chasing a donut, in 15 Coins, the player has to collect 15 coins while dodging clones. Is it as fun as it says on paper? Let’s find out! Read More

FitsMe: Create Meal Plans & Find Recipies That Match Them

They say you are what you eat. Whether you are wanting to get in shape, shed some weight, or simply feel better, an important part of setting and maintaining fitness goals is eating the right meals at the right time. Traditionally, technology doesn't always go hand-in-hand when it comes to fitness and a healthy diet plan, however, since most of us spend a large chunk of time starring at our computer screens, it makes sense to use technology as a tool to get into shape and thus, into good health. FitsMe is a brilliant web app that can help you attain your fitness goals by letting you create a food personality profile that incorporates your unique food preferences and lets you browse thousands of food recipes you can add to your meal plans. Read More

SmoothVideo Project Increases Frame Rate In Your Default Media Player For HD Playback

When Peter Jackson released the first Hobbit film, many cinema goers who watched it in 3D experienced repeated motion sickness caused by the film’s soap opera styled quality. This was because the entire thing was shot in 48 frames per second (fps), rather than the industry standard of 24 fps. But where the majority of people didn’t like the change, the rest of us found it a major step forward in big screen entertainment. And since then, I’ve been trying on my own to bring similar fluidity to the films that are in my own collection. SmoothVideo Project (SVP) is an open source Windows application that uses frame interpolation so that the normal 24 frames per second films look as clear and smooth as their 48 fps counterparts. Read More

Dropbox’s Mailbox For Android Arrives With Swipe Gestures & Smart Search

After months of speculation and teasing, Dropbox has finally launched its popular Mailbox email client for the Android operating system. Originally designed for iOS, Mailbox was added to Dropbox’s ever-lucrative portfolio back in 2013 when the cloud company acquired it for no less than $100 million. Since then Dropbox had bee working on its Android version which has now finally released on Google Play as a free download. It seems the wait was worth it though, because instead of a straightforward iOS port, the Android variant rather includes some really handy features, the most noteworthy of which we found is ‘Auto-swipe’ that not only enables you to archive unwanted emails with a simple swipe gesture, but also automatically archive similar messages you receive in future. Read on for our full hands on review. Read More

Here’s What’s New In The Windows 8.1 Update 1

The last time we covered something important about Windows 8 was back in October 2013 when we explored the many new features that were introduced via Windows 8.1. Boot to desktop and the deeply-missed Start Menu button were the noteworthy features that aimed to bridge the gap between the ‘desktop’ and the ‘Modern UI’ environments. The Redmond based software giant has now released another similar patch labeled Windows 8.1 Update 1 which was recently made available via Windows Update tool. We installed it on our desktop to see what exactly Microsoft brought to the table, so here's our full guide to those changes and how they'll affect your Windows 8 usage. Read More

CopyQ: Clipboard Manager That Keeps Your History & Supports Scripting

The clipboard in Windows can work for many things. And even though its core feature is to let you move text snippets or your desired files from one location to another, you can also use it between word processors, image editors or note taking applications. But eventually you have to admit that the default clipboard is still fairly limited and to fill the gaps it leaves, third-party clipboard managers come to the rescue. If you want an application that could automatically track everything you send to the clipboard, and keep it all organized then CopyQ seems like a good choice. It boasts plenty of features that you may not find in other similar tools. Read More

Listhings: Create, Share And Collaborate On Sticky Notes & To-Do Lists

Do you always forget little things or have a hard time remembering important tasks? Do you walk away from your PC, and them come back again only to wonder what you were going to do? One typical thing most people would do in such situation is jot down a sticky note and paste it right on their monitor. But why use physical paper when you can use technology? Just like there’s an app for most things in life there’s an app for sticky notes too; it’s web based, doesn’t ask for any cumbersome installation and it’s called Listhings. This barebones web app lets you create small sticky notes and save them on an online canvas. And thanks to its straightforward interface, it’s dead simple to use too. Read More

Puzzle Alarm Clock Makes You Solve Puzzles And Checks If You’re Awake

Waking up early in the morning is a challenge and the snooze button on our alarm apps does little to motivate anyone to get out of bed. It really is just too easy to hit the snooze button. Some smartphones will let you turn off or snooze your alarm by pressing a volume or power key. While this makes it easy to turn the alarm off, it doesn't necessarily make it easier to get out of bed. The snooze-button is often a common denominator with most alarm apps on Android; they only carry the snooze button. If you want an alarm app that not only wakes you up but absolutely make sure that you’re out of your bed then give Puzzle Alarm Clock a try. It does two things; one it sounds an alarm at whatever time you've set it for and in order to turn it off, you have to solve a simple puzzle that requires you to be reasonably awake and in your senses. Two; it checks up on you two more times to make sure you didn't go back to bed after turning the alarm off. Read More

Wirelessly Transfer Photos & Videos Between iOS, Android, And PC With PhotoSync

When it comes to transferring files between PC and mobile, iOS users have so many tools for the purpose. PhotoSync is one of the most popular from the lot that lets you share photos and videos between iOS devices, as well as from iOS to Mac and Windows computer over Wi-Fi network, or automatically over Bluetooth without any hassle. PhotoSync has now also landed on Google Play Store for Android devices and boasts the same feature set and functionality that has made it a definitive choice on iDevices. Using this app, you can easily transfer photos and videos between Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as your computer. Read More

90Night Manages Sleep Cycles, Sets Bed-Times & Wake-Up Calls

It sounds mindboggling when you find the number of devices your smartphone has replaced. For instance, no longer do we need an MP3 player for listening to music, a camera to snap photos,  or a notepad for jotting down important stuff, as our smartphone can easily do all that. Another old school gadget that’s no longer needed is the alarm clock. There’s really is no shortage of third-party alarm apps for Android; we all loved Timely,  AlarmPad Alarm Clock is also fairly awesome, with many other options that can stand to compete against these. But 90night (or 90Night: SleepyTime Calculator) is an alarm app that is slightly different; it gives you suggestions regarding the best time to wake up based on a 90 minute sleep cycle. Read More

Privacy Eraser Cleans & Optimizes Your PC, Securely Shreds Files

Windows and the applications that run on it have a tendency to store temporary data. All web browsers, for instance, automatically save cookies and browser history information to reduce webpage load times. Other programs also sometime save various preferences and settings leading to a slower system and putting one’s privacy at stake. Privacy Eraser is a Windows tool that helps you optimize and protect your system by cleaning up all such traces and past computer activities. The program is very easy to use, sports an excellent UI, and comes in two different variants. Let’s take a closer look at its free version. Read More

Quickly Access & Adjust Sound Settings With Floating Equalizer For Android

I must confess I’m a die-hard music fan and the avid music listener inside me only loves hearing the crisp sounds from top notch hardware equipment. Sometimes, however, poor optimization on the software side can lead to an abysmal listening experience; some of the sound quality may be lost and other times the distorted audio so badly that it's not even worth listening to at all. Luckily, the Google Play Store has some really nice equalizers that improve sound quality and clarity of songs in a snap. Floating Equalizer is one such free app that lets you adjust different sound equalization settings. Read More

CCleaner For Android Monitors RAM & CPU Usage, Uninstalls Apps En Masse

CCleaner is like WD-40 for Windows and Mac; besides doing a ton of different things it keeps the junk out of your fading machine. It’s been a while since we’ve been hearing about the popular app coming to Androidand it has finally landed in its beta form. Offering a substantial list of features, CCleaner for Android offers a way to monitor its RAM, CPU and battery usage. According to the official announcement by Piriform, the app developers, CCleaner can thoroughly clean your browser history, application cache, call logs, clipboard items as well as uninstall unwanted apps in a few screen taps. Read More