Now Browser Offers A Clean, Minimal Web Browsing Experience On Android With Flash Support

There is no shortage of web browsers on the Google Play Store. Google Chrome, for instance, is a good choice if you want speed, an impressive UI and plenty of features. Opera, Maxthon, Mercury and Next etc. are also great alternatives to the stock offering, each carrying their own pros and cons. For a look at the best of the bunch, check out this compilation of browser apps that we covered back in 2013. Now Browser is the new kid on the block that provides a fast web browsing experience like Chrome, but what sets it apart is its super-lightweight design, weighing only a few kilobytes. Let’s take a closer look. Read More

Hide Spoilers From Facebook & Twitter With Spoiler Shield For Android & iOS

Spoilers - we all curse them (and those who wickedly spill the beans). They are like the dark side of internet holding the power to ruin our favorite TV shows, books, movies and even sports events. If you ask what the main source of spoilers is these days, then all fingers will point towards social media. But the sad truth is that it’s not that easy to avoid services like Twitter and Facebook these days particularly when they are the best platforms to keep an eye on latest trends. Silencer for Chrome helps you avoid stumbling upon spoilers while browsing social media sites on your desktop. For mobile devices, there's Spoiler Shield, a free app for iOS and Android that blocks mentions of popular TV shows and sports on Facebook and Twitter. Read More

Google URL Shortener Is A Great Unofficial Goo.gl Android Client

URL shorteners like bit.ly or tinyurl aren’t new. They have become increasingly popular for sharing links on social media, especially Twitter. For the uninitiated, these services simply make long hyperlinks much shorter, allowing you to share them without worrying much about character limit. Many popular link shorteners can also monitor different analytics such as click counts and offer link customization. Google runs a URL shorterning service called Goo.gl but the search giant is yet to offer an official Android client. Until then, you can use the third party Google URL Shortener for the purpose. Read More

Improve Firefox Browsing, Streaming, Download Speeds & More With Fasterfox

Firefox isn’t a slow web browser by any means, but with a little bit of tweaking and fiddling around, you can make it even faster. This is exactly what Fasterfox aims to do. It’s a small extension for Firefox that adds several ways to speed up the browser. It’s designed to boast upload and download speeds, reduce page load times, and can even make video streaming from sites like YouTube faster. The add-on comes packaged with a few presets that let you swiftly switch between different levels of performance. More details after the jump. Read More

Photo Editing & Sharing App Adobe Revel Comes To Android

Cloud computing is being touted as the next big leap in information technology. Besides different apps and services that work over the cloud, one of its most compelling use cases is photo sharing. Services like Flickr and Imgur are already popular among users who share their images and photos online. The company behind Photoshop, Adobe, also runs a similar service called Adobe Revel, which has been around for quite sometime now. Just last year in September, we reviewed its official Windows 8 and RT app, and yesterday marked the launch of Adobe Revel for Android. The app allows users to sync their photos online and access them from desktop, mobile and the web. Read More

View Cached Images From All Web Browsers In One Place With ImageCacheViewer

One of the many major aspects of any web browser's performance is image caching. For those unfamiliar with this concept, caching helps the browser temporarily store website components such as images, scripts, and other page information in one place to reduce internet bandwidth and improve load times for when you revisit a website. Browsing this data can become a tedious task, especially if you use multiple browsers. A new free tool from NirSoft called ImageCacheViewer aims to help by letting you view cached images from all your browsers in one place. Read More

View The Countries & Organizations Android Apps Send Data To With viaProtect

Following numerous leaks and revelations about NSA's 'PRISM' internet surveillance program and other similar projects by international security firms, it’s become almost unthinkable to browse the web without some form of protection. On Android, there are already numerous ways to check what apps are sending or receiving data from the web, but the new app viaProtect goes a step further. The app - which is still in its preview stages - shows you the countries and services that each app's internet traffic is going through, along with other security information and an overall security risk rating for your device. Read More

Official RAR Archiving App Now Available for Android

For the uninitiated, file compression utilities can be fairly confusing due to a bewildering number of file formats out there, many of which are only supported by specific applications. For the power-users among us, a compression tool must also carry advanced settings to tweak every little detail. Most people used to employ file compression tools on computers, but since the advent of powerful smartphones, the task has become common on mobile devices as well. Finding a good file compression app, however, can be a confusing task unless the app is from an authoritative developer. The free RAR for Android from RARLAB - the team behind WinRAR - aims to help. Read More

bitmado For Android Auto-Switches Between Wallpapers From Its Very Own Social Community

Just when you think there are plenty of free wallpaper apps available at the Play Store, along comes another with more to offer. Called a 'shuffling wallpaper engine' by its developer, bitmado is a free addition to the genre that delivers a constant supply of new backgrounds so you don’t have to view the same old boring home screen every time you unlock your device. It's a live wallpaper that automatically cycles through different backgrounds, selecting them from the content and feedback of its Reddit-like community, which lets users upload images of their own, and upvote or downvote those uploaded by other bitmado members. It's like Muzei, but with social elements replacing extensions. Read More

VineClient Is A Full-Fledged Vine App For Chrome With Upload & Download Functionality

For those unfamiliar, Vine is a Twitter-owned mobile app that allows you to capture, edit and upload a six second video loop, with or without sound, and share it online with others. Reminiscing Twitter’s own idea of less is more, Vine is like the video equivalent of a 140 characters tweet. Back in January, Twitter also released Vine for Web to let users access their account from their PC, but the web dashboard doesn’t enable uploading video loops directly to Vine. This is why this feature-rich third-party Chrome extension labeled VineClient is worth giving a try. Not only does it gives you access to all of Vine's features, but also lets you upload video clips from your computer. Read More

Persist Improves Volume Control On Android Through Custom Profiles

Do you turn your smartphone to silent mode each time you get to work? Don't want to disturb your sleeping roommate with your phone’s loud ringtone in the middle of the night? If I have one real gripe with Android, it’s the operating system’s poor implementation of volume management. It doesn’t give you much control over the different types of sounds your device emits, let alone create presets like those old feature phones from Nokia or Samsung. If you'd like to have a little more customization at your disposal, then give Persist Volume Control a shot. The app provides greater control over your Android device's acoustics, giving you the option to set separate volume levels for the ringer, notifications, alarms, media, system, in-call sound etc., and creating volume presets for different situations. Read More

Disconnect Search Comes To Android; Allows Tracking-Free Google, Bing & Yahoo Queries

If you talk to people about NSA’s PRISM program, most will seem disinterested, probably because they fail to realize how much of their data is being monitored. Though, if you're like me, all the hullabaloo that the program's outing caused must have scared you. After all, it is believed to be collecting and analyzing data from pretty much every tech giant (Google, Facebook and the like), and could be listening in on your phone calls, monitoring your emails or checking in on your cloud drives. In October last year, the folks behind Disconnect – a Chrome and Firefox extension that blocks online data tracking – released another tool for the same browsers to protect your privacy while using search engines. Their latest solution, called Disconnect Search, has made its way to Android with the aim to provide a safer search environment on your mobile device by masking your IP address. Read More

Fancy Switcher Brings HTC Sense & Cover Flow-Inspired Multitasking To Android

There was a time when even the most diehard Android users would argue against the number of apps available for the platform. This no longer applies now, as Android has not only dominated the market by becoming the most widely used mobile OS, but the variety of apps has also increased. Developers now pay close attention to Google’s open source OS in order to provide unique app experiences not found on iOS or Windows Phone. Fancy Switcher is a new app from XDA-Developers member JKab that takes advantage of Android’s multitasking capabilities, and lets you switch apps in a fancier manner, showcasing app previews in neat cards (reminiscent of the HTC Sense app switcher) coupled with eye catching animations. Read More

Popular Android Content Transfer App Pushbullet Comes To Windows

Mobile devices have become an essential part of our lives. They are slowly reducing the time we spend on traditional computers to surf internet, check emails, watch movies or play video games. Nonetheless, traditional computers are still around, and we often find ourselves exchanging information between our mobile devices and computers to keep data backed up or synchronized. Pushbullet, a brilliant Android app that allows users to send almost anything from phone to PC and vice versa, recently took the wrap off of an all-new Windows variant. Pushbullet for Windows lets users quickly send and receive files, links, notes, and text etc. to and from other computers or devices over WiFi. Read More

CALCU Is A Powerful Android Calculator App With Gestures & Themes

Calculators, for most users, usually fall among the least used apps on smartphones, but as they are one of the essentials, all the current major mobile operating systems come packed with one. Though, be it Android, iOS or Windows Phone, the stock Calculator app is fairly basic. We've featured some powerful and unique third-party alternatives for Android, such as DLD Calc, MyScript Calculator and AirCalc, all of which bring a unique functionality to the table. A new addition to this genre called CALCU: The Ultimate Calculator, on the other hand, aims to rethink the entire experience. CALCU has actually been around for quite a few days and has already received some rave reviews from users. Apart from letting you carry out all kinds of calculations, the app comes with support for gestures, themes and interface customization. Read More

Super Drag Speeds Up Browsing In Firefox Via Drag & Drop Actions

Super Drag is an excellent Firefox add-on that lets you easily and instantly choose the way links are to load for any website, with simple drag and drop. That is, instead of opening a link or interacting with text and images the conventional way, if you drag them a bit off their position, a command panel is presented, from where you can quickly open links in the foreground, background, or the same tab, submit highlighted text as a query to search engines, or save images to local storage. The extension works just about anywhere on the web as long as there is a clickable link on the page. Details to follow. Read More

SwiP Is A Free Profile Switching Automation App For Android

Task automation has become quite popular among mobile users thanks to apps like Tasker. Tasker allows you to configure different scenarios based on current location, time, event and so on, and automatically trigger different actions based on those scenarios. For instance, if you want your phone to automatically switch to silent mode when connected for charging, or need to turn off WiFi when you’re on the road, you can easily achieve that using Tasker. The only caveat with Tasker is that it’s a paid app, and even though it's worth every penny, most users rather not shell out the cash. If you’re looking for a free, or better yet, open-source alternative, give SwiP a go. Developed by XDA-Developers member Flow-Chi, this new app automates switching between different device profiles. It is nowhere near as flexible or feature-rich as Tasker, but what it offers should be enough for the casual user. Plus, its simplicity makes it much easier to understand. Details after the jump. Read More

Share Your PC’s Screen With Any Computer Over WiFi Or LAN Using ScreenTask

I usually prefer services and apps on the web that are free from complex sign up procedures or complicated installation setups. Unfortunately, many screen sharing apps available for Windows suffer from both these annoyances, on top of being fairly expensive. ScreenTask is an open-source screen sharing application that simplifies this task for users who just want to share their screens with others on their local network. As the sharing is done over local WiFi or LAN, it eliminates the need for cumbersome signups. Once the app is up and running, it provides you with a unique URL that can be shared with as many local computers as you want. What's more, ScreenTask doesn't require client-side installation. That is, using the URL you shared with them, other users can view your PC's screen on any web browser and any platform without additional software. Details to be followed. Read More

WhatPulse Is A PC Usage Monitor With Network, Mouse, Keyboard Stats & Heat Maps

Have you ever wanted to find out how much time you spend on the internet, how many words you typed in a day, or where you clicked on your screen? WhatPulse for Windows does all that and more. It’s a feature-rich program that monitors your keyboard and mouse usage, network bandwidth, and sends these statistics to a web portal, allowing you to analyze your computing life in the simplest way. This also allows you to compete with others by comparing these statistics with other WhatPulse users. Read More

‘Don’t Pause’ For Android Automatically Mutes Notifications While You’re Listening To Music

Being an audiophile, I spend a large chunk of time listening to songs on my Android phone, but after trying out a boatload of music players, both paid and free, on the Play Store, I’m yet to come across one that let me mute those darn notification sounds during my favorite parts of a song. For those new to the platform, on Android, if you get a text message or email while you're listening to music, the OS automatically pauses it for a few seconds, plays the notification sound. and then resumes audio playback. Though it you don't miss an alert, it isn’t ideal for uninterrupted music playback. Today, I stumbled upon an app called Don’t Pause that happens to be quite a great workaround for this problem. Don’t Pause is a free app that can automatically put your phone on vibrate mode when you’re playing music, and back to normal settings when you have stopped the playback. In can be enabled and disable on the fly, and boasts a dead simple interface. Continue reading past the jump for more details. Read More