Chat Lock Prevents Access To Facebook, Messenger, & Whatsapp [Android]

Chat Lock password
Chat applications alert you to new messages in multiple ways such as in the notification area, or a push message. Depending on how you've secured your lock screen or your device, these message alerts may or may not be easily accessible. Chat Lock (Facebook Chat Heads) is an app that secures these message alerts with a password. The app will prevent access to the Facebook app, the Facebook Messenger app, and Whatsapp. Whenever you tap on a new message alert, you have to enter the password before you can access your messages regardless of which type of alert you've tapped on. Read More

Call Planner Is An App That Schedules Phones Calls With Reminders [Android]

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We've reviewed a lot of reminder apps for just about every platform out there. Reminder apps are more or less notes that you can set alerts for. They can be simple To-do list apps that can alert you to a task, or they can be calendar based task schedulers. Call Planner is an Android app that is in essence a reminder app but for a very particular niche function; phone calls. The app lets you schedule calls you need to make and if you like, it will automatically add missed calls to your To-do list and schedule birthday calls. Call reminders can have low, medium, and high priority and be put in to a planned or to-do category. Read More

iLock Photographs Intruders Who Try To Access Your Android Phone

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A picture is worth a thousand words and while that's probably gotten old and more worn every time you've read it, it's still true. To be perfectly honest, if it's a picture of a sunset or some other landscape it is worth a thousand words but if it's a picture of someone caught red handed in the act of thievery, it's worth more than a thousand words and at least on triumphant grin. iLock - Anti-theft Lockscreen is an Android app that adds its own PIN lock to your screen and if anyone enters it incorrectly, it snaps a picture from the front facing camera. The app also has you enter a codeword which, when sent to the device over SMS, can activate the app as well as give you the device's current location. Read More

Master Password: Off-Line Password Generator & Vault For Desktop & Mobile

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In light of recent security leak scandals, people are beefing up security on their personal accounts to paranoid levels. Security is always at a premium and to serve that end there are numerous solutions available. Solutions that secure imagesindividual folders, apps (android and iOS) and even bookmarks. The irony of security is that security providers seem to want more of your personal information to improve security. In order to really secure certain online services, you can add anything from fingerprint verification to phone confirmation, implying that in case of a security breach, not only is your web service compromised, so is your fingerprint ID and your personal phone number. However, Master Password for Mac, Java desktop, iOS and Android (beta) makes it easy for you to remain secure without the hassle of memorizing any complicated strings. Here's how. Read More

Narrate: Material Design App That You Can Dictate Notes To [Android]

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When Google didn't immediately release Material Design versions of Chrome, YouTube, Keep, Gmail, and just about every other app it has, after announcing Android L and Material Design, I was disappointed. Fortunately, the developer community is adopting Material design enthusiastically and some great apps are being developed, Narrate being one of the latest ones. It's a note taking app that you can dictate your notes to and it comes with a calendar. The app syncs notes to Dropbox and Day One, the iOS app if you have the pro version. You can dictate a new note or you can type it in. Dates are added automatically and tags can later be added. Location tag and places are under development. Read More

Car Logbook: Record Maintenance Costs & Set Reminders For Your Vehicles [Android]

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Every vehicle needs maintenance, even the low maintenance ones need maintenance. Failing to properly service a car not only means you risk it failing you unexpectedly but also means you're depreciating its value faster than normal usage would. Car Logbook is an Android app that helps you keep track of everything to do with your car. You can track fuel expenses, how much mileage you're getting, and set reminders for routine maintenance work like changing the oil, or rotating your tyres. The app is designed to keep records of multiple vehicles so if you have more than one car in the house, like say that of an SO or a child, you can keep track of its maintenance as well. Read More

New Features In Firefox 32 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 32 for Windows, Mac, and Linux is out and with it comes a new version for Android as well. Both versions come with new features for end users and developers. One major change for end users using the desktop version is a new context menu that does away with the text based options and adds buttons for going back, forward, refreshing, and bookmarking a page. There have been the usual bug fixes and new CSS properties have been implemented. Android users once again get some UI changes. The new launch page has received a facelift and quick controls for clearing your browsing history have been added along with a nice auto-complete feature for the URL bar. Read More

Guest Locker: Restrict App Access And Device Functionality With A Special PIN [Paid]

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How often do you hand your friends your phone to show them a funny picture? If you have kids, it's likely they know what your password or PIN is. I've always preferred using a PIN over a password because it's quicker to enter but obviously less secure but the fact is that regardless if you use a PIN or password anyone who is determined enough will figure it out just by watching you enter it repeatedly. Guest Locker Smart Security is an Android app worth $ 1.99 in the Google Play Store that lets you create two PINs/Passwords, each of which lock a different set of apps on your phone. Basically, you're creating a PIN for yourself as an Admin of the device and a second PIN for a guest. You choose what files and apps the Guest account has access to. The app makes it so that a user doesn't realize you have any extra security on your phone and thinks they have full access to everything. The app does not require root permission to run. Read More

Month: The Calendar Widget That Does Everything & Looks Great [Android]

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As an iOS user, I like that  the calendar app icon on my home screen will show me the current date but I envy Android users who can dedicate an entire page on their home screen to organization by adding a full calendar complete with bells and whistles. Month: The Calendar Widget is something that checks all the boxes as far as a great functional calendar widget goes. It adds the month's calendar to your home and/or lock screen and you can swipe to the next or previous month of the year. The widget adds events from all calendars configured to your Google Account and you can add a new event, as well as view the current one. Read More

Hitlist: Create Playlists From Tracks Suggested By Your Facebook Friends [Android]

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Ever have trouble trying to find music to play when you're together with your friends? Everyone has their own choice in music and catering to it all isn't easy. Hitlist is an Android app for getting music suggestions from your Facebook friends and adding them to a playlist. The app is a full fledged music player for your local files and you can create playlists, play songs on repeat and shuffle. To get suggestions from  your Facebook friends they need to have the app installed on their devices. You can pick who you want to receive a song suggestion from and then add it to your playlist. Read More

Notific Is Where Material Design Meets Lockscreen Notifications On Android [Paid]

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Android L's lockscreen notifications are something a lot of Android users are looking forward to. It's not a unique concept and those that wanted notifications on their lockscreen before Android L  probably went with an app that did the trick for them. But since it's an entirely different experience when a feature is added by the OS itself, Android L's lockscreen notifications have considerable anticipation behind them. Notific is an Android app worth $0.99 in the Google Play Store that mimics Android L's lockscreen notifications exceptionally well. Besides an excellent Material design UI, the app comes with a do not disturb mode and the ability to black/white list apps. Read More

Ignore No More Locks Phones When Kids Don’t Answer A Parent’s Call [Android]

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If you have kids, and your kids have phones then you know that instead of using those phones to assure you they are alive and well, not drunk, doing drugs, or being held hostage, kids use it to post selfies, take pictures of food, and ignore you. If your kids have an Android phone though, you can now curb their habit of ignoring you when you check up on them. Ignore No More is an Android app that lets you lock your kids' phones down if they do not answer your calls. It can take far more drastic measures and wipe a phone as well. To use the app, both parent and child must have it installed on their device. Read More

flippr: Access Widgets From Any Screen, Any App On Your Phone [Android]

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What can a floating button on your screen do? Just about everything imaginable. It's one of the most common ways developers make theirs apps easily accessible from any and all screens on a device. flippr is an Android app that puts all your widgets a swipe away. It adds a floating button that you can swipe to access widgets from within other apps,. The apps continue to run when you use the widget and you can swipe it away and return to the app when you're finished. In addition to calling a widget, the app also lets you create groups of widgets and switch between them, all from the app's button. Read More

Blur: A New Stlye Of App Launcher In The Making, Comes With API [Android]

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App launchers aren't like normal apps. They aim to make using your device more convenient but they also do what few apps do. They inspire new ways for users to interact with their device and if a launcher is popular enough, many app developers will work to support it. Blur is a new launcher, freshly released, and still in the rough that takes cue from Google Now.  Blur expands on having consolidated information on a single page by allowing entire apps to have a dedicate page to themselves.  The result is users have entire 'pages' dedicated to an app much like they have a dedicated Google Now page. The catch of course is that at present, there aren't a lot of apps that support Blur since it just came out. The developers have releases an API that can be used to integrate an app with Blur but you're in for a wait before your favorite and frequently used apps have a page of their own. Read More

Debtster Helps You Track Your IOUs Within Different Groups [Android]

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The complications that come with splitting bills when you are co-existing are unavoidable. Keeping track and then later reconciling the difference can be time consuming if you're IOUs are all little sticky notes or scribblings on paper. Debtster is an Android app that helps make sharing expenses, and recovering them, easier. It makes allowance for expense sharing with different groups so if you're splitting bills with a room-mate or occasionally end up paying for lunch or coffee for a co-worker, the app lets you keep track of both separately. You add yourself as a user, likewise, other users are added the same way. The app supports most popular currencies but not all of them which is a surprise and gives you a nice historical view of money that is owed for a particular transaction. Read More

Grammar Nazi Helps You Learn Proper English While You Read [Android]

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English is a bit of a tricky language; you're not always sure whether a CH at the start of a word should be pronounced as it is in Chair or as it is in Character. Then you hear tongue twisters about a woodchuck chucking wood and it gets more confusing. Words you can learn slowly by reading. You will eventually have a bigger vocabulary and hopefully the knowledge to use them properly. The trickier part of a language is the syntax i.e. the grammar. Grammar Nazi is an Android app that, although built to be a game, helps you read books in English (currently only supports TXT files) and improve your grammar. Read More

Numix Is A Material Design Calculator With Advanced Trig Functions [Android]

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Material design apps are cropping up more and more frequently now. Developers are not only taking well to the new design but since its announcement, they've been hard at developing useful apps while conforming to it. Numix is the next Android app to jump cut to Material design. It's a calculator, nothing more - nothing less. Besides the standard mathematical functions, the app supports trigonometric functions as well as conversion of numbers to decimal, binary, or hexadecimal number systems. The free version of the app will let you perform any and all supported calculations while the pro version features customization options in the form of themes, and allows you to recall previous calculations. Read More

Andrognito BETA: Hide Any And All Types Of Files On Your Android Device [No Root]

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Just yesterday, we reviewed S Converter, a simple conversion app that is an excellent example of what Material design is. As time goes by, more and more developers are now conforming to the new Material design and creating some really great apps in the process. Andrognito, a play on the words Android and Incognito, a new app that lets you hide your files. The app is in Beta and does not require a rooted device to run. Files are hidden behind a PIN number and can only be unhidden from the app itself. Once a file has been hidden, it no longer appears in file browsing apps. Read More

S Converter: Convert Units With This Material Design Done Right App [Android]

S Converter calculator
How many pounds in a kilogram? Back when calculators, and smartphones weren't so common, the best you could do was learn little tricks that could help you get a near estimate. For example, you can double the value of Kg and then add half more to get a near enough figure of how many pounds are in it. Fortunately, you can now convert units from the Google search results page or, if you're offline, you can use a conversion app like S Converter. It supports unit conversion for acceleration, currency, area, digital storage, energy, force, fuel consumption, and more. The app works great and if you want another reason to use it over any other run-of-the-mill conversion app then take S Converter's design into consideration which is all Material. Read More

Poppy Gives You Email Notifications That You Can Reply To From Anywhere [Android]

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Android's notifications one-up iOS notifications because they can be made more interactive. Android is after all open and that means more features. Email Popup: Poppy is an Android app that gives you richer email alerts on any screen. Like the alerts in the notification area, you can interact with the alert but it takes the interaction further. You can reply to the email directly from the email without having to switch to the email app. The message can be marked as read, and deleted as well. Read More