Selectively Lock Android Apps In Multiple Ways With Lockdown Pro

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As we are trusting our smartphones more and more with our private data, it is becoming increasingly important to take the necessary measures for keeping that data out of reach of prying eyes. Just a few months ago, we took a look at five great tools for password-protecting apps on Android, but the app that we’re about to take for a spin today has what it takes to give them all a run for their money. Aptly named Lockdown Pro, this awesome app offers basic as well as advanced app locking features for newbies and seasoned users alike, and looks great while at it. Featuring multiple PIN & pattern options, geo-fencing, stealth mode to conceal the app’s very presence, and several great-looking themes for the unlocking screen, this should be a must-have on every Android phone and tablet out there. And best of all, it’s completely free, without even any ads! Read More

Taskei For Android Lets You Automate Popular Muzei Live Wallpaper With Tasker

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Since its release last month, Muzei Live Wallpaper has gained a lot of acclaim from its users for bringing gorgeous wallpapers from different sources to their home screens. Another app that a lot of Android power users love is Tasker, known for its ability to let users automate countless tasks on Android. While Muzei can automatically rotate your wallpaper, how about the ability to do it based on context, action or any condition supported by Tasker? Taskei acts as a bridge between these two apps to let you do just that. Let’s take a look at how that works. Read More

Astrill VPN Offers Secure, Region Restriction-Free Browsing On Android

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The sad truth about the Internet is that many amazing services like Spotify and Hulu are only accessible within a few countries. While folks living in those countries can stream free music or watch their favorite TV shows, those of us who live elsewhere on the planet are left out in the cold. If you’ve been having a hard time coping with online region restriction, then one definitive solution is to use a VPN service. Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN secures your Internet traffic and enables you to access geo-restricted websites. Astrill VPN is a fairly popular name in this genre, and recently, the company launched an Android app to allow on-the-go access to their VPN service. Read More

Sidebar Launcher Adds A Slide-Out Multitasking Panel To Android

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For a long time, it was a challenge to find decent apps for Android, but as Google continued to refine its open source mobile operating system, we’ve seen a steady flow of high quality apps landing on Google Play. Back in September 2013, I covered Root Uninstaller's Sidebar Plus, which provides swift access to settings like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, app shortcuts and other important Android features from multiple customizable sidebars. Sidebar Launcher, developed by the same folks who brought us Boat Browser for Android, is another sidebar app aimed to enhance your multitasking experience. The app is well optimized for both smartphones and tablets, offers tons of customization and looks really nice. Read on for more details. Read More

Hands-On With Samsung’s Milk Music Streaming Service For Android

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Compact discs haven’t died yet and the iTunes store will probably live on, but lately the massive popularity of music streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and Rdio have ignited a new interest in audiophiles. The latest to enter the arena is Milk Music by Samsung. It’s available as an Android app on the Google Play Store, aimed at the company’s Galaxy smartphone lineup and only available in the US as of this writing. Milk Music will let you stream from a gargantuan library of 13 million songs and over 200 different radio stations. Read More

AlarmPad Is A Customizable, Context-Based Alarm Clock App For Android

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Every once in a while, we come across an app that blows us away with its exquisite design, comprehensiveness or unique functionality. Timely, an alarm app for Android, is one of those that packs all these traits; it has a gorgeous design, lots of features and an interface that just works every time. Another similar app called AlarmPad Alarm Clock has recently hit our radar, and we believe it might be worth your time. It seems like a simple alarm clock app on the surface, but boasts quite a comprehensive set of customization features. Read More

AcDisplay Brings Moto X’s Active Display To Any Android 4.4+ Device

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Despite not boating the same specs as the other flagships of its generation like the HTC One and Galaxy S4, the Moto X is quite a remarkable device, and perhaps Motorola’s most critically acclaimed smartphone to date. Besides offering customization options for the phone itself, Moto X comes with some nifty software features too, that set it apart from the rest. One such feature is Active Display that lets you view the time and your latest notifications even when the screen is off, without having to go to the phone’s lock screen. The feature draws little battery power, thanks to the device’s AMOLED screen. If you want the utility of the same feature without actually having to get a Motorola device, XDA Recognized Developer AChep has the solution for you in AcDisplay, as long as you’re running KitKat. Read on for details. Read More

Keep Track Of Where You Park Your Car With Auto Finder For Android

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Finding a parking spot in a big lot can be a headache, but what’s worse is forgetting where you parked your car. East garage? 3rd floor? Spot number 84? It's not unusual for this to happen after, say, a tiring day at work. Fortunately, there’s an app for almost every problem nowadays and this one is no exception. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of parking your car in a massive parking lot or a packed area and had trouble finding it later, then give Auto Finder a shot; a simple but functional app for Android that lets you mark your location whenever you leave your car. In fact, the app can also be set to do this job on its own whenever it detects you’re leaving your car via sensors such as Bluetooth. Read More

Enjoy Nickelodeon Content On Android With The Official Nick App

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Who doesn’t love cartoons? And when it comes to characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, even many of the macho ones among us have a soft corner in our hearts for the adventures of the adorably funny sponge and its gang. And then there’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – a show I remember growing up following with such religious dedication that no amount of homework or parents’ threats for exam prep would make me miss an episode. To ensure that you get your daily dose of SpongeBob, TMNT, The Fairly OddParents and more, Nickelodeon has released its fun-filled Android app on Google Play. So, let’s dig in and see what it has to offer the kids out there, as well as those inside us adults. Read More

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

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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

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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

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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

Photo Editing & Sharing App Adobe Revel Comes To Android

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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 The Countries & Organizations Android Apps Send Data To With viaProtect

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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

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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

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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

How To Root Nokia X, Install Play Store & Google Now Launcher

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Nokia’s announcement at the MWC regarding new Android handsets didn’t come as much a surprise as what the company did with Android running on its devices. It’s like the Finnish company – now owned by Microsoft – is attempting to create Android without Google, replacing the Mountain View company’s offerings with Microsoft’s. In fact, the Nokia X smartphone, although based on AOSP, is complete devoid of Google Apps, from looking at the device, you’ll have a hard time even telling that it’s Android. However, all hope is not lost, as thanks to the active Android developer community, there’s a way to not only root the Nokia X, but also install Google Play Store and the Google Now Launcher onto the device. Details past the jump. Read More

Google Now Launcher Hits The Play Store For Nexus & GPE Devices; Download APK Here

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There are only so many times we can introduce Android with some variation of the phrase “is infinitely customizable”. We have discussed launchers like Dodol, Buzz, Smart Launcher and so many others to death already. However, these third party customizations have never been able to help alleviate that feeling of alienation. They might be excellent, but they don't feel right; even the recently reviewed Aviate is no exception - it's brilliant, but alien ground. Until now, that is. Google decided that its stock Android launcher should be available to download and released it to the the Play Store under the label Google Now Launcher. Read More

Persist Improves Volume Control On Android Through Custom Profiles

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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

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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