Oops! AppLock Uses A Volume Key Pattern To Prevent Access To Apps [Android]

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Android Lollipop, when it finally rolls out to the masses, has a very interesting and exceptionally useful feature that lets you create guest accounts on your phone. This guest account has restricted access and is a great way to hand your device off to a child or a friend without fear of them poking around or deleting anything important. Until it rolls out, and it might be a considerably long time before it does for some devices, we will continue to keep our personal items safe some other way. Oops! AppLock is a free Android app that locks apps you select. The key to unlocking the apps and gaining access to them is what sets it apart. Where normally, users would fiddle with swipes or taps on the screen, codes, or patterns, this app unlocks from the volume keys. Read More

What To Do If Android Device Is Not Listed After ADB Devices Command

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A good while ago, we did a post on what ADB is and how to install it. If you're even slightly adventurous with your Android device, you probably know what ADB is and why it's so important. Overclocking? Xpose? Custom ROM? Rooting? It's only possible after you have ADB installed on your desktop. Now, installing it is pretty simple and you need only read our guide to confirm it yourself but installing it is really the easy part. As you start on your journey to rooting an Android device, learning the terminologies, and downloading the seriously large files needed to modify your device, you will also encounter the many odd errors that occur seemingly without reason or cause. Some of these errors effectively stop you from going ahead with whatever you'r doing and you end up looking for a solution to them instead. One such problem is when the adb devices command executed in the Command Prompt doesn't list your device when previously, it did so. Here's a quick solution to fix it. Read More

Here Are Some Security Improvements In Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android Lollipop was rumoured to roll out on November 3, 2014. The new Nexus devices are now available and those who get their hands on one will be among the first to use the stable Lollipop OS. Android updates are not like iOS updates; they roll out over extended time periods that are months long, and they aren't made universally available to all devices running Android. Many device owners will wait a considerably long time for an update to become available. This is a given when you decide to use Android but with Lollipop, there is more excitement and anticipation surrounding this release and you may be wondering why this update, of all the others, is such a big deal. The shortest answer we can give you is Security. Android Lollipop is big on it and we're detailing just what the new security features are. Read More

Pilot Reader: Read & Save Tech News Catered Specifically To You

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There are hundreds of ways to keep up with news; Twitter, Reddit, RSS, Newsletters, and whatnot. The demise of Google Reader certainly opened and enriched this particular niche and new apps and services are still developed to this day. Pilot Reader is an iOS and Android app that caters to people interested in technology news. The app is free and very Tinder-like in its functionality. Not only does it curate technology news but it also learns to recognize what you like and save, to give you more relevant news. Like Tinder, you can swipe an item right to save it, and left to dismiss it. Read More

Hooks: Get Alerts For TV Shows, Concerts, Games, Rain And More

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Reminders, alerts, alarms; they're all great at making sure you don't forget important things like meetings, picking up the milk, remembering to take the trash out, not skipping leg day. Everything thing that is a drag to do, and therefore more likely to be forgotten, is kept on our radar by these ever helpful apps. But what about the fun stuff we forget about? There is more to life than just meetings and piking up the dry cleaning. Hooks – Alerts that Matter is an app for creating alerts for important things like when the next episode of your favorite show airs, when your favorite band is playing, when a new movie is going to be released, and more. Unlike other reminder apps that help you be more productive, this app reminds you of the up and coming fun things in life. Read More

Weatheroux⁺ Is As Simple And Clean As A Weather App Can Get [Android]

Android Lollipop, is out now and Material design is a very real and happening thing. You can read about the many great new features in Android L in our features post here. Material design is going to be changing how Android apps look very soon and in honor of simple design, here is an excellent weather app for you; Weatheroux⁺. We review so many weather apps that we could probably create a top ten list out of just those but each one is selected for one outstanding feature that may appeal to the user. With Weatheroux⁺, we love the design and simple execution of it. It's used and navigated entirely with a tap of your finger. If that isn't simple and minimal, I don't know what is. Read More

New Features In Firefox 33 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 33 is out for both Desktop and Android. You should be prompted to upgrade the next time you launch it and if you're a developer, you might want to upgrade right now. This latest instalment is a treat for developers with two new noteworthy features; a media sidebar in the Style editor and a paint flashing tool. End users will want to upgrade for the improved search functions and the more reliable session restore feature. Firefox for Android is also supporting the new Paint Flash tool for developers. For End users the new option to delete data when you quit the app is very promising as is the ability to stream video content to Chromecast and Roku.

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Trigger Based Profile Switcher For Sound, Display, WiFi, & More [Android]

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Sound and WiFi profiles need to be changed depending on where we are. Both are changed so frequently that complex automating apps like Tasker aren't used and instead, apps dedicated to managing sound and WiFi profiles are sought, duly found, and used. SwiP - ProfileSwitcher  is an Android that doesn't just manage sound and WiFi profiles but gives you a whole set of other options for the state of Bluetooth switch, brightness, Display time out duration, and more. Each profile comes with triggers which can be location based, time based, battery charge or state based, or triggered by a headphone jack being plugged in. Read More

Calc+: Edit Numbers & Functions Mid Calculation And Add Constants [Android]

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Calculators on our smartphones are a disappointment in everything except the design area. I know they get the job done but most work essentially like any old pocket calculator does. If you've made a mistake, tapped the wrong number, want to recall your last calculation, or  have entered an incorrect number in your haste, you will have to begin all over again. If I recall my scientific calculator which allowed me to save up to eight results to its memory, I realize how very basic and inadequate these stock apps are. Calc+ Powerful calculator is a calculator app that fills this glaring gap left by most apps; you can edit a number and a mathematical function any time. Long calculations are easy to follow, you can edit any number, clear it from the equation and even set constants that can be used any time. Read More

Clean All EXIF Data From Your Photos Before Sharing Them [Android]

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Cameras on phones have grown exceptionally sophisticated over time and not just in terms of photo quality but in terms of the digital data they can capture in addition to your photos. Date, location, compression, resolution, flash, exposure time, and more. If you've taken a photo with the Google camera app and made use of its blur feature then you know the image comes with additional information regarding depth and an entire depth map. All this means our phone cameras are great and super awesome but at the same time, they also give away information we might not want to share such as the location of where a photo was taken. It might not be as big a deal for photos that stay on our hard drives but for those we share, a little caution is always a good idea. Meet EZ UnEXIF Free (EXIF Remover), a free Android app that removes all the EXIF data in a photo and saves it as a copy or overwrites the original one, according to your preference. Read More

HeadsUp: Get Android L Like Notifications With A Blacklist For Apps

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Interactive notifications are now a thing; iOS 8 has already come out with interactive notifications and Android L has previewed them as well dubbing them 'Heads Up notifications'. It's only a matter of time before they become more functional. Unlike iOS 8 which rolls out to all devices indiscriminately, Android users are not going to get Android L at the same time as it is made available on devices like the Nexus 5. Some users might end up waiting considerably long so an app is the only way to bridge this gap. Meet HeadsUp, a free Android app that gives you interactive notifications, priority management, and a blacklist to block app notifications. Basically, it's like Notific except it's free. Read More

Suggest Movie Searches For Movie By Year, Genre, & Rating [Android]

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We have talked about a lot of movie discovery services; Netflix Roulette and Moveinr are just two of them. What both these services have in common are that they web services meant to be used from a desktop browser, ideally. I don't doubt you could probably use Netflix Roulette on a mobile browser too but it leaves you wanting a simple app that does what these services do. Meet Suggest Movie, an a-supported free Android app that has basic year range, genre, and rating filters for finding a movie to watch. Read More

Horizon Will Never Let You Record Another Vertical Video Again [Android]

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Vertical videos are the bane of our time. As much as we all hate them when we click play, we don't really remember to turn our device on its side so we can record a proper horizontal video. Google Camera came up with a solution to that with one of its earlier versions where the app doesn't record unless it detects your device is held correctly and I think that was genius. It's something Apple should consider brining to iOS. Horizon is an Android app that takes the fight against vertical videos one step further and lets you hold you device any way you want while it continues recording in the correct landscape mode. The free version of the app lets you record for fifteen seconds and an upgrade worth $0.99 will let you record without any time restrictions. With the free version, you also get a watermark at the bottom right of your video and promotional animation for Horizon at the end. Read More

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

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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

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

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