Nokia Releases The Groundbreaking Z Launcher For Android

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You may recall back when Nokia was acquired by Microsoft, a lot of disappointed faces ensued. Some of them were (still are) working for Nokia. The team that was not acquired by Microsoft was Nokia's technologies group. They have helped Nokia with numerous software and hardware updates, but until now, they did not have anything to call their own. Before we get to that, we must remind you that there are tonnes of launchers out there for Android, Google's Now, Buzz Launcher, Terrain Home, so on and so forth. It comes as a complete surprise that the name Nokia would venture so directly into Android territory. Nokia technologies have released the Z Launcher for Android. It has elements of their once promising, now 10 year old 7710 phone, it has elements of Maemo and Meego, yet it maintains its own identity Read More

Avast! Ransomware Removal Rids Your Android Device Of Simplelocker

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Earlier this month, the word ramsomware became a hot topic in Android realm when a deadly threat called Simplelocker left various devices malfunctioning. The program, which appeared to be a Trojan, could automatically encrypt photos, videos, documents etc. stored on a device and demand a ransom for them to be decrypted again. Victims of Simplocker, or any such future threats, would be happy to find that they can now recover files without paying cybercriminals thanks to Avast’s latest security tool called avast! Ransomware Removal on the Google Play Store. The free app will not only remove the ransomware Trojan for you, but also unlock the encrypted files on the infected device. Read More

Hashtagger: Search Hashtags On Facebook, Twitter & Google Plus

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Twitter is what made hashtags matter and as far as finding any relevant, consolidated information on an event is concerned, Twitter is still in the lead. Of course, following the success of hashtags and subsequently of Twitter Trends, Facebook and Google Plus decided they were worth having around. We can't say that hashtags have been just as successful on these two networks but people do use them. Hashtagger is an Android app that lets you search hashtags on the three major social networks; Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. You can view trending hashtags and save your searches. Read More

Necta Is An Android Launcher Aimed At Kids & The Elderly [Android]

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If you’re getting bored of th stock Android look then there are plenty of ways you can customize it. Some people would start with changing the home screen wallpaper. Modifying app or status bar icons is another way of injecting new life into Android, though probably the best way to quickly overhaul the interface is with a launcher app. Even though Nova Launcher, Go Launcher Ex or Aviate are by far the best home screen replacements we’ve used, they can also be fairly complex for general users. To cop with this nuisance, a bunch of folks at Necta have created an app called Necta Launcher that provides the simplest Android experience for the elderly among us. Read More

ContactBox: Privately Share Contacts Between Android And iOS Devices

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Smartphones have become smarter over the years. What was once a clunky little device we kept in our pockets to make phone calls has turned into a multi purpose machine which lets us play games, stream HD videos, and listen to music on the go. But what hasn't changed that much about smartphones is the way we manage our contacts. Sure, you can now sync your entire address book with Google or iCloud, but when it comes to sharing them with others, the default solutions still leave us wanting more. ContactBox is a new app for Android and iOS that tackles this issue by letting users create custom contact lists and privately send them to their friends via text or email. Read More

Download Android App APKs From Google Play Store To PC

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Downloading Android apps to PC from Google Play Store has never been an easy process. Google has pretty strict policies in place to prevent users from downloading apps to any other device or computer that isn't an Android device. Android does allow you to sideload an app’s APK file and install from there, but these APKs are usually hosted on third party sites. Back in November 2013, I reviewed APK Downloader, a web based service that enables you to download apps from Google Play to your computer via pointing its URL. Raccoon is a similar application that lets you do the same directly from your desktop. The Java based application requires your Google Account credentials, and allows you to download all non-paid apps to your PC without any hassle. Read More

Slingshot Has Been Released & It Demands Your Phone Number

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Facebook's new Slingshot app is now available in the App Store and the Google Play Store for iOS and Android, respectively. The app, for now, seems to have been made available to users in the United States only so if you live elsewhere, you're in for a slightly longer wait. Before we get down to our review of the app, we're going to talk a little about privacy and what using Slingshot means. The app itself is indeed the Snapchat competitor eveeryone thought it would be and with a large company like Facebook behind it, the design is well up to par. Read More

Terrain Home Is An App Launcher With Smart Universal Search [Android]

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One of the key features that has made Android so popular is the extreme customizability. And what better example of customization than the wide range of launchers available for the platform could you get?. Although, Android devices come with the manufacturer’s favored launcher out of the box, the Play Store offers a plethora of alternatives that work just as well, or in some cases better than the stock one. Terrain (or Terrain Home: Sidebar & Search as labelled on Google Play) is new home screen replacement app that aims to make your Android experience simpler and more streamlined by putting frequently accessed features up and front. Read More

Write Notes And Sync Them To Dropbox Or Google Drive [Android]

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I think I can say with absolute certainty that there are many different ways to keep notes on Android. Google Keep, for instance, is a really nice app if you’re quickly jotting things down. And it syncs well with your Google Account too. Evernote provides the best note taking experience across platforms. But not everyone wants to play with loads of features that Evernote throws at you, and some people prefer simplicity over complexity when it comes to creating and saving notes. If you’ve been looking for a way to write notes on your Android device that sync with your Dropbox or Google Drive, then Sync Notes is might be the right tool for you. Although it has a pretty simple interface, it gets you to what you want fast. Read More

Lumosity Brings Its Brain Teasing Service To Android

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Playing brain teasing games is one of the best ways to relax and improve your creative and cognitive skills more quickly. Brain teasers test us with a series of questions and riddles to check where our problem-solving skills lie, and aid in improving our memory. Lumosity is one such popular website, having 60 million active users, that promises to train your brain’s different areas related to speed, attentiveness, memory etc. using neuroscience research as a foundation. It has grown in popularity thanks in great part to its iOS app. Lumosity has launched its official Android app which brings the service to Google’s mobile OS. The app carries various brain teasing exercises, sports elegant UI and is free. Read More

Echo Sorts Alerts By Type On Your Lockscren & Reminds You Of Them [Android]

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Notifications are an essential part of Android but the default notification system of the platform can be annoying and frustrating at times, especially when it throws a boatload of alerts at you. Nevertheless, who would want to be notified if someone followed them on Twitter or an old pal liked their embarrassing photo?. This is where the new app Echo Notification Lockscreen comes to the rescue. This simple app aims to replace the stock lockscreen of your phone with one that’s more functional, puts greater emphasis on notifications, and splits them according to their significance for you. Read More

Copy Bubble: A Floating Clipboard Manager That Saves Multiple Snippets [Android]

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For PC users, the clipboard feature is as natural as anything else. It allows users to easily copy and paste text, files, folders, and more. Luckily for Android users, the copy & paste functionality has always been there too but akin to the default clipboard feature of desktop, the clipboard of Android can store only one item at a time. Copy Bubble is a new nifty little application that improves the default single-purpose clipboard in Android by allowing you to save multiple text snippets to it and use them any time you want. But since there are many similar apps we’ve seen before, Copy Bubble makes itself stand out from the crowd by presenting everything in a floating window giving you access to clipboard items on the fly by tapping an always-accessible hovering bubble. Read More

Angry Birds Epic: The Birds Are Back & Charged With New Skills [Review]

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Angry Birds was one of those games I was crazy excited to play when I got my first smartphone and I wasn't disappointed. The franchise is one of the most successful ones in mobile gaming and a movie is slated for release in 2016 but the guys at Rovio are still developing new Angry Bird games with Angry Birds Epic being the latest to hit the Google Play Store. Unlike its previous versions that have a variation of the old sling-shot gameplay, this new game is a turn based RPG. The story is of course the same; bad piggies have stolen the birds' eggs and the birds are angry. Read More

Hangar – Access Frequently Used Apps From The Notification Drawer

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Generally when you need to open apps on your Android device, you do so from the home screen, the app drawer, or the recent apps list, which was first introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich. But all these options never seem fast enough when it comes to opening your favorite or most-used applications quickly and easily. This is where the new application aptly labeled Hangar comes to the rescue. With this handy tool in your arsenal, you won’t have to bear the pain of first hopping on to your home screen or pausing your videos. Hangar lets you access your favorite applications from the most frequently accessed location on your device; the notification drawer. Read More

Floata: Add A Floating Button To Your Screen To Tweet From Any App

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I’m no Twitter junkie, but I’m absurdly picky when it comes to mobile apps that are created for it. Since the humble beginnings of Android, I’ve seen plenty of 3rd party Twitter clients making their way to the Google Play Store. That probably means that the competition is tough for new developers to bring something fresh to the table which can enhance your Twitter usage besides offering something unique. Floata is just that app which I found particularly helpful if you need to tweet something quickly whenever, wherever you want. Because, unlike traditional Twitter applications, Floata can float over other apps, allowing you to access it by simply tapping on its miniscule icon. Read More

New Features In Firefox 30 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 30 is out and you can upgrade now from the help menu. Since it's the first update after the new Customize options were introduced in Firefox 29, you might need to search for the upgrade option. Click the options button at the top right, and you will see a help button next to the large Customize button at the bottom. Click it to reveal a new pane of help options which include the About Firefox option. The new update is mostly fixes and many new developer options. In this new update, plugins are disabled by default except those that have been whitelisted or that are installed when you install an add-on. A new button has also been added for toggling the visibility of the bookmarks and history side bar. With the new desktop version, a new mobile version has also been introduced and it offers more for end users. You can add your favotire share functions to the context menu just by tapping it, and you can subscribe to RSS feeds from any web page and read them on your home page with the aid of a new add-on called Home Feed. Read More

How To Add & Read RSS Feeds In The New Firefox For Android

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Firefox 30 for both desktop and Android is out and one of the new features in the Android variant is a way to read RSS feeds from your home page. It's the perfect way to turn Firefox on your Android device into a fairly basic feed reader. The feature is tied to an add-on called Home Feeds which has been developed by a Mozilla developer but does not carry the company name for some odd reason. In addition to allowing you to read a feed from your home page, it also makes it super easy to add that feed to the page. Being basic, it does not have any buttons for marking an item as read or unread. You get the twelve most recent items in the feed. Read More

Ready Is A Contacts App That Centres On Calls, Messages, & Email [Android]

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Here’s one thing about contact apps; they are all practically the same. But Ready for Android, on other hand, has tried to reinvent the wheel by bringing the most common communication options, that is making phone calls, sending text messages or exchanging emails, right upfront. Instead of bogging down your device with obtrusive features, Ready wants to make things simpler than ever. And on top of that, Ready’s beautiful interface is incredibly intuitive and easy to use. Read More

Prism Is An App Focused Launcher Geared Towards Simplicity [Android]

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A great user interface is one of the most important factors of whether to download an app or not, but it shouldn’t have to be the only one. When it comes to application launchers for Android, the opinions between design and simplicity will greatly vary among users. Some people fancy loads of customization options and gorgeous UI but others simply want a launcher app that works and provides quick access to the installed apps and important Android settings. There’s really no shortage of app launchers on the Google Play Store, but Prism Launcher is purportedly geared towards users who need a bare bones launcher replacement. The app is still in early BETA so don’t expect too many features out of the box. Read More

Reddit Vibrant Is For Those Just In It For The Pictures & Videos

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As great as the content shared on Reddit is, OC or otherwise, the one type of content I will always prefer over others is pictures. DIY projects, cats, kittens, huskies, landscapes, and anything that's lol-worthy is what I click on 99% of the time. Reddit Vibrant is an Android app available in the Google Play Store for Redditors who prefer photo and video posts only. The app lets you sign in to your account, up/down vote whatever you want, and read and post comments. It's a filter for image and video content for the front page and every single sub-reddit you are subscribed to. Read More