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

WakeUp Automatically Turns On The Screen When You Pick Up Your Device [Android]

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Your smartphone is resting on your desk, you pick it up, and its screen automatically wakes up. You didn’t press anything — it just knows. Magic? Or maybe an alien race swapped your phone with some interstellar gadgetry. Who knows. But all this mumbo jumbo aside, the free little app called WakeUp will now enable your Android device to turn itself on without pressing any power or home button. The app uses the built in tilt sensor of your Android to automatically wake it up when you pick and tilt it towards your face. Read More

Gecko Dialer: Access Dialpad And Google Search In Floating Window [Android]

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We all know that Android can easily handle two different tasks simultaneously. But Google’s open source OS doesn’t offer true multitasking a la Windows or Mac OS X. Even though manufacturers like Samsung have already tried to fill this gap with their Mult-Window feature found on the company’s top end Galaxy phones and tablets, other OEMs are yet to bring similar functionality to the table. Recently though, floating apps are becoming the de facto standard for performing multiple tasks at the same time, because these apps enable users to access certain tasks within another application  (Facebook Messenger, anyone?). Gecko Dialer is one such handy tool that lets you access the dialler interface in a floating window, enabling you to easily input long numbers and extensions inside another app. Read More

Perfect Tip: Calculate How Much Should You Pay And Tip When Splitting The Bill

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Whether you eat out alone or with a group of friends, tipping is common etiquette (provided you get good service of course) and we all know that 20% is the standard rate.  Perfect Tip is a smart and simple little Android app that not only helps you calculate the right amount to tip based on the percentage you should be tipping, (percentage is customizable) but also divides the final amount among the group of diners. It also uses subtle visual cues to let you know if the amount our tipping is fair or if you're stiffing the serving staff. Ready to eat out? Read More

LenX: Take Long Exposure Shots & Adjust Exposure Level [Android]

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Ever seen those amazing shots of the night sky taken with a long exposure camera? Or maybe you'd just like to take a cool looking picture of your friends playing with glow stick but without a DSLR or any other fancy camera equipment. LenX is a nice new Android app available for free in the Google Play Store that lets you take long exposure shots. It's very basic with an adjustment slider for exposure levels and a simple zoom feature. The photos turn out fairly well and all it takes is two taps to capture one long exposure photo. Read More

QuickClick: Map Volume Keys To Perform Quick Actions [Android]

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Gone are the days when phones were used to just make voice calls. These days, your smartphone might be more powerful than your personal computer, and with the right set of tools, it can be an invaluable asset to your lifestyle. Android is a brilliant operating system when it comes to performing tasks quickly and effectively because the open source OS has been designed to perform all tasks with a few simple screen taps and swipes, but if you still fancy using physical buttons, QuickClick is a free app that can let you cleverly accomplish this. This little piece of software allows you to map your device’s Volume keys for quickly performing frequent actions like launching an app, accessing settings, toggling flash light et al. Read More

Hitman Go Arrives On The Google Play Store [Paid]

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Hitman is a video game series based on Agent/Mr. 47, a silent assassin who stops at absolutely nothing to neutralize his target. Agent 47 is as ruthless as you choose to make him, that is the essence of the game. You are a highly trained hitman let loose in an area full of potential targets. He can kill an entire building full of people or he can slide in and out of a mission unnoticed. That kind of freedom of approach is what makes the Hitman games such a success since his first appearance in November of 2000. Its sequels, movies and novels have made 47 the quintessential video game character. A blank emotionless slate for you to project yourself and play away. Agent 47 has been out on mobile (iOS) since late April, it is now finally out on Android, let us see how Hitman Go fares in our review. Read More

Wordbase Is A Word Game That Combins Scrabble & Letterpress [Android]

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Word games have been around for ages and they still live on as strong as ever in today’s smartphone era. Being an Android user, you don’t have to worry about finding one because the Play Store houses countless games that fit this genre. Wordbase is one such new kid on the block that couldn’t escape our radar. Essentially, it is a word game that requires you to strategically reach your opponents base, not with weapons or climbing humongous mountains, but rather with a strong vocabulary, one word at a time. Read More

10 Add-ons For Firefox Android That You Should Try Out Over The Weekend

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Firefox users have long enjoyed amazing features on the desktop thanks to the very rich add-on repository that it has. We've covered a lot of these add-ons and often had readers asking if a similar extension was available for Chrome. It's a tribute to these add-ons that add both features and functionality. Firefox isn't just a desktop browser, it has an amazing Android version which happens to support add-ons as well. Like the repository for add-ons for the desktop version, there is a repository for the Android version as well and we combed it for some useful ones that every Firefox user should install. Here are our top ten picks. Read More

Newsbeat Reads Your Favorite News Stories To You Out Loud On Your Phone

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Keeping up with news of any kind is pretty simple these days thanks to the swathe of smartphone apps and the abundance of online content. When it comes to newsreaders on Android and iOS, there’s really not any shortage of such apps on both these platforms. But Newsbeat –by Tribune Digital Ventures – is a free, well-designed news app that brings something unique to the table. Instead of letting you read long-winded news stories, it narrates them for you using text-to-speech technology. The clear dialogue in turn makes it fairly similar to how you hear the news on radio or podcasts. The really interesting bit is that instead of a select few stories, you can listen to literally any news you want and curate news playlists of your topics that interest you, as well as select custom news sources and sections. Read More