How To Remotely Control Any IR Device (Like An AC) With HTC One

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Smartphone manufacturers have began incorporating newer and newer hardware features in their offerings that keep expanding the horizons for what your device can do. When Google introduced NFC as a native protocol for Android, a lot of useful apps popped up that let you take full advantage of the new feature, from instant payments to dead-easy media sharing with other capable devices. These days, another feature that we see in some of the latest flagships is a built-in IR Blaster, allowing the device to double as a remote control for TV, Home Theatres etc. While it’s a mighty useful functionality to have, considering how many IR devices we usually come across in our daily life, the problem is configuration. HTC One, for instance, is a flagship that comes with a native TV app to make use of the IR Blaster, but the default options are limited to TV, Cable box and Home theatre. Technically, an IR Blaster means that the device should control pretty much anything that requires an infrared beam, but the phone won’t let you do that. The good thing is, there’s a way to configure any IR device to work with HTC One, and I’ll show you how. Read More

Manage Your Car’s OBD From Android With Dash

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All modern vehicles – or at least the ones that were manufactured after the mid 90's – come equipped with an OBD (On Board Diagnostic) system that helps mechanics or DIY enthusiasts troubleshoot certain issues in case something goes wrong. The OBD carries information related to your car’s various sensors, engine performance, brakes condition, wear and tear, and so on, making it easier for your car repair guy to look at the right place when something breaks. The New York-based startup, Dash, has launched a new Android app that will help you retrieve this information on your own by linking the OBD system of your car with your smartphone or tablet via specialized hardware for connecting your phone to the OBD. Read More

Mikogo Is A Free LogMeIn Alternative For Screen Sharing & Remote Access

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LogMeIn is one of the most popular remote desktop screen sharing tools, letting desktop and mobile users easily access and share their screen remotely via the web or native applications for the supported platforms. A few days ago, however, the company pulled the plug on its free accounts for both new and existing customers, raging its freemium user base and industry pundits alike. The company no longer offers free registration to new users, while existing free account holders were politely asked to either pick a paid plan or switch to another service. If you've been looking for an alternative, try Mikogo - a LogMeIn-like screen sharing app for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and web. Read More

Automate Switching Between Custom Profiles On Android With TF Profile

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Remember those old phones that used to come with multiple built-in profiles? It surely was handy to instantly switch between different profiles under different conditions such as normal, silent, meeting etc. Stock Android, unfortunately, lacks this option since its inception, and the only way to get this functionality on your device would be via installing third-party apps or using custom ROMs like CyanogenMod that have it built-in. Though how about creating different profiles and have them automatically get activated accordingly when needed? XDA-Developers member j2187 has addressed this shortcoming in form of TF Profile - Profile Scheduler that lets you create profiles and automate their switching in a manner similar to Tasker. Details after the jump. Read More

Stack Exchange Gets Official App For Android Devices

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Stack Exchange is a popular network of various questions and answers websites covering a wide array of topics including cooking, photography, programming, business, web development, gaming, arts and more. Each site is build as a community to encourage users to ask and answer questions, and in turn gain reputation and badges based on their activity on the sites. The main idea started with the launch of Stack Overflow – the first site of the network – which gradually expanded to several others like Super User, Arqade, Webmasters and so on. The only missing piece of the puzzle so far was a good mobile app, which now finally changes with the official release of the Stack Exchange Android app, with the iOS version soon to follow. Read More

PureContact: Use Custom Gestures To Place Calls, Send SMS, IM, Emails & More On Android

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Previously, we've covered a ton of contact management apps for Android including Go Contacts, Hoiio Live, and Contact Analyzer, just to name a few. The advantage of using third-party contact managers over the native solution is usually that they provide users with some additional features not found in the stock offering. PureContact is one such solution designed to let users easily send text messages and emails or make calls by accessing a multitude of apps including Whatsapp, Viber etc., under one roof, using simple speed dial gestures that are also programmable according to your liking. Details after the jump. Read More

Capture, Edit & Annotate Screenshots On Android With Ashampoo Snap

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People loves taking screenshots on their Android devices, be it to show off their home screen setup on DeviantART and MyColorScreen, seek tech support over at communities like XDA-Developers, or write app reviews like us. But there are times when you need to make a few modifications to the original image before sharing it online. If you don’t want to use any complex editing tools for the purpose, then Ashampoo has the right tool for you in their new Ashampoo Snap app for Android. Using this decently designed app, you can easily take screenshots and annotate them right away in the simplest fashion. The powerful built-in image editor lets you add shapes, emoticons, cliparts, texts, arrows etc. to the image, and share it via Android’s native sharing option. Read More

RealVNC Makes Its $10 PC Remote Control App ‘VNC Viewer’ For Android Completely Free

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RealVNC has always been one of my favorite VNC tools to remotely access my computers via the internet, or just helping a friend by remotely troubleshooting their computer. It’s a great tool for anyone looking for an easy solution to access and control Mac, Windows or Linux computers from any of the supported platforms without shelling out your hard-earned cash on expensive equipment or software. But that’s not all; RealVNC also has an Android app called VNC Viewer for remotely accessing and controlling your computers from Android. The company has recently dropped its price to free from a whopping $10, making RealVNC all the more appealing over its competitors. The Android client gives you full remote access to a PC right on your smartphone or tablet, all from an intuitive UI that just works! Read More

Memotion Is A Voice Journal For Android With Emotion Analysis, Transcription & More

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Have you ever wanted to preserve your favorite memories via simple voice recordings? That’s exactly this new Android app called Memotion is all about. Still in early beta and available for free at the Play Store, it is a wonderful, easy to use app that offers its users the ability to quickly save their best memories in a voice diary. And going one step beyond merely offering voice recording capabilities, it uses Beyond Verbal Communications' analytics engine to analyze the emotional content of each recording you make, letting you embed these emotions in the recording form. Furthermore, its ‘quick analysis’ option can detect the true emotions in anyone's voice, presenting you with an emotion analysis afterwards. Read More

Todoist’s ‘Next’ Revamp Boasts New Collaboration Features, Visual Scheduling & More

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Avid Todoist users will be delighted to learn that the popular task and to-do list management app has now been updated to a new variant dubbed Todoist Next, and the upgrade has made the already great service even better!  This new name comes from a complete rewrite of code under the hood, making Todoist more intuitive and fun to use. The app has gained several significant improvements through the new update, such as real-time syncing across supported platforms, new Mailbox-like visual scheduling to plan your days with ease, improved UI in web and Windows apps, ability to collaborate and sync projects with other Todoist users, and more. Continue reading for further details. Read More

hello sms Is An Android Messaging App With A Neat, Tabbed Interface

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If you search for SMS replacement apps for Android, you will find a ton of options available at the Play Store such as Disa, Now SMS and the recently covered EvolveSMS, just to name a few. And while no SMS app has seen as much popularity and acclaim as GO SMS Pro, a new kid on the block named hello sms might redefine a few rules. Carrying a minimal and simple UI, it offers a texting environment you may not have experienced before. Thanks to its barebones UI, hello sms aims to let you send text messages and photos as quickly as you can. The app sports an awesome tab-based UI that ensures quick and easy switching between different conversation when texting. Details after the jump. Read More

Scroll To Top Or Bottom Of Any Screen On Android By Tapping The Status Bar

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Many of us now find it more convenient to browse the internet on our smartphones or tablets than on PC. And that's not only because mobile devices are easier to carry around, but also because you can use them with one hand. The smartphone experience of website navigation comprises of scrolling up and down the webpage via swipe gestures. Sometimes, when you’re scrolling through a huge web page or list and you constantly find the need to scroll straight to the top or bottom, the process can become pretty cumbersome. Enter OneClick Scroll, a new Android app for rooted devices that takes inspiration from the jump-to-top feature in iOS. It lets you scroll through huge pages or lists in a snap by just tapping the right or left corner of the status bar for moving to the bottom or returning to the top. Read More

Quickr: Access Customizable Action Panels Anywhere In Android Using Edge Gestures

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Using gestures is a great way to quickly access different apps, settings or sections of any mobile OS, and a prime example of their use is the default notification shade that can be accessed using a downward swipe from the status bar in Android in order to access your notifications and quick settings. Though when it comes to using a smartphone with a single hand, that gesture can be a difficult to maneuver. If you want quick access to your phone’s settings, currently running and recently launched apps, contacts, quick in-app actions and more, all using gestures that can be activated from the phone’s side edges, try Quickr. Developed by the team behind the famous Root Uninstaller and 1Tap Quick Bar apps, Quickr comes with pre-configured as well as customizable panels that you can bring up with gestures for quick access to all the aforementioned actions. Read More

Record iTunes Radio On Android With doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder

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iTunes Radio is pretty fantastic for listening to an endless stream of free music. The service carries countless radio stations that provide users with non-stop music access to a wide variety of genres, albums, artists etc. You cannot, however, stream on-demand music in a manner similar to Spotify, nor does iTunes allows recording the music on your PC, iPhone or iPad. doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder is a new app for Android that lets you record any music being played on iTunes via AirPlay . All it requires is a a device with iTunes (such as a PC, Mac or even a smartphone or tablet with AirPlay streaming capabilities) and an Android device, both connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The app is fairly easy to configure and use. Continue reading to learn more about how it works. Read More

Prevent Individual Apps From Detecting Root On Android With RootCloak Plus (Cydia)

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While rooting truly unleashes the full potential of Android, it also has some shortcomings such as voiding your warranty, and being refused support by manufacturers, carriers and even some app developers. However, none of these are as annoying as the inability to run certain apps on your rooted device just because their developers have added checks for root access in the apps that close the app after showing you an error message when they detect that your phone has been rooted. Most of these developers do so for security reasons to prevent malicious apps from getting access to your sensitive data such as account information in banking apps, while there are others who do it to protect the proprietary content offered through their apps from getting recorded. If you’re facing a situation where you have to choose between root access and the ability to use certain apps, fret not! RootCloak Plus (Cydia) offers a no-compromise solution, and we’re about to show you how to use it for the purpose. Read More

Udemy Brings Its Huge Library Of Video Courses To Android

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Internet is a powerful resource that can help you learn new skills. All you have to do is look in the right places. There are various popular online destinations, like Wiki-how, eHow or About.com, that cover a variety of popular subjects that help us enhance our skills on our own. Udemy is one such renowned name among the bunch that aims to unlock your learning potential via hundreds of video courses taught by the experts, covering nearly 10,000 courses for a wide array of categories including Technology, Photography, Yoga etc. Udemy has been a critical and commercial success since it’s been around, and just last year, the company released an iOS app for letting you learn on the go on tablet and mobile platforms. This month marks the launch of Udemy on the Android platform bringing all of Udemy’s fantastic offerings to your Android phone or tablet. Read More

Hands-On With CyanogenMod’s New GalleryNext App For All Devices

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CyanogenMod needs no introduction when it comes to the custom ROM scene of Android. Over the past couple of years, the team behind the ROM has augmented it with several apps, and we have covered a few of them already, including CyanogenMod Messaging, CyanogenMod File Manager, Chronus (cLock) widget and CyanogenMod Screencast. For the next version of the ROM, its developers are working on a new gallery app aplty named GalleryNext, and to give users a preview as well as get their feedback to help with its development, the team has decided to release the app as a public beta on Play Store, that you can install and take on a spin right now. Let’s take a closer look at the app and its features. Read More

EvolveSMS Is An Andriod SMS App With A Customizable Hangouts-Like Interface

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With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5, Google introduced an update to the Hangouts app with support for SMS, and later pushed out the update to Play Store for everyone. What I personally like best about the interface of Hangouts is the ability to quickly switch between the conversation list and the currently open conversation itself using a simple gesture. If you don’t want to switch to Hangouts for your SMS and MMS needs, but would like to have a similar interface in your messaging app, try EvolveSMS. In addition to a Hangouts-like interface, the free app also boasts some customization options, along with a theming support and a bunch of more powerful features unlockable via in-app purchases. Join us as we take a closer look at this new messaging app for Android. Read More

Studio Design For iPhone & Android Is Like Instagram For Designers

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Instagram's success didn't just happen in a day, but it's no secret that the photography app has captured a lot of attention since its inception. Many apps and services have tried to mimic Instagram's success through similar features for photography fans, though not a lot of them have succeeded. Studio Design, however, aims to bring an interesting proposition to the table, offering something that would appeal to designers who would like to create ravishing designs out of their favorite stills, remix designs shared by others by adding their own touch, and share the results with others. In other words, it’s the Instagram equivalent for designers. Available for iOS and Android, the app is fun, beautiful and just works! Read More

Sing-N-Share Is A Karaoke Assistant For iPhone & Android With A Library Of 12,000+ Songs

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Love to sing, but end up getting embarrassed because of not being able to remember the full lyrics of your favorite song? What you need is a karaoke app! For those unfamiliar with karaoke apps, they provide you with backing vocals and instrumental tracks or record performances of your favorite songs, letting you hear and sing songs from the artists you adore. We are going to take a look at one such new app for iOS and Android called Sing-N-Share, which is a brilliantly executed karaoke assistant sporting an awesome and highly intuitive user-interface, along with access to a collection of over 12,000 fully-licensed popular karaoke songs from various genres. Read More