I've personally seen a lot of certain kinds of apps over my time as a technology writer. There's to-do list apps, weather apps, calendar apps, and now I'm seeing more and more of photography-based journal apps. I used OSnap! last year to document my summer vacation and came across Dayli recently, both of which basically lets you capture over weeks, months, and years the slow-and-steady progress of something by photographing it after regular intervals. In this post, we'll be discussing TimeShutter
- another iOS app from the same genre that looks quite promising. Read More
There are a lot of brands, companies and individuals out there struggling to get noticed. While many turn to social media and YouTube for instant 10 seconds fame, a lot of people have been creating mobile apps lately to get their share of the spotlight. Last month, a Chinese company by the name of Hightalk Software Corp. went viral with their Android and iOS apps dubbed MomentCam
. Although it was only available in Chinese language at that time, its developers have now created an English variant with the same name. It’s basically a photo-taking and editing app that boasts a variety of customization options to transform your photo into cute characters that look like original works of comic cartoon art, while still looking like you!
There’s no shortage of apps on Google Play Store as well as Apple Apps Store that give you the latest scoop on the world of FIFA, but so far, they have all been from third-parties. But now, the International Federation of Association Football (or FIFA) has made available its official app for both Android and iOS platforms simply dubbed FIFA
. Released for free a couple of days ago, the app aims to provide football fans with all the latest coverage about the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July, in addition to giving them access to other FIFA-related news and happenings right in the palm of their hands. More details after the jump.
Imagine being able to copy text on your PC, save it in a user-friendly clipboard manager, and then access that content on your Android or iOS device. Sounds awesome, right? While we've previously seen a few apps doing it, Belt.io
is a new web service, mobile app and browser extension trio that does it in the most effective manner. Available for Chrome, Firefox, Android, iOS and the web, Belt.io allows you to sync your notes and links between multiple platforms in the most dead-simple manner. Read on for more details.
It’s that time of the year again, when the air is full of joy and thankfulness not just for the break from work that we’re getting, but also for the gifts of life. For avid shoppers, however, this time of the year marks another significant event – Black Friday. All the holiday sales are upon us, and if you live for the hunt to find the perfect deal, we’re here to help. What follows is a list – in no particular order – of some of the best (and unique) apps for iOS and Android that ease the Black Friday deal finding fiasco for you, allowing you to score the perfect bargain on your craved items. Read More
After the sudden demise of popular file sharing MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom re-entered the market with an all new modern cloud storage service called MEGA
. Its redeeming feature - other than the generous 50GB of free space - is how it encrypts all your data so MEGA or anyone in between cannot access your files. I'm not too fond of the service since it has to be primarily used through a web browser, but they are slowly but surely coming up with native apps that make it a good alternative to its rather heavy competition. Read More
Password managers provide a secure solution for keeping your user account info accessible to you, yet out of plain sight and safe from unauthorized access by others. There are a ton of such applications out there that are capable of making password management a breeze, with LastPass, Dashlane
, KeePass and 1Password
being among the popular choices. Antivirus and online security software maker F-Secure has now also launched its own password manager dubbed F-Secure KEY
for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. Working in a similar fashion as the other aforementioned tools, KEY lets you generate secure passwords and secure your existing user accounts by keying them all to one master password. Passwords can also be synced between devices, and are automatically filled out in login fields to make logging into websites a breeze.
It’s hard to deny Instagram’s popularity among professional and casual photographers alike, and the Facebook-owned company has been improving the service with new features ever since it was acquired in a billion dollar deal. In the last major update, we saw the introduction of support for recording and posting 15-second looping videos to compete against Twitter’s Vine app. But what if you want to make videos out of your existing images? Flipagram
is a third-party app available for both iOS and Android that lets you do that. Developed by by Cheerful, Inc., Flipagram aims to turn your Instagram photos into photographic stories, complete with background music. You can create these slideshows either from your Instagram photos, or images that are saved on your device's storage.
Although we have super fast smartphones in our pockets that enable us to play 3D games, watch movies, check on the news, and update social media accounts, what do the professionals among us really use them for the most? You got it right - checking emails on the go! Sending and receiving emails right from your mobile device can be a lot more convenient than having to power up your computer. Both iOS and Android devices have the excellent Gmail app available, besides generic stock email clients, but besides these, there’s a wide spectrum of third-party options available as well. Pretty much the same holds true for iOS devices. myMail
is one of the newer email apps for iOS and Android that’s nothing short of spectacular. It lets you manage messages from multiple accounts including Gmail, AOL, Yahoo Mail, iCloud, Outlook, Hotmail, and other IMAP/POP3 services in its refreshingly impressive UI.
Due to aggressive physical dimension constraints, smartphones are never truly going to be able to match DSLR cameras when it comes to image quality or just the sheer number of customization options available to them, at least on a hardware level. However, you can achieve some of the effects of a DSLR-quality image with software
. If there's one place where smartphones are arguably better at than DSLRs, it is the software running behind the scenes. We recently came across Tadaa SLR
for iOS. The app does two novel things: it allows you to achieve a shallower depth of field than you physically can with your camera, and you can 'tap to focus' on foreground vs. background after
you've taken the photo - similar in concept to Lytro's light-field camera. Read More
AirPlay has been around since June 2004, then known as AirTunes. It allowed you to stream your music from anywhere within your house, but it was later enhanced and rebranded as AirPlay in September 2010, which allowed all media to sync across platforms. Since the introduction of the concept, third party apps have come out that allow you to stream media from your iOS device to a larger display such as your Mac, Windows and Apple TV; AirPlay servers the likes of AirFloat, AirServer and SharePort4w, to name a few. Until now, the only way to record a streaming AirPlay device was to use additional screen recording software. It was not an elegant solution. If you are interested in recording the display of an AirPlay-enabled device from your Mac, X-Mirage is an app that allows you to do exactly that, all within the click of one button.
Vine and Instagram Video may share a similar conceptual foundation: both have drastically reduced video length limits (6 and 15 seconds, respectively), and both force you to stick to sharing videos in a square (1:1) aspect ratio. Instagram Video may indeed be more feature-heavy because it comes with video filters and more flexible sharing options, but with the app we're about to discuss, not only can you boost these features for Instagram, but also enjoy them on Vine. Yes, video filters and a whole lot more for Vine. Read on past the jump. Read More
I didn't quite understand all the hoo-hah around achieving 'inbox zero' until I started working at multiple blogs, enrolled in an educational institute with a proper mailing system, and took up several other side-activities that relied on email for communication. I thought 'inbox zero' was just another concept made up by the overly & unnecessarily
hyper-productive to sound productive. Now, however, I don't just want
to achieve Inbox Zero; I need
to. If there is any unread, unreplied or unarchived email in any one of my three Gmail inboxes - separate for work, school, and personal - I feel as if I am lagging behind.
In other words, modern email is a chore
. It's a laborious task to manage. It's something you have to deal with in the modern world. Apps like Mailbox, and Triage do make the process shorter but it still feels like work.
(previously known as Ping) wants to make email a more playful experience - much like WhatsApp, Viber, Kik or the dozens of other instant messaging apps available across all mobile platforms today. Does it succeed? That's what we shall find out in this review. Read on. Read More
initially popularized the concept of recording and sharing small video clips with others from a smartphone, and later on, Instagram also added video recording & sharing
to its own app. Now, we have another entrant in the market. Kakao Corp. – the developer behind the rather famous KakaoTalk messenger, as well as the private group photo sharing and chat app, KakaoGroup
– recently updated both Android and iOS variants of their social photo sharing app KakaoStory, adding the ability to record and share 15-second video clips on its own social network. While not as popular as the former two, all of Kakao’s apps enjoy quite a loyal following among their userbase. So, how does Kakao’s offering differ from Vine and Instagram, and what features does it bring to the table? Let’s find out.
There are tons of email apps available for Android and iOS, but most of them offer similar features and functionality, more or less. Molto
, on the other hand, differs by offering an inbox experience that looks and feels more like a social media site like Pinterest or Google+. It comes packaged with several features such as Quick Peek that gives you a quick glance of your messages without actually opening them, Photo Inbox that connects to your Facebook account and carries photos uploaded by your friends, Master Inbox for accessing messages from multiple email accounts under one place, and more. The app has been available on the iPad for a while and was recently released for the iPhone and Android tablets.
Many of us use weak passwords and to make things worse, reuse the same ones on different websites. The reason behind this is the difficulty in remembering different passwords; the lengthier and more complex a password is, the more secure it is, but at the same time, the harder it becomes to remember. Password managers provide a handy solution to this problem by letting you store your login information for different websites in one secure vault, and reuse it whenever needed. There are the basic kinds of password managers that store information offline on your computer’s storage, and then there are more advanced ones that not only save login data online, but also have apps for smartphones like iPhone and Android. Keeper is one such application that is quite feature-rich. Sporting a really great design, it protects your login information in an encrypted database, and sync it across Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, iOS and Android.
After formally announcing all the new features in Android 4.4 KitKat
, Google has revealed the Nexus 5. It's the successor to the well-received Nexus 4, has high-end specs, and yet, is half the price of equally high-end competition. In this post, we'll compare its specs against the incumbents: iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Lumia 1020. Read More
Two years later, Google+ is still significantly behind Facebook, but Google is putting every possible effort into making it - at least feature-wise - the best social network on the web. As of yesterday, over 540 million users are active (logged in at least once over the past 30 days), while at least 300 million are actively posting in the "stream", which is a good bump from last year. Yesterday, Google announced a bunch of new photo/video-editing and sharing tools for Google+ that we'll be looking at in more detail after the jump.
Roccat is a popular name among PC hardware enthusiasts. The Germany-based company is completely focused on developing accessories for computer gamers and keeping a close connection with them as one of their strengths, which enables them to produce high quality peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and headsets that meet the requirements of their users. The company has built an app by the name of Roccat Power Grid
that enables you to manage your PC from Android and iOS. It’s a fully customizable PC remote that lets you create custom controllers to monitor your system and even play games without touching the keyboard or mouse.
When Instagram brought video to its app, quite a lot of users and app reviewers, including myself, were convinced that it had a much more intuitive capture scheme compared to the then leader of the video sharing scene, Vine. Vine had absolutely no room for error. If you made a mistake, you had to redo the whole thing from the very beginning. More than just a few times, I've seen users and professional Viners alike complain about the lack of editing features. Well, Vine fans, it seems your voices have finally been heard. In its latest update, the Vine app for Android and iOS delivers both editing features and saving multiple recording sessions for later! The editing features, while not as snappy as those offered by Instagram Video, are definitely more powerful in comparison. Support for uploading videos from the Camera Roll / Gallery is still absent, though. Join us after the break to learn how the two new features work. Read More