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

Polkast Is A Personal Cloud For Remotely Accessing Desktop Files From iOS, Android & Kindle

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So you don’t like keeping your private files on a cloud storage? Neither do we – especially after all the hullabaloo the National Security Agency’s PRISM project has managed to cause. Though that doesn't mean you have to completely sacrifice the ability to remotely access your important information. Cloud services aren't the not the only definitive answer to remotely accessing files stored on your PC on your mobile devices. After using Polkast for a few hours, I immediately knew there was something good about it. Poklast basically acts as your personal cloud to let you access files stored on your Windows PC, Mac, Linux or NAS Storage device (such as ZyXel or Synology) from iOS, Android and Kindle Fire over Wi-Fi or the internet. Read More

Access & Stream Computer Files & Media On Android With AirStream

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These days, one can easily access files stored on their computer on the go straight from a mobile device, thanks to high-speed internet connections and a bunch of apps and services out there that make it possible. Just a few weeks ago, I covered OnAir Player that lets you access and play media files stored on your PC from your iOS or Android device. However, if you want more flexibility and control, along with full access to all your files rather than just music, photos and videos, you should check out AirStream. It is the duo of an Android app and a desktop server app that gives you full remote access to your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from your phone or tablet, either via your local Wi-Fi network, or over the internet. Read More

Remotely Stream Music Between PC, Mac, Mobile & TV With OnAir Player

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Not many years ago, listening to music was an expensive hobby. You’d have to buy an expensive CD or DVD player, and then keep your music collection on tape cassettes or optical discs at hand in order to play your favorite tunes. Then came the iPod era, and changed the scenario forever. Apple's popular portable music player and other similar devices allowed you to store a lot of songs and carry them around on the internal storage of the device for listening on the go. And now with the cloud and high-speed mobile internet access, anyone can stream music for free directly from the cloud using services like Spotify, Pandora, Google Music and many, many more. However, if you don’t like to rely on the cloud, yet want to stream your entire music library between mobile and PC, then OnAir Player is your best shot. It’s a music player that gives you remote streaming access to all the music files on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Read More

Dual-Boot Android, Ubuntu Touch Or Firefox OS On Nexus 4 & 7 With MultiROM

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The Nexus line of devices are amazing for offering users a great experience with no tie-ins with any manufacturer or carrier restrictions. In addition to the pure Android experience and official updates to the latest versions of the OS promised and pushed by Google directly during their lifecycle, Nexus devices are known for having immense customization possibilities, thanks to their easily unlockable bootloaders and extensive developer support on forums like XDA. Those developers end up achieving amazing feats on these devices due to their open nature. That’s exactly what Recognized Developer Tasssadar at XDA has accomplished with MultiROM – a multiboot method that lets you boot not just multiple Android ROMs but also Ubuntu Touch and Firefox OS on your Nexus 4 or 7 (2012 & 2013 editions). After installation, you are able to choose your desired ROM upon boot. In what follows, we’ll be guiding you through the process of setting up MultiROM and using it to install another Android ROM, Ubuntu Touch or Firefox OS on your Nexus 4 or 7. Read More

Ubuntu Touch 13.10 Saucy Salamander: In-Depth Review & Screenshot Tour

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Over the past few years, Android and iOS have pretty much dominated the smartphone arena to the extent that even big names such as Palm (later HP), Microsoft and BlackBerry that were pioneers of the industry have either been driven out, or are having a hard time surviving against these two behemoths. So, in such a scenario, it has become immensely difficult for a new entrant to make much of an impact. However, that hasn’t kept Canonical from venturing into the smartphone market by developing a variant of its popular Ubuntu Linux distribution geared towards phones and tablets. Dubbed Ubuntu Touch, the OS received critical acclaim for its intuitive UI when its preview was released earlier, which we took on a test run in our detailed review of Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview. With the release of Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander for desktop this month, Canonical also made available the first release of Ubuntu Touch. While still not shipping preinstalled on any smartphone and not being 100% ready for everyday use, the build is stable enough to be usable, and is available for the four latest Nexus devices. In what follows, we’ll take a look at the OS in detail, along with screenshots of each one of its features. Read More

Qmmp Is A Tiny, Multi-Panel Music Player With Plugins & WinAmp Skin Support

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Addictivetips has covered a plethora of music apps since its inception, from nifty browser plugins to feature-laden media players for desktop and mobile platforms. When it comes to Windows, there’s a bevy of choices at your disposal including ever-popular options like WinAMP, iTunes, Media Monkey, etc. If you’re ready to make a transition from your current favorite media player or simply want to try something new for a change, then give the open source program Qmmp a shot. On the surface, the app looks fairly similar to WinAMP, and like the latter, comes with a wide variety of music management options. It lets you organize your music into custom playlists, tinker with equalizer and visualization effects, apply custom skins and more. Read on! Read More

How To Batch Download Coursera Lecture Videos In A Few Clicks

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MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) like Udacity, edX and Coursera have taken the world of online education by storm with their high quality, collaborative, work-when-you-want style of study. Coursera in particular is quite popular because it curates courses from multiple world-class universities. You can take up all sorts of courses: from Survey of Music Technology to advanced Computer Science programs like Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Read More

Kiwix: Download Wikipedia, Wikileaks & More For Reading Offline On Windows, Mac, Linux & Android

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Wikipedia is the world’s most popular and up to date encyclopedia. It is like an external brain of sorts that we can access anytime to gain knowledge about hundreds of thousands of topics, but only as long as we have internet access. That really doesn’t have to be the case though, since you can use Kiwix to download and read the entirety of Wikipedia completely offline. Check it out after the jump. Read More

MoviePile Is A Great Movie Manager With Support For Extracting Animated GIFs & Short Video Clips

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When it comes to movie management and video playback software, there are way too many choices available, some of which are simply great, while others, not quite so. That said, it also comes down to personal taste and preference. We've covered some very fantastic movie managers in the past, such as the excellent jMovieManager and today, we bring you yet another one. MoviePile is a Java-based desktop movie manager for Windows, Mac and Linux that looks great and brings a host of interesting features to the table, the most terrific of which is dubbed Tagmark that allows you to tag specific parts in a video and play them directly with a single click later, or just turn them to an animated GIF. Pretty impressive, right? Read on! Read More

Sismics Is A Windows, Linux & Mac RSS Server With A Web-Based Reader

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Google Reader users looking for a new home for your RSS feeds should know that they don’t have much time left now to move over to a different service because in one week, Google will retire the 8-year-old Reader for good. Fortunately there are many Google Reader alternatives available and today, we’re going to take a look at a new, open-source option by the name of Sismics Reader. The application runs on your Windows, Mac or Linux machine as a server and allows multiple users to use it with their separate RSS accounts through any modern web browser running on a computer, table tor smartphone. Sismics' design is based on keeping things simple, just like Google Reader. It presents everything in an easily understandable way and Google Reader users should feel at home using it. Read More

Edit Images & View Them In Sync On Multiple PCs Over LAN With Nomacs

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There has never been a shortage of image viewers on Windows as well as other major desktop platforms; hop on to any software repository on the internet and you will find plenty of options for viewing your photos. So, do we really need another one? Perhaps yes. Especially when image viewers like Nomacs  come packaged with an umpteen number of features, the offer becomes even more enticing. On the surface, it looks exactly like any other image viewer, but deep down you will find a slew of handy tools that are likely to make Nomacs one of your favorite apps. The application supports almost all the major image formats out there (Including RAW), and lets you easily view and edit pictures in JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF, XPM, PGM, CR2, NEF, RW2, PSD and DNG formats, among a handful of others. A rather unusual feature is Nomacs' ability to sync the image view across multiple PCs over your local network, which really sets it apart from other similar tools. Read More

Design Your Own Photo Calendar In Windows, Mac & Linux With Pically

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An album is about the past and a calendar is about the future, but that doesn't mean they have to be mutually exclusive. A great way to combine looking forward to the time ahead while reminiscing your glory days from the past is to make your very own picture calendar with Pically. Pick out one favorite photo for each month, add holidays and special occasions, print the resulting calendar, and hang itin front of you – a portrait of what you have been, and a canvas for what you may yet become. The java-based app is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Details to follow. Read More

qrSend Lets You Scan QR Codes To Transfer Files From Windows, Mac & Linux To Android

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Do you transfer a lot of files from PC to your Android device? What sort of connection you mostly prefer for the purpose? If it’s, Wi-Fi then today we have an impressive app for you that will make file transfers dead simple. qrSend is an Android app with desktop counterparts for Windows, OS X and Linux that lets you transfer files by scanning QR codes. That’s right - no more drag and drop or copy-pasting files around, because all you have to do is scan the QR code that's displayed on your computer and bingo, your desired item will instantly be transferred to your phone or tablet. Click the Read More button for the details. Read More

Hands-On With The New Features In Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

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Staying loyal to its release cycle, Canonical has recently released the latest version of the world’s most popular Linux distribution – Ubuntu 13.04. Dubbed ‘Raring Ringtail’, this release brings with it a bunch of new features, along with several significant improvements to many existing ones. Just a couple of months back, we got to take Ubuntu’s under-development mobile OS, Ubuntu Touch Preview for a spin and were left fairly impressed. While not to be considered a major revamp of the last version, the operating system’s latest desktop release hasn’t been a disappointment either, improving significantly upon its predecessor. In what follows, we will take a look at some of the new features and improvements in Ubuntu 13.04. Read More

BitTorrent Sync Introduces Unlimited & Secure Two-Way P2P File Syncing [Review]

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IF you've ever wondered how file syncing can take place in the absence of a server and the need to create an account with it, BitTorrent has the answer for you in form of their latest app - BitTorrent Sync. It’s a peer-to-peer file syncing client by BitTorrent that relies on ‘Secrets’, which are 32-character long passcodes that you can set up to connect two computers and sync files between them - no link sharing or account sign up with any web service needed. The biggest benefit such a setup has over traditional Dropbox-style web service-based syncing is that there are no limits on file size or total space - you are only limited by the total space on the connected devices themselves. Though one drawback is that you don't get to have your files saved on the cloud for access from any computer or smartphone. The app is in public Alpha and undergoing active development, so there might be some quirks yet to be ironed out. The apps are available for Mac, Windows, and Linux, and as per our tests, they all work perfectly for syncing files. Read More

Shotcut Is A Nifty Multi-Platform Video Clip Editor With Custom Filters

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Video editors like Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas Pro are exceptionally powerful when it comes to professional-grade video production, but these programs don’t come cheap. If you’re looking for a powerful video editing application that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, try Shotcut. It’s an open-source, cross-platform app that provides an expanded workspace with a whole variety of features to let you quickly edit your homemade videos and recordings. In fact, it’s so powerful that you might soon find yourself carving out commercial-grade videos, after going through the initial learning curve, of course. It can encode videos at up to 1080p and packs a ton of options, while keeping the interface simple. Read More

Secure Folders With Bluetooth, Remove Duplicates & Rarely Used Files With PC Manager

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Is your PC running out of memory? Time to get rid of some duplicate files that you've been pilling up for a while. Applications that get rid of duplicate files like Auslogics Duplicate File Finder, DeDupler, BitFinder and DoubleKiller are sure to be handy, but recently I came across PC Manager and found that it does a lot more than simply trashing clones. PC Manager is a Java-based application that not only lets you find and remove duplicate files, but also offers tools like rarely used files remover, files securer via Bluetooth, and password generator. Read More

Screenbird Is A Java-Based Screen Recorder With On-The-Fly ‘Do Over’ & Online Sharing

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One good web app can often end the whole ‘which platform has better apps’ debate, and Screenbird is arguably one of those apps. It's a screencasting tool that runs entirely in your browser and allows you to record anything and everything on your screen. Unlike most browser-based screen recording tools, Screenbird is not restricted to recording inside the browser window. The recorded videos can be saved locally and uploaded for sharing as well. The service’s free version allows you to upload up to 150 minutes of videos to the cloud. That isn't Screenbird's best feature though; it has a 'do over' feature whereby you can select any point in a recording and re-record from that point onward. The portion of the video before that point remains intact, while the rest is overwritten. Read More

QuiteRSS Is A Powerful, Multi-Tabbed RSS Reader For Windows & Linux

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Google Reader’s inevitable demise that’s only a couple of months away now has sent many on a wild goose chase to seek an equally good service that matches the quality and simplicity of this leading RSS platform. Feedly, for instance, is being considered as the top contender right now that goes neck to neck with Google Reader, but that doesn't mean we don’t have any other option. Just a couple of weeks ago, Fatima compiled a list of some of the best Google Reader alternatives for Windows, Mac and Web around. And today, I’m adding another one to list called QuiteRSS. Let’s take a closer look. Read More