Get Chrome Desktop Notifications When Files Finish Downloading

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Last year, over the many versions of Firefox that were released, version 20 came with  one of my favorite features; a revamped downloads manager. Firefox has always notified users when a download completes but the new download manager made the files more easy to access. Chrome has a downloads bar that lets you view download progress, open a file or the folder it's been saved to. If you recall, Chrome added Notifications to your desktop that are tied to your Android device as far as maps and weather are concerned but can be used by other apps and extensions to send you alerts. That's what Download Notifier does. It's a desktop notification, routed through Chrome's own notification system that alerts you when a download is complete and lets you open the folder the file has been downloaded to. Read More

Stop Auto-play In Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, And IE

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Perhaps it's just me but I have been seeing more and more websites, really popular ones at that,  hosting auto-play content. It's times like this that I'm thankful Chrome indicates which tab is playing the media so I can turn it off but some ads are tricky. They mute volume and play video and it's up to you to find them. So, what's a user to do? The answer is stop the auto-play and you stop the madness. Auto-playing content is something that your browser 'allows' by default and if you think a little about the sentence you just read, you realize that the browser is controlling this and you can tell it to stop auto-playing content. Read More

By-Pass All Restrictions To Download App APKs Directly To Your Device [Android]

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Just last week we reviewed Raccoon, a Windows application that let you download Android app APKs from from the Google Play Store to your computer. For apps hosted on the Google Play Store, a desktop application like Raccoon is possibly the easiest way to get the APK. Meet Apk Downloader Extension; unlike Raccoon, it is an Android app that lets you download app APKs to your Android device's storage. All you have to do is open the link to an app in your browser (that's right, no Google Play Service intervention needed) and use the share options to download the APK. Read More

Max Tabs Limits Open Tabs In A Window [Firefox]

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Tabs are an indispensable feature of any modern web browser. But if you have a lot of them open at once, you will notice that at one point it will drastically effect the stability of your computer. Not only will your system perform other tasks much slower but your browser may even choke itself. That being said, limiting your open tabs in a browser window can be the definitive way to prevent that from happening. Back in April, I covered a small extension called xTabs that lets you put a maximum limit on the number of open tabs in Chrome. Max Tabs is a similar add on that brings the same functionality to Mozilla's Firefox and allows you to set a maximum number of tabs opened in a window. Read More

Popular Home Maintenance App BrightNest Comes To Android

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If you’ve ever happened to take a look around your house and seen the gazillion or so tasks awaiting your attention like things to be fixed, cleaned, moved, sold or boxed, then you’d definitely appreciate what BrightNest brings to the table. This popular website turned mobile app which we covered a while ago has now landed on Google Play Store for Android devices and brings with it a ton of tips and tricks for cleaning and maintaining a home. Read More

Simple Currency Converter Tracks Forex Rates & Converts Currency

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Whether you’re a frequent traveler, trade multiple currencies on a daily basis, a small business owner or you manage a huge corporation, a good currency conversion app can prove an indispensible accessory for you. There are a multitude of currency converters available on the Google Play – with XE Currency purportedly being the most popular one – but I recently started looking for an alternative and immediately fell in love with Simple Currency Converter, thanks to its gorgeous, user-friendly UI. With this amazing app, you can easily track up to 12 currency rates simultaneously. And its built in updater keeps your informed about changes to the exchange rates down to every minute. Read More

Resflux: Edit Resources To Create Custom Themes On A Per App Basis [Android]

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Android users can make their devices look amazing. They can tear things down to get an absolute clean and minimal look or they can install widgets, apps, and whatnot, to get more out of it. Adding themes is one popular way to make your device look unique and if you like playing with themes on your device then Resflux is an Xposed module you will love. You will need a rooted device and the Xposed framework installed to get Resflux working. The module lets you customize everything from an app's icons and buttons, string values, color scheme, and more. Each app can have its own individual theme which means you can create a nice dark theme for the Gmail app and a nice light theme for the Clock app. Read More

Kalky: Gesture Based Calculator App That Saves Results [Paid]

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iOS developers develop apps for playing music, saving and syncing photos, editing photos, capturing photos, games, and more. Very few developers will create apps that are alternatives for stock apps like Notes, Calculator, or Reminders. It makes sense because the apps get the job done and really, what else is there left to add? Meet Kalky; it's an iOS app worth $0.99 and requires iOS 7.1.1 (or above) that tells you exactly how the calculator app can be much better. It is gesture based and saves multiple results. Gestures allow the user to clear all calculations, save a calculation, use the result from a calculation in the next one, and delete the previous number entered. Read More

Appear.in: Host A Video Conference Call Where No One Needs An Account

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When you’re working in a large team, effective communication is the key to getting anything done. You need every member of the team to know what’s really happening therefore, a central place to chat becomes the obvious solution. Chat rooms have been around for decades now, fulfilling all types of purposes. But most such services require you to sign up for an account first and then pay hefty monthly fee, and that’s where things start to get really messy. Appear.in, however, is a different take on video chat that makes itself stand out from the crowd by letting you create free chat rooms and share them with up to 8 people, allowing all of them to video conference without creating an account. Read More

RescueTime: Track Time Spent On Applications And Websites [Windows]

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Time management is an important element for many people. Sure we all have busy lives, but the more we can get out of our time, the more time we will have for all the things in life. With that being said, it's up to every individual how efficient they are at spending time they have at their disposal. Fortunately, there are a ton of applications that make it easy to calculate time we spend on different tasks in our digital life and log the data based on the information collected. RescueTime is one such handy web app that you use to make the optimal use of every second in your day. It allows you to track time spent on different activities such as applications you use, sites you surf and files you access the most. Read More

Ballloon: Store Articles, Images & PDFs In Dropbox Or Google Drive [Chrome]

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There’s never been a lack of new things to discover on the web. But the biggest gripe is to keep up with the stuff you really want to remember. It’s so easy to discover something interesting only to forget it and never find it again. Fortunately, cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox have been helping us save content online and access it quickly and easily later on. Ballloon is a nifty little Chrome extension that aims to give you a way to easily store web links, images and PDF files to the aforementioned cloud services and find them again quickly, all without having to take up extra space on your computer. Read More

Seamless Integration With Continuity And Handoff Explained [OS X]

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News of Yosemite came out at Apple's WWDC. After an age, software was the sole focus of the update. There was Swift programming language, iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and our sole focus lied in that spectrum. There was mention of another feature, that we didn't know we needed this badly, was continuity/handoff. The terms alone do not sufficiently express the range of capabilities it brings, let us walk you through exactly how this will benefit you and how you can use these incredible new features. Read More

Every Noise At Once Lets You Listen To Music From Every Genre There Is

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Music is rich in genres, some that are individually unique from others like Jazz is from Pop, and others that seem to overlap at times. Regardless if we know what a genre is called or what songs belong to it, we listen to music and develop our own taste for it. Every Noise At Once is a web app that lists every single music genre out there. If you recall, we reviewed a similar web app called Map of Metal that detailed metal genres through the decades and let you listen to songs from each one. Every Noise At Once is similar in nature except it lists every single music genre ever, and lets you listen to songs from each one. Read More

How To Organize Your Bookmarks With A Little Elbow Grease

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Bookmarking a link is the easiest way to save anything since it's quick and involves no tool other than your own browser. Unfortunately, bookmarks, because they are so easy to create often end up being misused until all you have left is a big clutter of links. My bookmarks library was no different; it was full of folders nested in folders. The folders were poorly named and usually named to suit the 'occasion' I needed a particular link for instead of by topic. I had duplicate bookmarks by the dozens and what was most disappointing is that it was hard to find the right bookmark because I'd organized them so poorly. Commence operation Clean Up. Read More

Dragon Finga Is A Ragdoll Kung-Fu Fighting Game For Android

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In about the same span of time it takes to Google the meaning of the word ‘sushi’, I found that I too knew Kung Fu when I got my hands on Dragon Finga for Android. This free game is simply mind blowing, offers some amazing gameplay mechanics and comes loaded with hours and hours of fun. The game is built entirely around rag doll physics, featuring organic animation and collisions instead of pre-set fighting moves. It looks and feels great, but the game doesn't give us much to do with these fun tools. And a single-player challenge is all that Dragon Finga has on offer here. Read More

Boom Beach Is Now Available For Android

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Boom Beach is a freemium base-building game from Supercell. You may remember them as the people who brought you the best sellers Clash of Clans and Hay Day. These games, like Boom Beach, were originally released for iOS and later ported to android. They were received with much fanfare. It is forecasted that Boom Beach will follow suit. Despite some fanfare, a myriad of clones have already made their way to the Play Store, if you have been indulging in clones, perhaps your appetite is whet enough to prepare for Boom Beach for Android. Read More

My Experience Downgrading From Flagship Phones To The Nokia X

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We usually write about how smartphones help improve our lives one aspect at a time. Sometimes we review apps, sometimes we give you tips on how to make the best of what you already have. Today we have a different kind of tip for you.  Have you ever considered why we need smartphones that badly? I posit, we don’t, at least not badly. A recent series of events made me reconsider my dependency on smartphones, which led to some realizations. Here is how that experiment went.

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Wemple Weather: Hourly & Bi-weekly Forecast For Multiple Cities

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Weather apps are never going to get old, there will always be a new way to display, check, and track weather. Some people like aesthetically pleasing apps like Yahoo Weather, others like simplicity. In the end, we're all looking to see if we'll need sunscreen or an umbrella if we decide to go out. Wemple Weather is a weather app, as its name implies, for Android that lets you track the weather for multiple locations, including your current one. The forecast for each city that you want to follow is divided into three tabs; now, hourly, and forecast. Read More

Speek: Conference Calls With Upto 5 People From Chrome Or Your Phone

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Skype is the go to service when we want to make calls over the internet. Provided you have a fairly decent internet connection you can get good video and voice quality from it. As a free user, Skype is great for one-on-one calls such as job interviews or getting in touch with family. If, however, you want to make conference calls you need to upgrade. There are alternatives out there to Skype and Speek is one of them. This service is geared towards the business community and it's meant to make conference calls extremely easy. To be clear, these are voice calls and not video calls. You alone need to have an account to initiate a conference call and other people can join in for free. The service has mobile apps for Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone so you make or join calls from your desktop or on the go. Read More

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