Eclipse Enables System-Wide Night Mode In iOS 7

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iOS 7 comes with lots of features to love, but its uncomfortably bright UI is not one of them. Save for a handful of stock apps and system components - Stocks, Notification Center, Compass - almost everything is a bright, in-your-face white. As someone who keeps display brightness across all devices at around 20-30% with f.lux on, I find iOS 7 quite repulsive at times. Some app developers understand this: Tweetbot, Alien Blue, Reeder, Pocket, etc. all come with dark modes for easier reading. For the rest, we will have to wait for Apple and other developers to respond to user feedback. Or, if your device is jailbroken, you can install Eclipse. Launched earlier today, it allows you to enable dark mode throughout iOS, including third-party apps! Awesome, isn't it? Read More

Alkaline Offers The Easiest Way To Theme The iOS 7 Battery Icon

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iOS 7’s focus on minimalism and a flat UI means that some of the elements of the OS might end up looking a little too drab. The battery indicator is not necessarily the most noticeable part of iOS, but there can be no denying the fact that it remains visible at most times. This means that there is a likelihood of users getting bored of the battery icon pretty quickly. Previously, we have covered Vox, a Cydia tweak that offers plenty of alternatives to the default battery indicator on iPhone. Despite the variety it offers, the icon replacements offered by Vox revolve around a single theme, which is a circular battery. Alkaline isn’t as feature-rich as some of its competitors, but it certainly has a sense of uniqueness about it. The tweak comes with the potential to support more themes in the future, even though it only has two available at present. Read More

Improve iPhone Carrier & WiFi Signal Strength With Signal Booster

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The “grip of death” issue might be nothing more than a scary story from the past for iPhone owners, but every once in a while, all of us are bound to wish that there was some way to get a stronger WiFi signal on our iOS device. The same holds true for 3G and 4G signals, which can lose some of their strength with the passage of time as your device starts going into sleep mode. Signal Booster is a Cydia tweak that can help you resolve this problem. It has been around in the jailbreak store for quite a while, and has only recently become compatible with iOS 7. The tweak doesn’t ask its users to do too much, but the results are quite positive overall. Signal Booster restarts the whole process of resource allocation on your iPhone, making sure to put enough power behind the signal reception for data and WiFi, ultimately leading to better voice quality in calls, and faster browsing/download speeds. Of course, this is not too different from some methods of signal enhancement we have seen for Android, but Signal Booster stands out by offering a truly one-touch method, rather than asking users to perform a lengthy flow of steps every time they want to get that extra signal bar on their phone’s status area. 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

Springtomize 3 Is The Ultimate Customization Utility For iOS 7

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Not many Cydia packages can give any sort of competition to the level of variety offered by Winterboard to jailbreak users, but only if they are into theming and don’t really care about enhancing the functionality of their device. There are many other feature-specific Cydia tweaks that let you make some great changes to iOS, but most of them cater to only particular niches, like the recently covered FolderEnhancer. Springtomize is among the very few Cydia tweaks that offer system-wide customization options, allowing users to tweak everything from visual aspects of iOS to its frequently used features. The famous Cydia app has now been updated to support iOS 7, but unlike most other recent updates, Springtomize 3 offers features that can work only on this latest firmware update. The new App Switcher tray, Control Center, folders and the Home screen can all be customized using Springtomize 3, and that too in a really simple manner. Read More

Get Screenleap’s Easy Screen Sharing Capabilities In Gmail

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The Screenleap web app we covered back in 2012 was fun, simple and much easier to use than most other screen sharing solutions that we had seen. The intuitive service required absolutely no installation, registration or software downloads for broadcasting your desktop to others. If you're a fan of the service or are just looking for an easy way to share your screen with someone else, the service now offers a Chrome extension labeled Screenleap for Gmail™ that adds the same screen sharing functionality right into your Gmail account for easily initiating sessions and inviting others via email. Details after the jump. Read More

Moodies For iPhone Analyzes Mood & Emotions From Your Voice

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We all know how small a role actual 'words' play when communicating vocally with other people. Non-verbal cues encapsulated by body language and the exact tone of your voice matter a whole lot more! However, this is what we know as humans, since this feature come built-in with essentially all of us. What if computers could analyse our mood by our voice? Developed by Beyond Verbal, a company centered around developing software for emotion analysis based on raw voice input, 'Moodies' is a new iOS app that claims to detect your mood just by how you speak, and that too in under 20 seconds! Moodies depends on Beyond Verbal's own patented cloud-based emotion analysis engine to do all the hard work; the app itself acts as a conduit of sorts. Read More

Customize Folder Layout & Enable Nested Folders In iOS 7 With FolderEnhancer

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Soon after the release of iOS 7, we covered a method that exploited a bug found in the updated firmware to let users create folders within folders on their iPhone. This feature is quite reminiscent of the famous jailbreak tweak named FolderEnhancer, which brought the concept of nested folders to life on older versions of iOS. While iOS 7 improved many aspects of folders, it still didn’t bring nested folders and the ability to customize icon layout to the mix. This is why FolderEnhancer for iOS 7 is still a relevant release, as it lets users create multi-level folders on their iOS devices, and can also be used to change the number of icons that appear in each row and column of folders. Different aspects of folder-related animations in iOS 7 can also be controlled via the tweak, and you can even change the behavior of folders once an app has been launched. 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

How To Get A Dynamic iTunes-Like Background Color Scheme In iOS 7 Music App

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iTunes 11 has a gorgeous untitled feature that automatically changes text and background color to match the colors used in an album's artwork. As a fan of the feature, I strongly expected it to make its way to iOS 7's stock Music app. Apple hasn't managed to do that yet, but the vibrant iOS jailbreak community has come up with not one, but two solutions. Over on Reddit's iOS jailbreak community, the idea of dynamically changing button accents and colors in iOS 7's Music app's 'Now Playing' screen was suggested a couple of weeks ago. Two developers independently got to work on it, and then released it on the same day this past weekend. We discuss both the tweaks - ColorFlow & Colorize - after the jump! Read More

55 Best Mac OS X Apps Of 2013

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2013 was a good year for Apple’s desktop operating system and its users. With the release of its 9th major iteration in October, OS X became free to download for all. Although 10.9 Mavericks wasn’t a game-changing upgrade in terms of new features, the Cupertino giant’s decision to make it free propelled its market share past all older OS X iterations in just one month. Growth rates like that spell good news for developers, and in turn, end-users. The faster a platform grows with each update, the richer gets its software repository. We ended the past year with an impressive haul of useful apps from the Mac App Store and third-party repositories, and as is customary, decided to compile a list of the best ones for our awesome readers. Read More

Flint Brings Quick Social Media Sharing & Post Scheduling To Chrome

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If you are a social media marketer, the ability to push out your updates to the right audience at the right time keeps you on top of your game. Fortunately, services like Google Alerts and HootSuit are immensely helpful when it comes to monitor your brand's online progress and its viral factor across the internet. You might have also heard of Viralheat, a similar service that aids in managing multiple social networks under one roof to monitor and analyze consumer-created content, feedback and discussions about your product or service by tracking the number of mentions it receives online, in a manner similar to Twitter. In addition, it allows publishing and sharing links, images and other content across multiple social media profiles. If you want to publish your Viralheat posts in the simplest of ways, try Flint by Viralheat. It’s an official Chrome extension from Viralheat that makes it fairly easy for you to publish your posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. in a swift manner. 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

Remove Any Unwanted Elements From The iOS 7 Interface With HideMe7

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You are sure to find Cydia tweaks for even the most minor parts of iOS, specially if you want to make visual alterations to a particular UI element. Even if a tweak isn’t too specialized for just one aspect of iOS, it often ends up focusing on a single area of the firmware, like the lock screen or icons. CustomLS and Transparency are just two examples of such specific Cydia tweaks, despite the fact that both of them come packed with a good number of customization options. HideMe7 is a similar tweak, but its biggest advantage lies in the fact that it can let you make changes to all the important parts of iOS. Thanks to this package, you can hide UI elements from the lock screen, Springboard, folders, Notification Center, and Control Center. Read More

ExtShield Helps Protect Chrome From Malware & Adware Extensions

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In a recent report, Google removed two extensions named 'Add to Feedly' and 'Tweet this Page' from its Chrome Web Store after it found they were delivering malware to their users. The extensions in question, which were initially safe to use by anyone before being bought by anonymous third-parties from their original creators for undoubtedly a lucrative sum of money, began showing ads and affiliate links on all web pages a user would visit. What's even worst is the fact that these advertisements were opt-out (turned on by default) rather than opt-in. Sadly, there’s currently no official feature in place that would protect users from distribution of such extensions in the future. However, a new extension by the name of ExtShield has been created in response to this report, in order to protect your browser from malicious extensions. 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