Set Timers For Any Length Of Time On Any Future Date With DownCount [Android]

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The default clock app of Android is useful enough for quickly timing things like boiling an egg, waiting for you friend, or steeping tea. But when you need to keep track of longer periods of time, or use multiple timers simultaneously, the clock app can’t help you. Downcount, a new Android app available for free at the Google Play was developed to fill this gap, allowing users to instantly create timers for any length past the usual hours limit. Is it worth your time? Let’s go check it out! Read More

Hover Reader Gives Instant Preview Of Links In A Floating Window [Chrome]

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Sometimes we don’t want to waste our time clicking every link we find on the web. If you want to take a quick peek at a link within a news article on a blog or any website, lets say, but don't want to actually click on the link itself then Hover Reader is a simple Chrome extension that provides an intuitive solution. When you hover over a link, the extension instantly shows a reader friendly preview of the page linked, stripping out any images, advertisements, and other fluff on the page. The extension is also a bit customizable so you can keep it from being annoying on specified domains. Details to be followed after the jump. Read More

WifiChannelMonitor: Get Detailed Info About Access Points & Connected Devices

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If you’ve ever accessed your Wi-Fi router’s settings page, you’ve probably seen the word ‘Channel’ there. Most of the time, we just connect the router and it automatically has the right channel selected for us. In some cases, the Wi-Fi connection is quite fast, but the selected channel makes it super slower due to a number of reasons. And while there are multiple ways to increase internet speed, one of the easiest one is to switch the default Wi-Fi channel to one that is less congested. But how do you find which channel would have the least amount of traffic? This is where NirSoft’s new tool WifiChannelMonitor comes to the rescue. This no-frills utility uses Microsoft Network Monitor capture driver in monitor mode, and displays real time information about the access points and the Wi-Fi devices connected to them. Read More

5 Xposed Modules That Tweak Google Music, Notifications, Your Lock Screen, And More

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The Xposed framework is awesome if only you look at the many modules that are developed based on it, and what they let you do. We found five really amazing modules last week that add simple to complex functionality to your Android device. Statusbar Icon Hider is a simple little module that helps you clean up the icon in your status bar. Google Play Music Listen Later is a powerful module that lets you choose the default tab that Google Music opens to, and what each tab should show by default when you switch to it. Knock Code is a new way to unlock your phone; instead of drawing patterns or tying in a numeric code, you knock on your screen in a pattern. PinNotif lets you pin notifications so that they aren't dismissed and you can get back to them. And lastly, there is Ok Google that lets you add the Ok Google listening feature to third party launchers. Read More

AlbumSnapper: Create Albums From The Camera App & Save Photos To It [Jailbreak]

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iOS 7 and the Photos app that comes with it does a fairly good job at organizing photos but it can't really organize the way a human mind can. It's smart organization based on location and time when a photo but it isn't going to create a photo album called 'Graduation Party' and know which photos to put in it. AlbumSnapper is a Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repo for $0.99 that lets you create albums directly from the Camera app. Whenever you launch the app, you can create a new album and the tweak will save all photos you capture to that album. It can also remember the album you created and save photos to it the next time you take them. Read More

Volume Mixer: Separately Manage Volume For Any Media Channel [Jailbreak]

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Your iDevice has several different sound output channels; one for notifications, one for media, one for the in-call sound, and more. To adjust the volume for any one of these channels, they must be active. If you want to change the volume of a call, you must be in a call to do so. Volume Mixer is a Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repo for $0.99 that lets you change the volume of each channel without it being active. The tweak puts the volume controls in the Notification Centre (leaving Control Centre untouched). The tweak lets you customize which sound channels appear in the Notification Centre and also lets you change the theme of the controls with rich customization options available for the default iOS theme. Read More

Street Racing 2 Is A Simple No Nonsense Racing Game [Review]

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Ah, that new car smell! The spectacular roar of V8 engine and those black rubber stains, who doesn’t love ‘em? For driving fans, Google Play has got a ton of amazing titles ranging from the likes of Burnout-esque Asphalt series to the ultimate Need for Speed franchise, the choices are plenty. But that doesn’t mean everyone likes feature-laden racing simulators. If you want a quick arcade session on your way to work or on the road, then Street Racing 2 has got the answer. The game’s fast paced gameplay and intuitive controls let you quickly drift through 8 increasingly difficult tracks, wreck cars and win your way to the finish line. Read More

Add Complete Dialling Functions To The Control Center [Jailbreak]

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Control Centre introduced in iOS 7 has proven to be quite popular and there are many Cydia tweaks that modify it, make it better, add features to it, or even give it a nice face lift. Addial for iOS 7 is one such tweak available in the Insanelyi repository for free that adds a complete call dialling feature to the control centre. The tweak adds three new buttons that allow you to add a new contact, manually input a phone number and dial it, and look up a contact and make a call. The purpose of the tweak is obvious; to make calling someone as easy as it is to answer a call on your locked iPhone. Read More

Gridplay: Record Split Screen Videos In Custom Layout & Combine Them [Paid]

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Gridplay is a new way to record videos; it divides the camera view into a grid and you can record a different video in each cell, or groups of cells. The app costs $1.99 in the App Store and is worth the price you pay. The app lets you record 15 second videos for each set of cells you select and an in-app purchase of $0.99 lets you increase recording time to 15 minutes. You can add a soundtrack to each video segment, control the volume separately for each one, and trim the final video which can be shared on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, or by email, and saved to your camera roll. Gridplay can connect with both the front and back facing camera and comes with different grid arrangements giving you many different split views to choose from. Read More

Add “Ok Google” Support To Third-party Android Launchers

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Google's hotword voice feature ‘Ok Google’ has been slowly but surely working its way into more products. Originally introduced with the launch of Moto X – the first smartphone to incorporate touch-less voice command capabilities – the hotword feature made its way to the Nexus 5 and back in November 2013, Google also released it as an extension for their Chrome web browser. Not a while ago, we covered an Android application labeled Active Searching that brings this functionality to third-party launchers like Nova, Apex and TouchWiz etc. XDA-Developers forum member MohammadAG has created a similar app that works with Xposed Framed and brings hotword support to 3rd party launchers and lets you activate it on a per-app basis. Read More

Impressive iOS Calendar App Sunrise Comes To Android

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Most calendar apps on Android have two major issues: they’re plain ugly, and they are not so user-friendly. Sure Google Calendar is a straightforward solution, but when it comes to third-party alternatives nothing beats the enormous options on iOS. One such fantastic calendar app Sunrise Calendar for Apple devices has now made its way to Android. And it looks exquisite, to say the least. As much as I thoroughly enjoyed using it on my friend’s iPhone, I’m loving it on my humble Android daily driver. The app boasts a truckload of handy features, including agenda, week and month view modes, Google Maps previews for directions, weather information, and Facebook integration to never miss important events and birthdays again. It's available now for all Android devices running 4.0 or higher, but sadly there's no tablet version at the moment. Read More

Moju Lets You Create & Share Gif-like Animated Photos [iOS]

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Vine was the app that made really short videos popular and Instagram soon launched a similar feature to compete with it. Between apps like Vine and Instagram and regular camera apps, video making is pretty much covered on the short and extended length spectrum. Moju is an iOS app available for free in the App Store that has a slightly Intagram like look and it marries the concept of still photos and videos. It allows you to capture a photo in bursts or intervals and then combines them into a single photo. When played on your device, the Moju app responds to how you tilt your phone making it seem as if by tilting your phone, you are actually looking around corners. Creating such a photo using the app is dead simple and somewhat inspired by how the Vine app works. Read More

VirusTotal Releases Mac App; Checks Files For Viruses Without Opening Them

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Normally, when we talk about Macs, we do not discuss the world of viruses much, it is more of a Windows thing. It could be because Macs are not common enough yet to attract attention from virus creators, or maybe because the OS is just that secure, or some other reason we cannot quite yet fathom. However, even if viruses and malware infections are uncommon, it does not mean they do not exist. Certain web infections are platform independent. For such concerns, VirusTotal works as a free web service that analyzes suspicious files (upto 64MBs), URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware. Now, VirusTotal has a Desktop App for Mac Read More

Google Camera v2.2 Update Brings Timer, Panorama Modes, And Aspect Ratio

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Google Camera has received yet another update. The last major update brought us the amazing blur effect and this latest update brings us three new features, making the app more powerful. The timer has returned with this latest update allowing users to delay picture taking by 3 or 10 seconds. Aspect ratios have been introduced and a separate ratio can be set for both the front and the back camera. The major update though is the introduction of two new panorama modes that let you take a circular fish-eye like photo and a wide angle mode. Read More

Virtru Lets You Send Secure Emails From Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo Mail

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Your email account is an essential component of your online identity and yet it’s often the one left completely unguarded by most people. An email message may only be virtual but if it falls in the wrong hands, the consequences and damages can be very fatal. If you’re anything like me, you may have come across situations when you needed to send something very confidential but wondered if email is a secure enough channel. If you want to make your email message much more secure Virtru can help you out. It’s a small browser add-on and mobile app that lets you send secure emails using your existing email account and supports Outlook, Yahoo Mail, Gmail and other major email providers. Any message you send through your email address can only be viewed by intended recipients. Details after the jump. Read More

Menu Uninstaller Pro: Uninstall Programs In Batch And Via Context Menu [Windows]

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Reviewing software for our Addictivetips readers is part of my job. And for someone who needs to install and test various applications on a daily basis, it becomes fairly tedious for me to individually uninstall programs that I no longer need from my computer. Windows users are aware that its default ‘Uninstall a Program’ tool is not very handy for such situations; it’s slow, bloated and doesn’t even fully remove all traces of applications. This is where Menu Uninstaller Pro comes to the rescue. This program carries a lot of features you will not find in the default uninstaller, for instance, it allows you to uninstall applications via right-click context menu and batch uninstall multiple items too. Read More

Moo0 File Monitor Displays File Changes In Real Time & Logs It [Windows]

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When you perform tasks like software installation, file copy or program execution on a Windows machine, it’s hard to tell what really is going on in the background. And the only indication that something might be happening is if the CPU or RAM usage has increased, which you can easily monitor in Task Manager. But if you want to monitor file changes in real time and see information that relates to it then Moo0 File Monitor is a small freeware application for the Windows operating system that tracks files and directories and provides information  regarding each drive of your system. The small size of the application makes it an ideal solution for tracking files without bogging down your computer’s performance. Read More

Locationbar³ Makes Each Segment In A URL Clickable [Firefox]

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Firefox users may be familiar with an old add-on called Locationbar2. When installed, it linkified the URL in the location bar so that it worked much like the address bar in Windows explorer. Unfortunately, due to the many version updates and the need for add-ons to be made compatible with newer versions of Firefox, LocationBar2 no longer plays nice with some of the later Firefox versions and it hasn't been updated since early 2011. Locationbar³ is a forked and updated version of that very same add-on that turns every segment of the address in the URL bar into a clickable link. Read More

Too Long, Didn’t Read Extension For Chrome Summarizes Long Articles

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There is so much content on the internet now that it gets fairly tough to read all the stuff you find online. If you have a ton of content to consume, let’s say, articles, blog posts and news stories, then a rather effective way would be to skim through article you find interesting and then jump to the next. The Google Chrome extension TLDR – a clever connotation of the popular expression ‘Too Long, Didn’t Read’  which you’d usually find on various internet forums – lets you do just that by automatically creating a summary of any web article you want to read. TLDR can be used to quickly sift through blog posts, news articles and the like without leaving much on the original story. Read More

Blogtrottr Turns RSS Feeds Into Email News Letters & Lets Your Filter Stories

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We’re all pretty much familiar with RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds and there a ton of services and apps that provide RSS syndication to let you keep up with your favorite sites. Though there are situations when using a traditional RSS reader just isn’t ideal and an email subscription sounds like a better option. Blogtrottr is one such handy online service that allows you to subscribe via RSS and have those feeds delivered to you by email either in real-time or on a set schedule, for example 2 hours, 6 hours or 12 hours. It quickly churns out an email digest from your subscribed blogs, sites etc., and delivers them as one unified newsletter. Read More