6 New Photo Editing Features Added In Instagram v6.0 Update

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Instagram is the camera app that gets filters right and it's just released a new version that brings 6 new editing features that take it beyond filters. The new features include adjustments for shadow and highlight, vignette, the intensity of the filters applied, adjustments for brightness, contrast, and saturation, sharpness, and light intensity. The update has been rolled out for both iOS and Android and changes to the camera viewer and photo editing screens have been made to accommodate the new features. Read More

New Features In OS X Yosemite

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Every year at WWDC, Apple showcases their latest products for the benefit of developers. Due to the hype it commands, it went from being a simple developer's showcase to a global event. Steve Jobs' presentations are still held at a very high pedestal, especially his now revered Columbo-esque "oh, and one more thing" revelations. Last year, we discussed the release of the OS X Mavericks, 10.9 and later covered it in depth. OS X 10.10, originally codenamed "Syrah", has been subject to speculation since Mavericks was set to release. The 11th version of OS X was finally unveiled at WWDC 2014, it is named Mac OS Yosemite, continuing the naming convention based on places in California. Read More

Whistle Phone Finder Lets You Whistle To Locate Your Phone [Android]

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No one ever wants to lose their smartphone, because when it does happen panic quickly sets in. Yesterday we covered a paid iOS application called Marco Polo that helps you find your iPhone by shouting “Marco”, and it will respond back “Polo” allowing you to locate your device via hearing the sound. If you’re looking for a similar solution on Android then Whistle Phone Finder is a free app that can help you find your misplaced smartphone by simply whistling at it, giving you clues to its location. When using the app, users can find their device by whistling loudly and it will respond via audio notification so they know where to look. Read More

Automatically Find Unanswered Emails And Add A Label To Them In Gmail

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Email is, and probably will be for the foreseeable future, a major time hog in our lives, both personal and work. If sending emails or replying to old ones isn't time consuming enough, you also have to keep track of which emails you sent have gone unanswered so you can send reminders and follow up on them. A week ago Google shared a script on its developer blog to tackle this very problem. The script checks your Sent folder for emails that you sent up to 7 days ago. All emails that you sent out but have not received a reply to are labeled 'Awaiting Response' so that it is easier for you to find them. Read More

Marco Polo: Find Your Phone by Shouting Marco & It Will Answer Polo [Paid]

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People leave their phones somewhere and forget where. If you've forgotten your phone at a coffee shop or a book store then Find My iPhone is what's going to help you get it back. But what if you unwisely left it in your bed and it's now rolled up in your covers, out of sight and untraceable? How long are you going to search and how deep will you have to dissect your house before you find it again? Marco Polo is an iOS app worth $0.99 in the App Store that helps you find your iPhone by shouting Marco out loud. It responds with Polo and you follow the sound to your phone. The app does not need an internet or network connection to work. Read More

How To Get Android 4.4.3 On Nexus Devices [OTA + Manual Update]

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It was a busy night all around with Apple announcing the latest OS X and iOS instalments, and Android 4.4.3 finally rolling out to Nexus devices OTA. Android 4.4.3 is not huge in terms of features and mostly has bug fixes but that's no reason to not want to update to it. For those that are receiving the update OTA, getting it is super simple but those who keep checking to see if an update is available only to find it isn't, getting the update now is only slightly complicated. Here's a how-to for both manual and OTA updates. Read More

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