12 Things Out Of The Box Windows PC Can Do That Mac Can’t

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I’m a Windows fan. I’ve owned about a dozen different Windows machines over the years and I’ve mostly used Windows as my primary desktop operating system. I also respect all the work Apple has put into their Mac OSX though; it’s more stable, looks sleeker than Microsoft’s offering and offers better security over the later. It’s true that the conflict between Microsoft fans and Apple loyalists have been raged for years arguing over which platform is better or not, but here at Addictivetips, we believe that both operating systems have got their own strengths and weaknesses. A while back we compiled a list of things that a Mac does but a PC can’t. And today, we are going to unleash 12 things that a Windows PC can do that Mac can’t. Read on. Read More

Bright Weather Is Another Gorgeous Weather App & Widget For Android

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Do you need an umbrella today? Well, the weather looks just fine and sunny, but then again, you never know. There’s no arguing the fact that the Google Play Store has a ton of weather apps. Some put a higher importance on accuracy, while others are designed with gorgeous looks in mind. But if you need an app that’s both beautiful and feature-laden, then LevelUp Studio’s new Bright Weather may make you fall in love with its minimalistic design and comprehensive set of information that it throws at you. It may not be the best in the business, but it does do all the things you’d expect from an app of this kind; beautiful home screen widgets, ability to share weather, fascinating UI and whatnot. Read More

Cobrets: One Tap Widget To Toggle Four Pre-set Brightness Levels [Android]

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Quickly managing brightness on your Android is a one swipe, and two tap process that brings the brightness adjuster up on your screen so you don't have to get to it by going through the Settings app. You can enable/disable Auto brightness or use the slider to adjust brightness. The problem; if you aren't using auto brightness then every time you go outside or come in out of the sun, or just move from one place to another with different lighting, you are manually adjusting the brightness on your screen. Auto brightness is meant to handle that for you but if you aren't satisfied with the brightness levels it sets, Cobrets lets you save four different brightness levels and toggle between them by tapping the widget on your screen. Read More

Edit Focus And Intensity Of The Blur Effect In The Google Camera App

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The Google Camera app and its new blur effect have become very popular; Android users love it and iPhone users are looking for ways to replicate the blur effect on their devices. I'm currently looking for a t-shirt that says 'Will jailbreak for blur effect'. There is also this really interesting web app that uses the image information captured by the app to give you a 3D rendering of the image. When the app captures an image and applies the blur effect it is capturing more than you know and the image isn't just a cheap after-effect of some blur feature but what if you wanted to change the blur effect? Make it deeper? Shallower? Maybe refocus the main subject? That is all, every bit of it, possible and from within the Google Camera app. Read More

Quick Crypt: Encrypt Files And Set Schedule A Delete Date For Them

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File encryption is quite pivotal for protecting your data stored on computer from prying eyes. The obvious example is to encrypt those files in some way using a file encryption tool, most of which lockdown the items via password which is required when decrypting it again. From time to time, I have used several different applications that enable file encryption and decryption on a Windows computer. Quick Crypt is an interesting tool that lets you lock down individual files in the simplest fashion. Quick Crypt is a small, portable desktop tool that enables you to encrypt any file using a password and set an expiration time for that to automatically destroy it after the specified period. Read More

MyScript Stylus Converts Handwritten Input Into Digital Text [Android]

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Android has a gazillion different apps on the Play Store, ranging from apps to find directions on the road, to apps for keeping a tab on social media accounts. One set of apps that all of us use an awful lot yet over look though, is the keyboard application. Android comes with one out of the box, but third party alternatives further improve upon stock offering either by bringing more functions and buttons to the table, or by trying to revolutionize input by changing the QWERTY input method. One such new app on the block is MyScript Stylus. Unlike a conventional keyboard, MyScript recognizes hand drawn text input from stylus or fingers and converts it into digital text. Read More

Tiny Deduplicator Searches Duplicate Files Based On Hash Value

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Even a brand new desktop computer can come packed with loads of files. If you need to free up some space on your hard disk drive then using a disk cleaning tool like CCleaner can really help to remove leftover and temporary items that are no longer needed. This is just the start though because your computer may also be carrying various duplicate files, which if not removed, may be wasting a great deal of space. So it’s often a good idea to use a duplicate file detection software like Tiny Deduplicator to find how that might be effecting your system. It’s an open source application that finds file clones based on their hash value, and gives you full flexibility and control over which duplicates you want to delete. Read More

This Tweak Lets You Customize How Screenshots Are Saved In iOS [Jailbreak]

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For a pro blogger, screenshots are of critical importance. Not only do they add color and vitality to what we write and bring to our readers, but they also enable us to illustrate our point better by making things visual (they don’t say ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ without reason). They also help you – our valued readers – get a better picture of what we’re attempting to show you (pun intended). That’s the prime reason we at AddictiveTips take our own screenshots for every bit of software and technology that we review, to keep that experience personal and pure. iOS has always had a really great screenshot mechanism (it was pretty decent even when Android required us to use ADB for pulling screen captures), and to this day, I prefer that over pretty much every other platform. Still, it wasn’t without room for improvement, as finding the right one from amidst several similarly-named images is a hassle I’d always want to avoid. Well, if you have a jailbroken iPhone, you can get a better screenshot experience courtesy of a free tweak named Almpoum (yeah, it’s weird, we know). Details just past the jump. Read More

Third-Party Apps To Increase Productivity On Mac OS X

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We talked about how to get the most out of your Mac without using any third-party apps and we managed to go over quite a few features to help get things done. Today, we will talk about getting even more out of your Mac OS X with the power of third-party apps. We have already discussed how you can use Slate to rearrange windows, GeekTools for tricking out the desktop, MagicPrefs to bring more power to the Magic Mouse (and trackpad), Supertab to bring more power to ⌘ + Tab. Now, we will go over other apps to increase productivity. For the purposes of this guide, we will be covering apps that enable your Mac to go beyond out-of-the-box specifications, hence we will avoid apps that can replicate an already easy to access Mac OS X function. Read More

Generate A List Of Everything You Need To Pack For Your Trip With Ultimate Travel Packing List

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Do you travel often, reach your destination, unpack your things, and ask yourself, 'Where is my toothbrush?' It happens to the best of us because it's far easier to create a mental list of things to pack in the week leading up to your departure than it is to actually remember them all when you're packing. The logical thing to do would be to create a small travel pack or make a list of things to pack as you remember them. Ultimate Travel Packing List is little web app that generates a list of things you should pack based on your gender, the length of your trip, the climate you'll be experiencing, and the nature of your trip. Although it sounds complicated when consider how many factors it takes into consideration, it's is actually quite simple to use. Read More

Stashhh.me: Create & Share Collections Of Interesting Content On The Web

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When Tumblr arrived on the scene a few years ago, the Twitter-esque microblogging and Pintrest styled photo sharing social media platform revolutionized the way we share content through the internet. Since then many similar services have popped up but seldom do we come across one that’s really worth giving a shot. I’m not sure if we’ll ever find a useful Tumblr alternative, but Stashhh.me is a great way to collect and share things you like online with others in a similar fashion. The web based service which works via a Chrome extension looks great on large desktop and small mobile screens, and enables you to create Facebook like pages called Stashboxes, and post content like quotes, text and photos on them. Read More

Octo – Auto Settings Creates Location Based Sound Profiles [Android]

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Do you ever forget to turn the ringer down on your phone when you arrive at work or forget to turn it up when you leave? Octo - Auto Settings is a very smart Android app that lets you create location based profiles for sound settings on your Android device. The app is free and will let you set any level for the device's ringer mode (silent, ring, or vibrate), the ringer volume, the in-call volume, media volume, and notification alert volume. It also supports other actions that you can add to a profile such as WiFi and Bluetooth settings, display settings, and SMS settings but each one requires a $0.99 purchase to unlock it. Read More

How To Record Skype Voice, Video, And Screenshare Calls In Windows

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It’s not unusual to have a Skype account these days. Whether you’re sitting on your PC or trying to communicate with others on the go on your mobile, the billion dollar VoIP service has become the de facto standard for making audio and video calls. But while it’s fairly handy at what it offers, the application never has touted any options for recording calls you make through it. There are so many good reasons you may want to record a call with Skype, but there aren’t many free apps that let you do this, especially when it comes to recording video calls. Last week, Fatima covered a brilliant guide about recording Skype calls on a non-rooted Android device. Today, we’re going to show you how to record Skype calls in Windows. Read More

Snap Attack: Real Time Word Building Game For Windows 8

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Whether you’re on public transport or just trying to kill time during a rest break at work, a challenging word puzzle is often the right tonic for a quick mental exercise. You might have played cross-platform games like Scrabble or Words with Friends and there are literally thousands of other word games that you may not have tried yet. Windows Store is now slowly catching up with iOS and Android for the number of word building games available for it, and Snap Attack is just the latest entry in this genre. Published by Microsoft Studios, Snap Attack is a free real time word builder where the player races against time and competes with thousands of online players trying to complete word puzzles using the exact same word board as they are. Read More

MSGAutoSave: Automatically Save Photos & Videos Received In iMessage [Jailbreak]

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Sending videos and photos is one of those little things that iMessages does that I take for granted sometimes but in retrospect, I get a lot of use out of. Specifically; I can sketch out a design, snap a picture of someone's visiting card, and just about any information that I would otherwise have to spend time writing down, and share it with others. Likewise, I receive a lot of information in similar fashion. It's great except for when I forget to save an photo to my camera roll and have to scroll through long conversations just to find it. It's time consuming. MSGAutoSave is a Cydia tweak available in the insanelyi repository that automates this function; any and all photos or videos you receive are automatically saved to your camera roll. The tweak can enable a confirmation message if you don't want all photos and videos being saved. It can also resize photos and videos before saving them. Read More

Click Modifiers: Change Modifier Key Behavior When Clicking Links [Firefox]

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The Alt, Ctrl, and Shift keys have a dedicated function when used in your browser. In fact, their behavior is pretty standard throughout browsers but if you need to change how these keys work, more specifically, how they work when you click on a link while holding one of them down, give Click Modifiers a try. It's a Firefox add-on the lets you change the behavior of the three modifier keys when used with the left-click button on your mouse/trackpad. Changing the behavior is made simple by letting the user pick from a drop-down list the behavior they want to set for a particular key. Before you head into the details, you should know that the add-on will only change the behavior for actions like Ctrl+Left-Click and not for any action that doesn't involve the mouse, for example, Ctrl+F will still open the find bar. Read More

Hide/Unhide Spotlight Search From The Menubar In OS X

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We have thoroughly discussed the power and potential of Spotlight search, since it has been a mainstay of OS X since OS X Tiger (10.4) released in April of 2005. It gives you the power to smart-search through archives, files, folders, even the web from one convenient location; you can even run calculations, look up translations and just about everything under the sun and then some. However, if you have found an alternative to spotlight search or just plain don't like it, you can disable it through a bit of Terminal trickery. Though we must strongly advise against disabling it before fully appreciating what it can truly do; it might just become your best friend. However, if you have made up your mind, here is how you can remove Spotlight search from OS X.

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Put Selective Apps In Silent Mode With AppSilence [Jailbreak]

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Having your phone ring in the middle of a meeting is never a pleasant experience, especially if the meeting is a high-level one with critical business importance. Unfortunately, as much as we depend on our smartphones these days to manage through one clock cycle, this has become a rather unavoidable experience. Granted, you can always put your phone in silent mode, but that means silencing everything, and many a times when we forget to put the device back on ringer after the meeting is over, we end up missing important notifications and even phone calls from time to time. Personally, that’s one dilemma that I’ve gone through time and time again, without much luck at finding a solution. Well, if you face a similar concern and have a jailbroken iPhone, AppSilence is one free jailbreak tweak that can save the day for you. Read More

Driving Curve Measures Your Driving Behavior & Style [iOS]

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A short while ago we reviewed Flo, an Android app that scores how well you drive. We've found something similar for iOS; meet Driving Curve. It's a free iOS app available in the App Store that judges your driving behavior and tells you what your driving style is. Driving Curve, in essence, does what Flo does butin addition to giving you a score, it also tells you what you accomplish with the driving behavior you exhibit. To use the app, launch it on your phone and set it on your dashboard. To score well, drive well. Avoid breaking hard, accelerating too abruptly, and take smooth corners. Read More

Record Screencasts, Google Hangouts, And Skype Calls On Android – No Root

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Recording video calls and screencasts on an Android is really really easy... as long as you've rooted your device. No root and it seems as if it isn't possible. You might find some solutions that let you record a screencast on an unrooted Android but require the device be connected to a desktop system which might not suit your needs. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how you can record your screen but it comes with the following caveats; the video will have a watermark at the bottom, you will be able to record sound as well as video, you will need to connect your phone to a desktop once to set the app up, this method is 100% free. Read More