Reedy Offers Smart Online & Offline Speed Reading [Chrome]

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There is a lot of informative, and entertaining content available online and I would love to read it, all of it, but there isn't enough time. What I mostly end up doing is reading all kinds of interesting stuff that I don't necessarily have to read but want to, and then trying to catch up on stuff that I should be reading. Reedy is a Chrome extension that can help catch up on reading that needs to be done. It's a simple browser tool to help you read faster. You choose the words-per-minute speed and select the text you want to read, and it will take care of the rest. It comes with a light and dark reading mode and a very clean interface. Read More

Add Opera-Style Go Back To Start Button To Mozilla Firefox

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The exponential growth in the web during the last couple of decades has seen tremendous changes to the web browsing software like Firefox and Opera as well. These two major web browsers have evolved a lot during the years. And although I mostly use Firefox, there are a few noteworthy elements in Opera that I wish Mozilla would borrow from. One such is the go back to start button that lets you swiftly return to the main page of a website where you entered it in the first place. Firefox does have a back button but it doesn’t function in a similar way as Opera’s back button does. If you don’t mind using third-party add ons then the small extension called Back to Start can help overcome this nuisance by adding a back to start button on the toolbar. Read More

The BreakFree App Helps You Get Over Your Smartphone Addiction [Android]

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Getting over your smartphone addiction can be overwhelming. From the day we become the proud owners of this modern-day gadget, it becomes an integral part of our life and it feels taxing to simply stay away from it (wait, let me text my friend). Besides sending emails, texting people or making phone calls, a smartphone can entertain you in a variety of ways and you often find yourself looking at the blank screen even without any reason. Inevitably, there's now an app called BreakFree for Android that aims to reduce this addiction by giving you constant feedback on exactly how much and how often you’re hooked to your device. It tracks things like how many times you unlocked the screen, your overall phone usage and which apps grab most of your attention. Read More

Sport Camera: Shoot & Edit Slow-Motion Videos On WP8.1

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Some apps are developed with a very narrow focus, but once they are out in the market, there is always the possibility that users will find new and intuitive ways to get the most out of even the simplest of them. Sport Camera,as the name indicates, is an app that seems to have the main purpose of helping people in sports-related activities. However, a quick tour of the app’s features is enough to reveal that Sport Camera can be used for a variety of tasks. You might be tempted to put this new release in the category of “just another video editor”, but there is more to Sport Camera than that. The app is among the first of its kind to take full advantage of Windows Phone 8.1’s new features. It harnesses the update’s power to control shooting speed midway through recording a video. You can also use Sport Camera to slow down particular portions of existing videos. Read More

Install CyanogenMod 11 On Nexus 5

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CyanogenMod 11 was released a few days ago and since then, anyone looking to try it out was on stand-by until it became available for their respective device. The M6 build for Nexus 5 became available not too long ago and I was looking for a good excuse to root my Nexus. Here's a step by step breakdown of the process which is ridiculously  simple, and will have you downloading files for the most part. Read More

YoCam Adds A Number Of Filters & Lenses To Your iPhone Photos [iOS]

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The number of Photography apps in the iTunes App Store is astounding, exceeded perhaps by only games and a few others. Be it camera replacement apps, unique photo skills development or photo editing tools that are pretty much on par with desktop software for amateurs, the App Store has all to offer. Then, it’s not like the number of applications is constant; on the contrary, it continues to grow (even in just this genre) by the minute. In the midst of all this, it becomes really difficult to identify an app that stands out and above the crowd, since most of the releases have hardly anything new to offer. Hitting the App Store just yesterday is YoCam – new universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that offers something fresh and noteworthy. Read More

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