Disable Your Facebook Email And Keep Out Spam

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Roughly two years ago, Facebook introduced Facebook email (boo) but kept it opt-in only. It later decided that the Facebook email address you never claimed would be the default email for all users and it would show up on everyone's timeline. The email address was easy to guess too, your profile@facebook.com (boo again) and we had to find a way to hide it. Of course that didn't mean the email didn't exist or that no one could guess it. Facebook eventually realized that no one wanted a Facebook email and while it didn't exactly kill it off, it lets you disable it and very easily so. Here's how. Read More

What Can I Do About The Can’t Connect To Camera Error On My Android

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I've been regularly using an Android phone as my primary phone for almost a month now, it's the Nexus 5 and it's given me an appreciation for larger screens. Among other features and apps that I love on the phone, the camera app is what I consider the crown jewel. It's amazing; great focus, that new blur feature is cool, and I'm able to take half-way decent photos that I never could before. One recurring error that I have been experiencing with the camera app is that sometimes when I launch it, it tells me 'Can't connect to camera'. Normally, switching to my home screen and back to the app would be enough to get rid of this error but it was yesterday when the error just wouldn't go away and I had to Google my problem. It seems the Can't connect to Camera error is quite common among Android users, particularly with Nexus 5 users. For Nexus 5 users, it seems to be consistent and has been acknowledged by Google as a bug which will be fixed in an update. The problem isn't unique for Nexus 5 handsets so here's what might be causing the error and what you can do about it. Read More

QuickCamera: Launch The Camera App With A Twist Of Your Wrist [Android]

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Among its many interesting features like Listening mode and Active Notifications, the Moto X phone by Google and Motorola sports a nifty and quick way to launch camera app by a simple wrist gesture. To quickly open the default camera app on the device, you can simply turn it twice like you’re shaking the phone and you’ll have the camera viewfinder in front of you in no time. This can prove extremely useful when capturing those fleeting moments without wasting time finding and launching the camera app. If you want to bring similar functionality to your own Android device regardless of its model, and provided it’s running Android 4.0 or above, QuickCamera is the way to go. Inspired by the Moto X feature mentioned above, it lets you launch camera with a wrist twist. Read More

PDF Eraser Lets You Edit PDF Files, Add Images & Text To Them

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The best thing about of a PDF document is, in part, that it can be viewed on just about any device, on any desktop and mobile platform. It is one such handy format which allows everyone to see the same information, presented in the same way. If you occasionally work with PDF files, you may have encountered situations where you needed to alter a few things, for example, you may have wanted to split the PDF pages into individual files, or maybe you had to remove a few unwanted objects from the document itself. If you have not found a good application to accomplish that task, PDF Eraser is here to help. The free Windows program allows to remove any unnecessary objects, images, and text from PDF documents, annotate them and split a single file into multiple documents. Read More

GRE Vocab Lock Learn A New Word Every Time You Look At Your Phone [Android]

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Having a richer vocabulary of words in your arsenal is one of the most effective ways to improve your speaking and writing skills, but there are so many words in English that it sometimes get really difficult to know where to begin. A few Google queries may return various online resources to nourish your vocabulary, and while it does work if you opt for the proper techniques, there are a number of smartphone apps now that can help you accomplish the same. If you want to learn a new word everytime you pick up your Android then GRE Vocab Lock is worth giving a shot. It acts as a secondary lock screen for your device and lets you learn a new word every time you unlock it. It houses a comprehensive built in dictionary for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and SAT students, but is just as helpful for anyone who wants to learn new English words with ease. Read More

This Cydia Tweak Brings Blackberry 10 Notification System To iPhone

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The notification system in iOS is really far from stellar, even after so many improvements over the course of iOS’ evolution and especially with iOS 7. Notifications have always been one of the fortes of Android, and a lot of iOS (and even OS X) notifications seem to have been inspired from the Mountain View company’s smartphone and tablet operating system. That said, jailbreak is one of those areas that seeks continuous improvement in almost all aspects of a supported iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and a testament to this is the fact that Apple itself has incorporated features, if not directly from, then inspired by various popular jailbreak tweaks. The entire concept of the Notification Center is built around that, and the tweak that we’re talking about today, called Priority Hub, which takes inspiration from Blackberry 10 OS and brings a similar look and feel to iOS 7 Notification Center. Read More

Send Files & Text Between Mac & iOS Devices With Copybin

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Sharing data between two different types of Apple devices is laborious and cumbersome anyway you put it. Granted, Airdrop has considerably improved the experience in some situations, but that luxury evades a large portion of Mac and iOS users. Similarly, services like iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive have provided some relief, but even these solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Which makes a great case for Copybin, a cross platform synchronization app that lets you transfer almost any file seamlessly between Mac and iOS in the blink of an eye.

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Lyrics Finder Finds Lyrics And Adds Them To Your MP3 Files

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Software developers face many challenges during development of a new application, but perhaps the greatest challenge of all is figuring out how to make their work stand out from the crowd. Some developers try to accomplish this by including as many features as they can to their project, but if you don’t have many resources and man power to achieve the same, you may just focus on a single key function and make that just as good as it can be. Lyrics Finder is one such brilliant example. It’s a free program for Windows and Mac OS X that aims to perform just one task and does it fairly well. It allows you to find lyrics of music files stored on your computer and automatically adds them to the track’s metadata. How? Let’s find out! Read More

IFTTT Arrives On Google Play Store And Brings Android Channels

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IFTTT is possibly one of the best services ever created, ever. It's been helping people automate and connect web services for about three years and the IFTTT app for Android has finally arrived in the Google Play Store, almost a year after the iOS app (that was a long wait). The app is awesome, of course, but you need only think about how much more freedom you have with an Android and you realize that the app is going to be very powerful indeed. It comes with special Android channels that let you use phone functions in your recipes for actions such as getting a notification on your phone when it's about to rain. Here's our hands-on review of the app. Read More

TinyTake: Capture Screenshots And Record Screencasts, Share Them Online

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For many Windows users, taking screenshots is an activity that’s performed several times a day. If your work involves visual representation of ideas to your clients, or you constantly need to give visual assistance to customers over the internet, then a screenshot tool provides a definitive solution to accomplish this task. Fortunately, there are a ton of Windows applications that let you capture and save on screen activity any time but if you need a tool that lets you capture screenshots and record screencasts, annotate them on the fly and share them online in the simplest way, then TinyTake might be what you’re looking for. The application has been developed by MangoApps, and boasts many great features that streamline your screenshot sharing experience. Read More

World Clock is A Visual Time Keeping App With A Day/Night Tool [Mac]

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The sheer volume of world clocks available to us might as well be countless. You would have to go as far back as the 70's to experience a time where world clocks were not common. Because you can't have globalization if you don't know what time it is across the globe. There are apps like Advanced World Clock and World Clocks. They probably didn't spend a lot of time coming up with the name for World Clock (seems to be the industry standard), but they can be forgiven because of how they approached this otherwise ornery idea once you look at the interface. Read More

Netflix Roulette Find A Random Movie Or TV Show To Watch, No Account Needed

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Every Friday night my sister and I have a ritual; we spend close to 2 hours looking for a good movie to watch, we find nothing, she gets tired and decides she'd rather sleep. No fun is had. Yes, we do this every Friday and if you watch movies a lot you know that you quickly run out of all the good ones and are then starved for something that's 'not bad' to watch. Some go to IMDb, some go through top ten or top 100 lists, while others take suggestions from Hulu or Netflix. Netflix Roulette is the brain child of Reddit user codeusasoft who got tired of top ten lists and other such lists that Netflix gives you. This simple little app which categorizes search by genre and will let you search either/or movies and TV series finds something random you can watch. The good thing is it has nothing to do with your Netflix account and it is not an analysis of what you've watched before, or what your viewing preferences are. It's just a random way to find something to watch and it can be used by anyone. There's also an Android app for Netflix Roulette. Read More

Musix Is A Gorgeous Music Player With ID3 Tags And Playlist Support

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Music is a significant part of life for many people. It can make them feel happy or sad, help them block outside stimuli and work better, help them relax, or just help them bust out a move. While these days music can be streamed directly from the internet using services like YouTube and Spotify, the local media library on your computer is often consumed and managed by an offline music player such as WinAmp, JetAudio, Media Monkey and iTunes etc. If you’re looking for a desktop music application that flaunts gorgeous interface then Musix is worth giving a shot. Besides its eye candy UI, the application is focused on providing you all the basic functionality you’d have in other similar apps, such as ID3 tags support, playlists creation, and ability to play MP3 and FLAC files. Read More

Flo Rates How Well You Drive, Helps You Improve [Android]

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How confident are you in your driving skills? Good driving can be summed up as avoiding traffic tickets, staying out of accidents, and following traffic rules but really if you didn’t do all that you'd get arrested or have your license revoked. At the very least you’d pay a fine. So if you’re really just following rules are you a good driver? Use Flo on your Android device to find out. It is a very interesting app that scores how you drive. You’re penalized for things such as hard breaking, hard acceleration, sharp turns. When you accelerate smoothly, take a smooth corner, or brake easy, the app gives you points. Your drive is divided into 1KM segments and you get rated for each segment. At the end of the segment, you can see how well you did. Flo lets you record several trips and then compare your driving over the week. Read More

Smart QrCode Generator Add Rules To Modify URLs & Get QR Codes For Them From URL Bar

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The one thing I love about the Google Play Store is that I can send apps to download on my phone from my desktop. I work from m desktop and it’s where I find and read about apps so having to switch to my phone and then search for an app in the app store is not something I would find convenient. Unfortunately, that’s how it works for iPhone users and every time I see an iOS app that I like, i have to search for it again on my iPhone. Smart QrCode Generator is a Chrome extension that simplifies this; it generates a QR code with a direct download link for the App Store or the Windows Phone store from the URL when you have an app’s page open in your browser. A button is added to the URL bar and clicking it, you can get a QR code to the link or to the URL itself. Scan it on your phone and the URL will open. If you scanned a QR code that has the direct download link for an app, the respective app store app on your device will open and direct strait to the app page you created the code for. Read More

Simple Run Blocker Lets You Restrict Access To Apps On Windows

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Your computer gives you full control over how your kids may access certain applications and websites. Windows comes packaged with different built in parental control features that can restrict access to a bunch of files and programs, but you can also do the same using third-party apps. If you want to stop certain applications from being accessed by anyone who uses your computer but would like to do so in the least complex way possible, then Simple Run Blocker is what you're looking for. It allows you to block any user application via simple drag and drop of its executable file over the Simple Run Blocker’s window, and enables you to either whitelist or blacklist required apps in a blink of an eye. Read More

Memory Diag And Battery Diag Are Two Simple System Monitoring Apps [Mac]

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Maintenance apps command a strong following. Some enthusiasts are motivated by component monitoring while others with clean-up using tools such as Onyx, and some are satiated by all-in-one solutions like IceClean. Advanced users tend to have their own cleansing rituals, brought on by individual quantitative monitoring measures, in honor of which, we bring to your attention, the apps,  Memory Diag and Battery Diag. Read More

Safely Eject USB Drives And Memory Cards Via Hotkeys With USB Disk Ejector

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Being a Windows user, you’d perhaps be familiar with the ‘Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media’ tool, which sits in the system tray and allows you to eject a plugged in USB flash device from Windows instead of directly pulling it out from your computer to prevent any opened files from being corrupted or lost. But if you are looking for a better way to disconnect your disks, let’s say, via keyboard hotkeys, then help is delivered by the open source tool called USB Disk Ejector. Once fired up, it displays a complete list of currently connected USB drives and memory cards and enables their safe disconnection from the system. Read More

Make WP 8.1 & Cortana Read Out Quotes To You

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No matter how much you want to tout Windows Phone’s originality, it is impossible to avoid comparing WP8.1’s Cortana with iOS’ Siri. While Siri has matured a great deal since its introduction, Microsoft’s talking assistant does win some bouts against its competitors, specially when it comes to OS integration. In the short duration that Cortana has been around, some of the most popular WP8 apps have been updated to take full advantage of its power. Freda now lets its users listen to their eBooks without even an internet connection! #Quotes is another app that has recently received an update that makes it Cortana-compatible. This latest update of the app augments Cortana, allowing it to express itself more freely, tapping into the rich collection of motivational snippets offered by #Quotes. The app adds support for multiple new commands to Cortana, rather than just making it launch #Quotes at your whim. Read More

Keep Alcohol Levels In Check With Blood Alcohol Finder [Android]

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Last week we reviewed Drink It Smart, an iOS app (worth $0.99) that estimates your blood alcohol level after you tell it how many drinks you’ve had. The app itself is extremely useful and we’ve found something similar in function but far richer in feature for Android; Blood Alcohol Finder. This app not only estimates your blood alcohol level but it also predicts where it will be at over a given timeline. The app lets you add a large variety of alcoholic drinks. If there is a special drink that you brew for yourself, the app lets you add it to the list of available drinks. The blood alcohol estimate is based on your gender and weight, and the number of drinks you’ve had. If you like to go out drinking with a group of friends, you can add a separate profile for everyone. This app features ads. Drink responsibly. Read More