How To Select Multiple Tiles In Start Screen Of Windows 8.1 Update 1

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Microsoft’s tiled operating system received its second major update last week when the tech titan released the new Windows 8.1 Update 1 to the public. For those who missed our coverage, Update 1 has brought several new features to the table such as the ability to pin Windows Store apps to the taskbar, app install notifications, title bars, among others. One additional change is the introduction of a new context menu on Start Screen. This context menu carries options for pinning and unpinning, resizing, and uninstallation of apps and other items, which were previously accessible from App Bar. Other than that Microsoft has also changed the way multiple tiles are selected on Start Screen. In this guide we will show you how to select multiple tiles via two different methods in Update 1. Read More

Google Camera Lands On Google Play, Boasts A New Lens Blur Mode

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From dead simple to the very feature-laden, there’s no shortage of camera apps on Google Play, but the search engine giant is now offering a standalone version of its stock camera app that ships with Nexus devices. Simply called Google Camera, the big G has made a number of improvements and enhancements over the stock variant though, introducing a much slicker user interface as well as throwing in a prominent shutter button for instant clicks. Besides the ever popular Panorama and Photo Sphere modes, there’s now a new Lens Blur option as well that aims to give you SLR-like quality ‘with shallow depth of field’. Read on for our hands-on impression. Read More

Insert Auto Backup Photos From Your Phone Into Gmail Messages

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Gmail has rolled out a new feature that lets users attach photos on their phone into emails they compose from Gmail for web. The feature has been integrated in the attach file menu but it requires you to have Auto Backup enabled for your photos on your handset. The new feature will make it easier to attach files from your phone, and the process will be much faster since your photos have already been uploaded online and attaching them is pretty much like creating a link to the photos. If you're using an iOS device you will need to have the official Google Plus app installed on your device and Auto Backup enabled for it. Here's how the feature works. Read More

TagSpaces Combines Text And Colors Into A Smart File Tagging System

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The concept of tagging has been made popular in social media through Facebook and other social media hubs. But, its history predates basic social media. Tagging was originally made by Web 2.0 sites as a means of sorting content. To this day, it continues to be an important feature of many Web 2.0 and later services, our very own AddictiveTips.com included. Tags have continuously found new utility in various forms, such as Evernote, Microsoft OneNote and even the entire OS X Mavericks. It lets you organize your file system to adhere to any priority management philosophy you follow, like GTD (Getting Things Done) that relies heavily on tagging priorities. Alternatively, TagSpaces offers a different approach to tagging and managing your files. Read More

Giveaway: Drink It Smart Tells You How Drunk You Are & Estimates Blood Alcohol [iOS]

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Drink It Smart is not a productivity app, it isn't going to help you check emails faster, it certainly isn't going to help you take better selfies, and it certainly will not help you find  a great place for drinks. Drink It Smart is an iOS app worth $0.99 in the App Store that is aimed at social good, or better at helping us check ourselves when we've been drinking. The app is tailored to estimate the blood alcohol level for someone who has been drinking. It customizes results based on genders and weight which the user inputs. As you consume more drinks, you add it up in the app and it tells you just how drunk you are and what your behaviour in this current state is likely to be. Read More

Retrica: Apply Live Filters To Your Camera When Taking Photos [Android]

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Selfies are all the rage these days, especially on smartphone devices where they have become so popular that Apple was forced to put a dedicated Selfie section in its iTunes app store. Android is no different on that front either, it has a great camera app that is actually very good and powerful at capturing self portraits, and if you want to get a more creative with your images then try locking your sight at Retrica, a free app on Google Play that’s build with one purpose in mind: capturing self-portraits, and turning them into vintage looking selifies. Retrica does the typical image enhancements you’ll likely find in the ever-popular Instagram app, but rather than applying filters after taking the images, you can do all that even before tapping the click. Read More

iLock Prevents Unauthorized Access To Apps On Your Mac, Is In Beta

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There are those who prefer limiting access to their systems for various reasons; some for security, some for privacy, while others simply because they can. This pursuit of selective security has bred apps like AppLocker for Windows, and numerous apps for Android. There is even a built in security feature in Mac's Disk Utility that allows you to turn your folders into .dmg files accessible only through password. Following that inclination, iLock addresses some issues faced by those in need for security in that it attempts to create a foolproof system. The app is in beta and the beta version expires soon after so many of you will be waiting on the app to come out of beta before you can use it long term. Here's how the app fared during our tests.  Read More

InnerList Says It’s The List App That’s Missing On Your iPhone

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To-do list apps are not uncommon, besides the default Notes and Reminder app on iOS, there is a large number of popular apps that let us create to-do lists and mark items done. InnerList is a free iPhone app available on the App Store that combines lists, notes, and reminders. The items you create can be of three types; lists, notes, or people which allow you to associate notes with your contacts. A reminder can be added for tasks that you add in a list and all items that you add can be assigned a color to make them easier to organize by priority. Every item, task, and note can be shared with your contacts and reminder alerts can be set up for the tasks you add to a list. Read More

ZenPen: A Minimalistic Distraction-Free Tool For Writing Online

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The day to day use of PC always involves some kind of writing. Even though most of it would be short, concise tasks like posting on social media, drafting emails or writing a blog post, there are often times when you find yourself writing longer than usual. There are a ton of applications that meet your word processing needs, but most them create more distraction than simplicity. Today we’re presenting to you an app that takes care of this nuisance, and it’s appropriately called the ZenPen. It’s a free web based app that lets you write any piece of text you want in a clutter-free environment. Read More

App Eater Uninstalls Multiple Apps; Makes Them Easy To Filter Through

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Previously, we’ve shown you an umpteen number of ways to batch uninstall Android apps that you don’t need anymore. The most exquisite solution so far is the Titanium Backup app which, besides offering a ton of features, also lets you remove apps in bulk. But let’s not forget Titanium Backup’s hefty price tag either. Moreover, Titanium Backup is primarily a backup utility, with uninstall features thrown into the mix to make it more worth your buck. That said, if you simply need to remove some unnecessary bloat from your device in one go, you can try App Eater instead. Not only does it allow removing apps at once, but you may also create widget to easily delete the last app you accessed, and more. Read More

Search Facebook Pages You Liked & Have A Physical Address On A Map

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The great bit about having a social network that reaches over a billion people every month is that you can find all kinds of interesting information using data users share. That’s right, I’m referring to none other than Facebook, besides sharing bathroom selfies, Facebook is an awesome place to effectively promote your business in many powerful ways, one of which is the ability to attach the physical address of its location. Many pages we like on Facebook may have a physical address, but Facebook doesn’t offer a way to locate them using an interactive map of sorts. That’s why when I tried Like Map, a web app that enables you to find your liked pages or search for new ones using Google Maps API, I was instantly in love. Not only does this let you use Facebook as something like the yellow pages for finding an address, but it also makes it very easy to find other places close to the ones you've already visited. Read More

InstalledDriversList Lists All Device Drivers Currently Installed On Your PC

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When dealing with a new Windows installation, it’s quite common to run into driver headaches. Every installed component on your PC concluding your printer, scanner, keyboard, mouse, and even internal devices like GPU, network adapter, and hard drive etc., use a device driver to communicate with your computer, and its installed operating system. People deal with driver issues in different ways; some will look into Device Manager utility in Windows to rectify the issue while others may directly find and identify missing drivers on the manufacturer's website. But sometimes there’s certain technical information about the appropriate driver version that’s not so easy to get. This is where InstalledDriversList for Windows aims to help. The portable program is designed to automatically highlight all device drivers that are currently installed on your machine. Read More

Marvel Turns Your iOS App Wireframes & Sketches Into Working Prototypes

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You’ve just thought of a brilliant idea for an iOS app. This app is going to change the world and within two hours time you’ve sketched out a wireframe diagram for your amazing app. All you need now is to find a designer and maybe a developer or two to make it happen. Sound simple enough, right? You have the design so how hard can it be to talk people through your wire frames? Maybe not hard but it doesn’t make for much clarity and if you could, you’d opt for a working prototype instead. Marvel - Turn Sketches Into Prototypes is a free iPhone app that does exactly what its name implies. It uses photos of the sketches and wireframes you’ve created and lets you add hotspots to them. The hotspots link to other sketches i.e. other screens that you’ve designed. When you’re done linking the sketches together, you can run them on your phone to show how your app would work. You can create projects for the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPad. The app requires you sign in for an account or use Dropbox to sign up. Read More

Facebook Chat Pop-Outs Detaches Chat Windows From Facebook [Chrome]

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Facebook has a dedicated chat app for both iOS and Android called Messenger and it is slowly making the app more and more independent of the main Facebook app. Facebook chat on the web is still well integrated into the website itself and I’m not complaining. I do not want to have to install a desktop app or visit a different website just to chat with my friends on Facebook. What I would like is to be able to pop out the chat window and close Facebook altogether. Facebook Chat Pop-Outs is a Chrome extension that lets you do just that. If you’ve used Google Hangouts then you will be familiar with this option being present there in the form of a little arrow button on the chat window’s title bar. The extension adds the same button and when clicked, your chat window pops out of the browser but remains fully functional. Read More

Family Guy The Quest For Stuff Is Engaging, Funny & Stuff [Game Review]

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Social Networking simulation games tend to blend into one thick gruel over time, with users unable to tell one apart from the other. However, innovation continues to come at such a rate that games - like Farmville and Hayday - serving the same demographic with similar content, tend to do great business. Take any incarnation, be it Clash of Clans, Castle Clash or Clash of Lords (the last two are from the same company). You might not be able to tell them apart, but they sure are popular. The reason this genre still thrives, is because a new one comes about and changes the game. Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is one such game, out now for iOS and Android. It's hilarious, it's fun, here is our review. Editor's Note: This game contains mature content and has an age recommendation of 17+. Read More

15 Coins: Collect Coins As You Maneuver Your Ship Around Clones [Game Review]

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Considering that Android has now become the most popular mobile platform on the planet, it's no surprise that the Google Play Store now carries a huge selection of games. As one of those non-paid downloadable games designed to make use of Android’s impressive capabilities, 15 Coins is a fun-loaded arcade game that makes a lasting impression with its creative design and gameplay. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still kind of like Snake from those classic Nokia phones, but with a few extra layers of depth to the mix. That said, instead of chasing a donut, in 15 Coins, the player has to collect 15 coins while dodging clones. Is it as fun as it says on paper? Let’s find out! Read More

Your Guide To Unlocking The Power Of Spotlight Search In OS X

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Any OS worth its salt will feature a search bar, because in this day and age, it is impractical to try and recall file locations through terabytes of data. Microsoft Windows' built in search was easily replaced by the Google Quick Search which is made even more powerful with some power parameters. However, Mac OS X's Spotlight Search has not attracted as much attention since its release in April 2005; possibly because the OS itself is easy to sort or perhaps people simply don't care about it. Though, people really should care about Spotlight search, because it makes navigating the OS an art form; hardened Google search veterans will appreciate this even more. Let us walk you through how. Read More

FitsMe: Create Meal Plans & Find Recipies That Match Them

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They say you are what you eat. Whether you are wanting to get in shape, shed some weight, or simply feel better, an important part of setting and maintaining fitness goals is eating the right meals at the right time. Traditionally, technology doesn't always go hand-in-hand when it comes to fitness and a healthy diet plan, however, since most of us spend a large chunk of time starring at our computer screens, it makes sense to use technology as a tool to get into shape and thus, into good health. FitsMe is a brilliant web app that can help you attain your fitness goals by letting you create a food personality profile that incorporates your unique food preferences and lets you browse thousands of food recipes you can add to your meal plans. Read More

Whistle Camera Listens For An Audio Cue & Snaps A Picture

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What if you could take a picture with your Android phone without needing to tap a shutter button or press one of the keys? If you’re thinking this is a timer-triggered trick, think again. Whistle Camera - Selfie & More is an Android app that is whistle activated; you focus on a subject, whistle and the app snaps a picture. You can set a timer and the whistle will activate it. Alternatively you can always hit the shutter button or press the volume up key to capture an picture with the app which can use both the front and rear facing camera on your phone to take pictures. Read More

SmoothVideo Project Increases Frame Rate In Your Default Media Player For HD Playback

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When Peter Jackson released the first Hobbit film, many cinema goers who watched it in 3D experienced repeated motion sickness caused by the film’s soap opera styled quality. This was because the entire thing was shot in 48 frames per second (fps), rather than the industry standard of 24 fps. But where the majority of people didn’t like the change, the rest of us found it a major step forward in big screen entertainment. And since then, I’ve been trying on my own to bring similar fluidity to the films that are in my own collection. SmoothVideo Project (SVP) is an open source Windows application that uses frame interpolation so that the normal 24 frames per second films look as clear and smooth as their 48 fps counterparts. Read More