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

Narwhal for reddit Is Perfect For Lurkers & GIF Haters [iOS]

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I have a Reddit account that I rarely, if ever, sign in to but I browse Reddit long into the wee hours of the night but I rarely browse the site on my phone because there isn’t an app for it that I like. It is safe to say that I’m a lurker, like many people. Narwhal for reddit for iOS is, as the name clearly implies, an app for Redditing. If you want a free app for browsing as a lurker, Narwhal is great and if you aren’t a lurker but like the app anyway, you can upgrade to unlock the sign in, up/down vote, comment, and submit content features. The app boasts an interface designed specifically for iOS 7. You can scroll through the front page and more links will load as you scroll further down. Tap a link to view it and read comments. Swiping from left to right opens a navigation panel that you can use to jump to the popular sub-reddits. You can also enter the name of any sub-reddit or user in the navigation panel to open it in the app. Read More

Dropbox’s Mailbox For Android Arrives With Swipe Gestures & Smart Search

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After months of speculation and teasing, Dropbox has finally launched its popular Mailbox email client for the Android operating system. Originally designed for iOS, Mailbox was added to Dropbox’s ever-lucrative portfolio back in 2013 when the cloud company acquired it for no less than $100 million. Since then Dropbox had bee working on its Android version which has now finally released on Google Play as a free download. It seems the wait was worth it though, because instead of a straightforward iOS port, the Android variant rather includes some really handy features, the most noteworthy of which we found is ‘Auto-swipe’ that not only enables you to archive unwanted emails with a simple swipe gesture, but also automatically archive similar messages you receive in future. Read on for our full hands on review. Read More

HandsFree Lets You Make & Receive Phone Calls On Your Mac [Paid]

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There are those who have resorted to using paid third-party apps to make calls from their PCs/Laptops and those who have purchased docking stations to avoid holding the phone to make calls. Whatever the scenario, merging the cellular and computing is Nirvana that has eluded us. Even handsfree devices serve more as an appendage than a solution. But, a solution exists. It takes the ease of the wireless bluetooth handsfree, coupled with crystal clear sound quality (limited only by your speakers) and the ability to let you continue working while taking a call on your computer, singularity comes at the hands of HandsFree, a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that uses your Mac as a handsfree device by routing the audio from your Android phone or iPhone to your Mac. Read More

Dropbox’s Carousel Is Photo Organization & Back-up In One

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When you install Dropbox on your Android or iOS device, it asks you to enable automatic backup of all your photos. Despite being a long-time Dropbox user, I never opted in to this feature, something that I can attribute to being an iPhone user who has iCloud to rely on but Carosel changes that completely; it’s a new app from Dropbox that will back-up your photos to your Dropbox account. Sharing photos with anyone who has a Dropbox account is handled exclusively within the app and you can share a photo(s) without needing to switch to your email app. Photo sharing is handled very intelligently with a drawer that slides out so you can see your recent ‘conversations’. The app also manages and organizes photos by date. It’s somewhat like the Photos app introduced in iOS 7. As an iPhone user, I can easily switch to Carousel and leave my iCloud storage space for other app data, and Android users have a great way to organize and backup photos. Read More

Remotely End Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, And Twitter Web & App Sessions

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I don’t always log into Facebook on a public computer but when I do, I forget to log out. Sound like you? Most people know that you should always be careful when you sign in to a public computer but there isn’t anything that can be done for forgetfulness. If you left an important personal account like your Gmail or Facebook account logged in on a public computer, there are ways to rescue yourself before your information is compromised, or before it falls into the hands of a dangerous prankster. Here is what you can do to remotely log out of your Gmail, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter accounts and end web browser and mobile app sessions. Read More

Here’s What’s New In The Windows 8.1 Update 1

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The last time we covered something important about Windows 8 was back in October 2013 when we explored the many new features that were introduced via Windows 8.1. Boot to desktop and the deeply-missed Start Menu button were the noteworthy features that aimed to bridge the gap between the ‘desktop’ and the ‘Modern UI’ environments. The Redmond based software giant has now released another similar patch labeled Windows 8.1 Update 1 which was recently made available via Windows Update tool. We installed it on our desktop to see what exactly Microsoft brought to the table, so here's our full guide to those changes and how they'll affect your Windows 8 usage. Read More

Focus Lock: Bar Access To Distracting Apps On Your Phone So You Can Work

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How often do you look at your phone when you’re working and pressed for time? I know that when I need to get something done urgently, just about everything around me becomes infinitely more interesting than it would be if I had a lot of to kill and one very distracting thing is my phone. Where I can go a whole day without checking Facebook, I will check it a dozen times when I’m working and that’s how I procrastinate. Focus Lock is an Android app that locks these distracting apps behind a password. They are something like a cross between a pomodoro app and a vault. You can lock away apps for as long as you want and when the time expires, you can take a short break (you set the time for the break as well) and use the locked apps during that interval. Read More

CopyQ: Clipboard Manager That Keeps Your History & Supports Scripting

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The clipboard in Windows can work for many things. And even though its core feature is to let you move text snippets or your desired files from one location to another, you can also use it between word processors, image editors or note taking applications. But eventually you have to admit that the default clipboard is still fairly limited and to fill the gaps it leaves, third-party clipboard managers come to the rescue. If you want an application that could automatically track everything you send to the clipboard, and keep it all organized then CopyQ seems like a good choice. It boasts plenty of features that you may not find in other similar tools. Read More

Listhings: Create, Share And Collaborate On Sticky Notes & To-Do Lists

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Do you always forget little things or have a hard time remembering important tasks? Do you walk away from your PC, and them come back again only to wonder what you were going to do? One typical thing most people would do in such situation is jot down a sticky note and paste it right on their monitor. But why use physical paper when you can use technology? Just like there’s an app for most things in life there’s an app for sticky notes too; it’s web based, doesn’t ask for any cumbersome installation and it’s called Listhings. This barebones web app lets you create small sticky notes and save them on an online canvas. And thanks to its straightforward interface, it’s dead simple to use too. Read More

Puzzle Alarm Clock Makes You Solve Puzzles And Checks If You’re Awake

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Waking up early in the morning is a challenge and the snooze button on our alarm apps does little to motivate anyone to get out of bed. It really is just too easy to hit the snooze button. Some smartphones will let you turn off or snooze your alarm by pressing a volume or power key. While this makes it easy to turn the alarm off, it doesn't necessarily make it easier to get out of bed. The snooze-button is often a common denominator with most alarm apps on Android; they only carry the snooze button. If you want an alarm app that not only wakes you up but absolutely make sure that you’re out of your bed then give Puzzle Alarm Clock a try. It does two things; one it sounds an alarm at whatever time you've set it for and in order to turn it off, you have to solve a simple puzzle that requires you to be reasonably awake and in your senses. Two; it checks up on you two more times to make sure you didn't go back to bed after turning the alarm off. Read More

Check Jailbreak Eligibility & Find Jailbreak Tools For Your iOS Device

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When times were simple, and Apple wasn’t as proactive about preventing people from jailbreaking their iPhones, it was always easy to know if you could jailbreak your device. Things have changed now; there are many more iDevices in the market and jailbreaking isn’t a question that is answered simply on a per device basis. The iOS version you’re running on your iDevice also matters and it further complicates the answer to whether or not you can jailbreak your device. To answer the question, and help you find the right guide to jailbreaking your iOS device, RCRepo has a helpful tool for finding out just that. Read More

CloudyTabs Opens iCloud Tabs Synced From Any Mac Or iOS Device

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Chrome dominates the browser usage share, this can be credit to the enormous app library, the blazing fast speeds or the ability to sync everything including Google Now, Open Tabs, Favourites and preferences to a profile and access its content on any version of chrome anywhere. With a simple tool, even Firefox can join the festivities. Android users have the best luck where they can close a link on their devices and resume from their desktop at any time. iOS users can do the same with Safari, only there aren't that many desktop Safari users out there. This means a lot of us on the iPhone who use Safari will have to use it on our desktops as well if we want our tabs synced. Fortunately, there is CloudyTabs which can read the tabs that iCloud has synced from Safari (mobile or desktop) and let you open them on any desktop browser you want. Read More

Wirelessly Transfer Photos & Videos Between iOS, Android, And PC With PhotoSync

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When it comes to transferring files between PC and mobile, iOS users have so many tools for the purpose. PhotoSync is one of the most popular from the lot that lets you share photos and videos between iOS devices, as well as from iOS to Mac and Windows computer over Wi-Fi network, or automatically over Bluetooth without any hassle. PhotoSync has now also landed on Google Play Store for Android devices and boasts the same feature set and functionality that has made it a definitive choice on iDevices. Using this app, you can easily transfer photos and videos between Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as your computer. Read More

SelfieTime Helps Take Great Selfies With The Rear Camera On Your iPhone [Paid]

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We all take selfies, there’s no denying it. There’s also no denying the fact that no matter how great the front-facing camera on our iPhone is, it is still not as good as the back-facing camera. Additionally, we have no flash for the front facing camera so if you’re having lunch with friends in a dimly lit restaurant, or any place with low lighting, you would probably want, or wish you could use the rear camera to snap a picture. SelfiTime is an iPhone app worth $0.99 in the App Store that lets you take selfies with the rear-facing camera. What you need is two iPhones and the app installed on both. Granted this might raise the bill to $1.98 but if you’re with family and there is a shared Apple ID, you need only purchase the app once and download it to all your devices. The app connects both phones so that one is the ‘viewer’ and the other remains the camera. Images from the camera on one phone is displayed live on the screen of the other making it easier to take selfies since you can see what your camera is going to capture. The app can connect over Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth. Once you’ve snapped a picture, the image is saved to both phones. Read More

90Night Manages Sleep Cycles, Sets Bed-Times & Wake-Up Calls

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It sounds mindboggling when you find the number of devices your smartphone has replaced. For instance, no longer do we need an MP3 player for listening to music, a camera to snap photos,  or a notepad for jotting down important stuff, as our smartphone can easily do all that. Another old school gadget that’s no longer needed is the alarm clock. There’s really is no shortage of third-party alarm apps for Android; we all loved Timely,  AlarmPad Alarm Clock is also fairly awesome, with many other options that can stand to compete against these. But 90night (or 90Night: SleepyTime Calculator) is an alarm app that is slightly different; it gives you suggestions regarding the best time to wake up based on a 90 minute sleep cycle. Read More

4 Ways To Get Data Usage On Your Android Phone Under Control

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Roaming on your mobile data plan is rarely cheap but almost always necessary. You can control how much data you use on your device by simply opting for a plan with a data cap and price to match your budget but you can take things a little further and manage your data plan better by limiting how data is used. Here are a few things you can do on any Android device to manage your data plan. These steps do not require the installation of a third-party app, nor do they require a rooted phone. What you will need is a little time to set things up for better data management and nothing more.

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