aDollarApps: View Price History Of iOS, Android, Windows Phone, & BlackBerry Apps

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If you've ever bought an app only for it to go on sale, or temporarily free, in the days that follow then you might have regretted your haste in buying the app. Buying an app when you really need it isn't something you're going to be able to avoid but if you're interested in buying an app that you don't need to use right away or that you can delay the purchase of, it should be bought at the best price it's ever been available at. aDollarApps is a web service that tracks app price history for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry apps. You can wait to see if it goes on sale or get an idea of how often the price for an app dips and decide if you want to wait that long for another discount. You can also follow apps and get alerts to when their price drops. Read More

Chat Lock Prevents Access To Facebook, Messenger, & Whatsapp [Android]

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Chat applications alert you to new messages in multiple ways such as in the notification area, or a push message. Depending on how you've secured your lock screen or your device, these message alerts may or may not be easily accessible. Chat Lock (Facebook Chat Heads) is an app that secures these message alerts with a password. The app will prevent access to the Facebook app, the Facebook Messenger app, and Whatsapp. Whenever you tap on a new message alert, you have to enter the password before you can access your messages regardless of which type of alert you've tapped on. Read More

Miranda Helps You Coordinate Time In Multiple Time Zones [iOS]

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One of my most memorable mistakes/job fails was the direct result of my inability to work, or rather plan anything in two different time zones. To say I learned to deal with them later on would be a lie. Instead, I decided to concern myself with my own time zone and let people work it out for themselves. Miranda is a free iOS app that I could have used back then and probably will keep on my phone for the remainder of my life. It's a very simply app that helps you find time in multiple time zones with respect to your own. You can then add an event to your calendar knowing what time the event starts for you and when it starts in the other time zone using the app. Read More

Call Planner Is An App That Schedules Phones Calls With Reminders [Android]

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We've reviewed a lot of reminder apps for just about every platform out there. Reminder apps are more or less notes that you can set alerts for. They can be simple To-do list apps that can alert you to a task, or they can be calendar based task schedulers. Call Planner is an Android app that is in essence a reminder app but for a very particular niche function; phone calls. The app lets you schedule calls you need to make and if you like, it will automatically add missed calls to your To-do list and schedule birthday calls. Call reminders can have low, medium, and high priority and be put in to a planned or to-do category. Read More

iLock Photographs Intruders Who Try To Access Your Android Phone

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A picture is worth a thousand words and while that's probably gotten old and more worn every time you've read it, it's still true. To be perfectly honest, if it's a picture of a sunset or some other landscape it is worth a thousand words but if it's a picture of someone caught red handed in the act of thievery, it's worth more than a thousand words and at least on triumphant grin. iLock - Anti-theft Lockscreen is an Android app that adds its own PIN lock to your screen and if anyone enters it incorrectly, it snaps a picture from the front facing camera. The app also has you enter a codeword which, when sent to the device over SMS, can activate the app as well as give you the device's current location. Read More

GIFDeck Turns Presentations On SlideShare Into GIFs

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An important question that modern technology begs to ask is , 'Can GIFs ever be used for anything other than witty internet comments?'.  It goes without saying that life presents us with very few moments when a GIF might actually be used, and even fewer moments where such usage would be appropriate. Meet GIFDeck; it's an amazing little service that turns presentations on SlideShare into GIFs. By default, it will convert the first ten slides though you can include more if you need to. The final output GIF can be saved to your local drive and used just about any way you want. Read More

Juicing Assistant: Pick Ingredients & Get Recipes With Calorie Info

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Summer is long gone and it has even snowed in parts of Canada recently so juices for the sake of a refreshing drink are no longer in order. If you drink juices to supplement a diet regime, then Juicing Assistant is a web app you will appreciate or at the very least, bookmark for next Summer. It lets you pick the type of juice you want to make from three different  functions; Vitamin, Energy, and Antioxidant. The app then lists ingredients, fruits and vegetables, that fit your selection and you can pick which ones you want to use in your juice. The app tells you how much to use of each in your juice i.e. the recipe along with nutritional information. Read More

Defence Driving’s Road Planning Tool Has Playlists, Apps, And More For Your Trip

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Road trips can be extremely fun or they can be exceptionally torturous. Either outcome depends on how well you planned the trip. Some people might assume that it's easier to plan a road trip if it's just adults going but that isn't necessarily the case. Defence Driving  is a useful website with a road trip planning tool that helps you put together music, food, games, and safety supplies for the trip. If you were thinking this was a way to plan a trip i.e. where you would get fuel, stop to spend the night, or use the bathroom, then this is not the tool you were looking for. It does however, have a dedicated 'Apps' section that lists apps for just such a purpose. Read More

Postify: Schedule Facebook & Twitter Posts, And Set Them To Republish [Web]

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Try as much as you can, but avoiding social media isn't something you can do and it isn't smart to try. It's smarter to try and manage social media more efficiently because that's how you actually get anything out of it. There is a myriad of tools available to help you manage multiple social media accounts; some simple, some complex, some that support an army of these networks, while others that cater only to the more popular ones. Postify is one such service that lets you schedule posts to Twitter and Facebook for free. You can schedule up to ten posts and it supports multiple Twitter accounts in addition to letting you manage Facebook pages. Read More

Nugget Is A Command Line Download Utility With Virus Total Scan [Windows]

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Wary is how you would best describe me when it comes to installing unknown apps for Windows. Even the safest looking developers sometimes end up adding something extra in the EXE file so I make sure I scan these installers and executables using Virus Total and it has saved me plenty of pain and suffering. If you prefer downloading apps from the command line instead of through your browser and its download manager, or any download manager for that matter, consider giving Nugget a try. In addition to a being a command line download utility, it also scans the file using Virus Total so you don't have to do it manually. Read More

Next Deadline: A To-Do App For Projects That Focuses On Due Dates [iOS]

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There are two types of people in this world; those that get right down to tackling a task given to them opting to finish it as early as possible. Then there are people who look at how many days they have left until a project is due each time they consider starting work on it. These people are deadline driven, possibly they were among those genius kids in college who would cram one week before an exam and make it through with reasonable grades. If approaching deadlines are what drive you to excel at work, consider giving Next Deadline a try. It's an iOS app that lets you add up to four projects to it and each project may have multiple tasks added to it. Each of those tasks have their own deadline and the app's home screen will always arrange projects with respect to the nearest deadline of the next task. You can add upto four projects but will have to upgrade if you want to add more. Read More

Master Password: Off-Line Password Generator & Vault For Desktop & Mobile

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In light of recent security leak scandals, people are beefing up security on their personal accounts to paranoid levels. Security is always at a premium and to serve that end there are numerous solutions available. Solutions that secure imagesindividual folders, apps (android and iOS) and even bookmarks. The irony of security is that security providers seem to want more of your personal information to improve security. In order to really secure certain online services, you can add anything from fingerprint verification to phone confirmation, implying that in case of a security breach, not only is your web service compromised, so is your fingerprint ID and your personal phone number. However, Master Password for Mac, Java desktop, iOS and Android (beta) makes it easy for you to remain secure without the hassle of memorizing any complicated strings. Here's how. Read More

Narrate: Material Design App That You Can Dictate Notes To [Android]

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When Google didn't immediately release Material Design versions of Chrome, YouTube, Keep, Gmail, and just about every other app it has, after announcing Android L and Material Design, I was disappointed. Fortunately, the developer community is adopting Material design enthusiastically and some great apps are being developed, Narrate being one of the latest ones. It's a note taking app that you can dictate your notes to and it comes with a calendar. The app syncs notes to Dropbox and Day One, the iOS app if you have the pro version. You can dictate a new note or you can type it in. Dates are added automatically and tags can later be added. Location tag and places are under development. Read More

FilePane: A Versatile Drag & Drop File Management Utility For OS X [Paid]

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Customizations and Mac usually don't go hand in hand, people purchase a Mac (or create their Hackintosh), log in and get started. Some of us resort to GeekTool to customize certain elements, but we tend not to worry too much about the process as it serves our purpose. Sometimes, like terminal shortcuts, we come across certain easy access techniques that help make our experience that much easier. Facilitating a similar ease of use, we review FilePane, a $4.99 app that expands the power of drag and drop on your Mac. Read More

Car Logbook: Record Maintenance Costs & Set Reminders For Your Vehicles [Android]

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Every vehicle needs maintenance, even the low maintenance ones need maintenance. Failing to properly service a car not only means you risk it failing you unexpectedly but also means you're depreciating its value faster than normal usage would. Car Logbook is an Android app that helps you keep track of everything to do with your car. You can track fuel expenses, how much mileage you're getting, and set reminders for routine maintenance work like changing the oil, or rotating your tyres. The app is designed to keep records of multiple vehicles so if you have more than one car in the house, like say that of an SO or a child, you can keep track of its maintenance as well. Read More

PHHHOTO: Shoot Moving Pictures With Your iPhone And Save As GIFs

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Moving photos are videos last time I checked and if you take audio out of the equation, you have a GIF. Now GIFs are ridiculously popular on the internet as a form of expression and they are what give truer meaning to the phrase, 'a picture is worth a thousand words', especially if you can screen cap some text on to the GIF before you share it. PHHHOTO is a free iOS app that lets you create photo GIFs i.e. moving photos from your device's camera. It serves this sole purpose though it does have a nice little black and white filter that you can apply to the GIF before it's saved to your camera roll or shared on Facebook, Twitter, and/or PHHHOTO itself. Read More

StorageStatus Monitors All Physical Storage Devices Connected To Your Mac [Paid]

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Those of us working with terabytes of storage at a time, understand how imperative it is to keep an eye on all the working hard drives. There are apps that can keep you updated, from simple information like folder details, to complex performance monitoring, to entire apps like hddb that manage hard drive databases. In that vein, we are going to take a look at the StorageStatus app for Mac OS worth $2.99 in the Mac App Store, that is as informative as it is extremely tiny. Here's what we think of it. Read More

New Features In Firefox 32 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 32 for Windows, Mac, and Linux is out and with it comes a new version for Android as well. Both versions come with new features for end users and developers. One major change for end users using the desktop version is a new context menu that does away with the text based options and adds buttons for going back, forward, refreshing, and bookmarking a page. There have been the usual bug fixes and new CSS properties have been implemented. Android users once again get some UI changes. The new launch page has received a facelift and quick controls for clearing your browsing history have been added along with a nice auto-complete feature for the URL bar. Read More

Guest Locker: Restrict App Access And Device Functionality With A Special PIN [Paid]

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How often do you hand your friends your phone to show them a funny picture? If you have kids, it's likely they know what your password or PIN is. I've always preferred using a PIN over a password because it's quicker to enter but obviously less secure but the fact is that regardless if you use a PIN or password anyone who is determined enough will figure it out just by watching you enter it repeatedly. Guest Locker Smart Security is an Android app worth $ 1.99 in the Google Play Store that lets you create two PINs/Passwords, each of which lock a different set of apps on your phone. Basically, you're creating a PIN for yourself as an Admin of the device and a second PIN for a guest. You choose what files and apps the Guest account has access to. The app makes it so that a user doesn't realize you have any extra security on your phone and thinks they have full access to everything. The app does not require root permission to run. Read More

Palette Picks Colors From Any Image And Gives You The HEX Or RGB Code [Web]

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A good while back, Adobe launched Kuler for iOS. It's an app that hasn't left my iPhone since the day I reviewed it. There's also a nice web app that does what the iOS app does all in your browser and it's one of my oldest bookmarks. What Kuler does is that it helps create color themes from scratch or from a photo you like. For anyone wanting something simpler, there is Palette. It's a very simple web app that you can drag & drop an image on to and it will find and list all colors used in that picture. The colors appear with their respective RGB or HEX codes, whichever one you want to use. Read More