One of the best bits about Facebook is that it keeps us connected to our friends and family no mater where they are, whether we are siting in front of our computers or walking down the street with our mobile devices. Those who use it on the go should be familiar with Facebook’s Messenger application, which enables users to chat with friends for free over the internet. Besides simple text, the Messenger also carries a voice recording feature for those too lazy to type out their messages. Facebook is yet to bring the same option to the web version (and it might never), leaving us desktop users out in the cold. That’s where Talk and Comment
, a lightweight Chrome extension, comes to the rescue.
The purpose of the tool is pretty much self explanatory: to let you send audio messages and post audio comments on Facebook. The extension is fairly easy to set up and configures itself automatically upon installation. Continue reading past the break to learn how it works. Read More
As I am sure you already know, the Internet has three popular image formats. There's the 'lossy' JPEG, which works in most cases since it looks alright, and takes relatively low space; there are GIFs with their support for transparency, and animation, but are terrible at reproducing a wide range of colors, and finally, there's the 'lossless' PNG, which supports transparency, doesn't compromise on reproducing the original image, but takes a little too much space for comfort. Read More
Gmail’s interface has numerous options and settings, some of which you may seldom require. And although Gmail is probably very easy to navigate and use in its default state, these extra functionalities can sometimes get in your way. Gmelius
is a dead simple Chrome extension that lets you customize Gmail to your heart’s content by hiding certain UI elements, like ads, the chat area or the footer, which hardly contributes to overall usage. It also lets you make the header auto-expandable and customize the appearance and behavior of inbox elements. Details after the jump.
We have covered a truckload of Android lock screen apps for our readers in the past. Back in December, we reviewed Dodol Locker
, which features a diverse range of themes to give the lock screen a quick makeover. Then there's Cover
, a unique solution that determines the apps you use during certain times of the day and automatically provides quick access to them from the lock screen. We've also featured quite a few replacements that clone the lock screens of other platforms, such as Ubuntu Touch Lockscreen
and Espier Screen Locker iOS7
seems to take inspiration from the iOS 7 lock screen as well, but unlike Espier's apps, it isn't a complete clone. It borrows core features from the iOS 7 lock screen - simple design, quick access to notifications and the camera app - and adds a couple of its own to improve the overall experience. Details to follow.
Forgetting to turn off WiFi on your Android phone when you’re out and about can be quite annoying, especially when you find the WiFi scanner has drained the little battery you had left. Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi toggle buried deep in the Settings app takes an extra step to reach whenever you need to enable or disable it. Even if the Android version in your phone does have quick launch toggles in the notification area for the purpose, you will still have to remember to turn WiFi off. Wouldn't it be great if you could automate the process somehow? That is exactly what AVG Wifi Assistant
Named 'WiFi Hotspot On/Off Manager' on the Play Store, this free Android app from the popular security firm remembers the cellular network towers near the locations you're at more frequently, and then automatically toggles WiFi based on their signal strength.
Text editors for Windows come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Here at AddictiveTips, we have reviewed some of the very best from the lot, such as NeechPad
(which is basically a Modern UI notepad for Windows 8 and RT), TinyNotepad
, and the text editing powerhouse, Notepad++ and its various plugins. I have seen most advanced users preferring Notepad++ over other alternatives due to its extensive feature-set, but those who are seeking a balance between good design, simplicity and features can give Syncplify.me Notepad
a try. It’s a Windows application that, besides carrying an elegant, minimal design, sports a decent number of advanced settings for programmers, web developers and coders.
There's a fine balance to be struck between functionality and simplicity for modern smartphone lock screens. Add too many features to the lock screen, and it starts looking like the actual home screen. Taking away too many will make it too simple; an unnecessary step before getting to the home screen. Unlike with Android, iOS users don't get to tweak said balance, for they are expected to be satisfied by Apple's solution of the smartphone lock screen. That is, of course, unless they jailbreak their device, opening it up to a world of powerful apps and tweaks.
One such new jailbreak tweak for boosting lock screen functionality is PassDial. It allows you to set certain codes - other than the 'passcode' that unlocks your device - entering which calls a certain, predefined number directly from the lock screen. The tweak is brilliant when you think of it! It has a certain Samsung TouchWiz-like feel to it, which isn't bad at all. Read More
Tweaks like HideMe7
are great since they deal with multiple aspects of iOS, but there is always room for specialized packages in the jailbreak store. While HideMe7 has some pretty decent options to customize the iOS 7 status bar, you cannot call its feature list exhaustive by any means. For example, if you want to hide the status bar altogether, HideMe7 cannot help you there. With a tweak like StatusBarSuite
though, you can do exactly that and more. This new release lets you change the visibility status of all iOS 7 status bar elements, dealing with both the temporary and permanent ones. Users get to hide battery and WiFi icons, the time display, and just about every other thing that appears in the status bar.
I'm going to start this post off with a bit of a controversial statement: Apple, Google, and Microsoft should join hands against... portrait/vertical video! It's a bigger usability problem than you think. Vertical video is fine for consumption on modern, widescreen mobile devices, but it is a literal 'pain in the neck' on desktops, and laptops. Since it is highly inconvenient to adjust your monitor's orientation, you have no other option but to crane your neck in awkward angles for prolonged periods of time to watch those baby videos Uncle Grant sends every other week. Read More
With the announcement of iOS 7, Apple had users quite excited about its new dynamic wallpapers addition. With each beta release, we kept hoping that the next one (or at least the final release) would bring more live wallpapers or a way to download more. The latter didn't seem like a safe bet, considering the restricted nature of the platform, but we were quite surprised and disappointed to see no addition to the quantity of default dynamic wallpapers. Once iOS 7 was jailbroken, though, the Cydia community was quick to deliver multiple solutions to this problem. Just a couple of days ago, we covered Weatherboard, which offers a vast collection of weather-themed dynamic wallpapers
. Before that, iDynamic brought a few more options to the iOS 7 dynamic wallpaper list
might not come with a lot of variety, but this latest addition to the genre offers some really thorough customization options. It doesn’t let you create animated wallpapers from scratch, but the editing options are so comprehensive that you might get the same feeling. Read More
Facebook has acknowledged time and time again that it will never add a Dislike button to the site. Yet many users have been begging the web giant to release one as sometimes, one needs to show one's dissatisfaction towards certain posts. It doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon (if ever), so today, we browsed the web for a third-party solution, and came across a Chrome extension called Dislike on Facebook
. Available for free on the Chrome Web Store, the extension simply adds a Dislike option next to the Like button below each Facebook post. Details after the jump.
Whether it’s about protecting sensitive financial information from thieves or hiding secret journals from your snoopy roommate, keeping your confidential files safe from prying eyes doesn’t require some state of the art equipment or an overly expensive piece of software. Nowadays, you can lock away sensitive files on your smartphone or tablet using the many security apps available for each platform. A new, unique addition to this genre on Android is TimeLock
, a free app that lets you hide your mobile media files behind a disguise. To anyone else using your Android device, TimeLock appears to be a simple clock app, but hidden behind it is a vault for photos and videos, protected with 256-bit military grade AES encryption. It also comes with alarm functionality as well as a 'desktop clock' dock mode. Lets take a closer look.
While Cydia tweaks like ClassicSwitcher
allow users to bring back the old app switcher to iOS 7, the newer version of this feature has already garnered quite an adoring fan-base. The cards offered in the new app switcher look nicer, and of course, provide previews of all opened apps. FullscreenPreviews
is a new tweak that expands on this idea, and stretches the app switcher cards to cover the whole screen. This might not make sense at first, but you just have to use the tweak once to understand the thought that went into its making.
All of us felt excited when tabbed browsing first emerged in early web browsers like the Firefox, which revolutionized the way we surf the complex world wide web of connected information, resources, and ideas. Since then, tabbed browsing has become pretty much a standard way of browsing websites on both mobile devices and desktop computers, although Firefox still has one of the most intuitive tabbed interfaces. We've covered a ton of Firefox add-ons that further improve this feature one way or the other. Supertab
, for example, brings Windows’ Alt + Tab-like switching to Firefox tabs, allowing you to quickly switch between tabs using the keyboard. tabPreLoader
is another handy add-on that loads all Firefox tabs on restart instead of just the active one. In this post, we're going to be discussing Tab Deque
. Join us after the break to see how this extension can improve your tabbed browsing experience.
YouTube is by far the most popular video sharing service out there, and a huge chunk of users still use it on their desktops. If you spend a lot of time streaming song videos there, then it seems counter-intuitive having to visit the site every time you want to check out which songs are running popular. We've already seen Streamus for Chrome
provide a solution in the form of a music player that allows you to browse, discover and play YouTube music videos without actually visiting the site itself. Currently in beta, Muzeit
is a similar Chrome extension with a focus on social sharing and discovery. It lets you search for and discover YouTube song videos, import all your YouTube playlists or create new ones, and share your favorite music with other Muzeit users and your friends over at Facebook. Details to follow.
I’ve always used Evernote Web Clipper
for saving fragments of content I come across when browsing the web. If you're looking for similar solutions, there's Nimbus Web Clipper
for Chrome, that works roughly the same way. Since we last covered it, Nimbus Clipper
has evolved quite a lot and now offers an Android app by the same name. The app allows users to quickly capture web page snippets, take screenshots, annotate them with a powerful built-in editor, and have it all synced up with your Nimbus account on the go.
Phones are more than just communication devices. To some, they are a safe haven for personal moments and memories, and one does what one can to protect them from unwanted eyes. There are solutions to secure certain features within the phone such as AppLock
or to restrict connectivity through Internet Lock
, the list goes on
. New to this list is TimePIN
, a free device security app that employs PIN lock in a unique manner.
Android is unrivaled in customization. Forget ROMs and launchers, the lock screen alone can be customized
with the likes of Cover
and ported Galaxy S4 or Note 3 lock screens
. In that vein, another lock screen utility might not seem ground breaking. However, the source makes a difference. After last year's Snapdragon Battery Guru, Qualcomm's Xiam have come out this year with Snapdragon Glance, a free, intelligent lock screen replacement for Snapdragon-powered devices that gives you instant access to notifications, essential info and the apps you use the most. Read More
Just a few days ago, we covered iDynamic
, a Cydia tweak that adds to the iOS 7 dynamic wallpaper collection. Weatherboard
is somewhat similar to that release, but it adheres to a single theme: weather. Tweaks like WeatherIcon
have already given users a taste of the beauty weather-related animations can add to iOS. With Weatherboard, the animations aren’t just limited to an app icon though, as it offers the animated backgrounds from the stock Weather app as dynamic wallpapers for your home and lock screen. Weatherboard doesn’t automatically set the wallpaper according to the current weather (a feature for future releases, maybe), so you can select any from over 80 available animated backgrounds, where each is available in two flavors; one for the day and one for night.
The Kids Zone feature in Windows Phone 8
has certainly shown that there is room in the market for mobile platforms that offer multiple user accounts, just like desktop devices. On many occasions, it might feels rude to refuse giving someone your smartphone, but it seems even more rude to constantly try and see what they are doing with it. The only way of putting your mind at ease in such situations would be through the creation of a guest account of sorts on your device. For iOS, we have previously covered a tweak by the name of iPrivacy
, which lets you limit access to the apps installed on your iPhone. GuestMode
is a new tweak for iOS 7 that is based on the same principle, but is much more intuitive in usage. You won’t be confused by a myriad of configuration options while trying to set it up, and the whole thing is ready to spring into action right after you choose the apps and features that you deem safe for the viewing of strangers.