Flynx: Load Links In The Background & Continue Using Other Apps [Android]

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When I am usually browsing Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr on my phone, a lot of it involves opening links and then waiting for them to load in the app's own browser, barring my ability to navigate to a different screen of the app. And though it may all sound normal because that's just the way things are done, it is in fact cumbersome to stare at the never ending load screen. Previously reviewed  Link Bubble for Android has tried to remedy this by providing you with a nifty bubble to load link redirects in the background and take you straight to where your link ends up. Flynx is a new Android app that can open a link when you tap on it in any app. The link loads in a floating bubble and you are free to use the app. When the link finishes loading, you can tap to read it, and dismiss it the same way you do Facebook chat heads. Read More

EXIF ReName Extracts Date & Time Information To Rename Photos [Windows]

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Phones have become the de-facto cameras for many people and as we all know, phones have become smart. If it were only a matter of photos staying on a phone, iOS users might never need to organize them since the default app does it so well but we're not all iOS users. We don't all use phones to take pictures, and not everyone has an app that organizes photos well. EXIF ReName is a Windows application that renames files and that is probably not very impressive since countless applications do that as well. What makes EXIF ReName useful is that it can read the EXIF data on your phone and use it when renaming files. Specifically, this application can read the date and time when the photo was captured and rename files using that information. The photos can be renamed using just the date or you can add text before or after the date to organize them better. Read More

Complete For Gmail Offers Word Suggestions When Writing An Email [Chrome]

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I don't use a desktop email client; I prefer to use Gmail in my browser. It has many advantages and a few disadvantages that I won't list here but the disadvantages outweigh the advantages easily. That's not to say I wouldn't say no to any improvement which is why I took Complete For Gmail for a spin. It's a Chrome extension that suggests words as you type them in the compose email window, something that you're probably used to when you type anything on a smartphone. The point is to make typing easier and faster. Read More

How To Launch Chrome In Incognito Mode From A Desktop Shortcut

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We all know that Chrome is one of the best web browsers out there that sports tons of great features. Among them is its handy Incognito ability which lets users browse websites without storing any history information. You can switch to Incognito mode directly from the Chrome options menu, but if you want to make it your permanent way of browsing the web, i.e whenever you launch Chrome from desktop it opens an incognito window instead of the regular one, then you need only make use of a simple switch to set Incognito as Chrome's default launch mode. Read More

Mad Magazine’s Iconic Spy Vs. Spy Game Out Now For Android [Paid]

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As long as the printed word holds value, Mad Magazine will retain its place in the annals of humor. They have been responsible for some of the most iconic gags of our time. None more iconic than Spy vs. Spy. With numerous best seller titles made entirely on the lives of the black spy and the white spy, each besting each other using a range of traps. Its game was first published by First Star Software in 1984 for the Atari 8-bit familyCommodore 64 and Apple II computers. Innovative was the word, especially for the time it was a two-player, split-screen game. The game has been alive in one form or the other, it made its way to mobiles back in 2012 via iOS. Now, Spy vs. Spy is out on Android.  Read More

Words MishMash Brings Find-the-word Puzzles To Your Finger Tips [Android]

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For fans of word puzzles, there is no shortage of options on the Google Play Store. Words MishMash, created by Magma Mobile, is a newcomer in town that I found fairly enjoyable in every way. At its core, the game asks you to find hidden words in blocks of letters to earn points in 2 different difficulty modes. Your objective? Find and mark all these words hidden inside the alphabets grid as quickly as you can. The game sports decent visuals and runs equally well on all Android hardware including smartphones and tablets. Read More

View & Compare Attachment Versions In Gmail Threads [Chrome]

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Email is the tool we mention every single time we discuss productivity. We'd stop but email is still something that people struggle to tame and it eats up hours of time that can be spent doing actual work so we went and found yet another new tool for making email much easier to handle. It's a Chrome extension called Draftable for Gmail that makes it easy to find attachments that are really updated versions of the same file mailed out over and over a long conversation thread. Sound like a nightmare you might have lived? Trying to find the right version of a document because no one thinks adding a version number to the title is a good idea? That's what Draftable for Gmail helps you out with, among a few other email and attachment related things. Read More

BDReader Boasts Panel Detection For Comic Enthusiasts [Windows]

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I still remember the sheer excitement of comic books back in the 80s when kids would usually spend their lunch money, if they had to, to get a glimpse of their favorite Marvel character. But that time is long gone, and now we have a multitude of high-tech ways to store and read thousands of comic books on our computer without paying a dime. BDReader aims to do just this by letting you read comics stored in PDF, CBR and CBZ formats. The open source application supports a dead simple user interface and hotkeys for easy navigation. But what really makes it standout from the crowd is the Panel mode, which automatically detects panels in a page and display them in the right reading order. Read More

Save Instagram Photos And Videos To Your System [Windows]

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Instagram is a widely popular mobile app that has had huge success over the past few years. The company has been industrially working to improve its design, features and availability. But since it’s essentially a mobile service which allows you to upload and share pictures right from your phone, with its classy vintage filters that make even the dullest of photos look interesting, that means, we may never see its desktop counterpart. Previously we’ve continually brought you various third party tools that let you interact with your Instagram photos one way or the other right from your computer. And today we will share a similar Windows application called InstagramSaver that lets you batch download Instagram photos and videos for offline viewing. Read More

Hands On: Android L Developer Preview

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Google has released the developer preview of Android L for Nexus devices. As impressive as Google I/O 2014 was, there is nothing that can compare to actually getting a user's impression by going hands on with the OS and we did just that. The new Material Design isn't just a fresh coat of paint; it's a UI overhaul and we love it so far. We've detailed the new features end users are likely to love though there is plenty more, in the form of new APIs that will be of interest to developers. So, without further to do, here's are new features. Read More

Get Chrome Desktop Notifications When Files Finish Downloading

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Last year, over the many versions of Firefox that were released, version 20 came with  one of my favorite features; a revamped downloads manager. Firefox has always notified users when a download completes but the new download manager made the files more easy to access. Chrome has a downloads bar that lets you view download progress, open a file or the folder it's been saved to. If you recall, Chrome added Notifications to your desktop that are tied to your Android device as far as maps and weather are concerned but can be used by other apps and extensions to send you alerts. That's what Download Notifier does. It's a desktop notification, routed through Chrome's own notification system that alerts you when a download is complete and lets you open the folder the file has been downloaded to. Read More

Stop Auto-play In Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, And IE

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Perhaps it's just me but I have been seeing more and more websites, really popular ones at that,  hosting auto-play content. It's times like this that I'm thankful Chrome indicates which tab is playing the media so I can turn it off but some ads are tricky. They mute volume and play video and it's up to you to find them. So, what's a user to do? The answer is stop the auto-play and you stop the madness. Auto-playing content is something that your browser 'allows' by default and if you think a little about the sentence you just read, you realize that the browser is controlling this and you can tell it to stop auto-playing content. Read More

By-Pass All Restrictions To Download App APKs Directly To Your Device [Android]

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Just last week we reviewed Raccoon, a Windows application that let you download Android app APKs from from the Google Play Store to your computer. For apps hosted on the Google Play Store, a desktop application like Raccoon is possibly the easiest way to get the APK. Meet Apk Downloader Extension; unlike Raccoon, it is an Android app that lets you download app APKs to your Android device's storage. All you have to do is open the link to an app in your browser (that's right, no Google Play Service intervention needed) and use the share options to download the APK. Read More

Max Tabs Limits Open Tabs In A Window [Firefox]

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Tabs are an indispensable feature of any modern web browser. But if you have a lot of them open at once, you will notice that at one point it will drastically effect the stability of your computer. Not only will your system perform other tasks much slower but your browser may even choke itself. That being said, limiting your open tabs in a browser window can be the definitive way to prevent that from happening. Back in April, I covered a small extension called xTabs that lets you put a maximum limit on the number of open tabs in Chrome. Max Tabs is a similar add on that brings the same functionality to Mozilla's Firefox and allows you to set a maximum number of tabs opened in a window. Read More

Popular Home Maintenance App BrightNest Comes To Android

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If you’ve ever happened to take a look around your house and seen the gazillion or so tasks awaiting your attention like things to be fixed, cleaned, moved, sold or boxed, then you’d definitely appreciate what BrightNest brings to the table. This popular website turned mobile app which we covered a while ago has now landed on Google Play Store for Android devices and brings with it a ton of tips and tricks for cleaning and maintaining a home. Read More

Simple Currency Converter Tracks Forex Rates & Converts Currency

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Whether you’re a frequent traveler, trade multiple currencies on a daily basis, a small business owner or you manage a huge corporation, a good currency conversion app can prove an indispensible accessory for you. There are a multitude of currency converters available on the Google Play – with XE Currency purportedly being the most popular one – but I recently started looking for an alternative and immediately fell in love with Simple Currency Converter, thanks to its gorgeous, user-friendly UI. With this amazing app, you can easily track up to 12 currency rates simultaneously. And its built in updater keeps your informed about changes to the exchange rates down to every minute. Read More

Resflux: Edit Resources To Create Custom Themes On A Per App Basis [Android]

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Android users can make their devices look amazing. They can tear things down to get an absolute clean and minimal look or they can install widgets, apps, and whatnot, to get more out of it. Adding themes is one popular way to make your device look unique and if you like playing with themes on your device then Resflux is an Xposed module you will love. You will need a rooted device and the Xposed framework installed to get Resflux working. The module lets you customize everything from an app's icons and buttons, string values, color scheme, and more. Each app can have its own individual theme which means you can create a nice dark theme for the Gmail app and a nice light theme for the Clock app. Read More

Kalky: Gesture Based Calculator App That Saves Results [Paid]

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iOS developers develop apps for playing music, saving and syncing photos, editing photos, capturing photos, games, and more. Very few developers will create apps that are alternatives for stock apps like Notes, Calculator, or Reminders. It makes sense because the apps get the job done and really, what else is there left to add? Meet Kalky; it's an iOS app worth $0.99 and requires iOS 7.1.1 (or above) that tells you exactly how the calculator app can be much better. It is gesture based and saves multiple results. Gestures allow the user to clear all calculations, save a calculation, use the result from a calculation in the next one, and delete the previous number entered. Read More

Appear.in: Host A Video Conference Call Where No One Needs An Account

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When you’re working in a large team, effective communication is the key to getting anything done. You need every member of the team to know what’s really happening therefore, a central place to chat becomes the obvious solution. Chat rooms have been around for decades now, fulfilling all types of purposes. But most such services require you to sign up for an account first and then pay hefty monthly fee, and that’s where things start to get really messy. Appear.in, however, is a different take on video chat that makes itself stand out from the crowd by letting you create free chat rooms and share them with up to 8 people, allowing all of them to video conference without creating an account. Read More

RescueTime: Track Time Spent On Applications And Websites [Windows]

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Time management is an important element for many people. Sure we all have busy lives, but the more we can get out of our time, the more time we will have for all the things in life. With that being said, it's up to every individual how efficient they are at spending time they have at their disposal. Fortunately, there are a ton of applications that make it easy to calculate time we spend on different tasks in our digital life and log the data based on the information collected. RescueTime is one such handy web app that you use to make the optimal use of every second in your day. It allows you to track time spent on different activities such as applications you use, sites you surf and files you access the most. Read More