Wallpaper Plus Is A Complete Image Editing App For iOS [Jailbreak]

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Have you ever found an image online that would make a great wallpaper if only you could crop a few pixels off the side and maybe resize it a bit? If so, it's likely you ended up not using said image as your background unless you have a good photo editing app on your phone. Photo editing apps are very popular and the good ones are rarely free but if you have a jailbroken device, you should consider giving Wallpaper Plus a try. The app can be installed from the BigBoss repository and it's everything you could ever want in a photo editing app. Originally meant to help you fix an image up to use as a wallpaper, this app can be used for just about any sort of photo editing needs; cropping, resizing, adding text, playing with the color tone of the image, adding stickers and emoticons, and more. Read More

Contact Center Tries To Make Group Messaging Easier [iOS]

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Everyone has one ICE (in case of emergency) number on their phone but we also have a group of people, friends or family, that we need to stay in constant contact with. Call them your in-crowd, call them your nagging parents, or call them your peeps, but you have a need to stay in constant contact with a specific group of people. iOS isn't very flexible when it comes to group messaging which is why you might want to look for a better option for sharing with large groups. Contact Center is a free iOS app that lets you get in touch with your in-group super fast. It lets you send them a group message via the default messages app, a group email, and place quick calls to anyone in the group as well as send them GIFs. Read More

DashNotes: Pin Text, Images, And Pages To The New Tab Page [Chrome]

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Just yesterday we reviewed Context Menu, a Chrome extension that gave you access to your bookmarks from the Omnibar and the right-click context menu. That was for bookmarks i.e. links you want to save for future reference. The thing is, a lot of people also bookmark pages they want to read later and while they may read them later, they don't necessarily end up cleaning their bookmarks. What's needed is perhaps a better way to save content you intend to read, make sure you see it often enough to be reminded it's something you have to do, and it should look good. Meet DashNotes; a Chrome extension that lets you pin text, images, and links to the new tab page from the context menu. It also revamps the new tab page so that you get a beautiful new background each time you open it. Read More

Draft Control Tracks Document Changes In DOCX, Pages & Other Formats [OS X]

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The only difference between a professional writer and a drunk texter is the ability to edit. Some writers follow the simple process of "Pre-write, write, rewrite" and they seem to do alright. Some of us are a touch too critical for our own good and end up dropping a tonne of usable content in search of perfection. At some point during re-editing (it's about all we do) we realize that we should not have edited out some word or phrase, which we are unable to recall. There are built in revision tools in most word processors that let you track your text history. Microsoft Word lets you track changes alongside your document, Mac has a native version history with each file, so on and so forth. Now, we have a solution that lets you write in your favourite editor but track changes separately. Draft Control lets you track, search, archive and restore edits as you please. There is a $19.99 in-app purchase that lets you access multiple documents simultaneously, the free version lets you edit only one. Read More

Hitlist: Create Playlists From Tracks Suggested By Your Facebook Friends [Android]

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Ever have trouble trying to find music to play when you're together with your friends? Everyone has their own choice in music and catering to it all isn't easy. Hitlist is an Android app for getting music suggestions from your Facebook friends and adding them to a playlist. The app is a full fledged music player for your local files and you can create playlists, play songs on repeat and shuffle. To get suggestions from  your Facebook friends they need to have the app installed on their devices. You can pick who you want to receive a song suggestion from and then add it to your playlist. Read More

Here’s What We’re Planning At AddictiveTips

In 2008, the internet was a very different place. It had been a year since the first iPhone was announced and that year, the first commercially produced Android phone was launched by HTC. Snow Leopard debuted in the summer of that year and it would be another year until Windows 7 came out leaving users with the unsatisfactory Vista version. Read More

Open Bookmarks From The Right-Click Context Menu In Chrome

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I like to keep the bookmarks bar hidden at all times. This is partly because the bookmarks bar always looks like an untidy mess to me no matter how organized my bookmarks are but also because I want to give as much screen real estate to a web page as I possibly can. If you're working with maybe a 24' screen, this might not be something you care a lot about but for the many people who work on the go with smaller screens, every pixel counts and keeping the bookmarks bar hidden is one way to do it. Context Menu is a Chrome extension that lets you access all your bookmarks from the right-click context menu. Once installed, the extension will automatically list your bookmarks in their respective folders. You can browse folders within folders and click a bookmark to open it. Read More

Hyperlapse Records Time Lapse Videos & Lets You Share To Facebook And Instagram [iOS]

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Instagram has just released an new app for video recording called Hyperlapse. If you're wondering why the company needed to release a video recording app when Instagram itself can both record videos and import them from your camera roll, then read on. Hyperlapse is for creating time lapse videos, really good ones at that. Unlike the Instagram app that lets you selectively record with your device, Hyperlapse will record a full video and speed it up anywhere between normal playback to playback at twelve times the normal speed. The video can then be shared to Instagram and Facebook. Read More

Annotate Attachments For Gmail Lets You Add Comments & Draw On Files [Chrome]

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Gmail's threaded conversations show that Google understands how people read, keep up with, and follow up on emails. It's safe to say that Gmail does a good job at giving users most of the features they would need from an efficient email service. While Gmail covers most bases, it doesn't seem to have a note taking feature and it's doubtful that Google might add one. Google has Keep and at the most we can hope it will integrate that some how with Gmail but that is again a long shot. Annotate Attachments in Gmail is a Chrome extension that lets you annotate attachments. You can add text or you can draw on them. The annotation is for both your benefit and the benefit of anyone you forward the file to. You can leave a note to yourself regarding what a certain document contains, or you can provide feedback on the document using the extension before you forward it to someone who will in turn be able to read your comments. Read More

Ultimate Settings Panel: One Click Access To Windows, Outlook, & Config Manager Settings

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With complex programs, the settings are equally complex. Developers try their best to optimally group the settings so that users can find the right one when they look for it but when a program is as complex as say, an email client, it's still complicated. Ultimate Settings Panel is a new portable app released by Techy Geeks that puts settings for Windows, Outlook 2010, Configuration Manager 2007 and 2012 in a neat list. Click any one of the items and it will open the configuration window for you. The application saves you the trouble of having to wade your way through menus, and sub-menus of options. to find the setting you're looking for Read More

Tab Colors: Highlight The Four Most Important Tabs You Have Open [Firefox]

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Tab management is one of the struggles that modern browsers come with. Add-ons and extensions exist to help make it easier and it can be argued that Firefox users have a slightly better time with it compared to Chrome users since Firefox has native tab grouping. Tab Colors is a Firefox add-on that lets you mark your four favorite tabs in one of four colors. The point is to make those four tabs easier to find from the fifty other you have open. The color highlight is easy to spot from a line of tabs and switch to without having to try and read the title of the page. Read More

Notific Is Where Material Design Meets Lockscreen Notifications On Android [Paid]

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Android L's lockscreen notifications are something a lot of Android users are looking forward to. It's not a unique concept and those that wanted notifications on their lockscreen before Android L  probably went with an app that did the trick for them. But since it's an entirely different experience when a feature is added by the OS itself, Android L's lockscreen notifications have considerable anticipation behind them. Notific is an Android app worth $0.99 in the Google Play Store that mimics Android L's lockscreen notifications exceptionally well. Besides an excellent Material design UI, the app comes with a do not disturb mode and the ability to black/white list apps. Read More

Mastering Video Recording & Editing With QuickTime

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For every one of your needs, there is a tool out there that can help you fulfill it. The capability of these tools evolve over time and price tags. For such tools, the functions of time and cost are inversely proportional (with all technology really). Finding tools to capture, edit and render videos for free without an annoying watermark or resolution limit was a distant dream 5 years ago, now you can do that from your Quicktime player and not lose a modicum of quality. Following is a guide on how to put your Quicktime X to best use. Read More

MessageEnhancer Makes Both Cosmetic & Functional Changes To Messages App [Jailbreak]

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The Messages app is a popular app in iOS that jailbreakers like to tweak. You will find lots of tweaks like Messages Conversation Photos that make it better. Now imagine everything you wish the Messages app did, everything you wish you could change about it, and whatever else in between that annoys you about this particular app. MessageEnhancer is a Cydia tweak available for free in the BigBoss repository that lets you tweak just about anything and everything in the Messages app that you could ever want. The tweak can enable a fullscreen mode for the app, a dark keyboard, contact photos appearing within conversation threads, wider message bubbles, and more. It can also hide features you don't like such as separators, the camera button, and the delivered label. Read More

Camu: All-In-One Photography App Offers Live Editing, Filters And Text [iOS]

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I don't look kindly on camera apps that apply filters and do little else but Camu has my attention. It has live filters that you can edit later but apart from that, it has one of the most comprehensive feature sets you will find in any photography app, that too for the amazing price of free. Camu is a free iOS app that lets you apply live filters when you take a photo. The app works with the front facing camera, comes with a timer, and lets you add text to a photo in four different fonts. It also lets you capture and arrange photos in a collage, straighten or angle a photo, add a tilt-shift effect, and share your photo over email, to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Wahtsapp. Read More

Ignore No More Locks Phones When Kids Don’t Answer A Parent’s Call [Android]

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If you have kids, and your kids have phones then you know that instead of using those phones to assure you they are alive and well, not drunk, doing drugs, or being held hostage, kids use it to post selfies, take pictures of food, and ignore you. If your kids have an Android phone though, you can now curb their habit of ignoring you when you check up on them. Ignore No More is an Android app that lets you lock your kids' phones down if they do not answer your calls. It can take far more drastic measures and wipe a phone as well. To use the app, both parent and child must have it installed on their device. Read More

Filelize Syncs Recent Files To Your Preferred Cloud Storage Service [Windows]

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Dropbox lets you selectively add files and folders to your account. When the app is installed, an option is added to the context menu that lets you send an item to your Dropbox. If the selective upload feature isn't enough for you, simply  because it means you have to manually add a file to Dropbox which you might forget at times then Filelize is a Windows app that automates it. The app runs in the background and works with many other cloud storage services in addition to Dropbox and uploads recently opened files to the selected service. The app requires you have the respective desktop client of the cloud storage service installed in order to upload the files. Filelize has iOS and Android apps but they serve only to let you access a list of files uploaded to a cloud storage service. In addition to sending recent files to an online storage service, Filelize will also sync your browsing history. Read More

Google’s Photo Sphere Camera Takes 360 Degree Photos, Uploads To Maps [iOS]

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When Google released the Android Camera app to the Google Play Store, I wondered, with little hope that it would ever be released for iOS. Google's Camera app is amazing  and though there are alternative iOS apps, nothing free comes as close to what's available for Android. Google has just released Photo Sphere Camera, an iOS app that is free and lets you take a 360 degree photo of a place. The app is meant to be used outdoors mostly so that users can take photos of places they visit, geo-tag them, and upload them to Google Maps. The photos become available to anyone using Google Maps. This isn't as much about personal photography as it is about crowdsourcing photos for the map service but the app is excellent and we took it for a spin. Read More

Watch This! Helps You Find Movies To Watch Based On Rating & Genre

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The search for a good movie to watch is a never ending one because every time the credits for one movie start to roll, you get that unsettling tingle in your stomach that asks 'What are you going to watch next?' Movie buffs have IMDb to make their lives easier but it's not exactly great at offering suggestions. If you know a movie, IMDb can tell you what it's about and what others think of it but it's not great on suggestions. Watch This! is a web app, much like Movienr and Netflix Roulette but much simpler than the former and not restricted to movies available on Netflix like the latter. It's simple and independent of movie streaming services Hulu and Netflix. Read More

flippr: Access Widgets From Any Screen, Any App On Your Phone [Android]

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What can a floating button on your screen do? Just about everything imaginable. It's one of the most common ways developers make theirs apps easily accessible from any and all screens on a device. flippr is an Android app that puts all your widgets a swipe away. It adds a floating button that you can swipe to access widgets from within other apps,. The apps continue to run when you use the widget and you can swipe it away and return to the app when you're finished. In addition to calling a widget, the app also lets you create groups of widgets and switch between them, all from the app's button. Read More