Sidebar Launcher Adds A Slide-Out Multitasking Panel To Android

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For a long time, it was a challenge to find decent apps for Android, but as Google continued to refine its open source mobile operating system, we’ve seen a steady flow of high quality apps landing on Google Play. Back in September 2013, I covered Root Uninstaller's Sidebar Plus, which provides swift access to settings like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, app shortcuts and other important Android features from multiple customizable sidebars. Sidebar Launcher, developed by the same folks who brought us Boat Browser for Android, is another sidebar app aimed to enhance your multitasking experience. The app is well optimized for both smartphones and tablets, offers tons of customization and looks really nice. Read on for more details. Read More

Set The iOS Keyboard To Change Color Based On The App You’re Using

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A jailbroken iPhone always trumps its jailed counterparts, or at least that’s what I firmly believe in. You see, it’s never about piracy – it never was, in fact – and the sheer volume of modifications that you can make once you’ve shed the restrictions imposed by Apple makes the whole process worth it. Take AdaptiveKeyboard, for example, which is a recently-released jailbreak tweak that changes the iOS keyboard color to match the dominant color in the respective app’s icon, giving a cool aesthetic overhaul to the typing experience on the whole. Intrigued? Let’s see what you get with this package right after the jump. Read More

Hands-On With Samsung’s Milk Music Streaming Service For Android

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Compact discs haven’t died yet and the iTunes store will probably live on, but lately the massive popularity of music streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and Rdio have ignited a new interest in audiophiles. The latest to enter the arena is Milk Music by Samsung. It’s available as an Android app on the Google Play Store, aimed at the company’s Galaxy smartphone lineup and only available in the US as of this writing. Milk Music will let you stream from a gargantuan library of 13 million songs and over 200 different radio stations. Read More

AlarmPad Is A Customizable, Context-Based Alarm Clock App For Android

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Every once in a while, we come across an app that blows us away with its exquisite design, comprehensiveness or unique functionality. Timely, an alarm app for Android, is one of those that packs all these traits; it has a gorgeous design, lots of features and an interface that just works every time. Another similar app called AlarmPad Alarm Clock has recently hit our radar, and we believe it might be worth your time. It seems like a simple alarm clock app on the surface, but boasts quite a comprehensive set of customization features. Read More

iOS 7.1 Available To Download; Here’s What’s New

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The wait is finally over, as the latest iOS iteration, iOS 7.1, was released to the general public just a while back. The update, despite being incremental, brings a variety of new features and bug fixes, including the all new CarPlay that Apple showcased a while back, improvements to TouchID, Siri, iTunes Radio, Calendars, and a variety of other things. We’ll take a look at what’s notably new past the break. Read More

Merge The iOS 7 Control Center & App Switcher With Vertex

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Control Center and the revamped App Switcher are two of the most major changes offered by iOS 7. To make these changes even more pronounced, many developers over in the Cydia store have come up with tweaks to alter and augment these two parts of the OS. We have covered CControls and FullScreenPreviews, both of which change the Control Center and App Switcher quite dramatically. Vertex does not belong to the same category of tweaks, as it goes a step further and lets users access the Control Center and App Switcher in one place. This combination of the two has a distinct look, and comes with a few useful customization options as well. Read More

AcDisplay Brings Moto X’s Active Display To Any Android 4.4+ Device

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Despite not boating the same specs as the other flagships of its generation like the HTC One and Galaxy S4, the Moto X is quite a remarkable device, and perhaps Motorola’s most critically acclaimed smartphone to date. Besides offering customization options for the phone itself, Moto X comes with some nifty software features too, that set it apart from the rest. One such feature is Active Display that lets you view the time and your latest notifications even when the screen is off, without having to go to the phone’s lock screen. The feature draws little battery power, thanks to the device’s AMOLED screen. If you want the utility of the same feature without actually having to get a Motorola device, XDA Recognized Developer AChep has the solution for you in AcDisplay, as long as you’re running KitKat. Read on for details. Read More

Best Apps, Tips And Posts Of The Week [03.10.2014]

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It’s that time of the week again when we round up the most popular (as well as the less-popular but equally useful) apps, tips and tweaks that you may have missed during your hectic workweek. This time around, we discuss Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone, several Android apps, Skype on the web, and a detailed guide to the iOS lock screen, among other excellent apps and tips. Read More

Keep Track Of Where You Park Your Car With Auto Finder For Android

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Finding a parking spot in a big lot can be a headache, but what’s worse is forgetting where you parked your car. East garage? 3rd floor? Spot number 84? It's not unusual for this to happen after, say, a tiring day at work. Fortunately, there’s an app for almost every problem nowadays and this one is no exception. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of parking your car in a massive parking lot or a packed area and had trouble finding it later, then give Auto Finder a shot; a simple but functional app for Android that lets you mark your location whenever you leave your car. In fact, the app can also be set to do this job on its own whenever it detects you’re leaving your car via sensors such as Bluetooth. Read More

Don’t Quit iOS Apps, ‘SmartClose’ Them To Improve Performance & Increase Battery Life

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Even after all these years professionally covering mobile apps, tweaks, tips, and tricks, I still haven't quite found a sure answer to the question: "Should I manually close all apps from the multitasking app switcher, or let the OS handle everything?"

There are two schools of thought here. The first - which I personally believe more in - is that Apple has put enough smarts into iOS to ensure apps running in the background are running efficiently, and that misbehaving ones are closed automatically. The other school believes that manual intervention is a must, as developers are not so artful at making performance-conscious apps. Is there a middle ground, then? Famed iOS jailbreak tweaks developer Ryan Petrich believes so. His recently released tweak called SmartClose claims to be the smarter way to close apps running in the background. Read More

Enjoy Nickelodeon Content On Android With The Official Nick App

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Who doesn’t love cartoons? And when it comes to characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, even many of the macho ones among us have a soft corner in our hearts for the adventures of the adorably funny sponge and its gang. And then there’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – a show I remember growing up following with such religious dedication that no amount of homework or parents’ threats for exam prep would make me miss an episode. To ensure that you get your daily dose of SpongeBob, TMNT, The Fairly OddParents and more, Nickelodeon has released its fun-filled Android app on Google Play. So, let’s dig in and see what it has to offer the kids out there, as well as those inside us adults. Read More

Now Browser Offers A Clean, Minimal Web Browsing Experience On Android With Flash Support

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There is no shortage of web browsers on the Google Play Store. Google Chrome, for instance, is a good choice if you want speed, an impressive UI and plenty of features. Opera, Maxthon, Mercury and Next etc. are also great alternatives to the stock offering, each carrying their own pros and cons. For a look at the best of the bunch, check out this compilation of browser apps that we covered back in 2013. Now Browser is the new kid on the block that provides a fast web browsing experience like Chrome, but what sets it apart is its super-lightweight design, weighing only a few kilobytes. Let’s take a closer look. Read More

Popular Android File Transfer App Pushbullet Comes To iPhone

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In this day and age where we have such capable file-sharing services, iOS still forces me to transfer files to and from a PC over archaic mediums. Need to quickly send a few screenshots from iOS to PC? Use email. Web links? Use Pocket. Notes? Use Evernote. To-do lists? There's Evernote. It is a highly scattered system, and fairly annoying if you ask me. I have been eyeing Pushbullet on Android as a potential solution to this issue for a long time now, and thankfully the app is now available on iOS. How well does it work within Apple's tighter app ecosystem? Let's find out after the jump. Read More

Hide Spoilers From Facebook & Twitter With Spoiler Shield For Android & iOS

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Spoilers - we all curse them (and those who wickedly spill the beans). They are like the dark side of internet holding the power to ruin our favorite TV shows, books, movies and even sports events. If you ask what the main source of spoilers is these days, then all fingers will point towards social media. But the sad truth is that it’s not that easy to avoid services like Twitter and Facebook these days particularly when they are the best platforms to keep an eye on latest trends. Silencer for Chrome helps you avoid stumbling upon spoilers while browsing social media sites on your desktop. For mobile devices, there's Spoiler Shield, a free app for iOS and Android that blocks mentions of popular TV shows and sports on Facebook and Twitter. Read More

Google URL Shortener Is A Great Unofficial Goo.gl Android Client

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URL shorteners like bit.ly or tinyurl aren’t new. They have become increasingly popular for sharing links on social media, especially Twitter. For the uninitiated, these services simply make long hyperlinks much shorter, allowing you to share them without worrying much about character limit. Many popular link shorteners can also monitor different analytics such as click counts and offer link customization. Google runs a URL shorterning service called Goo.gl but the search giant is yet to offer an official Android client. Until then, you can use the third party Google URL Shortener for the purpose. Read More

Hands-On With Facebook Messenger For Windows Phone 8

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Windows Phone has long had a special relationship with Facebook. Even back in the days of Mango, Facebook enjoyed deep integration with Microsoft’s mobile platform, with the People hub merging contacts with Facebook profiles and the stock Messaging app offering a tab for Facebook chat. So much focus on Facebook integration with the OS has led to the official Facebook app for WP remaining a little undercooked. The app has its positives, but there can be no denying the fact that it is not as feature-rich as its iOS and Android counterparts. The lack of a standalone Facebook messenger app is another thing that has been caused by WP8’s integration with Facebook. While the chat feature in Messages is good enough for simple communication, it doesn’t have any of the bells and whistles that usually come with messenger apps. This is exactly why a lot of people have been rushing to the WP Store to get their hands on the newly released Facebook Messenger app for WP8! Read More

Improve Firefox Browsing, Streaming, Download Speeds & More With Fasterfox

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Firefox isn’t a slow web browser by any means, but with a little bit of tweaking and fiddling around, you can make it even faster. This is exactly what Fasterfox aims to do. It’s a small extension for Firefox that adds several ways to speed up the browser. It’s designed to boast upload and download speeds, reduce page load times, and can even make video streaming from sites like YouTube faster. The add-on comes packaged with a few presets that let you swiftly switch between different levels of performance. More details after the jump. Read More

Photo Editing & Sharing App Adobe Revel Comes To Android

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Cloud computing is being touted as the next big leap in information technology. Besides different apps and services that work over the cloud, one of its most compelling use cases is photo sharing. Services like Flickr and Imgur are already popular among users who share their images and photos online. The company behind Photoshop, Adobe, also runs a similar service called Adobe Revel, which has been around for quite sometime now. Just last year in September, we reviewed its official Windows 8 and RT app, and yesterday marked the launch of Adobe Revel for Android. The app allows users to sync their photos online and access them from desktop, mobile and the web. Read More

View Cached Images From All Web Browsers In One Place With ImageCacheViewer

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One of the many major aspects of any web browser's performance is image caching. For those unfamiliar with this concept, caching helps the browser temporarily store website components such as images, scripts, and other page information in one place to reduce internet bandwidth and improve load times for when you revisit a website. Browsing this data can become a tedious task, especially if you use multiple browsers. A new free tool from NirSoft called ImageCacheViewer aims to help by letting you view cached images from all your browsers in one place. Read More

Hands-On With Skype Voice & Video Calls For Outlook.com

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I have not touched Skype since the advent of FaceTime, and Viber video calls, but there is still definitely a huge user-base for the service especially in the enterprise market. Integrating Skype across their line of mobile and desktop products has been high on Microsoft's priorities with post-acquisition Skype - the latest product to be integrated is Outlook.com. Let's go hands on! Read More