Essential Calls: Allow Your Phone To Ring Only If It’s Important [Android]

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Call forwarding and voice mail are how we deal with calls when we're caught up with something important. Of course, not all calls can just be forwarded to voice mail. Some are important enough to take during a meeting. Essential Calls is an Android app that lets calls from white listed contacts bring your phone out of silent mode and ring or vibrate, whichever you prefer. The app has a Lite version and a premium version. The Lite version lets you white list only two contacts (a bit too restrictive to be honest) while the premium version lets you add unlimited contacts and get SMS alerts for text messages sent by them. Read More

Hover Hound Compares Newegg Prices With Amazon And Tiger Direct

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When it comes to shopping, many people like the convenience of shopping from their couch. And while there are many online stores that offer computer products, Newegg is a popular name among the masses that offers you a wide range of products such as laptops, computer accessories, and other electronics. The store houses many popular brands aimed at DIYers, hard-core gamers, and IT professionals who don’t fancy trawling the high street to buy what they need. Not to mention, the store’s intuitive interface that provides customers extensive information about the product they might be eyeballing. While information is a nice thing to have, price also plays a pivotal role when purchasing something online. And if you’re a Newegg shopper but find Newegg’s prices inflated, Hover Hound is a Chrome and Firefox extension that aims to help by letting you do comparison shopping with Amazon and Tiger Direct. Read More

New Features In Firefox 31 For Desktop & Android

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Has it been six weeks already? Yes it has and that means it's time to get a new version of Firefox for both desktop and Android. Firefox 31 is now available for direct download or you can upgrade the current version by clicking the help button in the options panel. Firefox 31 for desktop brings new features for both end users and developers. Noteworthy among them is the Prefer:Safe feature which tells websites the current user is accessing the web behind parental controls. A new search field has been added to the new tab page, and a nice color picker tool has been added for developers, among other things. Firefox for Android is expanding on the home panels feature and you can now install more add-ons to add a larger variety of feeds to the home page. The API for adding content to the home page has also been introduced for developers. Users can now force sync open tabs from their Android device and reorder the home panels. Read More

Kinomatic: Record, Edit, Render, And Upload Videos From Your iOS device [Paid]

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Video editing apps are not exactly a genre in immense demand. Not to say it isn't popular, but it attracts a niche. Professionals are probably using high end tools such as Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro CC, while the enthusiast sector probably use something like Cinelab, iMovie, Movie Maker, etc. However, for enthusiasts on the go, their options are either free apps with very limited capability or expensive apps that get the job done. Now, with the release and immense success of Kinomatic for iOS, an app worth $3.99 in the app store, we have a tool that can record, edit, render and upload your videos directly from your iOS device. The app is currently half-off so buying now is a bargain. Read More

Facebook Now Lets You Bookmark Posts From Web And Mobile

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Something that's long been missing on Facebook is a way, any way, to find a link or photo you liked a month ago. Even searching for a page you like but have forgotten the name of is difficult. That struggle is now a thing of the past because Facebook is rolling out a new 'Save' feature to its users. This new feature lets you save places, events, music, links, and photos from your news feed. A new 'Save' link is added under the Favorites in the left side bar where you can access them, share them, revisit the links, or delete them. The feature is being made available in both iOS and Android apps, as well as for the web. Read More

WeTime: Create Meetings, Share Via SMS & Email With RSVP & iCloud Sync [iOS]

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Scheduling meetings is not fun. It doesn't matter if you use every form of communication out there to let everyone know about the meeting and everyone confirms their attendance. There will be still be someone arriving late, someone cancelling at the last minute, or someone who just didn't know about the meeting despite confirming their participation within minutes of the invite being sent out. Having established that meetings are hard to schedule, you shouldn't have to kill yourself trying to schedule them. WeTime is an iOS application that makes planning meetings on your iPhone exceptionally easy. The app has a service working in the background and it can add events that sync with iCloud. A meeting, once created, can be sent to others by email and text message. People you invite to the meeting can respond either from their browser or from the WeTime app if they have it installed on their device. You can indicate your own availability for an event and see how many of your total participants agreed to the given time slot. Participants can in turn leave comments and suggest alternative time slots. Read More

HandyCall: Answer, Reject, Or Mute Calls From A Floating Button [Android]

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We've reviewed apps that add floating chat heads for Google Chrome, and Android Notifications, and even a nice floating button for accessing the dialer app. Floating buttons aren't that new a concept and these handy, omnipresent buttons are no stranger to Android users but they seem to centre around replicating Facebook chat heads to a great extent and the majority of these apps do indeed cater to the messaging function of our phones. HandyCall is an Android app that adds a floating head to your screen when  you receive an incoming call. You can answer, reject, or mute the incoming call and continue to do whatever it is you were doing. The app comes with a built-in scheduler that lets you set when the app should be active if you don't want to use the floating head all the time. Read More

Quickly Master Speed Reading With The Readsy Web App

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Let’s face it: there’s a lot of content on the web and you have to wonder, can there be a simple way to shrink your reading list and enhance the pace at which you read? There’s one simple method and it’s called speed reading. Speed reading allows you to read text more rapidly by flashing it across your eyes one word at a time. There are a lot of apps that offer speeding reading or utilize this technology in their own way. If you want to improve your reading speed while retaining the same comprehension level then the speed reading app Readsy aims to help. Read More

Set Device To Silent Or Vibrate Based On Time, Location, Event, Or Contact [Android]

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The way you can automate tasks in Android is something you can't do even half as well on other smartphone platforms (we're looking at you iOS) and the apps that are developed to cater to Android's customization abilities are simply amazing. You may have heard that a Do Not Disturb feature is coming to Android L and while we don't have an app that replicates it for lower versions of Android, we have some that can tie us down well enough until Android L arrives. Mr. Silent, Auto silent mode is an Android app that lets you automate when your device is set on either silent or vibrate mode. You can set time slots, locations, events, and even select contacts, that the app will automatically mute your device for. Read More

BrightExplorer Adds Tabs To Windows File Explorer

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It feels surprising that Microsoft has not redesigned the default File Explorer of Windows in ages. Even though some features like the Ribbon UI were added in Windows 8 for improved navigation, the core usability issues still remained untouched. Windows Explorer, for instance, doesn’t offer users a way to open multiple directories via tabs. Now imagine if you had to browse the web without the multi-tab interface which is now found in many modern web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. That being said, if someone needs to work with multiple directories, the Windows File Explorer doesn’t cut it. BrightExplorer is a free program for Windows that adds tabs to Windows Explorer and allows each window to be opened in its own tab that the program attaches to the top of a single Explorer window. Lets take a look. Read More

Search Everything: Index All Internal Storage Files, OS Included [Android]

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I have always managed to quickly access my files on my computer via Everything Search, thanks to its fast indexing of files and folders. A similar app called Search Everything is now available for Android that makes the process of finding files you store on your phone tenfold easier. At its core, the app is nothing more than a file manager for Android. However, it bears some distinct and useful features which make it worth having in your arsenal. The stated aims of Search Everything are to be a free file manager that gives you instant access to your files by indexing all the files and folders you have stored on your device. Read More

Get Fast Folder Search & Selection When You Save A Bookmark [Chrome]

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I recently cleaned up the fantastic mess that was my bookmarks and I have been trying to keep them clean ever since. In that endeavour, I've added many new folders with the strangest names just so I know what links I've saved to them when I look at the bookmarks bar a month or so from now. The problem is, when I first organized my bookmarks, I was able to sort folders by name. The bookmarks manager, and subsequently the bookmarks bar doesn't automatically sort new folders by the same convention so all the new folders I've added appear in no order. This is problematic because I can't easily find the right folder from the (very) long list of folders I've created which is why Fast Bookmark is my new favorite Chrome extension. It lets me search for a folder in my bookmarks and filters the results as I type them. As opposed to opening the long list of folders, I can search for them. Read More

How To Add Voice-Over While Drawing On Your Android Device

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Drawing apps aren't something we cover very often but with Clarisketch, I couldn't help myself. It isn't the next big thing in drawing apps as far as creating stunning art on your Android device is concerned (though that is subjective to the skill of the artist). It is a drawing app that lets you record a voice-over as you draw. Given you have a device with a large enough screen, you can create drawing tutorials on the device. If you aren't into drawing, you can take a picture from your camera roll and draw over it, while still recording a voice-over. The brush size, opacity, and color can be customized but it seems color selection is restricted at the moment. Read More

Headset Menu Adds An App Switching Menu When Headset Are Plugged In [Android]

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Music apps, as abundant as they are will offer a new interface, a new way to access your music library, perhaps some new features, smarter search, and more. What few apps think about is the most important accessory we use when listening to music, i.e. our headphones. Headset Menu is an Android application that takes your headphones into consideration. The app is triggered only when you plug your headphones in. This goes for both your ordinary earbuds and Bluetooth headsets  The app lets you access apps from the notification area and while you can add any app to it, it makes more sense to add music apps only. Read More

Searchr: Website & App Specific Search With Executable App Actions [iOS]

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Spotlight is one of the more popular features of iOS and OS X. Unlike Spotlight in OS X, there are no search classifiers or filters in Spotlight in iOS. Searchr is an iOS app that does what Spotlight does but with filters for which apps the information you want to search. It's a free, ad supported app that will let you launch other apps, and search a host of others. The results are filtered by app so that if you're looking for say, file in Google Drive, you can scroll down to all matching results from Google Drive. A $2.99 upgrade lets you remove ads. Read More

ShortPaste Shortens All URLs From The Clipboard When You Paste Them [Android]

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Link shortners come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Services like Bit.ly and Goo.gl can quickly turn a lengthy URL into a smaller one, which can prove useful in several situations, such as when the text field is limited (like on Twitter) or the said URL has too many characters to type. Generally when you need to shorten links you head over to a link shorting website, paste the URL and retrieve its shortened version. But if you use Android, and want to cut a few extra steps from the process, the new app ShortPaste can automatically shorten all links you highlight and copy to the clipboard. Read More

Notable PDF: Annotate & Save Changes Made To A PDF Offline [Chrome]

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Browsers at the very least they let you open a PDF and read it and that will always be better than saving it to your desktop and using a desktop application to view it. Now, past that novelty, browsers are not the most impressive PDF viewers; you have your normal zoom in/out functions, printing, and saving but that's it. Notable PDF is a Chrome extension that puts a more feature rich PDF viewer in your browser. The extension can open PDF files from the desktop, from a link on a web page, and from Google Drive and Box. Notable PDF viewer lets you annotate PDFs, add comments, highlight text, and save the final annotated file in both Text and PDF format. Read More

An Introduction To AppleScript

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Apple is not famous for allowing intrusion on their platforms, the carefully guarded iOS environment being one such example. You can customize it, but you have to assume certain risks, such as those involved in jailbreaking. Mac OS X however, is a slightly different scenario. Mac is a sophisticated Unix build working in unison with Apple wizardry. There are custom actions that you can make your Mac do that would render so much of your work absolutely hassle free, all at the click of a button. To help achieve this, Apple created AppleScript back in 1993. Where they let users automate basic functions on a Mac until a certain level of automation set in. If you want to customize your Mac experience through basic scripts, here is how. Read More

Lingua.ly Teaches You English, French, Spanish, Arabic & Hebrew

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Learning a new language online isn’t something new. We’ve seen tools like Duolingo that make the process easy and fun. And a quick search on Google will reveal a lot of similar techniques and methods, in the form of browser extensions, web and mobile apps, and well, whatnot. Lingua.ly is one such amazing tool that wants to make the entire web your language learning playground. It lets you know how well you know on particular language and then recommends different words and text to read and improve your skills from there on. Quizzes can also be taken from time to time to see the outcome of your efforts. Read More

Vestigo: Access WiFi Switch, Network, And Information From Any Screen [Jailbreak]

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How often do you access your WiFi switch or need to view network information on your iPhone? If it's often enough for it to be annoying to switch to the Settings app each time then Vestigo is a tweak that can help. It is available in the ModMyi and Insanelyi repositories and can make the WiFi switch, networks in your vicinity, any network information available on any screen with a simple Activator gesture. The tweak opens a pop-up, overlaid on whichever app you're currently using, that lets you scan for other networks, turn WiFi on/off, and view signal strength among other things. Read More