Selectively Lock Android Apps In Multiple Ways With Lockdown Pro

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As we are trusting our smartphones more and more with our private data, it is becoming increasingly important to take the necessary measures for keeping that data out of reach of prying eyes. Just a few months ago, we took a look at five great tools for password-protecting apps on Android, but the app that we’re about to take for a spin today has what it takes to give them all a run for their money. Aptly named Lockdown Pro, this awesome app offers basic as well as advanced app locking features for newbies and seasoned users alike, and looks great while at it. Featuring multiple PIN & pattern options, geo-fencing, stealth mode to conceal the app’s very presence, and several great-looking themes for the unlocking screen, this should be a must-have on every Android phone and tablet out there. And best of all, it’s completely free, without even any ads! Read More

Hands-On With Microsoft OneNote For Mac OS X

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We have come a long way from memorizing phone numbers and carrying written notes with us just to maintain schedules. In the modern era of getting things done, there is tremendous demand for note taking apps, which is why suites like Evernote and Google Keep generate so much interest. We even compared the top note taking apps around this time last year and the competition was stiff. Under Microsoft’s new regime, we see the arrival of Microsoft OneNote for Mac. The Mac variant has debuted as a free download along with a free version for Windows desktop. Read More

Save Any Facebook Post For Later In Chrome With Facebook Favorite

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The social network giant, Facebook, is known for keeping its user-base engaged with new features and functionality, introduced throughout each year. Still, no matter how many features they add to the it, there will always be room for more. If the social network doesn't officially offer what you're looking for, there might be a third-party tool, app or browser extension that adds the required feature to it. One great example that I recently came across is Facebook Favorite for Chrome, a simple and lightweight extension that lets you save Facebook posts for later. It’s somewhat like Pocket for Facebook. Read More

Dewey Offers A Pinterest-Like Bookmark Manager For Chrome With Smarter Search

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Chrome has come a long way since its inception in 2008. The web browser, which is popular for providing a speedy web experience, lightweight design and a ton of features, is also the one with more extensions and apps in its arsenal than any other web browser on the market, offering several good solutions for any major requirement. For example, if you find it tedious to manage your Chrome bookmarks via the integrated Bookmarks Manager, you'll find many worthy alternatives on the Chrome Web Store, one of which is Dewey Bookmarks. This Chrome app is an alternative bookmark manager with a Pinterest-like interface that’s both user-friendly and functional, bookmark searching, tagging and sorting. Details after the break. Read More

CrowdInspect Scans Running Windows Processes Over VirusTotal, WOT & More

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It often gets really difficult to determine which processes and services running on your computer are legitimate. While the integrated Task Manager utility in Windows does allow you to kill unwanted programs or create their dump files, it doesn’t show you the integrity of each item. Back in December 2013, we covered herdProtect for Windows, a simple tool that scans running process and startup items on several cloud antivirus engines to find inherent threats. CrowdInspect is a similar application that takes things a step further. Not only does it analyze processes against Virus Total's database, but also displays security ratings from WOT (Web of Trust) and MHR (Malware Hash Project). Read More

Taskei For Android Lets You Automate Popular Muzei Live Wallpaper With Tasker

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Since its release last month, Muzei Live Wallpaper has gained a lot of acclaim from its users for bringing gorgeous wallpapers from different sources to their home screens. Another app that a lot of Android power users love is Tasker, known for its ability to let users automate countless tasks on Android. While Muzei can automatically rotate your wallpaper, how about the ability to do it based on context, action or any condition supported by Tasker? Taskei acts as a bridge between these two apps to let you do just that. Let’s take a look at how that works. Read More

Astrill VPN Offers Secure, Region Restriction-Free Browsing On Android

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The sad truth about the Internet is that many amazing services like Spotify and Hulu are only accessible within a few countries. While folks living in those countries can stream free music or watch their favorite TV shows, those of us who live elsewhere on the planet are left out in the cold. If you’ve been having a hard time coping with online region restriction, then one definitive solution is to use a VPN service. Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN secures your Internet traffic and enables you to access geo-restricted websites. Astrill VPN is a fairly popular name in this genre, and recently, the company launched an Android app to allow on-the-go access to their VPN service. Read More

Quickly Type Special Characters In Windows Using Keyboard Shortcuts

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Windows lets you use tons of different special characters, which don’t appear on a standard QWERTY keyboard, via an integrated Character Map. However, if you often find the need to type special characters in text, then copying them from the Characters Map every time could prove to be tedious and time-consuming. Meet WinCompose, an open-source desktop tool that saves you from this tasking process by allowing you to swiftly type special characters using simple key combinations. Read More

Spin Reimagines The iPhone Lock Screen Music Controls

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Tweaks that let users customize the iOS lock screen are abundant in the Cydia store, but Spin is the kind of release that just refuses to get lost in the crowd. With Spin, you get a complete revamp of the  lock screen music view. Instead of a square containing the album art of the current song, Spin displays a radial frame in the middle of the lock screen. The current status of the track is depicted by a knob around the border of the album art. Spin doesn’t stop at just changing the album art; it also affects the playback controls and the overall layout of the lock screen, including the status bar clock and the wallpaper. Read More

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