Volume+ Adds Music Controls & More To The Volume HUD [Jailbreak]

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Music, sound, and volume profiles; we've covered tweaks for all of them ranging from those that let you manage the volume for all media channels, Activator gestures for the Music app, and even things like putting selective apps in silent mode. A lot of tweaks exist in popular repositories that let you manage sound either of your device or media playing on your device. Volume+ is the newest addition to this category of tweaks. It enriches the volume HUD and lets you see which song is playing, access the Music app, switch to the Messages app to send a new message, and access the camera. Read More

Slingshot Has Been Released & It Demands Your Phone Number

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Facebook's new Slingshot app is now available in the App Store and the Google Play Store for iOS and Android, respectively. The app, for now, seems to have been made available to users in the United States only so if you live elsewhere, you're in for a slightly longer wait. Before we get down to our review of the app, we're going to talk a little about privacy and what using Slingshot means. The app itself is indeed the Snapchat competitor eveeryone thought it would be and with a large company like Facebook behind it, the design is well up to par. Read More

Add Customizable Widgets To Windows 8 Start Screen With Start Screen Unlimited

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Love it or hate it, the Start Screen in Windows 8 is here to stay. If you’re using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you know what I'm referring to. While it does take some time getting used to, especially when you’re just getting started with the new Windows version, Start Screen does carry some handy features such as letting you access both metro and desktop apps under one roof and it's easier to navigate on touch screen based devices than the desktop mode. But let’s admit it, the Start Screen interface does have its own shortcomings, one of which is that it’s not very customizable. For instance, it doesn’t display time, or let you view your network status without entering the desktop. Start Screen Unlimited is a third-party application that tries to fill this gap and make the Start Screen more useful. Read More

Dayboard: Add 5 Important Tasks To The New Tab Page [Chrome]

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We’ve previously covered a range of complex task managers for desktop and mobile platforms, but if you’re looking for something much simpler, Dayboard for Chrome is worth a go. It’s a minimal New Tab page extension for Google’s web browser that lets you stay focused on the most important things in your daily agenda. The extension takes over the default new tab page and presents a simple canvas on which you can quickly jot the down five most important tasks and to-dos you want to accomplish on that day. The main idea behind the Dayboard is to keep track of these tasks and their schedules for you so that you won't forget them. Read More

Terrain Home Is An App Launcher With Smart Universal Search [Android]

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One of the key features that has made Android so popular is the extreme customizability. And what better example of customization than the wide range of launchers available for the platform could you get?. Although, Android devices come with the manufacturer’s favored launcher out of the box, the Play Store offers a plethora of alternatives that work just as well, or in some cases better than the stock one. Terrain (or Terrain Home: Sidebar & Search as labelled on Google Play) is new home screen replacement app that aims to make your Android experience simpler and more streamlined by putting frequently accessed features up and front. Read More

DocuFreezer Converts MS Doc, Excel, PPT Files To PDF & Images [Windows]

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DOCX has become a worldwide document type standard and you no doubt deal with these files fairly regularly if you use Microsoft Office. But sometimes you want to prevent your documents from being altered by others. And it seems rather handy to have them converted into an image or PDF file to prevent any misuse. Previously we’ve covered a ton of applications that let you convert text documents to viewable-only PDF or image files or vice versa. DocuFreezer is a new tool from the folks at fCoder that easily and effectively batch converts Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents to PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and PNG. Read More

What Each Tab In Windows 7 Task Manager Tells You

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As an end user, you never really know what your computer can do until you break something and it stops doing those things it's done so well. You may not break it in the literal sense but it's only when something goes wrong that most of us try to dig a little deeper, to see what the problem might be. One of the very basic tools at our disposal for diagnosing a Windows PC is the Task Manager. If you've used it even a few times, you'll know what information you get from some of those tabs but you may be clueless regarding some of the other tabs so here's a brief overview of each one. Read More

Now – new tab: A Google Now New Tab Page Complete With Cards [Chrome]

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Many of  Google Now's features have become a part of Chrome though some, like the notifications, are still tied to your Android device. Now - new tab is a Chrome extension that turns the new tab page into a very functional rendering of Google now. It's the most accurate one we've seen to date and besides checking and listing your latest email, giving you access to a search bar, and displaying the time and date, the new tab page lets you add new events to your calendar and also works with Chrome notifications. You can drag the different cards to rearrange them any way you want. Your frequently accessed websites have their own card and cards for accessing Chrome Settings, Downloads, extensions and the default new tab page have also been added. Read More

Write Notes And Sync Them To Dropbox Or Google Drive [Android]

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I think I can say with absolute certainty that there are many different ways to keep notes on Android. Google Keep, for instance, is a really nice app if you’re quickly jotting things down. And it syncs well with your Google Account too. Evernote provides the best note taking experience across platforms. But not everyone wants to play with loads of features that Evernote throws at you, and some people prefer simplicity over complexity when it comes to creating and saving notes. If you’ve been looking for a way to write notes on your Android device that sync with your Dropbox or Google Drive, then Sync Notes is might be the right tool for you. Although it has a pretty simple interface, it gets you to what you want fast. Read More

Lumosity Brings Its Brain Teasing Service To Android

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Playing brain teasing games is one of the best ways to relax and improve your creative and cognitive skills more quickly. Brain teasers test us with a series of questions and riddles to check where our problem-solving skills lie, and aid in improving our memory. Lumosity is one such popular website, having 60 million active users, that promises to train your brain’s different areas related to speed, attentiveness, memory etc. using neuroscience research as a foundation. It has grown in popularity thanks in great part to its iOS app. Lumosity has launched its official Android app which brings the service to Google’s mobile OS. The app carries various brain teasing exercises, sports elegant UI and is free. Read More

Text, Frames, & Collages; 3 Things Instagram Doesn’t Do & Apps To Do Them [iOS]

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With the last Instagram update, the app has definitely upped its feature offering. It had crop and straighten image added in an older update and it seems like it has the bases covered. You shouldn't really need other apps to make an Instagram-worthy photo, right? Sadly, no. Even though Instagram has great photo editing features, Instagram users still need apps for adding frames because not all Instagram filters have a frame and those that do, lack the option to change the frame color. Then there is text; Instagram doesn't let you add text to your photos. Lastly, a lot of people use the app to showcase products they sell and they combine multiple photos into really impressive collages which Instagram doesn't support. Those are three very good reasons that send Instagramers to third-party apps. Read More

How To Remove Google+ From Your Google Account

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Google+ is the second largest social network in the world in terms of active users yet many people don’t use it as much as they spend their time using Facebook or Twitter. Although. you can stop using the service any time you want, it seems rather taxing that your Google+ profile is automatically created upon signing up for a new account. We all know that the social network is merely the web giant’s attempt to capture another bit of information about you, and possibly help bolster its advertising business and make more money. So here’s the cure: you can always delete your Google+ profile while keeping your other Google services and apps intact. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to do that. Read More

Echo Sorts Alerts By Type On Your Lockscren & Reminds You Of Them [Android]

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Notifications are an essential part of Android but the default notification system of the platform can be annoying and frustrating at times, especially when it throws a boatload of alerts at you. Nevertheless, who would want to be notified if someone followed them on Twitter or an old pal liked their embarrassing photo?. This is where the new app Echo Notification Lockscreen comes to the rescue. This simple app aims to replace the stock lockscreen of your phone with one that’s more functional, puts greater emphasis on notifications, and splits them according to their significance for you. Read More

Copy Bubble: A Floating Clipboard Manager That Saves Multiple Snippets [Android]

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For PC users, the clipboard feature is as natural as anything else. It allows users to easily copy and paste text, files, folders, and more. Luckily for Android users, the copy & paste functionality has always been there too but akin to the default clipboard feature of desktop, the clipboard of Android can store only one item at a time. Copy Bubble is a new nifty little application that improves the default single-purpose clipboard in Android by allowing you to save multiple text snippets to it and use them any time you want. But since there are many similar apps we’ve seen before, Copy Bubble makes itself stand out from the crowd by presenting everything in a floating window giving you access to clipboard items on the fly by tapping an always-accessible hovering bubble. Read More

Angry Birds Epic: The Birds Are Back & Charged With New Skills [Review]

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Angry Birds was one of those games I was crazy excited to play when I got my first smartphone and I wasn't disappointed. The franchise is one of the most successful ones in mobile gaming and a movie is slated for release in 2016 but the guys at Rovio are still developing new Angry Bird games with Angry Birds Epic being the latest to hit the Google Play Store. Unlike its previous versions that have a variation of the old sling-shot gameplay, this new game is a turn based RPG. The story is of course the same; bad piggies have stolen the birds' eggs and the birds are angry. Read More

Sort Preferences In The iOS Settings App Into Groups [Jailbreak]

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Apple has good reason behind the way everything in iOS is laid out and as Jony Ive will tell you before each new iPhone or iOS version is announced, a lot of thought went in to making it happen. iDevice owners who jailbreak their devices would disagree; the mobile OS is great but they can think of a few things they would like done differently. If one of your areas of contention is the Settings app and how the different settings are listed, then PreferenceTag is a tweak that will let you change it completely. It's available in both the BigBoss and Insanelyi repositories and it allows you to group different settings into tags. You have complete control over which setting will be grouped under a certain tag and if you aren't into creating tags you can just hide the preferences you don't use. Read More

Shader Gives You A Basic New Tab Page With A 3D Background [Chrome]

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The New Tab page in Chrome, or in any other browser for that matter, is a very important page. Google redesigned this page in Chrome only a few updates ago and Firefox has also made some changes, albeit subtle ones to its new tab page. So, if the developers of these amazing browsers rethink the new tab page, it only stands to reason that developers and users alike will have an opinion on what they want or don't want, hence the very healthy list of extensions in the Chrome Web Store that look to make the new tab page better. We have our own list of amazing extensions for modifying the new tab page. Shader - 3D New Tab is an extension that overhauls the new tab page giving it a seemingly 3D background. It's very clean and focuses on giving you essential information only. You get the date and time, a direct link to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and Github, and a search bar. The extension has eight themes for you to choose from and it is surprisingly fast considering the background is animated. Read More

WinTrezur Lets You Encrypt Photos And Set An Image As The Password

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If you share your computer with other family members in your house, and it contains some private pictures that you don’t want anyone else other than yourself to access, then it is best to encrypt your files and keep them behind a secure password. Well, you may have used a ton of image viewers already, but how many of them actually let you encrypt your photos? Meet WinTrezur, a desktop application created for this very purpose. This Windows program, which comes in both install and portable types, allows you to not only view your images, but also protect them from intruders, by encrypting them with 256 bit AES algorithm which is hard to crack. Read More

Hangar – Access Frequently Used Apps From The Notification Drawer

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Generally when you need to open apps on your Android device, you do so from the home screen, the app drawer, or the recent apps list, which was first introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich. But all these options never seem fast enough when it comes to opening your favorite or most-used applications quickly and easily. This is where the new application aptly labeled Hangar comes to the rescue. With this handy tool in your arsenal, you won’t have to bear the pain of first hopping on to your home screen or pausing your videos. Hangar lets you access your favorite applications from the most frequently accessed location on your device; the notification drawer. Read More

Floata: Add A Floating Button To Your Screen To Tweet From Any App

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I’m no Twitter junkie, but I’m absurdly picky when it comes to mobile apps that are created for it. Since the humble beginnings of Android, I’ve seen plenty of 3rd party Twitter clients making their way to the Google Play Store. That probably means that the competition is tough for new developers to bring something fresh to the table which can enhance your Twitter usage besides offering something unique. Floata is just that app which I found particularly helpful if you need to tweet something quickly whenever, wherever you want. Because, unlike traditional Twitter applications, Floata can float over other apps, allowing you to access it by simply tapping on its miniscule icon. Read More