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

View The Countries & Organizations Android Apps Send Data To With viaProtect

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Following numerous leaks and revelations about NSA's 'PRISM' internet surveillance program and other similar projects by international security firms, it’s become almost unthinkable to browse the web without some form of protection. On Android, there are already numerous ways to check what apps are sending or receiving data from the web, but the new app viaProtect goes a step further. The app - which is still in its preview stages - shows you the countries and services that each app's internet traffic is going through, along with other security information and an overall security risk rating for your device. Read More

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide To The iOS Lock Screen

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Here at AddictiveTips, our single, greatest objective is to help our readers make better use of their gadgets - whether it is a Mac, an Android tablet, or a Windows Phone device - through the use of better software. Now, while most of our articles are targeted towards the above-average technologically-literate person, we are going to do things differently in our 'Absolute Beginner's Introduction' series of articles. We are starting with iOS because that is what I personally have a strong grip over, but there are plans to expand to other platforms based on user feedback. Let's get started! Read More

Official RAR Archiving App Now Available for Android

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For the uninitiated, file compression utilities can be fairly confusing due to a bewildering number of file formats out there, many of which are only supported by specific applications. For the power-users among us, a compression tool must also carry advanced settings to tweak every little detail. Most people used to employ file compression tools on computers, but since the advent of powerful smartphones, the task has become common on mobile devices as well. Finding a good file compression app, however, can be a confusing task unless the app is from an authoritative developer. The free RAR for Android from RARLAB - the team behind WinRAR - aims to help. Read More

bitmado For Android Auto-Switches Between Wallpapers From Its Very Own Social Community

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Just when you think there are plenty of free wallpaper apps available at the Play Store, along comes another with more to offer. Called a 'shuffling wallpaper engine' by its developer, bitmado is a free addition to the genre that delivers a constant supply of new backgrounds so you don’t have to view the same old boring home screen every time you unlock your device. It's a live wallpaper that automatically cycles through different backgrounds, selecting them from the content and feedback of its Reddit-like community, which lets users upload images of their own, and upvote or downvote those uploaded by other bitmado members. It's like Muzei, but with social elements replacing extensions. Read More

Karma Train Is An iPhone Reddit Client With A Unique Cards-Based UI

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Over the years, continuous improvements and expansions from Alien Blue's dedicated developer has allowed it to become the single most powerful Reddit client for iOS. However, while advanced users do love the extra features, people using Reddit for basic content consumption find Alien Blue to be too bloated. Therein lies a great opportunity for developers: to create a reasonably powerful yet still lightweight Reddit client. Read More

Best Apps, Tips And Posts Of The Week [03.03.2014]

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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 how to turn Nokia X into a (almost) true Android phone, Google Now Launcher, a great new quick file sharing app for Windows, and several iOS jailbreak tweaks, among other excellent apps and tips. Read More

How To Root Nokia X, Install Play Store & Google Now Launcher

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Nokia’s announcement at the MWC regarding new Android handsets didn’t come as much a surprise as what the company did with Android running on its devices. It’s like the Finnish company – now owned by Microsoft – is attempting to create Android without Google, replacing the Mountain View company’s offerings with Microsoft’s. In fact, the Nokia X smartphone, although based on AOSP, is complete devoid of Google Apps, from looking at the device, you’ll have a hard time even telling that it’s Android. However, all hope is not lost, as thanks to the active Android developer community, there’s a way to not only root the Nokia X, but also install Google Play Store and the Google Now Launcher onto the device. Details past the jump. Read More

VineClient Is A Full-Fledged Vine App For Chrome With Upload & Download Functionality

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For those unfamiliar, Vine is a Twitter-owned mobile app that allows you to capture, edit and upload a six second video loop, with or without sound, and share it online with others. Reminiscing Twitter’s own idea of less is more, Vine is like the video equivalent of a 140 characters tweet. Back in January, Twitter also released Vine for Web to let users access their account from their PC, but the web dashboard doesn’t enable uploading video loops directly to Vine. This is why this feature-rich third-party Chrome extension labeled VineClient is worth giving a try. Not only does it gives you access to all of Vine's features, but also lets you upload video clips from your computer. Read More