Gecko Dialer: Access Dialpad And Google Search In Floating Window [Android]

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We all know that Android can easily handle two different tasks simultaneously. But Google’s open source OS doesn’t offer true multitasking a la Windows or Mac OS X. Even though manufacturers like Samsung have already tried to fill this gap with their Mult-Window feature found on the company’s top end Galaxy phones and tablets, other OEMs are yet to bring similar functionality to the table. Recently though, floating apps are becoming the de facto standard for performing multiple tasks at the same time, because these apps enable users to access certain tasks within another application  (Facebook Messenger, anyone?). Gecko Dialer is one such handy tool that lets you access the dialler interface in a floating window, enabling you to easily input long numbers and extensions inside another app. Read More

Perfect Tip: Calculate How Much Should You Pay And Tip When Splitting The Bill

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Whether you eat out alone or with a group of friends, tipping is common etiquette (provided you get good service of course) and we all know that 20% is the standard rate.  Perfect Tip is a smart and simple little Android app that not only helps you calculate the right amount to tip based on the percentage you should be tipping, (percentage is customizable) but also divides the final amount among the group of diners. It also uses subtle visual cues to let you know if the amount our tipping is fair or if you're stiffing the serving staff. Ready to eat out? Read More

LenX: Take Long Exposure Shots & Adjust Exposure Level [Android]

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Ever seen those amazing shots of the night sky taken with a long exposure camera? Or maybe you'd just like to take a cool looking picture of your friends playing with glow stick but without a DSLR or any other fancy camera equipment. LenX is a nice new Android app available for free in the Google Play Store that lets you take long exposure shots. It's very basic with an adjustment slider for exposure levels and a simple zoom feature. The photos turn out fairly well and all it takes is two taps to capture one long exposure photo. Read More

Nightingale Is A Media Player With A Wide Array Of Third Party Extensions

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There are a truckload of programs out there that you can use to manage your music library, but it’s because numerous options are at your disposal that make it taxing to decide which media player should you choose.  Nightingale is one such open source media player that lets you play music and video files on your computer. But that’s precisely what most media players let you do, right? So Nightingale makes itself standout from the crowd by its wide array of third-party extensions that further improve its functionality. For instance, there’s an extension that lets you stream SoundCloud. And then there’s one you can use to scrobble your Last.fm. And more! Read More

6 Handy Shortcut Keys To Improve Your Windows 8.1 Experience

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The first major update for Windows 8.1 – dubbed Windows 8.1 Update 1 – was publicly released back in April 2014, and since then we’ve played with its many new features. Indeed, it’s a major update, one that should have been there since day one of the  Windows 8 release, and while there are a few changes under the hood, the prime directive of Update 1 was seemingly to improve overall Windows experience for the desktop users.  Today, we’re going to list six hotkey shortcuts that aim to improve your Windows 8.1 user experience one way or the other, from quickly closing Modern UI apps to accessing the Taskbar in Start Screen. So without any further ado, let’s get started. Read More

QuickClick: Map Volume Keys To Perform Quick Actions [Android]

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Gone are the days when phones were used to just make voice calls. These days, your smartphone might be more powerful than your personal computer, and with the right set of tools, it can be an invaluable asset to your lifestyle. Android is a brilliant operating system when it comes to performing tasks quickly and effectively because the open source OS has been designed to perform all tasks with a few simple screen taps and swipes, but if you still fancy using physical buttons, QuickClick is a free app that can let you cleverly accomplish this. This little piece of software allows you to map your device’s Volume keys for quickly performing frequent actions like launching an app, accessing settings, toggling flash light et al. Read More

Hitman Go Arrives On The Google Play Store [Paid]

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Hitman is a video game series based on Agent/Mr. 47, a silent assassin who stops at absolutely nothing to neutralize his target. Agent 47 is as ruthless as you choose to make him, that is the essence of the game. You are a highly trained hitman let loose in an area full of potential targets. He can kill an entire building full of people or he can slide in and out of a mission unnoticed. That kind of freedom of approach is what makes the Hitman games such a success since his first appearance in November of 2000. Its sequels, movies and novels have made 47 the quintessential video game character. A blank emotionless slate for you to project yourself and play away. Agent 47 has been out on mobile (iOS) since late April, it is now finally out on Android, let us see how Hitman Go fares in our review. Read More

Wordbase Is A Word Game That Combins Scrabble & Letterpress [Android]

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Word games have been around for ages and they still live on as strong as ever in today’s smartphone era. Being an Android user, you don’t have to worry about finding one because the Play Store houses countless games that fit this genre. Wordbase is one such new kid on the block that couldn’t escape our radar. Essentially, it is a word game that requires you to strategically reach your opponents base, not with weapons or climbing humongous mountains, but rather with a strong vocabulary, one word at a time. Read More

Movienr: Find Movies By Genre, Theme, Place, Period, & More

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It's the weekend and the perfect time to watch a movie. The only question is what movie should you watch? It's the one question that will decide between a night well spent or a night utterly wasted. Movienr is a web service that might help; it lets you search for movies by genre, theme, place, period etc. So, why is this impressive when every other movie search service has a genre filter? It's the other filters that make it special. The Theme filter has everything from alien, animal, disaster to the ever popular vampire. Then there's the place filter which finds movies based on what place they are about like maybe an island, a jungle, or a dessert. The point is, this isn't your typical genre based movie search. It's far more interest based. Read More

10 Add-ons For Firefox Android That You Should Try Out Over The Weekend

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Firefox users have long enjoyed amazing features on the desktop thanks to the very rich add-on repository that it has. We've covered a lot of these add-ons and often had readers asking if a similar extension was available for Chrome. It's a tribute to these add-ons that add both features and functionality. Firefox isn't just a desktop browser, it has an amazing Android version which happens to support add-ons as well. Like the repository for add-ons for the desktop version, there is a repository for the Android version as well and we combed it for some useful ones that every Firefox user should install. Here are our top ten picks. Read More

Newsbeat Reads Your Favorite News Stories To You Out Loud On Your Phone

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Keeping up with news of any kind is pretty simple these days thanks to the swathe of smartphone apps and the abundance of online content. When it comes to newsreaders on Android and iOS, there’s really not any shortage of such apps on both these platforms. But Newsbeat –by Tribune Digital Ventures – is a free, well-designed news app that brings something unique to the table. Instead of letting you read long-winded news stories, it narrates them for you using text-to-speech technology. The clear dialogue in turn makes it fairly similar to how you hear the news on radio or podcasts. The really interesting bit is that instead of a select few stories, you can listen to literally any news you want and curate news playlists of your topics that interest you, as well as select custom news sources and sections. Read More

Agora’s Lets You Compare Products When You Buy Items Online [Chrome]

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Do you needlessly spend money buying stuff on Amazon only to find your wallet empty when you need it the most? No matter how little or how much money you have, spending it wisely is very important. But sadly most of us don’t bother doing comparison shopping when buying items online. If you want to get the most bang for your buck then the new comparison shopping service labeled Agora for Chrome aims to provide a handy solution. It gives you your personal workspace where you can add products to your dashboard, organize them and make comparisons in order to make the best purchase decision. Although still in early beta, the service works absolutely like a charm. Read More

Faces.im Brings Facebook Chat Heads Notifications To Google Chrome

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The Messenger app is one of the center pieces of Facebook’s mobile empire. If you’ve ever used it on your smartphone or tablet, you may have fancied its Chat Heads notification system that put your friends’ heads in bubbles that pop up over any app when you receive a Facebook message. This way you don't need to navigate to a separate screen or use an app to exchange messages. Chat Heads are available on both Android and iOS, but despite their appeal, they have never made an appearance on desktop. Fortunately, we can take help from third party apps when something’s not officially offered to us. And this is exactly what Faces.im, a Google Chrome extension, is all about. This handy little tool brings Chat Heads UI to desktop, allowing you to keep track of your Facebook messages in the simplest manner. Read More

KeyCuts: Erase Words, Letters, Add Full Stops & More With Swipe Gestures [Jailbreak]

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iOS 8 will allow third party keyboards to be installed on your device which is great news and something people with jailbroken devices know the importance of. KeyCuts is yet another Cydia tweak that aims to make typing on iOS better but instead of changing what the keyboard does, it adds gestures that make typing easier. The tweak is available in the BigBoss repository and costs $0.99. By default, it lets you erase one letter by swiping up, jump to a new line by swiping down, delete the last word you just wrote by swiping left, and add a space and period by swiping right. In effect, it renders the backspace, enter, and space bar useless. It supports other functions that can be assigned to these four gestures. Read More

Tab Groups Helper Makes Tab Management In Firefox More Accessible

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The Tab Groups feature of Firefox is a pretty smart way of managing multiple tabs. But the major shortcoming that it suffers with is that the tab groups can only be displayed in a separate interface as small thumbnails. Moreover, Mozilla’s open source web browser is not very flexible when its comes to customizing these groups. You can quickly access Tab Groups via Ctrl + Shift + E hotkey shortcut. Or via an on screen button which only appears when you have so many tabs opened. If you work with a lot of tabs, love Firefox’s tab grouping but want to bring it directly to the forefront of any webpage, try Tab Groups Helper, which, instead of relying on two interfaces, presents tab groups in an overlaid window. Read More

View Folder Size In Bytes, Kilobytes, Megabytes, And Gigabytes [Windows]

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One of the things that bother me about Windows is its inability to display folder sizes. Although you can get that information if you open the folder’s Properties sheet in Windows Explorer, it is not suited for comparing folder sizes or analyzing which folders are taking the most disk space, because it can be time wasting to open the properties of every folder one after the other. If you don’t mind using third party tools, Folder Size Explorer is a free application that aims to help you. It automatically calculates the size of all the folders on your computer and lets you view it in bytes, kilobytes, megabytes and gigabytes. Read More

NOTEify Take Notes During Phone Calls & Manage Contacts

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Talking on the smartphone is something we take for granted these days. And while it’s no longer unusual to be seen taking a phone call, what’s rather useful about a smartphone is the things you can do while you’re in the middle of a call. NOTEify (or Noteify for that matter) is a small Android application that can help you jot down notes when you're in acall. It pops up as a floating window carrying a built in text editor where you can freely add things you may want to remember about a particular contact, or even if you need to casually note down something quickly without jumping to Evernote. Read More

SndLatr Compose Gmail Messages Now And Send Them Later [Chrome]

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Email has become fairly essential these days. Almost anyone who owns a computer or smartphone has an email account. And when it comes to email services, Gmail is our favorite one here at Addictivetips, but truth be told, there are a few things we wish we could add. For instance, if you’re anything like me, you’ll receive a huge number of emails each day. But sometimes I have to reply to certain emails only at a particular time. If you have ever wanted to write a message in Gmail now but send it a later date and time then SndLatr will come as immensely useful. This amazing Google Chrome extension has been designed to take control out of the hands of Gmail and place it back under your command by letting you schedule emails however you please. What’s more, it allows you to create custom text snippets and use them on the fly. Read More

6 New Photo Editing Features Added In Instagram v6.0 Update

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Instagram is the camera app that gets filters right and it's just released a new version that brings 6 new editing features that take it beyond filters. The new features include adjustments for shadow and highlight, vignette, the intensity of the filters applied, adjustments for brightness, contrast, and saturation, sharpness, and light intensity. The update has been rolled out for both iOS and Android and changes to the camera viewer and photo editing screens have been made to accommodate the new features. Read More

New Features In OS X Yosemite

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Every year at WWDC, Apple showcases their latest products for the benefit of developers. Due to the hype it commands, it went from being a simple developer's showcase to a global event. Steve Jobs' presentations are still held at a very high pedestal, especially his now revered Columbo-esque "oh, and one more thing" revelations. Last year, we discussed the release of the OS X Mavericks, 10.9 and later covered it in depth. OS X 10.10, originally codenamed "Syrah", has been subject to speculation since Mavericks was set to release. The 11th version of OS X was finally unveiled at WWDC 2014, it is named Mac OS Yosemite, continuing the naming convention based on places in California. Read More