Persist Improves Volume Control On Android Through Custom Profiles

Persist-Volume-Control-for-Android
Do you turn your smartphone to silent mode each time you get to work? Don't want to disturb your sleeping roommate with your phone’s loud ringtone in the middle of the night? If I have one real gripe with Android, it’s the operating system’s poor implementation of volume management. It doesn’t give you much control over the different types of sounds your device emits, let alone create presets like those old feature phones from Nokia or Samsung. If you'd like to have a little more customization at your disposal, then give Persist Volume Control a shot. The app provides greater control over your Android device's acoustics, giving you the option to set separate volume levels for the ringer, notifications, alarms, media, system, in-call sound etc., and creating volume presets for different situations. Read More

Disconnect Search Comes To Android; Allows Tracking-Free Google, Bing & Yahoo Queries

Disconnect-Search-for-Android
If you talk to people about NSA’s PRISM program, most will seem disinterested, probably because they fail to realize how much of their data is being monitored. Though, if you're like me, all the hullabaloo that the program's outing caused must have scared you. After all, it is believed to be collecting and analyzing data from pretty much every tech giant (Google, Facebook and the like), and could be listening in on your phone calls, monitoring your emails or checking in on your cloud drives. In October last year, the folks behind Disconnect – a Chrome and Firefox extension that blocks online data tracking – released another tool for the same browsers to protect your privacy while using search engines. Their latest solution, called Disconnect Search, has made its way to Android with the aim to provide a safer search environment on your mobile device by masking your IP address. Read More

How To Get The iOS 7 Photo Booth App On iPhone Or iPod touch

iOS-7-Photo-Booth-app-for-iPhone
It might not be the most popular app on the iPad, but Photo Booth still has a considerable amount of fans. Many photo editors and camera replacement apps have tried to emulate Photo Booth on other platforms, but there is always a certain charm in using the real deal. Since Apple doesn't offer Photo Booth for iPhone, developers have been coming up with ports and alternatives for smaller screens. On iOS 7, Photo Booth (iOS 7) brings this classic iPad app to iPhone and iPod touch devices running the latest iOS firmware version. The port offered by the tweak is a little too simple, but serves the purpose for which it has been designed. You get all the popular camera effects, as well as a set of comprehensive sharing options. Read More

Fancy Switcher Brings HTC Sense & Cover Flow-Inspired Multitasking To Android

Fancy-Switcher-multitasking-for-Android
There was a time when even the most diehard Android users would argue against the number of apps available for the platform. This no longer applies now, as Android has not only dominated the market by becoming the most widely used mobile OS, but the variety of apps has also increased. Developers now pay close attention to Google’s open source OS in order to provide unique app experiences not found on iOS or Windows Phone. Fancy Switcher is a new app from XDA-Developers member JKab that takes advantage of Android’s multitasking capabilities, and lets you switch apps in a fancier manner, showcasing app previews in neat cards (reminiscent of the HTC Sense app switcher) coupled with eye catching animations. Read More

CameraTweak 2 Adds Gestures, Timer, Resolution Control & More To iOS 7 Camera App

CameraTweak 2 iOS
If you are already a fan of some third-party Camera app for iPhone, you might not be missing CameraTweak too much after updating to iOS 7. Anyone who has previously had a taste of the tweak in the past, however, is sure to be thrilled by the news that CameraTweak 2 has just been released for iOS 7. The updated version of the tweak doesn’t just bring compatibility with the latest iOS version; it also offers a completely new UI and some new ways of enjoying extra camera features. CameraTweak 2 works in both photo and video modes, with options like White Balance Lock, countdown timer, a timelapse mode and more  added to the mix. To make CameraTweak 2 really convenient to use and unobtrusive, the developer has added gestures to it, which ensure that the added buttons don’t interfere with normal camera operations. Read More

Popular Android Content Transfer App Pushbullet Comes To Windows

Pushbullet-for-Windows-content-transfer-over-WiFi
Mobile devices have become an essential part of our lives. They are slowly reducing the time we spend on traditional computers to surf internet, check emails, watch movies or play video games. Nonetheless, traditional computers are still around, and we often find ourselves exchanging information between our mobile devices and computers to keep data backed up or synchronized. Pushbullet, a brilliant Android app that allows users to send almost anything from phone to PC and vice versa, recently took the wrap off of an all-new Windows variant. Pushbullet for Windows lets users quickly send and receive files, links, notes, and text etc. to and from other computers or devices over WiFi. Read More

GBA4iOS 2.0 Brings iPad Support, Controller Skins, Dropbox Sync & A New UI For iOS 7

GBA4iOS-2-Gameboy-Emulator-for-iPhone,-iPad,-iPod-touch
When we covered GBA4iOS last year, it was already a pretty neat and feature-rich emulator but quite some time has passed since then without the app undergoing any changes. After the release of iOS 7, almost all major apps received updates to match the new flat UI, so it makes sense that GBA4iOS has joined the club as well, albeit a little late. GBA4iOS 2.0 comes with a revamped interface and some awesome new features. You can save the state of your games to Dropbox, and ROMs can also be stored in the cloud for easier management. To augment the new UI, GBA4iOS 2.0 has also added support for third-party skins for the emulator’s controller. If you own an iPad, GBA4iOS has finally been optimized for your tablet’s larger screen, letting users enjoy their favorite childhood games more thoroughly. Read More

Best Apps, Tips And Posts Of The Last Two Weeks [02.24.2014]

Best-apps-tips-roundup-AT_2
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 cover a smörgåsbord of Android apps, iOS jailbreak tweaks, and browser extensions to improve your daily workflows! Read More

CALCU Is A Powerful Android Calculator App With Gestures & Themes

CALCU-The-Ultimate-Calculator_add-New.png
Calculators, for most users, usually fall among the least used apps on smartphones, but as they are one of the essentials, all the current major mobile operating systems come packed with one. Though, be it Android, iOS or Windows Phone, the stock Calculator app is fairly basic. We've featured some powerful and unique third-party alternatives for Android, such as DLD Calc, MyScript Calculator and AirCalc, all of which bring a unique functionality to the table. A new addition to this genre called CALCU: The Ultimate Calculator, on the other hand, aims to rethink the entire experience. CALCU has actually been around for quite a few days and has already received some rave reviews from users. Apart from letting you carry out all kinds of calculations, the app comes with support for gestures, themes and interface customization. Read More

Super Drag Speeds Up Browsing In Firefox Via Drag & Drop Actions

Super-Drag-Firefox-extension
Super Drag is an excellent Firefox add-on that lets you easily and instantly choose the way links are to load for any website, with simple drag and drop. That is, instead of opening a link or interacting with text and images the conventional way, if you drag them a bit off their position, a command panel is presented, from where you can quickly open links in the foreground, background, or the same tab, submit highlighted text as a query to search engines, or save images to local storage. The extension works just about anywhere on the web as long as there is a clickable link on the page. Details to follow. Read More

Muzei Is An Amazing Android Live Wallpaper That Switches Backgrounds From Configurable Sources

Muzie-Live-Wallpaper-for-Android
Android stands tall over its competition in a lot of areas, mainly when it comes to customization possibilities and changing the overall look and feel of the device. One such element is the choice of wallpapers. If we look at the primary competitors, iOS started offering wallpaper customization pretty late in the day, and even those are not much use except on the lock screen, since the home screen is usually riddled with app icons that hide whatever you’ve set as the background. Likewise, Windows Phone wallpapers are visible only on the lock screen. With the variety of launcher and home screen choices that you get with Android, that’s the platform where having a different background truly shines. Live wallpapers, despite being battery hogs, are one of the prime preferences for a lot of users. A while back, we saw 500 Firepaper see the light of day – an excellent live wallpaper that cycled through choice images from the 500px library. Taking the same concept many notches further comes Muzei – a live wallpaper that can automatically cycle through wallpapers from a variety of other sources, thanks to the number of extensions that are already available for the app. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer. Read More

SwiP Is A Free Profile Switching Automation App For Android

SwiP_Edit-Trigger.png
Task automation has become quite popular among mobile users thanks to apps like Tasker. Tasker allows you to configure different scenarios based on current location, time, event and so on, and automatically trigger different actions based on those scenarios. For instance, if you want your phone to automatically switch to silent mode when connected for charging, or need to turn off WiFi when you’re on the road, you can easily achieve that using Tasker. The only caveat with Tasker is that it’s a paid app, and even though it's worth every penny, most users rather not shell out the cash. If you’re looking for a free, or better yet, open-source alternative, give SwiP a go. Developed by XDA-Developers member Flow-Chi, this new app automates switching between different device profiles. It is nowhere near as flexible or feature-rich as Tasker, but what it offers should be enough for the casual user. Plus, its simplicity makes it much easier to understand. Details after the jump. Read More

Share Your PC’s Screen With Any Computer Over WiFi Or LAN Using ScreenTask

ScreenTask-local-WiFi-network-LAN-screen-sharing-for-Windows
I usually prefer services and apps on the web that are free from complex sign up procedures or complicated installation setups. Unfortunately, many screen sharing apps available for Windows suffer from both these annoyances, on top of being fairly expensive. ScreenTask is an open-source screen sharing application that simplifies this task for users who just want to share their screens with others on their local network. As the sharing is done over local WiFi or LAN, it eliminates the need for cumbersome signups. Once the app is up and running, it provides you with a unique URL that can be shared with as many local computers as you want. What's more, ScreenTask doesn't require client-side installation. That is, using the URL you shared with them, other users can view your PC's screen on any web browser and any platform without additional software. Details to be followed. Read More

WhatPulse Is A PC Usage Monitor With Network, Mouse, Keyboard Stats & Heat Maps

WhatPulse-Windows-usage-monitor
Have you ever wanted to find out how much time you spend on the internet, how many words you typed in a day, or where you clicked on your screen? WhatPulse for Windows does all that and more. It’s a feature-rich program that monitors your keyboard and mouse usage, network bandwidth, and sends these statistics to a web portal, allowing you to analyze your computing life in the simplest way. This also allows you to compete with others by comparing these statistics with other WhatPulse users. Read More

‘Don’t Pause’ For Android Automatically Mutes Notifications While You’re Listening To Music

Dont-Pause_mute-Android-notifications-while-playing-music
Being an audiophile, I spend a large chunk of time listening to songs on my Android phone, but after trying out a boatload of music players, both paid and free, on the Play Store, I’m yet to come across one that let me mute those darn notification sounds during my favorite parts of a song. For those new to the platform, on Android, if you get a text message or email while you're listening to music, the OS automatically pauses it for a few seconds, plays the notification sound. and then resumes audio playback. Though it you don't miss an alert, it isn’t ideal for uninterrupted music playback. Today, I stumbled upon an app called Don’t Pause that happens to be quite a great workaround for this problem. Don’t Pause is a free app that can automatically put your phone on vibrate mode when you’re playing music, and back to normal settings when you have stopped the playback. In can be enabled and disable on the fly, and boasts a dead simple interface. Continue reading past the jump for more details. Read More

Get Complete Control Over Internet Access For Android Apps With NoRoot Firewall

NoRoot-Firewall_for-Android
Android is much less restrictive compared to iOS and Windows Phone. It actually allows users to do a whole lot more than what most would need, which even includes things like configuring how the apps installed on your device link to the Internet. The default Android firewall does quite a good job of blocking incoming attacks from the web, but it’s not the definitive solution to keep your data safe from intruders. Also, deciding which apps can (or can’t) go online isn’t configurable under stock settings. Grey Shirt’s NoRoot Firewall app for Android aims to resolve this by giving you complete control over each app's access to the Internet, and allowing you to filter the traffic by routing it through a VPN connection, all without the need for root access. Read More

How To Post Audio Comments & Voice Messages To Facebook In Chrome

Talk-and-Comment-Facebook-audio-comment-Chrome-extension
One of the best bits about Facebook is that it keeps us connected to our friends and family no mater where they are, whether we are siting in front of our computers or walking down the street with our mobile devices. Those who use it on the go should be familiar with Facebook’s Messenger application, which enables users to chat with friends for free over the internet. Besides simple text, the Messenger also carries a voice recording feature for those too lazy to type out their messages. Facebook is yet to bring the same option to the web version (and it might never), leaving us desktop users out in the cold. That’s where Talk and Comment, a lightweight Chrome extension, comes to the rescue. The purpose of the tool is pretty much self explanatory: to let you send audio messages and post audio comments on Facebook. The extension is fairly easy to set up and configures itself automatically upon installation. Continue reading past the break to learn how it works. Read More

Batch Compress PNG Images Losslessly On Windows With PNGoo

PNGoo-PNG-compression-tool-for-Windows

As I am sure you already know, the Internet has three popular image formats. There's the 'lossy' JPEG, which works in most cases since it looks alright, and takes relatively low space; there are GIFs with their support for transparency, and animation, but are terrible at reproducing a wide range of colors, and finally, there's the 'lossless' PNG, which supports transparency, doesn't compromise on reproducing the original image, but takes a little too much space for comfort. Read More

Hide & Customize Gmail Interface Elements With Gmelius For Chrome

Gmelius-Gmail-UI-customization-Chrome-extension
Gmail’s interface has numerous options and settings, some of which you may seldom require. And although Gmail is probably very easy to navigate and use in its default state, these extra functionalities can sometimes get in your way. Gmelius is a dead simple Chrome extension that lets you customize Gmail to your heart’s content by hiding certain UI elements, like ads, the chat area or the footer, which hardly contributes to overall usage. It also lets you make the header auto-expandable and customize the appearance and behavior of inbox elements. Details after the jump. Read More