Searchr: Website & App Specific Search With Executable App Actions [iOS]

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Spotlight is one of the more popular features of iOS and OS X. Unlike Spotlight in OS X, there are no search classifiers or filters in Spotlight in iOS. Searchr is an iOS app that does what Spotlight does but with filters for which apps the information you want to search. It's a free, ad supported app that will let you launch other apps, and search a host of others. The results are filtered by app so that if you're looking for say, file in Google Drive, you can scroll down to all matching results from Google Drive. A $2.99 upgrade lets you remove ads. Read More

ShortPaste Shortens All URLs From The Clipboard When You Paste Them [Android]

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Link shortners come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Services like Bit.ly and Goo.gl can quickly turn a lengthy URL into a smaller one, which can prove useful in several situations, such as when the text field is limited (like on Twitter) or the said URL has too many characters to type. Generally when you need to shorten links you head over to a link shorting website, paste the URL and retrieve its shortened version. But if you use Android, and want to cut a few extra steps from the process, the new app ShortPaste can automatically shorten all links you highlight and copy to the clipboard. Read More

Notable PDF: Annotate & Save Changes Made To A PDF Offline [Chrome]

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Browsers at the very least they let you open a PDF and read it and that will always be better than saving it to your desktop and using a desktop application to view it. Now, past that novelty, browsers are not the most impressive PDF viewers; you have your normal zoom in/out functions, printing, and saving but that's it. Notable PDF is a Chrome extension that puts a more feature rich PDF viewer in your browser. The extension can open PDF files from the desktop, from a link on a web page, and from Google Drive and Box. Notable PDF viewer lets you annotate PDFs, add comments, highlight text, and save the final annotated file in both Text and PDF format. Read More

An Introduction To AppleScript

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Apple is not famous for allowing intrusion on their platforms, the carefully guarded iOS environment being one such example. You can customize it, but you have to assume certain risks, such as those involved in jailbreaking. Mac OS X however, is a slightly different scenario. Mac is a sophisticated Unix build working in unison with Apple wizardry. There are custom actions that you can make your Mac do that would render so much of your work absolutely hassle free, all at the click of a button. To help achieve this, Apple created AppleScript back in 1993. Where they let users automate basic functions on a Mac until a certain level of automation set in. If you want to customize your Mac experience through basic scripts, here is how. Read More

Lingua.ly Teaches You English, French, Spanish, Arabic & Hebrew

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Learning a new language online isn’t something new. We’ve seen tools like Duolingo that make the process easy and fun. And a quick search on Google will reveal a lot of similar techniques and methods, in the form of browser extensions, web and mobile apps, and well, whatnot. Lingua.ly is one such amazing tool that wants to make the entire web your language learning playground. It lets you know how well you know on particular language and then recommends different words and text to read and improve your skills from there on. Quizzes can also be taken from time to time to see the outcome of your efforts. Read More

Vestigo: Access WiFi Switch, Network, And Information From Any Screen [Jailbreak]

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How often do you access your WiFi switch or need to view network information on your iPhone? If it's often enough for it to be annoying to switch to the Settings app each time then Vestigo is a tweak that can help. It is available in the ModMyi and Insanelyi repositories and can make the WiFi switch, networks in your vicinity, any network information available on any screen with a simple Activator gesture. The tweak opens a pop-up, overlaid on whichever app you're currently using, that lets you scan for other networks, turn WiFi on/off, and view signal strength among other things. Read More

StuffMerge: Gather & Arrange Clipboard Text Into A Single Message [Android]

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I often share stories from both my Twitter and Facebook feed. Sometimes it's a simple retweet or clicking the Share button but most times, after I've read an article through, I like to share an interesting snippet from it too. When sharing from Twitter to Facebook, or vice versa, it's a more complicated process which has me copy pasting and switching between apps a lot. StuffMerge Message Wizard is an Android app that is an extension of the clipboard, allowing you to gather text and links to a clipboard. It sounds ordinary enough to not be a big deal but StuffMerge is not a replacement for your device's default clipboard. It records snippets you save to the clipboard when you want it to. These snippets are added to a board and can be added with a simple tap, so you can gather, arrange, and share them as one. Read More

Microsoft’s Climatology Educates You On The Climate Of Any Place [Android]

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Wherever you go in the world, there is one hugely variable constant, the weather. We’ve reviewed a ton of different weather apps in the past several months, many of which we found fairly fantastic. That being said, most of them have the same essential functionality, that is, to tell users daily, weekly or often hourly forecasts. But as weather apps have become simpler, so too has the data they provide. Climatology is a new weather app from Microsoft, and it’s only available for Android at the moment. Climatology aims to differ itself from the plethora of weather apps by letting users view a different trove of weather information. Instead of ogling at current forecast, it lets you pick any location in the world, such as India, a month, and view average climate information for that location. Read More

A Better Queue: Use Rotten Tomatoes Ratings To Find Movies On Netflix

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It's Friday, the weekend is here and that means it's time to kick back and relax. And what better way to relax than to watch a movie? Except, you have to first find a movie to watch and that alone can take time. If you use Netflix, the service itself will offer suggestions but there are always other ways to narrow down or pick movies. Netflix Roulette is one web app we reviewed a while back that picks movies or TV series at random. Movienr is another service for finding movies though it doesn't check movie availability on Netflix but offers a better way to narrow down the suggestions. And now there is A Better Queue, a web app that lets you find movies by genre and filter them by the Tomato meter courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes. Read More

Icecream Image Resizer Is An Image Resize Utility With Size Presets

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UPDATE: It's been discovered this app brings malware with its installer. We have removed the link and would encourage you to remove it from your system, if you installed it. We apologize for the mistake.

Image resizing tools for the desktop are about as common as weather and photography apps for mobile devices. It's come to a point that unless an application comes with a clown juggling flaming swords, you aren't going to be able to differentiate it from others. Icecream Image Resizer is a free Windows application that resizes images and while it doesn't come with a clown, it comes with preset image sizes that help you resize images for a specific purpose i.e. sending it as an email attachment or using it as your Facebook cover photo. Add to that it's very neat interface and we have an image resizing application that you don't have to force yourself to use. Read More

Parental Control App TimeAway Lets You Manage Your Kids’ Device [Android]

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When computers first became common, parents were reluctant to let their children use them, fearing the fact that they would spend all their time playing games or surfing the internet. Today, smartphones have the same bad reputation. Apparently, children today have mobile devices with more processing power than all of our childhood technology combined and is a concern for many parents who aren't sure how to curb mobile usage. TimeAway is a new Android application that aims to limit your kids mobile usage and give that control back in your hands. The free app offers plenty of features such as tracking time your kids spend on apps, detecting their current location, and remotely locking and unlocking their phone. Read More

WinDock: Set Custom Rules & Profiles For Window Management [Windows]

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Windows has been steadily used for years but the design has largely remained the same. We, as its users, are always looking for ways to customize it and to make the user experience better. Fortunately, we have a gazillion different applications for that. WinDock is a new tool from Ivan Yu that lets you snap windows to predefined areas when moving or resizing them. This is extremely useful if you’ve got a multi-monitor setup and you find window management a cumbersome task. It works much like Windows 7’s Aero Snap feature, only better. The application carries a ton of customization options and lets you set custom rules and profiles to be used for docking the windows.  Read More

Sleep Timer: Set A Timer To Sleep Your Device And Turn Off Music [Android]

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A feature I craved badly on my phone (an iPhone) was the ability to play music for a certain time period. I had to do a quick Google search to find out that it is something the native Music app supports. It's something that every smartphone should be able to do and while a native app may not support it, there are third party apps. Sleep Timer (Music&Screen Off) is a free ad supported Android app that lets you set a sleep timer for your screen in general, and music in particular. The app lets you set a timer and when the timer expires, it will sleep the device and turn off any  music that is playing. Putting the device to sleep means that perhaps you fell asleep using an app that keeps your device awake but if a timer is enabled, it will sleep your device and save precious battery. The app isn't available freely in all countries so you might need a work around to download the region restricted app. Read More

Recordit: Record Screencasts And Save Them As High Quality GIFs

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Creating a screencast is something that we have visited very often with tools for creating screencasts on Windows, OS X, and Android being reviewed frequently. Screencasts are great when it comes to instructional content and they have only have one drawback; the size of a file. You can go for nice HD screencasts for something major like a product demo but for something that's meant to provide quick instructions, you can instead settle for a faster loading GIF. Recordit is a free app for OS X and Windows that lets you record a screencast and turn it into a GIF. The GIF quality is excellent, better than what you would normally get if you used a third party app to create a GIF out of a video. With the app, you can create a 5min recording. The OS X app has a pro version that lets you control the frame rate and password protect your recording. It costs $39.99. Read More

Use Date Or Time With Modifier Rules To Set A Dynamic PIN – Smart Phone Lock

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Locking our phone with a 4 digit PIN, or with a pattern is a common way to keep our device secure but to be fair, it doesn't take a lot of stealth to stand next to someone when they unlock their phone and guess what pattern or PIN they use. Smart Phone Lock is an Android app that locks your phone behind the same 4 digit PIN but it makes it much harder for anyone to guess what your PIN is because the app will change it every time. Obviously this sounds ridiculous because if the app is changing the PIN, how are you going to know what it is? Smart Phone Lock has two types of PINS that can be set; a Date PIN and a Time PIN. These PINs, as you can guess, change according to the current date and time. If you set a date PIN, it will change daily, and if you set a time PIN, it will change every minute. If you still think this isn't secure, the app comes with two modifiers that change the value of the PIN making it all the harder to guess. Read More

Voralent Antelope Optimize JPEGs & PNGs In Bulk, Delete EXIF Data

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When you save an image file, it’s easy to just accept your default image settings, and click File > Save to get what’s been factory set. But that probably means you’ll always be using the same file compression, and unless you’ve tuned this to an optimum level, your final images could end up being ten times larger than they need to be. Fortunately, image optimization is not an unusual concept and  various apps let you compress the size of your images. But working with multiple images can be tedious too. If this is a problem you often face, Voralent Antelope is a beautiful Windows application that tries to simplify this process by allowing you to optimize JPEG and PNG files in batch. It sports simple drag and drop usage, allowing you to easily add images to the application and optimize them in no time. Read More

That Movie With: Find Movies By Searching For Any Two Actors In It [iOS]

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A long time ago when our phones couldn't even tell time, a lot of people used to watch TV. TV channels aired shows, soaps, cartoons, and movies. Watching movies has since changed with many people using services like Hulu and Netflix to get their entertainment fix. People today don't know the agony of catching a movie in the middle or at the end and having no way to find out what it was called. A vague Google search and maybe IMDb can now solve those problems but what if the only thing you remember about a movie you once watched are the two most, or relatively most famous actors in it? That Movie With is a free iOS app that lets you search movies by any two actors in them. You can search for an actor and the app will then list all movies that they worked in together. Read More

Silent Tab Delays Page Loading In Firefox Until You Switch To The Tab

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Firefox has tons of great features but the tab browsing interface remains its indispensable asset. Generally when you open a link in new Firefox tab, it automatically starts loading the webpage right away. This is fairly useful for opening multiple links in conjunction but if you have a slow internet connection that might create a few issues. This is where the new Firefox add-on Silent Tab comes to the rescue. It aims to delay the loading time until you manually click on the opened tab(s) again. The Firefox add on allows you to suppress the tabs to avoid browsing speed fluctuation, for instance, when multiple links are opened together. This can also prove handy if you have a slow system that can’t handle multiple page loads simultaneously. Let’s take a closer look. Read More

Add Ok Google Detection To All Screens On Your Device [No Root]

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A recent update to Google Now made it so the it listened for the hotword on your home screen without you having to launch it or do anything else. Naturally, everyone went 'yay' and it was business as usual. The update, although not that amazing made it a little easier to use Google Now but it still doesn't have anything on Siri which, although not voice activated, can be launched from any screen. It turns out you can get Google Now to listen for the OK Google hotword on any screen, even if you're playing a game, or using Facebook. There's a trick to unlocking it that involves nothing more than a quick voice search and a little tinkering in Google Now's settings. Read More

Commandr: Control Hardware Switches Using Google Now’s Voice Recognition API [Android]

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The “OK Google” hot-word detection is purportedly the best bit about Android. Introduced with Moto X, it is useful enough to quickly open Google Now and perform specific actions like check weather, set an alarm etc. However, the feature hasn't been able to do much with the actual hardware of supported devices. That being said, Google Now essentially lets you interact with Google related services, but if you want to toggle a few device specific features like the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without touching your phone, you’re pretty much out of luck. Commandr is a new Android application that aims to fill this gap. The app uses Google Now’s powerful voice recognition API to let you flip hardware switches. You can even add custom commands via Tasker and make them work in Commandr. Read More