Hide The iOS 7 Status Bar Or Any Of Its Icons/Elements With StatusBarSuite

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Tweaks like HideMe7 are great since they deal with multiple aspects of iOS, but there is always room for specialized packages in the jailbreak store. While HideMe7 has some pretty decent options to customize the iOS 7 status bar, you cannot call its feature list exhaustive by any means. For example, if you want to hide the status bar altogether, HideMe7 cannot help you there. With a tweak like StatusBarSuite though, you can do exactly that and more. This new release lets you change the visibility status of all iOS 7 status bar elements, dealing with both the temporary and permanent ones. Users get to hide battery and WiFi icons, the time display, and just about every other thing that appears in the status bar. Read More

Horizon For iOS Ensures Your Videos Are Always Recorded Horizontally

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I'm going to start this post off with a bit of a controversial statement: Apple, Google, and Microsoft should join hands against... portrait/vertical video! It's a bigger usability problem than you think. Vertical video is fine for consumption on modern, widescreen mobile devices, but it is a literal 'pain in the neck' on desktops, and laptops. Since it is highly inconvenient to adjust your  monitor's orientation, you have no other option but to crane your neck in awkward angles for prolonged periods of time to watch those baby videos Uncle Grant sends every other week. Read More

WDynamic Adds New, Customizable Dynamic Wallpapers To iOS 7

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With the announcement of iOS 7, Apple had users quite excited about its new dynamic wallpapers addition. With each beta release, we kept hoping that the next one (or at least the final release) would bring more live wallpapers or a way to download more. The latter didn't seem like a safe bet, considering the restricted nature of the platform, but we were quite surprised and disappointed to see no addition to the quantity of default dynamic wallpapers. Once iOS 7 was jailbroken, though, the Cydia community was quick to deliver multiple solutions to this problem. Just a couple of days ago, we covered Weatherboard, which offers a vast collection of weather-themed dynamic wallpapers. Before that, iDynamic brought a few more options to the iOS 7 dynamic wallpaper list. WDynamic might not come with a lot of variety, but this latest addition to the genre offers some really thorough customization options. It doesn’t let you create animated wallpapers from scratch, but the editing options are so comprehensive that you might get the same feeling. Read More

How To Add A Dislike Button To Facebook Posts In Google Chrome

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Facebook has acknowledged time and time again that it will never add a Dislike button to the site. Yet many users have been begging the web giant to release one as sometimes, one needs to show one's dissatisfaction towards certain posts. It doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon (if ever), so today, we browsed the web for a third-party solution, and came across a Chrome extension called Dislike on Facebook. Available for free on the Chrome Web Store, the extension simply adds a Dislike option next to the Like button below each Facebook post. Details after the jump. Read More

TimeLock Is An Encrypted Photo & Video Vault For Android Disguised As A Clock App

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Whether it’s about protecting sensitive financial information from thieves or hiding secret journals from your snoopy roommate, keeping your confidential files safe from prying eyes doesn’t require some state of the art equipment or an overly expensive piece of software. Nowadays, you can lock away sensitive files on your smartphone or tablet using the many security apps available for each platform. A new, unique addition to this genre on Android is TimeLock, a free app that lets you hide your mobile media files behind a disguise. To anyone else using your Android device, TimeLock appears to be a simple clock app, but hidden behind it is a vault for photos and videos, protected with 256-bit military grade AES encryption. It also comes with alarm functionality as well as  a 'desktop clock' dock mode. Lets take a closer look. Read More

Get A Full-Screen App Switcher In iOS 7 With FullscreenPreviews

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While Cydia tweaks like ClassicSwitcher and ControlTask allow users to bring back the old app switcher to iOS 7, the newer version of this feature has already garnered quite an adoring fan-base. The cards offered in the new app switcher look nicer, and of course, provide previews of all opened apps. FullscreenPreviews is a new tweak that expands on this idea, and stretches the app switcher cards to cover the whole screen. This might not make sense at first, but you just have to use the tweak once to understand the thought that went into its making. Read More

Improve The Way Firefox Opens, Closes & Orders Tabs With Tab Deque

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All of us felt excited when tabbed browsing first emerged in early web browsers like the Firefox, which revolutionized the way we surf the complex world wide web of connected information, resources, and ideas. Since then, tabbed browsing has become pretty much a standard way of browsing websites on both mobile devices and desktop computers, although Firefox still has one of the most intuitive tabbed interfaces. We've covered a ton of Firefox add-ons that further improve this feature one way or the other. Supertab, for example, brings Windows’ Alt + Tab-like switching to Firefox tabs, allowing you to quickly switch between tabs using the keyboard. tabPreLoader is another handy add-on that loads all Firefox tabs on restart instead of just the active one. In this post, we're going to be discussing Tab Deque. Join us after the break to see how this extension can improve your tabbed browsing experience. Read More

Muzeit Is A YouTube Music Player For Chrome With Social Discovery Features

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YouTube is by far the most popular video sharing service out there, and a huge chunk of users still use it on their desktops. If you spend a lot of time streaming song videos there, then it seems counter-intuitive having to visit the site every time you want to check out which songs are running popular. We've already seen Streamus for Chrome provide a solution in the form of a music player that allows you to browse, discover and play YouTube music videos without actually visiting the site itself. Currently in beta, Muzeit is a similar Chrome extension with a focus on social sharing and discovery. It lets you search for and discover YouTube song videos, import all your YouTube playlists or create new ones, and share your favorite music with other Muzeit users and your friends over at Facebook. Details to follow. Read More

Save, Annotate & Share Web Snippets On Android With Nimbus Clipper

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I’ve always used Evernote Web Clipper for saving fragments of content I come across when browsing the web. If you're looking for similar solutions, there's Nimbus Web Clipper for Chrome, that works roughly the same way. Since we last covered it, Nimbus Clipper has evolved quite a lot and now offers an Android app by the same name. The app allows users to quickly capture web page snippets, take screenshots, annotate them with a powerful built-in editor, and have it all synced up with your Nimbus account on the go. Read More

TimePIN For Android Auto-Changes The Lock Screen PIN According To Current Time

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Phones are more than just communication devices. To some, they are a safe haven for personal moments and memories, and one does what one can to protect them from unwanted eyes. There are solutions to secure certain features within the phone such as AppLock or to restrict connectivity through Internet Lock, the list goes on. New to this list is TimePIN, a free device security app that employs PIN lock in a unique manner. Read More

Snapdragon Glance Is A Usage-Aware Android Lock Screen Replacement From Qualcomm

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Android is unrivaled in customization. Forget ROMs and launchers, the lock screen alone can be customized with the likes of Cover and ported Galaxy S4 or Note 3 lock screens. In that vein, another lock screen utility might not seem ground breaking. However, the source makes a difference. After last year's Snapdragon Battery Guru, Qualcomm's Xiam have come out this year with Snapdragon Glance, a free, intelligent lock screen replacement for Snapdragon-powered devices that gives you instant access to notifications, essential info and the apps you use the most. Read More

Get Animated Weather Wallpapers On Your iPhone With Weatherboard

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Just a few days ago, we covered iDynamic, a Cydia tweak that adds to the iOS 7 dynamic wallpaper collection. Weatherboard is somewhat similar to that release, but it adheres to a single theme: weather. Tweaks like WeatherIcon have already given users a taste of the beauty weather-related animations can add to iOS. With Weatherboard, the animations aren’t just limited to an app icon though, as it offers the animated backgrounds from the stock Weather app as dynamic wallpapers for your home and lock screen. Weatherboard doesn’t automatically set the wallpaper according to the current weather (a feature for future releases, maybe), so you can select any from over 80 available animated backgrounds, where each is available in two flavors; one for the day and one for night. Read More

GuestMode Creates A Guest Account On Your iPhone For Friends You Can’t Say No To

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The Kids Zone feature in Windows Phone 8 has certainly shown that there is room in the market for mobile platforms that offer multiple user accounts, just like desktop devices. On many occasions, it might feels rude to refuse giving someone your smartphone, but it seems even more rude to constantly try and see what they are doing with it. The only way of putting your mind at ease in such situations would be through the creation of a guest account of sorts on your device. For iOS, we have previously covered a tweak by the name of iPrivacy, which lets you limit access to the apps installed on your iPhone. GuestMode is a new tweak for iOS 7 that is based on the same principle, but is much more intuitive in usage. You won’t be confused by a myriad of configuration options while trying to set it up, and the whole thing is ready to spring into action right after you choose the apps and features that you deem safe for the viewing of strangers. Read More

Best Apps, Tips And Posts Of The Week [02.09.2014]

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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 Facebook Paper, multiple iOS jailbreak tweaks, Windows-related guides for Macs, and a neat Firefox plugin, among other excellent apps and tips.

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gFile Is A Simple Android File Manager With A Gmail-Inspired Interface

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Managing files on your Android device can be a pain if you don’t have the right tool. Fortunately, the file management category of Play Store is filled with some awesome names - such as Solid Explorer, ES File Explorer and Astro File Manager - that make this tasks fairly easy. Enter gFile, a free app designed to make file management even simpler thanks to its bare-bones design. It’s quite clear that gFile is not designed with power users in mind. It’s probably for the traditionalists among us who just need to quickly get to their files and folders without dealing with any complex settings on the way. But that doesn’t mean gFile doesn’t offer advanced features. Read on for details. Read More

Easily Change Folder Color In Bulk On Windows With Rainbow Folders

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Organizing folders in Windows can be quite tricky. At most, you can rename them with custom labels, or sort the items by group, date, name or size, but there are better ways to help you distinguish one folder from another. Of course, you could change the icon of the folder, but you can't always find one that's suitable for a particular folder. Wouldn't it be helpful if you could change the color of each folder too? Sadly, Windows doesn't allow you to change the color of the default folder icon. This is where a third-party tool called Rainbow Folders comes to the rescue. This little utility offers a quick and convenient way to change the color of any folder. Read More

How To Set Your Own ‘Auto-Lock’ & ‘Require Passcode’ Time In iOS

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Generally speaking, there is an inverse relationship between security and convenience. In most cases, higher security comes at the cost of convenience. Two-factor authentication on services like Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook requires you to enter two codes to get access to your own account - higher security at the cost of decreased convenience. Lock screen passcodes on smartphones can range from simple 4-digit codes to long alphanumeric passwords; in any case, you're adding an extra step to accessing your own device. A better balance between the two aforementioned properties, but still far from perfect. iOS comes with two useful settings to reduce the time or steps required to get to the home screen: 'Auto-Lock', and 'Require Passcode'. Apple has included 4-5 predefined options for these in Settings > General, but if you want to have full control over them, you're out of luck... unless you have jailbroken your iOS device. 'insanj' has come up with two tweaks - LongerAutoLock and PassTime - which allow you to set a custom time for Auto Lock and Require Passcode options, respectively. Read More

Quickly Switch Between Over 30 Popular DNS Servers From Windows System Tray

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"How does the internet work?" You often get asked this question from your non-geek friends who spend half their time on Facebook or YouTube. While understanding every aspect of how it works isn’t as simple, there are certain technologies powering our world wide web that every internet user should know of. One of the them is the Domain Name System or DNS. Simply put, when you type a URL like Google.com in your browser’s address bar, it’s converted by your ISP’s DNS service into an Internet protocol understandable by computers and devices connected to the network, which determines how data is moved from point A to point B. Most people use the default DNS provided by their ISP, but if you’re facing issues with it, then one solution is to swap it with another one using a tool like ChrisPC DNS Switch. It’s a Windows tool that carries a huge list of presets from popular DNS servers that you can switch to, and allows power-users to specify custom DNS servers as well. Read More

Customize Firefox Sidebar Position, Accessibilty & More With OmniSidebar

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If you’re using Firefox, you can always find ways to improve your browsing experience. The powerful open-source web browser lets you install a ton of third-party extensions that help enhance its functionality. One of the great things about Firefox is the sidebar, which lets you quickly access your bookmarks or history items when required, otherwise remaining hidden behind the left edge of the browser so as to not disrupt your workflow. But let’s face it, the sidebar of Firefox isn’t as powerful as it could be, and after using the OmniSidebar add-on for Firefox, I can safely say that the sidebar does have room for improvement. Read More

Popular Project Management App Basecamp Now Available On Android

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If you’ve been using a lot of project management apps, you will most likely be familiar with Basecamp, a popular online project management tool. For those unfamiliar with it, Basecamp is a premium tool used by companies and individuals looking for a way to organize their tasks and projects, assign them to others in their team, communicate with each other and keep track of ideas and meet deadlines. The service released a native app for the iPhone in the beginning of 2013 and nearly a year later has officially made its way to Android Basecamp. The app, which is available for free at the Google Play Store, will allow users to access and manage their Basecamp account and stay up to date with their Basecamp projects on the move. Akin to its web-based counterpart, the mobile app sports a simple interface and a set of really handy project management tools. Read More