ZDlock Is An Android App Locking Solution From The ZDBox Team

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We all have a list of apps that we prefer to keep away from prying eyes while using our mobile devices in public. This could include social media and messaging apps, any app that can carry out financial transactions, your favorite email client, the list goes on. Most users resort to locking the entire phone down with a pin, password, or pattern lock, which quickly becomes an extra chore. For those who'd rather not enter a passcode every time they unlock the device, there are apps like ZDlock. This no-frills app by the team behind ZDBox helps you lock down specific apps using three different methods. Details after the break. Read More

How To Get Safari Reader-Like Functionality In Any Mobile Web Browser

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Reading is one of the prime activities associated with the internet. Those who fancy reading on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad would be aware of Mobile Safari’s nifty 'Reader' feature that quickly strips the current web page of obtrusive elements such as menus or advertisements for clutter-free reading. If you're looking for a way to get similar functionality on any other browser, let’s say Chrome, or on any other mobile platform besides iOS, such as Android or Windows Phone, then give Readability’s 'Read Now' bookmarklet a go. Like the Reader feature in Safari for iOS, it 'scrubs web pages of distractions', providing a more convenient setting for reading longer articles and blog posts. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make it work with Chrome for mobile devices. Let’s get straight to it. Read More

StumbleUpon’s 5by App For Android & iOS Creates Video Playlists Tailored To Your Interest

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Months after its acquisition by StumbleUpon, the video recommendation engine 5by finally made its way to iOS and Android around the end of January. StumbleUpon acquired the start-up back in September 2013 with the aim to provide users with custom-tailored videos that can reflect their moods, ambiance and situation. The concept remains similar to StumbleUpon’s current offering: it dishes out videos from different sources that specifically target the selected situation or mood. In other words, 5by is the video equivalent of StumbleUpon. Read on after the jump to find out how it works. Read More

JellyLock7 Is A Customizable Android-Inspired Lock Screen For iOS 7

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Originality certainly has its merits, but if an idea is already good enough, you merely have to tinker with it to get perfection. The previously covered JellyLock tweak garnered a lot of praise and popularity when it was first released last year, for both its features and looks. A year on, almost everything about the looks of iOS has changed, and so it makes sense for JellyLock to have an updated version to match the new flat UI as well. JellyLock7 is quite similar to its predecessor if you only consider basic traits, but there are some finer points that make the new tweak a huge improvement over JellyLock. You can now see icon badges on the shortcut ring, there are more customization options, and of course, everything looks more in tune with the flat iOS 7 UI. Read More

Scan & Edit Printed Photos In Bulk On Your iPhone Using Pic Scanner

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Casual, low-resolution scanners have been pushed out of the mainstream by smartphone cameras in recent years. Since your handheld devices are more readily available as well as easier to handle, it makes perfect sense to use them for as many activities as possible. While the superior quality offered by scanners is something that prevents users from relying too much on other cameras for converting physical data to digital form, the lack of a proper scanning mechanism and accompanying software also plays a major role in this choice. This is exactly why there are Android and iOS apps striving to come up with ways to ensure that the scanning process remains as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Handy Scanner and ShoeBox are just two of the many smartphone apps that mimic scanner capabilities, but Pic Scanner takes things one step further. The iOS app does offer point-and-scan capabilities, but it can also scan multiple photos simultaneously and then let users edit them with ease. Pic Scanner can distinguish between separate documents and pictures, cropping them to come up with multiple end results that can be saved as individual photos. Read More

Facebook’s New Social News Feed Experience ‘Paper’ Is Simply Amazing

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Facebook's philosophy of "move fast; break things" may hurt users in the short-term as they take time to get used to new interfaces and features, but it is no doubt beneficial in the long-term. On the web, Facebook basically changes up its News Feed every year, but the experience has remained largely the same on mobile for the past few years. Now, with a renewed focus on mobile, Facebook has launched Paper - stories from Facebook, a brand-new, almost revolutionary social media content consumption experience.  Read More

How To Run Windows Applications On Mac OS X With Wine [Guide]

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Lifelong fans/enthusiasts will concur that Mac OS X is functional, features a fluid UI, an expanding library of apps, and is simply gorgeous. Apple's OS X is usually a one-stop solution for professionals such as developers, graphic designers, sound & video editors and the like. However, there are a handful of scenarios where Windows applications outshine anything available on OS X, with gaming being perhaps the biggest example. Fortunately, you can run Windows applications on multiple platforms such as Linux-based operating systems and OS X, thanks to Windows emulation with Wine. In what follows, we will walk you through the nuts and bolts on how to use Wine for running windows applications on OS X. Read More

Easily Convert Web Pages To Print-Friendly PDF Files In Chrome

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There’s no doubt that distraction is a fierce enemy of productivity. While surfing the internet, you can easily get distracted by certain obtrusive elements such as Ads, social media widgets, drop-down menus and what not. Previously, we've featured various apps and browser extensions like InstaReadTranquility and  TidyRead that chop off pop ups, images, advertisement and other similar distracting elements from webpages in order to provide a clutter-free reading experience. Print Friendly & PDF, on the other hand, is a Google Chrome extension that focuses on trimming such distracting elements specifically for making the webpage print-friendly. It removes all the extra clutter from the webpage, allowing you to email it, convert it to PDF file, or take out a physical print on A4 or letter sized paper . More details after the jump. Read More

Use Gestures To Control Playback In iOS 7 Music App, Control Center & Lock Screen

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There are a bunch of Cydia tweaks that have the potential to make up for iOS’ lack of gesture-based music controls. There are tweaks that offer to add gestures in the Music app, lock screen, Notification Center, and even the volume HUD. Gesture Music Controls is different (and maybe better) than all the other tweaks belonging to this genre, though, as it affects multiple parts of iOS. Thanks to this tweak, you can easily control currently playing tracks from the lock screen, Control Center, and the stock Music app. Gesture Music Controls does not require any configuration, and is ready to be used immediately after its installation. The sharing options available in the tweak make it perfect for scrobbling your music. Read More

Exchange Text & URLs Between Android & Chrome With Message Beam

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Considering the number of devices we use these days, it can become frustrating at times to quickly and easily move information such as chunks of text and links between them. While the awesome PushBullet may be the most widely used service for Android users to send content between their devices and Google Chrome, there are some other solutions out there as well, Message Beam being one of them. Developed by XDA member d-fader, Message Beam’s free Android app and Chrome extension work in conjunction to allow you to quickly send text or URLs between your computer and phone or tablet, and easily copy that information to your clipboard in a snap. Your beams are sent via the internet through an XMPP server, allowing you to remotely access your beams. In what follows, we’ll show you how it works. Read More

Best Apps, Tips And Posts Of The Week [02.01.2014]

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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 multiple iOS 7 jailbreak tweaks, a couple great Windows Phone apps, and SwiftKey Note for iOS, among other excellent apps and tips. Read More

Compress To & Extract From Several Archive Formats On Android With B1 Free Archiver

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File archiving feature that usually comes built-in with popular Android file managers like ES, Astro ad Dual File Manager is handy enough to quickly pack and unpack popular compressed archive formats such as ZIP, RAR, 7Z and the like. But the aforementioned solutions are fairly ineffective when it comes to extracting or compressing a handful of less popular archive formats. This is why tools like B1 Free Archiver are still around at the Google Play. It’s a simple application that lets you extract, view and compress your desired files from and to a wide array of formats including 7Z, APK, TAR, LZMA, TGZ, LZH, MTZ, RPM, XAR, XZ, ZIPX, GZ, TBZ and more. Read on for more details after the jump. Read More

Easily Create & Edit Icons On Windows With Junior Icon Editor

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You don't need to open Photoshop each time you want to create an icon or update one of your existing ones with a personal touch of your own. Icon editing tools have been around on Windows for fairly long now, and here at AddictiveTips, we've been covering quite a handful of them from time to time, some offering rich interfaces while other carrying a ton of features. The tool we have at your disposal today is called Junior Icon Editor, and it’s pretty fun to use, allowing you to instantly create icons, either from existing images or from scratch. Read More

Boot Multiple Android ROMs On Droid DNA With MultiROM

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The ability to boot multiple operating systems has always been the strong point of PCs, but in today’s age, the smartphone is the new PC, and it only makes sense to be able to install and run different operating systems on our phones and tablets to get the most out of them. Among the various multiboot solutions that we’ve seen so far, MultiROM by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar is perhaps the most promising. After letting enthusiasts boot multiple Android ROMs as well as Ubuntu Touch and even Firefox OS on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 for quite a while, MultiROM has been ported to the HTC Droid DNA by XDA Senior Member jamiethemorris. While the currently available ROM support may not include other operating systems, it still allows you to boot multiple Android ROMs on your device on your external storage. Read on to learn more. Read More

Remote Messages For iOS Lets You Send iMessages From Windows, Android & More

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As the line between SMS and instant messaging continues to get blurred, a lot of popular texting apps have earned their name on iOS and Android. For most iPhone owners, iMessage is the preferred mode of texting, specially since it is available on all iOS devices and even on Mac OS X. WhatsApp might have a larger user base, but it still doesn't let you text from a computer the way you can via iMessage for Mac. When it comes to iMessage itself though, Windows users are left out of the fun because Apple doesn't have an official Windows client for the service. However, there is a pretty good third-party solution available for this purpose that works via a jailbroken iDevice. Remote Messages has been around in the Cydia store for quite some time, but it has finally been updated for iOS 7 and sports some pretty awesome features. Read More

SwiftKey Comes To iOS In A Notes App That Syncs With Evernote

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While Google is open to letting users replace even some core chunks of Android - the launcher, lock-screen, app switcher, phone app etc. - Apple is the complete opposite, believing its own rendition of these 'near'-core components to be simply the best for users, and assuming they do not even need to look for alternatives. For a long time, this has indeed remained true. From the year it was introduced up till a few months ago, the iOS' keyboard was widely accepted to be better than its Android and Windows Phone counterparts. More recently, however, things have changed. Android's stock keyboard has matured significantly, and third-party alternatives from SwiftKey, Nuance, and GO have really started to pick up their game. iOS does auto-correction, yes, but these latest Android keyboard comes with better auto-prediction, support for different typing styles, and integration with Facebook, Twitter, and your email for quickly looking at the words you regularly type and their sequence of input, and a whole lot more! Now after seeing so much success on Android, SwiftKey is interested in bringing their keyboard to iOS. They could not replace the stock keyboard throughout the OS, so they made their own notes app dubbed SwiftKey Note. Read More

CamFind Brings Its Awesome Image Search & Recognition To Android

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Taking photos from your smartphone surely sounds fun. Just point and shoot, and you will have the moment stored as a digital image. But what if you need to find more information about a certain subject from the image? Back in 2013, iOS users got an awesome camera app released on the iTunes App Store by the name of CamFind that identifies the subject in photographs, and then searches the web for relevant results like similar images, price comparisons and more information pulled from various sources. CamFind has finally made its way to Google Play Store, bringing its powerful image recognition technology to Android. Read More

How To Remotely Control Any IR Device (Like An AC) With HTC One

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Smartphone manufacturers have began incorporating newer and newer hardware features in their offerings that keep expanding the horizons for what your device can do. When Google introduced NFC as a native protocol for Android, a lot of useful apps popped up that let you take full advantage of the new feature, from instant payments to dead-easy media sharing with other capable devices. These days, another feature that we see in some of the latest flagships is a built-in IR Blaster, allowing the device to double as a remote control for TV, Home Theatres etc. While it’s a mighty useful functionality to have, considering how many IR devices we usually come across in our daily life, the problem is configuration. HTC One, for instance, is a flagship that comes with a native TV app to make use of the IR Blaster, but the default options are limited to TV, Cable box and Home theatre. Technically, an IR Blaster means that the device should control pretty much anything that requires an infrared beam, but the phone won’t let you do that. The good thing is, there’s a way to configure any IR device to work with HTC One, and I’ll show you how. Read More

Track, Delete Or Secure Gmail Attachments After You Send Them With docTrackr

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Gmail is probably the best thing invented since the internet itself. That might sound like an overstatement, but it simply is that good. Even if sometimes you’re unable to achieve something that you wanted with it, third-party browser extensions come to the rescue, and help extend and enhance its functionality. One such Chrome extension I recently discovered is docTrackr, which allows users to remotely track or destroy Gmail attachments, and even set view, print and copy permissions to every PDF attachment for preventing any misuse by their recipients. Details to follow right after the break. Read More

Manage Your Car’s OBD From Android With Dash

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All modern vehicles – or at least the ones that were manufactured after the mid 90's – come equipped with an OBD (On Board Diagnostic) system that helps mechanics or DIY enthusiasts troubleshoot certain issues in case something goes wrong. The OBD carries information related to your car’s various sensors, engine performance, brakes condition, wear and tear, and so on, making it easier for your car repair guy to look at the right place when something breaks. The New York-based startup, Dash, has launched a new Android app that will help you retrieve this information on your own by linking the OBD system of your car with your smartphone or tablet via specialized hardware for connecting your phone to the OBD. Read More