Blur: A New Stlye Of App Launcher In The Making, Comes With API [Android]

Blur page
App launchers aren't like normal apps. They aim to make using your device more convenient but they also do what few apps do. They inspire new ways for users to interact with their device and if a launcher is popular enough, many app developers will work to support it. Blur is a new launcher, freshly released, and still in the rough that takes cue from Google Now.  Blur expands on having consolidated information on a single page by allowing entire apps to have a dedicate page to themselves.  The result is users have entire 'pages' dedicated to an app much like they have a dedicated Google Now page. The catch of course is that at present, there aren't a lot of apps that support Blur since it just came out. The developers have releases an API that can be used to integrate an app with Blur but you're in for a wait before your favorite and frequently used apps have a page of their own. Read More

Debtster Helps You Track Your IOUs Within Different Groups [Android]

Debtster currency
The complications that come with splitting bills when you are co-existing are unavoidable. Keeping track and then later reconciling the difference can be time consuming if you're IOUs are all little sticky notes or scribblings on paper. Debtster is an Android app that helps make sharing expenses, and recovering them, easier. It makes allowance for expense sharing with different groups so if you're splitting bills with a room-mate or occasionally end up paying for lunch or coffee for a co-worker, the app lets you keep track of both separately. You add yourself as a user, likewise, other users are added the same way. The app supports most popular currencies but not all of them which is a surprise and gives you a nice historical view of money that is owed for a particular transaction. Read More

Grammar Nazi Helps You Learn Proper English While You Read [Android]

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English is a bit of a tricky language; you're not always sure whether a CH at the start of a word should be pronounced as it is in Chair or as it is in Character. Then you hear tongue twisters about a woodchuck chucking wood and it gets more confusing. Words you can learn slowly by reading. You will eventually have a bigger vocabulary and hopefully the knowledge to use them properly. The trickier part of a language is the syntax i.e. the grammar. Grammar Nazi is an Android app that, although built to be a game, helps you read books in English (currently only supports TXT files) and improve your grammar. Read More

SwipeExpander Assigns A Shortcut To Each Key On The Keyboard [Jailbreak]

SwipeExpander keyboard
Back in May, a Cydia tweak called SlideCut was released allowing you to add keyboard shortcuts to the on-screen keyboard on your iOS device. These shortcuts mimicked the ones we've all become accustomed to using on our desktop. The tweak itself is pretty good if you want just the usual keyboard shortcuts. If you want something more, then try  SwipeExpander. It's available in the BigBoss and Insanelyi repositories and it lets you assign a long list of actions to any key. It's also a great text expander; you can assign text to any key and when you swipe it, the text is entered. Swiping a key is how all shortcuts are triggered. Read More

Numix Is A Material Design Calculator With Advanced Trig Functions [Android]

Numix advanced panel
Material design apps are cropping up more and more frequently now. Developers are not only taking well to the new design but since its announcement, they've been hard at developing useful apps while conforming to it. Numix is the next Android app to jump cut to Material design. It's a calculator, nothing more - nothing less. Besides the standard mathematical functions, the app supports trigonometric functions as well as conversion of numbers to decimal, binary, or hexadecimal number systems. The free version of the app will let you perform any and all supported calculations while the pro version features customization options in the form of themes, and allows you to recall previous calculations. Read More

Youmiam: Swipe through Instruction Cards When Following A Recipe [iOS]

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It's not the weekend just yet but my search for an app and my impulse to cook something new on the weekend collided today. I found Youmiam for iOS. It's an app that gives you hundreds of recipes to browse and if you've so much as ever looked up how to make an omelette, you know that there are numerous sites that list lots of recipes for you to browse. It's no reason to install an app. What sets Youmiam apart is the cooking instructions and they are presented. If you have an iPad in the kitchen, Youmiam is going to make following recipes really easy. Apart from the easy to follow instructions, the app lets you search recipes and create a shopping list of all the items needed to prepare a dish. Read More

AppControl: Password Protect Apps & Mange Settings From App Switcher [Jailbreak]

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If, as an iOS user, you have ever wanted to keep your apps locked behind a password and manage quick settings from them more easily then the app/tweak developing gods have smiled on you. AppControl is a new Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss and Insanelyi repositories that lets you rename and manage the volume of an app, manage brightness, and hide the app preview from the default app switcher in iOS. In addition to these four settings, the app also lets you set a password, a different one for each app, that restricts access to it. Read More

Alter: Parse Email & Message Text Into A To-Do List On Your iOS Device [Paid]

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When you send or receive a text message or an iMessage that mentions a date or time, you can tap it and add it as a calendar event or even a reminder. It's little things like this that make the iOS platform wonderful to use. And apps like Alter that take it further and improve on it. Alter is an iOS app available in the App Store for $0.99 and it turns text from email and messages into lists. You copy and paste text from an email body or from a message, and the app parses it into to-do items that can be crossed off. There is one catch though; it doesn't just work for emails but for any and all kinds of text. That means you can copy the ingredients of a recipe you just read in your browser, paste it into Alter, and you have a shopping list. Read More

Andrognito BETA: Hide Any And All Types Of Files On Your Android Device [No Root]

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Just yesterday, we reviewed S Converter, a simple conversion app that is an excellent example of what Material design is. As time goes by, more and more developers are now conforming to the new Material design and creating some really great apps in the process. Andrognito, a play on the words Android and Incognito, a new app that lets you hide your files. The app is in Beta and does not require a rooted device to run. Files are hidden behind a PIN number and can only be unhidden from the app itself. Once a file has been hidden, it no longer appears in file browsing apps. Read More

Screen Replay: Create Screencasts In Your Monitor’s Highest Resolution [OS X]

Screen Replay
Imagine going back to a time when gigantic encyclopedias were required to understand how to use any new hardware you purchased. Even they fell short of fully explaining how something worked. Fast forward to these modern times where we can condense the entire experience into a short video, eliminating room for human error. Being technologists, we are always in dire need of the right tools for the job, since there is only so much you can do with a hand held camera. That is why we have tools like Video Screen Recorder, SCR, Screencast and Recorder and Acala. However, they all seem to pale in comparison when the market has something like the free Screen Replay for Mac. I love it, let me walk you through why. Read More

RAW: Easily Create Visually Stunning Graphs From Spreadsheet Data

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Infographics are just fancy charts, right? I mean sure, they've had some nice thought put into making them and they are excellent at visually representing data but  in the end, that's what they are representing: data. Now, it isn't easy to make a great infographic but likewise, it shouldn't be a chore to use your own data in some of the nice layouts that modern graph designs have brought us. Meet RAW, a simple web app that lets you copy paste data, select from a rich list of graphs, and assign your variables to get a great looking graph in the end. Read More

S Converter: Convert Units With This Material Design Done Right App [Android]

S Converter calculator
How many pounds in a kilogram? Back when calculators, and smartphones weren't so common, the best you could do was learn little tricks that could help you get a near estimate. For example, you can double the value of Kg and then add half more to get a near enough figure of how many pounds are in it. Fortunately, you can now convert units from the Google search results page or, if you're offline, you can use a conversion app like S Converter. It supports unit conversion for acceleration, currency, area, digital storage, energy, force, fuel consumption, and more. The app works great and if you want another reason to use it over any other run-of-the-mill conversion app then take S Converter's design into consideration which is all Material. Read More

Poppy Gives You Email Notifications That You Can Reply To From Anywhere [Android]

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Android's notifications one-up iOS notifications because they can be made more interactive. Android is after all open and that means more features. Email Popup: Poppy is an Android app that gives you richer email alerts on any screen. Like the alerts in the notification area, you can interact with the alert but it takes the interaction further. You can reply to the email directly from the email without having to switch to the email app. The message can be marked as read, and deleted as well. Read More

GraphiTabs Shows Windows & Tabs In A Tree Layout For Better Management [Chrome]

GraphiTabs
Tab management extensions usually focus on switching between tabs and windows, or grouping and bookmarking them. Not to say that this isn't what users need but I've personally always found they didn't solve the problem well enough, with few exceptions. GraphiTabs is a Chrome extension that does tab management differently. Think of a tree like structure for your tabs with each branch showing you the path that got you there. You can easily see which tabs are open in a window, and the parent tab of each tab. You can select a tab and switch to it, close it, or suspend it. Read More

vHome Adds A More Accurate Virtual Home Button To iOS [Jailbreak]

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The Home button on my iPhone had a short life span and I couldn't get it repaired immediately after it stopped working. I tried 'going easy' on it for a while, and praying it would just fix itself (yes, I actually did that) and began looking for a way around it. That's when I found the AssistiveTouch feature, used it a few days, and immediately realized I had to have the real button sorted out. AssistiveTouch did fill the gap and then some but it was a bit too cluttered and above all, it didn't let me so much as respring my device and failed when I tried to recalibrate the Home button. That's why I love vHome, a free Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository that emulates the Home button on your phone the way it should. Read More

3 LinkedIn Features That Help You Network Better

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I've used LinkedIn for a long time and by long time, I mean that period in its earlier years when the design was awful and the website was super slow. I never abandoned it and while you may read online that people's engagement on Twitter or Facebook is dying, you never really read similar things about the professional networking site. It's because it gets the job done. The interface has improved a lot, it's still a bit slow, the mobile apps are frustrating at times but LinkedIn has a huge user base that you can't just turn you back on and it is indeed a good way to connect with other professionals. It's also not starved for features and here are three that can help you interact with your connections better. Read More

Timeful: A Smart Task Scheduler That Syncs With iCal & Google Calendar [iOS]

Timeful filter
Reminders and to-do lists are what we turn to so we want to keep a tab on things that need to get done. Timeful is a free iOS app that is a to-do list crossed with a scheduler. It helps you remember important things you want to do but also lets you record repetitive tasks and find the time to do them daily. In short, it is not your average list or note taking app, nor is it a reminder app. It's more of a task planner where you add things you need to get done and then fit it into time slots on a calendar. Read More

WebFonter: Take Fonts From FontShop For A Test Run On Any Website

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WebFonter is Chrome extension and a bookmarklet that lets you try out fonts from the FontShop which features a large collection of fonts that you can buy. It does feature free fonts as well though the pickings are smaller. Fonts can cost anywhere between $45 to $2000+. What WebFonter does is that it lets you try out a font on your website much like a try before you buy deal. You can play around with the font, use multiple fonts for different heading styles and body text, and change font attributes like line height and spacing. You can select any font from the FontShop without having to visit the website itself and see how it looks. Read More

4 Ways To Use The New ‘Save’ Option On Facebook

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Facebook, and most of the features it adds or the UI changes it makes are more often than not, a source of discontent among its users but just at the end of last month, Facebook introduced a bookmarking feature and it turned out to be downright useful. Among other things, it makes your news feed ten times more useful than it was before. As opposed to reading what filters through and forgetting about it later, or not being able to find it, you can save the good stuff, the articles you'd like to share later, or maybe read again. Here are four great uses for the new Save feature that can get you started. Read More

Shazam For Mac Identifies Music Playing On Your Desktop Or A Nearby Device

Shazam Mac - Site
You know that feeling you get, when you want to track down some music you heard somewhere in the background? Well, if you have been using smartphones then you are already using apps like SoundHound and Yahoo! Music to achieve these goals, but there is just something about Shazam that makes it stand out from other apps that accomplish exactly that. Now, in this wonderful world of globalization in apps, Shazam comes to Mac OS X. Here is what we think about it. Read More