Secure Folders With Bluetooth, Remove Duplicates & Rarely Used Files With PC Manager

Is your PC running out of memory? Time to get rid of some duplicate files that you've been pilling up for a while. Applications that get rid of duplicate files like Auslogics Duplicate File Finder, DeDupler, BitFinder and DoubleKiller are sure to be handy, but recently I came across PC Manager and found that it does a lot more than simply trashing clones. PC Manager is a Java-based application that not only lets you find and remove duplicate files, but also offers tools like rarely used files remover, files securer via Bluetooth, and password generator. Read More

How To Add, Rename & View Status Of Bluetooth Devices In OS X [Guide]

Apple manufactures some really great Bluetooth devices that you can connect with your Mac or iPad. The devices themselves are excellent but pairing them to a Mac can sometimes turn into a tedious task. Once Bluetooth devices are paired with your Mac, OS X provides you a preference pane full of options for managing them. If you’re looking for a guide to give you a quick but comprehensive tour of the Bluetooth settings, you're in the right place. Read More

Have Your Mac Shut Down, Logout Or More When A Bluetooth Device Is In/Out Of Range

Earlier this year, we reviewed Bluetooth Screen Lock an app worth $1.99 in the Mac App store that locked your Mac whenever a Bluetooth device you had paired with it and added to the app went out of range. For forgetful users, the app presents an excellent way of ensuring you never leave your Mac open for anyone to use. If you’d like a similar but better and free solution, give Blue Butler a try. It is a free Mac app available in the Mac App Store that allows you to assign any power function (Shoutdown, Logout, Restart or Sleep) to be triggered when your Bluetooth device goes in and out of range. In addition to setting power functions, you can also have the app to open any number of files (or AppleScript files to perform a list of actions) when a device goes in and out of range. Compared to the previously reviewed Bluetooth Screen Lock, this app not only offers more functionality, but also has a lot less bugs. Read More

Run An AppleScript When A Bluetooth Device Goes In/Out Of Range On Mac

A couple of months back, we reviewed Bluetooth Screen Lock (detailed here). The app allows you to lock your screen whenever a specific Bluetooth device paired with your Mac goes out of range. It is one of the best ways of ensuring you never forget to lock your system when you leave. Bluetooth Proximity Tasker is a Mac app worth $1.99 in the Mac App Store and developed by the same developer who made Bluetooth Screen Lock. The app works on the same principal, except that it allows you to run a AppleScript when a Bluetooth enabled device comes in or goes out of range. Unlike the previously covered app, this one allows you to perform different actions for when the device is in range and when it leaves range. You can run one or several scripts for each action. Although slightly pricier than the previous app, it offers more functionality. Read More

View Signal Strength For Any Bluetooth Device Connected To Your Mac [Tip]

As technology has progressed, bluetooth has become more of a better way for connecting devices, rather than transferring data. When it comes to data transfer, even wirelessly, there are much faster modes available. Bluetooth’s core usefulness lies in the number of devices you can connect over it. The Apple Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and the keyboard are just some examples of devices you can use this way. Further additions can be speakers or a headset, thus avoiding lots of wires and capitalizing on the available ports. If you use a large number of Bluetooth devices, you may have wondered what is the best placement for them. A device’s performance is affected by signal strength, and you can’t really put everything in the same spot, due to interference. If you’ve ever wondered how you could view the signal strength of a Bluetooth device and use that information to create an optimum setup, OS X has a solution available in Bluetooth Preferences. Read More

Bluetooth Screen Lock Automatically Locks Your Mac When A BT Device Moves Out Of Range

Security may be equally important for everyone, but not everyone treats it as seriously as they should. While some people just don’t believe they have anything to a hide or no reason for anyone wanting to gain access to their personal files, it is no excuse to not protect your important data. For those that aren’t jumping at the latest military range defense and security systems, but would like to enable some level of security, the first place you can start is your Mac. There are people who are in the compulsive habit of locking their screens even if they bend down to tie a shoe lace while others are often forgetful of doing this simple little task to secure their systems. Bluetooth Screen Lock is a Mac app worth $0.99 that relieves you of the responsibility to lock your screen. The app lets you associate any Bluetooth enabled device with your Mac and when the device is no longer in range, it locks your screen. Read More

Add Bluetooth Devices In Windows 8 Without Installing 3rd Party Software Or Drivers

Among other things that might need exploring in Windows 8, there are the Bluetooth settings. Gone are the days when you needed to install 3rd party Bluetooth drivers or software to connect your Bluetooth device with your PC. Windows 8, by default, includes built-in Bluetooth software, but unlike Windows 7, it allows you to manage all devices easily from PC Settings. This is a simple step-by-step guide to adding and managing your Bluetooth devices and sending files from your system via a Bluetooth connection. We touched briefly on this topic in our comprehensive post on Windows 8 PC Settings, but here is the complete drill down for you. Read More

AddFriend For iPhone: Use Bluetooth To Make New Facebook Friends

A couple of months back, we covered an Android app by the name of Add Friend that allowed users to add any person as their Facebook friend by merely touching two NFC-enabled devices. The developers of the same app have now released an iOS version of AddFriend, which functions on Bluetooth due to the lack of NFC in iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. While it might not be as cool as touching your devices to add a friend, the app does serve its purpose well enough, and can come in handy every time you have to add a person you meet in real life to your Facebook profile. Using the app is so easy that we can really see a lot of people using AddFriend on their iPhone to increase the number of friends on their Facebook account. Read More

Type2Phone: Type To A Paired iOS Device From Your Mac Keyboard [Paid]

When it comes to mobile devices, or more specifically, smart phones, on-screen keyboards are now the norm. Although Samsung did recently debut the Samsung Galaxy Note featuring a stylus in an Apple mocking super bowl ad, the fact is, people are now accustomed to using their fingers to operate on-screen keyboards. As such, these on-screen keyboards are easy to use; few of us will ever lose our finger and turn to a stylus (in the event that you do lose your finger, a stylus is the last thing you need to worry about). While the iPhone keyboard is super responsive and easy to use, it might, at one point, become an annoyance to type from your device. Type2Phone is a Mac app available for $4.99 that allows you to use the keyboard attached to your Mac to type on the iPhone. This app requires no iOS client whatsoever, and simply pairs and connects with the device over Bluetooth. Read More

Automatically Activate Android Bluetooth For BT Headset During Calls

Bluetooth headsets, when paired with mobile phones, offer great convenience in making and receiving calls. However, to avail said feature, users have to sacrifice much of their device’s battery life by keeping Bluetooth enabled on it for as long as they wish to receive their calls via the headset. Say hello to Bluetooth on Call – a free Android app that helps automate the process of enabling your device’s Bluetooth, and pairing it with the headset each time a call is received. In this way, Bluetooth remains activated only during calls. As soon as you end the call, the Bluetooth is automatically turned off. In addition, the app can also be set to have your phone automatically enable Bluetooth while your phone is being charged. Read More

BT Controller: Use Your Android Device As A Bluetooth Gamepad For Another

A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed Tablet Remote – an Android app that let the users remotely control one Android device with the other through Bluetooth. Now, while said app can be used to, say, remotely control media being played on another Android phone or tablet connected to your TV through HDMI, BT Controller allows playing emulator games in the same way. The app turns your Android device into a bluetooth gamepad, allowing you to remotely control emulator games running on another device (the host). Like Tablet Remote, BT Controller must also be installed and running on both the devices - the host as well as the controller – that are paired with each other over Bluetooth. As of now, the app only works with a handful of game emulators, and supports controlling one Android device with the other over Bluetooth connection only. Read More

Bluetooth Stack Switcher: Switch Between Multiple Bluetooth Drivers

Having a hard time switching between multiple Bluetooth stacks? Since Windows 7 doesn’t provide a convenient way to disable the current Bluetooth stack and activate the required one, switching has to be done manually. If you’re running 32-bit Windows, you can use Bluetooth Stack Switcher to quickly switch between configured Bluetooth stacks. It’s a tiny system tray tool that automatically finds and lists down installed Bluetooth drivers, letting you quickly choose the stack you want to activate. In case, the Bluetooth configuration file (bth.inf) gets corrupted, it can find the optimized Blutetooth configuration for your system and replace the corrupted/missing file. Read More

iKeyboardRemote: Send Commands To iPhone Or iPad From Paired Mac

If you have a Bluetooth keyboard, you can easily connect it to your iPhone, and use it to control your device. In the event that you haven’t splurged on such a keyboard - partly because it’s splurging, and partly because you aren’t that crazy about typing from a full, physical QWERTY keyboard on your iPhone - then iKeyboardRemote might be of use with considerable savings, since it is free. This Mac app is a  simple remote control that pairs with your iPhone via Bluetooth, and allows you to start a slideshow of the pictures on your phone, play/pause and move to the next or previous track, lock your phone screen and control the volume. A paid version of this app ($9.99) allows you to type text to your iPhone. Read More

Tablet Remote: Control One Android Device With Another via Bluetooth

Tablet Remote is a handy little Android app that lets you remotely control one Android device, be it a smartphone or tablet, with another over Bluetooth. Imagine the facility of remotely controlling media functions of your Honeycomb tablet, or troubleshooting a problematic Android device through another without the involvement of cables, an internet connection or a desktop client. With an extremely simple configuration process yet a comprehensive set of remote control options, Tablet Remote is inarguably one the most feature-rich and easy-to-use apps of its kind that we've come across so far. What could the app possibly be used for, you ask? The image above is an excellent example of its practicality. If you have an Android tablet or phone with an HDMI output port (Motorola Xoom, HTC EVO 4G), you can connect it to your TV, and control the output from the comfort of your couch. Read More

Jupiter: Toggle Power, Wi-Fi, Video & Bluetooth Settings In Ubuntu

Being able to configure hardware options from the system tray using an applet is much easier than searching numerous hardware settings from the Unity Dash or the Classic start menu in Ubuntu. There are a number of applets which provide the functionality to manage one or two kinds of hardware related settings from the system tray, however, their functionality is quite limited. Jupiter is an app-indicator applet for controlling power and hardware options of portable Linux computers. It provides quick access to common power and hardware options so that you can toggle settings to keep your laptop resource consumption to the minimum. The available options include settings for power, screen output, resolution, Wi-Fi , and Bluetooth. What makes Jupiter useful is the fact that it allows the utility to manage multiple hardware settings from a single system tray menu. Read More

Find Out The MAC Address Of Your Windows Phone 7 Device [Guide]

Media Access Control address, or MAC address as it is more commonly known as, is a way of authenticating if a device really belongs to a specific network or not. It also lets the network devices communicate with each other properly. It is your MAC address that tells your service provider if you are using a mobile device or a desktop and what sort of a device are you on. If you are a relatively advanced user then this can be pretty important for you. Unlike the previous versions of Windows for mobile phones, Windows Phone 7 lets you view your MAC address quite easily. Read More

MyAppSharer – Share Apps Via Bluetooth, SMS, Email & More [Android]

Want to help out your friends finding/downloading Android applications? With MyAppSharer, you can easily achieve this purpose by sharing the HTML link, QR code and/or APK (installable Android Package) of any application that is installed on your Android device. The sharing mechanism is fairly convenient and allows you to share multiple applications with multiple recipients simultaneously. APKs can be sent directly to a recipient's device via Bluetooth whereas HTML link and QR code sharing requires a mobile/data network or internet connection on both ends. The shared HTML and the QR code link leads the recipients to the Android Market from where they can download the particular app to their devices. Read More

Siimple – Control Windows Applications And Perform Tasks With Wiimote

Want to extend the usability of your Wiimote (Nintendo Wii controller) to the point where you can control Windows applications and perform other numerous PC tasks without using the mouse? Siimple is an  application that connects your Wiimote with PC over Bluetooth connection, allowing you to use a host of Windows applications without having to use any other pointing device. The application was built using open source WiimoteLib and Windows Input Simulator libraries to control most frequently used applications and Windows native utilities, including, Acrobat Reader, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Notepad, MS PowerPoint and Word, Wordpad and so on. Read More

Schedule Display Brightness And Wi-Fi/Data/Bluetooth Toggling On Android

There aren’t a lot of applications on the Market that provide you with comprehensive aid in conserving the battery life of your Android device. JuiceDefender, which has been around for quite a while now, is probably the best application of said kind, with more features and customizability than any other similar app on the Market. However, not all said features are available in the free version. Moreover, for certain novice users, the high level of customizability may sometimes become a tad confusing. A recent addition to the Android Market, Power Scheduler is a simple-to-use alternative to the aforementioned app. In addition to having a minimalistic interface that is extremely easy to understand and get used to, the application sports a few extra features that JuiceDefender doesn’t. That is, apart from allowing users to set schedules for the level of screen brightness and switching Wi-Fi/network data on or off, the application allows the same for Bluetooth and Airplane Mode. Read More

Windows Bluetooth Network Scanner

Windows 7 has a nice Bluetooth File Transfer wizard which allows quick sending and receiving of files from any Bluetooth capable mobile phone. What it lacks however is Bluetooth scanner which can find all handsets and show further information about them. This is where Bluetooth Network Scanner comes in. Read More