Every time we come across a brand new Android app discovery tool in the Google Play Store, we’re left wondering if the apex has eventually been attained. At least, that’s precisely the notion that we got with the previously-reviewed AppAware
and several similar apps belonging to said genre. Seems as if we’re yet again about to be proven wrong, as another hugely promising app has just appeared on the horizon with a completely refreshing approach to Android app recommendation. At best, Mapsaurus
can be cited as a fine amalgamation of Android app/game discovery, filtering, sharing and recommendation. While the official Google Play Store client, the famous AppBrain app and all aforementioned alternatives are good at doing what Mapsaurus does, none of them sports the visual flair, swipe gestures and interactive content filtering as Mapsaurus does. The app scans your Android device for installed apps, and offers comprehensive set of filters to help you with discovering other similar apps on an interactive 3D tree map. This way, it lets you bump into several other handy alternatives that you might not have even heard about.
These are still relatively early days for Android, but the pace at which Google’s mobile OS is progressing is simply phenomenal. The improvements made to the operating system itself apart, it’s the development on the apps front that has to be commended, since the app repository is expanding at a rate of knots. Confronted with dozens of different app categories and sheer number of apps underlying within each category, an Android user can feel lost while looking for a specific item. Thanks to the app discovery services like AndroidZoom, finding the most appropriate apps that not only match your preferences but also your budget, is never a problem. The service is praised for its well-crafted interface, succinct app reviews and ratings, and the ease with which it lets you discover the latest and trending Android apps. If you, like me, are used to resorting to the service to look for the best Android apps around, it’s time to take the simpler route, as the official Android client of AndroidZoom
has just been released in the Google Play Store. We shall take a look at the app in detail after the break.
Shadow Copy (Volume Snapshot Service) is a technology included in Microsoft Windows that allows users to take manual or automatic backup copies of data. This was first included in Microsoft Windows XP and updated in Windows Vista to make better use of the Shadow Copy service. From time to time, Windows Vista and Windows 7 create copies of your file and store them, enabling you to retrieve previous version of the files and folders in case they are accidently deleted or modified by you or someone else. This service is turned on by default in every system running the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems. However, Microsoft only grants access to Windows Ultimate, Business and Enterprise edition users. Shadow Explorer
is a tool that allows Windows Home version users to access the shadow copies, and provides a unified interface to explore and export all shadow copies viewable according to time filters. The application lets you retrieve older versions of saved files and folders by letting you browse through the saved data according to date and time.
Note: It is a very sensitive software and can screw your computer if you disable the wrong system services, so be careful.
If you are using Windows you can check which programs load during startup by going to System Configuration or Windows Defender. What will you do if you want to disable a system service or a program that cannot be disabled by using System Configuration or Windows Defender? This is where Autoruns come in, it is a free portable tool (developed internally at Microsoft) that gives you a complete picture of every startup program and service that run when your Windows boot up. Read More