Turn Your iPhone’s Screen On & Off With A Wave Gesture Using WaveOff

Apps like TuneMob and LookAway Player have brought some of the most sought-after Galaxy S4 features to iPhone, but that amazing device from Samsung has a lot more up its sleeve than these. It makes great use of its proximity sensor, offering the ability to control the display by simply waving your hands in front of the screen. If your device is in sleep mode, you can wake it up by moving your hand across the screen. WaveOff is a new Cydia tweak that does something similar for iOS. With WaveOff, you can easily turn the display off by moving your hand across the proximity sensor above the screen. This can be great for situations when your hands are wet or dirty, and you just have to continue reading that lengthy mail you just received. It isn't possible to control anything that’s on the screen though, and the tweak doesn't actually lock your device. That said, it is still useful in its own little way. Read More

Disable Two-Finger Horizontal Swipe Gesture For Chrome Or Any Other Mac App

The swipe gestures in OS X are an impressive way to move between desktop spaces, open the Launchpad, or do a number of other impressive things. Though they can also be annoying at times because they work system wide and there are some apps where a two-finger swipe function wouldn't make sense or even cause inconvenience. Unfortunately, the OS offers no way of customizing these gestures. A common beef that some of you might have is the way the two-finger swipe gesture, when accidentally executed in Chrome, will move you to the next or previous page in your browser’s history. Fortunately, there is a little script to disable it. The method works not only for Chrome, but for any other app as well, only requiring a change in the command to refer to the appropriate app. So, let's get it up and running, and get rid of this annoyance from Chrome on OS X. Read More

Use Hand Gestures To Control YouTube, Netflix, Pandora & Grooveshark In Chrome With Flutter

Flutter is an amazing app available for Mac and Windows that lets you control iTunes, Windows Media Player, Spotify, Powerpoint, Netflix and more by using your webcam and hand gestures. We have previously reviewed both Flutter for Mac and Flutter for Windows, and if you aren’t using this app, you’re missing out on a great ninja-like way to change whatever music you’re playing without even touching your computer. The Flutter desktop app controls desktop apps for the aforementioned services but for those of you who listen to music or watch videos in your browser, there is the Flutter Chrome extension. To use the extension, you must have the Flutter desktop app already installed. The extension allows the app to control YouTube, Grooveshark, Netflix, and Pandora regardless of which tab or window they are open in. Read More

Windows 8 And RT Touch Options Explained

Microsoft’s foray into the world of touch-based devices began a long time ago with Windows Mobile and Windows for Tablet PCs even before iOS and Android existed. Though after failing to compete with these new platforms, Microsoft decided to give Windows a whole new direction, resulting in the creation of Windows 8 based on the tile-based interface first introduced in Windows Phone 7. For devices equipped with touch screen and stylus input, Windows 8 and RT offers Pen and Touch options options in the Control Panel to tweak settings for pen and touch input on the devices. In this post, we will give an explanation of each setting for touch-based devices offered by Windows 8/RT, and guide you on how to change it to your advantage. Do note that pen options will not be available if your device doesn’t come with a pen/stylus. Read More

Use Mac OS X-Like Swipe Gestures To Navigate In Chrome

Compared to a mouse, a trackpad is slightly less convenient to use, particularly the scroll function on some models. Swipe Gesture is a Chrome extension that enhances the usability of the trackpad by allowing you to navigate easily within the browser via multitouch gestures. If you’ve ever found dragging your finger across that trackpad to be counter productive or just annoying, Swipe Gesture will make your life much easier. The gestures it adds are quite similar to those used in Mac OS X. These let you move backward and forward through a tab’s history, swipe to the next or previous tab, open the extension’s settings, reload a page, open a new tab, and close the current tab. Supporting both simple and diagonal gestures, it allows you to customize the gesture actions and toggle flip arrow direction. Read More

Crusper: Perform Simple Tasks By Moving Mouse Cursor Over Screen Corners

Moving the cursor around and clicking programs and files to access them is quite convenient, but if you were looking for a rather quick way to perform simple computer tasks, then you should give Crusper a try. This application has been developed to use screen corners and mouse movements to perform common tasks, ranging from opening a program, file or folder to restarting or shutting down. The utility sits in the system tray and silently tracks every mouse movement, without hogging system performance too much. When you move the mouse to a corner of the screen, it immediately performs the specified task. Moreover, you can create a combination of screen corners, like the top left + bottom right, to perform more operations. Details to follow. Read More

MagicPrefs: Modify What Apple Magic Mouse & Trackpad Gestures Do [Mac]

Apple’s Magic Trackpad is possibly one of the most impressive track pads out there and definitely one you’d want to use with a Mac mini or iMac. What’s most impressive about the Magic Trackpad is that combines a trackpad and mouse into one and you can’t really want more than that. While the hardware is definitely amazing, there are few tings you can do with it using the mouse preferences in OS X and that logically calls for the need of better preferences in the form of MagicPrefs. MagicPrefs: is an app that modifies what you can do with whichever type of Mouse you’ve connected to your system. It changes the default mouse options in System Preferences and lets you remap which functions are performed when you tap, swipe or click the mouse. The app additionally allows you to view the battery status of your mouse and gives you on-screen notifications when turn Caps On or Off. Read More

How To Make iOS 5 iPad 2 Gestures Work With iPad 1 Without Jailbreak

Apple certainly knows how to sell their products. iPad was quite a success as soon as it was launched, but surprisingly, the iOS-based tablet got its second version pretty quickly. Obviously, Apple wants its users to upgrade to the iPad 2, which is why the original iPad didn't get one of the new features of iOS 5's tablet variant. On the iPad 2 running iOS 5, you can use multi-touch gestures to navigate between apps, close an app or bring up the App Switcher, but you can't do so in iOS 5 for the first iPad. Not by default, that is. Using a free tool and a Mac system, you can enable all the iOS 5 capabilities on iPad, without even the need of having a jailbroken device! Read More

RapidContact – Swipe To Call / Text Your Favorite Contact On iPhone

The apps and tweaks on iOS regarding gesture control have seen a sudden resurgence in recent weeks, as you can see from our past posts. Adding to the list of Cydia tweaks that concentrate on gestures for a variety of tasks is RapidContact, focusing on bringing gesture control for quick dialing and texting without going to the dialer screen or accessing your contacts list! The tweak is, of course, for jailbroken devices only. Read More

Use IconCommands To Get More Out Of Your iOS App Icons [Cydia Tweak]

After the release of a tweak to add lock screen gesture functionality to iPhone and iPad, there is now another one which uses gestures to add functionalities to icons in your device’s apps. Speed and efficiency is the name of the game here, as IconCommands succeeds in bringing you tasks related to any app, which previously required you to navigate all over your iOS device. The best thing about the tweak is its rather generic nature, as nothing available in IconCommands is too specific, and it is up to the users to configure the tweak and make things work just the way they want. If you have ever used Activator, you are sure to be reminded of it while enjoying IconCommands. Just like the older tweak, you can choose any app and define the gestures of your choice regarding its working. Some of the gestures available in IconCommands are customizable, while some are fixes. Similarly, you can target certain frequently used apps, or you can define gestures that will remain functional throughout the system. So if you are jailbroken user with access to the Cydia store, you are going to love IconCommands. Read More

Add Gesture-Based Shortcuts to iPhone / iPad Lockscreen With LockGestures

Time is the most expensive commodity these days. In the era where everyone wants to stay ahead of the pack, every second matters. In addition to that there is always a never-ending quest for increase in convenience. These are the factors that have made keyboard shortcuts such a vital and widely used part of our daily lives. Smartphone platforms strive to reach the same level of efficiency as their desktop counterparts. iOS is quite successful in achieving that, but the ease of access just increased manifold thanks to a Cydia tweak named LockGestures, which brings gesture control to the lockscreen of your iDevice. Read More

Gest Now Comes With High Sensitivity And Multi Gesture Support

A few months back we reviewed Gest, which is a portable application for adding mouse gesture support to Windows Explorer. Since our review, Gest has added many new features, such as, improved messages boxe, option to insert unrecognized gestures, GUI menu bar,  Gest launcher, GUI hotkey support, unlimited gesture directions, mouse trail and high sensitivity options, numerous gestures of one action, gesture-based on mouse-over window, etc., while a great number of bugs have been fixed as well. In this post we will explore new features of Gest 2.2.5. Read More

Prox – Control Android Via Proximity Sensor & Accelerometer Gestures

For users who thought pressing keys on mobile phones was tiresome, the tech world launched phones with touchscreens. Even if these timid little taps and touches are feeling too much of a hassle, then you probably need a dose of Prox - an Android app that puts the proximity sensor and accelerometer of your device to good use. Depending upon the orientation of your device, Prox tracks any movements that are made on or over the proximity sensor and triggers a relevant action for you. This way, you can always control various actions on your device without even touching the screen. Read More

StrokeIt Is Feature Rich Mouse Gesture Application

Mouse gesture utilities not only enhance the usage of mouse but they're also responsible to quickly perform an action over active application by just drawing the associated gesture. For instance, with mouse gesture app, you wont have to manually click close button present at top-right corner of window, just draw the defined mouse gesture anywhere to close app window. StrokeIt is by far the most comprehensive mouse gesture application that we’ve seen. It comes with a slew of pre-defined mouse gestures to control different aspects of applications. The supported applications are,  Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Chat programs, Opera, Outlook, mIRC, Winamp, Windows Explorer and a lot more. Additionally, it contains a long list of Global Actions which can be performed on / from multiple types of applications, including, invoking default email client, run web browser, run explorer, print, undo, redo, find, close MDI window, etc. Read More

Mimic Hardware Keys On Android Devices Using Gestures via zMooth

Hardware keys were part of early Android devices, like the much popular and still widely used, HTC Desire. Then we had the versatile HTC HD2 that ran Windows Mobile but can now run the Android OS. The HD2 has hardware keys as well. While newer devices have shifted over to capcitative hardware keys and we all know it’s such a blessing. So for those of you becoming tired of pressing those hardware keys on your HD2 or Desire, XDA-Developers forum member windroidHD brings to you zMooth, an app that mimics your hardware keys via on screen gestures! Read More

Dock4Droid Is Android’s First Dock Task Manager

Google mobile operating system, Android, and customization go hand in hand with each other. The platform is highly flexible and adaptive in in every sense of the word. Along with mass customization, another thing that strikes about Android is its capability to handle multitasking. In this regard, there are plenty of alternative options out there which allow users easily monitor and switch between their Android tasks and apps. The developer behind the previously reviewed Taskie has revamped the gesture-based task manager and released the same app to the Android Market with a new name – Dock4Droid.

Dock4Droid provides a highlighted (as per default settings), perpetually accessible gesture area at the very bottom of the screen that allows users to quickly switch between recently opened applications with the swipe of a finger but unlike its predecessor, Taskie, it displays a good-looking scrollable icon-roll of recent tasks. The latter makes Dock4Droid a faster and more effective task switcher than its predecessor and most of the other task manager apps available on the Android Market. Read More

Taskie Is A Fast, Gesture-Based Task Manager For Android

Taskie is a free application for Android that allows you to exit from and switch between recently opened applications using simple built-in gestures. It provides a highlighted virtual gesture area at the bottom of the screen wherein users can swipe left or right to quickly switch between recent tasks or double-tap to exit from an active task to the homescreen (as per default settings). The application is nothing like Itchhing Thumb, which is basically a launcher add-on that provides a separate interface, or rather, an interface wrapper wherein users can preview, kill and switch between active tasks and launch any application using user-defined gestures. Also, Itching thumb might be more feature-rich in comparison to Taskie but the latter is way faster in usage. That is what Taskie is about – fast access to recent tasks. Read on after the break for more info. Read More

Bring Macbook Multi-Touch Gestures To Ubuntu Linux With TouchEgg

Touchegg is designed to bring multi-touch (touchpad) functionality to Linux based operating systems. In layman's term, it is an open source multi-touch gesture recognizer for GNU/Linux which is backed by C++, Qt and uTouch-geis library. With TouchEgg, you can define what type of actions are to be initiated for a specific multi-touch gesture. Numerous actions can be assigned for multi-touch gestures such as maximizing or minimizing windows, resizing applications, switching to desktop view, etc. It requires uTouch and evedev libraries, so make sure that synaptic package manager is installed on your Linux OS before you install Touchegg. The download package is available in DEB format and therefore can be easily opened with the Ubuntu Software Center. Read More

Just Gestures – Use Mouse Gestures To Control Windows Functions

Do you use mouse more than keyboard to fiddle around with basic Windows functions? If yes, you might love to try a mouse gesture application which enables user to draw selected shape over the application window to perform some specific functions. Such application comes useful for users who hate using keys, for example Alt + F4 to close window, for basic application windows functions. Just Gesture is a brilliant mouse gesture application which encourages you to use mouse for performing a wide range of functions. With this app, you can draw a shape to invoke Google search in your favorite browser, close active application window from any corner, jump between opened tabs, and do a lot more. Read More