The Galaxy Note II by Samsung brought along with it a pretty useful feature in Smart Rotation – an alternative Android screen rotation mechanism that relies on facial recognition instead of the accelerometer to switch between screen orientations. The feature utilizes your device’s front facing camera to determine your facial orientation, and controls the screen orientation accordingly. So far, the feature was exclusively available to a select few Galaxy series devices including Note II, S II & S III, but thanks to the efforts of XDA member StupidIdea and his colleague, we now have GMD Smart Rotate
– an awesome Android app that brings the Note II-style Smart Rotation feature along with various other goodies to any rooted or non-rooted device running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or above. As evident from the above description, the app is meant to work only on Android devices that sport a front-facing camera.
You’d hardly find a smartphone or tablet user these days who doesn’t gripe over the rather limited battery life of their devices. Among the most common culprits that contribute to hogging your device’s battery resources, the display is the one that overpowers all the others. This holds true especially if you’ve set the screen brightness to maximum, and/or have extended the screen timeout beyond the default value of 15 seconds. While you may get a bit more juice by reducing the screen brightness or decreasing the screen timeout interval, there could be a situation where you might require your screen to remain active for a prolonged time period (for example, when you're reading off the web or using a book/RSS readers). PyroByte Studio’s IntelliScreen
(currently in beta) lets you specify separate screen timeout intervals for individual apps, and set screen timeout to be disabled when the device is in a particular position that is saved using the accelerometer.
A lot of applications and instant messaging software allow you to share your screen with others, but the problem is, not everyone uses the same applications. So, instead of downloading, installing or signing up for new services or softwares, screenleap
offers you with one-click, platform/tool-independent screen sharing and hassle-free viewing within the web browser. The service does not require any installation or signup whatsoever, and with it, you can allow as many people as you like to view your computer screen at once.
We covered some remote desktop sharing apps for both Mac and Windows in the past. These apps come in handy when you’re trying to troubleshoot someone’s system, need to access your home system from work or trying to demonstrate a software to someone. The slight shortcoming with these apps is that they require configuration on the other end and/or a client installed across all devices that will be accessed. Mirror Display
is Mac app available for $1.99 in the Mac app store that lets you share your screen with up to 10 devices via a web browser. The app provides you a simple address that you can open from any device’s browser (Window’s PC, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, iPad, Kindle etc.) While it doesn’t allow you to control one system from another; however, for simple demonstrations and tutorials, this app is heaven sent.
Annoyed by those accidental touches on your Android device's screen that halt your progress while enjoying videos/movies, playing motion sensor-based games, or while wiping dust off it? If your answer is yes, then what you need is No Touch,
a free Android app that allows you to block control through touch. The app sports multiple ways to help you prevent triggering controls via accidental touches, the simplest of them all being a tiny little button at the bottom-right of the screen that can be tapped to toggle between blocking and unblocking.
Managing multiple windows in Mac OS X Lion is done primarily using Mission Control, where you can create different desktops and assign the windows you have open to each one, according to what you’re working on. It is somewhat equivalent of working with multiple monitors, except that you don't have all your screens displayed at the same time, and you have to swipe through to get to them. When it comes to managing display space on a single screen, it takes a lot more effort to keep things organized. Spectacle
is a Mac app that allows you to snap windows to one of four quadrants of the display, one of three parts of the height of the screen, and lets you switch to full screen, all using hotkeys.
As technology made progressed in LCD manufacturing, they got bigger, better and bolder. As more and more screen real estate was pushed to the consumers, they craved for even more and now we work on multiple displays at the same time. If you have four displays sitting on your desk, then you'd definitely been enjoying all the real estate luxury. However, sometimes multi-display setups cause difficulty for people to manage things and becomes difficult to move mouse pointer from one end to the other, especially horizontally.If you are looking for an application that will let you move your mouse cursor over the edge of the screen to the other side, then try Unlimited Mouse.
This miniscule application is extremely useful especially for dual, triple or more display setups. This portable application allows you to move your mouse cursor across the edges of your screen, i.e. you move it through one edge and it emerges from the other side. It unlocks your mouse, and enables cursor movement from right-end of the screen to the left-end and from top to bottom without getting stopped by the screen edges. Not only that but you can also unlock and lock you mouse whenever you want to use this feature. More to follow.
The energy crises has surely hit the fan.Experts believe that sooner or later we'd need alternative sources to power up our electronic equipment. PC monitor is one of the most power hungry sources of your whole computer. Although, with the introduction of LCDs and similar technologies have cut power consumption to almost half, it's still better to save as much energy from being wasted. Thankfully, manufacturers design monitors to go into standby whenever they are no longer in use. The automatic power-save mode of Windows also comes useful in situations where you have to leave your PC unattended. When you are not working, power save mode cuts your display monitor's energy consumption by turning it off. If you want to execute the said feature via yous keyboard, then give Sleeper
a try. It is a portable Windows application that lets you turn off your computer screen with a specified keyboard shortcut. Well, you can also turn your monitor off with power button, but isn’t doing it with a hot key just better? Although Windows power-save mode turns monitor off after a defined interval of inactivity, this application is useful when you have to randomly leave your PC for short periods.
is a portable screen color adjustment tool to create tinted overlay which can be easily configured by defining the color and opacity. Along with these primary adjustments, it offers many other color-specific settings to overlay specified color on screen for better viewing. According to the developer, it is built for notebook users who need one full-fledged color adjustment application.
Do you get distracted by other items on your browser window when you’re watching a video clip on YouTube? How about you’re making an important assignment using Word and hate it when a new message window pop ups from the task bar? You’re not alone. Everyone gets to do something that requires focus but distraction becomes the biggest enemy.
Now there is no need to install additional programs or utilities to capture screenshots, you can use Microsoft Office 2010's Screen Clipping
Tool. Adding screenshots to your documents and presentations in only a couple of clicks away. It is one of the important features of Microsoft OneNote that has been added in both MS Word 2010 and MS Powerpoint 2010.
If you use Firefox and are looking to increase your productivity, then this tip is for you. Split Browser is a free add-on for Firefox that splits your screen to make space for more content. It is suitable for those users who have large screens, i.e screens larger than 19” or those who have high desktop resolutions.
Note: Split Browser is quite an old Firefox add-on, I am reviewing it here for those users who haven't heard about it before and for for those who don’t know how to use it.
It only splits the content area, not the whole browser. You can open tabs in new content window, just right-click the tab, select ‘Split Tab To’ and then select the area where you would like to split. Read More
If you have a multi-monitor setup, then you know how hard it is to change wallpapers or background colors for each desktop. Windows will automatically extend the wallpaper in the first monitor to other monitors as well. If you want to keep different wallpapers for each monitor and change them frequently then it is almost impossible to do it from within Windows.
Wallmaster is a free opensource tool which allows you to set different wallpapers and background color for each monitor in a multi-monitor setup. If you have two monitors with different resolutions, it will automatically resize the wallpaper for each one of them. It can be used as a complete replacement for Windows Desktop Background option, even if you don’t have a multi-monitor setup. Read More
You cannot use your webcam with more than one application at a time and there is no such option in Windows to make it possible. If you want to collaborate between multiple people who are in multiple IMs, then you will need to split your webcam. SplitCam is a free virtual video clone tool that connects multiple applications to a single video capture source. At maximum you can connect 64 clients to a single video source. In other words, it splits the video stream coming from the video source and tunnels it to numerous other client applications such as ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Skype Video, Camfrog, AOL AIM, Pal Talk, etc.
Just install and run this tool, click Video, and select your webcam from the list of available devices as shown in the screenshot below. Read More