Getting over your smartphone addiction can be overwhelming. From the day we become the proud owners of this modern-day gadget, it becomes an integral part of our life and it feels taxing to simply stay away from it (wait, let me text my friend). Besides sending emails, texting people or making phone calls, a smartphone can entertain you in a variety of ways and you often find yourself looking at the blank screen even without any reason. Inevitably, there's now an app called BreakFree for Android that aims to reduce this addiction by giving you constant feedback on exactly how much and how often you’re hooked to your device. It tracks things like how many times you unlocked the screen, your overall phone usage and which apps grab most of your attention. Read More
Keeping track of what you do on your iPhone can help you take control of your life. At times, a person can really get so engrossed in a game or social network that important stuff starts getting ignored. To avoid this situation, there are tweaks like AppCap available in the Cydia store, letting you block any app every time it has been accessed a set number of times each day. AppCap is just a tweak though, and can be disabled any time you want to use a time-waster too badly. If you just start following your app usage history using apps like App Stat, however, things can gradually improve as you get a clear idea of how much time you are actually spending on an app each day. Having said that, App Stat is a fairly simple app and doesn’t come with too many elaborate options. The newly released App Tracker, on the other hand, doesn’t just provide stats regarding app usage; it plots those stats in form of bar graphs and line charts. You can also view history details for a specific time period. Read More
While some apps are meant provide app recommendations based on user interest and preferences, others suggest apps according to the user-specified locations. Merging the concept of most of the aforementioned apps into one comprehensive package is Ericsson Apps by Ericsson Mobile Application Lab. Using the app, you can trace usage/popularity of various apps in your vicinity, as well as all over the world via a map. The app has the capacity to learn about all the apps installed on your device, and can present you with an overall statistical summary of app usage by their respective genre. Not only does it maintain a detailed chronological log of all the installed, used, or just the viewed apps, it can also offer you with a graphical representation of each individual app that is being used all over the world on a daily, as well as weekly, basis. That’s not all; the app also sports an option-packed recommendations segment from where you can find some very handy apps for your Android. Recommendations offered by Ericsson Apps are carved out according to the user’s own personal tastes and preferences. And did we forget to mention that the app itself sports a neatly designed, easy-on-the-eyes Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-style UI to present all the features and information? Certainly not! There’s plenty more that Ericsson Apps has to offer. Read More
Some people are born workers, while others may stare blankly at a wall or have witty conversations with themselves rather than tackle the task at hand. At the end of the day, both types of people need to justify to themselves that they actually accomplished something, even if it’s just their job. For Mac users who find it increasingly difficult to concentrate on a single task, Finch is a Mac app available for $4.99 in the Mac App Store (free for today only) that allows you to record which apps you use, and tag them based on their usability, i.e., if you use an app for entertainment, you can mark it as such. Similarly, if you’ve used an app as part of your work, you can mark it likewise. The app can remember which apps you use for work and which are used for entertainment, and flag them automatically when they are launched. It records the time spent on a particular app and lets you view a summary of how you’ve spent the whole day. The concept behind the app is that, getting a visualization of how you spent your time on your system will help you curtail your unproductive activities or limit them to a certain extent. Read More
Unlike Windows, where one can easily find out CPU, Memory and Network bandwidth usage of installed applications, Mac OS X users often struggle to get such information out of their systems. Although, the built-in Mac OS X Activity Monitor displays all the currently running applications and other system and user processes along with their CPU and Memory usage, it doesn’t include an option to easily sift through the list or to filter the details. OsTrack is a freshly baked, advance system monitoring full-screen application for Mac OS X which lets you inspect CPU, memory, and network bandwidth usage for all the currently active applications and analyze the extracted information for 4 major time intervals; 7 days, 15 days, 30 days, and 60 days. OsTrack keeps a track of applications which consume much of your CPU and RAM while allowing you to find out all those programs and services which surreptitiously utilize network bandwidth. Read More
Your hard disk is one of the most important resource in your system and proper analyses of disks lets your system run smoothly. There are many disk analysis tools and most operating systems has some by default too. Ubuntu has a default tool for disk usage analyses, called Disk Usage Analyzer. It details all available and used disk space, you can scan local and remote disks and can also view scan results graphically for a more clear picture. Read More
Do you want to monitor your internet or network bandwidth? Or you might want to calculate the total usage because your ISP has put a limit on your download or upload limit? Networx is a light-weight network utility that runs quietly in the system tray bar and monitors all incoming and outgoing bandwidth. Read More
Editor's Notes: These tips are for those users who are very new to Firefox. These are some basic tips and not the advanced ones. Is your Firefox loading slowly? Or it just keep freezing up everytime you use heavy extensions or open multiple tabs? If yes, then you have come to the right place. In my case it can sometimes take up to 500MB of RAM when I open around 16 tabs and use a good number of extensions(yeah I am that geeky). Memory hogging is caused by the caching of pages and images for faster browsing. Now, Mozilla is working on fixing this memory hog in their next update. Hopefully, the next Firefox would have better memory management. Until then follow these simple steps to save memory. Note: This tutorial is a bit outdated and does not show the real solution, however using "Fix Firefox Slow Start Problem" trick has proved to work for many.