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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Stream Photos From Android To Your TV With Photowall For Chromecast

The Chromecast dongle has been a massive hit for Google, cemented by the fact that lots of developers are now creating apps for this little streaming gadget. Though, it’s not just its incredible third-party support, the Mountain View based tech firm itself is also fairly active in encouraging development for the device. Fresh out of Mountain View Headquarters is an app for iOS and Android called Photowall for Chromecast, which enables a group of people to beam photos from their Android or iOS devices to a Chromecast-connected TV, letting them view their images on bigger screens. Details to follow...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

View The Countries & Organizations Android Apps Send Data To With viaProtect

Following numerous leaks and revelations about NSA’s ‘PRISM’ internet surveillance program and other similar projects by international security firms, it’s become almost unthinkable to browse the web without some form of protection. On Android, there are already numerous ways to check what apps are sending or receiving data from the web, but the new app viaProtect goes a step further. The app – which is still in its preview stages – shows you the countries and services that each app’s internet traffic is going through, along with other security information and an overall security risk rating for your device...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Photo Editing & Sharing App Adobe Revel Comes To Android

Cloud computing is being touted as the next big leap in information technology. Besides different apps and services that work over the cloud, one of its most compelling use cases is photo sharing. Services like Flickr and Imgur are already popular among users who share their images and photos online. The company behind Photoshop, Adobe, also runs a similar service called Adobe Revel, which has been around for quite sometime now. Just last year in September, we reviewed its official Windows 8 and RT app, and yesterday marked the launch of Adobe Revel for Android. The app allows users to sync their photos online and access them from desktop, mobile and the web...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Google URL Shortener Is A Great Unofficial Goo.gl Android Client

URL shorteners like bit.ly or tinyurl aren’t new. They have become increasingly popular for sharing links on social media, especially Twitter. For the uninitiated, these services simply make long hyperlinks much shorter, allowing you to share them without worrying much about character limit. Many popular link shorteners can also monitor different analytics such as click counts and offer link customization. Google runs a URL shorterning service called Goo.gl but the search giant is yet to offer an official Android client. Until then, you can use the third party Google URL Shortener for the purpose...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hide Spoilers From Facebook & Twitter With Spoiler Shield For Android & iOS

Spoilers – we all curse them (and those who wickedly spill the beans). They are like the dark side of internet holding the power to ruin our favorite TV shows, books, movies and even sports events. If you ask what the main source of spoilers is these days, then all fingers will point towards social media. But the sad truth is that it’s not that easy to avoid services like Twitter and Facebook these days particularly when they are the best platforms to keep an eye on latest trends. Silencer for Chrome helps you avoid stumbling upon spoilers while browsing social media sites on your desktop. For mobile devices, there’s Spoiler Shield, a free app for iOS and Android that blocks mentions of popular TV shows and sports on Facebook and Twitter...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Now Browser Offers A Clean, Minimal Web Browsing Experience On Android With Flash Support

There is no shortage of web browsers on the Google Play Store. Google Chrome, for instance, is a good choice if you want speed, an impressive UI and plenty of features. Opera, Maxthon, Mercury and Next etc. are also great alternatives to the stock offering, each carrying their own pros and cons. For a look at the best of the bunch, check out this compilation of browser apps that we covered back in 2013. Now Browser is the new kid on the block that provides a fast web browsing experience like Chrome, but what sets it apart is its super-lightweight design, weighing only a few kilobytes. Let’s take a closer look...

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Keep Track Of Where You Park Your Car With Auto Finder For Android

Finding a parking spot in a big lot can be a headache, but what’s worse is forgetting where you parked your car. East garage? 3rd floor? Spot number 84? It’s not unusual for this to happen after, say, a tiring day at work. Fortunately, there’s an app for almost every problem nowadays and this one is no exception. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of parking your car in a massive parking lot or a packed area and had trouble finding it later, then give Auto Finder a shot; a simple but functional app for Android that lets you mark your location whenever you leave your car. In fact, the app can also be set to do this job on its own whenever it detects you’re leaving your car via sensors such as Bluetooth...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

View The Countries & Organizations Android Apps Send Data To With viaProtect

Following numerous leaks and revelations about NSA’s ‘PRISM’ internet surveillance program and other similar projects by international security firms, it’s become almost unthinkable to browse the web without some form of protection. On Android, there are already numerous ways to check what apps are sending or receiving data from the web, but the new app viaProtect goes a step further. The app – which is still in its preview stages – shows you the countries and services that each app’s internet traffic is going through, along with other security information and an overall security risk rating for your device...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Official RAR Archiving App Now Available for Android

For the uninitiated, file compression utilities can be fairly confusing due to a bewildering number of file formats out there, many of which are only supported by specific applications. For the power-users among us, a compression tool must also carry advanced settings to tweak every little detail. Most people used to employ file compression tools on computers, but since the advent of powerful smartphones, the task has become common on mobile devices as well. Finding a good file compression app, however, can be a confusing task unless the app is from an authoritative developer. The free RAR for Android from RARLAB – the team behind WinRAR – aims to help...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Google Now Launcher Hits The Play Store For Nexus & GPE Devices; Download APK Here

There are only so many times we can introduce Android with some variation of the phrase “is infinitely customizable”. We have discussed launchers like Dodol, Buzz, Smart Launcher and so many others to death already. However, these third party customizations have never been able to help alleviate that feeling of alienation. They might be excellent, but they don’t feel right; even the recently reviewed Aviate is no exception – it’s brilliant, but alien ground. Until now, that is. Google decided that its stock Android launcher should be available to download and released it to the the Play Store under the label Google Now Launcher...
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

bitmado For Android Auto-Switches Between Wallpapers From Its Very Own Social Community

Just when you think there are plenty of free wallpaper apps available at the Play Store, along comes another with more to offer. Called a ‘shuffling wallpaper engine’ by its developer, bitmado is a free addition to the genre that delivers a constant supply of new backgrounds so you don’t have to view the same old boring home screen every time you unlock your device. It’s a live wallpaper that automatically cycles through different backgrounds, selecting them from the content and feedback of its Reddit-like community, which lets users upload images of their own, and upvote or downvote those uploaded by other bitmado members. It’s like Muzei, but with social elements replacing extensions...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Disconnect Search Comes To Android; Allows Tracking-Free Google, Bing & Yahoo Queries

If you talk to people about NSA’s PRISM program, most will seem disinterested, probably because they fail to realize how much of their data is being monitored. Though, if you’re like me, all the hullabaloo that the program’s outing caused must have scared you. After all, it is believed to be collecting and analyzing data from pretty much every tech giant (Google, Facebook and the like), and could be listening in on your phone calls, monitoring your emails or checking in on your cloud drives. In October last year, the folks behind Disconnect – a Chrome and Firefox extension that blocks online data tracking – released another tool for the same browsers to protect your privacy while using search engines. Their latest solution, called Disconnect Search, has made its way to Android with the aim to provide a safer search environment on your mobile device by masking your IP address...

Friday, April 18, 2014

SwiP Is A Free Profile Switching Automation App For Android

Task automation has become quite popular among mobile users thanks to apps like Tasker. Tasker allows you to configure different scenarios based on current location, time, event and so on, and automatically trigger different actions based on those scenarios. For instance, if you want your phone to automatically switch to silent mode when connected for charging, or need to turn off WiFi when you’re on the road, you can easily achieve that using Tasker. The only caveat with Tasker is that it’s a paid app, and even though it’s worth every penny, most users rather not shell out the cash. If you’re looking for a free, or better yet, open-source alternative, give SwiP a go. Developed by XDA-Developers memberFlow-Chi, this new app automates switching between different device profiles. It is nowhere near as flexible or feature-rich as Tasker, but what it offers should be enough for the casual user. Plus, its simplicity makes it much easier to understand. Details after the jump...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Muzei Is An Amazing Android Live Wallpaper That Switches Backgrounds From Configurable Sources

Android stands tall over its competition in a lot of areas, mainly when it comes to customization possibilities and changing the overall look and feel of the device. One such element is the choice of wallpapers. If we look at the primary competitors, iOS started offering wallpaper customization pretty late in the day, and even those are not much use except on the lock screen, since the home screen is usually riddled with app icons that hide whatever you’ve set as the background. Likewise, Windows Phone wallpapers are visible only on the lock screen. With the variety of launcher and home screen choices that you get with Android, that’s the platform where having a different background truly shines...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CALCU Is A Powerful Android Calculator App With Gestures & Themes

Calculators, for most users, usually fall among the least used apps on smartphones, but as they are one of the essentials, all the current major mobile operating systems come packed with one. Though, be it Android, iOS or Windows Phone, the stock Calculator app is fairly basic. We’ve featured some powerful and unique third-party alternatives for Android, such as DLD Calc, MyScript Calculator and AirCalc, all of which bring a unique functionality to the table. A new addition to this genre called CALCU: The Ultimate Calculator, on the other hand, aims to rethink the entire experience. CALCU has actually been around for quite a few days and has already received some rave reviews from users. Apart from letting you carry out all kinds of calculations, the app comes with support for gestures, themes and interface customization...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fancy Switcher Brings HTC Sense & Cover Flow-Inspired Multitasking To Android

There was a time when even the most diehard Android users would argue against the number of apps available for the platform. This no longer applies now, as Android has not only dominated the market by becoming the most widely used mobile OS, but the variety of apps has also increased. Developers now pay close attention to Google’s open source OS in order to provide unique app experiences not found on iOS or Windows Phone. Fancy Switcher is a new app from XDA-Developers member JKab that takes advantage of Android’s multitasking capabilities, and lets you switch apps in a fancier manner, showcasing app previews in neat cards (reminiscent of the HTC Sense app switcher) coupled with eye catching animations...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Get Complete Control Over Internet Access For Android Apps With NoRoot Firewall

Android is much less restrictive compared to iOS and Windows Phone. It actually allows users to do a whole lot more than what most would need, which even includes things like configuring how the apps installed on your device link to the Internet. The default Android firewall does quite a good job of blocking incoming attacks from the web, but it’s not the definitive solution to keep your data safe from intruders. Also, deciding which apps can (or can’t) go online isn’t configurable under stock settings. Grey Shirt’sNoRoot Firewall app for Android aims to resolve this by giving you complete control over each app’s access to the Internet, and allowing you to filter the traffic by routing it through a VPN connection, all without the need for root access...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Beware of Zeus Banking Trojan Signed With Valid Digital Signature

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A new dangerous variant of ZeuS Banking Trojan has been identified by Comodo AV labs which is signed by stolen Digital Certificate which belongs to Microsoft Developer to avoid detection from Web browsers and anti-virus systems...

‘Don’t Pause’ For Android Automatically Mutes Notifications While You’re Listening To Music

Being an audiophile, I spend a large chunk of time listening to songs on my Android phone, but after trying out a boatload of music players, both paid and free, on the Play Store, I’m yet to come across one that let me mute those darn notification sounds during my favorite parts of a song. For those new to the platform, on Android, if you get a text message or email while you’re listening to music, the OS automatically pauses it for a few seconds, plays the notification sound. and then resumes audio playback. Though it you don’t miss an alert, it isn’t ideal for uninterrupted music playback. Today, I stumbled upon an app called Don’t Pause that happens to be quite a great workaround for this problem...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Student Hacks Apple Passbook App to Get Free Flight Boarding Passes

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Is Air Travel expensive for You?? Of course it’s costly for Common people. But, hackers have found a way out of it too. If you have an iPhone then there is no need to buy airline tickets, as a simple iPhone hack can fool any modern airport and get you a seat in first class for free...

AVG Wifi Assistant Automatically Toggles Wi-Fi On Android Based On Cell Tower Signal Strength

Forgetting to turn off WiFi on your Android phone when you’re out and about can be quite annoying, especially when you find the WiFi scanner has drained the little battery you had left. Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi toggle buried deep in the Settings app takes an extra step to reach whenever you need to enable or disable it. Even if the Android version in your phone does have quick launch toggles in the notification area for the purpose, you will still have to remember to turn WiFi off. Wouldn’t it be great if you could automate the process somehow? That is exactly what AVG Wifi Assistant does. Named ‘WiFi Hotspot On/Off Manager’ on the Play Store, this free Android app from the popular security firm remembers the cellular network towers near the locations you’re at more frequently, and then automatically toggles WiFi based on their signal strength...

Friday, April 11, 2014

TimeLock Is An Encrypted Photo & Video Vault For Android Disguised As A Clock App

Whether it’s about protecting sensitive financial information from thieves or hiding secret journals from your snoopy roommate, keeping your confidential files safe from prying eyes doesn’t require some state of the art equipment or an overly expensive piece of software. Nowadays, you can lock away sensitive files on your smartphone or tablet using the many security apps available for each platform. A new, unique addition to this genre on Android is TimeLock, a free app that lets you hide your mobile media files behind a disguise. To anyone else using your Android device, TimeLock appears to be a simple clock app, but hidden behind it is a vault for photos and videos, protected with 256-bit military grade AES encryption. It also comes with alarm functionality as well as  a ‘desktop clock’ dock mode. Lets take a closer look...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Save, Annotate & Share Web Snippets On Android With Nimbus Clipper

I’ve always used Evernote Web Clipper for saving fragments of content I come across when browsing the web. If you’re looking for similar solutions, there’s Nimbus Web Clipper for Chrome, that works roughly the same way. Since we last covered it, Nimbus Clipper has evolved quite a lot and now offers an Android app by the same name. The app allows users to quickly capture web page snippets, take screenshots, annotate them with a powerful built-in editor, and have it all synced up with your Nimbus account on the go...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TimePIN For Android Auto-Changes The Lock Screen PIN According To Current Time

Phones are more than just communication devices. To some, they are a safe haven for personal moments and memories, and one does what one can to protect them from unwanted eyes. There are solutions to secure certain features within the phone such as AppLock or to restrict connectivity through Internet Lock, the list goes on. New to this list is TimePIN, a free device security app that employs PIN lock in a unique manner...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Snapdragon Glance Is A Usage-Aware Android Lock Screen Replacement From Qualcomm

Android is unrivaled in customization. Forget ROMs and launchers, the lock screen alone can be customized with the likes of Cover and ported Galaxy S4 or Note 3 lock screens. In that vein, another lock screen utility might not seem ground breaking. However, the source makes a difference. After last year’s Snapdragon Battery Guru, Qualcomm’s Xiam have come out this year with Snapdragon Glance, a free, intelligent lock screen replacement for Snapdragon-powered devices that gives you instant access to notifications, essential info and the apps you use the most...

Monday, April 7, 2014

gFile Is A Simple Android File Manager With A Gmail-Inspired Interface

Managing files on your Android device can be a pain if you don’t have the right tool. Fortunately, the file management category of Play Store is filled with some awesome names – such as Solid Explorer, ES File Explorer and Astro File Manager – that make this tasks fairly easy. Enter gFile, a free app designed to make file management even simpler thanks to its bare-bones design. It’s quite clear that gFile is not designed with power users in mind. It’s probably for the traditionalists among us who just need to quickly get to their files and folders without dealing with any complex settings on the way. But that doesn’t mean gFile doesn’t offer advanced features. Read on for details...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Popular Project Management App Basecamp Now Available On Android

If you’ve been using a lot of project management apps, you will most likely be familiar with Basecamp, a popular online project management tool. For those unfamiliar with it, Basecamp is a premium tool used by companies and individuals looking for a way to organize their tasks and projects, assign them to others in their team, communicate with each other and keep track of ideas and meet deadlines. The service released a native app for the iPhone in the beginning of 2013 and nearly a year later has officially made its way to Android Basecamp. The app, which is available for free at the Google Play Store, will allow users to access and manage their Basecamp account and stay up to date with their Basecamp projects on the move. Akin to its web-based counterpart, the mobile app sports a simple interface and a set of really handy project management tools...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

DLD Calc For Android Is A Fraction Calculator That Shows Step-By-Step Solutions

Math can pose difficulties for even the most brilliant minds among us. If you find yourself (or someone you know) often struggling with math class then you’re not alone. On the bright side, there is a whole variety of mobile apps that can help you out during those tough math lectures. One such app that I recently came across is DLD Calc, a free fractions calculator for Android that takes the burden off your shoulders when it comes to solving even the most daunting fraction problems. The app displays each step in a calculation involving fractions to help students of basic math figure out mistakes in their own solutions. Details after the break...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Compress To & Extract From Several Archive Formats On Android With B1 Free Archiver

File archiving feature that usually comes built-in with popular Android file managers like ES, Astro ad Dual File Manager is handy enough to quickly pack and unpack popular compressed archive formats such as ZIP, RAR, 7Z and the like. But the aforementioned solutions are fairly ineffective when it comes to extracting or compressing a handful of less popular archive formats. This is why tools like B1 Free Archiver are still around at the Google Play. It’s a simple application that lets you extract, view and compress your desired files from and to a wide array of formats including 7Z, APK, TAR, LZMA, TGZ, LZH, MTZ, RPM, XAR, XZ, ZIPX, GZ, TBZ and more. Read on for more details after the jump...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Boot Multiple Android ROMs On Droid DNA With MultiROM

The ability to boot multiple operating systems has always been the strong point of PCs, but in today’s age, the smartphone is the new PC, and it only makes sense to be able to install and run different operating systems on our phones and tablets to get the most out of them. Among the various multiboot solutions that we’ve seen so far, MultiROM by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar is perhaps the most promising. After letting enthusiasts boot multiple Android ROMs as well as Ubuntu Touch and even Firefox OS on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 for quite a while, MultiROM has been ported to the HTC Droid DNA by XDA Senior Member jamiethemorris. While the currently available ROM support may not include other operating systems, it still allows you to boot multiple Android ROMs on your device on your external storage. Read on to learn more...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CamFind Brings Its Awesome Image Search & Recognition To Android

Taking photos from your smartphone surely sounds fun. Just point and shoot, and you will have the moment stored as a digital image. But what if you need to find more information about a certain subject from the image? Back in 2013, iOS users got an awesome camera app released on the iTunes App Store by the name of CamFind that identifies the subject in photographs, and then searches the web for relevant results like similar images, price comparisons and more information pulled from various sources. CamFind has finally made its way to Google Play Store, bringing its powerful image recognition technology to Android...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Automate Switching Between Custom Profiles On Android With TF Profile

Remember those old phones that used to come with multiple built-in profiles? It surely was handy to instantly switch between different profiles under different conditions such as normal, silent, meeting etc. Stock Android, unfortunately, lacks this option since its inception, and the only way to get this functionality on your device would be via installing third-party apps or using custom ROMs like CyanogenMod that have it built-in. Though how about creating different profiles and have them automatically get activated accordingly when needed? XDA-Developers member j2187 has addressed this shortcoming in form of TF Profile – Profile Scheduler that lets you create profiles and automate their switching in a manner similar to Tasker. Details after the jump...