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Monday, June 30, 2014

Translate Text And Find Word Definitions On The Fly With Floating Translator



In my teen years, I was so keen to study Japanese culture owning to my love with Manga and videogames, and often spent a lot of time looking for online resources like translators and dictionaries to even learn the language. Thankfully, I now have many mobile apps at my disposal to easily translate one language to the other. I’ve tried plenty of popular translation apps in the Google Play Store, and my favorite one so far is Google Translator, which carries a ton of features like support for a wide array of languages, and ability to translate text, speech, handwriting etc. Floating Translator is another one such tool that lets you convert text on the fly by being accessible over all other apps you might be using, including full screen apps. It also carries a built-in dictionary so you can easily search for meanings of words you not know of in and out without leaving your current activity...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Control Music Playback Over Any App With Floating Music Widget [Android]

We’ve already given you an awesome breakdown on the best music player applications for Androidavailable at the Play Store, making it easy for you to choose which one is best for you. But the problem commonly faced by users is that how to control the music playback when the music app isn’t active. To give you one example, if you want to skip a song, lets say, you do need to either open the main application and then tap on the next button, or use the standard lock screen widget for the purpose. Or you may even place a widget that lets you do the same on your home screen. Floating Music Widget, however, serves you the purpose of providing playback controls over any existing app. A single swipe enables you to bring it in and out and play, pause or skip songs with ease...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Remo MORE Is A Brilliant Desktop & Mobile Optimization Tool For Noobs

Computers not only cost several hundred dollars now a days, but they are also fairly costly to repair. While you can have most hardware problems repaired, it’s better to just take care of your tech better and back-up data regularly. The problem is that most people don’t know where to begin, for instance, when should they back up data, how to clean junk files, or how to optimize its memory and other components.Remo MORE is a great tool created for the less tech savvy among us, letting them manage and troubleshoot common computer problems in a single click. Could it get any better than that???

Friday, June 27, 2014

Stream Music From Dropbox, Google Drive, And Box With CloudAmpz

If you listen to music on your Android device, chances are you’re perfectly happy with the stock music app that ships with it, which lets you browse and play songs stored locally on your phone. You can also create personalized playlists, or simply shuffle your whole collection to casually enjoy whatever plays next. So what more could you possibly want? While there are no shortage of music players waiting for you in the Google Play store, only a handful of them might offer you a way to play music stored on your cloud storage. CloudAmpz is a new such app that not only playback music stored on the internal storage of your device, but also let you stream tracks from Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.net...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Klout App Arrives On Android For Tracking Your Social Media Influence

Popular social media tracking service Klout has finally released its official Android app in the Google Play Store. The free application, which landed on iOS long ago, shows your Klout influence online with major social networks. You’re also awarded a Klout score determined by a variety of factors including the type of content you share, retweets, followers etc., which help increase your influence in particular topics or area. When posting links, you can schedule them based on when your audience is most active, and the app also provides content recommendations tailored to your social media audience only...
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Foursquare Launches Swarm App For iOS And Android

Earlier this month, Foursquare announced that it would no longer be about just customers and businesses anymore as their new app aptly labeled Swarm for iOS and Android will bring new features and functionality into the mix, letting you and your friends easily share common places you visit, discover events, find new places to check in as well as find if you’re both in the same neighborhood. The app is now available on the Google Play and iTunes App Store, and just like Foursquare, it’s free to use on both platforms. The app shares various similarities with Foursquare itself, for instance you can check in to places just as you already do, but the app also uses passive location information in order to show you whether your friends are nearby even when they haven’t checked in...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Food Builder Gives You Nutrition Information Based On Your Ingredients

The great thing about any type of packaged food is that you can flip it around and check the nutrition information. The same doesn’t hold true for when you cook yourself, or even when you’re dining out. Food Builder is a neat, ad-free, Android app that gives you nutritional information for what you’re about to eat. Now this isn’t some magic app that lets you take a picture of your food and analyzes the photo to give you a list of the ingredients that went into making it and then gives you the nutrition information. You have to enter the ingredients yourself, manually, elbow-grease style. It comes with many pre-added ingredients that you can just select from the relevant category so that definitely speeds things up. Each food you add is a ‘plate’ and at the end, you get general nutrition information for it...
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Monday, June 23, 2014

The BreakFree App Helps You Get Over Your Smartphone Addiction [Android]

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...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Install CyanogenMod 11 On Nexus 5

CyanogenMod 11 was released a few days ago and since then, anyone looking to try it out was on stand-by until it became available for their respective device. The M6 build for Nexus 5 became available not too long ago and I was looking for a good excuse to root my Nexus. Here’s a step by step breakdown of the process which is ridiculously  simple, and will have you downloading files for the most part...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bright Weather Is Another Gorgeous Weather App & Widget For Android

Do you need an umbrella today? Well, the weather looks just fine and sunny, but then again, you never know. There’s no arguing the fact that the Google Play Store has a ton of weather apps. Some put a higher importance on accuracy, while others are designed with gorgeous looks in mind. But if you need an app that’s both beautiful and feature-laden, then LevelUp Studio’s new Bright Weather may make you fall in love with its minimalistic design and comprehensive set of information that it throws at you. It may not be the best in the business, but it does do all the things you’d expect from an app of this kind; beautiful home screen widgets, ability to share weather, fascinating UI and whatnot...
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Cobrets: One Tap Widget To Toggle Four Pre-set Brightness Levels [Android]

Quickly managing brightness on your Android is a one swipe, and two tap process that brings the brightness adjuster up on your screen so you don’t have to get to it by going through the Settings app. You can enable/disable Auto brightness or use the slider to adjust brightness. The problem; if you aren’t using auto brightness then every time you go outside or come in out of the sun, or just move from one place to another with different lighting, you are manually adjusting the brightness on your screen. Auto brightness is meant to handle that for you but if you aren’t satisfied with the brightness levels it sets, Cobrets lets you save four different brightness levels and toggle between them by tapping the widget on your screen...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

MyScript Stylus Converts Handwritten Input Into Digital Text [Android]

Android has a gazillion different apps on the Play Store, ranging from apps to find directions on the road, to apps for keeping a tab on social media accounts. One set of apps that all of us use an awful lot yet over look though, is the keyboard application. Android comes with one out of the box, but third party alternatives further improve upon stock offering either by bringing more functions and buttons to the table, or by trying to revolutionize input by changing the QWERTY input method. One such new app on the block is MyScript Stylus. Unlike a conventional keyboard, MyScript recognizes hand drawn text input from stylus or fingers and converts it into digital text...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Octo – Auto Settings Creates Location Based Sound Profiles [Android]

Do you ever forget to turn the ringer down on your phone when you arrive at work or forget to turn it up when you leave? Octo – Auto Settings is a very smart Android app that lets you create location based profiles for sound settings on your Android device. The app is free and will let you set any level for the device’s ringer mode (silent, ring, or vibrate), the ringer volume, the in-call volume, media volume, and notification alert volume. It also supports other actions that you can add to a profile such as WiFi and Bluetooth settings, display settings, and SMS settings but each one requires a $0.99 purchase to unlock it...
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Record Screencasts, Google Hangouts, And Skype Calls On Android – No Root



Recording video calls and screencasts on an Android is really really easy… as long as you’ve rooted your device. No root and it seems as if it isn’t possible. You might find some solutions that let you record a screencast on an unrooted Android but require the device be connected to a desktop system which might not suit your needs. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how you can record your screen but it comes with the following caveats; the video will have a watermark at the bottom, you will be able to record sound as well as video, you will need to connect your phone to a desktop once to set the app up, this method is 100% free...

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Reddit In Pictures Lets You Browse Images On Reddit, Filters Out Everything Else

Unless you like living in a cave, you have probably heard of Reddit – a social networking and news service that runs entirely through user generated content. It lets people post discussions, share links of webpages, upload lots of animal pictures (those cat and dog memes, anyone?), and comprises of groups called sub-reddits where people having similar interests can share all kinds of stuff and earn points from users who like what they’ve shared. I also surf Reddit a lot during my spare time usually on my smartphone, so it was natural for me to find an Android app to easily browse it on the go. There are many Reddit clients that offer straightforward Reddit access, but Reddit In Pictures is a Google Play app that takes a visual approach to the Reddit experience...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Jumptuit: Access And Manage Multiple Social Network And Cloud Accounts

With so many cloud storage services and social networks out there, it can get fairly hard to manage them all. Many of us try to be everywhere at once, while others need a unified place where they can easily keep an eye on their virtual presence. If you’re looking for an easy solution to consolidate your life on the cloud, Jumptuit is a new cross-platform service that aims to help you organize, move and copy files between multiple cloud storage and social media services without much hassle. It boasts a decent interface, offers a ton of great features, and supports multiple mobile and desktop platforms...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

HabitBull Helps You Break A Bad Habit Or Develop A Good One [Android]

Habits, good ones, are hard to build. Bad ones are easy to fall into and difficult to quit. You can blame your genetic make-up for this, or your parents who didn’t curb your sugar intake as a child but the fact is that breaking a bad habit or getting into following a new one is not easy. HabitBull is an Android app that takes a swing at helping people accomplish this. It’s not one of those apps that starts nagging you to do something, or incessantly reminds you not to do something. It’s an alarm app for your habits and is possibly more suited for developing a good habit than it is for beating out a bad one...
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Wireless Manager Saves Battery By Disabling WiFi When Out Of Range [Android]

The Wi-Fi radio on your Android device can be a real battery hog if left enabled for a longer period especially when it’s not even connected to a specific network as it constantly checks your environment to find (and connect to) an access point. Many users who have mobile data enabled will not turn WiFi off when they know they will be using mobile data because they are used the device switching between whatever connection is available, however, the WiFi continues to tax the device’s battery. This is whereWifi Manager comes to the rescue. It allows you to set an interval time between Wi-Fi network checks, in turn drastically reducing your phone’s battery consumption. The app detects when you are no longer in range of a WiFI connection and turns the switch off, saving your battery. It then checks at regular intervals to see if a WiFi has become available and will turn WiFi when there is an available connection...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Metal Slug Defense Released For Android & iOS [Review]

Metal Slug is a Neo Geo (SNK based Arcade) game first released in April 1996, back when 16-bit wasn’t fashionable, it was all we had. At the time of its release, the graphics on Metal Slug were as revered asUnreal Engine 4‘s 4k resolution demos today. The gameplay options were limited to top-down or side-scrollers, Metal Slug fell in the latter category being a run and gun game. Metal Slug brought an element of superior animation, violence, gore, a myriad of characters all layered with an element of serious goofiness that it became an instant classic. To this day, there are new games being released and old ones being rereleased (and equally appreciated) on virtually every platform. In order to confine to the realm of mobile gaming, SNK have released Metal Slug Defense available on iOS and Android for free. Let us take a look at how it fares in the new age...
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cooliris For Android Puts Photos From 15 Cloud Services In One Place

Let’s be honest, the default Gallery viewer that ships on stock Android feels basic. Even though it has all the pretty looks, you can view and delete images with it, and share photos with others, but, well, that’s about it and there’s nothing more you can do with it apart from all that. Imagine if you could combine all the images you have stored on multiple social network and cloud services, and access them under one roof? Well, that’s now possible with Cooliris a new Gallery application that’s landed on Android devices nearly two years after its debut on iOS. This new app can aggregate all your photos across several social media platforms into one central location, allowing you to easily search for specific ones...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Party Player Accepts Song Requests By SMS & Plays Them [Android]

If you’re hosting a party and would like to get your friends involved with choosing what music to play  during the party  then Party Player is a new music application that lets you do just that. Available for free at Google Play, Party Player enables your smartphone receive song requests via text messages and play them from a temporary playlist which automatically fills up as more requests are generated. The app is amazingly smart; if your friends text a song or a word that appears in the title of more than one song, the app will send a text message to them asking them which song they want to play. The text message will list all songs that match the word and your friend can simply reply with the song number in that list to tell the app which one they want. For everyone, this is a simple text message interaction and no one needs an internet connection to make it work...

Monday, June 9, 2014

Stand Alone Google Docs & Sheets Apps Now Available In Play Store

Google Drive for a long time has existed as the one app to rule all the files saved to your Google Drive. Google has launched stand alone apps Google Docs and Google Sheets on the Play Store so that when you want to open a document or a spreadsheet, you can open them directly from their respective apps. The dedicated apps will show the files they support weeding out all other types and saving you the trouble of searching through them to get to your own files. Like the Google Drive app, you can open a document or sheet and edit it. Likewise, you can use the respective apps to create new documents or spreadsheets. The apps do not boast any new features; think of them as a way to always have your docs and sheets filtered and waiting for you when you launch them...

Sunday, June 8, 2014

10 Add-ons For Firefox Android That You Should Try Out Over The Weekend

Firefox users have long enjoyed amazing features on the desktop thanks to the very rich add-on repository that it has. We’ve covered a lot of these add-ons and often had readers asking if a similar extension was available for Chrome. It’s a tribute to these add-ons that add both features and functionality. Firefox isn’t just a desktop browser, it has an amazing Android version which happens to support add-ons as well. Like the repository for add-ons for the desktop version, there is a repository for the Android version as well and we combed it for some useful ones that every Firefox user should install. Here are our top ten picks...

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How To Get Android 4.4.3 On Nexus Devices [OTA + Manual Update]

It was a busy night all around with Apple announcing the latest OS X and iOS instalments, and Android 4.4.3 finally rolling out to Nexus devices OTA. Android 4.4.3 is not huge in terms of features and mostly has bug fixes but that’s no reason to not want to update to it. For those that are receiving the update OTA, getting it is super simple but those who keep checking to see if an update is available only to find it isn’t, getting the update now is only slightly complicated. Here’s a how-to for both manual and OTA updates...

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Notify! Selectively View Notifications From Apps On Your Home & Lock Screen [Android]

One of the key strengths of Android has always been the notifications system. It’s been around since the early days of the OS, but it took what felt like a lifetime for it to get any good. Unfortunately, some app developers seem to abuse it in order to spam you with promotional messages, advertisements, or pointless updates. While other times, there are a few notifications from apps that you just cannot afford to miss. If you want to put pivotal notification information right on your home screen or lock screen via a minimal widget that doesn’t bog down your device’s performance, Notify! is all you need. The simple app displays incoming notifications at any widget supported area and allows you to access them with a single screen tap...

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Adjust Notifications Volume Based On Sleep And Wake State [Android]

When you are walking down the street withyour Android device residing in your purse or pocket, the notification volume should be loud enough to be heard over the other noise in your surroundings. But when you’re, let’s say, attending an important meeting, the loudness of the notification sound must not break the silence or interrupt the seriousness of the situation. There are apps like Tasker that let you automatically change volume according to different scenarios, but if you want a simpler solution that’s also free, you can try Awake / Sleep Volume Adjuster. This free application by XDA Forum MemberSanryd automatically adjusts the volume based  on your phone’s sleep and awake states. Let’s find out how...

Friday, June 6, 2014

New Features In Firefox 29 For Desktop & Android

Firefox 29 is out and the update is a huge one for the browser and it’s users. The update finally brings the much talked about Australis theme to the stable channel and it was well worth the wait. Austalis isn’t just beautiful it’s also the most minimal that Firefox has ever been. Other new features on desktop and mobile include brand new customization options for the buttons that appear on the Menu Bar, Firefox Sync which is now set up exclusively through the Firefox Account, and new repositioned buttons for bookmarks have been added. Developers get new features too with the implementation of <input type=”number”> and <input type=”color”> on both desktop and Android. Additionally on Android new share options, and customization options for the home panels have been introduced...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Get Hangouts To Recognize & Associate Phone Numbers With Contacts

The new Google Hangouts app has merged SMS with IM conversations. That’s great except for some users, the app now will not recognize when an SMS is received from an existing contact and will show the number it was received from. For an app that was meant to make text messaging and instant messaging easier, this complicates things. The good news here is that this is not a bug, I repeat, this is not a bug. It’s because Hangouts is confused with the state of your contacts and is having trouble finding who the number belongs to. The problem is in fact with your contacts and here’s how you can set things straight...
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Typist Lets You Find How Fast You Type On Your Android

Typing has become an essential part to our modern lifestyle. It’s not possible to use most tech products available in the market today without any typing skills (smartphones, anyone?), and if you use your touchscreen phone or tablet for a lot of texting then you better be a fast typist or be ready to get left behind. But the question that remains is how fast your thumbs can move between those virtual keys? There are many desktop applications that let you measure your typing speed and finding your WMP (words per minute) rate. But now you can do that on your Android as well thanks to the new app calledTypist. It carries a bunch of typing tests and allows you to find your typing speed by completing them in 1, 2 or 3 minutes...
Typist’s interface is fairly clean and simple. When launched, the landing screen lets you access the typing tests, view high scores (both yours as well as your friends on Google+), rate the application on Google Play or remove in-app ads via paid upgrade. The actual usage of the app is more like a game where you need to complete a bunch of tests (within a specified time, of course) after which you’re presented with a detailed results page that carries all your typing stats.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

MultiWindow Sidebar Run Apps In Split-Screen View & Switch From Sidebar

One of the most interesting features Samsung introduced with Galaxy S4 and Note 3 phones was MultiWindow Flashbar which enables using two apps simultaneously in split view mode. Many users have tried porting that feature to other phones from time to time, but no other developer has probably done a better job than XDA-Developers senior member zst123 with his MultiWindow Sidebar which enables you to quickly access selected number of apps from a vertical sidebar, as well as use more than one app in split view using Xposed framework modules...
Just take a look at the screenshot on the right side. Noticed something extra there? This is how MultiWindow appears on the screen when enabled. The app shows up to the left side by default, comprising of a fully customizable vertical bar that caries a bunch of app shortcuts. Also notice the miniscule tab at top right corner of this bar, which basically acts as a small switch for toggling MultiWindow bar On and Off. The best bit, of course, is that you can open it over any other foreground app and move back and forth between apps in a snap.
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Monday, June 2, 2014

GRE Vocab Lock Learn A New Word Every Time You Look At Your Phone [Android]

Having a richer vocabulary of words in your arsenal is one of the most effective ways to improve your speaking and writing skills, but there are so many words in English that it sometimes get really difficult to know where to begin. A few Google queries may return various online resources to nourish your vocabulary, and while it does work if you opt for the proper techniques, there are a number of smartphone apps now that can help you accomplish the same. If you want to learn a new word everytime you pick up your Android then GRE Vocab Lock is worth giving a shot. It acts as a secondary lock screen for your device and lets you learn a new word every time you unlock it. It houses a comprehensive built in dictionary for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and SAT students, but is just as helpful for anyone who wants to learn new English words with ease...

Sunday, June 1, 2014

How To Sync Browser Data Between Desktop And Android In Firefox 29

Mozilla has finally launched Firefox 29, the latest version of the company’s massively popular web browser, for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. With version 29, Mozilla has debuted the new Australis interface borrowing heavily from Google Chrome. But besides  that, Mozilla has also revamped the sync feature of the browser; the new sync feature is better than ever, and doesn’t now require you to store the pesky auto-generated authorization code (as in previous releases), but rather all your data is now synchronized via email and password through a Firefox Account. In this guide we’ll highlight the difference between the new and old sync methods, as well as show you how to sync data between desktop and Android in Firefox 29...

Netflix Roulette Find A Random Movie Or TV Show To Watch, No Account Needed

Every Friday night my sister and I have a ritual; we spend close to 2 hours looking for a good movie to watch, we find nothing, she gets tired and decides she’d rather sleep. No fun is had. Yes, we do this every Friday and if you watch movies a lot you know that you quickly run out of all the good ones and are then starved for something that’s ‘not bad’ to watch. Some go to IMDb, some go through top ten or top 100 lists, while others take suggestions from Hulu or Netflix. Netflix Roulette is the brain child of Reddit user codeusasoft who got tired of top ten lists and other such lists that Netflix gives you. This simple little app which categorizes search by genre and will let you search either/or movies and TV series finds something random you can watch. The good thing is it has nothing to do with your Netflix account and it is not an analysis of what you’ve watched before, or what your viewing preferences are. It’s just a random way to find something to watch and it can be used by anyone. There’s also an Android app for Netflix Roulette...
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