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Erez Zukerman

/ Joined 23 April, 2011

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How To Take Control Of Your Ringtones With Ring Commander [Android 1.5+]

Android

How To Take Control Of Your Ringtones With Ring Commander [Android 1.5+]

Ringtones are a very subjective thing, so it’s nice that Android comes with such a large selection of them. But once you’ve settled on a few ringtones you like, having to scroll through a lengthy list of irritating sounds just to swap between those few can get old pretty fast. For some reason, Android’s designers didn’t include a way to easily delete built-in ringtones.

08-09-2011
How To Take Control Of Your Ringtones With Ring Commander [Android 1.5+]
Create Compelling Screenshots With SnapDraw Free 3.20 [Windows]

Windows

Create Compelling Screenshots With SnapDraw Free 3.20 [Windows]

Creating screenshots isn’t only for tech writers and bloggers. Screenshots can also be very helpful if you’ve ever had to show your elderly aunt how to print something from her Internet Explorer 7.0 browser and you felt the need for a good tool to make illustrated screenshots for her. Today we’ll be looking at SnapDraw, a free utility for creating screenshots that make sense.

06-09-2011
Create Compelling Screenshots With SnapDraw Free 3.20 [Windows]
Read Entire Books On Your Smartphone With Moon+ Reader [Android 1.6+]

Android

Read Entire Books On Your Smartphone With Moon+ Reader [Android 1.6+]

While I dearly love my Kindle, my smartphone is always with me. Also, the Kindle doesn’t have a backlit screen (which is the whole point of a Kindle really), and sometimes a reading lamp spreads too much light – such as when your significant other is trying to catch some sleep and you want to read in bed.

02-09-2011
Read Entire Books On Your Smartphone With Moon+ Reader [Android 1.6+]
Boost Your Brain Power & Memorize Important Information With AnkiDroid [Android 1.5+]

Android

Boost Your Brain Power & Memorize Important Information With AnkiDroid [Android 1.5+]

Alfa November Kilo India. That’s how you spell “Anki” according to the NATO phonetic alphabet. And no, I didn’t need Wikipedia to come up with that. I just know the phonetic alphabet now. And I can also phonetically read many words in Russian, when a month ago I couldn’t. This is all thanks to AnkiDroid, a free Android application for learning things using flash cards.

01-09-2011
Boost Your Brain Power & Memorize Important Information With AnkiDroid [Android 1.5+]
Speak Your Email & Text Replies Instead Of Typing Them With FlexT9 Keyboard [Android 2.1+]

Android

Speak Your Email & Text Replies Instead Of Typing Them With FlexT9 Keyboard [Android 2.1+]

Typing on a tiny touchscreen is not an inherently fun activity. I can’t remember the last time I heard someone say “Gosh, I love how I keep making embarrassing typos with this tiny keyboard!” Thankfully, there are some very smart people who are working to make typing on a portable device a more bearable experience.

30-08-2011
Speak Your Email & Text Replies Instead Of Typing Them With FlexT9 Keyboard [Android 2.1+]
Read Magazines On Your Android Device With Zinio [2.2+]

Android

Read Magazines On Your Android Device With Zinio [2.2+]

I really enjoy reading books. I have a Kindle and I use it all the time. But sometimes a book isn’t always what I need. There are times when I have just a couple of minutes to fill, or when I’m somewhat distracted. For those times, a magazine works much better, and while I can read newspapers and magazines on the Kindle, I was intrigued by Zinio which offers paid magazines for Android.

26-08-2011
Read Magazines On Your Android Device With Zinio [2.2+]
VirtuaWin – A Lean Mean & Free Virtual Desktop Manager [Windows]

Windows

VirtuaWin – A Lean Mean & Free Virtual Desktop Manager [Windows]

When I covered Dexpot some time ago, readers Colugo and Mick were quick to point me in the direction of VirtuaWin as a lightweight, fast alternative virtual desktop software. Encouraged by their feedback, I decided to take VirtuaWin on a thorough spin and I am back to report my findings.

19-08-2011
VirtuaWin – A Lean Mean & Free Virtual Desktop Manager [Windows]
Win a Copy of Oops!Backup — Time Machine for Windows [Giveaway]

Windows

Win a Copy of Oops!Backup — Time Machine for Windows [Giveaway]

Historically, backup applications have been similar to insurance policies: They just lie there in the background, and you hope that if one day catastrophe strikes, they will work as promised and get you out of a tight spot. When Time Machine first came out for Mac, it transformed all that. As a PC user, this is one Mac feature that I really envied. So I started digging around and eventually found Oops!Backup.

08-08-2011
Win a Copy of Oops!Backup — Time Machine for Windows [Giveaway]
Liven Up Your Windows Console With The Portable App ColorConsole

Windows

Liven Up Your Windows Console With The Portable App ColorConsole

Some time ago I wrote about an alternative console client for Windows called Console. These was a fairly lively discussion in the comments, so I figured I’d share another interesting console client I found; this one is called ColorConsole, and it’s tiny, portable and free. The premise is quite similar to Console.

05-08-2011
Liven Up Your Windows Console With The Portable App ColorConsole
Site To Phone Lets You Easily Send Links & Text To Your Smartphone

Internet

Site To Phone Lets You Easily Send Links & Text To Your Smartphone

I spend a large chunk of my life in front of my computer. For those rare times I need to leave my chair and actually go do something in the real world, I sometimes want to take a chunk of the Web with me. Google already offers something called Chrome to Phone, but it’s very limited. It works only with Chrome, and only with Android devices.

29-07-2011
Site To Phone Lets You Easily Send Links & Text To Your Smartphone
Take Beautiful Photos With Camera360 Free [Android 1.5+]

Android

Take Beautiful Photos With Camera360 Free [Android 1.5+]

In recent times, we see more and more smartphones with 5 megapixel cameras, LED flashes, and processors powerful enough to create some very interesting images. What remains is the software – and as you may have noticed, this space is exploding with apps vying to be your default camera app, one of them being Camera360.

26-07-2011
Take Beautiful Photos With Camera360 Free [Android 1.5+]
Keep A Close Watch On Your Android Device With Cirrus Manager [2.2+]

Android

Keep A Close Watch On Your Android Device With Cirrus Manager [2.2+]

I love my smartphone. But there’s just one thing that scares me. What if someone steals it, or I lose it? My life is on that thing. It’s a treasure trove of personal information. Definitely not something I’d like to see fall into the wrong hands! If it ever does, Cirrus Manager will be the first site I turn to.

22-07-2011
Keep A Close Watch On Your Android Device With Cirrus Manager [2.2+]
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