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When it comes to the command line, it seems that Linux and Mac OS users get all the fun. They have fantastic shell environments, but more importantly, they have a very slick console application to access their text shells. But for Windows users, in sweeps Console, ready to save the day with its awesome-sauce and open-source chic.
TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a platform for some very smart people to share their work and tell us interesting things we may not have known (or thought) about. In simpler terms, it’s a huge collection of short videos where people talk about almost any subject imaginable, and often say or show insightful things.
When is the last time you heard someone say “Oh no, why did I back up that file?” My bet would be “never”. Backing up is one thing almost nobody regrets, and Backup4all Professional is one way to get serious about it. This week, we’re giving away 25 copies of Backup4all Professional worth over $1200 in total. Join the giveaway after the jump.
Spending days and nights in front of a computer usually results in great physique with well-defined muscles and an above-average aerobic stamina. Okay, maybe not so much. In case sitting in front of the computer does not magically result in the body you’ve always dreamed of, Adidas miCoach is one app that might help you change that.
If you’re fortunate enough to have more than one person in your sales team, then you may experience uncoordinated sales reps, each talking to the same customer about different things. This is a what a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system is for, and insight.ly is one such CRM, with an attractive free plan and a strong focus on Google services.
I was talking to one of my friends, who is an avid Linux user. He told me that one of the Linux features he simply can’t do without is “virtual desktops”. I can now tell my friend that such a thing does exist in the Windows world – maybe not as a native feature, but in the form of the powerful Dexpot application. In fact, the app bills itself as “the tool Windows lacks”.
Photos are becoming a key part of the mobile experience. While the stock camera and gallery app combo on Android is quite nice, it may not be perfect. For one thing, you cannot retouch photos on the device. Also, sharing options may be a tad limited. Lightbox Photos aims to solve both of these shortcomings, and add a bit of flair to the process.
Developing good habits and getting rid of bad ones can be tricky. Some people like to track their failures and try to see what causes them to slip up, such as “why did I have to binge last night?” Others like to decide on positive habits and track those, to develop a winning mindset and focus on the positive. Today we’ll be looking at two applications, one for each approach.
I love my Kindle. Being able to read an endless variety of books on one slim device with a paper-like display makes me feel like I’m actually living in the future. But sometimes, a book isn’t what I need. Sometimes I just want to read a lengthy, well-written magazine article that would make me feel smarter or better informed.
Few things online can be as fun as YouTube. I can lose myself for hours watching videos. But the basic YouTube experience could use some improvement. Wouldn’t it be nice if videos could buffer as soon as a tab opened, and did so at exactly the quality I liked? And wouldn’t it be refreshing if YouTube was a tad less cluttered?
So you have this incredible idea for a website. It’s kind of like LOLCats meets Star Wars, with a dash of Foursquare thrown in. It’s going to be bigger than Facebook. But when you try to pitch it to your friends or potential investors and show them how awesome it is, you run into lots of blank stares. What you need is a mockup, or a “dummy version” of your site.
Some Android devices don’t have dedicated notification LEDs. So if you leave the device for a few moments and want to see if anyone tried to contact you while you were away, you need to unlock it and check Android’s notifications. If you do that several times every day, it can become a bit of a hassle. But if you use NoLED, you may not have to.
If you use a different password for every website, how will you ever be able to remember them all? You won’t, of course, and that’s where a password manager comes in, where you only need to remember one “master password”, protecting all other unique passwords. If you’ve never used one before and the concept seems a bit intimidating, it’s very possible RoboForm is what you’ve been waiting for all along.
When it comes to device automation, there’s just one 900-lb gorilla in the Android space, and that’s Tasker. True, Llama is an awesome free automation app, but it doesn’t aim for Tasker’s full power. Tasker is a paid app (it costs UK £3.99), so we’ve never really covered it in detail. Now the time has come to share with you one of the absolute best Android apps on the Market.
Smartphones keep getting faster, better and slicker. One part of the device that’s having trouble keeping up is the battery. Many state-of-the-art smartphones have trouble making it through a single day on a charge, much less two or three days like the simple Nokia phones of yore. But can anything be done about this, short of buying an extra battery? JuiceDefender for Android says the answer is yes.