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On a scale of one to ten, how smart is your smartphone? It may be smart enough to handle email, or help you navigate unfamiliar urban landscapes. But is it smart enough to turn off the GPS when you plug it back in at home? Or does it have the brains to turn on the ringer once you’ve left work? Here at MakeUseOf, we only write about free applications and tools… and this is where Llama for Android comes in.
The Web is not a linear thing. We often multi-task, open multiple tabs in the background and may need to monitor them constantly. Today I’ll be showing you a couple of handy Chrome extensions – one for opening multiple links at once, and the other for switching between tabs on a timed basis.
Why does an application such as Blackjack require permission to send out SMS messages on your behalf, or read your phone identity? The fact of the matter is that there are numerous applications that require very invasive permissions, and could potentially cost you money in all sorts of sneaky ways. One solution is to install them, but selectively deny their invasive permissions. That’s what Permissions Denied for Android offers.
Goodreads is a large online community for book lovers. If you’re not familiar with the service and community, we’ve written up a great article showing what you can do with Goodreads. In this post, I will be covering Goodreads’ fairly recent foray into the mobile application space with Goodreads for Android. As you launch Goodreads, […]
Mozilla has recently been trying to up its game in the browser war, and step up the innovation. They realized they needed to get new features to end users more quickly, so to do this, they set up several new “channels”. If names like Nightly, Aurora and Beta seem confusing, hopefully this post will help set things right. Let’s see how you can get each version and learn a bit about switching channels.
Google Docs keeps getting better, but some people just feel more comfortable using a desktop application rather than a browser. If you’re one of those people, you might get a fair bit of use out of GDocsDrive. If you happen to like it, we’ve got 25 copies of GDocsDrive worth $475 to give away!
Making a good mobile Twitter client is a fine balancing act. You need to provide your users with the functionality that they need, but you can’t risk being too confusing. There’s no manual, and even if there was one, nobody would take the time to read it. The app also needs to be very snappy and responsive. Twicca rises to the challenge.
SwipePad, in its simplest form, is a quick-launch pad (for Android 2.1 and above). It constantly runs in the background (and takes up a line in your notification area). When you touch one of the edges of your screen, it pops up a grid of twelve buttons which helps you to launch applications quickly and efficiently.
The Windows 7 taskbar is quite swanky looking, but it also packs a wallop in terms of functionality. Sure, anyone can activate an application by clicking its icon. But do you know what happens when you middle-click? Did you know there’s a way to run an application as an Administrator right from its taskbar icon? Read on to see how!
When people ask me about an alternative browser for Android, I usually point them in the direction of Dolphin Browser or Opera. But there’s now a new kid on the block called Miren. Miren tries to provide “the most intuitive browsing experience” for Android. But does it deliver the goods?
For years, I’ve tried one text editor after another. You name it, I tried it. I used each and every one of these editors for over two months as my primary day-to-day editor. Somehow, I couldn’t find an editor that just worked right, and was customizable enough to fit my needs. That all changed a couple of months ago, when I started using Vim full-time.
On an Android device, the home screen is prime real-estate. If you can get users to sacrifice some of their precious screen space for your widget or icon, you’ve made it. But these users can be notoriously hard to please. BITS, a new homescreen “widget engine” still in beta, lets you build your very own widgets, with lots of different variables, menu options and graphics.