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Color is important. It’s one of those primeval things — colors make us feel. They can communicate danger, passion, calmness, and almost any other emotion. They work across language barriers, and they can clash in jarring ways, too. Like it or not, you will use color: Just about any creative project needs a color scheme.
Logging your daily expenses is a bit like flossing: It’s one of those things we all know we should be doing, but usually don’t, because it’s just too much of a hassle. One Touch Expenser is one Android app that understands this: It’s an expense tracker that does everything it can to make logging your expenses an effortless process.
If I tell you “this is a great game for your phone, and it’s all about using a slingshot,” one game will instantly come to mind. Right? Well, it turns out there are ways to use slingshot and slinging that result in a unique game that’s nothing like Angry Birds at all: One is a racing game with gorgeous graphics and the simplest controls imaginable, while the other does have you shoot things with a slingshot but isn’t like Angry Birds in any other way.
Painting is fun. Even if you don’t have artistic talent, there’s something about smearing paint over canvas that just works. The success of games like Draw Something extends to entire galleries dedicated to smartphone doodles, and bears this out: Painting on your phone is definitely a thing. If you agree, you should try Line Brush. This entirely free (and ad free!) app features a simple interface with a wealth of realistic brushes, and even lets you use photos as raw material.
A new application can’t do everything right off the bat. The developer must make a hard choice: Should they spend time cramming in as many features as possible so that the app is as useful as can be, or should they go with a lean application that doesn’t try to do too much, but is a joy to interact with? In other words, form, or function? Flib is a free unit converter for Android that sits firmly in the “form” camp: With a flat aesthetic, large controls, and (mostly) well-designed interactions, it’s one of the prettiest apps I’ve seen of late.
I have absolutely no musical training or background. Give me an instrument, and I’m hopeless. But give me a simple sequencer, and I can make some music. Sequencers are brilliant because they abstract away much of the “hard stuff”: You don’t have to keep a beat, because the sequencer does it for you. You don’t have to try and pick notes that go well together, because they all go well together. And Rolling Tones for Android is a great one: It’ll have you making music before you know it.
Evernote Food: A Beautiful Way to Keep Track Of Your Favorite Meals, Recipes, and Restaurants [Android]
What’d you have for breakfast this morning? How about two weeks ago? And hey, remember that time you and your friends went to that really fancy Japanese restaurant? If you’re a bit fuzzy on the last two questions (or even on the first), Evernote Food is a great way to answer them. I covered Evernote Food for Android before, when all it could do was log your meals. Now it’s time to give it another look, thanks to an all-new version that adds fun ways to track down new recipes and restaurants, as well as a fresh new look.
Just as shorting a computer out will ruin it, making it run in temperatures it was never meant to take will cause it to malfunction. SpeedFan is a free utility for Windows designed to help you keep a close eye on just how hot your computer is getting, down to the individual component level.
So, the brand-new Galaxy S4 has just started retailing! And as most early adopters, one of the first things I wanted to do with my new Galaxy S4 was of course to root it. This post shows exactly how I’ve done it. The root exploit I used was released by XDA developer cofface. It is not a foolproof procedure, and it does involve some trial and error. The exploit itself offers two rooting methods, only one of which actually worked for me. So, caveat emptor! The good news is that I did end up with a rooted phone, and so can you.
From Pirate Darling To Dropbox Alternative: BitTorrent Sync Lets You Keep Your Files Synchronized Across Machines
Cloud-based file sync services are easy to use and work well, but your privacy may or may not be your first priority. Not to mention the fact that these services always come with a storage quota, which you can work to maximize maximize, but a quota is a quota. If you’re longing for an alternative, you should check out BitTorrent Sync.
Most Android launchers are relatively similar: Nova, Apex, and friends usually offer what you’d expect: One or more homescreens with some third-party widgets, an app drawer, and app folders. And then there’s Chameleon: A bold rethinking of the launcher — not quite on the order of Facebook Home, but definitely distinguishable from most other launchers. Being different doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better, but it does merit a close look, especially given its slick aesthetics.
Keeping a personal journal can often help us make sense of the difficult times in our lives, or better remember the good times. If you’re carrying around a smartphone, you already have a powerful and compact device at your disposal, just waiting for your thoughts. And there’s an app for that: Diaro. This polished app/website personal journal combo is not perfect, but has a lot going for it.
Wallpapers are fun, and they’re also one of the best ways to customize and personalize your tech. Today I’m here with an app we haven’t looked at yet: Wallbase, the mobile companion for the venerable wallpaper website (which we did cover previously). While the app is mobile and well-suited for phone use, the wallpapers are not phone-specific: It draws its selection from the endless well of desktop wallpapers on Wallbase, and the picking and cropping are up to you.
When the Google Nexus 4 first came out, one of the nicest new features it introduced was Photo Spheres. These are immersive 360-degree panoramas you can take with the phone’s camera app, no extra gear needed. In the hands of a skilled photographer they create views that are the next best thing to actually being there. If you’re looking for a service that’s all about Photo Spheres, without any of that pesky “friending”, “circling” and commenting that go on in a social network, look no further than SphereShare.net.
What’s a safe way to find new websites you’re going to like? Based on websites you already like, of course. That’s what SimilarSites for Firefox does, and apparently it does it well enough to be featured on our list of Best Firefox Addons. But I’m here to take a closer look and see just how it performs in real life. To test it out, I am going to try it out on a number of websites I like and see if it comes up with interesting results.