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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.
One of Android’s greatest strength is how customizable it is. Even without rooting your device or installing a custom ROM, you can do some incredible things to shape your phone to be just the way you want it. Installing a third-party launcher like Nova goes a long way, but you can do so much more: UCCW, or Ultimate Custom Widget, is a widget that lets you place custom clocks, battery meters, weather meters, and just about anything else right on your homescreen. Customization is often a painful process, but UCCW makes it incredibly simple.
A text editor should not get in your face. The more you notice it, the worse it is. The best ones are nearly invisible, staying out of the way and letting you become one with your prose. For an application as simple as Notepad, that’s easy. But it becomes a trickier proposition if you’re trying for this level of simplicity while still offering advanced features like Dropbox sync and instant Markdown preview. LightPaper is a $2 text editor for Android that rises to the challenge.
When you stop and think about it for a moment, what the address bar does most of the time is… nothing. I mean, it just sits there, displaying the current tab’s URL in the plainest, most utilitarian way possible. Is there some way to make the address bar useful even when you’re not typing stuff into it? Location Bar Enhancer for Firefox is an addon that tries to do just that.
Discover Exciting New Dishes And Effortlessly Create Shopping Lists With Must-Have Recipes [Android]
There is something to be said, however, for a professional “recipe book” approach, where content comes from a single trusted source that’s accountable for each recipe. That’s what you get with Must-Have Recipes, an Android app by Better Homes and Gardens featuring a professionally curated collection of recipes with a gorgeous studio-quality image of each recipe.
There’s a reason the new Chromebook Pixel, an expensive high-end machine, uses a 3:4 aspect ratio rather than widescreen 16:9. It’s because the Web is vertical. Webpages scroll up and down, but most of us have widescreen machine these days. As a result, most websites have generously proportioned margins – basically, just wide swaths of blank background, showing nothing. Sometimes that’s nice, but sometimes you might want to use all of those pixels more productively.
I can’t remember the last time I wrote an entire MakeUseOf post about a single game. But here I am, dedicating this whole post to tell you about just one game, because it’s that good: Quantro for Android. You won’t find mention of it on the Quantro page, but it’s a Tetris clone. It’s not just a dumb clone, though – it’s even better than the original. They can’t tell you it’s Tetris, supposedly because of copyright issues, so here I am to lay down the truth.
Tools are awesome – if you read MakeUseOf, you probably agree. But the latest isn’t always the greatest. Rather, the greatest is whatever helps you get the job done, saves time, and just plain works. One good way to find those excellent tools is to see what an actual person uses in their daily life to get stuff done. Read on to see what Jonathan Smiley, a partner and a design lead at ZURB uses to get things done.
Photoshop is not just a strong brand. In the world of photo manipulation, it’s pretty much the only brand. When your product’s name becomes a verb (“photoshopping” images), that says something. But there’s a reason it’s such a strong brand – on the desktop, it is very, very good. So naturally, when looking to review the free Android version of Photoshop called Photoshop Express, I was expecting to be wowed by something at least as awesome as Snapseed.
Tools are awesome – if you read MakeUseOf, you probably agree. But the latest isn’t always the greatest – rather, the greatest is whatever helps you get the job done, saves time, and just plain works. One good way to find those excellent tools is to see what an actual person uses in their daily life to get stuff done. Read on for a detailed review showing how Corel’s Creative Director gets work done.
As Android phones grow ever larger, so does the need for a quick way to launch apps one-handed. Try holding your Galaxy S III or Note 2 and launching an app with just one hand and you’ll see what I mean: It’s nearly impossible to reach all the way across the screen, making traditional “app drawer” launchers impractical.
Even with a capacious 16GB SD card, I sometimes find myself running out of space on my Android phone. That usually happens due to my penchant for backing up – I have lots of Titanium Backup archives taking up space on my device, not to mention two or three ROM images (also known as “nandroid backups”) at any given time. Throw in the occasional 1080p video taken with the device, and things can get awfully crowded in a hurry.