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Erez Zukerman

/ Joined 23 April, 2011

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3 Fun Free Racing Games [Android]

Android Gaming

3 Fun Free Racing Games [Android]

Do you ever feel the need to cruise down an open highway, hitting pedal to the metal, going as fast as you can? Well, in case you don’t live in Germany (where there are autobahns with no speed limits), you may have to make do with a simulated racing game. On the bright side, should you choose to play that game on an Android device, you’d be able to play it while in an actual car (just don’t do it when you’re trying to drive)!

29-09-2011
3 Fun Free Racing Games [Android]
Improve Your English & Learn New Words With Vocabulary.com

Internet

Improve Your English & Learn New Words With Vocabulary.com

When communicating online, your vocabulary and the quality of your writing are a key part of the first (and second) impression you make. It’s important to be able to communicate clearly and come across as an intelligent human being, whether you’re just posting a quick tweet, applying for a freelance (or full-time) job, or even using a dating website.

27-09-2011
Improve Your English & Learn New Words With Vocabulary.com
Why Windows Is The Way To Go: A Microsoft Fanboy’s Perspective [Opinion]

Windows Mac

Why Windows Is The Way To Go: A Microsoft Fanboy’s Perspective [Opinion]

Everywhere I look these days, I see people proclaiming the wonders of Mac and Linux. Well, I’m a die-hard Windows user, and have been one ever since the days of Windows for Workgroups 3.11 . One kind of blog post I don’t really see often enough is “why Windows rocks”. I’m going to try to explain why exactly I stick with Windows, even though I can easily switch to Mac or Linux.

15-09-2011
Why Windows Is The Way To Go: A Microsoft Fanboy’s Perspective [Opinion]
Create Stunning Panoramic Images With Pano [Android]

Android

Create Stunning Panoramic Images With Pano [Android]

Today we’re going to be looking at Pano, a camera app that currently goes for $2 on the Android Market. Pano has no built-in effects; it doesn’t have advanced shutter controls or a built-in timer. It doesn’t do Lomo, and you can’t say “cheese” to have it take a picture. It does just one thing, but something no other camera app I reviewed so far can do – it helps you take large, beautiful panoramic images.

09-09-2011
Create Stunning Panoramic Images With Pano [Android]
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+]
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+]
Backup4all Professional Is a Robust Personal Backup Solution [Giveaway]

Windows

Backup4all Professional Is a Robust Personal Backup Solution [Giveaway]

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.

18-07-2011
Backup4all Professional Is a Robust Personal Backup Solution [Giveaway]
Expand Your Desktop Workspace With Dexpot – Cool Virtual Desktop Software [Windows]

Windows

Expand Your Desktop Workspace With Dexpot – Cool Virtual Desktop Software [Windows]

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”.

12-07-2011
Expand Your Desktop Workspace With Dexpot – Cool Virtual Desktop Software [Windows]
How to Read Great Long-Form Articles on Your Kindle With Delivereads

Internet

How to Read Great Long-Form Articles on Your Kindle With Delivereads

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.

05-07-2011
How to Read Great Long-Form Articles on Your Kindle With Delivereads
Two Chrome Browser Add-ons For A Better YouTube Viewing Experience

Browsers

Two Chrome Browser Add-ons For A Better YouTube Viewing Experience

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?

01-07-2011
Two Chrome Browser Add-ons For A Better YouTube Viewing Experience
NoLED – Shows Notifications Even If Your Device Has No LED [Android 2.1+]

Android

NoLED – Shows Notifications Even If Your Device Has No LED [Android 2.1+]

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.

28-06-2011
NoLED – Shows Notifications Even If Your Device Has No LED [Android 2.1+]
RoboForm Desktop – Keep Your Passwords Safe & Secure

Windows

RoboForm Desktop – Keep Your Passwords Safe & Secure

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.

24-06-2011
RoboForm Desktop – Keep Your Passwords Safe & Secure
Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim

Android

Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim

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.

23-06-2011
Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim
How To Create Cool Time-Lapse Videos With ChronoLapse

Windows

How To Create Cool Time-Lapse Videos With ChronoLapse

Have you ever watched a speed-drawing video on YouTube? You know the ones – they often feature some great Photoshop artist showing off their skill by creating a beautiful piece of art right in front of your eyes. A large part of what makes them so impressive is how fast everything happens. The video is shown in fast-forward, so that every second of video is actually several seconds (or even a minute) of real time.

16-06-2011
How To Create Cool Time-Lapse Videos With ChronoLapse
Ididwork – Track & Report Your Progress At Work & Get Feedback

Internet

Ididwork – Track & Report Your Progress At Work & Get Feedback

These days, working from home is becoming an everyday reality for a growing number of people. One thing that’s very important when working from home is accountability. Solutions for this problem span the gamut from complete trust all the way to apps that take constant screenshots of your desktop. Ididwork lies closer to the “trust” end of the spectrum.

14-06-2011
Ididwork – Track & Report Your Progress At Work & Get Feedback