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Monday, April 21, 2014

Google Now Launcher Hits The Play Store For Nexus & GPE Devices; Download APK Here

There are only so many times we can introduce Android with some variation of the phrase “is infinitely customizable”. We have discussed launchers like Dodol, Buzz, Smart Launcher and so many others to death already. However, these third party customizations have never been able to help alleviate that feeling of alienation. They might be excellent, but they don’t feel right; even the recently reviewed Aviate is no exception – it’s brilliant, but alien ground. Until now, that is. Google decided that its stock Android launcher should be available to download and released it to the the Play Store under the label Google Now Launcher...
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

bitmado For Android Auto-Switches Between Wallpapers From Its Very Own Social Community

Just when you think there are plenty of free wallpaper apps available at the Play Store, along comes another with more to offer. Called a ‘shuffling wallpaper engine’ by its developer, bitmado is a free addition to the genre that delivers a constant supply of new backgrounds so you don’t have to view the same old boring home screen every time you unlock your device. It’s a live wallpaper that automatically cycles through different backgrounds, selecting them from the content and feedback of its Reddit-like community, which lets users upload images of their own, and upvote or downvote those uploaded by other bitmado members. It’s like Muzei, but with social elements replacing extensions...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Disconnect Search Comes To Android; Allows Tracking-Free Google, Bing & Yahoo Queries

If you talk to people about NSA’s PRISM program, most will seem disinterested, probably because they fail to realize how much of their data is being monitored. Though, if you’re like me, all the hullabaloo that the program’s outing caused must have scared you. After all, it is believed to be collecting and analyzing data from pretty much every tech giant (Google, Facebook and the like), and could be listening in on your phone calls, monitoring your emails or checking in on your cloud drives. In October last year, the folks behind Disconnect – a Chrome and Firefox extension that blocks online data tracking – released another tool for the same browsers to protect your privacy while using search engines. Their latest solution, called Disconnect Search, has made its way to Android with the aim to provide a safer search environment on your mobile device by masking your IP address...

Friday, April 18, 2014

SwiP Is A Free Profile Switching Automation App For Android

Task automation has become quite popular among mobile users thanks to apps like Tasker. Tasker allows you to configure different scenarios based on current location, time, event and so on, and automatically trigger different actions based on those scenarios. For instance, if you want your phone to automatically switch to silent mode when connected for charging, or need to turn off WiFi when you’re on the road, you can easily achieve that using Tasker. The only caveat with Tasker is that it’s a paid app, and even though it’s worth every penny, most users rather not shell out the cash. If you’re looking for a free, or better yet, open-source alternative, give SwiP a go. Developed by XDA-Developers memberFlow-Chi, this new app automates switching between different device profiles. It is nowhere near as flexible or feature-rich as Tasker, but what it offers should be enough for the casual user. Plus, its simplicity makes it much easier to understand. Details after the jump...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Muzei Is An Amazing Android Live Wallpaper That Switches Backgrounds From Configurable Sources

Android stands tall over its competition in a lot of areas, mainly when it comes to customization possibilities and changing the overall look and feel of the device. One such element is the choice of wallpapers. If we look at the primary competitors, iOS started offering wallpaper customization pretty late in the day, and even those are not much use except on the lock screen, since the home screen is usually riddled with app icons that hide whatever you’ve set as the background. Likewise, Windows Phone wallpapers are visible only on the lock screen. With the variety of launcher and home screen choices that you get with Android, that’s the platform where having a different background truly shines...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CALCU Is A Powerful Android Calculator App With Gestures & Themes

Calculators, for most users, usually fall among the least used apps on smartphones, but as they are one of the essentials, all the current major mobile operating systems come packed with one. Though, be it Android, iOS or Windows Phone, the stock Calculator app is fairly basic. We’ve featured some powerful and unique third-party alternatives for Android, such as DLD Calc, MyScript Calculator and AirCalc, all of which bring a unique functionality to the table. A new addition to this genre called CALCU: The Ultimate Calculator, on the other hand, aims to rethink the entire experience. CALCU has actually been around for quite a few days and has already received some rave reviews from users. Apart from letting you carry out all kinds of calculations, the app comes with support for gestures, themes and interface customization...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fancy Switcher Brings HTC Sense & Cover Flow-Inspired Multitasking To Android

There was a time when even the most diehard Android users would argue against the number of apps available for the platform. This no longer applies now, as Android has not only dominated the market by becoming the most widely used mobile OS, but the variety of apps has also increased. Developers now pay close attention to Google’s open source OS in order to provide unique app experiences not found on iOS or Windows Phone. Fancy Switcher is a new app from XDA-Developers member JKab that takes advantage of Android’s multitasking capabilities, and lets you switch apps in a fancier manner, showcasing app previews in neat cards (reminiscent of the HTC Sense app switcher) coupled with eye catching animations...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Get Complete Control Over Internet Access For Android Apps With NoRoot Firewall

Android is much less restrictive compared to iOS and Windows Phone. It actually allows users to do a whole lot more than what most would need, which even includes things like configuring how the apps installed on your device link to the Internet. The default Android firewall does quite a good job of blocking incoming attacks from the web, but it’s not the definitive solution to keep your data safe from intruders. Also, deciding which apps can (or can’t) go online isn’t configurable under stock settings. Grey Shirt’sNoRoot Firewall app for Android aims to resolve this by giving you complete control over each app’s access to the Internet, and allowing you to filter the traffic by routing it through a VPN connection, all without the need for root access...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Beware of Zeus Banking Trojan Signed With Valid Digital Signature

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A new dangerous variant of ZeuS Banking Trojan has been identified by Comodo AV labs which is signed by stolen Digital Certificate which belongs to Microsoft Developer to avoid detection from Web browsers and anti-virus systems...

‘Don’t Pause’ For Android Automatically Mutes Notifications While You’re Listening To Music

Being an audiophile, I spend a large chunk of time listening to songs on my Android phone, but after trying out a boatload of music players, both paid and free, on the Play Store, I’m yet to come across one that let me mute those darn notification sounds during my favorite parts of a song. For those new to the platform, on Android, if you get a text message or email while you’re listening to music, the OS automatically pauses it for a few seconds, plays the notification sound. and then resumes audio playback. Though it you don’t miss an alert, it isn’t ideal for uninterrupted music playback. Today, I stumbled upon an app called Don’t Pause that happens to be quite a great workaround for this problem...