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The Best Apps, Tips & Tweaks Of The Week [04.28.2013]

The Best Apps, Tips & Tweaks Of The Week [04.28.2013]

April 28, 2013 at 07:52PM

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It’s that time of the week again when we round up the most popular as well as the less-popular but equally useful apps, tips and tweaks that you may have missed during your hectic workweek. This time around, we discuss a novel way of syncing files between two computers, an app that helps you maintain good posture when using your Mac, three Facebook-related apps and tweaks, and Tumblr’s newly released app for Windows Phone 8, among other excellent apps and tips.

Securely Sync Unlimited Files Across Two Computers With BitTorrent Sync

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BitTorrent’s Sync is a new kind of file-syncing service that eschews Dropbox’s upload to cloud, download to all your devices process for a more direct method: files are synced between two computers directly over Peer-to-Peer protocol. This way, no third-party service gets access to your files and you have virtually unlimited storage.

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Use Facebook Chat Heads From iOS Home Screen Or From Within Any Other App With MessageBox

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One of Facebook Home’s more fascinating features is the ability to reply back to your friend’s messages from the home screen or from within any other app using “Chat Heads”. Facebook’s iOS app received them a couple of weeks ago, but their use was limited to within the app. Now, if you’ve got a jailbroken iOS device, you can install MessageBox to use Chat Heads anywhere outside the Facebook app.

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View Word, Excel & PowerPoint Files In Google Chrome With Office Viewer

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Browsers these days have built-in support for reading PDF files, but what about the equally, if not more popular, Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets or presentation slideshows? Well, if you install Chrome Office Viewer on your Chrome (Beta), you will be able to view these files without leaving the browser!

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Record Voice / Phone Calls On Android With MP3 InCall Recorder & Voice

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Call recording should really be built-in to today’s smartphones, but since that’s not the case, you will have to resort to third-party apps like the excellent MP3 InCall Recorder & Voice.

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Feedly Reader For Google Chrome Lets You Enjoy The Google Reader Look And Feel In Feedly

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In the past few weeks, online RSS reading service Feedly has enjoyed a great influx of new users coming over from the soon-to-be-shuttered Google Reader. Those of you who miss Google Reader’s look and feel may like to check out Feedly Reader for Google Chrome.

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Maintain Good Sitting Posture When Using Your Mac With Nekoze

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We are spending hours upon hours on our PCs daily, and – among many other things – it is killing our backs. We can significantly reduce the damage being done to our spines by taking a break every 20-30 minutes, and maintaining good posture. For the latter, we  recommend Nekoze (currently OS X only) that monitors your posture using your webcam, and alerts you whenever it detects slouching. When will they release this for Windows?

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Indigo Is A Powerful Virtual Voice-Powered Assistant For Android & Windows Phone 8

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The virtual assistant craze that was ignited by Siri for iPhone 4S back in 2011 has decidedly died down a fair bit by now, but that isn’t stopping developers from making new ones. Indigo is a new virtual assistant for Android and Windows Phone 8 that includes all the usual features you expect from such a kind of app, along with the ability to converse naturally.

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Clear Individual Notifications Or Turn Them Into Reminders With Abstergo For iOS

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Abstergo is a two-in-one jailbreak tweak. It allows you to clear notifications individually (like on Android), and also allows you to turn notifications (and messages in the Messages.app) into reminders.

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FBPrivacy Adds Useful New Privacy-Oriented & Other Features To Facebook And Messenger For iPhone

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I don’t quite like Facebook’s “Seen” feature that tells you when your recipients saw your message/group post. If you have the same opinion, and are interested in a bunch of other awesome features like being able to disable the “Typing…” alert, attaching multiple photos in messages, seeing timestamps for each message, and more, you should definitely check out FBPrivacy for your jailbroken iOS device.

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Official Tumblr App Now Available For Windows Phone 8

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Windows Phone 8’s stigma of having no app support from big companies is slowly but surely being rid of, as services like Tumblr launch good quality native apps on Microsoft’s burgeoning mobile platform. Tumblr’s Windows Phone 8 maintains the signature “Modern UI” look, while having just about every feature of the more mature iOS app.

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How To View Recently Added Bookmarks in Google Chrome

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Firefox users have a nice “Recent Bookmarks” feature for – you guessed it – viewing your most recently added bookmarks. Chrome doesn’t have this option built-in, but you can get the same functionality with a nifty add-on from the Chrome Web Store called – yes, you guessed it again – “Recent Bookmarks”.

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How To Chat With Your Facebook Friends From OS X Messages/iChat App

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With over a billion active users, Facebook Chat is the IM service for chatting with your friends. If you would like to use said service using the built-in Messages/iChat app on OS X, you can follow our simple two-step guide to set things up.

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