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Best Apps, Tips & Tweaks Of The Week [05.12.2013]

Best Apps, Tips & Tweaks Of The Week [05.12.2013]

May 12, 2013 at 06:30PM


It’s that time of the week again when we round up the most popular as well as the less-popular but useful apps, tips and tweaks that you may have missed during your hectic workweek. This time around, we discuss Viber’s new desktop apps, a unique new launcher for Android, an amazing new widget system for iOS, and a near foolproof method for recovering your Facebook account, among other excellent apps and tips.

Viber Expands To The Desktop With New Apps For Windows And OS X


Viber is wildly popular on mobile platforms, giving services like WhatsApp and Skype a run for their money. Earlier this week, they updated all their iOS and Android apps, and launched desktop clients on Windows and OS X. Among many other useful features, the new desktop apps support free desktop-to-desktop video calling.

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Splay Launcher Is A Unique Android Home Screen Replacement; Offers Novel Pie Menu-Like Navigation


We have seen our fair share of Android home screen replacements and launchers over the years, but none of them have really surprised us the way Splay Launcher did the first time we tried it out. It completely changes the interaction dynamics of a homescreen launcher by making everything accessible with a jog dial of sorts, allowing for easy one-handed operation.

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Launch Desktop Apps From Mozilla Firefox With Easy Access

easy access

Modern browsers are quickly becoming the most used application on desktops and laptops, so it’s no surprise when we see an add-on like Easy Access – developed by Mozilla itself for Firefox – which allows you to launch desktop apps from within the browser. It’s a good, time-saving trick that is sure to be useful to many.

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Velox Adds Widgets & Notification Popups To iOS App Icons [Review]


Velox realizes a very popular wish of many iOS users: the ability to glance at information and perform basic tasks from and of an app without launching the app itself. By swiping up on an app’s icon, you can do things like reply to the latest messages, write a new note, take a photo, check the weather, toggle WiFi, Do Not Disturb, and a whole bunch of other things – all without launching the relevant app itself.

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Combine Google+ Hangouts With Remote Desktop App For Remote Access & Troubleshooting

Google Hangouts remote access

Google+ Hangouts has received a new add-on that allows you to remotely access the desktop of a specific user from an ongoing Hangouts session, while other people in the same video chat can act as spectators. Great for remotely troubleshooting problems on your relative’s PC!

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Share & Discuss Recorded iOS Gameplay Videos With Everyplay

EveryPlay for iOS recorded game replays

Everyplay is an interesting new service for iOS gamers and game developers. Developers can include support for Everyplay in their games for recording gameplay and sharing it to Everyplay’s own network, or Facebook and Twitter, and then gamers can view these videos, and discuss tips and tricks using the excellent Everyplay app.

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Access and Sync Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive And Box With Cloudii App For Android

Cloudii 11 Cloudii 10

Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, Google Drive… with so many great cloud services available today, it isn’t uncommon to see people actively using two or more at a single point in time. For these people, the new Cloudii app for Android will be quite useful, as it allows you to access and sync data from all four aforementioned services.

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Compress JPEG Images And View Before / After Result Side By Side With VJC For Windows


Compressing images for faster website load times is something we regularly deal with here at AddictiveTips, so a tool like GFsoft’s VJC that allows you to compress JPEGs and view – side-by-side – the original and the compressed file is quite useful.

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View The Most Popular Songs On Twitter And Download Track Previews With #trending For Windows Phone

#trending WP Home #trending WP Options

Twitter has been following an ‘iOS first’ policy with their latest apps, i.e. Vine and #music, so third-party developers working on other platforms have been using this opportunity to come up with their own solutions. Developer ashterisk has done exactly that for #music on Windows Phone by launching #trending with which you can view the most popular tracks on Twitter, listen to and download 30 second samples for setting as your ringtone.

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Splitr For iOS Plays Separate Songs For Each Earphone Earbud

Splitr iOS Splitr iOS Tracks

For times on a long road-trip when you have two people but only one iOS device and pair of headphones, Splitr can play separate songs for left and right earbuds so you and your friend can listen to your own music simultaneously!

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Watch 4 Idle Can Launch Programs And Batch Files When Your PC Goes Into Idle Mode

Watch 4 Idle 1.0

To my surprise, there are a large number of people out there who leave their PCs on during the day and night despite not having anything for it to do. With Watch 4 Idle for Windows, you can have your PC perform certain actions like going into standby mode or running a certain program when it goes idle. We recommend combining this with the 6 productive tasks your PC can perform when you aren’t using it for making the world a slightly better place.

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Convert MP3, WMV, M4A/AAC Songs To Ringtones On Nokia Lumia Windows Phones

Ringtone Maker Beta WP8 Home Ringtone Maker Beta WP8 Edit

Nokia has updated their Ringtone Maker app for Lumia series to support conversion and trimming of not just MP3 files, but also WMV and M4A into ringtones for use on your Windows Phone device.

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How To Reset Lost Facebook Password With The New Trusted Contacts Feature

select trusted contacts

Facebook recently introduced a very important security feature called “Trusted Friends”. With it, you choose three people in your friends list who can help quickly recover your account in case it is wrongfully taken over by someone with malicious intent. In our post linked below, we discuss the criteria for selecting “Trusted Friends”, and the process of recovering your account with these friends.

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