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 Android 4.4 KitKat, Ubuntu Touch 13.10 for Nexus devices, a handy utility for quickly sharing screenshots on Android, and an excellent Android and iOS app for remotely monitoring and controlling your PC, among other excellent apps and tips.
Android 4.4 KitKat Coverage
Google announced Android 4.4. ‘KitKat’ this week. It’s not the biggest update to Android, but it’s still a hugely welcome one. We discuss new features and changes, how to install the new KitKat Google apps on any phone, and how to root the newly released Nexus 5 whenever you get it.
Ubuntu Touch 13.10 Saucy Salamander Review & Screenshot Tour
The world has seen webOS rise and fall, BlackBerryOS struggle to gain traction, and is seeing Windows Phone 8 stuck at a distant third place after iOS and Android, but that isn’t stopping Canonical from working on their own mobile platform. It’s not good enough to be ready for mainstream adoption yet, but we believe it is headed in the right direction.
Google+ Photo & Video Sharing Gets Big Boost With Auto Awesome Movies, ‘Eraser’, ‘Action’ Tools And More
Features-wise, Google+ is miles ahead of Facebook. They’ve got better mobile apps, and media-sharing is just a significantly better experience. Last week, Google boosted its social network’s photo and video-sharing features by announcing Auto Awesome for Movies, improved Auto Enhance for removing objects from a photo, and taking multiple exposures of an object in motion. In the near future, the iOS app will support full-resolution image backups as well. I can’t wait for people to shift to Google+!
How To Factory-Reset Google Chrome
For those times when you just want to start over, Google Chrome now includes a factory reset option deep in the browser settings, which disables all extensions, removes all temporary browser data, and brings back the default home page, new tab page, and search engine – basically bringing the browser back to the way it was when you installed it. We show you how to use it.
Get An iOS 7-Like Customizable New Tab Page In Google Chrome With This Extension
Like iOS 7’s look and feel? You can get it for your Google Chrome New Tab page with the ‘iOS 7 Home’ extension. It comes with many popular web apps pre-pinned, has its own ‘App Store’ for pinning new web apps, and lets you add your own favorite websites – all while looking like iOS 7 running on an iPad.
Flyne Is An Offline RSS & Twitter Reader For Android From The Team Behind Falcon Pro
Google Reader’s death has been a good thing for the RSS Reader ecosystem. We’ve seen many new RSS readers and services launch in the past few months across all platforms. The latest is ‘Flyne’ from the developers of the famous ‘Falcon Pro’ Twitter app. It’s not meant for serious RSS readers, but for those of you who enjoy Flipboard-style news consumption, this is a good alternative.
Keeper Is An Excellent Cross-Platform Password Vault With WiFi Syncing & Cloud Backup
Ah, yes. Yet another password manager. Keeper separates itself from other cross-platform encrypted password vaults by including support for both WiFi/Internet syncing and cloud backup/restore.
Remotely Monitor, Control And Play Games On Your PC With This Awesome Android & iOS App
This is pretty neat. Roccat Power Grid lets you create custom remote controllers or ‘grids’ for playing games, controlling and monitoring your PC from Android and iOS. The core concept isn’t hugely new, but the comprehensive set of options and level of flexibility offered in this particular app far exceeds that of most other similar solutions out there.
ShotDrop For Android Uploads New Screenshots To Dropbox And Copies Link To Clipboard For Faster Sharing
As an app reviewer (and part-time app developer), I have to deal with screenshots on a highly regular basis. I find that it is just not fast and easy to share them online or access them from another computer. ShotDrop solves this problem by automatically uploading new screenshots to Dropbox and copying the link to your clipboard so you can quickly share it anywhere.
Nimbus Web Clipper For Chrome Lets You Save Images & Snippets From Webpages & Access Them From Anywhere
I use a mix of Pocket and Evernote to save things for later. It’s serving me well, and I have no issues with it. However, if you are looking for a nice alternative, give Nimbus Web Clipper a try. You can save snippets from a webpage, and see them online from Nimbus’ own website. The browser extension is currently only available for Chrome.
Copy All Or Select Links On A Web Page From Firefox Context Menu
‘Copy All Links’ for Firefox does exactly what it’s name suggests. You can choose to copy every single link or download link in a page, or every link in the highlighted selection. Links are saved to your clipboard separated by end-line characters, and can be pasted anywhere.
Remotely Control Multiple Torrent Clients From Android With Transdrone
Transdome comes with support for pretty much every major torrent client on every major desktop operating system. It’s excellent for managing your torrents on the go from a simple interface.