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 some of the lesser-known features of Android 4.4 KitKat, how to install AOSP-based KitKat ROMs on Nexus devices, record screen activity on iOS through AirPlay on OS X, view two websites in a single tab, and make email more like WhatsApp , among other excellent apps and tips.
9 Lesser-Known Features of Android 4.4 KitKat
Since its release less than a couple of weeks back, Android 4.4 KitKat has been the talk of the town and while there has been plenty of discussion on its more known features, there are a few that didn’t receive quite as much press. After playing around with the OS, we found some of those and have gathered them up for you.
AOSP-Based Android 4.4 on Nexus 4, 7 and Galaxy Nexus
While Google is preparing to officially roll out Android 4.4 KitKat to every supported Nexus and Play Store edition device, the developers at XDA have already come up with ROMs for some Nexus devices that are based purely on the Android 4.4 AOSP source code.
Get Android 4.4 KitKat-Style Smart Frequently Called Contacts Access On All Android Phones
Being an unofficial and apparently hastily-made solution, ‘Calchas’ isn’t as good as the smarter dialer in the Phone app in Android 4.4 KitKat, but it’s a reasonable alternative if you wish to know which contacts you call regularly, so you can call them faster next time.
See Which Third-Party Web Services Are Tracking You In Real-Time With Lightbeam For Firefox
The NSA/PRISM debacle has opened every serious computer users’ eyes to the world of privacy-invading tracking of big corporate companies. Before you do something to stop this from happening, it’s a good idea to see who is tracking you on the web and how are they doing so, thanks to Lightbeam for Firefox which allows you to visualize all third-party services that connect to the pages that you browse as you go from website to website on the WWW.
Record Your iOS Device’s Screen On Mac Over AirPlay With X-Mirage (We’re Giving Away 5 Copies)
For app reviewers and developers: if you want to record screen activity of your iOS device, look no further than X-Mirage for OS X. With it, you can stream and simultaneously record the display of your iPhone or iPod from your Mac. It usually costs $16, but you can get lucky and possibly get it for free by participating in our giveaway. Be quick though, as the giveaway ends at midnight tonight!
Open Websites & Videos In A ‘Docked’ Panel Within Chrome With This Extension
Tabbing is cool and all, but sometimes you just want to be able to view two websites at once. To that end, ‘Picture in Picture Viewer’ for Chrome allows you to ‘dock’ a website – something like, say, Facebook Mobile or Gmail – in the corner while you actively work with a normal tabbed website. It works especially well if you have a large, high-resolution monitor.
With Powerful Unified Inbox & Search Options, CloudMagic Is The Only Email App You’ll Ever Need
CloudMagic for Android attempts to solve two big problems in mobile email today: we have too many different kinds of email accounts that can’t be viewed in a single, unified inbox, and it is too difficult to search for a specific email that may or may not be in a specific account. The app can act as your single, universally-searchable unified inbox for Google Apps, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, iCloud, Exchange, Mail.com, GMX and many other IMAP accounts, complete with a great search feature.
Troubleshoot & Optimize Your Internet Connection On Android With Netalyzr
This is for the computer geeks who like to sweat the details when it comes to setting up their local network: Netalyzr will closely analyze your Internet connection and tell you what’s less-than-optimal about it so you can make adjustments and get better performance.
Enjoy Basic Photo-Editing Anywhere With Web Camera360
It never hurts to have alternatives: ‘Web Camera360’ is the online version of the popular photo-editing app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. It packs essentially all the features of the mobile apps, meaning it is just as good for basic photo-editing.
Hop For iOS Aims To Make Email More Accessible By Giving It An Instant Messaging Feel
Email isn’t ever going to be a fun, casual activity in my honest opinion, but if you think otherwise, you ought to try out Hop for iOS. It aims to make email more accessible by giving it instant messaging characteristics. It’s fast and easy-to-use – I’ll give it that – though we’ll still likely have to wait for the killer solution to our email problems.
Format Factory Is A Powerful Audio And Video Converter For Android
A full-fledged file converter on Android? Oh yes. Format Factory can convert between MP4, AVI, AKV, FLV, MP3, FLAC, AAC, M4A, WAV, OGG, AC3, APE, and WMA. It doesn’t have the prettiest UI, but you that won’t feel like much of a shortcoming when you see just how powerful this app is. I wish iOS had an app like this.