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 Flipboard for Windows, a floating camera app for Android, Vine for Windows Phone (finally!) and the official CyanogenMod Installer application, among other excellent apps and tips.
Hands-On With Flipboard For Windows 8.1 Pro & RT
It’s still one of the most popular social news readers out there, so this is good news for Windows users who’ve got a touchscreen. Flipboard is finally here, and it has essentially every feature covered from its iOS and Android counterparts. Whether you’re a Flipboard user or not, this is a must-have app for Windows 8.1-powered desktops and tablets.
Vine Now Available For Windows Phone
Vine has finally launched on Windows Phone after seeing great success on iOS and Android. It has all the important features from its iOS and Android versions, save for the recently introduced ability to edit videos and draft recording sessions for later.
How To Install Android 4.4 KitKat Factory Image On Nexus 4, 7 & 10
There are two ways to get your hands on Android 4.4 KitKat for your Nexus device: you can either wait for Google to push it to your device (which may take several days) or you can download the official factory image and flash it manually. Since we’re power users ourselves, we recommend going for the latter as long as you know what you’re getting into.
Install CM On Your Android Device The Easy Way With The Official CyanogenMod Installer App
We’ve been flashing custom ROMs for a long time now, so we’re used to going into a custom recovery such as ClockworkMod to flash a pre-prepared ZIP file. For those of you who are just getting into the modding scene, CyanogenMod Installer is an excellent tool that will make it super-easy for you to download and flash the most popular custom ROM around on your (supported) device.
Momentum Brings Beautiful Backgrounds, A To-Do List, Weather & More To Chrome New Tab Page
I probably see the New Tab page of Google Chrome more than I see my own Windows desktop; it would be a good idea to replace it with something nicer. Momentum replaces the New Tab page with a nice big clock, a lovely landscape wallpaper, a motivational quote and adds the ability to maintain a basic to-do list.
Dual-Boot Android, Firefox OS And Ubuntu Touch On Nexus 4 & 7 Using MultiROM
Because of its platform’s relative openness, Android phones have a lot more in common with your average desktop computer than iOS and Windows Phone do. With MultiROM, those of you with a Nexus device can now select at boot-up the ROM you wish to use. For now, you can boot between an Android ROM, Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch.
Snapy Is A Floating Camera App For Android With Basic Editing Features
If you follow us here regularly on, you’ve most likely seen plenty of floating apps. They’re one-trick ponies; small productivity/entertainment apps that ‘float’ over the OS so you can use them from anywhere, even while you are in other apps. Snapy is a camera app based on this concept. Its UI is similar to the stock Camera app, and includes some basic editing options. Great for catching fleeting moments.
Improve Your YouTube Music-Listening Experience With Streamus For Chrome
I don’t have concrete figures to back this statement up, but YouTube happens to be the most popular music streaming website in the world. It’s free, it’s fast, has more songs than any other music service and it is available worldwide. With Streamus, you can refine your music listening experience on YouTube: it allows you to make playlists and stream music videos in the background without actually opening YouTube, and also comes with a ‘Radio’ mode for listening to similarly tagged music.
Unlock Nexus 5, 4, 10 & Galaxy Nexus Bootloader Without Fastboot Or Data Wipe
This one’s, again, for more advanced Android users: BootUnlocker allows you to unlock your rooted Nexus device’s bootloader from within Android so you don’t need to reboot, connect it to a PC or execute commands from the terminal. In addition, unlike the usual process, this tool doesn’t wipe your data on unlock.
Auto-Rotate Android Wallpaper With Chainfire’s 500px-Powered ‘500 Firepaper’
A nice wallpaper can mean the difference between a good-looking homescreen setup, and a great setup. It’s too much hassle to find good wallpapers yourself, so I rely on third-party apps to find them for me. On Android, you should check out ‘500 Firepaper’ for auto-downloading and rotating wallpapers from the excellent 500px photography site.