Best Apps, Tips And Posts Of The Week [12.01.2013]

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 multiple browser extensions, music management apps, and a new cross-platform password manager, among other excellent apps and tips.

Add The “Ok Google” Voice Search Command To Chrome

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The Nexus 5, Moto X and Google Glass come with a futuristic feature with which you can start a Google search by saying “Ok Google ”. That feature has now made its way on to Chrome with the official “Google Voice Search Hotword” beta extension for Chrome.

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MEGA Launches Official iOS App

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With 50GB of free space, security-conscious features, and nice sharing options, MEGA is poised to be the next big cloud storage and syncing solution. Last week, they released an official app for iOS. While it is missing a good number of features we now take for granted in Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive, we understand this is the first version, and that there’s plenty more to come! I have personally got strong expectations from MEGA.

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Official Spotflux Chrome Extension Adds A Free VPN Right Inside The Browser

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I prefer paying for a solid, secure VPN connection, but before I made that choice, I was a big fan of Spotflux. Their free VPN is just about as fast as paid ones! While they’ve got a desktop app that routes all your traffic through Spotflux’s servers, you can choose to install their Chrome extension so only your browser is VPN-connected.

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Genymotion Is A Fast, VirtualBox-Based Android Emulator For Windows, Mac & Linux

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Android emulators are terribly slow, but they don’t have to be that way. Genymotion has come up with a VirtualBox-based Android emulator that is stupendously faster than the competition, has ADB access, and supports hardware sensors. What’s not to like?

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F-Secure Launches KEY: Cross-Platform Password Manager For iOS, Android, Mac & Windows

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I like to think I maintain good password hygiene, so I prefer not to work with password managers, but for those of you who would like an extra layer of security, you’ve got another great alternative to LastPass, KeePass, Dashlane and 1Password. Developed by popular computer security company F-Secure, KEY is a cross-platform password manager for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. Some of its strongest features are paid, though!

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Stream Music Between Desktop, Android, TV & Web With OnAir Player

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I’m deeply entrenched in the Apple and iOS ecosystem, so music streaming involves firing up iTunes and launching the Remote app on an iOS device, or streaming music using iTunes Match, but for everyone else, there are solutions like OnAir Player available that works across Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and the web.

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Download Android App APKs From Google Play Store With This Web App

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For whatever reason, you may want to install an app through its APK rather than from the Google Play Store. Well, there’s a way to do it with APK Downloader. Just give it the Google Play URL of the app you’re interested in, and it will generate a link to download it directly.

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Switch Between Multiple User Accounts On The Same Websites In Firefox With Multifox

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Google does a great job of handling multiple accounts, but the rest just have no support for it at all. With that in mind, Multifox allows you to switch between multiple user accounts for any website. It worked really well during our testing!

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Beat Is An Android Music Player With Dropbox, Google Drive Streaming, Floating Widget, An Equalizer, And More!

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With Beat, you can flawlessly listen to music from your local storage, Dropbox or Google Drive and do it all in style. We haven’t seen other cloud-powered music players with such a rich set of features include a floating player widget, equalizer and playlist support.

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Powerfully Manage Downloads From Within Google Chrome With Fruumo Download Manager

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I’ve played around with many download accelerators and managers, but have almost always come back to the default managers in modern browsers. They’re good enough for me. However, I am tempted to try Fruumo Download Manager since it works seamlessly with Google Chrome.

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Get Edge-Activated Music Controls On Android With SidePlayer

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SidePlayer is a simple new app for Android that allows you to manage music playback by calling up controls from the edge of the screen, anywhere in the OS.

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Backtick Is A Powerful Bookmarklets & Scripts Console For Chrome

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Backtick is a different kind of extension for Google Chrome. With it, you can perform all sorts of powerful commands for the webpage you’re on. It is sort of difficult to explain in this short summary, so you should check out our full impressions from the link below.

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About Lily Herman

Lily Herman
Lily Herman is a New York-based writer and editor. In recent months, her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Glamour, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, TIME, Newsweek, Fast Company, and Mashable. You can check out her website, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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