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 several amazing new Android apps, how to contribute to Google Street View, and a great alternative to Rainmeter for OS X, among other excellent apps and tips.
Note: We couldn’t publish a roundup last week. So, this week’s roundup has links to some articles that are more than a week old.
You Can Now Directly Message Photos To Instagram Contacts
The tussle between Facebook and Twitter this past year has been interesting. Twitter launches Vine, Facebook-owned Instagram comes up with video sharing; Snapchat gains prominence, Twitter allows sending photos over DM and now Instagram ‘Direct’ lets you send photos directly to a certain person or a group.
Locate, Ring, Lock, Wipe Lost Android Device With Another With Android Device Manager
Google recently introduced Android Device Manager for remotely locating, locking, wiping your Android device in case it gets stolen or lost. Now, they’ve launched an app that allows you to do the same from your other Android devices. It’s not a game-changer, but it’s a nice new feature, certainly.
Koush’s ‘Mirror’ App Offers Screen Recording & AirPlay Mirroring On Android 4.4.2
Made by famed Android developer Koush, ‘Mirror’ is an Android app for rooted device that allows you to record screen activity and also send it to AirPlay-enabled devices such as your Mac or Apple TV.
Cover Is An Android Lock Screen That Gives You Quicker Access To Apps Based On Time & Location
I am starting to get jealous of how much more variety of apps Android users are getting these days. ‘Cover’ is a new lock screen app that learns which apps you use at what time/location, and then displays them to you directly on the lock screen for quicker access.
Save And Restore Desktop Icon Layouts On Windows From The Right-Click Menu With Relcon
I prefer an icon-free Desktop, but for those of you who obsess over each icon’s location: Relcon is a portable app for Windows that lets you back up and restore your desktop icon layouts from the context menu.
How To Make Your Own Street View For Google Maps
Google can’t singlehandedly make Street View for the entirety of the world, so it has opened it up for the public to contribute. We show you how you can use your smartphone or professional camera to make multiple Photo Spheres, connect them together with Google+, and send them to Google for approval.
dodol Is An Impressive New Android Launcher With Themes And Customization
Another day, another Android launcher. This one’s pretty great, though. dodol’s home screen replacement comes with a strong set of features, and is open to heavy customization and theming. Add this to your ever-growing list of ‘Android launchers to try out someday’.
GeekTool Is An Awesome Rainmeter Alternative For OS X [Guide]
Windows has a popular desktop customization tool called ‘Rainmeter’, but Mac OS X has had no reasonably good alternative… until now. GeekTool is the Rainmeter alternative for OS X, and if you’re into heavy desktop customization you need not look any further than this. In the post linked below, you’ll find a detailed, newbie-friendly guide to getting started with the tool.
Remotely Access Or Stream Computer Files And Media On Your Android Device With AirStream
Smartphones and tablets have limited storage resources, so it’s a good idea to have all your data on your desktop PC and then stream it to your mobile device over local WiFi or the Internet. AirStream for Android does exactly that!
dodol pop Lets You Set Videos As Notifications, Alarms And Ringtones On Android
dodol impressed us with their dodol Launcher and dodol Locker, and they continue doing so with ‘dodol pop’ which appears to be yet another app for finding new ringtones, but is actually a bit more. It allows you to set videos as alarm and ringtone.
Fleksy Is An Excellent New Alternative Keyboard For Android And iOS [In-Depth Review]
Android’s relative open-ness means you can change almost everything about it. Don’t like the stock Android keyboard? Try out Fleksy with its gorgeous design, intuitive gestures, theming support and more! We give you an in-depth look at how it is better (or worse off) than category-dominants like SwiftKey and Swype.
Download Torrents Directly To Your Android Device With Vuze Torrent Downloader
Remotely controlling torrents on your desktop from your Android device is so one year ago. If you’ve got the space, why not download it directly to your phone? You can do that with the Azereus’ Vuze Torrent Downloader app for Android.
Hands-On With Microsoft’s New Bing Maps Preview App For Windows 8.1
Major technology companies are doing what they can to stop their reliance on Google Maps for mobile navigation. Apple has its own Maps, so does Nokia, and now Microsoft has jumped into the fray with Bing Maps for Windows 8.1. It has a good number of features, but is still missing a few important features.
Find Out If Your Account Info On Hacked Websites Was Leaked With ‘Have I Been Pwned?’
Is it just me, or are massive data breaches of popular web-based services starting to get more common? If you’re scared by the thought of sensitive personal data going into the hands of unauthorized hackers, you should check out ‘Have I Been Pwned?’ to find out if your email address was in the list of data breaches so you can take appropriate steps.