Best Apps, Tips And Posts Of The Week [12.22.2013]

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 Viber for Windows 8 and RT, an app for creating other Windows apps, a neat new extension for Google Chrome, and an amazing new iOS calculator app with spreadsheet-like capabilities, among other excellent apps and tips.

How To View & Delete Google Maps Location History

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By default, Google Maps keeps a log of all visited locations. Although it’s cool to be able to see at a glance the places you’ve been to recently, you may find it a little too creepy. Thankfully, there is a way to delete and disable this functionality by following our guide.

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Create Windows 8 Apps Without Writing Code With Project Siena By Microsoft

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An app for making other apps? Yes, that’s what “Project Siena” by Microsoft sets out to achieve. By combining visual, UI elements with data-sources and action triggers, you can – at least on paper – make simple yet useful enterprise apps.

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Viber Now Available For Windows 8 & RT

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Besides Facebook and WhatsApp, Viber is my go-to instant messaging app. It works well because it is available on all major mobile and desktop platforms, which now include Windows 8.x and RT, too!

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Razer Comms For Android Is A Gamer-Oriented Voice And Text Chat Companion

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Razer has a nice ‘Razer Comms’ voice and text instant messaging client on Windows that allows gamers to communicate with each other while in-game. Said app now has a companion on Android for even easier communication.

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HerdProtect Lets You Scan Running Processes & Startup Items With 68 Top Cloud Antivirus Engines

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After playing around with at least a dozen security suites and anti-malware software, I’ve come to the conclusion that a well-rated free solution plus CommonSense 2013 is all you need to keep your computer clean. It doesn’t hurt to run something like herdProtect every once in a while to be sure your system is free of malware.

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Launch Any Application Or File From Windows Run Dialog With Add2Run

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I started using Windows when GUIs took over CLIs, so I don’t use Command Prompt or single-line command interfaces like Run, but if you do and you would like to expand on its capabilities, give Add2Run a try. It allows you to select a file to run, enter its command, and add it to Run for quicker launches later on.

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Install And Boot Multiple Android ROMs On Nexus 5 With MultiROM

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Don’t like the stock ROM that comes with your Android device? Flash another! Switching from one ROM to another isn’t a convenient process, but if you set up MultiROM, it can be. You can add loads of different ROMs to your device, and can then select which one to boot into at will.

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How To Get Windows Experience Index Back In Windows 8.1

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Windows Experience Index was a nice, simple way to find out how your system stacked up against others. Microsoft removed this functionality in Windows 8.1, but there’s a way to get it back. By the way, my WEI base score is 5.4.

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PopCalc Is A Smart Calculator For iOS With Spreadsheet Capabilities

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For basic calculations, the stock iOS Calculator app more than suffices for me. If you’re looking for something slightly more advanced and intelligent, give PopCalc a try. It combines spreadsheet features with an intelligent calculator, while offering intuitive multi-touch gestures in an easy-to-use interface.

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Add A Virtual, On-Screen Trackpad To Windows 8 & 8.1 Using TouchMousePointer

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Windows 8 biggest shortcoming was how it had such a disjointed user experience. One moment you’re in the touch-friendly Start screen and Modern apps world, and the next, you’re in legacy Desktop mode that just doesn’t work well with touch. TouchMousePointer for Windows 8.x dedicates a part of your screen in Desktop mode to a virtual, on-screen trackpad for easier navigation.

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Edge Browser For Windows Phone 8 Boasts Gestures, Extensions & A Full-Screen Mode

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IE10 works well as the default browser for Windows Phone, but if you’re looking for something more powerful, consider trying out the new ‘Edge Browser’ with full-screen browsing, gesture support, incognito mode, and a budding extension store.

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Quickly Sign In To Multiple User Accounts On Same Websites With Identity Mask For Chrome

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We previously covered an extension called Multifox for Firefox with which you could easily switch between multiple accounts / user profiles on a single website. Now, you can do that on Google Chrome as well!

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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