Best Apps, Tips And Tweaks Of The Week [09.22.2013]

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 iOS 7 in all its glory, a handy Firefox extension, Moves for Android, an Android app that combines WhatsApp and SMS messaging, and a great to-do list manager for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 among other excellent apps and tips.

Our Detailed iOS 7 Coverage

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Earlier this week, Apple released iOS 7 worldwide. It’s the biggest iOS upgrade yet, and most of us are loving it. We’ve gone pretty deep in covering all facets of the new mobile OS; you should check out some of the articles in case you’ve made the jump on your device.

PwnMyMoto Roots Moto X & Motorola Droid Ultra, Mini, Maxx With Full System Write Access

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In last week’s roundup, we mentioned MotoRoot that could root this year’s latest Motorola phones. It had one big limitation, though: it wouldn’t remove write protection on  /system, which is required on a lot of root-only apps and tweaks. Well, PwnMyMoto roots the same phones, and removes write protection.

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Model 3D Objects On The Go With AutoDesk FormIt, Now On Android

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Last year, Autodesk launch a surprisingly powerful 3D modeling app for iOS; it has now made its way on to Android. It proves that mobile apps are good for high-quality content creation, too!

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tabPreLoader Reloads Multiple Firefox Tabs Upon Session Restore

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You know how Mozilla Firefox – on restoring from a crash – only shows titles and favicons for the ‘restored’ tabs, but doesn’t load page content until you switch to the tab? tabPreLoader is an extension for the browser that solves this issue. I wonder why this isn’t built-in.

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‘Moves’ Comes To Android; Helps You Keep Track Of Your Daily Physical Activity

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Tracking your daily activity to better yourself overall is an “in” thing these days. While dedicated trackers like FitBit and Jawbone Up are better, apps like Moves for iOS and Android, do a commendable job as well. With Moves, you can see how many steps you’ve taken, miles you’ve run or cycled in a beautiful UI.

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Edit File Type Association, Actions & Icons From Windows Right-Click Menu Using ‘Types’

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Big apps like Evernote and Photoshop are great and all, but there’s a certain charm in one-trick-pony apps. They do one thing, and they do it well – following the Unix philosophy. Types is a simple Windows utility that allows you to easily edit file type association, change default icons, and the right-click menu options that go with them.

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Boomerang Calendar For Chrome Makes Collaborative Scheduling Of Meetings & Events A Breeze

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Modern day life is insanely fast and busy, so a good calendar app goes a long way in keeping you sane. Boomerang Calender is a nifty little app that works with Gmail to make the process of creating a calendar event with other people an easier, more collaborative experience.

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Send And Receive WhatsApp & SMS Messages From One Place With Disa For Android

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A lot of people own internet-connected smartphones these days, so WhatsApp messaging is about as common as texting (in certain circles). The developers of Disa realize this is a problem, and have solved it: their app combines WhatsApp with standard text messaging – you no longer have to painfully switch between two services to communicate with people. The integration is near-seamless! Highly recommended.

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Rublon Aims To Bring Two-Factor Authentication To Multiple Third-Party Apps And Services, Now Available For Windows Phone

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Rublon has an ambitious goal: to bring two-factor authentication to apps and services that cannot afford the infrastructure required for it. Very few apps support it for now, but we can see it becoming the go-to service for small developers in integrating two-factor authentication with their apps.

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Remotely Stream All Your Music From Windows To Any Other Platform With AudioStreamer

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We’ve discussed ways to remotely stream all your music to other platforms before, but we really liked AudioStreamer for Windows. Just create a server using your browser, and access your music library remotely from any platform. Great for sharing music with friends and family that live far away.

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Sync Your To-Do Lists Between Windows Phone 8 And Windows 8 / RT With Effectual

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As mentioned earlier in this post, effective use of a good calendar or to-do list app goes a long way in helping maintain sanity in today’s busy, busy world. For Windows and Windows Phone users, there’s a new app called Effectual. The app offers all the basic features you would expect from a to-do list app, along with flawless cross-platform syncing.

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Shiny Reddit for Chrome Makes Consuming Reddit Posts A More Visual Experience

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I tried out Reddit 3-4 years ago, but its UI was just the biggest turn-off. I gave the site no attention until Digg died, and there was no good alternative. Installing Reddit Enhancement Suite makes it significantly more usable, but if you prefer something even simpler, then you should check out Shiny Reddit for a more visual reddit-ing experience.

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Get Random Rushes Of Nostalgia With Memoir For iPhone: Photo Reminders Based On Location And Time

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Photos are the most popular way of documenting everyday and/or special events. Unless you use a service like Everpix, they lie deep within your Pictures library – forgotten forever until someone remembers a certain memorable moment. With Memoir, you don’t need “someone” to remind you of great moments; it automagically shows photo reminders based on location and time.

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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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