Best Apps, Tips And Tweaks Of The Week [10.06.2013]

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 a powerful one-click root solution for dozens of Android devices, MEGA for Windows, an excellent alternative to Adobe InDesign, a solution for cut-copy-pasting browser tabs, and a gorgeous calendar app for Android, among other excellent apps and tips.

Root Galaxy Note 3 With CF-Auto-Root

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The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s biggest and most powerful smartphone, so you’d be wasting its full potential if you didn’t root it and make use of powerful root-only apps. You can follow our easy guide on how to root the Note 3 in a few simple steps using Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root.

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Hack Your Google Chromecast With Ease Using FlashCast

Chromecast-root-guide

Continuing on the topic of rooting, the Android-based Chromecast can also be easily rooted with a tool called ‘FlashCast’. There isn’t much extra you can do with a rooted Chromecast at the moment, but that isn’t going to stop you from truly ‘freeing’ the hardware you own, right?

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How To Use Google Chrome’s New ‘Search By Image’ Feature

Google Chrome Search by image

Google’s excellent reverse image searching tool is now even easier to use, as in the latest version of Google Chrome, you can simply right-click on an image to search for it on Google.

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YouTube Founders’ Answer To Vine & Instagram Video ‘MixBit’ Comes To Android

Edit Trim

When I reviewed MixBit for iOS, I very clearly stated that while its ideas are interesting, it is going to take some time before it gains enough traction among creative content creators to be as fun as, say, Vine for content consumption. To aid this process, they’ve ported their app to Android. It looks, feels and works exactly like the iOS part, which is both good and bad, as explained in our hands-on impressions.

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Get A Gorgeous Modern UI Widget Sidebar In Windows 8 With MetroSidebar

MetroSidebar

Remember Windows Vista’s and 7’s nice desktop gadgets that presented handy information like CPU/RAM usage, notes, time and date etc.? Microsoft ditched them in Windows 8 in favor of Live Tiles. If you wish to get some of them back and also want them to feel at home with Windows 8’s Modern UI, try MetroSidebar.

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Kingo Android ROOT for Windows Offers One-Click Rooting For Several Android Smartphones And Tablets

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Rooting has never been as easy as this! Kingo for Windows supports rooting of dozens upon dozens of Android devices and tablets, and the list is ever-growing. Assuming your device is already supported, you won’t need to hunt for a specific solution that only works on your device.

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Popular eBook Reader Readmill Now Available For Android

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Before buying a Kindle Paperwhite, I relied on Google Play Books for reading ebooks on the go. There are plenty of alternatives too in the form of the Kindle app and iBooks, but they seem quite terrible when compared to Readmill. Readmill has a gorgeous user interface that’s just strikingly beautiful in its simplicity, comes with thousands of excellent free eBooks, allows you to upload your own, and follow other people to get recommendations for your next book.

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Geekaphone Lets You Pit Up To 5 Smartphones Against Each Other To See Which One Wins The Specs Race

More Phones

Just about every Android device manufacturer – be it LG, Motorola, Sony, Samsung, or HTC – has at least 2-3 high-end offerings, so it’s not easy deciding which Android smartphone to buy these days. If you’re making a shortlist based on specs, look no further than Geekaphone for comparing up to five smartphones side-by-side.

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Lucidpress Is A Free, Collaborative Web-Based Alternative To Adobe InDesign

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Adobe no doubt makes the best content creation tools on the market, but the alternatives are no slouches either. Consider Adobe InDesign, which costs $49/year as part of Adobe CC; a new alternative called Lucidpress has most of the major features of InDesign covered, and even adds collaborative editing to the mix, all for free.

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Cut, Copy & Paste Multiple Tabs In Firefox Windows With These Two Extensions

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Copy-pasting files is so 10 years ago. Have you tried copy-pasting browser tabs? Yes, with a couple of extensions, you can copy several Firefox browser tabs and paste them within the same window for easy reorganization when you’ve got dozens of them open.

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SolCalendar Is A Pretty, Powerful Calendar App For Android

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Under the leadership of Matias Duarte, Android and Android apps have made a huge leap forward in design and UI. We came across SolCalender recently; not only is it the prettiest free calendar app we’ve seen so far on Android, it is also packed to the brim with awesome features.

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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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