It’s that time of the week again when we discuss last week’s most popular as well as the less-popular but equally useful apps, tips and tweaks that you may have missed during your hectic workweek. In this week’s roundup, we have a hack that can significantly boost YouTube streaming performance, a gesture-based keyboard replacement for iOS, a pseudo Notification Center for Windows Phone, and a new music-streaming app from Nokia for Windows 8 and RT users.
Nokia Launches Awesome New Music Streaming App For Windows 8 & RT
Nokia’s amazing new Music app for Windows 8 easily fills the void left by popular music-streaming services like Last.fm and Spotify. For just $3.99/month, you can get unlimited song skips, offline playlists, high-quality audio and plenty more interesting features that aren’t available anywhere else! The service comes with a free 7-day trial, after which you may purchase a subscription or continue using the app to play local audio files.
Make YouTube Streaming Significantly Faster With This Hack
YouTube’s streaming performance appears to have really decreased over the past few months on some ISPs. Thankfully, there’s a (bit of a hit-or-miss) reversible hack you can apply on your PC that can make slow buffering a thing of the past!
Tiny Apps For Android Combines Five Handy Floating Tools In One App
Because of their huge displays, small apps that “float” over other apps are suitable on Android smartphones and phablets. Tiny Apps is a package of floating widgets for playing music, painting, doing basic calculations, recording sound clips and taking notes.
Open Command Prompt As Administrator In Current Path With ELE
This is for those of you who live in the command line: ELE allows you to quickly open a Windows Command Prompt window with Administrator access in whatever directory you have currently open in File Explorer or even within CMD.
TouchPal Is A Swype-Like Gesture-Based Keyboard Replacement For iOS
If you happen to be interested in the Swype-style of gesture-based input available on Android, where you string letters together in one gesture form words, then you should check out the free, new TouchPal keyboard replacement for jailbroken iOS devices. Despite having its “beta” tag taken off, it still feels like a work-in-progress in certain parts. But it’s an alternative, and alternatives are always fun to check out!
Unification Is A Combined Notification Center For Windows Phone Apps
Users’ need for a unified notification center on Windows Phone 8 may be (temporarily) met with the new Unification app for Windows Phone 8 that integrates with third-party apps so it can act as a makeshift notifications drawer / center. The list of supported apps is pretty slim at the moment, but will improve in the future. The team behind the app also plans extend the unification of notifications beyond apps to platforms with apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7.
Pinnacle Lets You Go Back To An iOS App’s Main Page Or See Navigation Menu History By Holding Back Button
Pinnacle is a new jailbreak tweak for iOS that allows you to go back to an app’s main page by tapping and holding the back button, provided it uses the stock UI framework. There’s also a Navigation History feature with which you can jump back to a certain part of the app. It’s the sort of tweak that makes you think, “Why didn’t Apple build this into iOS?”
Camera360 Comes To Windows Phone 8; Boasts Impressive Live Photo Filters And A Neat Interface
Instagram has been a no-show on Windows Phone for a long time now, so it is up to apps like Camera360 to fill the void. It allows you take photos (with real-time filters), frame them, do basic photo-editing, and then share them on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
Get Notifications When New Webpages Use Specific Keywords With Talkwalker Alerts
Google Search and Gmail aren’t going anywhere soon, but you may never know about less-popular services like Alerts. With that in mind, Talkwalker Alerts is a good, free alternative that allows you to be notified whenever a new webpage is published that includes a specific keyword(s) of your choice. Very useful if you are careful about maintaining a clean online identity.
Get iOS Lockscreen Experience On Android With Espier Screen Locker
Espier is known for their iOS Springboard-like launcher for Android, so this new iOS-like Lockscreen app for Android from them is no surprise. Save for one bug and a lack of customization, it works surprisingly well!
Use Aviary’s Photo-Editing Features Directly On Facebook Photos With Fly Photo Editor For Chrome
Aviary is popularly known for their excellent photo-editing apps on iOS, Android and Windows, and now you can get their features in Google Chrome with Fly Photo Editor for Facebook. With this extension, you can quickly apply filters on your Facebook photos to give them that special hipster feel without ever leaving your browser.
RecordMyScreen Is A free Alternative To DisplayRecorder For iOS
DisplayRecorder is every app reviewer and developer’s favorite screen recording tool for iOS. RecordMyScreen is an excellent, free and open source alternative to it with a slightly limited featureset, but since it combines open source with a vibrant developer community, I have a feeling it will grow wings real soon.
Create Cross-Device Mosaics On iPhone, iPod touch And iPad With Mosaic.io
Cross-device mosaics are the heart of some pretty amazing magic tricks and you can now create your own with mosaic.io. Not just that, the app lets you combine the displays of multiple iDevices for inter-device file sharing as well.