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Try and focus on the circle above for at least 2 minutes!

You probably can’t as you are constantly distracted by the alerts constantly popping on top of your screen..

Smartphones have become an indispensable resource of our everyday life (unfortunately!). People have become so addicted to their smartphones that any moment they find, they have nothing to do they just check their smartphones. In spite of not receiving any alert or notification tone.

This becomes troublesome at work when we are distracted by the constant buzzing of our phones et al that causes us to lose focus from our primary task.. We may not realize this but overall it hampers our level of concentration and effectiveness. To deal with this new level of Smartphone Insanity this post is to your rescue.

Clear Focus, much as the name suggests helps you FOCUS :D

Yes that’s exactly what this app does. It disables all notifications and all modes of disturbances for a preselected time as per your convenience. You can select what to disable, i.e. 1) Internet Connection and/or 2) Sounds & VIbrations. For example you can define for how long you don’t want to be disturbed, say for 45 mins! The app automatically starts a timer that persistently stays in the notification bar (also editable). You can also select the break span after the selected 45 minutes, i.e. you can selected 10 mins as a break time during which the device will enable wifi and sync your notifications. You can either continue to work after 45 mins of Clear Focus or take a break. The app pops up a notification to confirm a break!

What we love about the app is it’s material design logo, the overall aesthetics and simplicity of use and user interface. The app also offers comprehensive statistics of 1)Completed Work Sessions 2) Total Working time for the day, week and month.

Download: Clear Focus

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Picturesque

msft Microsoft is back with a bang!! From free Office viewer for iOS and Android to Word/Excel/PowerPoint Preview for Android Tablets, it is all over other OSes With its aim to Microsoft”IFY” android tablets comes another android App!! Picturesque It is a Lockscreen replacement for the native Android lockscreen. It is built with it’s roots entrenched in Microsoft The app offers 4 windows which you can easily and seamlessly slide through on your lockscreen, each window has its own purpose! The main screen is a simple slide up screen to unlock your device, but it also displays the current time and the battery status which comes handy.

The next screen to the right side news feed from Bing juxtaposed with Bing search and of course Microsoft App recommendations There is another screen to the left of the main lockscreen that allows you to change your lockscreen background just by swiping to the right and you can set any background fixed for a day after which it automatically changes to the new one or you can allow it to change at fixed interval of time!

It does much more than serve as a simple lockscreen replacement!! So head down to the play store and download it

Link : Picturesque

More details are available on the play store. :)pcituresque

PhotoScrambler

PhotoScrambler:

PhotoScrambler lets you protect your photos from unwanted usage and distribution.

Protect your photos with personal secret code, so that only you and trusted people you give the code to, can see them. Everyone else who doesn’t know your secret code will see just random scrambled images.
With PhotoScrambler you can:
• Encode/decode JPEG and PNG photos
• Take encoded photos with built-in camera
• Share encoded photos with your friends
• Add custom photo-scrambling codes, colors and descriptions
• Choose photo size after processing *
• Define application password
* limited in FREE version of the application

Secured photos will still be saved as photos, so you can store them in your phone’s Pictures libraries, upload them on cloud servers, such as Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud or similar. They will remain perfectly safe even if the cloud service is hacked!

Photos protected with PhotoScrambler will stay safe even if a curious friend borrows your phone, or if someone steals your phone. Not even a malicious repair person will be able to decode your photos without the code.

Users can scramble and unscramble photos directly from phone’s gallery, by selecting photos and choosing PhotoScrambler from “Share with” application list.

Most of us have used picture locker on windows phone which involves you importing pictures into the app and storing them there. PhotoScrambler is something which is more innovative. On initializing the app, you need to set a password to open the app. Once opened, you choose a photo you’d like to scramble/unscramble, use you camera to click or even share securely. Pictures are scrambled using a code which you decide. You can use this code as a template in the future or use a different one everytime. The photo can be overwritten or a new photo can be maintained which is scrambled. In the gallery you can’t view this picture as its scrambled. You need to unscramble it using the application by entering the code. Even if some one accidently gets these files, its useless as they can’t crack it( not yet at least) as you choose the code to use to scramble it. Only a brute force attack on a supercomputer may be able to crack it!!!

Get it at http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=8dc237b6-8dab-42c5-b54e-b76e90279305

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 50,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Windows Phone store has deleted all third party Snapchat clients on the Store.

This come on orders of Snapchat, which had faced a massive database leak by hackers a month ago via a third party service. The hackers were able to steal quite a large amount of private photos of the users!! This prompted Snapchat to up it’s security measures that involved this as the first and major step.

All the users having made accounts with third party services on Windows Phone, their accounts have been locked!

Emily (WhatsApp Support)

Dec 18 15:23

Hi,

Thanks for your message.

Sorry for the inconvenience.
We were experiencing a temporary outage. Our service is now restored.

Thank you for your patience.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to help!

Emilia

WhatsApp Support Team

Interested in translating for us? Please visit our website: http://translate.whatsapp.com

Take a look at our FAQ: http://www.whatsapp.com/faq

Age of Empires:Castle Siege has made its way to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices.
Take on the world and earn crowns for attacking other players kingdoms and defending your own.
Train troops, invent war machines, upgrade your defenses,attack and your keep to progress.
The game has a campaign in which you play historic battles and multiplayer in which you play against others.
This game provides sheer entertainment(may cause addiction to it) and is exclusive to windows devices.

This game requires a good internet connection to play. If internet drops during a siege, you will forfeit that battle and lose crowns.

WP8.1 download: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/age-of-empires-castle-siege/179cc09c-7d37-4281-b85e-602187b7d032
Windows8.1 download: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/535ec024-ff5c-488e-83a6-67c787ea25e8

50000 Viewers!!!!

On the occasion of reaching 50,000+ viewers we’ve started a YouTube Channel..

Kindly subscribe to our YouTube channel as we’re coming up with a very interesting video series soon.

Here is our first video Fun with Cortana

Watch it. Share it.

Downloads Page updated

LG G3 wallpapers have been added to the downloads page along with the previous wallpapers

Direct Download for LG G3 wallpapers

Updated Downloads Page

 

We’ve added Android (5.0) Lollipop a.k.a. Nexus 6 and Moto G stock wallpapers.

Nexus 6 wallpapers

Moto G wallpapers

Make sure you download them and try them out! :)

On receiving many request via email regarding the older Keepsafe app versions, here is a list of older Keepsafe apk files with their download links:

Keepsafe 3.10.7

Keepsafe 4.2.2

Keepsafe 5.0.1 (Least probable)

**Make sure you keep your current Keepsafe folder backed up somewhere before installing these apk**

An application we all have been waiting for.. TVshow Plus isn’t a an application keep you in sync with your TVShow timings!

In fact it simply let’s you watch them and even download them.
Available as a paid application but YOU CAN TRY IT before buying it!
The User interface is fairly simple.

Once you open the app you are given a choice of three website which offer the services! Select one if them then search for your TV show and you’ll be provided with the list of servers that may have the days in them!

**Before clicking on a server tap CHECK on the bottom to see if the servers still have the file on them * *
In that case select anyone of them and start enjoying your TVShow.
You can download them too..

As shown in the screenshots below the app allows you to download subtitles as and create a Watch Later list in case you’re too busy :P

But you’ll be harangued by ads in the trial version.. So our advice BUY IT because it’s worth it :)

 

Download here : http://goo.gl/OKSFUY

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The latest WhatsApp android beta update lets you now disable the annoying blue ticks and enjoy some privacy again.
Download the apk from here Official Whatsapp apk and install the app by allowing installation from unknown sources. Go to privacy settings and disable blue ticks. Please note that the apk is official and will download from whatsapps site and is not hosted by us or anyone else.
If you like this post and want more..please like our new facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/appcylaofficial and follow us on twitter @appcyla

Windows 10 for all!!

Lumia officially acknowledged that all windows phone 8 devices will be getting bumped up to windows 10 once released. Stay tuned for more.
Also we’d like to inform our readers that you can now have us on your facebook feed..simply like our new page http://www.facebook.com/appcylaofficial to get started!!

Ps.. We also got our phones updated with a new dev preview with better battery saver features and live tile for it. Now battery usage can be viewed as on a timescale with a proper usage scale.

Windows-Phone-8 (1)

We recently added a new device to our Collection. A Nokia Microsoft Lumia.

We must say its worth every penny. Then came the part of porting from Android to Windows (Don’t worry we still own Nexus devices.. :P)

Porting isn’t much of a pain provided your previous device was as organised. Now why would you port to WP and what changes we liked?!

If you’re too bored with android and with the constant lag on your device or the dull display then windows is a perfect choice.

The best part of WP is that it supports manually moving/installing  by default apps to SD Card. The Storage Sense and Data Sense features allow you to track your memory use and data use to the bit.

Second powerful feature of WP Block or Select which apps should run in the background.  In Android we have what we call as Task Killers, they do free up RAM but only temporarily before the apps restart themselves. Luckily WP allows you to check which apps actually run in background and disable them.

Trust me the Metro UI looks very cool and alive!! The battery life is phenomenal.. With disabling apps in background the overall battery life drastically improves leaving you with battery that’ll last up to 24 hours. Next up Cortana. Man, I love her!! :P

That assistant is smart, beautiful and witty!! Taking care of your reminders, notes, music and everything!!!!

The most important Lumia devices provide awesome features at affordable prices with guaranteed updates in future. One thing that we noticed that most new Lumia devices may have just 512 Mb of RAM but all Quad-Core leaving you with an amazing game playing experience even on devices as cheap as the 520. (by  games we imply ASPHALT 8: AIRBORNE).

Not to forget the Lumia Camera having tools that’ll capture memories rather than just photos. The Windows Phone gives a clean UI with from the basic system font to the live tiles and it easily integrates with all your social networks allowing you to push updates without having to open the apps!

To conclude with Windows Phone gave a personal touch to a mobile phone. #LumiaLove

 

PORTING TO WINDOWS PHONE FROM ANDROID

1. Contacts

If you backed up/synced your contacts with Google you can just go to Gmail and download the CSV Contact file. This file can be uploaded to the People’s tab in Outlook, or you could add your Google account to your Windows phone which will sync your contacts.

2. Photos

Photos can be either uploaded to Onedrive or manually transffered from your Android device to you memory card which can be inserted into your Windows Phone. That’s one part of Windows Phone devices that we liked, that almost all of them have a SD Card slot

3. Apps  & Mail

You may not find all the apps that your Android hosted.. WP store does have all the essential applications that we use everyday and games too.You can either add your Gmail account to your WP or just import all mail to Outlook and add forwarding address from gmail to outlook.

 

In any case should you run into any problems be sure to shoot us an email at appcyla@gmail.com

Pastebin Manager

Pastebin Manager

Pastebin has recently been in the limelight with the snappening hacker putting his apology up there. Also the dropbox hack in which passwords and usernames were posted. Putting these incidents aside, Pastebin is a great web based utility to share snippets with either selective people or worldwide. Ever needed to send multiple people some really long text but find emailing say 100 people cumbersome. Simple paste the text and maybe keep it unlisted or private or even public with an expiry. The pastebin manager app for Windows Phone 8 is great. You can download pastes,view your paste status like hits, link details etc. You can also view the latest pastes on the site. A handy tool to have if you’re a student or even a professional.

Windows Phone Marketplace: Pastebin Manager

We were able to open the keepsafe app without a password just by modifying the manifest.json file!! It remains open for a few seconds and also shows the folders in it with pictures before it closes..

Yet to figure out the final solution..
Keep yourself up to date with the posts that come up in the next week!

Till then.. Enjoy the weekend!! :D

URL SHORTNER WP

URL SHORTNER

Today we bring you a minimalist windows phone application with a significant functionality s opposed to the previous android post :P

As the title suggests thus app allows you to shorten long URLs!! This application supports only ‘bit.ly’ shortened URLs. It also provides you with the option to expand  ‘bit.ly’ shortened  URLs.

That’s pretty much everything you should know about the app

Store Uniform Resource Locator: URL Shortner

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Snaptastic for Snapchat

Windows Phone 7 users can rejoice. Developers still haven’t forgotten you. If some of you recall, we had earlier posted a review for a client for snapchat which was pulled down from the store so you needed an interop unlocked phone to install the XAP.

Now even users with non interop unlocked phones can snap away.

Snaptastic is great. It lets you view your score, best friends, your friends scores and best friends, their snap stories. You can even upload images from camera or gallery. The text font on image can be changed and you can draw on the images. We found it to be a great app which gets the job done. Not as robust as 6snap which Windows Phone 8 users have, but nevertheless a great app.

Start snapping away now!!

Store: Snaptastic

Run Android Apps on Google Chrome

We recently came across this article.. It allows you to run almost any android app in google chrome browser!! Must read for Android enthusiasts http://goo.gl/kfQrnr

 

Climatology

You may have made a guess for what the app would be about!! To an extent you’ll be correct..
It isn’t a typical weather/climate app that gives you the daily forecast and maybe that’s why we loved it!
This application gives you the overall climatic over a particular region. The information includes the following four options:
-Expected daily high temperature
-Expected days of rain
-Expected % of clear sky
-Expected % of humidity (added recently.. not shown in the screenshots below)
There’s only one screen on the app. No menu’s or settings, nothing!!
The top bar shows the latitude and the longitude of the location pointed by the crosshair
The world map is displayed on the upper half of the window and you can point the crosshair on the map to a particular location and get the climate details of that region. You can select any one of the four options stated above by tapping on their icons
Select any one of them and the map will show the variation in the climatic conditions over the world along with the level of intensity of that attribute on a bar!!
Play Store: Climatology

Cortana updated

The new Cortana update is great.
With new songs added for her/him to sing and impersonations now show a minimalistic icon too.
Try saying “Sing” or “Do an impersonation”
We love cortana and the updates seem to be making her better!!!!

Downloading music from certain sites pose security threats along with legal issues. But what do you do when you want that new song? 

Its simple. You download 

Youtube MP3 Music & Video Downloader Free

Using this app you can download songs from YouTube in various qualities(320 kbps,128 kbps,64 kbps). Next go to the download screen and on long pressing the song you downloaded, select the import to library option and then delete this song from download list.

If you open your music library, you will see this song added to your collection. 

Its as simple as this!!!!

Marketplace link - Download

NeRdS Up!!

This post is all about a few of the Geeky apps that you will be interested in if you belong to a computer related field!!

The apps are selected as follows :

  • Codebox : Closer to machine (Mainly C/Java Algorithms)
  • LearnHTML5: Web frontend
  • MySQL: Web database backend (Coming up in the next post)
  • QPython (Coming up in the next post)

Thus they cover aspect of coding except for the Apps based on scripting languages, which we will be covering in the next post of NeRdS Up.

Codebox:

This app made its mark on the Play Store not only because of its simplistic  yet elegant GUI  but also because of the topics it covered in the application itself!

The application contains a list of important Data Structures and other Algorithms which will be of great use to Computer Science students.

The algorithms are given in two most popular languages C and Java

The app developers have made a simple slide it menu that comes very handy! The programs can be searched from within the app and can be shared too!

Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.codeguys.codebox

 

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VBA8

Most of us have played on the famous Nintendo Gameboys. Most of us remember games like Super Mario and Pokemon on the Gameboy. You can now get all nostalgic and relive those moments by playing these games on your Windows Phone.

VDA8 is one such app. It allows you to import ROMs from your Onedrive account or even from your SD card. The interface is clean and easy to use. We enjoyed playing our old games using this app.

As for the question from where to get the ROMs…just search for them online and you’re bound to find them.

Store Link-  VBA8

UPDATE:
BBM v1.0 for Windows Phone Beta | New Build Available v99.0.0.362!
Hi All,

A new build is available today with continued improvement for performance and stability, and other bug fixes. Please see the sections below for what’s new in this build, program updates, known issues with this build, how to load BBM, and provide feedback.

In This Build

Fixed Issues:

· BBM takes too long to open

· Takes too long to switch from old device to a new one

· Cannot send email invites. the invites go into inbox as emails

· Device global language settings don’t appear to be changing all of the text within the BBM app

· WiFi Out of Coverage Windows Phone doesn’t send queued invites/acceptances

· When location is turned off and send location in chat a toast or dialog should appear to inform user and turn the location on

· Group profile picture change not affecting the pinned tile image

· Group tile is splatted, but Contacts Pivot is not

BBM v1.0 for Windows Phone Beta | Welcome!
Hi All,

Welcome to the BBM for Windows Phone Beta Program! We’re excited that you’re interested in helping us test BBM on Windows Phone before the production version is released. We want to hear what you think of the look and feel of the application, the features, and any issues you encounter so we can get them fixed.

Features available for testing

· BBID Setup and Log-in (for Whitelisted BBIDs)

· Create BBM Profile

· Invite a contact and suggested contacts (people you know)

· 1-to-1 & Multi-person Chat

· Contact Categories

· Manage Settings

· BBM Groups

· Pin to Start

· Notifications and in-app “splats” for new content. See them in Feeds, Contacts when they’ve sent you a message, etc.

Known Issues

The following are known issues with this build:

· Invites and acceptances don’t send when Windows Phone goes out of WiFi coverage

· A few newer emoticons are not rendering properly (i.e *brrrr*, and *flex* and @-@)

· Windows Phone shows as available for BBM Voice call although feature is not supported (seen on Android and iOS, not BlackBerry 10)

· Error popup appears when using “Find Friends” and the “OK” button is selected

· Suggested Contacts tab only shows users already using BBM, but lists them as potential contacts when BBM is initially launched

BBM for windows phone was spotted by us on the app store for windows phone 8 and 8.1 device. However, here is the disappointing bit. The app is currently in private beta and cant be downloaded for use by those who haven’t got the invite. The good news is that we now know for sure that BBM will be released for windows phone devices.

Stay posted for more and subscribe to email updates or follow us on twitter if you’d like to be informed when the app is released for public use and to read our review.

As per the reader’s request we’ve looked into the new update of the Keepsafe app.

Bypassing the newer version is difficult and we are trying our best to figure it out!! Make sure you keep yourself posted with the updates on Appcyla.

We’ll publish the bypassing technique as soon we find it!

Cheers! :)

There’s more to Internet suicide than just Finding and deleting your old accounts across the web and deleting the current social accounts i.e. Facebook(**MUST**), Google+, Twitter (Doesn’t matter much) etc.. (The rest we assume are deleted!! )

This guide is mainly for Google account users because the search giant knows more about your web activity than anybody else.

Since the percentage of mobile devices in the world is dominated by Android OS hence number of Google Account users is expected to be LARGE!!!!!!

THE GOOGLE SUICIDE

It involves deleting

  1. Search history
  2. Google+ Data
  3. Maps history (Places you’ve visited with your Google location reporting on )
  4. YouTube search and Wishlist history
  5. YouTube watched history (videos you’ve watched on YouTube)
  6. Ads you see based upon the above 4

Follow the steps bellow:

Google Plus 

Log into Google from your web browser from your PC (avoid mobile device as the task is slight tedious)

data tools

  • Click on Delete Google+ profile and features in case you haven’t done is already.
  • On the next page check the two boxes provided towards the end of the page and Click Submit
  • Done !!

Search History

  • On the Data Tools page click on the Account History tab
  • You should see the the page pictured below

google-account-history

  • Click on manage history or
    1. Visit your Search History page at google.com/history.
    2. In the top right corner of your Search History page, click the gear  > Settings.
    3. Click Help there you’ll get an option to delete all history at once.
    4. Click delete all and done!!
  • Go back to Account History and select Pause on each of the 4 services shown

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YouTube search and watched history

  • Account History -> YouTube Search and YouTube Watched History

youtube history

  • Click on the Clear all watch history and similarly do for YouTube Search History
  • Done!!

Maps History and Location Data

  • Accounts -> Manage History (Places you’ve been Tab)
  • There you’ll see an option to Delete all History
  • Click on it and you’re done with maps
  • Make sure you have disabled storing maps history on Accounts History page

Final Accounts History Page should look as shown below

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We aren’t done yet!!!!

You may have deleted the maps history but Google Stills has a few locations that you

  • Set as Home / Work
  • Favorited places / Starred Places

To remove those places go to https://www.google.com/maps

  • On the Maps screen that will open Look for a small Settings icon 
  • Click on it and select My Places
  • You’ll see a list of all you starred/home/work places
  • Delete them individually
  • And you’re done :D

Ads

  • On the bottom of Accounts History page click on Ads
  • Remove all topics that appear on the next page (These are the topics selected for ads based upon your past searches)
  • And don’t forget to select “Opt out of Interest based Ads”

Last but not the least!

Google Chrome

  • Go to Google Chrome Settings -> Advanced Settings -> Privacy uncheck ” Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar or the app launcher search box”

CONGRATULATIONS!!

YOU’VE SUCCESSFULLY COMMITTED GOOGLE SUICIDE 

(In case you wish to use the Google features again just Enable them in the Accounts History page)

Click on this link to watch it live : https://www.google.com/events/io

Cortana and Travel

Travelling with windows phone 8.1 and Cortana

Travelling can be quite stressful for some people. Windows phones 8.1 somehow helps manage

your travel plans and reduce this stress.

If your tickets have been emailed to you and you allow Cortana(the assistant which we find

to be a cross between Siri and Google now) to access your mail, then it will keep track of your

travel arrangements.

For example if you have a flight to catch and your tickets have been emailed you, cortana will

note the flight details and provide you with the flight status details,traffic to the airport details

along with how much time it it will take you to reach the airport and even the weather status at

source and destination locations.

The Microsoft travel app which comes preloaded on certain phones or which can

be downloaded is also useful. You can track flights,read up about an area,see what

attractions,restaurants and shops are there.

Unfortunately you have Cortana ,the search button is reassigned to it,so to use the local scout

function to scout stuff to see and do around your locations you will need to use Maps which

now integrates this feature.

Now with removable micro sd cards slots and the new Microsoft app Files,you can load your

memory card with songs and movies to watch in flight in case you find the onboard selection

not suiting your tastes.

Maps can be used offline even by downloading them, thus reducing data costs while roaming.

Lets not forget Microsoft office which has always been provided which allows us to write such

articles while 36000 feet over the ocean.

All in all, your windows phone with 8.1 can make your trip a lot easier especially since you now

have a virtual assistant who learns about you over time.

Cortana can do a lot more…She(you can choose male/female voice,female is default) can

keep track for you,remind you,take down notes, customize your news feed as per pre selected

interests and yes..she can even tell you a joke…go on,we know you wanna try it…say  ” Tell me a joke”.

She even answers certain questions with witty answers..try asking “Are you and Siri friends”.

Cortana….Don’t know how to live without her now,tried using the older 7.8 phone and

kept pressing the search button and speaking as if it was going to perform some extensive

operations for us.

Please not that cortana is available only in the US as of writing this post. Not to worry,as usual

we at appcyla have a bypass method(yes,we love bypassing stuff).

Simply go into settings and change regions to US. Also change language to US English. This step

is very important for cortana to appear in your settings from where you can switch her on.

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SwiftKey Goes Free!!

Yeah you read it right!!  SwiftKey keyboard is no longer a paid app! Swiftkey has been and is one of the best and most customisable keyboards on the play store with bundle of awesome features!  The app works for tablets too.

The developers  recently converted the app from a paid one to a free one.

So make sure you download it NOW!!!

Play Store : SwiftKey

URL Shortner

Goo.gl, bit.ly, tinyurl, tiny.cc sounds familiar? These are the most popular URL shortening services! Of these goo.gl is the URL Shortening service by google. URL shortner bring this funtionality to your android but with AN AWESOME INTERFACE.

Advantage?!

  • Its Google!! :D
  • All the URLs you shorten using this service get saved and synced to your Google account should you choose to do it

Just share any URL inside any application and URL Shortner appears in the list of apps and on selecting it shortens it with a rich ui.

You have an option to select what you want to do after the URL has been shortened i.e. Copy to clipboard, or notify you in the notification bar.  The app also provides you with the number of clicks on your shortened URLs and full time analytics that includes the browser which was used to open it, the platform(OS) and the country from where it was accessed.

What we liked the most about this app is the GUI , because sometimes the look and feel of the application matters more.

PS : This is not an official Google application but its totally worth becoming one!

Play Store : URL Shortner

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Good news for all windows phone users.
Whatsapp is back on the windows phone store and its been updated.
Now you can add chat backgrounds, change privacy settings to hide last seen etc, and turn off auto download of media too!!!!
This brings it on par with the versions of whatsapp on other operating systems. We suggest you update the app now.
Here’s the communication we received from whatsapp
“Hi,

We recently released an update (Version 2.11.490) to WhatsApp for Windows Phone. It includes bug fixes and new features.

Please download the latest version of our app from [Marketplace](http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/whatsapp/218a0ebb-1585-4c7e-a9ec-054cf4569a79) and let me know if you are still experiencing the same issue.

WhatsApp Support Team

textPlus Free Text  TextMe

Get a proxy number to use whatsapp on!!!

This along with many other articles on going anonymous and going off the the grid using proxy identities will be explained in the upcoming posts in our new section “Off the Grid”.

Many a times we are asked by apps,signups etc to give a valid mobile number so as to receive the confirmation code(eg snapchat,Gmail etc).
The problem is that we may not want to part with our number or that the service is for only US residents and you need a US number.
There’s a workaround for this.
There are apps like TextMe and also TextPlus which can be used.
All you need to do is download the app, signup and you’ll be assigned a valid US number which is capable of sending and receiving SMSs. The android version also allows one to make calls using free credit that they give. The windows phone version of TextMe has one special feature. As calls are not possible in the windows phone version, it does however have a voicemail facility. We tried to register for a google account using this number and used the call me for verification method. The call didn’t come, however a voice message was left with the code.
These apps are a must have for those not eager to share their phone numbers or those wanting a proxy number. Yes, we even managed to register a whatsapp account on the number.
We’ll teach you how to register whatsapp on this number and how to use a disposable email id to sign up for these apps or rather anything in the coming posts in this new section “Off the Grid”.

TextMe- Windows Phone Android iPhone

textPlus- Windows Phone Android

viaProtect

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viaProtect

Ever tried opening up Data Usage in your settings?

You must have noticed majority of your applications even games use at least some amount of data! But where does this data go to? Or where does your data come from? Which country and which organisation collects or sends you your data? Many of you who do not care about this should start doing so immediately. After all its your personal data at stake!!

Now, viaProtect is the perfect app for this task!!

  • This app checks how securely your data is being transmitted to other organisations i.e. whether it is Encrypted or not.
  • It even logs which country the data is being sent to or received from.
  • In addition to this it even tells you the name of the organisation providing or receiving your data.
  • The application also judges your security based upon whether debugging is enabled, rooted, lockscreen password etc.

viaProtect sorts your data daily and some every hour or so. The app consists of different sensors which monitor your data and after a regular amount of time the batch data is uploaded to viaProtect and it is analysed and later they provide you with the specific details about your internet communications.

Based upon our tests we tried downloading a file via torrents. As we know torrents uses multiple connections to different countries where the file is located!  And the results in viaProtect were quite accurate for countries from which our file was downloaded!

(Check the screenshots below to see the list of countries)

**Notes: viaProtect gathers mobile forensic, system, network, security and sensor data from devices, and then utilizes statistical analysis and risk indicators to detect suspicious events or behavior. This means that your apps can be monitored in real-time to predict potential risks or problems– rather than just checking for known malicious apps.**

Play Store : viaProtect

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2048 is the latest addictive game to hit the market. The thing about this game is that it doesn’t frustrate you like flappy bird did. In fact you play it again and again in the hope that you reach the 2048 tile.

After playing this game for hours at a stretch, and days and days we finally got the 2048 tile(that is after we figured out a pattern). Since then,we’ve won the game nearly every time we’ve played.

Here’s how you too can win:

1)pick 3 directions. We picked up,left,right. Further instructions are as per our directions selected.

2)initially try to build up the topmost row and in one corner.

3)try building up that tile using a ladder technique.

4)do not move down until you are certain that will make the 2048 …or if you’re out of moves.

5)repeat this till you get the hang of it.

Try the game on windows phone,android,iOS or even in the browser on your computer.

Windows Phone

Android

iOS

Browser

INITIAL MOVES

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EXAMPLE OF LADDER TECHNIQUE TO BUILD UP A 256 TILE. REPEAT TO GET 512,1024,2048.

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It is completely rational to be paranoid about your privacy on the web

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DUCKDUCKGO SEARCH AND STORIES

Soon after the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden there came to light a search engine Duckduckgo.com in spite of Google Search being there.

The reason : Google search engine collects and saves your search history the date and time of search! On the other hand duckduckgo does not!! DuckDuckGo does not save search history, date and time of the search, information about your computer (such as your IP address, or unique identifiers stored in browser cookies) or log-in data for other services (such as names and e-mail addresses).

They have an android app too.

Just like Google search bar this app too has a search bar widget for your homescreen.

  • When you search via duckduckgo app you are anonymous.
  • They don’t track us, nor do they filter bubble us.
  • Get top stories inside the app. Stories selected on basis of which are actually the top ones and not based upon your recent searches
  • Auto-complete to answers instead of just searches.
  • Readability view with search suggestions that tie Search & Stories together.

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GHOSTERY EXTENSION FOR FIREFOX ON ANDROID

Source: Ghostery

Ghostery shows you the invisible web – cookies, tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons—and gives you a roll-call of over 1,900 ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers and other companies interested in your activity.

After you’ve seen what’s tracking you, you can decide whether or not you want to block any or all of the companies in Ghostery’s library. 

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS INSTALL FIREFOX BROWSER ON YOUR ANDROID DEVICE AND INSTALL THE GHOSTERY EXTENSION ON IT  FROM HERE : https://www.ghostery.com/en/download

You can read more about how it works on their website : https://www.ghostery.com/en/how-it-works

Do this much and poooff!! You’re now invisible on the web now!!

This is a must for people concerned with minimizing their digital footprint!

Two days back Google launched two new productivity apps on the Android Play Store.. Google Docs and Google Sheets!

Originally these two were integrated into the Google Drive app that allowed you to create,edit and share documents!
Google has now opted to separate those features into two standalone apps!!

Drive is mainly focused now as a cloud storage app and no more for creating documents!!

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Google Docs

  • Create and edit documents
  • Share and collaborate your documents with others
  • Offline viewing possible

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Google Sheets

  • Its a replica of the online Spreadsheets in Google Docs
  • Allows editing of your locally stored files
  • Auto saving of your files as you type
  • Basic spreadsheets functionality i.e. formatting cells, enter/sort data, perform various sheet operations.

Creating a spreadsheet on a handheld device?!!! It may be tedious.. But if you’re a workaholic then Google just simplified your life!

 

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Google Drive

  • Now a centralized cloud storage service where your Google  docs and other files are stored!

 

 

Google Docs : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.docs

Google Sheets : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.sheets

Google Drive : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs

 

And we also have QuickOffice from Google to manage and crate your documents locally

QuickOffice : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quickoffice.android

 

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The Spanish company Geeksphone, a pioneer in the design and manufacture of new generation smartphones, is finalizing updates related to its Geeksphone ‘Revolution’ terminal. In the upcoming days it will incorporate Android 4.4 Kit Kat and CyanogenMod 11(yes,they will give it to you!! No need to worry about warranty void), a new and more stable modification of Android 4.4 operating system, which offers more freedom to the user.

According to Antutu Benchmark, an application that measures device performances, Geeksphone ‘Revolution’ gets a score of 19,964, which makes it a leader in its segment. Furthermore, the performance of this device is significantly higher than the average of CPUs ARM quadcore equipped terminals, while battery life has an average of 3 days of normal use with FXOS (Boot2Gecko Mozilla) operating system. Geeksphone also announces today the compatibility with the future version of the FXOS 2.0 operating system, which will soon be available as beta.

Moreover, the new device features 1.6GHz Intel® Atom™ Z2560, with Intel ® Hyper-Threading technology processor, capable of delivering advanced multi-tasking capabilities, higher performance and longer battery life. In addition, besides being a powerful device, its most innovative feature is the ability for users to alternate their operating system without voiding the warranty(Thats the dream).

They are also trying out other open operating systems. We cant wait to see where this goes!!

A new app Bypassed!!

This time its Photo Locker.. the steps are quite simple! Follow them in exact order and you’ll be able to do it easily!

**Look at screenshots at end of the post to be clear about the location of the folder**

  1. First make sure you have SHOW HIDDEN FILES enabled
  2. There should be a folder  .PL in the root directory of your SD CARD
  3. Go into that folder
  4. There are 3 folders inside it Documents, Private Photos, Security Cards
  5. Copy all 3 to any other folder of your SD Card
  6. Go to settings in your phone, Clear Data for that App
  7. Next again go to .PL folder, there will be an existing .config file
  8. Delete that .config file
  9. Now open the app again
  10. Setup with a new password
  11. When setup is done, Paste the Earlier Copied Folders back to the .PL folder
  12. Now open the app and your photos will be there. You can unhide them too.

**This procedure may sound lengthy and a bit confusing, but follow the exact steps. You can contact us in case of query**

SCREENSHOTS: 

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Here are the wallpapers from the latest entry to the Super Android Phone League..

HTC ONE M8 HD STOCK WALLPAPERS:  DOWNLOAD

 

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When I tried downloading bbm for my tablet, in playstore it showed me that my device was not supported although i my device was capable of running the app. The solution was to find the apk and install it manually. Many a times people fall victim to malicious apps parading about as apps which they really aren’t.

Luckily, there is this handy site where you just paste the playstore URL of the app you want and it either generates a download link for you to share or lets you directly download the apk from your browser.

This way, I safely safely aged to download all the apks of apps i couldn’t get on my device either due to region(eg the cbs app) in playstore or because the apps were for only certain manufacturers(eg Samsung link), without the risk of malware.

However please note that this will not work for paid apps and for a successful install of any app,your device must meet the os/hardware requirements of that app.

Try this service at  evozi apk downloader

Note: This may mainly work on devices having only WiFi support and no Cellular connectivity.

This trick will help you retain your HIRED Manager,Auto-Engineer,Assistant for a second attempt of a race if you feel that your current attempt can’t win you the race . What you can do is:

  • Switch on Airplane mode and turn off the WiFi
  • Without Pausinhe the curent race Directly press home button to exit
  • Kill All the running tasks. (that will stop the currently running game)
  • Open Real Racing
  • Select the SAME Race or ANY other Race 
  • Your managers will already show selected due to the previous attempt
  • And then press RACE.

Thus you won’t lose your hired engineers from the earlier attempt!

This is purely based on our tests.. Your results may differ!

Happy Racing!! :D

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Appcyla Contest

Appcyla is starting its 1year anniversary celebrations soon!! We have a bunch of contests coming. Appcyla has partnered with FileExpert to provide pro keys to winners of one such contest. To boost your chances follow @AppCyla and @Filexpert or like us at tiny.cc/fbappcyla to stay up to date. Also please try the app before the contests.(we had reviewed it before)

6Snap

swapchat

We have all heard about Snapchat. Android and iOS users enjoy this app, while Windows Phone users feel left out.

Windows Phone 8 users have a variety of unofficial Snapchat clients, some of which are better than the official android version or on par. Windows Phone 8 users can try using 6snap which offers a few extra, windows phone exclusive features.

6Snap Includes these snapchat features :
- share pictures and videos with snapchat users
- post snaps on your story
- see stories, best friends and score of your friends
- draw and add text to your pictures
- search snapchat friends on your phone
- save your picture on your phone
- front and back camera
- manage your snapchat privacy
- notifications with custom ringtone

and some exclusive features like:
- Lens support
- extend the picture hub (share menu, etc..)
- live tile

All this leaves Windows Phone 7 users feeling left out. For them, swapchat is the savior. Swapchat is a vary basic app, with abilities to only send snaps,add text and draw on them, view them, add friends, view best friends. There are no toast notifications, no stories. While this app lacks many features, its the only option available for Windows Phone 7 users who don't want to be left out.

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note-Swapchat was taken of the marketplace. If you have an interop unlocked phone/can sideload apps, download the xap file from below.

download- 
6Snap for WP8
Swapchat for WP7

Xperia Z2 wallpapers

We have added Xperia Z2 wallpapers for our readers to use. Get them from the link below

Xperia Z2 wallpapers

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SPY Kit Universal Mailer

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SPY Kit Universal Mailer allows you to send an email to anyone you know. That’s just like other email applications but what’s different?

SENDER’S EMAIL ID DOESN’T HAVE TO BE YOURS,YOU CAN FAKE IT.

  • You can send an email by faking any email id. With this tool, you can take the e-mail identity of whoever you want, or simply make a new one up.
  • All you have to do is enter the sender email id whom you wish to fake.
  • Rest is similar to normal email applications like Receiver’s email address, Cc, Bcc.
  • It also supports a contact list which stores the new addresses that you enter.

The tool also has a powerful function called Reply To, which allows you to get responses for the sent e-mail. Basically, it sets a return path for any replies. However it is a tricky function to use, that can sometimes create more problems than solutions, so be sure to read more about it by touching the switch in the Reply To field.

Initially the number of emails per day are restricted to 10 per day. But as you progress and level up your limit may increase.

The initial restriction is to avoid illegal use of this service.

***WARNING: You are solely responsible for the use of this tool, always take the time to consider the possible negative consequences of every e-mail you send. And make sure not to use it for negative motives since you will surely be discovered and caught.***

Google Play Link: SPY Kit Universal Mailer

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Whatsapp

Android users have reason to celebrate today. The latest whatsapp update now allows users to hide their last seen, just like iOS users.

The new update also includes the ability to limit visibility of profile photos and status.

If you wish to get it before the playstore release, go to the WhatsApp official website and app from there. You will have to change your Android security setting to install apps from unknown for this purpose.

Once you have installed the app, open WhatsApp, tap on settings from the menu, then go to Account and there you will find a new option ‘Privacy’ added atop other existing options. The new features can be used from within the privacy settings.

note-at the time of posting this, the app was not updated on playstore, hence we used the direct download method.

link-Whatsapp official apk

Here is a screenshot from the new update!

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Quadrant Standard Edition

Converted_file_a6c07aa2Quadrant Standard is a benchmarking app i.e. you can run tests on your phone and find out the overall performance of the device to compare it with scores of other models.

This result is then compared to other devices(mostly the top notch ones) and it gives you a graph of where you stand based upon your Benchmark score.
Apart from the benchmark scores it also gives you an extremely detailed profile of your device which you may find very geeky!!

It performs the following tests:
I/O : A result of the the input output performance of your system
CPU : The processing speed of your device i.e. how fast/slow your device is
Memory : The RAM usage and capacity.
2D Graphics: (The name says it all)
3D Graphics: (The name says it all)

Play Store Link : Quandrant Standard Edition

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It’s been time since Android L is here. The Material Design, featured in Android L has limited number wallpapers

However, there is no reason you should confine yourself to those limited wallpapers. Here are about 140+ material design/ Nexus 6 wallpapers, designed by a Google+ user.

Link: Material Wallpapers

Here is are two sample from the designs

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Windows 10 phone

While we all were waiting for windows 10 to come, Microsoft had released phone insider. An app meant to give windows 10 on those phones who registered to preview it. However Microsoft today updated the app to windows insider. The login problems have gone and I now shows built not available. It also has a link to view phone requirements, but the page doesn’t exist….yet. This is all in preparation for its preview launch next month. We hope you are as excited as we are!!!!

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