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Translate Web-Pages Directly in Chrome 28 for Android

Just after few days Google launched Chrome Version 28 for Desktop, it released Chrome 28 for Android with some notable improvements. These are

  •  Integrated Google Translate Support
  •  Full Screen mode support on tablets
  • New and optimised user interface for Right to left languages which include Arabic, Farsi and Hebrew.

Enable Google Translation in Chrome

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Among all these the notable improvements, biggest addition is the Google Translate Support. To enable it check if you are using the latest version of the application. You can do that by going to settings – apps and tap the Chrome. Once you are sure you should check Chrome if the Google Translation are enabled there. Go to settings in Chrome, then Content Settings and set Google Translate to On if not already.

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Try opening a site other than English and you will get option automatically to translate that into your native language. I tried translating a Chinese tech blog, and it did a fantastic job apart from some formatting issues.

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The full screen support was already added in the Android Smartphone. That is when you scroll your page up, the address bar automatically hides and reappears when you scroll the page down. The same feature is now supported on the tablets too.

While these are pretty useful enhancements, i am still waiting for an effecting data compression feature like Opera in Chrome too. Right now in terms of getting faster access to websites all you can do is select it to preload the web page. The option can be enabled either always or only at Wi-Fi or can be disabled. These can be found in the Bandwidth Management option under settings.

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Best File Manager On Android With Integrated Download Manager

At Google Play Store there is a pyramid of apps which let you browse the file system (called File Explorers), each one carrying there own pros and cons. While choosing a complete File Explorer we take care of functionalities like its support for displaying every file extension, its support for Cloud storage services and so on. We did exactly same test before trying this ES File Explorer and it passed out by flying colours with some additional benefits.

Features of ES File Explorer

Ever since the ES file Explorer got its V3 update, it has become even more efficient file managers. Apart from supporting the local file system (internal and storage included), the ES File Explorer has even support for the LAN as well as eight different Cloud storage system which includes Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive as well.

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Fast access pan provides quick access for your favourite items, Local (items stored in your external and internal storages), library which includes Pictures, Music, Movies and Books, and to to Network. The app explorer scans all your items and tapping on Music or Movies will take you to all music/movies stored irrespective of their location on the card. The ES File Explorer has also a built in Image Browser.

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ES File Explorer is not just a File Manager for Android. Its a full featured application manager. A whole lot of tools like App Manager, Download Manager, System Manager, SD Card Analyst etc are present as supplement. SD Card Analyst analyses your SD card and gives you a graphical representation of storage spaces used in your phone. Similarly Directory Analyze gives a graphical representation of storage spaces occupied by Pictures, Audio, Video, Documents, etc.

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The main advantage of ES File Explorer lies in its support for other external resources apart form local storage. Those external resources include the LAN support, Wi-Fi support, and Cloud storage support. If you are looking for a free, yet powerful file managers of android ES File Explorer is the one you should give a shot to.

Download ES File Explorer | Google Play Store

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Boost Your JAVA, SAP, Database Knowledge With This Free App

There are myriad of things that our smartphones can do. Taking pictures, communicating, taking notes are just few of them. We spend majority of time gluing ourselves to smartphone screens liking pictures, sending emoticons, laughing at jokes and every other enjoyable things.

This time we bring you an app that is a bit different from league. The app Guru99 is for nerds that are more interested in how a class in java works than counting the likes recieved on a photo.

What is Guru99?

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It is a tutorial app that teaches you about functionalities of operating system, java programming, Database, Software Testing and SAP. It starts from scratch and takes you to the summit. It provides you all the necessary experience that you would ever use to encounter any problem.

What Is So Cool?

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The coolest feature is that this provides you the video tutorials. Videos give you one on one experience. Rewind, pause, loop, do whatever it takes to take a full command on the course. When you are done take quiz and check your progress. The head-turner is that its free.

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Any cons?

Of course there is. You will need a really fast internet to play with it. So if you have slow connection you will start by being frustrated and end up by uninstalling it. Keep calm and learn.

Conclusions

So at the end of the day this app will definitely come handy when you have resources to operate it. A decent internet connection in your smartphone and you can turn your self in a database programmer. Okay not that but still close to that.

Download Guru99 | Google Play Store

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Google KeyBoard – Some Tips to Use it More Efficiently

Not many days ago, Google released their Stock keyboard as an external application in the play store. With this move, came many other advantages accompanied. One of them was the app will continue to receive updates no matter the OS receives updates or not. Its a Android 4.2 keyboard but only requires Android 4.0.

Surprisingly and unfortunately, many manufacturers out there override the stock Android keyboard with their own. However you can also install the keyboard like any other app. Search for Google Keyboard in the Google play store and install directly from there. If the Play store avoids downloading of the app due to countries restrictions, you can always search forums like XDA Developers forums.

Enable the Keyboard

Once you have installed the application, enable it from Settings, Language and input and then enable the Google Keyboard along with the Google Voice Typing. Now you are ready to play with the Google Keybaord.

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At first glance, the keyboard might look like any other keyboards you used previously but the most highlighted feature is the gesture typing. Simply swipe your fingers across the letters without lifting your hands and the keyboard will guess accurately what you are trying to type. When you lift your finger up from the screen, the word is typed automatically. You need not to tap spaces and you can continue swiping other words directly.

Error Correction and Word Prediction

The three modes of Auto Correction, namely Modest, Aggressive and Very Aggressive let you take the complete control over how the Android treats your typed words. i.e you can put modest mode while you chat with your buddies and put the Aggressive mode when typing an email.

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The word prediction need no introduction but all i can say is it is surprisingly accurate. There are dictionaries for 26 languages plus few keyboard layouts to give you a fast, reliable and accurate typing experience.

Quick Punctuation

In normal keyboards you need to tap the ?123 button to type a special symbol and then again tap the ABC to return to alphabets. In gesture typing simply slide from the ?123 to the symbol you want to type and once types it automatically will return to the alphabets keyboard.

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Text Expansion

Text Expansion saves a lot of time in typing the words you use regularly. To make a text expansion go the settings, Language and Input and press the settings of the Google Keyboard. In Text Correction tap the Personal dictionary. Now tap the plus icon to add an Expansion. Write the Phrase you use regularly and then type a shortcut word to which will expand it.

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Now next time whenever you type that shortcut you will get an option to replace that word with the phrase you already defined.

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Easy Capitalisation

You are writing a sentence and you want a word in the middle of a sentence to carry the first letter as capital. You can do the long cut way or simply tap that word and press shift. The first letter automatically gets capitalised.

These were the few tips for using the keyboard more efficiently. Do you use another power tip? Share with us in comments below.

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Apps Lists

List Of Live Weather Widgets for Android

Weather unarguably plays important role in our life. To cite an instance, our vacations depend on the climatic conditions. Obviously we every now and then turn to our phone for the required information. Since the very beginning i have been writing this down that what ever it is android doesn’t lack quality weather applications (for example Yahoo Weather app).

Adding some more variety to the way we access weather information, in this post we discuss some widgets that make your wallpaper live by displaying dynamic information. If you have been a regular android user, widgets wont be a Chinese term for you.

Clear Conditions HD

Clear Conditions HD is one of the most minimalistic looking Weather Widget for UCCW. However there is little catch here. You will need to install UCCW app prior for the best experience. Once you have installed the skin, just long press the home screen to create a widget. Next select uccw from the widget list. Thats it.

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Download: Android

cLock Weather Widget UCCW skin

cLock Weather Widget

This skin again uses UCCW and comes at a price of $1.5 (Rs 80.78).  The theme has some resemblance of cLock application from Cyanogen Mod 10.1. With this beautiful widget comes a included clock feature too.

Download: Android

Weather Clock Full

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We specifically liked the way information presented behind a minimalistic analog clock. Developer of the app claims this as lightweight in terms of apk size as well as data traffic too. Pretty useful for people who like to track the weather conditions of city located in different timezone.

Download: Android

Related: Yahoo Weather app also allows you to add predefined list of cities.

EZ Weather HD Forecast Free

EZ Weather

The app became our one of the favs since its previous update. Based on the HOLO interface, this beautiful widget is a must try.

Download: Android

Weather Screen

Weather Screen

This is specifically for people who love live wallpapers. It animates informations such as current weather, and time of the day with any chosen background and makes it dynamic. The app comes at a price of $2.99 but is worth it.

Download: Android

Similar Options

If none of the above has managed to impress you, you can give a try to Metro Clock and Weather Full. Weather+ is again another option if you like flip-clock fans. And still if you want additional information such as pressure, humidity, precipitation i would recommend Weather Live.

Conclusion

Widgets in android make any information easily consumable. They are quiet handy and carry potential to replace the functioning of a full fledged apps. Let us know in comments which widgets do you use and why?

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Turn Any Android Device into Chromecast Receiver With Cheapcast

It has been only a month since Google Chromecast debuted in market and since being a very cheap and hackable at the same time, the product has already made its presence to most of our houses. Those who are new to the Chromecast thing, its a product by Google, available at just $35, lets you stream any content from any device to your HDTV.

The only weak point is the compatibility and Google Chromecast is only supported with handful of applications. This limitation is genuinely and intelligently is removed by Cheapcast. Cheapcast turns any Android device into a Chromecast receiver. In nut, it mimics the entire features of $35 Chromecast without letting you spending a penny.

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The app is freely available at the Google Play Store and from downloading to getting it work required not more than a second. However one additional thing you would like to do is to add a friendly name to the device. Though a default name is already given.

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Next when you open the YouTube app, you only have to tap the Cheapcast icon at the right corner, and it will give the list of devices to play the video on.

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Without any problem i was able to stream Music and YouTube videos. But just to note that the Cheapcast is just a beta product so the video quality and duration might feel lagged and distorted. Also the tab casting of Chrome is not supported in the app.

The Cheapcast appears to be a working alternative for those in need of the Google Chromecast. Also if you have multiple Android devices and not use some of them, this little useful app might put them back in use.

Download Cheapcast (Free) | Google Play Store

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List of Best Apps For Scanning Documents on Android and iOS

It was just few years back when we scanning a document meant connecting a scanner first, then placing the document in the required orientation and then keeping the digital format in memorable format.

But just imagine the way offers have been now, where you either need to produce the previous bill number to avail the discount. Every time you went to home and instead snapping pictures of the cool gadgets you bought you had the urge to OCR the bills to your computers.

But thanks to the smartphone. (Are the really smart, i doubt) We don’t need to have so many steps. Instead we have now capable apps to do the job done uberly through camera. Here are top apps for scanning document on your Android and iOS smartphones.

Evernote

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Evernote has myriad of functions and note taking one of the primary one. Very few people know about the inbuilt feature of it to take pictures and store it as documents even PDF formats. Now how cool is that?

With in the note app, tap the plus-sign button and select Page Camera. There you go. The best part it you can scan multiple documents and then merge them into a single one.

Download: Android | iOS

Google Drive

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Google drive is another multi-utility app available for both android and iOS. Simply snap a document and it gets saved into your drive in the form of PDF. It will automatically (obviously) add the OCR so that its easily searchable in the drive.

Download: Android | iOS

Scanner Pro

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Unlike the two of the apps mentioned above, this app is a premium but at first glance looks like worth paying. The interface is clean and easy enough to operate. Once you have scanned the document, you can scan them directly to Dropbox, Evernote and Google Docs.

Download: Android | iOS

CamScanner

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CamScanner is another option if you wanted to turn your smartphone into an OCR scanner. The app lets you access documents from the web from its web interface www.camscanner.net where you can also edit file name, tags and other attributes of file.

Download: Android | iOS

TurboScan

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TurboScan is among those apps which deliver better performance with high image quality. If your main objective is about document scanning accuracy, and want documents to be crisper and clear, TurboScan is what you should get.

Download: iOS

Other Options

DocScanner is another option for iOS, Android and Mac users which offers a decent interface. The app also has the feature to detect the edges of the pages so this can be an addon.

Conclusion

If personally i would have to pick one, i would go with either with Google Drive or Evernote app. Not only because these are free to use, but also offer the best possible synchronisation on different devices. For a premium service, i have my reservations with Scanner Pro.

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List Of Free Ebook Reading Applications For Android and iOS

An old saying goes like “Wear that old coat, buy that new book”. Quite true. Reading gives your mind an endless opportunity to dream and imagine. Personally i think, eBook readers are one of those rarest invention that i will not stop admiring even when i turn old.

So if you are a bit like me, (likes reading a lot) you need not to buy an ebook reader to render your needs. Here we bring you list of five great free ebook applications that are available for android as well as iOS devices.

Kindle

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The app Kindle will also remain out first choice for the ebook readers. The app is the proprietary of the internet giant Amazon. The added benefit is, you buy an ebook at Amazon (at lower cost than paperbacks) , and it get syncs across all your devices.

Apart from its availability to android and iOS it is also available as PC and Mac softwares.

Download : Android | iOS

Kobo

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However, our second recommendation is not less packed than the first one. With “pick up right where you left off” by syncing your bookmarks, notes and highlights to all your devices, Kobo lets you also browse over more than 4 million fess as well as affordable titles.

An interesting feature that Kobo is equipped with is “Reading Life”. You can actually track your reading habits such as how long it took to read that particular book. You can also add books from your dropbox account.

Download : Android | iOS

Zinio

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If magazines are your cup of your coffee, you should surely check out Zinio : 5000+ Digital Magazines app. The app which is available for Android as well as iOS platform lets you read new magazine articles without spending a penny.

Zinio also allows you to download magazines to read them offline.

Download : Android | iOS

Wattpad Ebooks

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The app is different than the conventional ebook readers mentioned. Wattpad ebooks offers titles that are written by mostly non-professional writers and of course for free.

What is great is you can also write stories and publish them for others to read.

Download : Android | iOS

Nook

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Nook is one app which we guess you probably wont have heard of. Its integrated “Nook Store” makes purchasing new releases easier enough. Nook offers more than 1 million free ebooks to choose from.

Download : Android | iOS

Other Options

If you are someone kind of nerd, eCarrel might be the app for android that can make you interested in. Or else if you are just looking out for an ebook reader with no other complications, check out Stanza for iOS devices.

Conclusions

So, this was the list of top five ebook reader applications for android and iOS. Certainly there are more than just the count, you can let us know which one is your favourite in the comments below.

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List Of Alternative Apps For Gmail for Android

Google’s Android has some of the best apps of smartphone-verse. Maps, Drive, Gmail, just to name a few of them. Majority of them come from the maker Google itself. I am assuming there is a slight chance you might be fed up with its services and hence are looking out for some alternatives.

So here are five alternative apps for Gmail app for Android.

MailDroid

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MailDroid will be my first recommendation for anyone looking out for an alternative for Gmail. Its easy to use interface looks easing to eyes too. You can easily customize the connection settings to minimize you cellular data bills. Bookmarks allow you to quickly jump to your specified folder in the mailbox.

If spam is your headache, you can pay MailDroid few bucks and the app will do the rest for you.

Download: Android

K–9 Mail

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Apart from its ridiculous icon, everything else is powerful in terms of features. K–9 Mail can manage multiple accounts easily and automatically detects settings for new emails, like every other decent email application. You can enable split mode even on the smartphone in which you get to see more application interface.

You can also set up a “quiet time” in which the app won’t show any notification.

Download: Android

K-@ Mail Pro

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K-@ Mail Pro sports more streamlined and refined interface. Like K–9 Mail, it also supports “quiet time” feature. In addition, it also comes equipped with text to speech and lock screen notifications. The app has also its widgets which makes even seamless to be in connection with the mail box.

Download: Android

Emoze

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If you are looking out for a straightforward email application for your android, with abilities to remote wipe and data encryption abilities, Emoze is for you. It offers a unified inbox, a designated attachments folder and always-available push email.

Download: Android

Aqua Mail Pro

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The essential feature of Aqua Mail Pro is its integration with third party launcher apps such as Tasker, Nova Launcher and Apex Launcher Pro. In Aqua Mail Pro you can choose whether or not you want to automatically add a contact after you send off a message.

Aqual Mail Pro also features a Smart Inbox, which works like priority inbox of Gmail. But i doubt the feature would be as accurate as Gmail’s. Go for this app if you don’t want to struggle with the fiddle server settings of your email services.

Download: Android 

Similar Options

If you are looking for a full featured Exchange solution for Android, Touchdown (Exchange) For Android can be one option to give a try upon. The app has full support for Microsoft Activesync and Exchange Web Services.

Conclusions

So this was compiled list for the alternatives of email clients. All of these apps are already optimised to be used on tablets. Let us know your feedback regarding these in comments below.

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[App Of The Day-#4] Say Another Way App Review

There are myriad of applications available in the Google Play Store. Be it Productivity, or Social Networking or Games. Recently an app which caught our attention was Say Another Way. Its a brain and puzzle game where you describe a word in a different way and other people score by guessing the right word.

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Getting Started

The Say Another Way application weighs around 17 MB in terms of size and is available free at the Google Play Store. To use __Say Another Way__requires you to either have a separate account or log in via Facebook. I personally go with a separate account however i dont think there is a problem logging in via Facebook. In addition if you log in via Facebook, you are likely to enjoy its social integration features.

How to Play

The playing is as simple as it could have been. Clicking the Create New Game button creates a new game (obviously) for your friends. You can invite them via Facebook, Email or even random.

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Then the app provides you few words to choose. Once you have chosen the word, you need to add a brief description to it, making it catchy.

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Next, the description will be sent to the person you chose to play with. If they happen to guess the words correctly they will score points.

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If they cant they can press the give up.

If you don’t like words suggested by the app, you can go ahead with your own words, which requires “heart”. You can buy hearts from exchanging it with “stars” and “stars” can be bought via in-app purchases.

Settings

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Setting tab contains a brief video description of the procedure to play. You can also view your statistics under the achievement tab.

Conclusions

As interface and design wise the app did not please me at all. I didn’t like the app’s color combination either. The app is based on a simple idea which is you describe a word in a different way and your friends guess it. At times i found it quite addicting but i am not sure if i should recommend this as a must have application for your Android phone.

Say Another Way (Beta Testing) | Google Play Store