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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 11, 2014

Automate Your Scrolling with Smart Scroll Tools

Paper still has its value, but smart devices are slowly replacing traditional paper and pen, as well as classical books and traditional press. If you read a lot (and find yourself scrolling frequently), the screen of your tablet or smartphone may quickly become quite dirty and full of fingerprints, making the experience less than desirable. Luckily, there are some alternative and hopefully better methods of scrolling that will save you some time and frustration. A few months ago, we wrote...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 11, 2014

Better Notifications with C Notice – XDA TV

In the past, we have reviewed much of the “C Series” of applications from an XDA Recognized Developer astoncheah. We talked about C Locker, C Floating and C Widget. All of these apps offer excellent solutions to certain problems. Well this developer is back at it with another great app. XDA Recognized Developer astoncheah offers up app that lets you see your notifications without opening the tray. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews C Notice.  TK shows off the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 9, 2014

Man Man to Teach You More About Linux

No matter how deep your knowledge is about PCs, you occasionally may find yourself with a certain question that needs to be answered. All major operating system have thorough documentation with loads of useful information. Smartphones can come in handy when you have no access to the Internet on your PC or your desktop environment doesn't want to initialize properly. Not too long ago, we talked about Linux Man Pages by XDA Senior Member sylsau. This application allows you to browse...

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Samantha · Dec 7, 2014

ACA Clock Widget Keeps Track of Multiple Time Zones

For many Android users, the home screen never stays the same for more than a couple of days. I don’t know if it’s because of the absolute vast options for customization, their aesthetic tastes simply change quickly, or simply that they enjoy playing around with home screens. In any case, any customization addict knows that this pastime wouldn’t be possible without the right apps. With this said, ACW Clock Widget is a great application for home screen customization. Developed by...

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Samantha · Dec 5, 2014

ADB Tools Connects Your Android Device with ADB over WiFi

Normally anytime you need to connect your Android device to your PC with ADB, you probably scrummage around your drawer a little bit and find that tangled up spare USB cable for your device. Of course, this means that you’ll be limited by this physical cable form factor: untangling it, bending it at the right spot so there’s a connection, moving aside the TV remote, earphones and wallet on the table to make room for your device. So naturally, it...

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Samantha · Dec 5, 2014

Download and Install Every CM App with CM App Installer

Over the years, CyanogenMod has bloomed into an absolute powerhouse with its ROMs appearing on a number of fantastic devices such as the OnePlus One and the Oppo N1. Because of its popularity and wide usage, it isn't very surprising that many people have grown accustomed to and have developed a preference for the custom apps that they’ve packaged into their ROMs. Unfortunately, if you own a phone that is running another ROM, or does not ship with CyanogenMod, the...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 4, 2014

Xender Your Files from One Device to Another – XDATV

One vision of the "future: is that sharing files and folders will eventually be so simple that it is only a one-button-click affair. This sharable package can take the form of a picture, a video, an app, or anything else. Are we there yet? Is there an app for that? XDA Forum Member AnMobi offers up app that lets you easily share files. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Xender.  TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality, so check out...

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admin · Dec 3, 2014

AirDroid 3 Beta Preview – Win a Year of AirDroid Premium! [Update]

Update!: We've chosen the winners of the contest. They are: petzku, Androidshek, mascaliente, damir1, nicopizza, dagoban, cretu01, JDLion, trusselo, mohfreestyl. These users will be contacted via XDA PM shortly with a code to unlock AirDroid premium. Thanks to everyone that participated in the contest, and thanks to AirDroid for the codes! It's the little things that make using convergence apps like Pushbullet and AirDroid so appealing. As I've been sitting here typing this article, I've gotten three text messages from my...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 1, 2014

Spruce up Your Home Screens with Papuh Walls

Update: Links in this article have been temporarily removed while we look into various claims made against its developer. In its nearly six year lifespan, Android has gone from an unpolished mishmash of UI elements to a cohesive, Material Design-flavored sweet treat. And although UX chief Matias Duarte's handiwork has been felt since Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it wasn't until Lollipop that Android design truly came into its own. While having a cohesive OS interface leads to good visuals, it doesn't automatically...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 30, 2014

Backup Your EFS Partition with Wanam’s App

ROM flashing seems to be an easy task even for Android newbies. Unlucky for some of Samsung users, the EFS partition can be accidentally wiped, leaving your precious smartphone unable to register with any mobile network. To prevent yourself from EFS-related misfortune, you can backup the EFS partition, thus backing up your IMEI in the process on certain devices. XDA Recognized Developer wanam created an application that can backup this partition in several formats. A copy is saved on your...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 30, 2014

Don’t Miss Your Calls with BB Notifier

Phones seemingly love getting lost from time to time. When we are in front of our PCs, we usually forget about not having our smartphones at our side, and if we use vibration mode, we may often miss an important call. Luckily, there are tools that can notify us about incoming calls. If you're running Windows OS, you can now have incoming call notifications in your system tray thanks to XDA Forum Member coder4hire and his new app BB Notifier. The...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 28, 2014

Velocity is Like OpenTable on Steroids

We all enjoy a night out with friends or our significant other from time to time. However, there is always that one painful step of agreeing on deciding where to go--and this only gets worse with more people in your group. Once a decision is reached, then comes hurdle number two: getting there and hoping they have tables available. Luckily, most restaurants in this day and age will allow you to book a table either by calling or by means...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 27, 2014

Android App Review: Manage Your Connections Automagically – XDA TV

Material Design is all the buzz in the Android world right now. Android 5.0 Lollipop’s user interface introduced this UI paradigm, and most apps are going Material--even "boring" old file managers.  What was once a standard app that allowed you to browse your device's file system is now available with Material Design glory thanks to XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 and his application Amaze File Manager. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews the Material Design-themed Amaze File Manager.  TK...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 26, 2014

CPU Spy Gets an Android Lollipop Makeover

At some point in the distant past, you probably heard of CPU Spy for Android by XDA Retired Recognized Developer storm717. We talked about it back when it was originally released quite a few years ago, and in the time since, the app has become a staple for those looking to fine tune both performance and battery life through kernel and governor tweaks. Fast forward three years, and we've seen quite a lot of change in the Android world. As our...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 26, 2014

Fight the Heat and Conserve Battery with EaseUS Coolphone

Memory hungry Android applications are often responsible for making our device overheat. Having a highly active CPU and GPU can significantly decrease not only performance due to thermal throttling, but also battery life of your device because it's working much harder. Furthermore, batteries less efficiently store charge when they're running at above optimal batteries. And since batteries have a limited number of charge-discharge cycles, you will eventually find that your battery discharges much faster than it did originally. There are some things...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 25, 2014

ZArchive Manages Your File Archives

Today smartphones are quite powerful devices that can handle multiple processes at once. In fact, some of our mobile devices are more powerful than older PCs from not too long ago. Certain operations that require much computing power can be done right on phones, such as the CPU-intensive task of archive management. Not many of you may know that Android can be used to compress, decompress, and view content of various types of file archives. This is possible thanks to applications...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 24, 2014

Connect ALL THE THINGS with Xender

Smartphones, with all of their all connectivity options courtesy of OEMs, can easily connect themselves with various other devices. Android itself doesn't give you too many options when it comes to file sharing, so you need external apps that allow you to share the content of your device or use your PC to browse phones memory wirelessly. One app that allows you to connect with other phones to share your photos, applications, and other media files easily is Xender. The application...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 24, 2014

Pushbullet Universal Copy/Paste Availabe for Linux, Mac OS X

Pushbullet is one of those useful utilities that once installed, permanently resides on both your desktop and mobile device. This project is comprised of two elements: an Android application and a browser extension to communicate for your PC that communicates with your mobile device. These two combined allow some really nice functionality like sending links, sharing files, and even text messaging directly from your PC. The project is under active development, and we can see new interesting features show up once in a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 23, 2014

MX Player Ready to Rock on Lollipop

A good video player should be reliable and free. One of the XDA Community Apps, MX Player, meets both of these requirements. A few days ago, this application was updated to support Android 5.0 Lollipop. Upon reading this, you may think that you would be greeted with some Material Design eye candy, but you would be wrong. MX Player is still the very same application that we love. Rather, now the application is able to function on Lollipop. The announcement for...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 22, 2014

Learn More About Linux with Linux Man Pages

Linux is quite a powerful and very configurable operating system. Thanks to some user-friendly desktop environments, This operating system can be used by beginners. Unlike Windows, Linux has many distributions that differ in many aspects like user commands, package managers, and so on. Debian, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora, and Gentoo are just a few of the most popular distros that should be on your list to try. To get the most of Linux, for example to compile an AOSP build or...

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