Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fruumo for Chrome - A gorgeous browser start page

Start pages in browsers are really getting beautiful and productivity-enhancing, don't you think? More and more of them are developed every week. Here's one I found that I'm loving. Give it a try and see if you agree.

Developer Quote: "Fruumo gives you a powerful "New Tab Page" which has Facebook notifications, RSS Reader , Local Weather, Time and tons more!"

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Textal (iPhone/iPad) - An Excellent Mobile App for Textual Analysis

You may have read recently how the author of the Harry Potter novels, K. J. Rowling, was outed as the creator of a new novel, The Cuckoo's Calling, supposedly written by Robert Galbraith. This neat trick was performed by using textual analysis. Now, you may not be in the business of outing famous authors, but there are many excellent uses for textual analysis you may not have thought of, and many you may use regularly in your work. Either way, here's an iOS app that will turn you on to a great new way of understanding hidden trends and connections in various forms of text. The app is called Textal and is available for free in the Apple App Store.

Developer Quote: "Textal is an innovative, free app that allows you to create clickable wordclouds from a website, tweet stream, or document, to explore the relationships between words in the text."

Educators, social networkers and avid readers consume and digest words eagerly on a daily basis. While some readers simply accept their printed material at face value, others want to delve deeply into the meaning of what they are reading. You can easily sift through words in text to see what's really important to the author when you use Textal. This literary, analytical tool uses wordclouds to show the importance of words in any given text.

In explanation, wordclouds are an arrangement of words in a loosely shaped cloud formation where the most relevant or important words are printed larger than the others. Once wordclouds are produced by you simply entering specific words and a source, you'll appreciate Textal's quick and clever analysis, or simply sate your curiosity. Share your new found information in a variety of ways with your friends. Open their eyes to uncover the gist of an article with a deeper understanding.

Check out the many advantages of this wordcloud analysis research iPhone app:

- Explore your text: click on individual words in the wordcloud to view statistics. How often is the word used? What words appear on either side of your chosen word? What common pairs exist? Analyze the themes which emerge through visualization and text analysis!

- Export your analysis for use in research, reports, or writing.

- Share you Textal via twitter, and view your wordclouds online.

- Browse the Textals made by others. What texts are trending?

- Explore Textals of classic literature. How do famous texts use language?

- Use Textal’s advanced features, including stop word lists in various languages and frequency graphs, to explore and analyze the words in your chosen texts further.

How easy is it to use Textal, you wonder? Well, it's as simple as filling in a few fields for each wordcloud you wish to generate:

- To create a Textal:

1. Tap the Create button.

2. Enter the words you wish researched in the Title field.

3. Choose a website, book, connect to your twitter stream, search for a hashtag, or copy and paste in text in the Choose Your Text Source.

4. Perhaps you'd rather use a taboo word list. After all there is no need to include simple article words in your text analysis - for example: the, is, a and other such words. If so, tap your chosen language in the Select Stop Word List field.

5. Select the size of your text cloud: 50, 100, 150, 200, or 250 words, and choose the color and font of your text cloud.

6. Tap Create and wait just a few seconds until your wordcloud analysis appears!

If you're wondering just how Textal can benefit you in your daily life, take a peek at some ideas below. I did an analysis of my Twitter stream, @cooliphoneapps1, and was amazed to see how much I could learn about its content! Textal scraped all of the content of the stream, and produced a cool word cloud showing the 150 most commonly appearing words used on the entire site. The more often the word was used, the bigger it appeared in the word cloud. Then I clicked on different ones to get more information about its usage, like how many times it was used, what other words was it paired with, and all kinds of other useful stuff.

And that's not all! There are also the awesome sharing and social networking possibilities. You can easily share your findings, and browse the findings of other people! Now that's what I call some interesting reading!

With Textal you can easily analyze word usage and associations in books, web sites or even Twitter streams (especially intriguing!) All you have to do is enter the title of a book, the url of a web site, or a hashtag, and a word or phrase you want to analyze. Textal will do a powerful analysis and present you with a clickable word cloud. Click on any word in the cloud and right away you'll get all kids of interesting and useful statistics, connections, associations and much more.

They say that the best products are the ones you didn't even know you needed until they came along. This may be one of those. You can probably find tons of great uses for Textal you never thought of before; or you may be a student and need a great, free research tool to help you with your studies. In either case, you'll find Textal to be an excellent app to add to your iOS device.

--Date/Version: Released 6/12/13 - Version 1.0
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 5.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Optimized for iPad 5
--Developer: Steven Gray / UCL DH / UCL CASA
--Twitter: @textal


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360 Mobile Security- Antivirus (Android)

Developer Quote: "Protect your mobile device with 360 Mobile Security, a top of the line mobile security app designed to protect your Android phone against the latest viruses, malware, system vulnerabilities and privacy leaks. 360 Mobile Security is lightweight, agile and Ad-free. Download our FREE app and find out what 275 million users have already discovered. Why pay for the so called premium security features? With just one click you’ll get the most advanced security features that the other guys make you pay for."

I just found 2 risky installed apps and 2 vulnerabilities on my Nexus 4. This is an excellent app, especially since it's FREE! If you prefer the freedom you have in the jungle of Android over the walled garden of iOS, you need to protect yourself from predators. This app does that admirably.


★Scan & remove viruses
Utilize dual-layer protection to keep your system away from the latest threats with the 360 QVS + cloud engines
★Real time protection
Scan installed apps and local apk files in real time while monitoring each installation process.
★Privacy advisor
Serve as your guide to keep you up to speed on what apps are accessing your data.
★System vulnerabilities fixing
Detect and fix vulnerabilities rooted in your mobile with verified hotfix.
★System clean-up
Scan and close idle background apps as well as clear private usage history with one tap.
★Floating window
Toggle device settings and optimize your device with just one click, all within our new ‘floating window’ feature.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Gymprovise (Android) - An app to help you get and stay fit

No one has time to get exercise, right? So if we're going to get it done we have to be efficient about it. That means working out in such a way as to get the most bang for our buck, or the most results for the time and energy we put in.

To accomplish this, we need solid advice and a high level of motivation. Wasting time and energy on workout routines that produce next to nothing in terms of our fitness goals just isn't an option. Neither is the kind of motivation that only lasts a week or two. (I always say that it's easy to decide to eat less right after a big meal. But it's what you do when your belly isn't full that counts.)

This app is designed to help, both with advice and motivation. The developer says,

"Up your motivation, improve your fitness, and stay on track with Gymprovise - a powerful, versatile, and flexible workout tracker for the Gym and outdoors, which gives you everything you need to plan, track, and review all your fitness activity. Gymprovise is THE Workout, Fitness & Bodybuilding app for gym junkies, fitness enthusiasts, bodybuilders & anyone serious about getting fitter and stronger. This is the free, ads-supported version, with core functionality. Get the paid version for no ads and TONS of additional features! Gymprovise makes it easy to plan & track all your fitness activity, in the gym & outdoors. We have many features to suit everyone from beginners to advanced,"

Check out the screenshots:

Get it by clicking below!

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

3 Sweet Android Apps You May Not Have Known About

Check out today's 3 sweet Android apps that will enhance your productivity and give you more time for fun. Unless you have fun being productive, in which case you can have fun all the time.

ES File Explorer

Developer Description:

ES File Explorer is a free, full-featured file and application manager. It functions as all of these apps in one: file manager, application manager, task killer, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive,, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One), FTP client, and LAN Samba client. It provides access to pictures, music, video, documents, and other files on both your Android devices and your computers.


Developer Description:

CloudCube is the powerful management tool for for browsing and syncing data with your cloud storage.
!!! Added new storage's types: Ubuntu One, Cubby, Mediencenter !!! Unique features will allow you to do any work with your storage quickly, simply and easily.


Developer Description:

SwipePad is a launcher panel overlay, the fastest app/task switcher. With a single swipe action, you can launch anything from within any app. It's extraordinarily simple and intuitive to use.

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Saturday, July 06, 2013

invi Messenger and SMS (Android) - Texting on a whole new plane

Developer Quote: "invi is a rich media texting app, making your messaging experience beautiful, fast, fun & free. Photos, web pages and YouTube videos come to life within your chat as you continue texting. Download now to see invi Messenger in action! invi replaces your default Android SMS app. Messages between invi users are free over WiFi or data."

Texting is part of our lives now, but it can get pretty stale-looking. Not any more. Check out this gorgeous new texting experience and you'll see what I mean...

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Thursday, July 04, 2013

MEGA (Android) - Mega online storage now has an Android app!

Developer Quote: "MEGA is a secure cloud storage service that gives you 50GB of secure storage for free. Everything you upload to MEGA is completely encrypted, and the keys stay with you."

I don't know about you, but I think 50GB is pretty damn good. MEGA is secure and now offers an Android app, so wait no longer. If you haven't joined yet, go ahead, and get the app today.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Boomerang Email (Android) - A very attractive email client for Android

Developer Quote: "Meet Boomerang, the most powerful email app for Android. Currently integrates with Gmail and Google Apps accounts ONLY (other services coming soon!)"

Check out this new email client for your Android device. It's more attractive and has better functionality than almost anything out there.


- Search through all your messages across all Gmail folders
- Access to all labels
- Integration with your phone contacts for auto-complete
- Multi-account support with easy account switching
- Email signatures
- Customizable intuitive multi-gesture support
- View and Include Attachments
- Infinite scrolling in Inbox
- Auto-complete email addresses as you type
- Snooze email messages
- Schedule messages to be sent later
- Track responses to the emails you send

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