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Impressed by Ubuntu Phone? Get Ubuntu’s Vertical App Switcher On Android With Unity Launcher.

At the beginning of the year, Canonical announced its Ubuntu for phones project that will soon enable you to enjoy a full-fledged, standalone version of the popular Linux OS on your mobile devices. While it’s the lucky Galaxy Nexus owners who will be getting the first taste of the fully-functional OS, they are still waiting for a release by Canonical. However, what you can have for now is Ubuntu’s vertical app switcher/launcher on any device running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, thanks to the brand new app called Unity Launcher. Resembling the looks and functionality of Ubuntu’s standard app switcher, Unity Launcher is a third-party customizable multitasking and app switching solution for Android that lets you switch back and forth between your favorite apps form anywhere in the OS by simply swiping in from the left edge of your device’s screen.

 

 

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While Unity Launcher works almost exactly like most of the multitasking solutions we have already seen in the recent past, its specialty remains in the way it tries to emulate the original app switcher of Ubuntu. It comprises a vertically scrollable list filled with shortcuts to as many of your favorite Android apps as you want. Apps are displayed on their semi-translucent tiles, along with their respective titles. You can bring up this list by simply swiping in from the dedicated edge of your device’s screen, giving you universal access to your favorite apps from anywhere in the OS, regardless of the app you are currently running. The list automatically disappears from the scene after a few seconds of bringing it up.

To get started with the app, just launch it by tapping the Unity Launcher icon in the app drawer. From the app’s solitary home screen, you can trigger its services, pin your favorite apps to its switch list, and tinker with the various layout settings it has to offer.

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Using the various available options, you can adjust the width of the interactive area, alter the list’s visibility timeout, and personalize the list’s show/hide animation delay. Moreover, you have the option to set the launcher’s gravity, background color and icon background/tile. That’s not all – there is also the option to show/hide app titles, and modify the background color of the region where app names are displayed.

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Unity Launcher is available in the Play Store as both free and $0.99 variants. The free version only allows you to pin your favorite apps to the switch list, whereas all the UI tweaks and other customizations are available in the paid variant. Download links to both versions are provided below.

Download Unity Launcher Free For Android

Download Unity Launcher For Android (Paid)

CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly – Now Available for Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Note 2 [Download]

So yeah, I’m too lazy right now to write a full review and all that catchy photos and stuff. Just go and get your hands on Cyanogen Mod 10.1 Nightly! and let us know how was it…

Nightly stuff is not stable and things may go wrong. Proceed at your own risk.

The official CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds for Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Note 2 has been finally announced and is available for download. If you were waiting for this update, then this is a news which will make you happy. Please be aware that these updates are less stable as it is nightly build and may have many bugs.

Don’t forget to backup all the stuffs before flashing. You can download this updates from below link:
Download CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly for Verizon Note 2
Nightly Build for Sprint Note 2

Windows 8 Style Skin for Windows Media Player

DeviantArt is a big network and a great opportunity for artists, designers, programmers, and hobbyists. Today, as I was surfing through deviantArt, being a huge Modern User Interface – I ended up with a beautiful skin for Windows Media Player in my deviantWatch folder.

https://i2.wp.com/fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/327/1/3/windows_8_media_player_skin_v_1_1_beta__32_64_bit_by_luxorus-d5lhcdn.png

Our friend @luxorus has done a brilliant job in creating a Windows 8 UI Styled Skin for Windows Media Player. It is under-development stage so feel free to report a bug.

Download

Adair – A new web browser.

We came across a new pretty interesting web browser today. It’s name is Adair. The web browser is simple and yes! It’s really fast. It delivered a sweet 343 score in HTML5 testing which is good. The web browser has an in-built download manager. Why we are highlighting these features is because the web browser is not written by any great companies or maybe hundreds our thousands of employees but by a team of not more than 10 members. The browser’s coder and the CEO of the companies age is just 13. Yet he manages to run the company well and make applications that can get you busy.

Applications written by them are:

  • Patro, which is a modern text editor.
  • Adair, which is a web browser.
  • Adair File Manager, which is a download manager that comes inbuilt with the web browser and also standalone for PC Installation. However, it is said that it’s a suspended project which may come with a new name along with the release of the next version of the browser Adair.

Here are some of the screenshots of the latest version of the browser.

Want Google Now, now? – Tutorial

You are here if you have got a new Galaxy S III but did not like the S Voice assistant. Google Now which is a new client may fulfill your needs then! Stuff that is in today’s tutorial is how you can install Google Now on your rooted Galaxy S3 running ICS. This does not affect your cell phone behavior rather than the assistant’s. Since Android 2.2 – Google was going smoothly with their voice assistant but as Apple came with their Siri inside the iPhone 4S, Siri became virally popular… Even Google’s S Voice received the love of many Android lovers with an open heart, they are now with something even wonderful. But as every dog has their days – Google is now here with a new voice assistant called “Now”. Google Now can perform almost any activity you want on a mobile. Check the weather, get updates on your favorite Basketball team or text your friends and family – no matter how you talk, casually or formally – they have it covered.

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You might use third party applications but never can get that 100% genuine and powerful performance you can get in a built in application. That’s why when Google released the almost surprisingly efficient voice assistant “Google Now” with Jelly Bean, all of us who heard about it or saw its demo started craving to have it on our devices, without having to wait for the official Jelly Bean update on how to install it on ICS, with full voice support. Still, installing it on the Galaxy S III didn’t disable S Voice or fully replace its OS integration but today, we are taking care of that as well.

Ready to fully replace S Voice on your rooted SGSIII on ICS with Google Now? Here are the instructions.


Perform this at your own risk. We will not be held responsible for any harm caused.

Requirements:

What to do:

  1. Download the Google Now flashable zip and transfer it to your phone’s internal SD card.
  2. Reboot your phone into recovery.
  3. To be on the safe side, take a backup.
  4. Install the zip file from recovery.
  5. Reboot your device and confirm that you have an app named ‘Google’ in your app drawer.
  6. If you haven’t done so already, launch the Latitude app that comes with Google Maps, and confirm any prompts required to sign in to Latutide.
  7. Launch Google Now and follow the initial setup steps, till you can see your cards.
  8. Launch S-Voice and from its settings, disable ‘Launch S-Voice’.
  9. Install Home2 Shortcut on your phone using the link given above, and launch it.
  10. Select the double tap home (Home > Home) option and from the application list, select ‘Voice Search’. Complete any further instructions you get in Home2 Shortcut.
  11. Launch Google Now again and tap Menu > Refresh.
  12. Reboot your device, and you’re done!

Now Enjoy your Samsung Galaxy S3 that’s on ICS running Google NOW.

Experience Windows Phone 8 Start Screen On WP7 With W Phone 8 Simulator

Mango users might not have recovered just yet from the blow Microsoft dealt them by announcing that WP7 devices won’t be getting the Apollo update, but apparently the Windows Phone developer community still has enough passion left to come up with an app like W Phone 8. If you followed our coverage of the Windows Phone 8 event held last month, you might already know that one of the best changes expected to be released in the Apollo update is the revamped Start screen. Users will be able to resize live tiles to three levels (small, medium and large) and most of the tiles will be made double-sided. So, what has the W Phone 8 app got to do with all that? In fact, it has got everything to do with the WP8 Start screen! The app is a simulator of sorts that comes with a secondary Start screen having semi-functional tiles. Not only that, you can adjust the size and positions of all the pinned tiles just the way it will work in WP8, and there’s even a nice collection of accent colors to go with it.

 

 

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When you launch the W Phone 8 app for the first time, you will be presented with a prearranged screen full of live tiles, having varying dimensions. A few of these tiles actually work, but we will come back to that a little later. If you are not satisfied with the theme color of this secondary (we just can’t bring ourselves to call it fake) Start screen, locate the Settings icon in the grid. Tapping Settings will take you to a collection of Accent Colors, and you can choose any of them as the theme for the app’s Start screen. Now that you have assigned your favorite color to the tiles, you are ready to enjoy the best feature of the Apollo Start screen; resizable tiles! To do that, tap and hold over any tile and in addition to the usual unpin button, a new arrow will appear on the tile as well (in the bottom right corner). Hitting this arrow button will let you change the size of each tile to small, medium or full width (like the calendar app in WP7). The full width mode is only available for some of the apps, at least in W Phone 8.

The following apps are installed on the W Phone 8 Start screen.

  • Phone: Takes the user to the People hub’s contact list.
  • Message: Opens a new text message in the real Messaging hub.
  • Email: Tap this to compose a new mail.
  • Settings: For accent changing, as discussed above.
  • Marketplace: Through this tile you can go to the real Marketplace, and pin any tile to the W Phone 8 Start screen (although tapping the new tile will only take you to the app’s Marketplace page even after it has been installed on your WP7).
  • Me: Lets you post any update to your accounts via the real Me section in the People hub.
  • Internet Explorer: Really opens the IE in your WP7.

All other tiles are either non-functional, or just direct you to each app’s respective Marketplace page. W Phone 8 might be more of a novelty app rather than something actually useful, but we love it nonetheless. So, if you have been wondering why the announcement of Windows Phone 8 has caused such a stir, do give W Phone 8 a try. It is available in the Marketplace for free, and can be downloaded from the following link.

Download W Phone 8 for Windows Phone

Add A Refresh/Stop Button To The Address Bar In Chrome For iPhone

Everyone appears to be absolutely in love with the Chrome app for iOS. The first impression of the new iPhone web browser might be that it is perfect, and has got all the features anyone can possibly want. However, that is not the case. Although Chrome is better than Safari in quite a few areas, there are still things that could have been better in Google’s official browser app for iPhone and iPad. If you don’t believe that, and happen to think that nothing can be improved in Chrome, take a look at our post discussing some of the best Chrome-related Cydia tweaks available in the jailbreak store. The Cydia developer community isn’t satisfied with the Chrome app just yet, and the latest tweak released for the enhancement of the browser is named EasyRefresh for Chrome. If you have ever used the Chrome app on your iPhone, you are sure to have noticed that if you want to refresh any page, you have to go to the app’s options menu and tap the button from there. EasyRefresh solves this problem by adding a new refresh button to the address bar, just the way it works in Safari!

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Before installing the tweak, go to the Chrome app and take a look at the address bar. It has got nothing except the URL of the page you are currently on. The options menu features the refresh/ stop button at the top of the list. EasyRefresh for Chrome will not disturb this refresh button, it will just copy it to the address bar. The tweak can be downloaded from the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store, where (quite expectedly) it is available as a free download. The whole package is just 13kB in size, and will finish installing in the blink of an eye. After downloading EasyRefresh, launch Chrome again. It is better if you kill the app from the App Switcher tray before re-launching it, but that is not a necessary step. Once the app is up and running, take a look at the address bar, and you will see the newly added refresh button there. While a page is loading, the button will be displayed as a cross icon that can be used to stop loading a page at any time. Other than that, the button is there to let you refresh the page.

Of course, EasyRefresh is just one of the ways you can have an alternative to the stock refresh method in Chrome. The Chromizer tweak (covered in detail in our list post linked in the intro) adds the pull to refresh functionality to Chrome. However, if you are a fan of the address bar refresh button, EasyRefresh is the tweak you need.