Thursday, September 4, 2014

App of the Week: Screen Dimmer


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Platform: Android
Price: Free
Function: Reduces screen brightness below built-in brightness settings for dark environments.

I and 80% of people who own mobiles, fiddle around with my phone under the covers just before going to sleep. Setting your screen brightness at its lowest still feels like you're staring at the sun and after a while your eyes feel strained and your head starts to buzz. This app applies a filter on your phone and also has a timed option.

Top features:
  • Variable opacity
  • Scheduling.
  • Disable the button's backlight.
  • Automatically toggle the app with the sunset/rise to use Screen Dimmer at night. [Pro]
  • Choose the apps to launch when Screen Dimmer starts. [Pro]


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Friday, July 18, 2014

App of the Week: Sign


Download: Paid / Free

Platform: Android
Price: Free Lite / $1.99 Full
Function: Speed dialing & direct messaging by drawing "signs" on screen.

I came across this app a few years ago as a free app of the day on the Amazon Appstore. It was very unique and I really enjoyed it. Basically you can make a heart on your phone's screen and it will start ringing your mom. You can assign different "signs" for an unlimited number of people. The sign you choose is entirely upto you; it can be a number, a letter, a symbol or a just a scribble. There's no restrictions. Signs can also be assigned to text messages. The free version has the same functionality as the full version, except you have a limited number of signs.

Top features:
  • Use Sign even when other apps are open
  • Works with WhatsApp
  • Call without looking at the screen
  • Works with Voicemail passcode input
  • FAST - call/text any contact in seconds
  • Advanced misdial prevention features


 



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to Open an Android Phone or Tablet with a Forgotten PIN Password



Recently my father absent-mindedly locked his Samsung Galaxy S5 with a PIN code and forgot the code. In other devices, a "forgot password" option shows up where you can unlock the device by entering your Gmail password, but the option wasn't available in this case. It was a tense few minutes having to imagine all his pictures, notes and saved files gone. (This is where one stresses the importance of backing up files!) Luckily, the Android Device Manager proved to be a star and unlocked the device in seconds. 

Note: This method only works for devices signed into your Gmail account and connected to the internet.

1. Log into the Android Device Manager at:

                        https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager    

2. Go to the Lock option.

3. Enter a new password, confirm it and then lock the device. The password will reset on your device instantaneously.



4. Enter the new password in your device and viola! your device will open up as it normally does.


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