Sunday, March 31, 2013

Notable Note-Taking App GoodNotes Just Keeps Getting Better

Notable Note-Taking App GoodNotes Just Keeps Getting Better

The popular note-taking app GoodNotes has just been updated to version 3.8, thereby gaining a number of significant enhancements.

Released in 2011 as eNote Taker, GoodNotes is listed as a notable app in AppAdvice’s Handwriting Apps for iPad AppGuide. And with good reason.

GoodNotes has a minimal interface that makes accessing its various features quite simple. These features include, but are certainly not limited to, a close-up writing mode, palm rejection, PDF annotation, smart pen support, and syncing via Dropbox, Box, and SkyDrive.

And now, the app has gained more features through its 3.8 update.

GoodNotes 3.8 brings the following enhancements:
  • Custom color and thickness
  • Color buttons on zoom window toolbar
  • Lasso tool improvements:
    – resize
    – change handwriting and text color
    – option to select handwriting, text boxes, or images only
    – copy and paste to external apps as images
  • Image cropping: rectangle and freehand
  • Rotate images to angles other than 90 degrees
  • Export embedded images to cameral roll and cloud storages
  • Thicker zoom window toolbar
  • Option to exclude documents from one-way sync
  • Clear history
  • Minor improvements
Compatible with iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, GoodNotes 3.8 is available now in the App Store as a free update or as a new $4.99 download.

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Notify Me for Android Adds App-Specific Notification Banners to Your Lock Screen

Android: The notifications pane at the top of your Android phone's screen is a great and fast way to get to your notifications, but if you'd also like to see pop-up alerts over your lock screen for specific emails, SMS messages, or from certain apps, Notify Me gives them to you, and lets you control which notifications you see.

If the way Notify Me popup banners look is familiar, it should be: the developer behind the app took inspiration from the way Apple handles pop-up alerts on the homescreen. He wanted a similar effect, but he wanted to be able to control the apps that were allowed to notify him, and he wanted a way to quickly open or dismiss the alert from the lock screen. Notify Me does just that.

After installing, you can tell Notify Me which applications can push alerts to the lock screen as well as the notifications pane. If it's an SMS or an email, you'll see a snippet of text so you can read what the message has to say without opening the app or unlocking your phone. With SMS messages, you even get shortcut buttons to unlock and reply, mark the item as read, or unlock and call the contact immediately, right from your lock screen. Best of all, Notify Me doesn't replace the standard way you access notifications in ICS or Jelly Bean (as in, you can just drag down the notifications pane, even when the phone is locked) but since the app works for older versions of Android too, it gives everyone the flexibility to see all or just the important notifications right there on your phone when you turn it on.
Notify Me is free, ad-free, open source (code and downloads available at Google Code), and available to download from XDA Forums at the link below.

Grab the latest version on Notify Me!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Goophone beats Apple to the punch with an iPhone “5S” knock-off for $99 [VIDEO]

Seeing Chinese Android-based knockoffs of Apple’s products isn’t anything new these days — it’s a big reason why Apple is looking to step its game up in China — but it’s not often you see someone beating Apple to the punch. Assuming Apple continues its tradition of releasing an “S” variant this year, Goophone has taken it upon itself to release the Goophone i5S. It’s visually similar to the current iPhone 5, and that’s fine: Apple’s iPhone 5S could look identical just as the 4S was to the 4, after all.

It’ll cost $99 for the first 1,000 buyers starting tomorrow, and $149 thereafter. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a heavily customized skin to make it look like iOS, though Goophone gives users an easy option to switch between stock Android and the ripoff skin. Under the hood is Mediatek’s 1GHz MT6577 processor with 512MB of RAM, and it has a 4-inch display with that same weird aspect ratio Apple uses for the iPhone 5.

We obviously wouldn’t recommend this phone to those looking for a serious smartphone to walk around with, but if for some reason you’re in the market for a cheap iPhone 5 knockoff then I suppose this is one to keep an eye on. Retailer AndroidSale has posted a quick video recording of the abomination so be sure to check that out above if you’re curious.

[via GizmoChina]

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Screenhero Shares Your Screen with Others, Gives Each Person Their Own Mouse

Screenhero Shares Your Screen with Others, Gives Each Person Their Own Mouse:

Windows/Mac: Screen sharing applications are a dime a dozen these days, but Screenhero takes away some of the hassle by letting both of you control the screen, with your own cursors and keyboard, at the same time. More »


This tool lets you monitor I/O latency in real time. It shows disk latency in the same way as ping shows network latency.

just download the sourcefile from

tar -xzvf ioping-0.6.tar.gz
cd ioping-0.6/
make ioping

 Usage: ioping [-LCDRq] [-c count] [-w deadline] [-p period] [-i interval]
               [-s size] [-S wsize] [-o offset] device|file|directory
        ioping -h | -v

      -c      stop after requests
      -w   stop after
      -p     print raw statistics for every requests
      -i   interval between requests (1s)
      -s       request size (4k)
      -S      working set size (1m)
      -o     in file offset
      -L              use sequential operations (includes -s 256k)
      -C              use cached I/O
      -D              use direct I/O
      -R              seek rate test (same as -q -i 0 -w 3 -S 64m)
      -q              suppress human-readable output
      -h              display this message and exit
      -v              display version and exit

./ioping .
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/root): request=1 time=0.1 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/root): request=2 time=0.2 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/root): request=3 time=0.2 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/root): request=4 time=0.1 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/root): request=5 time=0.2 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/root): request=6 time=0.2 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/root): request=7 time=0.1 ms

--- . (ext3 /dev/root) ioping statistics ---
7 requests completed in 6336.0 ms, 6082 iops, 23.8 mb/s
min/avg/max/mdev = 0.1/0.2/0.2/0.0 ms

Measure disk seek rate (iops, avg)

$ ioping -R /dev/sda

--- /dev/sda (device 465.8 Gb) ioping statistics ---
186 requests completed in 3004.6 ms, 62 iops, 0.2 mb/s
min/avg/max/mdev = 6.4/16.0/26.8/4.7 ms

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Read It Later is now Pocket, a gorgeous and free app for cleaner reading on Android

Read It Later is now Pocket, a gorgeous and free app for cleaner reading on Android:

After serving as a non-essential-content stripper for the past five years, Read It Later is no more. Don’t worry, it’s just the name being dumped; the 4.5 million users who turn to the service formerly known as Read It Later will still be able to bookmark mobile-friendly articles under the rebranded and completely redesigned ‘Pocket.’

Pocket represents more than just a name change – it’s also a change of focus. The company revealed last month that a huge portion of the items it marked were for people saving video links, so the name just didn’t fit. Pocket now makes it clearer that you can save articles, photos, and videos to view or read later, and do so in a format that is minimal in its design. Users can place a bookmarklet to their desktop computer and instantly add articles or videos to their list, or save content directly from their phone using the Android share function.

The minimalism extendeds to the Pocket Android app, which works well on both phones and tablets. The app follows the Holo ICS conventions but throws in some light silver and white elements that users will appreciate. Only the text and images posted in an article are saved in Pocket, so readers get only the important bits. Like Readability, he app doesn’t always pull in full-size images, but tapping on it will zoom in on a thumbnail (not full-size images). A navigation bar at the bottom can mark an item as read, star it, change text size or font, increase brightness, or switch between day and night modes. The top navigation bar can refresh an article or toggle between minimal and web views.

Viewing photos and videos are handled through an internal media player. Vimeo and YouTube were the only services that I tested and both played without issue. That’s just one of the many things Pocket does right, as the app does a exemplary job of letting users manage the content they bookmark. The app can add tags to articles, photos, or videos for filtering and organization purposes, and users can search or look only at specific media types.

Pocket is available now in Google Play. Android 2.2 or higher is required to use the free app.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

SD card turns digital cameras into Instagram machines

SD card turns digital cameras into Instagram machines:

Smartphones are proving to be more popular than standalone cameras when it comes to photos but one company continues to buck the trend. On Wednesday, Eye-Fi released a memory card for digital cameras that directly uploads pictures over Wi-Fi or transfers them to a nearby smartphone or tablet. In theory, the $79 Eye-Fi Mobile X2 can be used to get images from a point-and-shoot or DLSR to Instagram, Facebook, TwitPic or any number of other photo sharing sites.

This can be handy for those that do carry a traditional digital camera but still have the desire to share great shots on photo sites. There are new cameras available with Wi-Fi on them, but the sharing functionality is limited to whatever sites the camera manufacturer enabled in the software. By sending images to a phone or tablet with Direct Mode, which the company debuted last year, pictures can be edited easier and shared with any site or social network through a mobile app.

The Mobile X2 is actually an extension of Eye-Fi’s new product line. It joins the $49 Connect X2 and $99 Pro X2. All three memory cards offer the Direct View functionality. With it, photos can be sent directly to an iPhone, iPad or Android device running Eye-Fi’s free mobile client. This eliminates the need to carry a USB cable or Apple Camera Connector Kit for image transfers.

The main difference between cards is in the storage capacity and file format support. The Connect X2 is limited to 4 GB of memory and doesn’t support RAW image files; the new Mobile X2 has the same file limitation but doubles the available memory. Eye-Fi’s Pro X2 has 8 GB of storage, but does support the larger RAW file format; essentially an unprocessed image directly from the camera sensor.

The storage for all three cards can be limiting, but the ability to wirelessly offload images with 802.11n Wi-Fi to a device with additional memory can offset that. And removing the need to carry cables for image transfer is a plus. Eye-Fi says the Direct Mode for the new Mobile X2 will be available in the coming weeks, although the actual SD card with integrated Wi-Fi is available now.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Wallr, an android wallpaper tool

I have just released an application which will easily change the wallpaper of android mobile phone. Users will have to define a location of the wallpaper that needs to be rotated.

On intial launch the application will check if the a directory named Wallpaper exists on the sd card, if not it will be created and some sample wallpapers will be downloaded.


  • Change wallaper by clicking on Wallr icon (It is recommended to create a shortcut for this application on android home screen)
  • Enable/Disable notification.
  • Settings menu can be access by clicking wallr icon on notification bar.
  • Option to enable/disable wallpaper width (this is required as some image with width less than 640px will look ungly when the screen is in landscape mode)


If you feel like donating for this application please click on the Donate Button below.



Click on the download link or get it from Android Market.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

DhiSMS Application

It's been like a month since I started playing around with XUL, the XML User-interface Language. My aim is to make something useful using the Mozilla Application Development Framework. The XUL application will require mozilla's runtime "GRE" (Gecko Runtime Environment)

So far its been great, and I have developed the basic functionality for the my hello world application "DhiSMS". As it's name say's it's an application which will allow users to send sms using the username and password provided by Dhiraagu. It's still under development and I'm adding additional features to it like adding extensions.

Features Included in the initial release
  • Basic SMS (basic sms functionality)
  • Batch SMS (this will limit to 10 sms, as Dhiraagu only allows 10 sms per day)
  • E-Directory Search (this will be release as an extension to the application)
Releasing this application to the public might take a while as I'm learning and developing.. I will announce a release date soon. Btw if you've got any ideas please let me know.

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