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It’s that time of the week again when we round up the most popular (as well as the less-popular but equally useful) apps, tips and tweaks that you may have missed during your hectic workweek. This time around, we discuss Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone, several Android apps, Skype on the web, and a detailed guide to the iOS lock screen, among other excellent apps and tips.

Facebook Messenger Comes To Windows Phone; We Go Hands On

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At first I didn’t see the point of splitting the main Facebook app and its messaging component, but now that they have genuinely improved both in significant ways, and now that communicating over Facebook has become such an integral part of – at least my – everyday life, a separate Messenger app is a necessity. After doing well on iOS and Android, Messenger has launched on Windows Phone!

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Official RAR App From The Team Behind WinRAR Now Available On Android

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WinRAR is still one of the most popular archiving utilities on Windows, so it makes good sense for them to test the waters on mobile platforms. Their new ‘RAR for Android’ app is a powerful tool for archiving, extracting, and managing compressed files, whether it is a RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, ISO, or BZIP. It also doubles as a basic file manager!

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Quickly Transfer Files, Photos, Notes, To-Do Lists & More Between iPhone & Desktop With Pushbullet

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It isn’t easy quickly transferring things to and from mobile device to dekstop. For links, there’s Pocket / Chrome; for notes, there’s Evernote; for to-do lists, there’s Any.DO, and so on. After winning users on Android, Pushbullet aims to become the pipe between your iPhone and desktop for quickly sharing photos, notes, to-do lists, addresses, and any other file as long as it is under 25MB.

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Adobe Revel Is Your One Stop Shop For Managing, Editing & Sharing Photos

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I do not know about the rest of the world, but I am still waiting for a killer personal photos and video management app. I still manage photos through one program, edit them in another, share individually on Facebook / Instagram, and email some to specific contacts – it is a highly disjointed user experience. Adobe seems to be headed in the right direction; Revel is a powerful, cross-platform, privacy-conscious photo management, sharing and editing app.

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‘SmartClose’ iOS Apps Instead Of Quitting Them To Improve Performance & Increase Battery Life

Best Apps, Tips And Posts Of The Week [03.10.2014]

If you are the sort of person who manually quits apps, you will greatly benefit from the new ‘SmartClose’ tweak for jailbroken iOS devices by Ryan Petrich. On activation – preferably on clicking the Lock button – it ‘deep freezes’ all background apps so they immediately stop eating away your battery life, and become faster, less resource-intensive to resume the next time you launch them. 

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The Absolute Beginner’s Guide To The iOS Lock Screen


It is something new we are experimenting with here at AddictiveTips: ‘absolute beginner’s guides’ to important components of modern computing platforms. We have started with a detailed look at lock-screen on iOS, and aim to go deeper (into iOS), and wider (onto other platforms) as we get feedback from our readers. The aim is to reach out to the less tech-savvy around us.

Read More Can Now Handle Skype Voice & Video Calling In Addition To Facebook & Google IM Services

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Gmail is still my preferred email client, but is started to get more and more attractive. The latest major new feature they have finally rolled out globally is Skype voice and video calls. No need to have Facebook chat, Google Hangouts, and Skype open in separate applications when you can wrangle them all from Outlook on the web!

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Auto-Switch Between Tasteful, Community-Selected Wallpapers With bitmado For Android

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Whenever I get tired of my current wallpaper, I download the latest few from InterfaceLift, and change between them after semi-regular intervals. bitmado for Android automates the process of downloading, setting, and changing wallpapers from its active, Reddit-like community of wallpaper lovers.

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Remember Where You Parked Your Car With Auto Finder For Android

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It has become a good habit over the past few years: I take a picture of the nearest visible landmark whenever I park my car in a huge lot. It is a low-tech solution to remembering where I parked my car. For a more high-tech, Google Maps API and GPS-powered solution, you should check out Auto Finder For Android.

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Boost Mozilla Firefox Page Rendering, Caching, Download/Upload Speeds, & More With Fasterfox

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Fasterfox allows you to apply a bunch of different tweaks to Mozilla Firefox to improve page rendering, caching, and upload/download speeds, among other many other small things. Our reviewer noticed a huge difference in performance while testing the plugin, so it is sure worth a try!

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