Launch Applications on your Android Phone with Style Using SwipePad

The best thing that I like about smartphones is that there is an endless supply of applications to meet your needs and to quench your tech savvy thrust. Not all apps are dazzling or turn out what you want them to be but they are few that become part of our every day lives. So with so many apps on our smartphones, launching these apps sometimes turn out to be quite a hassle because as the number of apps start increasing so does the homescreen expands. One solution is that use launchers, but launcher are also a bit slow and sometimes they crash also causing quite a hassle.

What is SwipePad?

So today I am introducing a new kind of an app launcher for Android users and I can bet that it will make your application launching thing a piece of cake. SwipePad is the name of an App launcher, which basically is a quick application launch-pad for smartphones powered by Android 2.1 or above. The launcher constantly runs in the backdrop and it just occupies a line in the notification area. The moment you touch on any of the edge of your phones touchscreen, SwipePad pop-ups a grid showing twelve buttons that give a look like this:

SwipePad Homescreen
A virtual circle also pop-ups at the bottom showing where your finger is on the screen, once you find an icon of your choice from the grid you just have to slide your finger over to that app icon and it will automatically turn BLUE. If you let your finger go at this point when the icon is blue, app will launch. But if you keep on holding it for 2 more seconds it will turn its color to Orange.

SwipePad ScreenSwipePad Orange

At this particular instant if you let it go a menu will pop-up that will look like this:

SwipePad menu

This menu is pretty easy to understand, first two options let users set an application or a shortcut for the slot you have selected. The third option is a dedicated app launcher that will ultimately increase your option launching capability with SwipePad. Last button Hide is a very interesting thing because it allows users to hide any app from the launcher grid. It is useful for those users who by mistake keep on launching a particular app.

Because of the muscle memory, SwipePad becomes faster with the passage of time. All you have to do is remember the apps posted on 12 grids and then you can launch your favorite and most used apps by a single swipe from one edge of the screen.

I think it’s a pretty innovative and fastest way of launching apps on your Android phone and you should definitely try it on your device.

How to Unlock Angry Birds Levels on Chrome Browser

So you’re probably stuck at some difficult level of Angry Birds and are really unhappy about it. If you happen to be playing Chrome Angry birds, then we have a hack for you that will unlock all the levels of the game for you.

Unlock Angry Birds Levels

Google announced Angry Birds on the Chrome browser at the Google I/O key note few weeks ago, all thanks to some HTML5 magic. It was made possible for the game to run on browsers, as it also runs on other browsers. Now why would you want to get a hack to unlock all the levels on the Chrome browser. To be honest, I know that not every one is a master at playing Angry Birds like me, so you’d probably want to skip those annoying moments when you’re losing in front of your friends. Using this little trick that I’m about to tell you, it’s possible to unlock all the 70 levels of Angry Birds at three star ratings.

The trick was actually discovered by some Angry guy over at the WebOS blog, and here’s how you do it.

Hack to Unlock Angry Birds Levels:

  • Fire up the game, if you’ve not installed the game on your Chrome browser, then head over here and do it right away.
  • Once you have the game running, replace the link on the address bar, that will say this “http://chrome.angrybirds.com/” with this “javascript: var i = 0; while (i<=69) { localStorage.setItem(‘level_star_’+i,’3’); i++; } window.location.reload();” without quotes.
  • You’ll then be presented with the game, all the levels unlocked, even the Chrome special levels.
  • In case you’re not a cheater, then you can use this link “javascript: var i = 1; while (i<=69) { localStorage.setItem(‘level_star_’+i,’-1′); i++; } window.location.reload();” to get things back to how they were before and you will not be sent to hell.

 

Well, even though you plan to execute this hack to completely unlock Angry birds levels, before that my suggestion would be finish all levels of Angry birds yourself. Else, you will miss out the fun of this game. Anyways, Was that so hard? Thought so! Well, so go on tell your friends how you finished all the levels in an hour.

Top 3 Alternatives to Google Analytics

After you create a site, it is important that you find a web traffic analysis and get the information on the traffic you are getting. When in it comes to web traffic analysis, Google Analytics is considered the best for two reasons(my choices) –>

1. It is related to Google.
2. Due to its superior features.
But wait, can there be a better web traffic analyzer than Google Analytics? Yes, there is. Well, actually, there are. Choosing a great traffic analyzer is important, so I will tell you the top 3 alternatives to Google Analytics which may help you to choose a better one. So, lets begin.

1. StatCounter

StatCounter

This is my favorite. StatCounter is a web traffic analysis tool. Access to basic services is free and advanced services can cost between $9 and $119 a month. StatCounter was the first traffic analyzer I tried and I loved it. It is the best in my opinion, even better than Google Analytics. The features it offer and the ease to do them is just awesome. Recently, they have upgraded their interface which has made it more user-friendly. Let me share the list of sidebar features StatCounter offers.

  • Summary
  • Hourly
  • Popular Pages
  • Entry Pages
  • Exit Pages
  • Came From
  • Keyword Analysis
  • Recent Keyword Activity
  • Recent Came From
  • Search Engine Wars
  • Exit Links
  • Exit Link Activity
  • Downloads
  • Download Activity
  • Visitor Paths
  • Visit Length
  • Returning Visits
  • Recent Pageload Activity
  • Recent Visitor Activity
  • Recent Visitor Map
  • Country/State/City/ISP
  • Browsers
  • System Stats
  • Lookup IP Address
  • Download Logs

StatCounter offers a lot which can make it better than Google Analytics. So, if you are looking for a better web traffic analyzer than Google Analytics, then StatCounter would be the best choice.
My Rating–> 5/5
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2. HiStats

If talking about the design, this site is the best in my opinion but the lack of different ways of stats makes it a not so better web traffic analyzer. Like Google Analytics, you can get a peek at the stats from the homepage but sadly, as told above, the features are too less. Another plus point is that you can add different types of widgets(which actually gather the stats) in your site. The widgets show the number of page views you have received today, no. of unique visitors and more. Now, let me share the sidebar features offered by HiStats.

  • Summary
  • Users online
  • Daily stats
  • Monthly by day/month
  • Last 120 days
  • Sources Overview
  • Referring Sites
  • Search Engines
  • Browsers / os / lang
  • Geolocation
  • Log Analyzer beta
  • Traffic by Url
  • Traffic by Title
  • Tags/Variables
  • Click count
  • IP exclusion
  • Translate Histats! beta

Even though Histats has got some features which cannot be neglected but it certainly lacks in the no. of features. If you are searching for a better web analyzer, Histats can be a choice but think before you choose.
My rating–> 3/5
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3. Sitemeter

This is something you cannot miss. A fast, free Web counter that features custom counters styles. Site Meter creates dynamic 3D charts showing visitors, page views, country maps, etc. On the home, you can see the info on visits and page views and under them are the options to take a peek in the bigger options. The features offered by Sitemeter are:-

  • Summary
  • Who’s On
  • Traffic Prediction
  • Visitors by details
  • Visitors by referrals
  • Visitors by world map
  • Visitors by location
  • Visitors by entry and exit pages
  • Visits of current day
  • Visits of previous 7 days
  • Visits of previous 30 days
  • Visits of previous 12 months
  • Entry pages
  • Exit pages

The features, sadly are too less but the features which are offered are amazing. You have to try this one.
My Rating –>
2.5/5
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So, those were the top 3 alternative to Google Analytics. You should try them all. The best one(in my opinion) is StatCounter.
What do you think? Do comment.

Top 3 iPad Apps for Parents

Apple’s iPad is no doubt an amazing gadget that has totally transformed the way we interact with digital domains around us. Apart from loads of other notable feature that iPad has to offer, the most commendable and useful feature is that Parents can use it as an educational gadget for their young children. Apple has undoubtedly created an awesome product whose touch screen capability and gesture detection makes it’s easy for parents to educate their kids. So keeping in mind the Parents, I have ranked the apps listed below accordingly:

Kindle for iPad app

Kindle iPad

Kindle is undoubtedly a very famous iPad application that offers loads of features, basically with this app you can make your tablet device compatible with all the popular Amazon books. With iPad’s bigger screen and a wider viewing area, reading books via kindle is simply amazing and it feels like you are reading a real paper book. You can download hundreds of books from Kindle for iPad app and can have them on your finger tips in an instant.

You can download Kindle for iPad free from App store.

Food Additives

I think this is a perfect iPad app for parents who are very much concerned with their kid’s diet and health. The app offers information about almost 450 additives that you can find in any kind of a food and based it ranks these additives in terms of safety. It offers stuff like which additives are harmful for your kids and how they affect the health of your children.

You can download Food Additives for iPad from iTunes app store.

Scribble for iPad

Scribble for iPad

Simply stating, this application allows you to use your fingers to scribble on your tablet device, the best thing about this app is that apart from being a fun outlet for parents it is also a great tool for them to keep their child occupied in doing some fun stuff. This is a great fun-filled app for both kids and parents. Scribble can be downloaded for free from App store.

Flashmath for iPad

Apps like Flashmath and Jott are also purely designed for parents to aid them in keeping their children entertained and also as a tool for parents to teach their kids.

Do let us know in comments if you happen to know about some useful apps for Parents.

Recover Photos from Your iOS Device Using Photo Rescue

Ever cried when you lost your iPhone and along with it lost your photos too, well now you can recover those photos by using Photo Rescue.

Photo Rescue is a Mac application that scans through all your backup data to recover all those deleted or lost photos. Every time you connect your iPhone or any other iOS device, it syncs with iTunes and stores a backup, but it doesn’t flash in your head that it has stored things in iTunes backup. Photo Rescue thus scans through all those backed up data and then presents the photos in a easy to view way.

Photo Rescue

A very simple to use application, it doesn’t require you to do anything other than select the iOS device whose back-up you need it to scan. It does a quick scan and leaves you staring at all those pictures, even the ones you did not want it to rescue, in a neat window and arranged in date format. There are some ground rules however, before you start expecting your lost photos to reappear. First of all you’ll need to have synced your iOS device recently in order for it save a back-up. And secondly, if you’ve selected encrypted backup, then I’m sorry to say that Photo Rescue won’t be able to scan through them.

Photo Rescue Screenshot

That’s it, really simple to use and does the job, however this is only for Mac OS X. Hence, Windows users may have to pout their mouth and start shooting mails to the developer asking them to get one done for Windows too. You can visit the official page for this Mac app over here. It’s available for free, but doesn’t let you save those found photos, only view them. If you want to save them, then you’ll have to shell $4.99 from your pockets to buy Photo Rescue.

Will you buy Photo Rescue app for $4.99 or do you know of any other free tools such as this? Do let us know in the comments.

Shake to Answer or End Calls on Your Android Phone: ShakeCall

As a previous Android user, I’ve experienced some difficulties when answer calls using the slider function on Android phones. Sometimes they just don’t respond or you end up sliding it the wrong way. ShakeCall for Android phones brings the really cool feature of shaking the phone to answer or end a call instead of using the slider or the normal function keys.

ShakeCall Android App

You might wonder what might happen if you’re running and you get a call, will that answer because the phone is shaking? Of course not, do you think the developers won’t have thought of that and many other circumstances such as that. ShakeCall provides many functions that you can use to adjust the sensitivity so that only when you shake it with your hand will it answer or end a call.

That’s not it, you can also use ShakeCall and answer your phone just by placing it near your ear. This only works on phones with Proximity sensors, which almost every smartphone has these days. However to be able to use this feature you’ll have to enable the Shake to Answer feature in the settings. ShakeCall has many settings that will enable you to set things like Shaking Sensitivity Value and Proximity Sensor Value. These settings will help you when you want to answer or end a call.

ShakeCall Screenshot

So once again, here’s what this tiny little application ShakeCall can do:

  • Receive and Disconnect the Phone with a shake
  • Answer calls when you place the phone near your ear. (Proximity Sensor)
  • Corrects the problem when sometimes the screen is still blank once you move it away from your ear
  • You can test your settings using the Virtual Phone Sensor Test

There are few other features that you can use, find out more about it once you install it on your phone as they are phone dependent.

ShakeCall is a free application and can be downloaded from the Android Market. It requires Android 1.6 and above.

Do let us know how you liked this application. Do you think it’s a useful one?

Top 3 Free Online Multiplayer Games You should Definitely Play

Guys if you are looking for some quality time wasters then today’s post is definitely for you because today I am highlighting some awesome and action packed online games that will quench your gaming thirst. One word of advice is that do check out the minimum system requirements before downloading any of the below listed games. The free multiplayer games that I have compiled are simply download and play but in some instances you will see pop-ups asking you for in-game purchases. Get to know about these cool and awesome Multiplayer games after the break!

Vindictus

Vindictus

This is basically a MMORPG that is Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game and trust me this game packs some real heavy duty game-play. The game runs on the Valve’s incredible source engine and it is a visually stunning game with some real pleasing looks that will definitely attract you to play more. You can freely interact with in-game objects, every object can be destroyed and can also be picked up as a weapon.

By default, you have to choose from 3 classes (developer’s initially planned 5 classes), teamwork is a must regardless of whatever class you have chosen. If you want to advance in the game then you have to pass through Vindictus’s 6 episodes that are all story-based.

MapleStory

MapleStory -Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game

This game is not as meaty as the one mentioned above but it is a perfect game for casual online gamers and young audience. Basically it is a side-scrolling Multiplayer role playing game housing pretty simple controls and you will notice plenty of bright colors.

The moment you start playing game you will notice that it follows a typical role playing game scenario, your character endeavor into dungeons and fight monsters. In-order to increase your score you have to collect in-game currency called as “Mesos”. The game also has a SIM’s City touch to it, apart from converting your player into warrior you can also engage in activities like forming families and getting married. MapleStory is huge in regions like South Korea where it was initially released back in 2010.

Combat Arms

Combat Arms - Online FPS Action

The game takes its basics from classics like Call of Duty Franchise and Counter Strike, it is a FPS game packed with loads of action. The game has a leveling system and players earn Gamer points that they can spend on weapon customization and buying. The game has various modes including missions like co-op play and captures the flag missions. Combat Arms also supports a built-in gaming league and an integrated clan system making it a unique and must-play online game.

If you know about any Multiplayer online games that are worth playing then do let us know in comments.

How to Share Files, Documents and Music on Twitter with Ease

Sharing stuff on Twitter is not as simple as we think it would be, although you can share links and images on this social networking platform with an ease. But if you are looking to share music, documents and files on Twitter then you have to make a little bit of effort to find out services that do so. If by luck you are already using services like Dropbox(like me!)then sharing contents on Twitter is a piece of cake because you can simply generate a shareable link and post it directly on Twitter.

So guys, today I am reviewing some free services that will ultimately enable you to share files on Twitter in a very secure manner and above all you wont be requiring to sign-up or granting access to your computer. Here is a brief run-down of some of these innovative services:

TinySong

TinySong main interface

This particular service connects the power of Grooveshark and it allows users to simply share their favorite music on Twitter without having the need of signing-up for a separate account. First you have to search the song that you want to share, you can preview the song and then you can hit Share button and it will be on your Twitter profile. Basically when you hit Share button it generates a URL that you can copy on your clipboard for later sharing purposes.

TinySong artist

Moreover, when you hit Twitter button on TinySong’s URL generated window it automatically populates your tweet with the link and description. The TinySong link will take you directly to Grooveshark where you can listen to the song.

Twi.tt

twi.tt anything and everything

Its an amazing file sharing platform for Twitter, you can share almost any kind and type of file whether its an audio, a document or a video through Twi.tt. First you have to authorize the website and select the kind of file that you want to share alongwith the text. For Photos, you can directly upload them from a webcam or a computer. similarly, videos can be uploaded or you can record them from your webcam and share it via Twitter using Twi.tt, same goes for the documents that is you can browse them from your computer or share a simple URL. For the time being, sharing audio is not possible with Twi.tt but I think developers will activate it very soon.

How do you share stuff on Twitter, Do Let us know in comments if you know about any such innovative service.

Participate and Win an iPod Shuffle [Contest]

Tomorrow is the Doomsday and here we are starting a contest! That’s right, a CallingAllGeeks contest, that you’ll have to participate to be eligible for winning a brand new Apple iPod Shuffle from us. The contest is pretty simple, and only requires you to play a game online, get some really high scores and you’re good to go.

Urban Thrill CallingAllGeeks Contest
The game is known as Urban Thrill and is based on the growing sport of Free running. Running through cities and rural landscapes performing acrobatics to pass buildings and obstacles. I’m pretty sure you may save seen this kind of sport somewhere on the TV, most likely in movies. Hence, the flash based game Urban Thrill is quite interesting and fun to play.

The game requires you to collect certain items that are located on buildings, alleys, roads etc within a given period of time. You can jump, run around, perform acrobatics in the air and hang from buildings. It’s not an easy game however, you’ll have to be quick to be able to collect all the items to get the most points, as points is what matters in this game. Urban Thrill is spread over 9 countries and you’ll have to complete all the places and then submit the total score along with your details.

Urban Thrill is developed by Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a leading brand in household, health and personal care and is mainly designed to create awareness of the company among graduates and those early in their business careers.

Win a Trip for 2 to any one of the 9 Countries

When you play Urban Thrill and get a really high score, you can always check the score boards to see where you’re standing,  and let us know either by commenting or by tweeting the score with #cag. The person who has the highest score will win, wait for it—- two flight tickets to any one of the 9 countries in the game, i.e. Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Russia, UK and USA. Yes, that’s right, 2000 Euros worth of travel. Of course to win this you’ll have to submit your score in game, as this price is not given by us. Also don’t forget to check the competition tick-box when submitting your score. Read the complete terms here.

Free iPod Shuffle for CallingAllGeeks Readers

iPod Shuffle

Specially for CallingAllGeeks readers we are giving away 1 Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB. All you need to do is fulfill certain terms and you will be eligible to win the iPod Shuffle.

  • Join and follow CallingAllGeeks on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Share or like this post on Facebook.
  • Tweet this and comment with Tweeted link.

RT @callingallgeeks Participate 2 win free #iPod shuffle http://su.pr/1iWCdy http://su.pr/4X7iyd #urbanthrill

This contest will end on 31st May 2011. So you have 10 days to participate and win free tickets to your favorite destination(of the 9 given countries) and of course the Apple iPod Shuffle 2Gb.

So head over to urbanthrill.com and start playing!

Update: We have selected the inner and SATISH is the winner.

Here is how we selected the winner:

Thanks for your participation  and stay tuned to CallingAllgeeks for more such giveaway in the future.

May 21 Doomsday, The Rapture is Tomorrow

May 21 is a big day, not for me at least, as I’ll be playing Modern Warfare and having a drink, but for all those believers of God it is. It has been predicted by a Christian Group in the United States that the end of the world will begin on May 21 2011. Yes, just a day away from the worldwide destruction caused by floods and earthquakes and what not that will ultimately lead to our dear Planet Earth bursting in to flames.

May 21 Doomsday posters are probably everywhere now, thanks to the worldwide promotion by Familyradio.com. There you go, I mentioned their name again, some more promotion to them, as more of you will go and visit the website and check out what’s really going on. I don’t know what’s really going on, apart from some rational ideas by irrational people suggesting that a Rapture will begin tomorrow May 21 2011 and will last for about 153 days until everything on Earth will be killed on October 21 2011. Not exactly everything, according to the prophecy(the Bible), all those who are the believers of God will be killed and taken to heaven and others will be left behind. I have no words to express my joy about me staying behind, I get to live another 153 days than all the others.

Okay, now you’ll be wondering why so soon? What happened to the December 21 2012 deadline, what’s the reason behind  all this? All your questions will be answered on May 22 when I start playing Angry Birds all over again.

Alright, I’ll tell you why!!

The Christian group in the United States has come out with some crazy mathematical equations that prove the end of the world will start tomorrow May 21 2011. The equations are based on some excerpts from the Bible itself, which they believe is more of a calendar than a Holy book. Below are the two excerpts that have played an important role in determining May 21 Doomsday theory.

God had written in the Holy Bible in Genesis 7:4:

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

God added in Genesis 7:10-11:

And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the Flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

If you don’t understand what the above lines mean, don’t worry you’re not alone. To read more you can go here or here.Or you can also watch the video after the break.

I would suggest you to still keep following us on Facebook and Twitter as there will be more updates on the latest technology and gadgets even after the May 21 doomsday begins. If you believe that May 21 2011 is the beginning of the end then you should probably subscribe to that iPlayboy Magazine soon, a 6 month subscription should be good enough.

Give us your thoughts, laugh it out, shout it out, and cry if you want to in the comments.