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Action Movie FX App : Add Stunning Video Effects in iPhone [ Review ]

Action Movie FX is yet another awesome application that one must have on their iOS device. If you like to shoot videos on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, but are bored because you can’t find anything interesting to shoot, then this is the app for you. This app brings some awesome Hollywood styled video effects to make what you’re shooting more interesting and funny.

Do you remember the amazing missile crash and tornado effects used in many of the Hollywood movies, well, this app does something similar without you needing to spend millions of dollars on it. Action Movie FX is a really fun app to have on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and it will certainly make you and your friends laugh.

Action Movie FX App

The effects available in the app are so realistic that they blend in very well with the video that you shoot. You can choose from three free effects and download many others for a price. The whole process of adding effects to a video is easy as well and the app is very fast in adding the effects and processing it, specially if you’re using an iPhone 4S. Action Movie FX app is free to download and, like I said earlier, comes with three free effects namely Missile Attack, Car Smash and Demolition Rock.

How to use Action Movie FX app on iPhone

After downloading the app, launch it and tap the Go button to start filming your very own Action movie. Now, choose from any of the three effects that are given and start the process.

Action Movie FX effects

Shoot a short video, preferably of 10-30 seconds or you can even go longer if you’re filming some serious stuff for a real movie. After recording, choose where you want to add the effect. You can either add it somewhere in between or towards the end as that makes it more interesting and funny.

Action Movie FX timing

Click next and wait for the app to render the video. If your film is long and you’re using an iPod Touch or iPhone 3GS, then it’s going to take some time. Once it’s done, you can play the movie and see for yourself how it is. You can even edit it and change where the effect has to start and end, if you didn’t like the finished video.

Here is a sample video showing Movie FX app effect:


That’s it! Now, you can decide whether you want to share the amazing video that you just created with your friends on Facebook or via Email. The extra effects pack cost $0.99 each and are available as in-app purchases. Try the app out and tell us if you liked it. I’m sure you would because it is one very interesting app to have some fun.

Download Action Movie FX ( iTunes Link )

This app is also available for Android phones and you can download Android version from here.

How-to Setup iTunes WiFi Sync in iOS 5

Apple unleashed it’s greatest and best mobile operating system, iOS 5, at the WWDC 2011 earlier this year. It was again talked about at the ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ event and the iOS 5 GM was let loose to developers. Finally, after much wait, Apple released the final version of iOS 5 to the public on October 12. If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 5 yet, then you should. It’s compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3/4G and iPad 1/2.

iOS 5 brings about 200 new features, while most of them are not that prominent enough, the new Notifications, iCloud, iMessages, Camera features and WiFi sync are very noticeable. iTunes WiFi sync is pretty cool, since this completely eradicates the need of a cable to connect your iOS Device to the PC or Mac. Using this feature, you can sync everything from your computer to your iOS device wirelessly. Before you setup iTunes WiFi sync, make sure both, your iOS device and the computer are on the same WiFi network.

Setup iTunes WiFi Sync

  • Open iTunes on your Mac or PC and then connect your iOS device.
  • Select your device and click on the Summary Tab. Scroll down and you should see an option ‘Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi’. Check the option and click on Apply.

iTunes WiFi Sync

  • Now, on your iOS device, under Settings>General>iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, you’ll see the option to Sync your device.

  • Select Sync Now and see the magic happen.

This is very useful if you’re one of those people who don’t like wires and even if you’re a normal person, this can really make syncing easier for you. Once this is enabled, and both your iOS device and the computer are on the same network, you should see your device listed in iTunes even when not connected.

Drag and drop any content from iTunes to your listed device to wirelessly sync. It’s that simple and yes it works. Don’t blame iTunes if the syncing is slow, it’s most likely your WiFi connection that’s responsible.

Do let me know if you faced any problem setting up iOS wi-fi sync? If you find this tutorial, informative, don’t forget to share it on Google plus and Facebook.

How-to Install WhatsApp on iPod Touch

WhatsApp on iPod Touch

WhatsApp is one of most commonly used cross-platform instant messenger apps. It’s available on almost all platforms and even Windows Phone 7 will be getting it soon. However, one some platforms, it’s not free and it just won’t work if you don’t have a phone. WhatsApp isn’t made for devices that don’t function as a phone. It specifically requires a phone number to be activated.

WE live in a world full of stubborn people who believe in not believing what I just said. And it’s thanks to those people that we have things like jailbreak, rooting, hacking, Custom ROMs, unlocks and much much more. It’s also thanks to them that we were able to install and use WhatsApp on an iPad. Now, we have a tutorial on how to do the same with the Apple iPod Touch.

The iPod Touch, since iPod Touch doesn’t have a SIM, is not compatible with WhatsApp. But, if you follow this tutorial, then you can force the WhatsApp messenger to run on your iPod Touch 4G too. You can try it out on your older iPod Touch and let us know if it works on them.

Guide to Install WhatsApp on iPod Touch:

  • Install WhatsApp on your iPod Touch. If you couldn’t find it on the App Store, then you can download it manually or use Installous to get it. You’ll need a jailbroken iPod Touch of course.
  •  If the first step doesn’t work for you, then download iPhone Configuration Utility and also download WhatsApp from iTunes.
  • Open iPhone Configuration utility and select your iPod Touch from the left-hand side. Now head over to Applications and click on Add IPA.
  • Select the downloaded WhatsApp ipa, which should be in the iTunes Media> Mobile Applications folder on your computer.
  • After selection click on install and it should be installed on your iPod Touch.
  • Now go to Cydia and search for WhatsPad. Install and reboot your device.
That’s all you need to do. Open WhatsApp and give a valid mobile number so that it can send the 3-digit verification code and you’re good to go. You’ll need a Wi-Fi connection always, since iPod Touch doesn’t have any other means to connect to the internet.
Enjoy WhatsApp on iPod Touch.

How to Tag People in Facebook Status and Comments

This is for Facebook beginners only, if you’re not one, you should tell your beginner friends about this so that you can enlighten them about the Facebook tagging feature. Facebook was launched a long time ago, in 2004, and is now the number one social networking website in the world, valuated at over $75 billion.

After creating a Facebook account, and adding friends and exploring a little, you’ll soon want to learn how to share photos, links and videos with friends and family. There’s a feature called tagging, that can be used to make sharing easier. Tagging allows you to add people to your Status updates, Videos, Photos, Links and Comments. In this how-to, we’ll be learning the art of tagging your friends/family/page on your status or comments. The benefit of tagging your friends on Facebook is that they’ll get a notification for the same and this way they won’t miss out anything important.

There are two ways that can be used to tag people. Earlier, you only had one way of doing it, but recently Facebook also added an easier way of going about tagging people. Also, some months back, the feature was only available in Statuses and Photos and Videos, now you can even tag people on comments. Let’s begin then.

Tag People in Facebook Status Using @

Whenever you want to tag a friend on your Status update, all you have to do is use the ‘@’ symbol before you start typing your friends name. Facebook will automatically provide you all the suggestions for names beginning with the first letter that you type.

Tag People in Facebook Status

As you can see in the picture above, use the symbol right before the name, the first letter doesn’t have to be in capitals. You can use the same method to tag people on comments.

comment tagging

There is however a limit to the number of people you can tag in your status or in a comment. So if you’re planning to tag a lot of people, you can add them in new comments.

Tag People By Typing the First Letter of their name in Capitals

This is another way of tagging your friends in your status or comments. It’s simpler than the first one, you don’t have to use the @ symbol. To tag, just start typing your friends name with a capital letter.

Facebook Caps Tagging

As you can see, starting their names in capital automatically suggests you the friend you want to tag. However, you may have to type more than the first 2-3 letters to get the exact friend you’re looking for, unlike the first method.

You can also use only their friends name, if that’s how you like it. When tagging a friend, it usually shows the full name. Just remove the last name and you should still have the first name of your friend tagged to his profile. This works with both the above methods.

facebook tagging

If you have any trouble understanding anything written above, you can always watch the little tutorial that we cooked up just for you, after the break.

I hope you’ve learnt how-to tag people on Facebook comments and statuses now. So keep sharing with your friends and have a good time. If you have any queries, you can use the comment box.

Android Notifier : Get Android Notifications on Desktop

Suppose you’re away from your phone, playing a game or working in front of your PC and you get an important call or a text from your close ones, you wouldn’t want to miss it right? During circumstances like this, wouldn’t it be useful if you received the notifications on your desktop, let it be a call or a text. If you’re an Android user, we’ve got a free app for you that will do all the exchanging of notifications between your phone and the desktop PC for you. It’s called Android Notifier or Remote Notifier, both are the same.

Android Notifier

Use Android Notifier for Getting Notification on Windows Desktop:

Android Notifier is a free app that helps you receive your SMS, Call and Battery notifications on your desktop PC over WiFi or Bluetooth. You install the app on your mobile device, then you download a corresponding app for your Mac, Windows or Linux PC. There is a little bit of setting up to do, but that does not involve any head explosions. All you have to do is set up an active link between your Android phone and the PC over a WiFi connection or Bluetooth.

Once the desktop application is installed, you’ll need run it and give in certain details on what notifications to get and how. It’s pretty easy, like I said before. Remember, you should already have the Android notifier app installed on your mobile and it should be on the same WiFi network as your PC. Reboot your PC and the mobile device and check the option to Start the service at boot.

Now, you should be able to get all your SMS, Call and Battery notifications right on your Desktop in a popup window. If you have Growl installed on your Mac or Windows, then you can select Growl to display these notifications. The best thing about this app is that it’s available on Mac, Windows and Linux, is easy to setup and works like a charm. Only problem, it doesn’t tell you the contact name, just displays the number, so if you’re bad at remembering phone numbers, then this isn’t a very good idea for you.

You can download the Android app and Desktop app for Android Notifier from here. Try this out and see how it works for you.

2 Software for Internet Sharing in Windows 7

Imagine you’re some place outside and your friend needs to access the internet through his laptop, but doesn’t have a wireless 3G dongle. The only option would be to share internet connection with your friend, right from your laptop. This can be done natively in Windows 7, but since we are all growing more and more lazier, it would be nicer if there was some software that would do the job for us. And as it happens, there are a few and I’ll be talking about two such free software that’ll  let you share internet in Windows 7.

How to Share Internet in Windows 7

Here I’ll be using two free software that’ll help your turn your Windows 7 system into a WiFi hotspot. Firstly, there is Connectify and then there is mHotspot. If you’re a regular Windows 7 user, then you must be aware of the Virtual WiFi feature that is inbuilt, these two software use the same thing, but make it far more simpler.

Connectify

Connectify

Connectify can be used to create instant WiFi hotspots using your Windows 7 system. Download Connectify, install and follow the onscreen instructions to get started. It’s not hard at all. Once it’s all set up, you can even use it to improve the range of your home router and connect your mobile device, other laptops and devices to your personal hotspot. And, yes it works. You can also use this to share another WiFi network, not just yours. Watch the video after the break.

There you go!! That’s one down, one more to go.

mHotSpot

If you just want a software to quickly create a WiFi hotspot using your own Router or USB datacard, then this is best option for you. Just enter a name for your HotSpot, a password and hit the Start button. It’ll be activated instantly, no messing around at all. However, this cannot use other WiFi networks to create hotspots, it only uses your home network. It can also be used to amplify the range of your router, but this might cause lags in internet speeds.

mHotSpot

Download mHotSpot now start your own WiFi hotspot.

These are the two simplest software to enable internet sharing in Windows 7 or create a WiFi hotspot using your Windows 7 system. Do try them out and let us know how they worked for you.

How to Create Animated GIF from Video : Cinemagram iPhone App

If you have an iOS device, specially the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and the 3rd or 4th iPod Touch, then you probably like to use them for taking pictures and videos etc. You must’ve also heard of the app called Instagram, which lets you take photos using iOS device, apply filters and effects to it and then share it with your friends online. This app was so popular after it’s release that Apple finally named it the Best App of the Year 2011. Now, here’s another new app called Cinemagram, that does the same thing with videos and lets you create animated GIF from video.

Cinemagram

Cinemagram is a new app that creates a hybrid between a photo and a video that is amazing to look at and very creative. All you have to do is take a short video with the help of this app and select the area that you want to create GIFs from movie video.. The app is super easy to use and has a beautiful UI. After you’ve downloaded the app on to your iOS device, launch it and go through the introduction process. The app has 5 tabs at the bottom that can be used to check out the popular images, latest images, create images, check your album and edit the Settings.

How to create animated GIF from video?

As soon as you check out the popular or the latest section, you’ll know how amazing this app is and what kind of things can be done using it. So, lets get on to the filming process then.

Create Animated GIF from Video

Select the capture button and record a short video, preferably 2-3 seconds, using the front or rear camera. It’s best if you record something that’s in motion or something around the subject is in motion.

Cinemagram create

Edit the video if you want, adjusting the length and hit Save. Now, draw the area on the video that you want to animate. Tap the screen once and start drawing. Make sure you draw only the area that you want to be animated! You can even pinch to zoom in to that area to make it easier.

Cinemagram share

You can choose from one of the 4 filters for the image, try them and apply them to make the result look much better. That’s it! That’s how you create animated GIF with the help of the amazing Cinemagram app. You can then give it a title and share it on the app itself or on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. It’s a really amazing app and I really enjoyed creating animated GIFs using it.

Here is a video teaser of this Animated GIF creator app:

Cinemagram is currently available in the App Store for $1.99, so if you’re in the mood to create some stunning hybrids of videos and photo, then you should definitely try this app out. Have a look at these samples here, to see what I mean!

Download Cinemagram App ( iTunes Link )

Shazam Player for iOS is a Better Music Player App [Review]

shazam player

If you love listening to music on your iOS device then you must’ve realized by now that the app doesn’t have much to offer. It does, however, let you change songs, create playlists, forward, rewind, pause, shuffle and basic stuff like that. But, what if you were looking for an app that does more than that. An app that has much more features and also some unique ones that the stock music app doesn’t. I’m sure you must’ve heard of Shazam music recognition app for iOS and Android. Have you also heard of Shazam Player?

Shazam Player is a better music app for your iOS device, mainly because it lets you do more and know more about your music than the normal app. The most attractive features of this app would be the ability to get information on the track and the artist that you’re listening to, play YouTube videos and get instant lyrics of songs displayed to you as the song plays.

Shazam Player Features:

The most important feature that made me download and use this app from day was, is LyricPlay.You can use this app to perform karaoke shows as it displays the lyrics in sync with the song. And the whole app goes full screen, with only the lyrics shown on the display. Like to sing along to your favorite tunes? This is the app! The app scans your entire library and matches songs that have LyricsPlay enabled. There aren’t currently a lot of them, but there are enough (about 30,000) to keep you happy and help you learn the lyrics of your favorite song.

Shazam player LyricPlay

 

There are lists available for the top tracks available with LyricPlay and you can even buy tracks by directly going to iTunes via the app. You can watch YouTube videos of any track in the playlist, share what you’re listening to on Facebook or Twitter and get information on the song and the band/artist. And, if you want to know where the band/artist is playing currently, you can get tour dates and other information right within this app.

Shazam player features

Shazam player screen

Since this app was only recently released, the LyricPlay feature hasn’t been perfected yet and you may face unsynced lyric display. The developers are currently working on improving the app and fix such issues as fast as they can. Shazam Player is currently only available for iOS and is available for free in the App Store.

Download Shazam Player

Do you know more such apps like Shazam player which shows lyrics along with song on iPhone or iPad?

Download Windows 8 Beta : Consumer Preview

Microsoft has been working a lot on polishing the developer preview of Windows 8 that it had released last September. In only 24 hours, it was downloaded over 500,000 times. Windows is the most widely used operating system on a computer and with Windows 8, things are going to get a lot better. The company just announced the final version of the Windows 8 beta and has called it the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I have given Windows 8 beta download link at the end of the article, and in case if you are not interested in knowing what’s new in consumer preview version of Windows 8, you can skip directly to Download windows 8 beta section at the bottom.

Windows 8 consumer preview

 

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

A lot is new in this consumer preview than the developer preview, a lot of bugs have been taken care of and it’s much more complete with lots of new apps, features etc. The Windows 8 beta also has the new logo for the operating system that the company had chosen few days ago. I’m sure you’ll be dying with excitement to try out the new Windows 8 consumer preview. You can do so by using the official download links at the end of this page. Before that, let me tell you something more about the new consumer preview. How it’s better than the developer preview and how it will make your Windows experience better.

Windows 8 consumer preview apps

Quite honestly, Windows 8 developer preview had a lot of bugs, very less apps and crashed a lot. However, it had some plus points too. Everyone, I believe, loved the new Metro layout that Microsoft has chosen for it’s latest operating system. If you don’t remember, then you can read our review on the Windows 8 developer preview to see what the next OS from Microsoft brings to the table.

So, the Consumer Preview or the final Windows 8 beta, that was released few hours ago has plenty of new features and is almost ready for daily use. I’m going to talk about them in short and try to cover almost all that’s new with the consumer preview. The hardware requirements remain the same and there are two versions, 32bit and 64bit, that you can download and try out. Microsoft has finally gotten rid of the Start button, like it was rumored it would. Instead, the new layout has something called as the ‘Charms’ bar and four corner gestures that take care of all the tasks!

windows 8 consumer preview Charms

The Charms bar pops out from the right hand side of the screen when you point your mouse on the right-bottom or top corner. It has the Start, Search, Share, Devices and Settings buttons. Performing a right click in any app will bring the top and bottom options instead of the old Right-click options. Left bottom corner will bring up the start menu on non-touch devices that can be clicked to view all the apps currently installed. Oh yes, there are numerous new apps with the Consumer preview, so that’s another plus.

The Internet Explorer is still like the one in the developer preview, IE 10 I mean and then you have SkyDrive(Microsoft’s own cloud storage service), X-box Live and again, new apps.

Where to Download Windows 8 Beta:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview downloads

After reading all that, I’m sure you just can’t wait to download windows 8 beta version and try it out on your system. If you’re already running Windows 8 developer preview, then you probably can run this new version (build 8250). Below are the download links for both the 64 bit and 32 bit versions of the latest Windows 8 beta. Both are ISO files, so you’ll need to either burn them to a DVD or mount them on to USB. You can follow our tutorial on how to create a Windows 8 bootable USB and get it done.

  • Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64bit 
  • Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview  32bit 

Once you’re done installing, do let us know what you think of the Windows 8 consumer preview. Check out the official page of the Windows 8 beta to learn more about it and also find out what apps are available.

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