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AirPhones: Stream Audio Wirelessly To your iDevice Directly from Your PC

If you happen to be a music lover (Like Me!) then living away from your playlists and music collections becomes a bit of an arduous thing. iDevices provide users to manage their music effectively plus catchy things like Cover Flow and Genius force us to keep our music collections on either our iPads, iPhone’s or the elusive iPod Touch.

So today I will be introducing to you a very innovative kind of an application that will allow you to listen to your favorite music on your iOS device. AirPhones is basically a cross platform application that allows users to stream audio directly from their computer to an iDevice that is iPhone or iPod Touch. All you need to have is to create a server on Mac, Linux or Windows, a wireless network and AirPhones mobile app installed on your iDevice.

How to Get Started with AirPhones?

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First of all you have to launch AirPhones on your PC to initiate the server sequence, you can place AirPhones icon either on your desktop or system tray. You can also auto launch or quick launch AirPhones app from system tray, in this way you will be aware of the fact that whether server is running or not. The icon turns automatically blue when it is functional and grey when its offline.

Once you are sure that server is up and running, then launch the AirPhones iOS app. The app is available in both the paid and Lite versions. Now when the app is through on a WiFi network a prompt will be generated automatically on your PC that AirPhones iOS app is trying to connect to your PC, Click OK and the procedure will continue.

Doing this will automatically start streaming the audio contents on your PC to the corresponding iDevice that is iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

The application works perfectly fine on all the Windows versions (XP, Vista and Windows 7) and Linux or Mac. You can download both the desktop version and iOS app of AirPhones from their official website.

MetroTwit Merges MetroUI with Twitter Desktop Client

MetroUI is what make Windows Phone 7 so beautiful, and it’s also coming to the tablet optimized Windows 8. I know that most of you, at one part of time, must have used a Windows Phone 7 device and seen the MetroUI. It’s easy to use, beats the old Windows Mobile interface and is much more cooler, faster and smoother. So, why not merge it with some tweets and make Twitter more fun, specially more pretty. MetroTwit

MetroTwit is a Twitter Client for the desktop, from the likes of TweetDeck, that combines the look and functionality of MetroUI with Twitter to make things better to look at. If you’ve used TweetDeck or any such Twitter client, then this should make you feel right at home. There’s not much new about it, rather there are less features than its competition. But, MetroTwit is not here for the competition, it’s just for those users who like to have a beautiful looking desktop and desktop applications.

All a Twitter Client has to do is, let you see your tweets, send tweets, view your timeline, see other’s conversations, share images and keep in touch with strangers. MetroTwit does that and keeps it real simple. I like simple looking, clean applications that don’t boast much but do all the tasks that similar alternatives don’t. MetroTwit doesn’t eat much of your RAM either, so that heat issue is coming from somewhere else.

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Once installed, it’ll ask you to sign in. You can either sign in using MetroTwit or Sign in to Twitter using your default browser and give access to MetroTwit, which according to me is much safer. It will only ask you for a verification code and you’re all set up. It also has a good notification system that can be enabled via settings and displays new tweets on any one side of your desktop as a popup. You get three columns, to which you can add more custom ones, you also get a list of the topics that are trending.

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In short, it does everything that a regular Twitter Client does, but with a little more style and neatness. It’s only a small download, so I believe you should download and check it out right away.

Download MetroTwit for Windows.

Do let us know if you liked this new Twitter Client and would use it as your default one, I already am!! Try it.

GMDesk: Easily Manage Google Services from your Desktop

gmdesk-1 Google has numerous web services that most of us regularly use. Often we have multiple browser tabs and in each tab we are operating a separate Google service. Here to tidy up things for you and better help manage those services is a great open-source tool called GMDesk.

GMDesk is a freeware for Windows computers. It is based on Adobe AIR hence it is cross-platform.

The program lets you separately manage the Google service you use namely Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Maps, Reader, and Picasa. These services operate in the application just like they would within the browser. But the difference is how you switch between these service: through the “Google applications” menu on top.

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Through its simple approach, GMDesk lets you manage your Google services in a more organize manner. Furthermore usage of this freeware will free up some tabs on your web browser.

The program’s preferences let you control the apps to display. You select from the ones given or enter your Google Apps domain.

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GMDesk can be downloaded from here.