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Glide review

Glide takes video-messaging to a new level by allowing you to effortlessly record and send an unlimited number of videos that the receiver can view even as you're recording them. This well-made app looks great and makes it easy to communicate with your friends and family.

Pros

Seamless experience: Recording and sharing videos works smoothly, without any performance issues.

Excellent performance: It's possible to share and receive even longer videos over your standard Internet connection, without the need for Wi-Fi, which means that you can use this app even when you're traveling or don't have access … Read more

BlueStacks App Player review

BlueStacks App Player displays apps inside a window and emulates Android's touchscreen motions with your mouse. It takes longer than tapping and swiping, but it works better than we expected, especially since it's still a beta release.

Pros

Apps in Windows: It does give you the ability to run Android apps on your desktop or laptop PC.

One for all: Using the same apps for both Android and Windows has potential advantages, including cross-platform familiarity, easy data transfer, and access to thousands of Android games, tools, and apps in Windows.

Cons

Beta: Like any beta release, BlueStacks has … Read more

iTools review

iTools lets you manage your Apple devices through an intuitive interface on your Windows computer. Import your photos, manage your apps, and more with this convenient alternative program.

Pros

Ringtone maker: In addition to all of the features you'd expect from a program that helps you manage your device's data, iTools also lets you create ringtones from music on your computer and then load them to your phone. Just pick the track you want to use, and let the app do the rest.

iTunes access: From iTools, you can access all of your iTunes backup files, as well … Read more

Firefox's massive overhaul moves to beta

Barring unforeseen events, big changes for Mozilla Firefox will be airborne in about six weeks.

Thursday's update moves Firefox 29 to beta, the final testing grounds where Mozilla can make stability and feature changes to the overhaul before it pushes it out to the public at large.

The new version of Firefox comes with a new interface, an easier way to customize Firefox, and an upgraded Firefox Sync that requires all current users to create new accounts and resynchronize their browsers, in exchange for getting simple user accounts with their end-to-end encryption. The new interface gives the browser a … Read more

How to sign up for the Sonos Android beta

In case you missed the news this morning, Sonos has announced completely revamped controller apps for both iOS and Android users.

The update isn't quite ready for release yet, with a full-scale launch expected this spring. But for those Sonos users who also happen to be Android users, there's a bit of good news in today's announcement from the hi-fi music company.

Sonos is currently letting all Android users -- and only Android users -- beta test the new version of the app.

To sign up for the beta, simply visit the preview page for the new … Read more

Enable Chromecast streaming in latest Chrome Beta for Android

On Monday, Google pushed out an update to Chrome Beta for Android. As usual when it comes to the beta build of its popular browser, Google included some new features for users to try out. The features are often not ready for the stable build, but ready enough for beta users to use, or at least try to break.

The update included the ability to push any HTML5 video from Chrome Beta on an Android device to a Chromecast.

To use the new feature, you'll need Chrome Beta installed on your device, and then you can enable it with … Read more

Firefox for touch screens goes to beta

Firefox fans may not have felt like this week's update to the stable version delivered much, but there's much more to get excited about if you've got a Windows 8 touch screen and are comfortable using Firefox Beta.

Firefox 28 Beta for Windows 8 and 8.1 "Metro" mode debuted Thursday and offers a touch-friendly interface, with pinch-to-zoom, swipes for moving backward and forward through your history, and a tile-based Firefox start screen.

It also has different view modes. Full screen takes up your entire screen, while "snap" turns the browser into a … Read more

Get the handwriting feature in Evernote for Android

Update, March 5, 2014: Evernote rolled out the handwriting feature to the public today. To try it out, just make sure you have the latest version of the app from the Google Play Store. For more details on the update, check out Sarah Mitroff's Let your handwriting shine in Evernote's Android app

If you've finally pinned down the best way to use Evernote (as in tagging, categorizing, etc.) to meet your needs, forget it. Evernote just added another tool for note-taking to their beta version: handwriting input.

To get access to the new feature, you'… Read more

How to install Adblock Plus on Safari

Ads are part of the Web, and something we are likely to never truly get away from. But that's not going to stop users from trying to rid browsing sessions from the (sometimes) annoying ads.

By installing plug-ins such as Adblock Plus (ABP), users are able to eliminate some of the more distracting ads on sites. Until recently Adblock Plus wasn't available for Apple's Safari browser. That changed earlier this month when Adblock Plus announced it was releasing a Safari extension in beta.

Installing the beta extension is simple and only takes a few seconds of your … Read more

How to join the CyanogenMod GalleryNext beta

CyanogenMod, the open-source version of Android that is growing in popularity, has released what is expected to eventually be the officially gallery app for the custom OS.

The app, GalleryNext, is currently in beta and requires users who are interested in trying it out to take a few additional steps before it can be installed on any Android device. You don't need to be running CyanogenMod to take part in the beta.

As announced on Google+ by Koushik Dutta, you'll first need to join the CyanogenMod GalleryNext Beta Google+ community, then join the beta by clicking this link.… Read more