Posts Tagged ‘Apps’

f.lux: Better Lighting…For Your Computer

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?

Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?

During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.

F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.

Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. F.lux will do the rest, automatically.

Link: Stereopsis

SSDownloader fetches popular antivirus, antimalware, and firewall apps

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

If you’re constantly being called on by friends and family to provide tech support, troubleshooting, and computer advice, you’ve probably had to install security applications on other people’s computers more than once. Heck, you may do it just about every day. If so, you might want to grab SSDownloader — an open source app which makes downloading current versions of popular antivirus, antimalware, firewall, and utility software a snap.

When you launch the portable app, it automatically refreshes its database and presents an excellent selection of free security apps for Windows computers. Included are popular free apps like Avast!, Security Essentials, Malwarebytes, HiJack This, Comodo Firewall, CCleaner, AutoRuns, and Process Explorer — as well as loads more.

Trial versions of programs like Nortonare also provided in case you’re trying to appease someone who demands “name brand” protection (yes, there are still people like that — and they’re not all familiar with our go-to apps).

SSDownloader is an excellent way to make sure you’ve always got up-to-date installers at the ready. Need something with more options? Check out Anti-Malware Toolkit — or Ketarin, if you’d rather go the DIY route.

Link: DownloadSquad

Android Course Archive

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

This course introduces mobile application development for the Android platform.  Lecture slides, labs, syllabus, and course assignments with grading rubrics are provided.   Individual and small team assignments encompass a course-long, student-conceived Android app.  Java programming experience is assumed.

Link: Android Course Archive

Android App: JuiceDefender

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Being online at any time and any place is what smartphones are all about. Yet this continuous connectivity is quite power-hungry; as a consequence, modern smartphones are plagued by sucky battery life.

JuiceDefender is the solution: it intelligently and transparently manages for you mobile connectivity and other battery-sensitive components. Be online when you actually need it – save battery when you don’t!

JuiceDefender is ready to go right after installation – the preconfigured default profile is a no-fuss way to have your battery last longer – much longer!

Link: JuiceDefender