What are The Best Android Apps

November 28, 2011 Posted by Skai

I’m going to share with you the best (top) apps for Android that I would recommend. Apps is short form for applications.

Android is the main competitor to Apple’s iPhone IOS. Since it is part of the open source community, the progress of development is good with the helps of experts.

Active Apps for Android

Active Apps

Active Apps
Displays the total number of applications currently opened as a widget. You can open it and choose to end each application individually or end all applications at one touch. Active Apps monitors unusual activities that consumes battery and tracks the application that has been put on standby mode. Applications that is been put on standby mode may drain your device’s battery.

 

Advanced Task Killer for Android

Advanced Task Killer

Advanced Task Killer
Advanced Task Killer is also known as ATK. It is a tool to save battery and extend the battery life by terminating some apps that drawns too much battery. You can allow it to kill applications automatically or you do it manually. It has different level of application killing. It also allows you to add individual application to their ignore list so that the application will not be killed. Some applications restart by themselves again and again after killing, and thus enabling automatically killing will be a good choice.

 

Astro File Manager for Android

Astro File Manager

Astro File Manager
ASTRO File Manager helps organize your pictures, music, videos and other files. Its features include: file management, file and/or app backup, image and text viewers, networking, Bluetooth, SFTP, Zip/ Tar, downloader, thumbnails, search files, application manager, task manager, attachments and more. It’s like Windows Explorer or Finder (Mac OS) for your phone or tablet and allows you to easily organize all of your files.

 

ColorNote for Android

ColorNote

ColorNote
Color Note is a simple notepad application which give you a better note editing experience. It give you a quick and simple notepad editing experience when you write notes, memo, email, message, shopping list and todo list. Color Note makes taking a note easier than any other notepad and memo apps.

 

Documents to Go for Android

Documents to Go

Documents To Go
View Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files & attachments with Documents To Go. Supported file formats include .doc,. docx,. xls,. xlsx,. ppt,. pptx.

 

Gauge Battery Widget for Android

Gauge Battery Widget

Gauge Battery Widget
Displays remaining battery life in number – the default Android display is just a bar. This is sweet indeed.

 

JuiceDefender Ultimate for Android

JuiceDefender Ultimate

JuiceDefender Ultimate
JuiceDefender Ultimate employs many advanced, fully customizable and really effective power saving features to help your Android phone to extend battery life. It saves battery by controlling the 3G/4G connectivity and WiFi. It also allows you to schedule sleeping time so as to save more battery life during the period. The brightness control and other features will definitely excite you.

 

PhoneUsage for Android

PhoneUsage

PhoneUsage
PhoneUsage is a great app that helps to monitor your phone call, text and network data usage so that you will not accidentally exceed your monthly limits. It has widget that displays your usage nicely on the wall.

 

Photoshop Express for Android

Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express
Photoshop Express enables you to edit and share photos virtually anywhere. You can touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects to your photos. Access all your photos and videos directly from your free Photoshop.com account. Quickly share with family and friends. Note: It requires SD card.

 

SMS Backup+ for Android

SMS Backup+

SMS Backup+
This app automatically backup SMS, MMS and call log entries using a separate label in Gmail / Google Calendar. It is also possible to restore SMS and call log entries back to the phone.

 

Tag Tag Tag for Android

Tap Tap App

Tap Tap App
Tap Tap Tap unlocks the screen with a double tap on the proximity sensor. It also has a widget to lock your phone with one touch instantly. It greatly reduces the use of the physical power button and thus also reducing the risk of spoiling the power button physically.

 

WhatsApp Messenger for Android

WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Phone and Nokia phones. You can think of MSN messenger but WhatsApp recognizes contacts through phone number and it is definitely lighter in system resource usage. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages without having fear of exceeding your monthly free SMS usage. What’s more is that WhatsApp allows group chat – you cannot do that with normal SMS!

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Singapore Web Hosting Server

November 15, 2011 Posted by Skai

If your website’s target audiences are from Singapore, you should probably get a Singapore server instead of a foreign one. Similarly, if you are targeting audience from a certain region, you should get a web server that is located nearby.

 

1. Speed

Pinging Singapore and Canada Web Servers

Pinging Singapore and Canada Web Servers from Singapore. The Singapore web server requires only 3ms compared to 259ms from the Canada server.

I did a test from Singapore by pinging two different servers located in both Singapore and Canada to see how long it will take to send data to and back.

The Singapore web server took 3 milliseconds while the Canada web server took 259 milliseconds.

Obviously the Singapore web server is faster since my current location is in Singapore – the traveling distance is much shorter.

The unit, millisecond, may be less than a second, which some people think is insignificant, but the difference between 3 and 259 milliseconds can be quite big. It will definitely make navigation around your website and uploading new files faster.

Imagine you are loading a webpage, your browser will send HTTP request to the web server before it processes data in HTML format to send you back. On every webpage, there are also other files such as images and JavaScript, which will require more requests. Of course, I would not say the server speed for the Singapore server is definitely faster but the difference in time required for the data to travel due to distance is obvious.

I have personally experienced using the two servers (Canada and Singapore) and I’m very amazed with the local server because of its speed.

 

2. Customer Service

Singapore is known to be a business hub where talents gather. Customer service satisfaction level is high in most businesses located in Singapore.

I have tried a few web hosting companies from other countries and the last one is based in Canada. All of them have very poor customer service. When I submit a ticket for major issue caused by the web hosting company, they can take half a day to get back to me. Whereas for minor issue, they may fix it a few days later and do not even bother to inform me. Overall, the customer service is really bad.

The most important thing about your website is the up-time (availability) and if the web hosting company does not resolve its server issue quick, you may lose many potential customers or visitors and the damage to business image is worse.

My current webhost is a company called Vodien, which is a Singapore company. The staffs have so far impressed me with their quickness and politeness. The super support team responses to my requests and enquiries within half an hour each time, and I almost have a culture shock.

 

3. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

There are many factors for your website to be ranked well by Google. If you are targeting visitors from a country, you should get a local server in the country. Google bot will find your website a better result if your server is located at the same country. Do note that Google websites from different countries will rank different websites differently. If your website is targeting Singaporeans, http://google.com.sg will rank your website better if your server is from a Singapore webhost.

 

4. Price

Apart from price, there is nothing that should stop you from getting a Singapore web hosting. You can get really good and cheap web hosting from other countries are most Singapore web hosting companies charge quite high price. But, hey! It is a good investment after all.

 

 

I have visited many Singapore web hosting sites and after browsing through their price lists, I’m really disappointed with them. Most of the Singapore web hosting companies are very stingy with the features such as number of SQL databases, web space, bandwidth limits… etc. They are already charging higher than foreign web hosts and I do expect some complete list of common features.

Eventually, I come across Vodien and I’m very sure their web hosting plans are some of the most reasonable ones you can find in Singapore. The most basic plan, enough for a SME to use, cost only SGD $8 per month.

Some of their clients are NUS, NTU, Singtel, CPF board, People’s Association, Courts, NCS, Knight Frank, IDA, Ministry of Health… etc. Even the government statutory boards trust their services!?

What are you waiting for? Try them.

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MSN Windows Live Messenger Patch Download

November 13, 2011 Posted by Skai

Are you trying to remove the advertisements on your MSN?

Do you wish to open two Windows Live Messengers at a time to login with two different accounts (multi-MSN)?

Try using A-Patch and be excited.

A-Patch icon

A-Patch icon

A-Patch is a lightweight application (no installation required) designed to slim down and customize MSN Windows Live Messenger. It typically has over 80 options but Microsoft has already designed and implemented some of the features in the later versions of MSN. The author is known to create new versions of A-Patch consisting of important and popular features before he gets the other features back for new versions of Windows Live Messenger – time is needed to code them.

A-Patch-main-screen

Patch MSN Windows Live Messenger

Patching MSN Windows Live Messenger

It is definitely straightforward and easy to use. Just select the features that you need and click on the “Apply” button at the bottom.

 

Some of the Important Features of A-Patch:

Remove advertisement from main window
Remove text advertisement in the IM window
Polygamy/Multi-MSN – open more than one Messenger at once
Remove the “See More Offerings” items in the file menus
Remove “Featured” section from the Emoticons “more” dialog box
Disable Nudge Shake
Remove Nudge Delay
Remove the top of the Contact List
Remove Search Bar.
Remove the “Connected to…” bar
Accept more than 3 files (transfers at a time)
Disable Photo Sharing
Disable Video Sharing

Please note that patching Windows Live/MSN Messenger infringes Microsoft’s Terms of Use. Do it at your own risk.

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Youtube to MP3 Converter – Download to Mp3

November 9, 2011 Posted by Skai

Are you trying hard to find a song online to realise that you cannot find it in Mp3 format? You find it in Youtube but there is no way for you to download it, or rather, just the music.

Do you wish to convert some sound from a Youtube video to Mp3, and download it?

What you really need is a Youtube to Mp3 Converter.

Of course, you want it free.

You can get the job done by visiting http://www.youtube-mp3.org/.

Simply fill in the URL of the Youtube page that consists of the video that you want to extract the sound from. The free website will convert the Youtube video into Mp3 and let you download it.

It’s fast, easy and definitely sweet!

 

From YouTube to Mp3 Converter site:

YouTube-mp3.org is the easiest online service for converting videos to mp3. You do not need an account, the only thing you need is a YouTube URL. We will start to convert the audiotrack of your videofile to mp3 as soon as you have submitted it and you will be able to download it. Different from other services the whole conversion process will be perfomed by our infrastructure and you only have to download the audio file from our servers. Because of this our software is platform-independent: You can use it with your Mac, a Linux PC or even an iPhone. All our conversions will be perfomed in high quality mode with a bitrate of at least 128 kBit/s. Do not worry, our service is completely free. We need approximately 3 to 4 minutes per

 

Please note that all Youtube videos are copyrighted to their respective owners. Please get permission before you download or distribute them.

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One Way Quality Backlinks Through Article Marketing

October 31, 2011 Posted by Skai

For any website owner, you want to cut down on cost for offline marketing in order to maximum profit. It is a good way to switch over to internet marketing instead. After all, the number of people going online shopping is increasing rapidly.

The most cost-efficient method of internet marketing is SEO – Search Engine Optimization. That means you can get your pages at the top searches when people use Google or Yahoo. This will greatly increase your site’s chance of being clicked.

There are various tactics to get your site rank well in the search engines and the algorithm for every search engine is forever changing. One of the greatest factors that does not change is backlink – other websites linking to your website. Logically thinking, if people link to your website, that means your website is being recognized by them, isn’t it?

But, how do you get other websites to link to yours? You humbly message them for one-to-one link exchange, or you even try 3-ways linking? You can even pay for them to link to you. You probably have to pay someone or a professional links exchange company to do the aliasing job for you, given that it will take you too much time to work on it yourself.

How about you want your new pages to be indexed by Google quick? Few people would want to link to new pages.

When I first started to figure out about backlinking, I was wondering how could I get so many websites to link to mine. My mentor changed my entire life by introducing Article Syndication Networks (Article Submission Network). You submit articles for other website owners who need contents and they will link to you as accordingly to what you want, and they will not even care about your page PR.

Myarticlenetwork is one of the most efficient Article Syndication Networks for backlinks. It has a good interface and, moreover, it works.

MyArticleNetwork testimonial

MyArticleNetwork testimonial

It has a large number of high PR blogs ready to host the articles that you post, which contains your website’s links. You just need to submit an article of minimum 300 words and you can include up to 3 of your links inside, with your desire anchor text.

That means for every article you post inside Myarticlenetwork, there are many high PR blogs linking back to 3 of your websites or pages. Note that it is also one-way linking back to your pages, which is much more efficient.

Many internet marketers have proven that by using Myarticlenetwork they can rank high on many search engines and even on the first page of Google.

I have tried other article networks and they have proven to me that “My Article Network” is better.

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Swf to Avi Converter

October 30, 2011 Posted by Skai

While I was trying to upload a shockwave (flash) file SWF to Youtube, I faced problems. After uploading the flash file, Youtube displayed error that it could not convert the file format. I was then in search of a free software online to convert my SWF file to AVI file. I tried many software, while some required subscription in order not to embed copyright text on the output file, others could not recognise SWF files. There was even a software that repeated the flash file without automatically stopping the recording.

Alas, I found a good software “SWF to AVI“.

From the website

swf>>avi is a freeware dedicated to Flashtm .swf files to .avi conversion. swf>>avi is productivity tool. You can batch convert swf files and manage conversion profiles. We had developed swf>>avi for our own use because we did not find exactly the converter we need. Now, we think that it could be useful for many users. So we decided to provide swf>>avi for free to interested users.

We will try to improve swf>>avi in the future as frequently as possible.

Features

  • Batch convert swf files to avi
  • Create custom conversion profiles
  • Set swf input format and avi output format
  • Set output frame rate
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Free Files Hosting

October 30, 2011 Posted by Skai

Do you have to send a file to your friend via internet but the connection always dies off halfway and you have to start all over again?

Do you need to send a file which is huge in size, such as photo album taken during an outing, to many friends?

Do you need to do file sharing with your co-workers or students often and need a free webspace to store your documents?

Do you need to backup your files and be ready to access and retrieve them at any place where there is internet connection?

Do you want to save bandwidth for your personal webhost’s webspace, by storing the downloadable files somewhere else?

If you have answered “yes” to any of the question/situation above, you would definitely need to try MediaFire.

Site description

Powerful for business, simple for everyone. The easy way to host and share any files including documents, presentations, videos, and images.

MediaFire has been acknowledged as one of PC Magazine’s top web sites of 2008 and recognized as one of the simplest to use file hosting services by CNET, Lifehacker, PC World, USA Today and TechCrunch.

  • Unlimited Uploads

    You can upload your files as many times as you need.

  • Unlimited Downloads

    You and your friends can download the files as many times as required.

  • Unlimited Storage

    You can store as many files as you like without having to delete them.

  • No Speed Limits

    If you have a fast internet connection, you can enjoy your full speed. MediaFire does not limit your speed like other free file hosting websites.

  • Download Resuming

    If your internet connection dies on you halfway when you are downloading the file, you can resume the download when you try it again, so that you do not need to re-download the part of the file that you have already downloaded earlier on.

  • No Sign Up Required

    You can upload your files to MediaFire without registering an account. However, an account allows you to manage, update, organize, and secure uploaded files from any computer.

  • RSS File Feeds

    Your friends can track the update of your folders through RSS, so that you do not need to inform them to download the new files.

  • 200MB maximum size

    Each individual file that you upload can reach up to 200MB. It is, however, upgraded to 2GB if you are willing to pay.

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High Resolution Free Images

October 30, 2011 Posted by Skai

As a designer or if you are involved in a project, you would need some good quality images to incorporate into your work. There are many available images over the internet, but most of them require you to subscribe or purchase. Free images usually come in poor quality or they are watermarked, such that they would look awful in your work.

If you are looking for clean (no watermark) high quality pictures, photos, images or cliparts, visit http://free-website-pictures.com. They have good images categorized by Textures, Hobby & Interests, People, Business & Technology, Travel & Places, Home & Living, and Nature.

If you are using any of their pictures, please kindly give credit and backlink to them.

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Convert Files to PDF Format

October 30, 2011 Posted by Skai

Why convert files to PDF format?

PDF files are relatively smaller in file size than other documents. It is easier to transfer the file to other person via internet after you convert the file to PDF given the smaller size. If you need to send someone your document, however, do not wish that person to amend your file, converting it to PDF will aid to reduce chances of that person modify your file.

CutePDF is a free software to convert files to PDF files, including Word document and HTML; basically, any file that can be printed.

 

Download CutePDF at: http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/Writer.asp
Or you can download the 2 individual files directly here:

CutePDF
Converter
(GNU Ghostscript displays, prints and converts PostScript and PDF files.)

Install the converter before the CutePDF.

Cute PDF

Cute PDF

After installation, when you want to convert your file to PDF file, use the same print command like normal printing, however, select the printer name “CutePDF Writer” instead.

CutePDF - save as

CutePDF - save as

After you click “Print”, a new “Save As” window will prompt you to save your new PDF file at your desired location.

Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer) is the free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a “printer subsystem”. This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to create professional quality PDF documents – with just a push of a button!

FREE for commercial and non-commercial use! No watermarks! No Popup Web Ads!

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Photoshop Tutorial

October 30, 2011 Posted by Skai

Have you seen very nicely edited photo that you would “wow” at? Thereafter, would you ponder over who is the genius who did the work?

You can actually do the same things.

There are many tutorials available online, which can help you to learn photoshop step by step. All you have to do is to surf around the photoshop tutorial sites and look for the effects that you like. Then, start learning!

There are always different ways to produce similar effects to the finishing products; do not worry if you realise you are taking longer steps to get things done because the same skill you have learnt could have been applied to other design work as a better method.

One good Photoshop tutorial found online is Photoshop Essentials. It provides and teaches Print-Ready PDFs, Photoshop Basics, Brushes, Photo Editing, Photo Effects, Text Effects, Digital Photo Essentials, Photoshop Tips & Tricks.

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