An app to track your tasks

Prio has a beautiful eye-catching to-do app to track your to-do lists

Prio is a beautiful new way of keeping track of your tasks, to-do lists, and reminders in a single app. Prio is worth checking out if you are not satisfied with the other similar apps in the market and wish to have a bit more colour in your life.

Prio has a beautiful eye- catching design. It has an attractive colour gradient background that is, in addition to looking great, easy on the eyes. It has about 20 different colour themes to choose from.

It takes some time to get used to Prio’s user interface as it combines lists, tasks, and reminders in one, but its use of taps and swipes to navigate makes it easier.

The app has a brief introductory tutorial when you launch the app for the first time. It explains the basics, which are quite straightforward. To create a new item, just pull the screen down to get the text field and start typing, though be warned: it seems the number of characters is limited. Swiping left on an item will reveal a contextual menu where you can mark something as done or delete it. If your item needs more info, then just tap it to view the detail screen. The details view is where you can give it a priority level, due date, reminder, and even add it to a list.

Prio syncs your data using iCloud, making it accessible from multiple devices. You will be able to see Today’s Priorities in the Notification Centre widget and a dot of the list theme colour. This helps you see what is coming up today in a glance. However, there is no way to mark an item as done.

If you are not looking for something complex and want a beautiful design, then Prio is the app for you.

This article was first published on The Hindu and is available at http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/an-app-to-tracks-your-tasks/article8069917.ece

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Choose black

Black is a black and white film emulator app with a curve tool

Black is a new app in the Windows Phone Store. It wants to be the first Black and White analogue film simulator for Windows phones.

There are apps like VSCO Cam for Android that have carved a niche in the hearts of photographers around the world for emulating film on smartphones. There are a number of apps with filters in the Windows Phone Store that work pretty fine, but Black is slightly different from the rest.

The people behind Black, Alvaro Arregui and Peter Stojanowski, wanted to create an emulator app for black and white films. They researched and analysed a number of films and got the exact values that will make photos look like they were shot on film.

They then dropped the features into a beautiful and functional app.

You are bound to be happy with the results that you get with Black. It does a good job by being faithful to the film it emulates and it does so in a beautiful and functional app!

The app has a curve tool. This tool is one of the more powerful ways of editing your photos on Photoshop. There is no app for Windows phones that has a curves tool.

This tool is a wonderful way of adjusting the contrast in a tonal region.

The performance could be better.

This is, after all, the first version of the app. The developers have said that an update will be out soon that will take care of any performance issues or stability problems that users may come across.

The app sure promises to get better with each update.

The app is free and you can use it on your Windows phones right now.

You can download the app, check out the user interface, try out the black and white film emulators, and leave feedback for the developers to improve an app that has a lot of potential.

This article was first published on The Hindu and is available at http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/choose-black/article7248936.ece

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Your lock screen gets interesting

With the LokLok app, the first thing you see on your phone is a sweet message from a friend or a loved one, even when your phone is locked

We often come across apps that make us do a double take, and LokLok is one of them. This app has been developed by Kwamecorp, a creative and technology consultancy. The idea seems to be pretty simple – make your lock screen do something special. The app replaces the locked screen of your phone with a new one on which you can draw and place pictures. The possibilities are endless. You wake up in the morning and the first thing you see on reaching for your phone is a sweet message from a friend or a loved one. You will be able to see this message in spite of your phone being locked. The message could also be a cute little doodle. That is some pretty cool stuff.

This nifty app works only on Android. The reason being, only Android allows you to do stuff like this on its screen. So, how does this app work? You have to either invite a friend or accept a friend’s invitation to get started. Once that is done, you screens are in sync. So, if you start doodling, the app will instantly update your friend’s phone!

This app does look innovative and is a far cry from many apps available in the market. In addition to placing pictures, this app does other stuff that’s quite clever. It lets you doodle on the screen, doodle over photos, share messages within a group or in private. It is a lot like a white board. You will have to wipe it clean after every use. Also, the doodles and the images are transient and they disappear the moment you clear your screen.

The app does have a few issues and an unstable network is one of them. But, as the app is still in Beta, we can give it some time and see how it measures up.

This article was first published on The Hindu and is available at http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/your-lock-screen-gets-interesting/article7224754.ece

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Let the music play

Send, receive and listen to millions of songs without having to worry about the cost.

Music Messenger is ready to take the world by storm. It has positioned itself to become the largest music sharing company in the world, leaving industry leaders like Sony, Universal and Warner Music Group behind. This app already has over two million users.

It has come up with a simple way of sharing music, a WhatsApp for song sharing, if you will.

The company is based in Israel and the app has been developed by David Strauss and his colleagues. For them, this app began as a way for friends to share music amongst themselves. As a result, they identified a key feature that is missing from existing technologies – the ability to share your favourite music with your friends in an easy-to-access message.

This app is fully compliant with copyright laws as it does not host original content. The company taps into open sources like YouTube, Yahoo, SoundCloud, and Baidu. This lets them aggregate a music library of hundreds of millions of songs in any language and from many regions.

So, as long as these sites grow, the music library of Music Messenger also grows and is updated constantly. Also, users can create music libraries and playlists of songs that their contacts have shared and also search for specific songs that they want to listen to.

Spotify requests annoying fees because of copyright and licensing laws. Also, the service is unavailable in some countries. Music Messenger, which can be downloaded on Android and iOS devices, has the upper hand, for it is a messaging tool that can be used to share music with an unlimited number of people all over the world. People can send, receive and listen to millions of songs without having to worry about the cost.

This article was first published on The Hindu and is available at http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/let-the-music-play/article7198924.ece

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Synchronise Desktop and Mobile

Pasteasy helps you copy text, links, photos, files, and screenshots between desktop and Android phone

Pasteasy is a productivity app that makes your daily workflow simple and speeds it up, thereby saving you valuable time. It lets you share a clipboard between your devices privately. This means, you can simply copy and paste to move text, or share photos privately.

You can use it to copy snippets of text, various links, share photos, files, and screenshots. It is very useful if you want some text on your phone but are really not very comfortable typing on the touch screen. You can type it out on your computer and paste it to your Android to send! You can share photos easily from the gallery of your phone right to your computer, and transfer as many photos you want in just one shot. You can also take screenshots on your computer or phone and they will appear automatically on the other device. If you copy a URL on your phone, the app will automatically open and load the webpage on your computer’s browser.

Pasteasy is a very useful app for those who work with more than one device, irrespective of the profession.

One of the best features of this app is that it syncs the clipboard instantaneously, thereby making it ridiculously simple to share text and photos without the need of any extra effort. Users will only need to interact with the app to connect the devices. There is the question of the privacy of your data. The makers say that the data is encrypted and you can use your local WiFi to share. In fact, if you have a portable hot spot, you will not need WiFi. In order to connect to a device, users will have to scan a bar code. This means, you will not need an email address, a phone number, a shared link, a friend request, or anything of that sort to share photos.

This app is versatile enough to work across Android, iOS, and Windows platforms.

Find the original article at http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/pasteasy-synchronises-desktop-and-mobile/article7173626.ece

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Quicket takes creepy to a new level

This new app will let you pry on social profiles of fellow passengers before you travel.

Travelling can be tricky. We have no way of knowing who will be sitting next to us. None of us wants to be sitting next to someone very odd for the whole duration of a flight, especially if it is a long one. But, stalking your fellow passengers online is way too creepy.

A new app in the market will let you pry on the social profiles of your fellow passengers even before you get on the plane. Quicket is a travel app for smartphones and tablets that makes ticket booking easier along with flight tracking and also provides detailed airport maps.

It has a ‘social check- in’ option that allows passengers to see others who have chosen seats on the plane by clicking on their avatar that has been linked to their social profiles.

The passengers who are nosy can also log in anonymously to see the avatars of the profiles of other passengers without providing any of their personal information.

Thankfully, other passengers will not be able to spy on you without your consent. Only those users who approve of the social feature will be presented on the flight. Other passengers, who are travelling with you, will be able to take a look at your profile, read information about you, and also study your photograph. Other features of the app include the ability to book tickets for yourself and your friends or colleagues, and you can choose from all the options that are available. You can also review seating options and go through the rules set down for luggage.

The app can be used by you to check – in directly and track flights. The app’s other features surely are nifty, but the ability to spy on fellow passengers is taking creepy to a whole new level altogether. While many might not be comfortable with the idea, only time can bear witness to the success of this app.

Find the original article at http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/quicket-takes-creepy-to-a-new-level/article7151771.ece

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