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The best software to manage your music collection on Windows

In the early 2000s, we witnessed the expansion of digital music. The MP3 file format has notably changed the way this culture is consumed,...

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Hola! a great VPN extension to bypass geographic filtering

Created by an Israeli company, Hola provides a straightforward solution to avoid the geographical filtering implemented by some Internet services or websites. A tool theoretically...

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5 ways to stay anonymous on the Internet

Some ways to hide on the Internet are quick and straightforward, while others are a little more complex. Here are 5 ways to stay anonymous online and protect your personal information.

Using a virtual mailbox

When working with sensitive information, consider using a virtual box. That is essentially a second virtual computer hosted in your operating system. To use it, you only need to install a virtual machine application to open your secure files while using the virtual machine. When you are finished, you delete the data and the virtual box, removing all traces of sensitive information from your computer.

Using a Proxy Server

you must hide your IP address if you wish to remain anonymous. A proxy server connects via a different web server, protecting your IP address with its own. There are many paid and free proxies available, and many popular web browsers also offer proxy server extensions that you can use.

Block third-party cookies

According to the Pew Research Center, 28% of Internet users want to hide from online advertisers. Many advertisers track your online experience using cookies to follow you and obtain information about you. To protect them, block all third-party cookies in your browser settings. Besides, if you want to delete unwanted cookies, use an application. Various paid and free apps make it difficult for websites to collect information about you.

Creating email aliases

If you want to stay hidden, then don’t provide any information that makes it easy to find you. Avoid shopping online, checking your finances, and signing up for contests, giveaways, or spam. If a service you use needs your email, use secure email service and an alias to encrypt your messages and requires a password to decrypt them.

Use a virtual private network or VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) also changes your IP address. A VPN allows you to connect to private networks using a public network. When you use a VPN, it replaces your IP address with that of the VPN provider. Using a VPN also hides your location; for example, you may be in New York City, but with a VPN you appear in London.

 

No matter how many walls you put between you and the internet, it is always challenging to hide entirely online. However, the smarter you are about the information you provide and the more you choose, the more difficult it becomes for others to collect your personal information and invade your privacy.

Google Pixel 4 , 4 XL: a new generation of Android smartphones!

When you read the characteristics of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, nothing seems to be blowing the competition away.

Google has selected components that are somewhat expected in the high-end market. The two terminals are powered by a Snapdragon 855 platform, coupled with 6 GB of RAM. This setup is enough to offer, with near certainty, excellent performance.

Depending on the version chosen, without the possibility of extending the memory in the absence of a microSD port. Google’s lack of storage capacity with 256 or 512 GB models is because it is pushing its online storage services, with Photos, Drive, or, to a lesser extent, Stadia and YouTube.

2019 is all about photo optimization

Unlike many smartphone manufacturers – especially the Chinese ones – Google prefers quality over quantity. A fact that is confirmed by the photography features of it’s new flagship model. Last year, the Pixel 3 proved that beautiful photos on smartphones are based on a clever mix of hardware quality and software expertise. On their new Pixel 4, Google uses the same foundations as the previous version while adding a second telephoto module.

The choice to add a second photo module to Pixel 4 is not very surprising. The market trend is to adopt 3 or even 4 photo modules on the back of smartphones. However, Google has opted for a “telephoto lens” module to accompany the primary camera. Indeed, Pixel 3 proved to us that digital zoom could be as good as optical devices when image processing is up to the task. Also, smartphones have recently adopted ultra-wide-angle modules quite widely, which is impossible to simulate in software terms.

A sober design overall

Nor will the design of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL make a lasting impression. Google is also not part of the current logic, which aims to remove screen borders at all costs. Here, the lower and upper edges remain clearly present. The Pixel 4 chooses to use the same format as the Pixel 3, by proposing an increase in the size of the screen (5.7 against 5.5 inches), and therefore in the occupancy rate of the latter on the front panel. Good news for fans of relatively compact smartphones, then. The XL version eliminates the notch and reduces the lower edge while maintaining the 6.3-inch diagonal of the Pixel 3 XL.

On the display side, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are based on Oled technology. The first displays Full HD+ definition at 444 dpi resolution, while the second opts for QHD+ and sees its resolution increased to 537 dpi. Always-on mode and HDR compatibility are included. Google has also opted for 90 Hz screens, with a higher refresh rate, giving the perception of greater fluidity. The Pixel 4s follow in the iPhone’s footsteps with the appearance of an Ambient EQ mode. It adapts the screen’s color temperature to the surrounding lighting conditions, as True Tone does on iOS.

Hola! a great VPN extension to bypass geographic filtering

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Created by an Israeli company, Hola provides a straightforward solution to avoid the geographical filtering implemented by some Internet services or websites. A tool theoretically prohibited for use, under penalty of a fine of 750 euros in certain countries European countries like France. 

A simple solution to bypass geographical filtering!

It is available as a Chrome or Firefox extension, or as an underlay software for Android, Windows and Mac OS.  Hola is a VPN that allows you to transparently modify the country of origin of the connection recognized by websites while browsing the web. It unlocks access to content that is in principle reserved for people in some areas of the world. It can also be used to circumvent censorship when sites are inaccessible in your own country. 

Using Hola App could not be any easier!

Just go to the official website, and create an account by simply entering an email address (no verification is done which is great for privacy). Once the installation is done, a browser window opens, which allows you to choose or add sites to unlock. For example, the excellent Hulu which is in principle inaccessible from Europe, and which offers many TV series in streaming:  Running in the background, and activated only on the desired sites (which limits the privacy problems caused by the use of a VPN whose use of any stored data is unknown), the Hola extension then bypasses the geographical filtering of the desired sites without having to do anything in particular  Better still, it even speeds up the viewing of content through a shared cache system between users of the extension (a kind of P2P network), except when the content provider has decided to block this caching using the HTTPS “Cache-Control: private,no-store” standard. 

Free Service and application

Free, the application is financed by ads on the pages visited; but it is also possible to buy a subscription to the Premium version for 10 dollars per month.  Note, however, that the use of such an application is not legally neutral, and that it may theoretically pose a problem for its users. For example, in France, Article R335-3 2° of the Intellectual Property Code punishes with a fourth class fine (750 euros) the fact of “using a service designed or specially adapted to infringe” the technical measures for the protection of works, to which geographical filters are assimilated.  Only acts “which do not prejudice rights holders and which are carried out for computer security purposes or scientific cryptographic research purposes” are exempt from criminal sanction. It is not the case when watching series or films in streaming. 

Cons of using the service

Hola experience is far from perfect and you should definitely look for an alternative if you want to browse the web safely and with full privacy. The company seems to be run out of Israel which is known for sharing data with major spying agencies and alliances sharing user data. There is not a full no-log policy when looking at their privacy page which means they could be sharing and reselling your usage data to governments and spying agencies. You have been warned! Find more about VPNs and geoblocking by following this YouTube channel!

The best software to manage your music collection on Windows

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In the early 2000s, we witnessed the expansion of digital music. The MP3 file format has notably changed the way this culture is consumed, allowing the storage of a large amount of information on the same medium. At that time, Windows Media Player and Winamp software were often the most widely used. Today, users are turning more to streaming services. These services do not spend any storage space and offer intelligent playback modes that adapt to your preferences. What’s more, they automatically suggest new features that may appeal to you. Software for organizing your music library may be useful to you. You may have kept a personal collection of digital music for offline access. Or perhaps, you have a few nuggets not found on streaming services. Here is a selection of our favorite media players to manage your digital albums.

MusicBee – the most customizable music player

MusicBee is a free and independent audio player released in 2008 and updated regularly. When initializing, it is necessary to specify the music storage directory, which it scans. Its automatic tag function and pocket manager allow you to reorganize a disordered music library efficiently. MusicBee’s interface is clean, pleasant, and leaves plenty of room for customization. All displayed panels can be rearranged according to your preferences, and many skins can change the overall appearance of the player. It allows you to add new tabs to quickly access audiobooks, podcasts, radios and played file history. In the “In progress” page, MusicBee offers an interesting visualization consisting of a biography (in English), photos of the artist in the background, and a spectrogram. When it comes to original displays adapted to all situations, it also offers a compact player, a mini player and a cinema mode.

MediaMonkey 4 – the most feature-rich player

MediaMonkey organizes your music library according to your criteria, with precision. It provides an option to automatically fill in missing tags from the Web and file names. It can create smart playlists based on custom filters: the last added tracks not played, classical music rated 4 stars or more or the most recently played tracks. MediaMonkey has an audio CD extraction module, a multi-format converter and can even burn discs or synchronize mobile devices. It supports many formats. For music, we find MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA and FLAC files, and video, AVI, MP4, and WMV files.

Groove Music – Microsoft’s music player for Windows 10

Upon installation, the Windows 10 operating system comes with multimedia tools such as Movies and TV, Groove Music and the veteran Windows Media Player. Although the latter is ideally suited to managing an audio library, we have chosen to present Groove Musique, which is the software designed by Microsoft for Windows 10. By default, the system is configured to play music with this program. The player’s interface is modern; it offers to display all the songs or to sort the titles by artist or album. Media information (cover and metadata) can be retrieved and updated automatically if you enable the corresponding option in the software settings menu. Groove Music will present your album collection graphically and elegantly.

Clementine – a good open-source player

Clementine is a free open source music manager and player. Its interface is less clear than Groove Musique’s, but this software offers a lot of options. It operates on the principle of a playlist, which grows as the user selects tracks, artists and albums. Clementine is thinking of users who prefer to navigate through their folder tree to select files manually, by integrating an explorer directly into the software window. The pocket manager analyzes the files to identify missing illustrations and automatically downloads them. It is optimized to handle the “Diverse Artists” who sometimes disorganize music collections.

Do insomnia apps really help users?

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More and more applications claim to be able to help insomniacs and other troubled sleep patients with their smartphone’s sensors. What is the real situation? While not all of them are legit, their scientific basis must be qualified.

One-third of adults are affected by a sleep disorder

App developers and connected objects manufacturers have understood this well. A simple search on the Apple Store or Google Play leads to a hundred apps promising natural awakenings and patented sleep analysis techniques. Some companies have even specialized in this theme. It is the case of the Slovakian Relaxio, which offers eight different applications, all of which have relaxing sound banks for all tastes and profiles. Many apps want to help smartphone owners to sleep better.

Relax to sleep better, it works

But do these applications work? There are two types of applications — those who only want to help with falling asleep and those who ensure sleep analysis. The former, through the diffusion of ambient sounds, can undeniably promote relaxation and facilitate falling asleep. After that, not everyone likes it. Some patients need complete silence. As for the second category of applications, let us say that it is how the data are taken that raises questions.

Imprecise or even far-fetched data

Just leave your smartphone next to you and let the magic of the algorithm work. The boom in the use of these types of applications is not surprising. It is in line with the trend towards quantified self, i. e. the self-measurement of one’s body and the data that can be derived from it. Many people with sleep disorders are reassured to see these numbers, these graphs, convinced that they could find the key to a restful sleep. The problem is that the data retrieved by smartphones is imprecise or even downright crazy. Several laboratories have compared the analysis of star applications and that of a real medical device. Like applications that count physical effort, this would be a definite fact. Despite what they claim, none of these applications have received any real scientific validation. Sleep with your partner in the same bed, have a mischievous cat, and all the data will be distorted. Nevertheless, for single people, snoring recording may be practical. When you’re alone, you don’t know how often you snore. Therefore, registering may be useful in a clinic.

Nothing beats a healthy lifestyle

More than sleep analysis applications, sleep experts recommend sleep coaches above all. “There is no mystery: a good night’s sleep requires a healthy lifestyle. Do not accumulate sleep debts; do not overeat before going to bed. Several apps give the time at which they think it is necessary to go to bed. It’s always good to take because they encourage you to go to bed early.

Best App Review Websites

It might sound funny, but there are no second thoughts on the fact that most people do not trust their brains, guts, and their instincts. But they blindly trust the reviews on the internet. It does not matter whether it is a luxurious car or a simple thing like watching movies; people have come to a point where they decide things based on the reviews. Like everything else, one of the things that is done based on the reviews is app downloads. There are a lot of apps that are available for all kinds of OS. It is easy to get confused. Hence to make wise decisions, we depend on app reviews. In this article, we will see some of the best app review sites.

ProductHunt

ProductHunt will definitely clinch the top spot when it comes to app review sites. It is one of the best platforms where you can get complete and detailed information for mobile applications. The best part is that they make sure to put reviews when the app is launched and also review the same after using it for a few months. The site has millions of visitors on a daily basis, and hence, this is also the best place to market a newly launched app.

TechCrunch

TechCrunch does not need any kind of introduction because there are good possibilities that many have come across this site at least once in their lives. The main reason for the popularity of the site is because the language is very simple that even people that do not much technical knowledge will be able to understand and grasp things up to a certain level. It would not be an understatement to say that if an app is featured in TechCrunch, then the app has got some potential, and it can be trusted.

Mashable

Mashable is a site that commands a massive audience following all over the world. Even though the site covers a lot of areas like science, entertainment and a lot of other things, their main forte is technology and apps. It is a place where you can find some unbiased reviews through you will be able to get precise information about all the best apps. The make sure that the reviews are done by the experts in the particular field and subjecting the apps to various test runs before reviewing.

148Apps

The 148Apps is another review site is a site that is dedicated to reviewing apps in the App store.  If you are an iPhone user and if you are having any doubts about choosing the apps this the ideal place where you get the best solutions. At the same time if you have an application that is developed for the iOS platform, then make sure that you submit them in 148Apps, which can generate a great user base for your iOS app.        

Best Apps for Desktop and Mobile Devices

The boom of smartphones and the development of technology has led to the development of many applications. Most of these applications are very useful and has made our lives a lot easier. There are a few apps that have become an integral part of our lives. In this article, we will see some of the best desktop and mobile applications.

Desktop Apps

The below listed are some of the best apps for desktops.

Plex

There are good chances that most of you might have a lot of photos and videos on your desktop. With Plex, you can easily organize these photos and videos. Plex is available for free. It is high time that you bid goodbye to searching for your photos and videos. Install Plex and get things done with just a few clicks.

Wox

Wox is a launcher that helps you find the apps and files easily. It is very powerful and provides better results when compared to any other launcher in the market. It also supports a lot of plugins, and hence you can customize things in the way that you want. There is also a feature for language translation.

ShareX

ShareX is one of the best applications for screenshots. It lets the users crop the shot to the size that they want and the best part is that it also has the feature to record GIFs. All you need to do is just press screenshot button, and you can easily take screenshots.

Mobile Apps

There are thousands of mobile apps available in the Play Store, App Store, and Microsoft Store. These are some of the best mobile applications.
 

Bouncer

Bouncer is one of the must-have apps in your smartphone. It is a great security app with an important premise. It is the app that lets you grant temporary permission to other applications. For example, if you want to check in at a particular place, you let Facebook access your location. So after you leave Bouncer automatically disables the permission for Facebook.

LastPass

LastPass is a password manager app. We all know for a fact that if your phone is accessed by someone other than you, that person will literally have all the information that he needs about you. So it important that your phone needs to password protected. LastPass is one of the best apps which helps you save all your login credentials in the safest way.

TickTick

Even though TickTick is not very popular is one of the best apps that need to be on the phone. It is a to-do list app that is loaded with a lot of features. With this app, you will be able to share tasks and categorize them according to your convenience. This will be a great app for family and also to small companies with less number of employees.      

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