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May 17, 2012

Android App Spotlight: App 2 SD

App 2 SD (move app to SD)

Since the beginning of Android, many smartphones that ran the OS had limited internal storage. This resulted is much app management and disappointment from many fans worldwide. As a solution to this dilemma, Android 2.2 (Froyo) was released. This Android version added the ability to move compatible apps to the SD card. This was a blessing indeed to many hardcore Android fans. To help with easier app management, App 2 SD focuses on simple app management as efficiently as possible.

Features:
  • View all SD card capable apps and move them seamlessly
  • notify if movable apps installed
  • 1-tap to clear all app cache
  • export the app list to SD card
  • install apps from the exported app list (PRO-only)
  • home screen widget shows cache and available size
  • show app cache/data/code/total size
  • keep track of total and available storage space
  • sort through apps stored on phone and SD card
  • add movable apps to the ignore list
  • move apps back to the internal storage
  • view app on Market
  • quick uninstall apps by drag-n-drop
  • open app
  • show app details page
  • support "Move2SD Enabler"
  • customizable notification sound, vibrate and light
The app is meant to move compatible apps to SD card and not for backup purposes. It also features handy tools such as a cache cleaner to help free up some memory.


Anime Review: Shakugan no Shana III

After some prep from Shakugan no Shana S, Sakai Yuji and Shana are back for the ultimate plot twist and ending that will surely surprise you. What's in store for us in Shakugan no Shana III?

Shakugan no Shana III (Final)Synopsis:
Continuing from the events of the last series (Shakugan no Shana II), both Shana and Kazumi stand at their respective locations waiting for Yuji to meet with one of them, only to discover that Yuji has disappeared, with not even the slightest evidence of his existence left behind. All is not lost however, as the letters the two of them sent to him still give hope of Yuji's continued existence. As Shana and company search for answers on Yuji's whereabouts, they soon find the truth staring back at them when Yuji reappears in front of them as the leader of Bal Masqué. Left with little choice, Shana must now confront her most unlikely adversary on the battlefield in her toughest challenge yet.

Review:
WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Chrome Native Notifications in Linux

If you use an web-apps or websites in Chrome that provides desktop notification integration then you'll know how they are out of place in Ubuntu.

Although Chrome's 'toast' notifications are consistent across all three major operating systems, there is no unified notification system with the way Ubuntu users are used to seeing their new email, chat or tweet alerts.

Default Chrome notifications are out of place
Take a look at the default notification from Chrome using Ubuntu's native notification system.
tweetdeck web app shows native notifications in Ubuntu

Look much better, right? This requires a simple extension that you can easily download and install on Ubuntu.

The extension is called Linux Native Notifications and it supports GNOME Shell desktop notifications as well as those by Unity. I have not tried using it with Cinnamon, so I am unsure if the extension would work. It is compatible with Ubuntu 11.10 variants and onwards.