Lots of new exciting applications showed up over the last two weeks that you might find interesting. The list includes applications for desktop platform, as well as Modern app for Windows 8 machines, in addition, you will also find some handy add-ons for your Web browser.
This week, we’re taking a look at an app that lets you write on the computer using your phone, a torrent search engine application that searches from over 50 websites, a Web browser add-on that autocorrects your typos, and an extension that enables you to annotate on PDF files from within your browser. ithout further ado, let’s jump right into it.
myEcho (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 1MB)
Have you ever wanted to use your phone’s voice dictation feature to write on your computer? myEcho lets you do just that. Developed by Scott Hanselman, who is a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft, myEcho lets user pair their iPhones and iPads to use their dictation feature to write on Windows computer. You will also need to install this app on your iOS device.myEcho lets you do just that. Developed by Scott Hanselman, Principal Program Manager for Microsoft, myEcho lets users pair their iPhones and iPads to use their phone’s dictation feature to write on Windows computer. But first you will also need to install this app on your iOS device and pair it with the Windows client.
Game Assistant 2 (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 6MB)
Managing your game titles on Windows is a jarring task, as some could be on Steam, some on Origin, some might not belong to either of the platforms, and some could just be small flash games. Thus, unlike mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, on Windows there is no game center which could help you keep track and manage all your favorite Windows games. This is where Game Assistant 2 comes into play. Game Assitant 2 lets users know how the system is reacting to a particular game. For instance, it will provide users with information like RAM usage, temperature of the system among others, Game Assistant 2 comes into play. Game Assitant 2 lets users know how the system is reacting to a particular game. For instance, it will provide users with information like RAM usage, temperature of the system among others.
In addition to monitoring these resource uses, Game Assistant 2 also lets users adjust the maximum temperature up to which the computer will let that process run.
Bit Che (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 3MB)
While there are a plethora of torrent search engines, not all of them index every torrent file. This makes it a jarring task to find the right torrent you’re looking for. Bit Che can help you with that. Available as a Windows application, Bit Che looks into over 50 top as well as several not so popular search engines to find you the right file. This way, you’re not only saving yourself a plenty of time, but the odds of finding the right and most feasible torrent also increases.
Upon double clicking on any search result will give you more information about that particular torrent file. Furthermore, Bit Che also gives you the ability to grab the torrent file right from the application, and begin the download process.
Wise System Monitor (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 3MB)
Wise System Monitor is an all-in-one tool that provide information such as the temperature of hard drive, processor, and graphics card. It also provides an overview of the memory different processors are hogging, as well as the kind of hardware specification your computers has.
Once installed, a widget will sit right above the system tray, displaying information such as network speed, download and upload rate, RAM usage, CPU usage and the temperature. You can click on them for detailed information.
Modern UI Tuner (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 200KB)
Microsoft is expected to bring back start menu and remove the Charms bar with Windows 9 which it will be releasing sometime next year. For the time being, if you don’t find any new visual features of Windows 8, and think you’re way better off without it, Modern UI Tuner will let you do so. In addition to removing several features, it also lets you tweak settings to adjust a few things as you desire. For instance, it gives you the ability to show or remove the shutdown button from the Start screen.
Web browser extensions
Spell Bee (Chrome)
One of the most intuitive thing about 3rd-party keyboard apps on Android is that they autocorrect your spelling mistakes. Web browsers on Windows don’t offer this feature. All web browsers come with a built-in dictionary which will inform you when you have misspelled a word incorrectly, but it won’t correct those typos. Spell Bee is here to make that happen. In addition to correcting your spelling mistakes, Spell Bee also lets you type in abbreviated form and it will auto expand it, helping you save a lot of time while chatting.
Notable PDF (Chrome)
If you have Adobe reader or any other PDF reader installed on your computer, then any PDF file you find on the Web can be opened from within the browser. However, it will offer you limited functionalities. If you want to add comments and other notations to the file without leaving the browser, Notable PDF is perhaps the best extension available for your browser. Chromebook users will find it even more useful.
Pocket and Instapaper are nice applications to store web articles. But where do you save the quotes, important texts, links, and other content you stumble across the Web? DashNotes seems like a nice solution. It’s a Chrome add-on that lets you pack together everything you find interesting on your Chrome’s New Tab Page.
Tw8ch (Type: Free, OS: Windows 8 and higher, Size: 2MB)
Tw8ch is a third-party Twitch client for Windows 8 (as well as Windows Phone). Using Tw8ch, you can find streams of your favorite games such as Dota 2. It provide users with the option to adjust the quality of the streaming, as well as watch it in full screen. In addition, it also offers information about the streamers with the quick option to follow the user among others. The developer says that Live and Tile notification for when the channel has gone live will soon be added to the client.
Tinder for Windows (Type: Free, OS: Windows 8 and higher, Size: 9MB)
Don’t get too excited already, this isn’t the official client for the match-making service Tinder, however it does the job just as fine. It will prompt you to sign in with your Facebook account, and as soon as you’ve done that, it will start listing your potential matches. Tinder for Windows also allows you to select your location manually, which is a pretty handy feature.
Earlier this month, the 64-bit version of Chrome was released, Firefox too released its stable version 32. Among other applications, K-Lite Mega Codec Pack, Skype, and Opera received minor updates.