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Best Free Apps for iPhone in 2018

With the advent of time iPhones are getting popular among students, business people and even entrepreneurs. This is also leading to the substantial development of the mobile app design services. It is required to ensure that we are having the right combination of apps in our device to have the most productive output. This will help us in ensuring that all the subtasks are managed properly thereby helping us to deliver the best productivity in a particular operation.

As iPhones are getting popular, numbers of different kinds of applications are developed by a number of developers on this platform. This makes it difficult for us to select a right application for a particular task as numbers of applications performing the same operation are available. It will require you to try out all the available applications and make the right choice from them.

Best Free Apps available for iPhone in 2018

We have made a comprehensive list of the applications available in iPhones here after their careful examination of the applications. It will help us in ensuring that we are able to select the right application and able to accomplish the desired task with minimum issues being faced.

  1. AnyDo: There are a number of activities with which we are involved daily. It is required to keep track of all the activities in order to ensure that we are able to complete all the activities on time without facing any issues. One should have a proper planner for that to ensure that they are getting reminded of the activities which they are required to perform time to time. AnyDo is an application where you can arrange all your tasks in a proper manner. This will even help you to have a balance between the personal life, family life and also work life.
  2. Spotify: It is common to find a large number of people fond of music. If you are a music lover then this application will greatly help you to fulfil your desire to have a decent music at your place. One will also get a ready-made playlist in this application to choose from. This will help you to play your favourite songs anytime as per your convenience. It is also possible to download this music for listening them offline. The sound quality which you will receive in this application is excellent as compared to other applications.
  3. Cameo: We are taking numerous videos in our daily lives. It is important to ensure that we have a proper video editing application which can effectively edit our videos and make them ready for our usage. Even it will help you to use different kinds of soundtracks, themes and also the filters which you can utilize for your application over the video which you have taken for editing.
  4. Twitch: Are you fond of playing video games? Then this platform is most suitable for you. It provides a unique opportunity to view the recorded gameplay and also live streaming of various games. Even you can have a live streaming of the game which you like. This will help you to build your own community of people who are having a common interest in playing a particular game.
  5. Open Table: If you are fond of trying different types of food then this application is useful for you. This application will allow you to make numerous reservation of the restaurant around you. About 43,000 restaurants from across the globe have partnered with this application. It will make your selection of the right restaurant easier.

Discussion

Thus, we can say that there are a number of applications available for performing a particular task which varies based on the mobile app design services which they have selected. One should select the one which is capable of performing a particular function effectively. The applications discussed here are capable of performing their operation in the best possible manner in their respective field.

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Windows 7 Multiple Concurrent Remote Desktop Sessions

I’m frequently being asked how to enable multiple concurrent remote desktop (RDP) sessions on windows 7(in an old popular post I presented a solution for winxp, but hey, we’re already in the windows 7 era…). To be honest, I didn’t have much time to explore this issue up until today (when I actually needed to find a solution for my own personal use).

So just before pulling out my hacking kit, I decided to give good’ol Google a shot and see if someone has already done the “dirty” work for me… and I’m happy to let you know that someone did (actually it was a bunch of guys) – 4 cool guys from WinMatrix forum (Pinobigbird, untermensch, cocoa & Shipit).

So just before I’ll continue to the howto, I’ll give a short background explanation on why do we need this patch anyway:
Windows 7 has a built in remote desktop (RDP) feature that is limited by default to one concurrent user per session. Which means, that if two users are trying to connect the same machine at the same time, they can’t (actually they can, but the last user who logs in will kick out the user who is already logged in). So what I present here is a solution to allow multiple users with different or similar accounts to simoultaniously login to a windows 7 machine via RDP, by using a patched version of termsrv.dll.

So back to the cool patch by the WinMatrix guys… well, they’ve created a very nice package to contains the following files:
install.cmd – this is the script you’ll have to run
32_termsrv.dll – a patched version of termsrv.dll for x86
64_termsrv.dll – a patched version of termsrv.dll for x64

In order to use it, you’ll have to extract the files to a new folder and execute with administrator privileges (run as administrator).
When you run the install.cmd, you can use the following switches (remove the quotes):
“help” – quick help
“multi Enable” – enable multiple remote desktop sessions per user
“blank Enable” – enable remote logon for accounts which are not password protected

I found another patch by TCP-Z, that suppose to be better and support all Windows versions. However, since some users reported problems with this new patch, I’ve decided to keep the link to the old patch if someone needs it.
You can download the new patch from here: UniversalTermsrvPatch_20090425_by_TCP-Z.zip

IMPORTANT NOTE: this patch is valid for Windows 7 only! (if you’re looking for similar patch for Windows XP, visit our older post at: http://www.howtechnews.com/2008/05/17/enabling-multiple-concurrent-remote-sessions-on-windows-xp-sp3-patched-file-included/)

Just for the reference, here’s a transcript of their hex magic:

x86 Hex edit

find:
00 3B 86 20 03 00 00 0F ** ** ** **
replace:
00 B8 00 01 00 00 90 89 86 20 03 00

find:
FF 43 50 C7
replace:
FF 90 50 C7

find:
F8 74 2F 68 ** **
replace:
F8 E9 2C 00 00 00

x64 Hex edit

find:
8B 87 38 06 00 00 39 87 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
replace:
B8 00 01 00 00 90 89 87 38 06 00 00 90 90 90 90 90 90

find:
60 BB 01 00 00 00
replace:
60 BB 00 00 00 00

find:
50 00 74 18 48 8D
replace:
50 00 EB 18 48 8D

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Backup MySQL and Ubuntu to Dropbox automatically

Recently I was looking for a solution to backup my website and the MySQL database to a Dropbox account…

These are the steps you’d want to follow:

  1. Get the DropboxBack script from: https://github.com/Nyr/DropboxBackup#readme
    follow the instructions here to install:https://github.com/Nyr/DropboxBackup/blob/master/README.md
  2. Install rar on your server:
    apt-get install rar
    # if it fails, follow this post: install rar on ubuntu
  3. Setup cronjob that will run it daily. example (runs every day at 12 o’clock):

    # m h dom mon dow command
    0 12 * * * /bin/bash /root/dropboxbackup-daily.sh

  4. If during the backup process, you notice the following error:
    mysqldump: Got error: 1044: Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’ to database ‘information_schema’ when using LOCK TABLESThen do the following:
    # login to mysql
    $ mysql -u root -p#And type:
    mysql> GRANT SELECT,LOCK TABLES ON DBNAME.* TO ‘username’@’localhost’;
    (replace the username with the actual user that you see in the above error message).
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Captcha solution using ASP 3 & JS (source included)

Few years ago, I was looking for a simple way to embed a captcha solution on one of my sites (that was hosted on a shared IIS web-server). I looked all over for a captcha solution that won’t require installing an external DLL or connecting to a remote captcha server that will slow down the process (such as reCaptcha).

Back then I was coding in ASP3, so I decided to write my own class to do the job, and I named it “Captchavator”.

I’ve planned to release it to the public… but never did (I just forgot about it).

Last night, while I was browsing my HDD, I stumbled upon the Captchavator folder and the decided it’s time to make a move :)

You might say that ASP 3 is obsolete… and I’ll say “true, true…”, but since there are still many old sites out there, I think that even even if one person will find this useful, then it was worth releasing…

So what’s so special about this solution?

  • It requires your web-server to support ASP 3, Javascript and nothing more
  • Does not require installing any com/activex object on the server
  • Does not require storing images on the server
  • Developers can generate their own captcha characters using the included “painter” tool
  • Does not use any database to operate
  • Can be used with any shared hosting IIS web server

How can you use it?

The process is very simple and involves 4 simple steps…

Step 1 – Include the captcha class in your ASP page.

Step 2 – Create an instance of the Captchavatorobject

Set objCaptcha = New Captchavator

Step 3 – Generate a new captcha (pass the length of the requested captcha, in the following example, I’ve asked for a 6 chars long captcha).

objCaptcha.CreateCaptcha(6)

Step 4 – Print the captcha

objCaptcha.Print()

To validate the captcha, following these steps:

Step 1 – Include the captcha class in your ASP page.

Step 2 – Create an instance of the Captchavatorobject

Set objCaptcha = New Captchavator

Step 3 – Check if the passed POST/GET parameter matches the captcha

objCaptcha.Validate( Request(“txt1″) ) ‘will return true if validated successfully!

What’s included in the archive?

captcha.asp – This is the main Captchavator class

captcha_painter.asp – Use this file to generate your own captcha characters. Please note the painter only works with Internet Explorer (I’m too lazy to fix it to work with FF).

demo.asp – Demonstration of the complete process

I sure hope you’ll find this useful….

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The hunt for Google weather API alternative (since Google just killed their weather API)

Not so long ago (on January 2012), I’ve written about the Secret Google Weather API. Surprisingly, few days ago, Google decided to secretly shut down the Google Weather API entirely.

Many developers (including myself) who were relying on the free Google Weather API were left hanging in the air and began looking for a proper alternative to the free Google weather API .

My requirements for the Google Weather API alternative were as follows:

  •  The API should provide existing weather conditions for a given city name / coordinates.
  • International (should support at least the main cities world wide)
  • Should support at least 3 days weather forecast.
  • And last but not least… should be 100% FREE!

My personal hunt for an alternative for the Google Weather API took about an hour,  and I came up with the following findings…

  1. http://openweathermap.org– very nice projects with a free & open API that will let you retrieve the existing weather conditions in every country in the world
    PROs: absolutely free
    CONS: doesn’t seem to support weather forecastsSample JSON response: http://openweathermap.org/data/2.0/find/station?lat=55&lon=37&cnt=10
  2. http://www.wunderground.com/
    PROs: includes city weather reports (including forecasts).
    CONs: there’s a cap of 500 call per day (plus 10 per minute) for the free plan.API : http://www.wunderground.com/weather/api/
  3. http://www.yr.no/-  weather service from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (met.no) and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.
    PROs: Free, 6 millions including 3 days weather forecastAPI: http://om.yr.no/verdata/php/(English translation)
  4. http://www.worldweatheronline.com/weather-api.aspx
    I haven’t tested this service, but it looks promising…
    PROs: free including 3 days weather forecast.
    CONs: owners request developers not to excess 500 requests per hour (see FAQ: http://www.worldweatheronline.com/free-weather-feed.aspx?menu=faq)

I’m sure there are many more alternatives that I haven’t covered… so if you are familiar with another 100% FREEservice, please post a comment.

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Free weather API (secret Google Weather API)

The other day, I was looking for a free weather forecast api for a project I’m working on. I managed to find a few, but the one that seemed to be the fastest and easiest to implement was  ”The secret Google Weather API” (that’s the way it was called in few posts I’ve read).

Anyhow, the “Free Computer Advice” blog, had a nice post that explained how to use this weather API with PHP, but since the site went down on Dec 2011 it’s not accessible anymore.
Luckily, I managed to snag the post’s content from Google Cache before it was removed entirely, so here it is for your pleasure.

Google Weather API

Every web designer has at one point or another been asked, “How can I get weather on my site?” The old answer was to have a giant ugly weather channel gadget. Something that looked very nasty and you couldn’t un-brand it no matter what. Some used an iframe to display external data and have it appear to be on their site. Lastly you could always just have a link that says ‘click here for weather’. My goal was to get weather data from an external source and be able to customize how it looks. Fortunately now there are some great resources out there. I’m going with one that is my favorite, something extremely easy to use and customize – Google’s Weather API.

To start lets pull up the URL in your browser.

http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=new+york,ny

You’ll see XML data of the weather in New York! Easy enough, let’s take a look at the output.

  1. <xml_api_reply version=”1″>
  2. <weather module_id=”0″ tab_id=”0″ mobile_row=”0″ mobile_zipped=”1″ row=”0″ section=”0″ >
  3. <forecast_information>
  4. <city data=”New York, NY”/>
  5. <postal_code data=”new york,ny”/>
  6. <latitude_e6 data=” “/>
  7. <longitude_e6 data=” “/>
  8. <forecast_date data=”2009-08-02″/>
  9. <current_date_time data=”2009-08-02 12:19:00 +0000″/>
  10. <unit_system data=”US”/>
  11. </forecast_information>
  12.      <current_conditions>
  13.      <condition data=”Light rain”/>
  14.      <temp_f data=”72″/>
  15.      <temp_c data=”22″/>
  16.      <humidity data=”Humidity: 94%”/>
  17.      <icon data=”/ig/images/weather/mist.gif”/>
  18.      <wind_condition data=”Wind: N at 6 mph”/>
  19.      </current_conditions>
  20. </weather>
  21. </xml_api_reply>

Wow check out how easy that was. Now all we did was submit the location and hit enter. Now we have in XML weather data for that area. No advertisements and since the data is in XML we can make it look however we want. Note: I shortened the output to only one day. So what’s next? Well in my case I used a PHP script to output this data. Let’s take a look at that source code.

 

  1. <?php
  2. function getWeather() {
  3. $requestAddress = “http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=21619&hl=en”;
  4. // Downloads weather data based on location – I used my zip code.
  5. $xml_str = file_get_contents($requestAddress,0);
  6. // Parses XML
  7. $xml = new SimplexmlElement($xml_str);
  8. // Loops XML
  9. $count = 0;
  10. echo ‘<div id=”weather”>’;
  11.      foreach($xml->weather as $item) {
  12.           foreach($item->forecast_conditions as $new) {
  13.                echo ‘<div class=”weatherIcon”>’;
  14.                echo ‘<img src=”http://www.google.com/’ . $new->icon[‘data’] . ‘”/><br/>’;
  15.                echo $new->day_of_week[‘data’];
  16.                echo ‘</div>’;
  17.                }
  18.           }
  19. echo ‘</div>’;
  20. }
  21. getWeather();
  22. ?>

I hope this tutorial was helpful! The Weather API is great on so many levels, fast, easy and customizable.

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