Molto is an email app that makes your inbox exciting again.
Most e-mail software is mundane because it attempts to emulate Outlook or Gmail or just conform to a layout in which messages are listed in conventional text form. Molto does things differently by integrating previews of images or videos embedded in messages. If an image is not present but a message has an attachment such as a PDF file, Molto shows a coloured icon for that instead. Moreover, all messages are accompanied by an avatar that distinguishes the sender. The result is a much brighter e-mail browsing experience.
Molto for Android supports Gmail, iCloud, AOL, Yahoo!, GMX and IMAP accounts. To set up the former you enter the login information for your account, while for the latter you need to know the hostname, username and password for your incoming and outgoing mail servers. Once Molto has accessed your account it takes a few seconds to set up your Inbox and then you’re good to go.
What you give up for the benefit of a more colourful layout is that Molto can only fit a few messages on the screen at a time. That might be why the developers have so far made it only available for Android tablets and it only works in landscape mode. These are minor flaws, though, because it’s easy to browse message folders by swiping right to left to see messages that don’t fit on the screen.
Skifta is a free and easy way to stream media to either your Xbox One or PS4 console.
One of the best things about both next generation consoles is the range of apps they come with. These apps cover a wide range of functions and best of all, they’re completely free to download and install. What is lacking, however, is a free streaming app for your media, but by using your Android device, you can soon add this functionality to your next generation console. The Skifta app is available for free from the Google Play store and is compatible with most Android phones and tablets. Through the app users can pick and choose media files stored on their device and of any file format and choose to transmit across via DLNA to their console where they can watch it without the need to install any third party app on their console. It’s quick, easy to use and by following the steps below, you’ll be streaming from your phone in no time and with minimal fuss.Choose a source
WAfter installing the app on your device, make sure you follow the set-up instructions to correctly configure the app. Navigate back to the main menu and select the Choose a media source option from the top of the list to get started with the streaming process. Phone or tablet?
You should now see a couple of sources listed. If you want to stream media that’s stored on your device, make sure to select it from the list. There’s also the option to stream media via a media server on your device. The example here shows the Plex server. Select streaming location
The next step is to choose where you want to stream your media to. Don’t panic if your console isn’t listed, as for the most part the new consoles will be listed as Unlisted Players. If you don’t see your console listed, simply select the Unlisted Players option instead. Unlisted players
If you chose the Unlisted Players option, make sure you carefully read the instructions provided. These will outline how to make sure you get the best streaming experience possible on your console and also help eradicate any errors you may come across. Select media files
The final step is to select the media you want to stream across. You can use Skifta to transmit videos, music and photos across. You’ll find that the size of the file, and the strength of your Wi-Fi connection, will determine how long the file takes to transfer.
Use the Silent Hours app to mute your phone’s audio at specified times.
Whether you’re in a meeting, at work or just plain busy, having your phone unexpectedly go off notifying you of a message or call can be annoying. Although you can simply use the volume rocker to control the audio on your device, for those who want more control over their sound will want to check out the ingenious Silent Hours app. This app lets you set up schedules within which the sound on your phone is muted at specified times. To take it a step further, each schedule you set up can be altered so that only certain areas of your phone are muted on specific days. Not only does Silent Hours help give the user more power over their phone’s sound output, it’ll also make sure you aren’t awoken by a pesky message at the early hours of the morning!Set a Quick Mute
When you first open the Silent Hours app, you’ll be taken to the Quick Mute page. Here you can mute all the sounds from your phone for a set period time. Simply use the slider bar to select your time and then press the Mute button located at the bottom of the screen. Schedule your mute
Scroll right within the app to enter the Schedule screen. This is where you can create schedules of when and on which areas of your phone all sound will be muted. To start the process of creating a new schedule press on the + symbol at the top of the menu. Select timings
The first thing you’ll want to while creating a new schedule is to set the appropriate time. Select the numbers from the top of the menu and use the dial that appears to select the time. Make sure to select a time on which you want your phone to be unmuted. Days and actions
Underneath the time selector you’ll find the actions tab that requires you to select which areas of your phone you want to mute. Tick all the boxes that you want muted. Make sure to select the days which you want your mute to work at the bottom of the menu. Manage schedules
After finalising your schedule it’ll appear as an appointment in the Schedules menu. Every subsequent entry you make will also appear here. You can edit each entry at any point by simply pressing on them, but make sure to save any changes you make. Delete a schedule
To delete a schedule simply long press on the schedule in question and confirm you want to delete the item from your list. You can also disable the Service Running box at the bottom of the screen to stop all your schedules from working.
World of Animals magazine is available now in print or digital from the Google Play store
World of Animals is a brand-new magazine from Imagine Publishing that presents a unique look at wonderful wildlife from all over the globe, from the slovenly sloths of the dense Amazon rainforest to the predatory polar bears of the Arctic Circle.
The magazine is available in print or digital form, including for Android tablets and phones via the Google Play store.
With breathtaking photography, captivating stories and stunning illustrations, each issue offers the safari of a lifetime that takes the reader on a fact-filled tour of the planet’s favourite wildlife, exploring the habitats, behaviour and societies of all Earth’s creatures, great and small.
Samsung has announced three new colour variants for the Galaxy S4 Mini.
There’s no denying that the Galaxy S4 Mini has been a success for Samsung, enabling users to experience the power of the S4 in a much smaller frame and for a wallet-friendly price tag. To capitalise on its success, Samsung has released a range of coloured variants of the S4 Mini, with users now available to pick up the device in either purple, pink or orange from Carphone Warehouse.
The purple variant is available now, with the pink and orange colours available from the 25th November and 6th December, respectively, both in-store and online.
Spotify Connect makes it easy to control your speakers using your smartphone.
After its successful launch on iOS, Spotify Connect has finally been confirmed for Android devices. For those unaware of Spotify Connect, it provides users with an easy way to control the music playing on Connect-compatible speakers with their phone.
Although the current crop of Connect-compatible speakers is fairly small, with Spotify’s official partners in Pioneer and Bang and Olufsen currently providing the only compatible speakers, it does pave the way for more manufacturers to get onboard.
Users of the Spotify app can expect an update to the app, featuring all the new Connect features, momentarily.