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15 Android Wear Apps You Should Download

Android Wear watches are now in full gear, with the highly anticipated Moto 360 finally being in the hands of consumers and other manufacturers announcing new watches like the LG G Watch R. With this onslaught of new products, developers are seeing the potential of the OS and have released apps that are compatible with it.

So now that we have ourselves a fancy new toy to play with, we’re going to want to load as many apps as possible to see what the device is truly capable of. The Play Store is already filled with apps that support Android Wear and here we feature 20 android wear apps that you should check out for yourself.

Wear Mini Launcher

With Android Wear, the default way to open an app is to use voice control or scroll down a list to find and launch it. The Wear Mini Launcher helps by adding an actual launcher straight on your wearable, just like the one you have on your phone. [Download]

Wear Mini Launcher

Find My Phone (Android Wear)

Are you one of those people that sometimes forget about their phones and accidentally leave it behind? Find My Phone is here to make sure that you’ll never leave it behind ever again. If you ever stray too far from your phone, your wearable will vibrate. You can even set your phone to go off via an alarm if it goes missing. [Download]

Find My Phone

Wear Apps Tracker

When you install an app on your Android phone, you’ll get a notification saying that the app is installed. This however isn’t the case with an Android Wear device. With Wear Apps Tracker, you’ll be able to know if and when your new app will be loaded and installed on your wearable. [Download]

Wear Apps Tracker

Showear: Android Wear Lock

Android Wear doesn’t have a lock screen of its own. The majority of the time you probably don’t really need one but in the cases that it might come in handy, Showear is just the app for you. With it, you can set an unlock sequence similar to the one you already have on your phone. [Download]

Showear

Calendar for Android Wear

If you need a compact calender that’s easy to look at on your Wear instead of using a voice prompt, this app will give you just that. It comes with a detailed daily and monthly view of your agenda. The monthly view is free with the daily and detailed view available as an in-app purchase. [Download]

Calender Android Wear

Wear Internet Browser

Want to browse the Internet but don’t want to take your phone out of the pocket? The Wear Internet Browser provides a browser on your wearable, so you can navigate to your favorite sites easily whilst having your phone firmly tucked away. [Download]

Wear Internet Browser

WearSquare

Heavy Foursquare and Swarm users should check this app out. It allows you to check in and view nearby venues straight from your Android Wear device. Once you find an interesting place, use the app to navigate yourself there. A great app for when you are somewhere new. [Download]

WearSquare

@here for Android Wear

Feeling a bit lost and have no idea where you currently are? No longer with @here. It can tell you the exact address of your current location. The app will also give you a small map and an option to open it on your phone for a wider view. [Download]

@here Android Wear

Calc Wear (Android Wear)

It’s a calculator on your wrist, what more needs to be said? Reminiscent of the 90s, it does what it says and is convenient when you don’t want to use "Ok Google" voice control to do your math for you. [Download]

Calc Wear

VimoFit Android Wear Fitness

A wearable device can be a good companion piece in one’s daily fitness regiment and the VimoFit Android Wear Fitness can aid you in this way. It tracks all your repetitive movements using the sensors on your watch and creates a customized workout that fits your needs. There are even videos of a personal trainer to help you. [Download]

VimoFit Android Wear Fitness

RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk

For the active runners out there, you should already be using RunKeeper as it is a great way to monitor your running, walking and cycling statistics. You can even post to social media and challenge your friends with your score. The app is compatible with Android Wear, so you can just glance at all your data without taking out your phone. [Download]

RunKeeper

Attopedia for Android Wear

Wikipedia offers a wealth of information. However, if you need very quick info from it, you can use Attopedia which is an Android Wear version of the site. It’s also handy if you just want a quick read for when you don’t want to whip out your phone. [Download]

Attopedia For Android Wear

Evernote for Android Wear

Google has their own Keep app to take notes but heavy users of Evernote would surely like to use the service on the Wear device. This app brings Evernote to your phone, letting you view notes on your wrist and create them with your voice. [Download]

Evernote For Android Wear

Duolingo

For those learning a new language, Duolingo is a great free way to learn them, using gamefication to make it fun. Your Android Wear device will now aid you in the learning process, by having flash cards readily available for you to brush up on your French or Spanish. [Download]

Duolingo

Wear Camera Remote

Hate having to be ‘that guy’ who has to take the group photo and have to be left out of the shot? Wear Camera Remote gives you the capability to control your phone camera from an Android Wear device. There’s even a timer on it so you can time your shot perfectly. [Download]

Wear Camera Remote








How to Monitor Download Count in Dropbox

Dropbox has made it easy for us to share files publicly. We can put a file out there to be publicly downloaded via a public link. Users can download or save files into their own Dropbox account. However, as the owner of that file, we don’t get to see how many times our shared file has been downloaded by the masses.

Dropbox is not intended for storing downloadable files. It may terminate the public link once the bandwidth threshold is surpassed. Still, if you want to monitor your shared files download count, here are two viable workarounds you can use.

Method 1: Using Short URL

Short URL services like Bitly and Goo.gl will track how many times the links are clicked, showing you the count of how many times your file has been clicked on.

Bitly remains my favorite URL shortening service to date. Bitly’s statistics report of a link’s performance is more comprehensive compared to other similar services that I’ve tried. Bitly lets us see the click count in a specific range of time: hourly, 7 days, and 30 days. Bitly also shows us geographical reports, recording the places where our links are clicked.

method 2: Using Dropbox Plugin

Although Dropbox doesn’t have a downloaded link count, it does have the Dropbox API which allows developers to build plugins to help you do that. One outcome of that is OrangeDox.

To get started with Orange Dox, connect OrangeDox to your Dropbox account.

Once you’ve allowed OrangeDox to have access to your Dropbox account, OrangeDox will retrieve the list of files stored within. Through OrangeDox, select the file you would like to share.

Then create the public URL and specify the name to describe the URL.

Hit the “chain” icon as shown below to see and get your URL address to share to anyone.

OrangeDox’s statistical report is quite comprehensive as well. We can sort the report by Today, Yesterday, or in a specific date range. To view it, navigate to the file that you have shared, and click the link title. It will pop up a new dialog and display the stats quite nicely, like below. That’s it.

Limitation

Both methods have some shortcomings. These methods merely redirect the users to the Dropbox page where they have to hit the download button in that page to download the file. This may not represent an accurate depiction of the actual number of downloads as the numbers shown in Bitly as well as in the OrangeDox statistic page only counts how many times the URL page has been clicked. At best, this gives us a ballpark figure of how popular the file is.








10 Free CAD Software You Can Download

CAD software is a must-have tool to have in most enterprises to reduce fatal flaws in design that may show up during production. If you’re in the industry that relies a lot on CAD tools, you probably already know that getting a good CAD software can be quite costly. And if you are a student who is just starting to dip your toes into CAD software, this will definitely be a problem.

FreeCAD CAD Software

There is however a second option: free alternative CAD software. We have done the legwork and looked for the 10 CAD software that you can try for free now to design your next 2D drawing or 3D modeling project. Here are but just 10 of these software, and the links to download them for whichever operating system you are currently on. If you know of more, do share them with us in the comments section.

1. Sculptris

Sculptris is a professional yet free 3D modeling program that is made by one industry 3D expert, Pixologic. You can use it to easily design your own version of a troll, dragon, or even Godzilla itself through their rich sculpting toolset. If you’re bad at playing around the geometry and polygons to create your own surface, worry not, because Sculptris surface contains countless of triangles that are automatically built into your 3D model surface.

[Download: Windows, Mac]

Sculptris

2. SketchUp Make

One of the most popular 3D modeling software, SketchUp Make, is used mostly for architectural purposes and sometimes for other niches in the 3D design market. If you’re looking for a complete 3D modeling software for your professional career with all the tools included, minus the price tag, then SketchUp is for you. Take a look at SketchUp 3D Warehouse for a lot of amazing content (created by SketchUp users) which you can download, and at the same time, see what the software is capable of.

[Download: Windows, Mac]

SketchUp Make

3. DraftSight

DraftSight is a free 2D CAD editor that is good for professional CAD users, students and educator, especially if you need to create, edit and view your project in the native DWG file format. It comes with a nice set of features that allows you to generate professional looking plans using lines, polylines, dimensions, text and others. The interface is relatively dull, but this may appeal to those who prefer a minimalist and simple CAD software.

[Download: Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit, Mac, Ubuntu, Fedora]

DraftSight

4. FreeCAD

This project is 100% open source and is aimed directly for mechanical engineering and product design uses, but also can be used for architecture or other engineering industry that relies a lot on parametric 3D modeler. Although it is open source and free, FreeCAD is on par with other popular CAD programs due to its capability in creating real 3D solids, support for meshes, 2D drafting, right hand coordinate system plus many more features. The program itself is extremely modular, where you can opt for very advanced extension and customization.

[Download: Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, Fedora]

FreeCAD

5. OpenSCAD

For those who want to work on the specifics, especially engineers, OpenSCAD is your ideal 3D modeling platform. It does not have interactive modeling for you to design your model, but instead relies more on what you defined in the parameters through the script files. If you’re looking to build a machine parts instead of designing your next game character, OpenSCAD is the best fit that purpose.

[Download: Windows, Mac, Linux]

OpenSCAD

6. KiCAD

Want to design your next Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and don’t know where to start? Check out KiCAD. KiCAD is a free and open source PCB design tool that includes a project manager and 4 main software such as schematic editor, printed circuit board editor, GERBER file viewer and footprint selector for component association. There are also additional software tools, a 3D viewer to render your PCB in 3D and 2 library component editors to allow you to create or modify schematic and footprint components.

[Download: Windows, Mac, Linux, Ubuntu]

KiCAD

7. QCAD

QCAD is the application you should use if you’re looking to create technical drawings be it for buildings, mechanical parts or even schematics and diagrams. Since it is open source, QCAD’s focus is more towards modularity, extensibility and portability. Its 2D CAD platform is powerful but yet easy to use even for a beginner who has little to no experience in CAD applications.

[Download: Windows, Mac, Linux]

QCAD

8. LibreCAD

Here’s another high quality 2D-CAD modeling platform, LibreCAD, an easy-to-use software with a lot of high quality features included in it. LibreCAD has features such as snap to grid for drawing, usage of layers, measurements inside your drawing and plenty others to make your life easier when you’re drawing on a 2D-CAD platform. If you find it hard to get started on LibreCAD, they have included a manual here on their wiki page.

[Download: Windows, Mac, Linux]

LibreCAD

9. 3DCrafter

This real-time animation and 3D modeling software allows you to do 3D modeling as simple as drag-and-drop. 3DCrafter comes with 3D primitives and Shape Building Tools for you to create your complex models plus some modeling tools to help perfect it. Since it allows you to do animation too, all you need is just to have your subject placed at each point in time and the software will make sure the animation runs smoothly.

[Download: Windows]

3DCrafter

10. NanoCAD

If you’re looking for other CAD tools that comes with full .dwg support, nanoCAD is next on the list. Although you can use it for free, nanoCAD still comes with many benefits that you usually need to pay for at a premium price, such the famous Command Line tool, SNAP and ONSAP, large number of precision tools and many others that you may find useful. Whether you’re just a beginner or already a power user, you will find nanoCAD a good alternative.

[Download: Windows]

NanoCAD








10 Data Recovery Tools You Can Download For Free [Windows]

It happens to the best of us. We are working on that very important file when suddenly disaster strikes. It accidently gets deleted, corrupted, the computer died or a number of unfortunate things that prevent you from gaining access to the file. What’s worse, you don’t have a backup and are in desperate need of those important files urgently.

Well, don’t fret as it is possible to recover those deleted files. When you delete a file, you don’t actually ‘delete’ it. The system marks the area the file resides as reusable, removing the file from its index. This means that there is a period where it is possible to restore the file. To help you with your deleted data dilemma, we have for you 10 free data recovery tools for Windows, which will help from simple file recovery to a total partition rescue.

1. PhotoRec

PhotoRec is a powerful command line recovery tool that can recover your lost data by bypassing the file system, perfect for when your computer can see the drive but cannot access it or for use on a formatted drive. The app will work on different drive formats other than the ones used by Windows, including those used on OS X, and is also available on multiple platforms.

[Download here]

PhotoRec

2. Recuva

Recuva provides a number of tools and features that makes recovering your data easier. The app will deep scan your drives and with it, you can recover deleted data on your drive or from drives that are damaged or formatted. It has the ability to recover data that was accidently deleted from certain apps such as your email program or the temp folder of Microsoft Word, useful when the power cuts off and you haven’t saved your progress. If the options seem too overwhelming, there is a wizard to guide you through the process.

[Download here]

Recuva

3. TestDisk

There are times when your drive’s file system will get damaged and you are unable to access the data within. You could use the apps above to rescue it but it may take time if there is a lot of data. Rescuing the file system will be faster. TestDisk is an app that comes packaged with PhotoRec that will enable you to repair a broken file system, and make the data available and the drive usable without formatting it. The app is able to rebuild the formats used by Windows and is available for multiple Operating Systems.

[Download here]

Softonic

4. Ultimate Boot CD

Ultimate Boot CD, as the name implies, is the ultimate boot CD to run, as it contains a multitude of free diagnostic tools to scan, edit or save your computer’s drive or data. Included in this suite of tools are a few that can help you with those tasks. They can also help you recover your data in case you cannot boot into your main OS, meaning that you won’t be locked out of your data. TestDisk and PhotoRec are among some of the tools included as part of the suite to help during the recovery process.

[Download here]

Ultimate Boot CD

5. UndeleteMyFiles Pro

Billing itself as “a free professional tool to recover accidentally deleted files”, UndeleteMyFiles Pro contains more than the usual data recovery tools, containing additional items that will help in the recovery process. You get the standard features such as searching deleted files and restoring them but the best feature is Emergency Disk Image, where you can create a disk image snapshot of your drive in case data might be overwritten by accidental activity.

[Download here]

UndeleteMyFiles Pro

6. Pandora Recovery

Pandora Recovery allows you to sift through your drive for deleted data and has the ability to preview photo and text data files before restoring them. It has the ability to find and restore archived, compressed, hidden and encrypted files and gives you information on whether the file recovery process will be successful, based on how much was overwritten.

[Download here]

Pandora Recovery

7. Restoration

If you want a no frills, bare bones, data recovery software, Restoration is your app. It comes as an EXE file that you don’t have to install to run and is also incredibly small, at the size of 400KB. This is a must have program to have around in your USB drives as it hardly takes up any space at all and can easily run on any Windows machine.

[Download here]

Restoration

8. Glary Undelete

Glary Undelete will deep scan your drives for deleted files and show you the properties of each of the deleted files and the state it is in, giving you an estimate on the likelihood of recovery. You can filter the the results of your scan to find the files you are looking for or sort them by the probability of recovery.

[Download here]

Glary Undelete

9. Orion File Recovery

Orion File Recovery doesn’t have all the bell and whistles of the other recovery software but it is simple to use. At startup, it will open with a wizard that will ask you step-by-step what you are looking, from file type, location and file name. There is also a permanent overwrite feature, if you want to completely destroy data on your drive.

[Download here]

Orion File Recovery

10. Wise Data Recovery

A clean, minimalist app, Wise Data Recovery may not be as feature heavy as the rest on this list but the interface is well suited for beginners. Everything that you need to start recovering your data is displayed from the get go, and its lack of advance features helps keep the focus on that singular task.

[Download here]








25 Websites To Download Free STL Models For 3D Printers

3D printers are going mainstream, as more consumers warm up to and adopt the idea of 3D printing. The Micro, for example, is a Kickstarter project for a 3D printer for consumers. It was funded in mere minutes. But you can’t start printing once you get your printer. You will need to get the materials and more importantly the blueprint to printout your product.

If 3D modelling sounds difficult to you, fret not, the Web is filled with sites that offer users free 3D models to print on their printers free of charge. In this post, we’ve compiled 25 websites that you can use to search and download free STL models for 3D printers. Hopefully you will be able to find what you are looking for in these spots.

Thingiverse

Thingiverse is a website operated by MakerBot Industries, the creators of the popular Replicator series of 3D printers. The website allows users to upload and share 3D model files to be used on 3D printers. The site is extremely popular and has a large community of people uploading files of varying categories, so if you’re looking for cool things to print, Thingiverse is the site to visit.

[Visit page]

Thinigverse

YouMagine

Similar to Thingiverse, YouMagine is a community website run by a 3D printer company. This one is run by the open source 3D printer company Ultimaker. It is relatively new (it started out in 2013), yet it is filled with interesting things to print. The community is still growing and with the backing of a major 3D printer manufacturer, this site is one to look out for.

[Visit page]

YouMagine

Cubify

Cubify is the website for the Cube series of consumer 3D printers, which is created by 3D Systems. The site mainly offers you ways to buy 3D printed items and files but it does make available some interesting free items, mainly under their Kids section, some of which children can customize using a web app.

[Visit page]

Cubify

My Mini Factory

My Mini Factory is the 3D model repository managed by iMakr, an online store that sells 3D printers and accessories. It also operates the largest 3D printing store in Central London. The site contains 3D models designed by professionals and all uploaded designs are tested for quality. You can also make a request for 3D models that their designers will create then share.

[Visit page]

My Mini Factory

GrabCAD

The aim of GrabCAD is to “help engineers develop products faster”, offering tools that help them collaborate with their files. But for the average 3D printing enthusiast, the best part of the site is their large library of free files created by a community of over a million engineers. Registration is required but the number of files offered is worth it.

[Visit page]

GrabCAD

DEFCAD

DEFCAD is a website currently in its alpha phase. It acts as a search engine for 3D printable models and a community forum for 3D modelers. The site is created by Defence Distributed, which release the plans for their 3D printed gun, the Liberator (now removed) on it.

[Visit page]

defcad

Autodesk 123D

Autodesk 123D is a suite of computer aided design (CAD) and 3D modeling tools aimed specifically at hobbyists. Along with the suite of tools, Autodesk also has a website where users can upload their creations and share it with other users. Many of the models can be downloaded and printed, using Autodesk as a utility to interface with MakerBot 3D printer.

[Visit page]

Autodesk 123D

3DVIA

3DVIA is a company that offers 3D modeling and publishing tools that are aimed at both the consumer and professionals. Their website offers a Content Warehouse, where the community hosts and shares their contents. Registration is required to download the files.

[Visit page]

3DVIA

Cubehero

Cubehero is a website that allows users to host and organize their 3D printed projects in order to aid further collaboration on their work. Think of it as a GitHub for 3D printing, where users can share their files, discuss projects and contribute to them. There is also a way to make request, so if you can’t find what you are looking for, you can request for it from the community.

[Visit page]

Cubehero

Bld3r

Billing itself as a 3D Printing Social Network, Bld3r is a thriving community of makers who like to feature their creations. Users vote on the best creations, so popular creations rise to the top and get better exposure. The site features items that are hosted on the social network and outside of it too, like on Thingiverse and YouMagine.

[Visit page]

Bld3r

Sproutform

Another 3D printing community, Sproutform is a website dedicated to giving users ways to share their design and help people print 3D creations. Sproutform has a system that tries to learn what you like. The more you interact with the site by downloading and rating designs, the better it is with recommendations.

[Visit page]

Sproutform

Shapeways

Shapeways is mainly an online shop where you can purchase 3D printed items or have your own 3D model printed by them. But if you look close enough, you can find the people who sell their wares also offering the files required for you to print them yourself.

[Visit page]

Shapeways

Instructables

Instructables is a community where users can share their DIY projects and this includes things made using a 3D printer. Also included are the how-to’s and instructions on how to build their creations, and some helpful designers take the time to answer questions fielded by the public.

[Visit page]

Instructables

Cults

A French community and marketplace where modelers can share or sell their designs, Cults has a collection of high quality models you can download. Users can follow their favorite designers and modelers and get instant updates when a new creation is posted. The name of the site, Cults, is St. Luc, the patron saint of painters, spelt backwards. The website also supports English.

[Visit page]

cults

Pinshape

Pinshape, a 3D model marketplace still in beta, is similar in style to Pinterest, in terms of layout, look and the ability to repin favorites. You can either purchase the model from the designer or download the files to print it yourself, if they offer it.

[Visit page]

Pinshape

RascomRas

RascomRas is a Spanish website that allows users to upload and share 3D model files. RascomRas at one point ran an Indiegogo campaign to fund their very own 3D printer. The campaign unfortunately didn’t get funded.

[Visit page]

RascomRas

Repables

Repables is a very simple site that aims to be a repository of 3D printed model files, nothing more. It is a barebone website that allows users to upload their files to share, and download files they want to use. The site contains a lot of small, simple 3D models to print, with a nice selection of everyday items and even replacement parts for printers.

[Visit page]

Repables

ShapeDo

Another site that is taking inspiration from GitHub, ShapeDo offers a place for 3D model designers to share and collaborate on their creations. It offers users plenty of things to print, and instructions to get the best print possible.

[Visit page]

ShapeDo

3D Hacker

Another online community for 3D printing hobbyists, showcasing interesting items from 3D printers, electronics and most importantly, 3D models is 3D Hacker. There are a lot of very cool model vehicles and buildings to print, along with add-ons and parts for your 3D printer.

[Visit page]

3D Hacker

Fabster

Born out of a Facebook group, Fabster is mainly a platform to show what can be done with 3D printing. Quoting its founder Peter Sayers, Fabster aims to be “a kind of Facebook of 3D printing, with a mix of Thingiverse too.” The site has a great selection of 3D-printed jewelry and accessories.

[Visit page]

Fabster

Fabribles

Fabribles is a fairly new community, so there aren’t a lot of users just yet. However, there is a good selection of replacement parts for RepRap 3DR Delta printers.

[Visit page]

Fabribles

CGTrader

While primarily a place to buy and sell 3D models of all kinds, not just those for 3D printing, CGTrader does offer a selection of free models that can be used on a 3D printer.

[Visit page]

CGTrader

Google Custom Search

When in doubt, use Google Custom Search to find the files to 3D print what you wish. This is useful when you want to search through all the sites at once for that one same thing.

[Visit page]

Google Custom Search

Yeggi

Yeggi is a search engine that will search major 3D printing websites for files that are compatible with 3D printers. You can also look up some of the popular searches to get an idea what the community is currently interested in.

[Visit page]

Yeggi

3dbility

Here’s another search engine that will crawl the Web in search of 3D prints, looking through many 3D modeling sites for files compatible with 3D printers.

[Visit page]

3dbility