FEEDLY AND SHOT CONTROL- A DEFINITE MUST HAVE FEEDLY:

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Google Reader is set to bite dust in this July, so many people will be searching hard for a brand new and viable and efficient alternative for the RSS feeds, and there exists a new one called Feedly. Feedly is the news reader which plugs into the Google Reader, and which can display the content in an attractive magazine-like or common list layout. Visually, this is an elegant mix of a standard reader for RSS and visual apps such as the Flipboard.  It is very attractive yet quite concise. It has got more images as well as better visual design as compared to Google Reader, better info density than the straight-up aggregators such as Flipboard or the HTC BinkFeed.

The great news is that Feedly says that it will switch over to its very own reader platform very soon thereby replacing the previous Google Reader API and those who sign up now through the Google Reader will enjoy a seamless transition into the new service. This app definitely demands a look for every Google Reader enthusiasts out there.

SHOT CONTROL:

Shot Control is highly recommended app for anyone running stock Android from its inclusion inside Google Play the last year itself. The basic stock Android camera application is not so good. Even when we have a phone equipped with good camera hardware (such as the Nexus 4), the software which takes all the camera raw data and which turns that into the picture is rather bad at correcting or editing things, and also getting the perfect “shot” is a game of chance and depends on a hit or a miss. It’s not about the features such as the crazy scenes or the filters one can normally find in Sense app or even TouchWiz, but about the way it adjusts important things such as the ISO and the focus before that locks on. This is really very important, and unless a person is outside on a rather bright day the basic stock Android camera like app is not able to get that right most of the time.

Shot Control does exactly that. We can select the way we want to focus, about which ISO to use, about where to actually set the ev, as well as other typical camera nerd settings, and then we can lock things such as the exposure values and white balance and all down so that they don’t change. The app does this with simple on screen provided controls which stay visible while we are seeing the camera angle or view. There is a certain appeal in the controls that are usually hidden deep inside menus. The very latest update made for Shot Control managed to make them very near perfect and placed a side-scrolling type list under camera view. In case you like to click pictures and are hardly afraid to mess with the camera settings, then spend three bucks and just pick this app into your phones and very soon it will take the position of the default camera app.