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How To Turn Your Android Phone into a Portable Web Design Hub

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How To Turn Your Android Phone into a Portable Web Design Hub

Smartphones are not only for communicating anymore: by using apps, you can actually turn your phone into a small computer. If you are on the road or you can’t access your computer, your smartphone can be your saviour, since access to a computer is vital for many. Moreover, even if you’re not a web designer, do you know that you can actually perform web design using your smartphone? Nope, they’re not that hard to use, but several apps can even make web designing look simple.

Here are the smartphone apps that can help you with web design.

View Web Source

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    Finding the source of a web page is easy for all browsers, but it’s not a built-in function on smartphones. This is where the View Web Source app becomes useful: It’s an app that lets you view sources just like on a desktop. Just enter the URL and the app will show you its source code, and you can copy this code to your clipboard if you want to use it later on.

    VNC Viewer

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      You can control your desktop computer even if you are on the road by using your smartphone: the VNC Viewer app allows you to sync your device to your computer anywhere. It will show you the display of the desktop which you can control through the app, so you can run desktop applications, change controls and access any information just as if you were sitting in front of your computer.

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      Adobe Edge Inspect

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        Adobe Edge Inspect, formerly Adobe Shadow, may have been overshadowed by Photoshop, Flash, and other Adobe apps out there, but I’m pretty sure you’ll love it. This app allows you to test a site on a Mac or PC, and it can also connect several mobile devices automatically to mirror the site. Using Adobe Shadow, testing on your smartphone is a lot easier and faster.

        Install the extension on Chrome and your mobile device will sync to anything on Chrome.

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        LiveView

        LiveView

          Since the demand for more apps for Android, Apple, and BlackBerry smartphones is increasing, web designers and developers are focused primarily on mobile devices. But hey, they create them on desktop computers, not on mobile devices, so they’re not really sure if the app or web site they’re developing even fits a smartphone. LiveView allows them to do so. If you want immediate feedback on the app or site you are creating for mobile devices, this app is very efficient and easy to use.

          Analytix for Google Analytics

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          Analytics

            Want to check how your site is going? Well then, you should have the Analytix app on your smartphone. It allows you to get the details from your Google Analytics account on your smartphone so you can now check the hourly views and visualizations on your mobile device to help you with your work.

            Textastic

            Textastic app

              Again, who would want to create a website on a mobile device? Many believe that smartphones are really not made for productivity, but for consumption, so who would think that they could also be used for web designing? Textastic proves that it can be used for web design: it’s a simple text and code editor with syntax coloring, and also provides functions such as search and replace. It even modifies the on-screen keyboard by adding programming character keys.

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              Conclusion

              So these are some of the web designing apps for mobile devices. They can help you design your website or page even if you are on the road—you can now develop and deploy sites using your smartphone! You can also surf through the BlackBerry World or App Store to look for apps used for web development. There are countless apps out there to explore!

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              How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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              How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

              There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

              Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                What Does Private Browsing Do?

                When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                The Terminal Archive

                While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                Clearing Your Tracks

                Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                dscacheutil -flushcache

                As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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