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Great deal: 80+ device & print mock-ups with depth of field effect

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If you are a freelance designer like me, you know how difficult it can be to display your work on your website. Taking good photos is hard, showing just flat renderings or screenshots not spectacular enough, and creating your own mock-ups takes too much time. For my own portfolio, I used mock-ups I downloaded from […]

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Free Photo Realistic Apple Device Mockups

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Free Photo-Realistic PSD Apple Devices Mockups

Apple Device Mockups are an important part of every design presentation because all these devices look nice and can improve the appearance of every project. We have prepared a collection of five photo realistic Apple devices which are available as free downloads. This set was created exclusive for Designmodo readers by Kaja Świerczyńska. She runs […]


KiiTAG 2 Ultimate Phone Accessory: A car key fob-sized device with built-in phone charger, USB drive, remote camera shutter and more

KiiTAG 2 Ultimate Phone Accessory

Though comical in hindsight, the helpless feeling many encounter when their phone dies while away from home can be crippling. Same goes for when trapped in a conversation you’d rather not be having. With solutions to these two situations, and many……

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See the beautiful, nightmarish patent illustrations for a Google-funded augmented reality device

It’s been almost three months since Google lead a $ 542 million round of funding for the Magic Leap, an augmented reality project shrouded in mystery. Aside from vague claims about a “biomimetic Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal,” the CEO of Legendary Pictures calling it “jaw-dropping,” and Neal Stephenson becoming the project’s “Chief Futurist,” we still don’t know much at all.

That changed this week when a massive Magic Leap patent application appeared on the US Patent and Trademark Office’s website. Patent filings are inherently broad in scope, especially for big companies like Google. (Apple is notorious for this.) Many of the ideas at play here may never make it to the final version of Magic Leap, but that doesn’t mean what’s…

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Awesome Cicret Bracelet Turn Your Arm To Touch Screen Device

A design company based at Paris is doing reseach for a wearable tech one step further with the Cicret Bracelet, a concept for a wristband that projects the screen of a smartphone directly turn to the user’s arm. The bracelet emits the interface of a remotely connected mobile device onto the forearm or inner wrist….

Disney Movies Anywhere now lets you buy once and watch on any iOS or Android device

The Disney Movie Anywhere app now lives up to its name — after launching for iOS and the iTunes Store earlier this year, Disney is now bringing its movie-curating app to Android and Google Play. That partnership between Disney and Google means that things just got a lot easier for anyone who wants to watch their Disney movie library across both Android and iOS devices. Now, any Disney, Pixar, or Marvel Universe movies you purchase on Google Play, as well as anything you’ve bought in the past, can automatically be added to a Disney account — where those movies can live alongside anything you previously purchased on iTunes or redeemed using the digital copy that accompanies many physical DVD and Blu-Ray purchases.

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6 CyanogenMod Alternatives For Your Android Device

Do you want to switch from CyanogenMod? This article will help you choose the best alternative for CyanogenMod – an alternate custom firmware that you will love to flash on your phone.

CyanogenMod, unquestionably, is one of the best innovations that ever happened in the Android world. However, it is also true that CyanogenMod, like any other firmware, comes with (some) flaws and has room for further improvements. That is the reason people go for other, open and superior firmwares.

Here we list the top 6 alternatives of CyanogenMod to help you make your decision and choose the best firmware for your device. Let’s learn what makes them unique and what they have to offer.

Carbon Rom

Carbon Rom is simply beautiful – it is an elegant Android firmware, which encourages a clean and simple visual interface. It gives you the power to better customize your device and underneath the Android, as per your needs, thus making the device your very own – something that reflects you and your style.

Carbon Rom is brilliantly designed, and comes with intuitive and useful features. It does not provide unnecessary features and delivers a fast and responsive user experience. Additionally, it offers performance options that can be used to further improve the speed and performance of your device.

Carbon Rom packs all the features under one title – ‘Carbon Fibres‘. It organizes all the ROM’s features with Scrollable tabs under their respective categories. It integrates the new CM 11′s Theme engine and many other special features like HALO, PIE, active display, lockscreen options, navigation bar, quick settings, dark mode, etc. [Get it here]

Slim ROMs

Slim ROMs are a major player in the market of custom firmwares. Slim ROMs are slim in size, but no less in features. Its releases are named after that particular Android version, for example, Slim ROM for KitKat is known as SlimKat. The Slim Team always comes up with something new that Android has not yet seen, and those feature are adopted by other custom firmwares later on.

One of the Slim ROMs’ USPs is that its team tries to support most of the popular devices. This enables people having legacy or low-range Android devices to get a stable, superb custom firmware for their device. For example, they provided a stable build for Moto G before CyanogenMod’s team came up with a stable release for the Motorola’s most successful Android phone.

Slim ROMs comes with unique and innovative features. Its team does things differently, and they always experiment with the features and apps of AOSP as well as other custom ROMs, and guess what? They mostly end up creating something better. Some of the features are Slim Recents, Custom Quick Settings Tiles, SlimPIE, Notification Reminder and Slim Dialer. [Get it here]


AOSB or so-called “Android Open Source Bam project” is a project dedicated to giving your phone something special. It is a fast Android operating system – a custom firmware that claims to boot up in just 2 seconds and shutdown or reboot in only 1 second.

AOSB is a marvelous, feature-packed ROM – it packs many unique as well as borrowed features from various custom firmwares. One of the best features is the OTA support – which lets you update your firmware on-the-air without the need of flashing the ROM files again. Other features include animation controls, custom progress bar, etc.

AOSB has the features of many popular firmwares. Gesture Anywhere from Chameleon OS can be used to create custom gestures to launch applications and shortcuts. OmniSwitch from OmniROM is an app switcher that enhances your multi-tasking capabilities. Moreover, it also comes with HALO, Slim ROMs’ Dark UI, advanced battery bar, built-in Xposed framework, etc. [Get it here]

*Note: Anything, here, refers to custom firmwares only.


MIUI is a stock and aftermarket Android firmware developed by Xiaomi Tech, the company behind the popular Mi 3 smartphone. MIUI looks very different from the AOSP for a good reason – it provides a faster, unique and heavily customized user interface, which attempts to provide a simple and overall refined phone experience.

MIUI is packed with lots of security and privacy features. MiCloud Messaging offers private messaging and a secure pin feature to protect your personal messages. The Anti-Spam feature protects you from unwanted calls and messages whilst the Permission Manager shows the permission details for each application on your phone. Additional features include anti-virus, backup, device finder, etc.

MIUI takes customization to another level by providing thousands of personalized themes, numerous lockscreens and various MiSpaces. MiSpace is the modern replacement for the traditional home screen, which brings a new way to interact with your phone. Other impressive features include toggles drop down bar, always-on alarm clock, re-designed app switcher among others. [Get it here]

Paranoid Android

Paranoid Android offers you a mobile experience full of customizations – from user interface modes to app colors and themes. It provides many unique and original features to completely modify the mobile’s interface according to your requirements and make your device truly yours.

Paranoid Android is power charged with multi-tasking features. PIE mode provides more room for the content by hiding navigation and status bars on a quick button press, and a simple swiping gesture from the bottom of the screen brings back the navigation. Floating mode allows you to open a smaller version of applications from Recent Apps without leaving/closing apps that are running.

Paranoid Android comes with a mix of UI layouts –phone, phablet and tablet layouts are available. Hybrid mode lets you set individual apps to have the tablet layout on your phone. Other features include app privacy, HALO, themes, etc. [Get it here]


OmniROM is all about flexibility, innovation, new features and freedom. It is a project from some well- recognized folks of the XDA community, who started its development as a reaction to the commercialization of the popular CyanogenMod ROM.

OmniROM is a relatively new custom firmware in the market. Though it is a work-in-progress, it offers state-of-the-art features. OmniSwitch is a better app switcher with support for application control and favorites. It provides action buttons for application control such as “kill all” and “switch to last app“. OpenDelta updates are incremental updates, which minimizes the download size and provides easy and quick method to update frequently.

OmniROM may include a new feature in its future release, which is known as Custom Hotword. It is a way for the user to create custom hotwords, which can be used to setup a phrase to startup Chrome, dial your family or launch the camera. It is similar to the “Ok Google” feature that opens Google Now, but this is different as you can create your very own hotwords. [Get it here]


I hope this article helps you find the best custom firmware for your device – a ROM that is better than CyanogenMod and provides you with a pure, personalized Android experience. Flash a custom ROM from the above listed firmwares as per your requirements of features, and enjoy the new experience!

Which is your favorite CyanogenMod alternative? Let us know through the comments section below.

Panoramic Sound Recording with Boom Boom: A new app for the device allows users to replicate exotic or ambient noise

Panoramic Sound Recording with Boom Boom

by Laura Feinstein There are many ways to spin a good yarn. At this year’s Future of Storytelling Summit (FoST), a yearly meeting of the cross-disciplinary minds spanning tech, design, experiential and innovation, founder Charlie…

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Six iPhone 6 Cases: Sexy protective options for those who know better than to leave their device naked

Six iPhone 6 Cases

At long last, the iPhone 6 has been unveiled—along with the even more anticipated Apple Watch. As assumed, the phone sports a larger screen and therefore larger profile in general, meaning it’s time to start thinking about what sort of cover will best protect your latest investment without putting…

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Dyson’s secret device is probably a robot vacuum cleaner

British appliance company Dyson has teased its latest product with a cryptic YouTube video. It’s not yet clear what the device — codenamed project N223 — will do, but it seems fairly likely that it’s going to be a Roomba-esque robotic vacuum cleaner. The video shows a lab from a panoramic robot’s-eye view as scientists tinker with its parts and smaller bots buzz past at floor level.

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