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Check out the latest Android 8.0 Oreo features

Friday, August 25, 2017 Add Comment



Google do surprise us always when it comes to the release of anything new. This time also they didn't make any exceptions. The long waited Android 8.0 Oreo was released on 21st August in New York.
The Android Oreo will first be made available on Pixel and Nexus devices.

Here are the few coolest changes that had been done in the Android O...

1. Picture within Picture:
Multi-tasking will now be even easier with Oreo, as we will now be able to view an image or a video even being in a different screen. Unlike Nougat, we don't need to split the screen, within a small window we can now be able to see image or video, just like we do it in YouTube or VLC.

2. Fixed the Battery Issues:
The Doze Mode released in the Android Marshmallow had improved the battery life compared to it's previous versions. But this change is supposed to be resolve the remaining issues regarding the battery drains in Nougat.

3. Smart Text Selection:
This feature is undoubtedly a great one. On selecting a text, the OS will determine whether it is an address or email or phone number and will prompt options to either view the address in Map, or send mail to the id or call the number.

4. Auto-fill:
So, far we used to see this feature in Chrome, that whenever we fill in a form, Chrome fills the saved email or username or password automatically, now this feature will be available for every form we fill in our device.

5. Setting Menu:
The setting menu that we will gonna see in the new Oreo will be slightly different from that of Nougat devices. The setting options which we use most often will be available in the menu. Also the number of options have been reduced.

6. Notification Dots:
On new notifications for each app, there will be a dot over them, and on tapping them we can get a see a list of options that we may do.

7. Snooze Notification:
When a notification is there and we don't have much time to view it, we can just tap it and snooze the notification for sometime, after which it will again come back.

8. Wifi Aware:
This function works so that devices can communicate when they are close, via Wi-fi aware, without necessarily having to use the internet connection.

9. Rescue Part:
Another new Android 8.0 feature has been announced. Rescue Party will help prevent bootloops, one of the most dreaded mobile phone issues. When core system components are crashing over and over again, Android will notice and take steps to recover the device. As a final resort, it will reboot into Recovery Mode and give the option to factory reset the device. This feature will be enabled by default and doesn't require any special hardware, though it's only for phones running Android Oreo.

10. Adaptive Icons and Emojis:
Now, app icons will change it's shape according to the app developer's UI. It can appear circular or square depending on devices. And one of the new changes is the change in the emojis, which are now more round and gradient.

These were some of the newly updated features in the all new Android Oreo and also there are many more. Feel free to comment and do let us know, if there's anything we missed..

How to control your android smartphone from your computer?

Thursday, September 15, 2016 1 Comment
In some of the previous posts about controlling computers using our smartphones I found many of you asking for the opposite. That is controlling your smartphone using a computer. You can use your laptop's touch pad or mouse to browse your phone or do anything you prefer. Now, if your phone has support for otg cables then you can simply plug in a mouse to your device and do the same. But for the rest, whose devices do not have that support you can try out this handy trick.

Prerequisites

You will need to have a couple of things for this trick to occur. So, make sure you follow all the steps below and install the needed softwares.

1. Download Universal ADB Driver. Click here to download.
2. Install the ADB Driver by double clicking on the .msi file and following the instructions.
3. Install Vysor - Android Control on your android device. It's available in the Google Play Store.
4. Add the Vysor app from Chrome Web Store to your browser. Click here to land on app page.

Enabling USB Debugging

Hope you are done with all the previous steps. Now, you need to enable USB debugging on your device for this to work. So, if you have it enabled already skip to the next section else continue reading.

To enable USB debugging you must have Developer Options enabled in your device. To do it, go to "Settings-About Phone" and tap on "Build Number" seven times continuously. You will get the message that "You are a developer now".



After enabling Developer options open it and scroll down to USB debugging. Turn on the slider and press OK and you will have USB debugging ready.


Action Time!

You are ready now to test it out. Plug in your Android device to the computer using a USB cable. Open Vysor from Chrome Apps. Your phone will be auto detected in the app as shown below.


Click on "View" and accept the access on your phone and you are done. Within a few seconds you will see you phone screen opening in the app. 



Now you can control your phone using your laptop's touch pad. I tried to play Temple Run 2 using this(Although I did very bad). So, try it out and let me know your feed backs in the comments below.
  

How to turn your smartphone into a spy cam using Airdroid?

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 2 Comments
Well, first of all this is not a prank. It can be done. So, if you have an old smartphone that you barely use or if you just want to try out this trick then this will be a worth read for you. In this tutorial we will be using an application called Airdroid. So, atfirst you will need to install the app on the phone which you wish to turn into a spy cam.


App Links : 

Google Play : https://goo.gl/fTxbUc

*This app is currently not available on the iOS and windows platform. 

Connecting Device :

First open the app after installing it on your phone.

Now go to the link : web.airdroid.com

Now in the app click the scan button which will open the QR code scanner. Use that scanner to scan the QR code shown in the Airdroid website on your computer screen.


Spy Time :

In a flash you will log in and you can then see everything that's on your phone like music, videos, photos etc. You can also view the contacts and make calls or send messages straight from your computer.



From the menu, just click "Camera" and then the trick begins. You can now view everything on your computer screen that your phone's camera can see. Just walk around and test it out. But make sure you are connected to the internet while you do so. The best option would be to stay connected to any WiFi network for even better performance. When you are done spying you can simply turn it off by closing the window. You would notice one thing that the camera, when opened doesn't show up on your phone screen.





So, that's it for this short trick. There're several other features that you would find interesting but this one seemed the coolest to me. So, if you liked this article do not share it with your friends. Don't let them know your spy tricks. Have fun and for more articles like this subscribe to our blog.

RAM boosters on android are a myth - Reasons why you should not use them

Monday, August 08, 2016 Add Comment
RAM or Random Access Memory is a type of volatile memory that's incredibly fast. This memory is used by the system to store currently used instructions. This memory is automatically cleaned when the system shuts down.

During the early stages when Android came into the market it was very less optimized and had so many issues that consumers used to complain and most of them were regarding RAM management and multitasking failures. So, many developers back then came up with different applications that will kill the on-going tasks and boost the device. 

Well, back then those applications proved to be good for the consumers. But over the years Android has developed and grown into a much better optimized operating system. Today's Android is much more different than it was 3-4 years back. It doesn't have any of those optimization problems now and this is the fact which makes those applications out dated.



Windows vs Android RAM Management :

All of us like to have better amount of free RAM on our smart phones as we think that would increase the performance of the device but to be honest for our Android phones that's totally a myth. The source of this myth is our experience with the Windows computers. The RAM management in Windows and Android are completely different. 

When using a Windows computer we need to make sure that our system has enough free RAM to keep the applications running smoothly. It's because whenever task requirements are more than available RAM, Windows is forced to use hard drive as virtual memory to support the applications which is much slower compared to RAM.

But when we talk about Android the story is completely different here. Android is a very intelligent system. It has it's own service handler that makes optimal usage possible. On any Android device the applications that are frequently used like Whatsapp, Facebook, Messenger, Gmail etc are kept in a semi active state which means that all the important files needed to run the application are preloaded in the flash memory. Android's service handler monitors all these apps and whenever RAM is required for some operation it kills the app with least priority.

Problem of Task Killers :

So, now you know how both the systems implement RAM. Suppose you have installed any of the automatic task killers or RAM boosters and turned it on. This application would kill all the processes running in the background and many of them are necessary to run your frequently used applications. So, after boosting your device when you try to open those apps, the same files are loaded onto the flash memory back again which makes things bad for both the device and you SD card.

As you would know that Android uses SD card to store basic informations which is a flash memory and the major drawback of this is limited number of write cycles provided by the SD card. So, when you load the apps over and over again it puts a lot of pressure on the card as well and can decrease it's lifespan.

Even the developers of Android claim that when it comes to memory management we should leave it to Android itself as it knows what to do and when to do. The task killers available nowadays can do more harm than any good to your device. So just ignore using them and if you are looking for better ways to improve the performance of your Android device just check out the article below.



If you find this info worth it, don't forget to share it with your friends and if you got any questions or tips for other readers just post them in the comment section down there.

How to control your presentations using a smart phone?

Monday, August 08, 2016 Add Comment
Sarah is preparing for a presentation tomorrow and she is trying to find out ways to make it better and stand out from the rest. Unfortunately, she has lost her remote clicker pen to control the presentations without touching her laptop. But, now how would she do that?

Well, Sarah won't have to worry anymore now as there are applications that she can use to control presentation using her smart phone. And that's what I am going to show you all in this tutorial. There's an application provided by Microsoft called "Office Remote" that can be used to control your powerpoint presentations using your phone via bluetooth. 


Getting Started

First of all you need to install the app to get started. So, I am listing the links below for different stores depending on which ever operating system you are running on your device.

Google Play : https://goo.gl/O3DYK2

Windows Store : https://goo.gl/sdf7E4

Office Remote is currently not available on itunes but you can download Microsoft Remote Desktop on your iphone and give it a go. It's equally good.

PC Plugin

After you've installed the app on your phone you need the office remote plugin installed on your desktop or laptop. So, here's the link below just go here, download the plugin and install it as you do any other software.

Link : https://goo.gl/mEdFJv

Lets use it!

So, we are done with all the installations now and it's show time. Turn on bluetooth on your desktop or laptop and pair it with your device.

If you don't know how to do that, read this article : Using Bluetooth to transfer files on Windows 10

Now, just open any powerpoint presentation to test it out. If you have correctly installed the plugin mentioned above you should be able to see Office Remote in the menubar of powerpoint as shown below.


If you see that then just click it and "turn on" Office Remote again shown in the left side. If you don't find it then simply reinstall that and restart your pc.

After you have turned it on. Just open the app in your phone and make sure bluetooth is turned on over there. It will show you a list of paired devices to connect to. Choose your pc from that list. Then it will show you the office documents that are currently open in your pc as shown below.


Choose the document from the list and press it to open, When that opens in your phone you will find it opening in your laptop as well. So, projector can project that. You can press those arrows shown above to move over from slide to slide. You can also close the presentation by touching those three dots and then "End Show". There are several other handy functionalities as I have discussed below. 

Extra Features - Pro style!

The Pointer : 

In the above picture you can see that the preview of the next slide is shown. That itself is a benefit. Now just tap on that next slide preview and drag it towards your current slide and on your pc screen you will see a red pointer. Move you fingers and the pointer will follow you. This feature is handy when you are trying to refer to a specific position of a slide like highlighting some pie charts or something like that.


View All/Jump Slides : 

This application not only lets you switch between slides one after the other but you can also view all slides to jump to any particular one if you want. Just touch gallery icon and it will list all the slides in your ppt. From there you can simple touch and open any particular one.


The Timer/End Show/Last Slide :

Presentations can be tricky at times when you have to finish within a specific time limit. Well, now you don't have to calculate time while you are speaking. This app will do that for you. When you start the presentation the timer automatically initiates.



You can also go to the last slide or end the show from the app itself as I have mentioned before.



Now, that's all you need to know about this app for controlling your presentations. By this time some of you might be skeptical about the fact that I only talked about controlling powerpoint presentations, Well, you are right. This app can do a lot more than that. You can use it to control any document under Microsoft Office and that's why it's called "Office Remote". Just follow these same steps to open any other document as well. So, that's it. If you like this article just share it with your friends too and let them know about this awesome feature and subscribe to our blog for latest updates of more such tutorials.

Good Luck on your presentation! 

How to remove computer MALWARE using Command Prompt

Friday, August 05, 2016 1 Comment
       
" Warning! Your computer is infected! -
This computer is infected by spyware and adware.     ''
    
Are you frustrated with this kind of pop-up error message ,though having antivirus software  installed in your PC??A computer virus is basically a malware which can be harmful to your computer by replicating itself and its infective  property may damage your boot sector of the hard drive besides data.As example  'Ravmon' , 'New Folder.exe', 'Orkut is banned' etc.This adware or spyware may carry over through USB or Flash drive.

Now, in this case, you must follow the
steps given below to check unwanted files and folder in your Drive and delete it.
**Note that, this trick can also be used to remove unwanted files/folders from your Pen Drive too.
STEP1:If your file is virus infected then opening that file from its location may infect your system hard drive also.So,removing it from Command prompt is a better choice.

Open the command prompt and go to the tainted drive that has the infected file by typing "Drive name with colon"(D:)then press enter.
STEP 2:Now to check the presence of any unusual .exe file,type "attribe -s-h*.*/s/d"without quotation and then press enter.And proceed by typing "dir" which will show you all files/folders in that drive,

**attribe -s-h*.*/s/d  -This command mainly contains many kinds of attributes.Are you guys aware of all the attributes of any file/folder?
  • Read-Only(R): Read-Only attribute will prevent software programs from saving changes to a file.Note that this kind of file will not prevent it from being deleted.
  • Hidden(H):A file marked with the hidden attribute will be hidden from view under normal viewing conditions.
  • System(S):A file or directory used exclusively by the operating system which should  not be altered or deleted.
  • Directory(D):This attribute is tagged to folders or subfolders to differentiate them from files.
  • Archive(A):This bit is used by software applications that modify files as well as backup software as a “communication link”. 
  • Not Content Index(I):Windows has a search function which indexes all the files and directories in the drive in order to achieve faster results. 

**To view what attributes are assigned to a file, type the following:
ATTRIB C:\Folder\Filename.ext
STEP3:Now if you want to delete it then just type "RD autorun.info(i.e.name of file/folder to be deleted)" or rename it to delete it manually.(using command prompt if you want to rename the specific file then type rename "Path of files/folders to be deleted"(space)"Name that you want to give" or REN "Name of the files/folders to be deleted"(space)"Name to be given"
EX:rename "autorun.info" "example file.txt"

STEP4:You may delete that file from the directory after renaming it though anti -virus will not detect any malware in that drive now.

Guys ,no  doubt this is quite a long process but sometimes this trick may be useful  when one of your folders is troublesome by hanging your  PC when you open that folder.So deleting those .inf,.exe,.dll,.log extension files you may keep your system as well as pen drive malware free.
If you have any query regarding this you may comment us freely.








Cheaper and Better : Hot Smartphones That Got Price Cuts Recently

Cheaper and Better : Hot Smartphones That Got Price Cuts Recently

Saturday, July 30, 2016 Add Comment




Nowadays with numerous smartphone getting launched each month,we can clearly see that there is a fierce competition between various brands in making their products cheaper better and sellable as compared to others.For this  brands always adjust prices to give slightly competitive edge to older smartphone models and also to clear inventories.Here we see a list of smartphones which are still really well equipped with all the specifications but got price cuts recently due to various reasons..

So anyone who missed out on these due to tight budget have a look now: 



1.Vivo V3




Vivo has slashed the price of its recently launched smartphone V3.
Launched at Rs 17,980 the handset is now available at a price tag of Rs 14,980 quite a drop considering the specifications of the smartphone.








2.Moto X-Play



Motorola Moto X Play is currently selling at Rs 16,499. The smartphone was launched at Rs 16,999.The device is among the cheapest smartphones to offer IP68 waterproofing and a 21MP camera.






3.Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge



Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge now costs as low as Rs 40,000. It was launched at Rs 58,900,So that's around 20k drop in the price more than the actual price of some of the mentioned phones in this list :P







4.Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)


The ever reliable Moto G (3rd-gen) 16GB now bears a price tag of Rs 9,999.The price cut was announced after Motorola recently launched the Moto G4 Plus in India.







5.LG G4



LG’s last year flagship G4 has received a big price cut as well.It is now available for just Rs 34,999.The price cut is significant considering it hasn't been more than a year since its launch.





6.Lenovo Vibe S1



If other companies are making a price cut why should lenovo be left behind.Lenovo Vibe S1 smartphone was launched at Rs 15,999 and is now available for Rs 12,999, exclusively on Amazon India

7.OnePlus 2



The new and significant players OnePlus also went for a price cut, 16GB version of OnePlus 2 now costs Rs 20,999, while the 64GB version is available for Rs 22,999.The OnePlus 2 16GB variant was launched in India at Rs 22,999, while the 64GB variant was priced at Rs 24,999.

Have a good time shopping!

Pokémon Go: Gotta Catch Them All? Here is what you need to know

Friday, July 15, 2016 2 Comments

Right now, it feels like the world is divided into two groups: those who are playing Pokemon Go, and those who are wondering what on Earth the rest of us are talking about. Well, after a few years lying relatively low, Pokémon is making a bit of a comeback. The Nintendo-owned franchise, which exploded in popularity in the late 1990s, is again coming back— this time through Pokémon Go, its biggest entry into the mobile space. The brand new Pokémon Go game is such a viral hit that it’s already bigger than Tinder and is about to overtake Twitter in terms of daily active users

This game is a combination of virtual and the real world interaction  known as augmented reality.The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game. 
  • Developer     : Niantic
  • Publisher       : Nintendo
  • Distributor     : The Pokémon Company
  • Series           : Pokémon
  • Platform       : iOS, Android
  • Genre           : Augmented reality

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GAME
-You need to have stable internet connection at all the times and location access in order to play the game.
-On launching the app you'll need to use your Google account or sign up for a Pokémon Trainer Club account to link your Pokemon data to your device. 

CUSTOMIZE YOUR AVATAR
-After signing up, you can customize your digital avatar by choosing your gender, eye color, hair color, shirt, hat, pants, shoes, and the style of your backpack where all the items that you pick up on your journey are stored 
-You can view your avatar's information and game achievements  by tapping on the player icon at the bottom left corner of the screen.

POKEMON GO MAP
-It is the main area of the game which is nothing but animated version of Google Maps. 
-You can see roads, rustling grass which marks Pokémon in the area, and real world local landmarks disguised as PokéStops and Pokémon Gyms (explained later in the article).
-The app uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect you in the game  and as you move in the real world, your avatar does too.


POKÉSTOP
-These are real world locations like – churches, memorial plaques, statues, temples mosques.
-On reaching a PokéStop ,tap on the icon when it turns into a series of concentric circles and then spin it to get items like Pokéballs, snacks for Pokémon and medicines for battle-worn Pokémon.

POKÉMON GYMNS AND  BATTLES
-These are again, usually based around local landmarks, like cafes or town halls.
-Here you can battle with rival teams for control of the real world locations.
-Defeating an incumbent team can make you the new gym leader.
-Up to 10 pokémon can be housed at a gym 
-You can also train Pokemon at a friendly Gym which will increase your Gym's prestige and level.
-You can also challenge a rival Gym to lower its Prestige an level.
-You can either attack or dodge in battles.

START OF THE GAME
-Initially three Pokémon will appear in front of you. You can choose from Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle; after capturing one, the other two will disappear. 
-However if you walk away from the original three four times, you'll get a fourth starter Pokémon option-Pikachu.

CATCHING A POKEMON
-As you walk along other Pokemon will pop up on your map.
-Tapping zooms in on your avatar launches an augmented reality experience with the Pokémon dancing around amidst your surroundings. If you don't see it on the screen immediately in front of you, move your device around until it appears. There are arrows on the side of the screen to guide you in the right direction.
 

-Once you've found the Pokémon, it's time to throw a Poké Ball to try and capture it. 
-When trying to capture a Pokémon a ring appears around it which if is green is easier to catch, if yellow you have half chance while a red is probably the difficult to catch.
-Some Pokémon may jump out of your  Poké Ball after one or two shakes. However you can recapture it by throwing another  Poké Ball.
-There is a Nearby Pokémon on the bottom right corner of the screen to see which Pokémon are nearby.
-Special item like Incense, Lure Module can be used to attract Pokémon to your location.
-Pokédex contains complete  information on all the species you've already caught.
-Pokémon shows you all the Pokémons that you have caught.



POWER UP AND EVOLVING  A POKEMON AND LEVELLING UP THE TRAINER
-You need Stardust to power up your Pokémon which you get from capturing a Pokémon or hatching eggs.
-For evolving you'll need Candy which is specific to a partiular type of Pokémon. You get Candy the same as Stardusts or you can transfer duplicate Pokémon back to Professor Willow in exchange for the candy that helps to evolve Pokémon into their more powerful form.
-Your trainer – the character you play within the game – levels up by earning experience points for everything you do and slowly increasing in levels of experience. Higher the level of your trainer the rarer and more powerful pokémon you can attract and you’ll also get access to better pokéballs
-When you hit level 5 you’ll be able to join one of three local teams and train at their pokémon gym.


BE CAREFUL WHILE HUNTING
-Since walking around with your eyes glued to your phone is a bit of a safety hazard, the game is designed to allow you to keep your eyes free while you wander. You can keep your phone at your side while you walk; when you are near a Pokémon, you'll get a notification in the form of a vibration and (if your sound is turned on) the Pokémon's unique call.



BATTERY
-The app drains your battery very quickly, therefore you cannot play it all day long without any backups.
-It is suggested to close all your other apps and switch on battery saver in Pokémon Go’s settings and switch off AR when catching Pokémon or battling at the gym.


SHOP
-There is in app purchase options too where you can buy Pokécoins with which you can buy Poké Balls , Incense, Lucky eggs, Lure modules, Egg incubator, Bag upgrade, Pokémon Storage upgrade.

Pokémon Go has only officially released in the US, Australia and New Zealand
Niantic has been overwhelmed with the demand for Pokemon Go, and the biggest complaint is that the game's servers cannot keep up. This is the reason why the game's international release has been delayed.
It officially hasn't launched in India yet, but is easy to get if you have an Android phone.

         

“Pokémon, (gotta catch them all) it’s you and me/I know it’s my destiny/Pokémon, oh, you’re my best friend/In a world we must defend!”

GET UP AND GO! GOTTA CATCH THEM ALL 


Mi 5s to launch with dual rear camera

Saturday, July 09, 2016 Add Comment





After the launch of Mi 5, the Chinese smartphone company was working on it's successor, the Mi 5s. But, earlier news suggested that this new Xiaomi flagship may come with a dual rear camera. All the rumors was proved to be correct after the latest leak of the device. 

This is not all.. the Mi 5s is also going to come with a 6GB RAM with a SnapDragon 820 processor and a 5.5 inch FHD display. 
Apart from these the smartphone will also feature a finger-print sensor and a "Force Touch Technology".

It is expected that this device is going to be launched this year.

Fix - Windows 10 start button not working

Friday, July 08, 2016 1 Comment

Windows 10 surely has brought about a change in the windows industry and it has received a lot of positive feedback from the end-users. But it's still a new operating system and there are lots of bugs in it and today I will try to solve one of those. It was yesterday night when I found out that the windows start button was not functioning and even cortana was not functioning properly. I tried a lot a of things like running back end scripts and all that and nothing worked. Later I did this simple trick that solved my issue and will surely solve your's.

STEP 1 :

First you have to open "System Configuration". Now there are two ways to do so. Check out which one works for you.

1. First press "Windows key + R" to open Run. Then type "msconfig" and press Enter.
2. If your windows key is not working as well then press "Alt + Ctrl + delete" and open Task Manager. Click on "File" and then "Run new task". A prompt will open type "msconfig" in the prompt and press "Enter". 

Both the steps will open System Configuration window like this below.


STEP 2 :

Now in the System Configuration window move to the "Boot" tab. Select your windows (If you are running on Virtual Machine) and tick the checkbox for "Safe Boot". Select Manual and press OK.


Now the system might prompt you for a restart. But before doing it read the full article.

STEP 3 :

After restarting your machine you will enter safe boot and a minimal windows will open. There follow the above procedure to again open "System Configuration" and this time just do the opposite by deselecting "Safe boot" check box and press OK.


Then again you would have to restart your machine. This time your start button would be working. So, if it really works just come back here and let me know and if it doesn't still post it in the comment section I will get back to you as soon as possible. Have a great day!