Share files with others using Wi-Fi Direct

Connecting devices directly to one another is often seen as the job of Bluetooth, but Android offers another option in the shape of Wi-Fi Direct. So, what is Wi-Fi Direct? It is a wireless technology that enables users to connect directly. There is no need for users to be connected to a network or hotspot. However, users will need to have Android 4.0 or later to take advantage of the feature. Wi-Fi Direct is effectively a peer-to-peer connection and enables users to interact and operate, like Bluetooth, but at a greater range. Wi-Fi Direct is hidden away within the Settings menu and users will not find the feature with a cursory glance. A look inside the Wireless & Networks Wi-Fi settings menu reveals the hidden Wi-Fi Direct feature. Wi-Fi will need to be switched on for Wi-Fi Direct to be active. In addition, Wi-Fi Direct will need to be enabled on all devices that wish to connect. Multiple devices can be connected this way, dependent on support, ready to share files in double-quick time.

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Step by Step How to use Wi-Fi Direct

Find Wi-Fi Direct

To start using Wi-Fi Direct, you’ll need to first head to the Settings app on your Android device. This will display Wi-Fi under Wireless & Networks. This needs to be switched on for Wi-Fi Direct to work. Tap Wi-Fi to open and select Wi-Fi Direct from the menu.

Searching

The moment that Wi-Fi Direct is tapped in the menu the device will start searching for other devices. Only devices with Wi-Fi Direct switched on will be picked up. Before switching on another device, first take a note of the name given to the device. You’ll need this later on.

Other device

To connect two devices together, both need to have Wi-Fi Direct switched on. On the second device follow the instructions in step 1 to make sure that Wi-Fi is on along with Wi-Fi Direct. Again make a mental note of the name assigned to the second device.

Peer devices

The second device will now display the name it has been assigned along with the name of the other device under the Peer Devices heading. Hit search on the first device to display the name of the other device. Now both devices will be displaying a name under Peer Devices.

Send an invite

Connecting the two devices can be done on either device. Tap the name of the device, under Peer Devices and the Available line will change to Invited. This informs the user that an invitation has been sent to the selected device and is awaiting a reply.

Get connected

The receiving device will now have a message on screen named Invitation to connect. The user can now choose whether to accept the invitation or decline the invitation. Once the invitation has been accepted the two devices will wait to connect.

Up and running

When a device is connected, the status of both devices will change to connected. Heading back to the Wi-Fi list, the Wi-Fi Direct connection will now be there. This will adopt the name assigned to the connection under groups, eg DIRECT-0t-Android_93e94.

Rename device

The Wi-Fi Direct feature automatically assigns a name to the current device. The name is typically a prefix of Android with an alphanumeric after, eg Android e_895. Tap Rename device to give the device a more instantly recognizable name, making it easier to identify.

Remember groups

Each time a connection is made it is assigned an ID (see step 7). The connection details are stored for future use under Remembered Groups. This enables the same devices to connect without having to be invited. Tap the connection to remove or forget the group.

Multiple connections

Wi-Fi Direct offers the option to connect to more than a single device. However, it is worth noting that this feature is not supported on every device. If the feature is supported users will see Available devices with a check box next to it. Tap the checkbox next to the devices to connect.

Share an image

When a device or devices are connected with each other, users can start to transfer fi les from one device to another. To share an image, locate the folder that contains the images, for example, Gallery. Tap to select an image, then the Share icon and select Wi-Fi Direct.

Sharing files

Sharing files via Wi-Fi Direct is much the same process as using other options. Select the file, folder or app to share and tap the related Share icon. From the list, select Wi-Fi Direct to share. Note that Wi-Fi Direct will only appear on supported devices.

Disconnect

Wi-Fi Direct will keep the connection behind devices active until the user chooses to terminate the connection. To disconnect a device, simply head to the Wi-Fi screen and tap the name of the connected device. A message will appear; press OK to disconnect the current device.

Android Apps development

Android apps is using by millions of users now the days. Android is the most usable OS in the world now. There is more than 1.2 Billion Android apps users worldwide. Here I will discuss with you “How to develop Android apps”? Showing you some of the basic points that you have to keep in mind before Start developing Android apps.

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Learn the language for Android Apps

Predominantly, Android apps are written in Java. There are multiple versions of Java available for Android developers, with most using the x86 versions over the sometime problematic 64-bit version.

Using XML

At the backbone of what makes certain Android apps look great is XML. Using XML is a relatively easy way to take complete control of each and every design aspect of the app, without losing hours and hours stuck in messy code.

DIY apps

By scouring the web, you’ll now find several online app creators, enabling everyone to produce their own app. The MIT App Inventor is fairly straightforward for everyday users to get to grips with.

Do I need Android Studio?

Yes! Android Studio is a complete package for developers, helping them create, debug and test any new application. For new developers, it includes a template wizard which takes you through the entire development process.

Tools of the trade

The key thing any developer will need is to download the Android SDK file. Game developers will want to also download the Unreal Development Kit which powers many AAA mobile gaming titles.

Testing apps

The Android SDK fi le includes ‘monkeyrunner’, an API that can be used to scrutinize each aspect of the app before publishing. For seasoned developers, there’s also the much more advanced JUnit.

Learn SQL

Android uses SQLite to help keep a database of the inner workings of your app. The version that Android users have access to is a more stripped back offering than the full SQL database.

Tablet apps made easy

Use Android Studio to ensure your app is also tailored for tablets and other devices. Within this suite you can implement flexible layouts which can then be optimized to fit a wide range of screen sizes.

Master the Android Asset Studio

Everything from the Roboto font to the inner workings of the Holo theme can be found in the Android Asset Studio. It’s the best way to keep your app in line with pure Android.

The cost of publishing

Google charge a one-off fee of $25 to distribute apps. When uploading an app, the APK can’t be bigger than 50MB. You can include up to 4GB of additional file downloads if needed.

Built-in Windows 8 tweaks

Windows 8 offers all kinds of customization opportunities, and the first crops up only seconds after you turn on your PC. How would you like to have your PC display a custom message before the Lock screen appears? It could be a reminder or a even a warning of some kind. Setting this up is easy. First launch REGEDIT and browse to HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoft Windows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon. Then double-click the option ‘LegalNoticeCaption’ and set its value to the title of your message. Double-click ‘LegalNoticeText’ and set its value to the message itself. That’s it, you’re done – the message will appear when you next reboot. With any welcome message out of the way, you’ll normally see the standard Windows 8 Lock screen. The default background image in windows 8 is a bit bland, but the Bing app can help you find a new one. Launch it and check out the current images, then right-click on your favorite and select ‘Set As Lock screen’ to use it.

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Start screen

The Start Screen looks great in windows 8, but one problem is you get very little control over the size of your Live tiles. One way around this is to tell the system you have a different size monitor. Windows 8 may then re-scale your Start screen to make the tiles larger or smaller. Launch REGEDIT and browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE MicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion ExplorerScaling (create the Scaling key if you don’t see it). Right-click in the right-hand pane, select ‘New > String value’ and call it Monitor Size. Double-click ‘MonitorSize’, and give it a value representing the monitor size (in inches) you’d like to use – ‘21’, for example. Using a value larger than your actual monitor size should produce smaller tile sizes, while a smaller value normally increases tile size. This doesn’t always work, and you may have to experiment with different values, but it’s worth a try. Don’t forget you’ll need to reboot to see changes.

Coping with faulty hardware

Your PC’s failing? Here’s how to get by…

Even the most expensive PC can be brought down by simple problems, like a mouse that stops working, but there are some tricks to help you get by. Click ‘Control panel > Ease of access > Change how your mouse works > Turn on Mouse keys’. Click ‘setup Mouse keys’ to configure your system, then you’ll be able to use the arrow keys on your numeric keypad to move the mouse cursor, left-click, etc. Your speakers have stopped working? Click ‘Ease of access > Replace sounds with visual clues’, check ‘Turn on visual notification for sound’ and you can setup your PC to flash a program window, for instance. If your keyboard has failed, then running OSK.EXE (the on-screen keyboard) will help until you can get another. Maybe you can’t see the text cursor on a laptop screen – click ‘Ease of access > Optimize visual display’ and increase its thickness to whatever you like.

Revitalize your desktop

Refresh your PC with new backgrounds, icons, sounds and more If you’re bored of the regular Windows desktop wallpaper then right-click the desktop, click ‘Personalise > Desktop background’ and you can choose from various bundled images, your own pictures and even solid colours. If that’s not enough, right-click the desktop, click ‘Personalise > Get more themes online’ and a browser window will open at Microsoft’s Themes page. A Theme is a collection of backgrounds, colours and sounds, and the site has hundreds available, organised into categories like animals, art, movies, landscapes and more. Just browse the site, and download what you need. Sometimes you might like just one wallpaper from a theme, but this doesn’t have to be a problem. Extract the contents of the theme pack file (or install 7-Zip from www.7zip.org) and use whatever images you need.

Launch Windows 8 apps from the desktop

You don’t need to use the Start screen to access apps – we’ll show you how If you spend most of your time on the Windows 8 desktop, then accessing an app isn’t straightforward. You’ll normally have to switch back to the Start or Search screens, then find and launch it manually. Create the right shortcut, though, and you could launch any of the regular Windows 8 apps directly from your Taskbar. To try this with the New app, right-click your desktop and select ‘New > Shortcut’. Type cmd.exe /c start bingnews: && exit into the Location box and click ‘Next’. Type News as the name and click ‘Finish’. Right-click the new shortcut, select ‘Properties > Change icon’ and choose something appropriate. Sites like www.iconarchive.com have lots of free icons to try. You can now double-click the icon at any time to launch the News app. This handy solution also works well with other apps, so feel free to get customising your Taskbar!

Set your default programs

Launch the right application whenever you double-click a file In theory, double-clicking a photo should open it in your favourite image editor. Windows 8 doesn’t always use the right default programs, but it’s easy to fix. Launch Control Panel and click ‘Programs > Set your default programs’. Browse the list of programs on the left, looking for and selecting whatever you’d prefer to use to open JPEG’s or any other file type. If you want that program to handle every file type it possibly can, click ‘Set this program as default’. If you would like more control, click ‘Choose defaults for this program’ and you’ll see a list of every file type the program can open. Check the box next to anything you’d like it to handle (or check ‘Select all’ for the full set), click ‘Save’, and double-clicking a file of that type should open it in the

FACEBOOK PRIVACY KEEP YOUR DETAILS PRIVATE

Master Facebook privacy settings page to keep your all-important personal information private. Despite only being founded in 2004, Facebook now has well over a billion users sharing their thoughts, photos and more. However, as it’s grown in popularity – and with people putting more and more personal details on the site – the question of privacy has come firmly to the fore for Facebook users. The really worrying thing about all this is that criminals can easily gain access to your information, making it simple for them to target you – whether that’s with seemingly harmless spam, or by stealing your identity. Facebook doesn’t make it obvious that your privacy is at stake, either. The good news, however, is that you can easily adjust Facebook’s settings to determine exactly which people get to see what’s on your profile.

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New Facebook privacy controls

When you share on Facebook, make sure you’re sharing it to the people you want to, otherwise it’ll go out indiscriminately to everyone on your Friends list. If you’re not careful, it may even go out to everyone on Facebook. On your main Facebook homepage, click on the drop-down arrow next to Home and select ‘Privacy Settings’ from the list that appears.

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Access restrictions

You can lock down your entire profile in one fell swoop ensuring any future updates can only be viewed by a select few. Click on the ‘Edit’ option next to ‘Who can see your future posts?’ and then choose ‘Custom’ from the drop-down menu that appears. To ensure only your approved friends can see your updates, click ‘Share this with’ and select ‘Friends’.

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Extra control

If you want to be a little more particular about who you share with, click on ‘Specific People or Lists’ and in the text box below type the name of the person or organisation that you want to share all your updates with. Alternatively, if you want to exclude a certain person, group or organisation, type the names in the text box underneath ‘Hide this from’.

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Share on the fly

Alternatively, you might want to choose who you share with as and when you make an individual update to your Facebook account. To do this, write something in the status box on your profile page or choose a photo to share – when you’re ready, click the drop-down menu button next to ‘Post’ and select who you want to add to from the list that’s generated.

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Disguising your presence

To gain a little more control over your other Facebook activities, go back to the main page on your Facebook account and click on the little ‘padlock’ icon next to the Home button. Now, under ‘Who can contact me?’ click on the drop-down menu located underneath ‘Who can send me friend requests’ and select the option called ‘Friends of friends.

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Play tag

If a friend tags you in a photo on Facebook, it will automatically appear on your Timeline – but what if you don’t want it to? The answer is to get Facebook to request your permission each time. To do this, Go to your homepage, click on ‘Activity log > Posts You’re Tagged In’. From here, hit the ‘gear’ icon at the top and enable the ‘Timeline Review’ controls.

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Hide from search engines

You can’t escape being publicly searched for, but if you keep your profile private, nobody can see what your status updates or photos. You can also make sure your Timeline doesn’t appear in searches, too. Go to ‘Privacy Settings > Who can look me up > Do you want other…’, click ‘Edit’ – from here, untick ‘Let other search engines link to your Timeline’.

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See how you look

It’s a good idea to check how your page looks to the rest of the world – this will give you an idea of just how private (or open) it is. Navigate to your profile page ‘cog’ icon, and in the drop-down menu select ‘View As’. By default, it appears as ‘Public’, but you can set it to appear as a specific person. Hit ‘OK’-now your Facebook page will be as private as you want it to be.

10 Things you need to know about Android Privacy

Every time when we use Android we should aware about some privacy Settings. Here I am showing you some tips that you need to know about Android Privacy.

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Hide apps

There are plenty of apps available on the Play store that can help password protect the apps stored on your phone. One of the best is NQ Mobile Vault, which adds an individual PIN number to each app, enabling you to keep them safe from prying eyes. This is particularly useful if you use your phone for mobile banking.

Remain hidden online

All of the main Android web browsers contain a private browsing feature of some kind that enables you to browse the internet without leaving any virtual track of what you’ve been searching for, or the websites you’ve been visiting. Perfect if you’ve been doing some present shopping.

Stop Intruders

Some applications come with a brilliant feature that will take a snapshot of anyone who tries to get into your phone when you’re not near your device. This is a great feature to add if you want to keep messages, emails and other files private.

Manage Google apps

There’s no denying that Google collects a lot of data about you through its range of apps, but it’s easy enough to remove and stop any collected data getting to the internet giant. Go on to the Chrome Browser and find the Apps section from which you’ll be able to manage each individual Google app and control the data it has collected.

Facebook posts

Depending on how open you’re on Facebook, it’s possible to keep your posts private from everyone on your friends’ list and instead specifically select the people you want to share that post with. A great way of keeping on top of privacy.

Location sharing

Another key privacy issue to consider is geo-tagging, especially when you create posts on various social media sites. If your GPS isn’t turned off you’ll find that most sites include a location sharing feature that lets people know exactly where your current location is when you post.

Checking app permissions

When you download an app, make sure that you check out the various app permissions that come as standard. With many of the bigger applications, especially social media ones, you’ll find that permissions can be pretty intrusive on your device. Have a close look at them.

Online storage (making files private)

Apps like Google Drive and Dropbox are great solutions for those needing some cloud storage, but one of the features that are usually forgotten about is that each fi le you upload can be made privately available to a handful of users.

Removing search history

Every time you conduct a Google search, the app automatically saves the history of the search. Google in turn will then target adverts at you based on your history. Go to the Settings in Google Search to remove your history and to keep your searches private.

What has been reported?

One app you should definitely download is Clueful, a clever piece of software that shows you how your installed apps use your data. The software then scans the applications on your device in great detail to provide fixes from them and make them safe to use without your data being distributed around.

Unlock the Secrets of your Windows Phone with these Top Tips

Windows Phone 8 can do some pretty incredible stuff, so we’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you get the most from your nifty little handset.

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Use Windows Phone settings

Windows Phone has dozens of settings that you can adjust to suit your needs. Choosing the right settings for you is key to a more enhanced Windows Phone. Your settings are in the Applications tab on the Settings menu, so swipe right and start tweaking.

Reset Windows Phone

It’s a last resort if you’re having a problem, but resetting your Windows handset is easy. There’s no complicated combination of buttons required, just choose ‘Settings > System > about’ and tap the ‘Reset phone’ button at the bottom.

Send an MMS with your Windows Phone

There’s no separate inbox or app for multimedia messages in Windows Phone – they simply appear in your message inbox. Just write your text message, tap the Attach button & choose the file you want to include.

Locate your missing handset

The Find My Phone tool at www.windowsphone.com can help you find a misplaced handset. In case your phone goes missing and runs out of power, simply go to ‘Settings > System > Find My Phone’. From here, you can ask your handset to relay its location periodically so you’ll know where it was when the better flat. Perfect for avoiding a phone-based panic!

Pick a Color for your Tiles

If you find your phone’s default color scheme a little garish, choose ‘Settings > Theme’ and you can change the Tile color for its built-in apps and some third-party ones. You can choose a whole host of colors to suit just about any mood, style or preference.

Pick to Flick

Windows Phone is all about tapping and swiping, but when you’ve zoomed in to a photo, swiping only pans around. If you want to see the next image (whether it’s in an album, the camera roll or a Facebook photo feed), pinch to zoom back out as far as possible.

Tap to shoot

You can tap anywhere in the camera viewfinder to focus & snap a shot. Some phones focus on the center of the screen when you tap. In this case, press the camera button halfway down, move all the way down.

Sync your photos

Windows Phone and SkyDrive work together to make it easy to automatically upload your photos to the cloud. In just a couple of taps, you can set your phone to save all your snaps to Microsoft SkyDrive automatically, either at full resolution or at a smaller size.

Get more symbols

If you’re using a keyboard, the arrow key on the left of the lowest row of symbols and emoticons brings up a second page, so if you need the euro symbol or a smiley that looks like a cat, just tap here.

Even more symbols

Other keys also display extra symbols when you press and hold them. The bracket key conceals angled and curly parentheses; the dash can give you underscore and tilde and vowels also include accents.

Different keyboards

Keyboards are also context sensitive. Windows Phone has various different keyboards, with extra keys. For example, you’ll see a .co.uk or .com button when you’re entering a web address within Internet Explorer.

Perform group actions

If you have a load of emails that you need to move in bulk or send to the trash, you can do this easily by selecting them just as you would on a PC. Tap to the left of any message in your inbox to reveal a row of checkboxes, then select multiple messages.

Fix international numbers

Windows Phone 8 is good at stripping out brackets and dealing with country codes for international numbers, but if you go abroad, turn on International assist in ‘Phone > More > Settings’.

Quick dialing

You can pin the people you talk to most to your Windows Phone 8 Start screen. You can then tap to see what they’re up to, and call, email or send them a message on Facebook. The ones you contact the most will be in the ‘Recent’ section of the People hub.

Rate tracks with Windows Phone 8

Tap the album thumbnail to access the Rating system. Tap once to fill in the heart (‘Love it’), tap again to break the heart (‘Hate it’). You can tell the Zune software not to sync tracks with a broken heart rating, which will get rid of the one awful track on your favorite album.

Master your Tiles

To move a Tile on the Start screen, tap and hold it until it pops into the foreground. If you move a Tile to a spot that’s already occupied, the original Tile will be moved out of the way. When you’ve Finish moving tiles, tap start again.

Link contacts

Your Windows Phone 8 address book automatically links people with similar details, and suggests more tenuous links (which, in our experience, tend to be very accurate). Tap the ‘Link’ icon to approve suggestions, break links and connect contact information.

Speed through your address book

When browsing your contacts in the People hub, tapping the letter at the beginning of each alphabetical section shows you a handy alphabet screen to choose from.

Play your entire music collection

Press the ‘Play’ arrow that hovers next to the menu in the Music & Videos hub to play your entire music library. Tap the ‘Look ahead’ list to get the full scrolling playlist, or swipe left and right to skip forward and back between tracks.

Listen to your text messages

If you’re short on time or are driving, you can have the Speech app on your phone read your incoming text messages aloud via a Bluetooth headset or through the phone’s built-in speaker. You can also reply using your voice. Simply follow step 35.

Connect an unlocked phone

To change the APN details on an unlocked Windows Phone, you’ll need to choose ‘Settings > Mobile network > Add an APN’. Make sure the ‘Network selection’ dropdown is set to ‘Automatic’.

Add to Favorites

If you want to save a webpage for posterity, it’s easy in Windows Phone 8. Go to the menu in the bottom right of the Internet Explorer page, then tap ‘Add to Favorites’. You can then choose what you want to save the link as.

Search without copy and paste

You can highlight text in the Windows Phone 8 version of Internet Explorer and hit the ‘Search’ button to look it up in Bing. It’s a really ingenious way of searching with your Windows Phone.

Make apps rotate

Annoyingly, not all apps rotate. It depends how they’ve been written, so if tilting the phone doesn’t make a difference, you’ll probably have to scroll through as normal. Most apps are written correctly, so this shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but some can be a little frustrating.

Navigate in documents

When you open Word and Excel different sections, charts and so on. Tap the ‘List’ button to see it. For a Word document, you’ll just see brief bits of text that enable you to jump around the document.

Make to-do lists

You can easily add tasks to the Calendar app in Windows Phone 8. Add an event to your calendar, give it a due date and it’ll also show up in the Agenda and Day views. For extra insurance, add a reminder. In the Calendar app too.

Set up Kid’s Corner

Keep your little ones happy and, more importantly, safe. Kid’s Corner lets you choose what apps and content your children can access. Go to ‘Settings > System > Kid’s Corner’ to turn it on and choose what content you’re happy for them to see.

Make reading easier

To make your phone easier to read (very useful if you have a vision problem), use the Ease of Access option. In the App list, go to ‘Settings > Ease of Access’, where you can make the text size bigger, set a high-contrast theme and much more.

Filter social updates

You can filter social feeds if you feel like you’ve been buried in social the go, depending on what updates you want. On the ‘What’s new’ panel in your People Hub, tap ‘All accounts’, then tap the account you want to see.

Customize Internet Explorer

You can easily set up Internet Explorer just as you want it. Go to your Internet Explorer settings to choose what you want the browser’s address bar button to do: stop loading or refresh a page, take you to your tabs or go straight to your Favorites to access a list of all your chosen sites.

Take a screenshot

With your Windows Phone 8 handset, you can take a screenshot of whatever’s on your phone’s screen, save it in the Photos Hub and share it with the world. Press & hold the ‘Start’ and ‘Power’ buttons at the same time to capture whatever is currently on your screen.

Share links with a friend

With Internet Explorer, it’s easy to Share link with someone when you find something interesting on the web. Just tap the three dots at the bottom right of the screen, then select ‘Share page’. You can share it via a social network, SMS or email.

Hear your emails

If you’re composing an email on the move, why not try dictating it instead? Tap ‘Speak’ in any email document, then use the Speech app to have your say hands-free. Try to talk naturally, but be aware it won’t necessarily recognize every idiosyncrasy of your speech or accent.

Flick to see apps

It’s easy to access all the apps on your Windows Phone. In case you haven’t worked it out, you can flick left form the Start screen to see your app list. Tap any letter to see the entire alphabet.

Add a room or group

Rooms are an invitation-only place on your phone, where you can share a private calendar, group chat, photos, videos, and notes. To add a room, go to ‘People’, Then flick left & right to ‘together’. Tap the ‘+’ icon to create a new room.

Play it safe

With more of us storing key information on our phones, it’s important to back up your app list, settings, texts and photos. In the App list, go to ‘Settings > Backup’ to turn it on. There you can find out when your phone was last backed up.

Get word suggestions

As you type, Windows Phone 8 will give you word suggestions depending on what you’re writing. This tool is called the Word Flow Keyboard, and will predict the next word in your sentence. The keyboard on your Windows Phone 8 will now make better predictions based on your input.

Personalize your own Lock screen

In the main App list, go to ‘Settings > Lock screen’ to see all the ways to personalize your Lock screen, including which app updates you want to see there. Here you can fully personalize the Lock screen of your Windows Phone handset.

Change the look of your Windows Phone

The Lock screen of your Windows Phone 8 can display a beautiful new image from Bing every day. In the App list, go to ‘Settings > Lock screen’, and under ‘Background’, tap ‘Bing’. You’ll then see a stunning high resolution image that matches what’s on Bing’s homepage that very day. It’s a great way to keep your phone looking fresh with minimal effort.

Share a contact

On any contact card within People, tap the ‘More’ button in the bottom right and you’ll see a menu that lets you delete and share contacts. You can email contacts, or send them via email, depending on which account you have configured on your device.

Clear inbox clutter

Building up a messy inbox is easy, so why not group your emails into easy to- view conversations? If you have more than one email account synchronized with your Windows Phone 8 device, you can streamline your inboxes by merging them (the accounts stay separate). Access one of the accounts you want to link, then tap ‘More > Link inboxes’.

Collaborate in Office

If you’re collaborating on a report or presentation with a colleague, you can use SkyDrive to share the document, then pin it to the Start screen to keep an eye on the latest draft. To open a document from SkyDrive (with in the office app),Simply flick  across to ‘Places’.

Pin other stuff

You can pin almost anything to the Start screen. In Games, tap and hold the game you want to pin, then tap ‘Pin to Start’. In Internet Explorer, tap the three dots (the ‘More’ button) in the bottom right and then tap ‘Pin to Start’.

It’s all about you

Use the Me card on your Start screen to share and stay in touch – it’s the place to post to social networks, update your profile pic, etc. It’s like the people Hub but for the stuff you’re interested in, rather than what everybody else likes.

Personal shopper

In the Windows Phone Store, you can get app recommendations tailored to your tastes. In the Store, tap ‘Apps’ or ‘Games’, then select ‘Picks for You’. You’ll see a list of apps based upon your previous purchases and downloads.

Switch between apps

What if you want to keep your place in a game, but you need to read an email too? No problem. Just press and hold the ‘Back’ button to open the App Switcher and view any recent apps.

Turn off Data Roaming in Windows Phone 8

Unless your mobile operator has given you a great roaming plan or you have an expense account at work, you probably don’t want to pay data costs when you travel abroad. You can turn off data roaming in Windows Phone by going to ‘Settings > Mobile network’.

Play & Pause

Windows Phone 8 has some really good media controls, but unfortunately they’re not very obvious. Wherever you are on the handset, you can press the volume keys. This will show you the media controls at the top of the screen.

See Recent Attraction

In a Contact Card, flick to History section to see any recent calls, texts and emails with that particular person. You can then tap one to make a call or write a reply. It’s the best way to see what contact you’ve had and to respond to messages via the right medium.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Review

Liked the S4 but felt it was just that bit too fragile? Then the Galaxy S4 Active may just be your dream phone.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung is certainly flogging the S4 brand as far as it can. Multiple configurations of the original device, plus the Mini, the Zoom and the Active give us a group of products that don’t all share the same design language and don’t all share the same specs, but which collectively flesh out the S4 range. The Galaxy S4 Active is, in many respects, the least interesting of them all, but, ironically, might just be the best.

The Galaxy S4 Active is a partially ruggedized handset with an IP67 certification. This means it is totally protected against dust, and protected against immersion in water up to one meter deep. In most practical instances this simply means that you will be able to use the device in the rain without any fear of it becoming damaged, although Samsung has added an Aqua Mode to the camera app to help improve image quality taken underwater.

To use the Galaxy S4 Active underwater you need to ensure that the seal on the USB port on the bottom is tightly closed, as is the removable back plate (which provides access to the replaceable battery, SIM and memory card slots). The headphone jack on the top has no cover, but is fully water resistant. It’s a slightly more elegant setup than we saw on Sony’s toughened devices, with its full suite of external ports each with their own seal. The device continues to function well underwater, but the touch screen does not respond, so there’s a limited amount you can use it for. To take underwater snaps you use the volume buttons to activate the shutter.

Apart from this feature the Galaxy S4 Active is broadly the same as the S4. The design has been tweaked to allow for the ruggedisation – it’s a tad thicker (91.mm compared to 7.9mm) and 23g heavier, but still feels great in the hand. There are physical buttons below the screen, and though they do give the handset something of an old school look, they function well enough. Otherwise it’s pretty much the same story, with the perfectly positioned power button beneath your right thumb, an IR port on the top edge and a loud speaker on the rear. Plus, it’s still defiantly plastic. On the whole it feels a little less sleek than the original S4, but retains its consumer looks well. Some may even prefer this version.

There are two key differences on the hardware specs. First is the display. It is still full 1080p HD, and still looks stunning, but the technology has been switched from AMOLED to TFT. We struggled to notice any difference here: the blacks may not be quite as black, yet the colors are still incredibly vibrant and the text as crisp as ever.

More significantly, the camera has been downgraded. The sensor has been reduced from 13 megapixels to eight, and the aperture reduced from f2.2 to f2.6. The lens is also wider: 3.7mm (28mm equivalent) compared to 4.2mm (32mm). The specs in the Galaxy S4 Active’s camera are remarkably similar to those in the S III, in fact, and the resulting images are on a par with that, albeit with a better camera app and improved processing to get more from your shots. It’s still a good camera, and lacks the shutter lag we noticed on the S4. A couple of the sensors have also been dropped, including the thermometer and humidity sensor. These are niche features that won’t concern most users.

The other key specifications are the same: quad-core 1.9GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 2600mAh battery and so on. Our test device had 16GB of internal storage, of which around 11GB was free, comparing favorably to the 9GB in the original S4’s launch setup.

The software is essentially identical to the Galaxy S4 Active, with all the bells and whistles loved and hated in equal measure. To recap, this means the phone is more TouchWiz than Android. There’s lots of touch less gestures that frequently don’t work, lots of S-branded apps that replace (or double up on) the stock Android and Google apps, cartoony icons aplenty, and a default setup that makes a ludicrous ‘plop’ sound every single time you touch the screen. For better or for worse, TouchWiz is an incredibly rigorous skin aimed at the mass market, and the mass market has lapped it up.

With little in the way of price difference between the S4 and this S4 Active model it’s hard to find a reason not to recommend the latter. It’s arguably nicer, certainly tougher, and even the differences in the camera output are negligible. The waterproofing of phones is very much a trend we’re in favor of, and by the time the S5 comes along next year we’d like to think it will have become a standard feature.

Technical specs Galaxy S4 Active

» Operating system ……………Android 4.2.2

» Processor ……………………………..Qualcomm 1.9GHz quad-core

» Memory …………………………………2GB RAM, 16GB storage

» Dimensions …………………………139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1mm

» Weight ……………………………………153g

» Display size ………………………….Five-inch

» Display resolution ……………1080 x 1,920 pixels

» Expansion slot ………………….. micro SD

Waterproof jack

The headphone jack is not sealed but is waterproof. The screen doesn’t work underwater, but the physical buttons do.

TFT display

The screen has switched from AMOLED in the S4 to TFT in the Active. We couldn’t tell the difference – it’s still a super-bright, super-sharp 1080p panel as good as any around

Physical Buttons

In a throwback to a different age, the Active comes with physical menu and back buttons flanking the home key. As always with Samsung devices, the back key is on the right, when more logically it would be positioned on the left

Water resistant

The Active’s selling point is that it is water proof. You need to ensure the back cover is secured tightly, and then you can use the device in the rain without a care

Thicker

The Galaxy S4 Active  is 1.2mm thicker than the S4 and feels weightier too. It feels pretty good in the hand.

Battery life

Battery life is excellent and should easily get you beyond a day of use.

More information Galaxy S4 Active visit www.samsung.com

5 Most Expensive Apps for your Phone

The largest apps store in the world is  Apple Store , with more than 900,000 apps in total, consisting of both free and paid apps. Although 10 percent of iOS apps are now paid, according to app analytic provider Flurry, some are expensive beyond imagination. Here I am sharing “The 5 Most Expensive Apps for your Phone.”

5 Most Expensive Apps for your Phone

Expensive Apps

iVIP BLACK

iPhone+ |£699.99/$999.99

This app Rank first in the list Most Expensive Apps. This is the ultimate app for one presenter. Not content to set itself at the highest price bracket the App Store has to offer, this exclusive app requires all users to prove that they are worth £1 million ($1.5 million) before they can make use of its premium features. Still, unlike many of frivolous apps in this list, iVIP Black justifies its price tag. Membership into this inner circle includes a welcome pack and surprise gifts, but the actual function of the app is to provide a ‘luxury discovery engine.’ This includes access to an on-demand concierge service and special deals on exclusive hotels, restaurants, yachts, private jets, private security, and personal trainers. Joining iVIP also allows access to member services like iVIP ‘Anything, Anywhere’ that sources whatever you ask for and the iVIP Watch Finding Service for rare or exclusive chronometers. If you would like to sample the app for yourself but don’t have a seven-figure salary, spin-off apps are available at lower rates. iVIP Blue is available for £99.99 and includes some of the same features as the upper echelon app, and iVIP Red is entirely free, offering previews of the services. iVIP London and NYC also provide VIP treatment in two of the world’s most stylish cities for both residents and visitors. iVIP founder Matthew Rowe told the Wall Street Journal that the company has more than 150,000 users across all these apps, but declined to say how many were paying users.

SAFESESSION VOICE ENCRYPTION

iPhone | £199.99/ $299.99

If films like Inception, Duplicity and Paranoia have taught us anything, it is that, in the dog-eat-dog world of big business, making a fortune can depend on the smallest details and corporate espionage is rife. SafeSession Voice Encryption protects your phone calls so that you have a safe space in which to discuss confidential dealings. The app encrypts all information before transmitting it across an internet channel to ensure security – though only if both callers use SafeSession – so you will have to talk colleagues into writing the purchase of as a £200 business expense. Acting as both your address book and default phone, Safe Session is simple to use despite its sophistication.

BOFFO FUN TIME GAME PAX 2

iPhone | £199.99/$299.99

Ideal for the Japanophile with yen to spend on the App Store, Boffo Fun Time Game Pax 2 describes itself as a pachinko machine for your mobile device. A pachinko is a mechanical toy, somewhere between a slot machine and a pinball table, in which players try and collect balls to earn tickets for prizes. This app includes a virtual version of this game, plus three others – including one in which you repeatedly punch a clown in the face. Like Sexy Finger PrintTest HD, the app hasn’t been updated for several years and is beginning to show its age, but in the context of being an arcade attraction, the garish colour scheme works well.

SEXY FINGER PRINT TEST HD

iPhone | £69.99/ $99.99

With this decadent download, holding your index finger down on the touchscreen provides you with a ‘sexy score’ and your digit’s temperature. Users can then share this need-to-know information straight to Facebook, so all their friends can learn both how much money they have to burn and exactly how desirable they are in a single status update. In fairness, Sexy Finger Print Test HD is also one of the cheapest apps in this line up. The fact it also encourages users to check their scores at least once a day also implies it’s for regular use rather than just decoration. This is probably a good thing, since it hasn’t been updated since November 2010 and the graphics are now looking very low rent for such a highly priced app.

I AM RICH LE

iPhone | £6.99/$9.99

Once the preserve of the ludicrously rich, the unashamedly titled I Am Rich app cost almost $1,000. Described as a work of art by its German creator Armin Heinrich, the app simply displayed a glowing red jewel in the center of the screen that would reveal an inspirational mantra when tapped. It read: “I am rich/ I deserv[sic] it/ I am good,/ healthy &/ successful. “Only eight plutocrats purchased the app, six in the US, one in Germany and one from France. Two of them were later refunded claiming they had bought the app by mistake. One going by the username Lee5279xx posted a review of I Am Rich labeling it ‘a ridiculous scam. ’While in fact the I Am Rich app only did what it said in its App Store description, this which of foul practice was seemingly enough to scare o_ Apple. I Am Rich was pulled from the App Store within 24 hours of launching in August 2008. However, within this 24-hour window the app netted Armin Heinrich a windfall of £3,610 after Apple had taken its 30% commission of $1,547.While remaining a legend of App Store conspicuous consummation, its sequel I Am Rich LE (short for ‘limited edition’), doesn’t quite live up To the reputation. The app includes the same shining ruby gemstone and mantra (now with a correctly spelt ‘deserved’), plus a built-in calculator, but costs a hundredth of the price (£6.99 rather than £699.99), removing the status of exclusivity that made it so famous in the first place.

These are the some of the most Extensive Apps. if you know more. Please share with us.

Use Android as second Display for your PC

We all dream about being able to work from home some days and with a combination of your Android smartphone, alongside an ingenious app, it’s easier than ever to take your work with you, wherever you are. You can Use Android as second Display for your PC, Through the Air Display app, users can extend their computer’s display directly onto their smartphone, while not losing out on any of the functionality that your desktop computer usually has over a smartphone. It also acts as a good way to turn your phone into a personal computer, and when paired with both a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, users will soon be able to rely more on their smartphone for their everyday computer usage. In this tutorial we’ll guide you through the process of both downloading and connecting your smartphone to your desktop wirelessly through Air Display. We’ll then look at some of the best uses for Air Display and the great ways it can improve the functionality of your smartphone while connected.

Android as second Display for your PC

How to Use Android as second Display

Download the app

Download both the Air Display app from the Google Play store and also the necessary software from the Air Display website. The app supports both PC and Mac, so make sure you download the correct software or you’ll soon run into compatibility issues

Connect devices

A new icon should now appear on your desktop toolbar which will act as the gateway for the Air Display software. Press on the icon to bring up a separate menu, while also opening the app on your phone, and you should see your phone listed under connected devices.

Manage settings

The two devices will connect and your phone’s screen will automatically transform into a replica of your computer’s display. Once connected, make sure you go back to your desktop and edit the various settings in Air Display to make navigating on your phone easier.

Start browsing

You’ll want to first get used to the idea of having your desktop on your phone, so make sure to browse your device to get acquainted to the layout. Although most of your installed programs will work without issue, some may struggle with the altered resolution, so keep this in mind.

Manage documents

One of the main reasons you’ll want to extend your desktop to your phone is to manage and work on documents. You can easily load up documents, presentations and spreadsheets and edit them on your phone with all the changes you make saving on your desktop computer.

Start to stream

Another key reason to try out the Air Display software is that it enables you to watch content that can sometimes be restricted on your mobile, such as Flash content. It works with the likes of Play Music and plays Java and Flash-based games without any issues.

Control your desktop

Although it primarily works as an extension to your desktop, Air Display can also be used to remotely turn your laptop off, or put it to sleep. By doing this on your phone the laptop will power off and your phone will then revert back to its standard smartphone interface.

Staying up to date

One important thing to note is that some older versions of Android may be incompatible with certain firmware updates of the Air Display software. There are also compatibility issues with some handsets, so make sure to check out the Air Display website for details before purchasing.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review

Is it a phone? Or is it a camera? Take a look at Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom strange new addition to the S4 brand…

Samsung is not afraid of creating new product categories. When it first introduced the Galaxy Note everyone mocked the ludicrous over-sized ‘phabet’; two years later it’s one of the biggest selling ranges in the entire mobile landscape. Will the same be true of the Galaxy S4 Zoom ? Is it a parody of a cameraphone, to be quickly consigned to history, or is it the start of something big? We’ve put it to the test to give our initial view. The Galaxy S4 Zoom is a classic ‘two devices in one’ product. Look at it from the back, it’s a phone. Look at it from the front, it’s unmistakably a camera. To be fair, it feels more cohesive in the hand than it looks in the images, but there’s no denying that it is a very strange concept. The phone part is technically an S4 Mini rather than S4. The specs include a 960×540 pixel, 4.3-inch display, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. There’s also the hefty range of connectivity options, along with the numerous sensors that Samsung equips its devices with these days. It’s all one notch down from the full S4 experience, but still represents a decent specked handset that won’t compromise your use.

Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Design

Make no mistake; this is a camera rather than a phone. Yes you can make calls with it. You can check your emails and play Temple Run. But the form factor leaves you in no doubt that the Galaxy S4 Zoom is a camera with phone functionality built in, not the by other way around. It struggles with even the most basic things, like resting it on your desk. Curved edges mean it doesn’t sit well on its side like most cameras. Placing it lens down is hardly the most elegant solution, and you’re certainly not going to do it screen first. Similarly it’s strange to hold when using it as a phone, as the lens means there’s no comfortable place to rest your fingers. Our fingers had a natural tendency to land on the plastic cover in front of the lens, causing a buildup of fingerprints to mar our shots. And we haven’t even mentioned putting the device in your trouser pocket. Safe to say, you know it’s there. On the rear of the device you’ve got your screen, speaker and home button straddled by two capacities buttons for the menu and back functions. If ever there was a time for Samsung to adopt virtual buttons instead of physical ones it is here. A large part of our usage involved having the device oriented in landscape mode and it would have been nice if those buttons had rotated. The edges sport volume, power and shutter keys. It’s a surprise to discover that the shutter button doesn’t wake the device, let alone wake it straight into the camera app. It has a very narrow travel, so half pressing the button to set focus and exposure requires a very soft touch. We suspect this is a deliberate decision to accommodate the more casual user who prefers to mash the shutter button in a single motion instead. The bottom edge (or left-hand side in phone mode) has a tripod mount and micro SD card slot. The front has the large 10x optical zoom lens encircled by a zoom ring, a Xenon flash, LED light and a grip. We found the grip too small to be of any real practical use, and the device tended to get warm around that area as well, making it less comfortable to hold. The build quality is classic Galaxy, glossy plastic shell and all.

Screen, performance and battery

The display measures 4.3 inches in Galaxy S4 Zoom, with a resolution of 540 x 960 and a pixel density of 256 ppi. It’s a clear notch below the full HD screen on the S4 or even the 720p panel on the HTC One Mini, yet it is also bigger and better than you’ll find on pretty much any dedicated camera. As an AMOLED display, the blacks are deep and the colors very vibrant – it makes your shots look fantastic. Performance was exactly as expected, being mostly fast and smooth with the occasional hiccup. The form factor is hardly ideal for high-end gaming or real productivity so you’re unlikely to push the Zoom as hard as you would another device. The lens on the rear doubles up as an impromptu stand and that helps the phone become a decent video player, and it can handle HD video with no problems. Battery life was disappointing compared to a phone but probably average compared to a camera. Lots of zooming, shooting, reviewing and uploading eats into the battery. If you want to use the device to its maximum potential as both camera and phone you may want to invest in a spare battery to keep it running.

Software

The software in the Galaxy S4 Zoom is Android 4.2 hidden almost entirely behind Samsung’s own Touch Wiz skin. It is essentially the same as that seen in the Galaxy S4, the  S4 Active and S4 Mini and by now we’ve said pretty much everything there is to be said about it: the annoying hand-holding messages, the silly beeps, the design inconsistencies, the fact that it uses more internal storage than any other skin and the way it slows down with heavy use. A few tweaks have been made for the camera functionality, including the Photo Suggest app. This shows you photos that others have taken in your current location in attempt to help you get ideas for your own shots. The Scene Suggest feature in the camera app also recommends shooting modes based on the current conditions. Between them it is an admirable attempt to help your shots move beyond the average holiday snaps standard.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Camera

Launching the camera on the Galaxy S4 Zoom is unexpectedly hard. The shutter button has no effect when the phone is locked, so you have to hit the power button, slide to unlock and then launch the camera. It’s not ideal for getting a quick shot. A long press of the shutter on an unlocked device will open the camera, but rotating the zoom ring on the lens takes you to an intermediary screen requiring you to pick a camera setting via a screen tap. The camera software is every bit as feature rich as Touch Wiz itself, and just as complex unfortunately. Menus and options can be accessed from all sides of the screen, and with so many settings on offer finding the one you want can be tricky. You can shoot in full auto mode, scene mode or manual. We weren’t keen on the manual interface, with its mix of intrusive help bubbles and obscurely labeled isomorphic controls. It’s also only semi-manual. You can set the aperture, shutter speed and ISO, but there are only two aperture settings available, a maximum and minimum that varies depending on your zoom level. Zooming is stepped, so reduces the amount of precise control you have. At the long end it jumps from 7.9x to 10x, for example. Eventually we settled for shooting in full auto mode almost exclusively, only switching to one of the scene modes when we wanted something different, like a panorama, which is excellent. The picture quality is good. With a 1/2.33-inch sensor it is the same size as that in the S4, larger than most smartphone cameras but somewhat smaller than you’ll find in some of the more innovative devices such as Nokia’s recent Lumia 1020 Windows Phone. The 10x optical zoom gives the camera a real USP that you won’t find anywhere else, and means you can get a wider range of shots than you would with the fixed – and usually wide – focal length in phones. Zooming is very easy thanks to the zoom ring around the lens, and with optical image stabilization on board you can maintain a steady shot even at the long end of the lens in lower light conditions.

Verdict

Considering some of the recent innovations we’ve seen in smartphone cameras from the likes of Nokia, Motorola and HTC, the Galaxy S4 Zoom feels like a rather old fashioned device. Rather than adopting a different approach, or developing a new technology to improve the lot of the camera phone photographer, Samsung has merely spliced two average products together to create something new. As a result the Galaxy S4 Zoom is a very niche device. If you don’t need the zoom range then you would be better off with an original Galaxy S4 instead of Galaxy S4 Zoom – it’s a better phone, has a better screen, will fit in your pocket, and has an image quality not considerably different to what you get here. If you do need the zoom – but not such an extent that you’d prefer a dedicated camera (with larger sensor and upgraded image quality) – then it may be worth a look. It’s hard to see many putting up with it as their main phone, though.