Search Google in Handwriting with Google Handwrite (iOS and Android)

July 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM | Posted in Android, iOS | 54 Comments
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If you are using a smartphone either iOS based iPhone or any Android phone then you must be knowing how irritating it is to type on it using the small screen keyboard. This experience gets worse if you are in a hurry and need to type down some text on it. To rescue this we definitely need a handwriting service on all these phones.

But since not all the phones come preloaded with this feature we will have to abide by this. Recently Google had announced the launch of its new search feature but only for the smartphones and tablets based on iOS and Android platforms. This feature is called as Handwrite and as the name suggests, with this new feature you can search Google by typing in your own handwriting on your phone/device instead of the small keyboard that takes half of your screen area.

As per Google this feature works the best on the native Android browser on Android 2.3+ phones, Android 4.0+ tablets, and iOS 5+ phones and tablets. So if you have any device that have the mentioned platforms, then you can surely enjoy this feature. However the feature is not enabled by default and you will have to follow the steps below to get this enabled:

• Open http://www.google.com on your mobile or tablet browser.

• Tap ‘Settings’ at the bottom of the screen and enable Handwrite option. Refresh the page.

• Now you will see a ‘g’ icon in the right bottom area of your screen. Tapping this will allow you to type in your own handwriting. As soon as you start moving your fingers anywhere over the screen, a blue line will start following which will detect your stroke and search it in Google.

If you don’t like this feature, you can get it disabled back and start using your earlier typing method via keyboard. You can read about this feature in detail at the link mentioned below.

Visit Google Handwrite tips

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How to Reduce your Internet Data Usage with TextOnly

July 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM | Posted in Android | 34 Comments
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Most of you might not know that actually, the WebPages on a website doesn’t use up much of your network data; in fact it is actually the advertisements and animations on a webpage that use up your most of the data. Even these advertisements and animations are the main reason for the delay in the loading of a webpage.

Thus I have something to share with you in this regard. An online service known as TextOnly is one of the great applications that will help you to reduce your internet data usage by 80-90%. This service will remove all the advertisement, images, animations and other unwanted stuff from the WebPages that you visit daily on internet.

As the name of the service suggests, it only shows you the readable content of a webpage that too in the form of text. This service is really very useful especially when you are using a slow internet connection or are dependent on USB tethering. Since the unwanted content gets removed from the WebPages, it will start loading quickly than before.

To use this service go to the service website form the link given below and enter the address of the webpage that you want to visit. This will lead you to the webpage where you will find only the text content of the webpage without the other distractions.

In fact most of the users use internet to open WebPages on their handheld devices and I know that it costs you much while using mobile network for using internet on your devices. Thus for such users the application is also available in android flavor. This will function similarly as you use on your computer.

TextOnly for computer

Android app for TextOnly

How to Download YouTube Videos directly to your Android Phone

July 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM | Posted in Android | 2 Comments
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Whenever you want to watch a video on your smartphone, you would definitely head towards the YouTube application installed on your system or on the phone. Then you search for the video and wait for the streaming/buffering of the video. But I personally feel that it is better to download it on your device and then view it as you have the option of saving it for future reference with the same amount of data consumed as it would have been otherwise.

Also because sometimes we have to go through from many annoying issues like buffering, connectivity, coverage problem, data streaming, low Internet speed, etc. Now I am sure you would be thinking that if you have to download it, then why you don’t watch it on your laptop/desktop as you don’t have any option to download a video from YouTube on your Android Device.

But now if you want, you can download videos from YouTube directly on your android phone. A free YouTube Downloader for Android developed by Wontube can be used to download videos easily. When you want to download a video, you have to launch the app and search for the video that you want to download.

Once you find the video, select the video and you will be greeted with two options- ‘Play’ & ‘Download’, you can tap on the download button to get it downloaded. The video will be saved in the app library and you can play it later even when you are offline.

You might be worried if the video will be supported by your Smartphone or not. Then don’t worry as all the YouTube videos can be played easily on your device without converting them. In my view this is the easiest way to download a video on your android device.

Download Free YouTube Downloader for Android

How to Change the System Font Size in your Android Device

July 4, 2012 at 2:45 PM | Posted in Android | 2 Comments
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I would like to have something that can help me change the default fonts of my cellphone.So if you want to change the font size in your android phone that too without rooting your device, I have really got something great for you. Big Font is a free application that allows you to make the font size smaller or larger without going through any rooting process.

You can scale your device’s fonts from the range 85% to 130% or vice versa. The app is so easy to use that anyone can simply use this application. All you have to do is to install the app and after installation launch it on your device. You will find a slider in the main interface that can be easily moved to and fro.

When you will move the slider to left, it will make the fonts smaller and when you move it to the right, it will increase the font size. A preview of the changes will be shown immediately in the screen itself. Once you feel that the changes are according to your wish, you can click apply to make the changes.

However you can only change the system font size not the size of the fonts of any application. It works on all android devices running Android 2.3 or above. You can download the application from the link given below.

Download Big Font

How to Install Incompatible Android Apps from Google Play

July 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM | Posted in Android | 18 Comments
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Some Android apps on Google Play claim to be incompatible with various devices. There’s a good chance that these apps will run fine on many of these devices – you can bypass this check with root access.

Some apps won’t actually work after you install them, but many will. This also solves problems with games that will install but refuse to play – for example, Gameloft games with the “this device is incompatible” message.

Setup

To perform this hack, you’ll need to root your Android smartphone or tablet. After you do, you should install ES File Explorer from Google Play.

Editing Build.prop

The build.prop file contains a few strings (bits of text) that identify your device model. If you edit this file, Google Play and other apps will think you’re using a different device than you actually are. Be very careful when editing this file – we’ll just be editing a few tiny parts of it. If you edit other parts, you could cause serious problems with your device.

First, launch the ES File Explorer app. Open its Settings screen and enable the Root Explorer and Mount File System options. You may also want to enable the Up to Root option on this screen, so you can easily tap the Up button and navigate to your root directory.

Navigate to the /system/ directory on your device and locate the build.prop file.

You should create a copy of the original build.prop file elsewhere – long-press on it, select Copy, and then Paste it into another folder – say, your /sdcard/ folder.

Now you’re ready to edit the file. Long-press it, select Open As, select Text, and select the ES Note Editor app.

Look for the ro.product.model and ro.product.manufacturer lines. These are the important ones.

Change these lines to pretend your device is another model. For example, to imitate a Nexus S, use these lines:

  • ro.product.model = Nexus S
  • ro.product.manufacturer = samsung

After making this change, tap the menu button and select Save.

Final Steps

Go into the Settings screen, select Applications, select Manage Applications, tap the All category, and select the Google Play app. Clear its cache and data, and then restart your device

Open Google Play and you should be able to download apps that claim they’re not compatible with your device. Games that detect your device should also work, too – Gameloft games seem to be particularly guilty of this. Some apps may still not install or work with your device for other reasons — for example, Google Chrome won’t work on pre-Android 4.0 devices, and some apps may be restricted to certain countries.

Kaspersky App for Android and iOS with Parental Control Feature

June 29, 2012 at 12:20 AM | Posted in Android, iOS | 10 Comments
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These days most of the people are dependent on their tablet or Smartphone for surfing the internet. Even children are using such devices to surf internet. Thus it is the duty of ever parent to protect their child from the harmful content that is present on the internet. If you are one of the parents who are worried about the usage of your child’s internet activity on Computer, then you can read our earlier post Monitor, Track and Protect Your Child’s Internet Activity.

But how would you protect your child’s activities on a Smartphone or a tablet? So for that a new application known as Kaspersky Safe Browser (Kaspersky Parental Control) is now available for iOS and Android devices as well.

You can use it to filter out the sites that you feel are harmful and inappropriate for your children. On iOS devices (iPhone and iPad), Safe Browser (Kaspersky Parental Control) provides a browser that will replace the default safari browser on your cell. It will even enable the Google Secure Search by default and will block access to harmful pages.

Though there are not much configuration options available for the iOS devices but on Android devices (Smartphone and tablets), it will provide you with complete customization options including filters for pages and apps. The app will block the websites in the standard browser that will provide some level of security to your phone.

Also the application is password protected so that no one can make changes or uninstall the app without password. This application is must for all those parents who want their child to be protected from undesired activities on internet or to induce security to the device. Links to get the applications for your device are mentioned below.

Download Kaspersky for iOS

Download Kaspersky for Android

Protect your Private Data on Android Phone via Password

June 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM | Posted in Android | 19 Comments
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While using an android phone, the biggest drawback that I have encountered is that there is no privacy for personal content (at least by default). You do not have any option to lock a particular folder or an application. The only option is to lock your phone as a whole.

Thus if your phone is left unlocked then anyone can access your any applications such as messages, contact, etc.Thus if you also want to protect some of your phone content from friends or family members, now you can do so by encrypting and applying a password to your content. You might be thinking that there is no such option present in our android phones but then too you can be do so by using a third party application.

NQ Mobile vault is what you need. This application allows you to hide your private text messages, photos, videos, private contacts and call logs safely. All you have to do is just download the application from the link given below and run the application.

For the first time when you will run the app, you will be required to setup a desired password and confirm it. After this you will be shown a list of applications from which you can select the applications that you want to hide. Once you select the applications, tap on “Import” button.

NQ Mobile Vault is an easy to use application that is available for free in the Google play store. However if you want to increase the storage capacity of the app so that you can store unlimited text messages or so, then you can purchase premium version for $1.99 USD per month. The app requires android 2.0 or up to run.

Download NQ Mobile Vault

Flipboard App now Available for Android

June 4, 2012 at 3:17 PM | Posted in Android | 23 Comments
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Flipboard is one of the best applications that I found in iOS devices. News reading with this application is really very amazing. It keeps me updated with the latest news in an easy and an elegant manner. While reading with this app it feels like you are actually flipping the pages of a newspaper. The actual beauty of this application can be seen in the iPad because the screen of this device is larger than iPhone.

Flipboard fetches latest news stories from a wide array of online news service providers of your choice. You can use your social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Reader and other accounts as a partner in this application and can get all your latest feeds from these accounts right in this app.

This application was available for iOS devices till now but now the developer has released an android version of this application that can be used on almost any of the Android device. You just need to download the application and log in to the application using you flip board account details.

The interface of this app is also very simple to use. You just need to swipe from bottom to top on the app’s main (Cover) page to filter through the added news and social media sources. To manage your social network accounts, just tap on the search tab present at the top and write down the topic that you want to get news for.

You can add any news to the list of favorites and can share it on any of your social network like Facebook, Twitter etc. The amazing feature of this app is that the android home screen widget comes in two sizes, so you don’t have to bother to manage space on your home screen. You will like using this app. It is advised to install the application on the internal storage (not on the SD card).

You can get an APK file installer from the link given below as it is not officially released in the play store but you can use it by installing the APK file.

Download Flipboard APK file

Record songs from Radio on your Android Device

May 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM | Posted in Android | 1 Comment
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Now today we will let you know about an application which will help you to record and find radio stations on your Android device.

PopBot which has been recently added in the Google play store allows you to record and identify radio stations on your android device. The amazing feature in this app is that it identifies and analyses the songs and records the song by skipping advertisement so that you don’t have to bother to find start and stop points.

The song recorded using this app is saved in mp3 format with its title, genre and other details. Another feature in this app is that it silently records the songs even if the volume is on mute and also supports live recording.

The interface of this app is really very easy to use. An option is also provided on the top right corner in the application that helps you to switch between radio and music player easily. Most of the songs are streamed at the bit rate of 128 kbps or more.

According to us you will find it great to use. But the main thing associated with this app is that you are required to have Wi-Fi network or at least 3G network connections while streaming and recording audio. The application supports Android v2.2 or higher. Use this application and drop a comment below about your views on this application.

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Convert simple Images into Text Art on Android

April 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM | Posted in Android | Leave a comment
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Creativity helps to know the perception of people while software and different applications help you to enhance your creativity. For example, we use different software for making our images more meaningful. But have you ever thought of converting your photos into text art. So let us continue this article with taking this example as our base.

Though there are many applications in Google Play Store which allows you to edit your images but typographic art converters are still very less. WordCam is a new application that has been added to the play store and is one of the best additions for android users till date. The application allows you to convert your images into a work of typographic art using different font sizes and styles.

Using the app is very simple as there are not much confusing features. The button provided at the top allows you to choose different words and font styles. It keeps a record of the font styles used previously too. It does not change the dimensions and size of your image. It stores the images created using this app, directly to the SD card.

The developer says that this application can be used with any image but it is advisable to choose that image which has fewer objects as it will help you to fetch optimum results. In near future the developer has planned to provide you new enhanced updates.

This application is really very nice and is available in two variants. One is free and the other variant will cost you $2. We suggest you to get the paid version as the version which is free gives a default font and does not even allow you to use custom text. It only uses default text that is Word and Cam. However to take a try you may opt for the free version also.

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