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

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

Get Angry Birds Space for Free on iOS Device

June 28, 2012 at 3:17 PM | Posted in iOS | Leave a comment
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This game brought new exciting feature for the Smartphone users but at the time of release, the users were required to pay something to get this version. After some time the company (Rovio) made the full version of this game for free for the android platform but the iOS users were left out and they didn’t get an opportunity to try this game for free.

I know that many users do not like to pay anything for such things, thus keeping this in mind now the company is ready to provide the iOS users with the first ten levels out of the full eighty levels of this game. Also it includes some free updates that will add more levels with time.

Since the user will be able to try out the first 10 levels of the game, he will be able to figure it out, if he could spend $0.99 to get this game or not. Also the user will be able to check if he is comfortable to use it or not.

You must be aware that there is not much difference between the game available for android platform and iOS platform even the previous versions did not have any unique differences but still it is more costly to get it for iOS, if compared to the android.

The company also assured that if the user gets the paid version, then he will get more versions than the android users get. Though $0.99 is not a big amount to spend for this game but we would like to know your views that will you pay for it or not.

Download for iPhone

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Make your Mobile Photos look as shot from a DSLR Camera

April 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM | Posted in Android, iOS | 2 Comments
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Photographers always like exploring new things and want to capture scenes as a piece of their work.  But it is hardly possible to have a camera with you all the time. However you have your mobile phone to capture new things but we always leave the idea of capturing the images from mobile phones. Why?

Mobile phones don’t provide the same picture quality as a DSLR camera does. Actually it is not the fault of your handheld device. You just need an app that will enrich the picture quality of your mobile phones.  AfterFocus is an app developed by MotionOne that can help you in making your mobile phone photos look like a DSLR one.

Confused how installing an app can enhance the lens of your device? The fact is that it will not enhance the ability of your lens; it will actually help you to adjust the focus of a particular region. Use of this application may seem hard in starting as you may not be used to with such apps. You can start by capturing a new image or by importing a picture from gallery.

The app features 3 modes: Smart Focus, Manual Focus and Double Photo (comparison). The Double Photo mode automatically adjusts the image focus on your behalf; in smart focus you can select area by drawing lines, in manual mode you have to select the area by painting it on your own.

You just have to roughly paint over the desired region and the remaining portion of the image separately. The app automatically recognizes and adjusts the selection accordingly, just as Adobe Photoshop’s Magic Wand tool, and then applies a lens/motion blur effect to the background. You can easily apply filters and other effects to the image too.

This app is really very good and easy to use. This application is available for android and iOS as well. The app available for android is free but you have to pay $0.99 to get it for your iPhone. You should give it a try.

 

Download AfterFocus for Android
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UIToolbar in Your iPhone Apps

March 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM | Posted in iOS | Leave a comment
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Toolbars are used to present a set of functions to a user. You will see these at the bottom of iPhone apps and generally give you the option to do things like edit files, send email or take a picture. Here is an example of what a toolbar will look like in an iPhone app:

Essentially, what you need to do is to create an instance of UIToolbar, add buttons to it and then add the toolbar to your view. Usually, you will also need to assign actions to each toolbar button as well.

Source Code for Using UIToolbar

	#import "Toolbar.h"

	@implementation Toolbar
	UILabel *label;
	UIToolbar *toolbar;

	- (void)viewDidLoad {
	    [super viewDidLoad];

		//Create label
		label = [[UILabel alloc] init];
		label.frame = CGRectMake(10, 10, 300, 40);
		label.textAlignment = UITextAlignmentCenter;
		label.text = @"Press Button";
		[self.view addSubview:label];
		[label release];

		//create toolbar using new
		toolbar = [UIToolbar new];
		toolbar.barStyle = UIBarStyleDefault;
		[toolbar sizeToFit];
		toolbar.frame = CGRectMake(0, 410, 320, 50);

		//Add buttons
		UIBarButtonItem *systemItem1 = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithBarButtonSystemItem:UIBarButtonSystemItemAdd
 target:self
 action:@selector(pressButton1:)];

 UIBarButtonItem *systemItem2 = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithBarButtonSystemItem:UIBarButtonSystemItemAction
 target:self
 action:@selector(pressButton2:)];

 UIBarButtonItem *systemItem3 = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc]
 initWithBarButtonSystemItem:UIBarButtonSystemItemCamera
 target:self action:@selector(pressButton3:)];

 //Use this to put space in between your toolbox buttons
 UIBarButtonItem *flexItem = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithBarButtonSystemItem:UIBarButtonSystemItemFlexibleSpace
 target:nil
 action:nil];

 //Add buttons to the array
 NSArray *items = [NSArray arrayWithObjects: systemItem1, flexItem, systemItem2, flexItem, systemItem3, nil];

 //release buttons
 [systemItem1 release];
 [systemItem2 release];
 [systemItem3 release];
 [flexItem release];

 //add array of buttons to toolbar
 [toolbar setItems:items animated:NO];

 [self.view addSubview:toolbar];

 }

 //Action methods for toolbar buttons:
 - (void) pressButton1:(id)sender{
 label.text = @"Add";
 }
 - (void) pressButton2:(id)sender{
 label.text = @"Take Action";
 }
 - (void) pressButton3:(id)sender{
 label.text = @"Camera";
 }
 - (void)dealloc {
 [toolbar release];
 [label release];
 [super dealloc];
 }

 @end

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