Monday, July 21, 2014

How To Send Files Via NFC On Android

NFC is Near Field Communication which is a medium for transferring data within a very short range. While sending files via NFC the two smartphones are held back to back. With NFC you can send audio, video and image files to other NFC compatible phones. Also you can beam content on other android phones like beam Youtube videos and web pages. Enable NFC on your phone and place the two phones back to back to communicate. In this tutorial I am going to show how you can send audio, video and image files via NFC to other android or windows smartphones. I am using Sony Xperia smartphone which has a built in app ‘Drag & Share’ which allows us to send files via NFC. If you are using any other NFC compatible android phone then the procedure will be slightly different. The tutorial can be used with Sony Xperia Z, Xperia Z2, Xperia M2, Xperia T2, Xperia M and others.

How To Send Files Via NFC On Android

  • Open Drag & Share app on your xperia smartphone.
  • Tap on the top left to access the drop down box and choose what type of file you want to send. Whether it is image, audio or video.
  • After selecting the file type slide towards left on the smartphone icon to access NFC.
  • Now drag any image and drop it on NFC icon. If it is not enabled then you will be prompted to enable it.
  • NFC should be enabled on the other compatible device.

nfc demo android

  • Now bring the device back to back. The image will be received on other phone.
  • Similarly you can repeat the procedure for audio and video files.
Note: Only one file can be sent at a time. If you have any questions then feel free to ask.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Download CCleaner Cache Cleaner For Android

CCleaner, you have already heard this name. CCleaner is a popular cache cleaner for PCs and MACs and good news is that it is now available for android phones and smartphones. Unlike clean master CCleaner is specially designed to clean the cache and junk files on your android smartphones. It also boosts the RAM to speed up your phone.

CCleaner Android Download

Features Of CCleaner For Android

1. You Can Choose What To Clean: Unlike Clean Master in CCleaner you can choose what to clean. For example you select or reject cache from apps like bluetooth, browser, apk files backup, bluetooth folder media. To select options in CCleaner tap the menu and open 'Settings' and tap on icons to select. These options include cache, clipboard, browser history, Google Play search, downloaded files, thumbnail cache, APK files, bluetooth folder, call logs, SMS and processes (RAM). When all these options are selected then cache from all these will be analyzed and cleared.


2. CPU Monitoring: CCleaner also monitors CPU usage. To view CPU usage go to 'Menu>System info'. You can also manually kill apps by tapping the 'RAM' and selecting the apps to kill.

3. App Manager: You can select multiple apps to uninstall in CCleaner.

4. Battery Info: You can see battery status in 'System info'. CCleaner shows battery percentage and its temperature.


How To Clean Cache On Android With CCleaner

  • Open the CCleaner app and tap 'ANALYZE'.
CCleaner android cache cleaner

  • CCLeaner will scan your phone for cache and junk files. 
  • On full analysis tap 'CLEAN' to clear cache on your phone or tablet. 
  • Before cleaning choose what you not want to remove. Slide up and uncheck options that you do not clean because it automatically removes Bluetooth folder files and apk backups.
Advantages Of CCleaner

1. Small application size.
2. Specailly designed only to clear cache.
3. Unlike Clean Master it clears RAM by only ending apps that are not useful. While Clean Master cleans all apps and they start again.

How To Crop/Cut/Trim Videos In Whatsapp Before Sending

This is the latest whatsapp trick in which you can crop videos in Whatsapp before sharing with your friends. Whatsapp has a built in video cropper which intercepts video sharing and ask you to crop it if required. Video cropping means cutting and extracting only useful scenes from a video. If you are willing to send only part of a video quickly then Whatsapp built in video cutter will prove usefult to you as it will save your internet data for large videos and also it will reduce overall video size.

How To Crop/Cut Videos In Whatsapp

  • Open Whatsapp chat with any contact. Tap the attachment icon. Select 'Gallery'. Grab the video file that you want to cut/crop before sending.
  • A sharing pop up will open in Whatsapp tap 'OK' to proceed.
  • Now the video cutter will automatically open and you will see two blue sliders.
  • The movie between these two sliders is the cropped video. Move these sliders away from each other to increase the video size and bring them closer to shrink the size of the video.

Inbuilt whatsapp video cutter    

  • Whatsapp automatically defines the cropping size of video and in some videos the two sliders can't be taken farther more than the default setting.
  • You can move the two sliders any where in the video length and select which part you want. Just long tap in between the two sliders and move it anywhere on the video to select your desired part.
  • After selecting the video tap 'Send' and the video will be automatically cropped before sending.

Now you have learnt to cut/crop videos in Whatsapp before sharing/sending. Read Whatsapp Tips, Tricks And Hidden Secrets

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How To Check An Android Phone/Tablet For USB OTG Support

OTG mean On The Go which is a USB feature found on most android phones and tablets today. With USB OTG support you can directly connect a pen drive, keyboard, mouse or external storage to your android phone or tablet via a USB OTG cable. OTG feature is a boon for android phones and tablets because you can copy or move data efficiently by connecting a USB drive to it. Not every android phone or tablet support this OTG. In this tutorial I am going to teach you how you can test/check your phone or tablet for OTG support without using a OTG cable. However do not buy the cable if you are not sure about your phone or tablet’s OTG support. Follow this tutorial and later buy the cable if your phone supports it.

You have to download an android app that will test the OTG support on your phone or tablet. This app is called ‘USB OTG Checker’. Download Here.

Install this app and follow the steps below.

  • Open the app and tap ‘Check Device OS’. This will test whether your phone or tablet has the  USB OTG API or not. OTG API is a code which is necessary for the support. If this API exists on your phone’s OS then the feature is fully supported by your phone. Tap ‘Check’ to proceed.

    

  • If your phone or tablet has missing OTG API then unfortunately you can’t connect pen drives to it.
Now you have successfully tested/checked your android phone or tablet for OTG support without actually buying the cable. Please not that your phone may not support most USB drives due to low battery power issues because most USB devices require a full 5V DC like external hard disks. Other devices like pen drives, keyboards, mouse, other phones connected in mass storage mode will work without any problems.

Album 6.2.A.0.22 Update Rolled Out For Sony Xperia Smartphones: Download Apk

Sony has recently rolled out the Album 6.2.A.0.22 update for its Xperia smartphones. This new album update is just 14 MB in size and can be directly downloaded via the update center. This new album 6.2.A.0.22 has following new features.

  • Sharing online content.
  • Select which online service to appear in navigation menu.
  • Improved UI.
  • Bug fixes

sony album 6.2.A.0.22  


In previous versions of Sony Album the multiple image selection was time consuming because to select multiple images you have to long tap each image to select it. In the Album 6.2.A.0.22 update we can select multiple images by tapping only once on any photo. This saves time.

Other new features are now you can select which online photo sharing service to appear in navigation menu like Facebook or Picasa. If you have synced your Xperia smartphone with your Facebook or Picasa account then photos will appear in the album in ‘Facebook’ and ‘Picasa’ section. If you do not want to see them then you can disable them by just tapping ‘Facebook’ in navigation menu then tapping menu and choosing ‘Don’t show Facebook albums’. The same you can do for Picasa albums.

    

If you haven’t received the Album 6.2.A.0.22 OTA update then you can download it from the link given below.

Album 6.2.A.0.22 Apk Download

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How To Play Playstation[PS2] Games On Windows 7

Sony Playstation PS2 games can be played on Microsoft Windows with an emulator PCSX2. PCSX2 is the first PS2 emulator for Windows 7. With PCSX2 you can play almost any famous PS2 game like God Of War, GTA Sanandreas, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty, God Of War 2, Final Fantasy X, Pro Evolution Soccer, WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2006, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and other PS2 games. The best thing about PCSX2 is that it allows you to run the original Playstation 2 game discs so that if you have a collection of PS2 game discs then you are just few moments away from playing them on PC. If you do not have any game discs then you can download PS2 game ISO files and play them on PCSX2.

In this tutorial I am going to teach you to play Sony Playstation 2[PS2] games on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. I will be playing God Of War 2 PS2 game on a Windows 7 laptop.

Requirements

  • PCSX2 Emulator for Linux, Windows and MAC. Download Link
  • Playstation 2 Game Discs.
  • PCSX2 BIOS Download
  • God Of War 2 PS2 ISO Download [Optional]
  • A USB joystick like PS3 controller, Xbox 360 controller for vibrations while game playing [Optional]
  • Latest version of DirectX and Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redist should be installed on Windows 7 PC, otherwise you need to download them during installation.

Minimum System Requirements For PCSX2
CPU: Any that supports SSE2 (Pentium 4 and up, Athlon64 and up)
GPU: Any that supports Pixel Shader model 2.0, except Nvidia FX series (broken SM2.0, too slow anyway)
RAM: 2 GB

Recommended System Requirements For PCSX2
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.2 GHz or better OR
          Intel Core i3/i5/i7 2.8 GHz or better OR
         AMD Phenom II 3.2 GHz or better
GPU: Nvidia 8800GT or better (for Direct3D10 support)
RAM: 1 GB for Linux
           2 GB for Windows XP
           2 GB or more for Windows 7
If you run PCSX2 on minimum system requirements then the game will be unplayable and very slow.

How To Play Playstation[PS2] Games On Windows 7

  • Download and install the PCSX2 emulator for Windows, Linux or MAC. 
  • Now open ‘PCSX2 1.2.1(r5875).exe’ and click ‘Next’. Then again click ‘Next’ on plugins page. If a popup appears ‘You need to update some direct libraries’ then click ‘Yes’.
  • It will take you to Microsoft’s website. You need to download the directx web setup. Download it and install it. It will update directx libraries on Windows 7. After installing direct click next in PCSX2 setup.
  • Extract and put the BIOS files in ‘C:\Users\PC\Documents\PCSX2\bios’. Click ‘Refresh list’ and click on any BIOS file then click ‘Finish’.

pcsx2 bios

  • Now insert PS2 game disc in DVD drive of your PC/laptop and click file. Click ‘Boot CDVD (fast)’. The game will start to run.
  • To load an PS2 iso click ‘CDVD’ tab in PCSX2 and click ‘Iso Selector>Browse’. Select the ISO file you want to load. Finally click 'Boot CDVD (fast)'. The game will run.
  • Now you have successfully installed PCSX2 emulator. Now we have to configure it to play games efficiently.

Configuration Settings For PCSX2

Sound Settings: Initially when you run the game you will not hear any game sounds. To fix this problem go to ‘Config>Audio (SPU2)>Plugin Settings’. In ‘Output Settings’ under ‘Module’ choose ‘XAudio 2’ and click ‘OK’. After this you will hear all game sounds.


Video Settings: To run games in full screen go to ‘Config>Video (GS)>Window Settings’. Choose ‘Aspect Ratio’ to ‘Fit to Window’ or ‘Wide Screen’ or manually enter your screen resolution in ‘Custom Window Size’.


SpeedHacks: If your processor is a quad core then you can use MTVU feature of PCSX2 which will increase game speed. To do this go to ‘Config>Emulation Settings>Speedhacks’. Put a check mark on ‘MTVU’ and click ‘OK’.

Controller/Keyboard Settings: To setup keyboard/controller keys go to ‘Config>Controller (PAD)>Plugin Settings’. Click ‘Pad 1’. Now you will see controller buttons on right like ‘Square, Triangle, Cross, Circle, L1, L2’. Click on any button and press the required button on keyboard or controller to assign the button. After setting all the buttons click ‘OK’. Similarly repeat process for Pad 2. You can use any USB gamepad, PS3 and Xbox 360 controller for Windows 7 are supported.

pcsx2 gamepad configuration

Load/Save State: To load or save game state open file ‘Load state’ or ‘Save state’.

Screenshots

Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 On Windows 7 with PCSX2

Dragon Ball Z budokai tenkaichi 3 on Windows 7 with PCSX2

God Of War 2 on Windows 7 with PCSX2


god of war 2 on Windows 7 with PCSX2


Smackdown Vs Raw 2011 PS2 Game On Windows 7

Smackdown VS Raw 2011 on windows 7

You have successfully learnt to play PS2 games on Windows 7, Linux or MAC with PCSX2 emulator. Now read Playing Sony Playstation[PS1/PSX] Games On Android.

How To Fix High Processor Usage In Chrome For Mac

Most Apple Mac users are experiencing a high CPU usage problem while using chrome browser. The chrome browser unexpectedly makes high CPU usage on MAC this overheats the processor. The MAC's fan keeps spinning at a high speed blowing out hot air continuously. Besides high processor usage chrome also makes high memory/RAM usage which makes the macbook sluggish sometimes if you multitask. Chrome browser developers should come up with a solution to fix this problem. This problem is arising because the chrome browser uses its own inbuilt plugins and services that continuously run with the main browser thread even if they are not required. These plugins make high CPU and memory usage. You can follow this tutorial to fix this problem.

High Processor Usage In Chrome For Mac OSX

How To Fix High CPU/Processor Usage In Chrome For Mac

  • Go to 'Chrome>Preferences>Extensions'. Disable any unused extensions to stop them running from background.
  • Now click 'Show Advanced Settings'. Click 'Content Settings'. In Plug-ins select 'Click to play'. If this option is enabled then plugins will be paused before loading. To activate you have to click it.
  • Now enter 'Chrome://plugins' in address bar. It will take you to plugins page. Here you can disable individual plugins like JAVA plugin, adobe flash plugin, adobe reader and others.
  • Now after disabling plugins and extensions again check processor usage in 'Activity Monitor'.
  • You may need to restart your MAC for changes to take effect.

Install PA Toro Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom Rom For Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Verizon Galaxy Nexus can now be updated to android 4.4.4 KitKat via Paranoid Android Toro custom rom. If you are looking to update your Verizon Galaxy Nexus to android 4.4.4 KitKat then you can use this tutorial. With this new Rom you will get features like Peek, Hover, Theme Engine and PIE controls. So lets start.
PA Toro custom rom for verizon galaxy nexus

Pre-Requisites

  • This tutorial is meant to be applied only on Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
  • Your device should be rooted and latest version of  CWM or TWRP should be installed.
  • Make a nandroid backup before applying the custom Rom update.
  • If required backup entire data stored on your Galaxy Nexus.
  • If in any case the device gets bricked then do not blame us. You can decide whether you want to follow this tutorial or not.
  • The battery should be charged more than 60%.
Install PA Toro Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom Rom For Verizon Galaxy Nexus

  • Download the PA Toro Android 4.4.4 KitKat Rom for Verizon Galaxy Nexus from this link.
  • Download GApps for Paranoid Android Roms from here.
  • Directly download or move the files to your phone. Do not unzip the files.
  • Power off your Galaxy Nexus and boot into recovery mode. 
  • I have previously told you to take a nandroid backup before flashing process. So do not skip this step. Save the nandroid backup on sdcard or PC.
  • In CWM tap 'Backup and restore', enter a name and tap 'Confirm'. In TWRP tap 'Backup'.
  • Now apply a factory reset on your Galaxy Nexus. Do not skip this step otherwise phone will not boot in normal mode with new PA Toro custom Rom.
  • Now to flash the custom Rom tap 'Install zip from sdcard' in CWM. Find the Rom and grab it.
  • In TWRP tap 'Install' find the Rom and then swipe to confirm.
  • Similarly flash GApps for PA Roms.
  • Reboot the phone after flashing the custom Rom and GApps.
You have successfully installed PA Toro Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom Rom For Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Easiest Way To Get Back Lost Android Smartphone

Android smartphones  have built in functions for remote wipe, remote lock and locate when lost. Google has released android device manager which is inbuilt app for remote lock, wipe and locate. Samsung phones have Samsung Dive service through which you can do the same when your phone is lost and for Sony Xperia smartphones there is My Xperia service. But these services are only useful when the internet data, location services, GPS and background data(in android 2.3) are always enabled on your phone. If any of the service is off on your phone then these tracking apps won’t even work. The easiest way to get back your lost android phone is to prove that you are the owner of that lost phone. You can simply do this by showing your name and an alternate contact number on the phone’s lock screen. After seeing your name and phone number there are chances that someone who finds your phone may return it you if he/she is a noble person.

Easiest Way To Get Back Lost Android Smartphone By Showing Owner Info On Lock Screen

  • To show owner info go to ‘Settings>Personal>Security>Owner info’.
  • Now put a check mark on ‘Show owner info on lock screen’.
  • Now enter your name and mobile phone number in this format “Owner: Your Name [Contact Number]”. If you mostly travel outside your country then make sure to add the ISD code before your phone number.
  • Make sure the contact number should be a different one. It could be your other phone’s number or your relatives number on which the person can contact if he finds your lost android phone.
  • After entering the info tap back button.

owner info android

Now if a righteous person finds your phone then there are chances that you will get it back.

Important Notes

  • This post doesn’t guarantee that you will get back your lost android phone even after placing owner info on the lock screen. It depends on the person whether he/she wants to return your phone or not.
  • Always secure your phone with a pattern lock, PIN or password to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Services like Samsung dive and My Xperia can also allow you to show owner info after remote lock, but it is only useful if internet data is enabled and Samsung account and My Xperia are fully setup.
  • If you have a Samsung phone then you can avail its phone tracker service which is even better unless your phone is factory reset by the person who gets it. X-Alert for Xperia does the same work for Sony Xperia smartphones.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Set Animated GIF As Live Wallpaper On Android

When animated GIF wallpapers are used as homescreen wallpapers on android then they act like static wallpapers and you do not see any animation. Android does not allow the animated GIF to be used as animated homescreen wallpapers because android supports only two types of wallpapers static and live wallpapers. Static wallpapers are just photos or images, an android LWP is animated which can respond to user input. That's why android treat GIF images as static wallpapers that's why they do not animate on homescreen.

In this tutorial I am going to teach you how to set animated GIF as Live wallpaper on android.

For this purpose we will use an android app 'AnimGIF LWP 2' which will convert GIF images into android Live Wallpapers and you can set them on homescreen.

Set Animated GIF Images As LWP On Android

  • Download and install this app.
  • Open the app and tap 'AnimGIF LWP 2'.

  • Tap 'Settings' then tap 'Select GIF files'.

     

  • Browse the images on your sdcard or internal storage. All GIF images should be in same folders.
  • You can select multiple images. Tap 'Use selected'.


  • 'Double tap change' should be checked.
  • Scroll down and find 'GIF framerate multiplier'. Tap it and increase value for fast animation on homescreen and decrease value for slower animation.
    

  • Scroll down and tap 'Image fitting mode'. Here select the option which best suits your phone's screen like 'center', 'stretch', 'Fit to screen', 'Fit vertically' or 'Fit best'.
    

  • Now tap back button and choose 'Set wallpaper'.
GIF As Live Wallpaper On Android

  • Its done.

Note: If you have selected multiple images then double tap on screen to change the wallpaper.

This is the best way to set your favourite animated images as LWP on android and this doesn't waste much battery because its a single app which is converting animated GIF into Live wallpaper.

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