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When we are constantly connected and always communicating with the rest of the world, some of us begin to feel a little uneasy when we can’t do so, for example, while driving a car. Talking on the phone without using a Bluetooth hands-free device is not the safest thing to do, but, unfortunately, it has become a common sight on roads across the world. Reading and replying to text messages or emails while driving are even more dangerous. Not only does it distract you, it also takes one hand away from the steering wheel. Research has revealed that a large number of road accidents occur due to driving while messaging, emailing and chatting on smartphones.

There is a good tool that will make driving safer for you and your family members. DriveSafe.ly is a free mobile app that you can download from http://www.drivesafe.ly. It runs on most popular smartphone platforms like Android, iOS and BlackBerry.

Once installed, you can switch the app on and off as per your convenience. Now, if you receive any email or a text message while driving, DriveSafe.ly will read it out aloud to you in a voice of your choice!

Download Link: http://www.drivesafe.ly/

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How To Create an Android App

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Android Hacks

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If you have some basic Java knowledge, it’s quite easy to create a simple Android app. Technically, you don’t even have to have an Android smartphone, because you can run and test your app in an emulator. Nevertheless, having a smartphone is a better option.

Here is the list of things you need:

  • Eclipse IDE
  • Android ADT plugin for Eclipse
  • Android smartphone
  • Android SDK which matches the Android version on your smartphone

To create a simple Hello World app, follow these steps:

1)Download Eclipse

You can download Eclipse IDE at this link: http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-classic-372/indigosr2

2) Download Android ADT plugin

  1. Start Eclipse, then select Help > Install New Software….
  2. Click Add, in the top-right corner.
  3. In the Add Repository dialog that appears, enter “ADT Plugin” for the Name and the following URL for the Location:
    https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/
    
  4. Click OK
    Note: If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, try using “http” in the Location URL, instead of “https” (https is preferred for security reasons).
  5. In the Available Software dialog, select the checkbox next to Developer Tools and click Next.
  6. In the next window, you’ll see a list of the tools to be downloaded. Click Next.
  7. Read and accept the license agreements, then click Finish.
    Note: If you get a security warning saying that the authenticity or validity of the software can’t be established, click OK.
  8. When the installation completes, restart Eclipse.

3)Download Android SDK

Make sure Eclipse is closed. On Windows 7, go to C:\Users\<your_username>\android-sdks. Open “SDK Manager.exe”. On other systems android-sdks folder should also be in your home folder.

Download the SDK which matches the version on your phone.

4) Configure the phone

Other possibility is to use an emulator. But the main disadvantage of that possibility is slow loading: for every change you make in the source code and wish to test it, you have to wait 2-3 minutes (depending on your computer’s speed) for the emulator to load.

To configure your phone for testing, do as follows:

Setting -> Applications -> Development -> tick USB debugging

Then connect your phone to your PC with an USB cable.

5) Open a new Android project

Click File -> New Android project.

Enter the name of your project.

Choose the SDK that matches Android version on your phone.

Add a name of your package.

6) Add some code

ADT plugin has created the main activity for you. That code is executed when the application starts.

Delete this line:

setContentView(R.layout.main);

And add these 3:

TextView tv = new TextView(this); 
tv.setText("Hello, Android"); 
setContentView(tv);

Eclipse will prompt you to import the required library for TextView. Just click on the light bulb on the left and double click “Import ‘TextView’”.

7) Run the app

Click Run->Run or press Ctrl+F11.

Select your device.

And that’s it! Check your phone to see the results.

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Are you worried about losing your precious data from your phone because of virus attack? If yes, you need to install an antivirus on your Android phone.  When you frequently connect your Android phone or its memory card to computer to transfer data, or perform data transfer through Bluetooth, there is a high possibility of infecting the phone with a virus or malicious program. Hence, you should install an antivirus on your phone.

Here are top 5 antivirus recommendations for Android phone:

1. AVG Antivirus Free


It is a paid security software that offers data security and scans your device thoroughly to check for viruses and malware. It scans each and every file present on your phone memory as well as on memory card. By using GPS and cell tower, it can even help in finding stolen devices. It is available in two versions: free and paid. The paid version can be purchased for $4.99. The paid version is free of advertisements.

2. Lookout Mobile Security


It is a powerful malicious program scanning application that can be scheduled to scan your phone on weekly or daily basis. The ‘Find my Phone’ feature of this app lets you find your phone in case you misplaced it. It also takes the backup of files and programs stored on your phone which can be used to restore the data in case you lose it. It is a free Android antivirus program. It was listed among the Top 100 Tech Product of 2010 by PCWorld.

3. Super Security


It is a free antivirus application that brings to you cloud based antivirus engine. It effectively helps in getting rid of all kinds of malicious programs and protects the sensitive information that you have stored on the phone. It also helps in finding your phone when you misplace it. The task manager lets you manage all the programs on your phone.

4. SmrtGuard Mobile Security


It is a free antivirus for Android phones that will safeguard your phone from all kinds of virus. The ‘Find Phone’ feature lets you find your lost phone by means of the GPS.  The other features of this amazing this app include wireless migration and restoration of data, antispam, call blocker, remote lock, application lock, audio ping, remote listen, simCard guardian and many more.

5. Anti-Virus Laser

It is a creatively designed free antivirus program. On the interface of the application, you will see an action puzzle like a tetris that allows you to get rid of all the viruses from your phone. On the screen, you will see the viruses trying to reach out, before they do so you need to fry them up. At the end of it, you will be able to view your score. You can even upload score and see you compete with the world ranking. The free version of this antivirus allows you to play up to 10 levels of the game.

 

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Linux users are familiar with word root. In normal words root is an account who have full administrative privileges.

When you buy a new Android phone, you are just a guest user on the phone. You have rights to use android apps, but you will not be able to make any changes to the system files.

Today i am going to show you Advantage of Rooting android phone ?

1. Overclocking Your Android Phone :-

What-is-Advantage-of-Rooting-Android-Phone1When you root your android device you also get control over the hardware components, making overclocking and undervaluing possible.

An overclock is usually one of the first things users figure out after gaining root access on a new phone. You can install applications that can overclock and make your device super-fast. It’s very common to overclock a 1GHz CPU to 1.6GHz, of course with greater chances of instability.

Similar to overclocking CPU on a desktop computer, Android overclocking increases the maximum frequency (or speed) that your CPU can run, thereby increasing performance of your Android smartphone or tablet.

Overclocking Android can have a lot of benefits like being able to run 3D/HD games without lag (if you have an older Android device that lags on newer games) or even make older Android devices run just as fast as newer devices.

2. Custom ROMS :-

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Custom ROMS change the whole User Interface of your Device so, you can choose from hundreds of custom ROMS whatever you like.

These custom ROMs bring many teaks and performance fixes and are much more user friendly when compared to the stock ones. They are optimized in performance and battery are updated more frequently than the stock ROMs.

Some of the custom ROMS focus on giving you extra functionality and some of the ROMS make your overall device experience very smooth and beautiful.

3. Boost-up your Battery Life :-

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By just rooting android smartphone you can also increase up its power.You can use several battery saving applications on your smartphone which only works when you have a root access. There are many custom ROMS which you can install on your smartphone and they assure you getting increased battery life.

4. Block Adds on Android :-

Preventing ads from loading can help defend against the growing “malvertising” trend, where an ad is used to load malicious code on to victim’s computers. There’s also privacy concerns, where ad networks can sometimes track your movements online.

Disabling ads will not increase your overall security but it will help you to block video ads on YouTube , Facebook ads , flashy banners , pop-us , Tracking and more.

Check my article :- How to Block Ads on Android Device

5. Backup Your Phone :-

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There are several apps like Titanium which can automatically take backup of your phone apps, pics , video , important data etc. over a frequent interval of time.
It requires root because the folder in which apps are installed is only accessible with elevated privileges. It also comes in handy after installing custom ROMs to restore apps without downloading them yet again from the app store.

But Finally You are Voiding Phone’s Warranty. As soon as you root your phone, you void your phone’s warranty and if anything happens to your phone even when it’s in the warranty period, the company is going to charge you for the repairs.

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In some ways, new technology can be a lot like magic. Things that seemed impossible are suddenly happening right before your very eyes, and unless you are versed in programming, you probably can’t explain them. Google, in its Android operating system, loves to emphasize this ability of technology to impress. Take, for instance, the Google Now app: a modern day mind reader that knows where you are going, how to get there, and maybe even where you’ll want to stop on the way.

This tech magic is not just for novelty. It has very practical applications as well. People everywhere are coming to Android for its smart, time-saving, and customizable features, making it the most widely used operating system on smartphones

But if you are new to Android or switching from iOS, you may still be discovering your device’s full potential.  Maybe you’re even scratching your head wondering what gets people so excited about this software. If that’s true for you, read on to discover five of the best Android tricks to get a smarter smartphone experience.

Note: none of these features require access to administrative or “root” privileges on your phone.

1. Home Renovation (customized launcher)

When you swipe to open your Android device and look at your home screen, are you happy with what you see? Are there things you wish you could change about the look and feel? One of Android’s main selling points is customization, but if the device’s style isn’t suiting you, you may think it is pretty limited.

What you may not realize, though, is that the Android home-screen, lock screen, and app drawer can all be replaced easily. The Google Play Store offers a wide-range of alternatives to custom fit your taste and needs.

Nova Launcher, one of the most popular options for tweaking the Android experience, gives you control over virtually every detail. But if you are looking for simplicity and style, you might try Chameleon LauncherMIHome, or the soon-to-be-released Aviate app.

2. Quick-Draw (smart widgets)

Widgets are a unique feature for Android. These helpful tools deliver information, updates, and app-specific data right to your home-screen in a stylish, interactive display. This way, you can get what you need quickly, without launching a separate app.

Many apps that you download from the Google Play Store come with widgets built in to them. But if you wish you had a widget that doesn’t seem to exist, you can also make it for yourself! User-friendly tools such as UCCW (ultimate custom widget) will allow you to design almost anything you can dream up with just a few steps. You don’t even have to know code!

Some savvy graphic designers even make money selling their own pre-made widgets for the UCCW app. Anyone with good design sensibilities and a publishing account on the Google Play Store can do the same. If this interests you, all you really need is some inspiration and some basic design skills, which you can easily learn in this graphic design course.

3. Presto Change-O (quick navigation)

Early versions of Android were task-management challenged. If you wanted to switch apps, you had to press the home key and navigate all the way through from there. There was no way to switch between apps you already had open.

This has become much easier in Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later versions. There is now an app switching key built in to most devices.  But if you really want to pick up speed, you can do even better.

Independent android developers have devised some very clever approaches to quick navigation on your device. SidebarHomeflipGlovebox, and SwipePad all offer unique options for setting up quick navigation that you wouldn’t think was possible on your device. Each of the apps is unique and worth a try. Give them all a spin to find out what works best for you.

4. The Hidden Hand (task automation)

Are there things you want your phone to do automatically? For instance, when you plug in your headphones, do you wish your favorite music app would come up? Do you forget to turn wi-fi on when you get home and wish your device would remember to do it for you?

These are just two examples of many automations you can accomplish using Tasker. A long-time favorite of tech enthusiasts and productivity champs everywhere, the Tasker app lets you make mini-programs that carry out tasks you would otherwise need to do manually. Limited only by the user’s comfort and skill level, Tasker’s ability to “get it done for you” is truly remarkable.

Once you install the app, you can easily find templates online to start making simple tasks.  But if you really find yourself drawn to creating intricate tasks, you may want tolearn some programming fundamentals. As an aside: apart from allowing you to save time by building Android automations, the skills you will learn in a basic programming course will help you approach real-life problems methodically and logically.  It has immense general applicability.

5. The Do-It-Yourself (easy app-making)

A great thing about Android is that it is relatively easy to create and publish your own apps on the platform. If you have a great idea for an app and no clue how to make it, here is some good news: some code-free software will let you get it done today! For free! And if you want a jump-start, there is even a course to get you up and running on Android in no time.

If you find you enjoy working with Android, and you do learn a little code, you open up many more possibilities to turn your ideas into apps. There is always something to learn, even for advanced programmers, but getting started may be much easier than you think. You can get there in very little time with the help of a comprehensive online course in Android programming.

Hopefully, these Android tricks will get you on the path to discovering the potential of Android and possibly even building on it. Google and third party developers are always unveiling new ideas and technologies, sometimes with the grandeur of a modern magic trick and sometimes with the simple promise of a few minutes saved. Either way, it is an exciting and promising world, and it is right there at the end of your stylus.

How to Print From an Android Phone

 

The Android OS doesn’t yet provide native support for printing. But you can easily print your files with Cloud print app.In order to do this it uses the new Google Cloud Print service you should configure your PC.

 For your pc configuration, see my “Print anywhere, from any device with Google Cloud Print” (http://balalrumyhackingarticles.blogspot.com/2013/04/print-anywhere-from-any-device-with.html ) article.

Step 1 :- You need to be install Cloud print app from the Google Play

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Step 2 :- Launch the Cloud print  app on the Android phone. Make sure that the computer is turned on, Wi-Fi is enabled, and the printer is turned on . If you have an Cloudprint ready printer (Epson, Kodak etc) or HP E-Print enabled printer you don’t need your pc to be on, for other printers your pc needs to be ON.

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