Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PSA: WhatsApp Now Lets You Report Users As Spam

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WhatsApp has had spam-solving measures for a while now: you could block people from messaging you when you noticed something fishy about them (usually when receiving a photo, contact, link, or ad from someone you didn't know). Phone numbers that were blocked by several users eventually ended up being temporarily or permanently banned from using the service. However, there was no way for you to tell WhatsApp whether you were blocking a number for personal reasons or because they were actually sending spam messages.
That behavior has changed somewhere between version 2.12.12 and 2.12.30 (that's as far as I could narrow it down to). When you get a message from a phone number that isn't in your contacts list, you will now see two big boxes to report it as spam and block it or to add it to your phonebook.
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This new UI lets you block a number and report it as spam in one step
The option to only block can still be found under More in the overflow menu on the top right, and it still shows up above the conversation when you've replied to the unknown sender but still haven't saved their number.
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The option to only block the contact is still there, but slightly hidden
WhatsApp's current Play Store version is still 2.12.5, which doesn't have this feature yet, but you can find more recent app versions on the service's site or on APK Mirror. As mentioned above, spam reporting was added somewhere between 2.12.12 and 2.12.30, so any version after 2.12.30 should do.

Google Announces Android Wear Update With WiFi Support, Always-On Apps, And More

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It has been a while since Android Wear got any substantial updates, but today Google is announcing a big one. A new version of Wear will be rolling out over the coming weeks that includes a number of previously rumored features (like WiFi support) and some all new stuff (like always-on apps).
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Most Wear devices use the always-on ambient mode for the watch face by default, the Moto 360 being a notable exception. The new Android Wear version allows apps to operate in ambient mode too, so they remain active when the watch goes to sleep. That makes it easier to take a quick glance at the app instead of waking the device up and opening the app all over again. The watch will still only go into full-color mode when necessary.
WiFi support is also coming in the update, which means your watch can be useful even if your phone isn't connected. Watches with WiFi support will be able to connect to WiFi and still get messages and notifications from your phone, provided it has an internet connection wherever it is.
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The watch face tap behavior is changing in this update too. Now you'll get three columns when you tap—apps, contacts, and voice search. You can still use the hot word to get voice search up immediately, though. When replying to messages, you have a new option to draw emoji, and the watch will figure out what you mean, or so Google claims. I don't know if I believe that, but it's a thing.
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Finally, there's gesture scrolling in the new version of Wear. Simply flick your wrist to scroll through the stream. It's not clear if this will work in apps or just in the main Wear UI. You'll be able to use this and all the other new features on all Android Wear devices when the update hits. The rollout should be done in a few weeks, but you might be able to sideload before that. Google didn't say what version this would be, but I'd assume it's a 5.1 build of some sort.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Under Fire In India, Facebook’s Internet.org Launches In Indonesia

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Facebook’s ‘free web’ Internet.org program has expanded into Indonesia, a country with a 250 million population, marking its second largest launch in Asia to date.
Internet.org landed in India back in February, but it has come under pressure in the country this past week after net neutrality become a national topic following concerns around the launch of operator Airtel’s zero-rating platform for app developers.
“Some connectivity is definitely better than none,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg saidin response to the debate in India — which has seen some initial content partners drop out — and it’s business as usual for Facebook-led initiative, which first dipped its toes in Southeast Asia when it went live in the Philippines last month.
For those who are not aware of it, and the debate around it, Internet.org is a free portal of hand-picked internet services that can be accessed for free by users on mobile devices. Facebook’s argument is that this is a natural stepping stone for those who can’t connect to the internet for financial or other reasons. The company argues that it is a first bite that could give millions of people genuine reasons to upgrade to a data plan to get the full blown internet experience.
The contrary take to that is that Facebook is creating a separate internet and, by hand selecting Internet.org partners, it is discriminating against companies that are not on its list. If a rival service is on the Internet.org portal, for example, its competitors are disadvantaged because of Facebook/Internet.org’s gatekeeping and potential reach.
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“In all of the markets that we operate in we are passionate about the benefits of connectivity and are always exploring new ways to help bring more people into the digital economy. This partnership will contribute to bringing more of Indonesia’s communities online and help people to achieve their aspirations for a better tomorrow,” said Dr Nasser Marafih, group CEO of Ooredoo — which owns Indosat, Internet.org’s telecom partner in Indonesia — in a statement.
Internet.org was announced back in 2013, but this debate is only kicking up now. It will be interesting to see how the program is received in Indonesia and other markets in the future in light of its problems in India.

WhatsApp 2.12.45 Adds The Option To Back Up And Restore From Google Drive

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I know it seems that we have a new WhatsApp post every couple of days on Android Police lately, but it ain't our fault. The app's developers, specifically the Android team, appear to be drinking the good kind of kool-aid and kicking one new version after the other with not only bug fixes, but also lots of new goodies. So first there was the Web "client", then the saga of the voice calling featurerollout, followed by the Material design update, and now Google Drive is being implemented as a backup option inside the app.
It was only a few weeks ago that we received translation strings that hinted at WhatsApp's potential plan to enable backing up and restoring your conversation history and media to Google Drive. But the function just went live in the app's most recent version 2.12.45 which can be found on APK Mirror — the official WhatsApp Android download page still lists 2.12.44 at the time the article is being written.
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Once you install the update, head into the app's Settings, Chat settings, Chat Backup, and you'll see a new screen that shows your last backup time and a list of greyed out Google Drive settings. Change the frequency from off to daily (or weekly or monthly), and you'll be able to pick up a Google account for the backup as well as choose whether you want it to use Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
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You'll then have to wait for 4:00 am when WhatsApp usually does its daily backup for the magic to happen. If you're impatient, you can initiate it by tapping the top Back up now option, which first does a local backup then starts sending the data to Google Drive. However, you should be aware that there's no stopping the backup once it starts and the size is quite large if you have received and sent a lot of media through the app. Even though I had the app set to only use Wi-Fi, I tried turning Wi-Fi off, but the backup had already initiated and it kept chugging along using my data connection. I'm not sure if it's a bug only on my phone or if it's a widespread one, so proceed with caution.
For now, my personal backup hasn't finished uploading so I don't know what data is exactly sent during the process. Comparing the size of the backup to my local WhatsApp folders, I'm certain it doesn't just contain the conversation history and I'm pretty confident that all images are included but videos aren't (just like the translation strings hinted at). I'm also not sure if the data will be visible inside Google Drive or kept hidden and only accessible when the app initiates a restore. We'll update the post when we have more information.
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To answer some of our (and your) questions regarding the backups:
  • Backups are incremental, which means that WhatsApp will upload everything once, then only the changes daily/weekly/monthly.
  • Backed up data is hidden inside Google Drive. Open your Drive on the web, go to Settings, Manage Apps and you'll see WhatsApp listed as having hidden data.
  • Videos aren't backed up, only conversations and photos.
  • When you install WhatsApp again (on a new or the same phone), after you log in with your phone number, the app will check to see if there's a Google Drive backup (it will still check for local backups too) associated with your account and offer you one shot to restore your entire data from the cloud.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

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Like the football phone or the Dick Tracy two-way wrist radio, humankind has always dreamt of melding two technologies together to create a synergistic improvement on our meager, exhausting existence. Today we have NailIO, a solution that adds a ray of light to our user interface needs by melding touchpads and thumbs.
What is NailIO? It’s a wearable sensor that sits on your thumbnail. You can draw on it with your other fingers, swipe in any direction, and even type with it on a cellphone. Created by researchers at the MIT Media Lab, the little touchpad is great for use when cooking, walking, and doing hand-intensive work.
“It’s very unobtrusive,” said MIT graduate student Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao. “When I put this on, it becomes part of my body. I have the power to take it off, so it still gives you control over it. But it allows this very close connection to your body.”
Wearable nail stickers that were popular in Asia inspired Kao to create a way to stick capacitive sensors, a battery, and Bluetooth radio all into something the size of a postage stamp. They’ve tested the system in various situations including in the kitchen and at work. They created the prototypes by printing copper onto a capacitive surface and they expect to be able to add decorative stickers over the NailIO sensor.
“The hardest part was probably the antenna design,” said Artem Dementyev, another graduate student. “You have to put the antenna far enough away from the chips so that it doesn’t interfere with them.”
Will we soon be rubbing our nails to dash off an email on the run? Probably not, but alternative user interface tools are an important part of the expanding mobile ecosystem. While maybe we won’t need an Apple Watch powered by a Magic Thumb trackpad, I could see this being used in situations when discretion and hands-free access are needed… and to that we offer a firm thumbs up.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Get 56GB of free cloud storage in one folder!

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Bring Your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, & OneDrive All Together In One Folder With odrive!

Dropbox gives you up to 16GB free. 
Google Drive & Gmail give you 15GB.
OneDrive gives you 15GB.
Box gives you 10GB.

odrive brings all your cloud storage apps together in one folder right on your desktop. Just link your Dropbox, Google Drive, Gmail, Box, and OneDrive accounts to odrive and instantly get all your files scattered everywhere in one place!


You can even link multiple accounts from each app to get even more!

1. Install odrive.
It's free! And available for Windows & Mac :)











3.Get all your stuff!


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2. Link all your cloud storage accounts.
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Note: This gives odrive permission to download your files for you. odrive doesn't store anything, we promise!




VOICE BOARD

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Hello friends,
There is a new presentation software in the market called Voiceboard,http://bit.ly/19XmJq7. It's a great tool for professional presenters, educators, sales and marketing professionals which helps them to give more engaging, flexible and exciting presentations.
It allows to include amazing interactive media, such as live websites or any web based apps, 3D models, maps, documents directly into the existing presentation slides, and also gives the freedom to control the presentation with voice commands and swipe gestures using your mobile phone.
Download and try your Windows version at http://bit.ly/19XmJq7 and also give it a try with Voiceboard mobile app http://bit.ly/1Db2TkT.
If you have any questions, just let us know.

Friday, April 10, 2015

How To Run Android Apps in Chrome Browser with Google ARC

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Last year at Google I/O developer event, Google launched a limited beta "App Runtime for Chrome" (ARC) project, which now expanded to run millions of Android apps within Chrome browser.

Google has released a new developer tool called App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) Welder that allows Android apps to run on Chrome for Linux, Windows, and OS X systems.

App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) was an early experiment specifically designed for app developers, but now anyone can download it.

Google Chrome's ARC Welder app can now run any of your favorite Android apps like WhatsApp, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, all from your Chrome web browser.

ARC welder tool operates via some special runtime implemented using Native Client (NaCl) in-browser binary execution tech.

Native Client is a Chrome sandboxing technology that allows Chrome plugins and apps to run at near-native speeds, taking full advantage of the system's CPU and GPU.

Google ported complete Android stack to Native Client, allowing Android apps to run on most major operating systems.

Google ARC welder tool is based on Android 4.4, but there are some limitations:
  • you can load only one app at a time
  • you have to select portrait or landscape layout
  • you need to choose, whether you want the app to run on phone- or tablet-style.
LEARN HOW TO RUN ANDROID APPS IN CHROME:-
  1. Install the latest Google Chrome browser.
  2. Download and run the ARC Welder app from the Chrome Store.
  3. Add third party APK file host.
  4. After downloading APK app file to your PC, click Open.
  5. Select the mode -> "Tablet" or "Phone" -> in which you want to run your app.
  6. Finally, click the "Launch App" button.
I have personally tried this tool before writing, and some of my favorite Android apps work pretty well.

You can follow official detailed instructions released by Google for app developers to use ARC and test Android app for use on Chrome OS devices.

Aluminium Battery that Charges SmartPhone in Just 1 Minute

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Most of us could not imagine our lives without Smartphone, but the most annoying part of Smartphone remains its battery life.

No matter how power efficient our device would be, the smart display, faster performance and several apps running on our phones end up consuming all of it.

Now, I am here just not to talk about all these problems that you are facing, but I am here to introduce you an ultra-fast-charging battery that can charge your Smartphone in as little as 60 Seconds.

Yes, you heard right! Recharge your battery in just 60 seconds means, 1 minute.

FAST BATTERY CHARGING TECHNOLOGY
Scientists at Stanford University in the U.S. have developed a prototype aluminium battery that charges smartphone to full capacity in just 60 seconds.

Researchers say that this new aluminium battery is long-lasting, flexible and cheap, and could one day replace lithium-ion and alkaline batteries used in used in millions of mobile phones and laptops today.

In addition to recharge phones much faster, the new aluminum-ion battery is also safer than the existing lithium-ion batteries, which likely catch fire, according to researchers.
"We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames," said Hongjie Dai, a lead author and professor of chemistry at Stanford.
"Our new battery will not catch fire, even if you drill through it."

HOW IT WORKS
The new, experimental, aluminium-ion battery made of aluminium and graphite — both are "quite cheap." Aluminum is used to make the negatively charged anode while graphite used as a material for the positively charged cathode.

The Graphite cathode and Aluminum anode along with an ionic liquid electrolyte cased in a flexible polymer-coated pouch. The team was able to generate around 2 volts of electricity, which is higher than the previous experiment with aluminium.

In a video demonstration (below), scientists were able to show how a couple of their prototype aluminum batteries are used to charge a smartphone "within a minute."

Now, a question just strikes in my mind. If aluminium-based batteries are so much fast and safe to use, then why didn't battery manufacturers use aluminium from the beginning?

7,500 RECHARGE CYCLES POSSIBLE
The aluminium-based batteries were tested in past as well. However, previous experiment with aluminium batteries lasted just 100 charge cycles while the Stanford aluminium-ion battery can withstand more than 7,500 charge cycles without any loss of capacity.

When compare with a typical lithium-ion battery that lasts around 1,000 recharge cycles, the aluminium cells are long-lasting.
"The grid needs a battery with a long cycle life that can rapidly store and release energy," said Dai. "Our latest unpublished data suggest that an aluminum battery can be recharged tens of thousands of times. It is hard to imagine building a huge lithium-ion battery for grid storage."
In short, aluminium-ion batteries could be a sort of Holy Grail for mobile devices in future that not only charge faster, but also have flexible form factors.

For now, scientists are still working to improve the voltage capacity of the new aluminium-ion battery because at the current, it only produces about half the voltage of a typical lithium-ion battery.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

How to Run Multiple Whatsapp Account on Your Android Phone

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WhatsApp is one of the most popular messenger app that also lets you share pictures, videos, music files and so on. By now, everyone of us have WhatsApp in our smartphones. I prefer WhatsApp among other messaging apps due to its simplicity and instant messaging service.

Although each and everything is quite handy in WhatsApp, but "What’s the most disturbing part that you came across?" For me it is:

If you run dual SIM in your Android smartphones, you might be willing to enjoy two separate WhatsApp account for your two different telephone numbers on your smartphone. Isn’t it?

However, this is where WhatsApp puts limitations on its users. WhatsApp users can not use more than one WhatsApp account on their mobile devices.

However, you are probably wondering:

"How do I find an excellent solution for this problem that actually works?"

Today, I am introducing you two different Android apps -- OGWhatsApp and SwitchMe -- that allows users to run multiple WhatsApp accounts on a single smartphone.

METHOD 1: USING OGWhatsApp
OGWhatsApp is an Android app that allows you to use two separate WhatsApp accounts on your single Android device without any need to root your Android device.

While running your normal WhatsApp account on your smartphone, you can follow some simple steps (below) in order to run a different WhatsApp account on the OGWhatsApp.

Follow these simple steps to go:

Step 1: Take a complete backup of your WhatsApp data and restore it.
Step 2: Delete all the WhatsApp data by going to Settings>apps>WhatsApp>Clear Data.
Step 3: Rename the /sdcard/WhatsApp directory to /sdcard/OGWhatsApp. You can use any file manager for Android to do this task, or from Windows.
Step 4: Uninstall your original WhatsApp app from your Android device.
Step 5: Now install OGWhatsApp in your Android smartphone.
Step 6: Once installed, remember to verify your old number that was previously registered with the original WhatsApp to OGWhatsApp. That is it.
Step 7: Now re-install the official WhatsApp for your other number from the play store.

This is crazy:

Enjoy two separate WhatsApp accounts for both telephone numbers on your single Android device without even rooting your Android device.

METHOD 2: USE SWITCHME TO RUN MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS
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SwitchMe is another Android app that allows you to have two separate WhatsApp accounts on a single Android device, but this app requires your Android smartphone be rooted.

Here’s the deal:

Switchme multiple account app allows you to log in and out of multiple user spaces however it needs root access to do this. However, users cannot access the other profile from their current profile because each account within the multiple profiles will have its settings, applications, and data.

Follow these simple steps to go:

Step 1: Root your Android device.
Step 2: Make sure that you have WhatsApp app installed on your smartphone.
Step 3: Install SwitchMe Multiple accounts on your smartphone.
Step 4: Run SwitchMe Multiple accounts, it will ask for Superuser request that you need to grant.
Step 5: Now create a user profile with your name in SwitchMe app. This profile will be an administrator account containing all the current apps and settings, and will also reflect your WhatsApp profile that is already installed on your smartphone.
Step 6: Now create another profile using a different name by tapping on the Create Profile button in SwitchMe app, and then choose the Switch option by selecting this account.
Step 7: Now your smartphone will restart automatically and once it is ready to use, install official WhatsApp again from Google Play Store and register it for the different phone number. That is it.

Congratulations!

Now you can easily use multiple WhatsApp accounts on your single Android smartphone. The Free version of SwitchMe Multiple accounts app allows you to use only two user account.

So, I have made available solutions for both users who want to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on their smartphone without rooting their Android device and with rooting their Android device respectively.

Windows 7 and 8.1 Update to Windows 10 automatically

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While it might be a bit too early to start getting excited over the Windows 10 update, which isn't expected to arrive until summer, Microsoft seems to already be warming up people's computers just the same. A recommended, and therefore purely optional, update for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 has been discovered to be laying the groundwork for those machines' eventual upgrade to Windows 10. Although the Windows 10 release date was not announced officially, the details of this update also reveal how Microsoft might try to convince users to update to the latest Windows 10 version. 

The KB3035583 update "enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user", which sounds pretty common. That is, until you dig into the update files and see a certain GWXUXWorker.exewhich, upon further inspection, would actually "Download Windows 10". So this rather innocuous update is pretty much a Windows 10 notifier and downloader.





More than the downloader itself, however, the update also contains some rather interesting tidbits on how Microsoft will be notifying users of the update. All of these can be found in the config.xml file, which, among other things, points to the URL where the ads will be located.

Yes, you read that right. Ads. Apparently, this update notifier is set to behave differently depending on how close to the launch it is. In the "None" phase, nothing will shown. In the "AnticipationUX" phase, a homescreen tile will presumably display ad banners while a system tray notification will appear. Further down the road, the "Reservation" phase will add a reservation page to that list. There are also phases for RTM (Release to Manufacturing) and GA (General Availability) releases.

So it seems that Microsoft will be resorting to advertisements to convince users to take advantage of the free update to Windows 10, which will be available for only a year. Whether that gets annoying really quick or not will depend on how Microsoft executes it. But for those who are already wary of this new feature, you can simply skip the optional update. At least until Microsoft makes it an important one.

Windows 10 for phones will be released on this Friday

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Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider program, Gabe Aul, has announced today on Windows Weekly that they will release a new build of Windows 10 for phones on Friday at 10 AM PT.
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A few weeks back, the company announced a new list of supported devices for the next release but for the version that will be released on Friday, the Lumia Icon and Lumia 930 will not be supported. Gabe said during the announcement that it came down to the new UI being too small on these devices and as such, will not be included in this release.

List of supported devices
Lumia 1020
Lumia 1320
Lumia 1520
Lumia 520
Lumia 525
Lumia 526
Lumia 530
Lumia 530 Dual Sim
Lumia 535
Lumia 620
Lumia 625
Lumia 630
Lumia 630 Dual Sim
Lumia 635
Lumia 636
Lumia 638
Lumia 720
Lumia 730
Lumia 730 Dual SIM
Lumia 735
Lumia 810
Lumia 820
Lumia 822
Lumia 830
Lumia 920
Lumia 925
Lumia 928
Lumia ICON
Microsoft Lumia 430
Microsoft Lumia 435
Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
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Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

For those of you with supported devices, Friday will prove to be an exciting day and expect to hear more from Microsoft about what new features will arrive in the upcoming release soon.