Shifting from Windows Phone to Android

If you are a Windows Phone user and are planning on shifting to an android phone soon, we have some advice for you. Having been a windows mobile and windows phone user for around 6 years, shifting to android was a big leap.

The first problem was the hassle of adding accounts. Setting up a windows phone is way easier than android. Checking emails is easier on windows phone as the interface is minimalist, however in a few days you will get used to checking your email on android.

The second problem is the keyboard. The keyboard isn’t really the best and while you can add third party ones, we advise against it as they can collect whatever sensitive information you type.

The third issue is battery life. Unlike Windows Phone, here the system hogs the battery.

Now here is some good news. Yes, we know most people hunt for android apps on windows phone, well, we are doing the reverse.

  1. The full Microsoft office suite is available for free

2) Instagram is there but we preferred 6tag(This app is one of the greatest on WP)

3) You have various painting apps, but once again, fantasia painter on WP is tough to replace.

4) Surprisingly IE was more comfortable to use than chrome is but its not a deal breaker.

Over all, we managed to find substitute apps. One immediately realizes that windows phone is simply under rated. The ease of use, the clean interface, the hassle free email and office. In short for a business user or for productivity Windows Phone is the one to go for. For gaming, lots of social networking, customization etc an android phone is recommended. So unless you really are either bored of WP and want to try something new or have such a need, stick to WP.

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Listen to YouTube videos audio on Windows Phone!!!

We all were waiting for the day when we could stream the audio of YouTube videos without having the video open on our phones.

Well, that day has come. In Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile preview build 10149 Microsoft Edge( the default browser now is provided). While the browser does have bugs like shutting down or URL not getting typed, it does have some great features.

It seems as though if you don’t open a tab and type a URL, the page wont load. That does get irritating.

The good news is that the browser is really amazing. It is almost the same as a PC browser.

On opening a video on YouTube, we just minimized the app and the music was still playing. Even on switching tabs and locking the phone it worked.

Hence we appeal to Microsoft. Don’t spoil this. Please. We want this feature. If it was a bug please make it a stable feature and don’t squash it.

Whatsapp for windows phone updated

Windows Phone owners can rejoice. Whatsapp finally launched an update to fill the gap between the windows phone and iOs/android version.
Users can now use whatsapp calling and even hide the blue ticks(finally!!).
They’ve also changed the UI a bit. Now on your chats page, on top there is a small icon showing total number of unread messages. This is useful as, if we get bombarded with messages from many people, older unread ones we forget to check.

The biggest drawback is that the new call button is where the emoji button was. So expect to end up calling people by mistake a lot( you can then send them 🙈).
This does get irritating at some point.
There is no way to make calls WiFi only like the option we get for media download.
Also if your phone is locked, don’t expect it to ring. Most likely you’ll get a message saying missed call.

Still, we suggest you get the update as it is stable and fills the gap.

Play your favorite Gameboy games on your Windows Phone!

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Most of us have played on the famous Nintendo Gameboys. Most of us remember games like Super Mario and Pokemon on the Gameboy. You can now get all nostalgic and relive those moments by playing these games on your Windows Phone.

VDA8 is one such app. It allows you to import ROMs from your Onedrive account or even from your SD card. The interface is clean and easy to use. We enjoyed playing our old games using this app.

As for the question from where to get the ROMs…just search for them online and you’re bound to find them.

Store Link-  VBA8

Committing Google Suicide

There’s more to Internet suicide than just Finding and deleting your old accounts across the web and deleting the current social accounts i.e. Facebook(**MUST**), Google+, Twitter (Doesn’t matter much) etc.. (The rest we assume are deleted!! )

This guide is mainly for Google account users because the search giant knows more about your web activity than anybody else.

Since the percentage of mobile devices in the world is dominated by Android OS hence number of Google Account users is expected to be LARGE!!!!!!

THE GOOGLE SUICIDE

It involves deleting

  1. Search history
  2. Google+ Data
  3. Maps history (Places you’ve visited with your Google location reporting on )
  4. YouTube search and Wishlist history
  5. YouTube watched history (videos you’ve watched on YouTube)
  6. Ads you see based upon the above 4

Follow the steps bellow:

Google Plus 

Log into Google from your web browser from your PC (avoid mobile device as the task is slight tedious)

data tools

  • Click on Delete Google+ profile and features in case you haven’t done is already.
  • On the next page check the two boxes provided towards the end of the page and Click Submit
  • Done !!

Search History

  • On the Data Tools page click on the Account History tab
  • You should see the the page pictured below

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  • Click on manage history or
    1. Visit your Search History page at google.com/history.
    2. In the top right corner of your Search History page, click the gear  > Settings.
    3. Click Help there you’ll get an option to delete all history at once.
    4. Click delete all and done!!
  • Go back to Account History and select Pause on each of the 4 services shown

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YouTube search and watched history

  • Account History -> YouTube Search and YouTube Watched History

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  • Click on the Clear all watch history and similarly do for YouTube Search History
  • Done!!

Maps History and Location Data

  • Accounts -> Manage History (Places you’ve been Tab)
  • There you’ll see an option to Delete all History
  • Click on it and you’re done with maps
  • Make sure you have disabled storing maps history on Accounts History page

Final Accounts History Page should look as shown below

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We aren’t done yet!!!!

You may have deleted the maps history but Google Stills has a few locations that you

  • Set as Home / Work
  • Favorited places / Starred Places

To remove those places go to https://www.google.com/maps

  • On the Maps screen that will open Look for a small Settings icon 
  • Click on it and select My Places
  • You’ll see a list of all you starred/home/work places
  • Delete them individually
  • And you’re done 😀

Ads

  • On the bottom of Accounts History page click on Ads
  • Remove all topics that appear on the next page (These are the topics selected for ads based upon your past searches)
  • And don’t forget to select “Opt out of Interest based Ads”

Last but not the least!

Google Chrome

  • Go to Google Chrome Settings -> Advanced Settings -> Privacy uncheck ” Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar or the app launcher search box”

CONGRATULATIONS!!

YOU’VE SUCCESSFULLY COMMITTED GOOGLE SUICIDE 

(In case you wish to use the Google features again just Enable them in the Accounts History page)

Proxy mobile number which also works on whatsapp!!!

textPlus Free Text  TextMe

UPDATE(3 OCT 2015)

The above 2 apps may generate numbers which are not recognized by whatsapp. We tried TextNow. This worked and allowed us to register on whatsapp. TextNow has calling features on Windows Phone too.

Check app availability for your device at https://www.textnow.com/downloads

Get a proxy number to use whatsapp on!!!

This along with many other articles on going anonymous and going off the the grid using proxy identities will be explained in the upcoming posts in our new section “Off the Grid”.

Many a times we are asked by apps,signups etc to give a valid mobile number so as to receive the confirmation code(eg snapchat,Gmail etc).
The problem is that we may not want to part with our number or that the service is for only US residents and you need a US number.
There’s a workaround for this.
There are apps like TextMe and also TextPlus which can be used.
All you need to do is download the app, signup and you’ll be assigned a valid US number which is capable of sending and receiving SMSs. The android version also allows one to make calls using free credit that they give. The windows phone version of TextMe has one special feature. As calls are not possible in the windows phone version, it does however have a voicemail facility. We tried to register for a google account using this number and used the call me for verification method. The call didn’t come, however a voice message was left with the code.
These apps are a must have for those not eager to share their phone numbers or those wanting a proxy number. Yes, we even managed to register a whatsapp account on the number.
We’ll teach you how to register whatsapp on this number and how to use a disposable email id to sign up for these apps or rather anything in the coming posts in this new section “Off the Grid”.

TextMe- Windows Phone Android iPhone

textPlus- Windows Phone Android

How to win 2048

 

2048 is the latest addictive game to hit the market. The thing about this game is that it doesn’t frustrate you like flappy bird did. In fact you play it again and again in the hope that you reach the 2048 tile.

After playing this game for hours at a stretch, and days and days we finally got the 2048 tile(that is after we figured out a pattern). Since then,we’ve won the game nearly every time we’ve played.

Here’s how you too can win:

1)pick 3 directions. We picked up,left,right. Further instructions are as per our directions selected.

2)initially try to build up the topmost row and in one corner.

3)try building up that tile using a ladder technique.

4)do not move down until you are certain that will make the 2048 …or if you’re out of moves.

5)repeat this till you get the hang of it.

Try the game on windows phone,android,iOS or even in the browser on your computer.

Windows Phone

Android

iOS

Browser

INITIAL MOVES

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EXAMPLE OF LADDER TECHNIQUE TO BUILD UP A 256 TILE. REPEAT TO GET 512,1024,2048.

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Google Docs and Google Sheets!

Two days back Google launched two new productivity apps on the Android Play Store.. Google Docs and Google Sheets!

Originally these two were integrated into the Google Drive app that allowed you to create,edit and share documents!
Google has now opted to separate those features into two standalone apps!!

Drive is mainly focused now as a cloud storage app and no more for creating documents!!

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Google Docs

  • Create and edit documents
  • Share and collaborate your documents with others
  • Offline viewing possible

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Google Sheets

  • Its a replica of the online Spreadsheets in Google Docs
  • Allows editing of your locally stored files
  • Auto saving of your files as you type
  • Basic spreadsheets functionality i.e. formatting cells, enter/sort data, perform various sheet operations.

Creating a spreadsheet on a handheld device?!!! It may be tedious.. But if you’re a workaholic then Google just simplified your life!

 

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Google Drive

  • Now a centralized cloud storage service where your Google  docs and other files are stored!

 

 

Google Docs : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.docs

Google Sheets : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.sheets

Google Drive : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs

 

And we also have QuickOffice from Google to manage and crate your documents locally

QuickOffice : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quickoffice.android

 

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The Spanish company Geeksphone, a pioneer in the design and manufacture of new generation smartphones, is finalizing updates related to its Geeksphone ‘Revolution’ terminal. In the upcoming days it will incorporate Android 4.4 Kit Kat and CyanogenMod 11(yes,they will give it to you!! No need to worry about warranty void), a new and more stable modification of Android 4.4 operating system, which offers more freedom to the user.

According to Antutu Benchmark, an application that measures device performances, Geeksphone ‘Revolution’ gets a score of 19,964, which makes it a leader in its segment. Furthermore, the performance of this device is significantly higher than the average of CPUs ARM quadcore equipped terminals, while battery life has an average of 3 days of normal use with FXOS (Boot2Gecko Mozilla) operating system. Geeksphone also announces today the compatibility with the future version of the FXOS 2.0 operating system, which will soon be available as beta.

Moreover, the new device features 1.6GHz Intel® Atom™ Z2560, with Intel ® Hyper-Threading technology processor, capable of delivering advanced multi-tasking capabilities, higher performance and longer battery life. In addition, besides being a powerful device, its most innovative feature is the ability for users to alternate their operating system without voiding the warranty(Thats the dream).

They are also trying out other open operating systems. We cant wait to see where this goes!!

Android Entertainment Centre

Convert your android device into an Entertainment center.

Requirements:

1)Android device of your choice

2)WiFi/3G/4G(preferably unlimited or else you’ll run up a large bill)

3)OTG cable(optional) Pendrive(optional)

4)HDMI out cable if your device supports it(optional)

Procedure: (For streaming movies/videos on sites such as CBS, Netflix, Hulu)

1)Install a vpn app on your device if you live outside the US. We used hotspot shield. Run the app and activate the connection.

2)Now from playstore(your region should automatically change to US. If it doesn’t,get the app from online. All we can say is a search engine is very useful;) ) install the CBS(or Hulu,Netflix,any other such apps). We chose CBS as they have a free option to watch shows. You may install another such app from else where too.

3)Now stream your shows on your device legally and if you have an HDMI out option,you can always connect to watch on your TV or a larger screen).

4)The above method also works on YouTube for watching videos not available in your region.

Procedure:(Watch movies from a pendrive)

1)Install USB OTG checker app to check if your device supports OTG.

2)Buy an OTG cable if you dont have one from here(flipkart   amazon)Connect the cable to your device and a pendrive to the cable.

3)In a file explorer(We used file expert HD) open the movie and enjoy.

4)The above steps can be used to view pictures,listen to music etc also from the pendrive

 

Here are the links to download/buy the various apps and devices we used.

1) Hotspot Shield-playstore link

2) CBS-playstore link

3)OTG cable-flipkart amazon

4)HDMI cable-flipkart amazon

5)File Explorer HD-playstore link

6)USB OTG Checker-playstore link

If you have any doubts please leave a comment and we’ll get back to you