How To Take Screenshots In Recovery & AROMA On Android

A lot of Android enthusiasts use custom recoveries such as TWRP and ClockworkMod for flashing ROMs and mods, taking and restoring full device backups, and even managing their files using the full-featured AROMA file manager. And while most users wouldn’t really need to take screenshots in recovery mode, us bloggers, developers of custom recoveries and AROMA-based apps, as well as designers of recovery themes need this functionality often to showcase what they’re reviewing or working on. In what follows, we will guide you through the process of easily taking screenshots of your Android device while it is booted in recovery mode, regardless of what custom recovery it’s running.Read More

How Google Now Works In Chrome & How To Enable Or Disable It

Google Now is arguably one of the best personal information aggregation services that we’ve seen so far. It’s like having a personal assistant at your service all the time, to present you with just the information you need – a task the ancestors of our modern smartphones, which were aptly called PDAs (short for Personal Digital Assistants), aspired to accomplish. Since its debut on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google Now has come a long way, with several new cards being added with each OS update, as well as iOS support added last year. On the desktop front, last year brought Google Now-like information-rich cards Google search results, and Google Now-style natural language voice search added to Chrome. The latest update in this series of Google Now expansion brings its cards to Chrome’s notification center. Let’s take a closer look after the jump.Read More

How To Root Nokia X, Install Play Store & Google Now Launcher

Nokia’s announcement at the MWC regarding new Android handsets didn’t come as much a surprise as what the company did with Android running on its devices. It’s like the Finnish company – now owned by Microsoft – is attempting to create Android without Google, replacing the Mountain View company’s offerings with Microsoft’s. In fact, the Nokia X smartphone, although based on AOSP, is complete devoid of Google Apps, from looking at the device, you’ll have a hard time even telling that it’s Android. However, all hope is not lost, as thanks to the active Android developer community, there’s a way to not only root the Nokia X, but also install Google Play Store and the Google Now Launcher onto the device. Details past the jump. Read More

How To Install Windows On A Mac Using Boot Camp [Guide]

According to Forbes, the Best Windows PC is an Apple MacBook Pro, while CNET calls it the best performing Windows Laptop. One does admire the irony of how despite the industry's best attempts at creating powerful PCs, the title would go to a Mac. There are consumers who admire the hardware of a Mac but are not quite ready to move to Mac's OS X yet. To address those consumers, Apple has created a multi-boot utility called Boot Camp. Initially released in April 2006, Boot Camp was designed to allow users to install Windows on Intel-Based Mac computers. While Macs aren't alien to virtualization and can run Windows and even Android as virtual machines, virtualization is nowhere near perfect. With Boot Camp, however, you can run a full, native installation of Windows on your machine, like on a full-blown Windows PC itself. Here's how. Read More

How To Get Safari Reader-Like Functionality In Any Mobile Web Browser

Reading is one of the prime activities associated with the internet. Those who fancy reading on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad would be aware of Mobile Safari’s nifty 'Reader' feature that quickly strips the current web page of obtrusive elements such as menus or advertisements for clutter-free reading. If you're looking for a way to get similar functionality on any other browser, let’s say Chrome, or on any other mobile platform besides iOS, such as Android or Windows Phone, then give Readability’s 'Read Now' bookmarklet a go. Like the Reader feature in Safari for iOS, it 'scrubs web pages of distractions', providing a more convenient setting for reading longer articles and blog posts. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make it work with Chrome for mobile devices. Let’s get straight to it. Read More

How To Run Windows Applications On Mac OS X With Wine [Guide]

Lifelong fans/enthusiasts will concur that Mac OS X is functional, features a fluid UI, an expanding library of apps, and is simply gorgeous. Apple's OS X is usually a one-stop solution for professionals such as developers, graphic designers, sound & video editors and the like. However, there are a handful of scenarios where Windows applications outshine anything available on OS X, with gaming being perhaps the biggest example. Fortunately, you can run Windows applications on multiple platforms such as Linux-based operating systems and OS X, thanks to Windows emulation with Wine. In what follows, we will walk you through the nuts and bolts on how to use Wine for running windows applications on OS X. Read More

How To Remotely Control Any IR Device (Like An AC) With HTC One

Smartphone manufacturers have began incorporating newer and newer hardware features in their offerings that keep expanding the horizons for what your device can do. When Google introduced NFC as a native protocol for Android, a lot of useful apps popped up that let you take full advantage of the new feature, from instant payments to dead-easy media sharing with other capable devices. These days, another feature that we see in some of the latest flagships is a built-in IR Blaster, allowing the device to double as a remote control for TV, Home Theatres etc.While it’s a mighty useful functionality to have, considering how many IR devices we usually come across in our daily life, the problem is configuration. HTC One, for instance, is a flagship that comes with a native TV app to make use of the IR Blaster, but the default options are limited to TV, Cable box and Home theatre. Technically, an IR Blaster means that the device should control pretty much anything that requires an infrared beam, but the phone won’t let you do that. The good thing is, there’s a way to configure any IR device to work with HTC One, and I’ll show you how. Read More

How To Use Chrome’s ‘Supervised User’ Parental Control Feature

Google Chrome 32 is out, and with this latest update, the web giant has brought some really handy new features to the table such as Tab indicators to identify noisy tabs, automatic blocking of malware and lots more. But one feature that I found utterly fascinating is the new Supervised Users option that gives you full control over Chrome's user management, allowing you to add browsing restrictions for your supervised users, as well as monitor their web activity. In what follows, we’ll take a closer look at how this new feature works.Read More

Cydia Substrate Updated With Support For iOS 7, iPhone 5s & Other A7 Devices

The MobileSubstrate update that jailbreak users has been waiting for is finally here. Cydia developer, saurik (Jay Freeman), announced the update in a tweet just a few moments ago. Although we've been able to install and use certain old tweaks and quite a few new ones in the first week after the evasi0n 7 jailbreak tool was released, a majority of what the Cydia store had to offer remained partially or completely incompatible with both new and old devices. As mentioned in our iOS 7 jailbreak guide, updates from both the evad3rs and saurik were needed to patch up certain fundamental incompatibilities. The evad3rs rolled out an update shortly after the initial release of their jailbreak tool, and now, Substrate too has been updated to 0.9.5000 with full support for iOS 7 and A7-based ARM64 devices like the iPhone 5s. For any tweaks to work on A7 devices, though, they would have to be recompiled for compatibility with the ARM64 architecture. Read More

How To Access The Hidden iOS 7 SpringBoard Settings Menu

As is the case with any other major update, there are several lesser-known features in iOS 7, features that you could easily miss, but very few that can be categorized as truly 'hidden'. There was one particular bundle of hidden interface customization features that was discovered while iOS 7 was still in beta. Simply labeled 'SpringBoard', this hidden menu contained a plethora of options to tweak animations, events and interface elements all over the OS. The comprehensiveness of these settings is a testament to the assumption that the this menu was created only to be used internally by Apple's own team of testers. Apparently, the menu hasn't been removed from the final, public builds of iOS 7, and now that the current iteration has been jailbroken through evasi0n 7, it is possible for users to access it once again. In what follows, we're going to explain how to enable the internal SpringBoard settings menu on your device. Read More

How To Jailbreak iOS 7 – 7.0.4 On iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, 4 & More Using evasi0n 7

It's finally here! The untethered iOS 7 jailbreak that we've all been waiting for is now just a download and a few clicks away. evad3rs - the team behind the evasi0n tool that brought untethered jailbreak to iOS 6.x - surprised everyone yesterday by releasing evasi0n 7, which achieves the same on iDevices running iOS 7.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3, 7.0.4, 7.1 Beta1 and 7.1 Beta2. Join us after the break for a step-by-step, novice-friendly guide to jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod touch on iOS 7.x. Read More

How To View And Delete Google Location History

I love traveling so much that I often find myself journeying places that I have no clue about. And one gadget that always proves handy in my trips, be it on foot or in my car, is my Android phone. Whenever I find myself isolated, that nifty Google Maps app instantly comes to the rescue. But recently when I found that Google has been tracking my location – okay, maybe I’m a bit late to the party – it creeped me out a bit. If you are also using a Google device or service (which most of us are, these days), than odds are the search engine giant might be tracking your location data too, especially using a Google Map featured called Google Location history. Fret not though - Google lets you disable it if you want. In this short guide, I will explain what Google Location history is and how to keep it from recording your location info.Read More

3 Easy Ways To Download Instagram Videos

Earlier this year, Instagram introduced a new feature that allows users to share 15-second video clips on the social networking site, as a competitor to Twitter's Vine service. For those of you who are in a habit of downloading from various video sharing services and want to save the mini clips shared by your friends or people you're following on Instagram, there are a few methods that allow to do just that in a few simple steps. One way that we've covered before is to use Torch browser, which allows users to download Instagram Videos with a single click. Let's take a look at some of the other simpler methods to get this task done. Read More

How To Join Feedly Beta Channel & Get Early Access To New Features

Since Google Reader’s demise, Feedly has become the number one option for many users who consume online content from blogs and websites via RSS feeds. Although it initially worked with Google Reader accounts only, Feedly now has its own cloud servers capable of storing and managing all your RSS data, though you can still sign in and use the service via your current Google account if you want. Available for mobile, desktop and the web, Feedly has extended its services across iOS, Android, Windows and web browsers in a short time span. And starting today, the company has announced a new Beta Channel that will allow it to introduce new features to early testers, and if found useful, these features would later make their way into the stable release via future updates.Read More

How To Root Moto X On Android 4.4 KitKat With SlapMyMoto

So you got yourself a nice, customized Moto X and were super-excited upon learning that you will be among the first privileged users in the world of Android to get the latest 4.4 KitKat update, only to get disappointed upon finding out that the old rooting methods will not work on KitKat? That sure would have been a bummer, but not when renowned Android hacker and XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase has a say in it. After rooting the device on previous firmwares with PwnMyMoto and RockMyMoto, the super-talented guy has done it again, this time in form of SlapMyMoto – a rooting method for the Moto X on Android 4.4 KitKat. In what follows, we will guide you through the process of rooting yours, so read on. Read More

How To Disable the Dashboard & Notification Center in Mac OS X

Mavericks has certainly optimized OS X; it's a system designed to please everyone, and as good an idea as that is, it risks creating aspects that are not always appreciated, such as the Dashboard and Notification Center. I for one have never understood the necessity of the Dashboard in a Mac OS X, In fact, the only reason I ever put anything there was to save it from looking useless. Unfortunately, ornamental seems to be the primary purpose behind the Dashboard. It consumes resources, and is not important enough functionally (at least in my experience). The same can be said about the notification center. While I can see how it might serve a purpose for many, but one can also see how it's not for everyone. Fortunately, if you share my disapproval of these features, they can quite easily be disabled through a few terminal commands. Read More

Separate Devices & Drives In ‘This PC’ Section Of Windows 8.1 Explorer

Most users of Windows must aware of the Windows 8.1 update that was released back in October as a free update to existing Windows 8 users via Windows Store. While the update brings many welcome additions to the table, it has also made a few changes that users are finding fiercely annoying. Once such nuisance is the Devices and Drives section in This PC. In contrast to Windows XP, 7 and 8, This PC displays all hard disk drives, USB devices and CD/DVD drives under one combined section labeled 'Devices and drives' section, while earlier versions of Windows had separate sections for ‘Hard Disk Drives’ ‘Devices with Removable Storage’. While you cannot bring the exact same functionality to Windows 8.1, Vishal Gupta at AskVG has shared an awesome tip that will let you separate hard disk partitions and USB or CD/DVD drives shown under This PC. Read on for full step-by-step instructions.Read More

Install Android 4.4 KitKat Factory Image On Nexus 4, 7 & 10

Google promised it, and Google delivered it – after starting to push out Android 4.4 KitKat in OTA form to Nexus 7 and 10, the company behind the world most popular mobile OS has made factory images of the latest version of Android available for the public for Nexus 4, 7 and 10, in addition to Nexus 5. While the OTA had started rolling out only for the Wi-Fi editions of the Nexus 7, and there was no news for it starting to roll out for the Nexus 4, these factory images are available for all Wi-Fi and 3G variants of Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), as well as for the Nexus 4. Codenamed KRT16O, these are full OS images that don’t need to be applied as updates, and contain the entire operating system in its pure AOSP glory. If you have yet to receive your OTA update and don’t want to flash it manually the OTA way, you can go ahead and install the appropriate factory image to your Nexus device, and get Android 4.4 KitKat up and running on it. In this post, we’ll be guiding you how.Read More

How To View The Date & Time When Windows Was Installed

So, you want to find out when was the last time you installed Windows on your machine? Since you're reading this post, the answer to this question is probably yes. I’m not sure about you, but many simply feel that re-installing Windows at regular intervals – after a year, let's say – keeps the system in optimal state. I wouldn't argue with that theory, but in such a case, having a reference date of your last Windows installation does make sense. Or you might want to know about the date and time of your Windows installation just out of curiosity. Fortunately, then there are several different ways available to do that, which I will explain step by step, right after the break.Read More

How To Reset Google Chrome To Default Settings

The factory reset concept doesn’t need any introduction, and is commonly found in many devices and operating systems. Even Microsoft has now included the reset and refresh functionality in Windows 8. Mozilla also recently implemented the reset option in its Firefox web browser, enabling users to revert everything to factory defaults whenever they wish. So, it’s about time that Google brought this feature to Chrome. Using the reset option, you can reset the browser to its default state whenever you want. When you reset the browser, you basically turn its state to how it was when first installed: no extensions or other browsing data on it, and all settings reverted to original. In other words, in one step, you're are allowed to completely erase any info and start over from scratch without having to manually uninstall and reinstall the browser. Although Google already had this feature on-board in Canary and Dev builds, it’s now natively available in the latest stable release. Here is a thorough and complete step-by-step guide on how to reset Chrome back to its default settings.Read More