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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Best Android Apps & Games Of 2012

A collection of the best and our favourite Android apps available. This page will be updated regularly, adding new and better apps, so make sure to come back regularly to keep up with the latest apps.
Apps and games are in no specific order whatsoever.
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Social & Communication
Entertainment, Music & Video
Productivity & Storage
Utilities & Tools
Replacement Launchers
Customisation & Widgets
News & Reading
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

How to Increase Your Tablet's Battery Life

Tablets such as the iPad and the Motorola Xoom may be on their way to replacing conventional computers. A 2011 Nielsen survey found that 35 percent of desktop computer owners and 33 percent of laptop owners reduced their PC use or stopped using them altogether after they purchased a tablet. Unfortunately, as your tablet becomes your go-to device, you must wrestle with the same problem laptop and mobile-phone owners have faced for years: extending battery life while getting the most out of the device. While tablets are relatively new, the batteries inside haven’t changed a whole lot since the mid-1990s.
Improving the power consumption of a tablet is much like improving that of a mobile phone or laptop or even conserving energy at home: turn off what you don’t use, minimize the usage of features you do need and look for hidden features draining your battery.


Reduce your screen’s brightness. This single step greatly improves your battery life. The screen is the largest power draw on a tablet. Dim your screen as much as you can handle without causing eyestrain. Some tasks, such as photo editing, may require full brightness, but reducing it for ordinary reading will pay off in extra uptime.Shorten the screen timeout interval. This feature -- called the Auto-Lock Interval on an iPad --blacks out the screen when the tablet’s not in use. While you may have to touch the screen at regular intervals to keep the tablet awake while you read, you’ll extend your battery life significantly if you use the tablet frequently for short tasks like checking email or sending SMS messages. If you don't mind fiddling with settings, you can turn off the timeout when you're settling in for some reading, and then change it back afterwards. 

Reduce or eliminate application updates, pings and syncs. For example, social media applications such as TweetDeck and Apple’s Ping update constantly by default, even when you’re not using them. Set applications to update manually whenever possible and you’ll conserve power even when your tablet is “asleep.” Likewise, Apple recommends turning off “push notifications” and email “push” settings on your iPad to conserve power.

Disable Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS when they aren’t needed. Even when these services aren’t in use, they continue to search for connections and remain “powered up.” Some tablets offer a widget to quickly enable or disable these antennas when you’re not using them. If your tablet also uses 3G or 4G wireless service, disable it when you’re using Wi-Fi, or use "airplane mode" if you're photo editing or watching a downloaded movie.

Keep an eye on the applications that run in the background. Some, such as games, should be shut down when you’re done with them. Others, such as GPS-enabled apps, might use more power than you expect while they’re in the background, because they’re also accessing your GPS antenna. Kill or quit any apps you don’t need.
If your tablet has an Organic Light Emitting Diode screen, a dark-colored wallpaper will reduce the screen’s power draw. Unfortunately, this method won't work with LCD screens, which are illuminated by a static backlight.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Apple Maps glitch could be deadly: Australian police

Apple Maps glitch could be deadly: Australian police

Australian police Monday warned motorists about using the map system on new Apple iPhones after rescuing several people left stranded in the wilderness, saying the errors could prove deadly.

Victoria state police said drivers were sent "off the beaten track" in recent weeks while attempting to get to the inland town of Mildura, being directed instead to the middle of a national park.

"Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees Celsius (114 F), making this a potentially life threatening issue," police said in a statement.
Authorities said tests on the mapping system had confirmed that it lists Mildura, around 500 kilometres (310 miles) northwest of Melbourne, as being in the heart of the Murray Sunset National Park.
This is about 70 kilometres (43 miles) from its actual location.
Six motorists have been rescued in recent weeks from the park after following directions on their Apple iPhones, some of them after being stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water.
Others had walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get reception on their phones.

"If it was a 45-degree day, someone could actually die," Mildura's Local Area Commander Inspector Simon Clemence told state broadcaster ABC.
"It's quite a dangerous situation, so we would be calling for people not to use the new Apple iPhone mapping system if they're travelling from South Australia to Mildura."
Apple was not immediately reachable for comment on the issue.
In September the company apologised for its glitch-ridden maps application in the new operating system used by the iPhone 5 and urged customers to use rival programmes while improvements were made.

The iconic US firm developed its own mapping programme included in its new mobile iOS 6 operating system, and in doing so booted off Google Maps, which had been the default programme for Apple devices.
But the new system immediately drew scorn for omitting key landmarks and cities, failing to identify correct locations and distorting views from its images.
Victoria police said they had contacted Apple about the problem and they hoped it could be rectified promptly. In the meantime, they asked motorists in the state to rely on other forms of mapping.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Prevent PenDrive Virus

:: Do the following  Steps::

1) Disable autorun/autoplay function of your pen drive.

2) Now plugin your pen drive and open any folder of your computer.

(Do not open any folder from ur pen drive.)

3) Now goto tools then select Folder Option

In that box mark the Show Hidden Files & Folders option.

Also Uncheck Hide Extension for known file types & Hide Protected OS files.

Now click apply and ok buttons and close that folder.

4) Now come to desktop.

On the Desktop, click on windows Start button and select Search for files & folders.
When the search dialog box appears on the screen, in that click on All Files & Folders, now click on More Advanced Options then select search Hidden files & folders.

Now go above & in Look In option, select your pendrive letter (For example E: Or G:)
and hit Enter.
5) Now if you see any unknown .Exefiles, simply delete them all.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

10 Uses of Tablet

1. Web Browsing

Browsing the web on a tablet is a completely a new experience. With their light weight form factor and their touch screens, tablets excel at web browsing. Since the display is also bigger than a smartphone screen, you do not have to zoom-in or zoom-out to see the entire page. Touching the screen to scroll the page feels a lot more natural. The web browsers in tablets come with support for Flash, JavaScript and CSS.

2. eReading

One of the best applications for a tablet is as an eBook reader. Whether you are traveling on vacation or just commuting to work, carry every single book, magazine and newspaper you want to read. Don't be stuck with just one book; have freedom to choose from your entire library collection. From classical literature to the latest bestseller, from daily newspapers to special interest magazines, all this in a device that is thin and just as light as a regular book. eReading has never been easier.
3. Office

Single-handedly prepare and produce office documents that can be viewed and shared with others at the most convenient time possible. The office editor makes full use of the touchscreen interface and gives you the same level of functionality that you see in a desktop. Develop spreadsheets, Word documents, PDF files, and PowerPoint presentations in their original formats. You don’t need a computer to work on office documents any more.
4. Video Conference

Tablets front camera feature makes it perfect for video conferencing. It’s perfect for video conference with the press of a button. With Video Conference feature, you can conduct meetings from virtually anywhere. It's also the perfect way to catch up with faraway friends and family, the best way to send a smile.
5. Navigation

Most tablets have GPS and 3G connectivity and excellent navigation applications. Now you can navigate to your destination faster and safer than ever before. Be it on foot or driving - receive destination feedback in a method that lets you concentrate on situational awareness. Save time and energy by avoiding wrong turns, and bad directions. The portable tablet has spacious display perfect for finding your way around. Easily travels with you everywhere; pointing you in the right direction always.
6. Typing

The full-size keyboards on tablets are superbly comfortable to type on. For persons who like a lot of chat, email or social networking, a tablet is the perfect device due to its light weight form factor and compact dimensions. You even get keyboard docks for tablets, so you can plug it in and type on a more classical keyboard.
7. Gaming

Tablets are quickly becoming the new source for casual gaming. People who wouldn't normally play video games have now gotten used to gaming on touchscreens. Be it simple, pickup-and-play games such as, Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja, or games with high quality 3D graphics. Simply put, you'll never be bored if you have a tablet.
8. Movies

Now you can watch anything, anywhere. Wherever you want to watch video – on a plane or train, or in an airport or coffee shop, your tablet is a highly versatile media center. What better way to unwind than by using your tablet's large screen to watch a few of your favorite movies in high definition?
9. Photo Viewing

We all love to look at and show off pictures with friends. Tablet offers you a boast value with a big high resolution screen. You can even edit the picture on the tablet using image editing applications or instantly share it using the Facebook or Twitter app. But best of all you can simply have a slide show of your favorite images running on the screen and the device kept on a table as a digital photo frame.
10. In-car Entertainment

Make your time in traffic more enjoyable. It is a great way keeping yourself entertained while your car continues to crawl. You also get accessories such as Car Headrest Mount Holder, which can be mounted behind the head rest of the car seat for the rear passengers to enjoy a hands-free viewing experience.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

eTechServe: Xtab MX Plus

eTechServe: Xtab MX Plus: Xtab MX Plus Product Specification : CPU 1.5GHz( Dual Core) Core Type Cortex A9 (AML 8726-MX) OS Android 4.0.4( Ice c...
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Phablet Unboxing Video & Review

Specification : 
5.2 Inch WVGA Capacitive Multi touch screen
1GHz Cortex A9 Processor with HD Video Playback & Adobe Flash support
Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0
Dual SIM/Dual Standby with 3G/2G (HSDPA, WCDMA, EDGE, GPRS)
Dual Cameras, 8 Mega Pixel Back camera with auto focus and flash.
A-GPS, WiFi with HotSpot & Bluetooth with A2DP Connectivity
FM Radio with RDS
4GB Internal Memory & 64GB Expandable
(2*2800mAh) 1 Battery Free
Proximity, Ambient Light, Compass, Gravity Sensor.
Analog TV,Face unlock.

Price : Rs. 12490.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

eTechServe: NXG Tab A10 Plus Unboxing & Review

eTechServe: NXG Tab A10 Plus Unboxing & Review: NXG Electronics recently launched Xtab A10 Plus Android ICS tablet successor of Xtab A10 tablet. Xtab A10 Plus comes with one unique featur...
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Installing Active Directory Domain Services (AD-DS) in Windows 2008 Server

Installing Active Directory Domain Services (AD-DS)
In Windows Server 2008, unlike previous server operating Systems, there is an additional step that needs to be taken before running DCPROMO to promote the server to Domain Controller and installing Active Directory on it. This step is the installation of Active Directory Domain Services (AD-DS) role on the server. In fact, the AD-DS role is what enables the server to act as a Domain Controller, but you will still need to run DCPROMO the regular way.
AD-DS can be installed in one of 3 methods:
Method 1 – Server Manager/Initial Configuration Tasks
Roles can and should be added from Server Manager (but they can also be initiated from the Initial Configuration Tasks wizard that auto-opens the first time you log on to the server).
1.    Open Server Manager by clicking the icon in the Quick Launch toolbar, or from the Administrative Tools folder.
2.    Wait till it finishes loading, then click on Roles > Add Roles link.
In the Before you begin window, click Next.
In the Select Server Roles window, click to select Active Directory Domain Services, and then click Next.
In the Active Directory Domain Services window read the provided information if you want to, and then click Next.
In the Confirm Installation Selections, read the provided information if you want to, and then click Next.
Wait till the process completes.
When it ends, click Close.
Going back to Server Manager, click on the Active Directory Domain Services link, and note that there's no information linked to it, because the DCPROMO command has not been run yet.
Now you can click on the DCPROMO link, or read on.
1.    To run DCPROMO, enter the command in the Run command, or click on the DCPROMO link from Server Manager > Roles > Active Directory Domain Services.
Depending upon the question if AD-DS was previously installed or not, the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard will appear immediately or after a short while. Click Next.
In the Operating System Compatibility window, read the provided information and click Next.
In the Choosing Deployment Configuration window, click on "Create a new domain in a new forest" and click Next.
1.    Enter an appropriate name for the new domain. Make sure you pick the right domain name, as renaming domains is a task you will not wish to perform on a daily basis. Click Next.
2.    Note: Do NOT use single label domain names such as "mydomain" or similar. You MUST pick a full domain name such as "mydomain.local" or "" and so on.
3.    The wizard will perform checks to see if the domain name is not already in use on the local network.

Pick the right forest function level. Windows 2000 mode is the default, and it allows the addition of Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers to the forest you're creating. Read my "Understanding Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain and Forest Functional Levels" article for more information on that.
Pick the right domain function level. Windows 2000 Native mode is the default, and it allows the addition of Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers to the domain you're creating.
The wizard will perform checks to see if DNS is properly configured on the local network. In this case, no DNS server has been configured, therefore, the wizard will offer to automatically install DNS on this server.
It's most likely that you'll get a warning telling you that the server has one or more dynamic IP Addresses. Running IPCONFIG /all will show that this is not the case, because as you can clearly see, I have given the server a static IP Address. So, where did this come from? The answer is IPv6. I did not manually configure the IPv6 Address, hence the warning. In a network where IPv6 is not used, you can safely ignore this warning.
You'll probably get a warning about DNS delegation. Since no DNS has been configured yet, you can ignore the message and click Yes.
Next, change the paths for the AD database, log files and SYSVOL folder. For large deployments, carefully plan your DC configuration to get the maximum performance. When satisfied, click Next.
Enter the password for the Active Directory Recovery Mode. This password must be kept confidential, and because it stays constant while regular domain user passwords expire (based upon the password policy configured for the domain, the default is 42 days), it does not. This password should be complex and at least 7 characters long. I strongly suggest that you do NOT use the regular administrator's password, and that you write it down and securely store it. Click Next.
In the Summary window review your selections, and if required, save them to an unattend answer file. When satisfied, click Next.          
The wizard will begin creating the Active Directory domain, and when finished, you will need to press Finish and reboot your computer.
Note: You can automate the rebooting process by checking the Reboot on Completion checkbox.
To automate domain controller installations, you can use an answer file or you can specify unattended installation parameters at the command line. More on that in my "Creating an Unattend Installation File for DCPROMO in Windows Server 2008" article.
Note: As written in my "Installing Active Directory on Windows 2008 Server Core" article, configuring a Windows Server 2008 Server Core machine REQUIRES you to perform an automated installation of Active Directory on that server, as there is NOT DCPROMO GUI on Server Core.
Your server now acts as a Domain Controller. Make sure you properly back it up. You can test functionality by using AD management tools such as Active Directory Users and Computers, examine the Event Logs, services and folders and shares that have been created.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

1985 Windows 1.0

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The First Version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 1.0, with simple applications and the concept of multitasking on PC 

1987 Windows 2.0 

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The Second Version of Windows, Windows 2.0 with some fixes and the Control Panel. 

1988 Windows 2.1 

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The Second Version of Windows with some additions, and some fixes, Windows 2.1, the Paint software is seen in this one! 

1990 Windows 3.0 

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The Third Version of Windows, Windows 3.0, featuring the File Manager and Program Manager, replacing the old MS DOS based File and Program Managers. 

1992 Windows 3.1 

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The later released upgraded version of Windows 3.0, which had support for 32-bit Disk Access, Personalization options and had the Minesweeper game for the first time. 

1995 Windows 95 

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Windows 95, the changed look, the new interface and the beginning of the form of Windows which we see now. Enhanced Graphics and better Communication Programs. 

1998 Windows 98 

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Windows 98, one of the most successful versions of Windows till now, this version of Windows can still be seen in some PCs even today. With Extended Softwares, better Performance, this Version was the first milestone in the path of the development of Windows. 

2000 Windows ME 

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Windows ME or Windows Millennium Edition, though not a very popular version of Windows, but still it had some better tools and performance than the previous ones in some cases. 

2001 Windows XP 

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Windows XP, the Daddy of all versions of Windows, the most popular version of windows even today. Windows XP is still used today because of its unmatched performance, tools and interface. This has been the best version of Windows till the arrival of Windows 7. 

2006 Windows Vista 

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Windows Vista, though it didn’t go so well in the public, but still its a good version of Windows specially for the interface the Windows Aeroâ„¢ Effect, making the Window Transparency work like magic. 

2009 Windows 7 

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Windows 7, the best version of Windows till date. With the new and advanced features such as the Superbar, this version of Windows created another milestone for Microsoft after Windows 98 and Windows XP. Windows 7 features an unbeatable user interface, and powerful tools that makes it the best among the rest. 

2012 Windows 8 

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Windows 8, to be released in the late 2012. The interface of Windows 8 as seen at the D9 Conference. A better version of Windows as proposed by Microsoft, with the changed User Interface

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