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September 27 2013 6 27 /09 /September /2013 09:46


256x256Road Dancer is a free map application, which provides offline worldwide turn-by-turn navigation, with voice guides, and supports different languages. 

 After launching the app, users will lead to the download screen, with more than 30 countries listed (more countries would be added later). What users need to do, is to download some map. After downloading, the map will be stored in your phone, the country will be in your pocket, no matter the phone is connected to network or not, the navigation could be opened. Now try it, and let it brings you the world!

The countries could be downloaded contain (More countries is constantly adding) :

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA & Canada, Uruguay, Venezuela


• Supports English, Portuguese, Spanish, more than 20 different languages, and languages can be switched

• Provides voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions, with multiple voice prompts before turns and merges

• Supports a variety of ways to search: roads, city names, village names, points of interest classification, points of interest name, latitude and longitude, etc.

• Provides map mode switches between 3D and 2D

• Stroke simulator navigation, track record, track return trajectory query

• Provides optional multi-path plannings

• Unlimited amount of self-designated, DIY POI, POI ALERT

• A key to go home, to return to the parking


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July 4 2013 5 04 /07 /July /2013 11:09


Reading documents in PDF form is great. But what if you’re looking at recipe on your tablet and want to update it (that really should say teaspoons, not cups!)? The most annoying thing about PDFs, hands down, is that you can’t edit them. Thankfully, there’s an easy remedy: convert a PDF document into Microsoft Word’s standard .DOC or .DOCX formats! By doing this, you’ll be able to read and make changes to the document in your word processor of choice (and then save it as a PDF if you really prefer the document in that format).

In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you the easiest way to convert PDF files into the .DOCX format – with or without using Adobe Acrobat. We’ve also included a free method for converting large batches of PDFs simultaneously. Here’s how it’s done:

With Adobe Acrobat

*Note: you’ll need the paid version of Acrobat to use this method. If you don’t have Acrobat, or only have the free version, skip to the next section.

  1. Open the PDF document you’d like to convert.
  2. Click File, then Save As.
  3. In the drop-down menu labeled Format, select the .DOCX format.
  4. Click Save. You may have to wait for a moment. 

Without Adobe Acrobat

The free version of Adobe Acrobat won’t allow you to make conversions, so for those of you who don’t feel like shelling out $300 just to do a single file conversion, we’ve detailed a completely free way to convert your PDF into .DOCX below.

  1. Head over to pdftoword.com.
  2. Click on the Choose File button.
  3. In the pop-up window, find the file you want to convert, select it, and click Open.
  4. Enter your email address in the box.
  5. Complete the Captcha code on the bottom to prove that you’re a human.
  6. Click the blue Convert button at the bottom.
  7. Head over to the inbox of the email address you entered in step 4, and look for an email from pdftoword.
  8. Open the email and download the freshly-converted file. 

Batch file converting

If you’ve got a whole bunch of PDFs that you need to convert into a word-friendly format, here’s the best way to do it

  1. Download Wondershare PDF to Word for Windows or Mac.  The free trial lasts for 15 days, but it doesn’t have any limits on the number of files you can convert.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete the installation process.
  3. Open Wondershare.
  4. Import and convert your files. Wondershare can batch convert up to 50 PDF documents at once.

That’s it! Did you like our PDF to Word tutorial? Do you have a better way of doing things? If so, let us know in the comments below! 

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/convert-pdf-to-word/#ixzz2Y49ZzW3O 

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There are literally hundreds of thousands of great software programs compatible with OS X in Apple’s App Store – not to mention the thousands more that are scattered across the Web. In this list, we’ve compiled some of the best Mac apps available. Since there are so many apps available, we pared it down to only include programs that are most likely to be useful to the average Mac user.


There are loads of great window management tools out there, and each one seems to take a different approach to the same task. Afloat is a wonderfully simple utility that allows you to ‘float’ certain windows and keep them on top. You can also pin windows to the front of the screen, and adjust the transparency of any window you choose. This transparency function is especially useful for users working with limited screen space, which makes Afloat a must-have for 13- or 15-inch MacBook owners.


Other notable windows management tools include: DivvyBetter Snap Tool, and Cinch.

Give your Mac a volume boost with Boom. The tiny program allows you to turn up the volume past Apple’s pre-determined boundaries. This might not be the most useful app on this list if you already have volume-boosting PC speakers, but if you’re working with your Mac’s built-in speakers, then this utility is especially useful. While it’s generally not a good idea to push your speakers past their limit, Boom comes in handy when you’re watching or listening to things that aren’t very loud to begin with and need an extra boost to be audible.

Breakaway is a simple utility that pauses iTunes when it detects that your headphone jack is unplugged. You can also set it to pause your music and movies when you hit mute to make your life that much easier. Never again will you have to suffer through an embarrassing moment when your headphones pop out for a second and cause your computer to blast Ricky Martin’s greatest hits at full volume for a few seconds as you fumble to plug your phones back in.

Fan Control
Sometimes your Mac gets hot. When it does, and you feel like it could use some extra cooling down, use the Fan Control app to designate how many RPMs your fan spins at. 

Always a favorite, this one keeps your computer from going into sleep mode or performing the auto-dim function. Great for reading long documents or any other activity in which you don’t touch the keyboard or mouse for extended periods of time. 

Perian is essentially a codec pack that augments QuickTime and makes it capable of reading pretty much any file format. It’s extremely lightweight and it saves you from having to download another program just to play your media.



Of all the RSS aggregators out there, Reeder easily ranks in the top three. Its position on the podium is up for debate, but there’s no denying that it’s one of the best. It started life as an iOS app and was later redesigned to work on OS X, which shows in the smooth and intuitive interface. It syncs easily with Google Reader and also has an auto-load function so that you can quickly switch over and read the article on the actual website if you prefer.


While we’re generally not fans of skeuomorphism in computer applications, Pulp is definitely an exception. It forgoes the traditional RSS aggregator format in favor of a more familiar newspaper-like layout – and pulls it off quite nicely. The app displays your news in a fully-customizable and easy-to-digest format that makes it easier to locate the news you’re actually interested in reading. Pulp also has a ‘Magic Reader’ function that will retrieve the entire article when only a portion of the story is displayed by the feed – an incredibly helpful  feature that’s missing in other aggregators.


If you’re a voracious consumer of music and you find yourself constantly switching between your local library and dozens of online streaming sources, then Tomahawk is just what you need. The program essentially unifies all of your music into one source – no matter if your tunes are located on YouTube, Spotify, your iTunes library, or even a friend’s library. Tomahawk works with tons of different online music services. If your favorite one isn’t supported, you can create a “resolver” to make it work. It takes a second to get the hang of it, but once you do, you’ll never use another music program again.


Audacity is a free and open-source audio editor and recorder. It’s got a bit of a learning curve, but that curve isn’t nearly as steep as you’ll find with other audio editors. Despite the fact that it’s completely free, Audacity is packed with advanced features that make it a serious contender against paid programs.


Plex is a free media manager application/UPnP media server client that we’re in love with for it’s slick interface, powerful features, and nonexistent pricetag. We highly recommend this one. 


Ever wanted to control your computer with Minority Report style gestures? With Flutter, you can finally live that dream. Once installed, the app allows you to control iTunes (and a few other programs/Web apps) just by making hand signals at your iSight camera. It’s surprisingly quick and even works well at a distance. This is definitely a fun one to impress your friends with.



iShowU HD
Screen capture apps are a dime a dozen, but none are as full-featured and simple to use as this one created by shinywhitebox. It allows you to capture any section of the screen, no matter how big or small it may be, while also giving you the option of recording audio coming from inside or outside your Mac – or both. 



Need to send a large file like a movie or a lossless audio file to your friend? We recommend using FTP, the File Transfer Protocol, and to use it, you’ll need a good FTP client. Cyberduck is your best option in our opinion. Don’t dig the interface? Alternatives include FireFTPTransmit, and FileZilla 



Mac users have an incredibly vast selection of excellent photo editing programs, but even against thousands of competitors, Pixelmator stands out as one of the best. It’s got a massive list of powerful features, and is probably the fastest program of its type that we’ve ever used.



It used to be that making professional-grade HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos meant using three or four different effects programs, but thanks to brilliant software developers, those days are no more. HDRtist is an all-in-one HDR production studio, which is dead simple to use.



Bored with the simplistic fade-in/fade-out playthrough style of your iTunes playlists but don’t want to buy a set of turntables just to mix your music? Check out Mixxx. It’s definitely not as full-featured as programs like Virtual DJ Pro, but the learning curve also isn’t nearly as steep. 

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Think of Alfred as Spotlight on crystal meth. It’s an application launcher, but it can do a lot more than just that. With Alfred, you can quickly perform calculations, execute Web searches, and quickly find word definitions, among many other functions.


Better Touch Tool
BTT boosts the functionality of your trackpad or Magic Mouse by adding more gesture control options to the mix. Once installed, you can tap in corners, tap and swipe with up to 11 (11!!!) fingers, and in the case of the Magic Mouse, have pinch-to-zoom functionality. 



Pathfinder is an alternative to Finder that gives you more advanced features and control than Apple’s default file manager. Replacing your computer’s file management system isn’t something that even crosses most people’s minds, but you’d be surprised how useful the added functionality is. PathFinder keeps the same familiar interface that Finder has, adding things like tabbed folder browsing and bookmarking to make it even better. Check out the link for full details. We don’t have enough space to list all of the awesome stuff it can do.



Text Expander

If you find yourself writing certain phrases over and over again, Text Expander is for you. There are tons of text expansion apps out there, but this one is dead simple and very straightforward. Never heard of a text expander? What they do is allow you to build pre-written snippets that will pop up when you enter a specific key combination. For example, you could type TYSM, and have it expand into “thank you so much,” or potentially even an entire thank you e-mail. 



Evernote is the undisputed king of note taking apps, and for good reason. It’s simple, organized in a highly intuitive way, and syncs with just about any Web service you can imagine. Since it’s one of the most popular apps in existence, there’s a veritable boatload of browser extensions and add-ons available for it as well. Also be sure to check out Evernote’s screenshot annotation tool called Skitch.


Text Wrangler

With so many free text editors out there for Mac users, you have absolutely no reason to pay for Microsoft Word. Some lean toward minimalism and strip away advanced features, but Text Wrangler isn’t one of those. This program is the Cadillac of free text editors. It has every bell, whistle, and advanced formatting option you’ll ever need.



To-do lists are another category that’s overflowing with choices. TDL apps are a dime a dozen, but Anxiety is our favorite. It’s ultra lightweight, hides in a small spot in your menubar, and doesn’t offer anything more than bare-bones task management. 



Flashcards are hands down one of the best ways to cram vocabulary words into your brain before that big Bio-Chem exam you’ve got coming up, but making them all by hand is incredibly time consuming. Smartr not only makes it easier to create flashcards, it also acts as a study buddy and makes quizzing yourself super simple.






Fluid is an app for making your favorite websites into desktop apps. Tell it what site you’d like to transform, and it’ll make what’s called a site-specific browser for that site. Fluid then puts an app in your dock for easy access. Site-specific browsers are just what they sound like: browsers dedicated to accessing pages from a single source. It’s nice to be able to access your favorite websites just like you access desktop apps, and, if used properly, Fluid can really help you stay focused.


Hate trying to remember every single password for every account you have? 1Password is a fantastic password manager that secures all your passwords in a fully-encrypted vault, which you then access by using your master password.



Similar apps include Wallet and LastPass.


If your Mac ever gets stolen, you’ll be glad you installed Undercover. The stolen device recovery app lets you track your computer’s location as soon as the perpetrator connects to the Internet. When they do, Undercover allows you to remotely log on to your Mac, log all of the activity, and even take screenshots of the person who robbed you.

Free alternative: Prey


iOS notifies you when your apps should be updated, so why can’t OS X do the same? AppFresh adds this kind of functionality to your Mac and makes sure that all of your applications, widgets, preference panes, and app plugins are up to date.  


GeekTool is a free desktop customization tool for your Mac. It allows you to use shell scripts to add things like date/time indicators, weather info, or even RSS feeds to your desktop. Even if you’re not a code guru, the GeekTool website has a long list of user scripts (called Geeklets) that you can snag and install with ease.


Paragon NTFS
If you live or work with Windows users, you’ve probably encountered a few frustrating situations in which you need to modify files from an NTFS formatted hard drive but couldn’t because your Mac can’t write to NTFS. Paragon changes that and makes it easy for you to create, delete, or modify files on NTFS hard drives from the comfort of OS X.


App Zapper
App Zapper touts itself as “the uninstaller Apple forgot,” and that’s a pretty apt description. Oftentimes, when you drag a file or program to the trash and delete it, there are other files associated with it that remain on your Mac. App Zapper fixes this problem and finds all files associated with whatever you’re deleting, giving you the option of throwing them out as well. 

Free alternative: AppCleaner


Daisy Disk
There are plenty of disk analytics apps out there, but none of them can match the style and simplicity of Daisy Disk. With an awesome visual layout, it helps you quickly determine what’s taking up space on our drive and provides tools to help you clean it up.



Little Snitch
Little Snitch is a permissions blocker that lets you control all of your incoming and outgoing connections. If you’ve got a program that you don’t want connecting to the Internet, Little Snitch can block it for you. You can set it to block things just once, until you quit, or forever. It’s really nice for control freaks like us who prefer to know everything our Mac is doing.

Alternative: Hands Off is extremely similar and it’s also $5 cheaper. 


Not so fond of Apple’s native Mail application? Give Thunderbird a try. Developed by Mozilla (the same group who brought us Firefox), Thunderbird is packed with powerful and intuitive features, but isn’t very complicated to use. 

Other notable mail clients: Postbox and Sparrow.


Adium is a multi-protocol instant messaging client that can bundle all of your accounts into one simple application. Just tell it which services you use (AIM, MSN, Google Talk, Facebook, etc.) and it’ll pull all of your contacts and organize them into a unified space with a clean UI.

Alternatives: Pidgin and Trillian.

You’ve reached the end of the list! We know for a fact that we’ve left out tons of good ones, so we invite you to share your favorites with us in the comments below!

On a budget? Check out our list of the best free software applications.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-mac-apps/#ixzz2RkAc5aui 



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If you lump them all together, there are probably no fewer than a zillion different music apps on Google Play, the App Store, and Windows Phone Store combined. Those aren’t exact figures, but based on Digital Trends’ own independent research, we estimate that the number is somewhere between a zillion and a jillion. So as a smartphone user, you have access to just about any type of music program imaginable, from internet radio apps to guitar tuners and everything in-between. But unfortunately your smartphone has a limited amount of space, so you’ve got to be choosy. You can’t download the entire zillion apps (yet), so we’ve dug up the best music apps available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone.

It should be noted, however, that the number of music apps available varies greatly from store to store. Apple’s App Store easily has the most, followed closely by Google Play – but the Windows Store is currently anemic when it comes to music apps. As such, you’ll find that the following list features proportionately more iOS and Android apps than those for Windows Phone. We’ll update the list as the Windows store grows, but for now it’s rather short on options.

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If you’re looking for more than just music apps, check out our roundups of the Best iPhone AppsBest Android Apps, and Best Windows Phone Apps.

soundhound_iconSoundhound (free) windows phone get it on google_playavailable on the app store

Ever heard a song and wished you knew what it was called or who recorded it? Download Soundhound and you’ll never have to wonder ever again. Whenever a song comes on that you don’t know, flip on the app and hit the big orange button. Soundhound will record and analyze the incoming audio, and compare it against a database of millions of songs to find a match. It doesn’t work for the most obscure music out there, but you’ll be surprised by how quick and accurate it is.

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Spotify_IconSpotify (free)windows phoneget it on google_playavailable on the app store

As one of the titans of the online music streaming game, Spotify stands out from the rest of the pack with an absolutely stellar mobile app. No need to fill up your phone’s memory with MP3′s – Spotify will stream millions of songs from the Internet for a small monthly fee. It offers a free streaming service for your desktop, but you’ll have to pay for the monthly service to use the mobile app. It’s worth it though. Just ask our resident Spotify addict, Jeff Van Camp.

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LastFM_iconLast.fm (free)windows phoneget it on google_playavailable on the app store

Somewhere between the randomness of discovering new music on the radio and the tediousness of searching for new bands manually lies Last.fm. It’s done a fantastic job of porting all the features from the full site into various mobile apps, which makes it one of the best music internet radio/music discovery apps you can get on your phone.

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soundcloud-iconSoundcloud (free)get it on google_playavailable on the app store

Soundcloud is one of the best music services on the Web, so it stands to reason that they have a fantastic mobile app. Even though it’s been slimmed down to fit your phone, the app retains all the same functionality you’ll find on the full site, which means you can easily listen to songs in your feed, search for new artists to follow, and even record/post sounds. 

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songkickSongkick (free)get it on google_playavailable on the app store

If live music is your thing, you need this app. Once installed, Songkick will scan the music on your phone, pick out the artists you like, save them, and alert you via email whenever they come to play a show near your town. It indexes show info from thousands of ticket vendors and venues, so whenever a show is booked, you’ll be the first to know.


uberhypeUberhype (free)get it on google_play

Uberhype is the mobile version of the The Hype Machine, a fantastic music discovery service that indexes songs based on their popularity on blogs. The more times a particular song is posted on various music blogs across the web, the higher it rises on THM’s charts. This unique approach makes it great for music discovery and makes it easy to find great music you wouldn’t come across on sites like Pandora or Spotify.


Track 8Track 8 ($2)available on the app store

For all the time and effort that Apple puts into the design of its products and services, the native iOS music app is pretty primitive and ugly. If you want your music browsing/listening to be more intuitive, interactive, and beautiful, then check this app out. It’s an alternative music player that lets you peruse and play your tunes in a metro style browser.


Music Creation apps

If you’re tired of listening to music and would rather start making some of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a list of our favorite music creation apps on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone.

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gibson iconLearn & Master Guitar (free)get it on google_playavailable on the app store

Looking to learn how to play guitar, or perhaps just touch up your already stellar shredding skills? Why not use technology to help you out? Legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson teamed up with Legacy Learning Systems to create one of the most comprehensive guitar teaching apps of all time. And best of all, it’s completely free. 

Gibson Learn & Master Guitar

ocarinaOcarina ($1)available on the app store

Even with tens of thousands of music apps available in the App Store, Ocarina is still something of an oddity. Its really unlike any other music app out there. The app works by picking up sounds as you blow into the microphone, and then translating them into airy, ocarina-like noises. You use your fingers to change the notes, and can tilt the phone to change the level of vibrato. Sheet music for hundreds of songs is available at Smule’s website.



iGOGiGOG Massive Drums ($3)available on the app store

iGOG is a massive multi-sampled drum machine that’s based on Drumagog technology – a drum replacer that’s been used by recording engineers all over the globe for over a decade. There are a wide variety of drum apps out there, but we like this one because it’s extremely simple to use and it sounds far better than most you’ll find for this price.


pocketband proPocketBand ($10)get it on google_play

There are boatloads of music collaboration apps in the Google Play store, but this one takes the cake. Think of it as a stripped-down digital audio workstation with a focus on social collaboration. It offers a ton of cool features, but somehow the interface isn’t complicated in the least. Most new users won’t have trouble picking it up and making music right away.


songmaker iconSongmaker ($2)available on the app store

If Britney Spears or T-Pain are any example, it doesn’t take talent to make music anymore. What it takes is technology, and that, my friend, is exactly what your iPhone is filled with. By using a powerful pitch correction algorithm, songmaker can smooth out imperfections in your voice. It’s also got an assortment of drums and loops, so it’s a great tool for developing song ideas.

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tempo iconTempo Metronome ($2/$1)get it on google_playavailable on the app store

If you’re a musician of any kind, you’re inevitably going to encounter a situation where you need a good, reliable metronome. But with so many great metronome apps out there, how do you choose the right one?! When in doubt, go with the crowd. Tempo has consistently ranked in the top 100 music apps ever since it hit the store and for good reason. It has a great interface and all the features you’ll ever need in a metronome.

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imaschine iconiMaschine ($5)available on the app store

Native instruments, the makers of the hugely popular Ableton Live digital audio workstation, Massive Synthesizer, and a wide variety of mixing hardware and DJ controllers, have taken everything that works so well on their Maschine controllers and condensed it down to fit on an iPhone. Despite being rather expensive, this app has enough features to warrant the steep price tag.

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Some people felt it was too big, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been selling steadily since it first hit the market back in May. Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S3 handsets in its first 100 days and it has become the poster child for Google’s Android operating system. Several months down the line, the Galaxy S3 continues to surpass expectations in terms of sales, but no device is flawless.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest Galaxy S3 problems. These are the most commonly seen complaints from people around the world, and in each case we’ll try to offer up a useful workaround or solution.

Problem: Random freezes

The Galaxy S3 keeps freezing randomly. A small number of users reported this problem last year, but it has been cropping up far more frequently in 2013. If you experience this problem with a brand new S3, you should be returning it to get a replacement. The bulk of issues being reported now relate to phones that people have had no problems with for months suddenly developing a random freezing habit. This seems likely to be a software problem and could be related to an Android update, possibly 4.1.2.

Workarounds: You can hold down the Power button and Restart or Power off and turn it on again. That seems to work for most people, but it won’t stop the problem from coming back. You can also pull the battery, but we don’t recommend that. You could also just wait, many people report that the issue fixes itself, but it may take 15 minutes or more and it can return at any time. Some people have reported a reduced frequency by turning off Wi-Fi or the mobile data connection, but that’s not convenient. You could try rolling back the software. Some people report success with this, but others say they have only reduced the frequency of freezing.

Solutions: There are only two solutions that people are reporting consistently. One is returning the device to Samsung for repair. In a number of cases a faulty motherboard is deemed to be the cause and replacing it results in perfect operation. If you’re under warranty this might be your best bet. That obviously points to a hardware problem, and yet other people have reported the problem just resolving itself when they ignored it, which would suggest a software problem. We’ll keep following this and post an update if another solution pops up.

Problem: Sudden Death Syndrome

This only affects some 16GB Galaxy S3 handsets and it’s related to your flash memory (eMMC) chip. If you encounter the problem then you’ll find that your S3 doesn’t switch on at all no matter what you do. If you’re worried about your device being affected, you can check if it is at risk with the eMMC Brickbug Check app.

Solution: If your phone is dead, go to Samsung Support and you should be able to get a replacement or get it fixed. Samsung has released a fix for this so as long as your phone has the latest firmware update then you shouldn’t need to worry.

Problem: Battery drain

Disappointing battery life is the Achilles heel of all smartphones, but some people have encountered a surprising battery drain on the Galaxy S3, even when the phone is not in use.

The international version of the Galaxy S3 has a flaw. The battery drain on standby issue is complicated by a miscalculation in the power profile which shows Cell standby eating a lot more power than it actually is. This doesn’t account for the drain it just means that the stats are wrong.

Some people with the U.S. and international versions have also reported an actual excessive battery drain on the Galaxy S3 when in standby. Having apps running in the background and features such as Wi-Fi, mobile data, Bluetooth, and push email turned on is obviously going to have an impact. If your Galaxy S3 is draining fast when not in use, then it can be tricky to find the culprit. It could be down your carrier or that you get poor service in your home; it could be Chrome; it could be email or LTE. Luckily there are some solutions you can try.

Solutions: If you have Chrome installed, fire it up and choose Settings > Developer tools and then uncheck Enable Tilt Scrolling.

 Some people have reported huge battery savings by turning off LTE in Settings > More settings > Mobile networks > Network mode. There’s a theory that if you don’t have LTE in your area, the battery drains faster because the phone keeps searching for it. Having Wi-Fi turned on all the time can actually help because it uses a lot less power than connecting to a mobile network, but you have to be in range of a Wi-Fi network or the search for a connection will have a similar draining effect.

Some people believe that Samsung’s preinstalled apps could eat a lot of battery life even if you’re not using them. Some users reported success after disabling their Samsung account and various Samsung apps. Go to Settings > Applications manager and choose the All tab then disable Samsung Account, Samsung Backup, Samsung Apps, Samsung Cloud Data Relay along with anything else on the list you don’t use. The disabled apps drop to the bottom of the All list so you can always enable them again if you encounter any problems.

Problem: Audio and microphone issues

It’s difficult to have a phone conversation when the other person can’t hear you clearly or you can’t hear them. Some early adopters reported issues with the Galaxy S3 microphone and found that signal strength was dropping immediately after calls. The speakerphone function hasn’t worked smoothly for some and a complete loss of audio has been reported in extreme cases. A firmware update was rolled out to fix this, so you shouldn’t be experiencing these issues anymore. If you are, then it may be down to a blockage, a setting, or even the noise reduction feature.

Solutions: Restarting the phone should temporarily resolve the issue, but that’s obviously not ideal so let’s try and find a permanent fix. Go to Settings > Accessibility and make sure Turn off all sounds is not checked to begin with. Now go to Settings > Sound and make sure your volume levels are correct and sound is turned on.

Hit Phone > Menu > Call settings > Additional settings and then uncheck Noise reduction. Some people have reported less echo and clearer calls with this turned off.

Take a look at the microphone hole on the bottom edge of your Galaxy S3. If it looks like there’s something stuck in there then that could be your issue. Be very careful when cleaning this. Try compressed air to blow it out first.

Problem: Overheating

Many users have reported problems with their Galaxy S3 overheating and sometimes even freezing or crashing as a result. The S3 is very thin with a big screen, a big battery, and a powerful set of internal components, so the more you use it, the hotter it will get. This generally only rears its head as an issue after prolonged gaming or if you do something else that’s graphically intensive. If your Galaxy S3 is getting very hot and crashing without intensive use, then you might have a hardware problem.

Solution: The obvious solution is to take a break for a few minutes and let the phone cool down. If you’ve been running something for hours, then it will inevitably heat up. If it is heating up on standby or with low levels of usage, then you should contact the seller or carrier and check if the hardware is faulty. You should be able to get a replacement handset if they confirm the problem.

Problem: Wi-Fi dropping or not detecting

Are you having trouble connecting to Wi-Fi networks? Maybe your S3 is connecting fine, but then dropping the connection later? There have been plenty of reports of troublesome Wi-Fi and for some people this is a wider Android issue, while for others it could be related to the router. Fear not, there are some things you can try on your S3.

Solution: Turn your phone off and then back on. The mantra of the IT professional does work, but it’s obviously not a permanent fix. You should also go to Settings > Wi-Fi and hit the menu button again to choose Advanced and make sure that Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep is set to Always. Most people with this issue are reporting that an over-the-air update fixed it, so if you are still having problems it is likely to do with your router. You could try an app like Wifi Analyzer and see if you can identify the problem.

 Problem: Lag

When you buy a powerhouse like the Galaxy S3, you don’t expect any lag when you are navigating around. If you’re experiencing a slight delay when you hit the Home button or when you exit an app then it might be down to your settings. You should avoid using task killer apps and reboot your phone fairly regularly to clear memory.

Solution: Drag down the notifications bar at the top and switch off Power saving. It’s a useful feature for saving power, but it does introduce some slight lag. If your problem is related to the Home button, then S-Voice might be the culprit. Samsung has it set up so that a double tap on the Home button launches S-Voice, which can cause lag when you press the Home button. To get rid of it simply double tap the Home button to launch S-Voice and hit menu to access Settings and then uncheck Open via the home key.

The animations slow things down so you can always go into Settings > Developer options and change Window animation scale and Transition animation scale to .5x or even off.

Problem: Vibrating to music or audio

If you find that your Galaxy S3 is vibrating when you play music or when you use specific audio apps then you may well wonder why. Thankfully it’s an easy fix.

Solution: Go to Settings > Sound and make sure Auto haptic at the bottom is toggled off.

Problem: Copy and paste isn’t working

There have been quite a few reports of problems with the copy/paste feature on the S3. Some people are copying and then finding they have no option to paste and others are experiencing crashes when they try to paste copied text.

Solution: The solutions for this one are not ideal. You can factory reset the phone or you can root the device and clear the data from your clipboard. Sadly there’s no guarantee that the problem won’t return if you factory reset. Samsung is definitely aware of this issue, but it has not come up with a fix yet.

 Problem: Smart stay doesn’t work

The Smart stay feature is designed to ensure that the screen does not turn off when you are looking at it. You’ll find it in Settings > Display and you can tick to turn it on. You’ll see an eye icon pop up in the notification bar occasionally and the S3 will use the front-facing camera to check that you’re still looking at the screen. If you are looking at the screen, it stays on, if you aren’t then it dims and turns off. How often it checks depends on your Screen timeout setting. A lot of people find that this feature doesn’t work for them at all.

Solution: Your face has to be well lit so the camera can see it. If you are in the dark or in shadow it simply won’t detect you and the screen will turn off. This feature is neat, but it doesn’t work well yet.

Workaround: Change your Screen timeout so that it doesn’t turn off so quickly.

More S3 problems

If you are irritated by unwanted notifications, then check out our guide on how to turn off Android notifications. If you’re sick of waiting for the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update, then check with your carrier. The majority will push it out over the air, but some require you to physically connect your phone to your computer.

There are various other little Galaxy S3 issues and annoyances you might come across as you use the phone so please post a comment to share issues and any fixes you know of.

Source from: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/galaxy-s3-problems-what-users-complain-about-the-most/#ixzz2NOAh3E7K 

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Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 units in the first three days after release. Considering most of these buyers never saw, held or played with an iPhone 5 in person, that’s a big leap of faith. While we haven’t seen any flubs the scale of “Antennagate” this time around, there have been plenty of complaints about the new smartphone.

Let’s take a look at the most common gripes people seem to have. While not necessarily universal or even exceptional in the world of smartphones, these are the iPhone 5 problems that people have been complaining about the most online and around the world. Wherever possible, we’ll also let you know how you can work around these issues or fix them if you’re encountering them as well. 

Problem: Apple Maps

It’s no secret that Apple and Google are no longer exchanging Christmas cards. The “thermonuclear” war Steve Jobs initiated on the Android platform is far from over. With iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5, Apple stripped out the Google Maps app as the default and replaced it with its own Maps app. A flurry of stories in the days following release focused on mistakes and inaccuracies in Apple’s new navigation system.

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The data is inaccurate for many places, the app is buggy, and many core features of Google Maps that people had come to rely on simply don’t exist in Apple’s Maps app. The fuss in the press got so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook actually apologized publicly, and promised the app would improve over time.

Workaround: There’s no way to fix the Maps app, and no telling how long it will take Apple to get it right, but in the meantime you can always turn to an alternative. Here’s a roundup of the best alternative map apps for iOS. We’ve been hearing that the Google Maps app for iOS 6 is just around the corner for a while now, but right now the only way to access it on your iPhone 5 is through the browser: Point it to maps.google.com.

Problem: Can’t connect to Wi-Fi

A number of people have reported issues with their iPhone 5 connecting to specific Wi-Fi networks. Sometimes it refuses to connect at all; sometimes it drops the connection. Some people report that even standing right next to the router with their iPhone 5 the signal strength is extremely low, but it works fine on other devices.

Workaround: You can always try holding down the Home button and the Lock button together for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo and the phone restarts, but this is unlikely to be a permanent fix.

Solution: Apple released the iOS 6.0.2 update specifically to fix the Wi-Fi issue, but it has persisted for a number of people. If you have the latest version of iOS and you are still experiencing Wi-Fi problems, you should go to an Apple Store or call support and see if you can get a replacement. A number of people have reported it as a suspected hardware issue and have been given replacement devices that didn’t have the same problem, although there hasn’t been any official recognition of a hardware issue.

Problem: Overheating and excessive battery drain

After the iOS 6.1 update rolled out, a number of user complaints regarding overheating and a fast draining battery surfaced. Some reports linked this to a problem with Microsoft Exchange 2010 that was supposed to be fixed in Apple’s iOS 6.1.2 update. However, some users are still reporting an excessive battery drain problem, even after the latest update.

Workaround: Go to Settings > MailContacts and Calendars > Fetch New Data and turn Push to Off and select Manually at the bottom of the screen. This means you’ll only get new emails when you actually fire up the email app, but it has solved the battery drain and overheating for some people while they wait for another software update from Apple.

Possible solutions: Some people have reported the issue solved itself after a hard reset. To perform a hard reset, hold down the Lock and Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds until the iPhone restarts. You can also try deleting your Exchange account, restarting the device, and entering the details to create the Exchange account again. Beyond that, it looks like your only option is to wait for another iOS update. We’ll keep you posted.

Problem: Scratches on the body

Reports of the iPhone 5’s anodized aluminum casing getting scratched and scuffed very easily started to emerge quite quickly after the launch. A number of people found the coating was easily scratched off around the edges and chipped on the back panel, revealing the silver aluminum beneath. There were also reports of iPhone 5 units being scratched right out of the box.

Apple’s marketing boss, Phil Schiller, responded to an email from a complaining customer to say, “Any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color. That is normal.”

Workaround: Assuming your smartphone isn’t scratched on arrival then you should invest in a bumper or go shopping for iPhone 5 cases. If it does get scratched you could always polish off the coating to create a silver highlight around the edge or even laser engrave something on the back.

Problem: Purple glare on photos

The camera on the iPhone 5 is supposed to be the best yet, but many users have reported a strange purple glare. The effect seems to rear its ugly head when there is a strong edge or out-of-scene light source. The standard lens flare effect we’re all used to seems to have a purple hue when using the iPhone 5 camera. In direct comparisons with other cameras, such as that on the iPhone 4S, the difference is pretty clear.

 iphone 5 purple flare

Workaround: Apple released a support document addressing this issue and suggested that, “Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.”

Problem: Light leakage

A few people reported that light was leaking out around the power connector on the white iPhone 5. It’s not really noticeable unless you are in low light or dark surroundings, but it is a flaw.

Solution: Show the offending iPhone 5 at an Apple store and they’ll replace it with a new one.

Problem: Rattling from inside

A number of people reported a rattling noise coming from inside their new iPhone 5 when lightly shaken. Apparently in the rush to meet demand some iPhone 5 units shipped with a battery that was not properly set.

Solution: Take your iPhone 5 to an Apple store and they’ll fix the loose battery or offer you a replacement.

Problem: Date and time bug

There have been several threads in the Apple and Verizon forums about a bug with the date and time incorrectly updating on the iPhone 5. Some users reported that the device was losing minutes, but others complained of it being hours out of sync and even changing the date by several days. The majority of complaints concern Verizon customers, although there are some complaints from Sprint customers as well. Many people have suggested it is related to the LTE network, but neither Apple nor Verizon was keen to take responsibility.

Solution: You can try switching the update from automatic to manual in Settings > General > Date & Time. Some people have suggested switching off LTE or resetting the phone, but there’s no definite fix. If you experience this problem then complain to your carrier. Some customers suffering from the problem have reported it magically vanishing so there’s a good chance that Verizon is working on it behind the scenes. Judging by reports of similar issues from people on Verizon with other phones it is likely not an Apple problem.

Problem: Screen flicker

Reports of an intermittent screen flicker on the iPhone 5 have also been pretty common. This glitch most frequently appears on the virtual keyboard in the App Store when users go to enter their password to purchase an app. It turns up as flickering lines across the bottom of the screen over the keyboard, but it’s relatively minor.

Solution: Wait for the next iOS update because it looks like a software glitch and will likely be fixed when Apple rolls out a platform update. There’s not really anything you can do about it in the meantime.

Problem: Unresponsive touchscreen

A few complaints have come in that the iPhone 5 touchscreen is randomly dropping touch input when a finger is dragged forwards and backwards diagonally across the display. Some people have even reported a completely unresponsive touchscreen or the screen going blank for a few seconds. There have also been complaints about the touchscreen registering touches when the user hasn’t touched that part of the display. While this doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue it is clearly a pretty extreme problem. There could be more than one issue here, some tests suggest the quick swipe failure is an iOS issue, but the more severe unresponsive or wrongly registering touches problems are likely to be hardware related.

Solution: If your problem is severe then take your iPhone 5 to an Apple store and show them the issue and you’ll get a replacement. You could try resetting or restoring your iPhone 5, but this is probably a hardware problem and you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a replacement. If you are experiencing the quick swipe problem then you may just need to wait for an iOS update.

Other problems

If you’ve encountered any other iPhone 5 problems or you want to volunteer some fixes then post a comment. With the severe problems we’ve suggested that you visit an Apple Store to get them resolved. That’s because this will always be the quickest way to find a fix or get a replacement phone. If you are unable to get to an Apple Store then contact customer support, but you can expect to be asked to run through troubleshooting steps and then have a bit of wait time before they’ll ship you a replacement.

Updated: 3-11-2013: Added issues with Wi-Fi connections and battery life problems to the list.

Article originally published 12-4-2012.

Source from: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/iphone-5-problems-what-users-complain-about-the-most/


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watch tv on xbmcDo you love TV? Then you also love XBMC, even if you don’t know it yet. The ultimate media center software offers a wide variety of ways for you to catch up with your favorite shows online, legal and otherwise. Set up a few plugins and you can watch whatever you want in a couple of clicks, from the comfort of your couch.

Legally watching TV shows can be insanely complicated, depending on where you live. Hulu only works in the USA and BBC’s iPlayer only works in the UK. This means, to legally watch TV online using XBMC, you need to know which services work in your country and find a plugin for those services.

Illegal methods of watching TV on XBMC work everywhere, meaning they’re ironically a great deal simpler to get set up. I’ll outline those as well, mostly for the basis of comparison. Media companies – please help simplify this. We want to pay to watch TV online.

Confused about what XBMC is? Check out MakeUseOf’s Guide to setting up XBMC, written by yours truly. I wrote it to explain how to set up XBMC and install extensions if you’re a beginner, so check it out first if you’re not sure how to set up the extensions below.

Legal Ways To Watch TV In XBMC

Let’s begin with the perfectly legal ways to watch TV on XBMC. Because legal ways to watch TV online are always annoying, these plugins will only work in the countries in which they’re based. I’m sticking to the English-speaking world.

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If you live in the United States, the Hulu Plugin for XBMC (above) gives you access to every show on the site, with or without commercials. I also highly recommend you check out my article outlining 5 amazing addons for XBMC, which includes Free Cable – a fantastic free plugin for streaming content from a wide variety of USA-based TV stations. If a given show is offered online by a TV station you’ll find it there.

Live TV offerings are limited in the USA, unfortunately – the assumption is that you have cable.

If you’re based in the United Kingdom, I recommend you check out the iPlayer plugin for XBMC. With this installed, you can watch your favorite BBC stations live, or watch your favorite one on demand.

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UK users should also check out TV Catchup (above), which provides live streaming of a variety of TV stations in that country. You’ll need to sign up for an account before you can use the TVCatchup XBMC plugin.

Canadian users should check out Canada On Demand, which brings in content from a wide variety of different Canadian TV stations. Similar to Free Cable, this plugin offers shows from a the websites of broadcasters.

Those living in Australia should check out the TV Catchup Australian repository. There’s a lot of extensions offered there, which I unfortunately am unable to test.

New Zealand users should check out NZ On Demand for a variety of live TV streams and on-demand offerings.

Again, I’ve focused here primarily on English-language nations, because this is an English-language site and in my imagination it’s being read by English-speaking people. If your nation’s primary language is something else, however, don’t panic – there is almost certainly a plugin for streams from your country.

I recommend Googling the name of your country, the letters “TV” and “XBMC”, or simply check out the next chapter – illegal ways to watch TV everywhere.

tv on xbmc

One more thing – plenty of news stations offer 24/7 streaming on their website – and XBMC is capable of playing those streams. I outlined how to watch the news online using XBMC, so check out that article if you’re interested.

Legally Questionable Ways To Watch TV In XBMC

Of course, if you want every channel you can imagine – live – there really isn’t a legal way to get that. There’s no technical reason for this, but even if you were willing to pay for every individual channel, most channels are only available for satellite and/or cable users. There simply isn’t an online option for most live TV.

SuperTV, however, is a free extension for XBMC offering live streams from a wide variety of countries. Just pick the nation you want to watch TV from, then pick the channel you want to watch – you’ll be seeing what’s on, right now, in real time. There’s even a TV guide, allowing you to see what’s playing and check out what will be on later.

The quality isn’t always great, and the extension itself can be rather slow at times, but it’s worth checking out for the curious.

tv on xbmc

It’s also worth checking out XBMChub’s list of video addons. A couple – 1Channel (above) and Icefilms – give you (completely illegal) access to every TV show and movie on the planet, all from the comfort of your remote.

And no list of legally questionable XBMC plugins is complete without mentioning NaviX, which is perhaps the ultimate XBMC extension. You’ll find more than a little TV there, live and on-demand.

watch tv on xbmc


Of course, I’m missing the obvious way to watch TV on XBMC – getting a TV adapter card for your PC and setting up XBMC to function as your own personal DVR. You’ll probably need a cable subscription, but you’ll be able to watch TV in real-time and record the shows you care about.

Unfortunately getting this set up can be a little difficult, so check out the XBMC wiki page about setting up XBMC live TV.

What shows are you watching using XBMC? Let me know in the comments below, along with any other suggested extensions for the job.


Indian XBMC repo: https://code.google.com/p/apple-tv2-xbmc/

Some more websites that offer Free TV:
wally.com – Watch tv movies music online here
asdfnews.com – Free online music videos

Source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/watch-tv-shows-on-xbmc-with-these-add-ons/


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The  Kindle Fire range has been a success story for Amazon, claiming 33 percent of the Android tablet market. It all started with the original Kindle Fire, but Amazon has upgraded and overhauled its Android offerings since then. The Kindle Fire HD comes in two sizes (with a 7-inch or an 8.9-inch screen) and it plugs you directly into Amazon’s world of content.

Feedback on the devices has been generally positive. You can find our thoughts on the smaller variety in our Kindle Fire HD review and the larger in our Kindle Fire HD 8.9 review. Even the most popular products have a downside and, beyond being limited to Amazon’s content offerings, there are a few Kindle Fire HD problems you may encounter. Below are solutions and workarounds to try and help you get past them.

Problem: Overheating

Some users have reported issues with the Kindle Fire HD overheating while playing games, watching movies, or surfing the Web. In extreme cases the overheating causes the tablet to shut down. You will probably find the problem is worse when you have a case on the device, so try removing it and check the difference. All tablets get warm in use, but if your Kindle Fire HD is getting uncomfortably hot or automatically shutting down when in use then you have a faulty piece of hardware.

Solution: You have to contact Amazon and get a replacement tablet.

Problem: Email is not working or not updating

A number of users have struggled to get their email accounts working correctly on the Kindle Fire HD. Several reports suggest that the email will work for a small period of time and then inexplicably stop working and others report that they cannot get it to work at all. This seems to be a common problem for Verizon and Comcast customers, but it has cropped up for people with other ISPs as well. This is possibly caused by a problem with the native email app on the Kindle Fire HD because some people have reported that installing a third-party app worked for them.


  1. Try a free third-party email app such as K-9 Mail or Kaiten Mail.
  2. Buy a third-party email app such as Enhanced Email.

Problem: It won’t start up or freezes during use

Some people encounter freezes when they are using the Kindle Fire HD and others report that the tablet won’t power on.

Possible solutions:

  1. Try rebooting the device by holding down the power button for 20 seconds and then tap the power button to turn it back on.
  2. Try holding down the power button for 20 seconds and when the device is completely off plug in the charger, then hit the power button again to turn the device on. If you think the battery might be dead then leave it to charge for an hour before you try turning it back on.

Problem: Device won’t charge

Various battery-related problems have been raised by Kindle Fire HD owners. Issues range from a complete refusal to charge, to a partial charge, to a very slow charge. There are a few things you can double check and try before contacting Amazon. Remember that charging with Amazon’s cable and the optional charger should take four hours, while charging it using the USB plug on your computer will take 13.5 hours.

Possible solutions:

  1. Hold down the power button for 20 seconds to power off and then try plugging in the charger.
  2. Make sure you are using the cable that you got with your Kindle Fire HD. If you didn’t buy the Amazon Kindle PowerFast for Accelerated Charging which costs an extra $20 then you need to check the rating on the charger you are using. A full charge should take 4 hours using the Amazon charger and cable. Many other device chargers will work just as well, here’s an example from PowerGen that’s only $10 (although if you use the dual charging feature it will charge more slowly). If you are using another charger with a lower rating then it will work, but it might take a lot longer and it can cause synchronization problems with the battery monitor so it might not display accurately how much power the battery has left.
  3. Try the charger with another device to make sure it is working.
  4. If the charging light doesn’t come on (it should be orange when charging and green when charged), try pushing the cable in more or gently moving it. Some Kindle Fire HDs have loose ports and if that’s the case you’ll want to contact Amazon and get a replacement.

Problem: It won’t connect to Wi-Fi

There are all sorts of reasons that your Kindle Fire HD won’t connect to a Wi-Fi network. If you find that you can’t connect to Wi-Fi then there are a couple of simple things worth trying. Make sure you don’t have Airplane Mode on and that you do have Wi-Fi on via the notifications bar More > Wireless.

Possible solutions:

  1. Try holding the power button for a second and when “Do you want to shut down your Kindle?“ pops up tap “Shut Down”. Turn off your router. Now turn both of them back on again.
  2. Try rebooting the device by holding down the power button for 20 seconds and then tap the power button to turn it back on.
  3. Before you start, make sure your Kindle Fire HD is fully charged. Reset the Kindle Fire HD to factory settings by pulling down the notifications bar and then tap More > My Account > Deregister and read the text then tap Deregister to confirm. Bring the notifications bar down again and hit More > Device > Reset to Factory Defaults, read the text and tap Erase Everything. You’ll have to set up your Wi-Fi network again from scratch.

If you still can’t connect it might be because your router is unsupported or you have the router set to the wrong channel. It is best to refer to your ISP and check what else you can try.

More Kindle Fire HD problems

That’s it for now. If you have any other Kindle Fire HD problems or solutions, please post a comment and share them. Remember that you can access some help on the device itself by dragging down the notifications bar and tapping More > Help & Feedback.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/kindle-fire-hd-problems/#ixzz2MpjwyluL 

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The decision to enter the tiny tablet market may have been something of a reverse for Apple, but the resulting iPad Mini has certainly gone down well with consumers. Millions of Minis have been sold already and we can reasonably expect Apple to sell millions more. With any new device there are always some complaints and issues. In this article, we explore some of the gripes and look at the most common iPad Mini problems with a view to supplying you with workable solutions.

If you’ve got spare cash burning a hole in your pocket, but you need some persuading, then check out our iPad Mini review and find out if we think it’s worth splashing out on. You may also be interested in our iPad Mini accessories roundup, or our list of the best iPad Mini cases and covers.

You’ll find there are a lot of similarities between the iPad Mini and its bigger brothers in the line, so rather than cover the same ground, we’ll direct you to our iPad Problems roundup for more of the most common issues and fixes.

Problem: Display isn’t great

The biggest gripe about the iPad Mini seems to be the quality of the display. It doesn’t sport Apple’s famous Retina display and the pixel density is a bit of a step back for the line-up. It still has a 1024×768 pixel display which matches the iPad 2, and it looks better because it’s on a smaller screen, but keen observers will see pixels. It’s most noticeable for text and it’s something that might not strike newcomers, but will definitely be noticed by anyone with an iPhone 5.

Solution: There’s no solution for this other than waiting for the next generation iPad Mini, which we expect will offer a significantly improved resolution. If you’re concerned then check it out before you buy.

Problem: Auto-brightness is not working

Many users have reported problems with auto-brightness on the iPad Mini. This has cropped up as an occasional problem for the iPhone and larger iPad as well. If you go to an area with bright light, the screen brightness should increase automatically quite quickly. If you go to a dark or dim room, it should gradually decrease in brightness. To start with go to Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper and make sure auto-brightness is on.

Possible solutions:

  1. Turn auto-brightness off. Press and hold the Power button and the Home button until you see the Apple logo. Turn auto-brightness on again.
  2. You could also try setting auto-brightness to your desired position in a low-lit area when you first turn it on by dragging it to the right level of brightness. You should find it now brightens when you go into a well-lit area, but returns to the lower level when you go back into a darker environment.

Problem: Experiencing Slowdown, freezing, or random restarts

There are a couple of possible causes for this kind of behavior, but in the majority of cases you can solve it by doing a reset. Just hold down the Power button and the Home button simultaneously for 10 seconds. You’ll know it worked when you see the Apple logo. There’s also a chance that the problem is being caused by a lack of system memory, or a problem app. Restarting will clear out the offending app and wipe the active RAM.

Possible solutions:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Usage to try and identify the culprit. You can then close or uninstall any app that is causing problems.
  2. You can also hit the Home button twice and then tap and hold an icon until they begin to shake. The minus sign will close active apps. When you’re done just tap the Home button twice again. You can also use three fingers to pull this menu up or down from the bottom of the screen.
  3. If the issue keeps returning and you can identify a specific app that seems to be hogging system resources, uninstall it. If you’re not sure which app is responsible, try uninstalling them one at a time until the problem stops.

Problem: Microphone is not working

A number of users have reported that their iPad Mini microphone isn’t working during FaceTime calls, when using Skype, or with another service. The first thing to do is try a couple of different services to make sure it isn’t app related. Assuming your cover or case isn’t blocking the microphone, there are a couple of other solutions worth trying. It’s probably worth starting with the standard reset – hold down the Power and Home buttons together for 10 seconds. No joy? Let’s try something else.

Possible solutions:

  1. Your microphone might just be blocked. Maybe a bit of dust got in there. Try using a vacuum cleaner or some compressed air to unblock it.
  2. If that doesn’t help, your best bet is to take it into an Apple Store. If there’s a fault then you can get a replacement.

Problem: Headphones are not working

Some people have reported that when they plug headphones into their iPad Mini there is no sound. Assuming you are getting sound through the speakers normally, but it doesn’t work with the headphones, there are a couple of things to try. You should check in Settings > Sounds and make sure your volume is at a reasonable level first.

Possible solutions:

  1. That reset could ride to the rescue again. Many users report that holding down the Power button and the Home button until the Apple logo comes up, which should take around 10 seconds, is enough to fix the issue.
  2. Try the headphones in another device to ensure that they are working.

More iPad Mini problems

If you’re experiencing iPad Mini Wi-Fi problems, it won’t charge, or your iTunes won’t recognize it, then we have some suggested solutions in our iPad problems roundup. That’s it for the iPad Mini problems roundup. Feel free to post questions and other issues that you have encountered. Please do also post solutions whenever you discover them.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/ipad-mini-problems/#ixzz2Moo3NcVR 



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uses for bluetoothBluetooth has been an impressive wireless technology to enable all sorts of cool functionality with multiple gadgets. While it was rather limited during the early stages of its life, Bluetooth has evolved to be capable of plenty of different data communications. Especially now that the latest revisions of the Bluetooth specifications include some great energy efficiency, now is better than ever to connect devices to your Android phone via Bluetooth.

Here are some of the top uses for this great technology.


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Without Bluetooth, it’d be a lot harder to imagine a world of hands-free talking. Bluetooth headsets and Bluetooth-enabled car stereos allow you to keep your phone in your pocket while you talk. Although the idea of having a system with a microphone and speaker – such as a headset or car stereo – is rather simple, the wireless nature makes it seamless and ideal.


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But why stop at just headsets and other hands-free calling features? There are also Bluetooth headphones available which allow crystal-clear transmission of audio, as well as car stereos which can play music off of your phone. Many car stereos also have buttons on either the device itself or on your car steering wheel which allow you to move between songs, giving you some control alongside the wireless audio.

Keyboards and Mice

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Audio and hands-free communication is a great use of Bluetooth, but there’s much more you can do. If you need to be productive on your phone (or even an Android tablet), it may be helpful to pair up a keyboard to your device. I’ve always typed a lot faster on a physical keyboard, and I haven’t met many people who preferred touchscreens for fast typing. Some devices even allow you to pair a mouse in order to use it much like a full-fledged desktop.

File Transfers

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Do you want to quickly and securely transfer a file from one device to another? If both of them are Bluetooth-enabled, you can do this! For example, you can easily send a file from your Bluetooth-capable computer to your Android phone by using the computer’s interface to initiate the file transfer. On your Android phone, you’ll need to install an app called Bluetooth File Transfer which can take care of the rest.

This is a great alternative if you don’t use (or don’t wish to use) cloud synchronization software such as Dropbox to send files to your phone.

Internet Tethering

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Android phones running the most recent versions of Android are capable of Internet tethering via Bluetooth. There isn’t really any extra steps – just turn on Bluetooth, connect with your desired device, and choose the Bluetooth tethering option to enable it. You can find it in the Tethering & portable hotspot menu, alongside the USB and Hotspot tethering options.

How To Pair Devices

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If you’re not very experienced with using Bluetooth, it’s easy to pair devices in order to make use of all these cool features! First, make sure that the Bluetooth functionality is enabled and active on both devices. Next, make sure that at least one of the devices is set to be visible – by default, all Bluetooth devices are not visible to prevent strangers from finding it and trying to pair with you. Now, go to your other device and find the visible device in your Bluetooth devices list. Tap on the device to connect.

Depending on the device, you may need to enter in a PIN (such as 0000) on either one or both devices, or check that the randomly generated PIN that appears on both devices when a pairing request is made is the same. Once your devices are paired, they should automatically start doing their job whenever the desired function is active (such as car stereos taking calls or playing music), or whenever you set it up (such as file transfers or Internet tethering).


Of course, there are a number of other great uses for Bluetooth, but the above listed are definitely the most common ones. If you think a device of yours may be capable of any of these uses, give it a try! If not, you may need to set something up first or eventually upgrade the device. I recently bought a Nexus 4, so I had no idea that Internet tethering over Bluetooth was even possible until it showed up in the list of available tethering methods.

What other functionality do you think may be added to the Bluetooth specification in the future? Do you think Bluetooth is here to stay, or may something else replace it? Let us know in the comments!


Source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-uses-for-bluetooth-on-your-android-phone/


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