Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth vs. USB tethering: Which is best for you?

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You have your laptop open and ready. You need to answer some emails or complete a work assignment, but there’s no Wi-Fi in sight. This could end up being a frustrating situation, but there’s a simple workaround that can get you online in a jiffy.

All you need is a device, either Apple or Android, with a cellular connection. The connections are slightly different depending on the device you use.

The first thing you have to do is set up your personal hotspot. Apple and Android mobile devices can share their data connections just like a Wi-Fi hotspot. That means you can get your laptop online and enjoy working with a full keyboard rather than tapping with your thumbs. Your  personal hotspot feature can also come in handy when you don’t want to use your computer on an unknown or unsecured Wi-Fi network.

By Amanda Kooser

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Hidden feature of VLC for Android to help you master

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In this post today, we have decided to explore every hidden corner and feature of VLC for Android to help you master this cool app. You may already know some of these tricks, but why take the chance and miss out on all the cool ones?

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

One of the most important factors that decide the usability of a video player is its interface. The simpler the interface, easier it is to master the app. Let’s start at the very basic — gestures.

1. Gestures: Positioning Perfection

Touch-based Controls or Gestures are one of the most awesome features of VLC. The fact that you don’t have to revert to the phone’s native controls for volume or brightness is a big plus point.

So, if you have to lower/increase the volume, gently slide your finger down/up on the right side of the screen. To increase/decrease the brightness levels, swipe up/down on the left edge of the screen.

By default, you can scrub through the video by a simple horizontal swipe. Aside from that, most of the video-related controls are below the seek bar.

2. Master Child-Lock & Playback Speed, and More

Other than gestures, there are a bunch of miscellaneous options to add to your movie experience. Just tap on the three-dot icon and they will be visible immediately.

The first element is the Child Lock option. So, if you have an over-enthusiastic kid, tapping on Child Lock will lock all the other elements in the interface. However, the unlocking doesn’t need any password/PIN to unlock, which can be bit of a bummer.


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Charging habits to maximize battery life

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Unfortunately, battery capacity inevitably declines with age. However, there are things you can do to prolong the life of your battery and handset. If you’ve ever wondered what the best way to charge your battery is, here are some scientifically proven tips for maximizing battery life.

Partial charging is the way to go

One particularly persistent battery myth is that you need to occasionally fully discharge and recharge to erase “battery memory.” This couldn’t be more wrong for lithium-ion batteries. It’s a leftover myth from lead-acid cells, and is actually quite undesirable to charge your modern smartphone in this way.

Partial charging is just fine for lithium-ion batteries and can actually have some positive benefits for cell longevity. To understand why, it’s important to appreciate how a battery charges. When closer to empty, Li-ion batteries draw in a constant current and operate at a lower voltage. This voltage gradually increases as the cell charges up, leveling off at around a 70 percent charge before the current begins to fall until the capacity is full.

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WhatsApp Can Now Re-Download Deleted Media; No More Storage Woes?

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How to get deleted WhatsApp media back

This new feature appears to be working on deleted images, gifs, documents, video, and audio files, which means you can get back whatever you had deleted previously. We aren’t sure how much space this trick could potentially save you, but at least accidental removal from local memory would no longer be a problem as you can always get them back.

Remember, this won’t work if you have removed the message that carries the media inside WhatsApp itself for obvious security reasons. Once a message – whether text or media – is removed from the app, it should be gone for good. However, if you have only removed the files from your phone’s memory, the app can still get them back for you.

We have written to WhatsApp to confirm how exactly this works and will update this piece when we hear back. But in the meantime, you can start decluttering your Android phones from all the unwanted images and files that you might never need. But if you do need them again, you can always get them back.


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How to find the camera sensor model number of your Android smartphone

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With thousands of smartphones floating in the market, it is critical for us to compare these smartphones before buying a buying a smartphone to make sure that you are buying the best device. You can compare the performance of the Android smartphones with the help of benchmark scores which are often released by consumer remotes.

The similar concept was borrowed for evaluating the performance of individual Android smartphones with the support of benchmarking apps. These benchmarking apps give you a complete detailed report about the performance of your Android smartphones. Information like the processor in which the smartphone is running, the RAM and the storage capacity, all can be extracted through benchmarking apps.

Popular benchmarking apps like Geekbench give you complete details about your information. Such information includes the number of cores which are present in CPU, the current clock rate of all the clocks present in the smartphone. One thing that should be noted is that such benchmarking apps don’t give you any information about the battery capacity of the phone and also the information about camera sensor.

The question that now stands if such benchmarking apps don’t provide you with the details of the camera sensor, how will you find the camera sensor model of your Android smartphone? But before answering that question, it is crucial for you to know why should you know about the camera sensor. Why should you know about the camera sensor? Most of the time while buying a smartphone, to know about the camera, the only thing that we do is check the megapixel of the camera.

The information about the megapixel of the camera only tells you about the sharpness of your camera. However, you should know that the megapixel of the camera doesn’t tell you how good or bad your camera is.

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How To Prevent Malware On Your Android

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Here are some of tips & tricks which would help you in preventing malware on your Android Device.

Tip 1: Don’t Install Unknown Apps

The first tip on how to prevent malware on Android is by not installing any application from an unknown and non-trustworthy source. You might get an app link in an email, a text message or even on some spammy sites, We recommend you to stay away from such sources and not to install any APK {Android App Extension} files from such sources.

You never know it may be a malware or even a hackery that may cause some data loss or even hacking of banking applications. This leads us to our next to prevent malware on Android.

Tip 2: Password-Protect Your Phone

This might seem like a pretty normal thing but trust us this can help you from the malicious eyes easily. If your Smartphone has a Fingerprint Sensor or Face Unlock feature, then do use it. This will take your security game to the next level. Although this won’t protect your Android Device from any kind of Analog Hacking or Malware Attack, it does help in keeping your data secure.

Tip 3: Read the permissions

Wait, before you press that “Accept terms and conditions” without even reading them. Next time whenever you install anything on your Android Device, do take a look at all the permissions that the app requires in order to work on your Android Device. There are times when some malicious apps get installed on our phone which requires some unnecessary permissions like accessing the camera, sending and receiving emails. You should stay away from such apps.

Some of these permissions are even scarier than others. Some of the apps are also rumored to record the keystrokes of your Android Keyboard. One can easily grab your important credentials like your Passwords, OTPs, Card Details and more.


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What is Android P (Android 9.0) full name?

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Usually, when Google begins to reveal the first few previews of an Android P update, speculation and rumors start to pop up on all sides. But it is also understandable since the company is giving some tips here and there. This time, the target is Android P; Android 9.0, whose name has not yet been revealed even during Google I / O.

Google’s annual trade fair, which runs from May 8 to 10 this year, was expected to show the public some more functions of the new operating system, which is already in beta, and its official name, but only the features were released to the public making it seems that Google wants to make it a surprise for us, while Android users have begun speculations.

It is very unlikely that Google will use the names “Android Pez”, “Pancake” or “puff-puff“; but guess what, a rumor is circulating that it can be called Popsicle, or the much loved and well-known Popsicle.

I have seen a ton of comments from people speculating on the new name. Popular guesses included:

  • Pancake
  • Peppermint
  • Pie
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachio
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn
  • Popsicle
  • Potato
  • Pudding
  • Pumpkin

There were also some one-offs, including Pop Rocks, Pringles, and Pop-Tart

The rumor about the so-called “Android Popsicle” appeared when Google, in its Instagram account, posted a series of images in the Stories as wallpapers. In the last of the images, the drawing displays a lot of lollipops in different formats.

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