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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Nexus 7 2013 WiFi and Nexus 10 Android 4.4.1 Update available [Download]

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Now even the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi and the Nexus 10 will receive the Android 4.4.1 update, so now have all of the latest Nexus device get the Android 4.4.1 update

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How to Transfer Files Between Android Device and PC Over WiFi

When it comes to transferring files from your android device to computer or other mobile device, Bluetooth or USB cable is the most commonly used medium. They work absolutely fine but there is a better way to do it.

With the connectivity options like Wifi, you can transfer files from and to your Android device without using cables at a faster transfer rate. The good news is you don’t need to buy any accessory to do that, you just need an app called Airdroid that you can download for free at Google Play Store.

Airdroid is an android app that lets you manage and control your Android devices (phones & tablets) from a desk web browser. With the AirDroid application, users can sync almost any type of file between devices at just a click of a button. All you need is a Wi-Fi network connecting to your computer and your Android device.

Here I’ll show you how to transfer files from and to your Android device using Airdroid app over WiFi.

Note: Both your PC and your device must be connected to the same WiFi network.

    1. Download and install the AirDroid app on your device.
    2. Once installed, launch the app.
    3. It’ll show a tour for the first time users, just skip it.
    4. Now, you’ll see an web URL and IP address on the app. Note them down as you’ll need that web address to connect your Android device through your computer’s web browser.

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    1. Open your desk web browser and enter the web address stated on the app which is web.airdroid.com. The link will take you to AirDroid’s web desktop panel.

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  1. On your phone, tap the Scan QR code on the app and this will open the camera app. Pointing it to the QR Code that appears on the web desktop panel. For this method to work, your smartphone must have a QR code scanner. If your phone doesn’t have one, then you can create an account using your e-mail address, or sign-in through your Facebook or Twitter account to proceed.

Now, you’ve successfully connected your Android device to your computer, and you can start to transfer files between your device and computer.

How to Transfer Files from or to your Android device

Go to your AirDroid web desktop interface and click the ‘Files’ icon. Navigate to specific files and folders where you would like to upload or download files to.

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As soon as you’re done, you can close the Files window. You may also click the disconnect button on your AirDroid app to end your wireless file transfer session.

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11 ways to trick Android into using less data

Whether you’re actively using them or not, apps love to eat up data. They’re checking for updates, running ads, and refreshing your user content in the background. The good intentions are there, but most times, the conveniences these practices bring don’t outweigh the depleted data reserves. It’s time to tame those apps.

Update apps on Wi-Fi only
Head to the Google Play store and tap Menu > Settings > Auto-update apps. Here, be sure that “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only” is selected. You also have the option to choose “Do not auto-update apps,” but it’s less preferable, since you’ll have to remember to update apps manually.

Configure in-app data settings
To give you a fluid experience, many apps ping servers in the background to keep their content updated. For instance, Google+ backs up your photos and videos as they’re captured, while Mint can be configured to refresh banking data.

These conveniences are great, but they come at a cost, so dive into the app settings and disable the data-sucking options you don’t absolutely need.

Restrict background data
Even apps that don’t allow you to fine-tune data settings could still be loading background data. In Ice Cream Sandwich and later versions of Android, one way to find out which ones are guilty is to go to Settings > Data Usage, and scroll down to reveal a list of apps with accompanying data usage stats.

Then, tap an app to view its usage data, and take a look at the two numbers next to the pie chart. “Foreground” refers to the data used when you’re actively using the app, while “Background” reflects the data used when the app is running in the background.

If you notice an app is using too much background data, scroll down to the bottom and check “Restrict background data.” Just note that this setting overrides any conflicting app behavior (like an app that would otherwise update your bank account info every few hours).

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How To Stream PC audio to your Android device via WiFi

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How to know the Mac Address of your Android Wifi

To know the Mac Address of your Android Wifi, use any of the following methods:

  • Go to Settings -> About Phone -> Status. Here, towards the end you will find Wi-Fi MAC Address.
  • Go to Settings -> Wireless & Networks -> Wifi Settings. Here, press menu to get the advanced options. In the advanced options screen, you will see MAC Address.
  • Type the following code *#*#232338#*#* to see the Wifi Mac Address. – This may work only on Samsung Phones.


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