Running android applications in Google chrome browser

Yes. I have written regarding this before. But this time there is a change. We can simply run android APKs using a google chrome browser . No matter what the Operating system is. Windows, Linux, Mac , everything will work.

Personally, I have felt it took a bit long time to load APKs using Bluestacks player, the one we used to load android apps in PC before. It works for windows only. As a linux enthuasiast, I was searching for a best method to do the same in Linux platform. Although there are many other apps providing the ability to run Android apps in PC, I found this one interesting.

All we need is the following

    • ARC Welder Chrome extension,
    • a computer running the latest version of Chrome
    • Android application package (APK) for the program you want to run.

 

Download ARC welder app for google chrome from google webstore

android on google chrome

Open the app and set a working directory. You can select any directory you wish to keep temporary files. For eg, My documents.

You can figure out the rest simply. All we need now is to download the APK of the android apps to run via google chrome. That can be simply downloaded from play store itself. Refer my old post regarding this here

Download software from “Google Play” without mobile phone and google account

There are certain situations when we need to download the APK of some softwares from Play store. For eg, while using Bluestacks player, Youwave player. etc which enabled android operations in PC, it is more convenient to deal with the APK if it is available. Usually, we download the app in our mobile device and took backup of those with some third party softwares. Another situation is incompatibility. Your phone might not support some software in Play store. But you are pretty sure that it will run fine on your device even with some lags.

In all the above conditions, the best option is to download the APK (insaller file) of softwares. Yes. We can do this and that too without a google account. Sounds good . right?

Evozi.com, a website which provides this service free of cost. We just need to paste the url of the particular software we want to download as APK in the website and it will return us the download link.

Lets look an example. I am planning to download the instagram application’s APK. Follow the below steps.

1. Go to https://play.google.com/store

2. Search for the application to download (here it is instagram)

3. After finding the app, copy the url from the browser, the url I got for instagram is

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instagram.android

download apk from play store

4. Now go to Evozi website

5. Paste the Package name or Google Play URL

6. Click on “Generate download link”

Now you can see a download button as in the following screenshot

apk download from evozi

7. Now, you can see an option to download. Click on that to download the APK.

Feel free to comment if you got stuck somewhere.

 

How to create a Wifi Hotspot in Windows 7 or 8 without any thirdparty software

Sometimes, we may want to use the internet connection in our laptop in our mobile phone using Wifi. It is not so direct to create a wifi hotspot in Microsoft Windows. Latest Windows 8.1 dont even have the option to create ad-hoc wireless networks. So, many of us will prefer third party softwares like mhotspot and connectify. Of course, the softwares are pretty good. They do what they offer. But we can simply create Wifi hotspot using any Windows using some lines of code.

Please note we must have a wifi adaptor in our system to make this working.

First of all, we need to open the command prompt with administrative privileges. To simply do that, press the windows button, search for ‘cmd’. Right click on the result and click on “Run as administrator”

Now we have the command prompt with administrative privileges.

Here, as an example, I am going to create a Wifi hotspot with the name “hotspot”. The password will be “techbeats.in” .

Inside the Command Prompt window, type the following command:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=hotspot key=techbeats.in

Optionally, you may change the SSID and password of your wish by editing the  above command.

laptop as wifi hotspot
Now we have to start the virtual adaptor by using the following command

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

The virtual wireless adapter is now started and shown in the Network and Sharing Center.

virtualwifi adaptor1

 

Now we can connect to this wireless network. But this wifi network wont have any internet connectivity now. We have to share internet from any of our available sources like LAN or even using another wifi network.

virtualwifi adaptor

Look the above image, the new virtual adaptor “hotspot 2” have no internet connectivity now.

To share internet connection from any available adaptor, right click on the adaptor, on properties Click on properties button. On the sharing tab, click on “allow other network users to connect through this computer”. Thats all. Now the newly created hotspot have internet connectivity.

How to remove ‘read tickmarks’ on whatsapp (android)

Recently. Whatsapp introduced a new feature to check whether our chatting partner have read our message or with a blue tick indication. This is a nice feature however majority of the Whatsapp users are unhappy with this update. Sometimes, I have even felt that this indication is not 100 % accurate and is spoiling relations. The upcoming whatsapp version will be coming with an option to disable this. We can download the beta version (WhatsApp 2.11.44 version) before the official release in play store from Whatsapp website.

 

UPDATE  : Now all whatsapp versions have option to disable read receipts by default. 

How to disable the read receipts 

After installing the APK, Go Settings–>Account—>Privacy

Screenshot_2014-11-19-23-46-47

Untick “Read receipts”. Thats it. Please note , If you turn off read receipts, you wont be able to see read receipts from other people. Read receipts are always sent for group chats.

 

Watch security camera streams online with Google

Many of the security cameras in the world are connected to internet for global access. Majority of the people are not concerned about the google bot which fetch the camera links into its database. We can simply use some search queries to watch security cameras online.

Out of which many are PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) cameras.

Yes, we can simply pan, zoom or even tilt the cameras using the web interface. Some of them may be password protected. Never mind, just try another link. Many of the search results out there are of no password.

Try the following keywords in google searchbox

 

  • inurl:/view.shtml
  • inurl:ViewerFrame?Mode=
  • inurl:ViewerFrame?Mode=Refresh
  • inurl:view/index.shtml
  • inurl:view/view.shtml
  • liveapplet
  • intitle:”live view” intitle:axis
  • intitle:liveapplet
  • allintitle:”Network Camera NetworkCamera”
  • intitle:axis intitle:”video server”
  • intitle:liveapplet inurl:LvAppl
  • intitle:”EvoCam” inurl:”webcam.html”
  • intitle:”Live NetSnap Cam-Server feed”
  • intitle:”Live View / – AXIS 206M”
  • intitle:”Live View / – AXIS 206W”
  • intitle:”Live View / – AXIS 210″
  • inurl:indexFrame.shtml Axis
  • intitle:start inurl:cgistart
  • intitle:”WJ-NT104 Main Page”
  • intitle:snc-z20 inurl:home/
  • intitle:snc-cs3 inurl:home/
  • intitle:snc-rz30 inurl:home/
  • intitle:”sony network camera snc-p1″
  • intitle:”sony network camera snc-m1″
  • intitle:”Toshiba Network Camera” user login
  • intitle:”i-Catcher Console – Web Monitor”

watch security cameras online
Be aware that, your IP may be logged by the network admins of the respective cameras. Most of the admins will discard access of these links which are   open to public network  But sticking on a camera for a long time may catch attention.

How to unlock samsung android phone after too many pattern attempts or incorrect password

Many of the android users set pattern lock to lock their phone. But there are situations when the phone will get locked because of too many incorrect pattern attempts. Then we need the Google account credentials associated with the android device to unlock the phone. But many of the users didn’t even remember the Google account credentials which was provided when started the phone for the first time. There is also a situation when you did not associate a Google account at the first sign in and that option of regaining access to your device has failed.

We can simply reset/unlock the phone using Android’s built in recovery mode.However this hard reset will wipe the phone clean, so all data on the phones internal memory will be wiped. The contents of your memory card and  SIM card will however remain intact. This will not damage or affect the functionality of the device in any way.

  • Turn off your phone
  • Turn the phone on by pressing power button while holding the menu button and volume button. Dont forgot to release your finger from power button when the device begins to start but keep holding the other two keys

Unlock samsung galaxy

  •  Release your fingers from the buttons when you see the following recovery menu.

android recovery menu

  • Press Volume down to scroll and navigate the options and use Home button to confirm your selected option.
  • Navigate to Wipe data/factory reset first. Then select  “Yes – delete all users data” using the volume buttons and menu button.

menu to wipe data on android recovery menu

  •  Wipe the cache partition too exactly like we did for “data wipe”.
  • Press the Volume Up or Down to navigate to “Reboot system now” and use the Home button to confirm, and then wait until your device reboots.

Now your device is factory reset. Now dont forgot to set a google account for the device to avoid future resets 🙂

PS : This trick may not work on all the galaxy devices. I have tested this till galaxy s4 and found working.  Feel free to comment if you got stuck somewhere.

Thanks my friend Sachin Satheesh for giving me a topic to write 🙂

 

Get BSNL mobile connection with your favorite number

I always recommend BSNL since they provide better service in cheap rates. Now we can select mobile number online before buying a BSNL simcard. So that you can get a BSNL mobile connection with your favorite number.

  • Go the this link
  • Select your state

select state

  • Next page will be a locked form, just click and drag to unlock.

unlock-bsnl-page

 

  • Now you can see 50 numbers to choose from the list. You can click on next button for more or you can also use “search” button to search for your favorite number.
  • After finalizing your selection, select that number just “Check” the box and click on the “Reserve Number” and now  you will be prompted with confirmation box. Enter a mobile number to receive pin. that number can be of any carrier. 

pin

 

  • In the next step, enter the pin you received on the number you entered on the confirmation box and click submit.

You will get   a confirmation message saying

Your Request Has Been Processed Successfully…!
Please Fill the Application Form To speed up the Activation Process…

  • Click on OK button. Now you will get a popup box.  In this you have to enter the PIN which you have received on your mobile and mobile number where you have received the PIN and click Submit. 
  •  Now you will get the application form. Fill all the entries with details like address details and click submit button

See the preview and check whether any mistakes are there. After completing this step, You will see the following message.

bsnl-sim-confirmation

  • Click on Continue button

In new window you will get an filled application form.

  • Right click on that page and select “Save As” option and save the page.
  • Now take the printout of this application form to your nearest BSNL Office with Photo, ID proof and money.

There, they will provide BSNL number of your choice (which you have chosen in online).

 You can also buy Fancy Nos on the same site. There are few numbers available on Auctions, if you want to buy BSNL numbers from Auctions then check here.

 

 

How to use facebook profile picture as chat emoticon

Now we can send the profile picture of anyone in a chat window. Not only facebook profile pictures but also images of pages or even an event.

We can send anybody’s profile picture as emoticon in chat even if we are not friends with that person. Seems interesting right? 🙂 Lets see how we can do that.

Visit the profile or page or event of which you want to use the image as emoticon

For Eg, I am taking Actor Mohanlal’s page. See the link below.

use any facebook profile as emoticon

Here the page name is “ActorMohanlal”

To use the page image or profile image in a chat, just enter in the following syntax

in our example, it will be [[ActorMohanlal]], and press enter. You can see the image as emoticon .

facebook image as emoticon

 

 

 

 

Fix Bsnl Broadband DNS Problems

 

Today, I had experienced some problems with my BSNL Broadband. That is, it took a long time to get connected to some websites and some loaded as it is. In facebook, none of the images were loading. After some googling, i came to know that the problem was with the bsnl DNS (Domain Name Server) which points domains to corresponding IP Addresses.

I found an easy solution, you just need to change your DNS settings and use an external DNS server instead of your ISP’s.

Before you begin, you need to make sure that the problem is with DNS and not otherwise. To diagnose and rectify the DNS error follow the instructions below –

Try typing the IP of the website instead of the name. That is, type http://74.125.227.19/ instead of http://www.google.com and you should reach the Google website.

How to configure your network adapter ? (windows)

To configure your network adapter to use one set of the IP addresses listed above do the following –

  • Go to your Network Connection Properties window. And select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.

Now choose the option – Use the following DNS server addresses and then enter one set of the IP addresses as shown below

Now save and close everything. Your internet should behave normal now.

You may also try OPENDNS Service instead of google

208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 are DNS for OPENDNS.

Play Android Games on PC

Andorid phones which are economical will be having low processor speed and RAM. On such type of cheap Android phones, you will be unable to run games like Temple Run, subway surfers and similar games. If you can’t afford to buy a Android Smartphone with up to date specifications and you want to enjoy the games and apps of Android,then you don’t have to worry. We have a solution for you.

Bluestacks is the perfect solution for the users who like to play Games/Apps on windows system. BlueStacks allows you to run your own  loved android apps on your computer or laptop.using this app users  who doesnt have Android based phone can play the games on thier pc/laptop. So PC users don’t wait download Apk files and move it to pc then run apps via Blues tacks. Install it and get the taste of Android on your
BlueStacks may be the first production software which allows you to use your favorite mobile phone applications on a Windows PC.

Step 1: Installing BlueStacks:

  • Download Bluckstacks from official website by clicking here.
  • After the download,run and install Bluestacks.

You should be connected to the internet. Bluestacks requires key components,after downloading the key components,Bluestack will install application on your computer.

Step 2: Searching the required game:

After complete installation,Bluestacks will take you to its home screen where you will find your installed games.To search game click on the magnifying glass icon as mentioned below in the picture.

By clicking on the magnifying glass a pop up box will appear where you can type the game you are looking for and hit the“Find”button

 

Step 3: Installing Android Game on Your Computer:

After you have searched and found your required game,just click on the“Install”button and the game will be downloaded on your computer. You will not have to select the location to install game,Bluestacks will automatically download and install Android game on your computer.

Step 4: Running Android Game on Your Computer:

  • To run Android games on your computer,follow the steps mentioned below:
  • Go to Bluestacks home screen.
  • On top left you will find“My Apps”tab.
  • Click on it.
  • You will see a list of your installed Android games on your computer.
  • Double click on the Android game you wanted to run on your computer.

Test your Antivirus with EICAR Test

All of you must be having an antivirus installed with your system or some firewall tools for protection. But how can be sure your defenses are actually working as well as you think they are?

Test Your Antivirus

No, I am not going to recommend downloading a virus to test your antivirus program – that’s not a good practice to play . Using real viruses for testing in the real world is rather like setting fire to the dustbin in your office to see whether the smoke detector is working. Such a test will give meaningful results, but with unappealing, unacceptable risks. If you ever want to test your antivirus software, you can use the EICAR test file. The EICAR test file isn’t an actual virus – it’s just a text file containing a string of harmless code that prints the text “EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!” if you run it in DOS. However, antivirus programs are all trained to recognize the EICAR file as a virus and respond to it just as they would respond to an actual virus.

You can download an EICAR test file from the EICAR website. However, you could also create your own EICAR test file by opening a text editor (such as Notepad), copy-pasting the following text into the file, and then saving it:


X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

 

 

About the EICAR Script

The first 68 characters is the known string. It may be optionally appended by any combination of whitespace characters with the total file length not exceeding 128 characters. The only whitespace characters allowed are the space character, tab, LF, CR, CTRL-Z. To keep things simple the file uses only upper case letters, digits and punctuation marks, and does not include spaces. The only thing to watch out for when typing in the test file is that the third character is the capital letter “O”, not the digit zero.

Your antivirus program should react as though you had just created an actual virus.

If you are aware of people who are looking for real viruses “for test purposes”, bring the test file to their attention.

 

What is Rooting? Why and Why Not You Should Root & its Advantages and Disadvantages

From time to time while talking about Android apps and tips, you’ll hear the word “rooting” or “root”. It’s virtually everywhere wherever you go for some advanced Android tutorials or stuff. Many new Android users find themselves truly confused about what rooting actually is, how it works, what benefit it has and what disadvantages it comes with.

So, What is Root?

Root is basically a permission. Linux users know it very well. It’s more like the “Administrator” role on Windows computer. With Administrator privilege on a Windows computer, you can virtually do anything and everything (and that includes messing your system files up causing your system to break down). The same level of permission in Linux is called Root. A user, also known as super user, who has access to the core Linux files and the Linux partition (also known as root partition) on the hard drive is called root.

Well, the role is called “root”. But nowadays, it’s more common to call everyone a “root” user who has a root-level permission.

Linux & Android

To all Linux haters out there, you may be wondering why I brought up Linux while I was supposed to talk about Android. Well, the Android operating system itself is built upon Linux kernel. The most popular operating systems on Linux kernel are called Ubuntu, LinuxMint, Fedora, etc. They are operating systems based on Linux kernel; they aren’t Linux operating systems.

Linux is the name of a kernel, on which a operating system sits. Android is an operating system targeted for mobile and tablet devices.

So, that’s the link. The root level permission in Linux-based operating systems give users access to everything in the system files. In the same way, the root level permission in [Linux-based operating system] Android gives user the permission and access to do anything and everything with their device. And that’s what root is.

If you root your device, you become it’s God. You control it. You ask it do anything you want it to do. Even if that means burning to death (too much overclocking, coming to it in a bit).

Why Androids Aren’t Rooted by Default

At this point, you may be wondering that why the hell is your device not rooted by default? You spent bucks buying that little piece of device and you got to own it. Well, let’s put it another way that makes rather good sense.

Imagine a not so tech-savvy guy wants to clear his device’s internal memory. Now, he decides to move all files from internal memory to SD card and that includes all the system files as well. Generally, because he’s not a tech guy, he wouldn’t know what should not be moved. He will cut and paste all the files from root folder to SD card, and his device will brick, refusing to work as it should.

As you can see, device manufacturers don’t really know if their customers are tech-savvy or not. They want to make sure that the consumer gets maximum level of performance. So, they lock down the root access so that hells don’t break loose.

I hope now you understand why device manufacturers don’t take the risk of providing rooted device by default. But almost all Android devices can be rooted. Some manufacturers, such as Sony, provide rooting tutorial on their website. So, they support it, but won’t provide it by default for good reason.

Why Root Your Device?

Why you should root your device depends on what you really want. Some people want to overclock and maximize their performance. Some want to underclock and increase battery life. Some people root just to install custom ROMs and change their device’s look and feel entirely. And some other people root just for the sake of rooting for their phones.

I rooted at first just for the sake of rooting. But now I’m enjoying the benefits of it.

Let’s find out the benefits of rooting.

Advantages of Rooting

  • Improve performance: Some system applications that improve the device’s overall performance require rooted device to work properly.
  • Overclock: Increase the CPU speed to get maximum possible performance while playing HD games or multitasking.
  • Underclock: Minimize CPU usage while the phone is idle to maximize the battery backup.
  • Custom ROM: Ability to install custom ROMs developed by independent developers from around the world.

Disadvantages of Rooting

  • Lose Warranty: Rooting your device will void your warranty immediately with most manufacturers. There are also ways to unroot your device in most cases which can bring the value back to your warranty card.
  • Brick your phone: If something goes terribly wrong, you’ll end up with a dead phone which is also known as bricked phone. Most bricked phones can be unbricked. However, if the issue was related to hardware, such as overheating and burning issue due to extreme overclocking, that situation is called hard brick and you may never be able to use your phone again. But this is a rare case.

How to Root Your Device?

There are endless devices on the market today. Each devices don’t have the same way for rooting. The best place to search for a rooting tutorial for your device is XDA Forums where senior ROM developers meet general consumers. No matter what device you’re using, there will be tons of tutorials for you to follow along there.

So, tell me, are you clear about what rooting is? Do you think you’re gonna be rooting your phone anytime? Let me know at least, so that I know whether my article helped you or not.

Full Credits to www.aroundandroid.com for the wonderful article.

Play Subway Surfers in Samsung Galaxy Y and similar phones (smooth)

The iPhone , Android platform popular game “Subway Surfers” is similar to “Temple Run”  and unfortunately, like “Temple run”,  it is not compatible for galaxy y and other armv6 devices. Its the time to cheer up guys. Play your favorite “Subway surfers” in your Galaxy Y and similar armv6 devices , that too without any rooting procedures.

Please Note : Clear ram before game play for better performance

DOWNLOAD

Credits to Drago9oiD at xda-developers who has ported this game for armv6 devices!