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Make Android phone look like an iPhone 5

iPhone 5 comes with iOs 7 which for sure looks better that the erstwhile OS.

But what if one already has an Android phone? Now changing an Android phone just for the sake of look and feel isn't an IN thing! 
 
But we have a way out! There are many options for the Android to make their it like iPhone 5.

There are many themes available on Google Play which can be installed through various launcher making the phone resemble an iPhone.

Here are Some links that can help you to get the desired theme:
Option 1 - Visit : http://androidcritics.com/how-to-get-ios-7-on-all-android-devices/ and follow following steps:
1. Download iOS 7 Control Center from the Google Play Store
2. Download iOS 7 3D Live Wallpapers
3. Configure the Control Center with the right settings
4. Apply the iOS 7 3D Live Wallpaper
5. You now have iOS 7 on your android device
Option 2 - Get Real iOS 7 theme from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bitfitlab.ios7.launcher
This is a simpler option since in one go, you get the theme.
How to apply the theme (once the theme is installed)

When you press home key you will have the dialog to complete action using several options to use, our custom home launcher or your native launcher, choose iPhone 5 launcher and select use as default for this action. Now it will work without showing the pop up.
 
If you wish to change back to you native home launcher. Go to installed apps, select Real iOS 7 Launcher and click set it to default

If you don't want to change the entire theme than you can go only for the locker. Locker allows only the lock patter to look like iPhone 5. Locker can be downloaded from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appershopper.ios7lockscreen

 
Posted by Amber Marfatia

How to use geofencing to our advantage?

Geo-fencing is not a new concept but I don't hear lot of people talking or using it. So let us first start with the basics. What is Geo-fencing? 


A geo-fence is a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area..Example of geofence of shopping boundaries.

A Geo-fence could be dynamically generated—as in a radius around a store or point location. Or a Geo-fence can be a predefined set of boundaries, like school attendance zones or neighborhood boundaries. Custom-digitized Geo-fences are also in use.

Geofencing combines awareness of the user's current location with awareness of nearby features, defined as the user's proximity to locations that may be of interest. To mark a location of interest, you specify its latitude and longitude. To adjust the proximity for the location, you add a radius. The latitude, longitude, and radius define a geofence.

You can have multiple active geofences at one time.

Location Services treats a geofences as an area rather than as a points and proximity. This allows it to detect when the user enters or exits a geofence. 
 
For each geofence, you can ask Location Services to send you entrance events or exit events or both. You can also limit the duration of a geofence by specifying an expiration duration in milliseconds. After the geofence expires, Location Services automatically removes it. 

But then with so many apps, we need not have to create a geo-fence manually by putting the longitute and latidue. We just have to drag & create our points for fencing and connect them to create a square, polygone, rangatangle, etc. and bingo we have a geo-fence.

How we use this information depends on our imagination!!! For e.g. using NFC Task Launcher, even if someone does not have an NFC enabled phone can use the geo-fencing feature and change the phone profile (like ringtone, volume, tougle wifi, bluethooth, etc), email or text someone the moment phone enters or exits the geo-fence.

Like, if I enter the fenced area - i can text or email automatically to anyone or change change my FB status or can start an app on my phone. 

One can do a search "geo-fence" at Google Play to find many application related to it. However, i strongly recommend NFC Task Launcher to start with!

Happy geo-fencing!

Google to discontinue latitude!!!!!

Along with the new Google Maps app comes the loss of another app. Google announced today that Google Latitude is being retired by the company effective August 9. You’ll no longer be able to share your location via Latitude, and your friends list will be deleted. To prepare, the new Google Maps app of course does not have Latitude as a feature.

Considering you can share your location on Google+’s Android app, Latitude began to seem a little unnecessary. Location sharing is integrated into every social network these days, so an app solely for location sharing is no longer needed. At least what Google thinks!

I have been using Google Latitude a lot to share my information (location) when am traveling with specific people. Of course you can do that from Google + but then one has to go the Plus Dashboard and enable the location and set the circle or only yourself to share the location with.

There is no official release but if one goes through the change log of new Google maps, one realize that its gonna die on August 9.
Posted by Amber Marfatia

The new google maps for android is worth an update!

The new version is rolling out via Google Play to Android devices running 4.0.3 and higher. You do have the option of downloading it from a third-party file hosting service, but this is not


The current version of Google Map does support Navigation and other features, but with this update there is a cool integration with Google Cards - which is real intuitive treat for eyes.

You will also noticed an important difference or awesome shortcut for the new Google Maps on Android?

Lets figure out what should be known in the new Google Maps on Android:
Posted by Amber Marfatia

Lost and Found!!!! How to find misplaced / stolen android


Have you (ever) lost your Android smartphone 
or tablet without having a phone recovery app

There are a handful of phone recovery or anti-theft apps on the Google Play Store which can be a

Lifesaver in case you lose your phone or, even worse, it gets stolen. But many people might only realize that there are such apps AFTER it got lost or stolen. Then, it usually is too late and you have to face the ugly truth that the phone is gone for good.

Posted by Amber Marfatia

Why is Lego angry at us?

Recently conducted studies shows that 6,000 mini-figures released from 1975 to 2010 found that they all had the same smiley face until 1989. However the range has since expanded to include hundreds of different emotions - and the faces are increasingly angry. "The children that grow up with Lego today will remember not only smileys, but also anger and fear in the mini-figures' faces," the study says.


Posted by Amber Marfatia

Cloud Myths Busters....

For sure, cloud computing is here to stay and there are lot of ideas and articles floating around the net that talks about cloud computing...so i am not using this space for that but am trying to use this space to talk about the Myth surrounding the cloud computing. (And with an assumption that basics of cloud are understood by the reader....if not just Google - cloud computing and Google will oblige us with trillions of articles about it




Posted by Amber Marfatia

Scams to be aware of!!!! Facebook Special....

We would never want to participate in survey, share our sensitive information or allow someone to
use our wall and post on our behalf without our consensus.....isn't this so obvious? But then are many scams running out which are so UN-obviously UN-suspicious that most of us fall into their ploy!

In this post I plan to cover only Facebook since it happens to be one of the most popular social platform and favorite for scammers....



Posted by Amber Marfatia

iPhone or iRobot? i has many bots to it!!!

We do know and realize that every computing device (smart phones, tablets or laptops / desktops) has processing power. But what if that is bi-directionally used as a robot with no frills to it? Sounds fun at least if not far from being more productive!

iPhone is for sure one of the best phones we have in the market and has been in possession of many people! So, why not to use it as a bot?

There are many robots running on top of iOS but i will talk about 2 such in this post (which i found very interesting - and of course i will be always bias towards Lego)

ROMO:

Romotive is back with a brand new bot! Romo is an affordable, personal robot that uses your iDevice as his brain. He’s cute, responsive, and really fast, but he’s still not capable of doing all that stuff you see in the movies.
To use Romo, download an app and plug your phone into the robotic base. You can control it from any iDevice or your Mac. 
Right now, there’s no wallet-friendly, backpack-sized consumer robot on the market that does these things:
1. Remote 2-way telepresence
2. Computer vision
3. Autonomous navigation
4. Facial recognition

Romo can be controlled by an iPhone 5 running their app.
The company suggests to use an older device with the 30 pin dock connector on the robotic base. The company is designing the next robot to use the new Lightning connector as a docking station. Romo gets smarter over time through app updates and behaviours created by people.It also includes autonomous navigation
One has to shell out $149 to get a piece of it! And yes, they ship it outside US too!!! (with $50 extra)
What's In The Box
  • Romo, the smartphone robot
  • Custom mini USB charging cable
  • Romo quick start card
  • Product info guide
 It is a worth an attempt to give it a shot and check out what all fun things one can do, but don't expect that it will improve the productivity! Check out more at https://romotive.com/



The 2nd bot that i am a fan of belongs to Lego family. Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit.

Lego is set to announce Monday that a new, $350 Mindstorms EV3 kit will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through Bluetooth wireless connections. That means Lego builders can use the devices as remote controls for their robots, or create simple programs that are then sent to the robots to control their actions.

Lego said the kit will go on sale in the second half of the year. It was announced as the International CES gadget show begins in Las Vegas this week.

Remote control was already possible with Android smartphones and the most recent Mindstorms kit, the NXT. Apple devices didn't work because the "brain" of the kit - a juice-box-sized electronic brick - lacked a chip that would identify the Lego gadget to Apple devices.

Also new in the Mindstorms EV3 kit is a "two-eyed" infrared sensor that can pick up signals from a small infrared remote and locate it. In the kit, Lego includes the blueprints for a snake robot that uses its eyes to sense if someone is close to its head, in which case it strikes.

The EV3 will also be the first Mindstorms kit to be available in Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Russian. Previous kits have been in English, Japanese and a few other European languages.

As with earlier kits, the EV3 includes four motors and five different sensors. The new brick is compatible with earlier sensors and motors and is "more hackable than ever," according to Lego. The first Mindstorms came out in 1998.


Posted by Amber Marfatia

Follow your interest with the help from Google (google alerts) !!!


There is something which interests you and always want to be updated with the latest information around that interest. The interest could be anything!!! It could be a product (say HTC mobiles, Samsung TV, car, or anything), an organization (e.g. yahoo, tata, google, etc...) OR even a human being like PM of a country, a states man or your friend or even your self!!! And want to be updated with any new info around it as it floats on web.
Posted by Amber Marfatia

Using Tata Photon OR MTS OR Reliance NetConnect with Android Phones / Tablets!




This can be a killer combination!

You just purchased new Android Tablet OR an Android Phone and don’t know how to connect usb modem to android Tablet to access internet with it? Or having Tablet without inbuilt 3G sim
connectivity and wanted to connect your Data card/ USB modem to it , if it is so then this is the post for all of those who wanted to access internet via USB data card modem whether its 3G data card or any CDMA EVDO data card.

Posted by Amber Marfatia

Whats up with Google Now?

 Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Google that is available within the Google Search mobile application for the Android and iOS operating systems. Google Now uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services. Along with answering user-initiated queries, Google Now passively delivers information to the user that it predicts they will want, based on their search habit.
Posted by Amber Marfatia

Connect Keyboard, USB Flashdrives, Gamepads, Mouse - ANY THING - with Android Smart Phone / Tabs

I know the title of the post is a bit long but its worth mentioning to emphasis how cool it would be to connect your Android Smart Phone or a Tablet with your existing Keyboard, USB Flashdrives, Gamepads, Mouse, music players or any other device you have that works on standard USB slot and use as extension to your device!!!!




 

Posted by Amber Marfatia

NFC coupled with smart phone makes life smarter!

There are certain things you do on your phone every day, like launch navigation when you get in your car or set your alarm when you go to bed. With a few NFC tags and almost no effort, you can automate these processes and never fiddle with your phone again.
Posted by Amber Marfatia

Do we have a Microsoft Azure clone? Check out Google Cloud Service!!




Do we have a Microsoft Azure clone? AWS lacks in providing a programing platform that can leverage in true sense the power of cloud computing and that is where MS Azure has been doing great with almost no competition. But, looks like the big daddy has set the foot in with Google cloud service!


Is BYOD here to stay?

Bring your own device (BYOD) means the policy of permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace, and use those devices to access privileged company information and applications.The term is also used to describe the same practice applied to students using personally owned devices in education settings. BYOD is making significant inroads in the business world, with about 75% of employees in high growth markets such as Brazil and Russia and 44% in developed markets already using their own technology at work.In most cases, businesses simply can't block the trend

Posted by Amber Marfatia

Money Money ...... Sending Money From My Gmail!!!

Google Wallet has just come closer to users in US! Wallet extension will now sit right into the Gmail (desktop) version and will allow to send money just like an attachment to the email recipient. 

Google announced that its has now integrated Google Wallet into Gmail. So what does it mean?

This means that Google Wallet users will be able to securely send mone
y to intended person in the US right from their Gmail inbox.

This new feature is for Gmail users over the age of 18 in the US.

To send money from Gmail, the user needs to hover over the attachment paperclip, click the $ icon to attach money to his message and enter the amount he wishes to send, and press send.


Posted by Amber Marfatia

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Posted by Amber Marfatia

How to leverage cloud by writting 'good' cloud applications...

So, what is the difference between developing an application to a product versus developing an application to a service. Application you write
on premise is written to a piece of software purchased, installed and configured on a piece of computer hardware that you privately own. 

The application you write in the cloud is written to a set of services that are available to you as well as the public to exploit.


Posted by Amber Marfatia

Is this one of the dark side of IT industry?

IT Industry is surely for the young blood but what happens when blood starts having cholesterol - synonym for getting old!! So, what happens when one gets old?

The harsh reality is that if you are middle-aged, write computer code for a living, and earn big salary, you’re headed for the challenges! 

Your market value declines as you age and it becomes harder and harder to get a job.


Posted by Amber Marfatia

What to keep in mind while your APPS are on cloud?

It doesn't matter whether you use small cloud provider like Rackspace or larger one like AWS or Azure, having a plan how to move your workloads between providers is important for your business continuity.


Here are a few things you want to think about when you develop such a plan.

Do you have all the login information?

This one is silly but you will be surprised how may companies don't keep track of who has access to central lock box for such passwords and auditing the access to it has been for long an enterprise practice but startups normally don't have such a rigorous process. When you receive a message from your provider your first question should not be: "Does anyone knows the how to login?"
their cloud provider accounts. Having a

 


Posted by Amber Marfatia

How do they make money....


If I were to tell someone that one can give you something for free and yet make money, is it easily digestible? No, right? There are so many things available on internet for free (like the browser that I am using now - FireFox for publishing this post) but still they not only make money but are profitable! So, what is the behind the door story that makes them grow without charging? There are many products that are free like.....

... amazon, drop box, evernote, facebook, gmail, hotmail, google ad-sense, android and many many more.....

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