Tuesday, 17 September 2013

How to know any unknown activity in gmail account to avaoid hacking

In Gmail, you can also monitor your account activity easily, which can help you to avoid hacking, but not many of you are aware of it or don't know how to fully utilize it. You will find this information at the bottom of the Gmail webpage.
Using this option, you may find many useful details in it including :

1. Which web browser was used to open / check email account.
2. If any software / web service tried to pull some information from your account, it will be listed in the list.
3. How the email account was accessed (PC or Mobile).
4. The location (Country / City) from where the Inbox was accessed.
5. The IP address of the PC
6. Time and Date when it was last accessed.

After viewing these details, you can easily identify whether anyone else has accessed your account or not. Most importantly, the information is displayed in such a way in the Activity information log that any person can read it and identify unusual / suspicious activity.


Monday, 16 September 2013

Save power with GO Power Master in your Android device

A great application that lets you take control of your power usage quickly and easily
GO Power Master is a great and simple-to-use battery optimisation app that gives you a score based on how well your phone is using its energy. You can tweak a lot of settings straight from the app, including the brightness of your screen and which connections you have running, as well as creating your own custom battery profiles to make your own specific battery saving routine. There are lot of tweaks and changes you can make with GO Power Master, so here we will inform you about getting the app set up and running your first optimization check.
Get the app set up
Once you’ve downloaded the app, run it. You’ll notice a battery level indicator appears in your notifications bar and that the app gives you a score. If the score is green you’re doing fine, if it’s
not, you’ll need to do some work.
Run your first check
Tap on the button that says Optimize Now. This might take a few seconds, but it’s running a check to see what apps and connections you have running, and to see the quality of your battery. Your score should go up a little afterwards.
Go a little deeper
Underneath the new score you’ll see a series of suggestions for making things smoother. Some you’ll want to keep running, others are pretty smart, like turning off Wi-Fi when your screen is off. Tick boxes to see your score go up.
Still facing a problem?
If you’re still having a problem you might find that there’s something wrong with your battery itself. Head to the Tool tab and tap on Battery Info. This will give you a breakdown of your battery and tell you if it needs replacing.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Top five battery-saving tips for Android mobile and tablet users

Top five battery-saving tips for Android mobile and tablet users

1. Built-in App
Many phones and tablets have their own built-in power saving mode. Make sure you activate this.
2. Screen brightness
Your screen is the biggest drain on the battery. It’s not really a surprise, considering how big some modern smartphones are. Knock down the brightness and you’ll fi nd that your battery lasts noticeably longer.
3. Charge when necessary
It’s a good idea to run your battery to empty very occasionally to reset it. It’s good to try and let the battery drop to around 40% before you charge it, there’s no need to keep it at 100%.
4. Bring a spare cable
If you’re using your phone as a tether to connect your laptop to the internet on the go, take a connecting wire with you so you can charge your phone from your laptop.

5. Don’t be afraid to change
If you find that one of your apps is using a lot of energy, why not look for an alternative. There are thousands of apps on the Play store and you should be able to find a replacement no matter what app you’re using.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Useful Android Jargons

Short for ‘operating system’. Often the Android ROM will be referred to as the OS – this just means the system files on the Android device that make up your user experience, similar to Windows, Mac OS X or Ubuntu on a desktop computer.
Stands for ‘read-only memory’. In the context of Android, the ROM refers to the files that make up the operating system installed on your device. Gaining root privileges allows for replacement of the standard ROM with a custom one.
ROM Manager
An app available from the Android Market that enables you to install a whole new version of your OS with a single click. It requires a rooted phone to use and is ideal for those new on the scene.
‘Rooting’ your phone gives apps access to parts of the OS that are normally hidden from consumers. This enables you to run more powerful software and install custom ROMs on your phone.
Titanium Backup
This app from the Market enables you to back up everything on your phone – apps, data, settings and all. It means that you can restore your phone to how it was, even after you’ve updated or changed the ROM.
Available from www.unrevoked.com, this is a one-click tool that can be used for rooting many popular HTC smartphones.
Stands for ‘Android Debug Bridge’. ADB is mainly used for software development, but it also has some uses for hacking your phone. It can be used to push fi les onto the system folder, for instance.
You might come across the phrase ‘perform a Nandroid backup’. This means using a custom recovery tool to make a back-up image of everything currently on your phone: OS, apps, data, etc. It’s very useful should you wish to restore your phone to its previous state later.
‘Radio’ refers to the software on your Android device that deals with making phone calls and data connections. Updating your radio version can bring better battery life and signal strength to your device. Some ROMs require the latest radio.
The storage in your device comprises flash memory, a type of solid-state storage. The terms ‘flash’ or ‘flashing’ mean installing new software onto your device’s storage.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

9 Open Source Tools for Building E-Commerce Sites

Here are a list o 9 Open Source Tools for Building E-Commerce Sites:
Zen Cart E-Commerce Shopping Cart: This is a PHP  based e-commerce shopping cart built on OScommerce’s GPL code. It’s easy to setup, highly customizable, and can be run from your own webserver, thereby giving you full in control over its features and capabilities.
Symphero: This one runs on Linux and other Unixlike OSs, supports multiple databases (MySQL and PostgreSQL), distributed object storage (in beta), marketing and affiliate tracking capabilities.

XOS-Shop E-Commerce Shopping Cart: This is an open source shopping cart software, written in PHP/MySQL, and originally based on osCommerce.

PrestaShop: A robust, professional-grade e-Commerce solution with a full-featured back-office application to manage your online business, which includes inventory, orders, shipping, and customers--all in real-time.

VirtueMart: An Open Source E-Commerce solution to be used along with the famous CMS Joomla.
Axis A popular e-commerce tool based on PHP, MySQL, ExtJS, jQuery and the Zend PHP framework. It has features like a product catalog manager, products organizer, order management, customer mgmt, discounts mgmt, store statistics, and much more.

CF Shopkart 5.5 build 006: Here’s a shopping cart utility for the ColdFusion development stack, which is currently inactive, but mature enough to be used for online stores today. A few key features of the software include mgmt. modules for products, categories, customers, orders, wishlists, support tickets, taxes, and payment gateways. Plus, there are modules for blogging, statistics, comment moderation, product reviews, and much more.

Magento Community Edition / Alpha 1: Create advanced stores in just a few clicks. Spend more time entering product information instead of customizing HTML code. There’s an easy to use Permissions Editor so that you can create users for all your employees and then assign them to groups like “Full Admin”, “Customer Service”, “Warehouse”, etc.

VamCart 0.9: This software allows users to easily install and run an online shop, without any technical knowledge. Built on CakePHP framework, the software provides SEO, unlimited categories and products, Multilingual and Multi currency support, automatic image resizing, coupons, product reviews, and much more.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

How not to miss out on important Tweets

Depending on the number of people you follow on Twitter, your Twitter timeline is bound to be flooded with hundreds of tweets every day. In this deluge of Tweets, it’s quite possible that you may miss out on some important ones, or something that might interest you. If you want to keep a track of tweets, then you can use services that will alert you to tweets from people or topics that you follow. One such service is Tweet Alarm.

Go to www.tweetalarm.com and create a new account. When registering, you will have to provide your Twitter handle and the keywords that you want to keep track of. You can add and remove words
whenever you want. If you want to ignore tweets from some people, then you have the option to create a list for that as well. Simply add the keywords separated by a comma, and click on "Add". Once you connect your Twitter account to the site, you will also receive alerts about new followers and people who've unfollowed you. You will receive all the information you have requested via email. You also have an option to manage the frequency of email alerts. You can choose between daily, weekly or as often as the service finds relevant tweets.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

How to keep tabs on your child’s activity on social networking sites

As a parent, it is quite natural to be concerned about children's safety online. But children may not want to give you access to their social networking accounts, and might mistake your concern as intrusion into their lives. In such a scenario, you can take help of applications such as Social Media Child Protection (SMCP). This application is available for Android and iOS, and lets you monitor basic data about your child’s account.
After you install the app on your smartphone, you will have to enter the login ID and password of your child’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can ask your child to key in the login details of their accounts; this way they won’t have to worry about you knowing the password. The app will then monitor the registered accounts. It will provide you with information such as incoming and outgoing friend requests on Facebook; pictures on their timeline; messages with people not on the Friends list; and who they're following on Twitter. However, it won’t let you access any conversations they have. This app provides you with a perfect way to keep a tab on your child’s activity on social networking sites, without needing to be connected with them.

Monday, 9 September 2013

How to come to know about new book releases on Kindle

If you like to buy and read rare books from Amazon's ebook store on the Kindle, you must wait for them to make it to the store. But instead of checking regularly if Amazon offers the book for Kindle, you can delegate this task to the free service, eBookWatch.de. This is a German site, but you can use Google to translate the website into English for you.
Open the website and enter the ten-digit ISBN number of the book you're looking for under the "ISBN-10 / ASIN of the book:" field. You can find this number on Amazon under "Product information" or on the book's website. Next, enter your email address in the "Email alert for:" field
and confirm your request by hitting the "Settings eBookWatch" button.
The service regularly checks whether Amazon has announced the specified book for Kindle. If the book has been released for Kindle, the site will then inform you on the email address you had provided. The site will email you a link to the book you mentioned, and another link with which you can prevent the site from sending you messages in the future if you don’t want to avail of the service any longer.
NOTE: You can also use the link "Bookmarklet" given on www.ebookwatch.de. If you use Firefox or Safari, click on "Install eBookWatch", click on and hold the link with the right-mouse button and drag it to the bookmark bar of the browser. This lets you add books that you want to keep an eye out for to eBookWatch.de from the Product information page of any book you look up on Amazon.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

How to use cross-references in large documents for easy navigation in MS Word

When you are working with large Word documents, it often gets difficult to find the desired information and you may have to leaf through the complete document. Instead, to aid navigation and easily access required information, you can add cross-references. A cross-reference will act as a link that will point you directly to the referenced sub-head or section.
To add cross-references, click on the "References" tab. Here, you will find the option "Cross-reference" in the "Captions" section. Place the cursor next to where you want to add the cross-reference and click on "Cross-reference". You can provide a cross-reference to Numbered items, Headings, Bookmarks, Equations, Figures, Tables, etc. After you select the item you want to refer to, the dialogue will show you all the items.
For instance, if you select a "Numbered Item", then you will see all the items that are numbered in a list below. You should now select the item you want to refer to. Next you will have to select the information you want to insert in the document from the "Insert Reference to" box. Check the "Insert as hyperlink" box, as it will allow users to jump to the referenced item upon clicking the link. Click on "Insert" to complete the action. When you come across a cross-referenced marker in the document, hold down [Control] and then click on the hyperlink to go directly to the section of the document that is being referred to.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

How to verify CPU load on your smartphone or tablet in Android

It's very natural for the number of apps on your smartphone or tablet to increase after some time. To determine which apps require higher memory and CPU resources, you can download an app called "Usage Timelines", which you can find on the Play Store for free. You can also download the app "Pro CPU Monitor", but you'll have to pay Rs 126 for it. These apps show a list of the running apps and their current usage. Switch off the option "Start with system start" to avoid the app hogging resources every time you start your phone. Tap on the list entry to view a lot of information and to retrieve details. By using the "Display SysApps" option, you can examine hidden services. The option "Display time series" is quite interesting; it displays only a small symbol in the status bar that lets you see the CPU workload even when you have other apps open. This app lets you easily identify which actions or apps are responsible for high system load and so reduce the battery life. You must decide whether you really need a power-hungry app, and should get rid of such apps and look for alternatives.

Friday, 6 September 2013

How to check the amount of memory used by extensions in Firefox

Firefox tends to get sluggish after a period of time. The reason behind this could be the large number of extensions and add-ons that you may have installed. The memory used by these can considerably slow down your browser. There is a way to find out which extensions and add-ons hog resources. You will have to install an extension for that. You can install the extension from: addons. mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/aboutaddons- memory/. Click on "Add to Firefox" and confirm by clicking on ‘Install’. You will not need to restart the browser.
To check which extensions are hogging resources, type “about:addons-memory” in the address bar and hit [Enter]. It will list all the extensions that you have installed and the memory used by them. You can then get rid of the extensions that are hogging the resources. This tool is especially useful if you have too many add-ons installed in your browser.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

How to use functions of Modern UI from the desktop in Windows 8

The application utility Start Charming is a package of three small tools that improve how Windows 8's Modern UI and desktop view work. You can find it on this link: http://goo.gl/VzLCkw. The tool will
install three programs—Charms Button, Charms Tray and Start Charming. Clicking the link “Start Charming” will activate the new mode, which will display the Modern UI with the Windows button
as a configurable area on the desktop. Click the link “Stop Charming" to go back to the normal view. However, this display is a matter of taste and offers no real advantages. The buttons in the information area of the taskbar are useful for this. In order to keep it visible, click the small arrow next to the information area and select “Adjust”. Now select the entry “Displays symbols and information” and confirm the dialogue box by clicking “OK”. You can now click the permanently visible symbol to display the Charms bar on the desktop.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

How to deactivate the lock screen for quick access in Windows 8

The lock screen is included in Windows 8 as an additional security measure. You must first click there or press a button to go to the logon screen. But if you find it troublesome, you can deactivate the lock screen to quickly go to the logon screen. You will need to make some changes to the Windows registry to enable this. Change to the Desktop view and press the buttons [Windows] + [R]. Now enter “regedit”, press [Enter] and confirm the user account control dialogue box by clicking “Yes”. Navigate to the key “HKEY_LOCAL_MACINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\ Microsoft\Windows\Personalization”. If the subkey “Personalization” is still not available, create it with the command “Process | New | Key”. Once done, click on the right-hand panel and open the option “Process | New DWORD value”. Name the new value “NoLockScreen” and press [Enter]. Double-click the new entry, change its “Value” to “1”, and confirm the changes by clicking “OK”. Now close the registry. The lock screen has been disabled and the logon screen will be presented when you next start the system.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

How to configure the Windows button to trigger the Start menu in Windows 8

Till Windows-7, the Start menu could be triggered by pressing the Windows button, but this functionality is missing in Windows 8, and pressing it opens the Start page of the Modern UI. But you can set Windows to trigger the Start menu with a mouse click, by writing and running a small script. To do this, open notepad and type the following:

Save the new text file as an EXE file under a name such as “win_key.exe”. This is necessary so that you can pin it to the taskbar. Now open Windows Explorer and navigate to the file you saved. Right-click the entry and select the context command “Pin to taskbar”.

Now right-click again on “win_key. exe” and select the context command “Rename”. Change the name to “win_key. vbs”. Confirm the warning for changing the file type with “Yes”. Now you must edit the target for the shortcut in the taskbar. To do this, press and hold the [Shift] button and right-click on the file you pinned earlier. Select the context command “Properties”. In the "Target" field, change the link to the location of the VBS file. You can also choose to set an icon of your choice using the button “Other icons”. The file offers several selections such as “C:\Windows\ System32\shell32.dll”.

On the other hand, you will find a typical windows logo in the file “C:\ Windows\ehome\ehdrop.dll”. Finally, confirm the selection and acknowledge the settings with “Apply” and “OK”. The new icon will be updated in the taskbar. Clicking this icon will let you open the Start menu easily and without too much of a fuss.

Monday, 2 September 2013

How to configure the logon menu to give you additional options in Windows -7/8

The Windows logon screen suggests an accessibility symbol to make it easy for impaired users to log-in, but most of us barely even notice it. However, you can make it more useful by having it show applications and input options with the help of a free tool and some tweaks. The tool you need is called Ease of Access Replacer and can be found on this link: http://goo.gl/z1NoPb.

Before you can use the tool, you must allow Windows access to the relevant file. To do this, open the folder “C:\Windows\ System32” in Windows Explorer and search for the file “utilman.exe”. This file is called up from the logon screen and must be replaced. You need administrator access to
make this change.

Right click on “utilman.exe” and select the context command “Properties”. Now, click in the section “Safety”, click on “Expand” and activate the field “Owner”. Select “Administrators” in the list below
and confirm the selection by clicking on “Accept” and then on “OK”. Now click again in the section “Safety” and then on “Process”. Select the group name “Administrators”. In the list below, select the option “Approve” in the row “Full access”. Confirm that with “Apply” as well as “OK”, and close the dialogue. Now open the folder you unzipped earlier in Windows Explorer. In the sub-folder, “EOAR”, right click on “EOAR Setup.exe” and select the context command “Run as administrator”. Confirm the user account control dialogue box by clicking on “Yes”, and in the following dialogue, deactivate the option for the restore point because only the file “util.exe” is replaced and the original file will be backed-up. Now click on “Install”.

If the process ends with an error message, you have not changed the necessary authorizations correctly. If the process runs successfully, you will see the file “utilman.exe” with another symbol and only 191KB in size. For the new functions, click on the accessibility symbol on the logon screen. A small dialogue with some useful features will now be available.