Remotely Flash Files onto Your Android via RemoteFlash [App]

As a frequent flasher or ROMs, Mods and Kernels, I know the pain of losing out the USB cable only a couple minutes ago before Flashing "commence"!! Then there’s the trial and error process that comes with testing new themes, mods, and ROMs. However, this can all be avoided simply with RemoteFlash. The remote flashing app developed by XDA-Developers member Prl91.

RemoteFlash allows you to flash ROMS, Mods, and Updates directly from your computer, over WiFi. As of the moment it only allows one file to be flashed at a time. The limit will be raised as the development goes on, but for the time being, RemoteFlash just about serves our purpose. 

Though one "downside" you might consider here is that this app uses "OpenRecoveryScript". So that if you have TWRP [TeamWin Recovery Project], then you are good to go, but the users with CWM [ClockWorkMod] Recovery installed might not have the smooth ride. Though CWM may be usable depending on the build installed.

To use RemoteFlash simply download two files at the end of this post. One is a standalone Java application that you run on your computer. The other file is the RemoteFlash apk. After downloading and installing both programs, run the RemoteFlash apk. You will only need to run the app once. After opening RemoteFlash the first time just reboot your device.


As soon as your device boots back up, RemoteFlash service will be running in background. You can then open the PC client and click "Auto-Scan"(It may take anywhere between a second and two minutes to find your device), check/uncheck "Wipe Data/Cache", and click "Go". 



You will then be prompted to select a file, and it will be flashed directly to your device.


After the flashing starts, the file will be downloaded and flashed automatically onto your device!!


Downloads

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How To Add "Command Prompt Here" Menu In Folder Right Click Menu

Well, there is a rather unknown or "only known to the geeks" shortcut of holding shift key while right clicking on any folder shows up the option "Open Command Prompt Here.."..but I bet 90% of us didn't knew that before they read it here. Now, as we geeks are considered to be laziest person on earth (In terms of physical work, of course!), we're going to prove that right here right now.

Now coming back to the topic, here we've tweaked the registry entries for our goods to remove that "holding shift" barrier to show up "Open Command Prompt Here.." option in the folder right click menu. After editing the registry as mentioned in this post, there is no need to press shift key to have this option. It'll be enabled by default. :cool:

Manual Method

The first method must be the manual method. Because if I provide one-click solution here, we geeks are too lazy to read the whole article, I guess. So, first we'll see how it's done manually and then an automatic gift will be presented!

First go to start menu and type regedit.

Click on regedit.exe which will open Registry Editor.

Now navigate to the following folder : 
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\cmd 

Rename the “Extended” key on the right to something else, like “Extended-Orig”. (Note that you could simply delete the value, but renaming it ensures that you can quickly rename it back to reverse the change)

To add the item to the folder context menu, browse down to the following key:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd
And rename the same “Extended” key here. The changes should be immediate.

Download This Registry Tweak

If you are not good at these sought of geeky stuff, just download the following file. There are two files in the downloaded zip, namely, DisableCommandPromptHereAlways.reg and EnableCommandPromptHereAlways.reg.


Just double click on EnableCommandPromptHereAlways.reg to enable this tweak. 

Note : While you try to open any of these above mentioned registry files, a warning will appear. You should click on "Yes" to proceed further.

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Task Killers Are Bad For Android. Here Is The Reason Why You Shouldn't Use Them

Most of Android fans generally use Task Manager to kill the Apps that are consuming RAM which results in the slow performance and poor battery life. By closing apps running in the background, you'll get improved performance and battery life – that’s the idea, anyway. But in reality, task killers can reduce your phone's performance and battery life. Here we're explaining the reason.

Basically, the Task Killers kills the particular app that is residing in the memory, thus freeing up your phone's memory. But in fact, Android's own memory management is so powerful that you don't need to use any Task Killer. In fact, doing so disturbs the automatic process which is rather bad thing.



Process Management In Android Is Different From Windows

Most of Android users are very much familiar and used to Windows. On Windows, many programs running at one time – whether they’re windows on your desktop or applications in your system tray – can decrease your computer’s performance. Closing applications when you're not using them can help speed up your Windows computer.

However, Android is altogether a different scenario than Windows. In Windows, there is an obvious way to "close" an application, whereas, this is not the case with Android. You won't find any convincing way to actually "close" an app in Android. Some user might see this as a problem. But in fact, it's in design and not a problem by any means. When you leave an Android app, going back to your home screen or switching to another app, the app stays “running” in the background. In most cases, the app will be paused in the background, taking up no CPU or network resources. Some apps will continue using CPU and network resources in the background, of course – for example, music players, file-downloading programs, or apps that sync in the background.

When you go back to an app you were recently using, Android “unpauses” that app and you resume where you left off. This is fast because the app is still stored in your RAM and ready to be used again.

Task Killers Are Bad

Most task killers notice that Android uses a lot of memory - in fact, Android stores running or recently used apps into memory which fills up the RAM. But this, by no means, a bad practice. Apps that are stored in the RAM can be quickly switched back to when needed rather than retrieving it from the storage, which is a very slow process compared to retrieval time from RAM. 

And moreover, the freed up RAM is of no use and it doesn't saves the battery either. We all live in a myth that more free the RAM is, the less power it consumes. But this doesn't holds the truth. The totally full RAM consumes the same amount of power the half-full RAM consumes. So killing tasks or apps will save the battery power holds no truth. And in case of the RAM is full and more memory is needed to run the app than available, Android is smart enough to kill the app automatically which is not used for a while and free up the RAM for the new app. No task killers are required for this purpose.

Task killers think they know better than Android. They run in the background, automatically quitting apps and removing them from Android’s memory. They may also allow you to force-quit apps on your own, but you shouldn't have to do this.

Task killers aren't just useless – they can reduce performance as well. If a task killer removes an app from your RAM and you open that app again, the app will be slower to load as Android is forced to load it from your device’s storage. This will also use more battery power than if you just left the app in your RAM in the first place. Some apps will automatically restart after the task killer quits them, using more CPU and battery resources. Thus reducing the battery life.

Though Task Killers Can Help Sometime


At this point of time while you are reading this article, some users won't agree with the fact that are presented to them before. Because they might have noticed a performance boost and increased battery life after using Task Killer.

This might hold truth by the way! But only in case you have a badly compiled app installed on your phone. If you have a bad app that’s using CPU and other resources in the background, a task killer that closes the misbehaving app can improve your battery life and make your phone faster.

However, using a task killer to deal with a misbehaving app is like using a shotgun to kill a fly – you may fix your problem, but you're inflicting a lot of other damage in the process.

Instead of using a task killer in this situation, you should identify the bad app and uninstall it, replacing it with an app that works properly. To pin down the app that’s misbehaving, you can try the Watchdog Task Manager app – it will show you which apps are actually using CPU in the background, not which apps are harmlessly being stored in memory.

Conclusion

Task killers can also cause other problems by killing applications that you want running in the background — for example, if you use an alarm clock app, you may find that your task killer forced the alarm clock app to quit, preventing the alarm from going off.

CyanogenMod, the popular community-developed Android Custom ROM, won't even accept bug reports from users using task killers, saying that they cause more problems than they solve.

In summary, you shouldn't use a task killer – if you have a misbehaving app wasting resources in the background, you should identify it and uninstall it. But don't just remove apps from your phone or tablet’s RAM – that doesn't help speed anything up.


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6 Reasons Why Windows 8 Is More Secure Than Windows 7

Official release of Windows 8 is a talk of the town right now. Some think it's just a new visual interface slapped on top of Windows 7, and if you think so, I'm afraid you are wrong! Windows 8 has seen a lot of security improvements, including an inbuilt antivirus, an application reputation system, and protection from boot-time rootkits and viruses/malwares.

There are quite a few low-level security improvements under the hood as well. Microsoft hasn't spelled out all of them, but Windows 8 manages memory in a more secure way and includes features that make it more secure than Windows 7 and security vulnerabilities harder to exploit.

So, here we're discussing the major security improvements that Windows has seen from transition to Windows 8 from Windows 7. There are 6 of them to be precise, so here we go.

Windows Defender (An Integrated Antivirus)

Finally, yeah finally, Microsoft has come up with an inbuilt or integrated Antivirus solution that ships with any edition of Windows 8. It's named Windows Defender - but it's just a rename of the popular free antivirus Microsoft Security Essentials. It's the same Microsoft Security Essential that you might be using on your Windows 7 PC (If not upgraded to Windows 8 yet!). Though you can any antivirus that you want on your Windows 8 machine. In such scenario, Windows Defender will disable itself automatically in order to avoid any conflicts with the third party antivirus. Though you need not to do so, as Windows Defender is a very capable product that you won't need any third party antivirus. Moreover, it's deeply integrated into the system that ensures that Windows users will finally have an integrated antivirus protection out-of-the-box.


There is an Anti-Malware Solution As Well

In Windows 8, the booting priority of the antivirus is set higher than any other components. Which means that at boot time, first the antivirus will start and will check drivers for any suspicious malwares. This greatly protects the PC from the rootkit attack that starts before antivirus and hide from them. Windows Defender starts earlier in the boot process out-of-the-box, and third-party antivirus vendors can also add the Early-Launch Anti-Malware (ELAM) feature to their products.

Secure Boot

On new Windows 8 computers that use the UEFI firmware instead of the old-style BIOS, Secure Boot guarantees that only specially signed and approved software can run at boot. On current computers, malware could install a malicious boot loader that loads before the Windows boot loader, starting a boot-level rootkit (or “bootkit”) before Windows even launches. The rootkit could then hide itself from Windows and antivirus software, pulling the strings in the background.

On Intel x86 PCs, you’ll be able to add your own security keys to the UEFI firmware, so you could even have your system boot only secure Linux boot loaders that you’ve signed.

Improvements in Memory Management

In this area, Microsoft has made many under-the-hood improvements compared to Windows 7 in Windows 8. When a security hole is found, these improvements can make the security hole harder or even impossible to exploit. Some types of exploits that function on earlier versions of Windows wouldn’t function at all on Windows 8.

Microsoft hasn’t spelled out all of these improvements, but they have mentioned a few:
  • Mitigations that were once applied to Windows applications are now also applied to the Windows kernel.
  • ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) has been extended to more parts of Windows, randomly moving data and code around in memory to make it harder to exploit.
  • Internet Explorer 10 includes improvements that make 75% of the security vulnerabilities reported over the last two years more difficult to exploit.
  • The Windows heap, where Windows applications receive their memory from, includes additional checks to defend against exploit techniques.
If you're interested in exploring all the improvements, they can be found here.

Sandboxing of The New Apps

Apps for Windows 8’s new Modern interface (formerly known as Metro) are sandboxed and restricted in what they can do on your computer.

On the Windows desktop, applications had full access to your system. If you downloaded and ran a Windows game, it could install drivers on your system, read files from everywhere on your hard drive, and install malware on your computer. Even if programs run with limited credentials thanks to UAC, they typically install with Administrator privileges and can do anything they want during installation.

Windows 8 apps function more like web pages and mobile apps on other popular mobile platforms. When you install an app from the Windows Store, that app has limited access to your system. It can’t run in the background and monitor all your keystrokes, logging your credit card number and online banking passwords like applications on the traditional Windows desktop can. it doesn’t have access to every file on your system.

Apps for Windows 8’s new Modern interface are also only available through the Windows Store, which is more controversial. However, users can’t install malicious Modern apps from outside the store. They’d have to go through the Windows Store, where Microsoft has the ability to pull them if they’re discovered to be malicious.



Smartscreen Filter

Previously used only in Internet Explorer, the SmartScreen filter is now implemented at the operating system-level. It will be used to scan EXE files you download from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and other programs. When you download and double-click an EXE file, Windows will scan the file and send its signature to Microsoft’s servers. If the application is known-good, such as the installer for iTunes, Photoshop, or another popular program, Windows will allow it to run. If it’s known-bad, perhaps if it contains malware, Windows will prevent it from running. If it’s new and Windows doesn’t know what it is, Windows will warn you and allow you to bypass the warning.


This feature should help less-experienced users from downloading and running malicious programs from the Internet. Even new pieces of malware will be detected by the SmartScreen filter as an unknown new program that should be approached with caution.


So, the conclusion is that Windows 8 is definitely more secure than Windows 7. An integrated antivirus and application reputation system, along with a tamed app ecosystem that replaces the wild-west nature of previous versions of Windows, will probably make the most difference for inexperienced users that may not have ran an antivirus or knew which applications were safe to install on previous versions of Windows. Low-level improvements to the way Windows manages memory will help everyone, even power users like us!

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Still No Jelly Bean For Your Android? Get Its Best Features with These Apps

It has not been all to long ago, Google released Android 4.1.1 named Jelly Bean. If you want to check out all the main improvements in detail check out this article. It's been the fastest and the most feature-rich Android OS till date. Though it's great to see these new technology already released, the update schedule to actually implement it on the broader level is rather unacceptable. Though it is now roughly around 3 months from the initial announcement of Jelly Bean at Google I/O, there are hardly any devices other than Nexus devices (Which receive updates directly from Google, of course!), that are running on Jelly Bean 4.1.1. Even there is a large number of Mid-range Android devices that are still waiting to receive Ice-Creme Sandwich 4.0., and even those who do get the update might not see it until a year after Google released it, if not longer.

So, if you're tired of waiting for the updates, and want to have a feel of Jelly Bean, you certainly can tweak your Gingerbread or ICS running Android's UI to get the visual feel of Jelly Bean. Though, to get the performance boost like Jelly Bean, you will have to wait longer, of course. So instead of waiting for either the update or a new phone, you can take advantage of some of the features it provides right on your current version by way of apps.

Locker & Launcher


The Launcher is not updated much in Jelly Bean from Ice Creme Sandwich. So, any Ice Creme Sandwich launcher will perfectly serve our purpose. In such case, you can opt for having Holo Launcher which is same as stock ICS/Jelly Bean Launcher.


Whereas, the same story gets repeated in the locker department as well. The locker is also kept unchanged. There is just a slight change in animation from ICS, nothing else. So, to have the locker same as Jelly Bean, you can opt for Holo Locker. It's 99% same as Stock Jelly Bean Locker.

Wallpapers


As said earlier, the Jelly Bean is more focused towards system performance rather than UI changes. So, it naively doesn't offer much of new Wallpapers from ICS, but still there are some worth considering. 

You can install Live wallpapers via this app and Static Wallpapers via this app

Status Bar


To have a complete feel of Jelly Bean, you might want to change the status bar to that of Jelly Bean. There’s also an app which takes care of that for you, and includes a couple other customizations which make the app quite worthwhile.

Keyboard


The major improvement for Android in Jelly Bean is it's keyboard. It's highly responsive ans well spaced out to grab your keystrokes smoothly and also it's prediction technique is awesome and saves lots of time typing long words. It's a must have app for any android device.

You can download Jelly Bean Keyboard from this link. The only downside is that only ICS users can install it, so any Android 2.x user won't be able to use it. :(

Options For Rooted Devices

Image Courtesy : xda-Developers
If you own a rooted device, then in my opinion, go for any custom ROM like Cyanogenmod (CM) to get the feel of the new OS rather than waiting for the official updates, which never come as promised if you own a device other than Nexus. Only Nexus devices gets updates faster than ever. So, waiting for the official update for a rooted device is not worth it. If you're rooted, you must have to be on ICS or Jelly Bean until now in my opinion. And if you're still stuck on Gingerbread, you might consider installing any Custom ROM that has support for your device. If you don't know whether your device is supported or not, just leave a comment for me, I'll surely help you out.


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Early Beta of Firefox OS for Smartphones Running On ZTE Smartphone [Video]

Well, there has been a while when the Firefox OS came into light on XDA-Developers forums of Galaxy Nexus. And now it seems like the development is gathering the pace. As an indicator of this, we've found a video of an ZTE Developer Smartphone running the early beta of the brand new Firefox OS. 

If you're curious about this brand new OS in the Smartphone Market, this video might satisfy your curiosity. Here it is,




Though it might look like a clone of Android, but it's way different than that. Android is built on Java whereas Firefox is being built on HTML5. So, it's all together a different technology, and we're excited about it's developments and keen to cover all the major development of Firefox OS on TechnoTravel.in. Stay tuned!!


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How To Check Disk For Errors In Windows [A Complete Guide]

The computer hard disk is the mind of your system which memorize every data about your computer even if it is turned off. In day-to-day basis, we often doesn't take care of it more because it is less prone to errors than the other components of your machine and works almost flawlessly every time. But it is also a mechanical part of your system which might come under the "Error Attack". So here we're discussing about the hard disk errors and the ways to diagnose and prevent them from occurring as well. 

How Could You Know That Your Disk Is Suffering From Errors?

There is a nominal reduce in performance which goes unnoticed many times if your disk is suffering from errors. If the amount of errors is large, the transfer speed of your hard drive reduces eventually as the time goes on. The slump in performance might get unnoticed if the your system is equipped with big memory and mighty processor. Which means that if your system is equipped with robust hardware, even a slight performance dip is worth considering!

The checking disk of errors is very easy and can be performed by a novice user as well. There are actually two methods to do that. One is for regular users which deals with windows' user interface using Windows Explorer and the other one is more robust but a bit harder (Not for geeky personalities though), using Command Line Interface.

As the mass community is not-so geeky, we'll first discuss about the easier way using Windows Explorer.

First of all open "Computer" in Windows Explorer. This will show the drives that are currently connected to your computer.


Now Right Click on the drive that you want to check for errors. Click Properties.


Navigate to Tools tab where you'll find the option to check disk for errors. Click on Check Now (Administrator privileges are required).


The pop-up will come up with two options with the option already checked saying "Automatically fix file system errors" and the other one is "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad errors".

The "Automatically fix file system errors" attempts to solve the detected errors automatically on its own. If this option is left unchecked, the Disk Check utility will only check and display errors, but won't solve it.

If both the options are checked, it will thoroughly check the disk for errors and will also attempt to solve any physical errors on your hard drive if there exists any. Due to such functionality, it is get-able that it will obviously take more time than the regular Disk Checking but it is more accurate as well.

The time taken by this process depends upon the size of the file it is checking. Means, larger the size of file is, the more time it takes to check.
Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts?

Click on schedule disk check to schedule it on the next reboot.

Using Command Line Interface 

You can do this above mentioned processes and more with chkdsk.exe utility which runs via command line interface. The command that we'll use is CHKDSK.

Syntax
      CHKDSK [drive:][[path]filename] [/F] [/V] [/R] [/L[:size]] 

Key
   [drive:]   The drive to check. 
   
   filename   File(s) to check for fragmentation (FAT only). 
   
   /F         Automatically Fix file system errors on the disk.

   /X         Fix file system errors on the disk, (Win2003 and above)
              dismounts the volume first, closing all open file handles.
   
   /R         Scan for and attempt Recovery of bad sectors.
   
   /V         Display the full path and name of every file on the disk. 
   
   /L:size    NTFS only: change the log file size to the specified number of kilobytes. 
              If size is not specified, displays the current log size and the drive type
              (FAT or NTFS).

   /C         Skip directory corruption checks. 

   /I         Skip corruption checks that compare directory entries to the
              file record segment (FRS) in the volume's master file table (MFT)

Example:

CHKDSK C: /F

Fixing Errors /F

If the drive is the boot partition, you will be prompted to run the check during the next boot

If you specify the /f switch, chkdsk will show an error if open files are found on the disk.

Chkdsk /f will lock the volume, making data unavailable until chkdsk is finished.

If you use chkdsk /f on a disk with a very large number of files (millions), chkdsk may take a long time to complete.

When you delete a file or folder that has 'custom' permissions, the ACL is not deleted, it is cached. Chkdsk /f will remove ACLs that are no longer used. This is often the cause of the rather worrying message: "Windows found problems with the file system. Run chkdsk with the /F (fix) option to correct these."

It is normal for chkdsk /F to remove unused index entries and unused security descriptors every time you run it, these do not indicate a problem with the file system.

Scan only (without /f switch)

If a file needs to be fixed chkdsk will alert you with a message but will not fix the error(s).
chkdsk may report lost allocation units on the disk - it will produce this report even if the files are in-use (open). If corruption is found, consider closing all files and repairing the disk with /F.

Running chkdsk on a data volume that is in use by another program or process may incorrectly report errors when none are present. To avoid this, close all programs or processes that have open handles to the volume.



 
On computers running Windows 2003 SP1, chkdsk automatically creates a shadow copy, so you can check volumes that are 'in use' by another program or process. This enables an accurate report against a live file server. On earlier versions of Windows, chkdsk would always lock the volume, making data unavailable.

Run at Bootup

Running at bootup is often the easiest way to close all open file handles.

Use the GUI, chkntfs or the FSUTIL dirty commands to set or query the volumes 'dirty' bit so that Windows will run chkdsk when the computer is restarted.

Event Logs

Chkdsk will log error messages in the Event Viewer - System Log.
Chkdsk /f removes ACLs that are no longer used and reports this in the Event Viewer - Application Log.

Cluster (or block) Size

CHKDSK produces a report that shows the the block /cluster size
typically: "4096 bytes in each allocation unit."
When the cluster size is greater than 4 KB on an NTFS volume, none of the NTFS compression functions are available.

Exit codes

0 No errors were found
1 Errors were found and fixed.
2 Could not check the disk, did not or could not fix errors.

Notes:

Consider the time required to run Chkdsk to repair any errors that occur. Chkdsk times are determined by the number of files on the volume and by the number of files in the largest folder. Chkdsk performance was improved by 30% under Windows 2003 and around 50% in 2008 R2.

To issue chkdsk on a hard drive you must be a member of the Administrators group.

When CHKDSK is set to run at boot-up there is a delay to allow the check to be cancelled - this can be configured in the registry:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager
REG_DWORD:AutoChkTimeOutData
The value is the time in seconds that you want CHKDSK to wait (0 = no delay) default is 10 seconds.

Chkdsk is also available from the Recovery Console (with different parameters.)

Disk Errors

"The file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable"

If you have disk corruption, run the drive manufacturers diagnostics:
Toshiba | Hitachi | ibm | Seagate/Maxtor/Freeagent | Western digital

How To Prevent Disk Errors From Occurring

Well, to fully prevent disks from errors is quite hard task, but you always can take some precautionary measures to reduce the frequency of the occurrence of such errors.
  • Don't ever directly cut the power supply from hard disk. When the hard disk is on and under full operation, the sudden power cuts can hurt your hard disk big times! So prevent your PC from sudden power cuts, which is the only thing that is in our hands to reduce the frequency of error occurrence.
  • Frequently check and fix disk for errors. Use any one of the above mentioned method at least one a month to let your disk operate smoothly.

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15 Top Free Websites To Backup And Share Your Data On The Cloud

Well, backups are essential and we've been told many times how important they are, although we may not pay attention to it until it's too late and we lose all our data! Though you can always backup your important data on your external physical hard drive, but free online backup services provide useful redundancy that could save your data big time!

If you are a regular TechnoTravel.in reader, you may get this now that we're fan of cloud computing and we will be writing numerous articles in coming future to let the world understand it's pros and cons. So, as a part of that effort, here we're mentioning out some useful and FREE websites, 15 to be precise, that offer free cloud storage space to let you backup, share or synchronize your data. Each of these services offers a free plan, most also having options for paid subscriptions that offer more storage space, and possibly additional features. Most of these services offer useful backup features such as automatic backups, scheduling, versioning, and restore features. Some services offer other useful features, such as the ability to access your backed up files anywhere using a browser or mobile apps and the ability to stream your media files to your mobile device.

Microsoft SkyDrive

Microsoft SkyDrive offers 7GB of free data for the new subscribers. It used to offer 25GB in its initial stages, but now it's reduced down to 7GB. Though 7GB is also a good cloud storage space. The old subscribers, like me, are allowed to keep their 25GBs for free.

Store your files on SkyDrive and you can access them from your Android phone, iPhone, iPad, Windows phone in addition to your PC or Mac. Use SkyDrive to share large files and photos with your friends and family. They only need a web browser to access the files and photos.

Though there are some drawbacks of SkyDrive that are worth mentioning here. Firstly, it doesn't offer any considerable security to the files you upload, so if you are about to upload your sensitive data on SkyDrive, stop here. The other drawback is that it offers only one folder named SkyDrive, thus if you have data sorted out in many folders, you might find it difficult to upload it on SkyDrive.

With 7 GB of free storage, SkyDrive is a good place to store your photos and other non-sensitive documents. Use other free backup services for your sensitive and private files. We mention which ones provide encryption for files uploaded to and retrieved from their service.

Box

Box is a good backup solution for the small but important files, as it offers 5GB of storage space with the file size limit of 100MB. The free account also allows you to create file sharing links and provides secure transfer and storage of your data. You can access your data anywhere, anytime, on any device, such as a desktop computer, a laptop, an iPhone, an iPad, or an Android device.

Organize your files online using folders just like you would on your desktop PC. Edit your documents online and save them directly back into your Box account using your native desktop applications. Use Box to share large files easily, rather than trying to email big files, such as videos or presentations.

If you need more than 5 GB of storage space, you can upgrade your account to 25 GB of space for $9.99 per month, or 50 GB of space for $19.99 per month. Both of these plans also increases the maximum file size to 1 GB. Business and Enterprise plans are also available.

ADrive

ADrive offers a personal basic plan that offers 50GB of free cloud storage and features allows you to backup, share, access, and edit your data from anywhere you have Internet access. 

Share large files with family and friends using ADrive’s File Sharing feature. You can get a unique link for a file you want to share in an email. Simply email that link to anyone with whom you want to share that file. If you don’t want to share a file anymore, you can “unshare” it as well.

You can also edit your word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online. Open, edit, and save your documents directly from within your ADrive account online.

Use ADrive’s convenient search tool to find files you want to access or restore without having to browse through all your directories and files.

Comodo Backup

Comodo Backup offers 5 GB of free online backup space and a free, lifetime license. Backup your data to Stream music and videos from and edit documents directly in your online account.

Files you choose to backup are encrypted before they leave your computer and are stored encrypted on Comodo’s servers or other storage media you select. You can backup to a network drive, an external hard drive, CD or DVD, ISO file, .zip file, or online storage.

Schedule any combination of full, incremental, differential, and synchronized backups to run at a time of your choosing using their flexible scheduler.

Files in use are backed up using Volume Shadow Copy technology.

Access your files from any computer with an internet connection using their web interface.

If you need more storage space, you can purchase 250 GB for $9.99 per month. You can get two months for free by purchasing one year in advance for $99.99.

MyOtherDrive

MyOtherDrive offers 2 GB of free cloud storage. With a free account, you get unmetered bandwidth, unattended, or automatic, backup, and AES 128-bit encryption and HTTPS (SSL) connections.

BuddyBackup

Buddy Backup has an interesting concept. It allows you to backup your data to your friends, families, and colleague’s computers for free. All backed up files are encrypted locally before they are sent to your buddies’ machines and only you have the encryption keys. So, your buddies can’t read your files.

You don’t have to worry about your backups staying on your buddies’ computers. You can setup BuddyBackup to backup multiple copies of your files, so you’re sure you have backups. Two copies of your data are spread among your buddies by default. BuddyBackup also regularly checks that your buddies still have your backups. If there is a problem on a buddy’s computer, BuddyBackup automatically backs up your files to a different buddy instead. So, if one of your buddies uninstalls BuddyBackup or their computer fails, your data is still safe.

You can also backup your data offline to your own external hard drives.

If your computer crashes and you have to restore your data to a new computer, you can easily do so by running BuddyBackup on your new computer. You can also recover your files from a friend’s computer, if you haven’t replaced your computer yet, using the Guest Mode. In Guest Mode, you can’t add to backups; you can only restore files from existing backups.

DropBox

Dropbox offers 2 GB of storage for free, and the ability to sync files and folders between your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer and the cloud. Use the desktop client or the web interface to add your files and folders to the Dropbox folder. Once in the Dropbox folder, the files are synced among the PC, the cloud, and any other devices enabled with Dropbox, including mobile devices like phones and tablets.

SpiderOak

SpiderOak offers 2 GB of secure, free storage space for online backups, synchronization, sharing, remote access, and storage of your files from unlimited Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE) computers and locations, such as USB flash drives, external hard drives, and network drives.

ShareRooms are password-protected locations on SpiderOak’s servers that allow you to securely share files gathered from multiple machines with others. Any data in a ShareRoom is updated automatically when changes are made, and a notification of the changes is sent out as an RSS feed.

Apps for Android and iOS devices are provided that allow you to access your data from anywhere. You can view, watch, or listen to any file in your SpiderOak account, visit ShareRooms, share files, and download files to your device for offline access.

MozyHome Free

MozyHome Free offers 2 GB of storage for free along with the option to add more storage space through a paid subscription. Clients for PC and Mac are available for download that you can set up to perform fully automated backups. Select folders to be backed up, set a schedule, and Mozy will keep a backup of these folders online, regularly syncing them without interaction from you. Mozy also provides military-grade encryption prior to transfer using a secure SSL connection.

Once you perform your initial backup of your files, Mozy saves bandwidth by only backing up new or changed portions of files, helping to speed up future backups. Mozy also backs up all open and locked files, such as Outlook PST files. You can schedule backups to happen while your computer is on but not in use. Backups can occur daily or weekly at a specific time of day.

When you need to restore your data, you can choose to do so using the software client, on the web, or by ordering a DVD to restore. If you’re using Windows, you can also restore your data using the right-click context menu or through the Mozy Virtual Drive. You can restore file versions up to 30 days into the past.

MiMedia

MiMedia offers 7 GB of storage space for free, and features such as secure, automatic online backup and cloud sync. Access your files from anywhere and stream your music and videos and view your photos using MiMedia’s free iPhone and iPad apps. Easily share your photos, videos, and files and post to your favorite social networks.

Unlike some other online backup services, MiMedia allows you to backup from any number of computers and devices, such as a laptop, desktop computer, external hard drives, network drives, and more.

Google Drive

Google Drive offers 5 GB of storage for free. Store files online, share them with family and friends, and edit your documents online using Google Docs from your PC or Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android device, and from Chrome OS. View any of over 30 file types on your PC using your browser, without having the program installed on your computer.

There are special apps on the Chrome Web Store that allow you to create, open, and share files directly in Google Drive.

Search for your files on Google Drive by keyword, and filter by file type, owner, and more. Google Drive’s search feature can even find text in scanned documents and objects in images.

SugarSync

SugarSync also offers 5 GB of storage space for free. You can use SugarSync not only as an online backup service, but also as a way to sync your files, such as music and photos, among your computers and other devices, such as your Android device, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Kindle Fire. SugarSync can be handy if you need to transfer files between a PC and a Mac.

Just like Mozy, you can backup your data from any folders on your hard drive. You can also select folders to share with your friends and family. You can edit files on your computer while it’s offline, and the changed files are quietly synced with SugarSync the next time your computer is online without interfering with your productivity.

SugarSync keeps the previous five versions of all your files so you can reference or restore them in the future. Only the most recent version of each file counts against your storage limit.

If you just want to backup a set of files without automatically syncing them or updating them, you can use SugarSync’s Web Archive feature. Everything stored in the Web Archive is accessible from the web and your mobile devices.

SugarSync offers mobile apps for devices such as Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile. You can access files backed up to your SugarSync account from any of your other computers, share photos, upload files and photos of any size from your mobile device to your computer (even if it’s turned off), and even edit documents, depending upon the capabilities of your device.

Data uploaded to and retrieved from SugarSync’s servers are sent over the Internet using TLS (SSL 3.3) encryption. Every piece of information moved between your computers, mobile devices, and SugarSync’s servers is verified as a secure communication, whether you are backing up files to their servers or restoring files from them. You can also protect folders you share with other people, such as clients or coworkers.

SugarSync offers some handy features for transferring music and photos between your mobile devices and your computers. You can also stream music to your mobile device. For Android devices and iPhones, you can sync your music to your phone so you can listen to it offline. Share a large video file by sending a link to the file rather than sending an email with a large attachment.

ElephantDrive

ElephantDrive’s Lite Edition plan offers 2 GB of free online backup space and has all the features of ElephantDrive’s premium plans, including automatic online storage and backup, military-grade encryption, and support for up to three computers or devices. You can also access your data from any internet-enabled device and share files and photos with a single click.

One advantage of ElephantDrive’s service is their “Web Explorer.” It allows you to access and upload files using a web browser anywhere you have internet access. You do not have to wait until you have access to an approve device using proprietary software.

CrashPlan

CrashPlan offers the ability to backup your data to multiple destinations for free (for personal backup). You can backup using your own computers and external hard drives for onsite backups, as well as backup your data to computers belonging to your friends and family for offsite backup.

CrashPlan’s backup software runs on PCs, Macs, Linux, and Solaris and backs up data from any combination of these operating systems and from attached hard drives, as well. Backups happen automatically so you don’t have to remember to backup your data or get annoyed from popup dialogs reminding you to perform a backup. You can schedule your backups if you want to control when they are performed. If a backup is interrupted, it is resumed the next time the computers become available again.

When you backup data to multiple destinations, your data is sent to one destination one at a time. To make sure you have a full backup as soon as possible, the order of your backups is based on which destination will complete first.

With the free version of CrashPlan, your files are secured before they are transferred to CrashPlan’s servers using enterprise-grade, 128-bit encryption. Paid plans provide 448-bit encryption.

There are no limitations on the size of files you can backup.

Ubuntu One

Ubuntu One allows you to sync up to 5 GB of files to the cloud for free and access it anywhere. It may seem like it’s only for Ubuntu Linux machines, but you can also sync your Windows computer to Ubuntu One account. They offer apps for Android and iOS devices that let you manage your files and photos directly from your mobile device.


If you don't want to shell out any money on paid cloud storage, then you always can sign up on the multiple websites above to have yourself a decent amount of cloud storage to go with for free. If you sign up for all the above mentioned cloud storage websites, you'll avail yourself as good as 100GB (approx) of cloud storage, which is humongous indeed! However, you must not forget which file is stored at which place, otherwise it can be a headache!!

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Shoot Multiple Photos in Seconds On Any Android Device With Fast Burst Camera App


                 Fast Burst Camera App for Android allows your device to capture rapid-fire shots in a quick succession - similar to the Burst Camera Mode of the higher end phones like Galaxy S3 or HTC One X - with the support to capture as fast as 30 frames per second if your Android allows it! So, just capture multiple shots of your playing kid or flying bird with this Fast Burst Camera App and later choose the best one among them to have a perfect capture!


The app actually comes in two versions - Free and Paid ($4). The free version is ad-supported and comes with the basic features, whereas the paid version is of course ad-free version with some additional features like auto-focus, zoom, and disabling the shutter (Shutter sound can be annoying at time, I tell you!). Though you'll need to shell out $4 to get the full featured app, but it's worth buying. So, just test the free version and if it satisfies you, then you can opt for buying it to help the developer.

The working of the Fast Burst Camera app is pretty simple. It stores the quickly captured pics in the memory for the later processing and once you're done capturing in the burst mode, it quickly transfers to the SD card. Thus the maximum number of pics you can take are unlimited theoretically but practically it depends on how much memory your Android allots to the app. Though there is no limit on the number of pics to be captured at once, obviously high number of pics will require more memory and will acquire more time to get saved in your gallery, which can be quite cumbersome at times!

The app also provides some settings to get configured by the user like choosing the resolution of the photos and control over memory allocation to this app. Though one thing should be noticed here is, higher the resolution of photos, more time it takes to get saved in your SD card. When we tested this app on our 1.2GHz dual-core Galaxy Nexus, it did a fantastic job to become my favorite camera app, and above all, it's free folks!

So, if your Android is not yet equipped with a third party camera app that does this, this app is definitely worth trying!


Originally From : xda-developers

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What is OpenDNS? Why You Absolutely Need It To Stay Secure and Protected?

Well, instead of diving into OpenDNS thing straight away, we believe you might want to have a look at what DNS actually is? DNS is the abbreviated form of the term "Domain Name Server" (You can actually replace Server with Service or System as well!).

The primary job of the DNS server is providing the ip address of the different websites to your computer. Which means, when you type www.google.com or www.yahoo.com in your browser address bar, your computer actually queries the DNS server which it is configured to use. In response to that query DNS server returns the ip address of that queried website, in this case say www.google.com. Thus DNS server will return the ip address of www.google.com's server. With the help of this ip address, your computer can finally reach to Google.com. Thus there is an important role of DNS server to let you access the internet from your PC.

No matter what operating system you use, say Windows, Linux or Mac, your computer have to have DNS server configured to be able to access the Internet. Now, by default, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) has their own DNS server in most cases. Thus up till now, if you haven't changed your DNS server ever, then you surely are running your ISP's DNS server.

Unfortunately, your DNS server can be the weakest link in the entire Internet Workflow. In a easy language, no matter how speedy or robust your internet link is, if the DNS server of your ISP is faulty or say tad slow, it can ruin your browsing experience. If the DNS server of your ISP is slow, it takes more time to reply to the query sent by your computer, resulting in the slowness of the rendering of the webpage. And in India, ISPs seems not to be too concerned about having a robust DNS server. Which means, even if your ISP provides you the speed of 2Mbps, it can feel like 1Mbps if your DNS server is running slow!

To solve this problem,

We can always opt for any other DNS server which is faster and equipped with more robust features than your ISP's DNS server. There are plenty of fast DNS servers to choose from to use for your computer, but we like OpenDNS the most.

OpenDNS is a dedicated DNS servers. Which directly means that the developer staff at OpenDNS is only focused on making their DNS server faster and more reliable, nothing else. OpenDNS dramatically speeds up your internet connection and also enhances your overall internet experience as you'll get this after reading the full post.

How To Get Started?

There is no need of any software or registration to avail yourself the benefits of OpenDNS. All you need to do is to change your computer's DNS servers with the following ip addresses:
  • 208.67.222.222 
  • 208.67.220.220
Don't know how to change your computer's DNS server? Here is the guide that might help you! How To Change DNS Server in Windows

The whole process takes a few seconds but with this single step alone, you just made your computer safer and increased the overall browsing speed. Here's why:

Unlike the DNS servers of your less reliable ISP, OpenDNS servers store the IP addresses of millions of websites in their cache so it would take less time to resolve your requests. So if you have asked for an IP address of a website that has been previously requested by another OpenDNS user, you will get the reply instantly.

Another huge advantage of OpenDNS is that it prevents phishing sites that has ability to steal your important passwords from loading in your computer. Thus OpenDNS does the job which your normal antivirus can't do.

The another very good feature is Parental Control. If you enable this, you can actually prevent your kids from accessing porn sites using OpenDNS shield! There are another plenty of features included in the OpenDNS like Solving Typo Errors, Shortcuts for your favorite sites and many more.

Thus in many ways, OpenDNS is a very useful and easy to set-up DNS server to enhance your overall internet browsing experience.

So why wait? Get started here www.opendns.com

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