Selasa, 15 April 2014

TechSource: How to Get Android Notifications on Your Desktop Browser (Chrome)

TechSource: How to Get Android Notifications on Your Desktop Browser (Chrome)


How to Get Android Notifications on Your Desktop Browser (Chrome)

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 05:53 PM PDT

If your work involves using the web browser a lot, then you know how irritating it is to have your smartphone breaking your workflow every now and then. What's even more annoying is that every time the phone beeps, you have to get up from your chair, find the phone, unlock it, slide down the notification panel and voila, it's a WhatsApp message from that annoying friend who keeps forwarding silly jokes. Damn!

We've all been there. We all wish that there were some ways you wouldn't have to get up from your chair every time your phone rings. We all wish that you could somehow keep your smartphone on silent while you work but still stay updated with what's important. We've all wished and guess what? It's coming true. The Play Store houses some fabulous apps that let you keep up with your Android notifications right from your web browser. So, if you are a Chrome user, use the following guide to get some peace of mind.


Method 1: Use Pushbullet

Pushbullet is a fabulous application that more than just mirrors your Android notifications. It's a full-fledged app that allows you to send files, links, images, and even to-do list from your phone to your desktop and back. Whatever notifications show up on your phone will also show up on your Chrome as desktop notifications. Here's how to use it:
Step 1:

To get Pushbullet working, first you have to do is install the Pushbullet application on your Android smartphone. Download HERE.


Step 2:

Then, install the Chrome extension. Download HERE.


Step 3:

Go to https://www.pushbullet.com and pair your devices. And voila! Your devices can now work hand in hand. Now sit back and relax as your smartphone notifications show up on your Chrome desktop.


Alternative Method: Use Krome

If you are looking for another way to achieve the same result, then Krome is your best bet. Krome is a paid application that uses Google's Cloud Messaging system to securely mirror your Android notifications to your Chrome browser. One of the cool things Krome does and Pushbullet doesn't is that it allows you to reply to SMSes right from the notification itself. This means that you click a notification and type the message below it. Cool! huh?

To start using Krome, install the following extension from the Webstore HERE:


Then, purchase and install the Android app from the Google Play Store HERE.


Once installed, follow the simple instructions to pair your smartphone with your browser. Though worth the price, it doesn't match up to the sheer number of features Pushbullet features. But again, if you're looking for an app that just mirrors your notifications and does it well, then by all means go for Krome.


Written by: Abhishek, a regular TechSource contributor and a long-time FOSS advocate.

Sabtu, 12 April 2014

TechSource: Best Alternative App Stores for Linux

TechSource: Best Alternative App Stores for Linux


Best Alternative App Stores for Linux

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 06:51 PM PDT

The concept of app stores, though popularized by Apple, followed by Android, has been around for a long time. In fact, Linuxians know that it was in the penguinian world of software that the concept of app store basically originated. A software housing a collection of apps stored in a convenient location was something Linux users have loved and still love.

Whether it is the iTunes app store or the Play Store by Google, budding developers get a huge exposure by publishing their apps in these arenas. Similarly, the relatively less popular Ubuntu Software Center is slowly becoming a melting pot for some of the best developers in the FOSS community. The app store has some of the most popular applications made by some talented developers.

While most of the applications from Ubuntu Software Center are free, some of them are reasonably priced and allow developers to fund their own coding efforts. Another thing that's fascinating about Ubuntu Software Center is that these young developers are now competing against bigwigs like Steam and Microsoft (Skype), to make sure that their applications get the props they deserve. While some people might call it unjust, one cannot help but call it a healthy competition which will propel the growth of the Linux community. Overall, the Ubuntu Software Center has set a great foundation for a better open-source future.

That said, if you are an Ubuntu user, you probably must have gotten tired of using Ubuntu Software Center already. It's clean, sleek, and does what it says on the tin; however, as a FOSS enthusiast you might be looking for something different. If that's the case, then we have for you a list of alternative app stores for Linux that will help you get the software you need instantly. 


Deepin Software Center

Deepin Software Center is a fabulous-looking application that comes as a part of the distro Linux Deepin. Not only is a good alternative to Ubuntu Software Center, it's also a great replacement for it since you'll find a few features that triumph the good old USC. Once installed, you get to choose from as many as 2,600 applications. You can install them by one click and finding what you want is never easier. The interface is clean, and to be frank, a notch better than Ubuntu Software Center. What's more, you can even skin the app store to your liking by choosing from any of the cool themes. What makes Deepin so interesting is that it has a multi-threaded download back end that makes downloads really fast. Also, the apps are regularly updated based on their ratings, making it a great app store to browse apps on.

To install Deepin Software Center, type in or paste the following commands in your terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/deepin-sc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install deepin-software-center



Apper

Apper is the default KDE Package manager that serves as a good alternative to traditional app stores. Written in C++, Apper is designed to make things easier for users who want to look for software and not packages. Apart from listing all the latest software, it also allows users to remove old software and upgrade existing one. If you are on KDE, you already know about this app store. If not, it's a great simple app manager you can use even if you're not a KDE lover. To install Apper, type in or paste the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt-get install apper



App Grid

App Grid is a solid alternative to the Ubuntu Software Center. Readily available to install on any distro, App Grid lets you browse apps in a neat, grid-like layout. Though far from perfect, the layout is much lighter and faster than USC's slightly bloated UI, thus making it a great alternative. It is faster to start, has very less memory usage, and is written in Python 3. Though proprietary, App Grid gives you a great set of features and lightness that you should have gotten from USC. It's definitely worth a try.

To install App Grid, type in or paste the following commands in the terminal:
 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install appgrid



Selasa, 08 April 2014

TechSource: How to Turn your Android Device into a Dynamic Photo Frame

TechSource: How to Turn your Android Device into a Dynamic Photo Frame


How to Turn your Android Device into a Dynamic Photo Frame

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 03:40 AM PDT

Photographs serve as our best memories. Through good times and some great times, photographs stay with us etching our emotions deftly onto a little piece of paper. Over the years, photographs have gone a major transformation. Few years ago, taking a photo meant that you had some memory that you thought would be worth sharing. You took a picture and then kept it with you for the rest of your life. These days, taking a picture is all about getting the maximum likes on Facebook or Instagram. Oh, and there's the bizarre trend of "selfies" that well, isn't that cool as you might think.

For those who take photographs for keeping their memories alive, however, Facebook isn't a big obsession. For them, photographs are worthy to be cherished and even showcased on objects like photo frame. However, you won't get your hands on photo frames everywhere, especially if you travel a lot. In that case, allow us to share with you some ways on turning your Android smartphone or tablet into a dynamic photo frame:


Dayframe

If you are looking for a photo frame application that just works, then Dayframe is all you need. It has all the features you're looking for and you probably won't be needing any other apps on the list. Dayframe, apart from being a photo frame is also a social-connected photo application. The way the application works is very simple. Instead of you having to select photos from your collection or worse upload them, Dayframe automatically pulls your pictures from your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, 500px, Dropbox, and Google Plus accounts.

Now, there are two ways to use Dayframe. Either you can use it to display your personal photos or you can use it to show beautiful pictures from some great photographers. 


If you choose to go with the first option, the app will ask you to mention the sources from which Dayframe should pull your pictures. For example Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. To avoid chaos, once you select multiple sources, you can set filters so that only the photos you want will be displayed. So, say you want photos of your last vacation to be displayed. All you have to do is set a keyword so that Dayframe pulls only the specific photos related to that tag.

The second way to go with using this application is to let the application pull photos from a wide variety of curated sources. The sources are curated according to your own taste thus making it a worthwhile experience. Finally, the best feature is that of the timer. The timer lets you display pictures only in a specific time slot. So, if you are not at home, don't worry, you can set Dayframe to work in a such a way that when you come back home, you'll have a set of beautiful pictures displayed in your living room.


Photo Slides

Photo Slides is another great app for turning your device into a dynamic photo frame. It pulls photos from your Gallery intelligently and displays your pictures as a nice slideshow. What's more interesting is that this app also supports G-sensor. This means that the photo frame will adjust itself according to the way you orient your smartphone or tablet. What's more, the application also comes with 8 different sliding effects thus letting you give your photo frames a slightly funky touch.



Android Daydream

Jelly Bean came with an often-overlooked feature called Daydream. Basically Daydream allows you to display a screensaver every time the phone is docked. What's great about Daydream is that it also lets you turn your phone into a nice-looking photo frame. Simply go to Settings then click on Display. From there, select Daydream. The feature allows you to set your own photos as a screensaver. In this way, you can turn your phone into a dynamic photo frame. The only caveat is that the phone needs to be docked or charging. That won't be a big issue with most people since they'd use the photo frame whilst docked so that they won't have to worry about battery drainage. The only caveat with this method is that your phone needs to have Jelly Bean installed.


Written by: Abhishek, a regular TechSource contributor and a long-time FOSS advocate.

Sabtu, 05 April 2014

TechSource: Best Bitcoin Applications for Linux

TechSource: Best Bitcoin Applications for Linux


Best Bitcoin Applications for Linux

Posted: 04 Apr 2014 08:51 PM PDT

Bitcoin is, if many industry experts are to be believed, the future of currency. Everyone from expert coders to entrepreneurs is banking on it thus making it one of the hottest topics. We already discussed a lot about bitcoins in our earlier article and we believe that it does have a potential to cause a huge disruption in the market. For our FOSS supporters out there, bitcoin means a great deal. The reason for this is that this digital currency is entirely open-source. Which means, if Bitcoin ever reaches public adoption, it will be the most popular use of open-source technology.

If you are a Linux user, managing your bitcoins and even mining them is a piece of cake. The penguinian platform offers some great tools for bitcoins enthusiasts to manage their digital currency.


CGMiner

CGMiner is a multi-thread multi-pool miner for bitcoins. It works from the command line and can help you mine bitcoins in a way that makes maximum usage of your resources. The commands are pretty simple and straightforward thus making it easy even for non programmers (with a little bit of help, of course) to get started with bitcoins. What makes CGMiner popular is the fact that it gives you complete control over the mining process. If you are new to Bitcoins and want to get started with mining, a fantastic guide that teaches you how to mine Bitcoins on a Xubuntu desktop with CGMiner can be found HERE.



Bitcoin QT 

Bitcoin QT is the official Bitcoin app that provides you with the ability to manage your coins. It has a simple interface that works across most Linux distributions and makes it easy for you to handle all your bitcoin transactions from one place. Though there are better Bitcoin applications out there, this one may be a preferred choice if you are looking for something more official.



MultiBit

MultiBit is a free application that serves as a wallet for your Bitcoins. Open-source and easy to install, MultiBit works across all major platforms. Once installed, it lets you manage your Bitcoin transactions from one single place. The application is very lightweight and quick to install. It even stores your data in files of really small size, thus making it easy to work with on computers that have low resources. This also means that you can backup your data onto a pen drive or even your smartphone's SD card and not have to worry about computer crashes. MultiBit is fast and keeps all your private keys encrypted on your machine. Overall, it is a great lightweight application for Bitcoiners.



BitMinter

If you are someone who wants to make money mining Bitcoins, BitMinter is a mining pool that allows you to do just that. The aim of this mining pool is to make mining accessible to everyone so that they too could be a part of this open-source phenomenon. Of course, mining coins using a regular computer is not really profitable. It will not only tax your resources but will also send you a huge electricity bill. However, if you have a powerful graphics card, you can surely use it to mine coins as much as you want. And, for that, you'll need to install the BitMinter application. Built on Java, BitMinter works across all major platforms out there. 



Electrum Bitcoin Wallet

Electron is a Bitcoin wallet that lets you store your coins in a safe place. One of the striking features about this app is its simple user interface. Working perfectly well across all major platforms, Electrum stores your data in a secret phrase so that even if your computer gets stolen, only you would have access to your stuff. Also, apart from security, Electrum also offers a lot of convenience for users who like to travel. It does so by letting you use your wallet offline. If you are an Android user, Electrum will also work on your smartphone.



Selasa, 01 April 2014

TechSource: Samsung Galaxy S6 to Feature a Metal Detector and X-ray Scanner

TechSource: Samsung Galaxy S6 to Feature a Metal Detector and X-ray Scanner


Samsung Galaxy S6 to Feature a Metal Detector and X-ray Scanner

Posted: 31 Mar 2014 05:53 PM PDT

Just a few weeks after Samsung Galaxy S5's launch, reports about the next Galaxy phone have already started surfacing. Galaxy S6, the successor to the Android-based device will be the sixth flagship phone in the Korean giant's massively popular Galaxy line. With "bigger and better" being a consistent motto throughout the product's timeline, Samsung plan to launch the S6 with some rather unique features.

Galaxy S5's launch didn't impress as many fans as Samsung expected. Though packed with a heart-rate monitor and fingerprint sensor, Galaxy fanatics didn't think the additions were enough to make them spend their hard-earned cash on it. As with every smartphone in the Galaxy line, this time too, Samsung has shown that it is indeed listening to its fans. As a result, they will be launching the Galaxy S6 with two main features: S-metal, a built-in metal detector and S-ray a portable X-ray scanner.

Citing security and health as the two main areas of focus for the Galaxy S6, the Korean mobile behemoth plans to turn your phone into your very own bodyguard and your doctor. We talked to a Samsung representative and he has finally confirmed the two features:

"We all know how helpful X-ray machines are. But who has the time to go to a doctor? That's why Samsung has added S-ray, a new X-ray feature that is built right into the Galaxy S6's camera. Just snap a picture of any part of your body using the "S-Ray mode" and it will instantly show you an X-ray image of that part on your phone. The image is then matched with hundreds of X-ray images of normal, healthy patients to diagnose any abnormality in your body. The diagnosis is instant so that you won't need a doctor to tell you what problem you have. You can also share that image to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram or add cool filters to it. Overall, we believe that this feature will revolutionize smartphones," said the representative.

The S-Ray mode, according to reports, will integrate tightly with the heart-rate monitor and S-health. Samsung also has plans to launch more features that will help users diagnose complex diseases. When asked about the metal detector, Samsung added:

"Every time you turn on the S-metal mode, your phone will start scanning for suspicious metallic objects in your proximity. It's best used like a handheld metal detector by hovering over a suspicious person's body. As an added security measure, you can also opt to send the data to NSA to help them fight the war on terror"

Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S6 by early 2015. It will feature the latest version of Android with some heavy modifications


Written by: Abhishek, a regular TechSource contributor and a long-time FOSS advocate.

Jumat, 28 Maret 2014

TechSource: 8 Google Now Tricks That Will Make You More Productive

TechSource: 8 Google Now Tricks That Will Make You More Productive


8 Google Now Tricks That Will Make You More Productive

Posted: 28 Mar 2014 05:18 AM PDT

Google Now began merely as Google's answer to the then-revered Siri. What the search giant needed was a service that users could rely on - A service that could combine the big G's search prowess and your personal information to become your own assistant. And yes, Google achieved that. In fact, far from being a personal assistant, Google Now evolved into a service that becomes an integral part of its future line of products like Google Glass.

When compared with the popular Siri, Google's service packs a lot of punch. Not only does it let you search with your voice, it also intelligently presents information that's relevant to you at the right time and at the right place. Therefore, it's easy to see that Google Now is more than just a digital assistant. It is a full-fledged productivity powerhouse that will help you get things done much more easily. That's why we have for you a list of cool Google Now Tips and Tricks that could help you ramp up your productivity in no time.


1. Practice Pomodoro On the Go

The Pomodoro Technique consists of working in 25-minute sprints with 5-minute breaks. Use Google Now's timer feature to set an alarm for 25 minutes into the future by saying "Set a timer for 25 minutes." Do this and go to work, as Google's alarm will remind you after 25 minutes.


2. Use with Task Management Apps


Popular to-do applications like Any.do, Todoist and Wunderlist make use of Google Now to make it easy for you to add new tasks. Stay productive on the go by installing any of those apps and hooking them up with Google Now.


3. Make Better Reservations

With Google Now at your disposal, you can make hotel or car-rental reservations without having to check the progress from your inbox. Google Now has a feature that conveniently shows up a card of your reservation along with the booking number, your name, date, and the name of the service. This can be used to get details about flights, hotels, and restaurants. In fact, Google Now can even track packages and show the relevant information as a card. Here's how to enable it: open Google Search application. Then, go to Settings -> Google Now -> Gmail Cards. Select the cards you want to enable and relax as Google gives you the relevant information at the relevant time.


4. Save Time with Commute Sharing

It's a huge annoyance when you're running late for a meeting or even a date and you have to keep updating the other person about your location every 2 minutes. Google's Commute Sharing is a lesser-known feature that allows you to share your current location with your friends and loved ones. On your Android, simply go to Menu -> Settings -> Accounts & Privacy -> Commute sharing and enable the feature. This way, from the moment you leave your house to the minute you reach the meeting, the other person will be able to keep a tab on your progress. The feature might seem creepy at first but is actually very useful in certain situations.


5. Save Travel Time


Get to the nearest bus stops with Google Now's cool location-enabled feature. Simply click on the wand icon in the search app and go to "Everything Else". From there, enable the option that says "Continue to get nearby public transit stops?" Once enabled, Google Now will notify you of the nearby bus stops or train stations.


6. Find Anything On the Go

Google Now is backed by the most powerful search engine in the world. Make use of it by asking it the right questions that save your precious time. Ask questions like: "Who is the CEO of Google?"  or "30 US Dollars in Euros?" to get the info you want.


7. Take Quick Notes

Google Now allows you to send yourself quick notes that remind you of the important things you need to do. For example, you can send yourself a note saying: "Note to self: write article tomorrow" and Google Now will then send you an email along with an audio transcript of a reminder. It is surely a great way to capture ideas on the go.


8. Do Quick Math


Are you bad at math? Don't worry. Google Now lets you speak math problems into your phone and get answers real quick. Feel free to ask questions like: "100 divided by 5 times 20" and see the answer pop up in no time. This is a great way to save time that is normally wasted in looking for a calculator.