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Show Chatheads while Watching Movie or Playing Game [Android]

Priorities for the users of Facebook Messenger vary a lot, some of them want those chat heads to be there all the time whenever someone pings and some of them don’t want them to disturb while they are watching a movie or playing a game over full screen. Don’t worry because we have a solution to this problem. Usually when you install Facebook Messenger for the first time then by default it will never let chatheads come up in between any of the applications which require full screen to operate (wherein you cannot even see time or the whole taskbar at the top of the screen).

How To Toggle This Feature

If you are a great chatter and don’t want to miss out on any notification from Facebook Messages then go to the settings options and then you will see the Option Off Chatheads.

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If you toggle the button to OFF then you will completely turn off this feature and then they will not appear anymore on your screen but if you wish to allow them in the games of movie player applications also, then tap on the checkbox to uncheck it and then they will literally appear in between any application on your Android device.

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Another thing I would like to notify that usually when you use the Facebook to check the Messages then on tapping upon any of the chats it will be pop out as the chat head but on disabling this chat head feature you will be directed to messenger application when you are try to read the chat in the Facebook Messenger.

Conclusion

This tip is good for toggling the chat heads as per your priorities. Please let us know if you face any other problem while dealing with the Facebook Chatheads or any other feature. You may use uninstall this Messenger application and do everything on the Facebook main application if you are not a big chatter there.

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Tips

[How-To] Set the Status in Google Hangout Application

One of the worst part of hangout application was not being able to set the status, which is really useful to convey a message that why you might not be able to reply to their messages promptly. And now luckily that feature is back in this application for both the platforms. When it comes to Android then this application has been updated with the SMS integration which was already implemented in Facebook Messenger (and I really hated this feature).

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What Type Of Status Can You Set

On iPhone you don’t have this integration but you can set the status of your hangout but with certain constraint. First of all the users in the Google Talk list will not be able to see that status, secondly you will not be able to set the status in form of any desired text rather you will have large number of icon displaying different kind of moods, which will be used to set the status.

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Thirdly you will also have the option to show that on which device are you using the hangout, whether it your phone, your laptop or your tablet. Another great point about this new update on this application is that if you are on a call and you are logged on hangout through the smartphone applications then you status will automatically reflect that.

Conclusion

These status can be altered in the Settings section wherein you will see a separate option for this ne feature. So these are some good features in the new hangout update, but I also wanted them to be reflected in the Google Chat section. Please let us know if you face any problem while following up with this tip.

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Apps Lists

[3-Must Apps List] Watchout, Neatly and Repix

This section will include the three applications which have been randomly selected and primarily which may end up satisfying three different needs of the users. As a short preface, I would say that today we have covered an application for the Twitter lovers, this application will give them a new interface and few more parameters to be busy with while tweeting on Twitter. Another application helps you to take a look at the 2 screen at the same time and this application is at-least really useful for me. The third one is an image editing tool (not the ordinary one).

App-#1 Neatly For Twitter

This application is for the Twitter lovers, most of the times when we enter the section of trends we do not get the trend topics of our interest. But this application will make sure that the trends which is really favorite to you should be attached to you all the time. You can also check the relationship between you and any of your followers or any other person at random. So, if that personal tweets usually about the same interest of yours then you can actually follow him.

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Moreover the new interface also looks pretty cool to me and change in the UI colors is always (once in a while). The only you might have to bear with is the rare of loading of the new tweets. I don’t follow much of the people so I don’t have any clue about it.

DownloadPlay Store | App Store (NA)

App-#2 Watchout

If you are really into the news articles all the time, then I am sure that while watching the TV shows or the movies you must be minimizing the episodes for a while and then checking the window. It may also happen that you are watching a wonderful movie and suddenly someone pings you for some urgent chat on your smartphone. This application will help you to do both the things at the same time and so you will not even have to pause the movie while chatting with your friends on your phone.

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A small section of your screen will be available for the real time camera footage by your smartphone. So, you will be able to watch your laptop from that section. Now, I know that there is not point of watching a good movie from that but hey!! That’s only for few minutes right (you can manage that) and look at the best part you will not have to pause the show and spoil the fun part.

DownloadPlay Store | App Store (NA)

App-#3 Repix

Now if you do not know much about the editing for the photos, then I will recommend not to use this application because there are other good alternatives available for you. This application is meant for pro (who are actually good at Photoshop) and can understand the meaning of all the effects that application provides. This application has good number of tools which can make slightest and perfect changes which are very difficult to differentiate by simple looking at it.

DownloadPlay Store | App Store

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Tips

Facebook Messenger Gets a new UI and Few New Features

Facebook Messenger has been updated with a new UI for iPhone and Android both and in this post we will talking about the updates in both the platforms. The UI is somewhat similar in both the platforms but there have been certain problem which users have reported in the Chat heads after installing this update. Most of these complaints and problems have been reported in the ratings and reviews section of Android on the Google Play Store and as far iOS version is concerned people are loving the new UI because it completely jells with the new UI of iOS7.

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iOS Version of Facebook Messenger

This messenger application completely takes over the chat feature on Facebook, in other words now you will not be able to chat via your Facebook application which is usually used to check out the notifications and newsfeeds. Whenever you tap the messenger section in the Facebook main application then it will take you to the new Facebook Messenger application.

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After chatting when you wish to go back to checking the newsfeeds or notifications then you will have to change the application which is somewhat annoying because initially it was much easier to switch between the application and the newsfeeds but they are 2 different applications.

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The application now also has the feature to sync with the contacts on your iPhone in order to show you that who all are available on Facebook Messenger.

Android version of Facebook Messenger

The UI is almost similar to what you would have read above in the iPhone section. In the older version any Facebook chat used to open in form of chat heads by now you are using some other application then only the chats will ping as the notifications in form of chat heads and from there you can choose the open to go to the main application to chat or else if you still want to be busy with the current application and then you can reply in chat-head itself and then close it.

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When you will see the contacts section of the application, then there you will find that all the friends who are online or active either on their cellphones or on desktop (and this will be clearly mentioned in front of their names). If you do not want to appear like that in anyone of your friend’s Facebook Messenger then you can toggle the button named Active to OFF which make you inactive in other Facebook Messenger application.

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Conclusion

Facebook Messenger is slowly increasing the degree of its integration with your smartphone, it has already done that with its application named Facebook Home on the Android devices and now it gets into the contact section for the iPhone users. Please let us know if you face any problem while using this application as we have seen many negative reviews recently for the users who have upgraded their Facebook application (especially for Android users).

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Reviews

Turn Any Android Device into Chromecast Receiver With Cheapcast

It has been only a month since Google Chromecast debuted in market and since being a very cheap and hackable at the same time, the product has already made its presence to most of our houses. Those who are new to the Chromecast thing, its a product by Google, available at just $35, lets you stream any content from any device to your HDTV.

The only weak point is the compatibility and Google Chromecast is only supported with handful of applications. This limitation is genuinely and intelligently is removed by Cheapcast. Cheapcast turns any Android device into a Chromecast receiver. In nut, it mimics the entire features of $35 Chromecast without letting you spending a penny.

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The app is freely available at the Google Play Store and from downloading to getting it work required not more than a second. However one additional thing you would like to do is to add a friendly name to the device. Though a default name is already given.

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Next when you open the YouTube app, you only have to tap the Cheapcast icon at the right corner, and it will give the list of devices to play the video on.

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Without any problem i was able to stream Music and YouTube videos. But just to note that the Cheapcast is just a beta product so the video quality and duration might feel lagged and distorted. Also the tab casting of Chrome is not supported in the app.

The Cheapcast appears to be a working alternative for those in need of the Google Chromecast. Also if you have multiple Android devices and not use some of them, this little useful app might put them back in use.

Download Cheapcast (Free) | Google Play Store

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Android Tips

How To Enable Dialpad Autocomplete On Android 4.3

Since the very beginning when Android first came out, people liked it very much. The credit is to be given to the development team that took complete care of all the aspects. Despite this special care there were some features that were not present initially but gradually they were added. However, one very important feature was still missing from the list but with the release of Android 4.3, Google managed to bring the same to all its devices.

We are talking about the dial pad autocomplete feature where when you begin dialing a number, the device uses your address book to guess who you are going to call and offers resembling numbers so that you do not have to enter the complete number.

This feature may have not been present on stock Android OS up to 4.2.2, but manufacturers like Sony, Samsung and others have been providing this feature since the start. So it was something that Google should have taken care off well before but now that the feature is finally there we find no reasons to complain.

How To Enable Dial Pad Autocomplete On Android 4.3

Step 1: First and foremost you have to launch Phone app. The dial pad settings can only be accessed from here so there is no point in going to the stock Settings app.

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Step 2: Now tap the menu button which is present at the bottom right corner (the one with three vertical dots). From the pop up menu, select Settings.

Step 3: You will see a new window that says Call Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see an option saying Dial pad autocomplete. You would find the feature under Other Call Settings section. You need to check the corresponding box and that’s it, you are done.

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Now you may go back to the dial pad and try entering a known number and matching contacts will be displayed just above the dial pad.

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This is a very useful feature when you need to dial a number quickly and we are glad it has been added to the stock Android OS finally. If you have not enabled this feature yet, do follow the aforementioned guide and do it right away.

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Android Tips

iOS 7 Beta Control Center On Android

iOS 7 beta was released a while back and it is being debated as both a hit and a miss. The design has been completely overhauled, as Apple promised, and while many developers are liking it, many are criticizing it at the same time.

But one feature that has really come out as a surprise is the iOS 7 Control Center. The control center is basically an official replacement of SBSettings from where one can toggle airplane mode, bluetooth, wi-fi, and other features on or off, without moving away from the very screen you are on. One can invoke the control center by swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen which makes it extremely convenient to use.

While we are waiting for Apple to release the iOS 7 for all the users, developers from the Android community have found ways to replicate the control center on the android OS. Now even a regular android user can experience how iOS 7’s control center feels, so if you want to try this out on your android device, follow the guide below:

Step 1: Download Control Center from Google Play Store and install it on your device.

Step 2: Launch the application form the application drawer and on the very first screen toggle the Start Service feature ON. After doing so tap on the Touchable Area.

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Step 3: Under Touchable Area section, select the area style along with the width and height of the area. We would recommend you to keep it close to 5dp or else you would face problems while using other applications.

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Now you are done with the configuration part and you can exit the application to experience the iOS 7 control center on your device. To launch the control center you will have to swipe upwards from the bottom of the but make sure you do not drag open Google Now. As you can see you have toggles for the basic features as well as brightness and volume sliders on the control panel. You will also be able to switch between general and silent ringer profiles.

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The last row of apps at the bottom do not work as per one’s expectations. For example, the camera button does not launch the stock camera app and instead you will have to map it to launch a third party camera app. To change the apps you want to launch using the last row of buttons, you can long press any of the icons and an application list will pop open. You can select the desired app from there.

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Conclusion

A great development coming from the developer community, however, the app still has a couple of bugs which if resolved will make it more appealing.

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Android Tips

Improve The Performance Of Wireless Router Using Android

Recently I bought a new Netgear wireless router for my home and since I have been using Netgear products for a while now, I was able to get it up and running within minutes. It was fairly easy to go ahead with the default settings while setting up and router but the question arises how performance efficient the default settings are?

To be honest the default settings could work wonders for some while prove to dissatisfactory for others. So what is the best possible way to configure your wireless router without getting into the technicalities? Well if you have an android device we have a brilliant solution that would let you enhance the performance of your wireless router within minutes. Wifi Analyzer is an application that scans the nearby wireless networks and the channels they are using. Once spotted, it will display a list of channels that are less crowded to which you can configure your wireless router to. Basically the less crowded a channel is or the less shared it is, the better the reception of your wireless network would be.

How To Use WiFi Analyzer

Step 1: Go to Google Play store and install Wifi Analyzer. Enable wifi and launch the application and immediately it will display your current channel graph which is useful for two purposes:

  • It highlights the channels used by the networks your device has picked up, and
  • It also shows the signal strength of all the nearby networks

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If you swipe across the screen to the left a number of graphs are available for in-depth study. Or you can also tap on the Eye button present on the top and switch to the respective graph. In my case my home router is Netgear which has the highest signal strength as is evident by the height of the curve shown in the graph.

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The time graph, the first one in the images above, tells the signal strength with respect to time. So you will have to keep it running for a couple of seconds before you are able to get the results. Also there is a Channel Rating page wherein you can select your wireless router and get to know which channel has the most stars (most efficient) for your home network.

Moving on you have there is an AP List page that displays all access points, the channels they use, their signal strength and names. The last page is the Signal Meter where you actually test the strength of a wireless network.

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There is also a Settings page where you can enable or disable auto scan and also select the scan interval. You can also change the channel available in your region, set it to auto enable or disable Wifi and even select the color for your wireless network, the color to be used on the graphs.

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Step 2: Once you get familiar with the application and understand what it suggests, you can open your home router’s settings page using a browser on your android device or pc and select the best channel for optimum performance.

Conclusion

I have used this for a couple of days and it really does help in increasing the performance of your home wireless network. Furthermore it is quite easy to understand and does not involve any technicalities. So I would suggest that you go ahead and get this free app right away.

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Android Tips

List Of Best Weather Apps For Android and iOS

Many people do not care about the weather but it is a well known fact that the weather fully determines how we spend a particular day. From the dress we are going to wear, to the outdoor events we are going to be present at, all is dependent on the weather on that day. So it becomes important that we keep ourselves updated with the latest weather information and for that, we bring you the five best weather apps available for your Android device.

WeatherBug Elite

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WeatherBug Elite is in existence since Android version 1.5 and 1.6, and impressively it is still one of the most loved weather apps. The app comes loaded with all the standard features like hourly and weekly forecasts, and radars. What makes it even more powerful is the app’s widget that provides all the latest info under one roof and at the same time lets you customize the background and text so that it matches perfectly with your device’s default theme.

Download: Android | iOS

ilMeteo Weather

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ilMeteo Weather is the next app on the list. This app is quite useful when you are looking for the international weather as it lets you look up and save locations across the globe. The app comes packed with a dedicated weather widget and a clock widget. Besides the interesting bits, the only downside of this app is that it is not as feature rich as its competitors are.

Download: Android | iOS

Yahoo Weather

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This is one of the top three weather apps available for both iOS and Android. Yahoo weather app may not be as complex looking as other apps are, and is rather quite decent in terms of the interface. Recently the app received a comprehensive overhaul and now features a new and slick user interface. Some of the highlights include daily forecasts, maps, wind and pressure, precipitation, and sun and moon phases.

Download: Android | iOS

Go Weather

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The next top app is from a versatile developer team and instead of being an entirely separately, is more of add-on to a popular Android Launcher application. We are talking about GO Weather which comes as a widget for GO Launcher EX android launcher. The app has most of the basic features you would wish for but the area where it really beats others is theming. You get a whole lot of options to theme your widget and make it look as funky as possible. Having said that, the app is not as feature rich as many other competitors are.

Download: Android

1Weather

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1Weather is the app that stands on top of the weather apps list. The app not only packs all the required feature such as radar, forecasts, weather by the hour, weather fun facts, but also is extremely beautiful interface wise. The widgets of this weather app look brilliant and come in variety including a clock widget, a circle widget and more. The app is free to use but features ads which one can get rid of, by paying a reasonable amount.

Download: Android

Similar Applications

For users who have already tried the aforementioned apps may try other weather apps such as WeatherPro, AccuWeather, and RadarNow.

Conclusion

All the apps mentioned above provide the needful information as fast as you would require but the question arises which one has the most user friendly and good looking interface, and offers enough features ? The answer to that is 1Weather and Yahoo Weather as they are the best ones out there.

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Android Tips

List of Twitter Alternatives For Android and iOS

Twitter is one of the most used social networking websites in the world, and for sure there is no doubt on that. There is a dedicated app for Twitter available on all major mobile platforms i.e. iOS, Android and Windows Phone OS, but the same offers less features and functions compared to other Twitter alternatives present out there in the market. Today we will be talking about the top five twitter alternatives for your Android device.

Tweetcaster

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Tweetcaster is one of highest rated Twitter aps with over 10 million downloads. The app packs loads of features including searching within your own timeline or someone else’s timeline, knowing which of your tweets are most mentioned, favorited and retweeted, filter timeline according to content (photo, video or link), hide users and specific keywords without unfollowing them, photo effects, smart lists, and a super useful widget.

Download: Android | iOS

Hootsuite

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Hootsuite is not just about Twitter but Facebook as well and it lets you manage multiple social platform accounts from the same screen. The app has over 6 million users and lets you manage Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts all from one screen. It allows you to add upto 5 social profiles and if you are willing to shed $10 a month for a Hootsuite Pro account, the app further integrates Google Analytics and Facebook Insights to track the popularity of your tweets.

Download: Android | iOS

Plume

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The next well known Twitter alternative is called Plume. The app presents a beautiful user interface with noteworthy features such as colorizing your timeline/friends from Twitter, Multiple twitter accounts support, Scrollable widgets to display your twitter timeline on your home, Lockscreen widget (Android 4.2+), Mute twitter users, word or applications, Facebook timeline & posting, large view of images with pinch to zoom, Twitter geotagging, and more.

Download: Android

Falcon Pro

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If there is a Twitter alternative which is fast and innovative, it has to be Falcon Pro. Most of the common sections that one wishes to access, such as lists, contacts, profile, etc., are available at a swipe of your finger. If you find it difficult to understand Falcon’s interface, at one touch of a button, the interface changes to that of the dedicated Twitter app. It also features an integrated browser, and offers load of interesting features.

Download: Android

Seesmic

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Seesmic for Twitter is another strong contender for the best Twitter alternative, and which is why millions of users are use it on a daily basis. Highlighting features of the app include Multiple Twitter accounts support, Cross-posting to multiple Twitter accounts and your Facebook account at the same time, Preview photos of messages from Instagram, Twitter, Twitpic and more, Full Twitter search capabilities, Share videos and images, Geotagging, Access and view your Twitter List timeline, and much more.

Download: Android

Similar Applications

Some other Twitter alternatives that we have come across are EchoFon, Tweecha, Scope. Buffer is also a decent Twitter client.

Conclusion

There is no sure shot winner here, but we really liked Tweetcaster and Falcon Pro. Tweetcaster, in spite of being free, offers way too much that one can think of. The same goes for Falcon Pro too, though paid, it offers a good amount of features and a lovely interface that you would like for sure.