Monthly Archives: March 2019

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Install AOSP Android 9.0 Pie on Nokia 8 Sirocco

The Android One UI is great because it offers a light system which can smoothly run even when complex apps and processes are initiated. However, if you want to test something new and if you want to add a personal touch to the Android OS that runs on your Nokia 8 Sirocco you will have […]

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Forbidden Fruit

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Alex Dobie begin the episode by looking at credit cards and gaming subscriptions through the lens of Apple Card and Apple Arcade. At face value, Apple Card seems to be ‘best of the worst’ and an interesting adjunct to mobile payments. And what could be learned from Apple Arcade when it comes to games and the Google Play Store?

They also look at instances where phone makers are ‘mistakenly’ sending user data to servers in China, and a recent report that cites significant security flaws in Huawei devices.

With Huawei remaining in the spotlight, the main event this week is discussion of the new P30 and P30 Pro. They offer unique camera experiences and tremendous overall value. Turns out, they’re also phones!

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Top 3 Android 9.0 Pie ROMs to use on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

We know, when using an Android-based smartphone it’s all about running on the latest firmware and the latest apps and features. Otherwise it’s quite hard to enjoy a proper Android experience as there are great functionalities and capabilities that can work only on the latest Android builds. So, we know how you feel about your […]

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Update Galaxy S6 Edge to Android 9.0 Pie with Pixel Experience ROM

Samsung stopped the official Android support for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge as we’re discussing about a smartphone that is quite old on the market – it was officially released way back in 2015. However, if you’re still using it you know that everything is running smooth and fast and that there’s no actual need […]

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Quickly Install LineageOS 16 on Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Are you trying to install Android 9.0 Pie on Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge but you cannot manage to find a stable and smooth custom ROM firmware? Since Samsung stopped the official support for the S6 Edge it’s up to us to find suitable updates in order to still receive the latest features, apps and capabilities […]

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Elder Scrolls Blades early access preview: it’s pretty good

Bethesda finally launched their new mobile Elder Scrolls game yesterday in ‘early access’ to an expanding list of players and it’s decent fun but nothing mind-blowing. Bethesda released their first mobile game, Fallout Shelter, back at their E3 2015 conference to widespread acclaim for its fun and simple gameplay and fair micro-transaction scheme. The company […]

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You deserve better Wi-Fi at home — A lifetime NetSpot Home is yours for $19

Have a Wi-Fi setup in the home or office but can’t seem to figure out why the data or connection is bad in certain rooms? Ever tested to see what coverage looks like throughout the house? Specifically, have you looked for dead spots or trouble areas? Did you know that you can do that with your laptop? Indeed, NetSpot Home can help you.

We have a great deal on a lifetime account for NetSpot Home, a computer program designed to help troubleshoot and identify connectivity problems. Priced only $19 (72% off), it’s available for Windows (10, 8, 7) or Mac.

NetSpot lets you visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any Mac so you can get the best connection possible at all times. Use the mapping feature to view dead zones and optimize hotspot placement, and use the troubleshooting tool to identify connectivity issues. You’ll reach maximum Wi-Fi efficiency, all while assuring your home network is perfectly secure.

“One click and you can see how strong your network is, and watch it in real time as you move across your house or apartment, or between rooms,” Lifehacker

Features

  • Visualize, manage, troubleshoot, audit, plan, & deploy wireless networks
  • Analyze your WiFi coverage anywhere you are or plan on being
  • Easily assure that hotspots are placed correctly & radio channels are assigned properly
  • Identify dead zones on a network using the visual map
  • Load a visual map, collect survey data, & build a comprehensive heatmap of a network
  • View any number of Access Points (BSSIDs) simultaneously
  • Utilize flexible grouping of APs by SSID, channel, vendor, security, etc. & custom groups
  • Choose from multiple export possibilities, including new customizable advanced reports
  • Run Internet download & upload speed tests

Where to Buy

You can purchase a lifetime account to NetSpot Home for only $19 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store. Normally priced upwards of $70, it’s heavily discounted right now!

Save even more!

In addition to the savings above, when you buy through AndroidGuys Deals, for every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your account. What’s more, should you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.

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If this is your first time buying, then you are also eligible for a further 10% discount when you subscribe for email updates.

How about a freebie?

Not looking to spend any money today? That’s alright, we understand. Why not visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and take something anyhow? Go ahead, grab two!

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Five really cool things you can do with your Android phone

Android phones are some of the most technologically advanced and powerful devices that almost everyone owns these days. We tend to take for granted just how much we can do with them.

Sadly not everyone uses these devices to their full potential; can you believe that some just use their phones to make calls, take a few pictures, and scroll through social media?

Android phones are capable of performing much more useful tasks and cool things if you know how to use them effectively. To help you use your Android phone to its fullest potential and do cool things read on!


Remotely shutdown your PC or Laptop from anywhere

If you travel often or frequently forget to shutdown your PC or laptop after you have left your home or office, then you might find this trick interesting. Using this method, you can actually remotely shutdown your PC or laptop from anywhere in the world using your Android phone, even if the devices are not connected to the same network.

Step 1:

First, download and install the Airytec software on your Windows PC or Laptop.

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Once you have installed the Airytec software on your PC, click on the Schedule task icon on the Windows Taskbar, and make sure the Force shutdown option to enabled.

Step 3:

Now, right click on the schedule task icon and then select options from the pop-up menu.

Switch to the remote tab in the options dialog box and then Enable the web interface option.

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Make sure you uncheck the Enable authentication basic option and then click on Apply.

Step 5:

Before clicking on ok, click on the view/update static address button. This will open a new tab on your browser where you will the shutdown URL for your PC. Note down the URL on your mobile as you will need this to visit the remote shutdown interface from your Android phone.

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Now double click on the schedule task icon on the taskbar and then enable the task. Paste the shutdown URL on your Android phone browser to visit the remote shutdown interface page for your PC.

Step 7:

You can now use the options in the remote interface page to either shutdown or restart your PC remotely from anywhere or even perform other actions hibernating it on entering into sleep mode.

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Turn your Android phone into a security camera

If you have an old Android phone just lying around, you can get some use from it by turning it into a fully functional security camera for your house or your office or simply even use it as a baby monitor. Even if you don’t have an old smartphone, you can always buy a new or a refurbished one for this method as most of these are cheaper than buying and setting up a security camera.

Step 1:

Download and install the DroidCam Wireless Webcam app from the Google Play Store on your Android phone.

Step 2:

Open the app and click on next and got it to skip through the initial screen. Now in the home page of the app you will be presented with the IP address details which you need to view the live camera recording of your Android phone from a browser on your PC or a supported device.

Note down IP address in the Browser IP Cam Access field.

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Open the browser on your PC and then enter the IP address you noted in the previous step to watch the live video recording from the camera on your Android phone.

You can now monitor the video, zoom in or out, toggle the LED and even take a snapshot of the recording whenever you want.

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Use it as a secret voice recorder

If you ever get caught in a situation where you cannot prove what happened between you and someone or what the other person in a conversation said to you or you simply just want to keep a track of all your meetings and conversations just in case, without letting others know that you are recording the conversation, then you might be interested to know that you can use your Android phone as a secret voice recorder. Here is how.

Step 1:

Download and install the Secret voice recorder (SVR) app for Android on your device from the Google Play Store.

Step 2:

Open the app and then enter into the app settings page.

You can now customize the settings to enable the app to automatically start recording either when you press the volume up button or the power button thrice.

However, it is recommended to use the volume button for the trigger action as the power button might already be set to either launch the camera or call an emergency number in some devices.

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You can also modify other settings according to your preference like controlling the level of noise while recording, password protecting the recorded files and even upload all the recorded files automatically to Google Drive. The app also comes with an option to record all your calls.

Step 3:

Once you have set up the app you can now start the recording by pressing the volume up button three times. The recording will now start and once you have finished the recording you can either press the volume down button 3 times or just open the app to stop the recording.


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You can now play the recorded files from the saved recordings tab and also upload them to your Google Drive, share them and rename the file from this tab.

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Detect hidden cameras using your Android phone

You can use your Android smartphone to detect any hidden surveillance cameras with the help of the magnetic sensor in your phone and a hidden camera detector app. Just install the Hidden Camera Detector app on your Android phone from the Google Play Store and then open the app.

The app has options to either use the magnetic sensor on your Android phone to perform magnetometer scanning to detect the hidden cameras by scanning for the presence of a strong electromagnetic field or to use the Detect infrared camera mode to detect the presence of any infrared cameras in the suspected location.

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If your device does not have a magnetic sensor, then the first method might not work accurately.

Just select the Magnetometer scanning method and move your Android phone closer to the place where you suspect the presence of a hidden camera, and if the app detects the presence of electromagnetic radiation, it will warn you by making a beeping noise and a huge fluctuation in the magnetometer reading.


Unlock your Windows PC with your Android phone fingerprint sensor

Since most people carry their Android phone with them at all times, it makes sense to take advantage of the level of security it offers. So, using the fingerprint sensor on your Android phone to unlock and login to your Windows PC is not only a quicker way compared to entering pins or passwords, but it is also more secure. So, here is how to do it.

Step 1:

Download and install the Remote Fingerprint Unlock app on your Android phone from the Google Play Store.

Step 2:

Now download and install the Windows Fingerprint Unlock Module software on your Windows PC.

Make sure to download the compatible version for your PC as both 32 and 64-bit versions are available for download.

Step 3:

Once you have installed Windows Fingerprint Unlock Module on your PC, open the Remote Fingerprint Unlock app on your Android phone and then register your fingerprint by selecting the scan option.

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Step 4:

Now lock your computer by using the shortcut combination Windows+L Keys and then select the scan option from the app to detect and add your PC to the list.

Step 5:

After the app has recognized your PC, proceed to create a new account from the My accounts page and then make sure to scan your fingerprint for authentication and add the user name and the password of your PC you want to unlock.

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Step 6:

Once you save the new account to the app, you can now unlock your Windows PC by using the fingerprint scanner on your Android phone by just navigating to the Unlock page of the Remote Fingerprint unlock app and then scanning your fingerprint.

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[TA Deals] Save on the Complete Python Data Science bundle (96% off)

Python is an extremely flexible and powerful scripting language that can be used for a ton of things, and right now you can score a bundle that will show you how to utilize Python to do some data analysis. The bundle is cheap now, too. The Complete Python Data Science bundle includes 12 courses and […]

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Android TV keeps growing, even without any mainstream boxes you can buy

Android TV has been been doing extremely well for Google, but if you looked at the current landscape of Android TV boxes, you’d never guess it. The NVIDIA Shield is an easy favorite, and Xiaomi offers their own Mi Box S as a cheaper alternative that’s still capable of 4k playback. That’s pretty much it, […]

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