Monthly Archives: September 2014

Android App for Mental Health Check

Apps have kind of taken over our lives in more ways than one! We have one for reminding us important dates and events, another for offering the best audio-visual experiences and even another one for something as basic as capturing the best screenshots! However, it is not just limited to this! You now have apps that care for your well being! These apps keep tab of mannerisms and lifestyle practices for arriving at concrete judgments about your health.

 The Detailed Account

So, if you are a student who is not sure if depressive tendencies are dominant in you, your Android Smartphone could actually prove to be of help. The research specialists at Dartmouth have now developed an Android app that keeps the stabs on the behavior of students. These apps silently keep record of how much sleep you are getting, the number of telephonic conversations you are having, the time you are spending in class, at the gym or at social gatherings. They are even able to monitor your stress levels and your eating habits !

Researches utilized proven mental health related surveys as benchmarks and made use of present data for determining if students were depressed, lonely or stressed out. They were eventually successful in deriving correlations between academic performance and mental health. They discovered that students who portrayed high levels of social activity enjoyed higher grades. However, they tended to have low fitness levels. Similarly, students who were more into physical activities and remained socially active ended to be happier and less depressed.

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Also See: Social Media Networking and youngsters

 Improvements could be even More Fascinating

Once the app is fleshed out, it could warn students if it detected worsening of mental state. It could even use this information for predicting their GPA. However, these improvements are still akin to a utopian concept. There are some security concerns which are required to be worked out. The test program has been secure and the researchers have managed to maintain anonymity for all the data that has been taken in by the Smartphones. And, as of now, students are not being provided feedback from the application either. This is being avoided since the feedback could collude the behavior of the students and could even contaminate the findings resulting from the research. Either way, the functionality proves to be compelling.

Imagine! In the future, your Smartphone could actually provide you with a mental health diagnosis even as you are on the move!

Also See: Cyberbullying – Essential Facts to Know

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How to run exe files on Ubuntu

wine and linux for .exe installation on ubuntuMany times we come across a point where we want to run some application that are available in Windows and have no counterparts available in Ubuntu/Linux. Apparently, Ubuntu has a workaround for that – Wine. It originally used to stand for “Wine Is Not an Emulator “. It is basically used to run Windows based applications on Linux, Mac OS X and other POSIX-based Operating System. What makes this application different from others is the fact that instead of acting as a virtual environment for Windows it simply translates the Windows API calls on the go, thereby reducing the memory overloads and other penalties that may have been caused while suing other emulators, etc. Thus it takes advantage of the Host OS, in this case say  Linux, thereby providing the security of Linux based OS, while running Windows Applications.  Other features of the host Operating System, such as shell scripts in Linux can also be used in conjunction with Wine to automate various tasks and process, thereby providing the best of both worlds for the user. What makes its more awesome is the fact that it can be used over a network to access windows applications stored on a Linux server by using a X terminal. It is commonly used to run Games on Ubuntu/other Linux distributions.

I guess now you have just the right idea about Wine, but if you wish to read more, you can visit https://www.winehq.org/ for more information on this project.

Now lets begin with the process of installing and running wine, and run exe files on Ubuntu.

Installing Wine in Ubuntu:

  • Open the Ubuntu Software Center

Ubuntu software center

  • In the Search bar, type “Wine” and click on the first result that appears.

select wine from search

  • Provide the password when prompted to and your installation will begin.
  • Wait till the download finishes, this might take a while.ubuntu software center

Also See: How to make Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive?

Running exe files on Ubuntu

  • Now browse to the place where your .exe application is stored.

npp.6.5.3installer.exe

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  • Right click on the application and select the “Properties”.

npp.6.5.3.installer.exe properties

  • Now click on the “Open With ” tab. Scroll down the list and select “Wine Windows Program Loader” and click on “Add”.

Wine Windows Program Loader

  • Now install the program by Right clicking on the .exe and file and click on “Open with Wine Windows Program Loader”.

Open with Wine Windows Program Loader

Notepad++ v6.5.3 setup on ubunturunning notepad++ in ubuntu

  • You can view your files in /home/.wine/dosdrives/

 view your files in /home/.wine/dosdrives/

Also See: Top priority things after installing Ubuntu

You can also add more drives and other option by making changes in the “Configure Wine ” option. Enjoy!!

Connect your Android phone to Computer via AirDroid

AirDroid is a free and fast android app for your smartphone which allows user to connect his Android device to computer running on any of the popular platform such as Windows, Linux, Mac or Chrome OS, After installing AirDroid user can manage files on his Android device, transfer files from phone to computer and vice-versa, play, manage music & videos on Android and transfer them between Android and computer, View the real time screen of Android devices, take static screenshots(root required), View and edit all the contacts, send and receive individual or group messages and create drafts etc. It also doesn’t require any driver installation as it runs purely on Web Browser and supports all of the leading browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer 8+, Apple Safari, Opera Browser etc.

AirDroid uses WiFi capability to establish connection between Computer and Android device and both are required either to be paired by a WiFi hotspot or must be connected to same network. If any of the device doesn’t support WiFi then connection can also be established via USB cable.

How to use AirDroid:

  1. Install Airdroid on your Android smartphone.
  2. Connect your computer and phone to same network.
  3. Now launch AirDroid application on your smartphone
  4. Type the prompted IP address in your browser’s address bar.Screenshot_2014-09-21-15-15-51
  5. Accept the access request on your device.air

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Now your device has been connected. Now you can send files and folders from your computer to your device on lightening fast speeds.

Upload Files through AirDroid to your Android Device:

  1. Click on File to upload files to your device and choose folder or file icon to upload file or folder respectively.Air 2 - Copy (2)
  2. Choose the file or folder from your drive and click OK.

Install Apps through Airdroid:

You can also install Apk files directly from  your web browser.

  1. Click on App iconAir 2 - Copy
  2. Select apk from specific location and click OK, the application will be installed on your device.

 Access Android Camera Remotely:

To Access camera click on the camera icon in AirDroid and then you will be able to control your smartphone’s camera from your web browser.

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Access Uploaded data on Airdroid:

To access and upload photos and videos on the device click on the Photos and Videos icon  respectively.

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Create Message on Airdroid:

To access your Inbox, send and create drafts click on message icon.

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Music, Contacts and Call logs can also be accessed in similar way as above applications. Enjoy!!!

How to make Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive?

Try Ubuntu without InstallationWith exponentially decreasing cost of memory cards and Flash drives, it has become a common practice today to simply format a computer by means using a bootable Flash drive. After all, some of the laptops these days don’t even  have a CD drive available. Nonetheless, this tutorial gives a brief idea of how to make a bootable USB Flash drive, both in Ubuntu and Windows 7.

Also See: Top priority things after installing Ubuntu

But before we begin please ensure that you have completed the following steps :

  • Go to www.ubuntu.com and click on Downloads >> Desktop
  • Select the 32-bit or 64-bit version according to your choice and click on download.

Download Ununtu Desktop Screenshots

  • If you wish, you can make some donation to Cannonical or simply scroll down and click “Not now, take me to the download”.
  • Your download will start automatically.
  • Now Go to Pendrivelinux.com and scroll down and click on download. (For Windows 7)
  • Also please ensure that your Flash drive should have at least 2 GB of free space.

Now lets begin with the tutorial !

Creating a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive from Ubuntu: 

  • Click on this icon (Dash) and type “Startup Disk Creator”.

Search your computer and Online Sources Ubuntu

  • Click on the icon that appears i.e. Startup Disk Creator.

Startup Disk Creator ubuntu

  • The following window pops up, to Make Startup Disk.

Make startup Disk in Ubuntu

  • Click on ” Other” and Select the Ubuntu ISO downloaded previously.

Select Ubuntu iso file

  • Select the .ISO file and click on Open.

Make startup Disk

  • Select the USB drive you wish to use and click on “Make Startup Disk”.

Copying files ubuntu

  • Wait till the process is completed and do not remove the Flash drive while the operation is in progress.

Installation CompleteThat’s it your Ubuntu is ready to be booted from the Flash drive.

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Also See: 5 Tips to make your life easier with Ubuntu

Creating a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive from  Windows 7

  • Open the previously downloaded file from Pendrivelinux.com and click on “I agree”.

Universal Usb Installer

  • Now select the Operating System i.e. Ubuntu from the drop-down list.

select linux distribution from the dropdown menu

  • Click on “Browse” and select the ISO file of Ubuntu.

browse ubuntu iso file

ubuntu iso file path

  • Now select the USB drive from the drop down list.

select your flash drive

  • It is advisable to check “Format” option.
  • Now click on “Create” the following screen will appear.

create yout bootable drive

 

  • Click on “Yes’ and the operation will start. Do not remove the Flash drive until the process is completed successfully.

universal usb installer for ubuntu on windows7

 

Formatting pendrive

  • Now click on “Close”.

installation completeAlso See: Install Gnome Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 14.04

Now you have yourselves a Bootable USB Flash drive!!

How to Enable Notification for Google Document changes?

Google docsGoogle docs are not just limited to the creation and edition of documents, but they have some wonderful features compared to conventional office tools. Although they lack in certain document functionalities but it’s still one of the best online office tool for work collaboration and recording information through forms. Whether you conduct online survey or require collecting information. Google documents is the best free online tool for the job. We recently had openings for the position of content writers, and we used Google docs for screening of right candidate.

Google docs present the response in a spreadsheet updated in real-time, which can be viewed through the drive. But when someone fills the form and a response is recorded, the form creator is not notified of the response. This does not mean that you have a feature lacking in Google docs, feature is available but it need to be activated on your document.

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How to enable notification for Google documents?

  1. Go to My Drive and open the file you want to add notification.My Drive and select the document
  2. In the tool bar Go to Tools and select Notification Rules.Google doc tools notification
  3. Set Notification Rules window will popup, and select the set of rules you want to apply.Google docs notification rules

That’s it you have enabled the Notification service for the document. These notification rules help when you have collaborated work.

How to find IP Address on Android Device

Finding your IP address is always useful when it comes to controlling your internet usage. Biggest benefit of knowing ip addresses is in network control, its really useful for various set of people IT professionals, computer programmers, parents to apply parental control over the kids.

On Android devices whether they are smartphones or tablets we can find the IP Address for the network. Depending on the connection type Wi-Fi or 3G/ 4G network, we have two ways to obtain the IP address on Android device.

How to know the IP to Wi-F:

Method 1:

If the Android device is connected to the Wi-Fi network. We can find the IP address in two different ways. The first method states finding through the Settings >> Connection Tab >> Wi-Fi.

A list of all the available and non available Wi-Fi networks will be available. Select the active connected network click on it, window popups displaying the network details including the IP address .In this case Gehlot is the active connection.

Wi-fi ip address
Method 2:

In this method you need to go the advanced features of the Wi-Fi connection. To view IP Address through this method follow the following path Settings >> Connections Tab >> Wi-Fi. This page will show you a list of Wi-Fi connections, Left Click on the button, a window popup. Select Advanced from the Options. A new page page will appear, scroll down to view the IP Address.

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wi-fi IP address way 2
This page provides us with additional information like battery status, IMEI , MAC address, serial number of the Android device.

Also See: What is Wi-Fi Direct ?

How to know the IP to mobile 3G / 4G data

Unlike the Wi-Fi Network the 3G / 4G mobile data IP Address is checked through one method only. Open Settings >> More Tab>> About Device >> Status >> your IP Address is available with other important relevant data.

mobile data 3g and 4g ip address in android

We hope this will help you in bringing better network control and Parental controls.

Conserving your Android Smartphone Battery Life

My Android Smartphone’s battery isn’t lasting! This is an extremely common complaint among users. And the reasons are pretty clear and obvious too! The capability and power of our devices have increased manifold in order to live up to the demands we process! And the batteries are having to bear the brunt if it all! We are shuffling the web, interacting on 4 social media sites at the same time, syncing documents and seeking driving directions all at the same time! Naturally, we need our Smartphone batteries to pack in a real punch! You can’t have them docked to charging points several times during the day! And even if you can, it is likely to be extremely inconvenient. Discussed below are some extremely effective power conservation measures one can adopt for keeping your phone alive and kicking for most part of the day.

Follow the Simple Measures to Conserving your Android Smartphone Battery Life:

Minimize Communicative Functions:

Well, you can’t be communicating through all the available channels at one time, right? So, the best thing to do is turn these extra communicative features off, when they are not in use. So, the Wi-Fi or the NFC, the Bluetooth and the major battery drainer, GPS, does not have to be on all the time. Just swipe down from the top end of the screen and tap the right icon which looks like this.

Application tab icon Android

This will bring you to the list of options which can be toggled.

Application tab Android

As can be seen in the image above, the Bluetooth, S Beam, NFC, GPS and Wi-Fi are turned off since they are not required at the moment. Switching on the Wi-Fi mode when you are not in a Wi-Fi enabled zone, hardly makes any sense. You can even consider using your handset on airplane mode for saving on battery life. However, it is important to think through whether you should be using this mode, especially if you do not wish to use your phone at all for the next one hour.

The Power Saving Mode does what it says:

If you have a Samsung Smartphone, the thoughtful makers provide you with a power saving mode! So, why not use it? This feature controls the screen power, the CPU and the “Haptic Feedback” which utilizes the vibrations which signal that specific functions have been used. Select Settings>> My Device Tab.

A list of options opens up.

My device tab android

You need to scroll down to find the power saving mode and then slide your finger over it for setting it on.

Power saving settings

Once this is done, simply tap on the “power saving” button for configuring the available options

power settings configuration android

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Your Display needs to be Tuned:

Remember, the lovely screen that opens up every time you operate your phone, consumes lot of power. Therefore, adjusting the display could go a long way in conserving battery life. You could lower the brightness by deactivating the “Automatic Brightness” mode. Go to Settings >> My Device Tab>> Display.

Android display menu brightness

Tap Brightness and this small box opens up.

Android brightness configuration

Uncheck automatic brightness and select your brightness level manually for saving electricity. If you are on a road trip with no charging facility in your card, keeping the brightness level to a minimum will help.

You could also set the timing for screen timeout and choose a level that is comfortable for you. For this you need to go to Settings >> My device Tab >> Accessibility.

android Accessibility settings

Once you access the “Screen Timeout” option you can then choose from the available variants such as 15 seconds, 30 seconds and so on up to 10 minutes! Remember here that the screen should never dim when you still require it! This could cause aggravation. You will need to strike a balance here by weighing all the available facts. Screen rotation should be unchecked.

A must See:Top 10 Android Tips and Tricks

 Your Apps need to be tweaked:

If you have an Android phone, your life centers on apps! However, many of these coveted applications that you might have downloaded end up hogging resources big time. Therefore a review of all the apps running on your phone is a must. You can access the settings>> More Tab and then click on “battery”.

android battery settings

android battery consumption

This is an example of the kind of list you can see. Now you can tap each app for more information. You can now stop or disable the apps you do not need for the moment. If you wish to remove apps, you need to go to “Applications Manager”, select the app and “uninstall”.

Also See: 26 Cool Android Secret Codes

These are just some of the simplest measures that do not consume too much time. You just need to a little proactive and  see the results for yourself.

Top priority things after installing Ubuntu

ubuntu PriorityWith the growing popularity of Ubuntu and it’s incredibly easy to use interface, more and more users are giving it a try as a secondary OS. But the problems really occurs when they have finished installing and don’t know exactly what to do after it. There are indeed certain things which must be done after installing Ubuntu to ensure its smooth and problem-free functioning, like installing updates etc., certain plugins, drivers, etc need to be installed to ensure that all the devices are working smoothly and properly. There are certain application that can greatly increase the effectiveness of Ubuntu and increase your productivity by leaps and bounds. All these and many more things are covered in this post. So lets begin, shall we ?

Change Software Download source

Click on the following icon and type “Software Updater” and click on it.

ubuntu search your computer and online services

software updater

Once this window appears, open the “Other Software ” tab. Make sure that Canonical Partners and Canonical Partners (Source Code), both are checked.

ubuntu software and updates

ubuntu other software and updates

Install Updates

First and foremost update your system.  Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T and type the following Command

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Enter the password when prompted to and press Enter.

ubuntu terminal command for update

 Press Y or y and press Enter when asked to:

press y for accepting

The following screen will appear:

ubuntu terminal update screenshot

Install Additional Drivers

Search for “Additional Driver ” and click on the icon that appears.

ubuntu install additional driver

It will instantly start checking for drivers.

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ubuntu searching for additional drivers

You can continue using the drivers installed by default or you can simply install the updates available.

ubuntu additional drivers

Also See: Install Gnome Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 14.04

Installing Basic Utility Software’s:

Install RAR

 This is usually done to avoid errors with RAR files.

Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T and type the following command :

sudo apt-get install rar

Install  VLC Player

VLC is one of the best media players available in the market. Open the terminal by typing Ctrl + Alt + T and type the following command

sudo apt-get install vlc

Install Java

Open the terminal and type the following command to install  Java

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre-headless

Tweak Unity

If you are not satisfied with the current looks and configuration of Ubuntu you can use this Tweak Unity Tool to make all the changes under one roof, ranging from tweaking the Dash, Unity Launcher, icon theme, etc.

Open the terminal and type the following command:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Install TLP to improve battery life and overheating issues.

TLP is the advancement tool for Linux that helps to apply various tweaks / settings automatically to resolve overheating issues and improve battery life based on your Linux distribution and hardware.

Open the terminal and type the following command to install TLP.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start

Explore Beyond the Horizon

You also explore the wide variety of applications available for download at the Ubuntu Software Center

click this icon to open ubuntu software center

ubuntu software center for installation

Also See: 5 Tips to make your life easier with Ubuntu

We hope that it will help you get going with ubuntu, and give you an awesome experience.