Android Kitkat for Samsung S4 Mini duos

Samsung Mobile have officially released the Kitkat update for their Galaxy S4 mini duos( GT-I9192) in Russia. Other regions are awaiting the release. But you don’t have to wait,  as  the update is now available for download from Sam mobile website . Those from other regions can also install this update.

I am from India and I have been using this update here without any issues.

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How to run WhatsApp on PC

 

 

WhatsApp , without any doubt is the best instant messaging app for the mobile. WhatsApp was in news recently due to its acquisition by Facebook . WhatsApp is built for mobile and no official version exist for PC .There are many malware applications that claims to be WhatsApp for PC ,what they do is stealing your personal details . Any application that claim to be the pc client of WhatsApp need to be dealt with suspicion. Please don’t download them and put yourselves in danger.

 

So that means i can’t have WhatsApp on PC ? Officially no. But there is always a way , right ?

To run WhatsApp on PC , all you need to have is an android emulator downloaded on PC . Emulator , as the name suggests, creates a virtual android device within your PC and let you run all the apps within PC itself.

Official Android SDK contains emulator , which is used by developers to test their apk files. But running this emulator needs some complex setting up proccedurres. So i am not going to use that.  For those who want to give a try , download it from Android developers website.

 

There are a some other good emulators you could give a try. Bluestacks App player is a free one. But it should be considered a player , rather than an emulator, nevertheless runs android apps . When i tried out, i found it lagging and many a times i had to force shut it down.

An alternative is You Wave . This is the emulator that i use currently . This is not a freeware , but you can try it before buying. It is very stable and runs without any lag or freezes . Only issue i found is the ROM . The device that is being emulated doesnot have enough memory and neither i found an option to increase the memory. So that is a -ve for me. Anyways , the original application is far far bettter than Bluestacks .

 

 

 

 

 

So now back to the topic. With the emulator installed and opened , download the Whatsapp messenger and install it .

 

While opening it will ask for the phone number ,enter it and wait till the app waits for the confirmation code ( 5 Minutes) .

 

 

 

Once the time out is finished , you will reach a new window which says sms verification failed . Here you can enter the confirmation code you reeviced via sms . Just the enter the code in the space above call me button. Finished . You are now ready to use WhatsApp on PC . Enjoy !!!! 

 

NB : Please note that WhatsApp doesnot allow same phone number to be used in multiple devices , so you may have to use a number that is not associated with an existing account . 

 

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Create an anti-theft app for android phone without coding

The project that was assigned to me today was to create an app that will lock the phone remotely in case of a theft .

Things you needed for this project . Please read the previous post for more details

  1. Tasker app . Download it from Play Store
  2. Secure settings plugin for Tasker – Free 
  3. App Factory plugin – Free 

So basically what i need is a way to lock the phone by means of an sms . Further the phone should remain locked till the correct code is entered . In addition i want to get the picture of the thief , taken without his knowledge , and send it to me by mms or upload it to dropbox . For all these things to happen , i have to make the phone understand that it is in wrong hands . I can go for a lock screen or a sim card change alert . I use a dual sim phone and hence sim card change alert could evoke false response . So i am going with the good old lock screen method . So let us start making the app. To know how to build apps in  Tasker , click here .

Step 1

Create a new project . Give a name. I named it as Buster

Add a State . State > Display Unlocked .

Add a new task . Give it a name .I named it as Secure.  Now add actions . Display > Lock

Choose a code to unlock . You can select whether you want a cancel button and also whether the lock is in full screen or not .

Now add a new state . State > Plugin > secure settings

Click on the pencil button to enter configuration and choose Failed Login Attempts

Choose the number of wrong attempts possible. I choose 3 and then click  on the save ( Floppy disc button) .

Go back and add a new task . Task >Media>Take Photo

Choose Front camera , give a file name and choose chronological in Naming Sequence.

Tick the Insert In Gallery option and also Discreet (To take photo without intruders attention ).

Step 2

Now the primary objective is completed . But what is the purpose if the photos were to remain in the phone itself ? So we have to create a new task to send the captured image to us . I also want to get the location of the phone send to me . Also you can set a task to send you a message from the phone , if the sim card is changed or tampered .

You can either create a new state or add a new task to the existing profile. I choose to add a new task to the profile Secure .

In the Task edit , add a new action. Choose Misc > Get Location

In this window you can select whether you need GPS based location or net or both. I choose both . You can select a time out for the service.

Now add another action. Phone > Send SMS

Give a phone number to which you want the location and photos to be send .  In the message  i want to include the location of the phone. So i type “Phone is currently in the co-ordinates %LOC ”  .

Now i want the photo captured to be send to me. When i tested this on my phone , i found that Tasker gives you an option to compose mms with the photo attached , but not to send it . So basically it means the photo will remain in the phone itself. But i have an option to upload the photo to my drop box account . For this i have to turn the mobile data on and also turn the auto sync on .

So i added a new action .   Net > Mobile Data > On

To turn auto sync on Net > Auto Sync > ON

This should do the work .

Step 3

OPTIONAL :  Lock down down your device remotely via an sms . Go to the Task edit . Add new action > Display > Lock . Choose a long code difficult to crack . Now go to the bottom of that window , you will see an IF with a + . Click the +  . Choose from the tag  ‘Text Body ‘ or enter %SMSRB  . Click on the button next to it and choose ‘Matches’ . Now enter your code to unlock the screen. It must be the same as entered earlier.   Now you can lock the phone by sending an sms with the code as your message body .

I can have two scenarios here . One :  the thief is using my sim card itself ( atleast for now ) . It won’t be an issue in sending the lock sms . But what if he changed my sim . So now i have to set the app to check the serial number of the sim and compare it with the serial number of new sim. If there is a difference , then the app should send a message to a pre-installed number . Once you receive the message , you can send the lock sms .

Your app is ready to build . Please read the previous post to know how to build an app .

Once your app is build , you can install it in your phone. Please note that this app cannot be distributed for obvious reasons unless it is in your family , because the phone number you set to send the sms can’t changed once it is build . Also the app doesn’t have any user interface , for that  you have to create scenes in Tasker .

So what do you think ? I would like to hear your opinion . Please like me and share your comments . Happy to help 🙂

Best 5 Live wallpapers in Playstore : Part One

What it makes android different from other operating system is the customization part. You can change the look , the behavior, sounds and what not ? Google Playstore got a separate section just for the personalization apps . You can choose from the thousands of themes, icon packs, wallpapers and launchers .  You will easily get lost in that wilderness. Don’t get baffled by the ratings . I have tested many of the top applications in that genre and must tell you , most of those highly rated apps doesn’t fare better than the free apps available .

Given the size of the playstore , the task of testing each and every app is not going to be feasible for us. So i randomly test apps , mostly from the small developers . I will list out the apps that i found worth mentioning over here . Today , the app that caught my eye is Live Jellyfish LWP

This was a surprise app for me. Found this one on my friends mobile . I instantly fell in love with it. This is a very simple live wallpaper . Smooth and clean animation. It is a very light app and doesn’t consume ram and lags . Since the wallpaper is a dark one , it also doesn’t consumes the battery too much. So easily a 5 star from me

You won’t regret paying for this live wallpaper.

Playstore link : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.superjellystudios.wallpaper.livejellyfish

How to watch MOD channels on Dish TV without subscribing

So are you a dishtv user ? Go to channel number 250 , 251 and 254 . If you are a non subscriber , most probably you will be seeing a transparent conditional access message window displayed over the picture as shown below.

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 Yes, you can watch the movie , or atleast hear , till the window becomes solid in colour.To continue watching , you have to pay for the movie .  But there is a trick to watch the movie without paying .

In your dishtv remote , press ‘ok’ button to evoke the program menu .

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Now press the green button in the remote quickly  for ‘Options’ . That is it . Now you can watch the movie , albeit the options menu bar. Do not press OK or Exit . You can press OK to choose the audio language ( if available) , but don’t press Exit .

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Please use this trick only for a preview . Please pay to watch watch the movie . Afterall , they are just asking a price of Rs. 30-50 per movie. In addition , you can even pay using your points .

This post was a subject of a huge debate among us . One of them says it is an act of piracy and hence a crime. While the other one says it is not . My stand was neither . I don’t support people watching paid channels for free through some kind of hacks . But this is not a hack. This is a glitch on the side of the dishtv . We are happy if someone reports this loophole to dishtv and are ready to take this post down , if asked .

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