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How to take screenshots of your Android device [Tutorial]

Being a blogger, I frequently write reviews about different websites, softwares, mobile applications etc. To make my posts more attractive and interesting, I always make sure that I include the screenshots of the app or website I am reviewing. Taking screenshots on a computer is very easy, as there are hundreds of tools available that enable you to do so. But, how do you take screenshots on an Android phone?

Well, I had to do a lot of Googling before actually finding a solution to this. Basically, there are 2 ways to take screenshots on your Android phone. The first method is a little tricky and involves the use of Android SDK to capture the screen. The second method involves installing apps on your phone to capture your screen. In this post, I will explain both the methods of taking screenshots on your Android phone.

Method 1 : Using the Android SDK

The Android SDK is basically a software development kit which enables developers to create applications for the Android platform. The kit contains a utility called Dalvik Debug Monitor. This is the software we will be using to take the screenshots.

Step 1 : Installing the SDK and other necessary files

Before you install the Android SDK you need to make sure that you have the Java Development Kit installed. If not, you can download it from here. Scroll down to the Java SE Development Kit bundles and download the “JDK x Update xx with Java EE”. Install the SDK and it’s various libraries, including the Android tools.

Once you have installed the Java Development Kit, head over to the Android Developers website and download the Android SDK. The SDK is available on Windows, Mac as well as Linux. If you are using Windows, it is better to download the installer rather than the zip file as it provides an easy way to install the Android SDK. In case you have downloaded the compressed file, just extract it’s contents into a folder.

Now, for the purpose of taking screenshots, these steps should be enough. But, those who want to develop applications for Android, can check out this comprehensive tutorial on how to install the Android SDK.

Step 2 : Getting your device ready

The SDK can communicate with your device, only when USB debugging is enabled on your device. To do this, just head to Settings->Applications->Development on your Android device and tick the “USB Debugging” option. You can also tick the “Stay Awake” option to prevent your device from going offline when plugged in.

Once you have enabled USB Debugging on your device, just connect your device to the computer. Your Android device is now ready to communicate with the SDK.

Step 3 : Launching the Dalvik Debug Monitor

To open the Dalvik Debug Monitor Service, just navigate to the folder where you have stored the SDK and go to tools->ddms. The Dalvik Debug Monitor window opens.

Here, in the left pane you will see the list of all connected devices. Just double-click on your device. Also make sure that your device is “online”.

Step 4 : Taking Screenshots

If you have followed the above steps correctly, your device should now be ready to take screenshots. To capture the screen of your device, just go to Device->Screen Capture or press Ctrl+S. The Device Screen Capture window opens with a screenshot of your device screen. This image is a static image, and hence you will need to hit the “Refresh” button in order to update the captured image.

If you want to change the orientation of the screen, just hit the “Rotate” button. You can save the screenshots as a PNG file or even copy the image to clipboard.

That’s it! You can now take screenshots of your device any time you want. Well, if you find this method a bit tricky you can always opt for the second method which is relatively easier.

Method 2 : Using third-party Android applications

Those who don’t prefer using the SDK for the purpose of taking screenshots, can use third party applications to do so. If you search for the term “sreenshots” in the Android Market, you will find that there are various apps available that let you take screenshots of your device. But the problem is most of them require you to root your Android phone. There are quite a few apps which lets you take screenshots without rooting. Below, you can find simple steps on how to root your Android device as well as a list of Android apps that lets you take screenshots.

Taking screenshots by rooting your device

Rooting is a process of modifying your phone to gain complete control over it. There are various methods to root your Android device. A very simple method is by using an app called Universal Androot to root your device. Using this app is very easy and you can root your Android phone with just one-click.

In case Universal Androot doesn’t work for your device, you can try the methods posted here.

Once you have rooted your phone, you can use any of the apps listed below to take screenshots of your Android device.

1. Screenshot It – Screenshot It is a simple app that lets you take screenshots of your phone’s screen and save it as a jpg or png file. It lets you take screenshots by setting a timer or by even shaking your phone. In addition to this, it also enables you to crop the screenshots and choose a custom directory for your screenshots. However, this is a paid app and will cost you $3.99.

2. ShootMe – ShootMe is a free app to take screenshots of your device. You can shake your device, shout or even use the light sensor to take the screenshot.

3. PicMe – Compared to the above apps, PicMe lets you control as well as take screenshots of your device from a remote browser. All you have to do is fire up the app and go to http://your_phone_ip_address:8082 to control your device and also take screenshots. This app too is available for free in the Android Market.

Taking screenshots without rooting your device

There are various reasons why people do not root their Android device. Well, in that case you can use the app below for taking screenshots.

No Root Screenshot ItNo Root Screenshot It is a paid app that lets you take screenshots of your phone without rooting. It is similar to the app Screenshot It, both in looks as well as features, since it was developed by the same person. You can download this app from the Android Market at $4.99.

Well, these are the different ways I could find to take screenshots on Android. If you are experiencing any problems with the above listed methods or happen to know any other method to take screenshots on Android, tell us about it via the comments section.

Useful Tips to Keep Your Computer in Good Health

Any computer system is a massive investment and a multipurpose tool that has to be kept functioning to get the maximum mileage out of. Maintaining the computer at its best has the advantage of getting optimum performance and maximum productivity. A computer, like any other piece of machinery, has a few moving parts and some parts that generate heat. In addition, there are also some software parts which, like their mechanical counterparts, need to be looked after.

 

speed up your computer

 

The computer has some mechanical moving parts like the fans. These are used to remove the heat build-up from inside the cabinet or the housing of the computer. Most of these fans are the brush-less type and use self-lubricating bearings that mostly do not need maintenance. However, all environments are not same, and there could be dust and grime build-up that could clog the bearings and make the fans run slow.

Slow running fans will sometimes cause more noise and also will not be able to circulate enough air to remove the heat build-up. This may lead to several malfunctions such as sudden freezing of the computer. It is therefore, imperative to open up the case and use a strong vacuum cleaner in blower mode to blow out the accumulated dust and grime.

The CMOS battery that keeps the clock running even when the computer is powered off has a life of about five years. The first signs of age will show up when the computer starts to lose time. Replacing the battery will usually solve the problem.

Windows users will have to use some sort of software to clean up the Registry. When adding or deleting software from the computer, the Windows Registry System often retains junk, and, which later makes the system malfunction. More modern operating system such as Linux and Macintosh do not have this malady.

Another software cleanup tool, required by Windows users, is the disk cleanup and defragmentation. When Windows stores its files, it often distributes them all over the hard disk. This causes the whole system to slow down or even crash. Again, this is a Windows alone malady that can be overcome by using more efficient operating systems.

Computers connected to the internet and sharing files between other computers, run the risk of contracting and becoming affected by virus and spywares. It is recommended that some good anti-virus software be installed to detect, warn and eliminate potential virus before they can cause harm, such as Norton Antivirus, Kaspersky Antivirus, Bitdefender Antivirus etc.

Read: 5 free Antivirus Software downloads

Periodic checking of the hard-disk and marking off the bad sectors will prevent expensive data loss. Several software are available that could be used to warn of potential danger while checking the hard-disk. Backup important data and plan for a new hard-disk as early as possible.

Power interruption in the middle of an important task may cost you several hours of unsaved work. Another problem that a sudden power interruption may cause is hard disk failure, especially if it was reading or writing at the time. It is recommended to invest in a good quality battery backed uninterruptible power supply to act as backup source of power, until you could shut down the computer in the specified manner. I also suggest you to do timely backup of your data. You might find this post useful:

This is a guest post by Derek Zhuang publisher of Dailydeals4you. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our Guest posting guidelines.

CSS apps and plugins for Windows and MacOS

This is a guest post by Pradeep who blogs at Tech3dge. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our Adsense revenue sharing program.

CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) the most important and the easiest thing needed in coding a web site and very much helpful to edit your blog template the way you want, CSS comes in many variations like CSS1, CSS2 and CSS3 (It is the latest CSS variation been used these days).

What is CSS?

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used to describe the presentation semantics (the look and formatting) of a document written in a markup language. Its most common application is to style web pages written in HTML and XHTML, but the language can also be applied to any kind of XML document, including plain XML, SVG and XUL.
Via Wiki

CSS3

You can easily edit the CSS of any site you want whether you want to edit it live or within the browser or by using some software’s in your system. So, I created a bunch of apps and plugins for both Windows and MacOS by which you can easily edit CSS of your web site or any Blog.

1. Text Mate – It is any MacOS app created by Allan Odgaard in year 2004 that you can use to edit the css and it is one of the best app to edit css where you can simply drag and drop your project and do all the editing you want and save it accordingly. You can open tabs for each documents that makes, your work easier and simpler a WebKit-based HTML shows the live updates you have done in the browser.

2. Panic Coda – If you are looking using Mac and looking for a app which can do all of your things like text editing, file transfer, SVN, CSS, terminal and more than Coda is the best thing that you need.
Coda can do up to 5+ activities like editing, previewing, uploading, and more but the main motive is just creating a Web Site, and if a single application is capable of doing all of your work which is done by around 4-5 application then its just a waste to use those all those application as you need to open around 4-5 windows to do certain tasks whereas you can do all the things in a single windows with the help of Coda.

3. PhpStorm – PhpStorm is the light weight app to edit your HTML/CSS and JavaScript, and the best thing of this app is that it also supports PHP. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and support for SVN, CVS, Git, Mercurial, and Perforce. You can look at all the features available in this app here.

There are few more apps and plugins that I haven’t reviewed but really can help you out these are :

You can Download the Cheat Sheet of CSS3 from here more info here

Image credit : Photobucket

Thanks to Smashing Magazine for the CSS3 Cheat Sheet

3 Free iPhone Games You Should Play For The Weekend

No matter what genre players prefer, there’s a free app in the App Store that will hit the spot.  And with so many fantastic free games just waiting to be played, why would players confine themselves to one genre anyway?  Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also a great way to spice up an iPhone’s game folder.  Check out this list of the very best of the best free iPhone games to find one that’s just right—or try them all out.

Fruit Ninja Lite

Fruit Ninja Lite gives players a chance to test their speed and concentration in a very unusual dojo.  This casual but addictive game has the ninja trainee slashing fresh fruits in mid-air.  As the lite version of a paid app, Fruit Ninja Lite’s features are limited.  But there’s something ever so satisfying about slicing a flying ripe watermelon in half before it hits the ground, and players will be kicking themselves if they pass this fun little free game up.

Goal Battle

Not all free games are just limited previews, though.  Thankfully, some developers have gone all out on their free offerings, and Goal Battle is an excellent iPhone soccer game.  Tight focus, fantastic 3D animation, and gorgeous game play complement Goal Battle’s central attraction: online multiplayer mode.  Players pit their personalized characters against other online players, in a one-on-one goal-kick scoring battle to prove who has what it takes.  It’s a game artfully designed to unlease every player’s competitive side.  Leaderboards track whose scoring abilities are ruling the field, but these are secondary to the heady rush of competing against another player in real time, goal for goal.  Watching one’s opponents progress makes perfecting goal kicking skills that much more enjoyable.  And to really make an impression, players customize their characters to best express themselves or their team spirit.

MyPet CUBY

Looking for a complete change of pace?  My Pet Cuby is a virtual pet that goes about his adorable day in players’ iPhones.  It’s a lot like other virtual pet game options—players keep Cuby’s happiness meter up with pets on the head, games of ball, and of course, by giving him his favorite delicious snacks. But Cuby has a few tricks that are all his own, too.  Players are rewarded for keeping their little pal happy when Cuby demonstrates delightful tricks.  He can sing and play guitar, and horse around with a paper airplane.  And keeping Cuby 100% happy means in-game rewards, like new outfits and environments for the little guy.

This is only a small selection of the free games available in the App Store.  Players can round out their game selection with RPGs, first-person shooters, farming simulations, and practically any other type of game they can think of.  Three of the best are profiled here, but don’t stop there!  Players should get the most from their iPhone gaming experience not by finding the perfect game, but by finding five… or ten… or twenty games that they can’t put down!

Check out these games and tell us what you think about them?

How to Delete Twitter Account ?

Delete Twitter Account

There could be hundreds of reasons to delete a twitter account but before reading further first look at the 3  bullet points may it have answer to your problem and saves you from deleting your twitter account and losing all followers.

  • You can make your tweet private so nobody can see your tweets.
  • Twitter has built-in option to change username no followers no tweets will be deleted, if the only reason to delete your account  is that you are bored with your existing username you can easily change it.
  • Before deleting twitter account it is a good thing to back up all your tweets and also notify your followers if you have enough ;).

Delete Twitter Account in easy steps:

Finally you have decided to delete your twitter account it’s an easy task simple follow these steps and also Please note you cannot recover your data after deleting or deactivating account.

  1. Login to your twitter account whom you want to delete.
  2. Follow this link -> http://twitter.com/settings/account or From twitter Profile Dashboard Click on “Edit your Profile”
  3. Scroll all the way Down and Click on Link ” Deactivate my account” which is below big blue Save button or follow this link ->

http://twitter.com/settings/accounts/confirm_delete

  1. Click on the Okay fine Deactivate my account button.
  2. Good Bye You made twitter bird cry.

Though make sure you are not drunk while you delete twitter account. 🙂

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How to Install Celeste Bluetooth File Transfer from Cydia

This is a guest post by Aashish. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our guest posting guidelines.

Earlier we shared a complete feature list of Celeste Bluetooth file transfer app for iPhone. This app uses OBEX bluetooth transfer so you can communicate with almost all Bluetooth enabled device.

The only thing missing on your Apple device was Bluetooth file transfer and finally it has arrived thanks to cocoanutapps. Of course your device must be jailbroken to get Celeste from Cydia. Celeste was launched a few weeks ago for 7.99$ (3-day introductory price) which is now available at a price of 9.99$.  Now that price is too high for an app with a few bugs which just lets you transfer files over bluetooth.

So here is a solution to get Celeste working on your apple device free of cost. Note- This works only for jailbroken devices on iOS 4.2.1. You will also need sbsettings which can be found in Cydia.

Installing Celeste from Cydia:

1. Go to cydia, manage, sources, edit, add: http://repo.biteyourapple.net

2. Wait for a few seconds and then click on return to cydia. Now under the Manage Tab->Sources- you will find BiteYourApple. Open it and search for Celeste Bluetooth File Sharing, install it. Once installation is complete, click on the option Restart Springboard.

3. Now you will get an error: activation failed. Switch off 3G, Data & wi-fi and restart the springboard. Now activate 3G, data & Wi-fi and restart springboard. Now you will get a message License Activated.

4. That’s it done! Now slide on the status bar to open Sbsettings and click on Celeste when you want to tranfer files. You don’t have to activate bluetooth from settings.

You will find a option to send via bluetooth on images and to transfer music, click on the file for 2sec and you will get the option to send.

And another great thing is that with Celeste comes free Gremlin. Gremlin is the app which will automatically show the images received via bluetooth in camera roll and music in iPod. So whenever you complete receiving a file, you will find a ‘G’ symbol coming on status bar. And these files will automatically sync to itunes whenever you connect it to your PC.

Do let us know if you face any issue with Cydia or installing Celeste from Cydia.

This is my 1st post ever so sorry for any mistakes.

WayBack Time Machine- Check Past Screenshots of Any WebSite

Ever wondered how Google.com looked like in 1998?  Check out the following wonderous image :

This is not all, you can apparently view how a website used to appear say a few years back or during the time of its origin via a web application – “WayBack Time Machine” . It’s a free tool and you can check how any website is evolved over the time.

Here are how some of the very popular websites in today’s date,see how they used to appear a few years back:

Yahoo! : [1996]

 

Adobe.com [1996]

WayBack Time Machine provides preview of almost all websites on the internet. As a blogger you might find it useful as you can always compare your new design with old one and more over you can see a complete evolution of your blog over the time.

If none of your blog screenshot is archived, I suggest check your blog once using this tool and let  it crawl for the first time.

5 Best Microsoft Office Alternatives

This is a guest post by Plaban who blogs at tech2go. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our Adsense revenue sharing program.

Office suite is an an essential part of every PC. Microsoft office or any other alternative is one of the first few softwares which we install on our PC after fresh installation. We all know MS office is one of the best available software in the market but again as quality comes with a price and it’s not free. Microsoft Home and Business 2010 version costs $279.99 and Office Home and Student version costs $149.99. Here I’m sharing 5 best paid and free Microsoft office alternative which you can consider to buy or download. My personal favorite is openoffice.org.

Open Office

Open Office is one of the best free Microsift Office alternative you can get.It has full office suite and it supports all Microsoft Office file format.If you are looking for a best free alternative then you must try this.

LibreOffice

LibreOffice is also a free opens source office suite for Windows,Linux and Mac.LibreOffice is based on OpenOffice.It has six office application Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

Ashampoo Office 2010

Ashampoo Office 2010 is a paid alternative ti Microsoft Office. It has a full set of office applications like Ashampoo TextMaker 2010 is a word processor, Ashampoo PlanMaker 2010 for handling Excel files and Ashampoo Presentations 2010 is alternative of PowerPoint. It costs less than Microsoft Office $59.99.

Kingsoft Office 2010

Kingsoft Office 2010 offers similar user interface like Microsoft Office and it reads and writes all Microsoft Office formats.It has three essential office applications- Kingsoft Writer, Kingsoft Presentation, and Kingsoft Spreadsheets.It costs $49.95 for One PC license.

SoftMaker Office 2010

SoftMaker Office reads and writes Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. TextMaker 2010- word processor that reads and writes Microsoft Word files
PlanMaker 2010-  the fully Excel-compatible spreadsheet ,SoftMaker Presentations 2010-  the presentation graphics program .It costs US$ 79.95.

Do you know any other alternative to MS office? Which one you like the most and recommend to others?

How To Open and Play MCG Files

This is a guest post by Mani who blogs at dailyblogging. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our adsense revenue sharing program.

You may not be aware of the .mcg file format. Don’t worry even I wasn’t till yesterday. It is something different from the popular .mpg file-format. But the amazing thing is, even it is used for storing audio & video files. MCG File-format is a Compressed CD+G Karaoke File. But it is also used as a DX-Client Backup File. It is widely used for storing CCTV Footages. The DVR (Digital Video Recorder) used along with CCTV Cameras records the footages & saves it in the .mcg format. There are 3 methods with which you can Open & Play an .mcg file.

PC Viewr D6 Series – Freeware

PC Viewr D6
PC Viewr Playing .MCG files

PC Viewr D6 Series is developed by PFileDescription & it can be used to run a file with the extension .mcg. You just need to download it using the link given at the end of this para, install it and Open your .mcg file. You’ll notice that the player has functionalities like Play, Pause, Forward, Back, etc. similar to an ordinary Media Player like VLC. It offers you two modes to open your .mcg file i.e. Either a file from your HDD or a file hosted on a server. <LINK>

Striking Features

  • Backup/Record in .AVI format
  • Capture in .BMP Format
  • Zoom Function
  • Normal Media Functions (i.e. Play, Pause, Reverse & Forward Playback, Jump back/forward, etc.)

So I hope with PC Viewr D6 you won’t be having any difficulties in Opening a .MCG File.

Have you faced this problem ? If yes, which Software you used to open the file ??

9 Ways Technology Has Improved Business Transactions Online

The rise of e-commerce and online banking have ushered in the era of business transactions in cyberspace.

Needless to say, deals by handshake are no more. Instead, millions of business transactions are completed online every day, from retail sales to processed contracts. The evolution of technology continues to expand what things can be exchanged on the Internet, and in what manner. The following are 9 ways technology has improved business transactions online.

1. Portability

Business transactions no longer have to be made in an office or store. With the introduction of devices like smartphones and tablets, they can be made on the go at anytime, anywhere. This also includes the proliferation of laptops. Money and documents can be sent, received and processed whenever the moment arises.

2. Speed

Advanced computer chips, processors and servers have made everything online much faster. For example, online stock exchanges can process millions of trades every second while money and even products can be delivered instantly. Additionally, the increase in speed affects all businesses sectors, such as using electronic signature services to have hundreds of contracts signed each day.

3. Cheaper

With technology, businesses have seen their operation costs decrease significantly. Instead of needing a large labor force and a host of office supplies, business are capable of processing transactions with only one or a few devices and a much leaner personnel.

4. Wider reach

Because of cheaper, more portable technology, businesses have the ability to reach a greater number of markets. Transactions between two businesses located in opposite corners of the world can be processed online as if both shared an office. Meanwhile, customers can buy goods from any country online.

5. Storage

For a business, every document, contract and receipt at one time would be stored in rooms full of long, metal filing cabinets. With technological advances in memory and storage, an endless supply of files and records can be safely stashed away and easily organized.

6. Guarantees

A business transaction online will not get lost in cyberspace like the mail. With instant processing, everything is delivered and received in a timely fashion.

7. Automation

Businesses are only open for a certain period each day, so it is highly unlikely that someone will manage things around the clock. With technology, businesses can take advantage of smart applications that can automate many common transactions. This way businesses can process deals at all times, even when everyone is asleep.

8. Wider offering of content

For companies that are providing information to buyers, such as newspapers or magazines, more can be offered with each transaction. Along with a single purchased copy, consumers can get more with their money like videos and interactive displays.

9. Security

Technology has made transactions online air tight in terms of security. Advancements in information encryption, firewalls and even creative solutions like security questions have made users much more comfortable with submitting information online.

Countless business transactions are conducted safely and quickly every day because of technology. Where have you seen technology improve your ability to make business transactions?