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How-to Setup iTunes WiFi Sync in iOS 5

Apple unleashed it’s greatest and best mobile operating system, iOS 5, at the WWDC 2011 earlier this year. It was again talked about at the ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ event and the iOS 5 GM was let loose to developers. Finally, after much wait, Apple released the final version of iOS 5 to the public on October 12. If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 5 yet, then you should. It’s compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3/4G and iPad 1/2.

iOS 5 brings about 200 new features, while most of them are not that prominent enough, the new Notifications, iCloud, iMessages, Camera features and WiFi sync are very noticeable. iTunes WiFi sync is pretty cool, since this completely eradicates the need of a cable to connect your iOS Device to the PC or Mac. Using this feature, you can sync everything from your computer to your iOS device wirelessly. Before you setup iTunes WiFi sync, make sure both, your iOS device and the computer are on the same WiFi network.

Setup iTunes WiFi Sync

  • Open iTunes on your Mac or PC and then connect your iOS device.
  • Select your device and click on the Summary Tab. Scroll down and you should see an option ‘Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi’. Check the option and click on Apply.

iTunes WiFi Sync

  • Now, on your iOS device, under Settings>General>iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, you’ll see the option to Sync your device.

  • Select Sync Now and see the magic happen.

This is very useful if you’re one of those people who don’t like wires and even if you’re a normal person, this can really make syncing easier for you. Once this is enabled, and both your iOS device and the computer are on the same network, you should see your device listed in iTunes even when not connected.

Drag and drop any content from iTunes to your listed device to wirelessly sync. It’s that simple and yes it works. Don’t blame iTunes if the syncing is slow, it’s most likely your WiFi connection that’s responsible.

Do let me know if you faced any problem setting up iOS wi-fi sync? If you find this tutorial, informative, don’t forget to share it on Google plus and Facebook.

How-to Install WhatsApp on iPod Touch

WhatsApp on iPod Touch

WhatsApp is one of most commonly used cross-platform instant messenger apps. It’s available on almost all platforms and even Windows Phone 7 will be getting it soon. However, one some platforms, it’s not free and it just won’t work if you don’t have a phone. WhatsApp isn’t made for devices that don’t function as a phone. It specifically requires a phone number to be activated.

WE live in a world full of stubborn people who believe in not believing what I just said. And it’s thanks to those people that we have things like jailbreak, rooting, hacking, Custom ROMs, unlocks and much much more. It’s also thanks to them that we were able to install and use WhatsApp on an iPad. Now, we have a tutorial on how to do the same with the Apple iPod Touch.

The iPod Touch, since iPod Touch doesn’t have a SIM, is not compatible with WhatsApp. But, if you follow this tutorial, then you can force the WhatsApp messenger to run on your iPod Touch 4G too. You can try it out on your older iPod Touch and let us know if it works on them.

Guide to Install WhatsApp on iPod Touch:

  • Install WhatsApp on your iPod Touch. If you couldn’t find it on the App Store, then you can download it manually or use Installous to get it. You’ll need a jailbroken iPod Touch of course.
  •  If the first step doesn’t work for you, then download iPhone Configuration Utility and also download WhatsApp from iTunes.
  • Open iPhone Configuration utility and select your iPod Touch from the left-hand side. Now head over to Applications and click on Add IPA.
  • Select the downloaded WhatsApp ipa, which should be in the iTunes Media> Mobile Applications folder on your computer.
  • After selection click on install and it should be installed on your iPod Touch.
  • Now go to Cydia and search for WhatsPad. Install and reboot your device.
That’s all you need to do. Open WhatsApp and give a valid mobile number so that it can send the 3-digit verification code and you’re good to go. You’ll need a Wi-Fi connection always, since iPod Touch doesn’t have any other means to connect to the internet.
Enjoy WhatsApp on iPod Touch.

Android Notifier : Get Android Notifications on Desktop

Suppose you’re away from your phone, playing a game or working in front of your PC and you get an important call or a text from your close ones, you wouldn’t want to miss it right? During circumstances like this, wouldn’t it be useful if you received the notifications on your desktop, let it be a call or a text. If you’re an Android user, we’ve got a free app for you that will do all the exchanging of notifications between your phone and the desktop PC for you. It’s called Android Notifier or Remote Notifier, both are the same.

Android Notifier

Use Android Notifier for Getting Notification on Windows Desktop:

Android Notifier is a free app that helps you receive your SMS, Call and Battery notifications on your desktop PC over WiFi or Bluetooth. You install the app on your mobile device, then you download a corresponding app for your Mac, Windows or Linux PC. There is a little bit of setting up to do, but that does not involve any head explosions. All you have to do is set up an active link between your Android phone and the PC over a WiFi connection or Bluetooth.

Once the desktop application is installed, you’ll need run it and give in certain details on what notifications to get and how. It’s pretty easy, like I said before. Remember, you should already have the Android notifier app installed on your mobile and it should be on the same WiFi network as your PC. Reboot your PC and the mobile device and check the option to Start the service at boot.

Now, you should be able to get all your SMS, Call and Battery notifications right on your Desktop in a popup window. If you have Growl installed on your Mac or Windows, then you can select Growl to display these notifications. The best thing about this app is that it’s available on Mac, Windows and Linux, is easy to setup and works like a charm. Only problem, it doesn’t tell you the contact name, just displays the number, so if you’re bad at remembering phone numbers, then this isn’t a very good idea for you.

You can download the Android app and Desktop app for Android Notifier from here. Try this out and see how it works for you.

How To Change MAC Address In Windows 7

There are times when people will want to do thing but remain anonymous. There are many software which will hide the identity of a computer in many ways but the only thing that still doesn’t change is the MAC address. If anyone gets a computer’s MAC address, it can easily be identified and traced. So to be completely anonymous, you’ll need to change your MAC address. There were some software which could change the MAC address in Windows XP temporarily but they didn’t work in Windows 7.

Use Win7 Mac Changer to change Windows 7 Mac address

Win7 MAC Address Changer is a very simple tool specifically made for changing MAC address in Windows 7. Its portable and is very simple to use. You can download Win7 MAC Address Changer from the below location, unzip the EXE file, right click it and then run it as administrator. It will issue the following warning:

Win7 MAC Address Changer

You should press the Continue button in order for the software to work correctly. In the next step you’ll need to select the network adapter whose MAC address you want to change and then press the Change button.

Change MAC Address In Windows 7

You can either write your own MAC address or click on the Random button which will generate a random MAC address for you.

Please note that the real MAC address is built in to the Network Interface Card firmware and can not be changed. All the software that change the MAC address are temporary. The MAC address will reset to original after Windows restart.

Download Win7 Mac Address Changer

Do let us know if you know any other ways to change mac address in Windows 7?

How to Activate Airtel Speed on Demand Service

When it comes to broadband in India, there are few key players which rules Indian broadband backbone. Airtel and MTNL/BSNL has widest coverage in terms of coverage.

I have been using Airtel broadband connection from last 5 years and I always have love and hate relation with them. Despite of their quality tech support, I hate their customer service which is below average and I hate their FUP.

FUP is Fair usage policy which limits your unlimited broadband connection to a limit and when you finish that bandwidth threshold, your broadband speed will be revise to 256Kbps.  I’m using Airtel broadband 1799 Plan which gives me 4 MBPS speed and FUP limit of 50Gb. Being a power user, I consume my 50Gb limit by 15th day of every month and I had to rely on my 3.1 MBPs Tata photon+. Though Problem with Tata Photon+ is, speed is consistent and at times I can’t completely rely on Tata photon+.

Airtel Speed on Demand service:

Here I’m talking about Airtel Speed on demand service, which will let you increase your speed to 512 kbps, 1 mbps or 2mbps for one hour by paying nominal charge.

Here is how Airtel charges for Speed on demand service:

Airtel-Speed-on-demand

So now, when ever I have an important video meeting or important Freelancing work, I usually activate the speed on demand service by Airtel and enjoy high bandwidth for 1 hour. You can always reactivate this service instantly.

To activate Airtel speed on demand service, Go to their page and select your city. You might need to login to your Airtel account to activate this service. It will show you your Airtel DSL id and you can select the speed which you want to activate and it will be activated instantly for one hour.

It will also ask you if you wish to renew Speed on demand ( Airtel SOD) service after 1 hour and you can renew it or it will be deactivated automatically after one hour.

Here is a screenshot of Airtel SOD service running while writing this post:

airtel-activated-speed-on-demand-service

 

I would say, Airtel offering nominal charge but they might like to bring their 512 kbps plan to single digit to make this service more popular.

Have you ever used Airtel Speed on demand service? How’s your experience with Airtel broadband service?

2 Software for Internet Sharing in Windows 7

Imagine you’re some place outside and your friend needs to access the internet through his laptop, but doesn’t have a wireless 3G dongle. The only option would be to share internet connection with your friend, right from your laptop. This can be done natively in Windows 7, but since we are all growing more and more lazier, it would be nicer if there was some software that would do the job for us. And as it happens, there are a few and I’ll be talking about two such free software that’ll  let you share internet in Windows 7.

How to Share Internet in Windows 7

Here I’ll be using two free software that’ll help your turn your Windows 7 system into a WiFi hotspot. Firstly, there is Connectify and then there is mHotspot. If you’re a regular Windows 7 user, then you must be aware of the Virtual WiFi feature that is inbuilt, these two software use the same thing, but make it far more simpler.

Connectify

Connectify

Connectify can be used to create instant WiFi hotspots using your Windows 7 system. Download Connectify, install and follow the onscreen instructions to get started. It’s not hard at all. Once it’s all set up, you can even use it to improve the range of your home router and connect your mobile device, other laptops and devices to your personal hotspot. And, yes it works. You can also use this to share another WiFi network, not just yours. Watch the video after the break.

There you go!! That’s one down, one more to go.

mHotSpot

If you just want a software to quickly create a WiFi hotspot using your own Router or USB datacard, then this is best option for you. Just enter a name for your HotSpot, a password and hit the Start button. It’ll be activated instantly, no messing around at all. However, this cannot use other WiFi networks to create hotspots, it only uses your home network. It can also be used to amplify the range of your router, but this might cause lags in internet speeds.

mHotSpot

Download mHotSpot now start your own WiFi hotspot.

These are the two simplest software to enable internet sharing in Windows 7 or create a WiFi hotspot using your Windows 7 system. Do try them out and let us know how they worked for you.

Top Tools To Make iPhone Ringtones For Free

make iPhone ringtonesAre you sick of hearing default Apple ringtone when your iPhone is ringing? Did you know it is not hard to accomplish either? This article will guide you through a couple of different ways to make iPhone ringtones absolutely for free. We will not list any paid methods, because we sincerely believe it is not worth spending money on something that can be done for free and will not take you more than 5 minutes, guaranteed!

Would you like your favorite music track to ring every time your iPhone rings? Not that many of you probably know that you can make iPhone ringtones via various different conversion methods. Do not worry, all of them are really easy and literally everyone will accomplish them. Probably most well known way is installing a related iOS application. Try to search for and install free applications only, because there are tons of free ones and there is really no need in paid app for this task. You can find all of these apps mentioned below in Apple App Store without any problems.

iPhone apps & Tools to Make Free iPhone Ringtone:

Ringtone maker:

Ringtone maker

This application supports unlimited number of ringtones, it features fade in and fade out effects and has very user friendly interface. Ringtone Maker is capable of recording any sounds with your iPhone microphone and making it as a ringtone. I tried this option and the quality wasn’t that good to be honest. <Download Ringtone Maker>

Myxer Ringtones:

 

Myxer Ringtones is another great application to easily create and customize ringtones. You can either create music ringtones from the music stored on your iPhone, or you can choose free ringtones from Myxer’s catalog. Catalog contains converted ringtones that were submitted by other members. This is really great feature and you can always check the ringtone in the catalog before converting it on your own. <Link: Myxer ringtones>

Ringtone Maker by Mobile 17:

 

Ringtone Maker Pro from Mobile17 helps you to make your own custom free ringtones and or choose from ringtones generated by other users. Unlike those other apps, Ringtones Maker has no editing restrictions (up to 40 seconds) and also is free. <Link>

Last but not least is iTunes. You probably have already heard from your friends that you can convert your favorite music tracks into ringtones with the help of iTunes. This simple tutorial will guide you through the whole process.

Melofania:

 

Melofania

Although all these ways are extremely easy to follow, I and many others prefer to convert their music into ringtones online. You don’t have to download or install anything, the magic happens straight in your favorite web browser. One of the fastest online ringtones conversion tools is Melofania.com. Ringtone creation process with Melofania is a piece of cake job. You simply upload your favorite track, cut and select the right song piece and the whole process does not take more than 5 minutes.

Audiko:

We have already talked about Audio.net and it not only let you upload audio but you can make iPhone ringtone using Youtube video. Something, I hardly recommend. You can also download created ringtones in .mp3 format.

Hopefully this article will help all iPhone owners to finally stop using those default ringtones Apple offers and convert your favorite music track into ringtone that will be supported for iPhone. Enjoy customizing your ringtones!

This is a Guest post by Milan Foglar, an engineering student from Croatia who’s also a freelancer and interested in web programming, Internet marketing strategies and gadgets. If you would like to write for us, then please check our Guest Posting Guidelines.

How To Burn .dmg Files in Windows OS

How many times you have ended up downloading a .dmg file extension on your Windows PC and wondering what is this extension and how you can open it.

.dmg Files are associated with Mac OS. If you have never used Mac, .dmg is a virtual disk image, and can be opened in Mac os. In short it’s image disk within image disk and Mac uses it to ensure better security as executable files like .exe can easily be targeted by hackers to inject malicious codes.

Though, in Mac OS, you will not face any issue with opening .dmg file unless its corrupted but in Windows, there is no default handler for opening .dmg files. In this guide we will learn how you can open and burn .dmg files in Windows.

Basically, you needs to Burn a .dmg file in Windows when you want to Install Mac OS X in your Traditional Windows PC. You can  Burn a .dmg Files in Windows whether it is Windows 7 , Windows Vista or any other Version of Windows.

Simply steps to Burn .dmg File in Windows.

  • You need to download Transmac software from CNET Downloads. Here is the download link for Transmac<Link>
  • Install it on your Windows PC
  • Though it’s a paid software, but you can always use fully functional 15 days trial.<Buy Now>
  • When you are installing this Software don’t forget to put a tick mark on ‘Associate Transmac with .dmg Files’. This option will integrate Transmac with .dmg Files, which let you burn the File.
  • Simply Open Transmac from Start Menu or from Desktop Shortcut and now you are ready to burn a .dmg file.

Burn .dmg Files in Windows

  • Click on Tools Option as seen in the picture and then click on ‘Burn CD/DVD Image’ from this Menu.
  • You have to select your DVD Writer Path, Writing Speed and Browse for the .dmg file, you want to Burn.

Burn CD DVD Image

  • After Selecting the above mentioned options, simply click on ‘OK’ Button.
  • Now this will open your .dmg Image File in Transmac Software. Click on Burn option and you are Done.
  • Now you can easily Install Mac OS X and other Apple Software Easily on your Windows Machine. Apart from that you are now able to Burn .dmg files in Windows.

Note- Transmac is a paid software, so for full access you have to buy it. I have bought it around $50 and still using it, without any problem. But you can use it’s Trial for 15 Days.You can also use this Trick to Burn .dmg files in Ubuntu and Linux. Another way is to use MagicISO software and convert .dmg file into .iso version and then mount it using any virtual CD/DVD software.

Here is a video tutorial, which will help you to understand the process better. Though, I suggest to mute your speakers as song might annoy your serious work mode:

I hope this will solve your query but in case if you are stuck anywhere, feel free to ask questions via comments.

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

5 Awesome Firefox Tricks you Should Know [Part 1]

Mozilla Firefox is fastly becoming the most popular and widely used web browser because of its great features, add-ons and of course the fact that it’s free and open source. While many of us use Firefox, there are some cool & amazing Firefox Tricks which we must know in order to make our Firefox experience more pleasurable and easy.

Firefox Tricks

Useful Firefox Tricks for Mozilla Fan Club:

Before we move ahead, if you have not download Firefox, you can download the latest version of Firefox from here.

1. Tab Navigation:

Instead of using your mouse on click-selecting tabs, use keyboard shorts for tabs in Firefox.

  • Ctrl+Tab (rotate forward among tabs)
  • Ctrl+Shft+Tab (rotate to the previous tab)
  • Ctrl+1-9 (choose a number to jump to a specific tab)

2. More Screen Space:

Make Firefox icons smaller. This can be done by accessing the View menu and selecting Toolbars and then Customize

firefox-tricks-1

Check the Use Small Icons box.

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3. About:config:

About configuration screen is a customization and configuration screen for those users who want to tweak the browser’s advanced features. You may check this guide for further information.

4. Add a Keyword to Bookmarks:

You can speedup bookmarks access in Firefox by specifying keywords for them. This can be done by right clicking the bookmark and then selecting its Properties.

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Put a short keyword in the keyword field, save it, after which you can type that keyword in the address bar and Firefox go to that bookmark link automatically.

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5. Website Autocomplete:

Often we type “www” and “com”, “org”, “net” manually along with website names. With Firefox you can quickly do this without typing by just entering the website name and hitting Ctrl-Enter, and it will automatically fill in the “www” and the “.com”. Similarly, for .net addresses, press Shift-Enter, and for .org addresses, press Ctrl-Shift-Enter.

Read: Useful Firefox addons to increase productivity

Well, there are many more Firefox tricks and we will continue sharing them here at CallingAllgeeks, make sure you subscribe to us to get Instant updates.

EaseUS Partition Master : Extend and Merge Hard Disk Partitions

EaseUS Partition MasterAs we install Applications and Games into our Windows system the space gets occupied and one day you may find that your disk partition is almost full and its time to extend the disk partition. I had a similar issue with my system, the C drive was almost full on which Windows was installed and I had to extend the partition. Windows 7 and Windows Vista have a built in Hard Disk management utility with which you can perform basic operations like Shrink and Extend Hard Disk partitions but if you notice it won’t let you extend/resize a partition on which Windows is installed.

While I was searching I found this wonderful tool with you can easily perform operations like resize, extend, merge, copy disk, convert dynamic to basic disk and convert primary to logic partition easily.

To free up space on your drive you may consider uninstalling programs you don’t use, moving large media files to another partition on your hard drive, cleaning temporary and junk files on your system and deleting previous restore points.

How to use EaseUS Partition Master

  • Download EaseUS Partion Manager Home Edition for free by clicking here.

EaseUS Partition Tool

  • [Important]Backup your data to an external Hard Drive. (Note: This is important if anything goes wrong during the process of partition, this never happens usually but it is necessary you backup your data before you proceed.)
  • Open EaseUS Partition Magic and select the disk partition from which you want to add space to your full disk partition.For Eg. : If you are adding space to your C: drive from your D: drive, then select D: drive and click on  “Resize/Move partition”  and move the pointer to the right to Un-allocate memory. Hit “Ok” to save your changes.

Extend Hard drive Partition

  • Now select the drive you want to extend and move the pointer to the right as shown in the image below. (The Un-allocated space will now get added to your selected drive.)For Eg:  You are adding space to your C: drive, select the C: drive and move the pointer to the right.

Extend hard drive

  • Click ok and now a dialogue box will appear asking you to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect, click yes, your computer will restart and EaseUS Partition Master will automatically apply the changes you selected. (Make sure there are no power-cuts when the operation is ongoing, interruption can cause serious damage to your data, the process should complete in a few minutes depending on the amount of data to be moved.)Below is a snap of how the dialogue box which would appear when Windows would reboot of the ongoing operation to give you an idea.EaseUS Partition Tool Snap

Merge Hard Disk Partitions Using EaseUS Partition Master:

  • Open EaseUS Partition master and select the drive you want to merge and on the left pane click “Merge partition”.
  •  Select the drives you want to merge and hit OK, your changes will be saved and the program will ask you for a reboot to complete the process.

Merge Hard Disk Partitions

Links to Videos :

  1. Extend System Partition
  2. Merge Partitions

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