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Thursday, November 24, 2016

7 Tips and Tricks for the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar

A  new gadget has been unveil, The MacBook Pro's Touch Bar which is one such gadget, with a series of features and added functionality that's not abundantly obvious on first use. Instead of trying to tap and swipe your way around the Touch Bar, we rounded up some tips to help you.

1. Just tap and slide


Save yourself a few taps when using either the volume or brightness control. Instead of tapping the button, then moving your finger over to the slider to make an adjustment, tap and hold on the respective button. With your finger still on it, slide to the left or right. The Touch Bar will treat the gesture as if your finger were on the actual slider and will respond accordingly.


2. Disable in-app Touch Bar controls


If you don't want the Touch Bar to change and morph its behavior based on the app you're using, you can open System Preferences > Keyboard to tailor how it works.

Click on the drop-down menu labeled Touch Bar shows to select from one of three options: App Controls with Control Strip, Expanded Control Strip or App Controls.

Any changes you make will show up in real time on the Touch Bar for you to test.


3. Take screenshot of Touch Bar


Touché is a free app that not only gives those who don't own the new MacBook Pro a chance to try out the Touch Bar, but it also includes the ability to take a screenshot of the Touch Bar.

Download Touché for free.

4. Expanded Control Strip


The Control Strip contains up to four buttons on the right side of the Touch Bar. You can customize which buttons are always shown by following the steps laid out here. There's an expanded Control Strip, as well, which you can access by tapping on the "<" button to the left of the Control Strip for access to more commonly used controls.


5. Easiest way to use Siri

Rather than tapping on Siri's button, giving a command, then waiting for your MacBook Pro to process it, try this: Press and hold the Siri button, give your command, then lift your finger off of the button.

Siri will instantly process and carry out whatever it is you asked of her.

6. Scrub a dub dub


You can quickly jump ahead or back while watching a video or listening to music on your MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar's built-in scrub tool.


A button that resembles a bar graph will show up to the left of the Control Strip when scrubbing is available. Tap on it, then slide your finger over the scrub tool. If more than one app is available for scrubbing, an app icon will be displayed. Tap the app icon to switch between apps.

Bonus: If you use Safari, you can scrub through ads played before most videos.

7. Bring the function keys back

Hold in the "fn" key to display the Function keys, should you need to access them. Or if you know you need to access the Function keys each time you are in a certain app, open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts. Click on Function Keys in the list of options, followed by the "+" sign to add an app the list.

Furthermore, every time you use that app the Touch Bar will only display Function keys.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Top 9 problems of Infinix Hot 2 and their solutions

Infinix product is one of the most economical brand in android phones with unique features an as well being the most affordable brand of phones, there are still some lapses in its design and as such result in short term problems during usage. Here i would enlist some Common problems of Infinix Hot 2 and their possible solutions


Problem 1: I can’t see a file manger

One of the problems of Infinix Hot 2 is that of users not being able to see a file manager. After signing in with your Gmail account, the first thing you need to do is to download a file manager from Google Playstore. Es File Explorer is highly recommended.

Problem 2: I can’t use a custom song as ringtone

When you notice you can’t set a song as ringtone, then next thing is, use your ES File Explorer, navigate to the song you want, and set that as your ringtone.

Problem 3: I can’t find any gallery

The Infinix Hot 2 actually has a gallery app called Google Photos. Though, I’ll admit, the app looks weird and different from what we’re used to. To fix the problem, run along to Google Play Store and download Quick Pic or Gallery. It is a lightweight and fast gallery app. Highly recommended.

Problem 4: I can’t play videos

If you can’t find a good video player on your phone, again Quick Pic is decent. For a more rounded experience, go ahead to Google Play Store and download MX Player.

Problem 5: The phone doesn’t have HSDPA

Just because the phone shows 3G on the network signal bar (instead of H+), many people have concluded that the phone doesn’t have HSDPA. If you dig around Setting -> About section, you’ll clearly see where it is shown. The phone has HSDPA. However, if you need to be able to see it reflected as an icon in the status bar, you can still go further, by rooting, installing Xposed Framework and Gravity Box, then set it up to write H+ on the status bar.

Problem 6: My launcher suddenly changed to vertical scrolling

If you notice the default launcher suddenly changed to vertical scrolling, don’t be afraid. What happened is that it has been automatically updated. The latest update to Google Now launcher changed it from horizontal to vertical scrolling of the app drawer. So if you don’t like it, go to Google Play Store, and download Nova launcher HERE , then customize it as you please.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!
Most of the problems you experience with this phone is because you’re on a Guest Account. Yes. During initial setup most of us mistakenly put ourselves in guest account. This means the phone sees you as a guest. Hence, it restricts your use of the phone. Please make sure you are not on a guest account, if you’re on it, reset your phone to factory settings.
>!! If you do like updating OS from original vendors is advisable not to root unless you know what you are doing.

Problem 7: I can no longer see my 2nd SIM as option when I want to make a call
When on the Phone menu, Go to Options (it’s a 3-dot menu) on the top right hand of the screen. Select Settings > Calling accounts > When Call Ask First.
From there, you can set it to show both SIM cards.

Problem 8: After upgrading to Marshmallow, All my saved Contacts now show just numbers

If your Call log is not showing contacts;
Go to Settings> Accounts>Google>
Click the 3-dot menu on the top right hand side and,
Remove the account.
After a while you add it back by logging in again to your Gmail, it will be fixed.

Problem 9: After upgrading to Marshmallow, I can’t access my Memory Card, and my PC no longer recognize my phone

Google has changed the way memory cards work on Android 6.0 I explained everything HERE. You have to format your SD card with the phone before your files can show on it. Please ignore the message that tells you to setup your SD card.

To access your phone through PC, plug in your phone, when it’s charging, Open your phone and swipe down the notification bar (you will notice the default is “Charging Only”), change it to MTP or USB storage, and it will show.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

WhatsApp Finally Launched Video Calling Feature


In a move that many of its users have been eagerly waiting for, WhatsApp is adding video calling to its apps thereby beating down Telegram Instant Messaging. The Facebook-owned company says the new feature is rolling out worldwide which was later in beta stage.

During a conversation with a contact, users will see a call button at the top right of the screen of phone. Tapping this pulls up a dialogue box asking users if they wish to video or voice call. Once in a video call, which works over either Wi-Fi or a mobile data network, customers can switch the camera used, mute and unmute the call and of course hang up.



WhatsApp’s which has more than one billion users will be able to use the new feature on Android, iPhone, and even Windows Phone devices ( Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile).
This sparingly new feature makes it SuperB with Skype messaging at no extra cost.
Well Done WhatsApp!! Bringing more possibilities....
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 EDGE Will Get Android 7.0 Nougat Update


CONFIRMED: Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 EDGE Will Get Android 7.0 Nougat Update After Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 EDGE! [VIDEO]

Owners of the premium handsets Samsung Galaxy S Series do not need to wait any longer, as the South Korean tech company has reportedly started building Android 7.0 Nougat firmware for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 EDGE after the firmware's rollout to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE. Read more details here for the official release.

Android 7.0 Nougat for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 EDGE

It seems like Samsung will bring the Nougat update to its premium Galaxy Series handsets based on the leaked firmware build number XXS5DPK7 for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 EDGE. According to XDA Developers Forum, owners must not expect to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update before 2017 because it might take few months for Samsung to finalized the works.  

Android 7.0 Nougat for Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE

Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE have received the Nougat update last November 9 in China, Korea, UK and United States. The downloading of the Android's latest beta program will run from November until mid-December.

Alongside the rolling out of Nougat firmware, users have noticed two major changes in their Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE handsets. According to Gotta Be Mobile, there are changes reported on the user interface color scheme and camera interface.

Android 7.0 Nougat Update for Other Samsung Galaxy Handsets and Tablets

There is still no information regarding the Nougat firmware update on other Galaxy handsets and tablets but as noted by Gotta Be Mobile, Samsung is getting closer to releasing the software update knowing the fact that Samsung handsets are being the first on the line to receive such updates even before. For the meantime, the following handsets are eligible for the Nougat firmware updates.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Arrow Launcher: Customize app icon sizes


Microsoft has updated its custom Android launcher app Arrow Launcher with a couple of new features. The software giant has been testing these features in beta for some time now, and they are finally available for everyone to use. With the latest update, Microsoft is bringing some more customization features for icons on Arrow Launcher, allowing users to change the size of app icons which can be quite handy.


Arrow makes it easy to find your favorite apps, keep in touch with friends, and stay on top of the important things in your life. The more you use it, the better it gets.
The Update of Arrow Launcher also has the following Key Features which include;

• Apps: The ultimate in customization. Arrange apps to your heart's content, or have your apps ranked based on daily usage.

*-• Recent activity: Quickly get back to all of your recent activity: phone calls, text messages, photos, file downloads, and app installs. Every important action is just a tap away.

• People: No more hunting around your phone contact list. Easily find and contact the people who matter the most.

• Reminders: Never forget anything again. With WonderList integration, access your reminders everywhere on the Go from your PC, on the Web, and on your phone.

• Documents:** Access your most important Office documents on the cloud, and easily share them with friends with a single click.

If you are an Android user, you can download Arrow Launcher from the Google Play Store here to feel the real thrill of Launcher.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Android 7.0 Nougat Updates, Tips & Tricks: Latest OS Reveals Added


After the first release of Android N earlier this year by as part of a new "Android Beta Program" intended for testing by developers and enthusiasts ahead of the Google I/O developer conference. The latest Android Nougat firmware is expected to introduce notable changes to smartphones' as one of the leading operating system and its development platform, including the ability to display multiple apps on-screen at once in a split-screen view, support for inline replies to notifications, among others.

Android 7.0-7.1 Nougat, codenamed N during the OS' development, is the seventh major version of the Android operating system. First released as a beta build on March 9, it was officially released on Aug. 22 with Nexus devices being the first to receive the update.
Before the expected release of the latest Android Nougat firmware to selected smartphones in the future, Inquirer reported bits of information on some of the tips and tricks that will increase both system security and entertainment quality to users.

1. Android 7 Split screen mode
Through the new multi-window mode, users are given more power to use applications at their ease. By long-pressing the Overview button, the current app will snap to half of the smartphone's display.
Long-pressing the Overview button again will return the display back to normal, or make it possible to adjust one of the window's boundary lines to either maximize the app or hide it.

2. Android 7 Data Saver
This option data Saver lets the user choose which apps have data access when the screen is off. So this feature is particularly handy for keeping battery-draining apps like Facebook at rest.
Data Saver is disabled as standard, and to turn it on, users should explore the Settings tab, then locate, "Data Usage" and select "Data Saver." By tapping on it, users can choose the apps that have full access when in standby.

3. Quickly switch between apps in Android Nougat
Thus is the thrilling part of Nougat, instead of cycling through the "Recent Apps" view, Nougat can now easily direct users through their last-used app with a simple double tap of the Overview button.

4. Clear all apps
At the top of the recent apps, users should discover a handy "Clear All" option that shuts down everything currently open.

5. Cast your screen
Want your Android device on your TV? Just swipe down and tap Cast screen and it will be sent to your Chromecast. If it's not there, add the Cast tile to your Quick Settings using the method mentioned above. Not all apps are supported though.

6. Quick reply

The Nougat will delete the stress of opening a messaging app for creating texts as tapping the "Reply" will immediately start a composition to reply fast.

7. Silence annoying apps

Control is app-specific and can be customised by long-pressing on the notification, or dragging the notification just far enough to reveal the Settings cog. Three options can be selected by users such as 'Show notifications silently', 'Block all notifications', and 'Don't silence or block' (default).

8. DPI changer

Unlike super computers Android Nougat introduces a new option that allows users to control DPI settings and thus alter icon and font sizes across the OS.

9. System UI Tuner

Each app can be assigned a level of importance, with the highest (5) always appearing at the top of the notification list, while others block apps from peeking, silencing sound and vibration, or hiding them altogether.

10. Android N Keyboard themes

From "Settings," users can tap into "Languages & input," then followed by Virtual keyboard. Selecting the option for Google Keyboard, then Theme enables users to switch from templates already available for keyboard. Users can also use their own images as a background.

:*11. Emergency info

Emergency information such as medications and allergies can be added from the "Users" menu found under "Device Settings," or by tapping on the icon that appears in the "Quick Settings" shade when fully expanded. Users can click on 'Emergency information' to add essentials like name, blood type, among others.

12. Unlock Nougat's cat collecting game

The mechanics of the secret mini-game are similar to that of Neko Atsume. To unlock the game, users should visit the "Settings" panel and locate "About Phone" tab. Here tap on the Android version number a bunch of times until the Nougat logo flashes into view, tap on this repeatedly before long-pressing. If done correctly a cat emoji should appear. Now head back to your Quick Settings shade, click edit (pencil) and select 'Empty Dish'.
Tap to add food to your cat dish and await the arrival of the new kitty companions. Users can choose to name it and share it with their network.

13. Android 7.0 Nougat Quick Settings tips

Quick settings were good before, now they're even better. There are more options and there's far greater customisation.

14. Manage Quick tiles

In Android 7.0 you can manage the order of the quick settings tiles by dropping down the usual shade from the top of the screen and hitting 'edit'. Now you can re-order, and even add new quick access toggles for things like Google Cast, night mode, data saver and such.

15. Enable night mode**

Using the method above, add the night mode tile to your quick settings tiles. Once it's there, just tap to activate it or press and hold to access night mode settings to customise.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

How to Fix User Profile Service Failed the Login Error

The User Profile Service failed logon, this problem occurs as result of registry error of current window user profile not loaded when computer is turned on.

Here in this blog post I would unveil how to fix this error.

Procedures
Firstly you have to start windows in safe mode

How to start Windows in safe mode

1. Ensure you remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.

2. Click on the Start button, click the arrow next to the Shut Down button, and then click Restart.

3. Press and hold the F8 key until the computer restarts. You need to press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears, you'll need to try again by waiting until the Windows logon prompt appears, and then shutting down and restarting your computer.

4. Log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights.
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Create a system restore point before starting, it is highly recommended that you create a system restore point in case you make a mistake while in the registry. This way you will easily be able to do a system restore to use the created restore point to undo the mistake.

To create a restore point
1. Start windows in safe mode
2. Open System by clicking the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
3. In the left pane, click System protection. ...
4. Click the System Protection tab, and then click Create.
5. In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then click Create.
Source: how to create restore point

Method 1
Step 1: check if the profile service is working OK
If you have other user profiles on Windows, then try to login with those. If not, do the following:
Start windows in “safe mode with command prompt” (if you don’t know how to do it, see the instructions above)
Create a new user (neo) by typing in: net user /add neo bux
Restart the computer and see whether you can login as neo. If you can login as bob, this guide should help you to fix the problem. Don’t forget to remove this account after you finish.

Step 2: fix the problem (you have a few options)
Registry setting restore
1. Use registry editor:
Click start, type “regedit” in the search box, you should see “regedit.exe”, click it to run.

2. Locate the right key:
In Registry Editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

3. Backup the ProfileList:
Select the key, then go to the top menu, File -> export. Give it an appropriate file name (e.g. profilelist_backup_2016115) and save.
4. Fix the registry:

a. Looking for the ones with the longer names e.g. S-1-5-… Look at the profile entry in the registry and see whether you can find something like this (see below). If you can see two entries: 1 ends with “.bak” and the other doesn’t. Then we are good to go to the next step.

b. Click on the one without the “.bak”, check the key ProfileImagePath and see whether it is your profile. If it is, then move on to the next step.


c. Now right click on the one without “.bak”, rename by adding “.old” at the end. Then right click on the one with “.bak”, rename by removing the “.bak”. You should end up with something like below.


d. Finally, go to the entry without “.bak” and ensure the following keys are set to these values:
i. Key: RefCount, Value: 0
ii. Key: State, Value: 0

e. Close the Registry Editor. Restart the computer. You should be able to log in to your profile now.
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Method 2: Replace profile

Create a new profile to replace the corrupt profile. Copy the data from the old profile to the new profile:

For Windows 7
Fix a corrupted user profile (Windows 7)

For Windows Vista
Fix a corrupted user profile (Windows Vista)

Method 3: Using "Microsoft Fix IT Tool"
To use "Microsoft Fix IT Tool" to fix this problem automatically, download this tool from Microsoft, afterwards click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in this wizard. Microsoft Fix It

If you still have any problem fixing it or have suggestions, simply use the comment box below.
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