Google’s Rumored YouTube Streaming Music Service Shows Up In Android App Code
Google’s new Chrome voice extension lets you search hands-free
Google promised that we’d get hands-free voice search in Chrome back at I/O 2013, and it’s delivering today with the beta of its Voice Search Hotword extension for desktop Chrome 31 users. As long as you’re either sitting at Google’s home page or have a new browser tab open, the add-on lets you start a search by saying “OK Google,” much as you would in Android 4.4 KitKat. Anyone eager to move beyond mouse-and-keyboard queries can grab the extension today from the Chrome Web Store.
In the years that I have been using a Desktop / Laptop I have seen many of my friends losing their data due to Hard Drive Failures. Even my Laptop hard drive failed, thankfully I managed to boot it in Safe Mode and recover complete data. But it’s not always the case – most often when you power on your laptop you will be greeted with a BSOD and no amount of restarts, power re cycling would get it back up.
Hard drives die. You want to make sure that you have a system in place to back up your data in the event that one of your drives bites the bullet. One way to do so, and to give yourself a few safety nets, is by following the 3-2-1 backup rule.
If I knew where the 3-2-1 backup rule originated, I’d give credit, but it has become such a common backup philo
sophy that I don’t know who originated it. The 3-2-1 rules goes like this:
1. Keep 3 copies of any important file.
This means keeping your original, plus at least two copies of that original. This builds in redundancy, so that if one of your backups fails, or if a file becomes corrupted, you have it somewhere else.
2. Use 2 different types of media to backup the files.
The idea here is that you don’t want to put all of your eggs in one type of storage basket. So if you back up to a hard drive and also to optical media (like a DVD), you’re protected in the event that one of these fails. In my experience, backing up locally to anything other than a hard drive or network drive is cumbersome, which means that you won’t do it as often as you should. As a result, I bend the rules a bit and count rule #3 as a different type of media.
3. Store 1 copy off site.
If your house burns down, or someone breaks into it and steals all your gear, you’d be out of luck with only local backups. As a result, one of your backups should be offsite. if you can back up to your own drive in an offsite location, or to a family member’s computer.
Here’s a quick way to get 1 free GB of Dropbox storage space: Sync with Mailbox
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Motorola Moto X: What can we expect?
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I was travelling and stuck with a few other things, hence could not get this out in time. Here it comes…..
First and foremost – I own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and I must say that having a Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery does help to a great extent. But if you are like me – mostly connected – either wi-fi or data and a heavy user of apps and games, then it’s difficult to cross 24 hours even with a 3100 mAh battery. We all know very well that wi-fi / Data and Display happen to be among the top battery killers.
This is where some apps come to the rescue and the one ‘Killer App‘ I am talking about is “Tasker”. It’s a beast literally…you can do so many things with Tasker that you’d be amaze
d. You can customise your phone completely, I mean even the smallest task can be automated using Tasker. (A full review of “Tasker” and other apps that I use is on the cards, but its gonna take some time). But for now, I will talk about one feature that helps me to be connected and save the battery at the same time.
In Tasker you can set profiles to do specific tasks based upon time, event, place, etc., I am constantly connected to Wi Fi with my laptop (for work). So I don’t need to be connected all the time to Wi Fi on my mobile, but, I have installed many apps which ask to be connected frequently – updates, Flipboard, Pulse, AppGratis, etc.,
I set a profile based upon Time (let’s call it Profile A)- starting from 11 AM until 11 PM in the night – Tasker would check whether my phone is connected to wi-fi or not. If not it will connect the phone to my Wi Fi network.
I have another profile (Profile B) which starts at 11:10 AM until 11:10 PM wherein Tasker checks if the phone is connected to wi-fi and if it is, it disconnects the wi-fi, thus giving the phone 10 minutes of wi-fi every 2 hours. I have realised that if you are just checking for mails, app updates etc., the 10 minute window is sufficient to do so.
The second app which helps tame the next battery killer – Display is “Lux Auto Brightness“. This is another nifty little app which doesn’t cost much at all and does wonders to the battery life. Instead of the built-in auto brightness setting – which gives you no leeway to set your own brightness levels, I chose to use Lux Auto Brightness. For every light condition you can set a particular level of screen brightness and link it to that light condition.
For instance during night time if you want to read you wouldn’t want to disturb others around you with a bright display and you may not even require the screen to be 100% bright or even 50% for that matter. Lux lets you set the screen brightness to just about a level where you are comfortable reading, doesn’t hurt your eyes and doesn’t disturb others.
These settings in Lux (I have about 6 different screen brightness settings on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2) help me save a lot of battery life. Thus giving me around 30 to 35 hours on a single charge.
If any of you are interested in getting the profile settings of Tasker which I am using, do let me know in the comments. If you are using other apps, tricks to save battery life, please share them in the comments.