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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Remove Preloaded Apps From Your PC 

    Ever wondered why your brand new PC came pre-loaded with so many apps that you’ll never use? If yes, then the simple answer is that it is one of the few ways in which branded PC manufacturers make money. Pre-loading apps is one of the few sources of revenue for them, so they do it even though you, the buyer, will never use most of them.

    But why should you remove these apps? After all, some of them might be useful. While that’s a popular assumption, most people never use any of the apps that are pre-loaded on their branded computers. These apps occupy a lot of space and some of them start when your computer starts, which slows down the machine. A few of them even throw up annoying advertisement banners which are very hard to disable permanently.

    For all these reasons, it’s a good idea to just remove all these useless apps, popularly known as bloatware, from your computer. Here’s how to identify and remove bloatware from your PC.

    If you know which apps you want to remove, then you can easily go to Control Panel > Programs and Features, select programs you don’t need and click Uninstall.

    But if you don’t know whether a certain app is useful or not, you should install an app that tells you whether the programs on your PC are useful.

    There are many such apps, but the one we liked the most in called Should I Remove It. You can download it here.

    Once you have installed the app, it will show you a list of apps installed on your PC. It displays a rating for each app (based on feedback from those who use Should I Remove It and a “group of power users”) and shows the percentage of people who remove the app in a neat horizontal coloured bar.

    Apps that have a green bar next to them are safe to keep on your PC, but those marked red can easily be removed.

    Should I Remove It makes it easy for you to find out what any installed app does. Just click the name of the app and then click What is it? for an app description.

    To remove apps, click the name of the app and then click Uninstall.

    This works well for desktop apps, but those who use Windows 8’s Modern UI apps can follow these instructions to remove bloatware.

    Go to the Start Screen in Windows 8. Just tap the Windows key to get there.

    Right click any app you don’t need and click Uninstall.

    It’s easy to remove bloatware from your PC, but did you manage it successfully? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

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    Tags: Apps, Bloatware, Microsoft, Remove Bloatware, Software, Windows

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Add an External Hard Disk to Your Xbox, PS3, or PS4 

    If you’re a gamer then you have probably found the best deals on games are there when you buy digital copies. Along with that, services like Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus guarantee you a couple of free games you can download each month. But with current generation games clocking in at 50GB or more, the 500GB hard drive in your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 starts to fill up really quickly.

    You’re a little better off with a PlayStation 3 or an Xbox 360, where games will usually be under the 10GB mark, but the hard drives on those consoles were also smaller, so it’s still a problem. Since you can keep music and movies on the consoles as well, they fill up really quickly.

    Luckily, gamers can just plug an external HDD into the console’s USB port and use that make room on the internal drive. One thing you need to remember is that the hard drive needs to be formatted to use – this means that every single thing on the drive will be deleted before you can use it.

    If there is any important data on the drive, make sure you save it before going ahead with any of the steps below. Formatting a drive is an irreversible step and it can take hours, depending on the size of the drive, so make any backups as needed, and then start the process only when you know you have the time.

    Xbox 360

    The Xbox 360 will work with external storage of up to 32GB, in the FAT32 file system. For this reason, we would recommend using a USB thumb drive, instead of an external hard drive with your Xbox 360. While 32GB does not sound like much, this will allow you to save at least three full games, along with their save data, on one pen drive. If you’re a fan of indie games, then you will probably be able to fit a lot more in there.

    The one thing you’ll need to do is make sure the thumb drive you’re using is on the FAT 32 file system – some guides suggest that you can go directly to Step 7 and the Xbox 360 will format the drive for you, but we tried this with a couple of different thumb drives and that was not always the case. So, you could try step 7 first, but if your thumb drive is not detected, then start with Step 1.

    1. Connect the thumb drive to your Windows PC, and go to My Computer.

    2. Right click on the drive’s icon, and click on Properties. Under the name of the drive, it should state the file type. If it’s FAT32, then you can jump to step 7. Otherwise, you need to format the drive. This will delete everything on the drive, so back up any data you need to keep.

    3. The fastest way to convert it to FAT32 is to use the command prompt. First, press the Windows Key

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Make a Bootable USB Disk and Install Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP 

    Ever faced a virus attack on your PC? Have an old laptop that refuses to boot up one fine day, throwing up errors such as bootmgr missing or NTLDR missing? Your best option in both these cases may be to reinstall Windows on your computer. When you first use your computer, you’re prompted to create a DVD backup of your Windows install, but keeping a DVD safely and not losing it can be a bother. Being able to reinstall Windows using a USB you just keep nearby can be a big help, and to do this all you need to do first is create a bootable Windows USB drive. This is also very helpful if you bought a compact laptop – many smaller new devices don’t have a DVD drive.

    (Also see: How to Make a Bootable USB Disk for Windows 10)

    Remember you’ll need a working Windows install (any version) to do this – if your computer won’t boot, use a friend’s to follow these steps.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the process.

    How to Create a Bootable Windows 7 USB Drive

    The first thing you need is a Windows ISO or an image file. This is a virtual copy of a Windows installation DVD and you can source this legally from Microsoft without a product key. Here are the links for various edition of Windows 7.

    Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)

    Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)

    Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)

    Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)

    Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)

    Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

    You’ll still need a valid product key when you reinstall Windows so make sure you keep that safely.

    Once you’ve downloaded the Windows 7 ISO file, follow these steps to burn it to a pen drive.

    Download the Windows USB/DVD tool from here and run it.

    Click Browse and select the downloaded Windows 7 ISO file.

    Click Next.

    The next page asks whether you want to save this file to a USB or a DVD. Click USB device.

    Connect a pen drive with at least 4GB space to your computer. Make sure you back up all data on the pen drive to your computer as it will be erased during this process.

    Select your pen drive from the drop down menu and click Begin copying.

    When this process is complete, you’ll have a bootable Windows 7 USB ready.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Return Items Purchased on Flipkart 

    Our newsroom is full of people who mostly shop online, and it’s safe to say that many people reading this also buy a lot of things from sites like Flipkart and Amazon. But sometimes you get products that are not up to the mark for one reason or the other. If you bought something online but need to return it though, then the process is really simple as long as you do it right away.

    We’ve already explained the process for Amazon, but if you’re a Flipkart shopper, the process is equally simple. This is what you need to do:

    1. Go to your Flipkart Orders page.

    2. You’ll see a list of all your recent orders on this page. You can return items up to one month from the date of delivery, so don’t take too much time to do this. Find the item you need to return, and click the Return button on the right.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on July 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Switch Off and Turn On iPhone, iPad With a Damaged Power Button 

    If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, then you might not realise just how much you end up using the power on your phone. The home button is essential to navigate through your device, and the use of the volume buttons and the mute switch on the side is pretty obvious too, but if your power button stops working, you can’t turn your phone off – or back on again for that matter.

    It’s also pretty easy to damage, with external factors such as excess humidity or dust that can make it stop working. You can get by without switching off the iOS device, but it is always good to be able to turn the phone off if needed. These simple steps to switch off the device without touching the power button could come in really handy.

    (Also see: How to Add Touchscreen Home Button on iPhone, iPad)

    Open Settings.

    Go to General > Accessibility.

    Scroll down to the section labelled INTERACTION and tap on AssistiveTouch.

    On the next screen, toggle AssistiveTouch to the green On position.

    A white circle with a grey box will appear on screen. Tap this circle to expand it to a big box on screen.

    Tap Device.

    Tap and hold Lock Screen until the red-and-white power icon appears on screen with the text slide to power off next to it.

    Slide the power icon to the right to switch off the iPhone or iPad.

    That takes care of switching the device off, but what do you do if you want to turn it back on? If the power button is damaged, how else can you switch on an iOS device? The answer is – charge the device. Yes, just connect it to a power socket or to a USB port on any computer. The device will turn back on in a few seconds. As soon as the white screen with the Apple logo appears, you can disconnect the charger or USB cable.

    Have you used any other creative ways to switch off or turn on your iPhone or iPad? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, head to our How To section.

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: Apple, Switch Off iPhone, Switch On iPhone, iOS, iOS 8, iPad, iPhone, iPhone Power Button Damaged

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on July 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Automatically Delete Old Text Messages on iPhone, Android 

    Is your smartphone taking too long to load the text messaging app? Has the text message app begun stuttering when you scroll up or down the list of messages? Is your phone’s memory almost full and you need to get rid of some of that digital clutter? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you should consider automatically deleting text messages.

    Most of us get far too many text messages to manually delete each one of them. On our first Nokia feature phones, we could only store 100-odd messages in most phones, so we kept a close eye on all incoming messages. Today though, storage restrictions have seemingly vanished and the messages began piling up in everyone’s phones. That led to another set of problems – laggy messaging apps and storage woes. Reducing the clutter is actually pretty simple – you can set your phone to automatically delete old messages. This is how.

    iPhone

    On the iPhone, you can set the device to automatically delete all old messages. The only problem is that you can’t make any exceptions – you can’t change a setting that would allow all messages from a particular sender to stay even past the expiry date. If you want to save any information from a message, we suggest keeping a clipping in an app like Evernote. To set up automatically cleaning old messages, this is what you do:

    Open Settings > Messages.

    Scroll down to the section labelled MESSAGE HISTORY.

    Tap Keep Messages.

    Choose either 30 days or 1 Year. This will delete messages older than one month or one year.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Make Calls, Send and Receive SMS From Your Computer Using an Android Phone 

    The launch of iOS 8 in September brought a number of very cool features, with Continuity perhaps topping the list of enhancements. It allows you to make and receive phone calls and send and receive text messages using your iPad or Mac, as long as they’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network and Apple ID. This is quite handy if you’re working on your Mac and don’t want to switch back to the iPhone just to check a text or to receive a call.

    (Also see: How to Make and Answer Calls, Send and Receive SMS From Your iPad, Mac)

    If you’re using a Mac and an iPhone that’s a great feature to have, but Android users need not feel left out either. AirDroid gives Android users most of Continuity’s features and allows some things that’ll make Apple users jealous.

    Continuity also has a feature called Handoff, which allows you to pick up where you left off with apps. Whether it’s finishing an incomplete message on Mail or a document in Pages, these automatically sync across Apple devices with Handoff. Third-party apps such as Google Chrome also support this feature, but this is only available if developers choose to add it.

    (Also see: How to Enable and Use Continuity, Handoff Features on iPhone, iPad, and Mac)

    AirDroid doesn’t have anything like Handoff and doesn’t let you receive phone calls. It can mirror your Android device’s screen to your computer if your phone is rooted. This feature is useful if you want to use your phone’s apps on your PC. If your phone is not rooted, you only get notifications for text messages, phone calls, and from other system apps.

    Airdroid 3 lets you send and receive text messages, make and reject calls, receive notifications and transfer files via your computer. You control the phone using a Web client, so you don’t have to install any software, and can use the app simply by visiting a webpage on either your PC or Mac.

    Download AirDroid on your Android phone.

    Open the app on your Android phone.

    The app will ask you to create an account, but it is not needed. Just tap the tiny Sign in later button at the bottom.

    Now AirDroid will ask you for permission to show notifications on your computer in real time. Tap Enable.

    This will take you to the system settings for access to notifications. Tap AirDroid Notification Mirror service.

    A confirmation pop-up will appear. Tap OK.

    Now hit the back button on your phone to return to AirDroid. The app will now display a URL – http://web.airdroid.com – on the phone.

    Open the URL in any Web browser on your computer. You’ll see a QR code in the browser window.

    On AirDroid on your Android phone, tap the QR code image next to the URL. This will open the camera.

    Point the camera at the QR code in the browser window on your computer. The Android app will vibrate when it has scanned the code.

    That’s it, now you can get all Android notifications in that browser window. It’s quite similar to the way you connect WhatsApp Web to your phone. In the browser window you will see apps such as Screenshot, Camera, Music, Photos, Videos – all of these are self explanatory. You can access the phone’s camera via the computer, take screenshots, view and transfer photos and videos and listen and transfer songs as well. AirDroid makes it very easy to manage your Android phone from your PC as you can also see recent calls by clicking on Call Logs and backup apk files by clicking on Apps.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on July 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Check IMEI Number of Any Android Phone and iPhone 

    When you’re registering your phone, or trying to sell an old one online, you might be asked for your IMEI number. If you’re drawing a blank and trying desperately to find out what this number is, don’t worry. The IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) is a unique number assigned to every mobile phone sold via official channels. This number is very useful if you lose your phone, or if it is stolen. Police usually require you to mention the IMEI number when reporting your phone as stolen and, then, depending upon the local laws, your phone can be blocked from accessing networks or placing calls by blacklisting its IMEI.

    Note that an IMEI is associated with a SIM slot, so dual SIM phones will have two IMEI numbers. Similarly, tablets with cellular connectivity will also have a IMEI number.

    This makes the number important in emergency situations. And if the device is located, you can use the IMEI number to establish that it is indeed your phone. This is how to find your phone’s IMEI number.

    When you have the phone:

    How to Check Phone’s IMEI Number Using USSD code

    This is the simplest method of finding your phone’s IMEI number. The good thing about this method is that it is more or less universal. It works on almost all feature phones and smartphones, so try this before you go hunting for the phone’s bill.

    Dial

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on July 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Grant or Deny an iOS App Access to Your Location 

    Many of the apps you install ask for permission to access your location – and if the app seems useful, you’re going to allow it more often than not. But we tend to forget about this afterwards, and over time, you’ve got a dozen different apps that are asking for location information and draining out the battery. For both privacy reasons and practical concerns about battery life, this kind of usage is a problem. Or sometimes it happens you deny an app location access on first launch, but you may need to enable it later, but are not sure how to go about this.

    Some apps such as Zomato only use your location when you have the app open. Others such as Google Maps use your location even in the background. There may be a legitimate reason for this. In the case of Google Maps, it provides directions even when the app is not open. But that’s not the case for all apps that use your location.

    The easy solution is to just turn off the GPS altogether – but this means that even important apps you rely on can’t check your location. If your battery life is getting worse by the day though, or if you’re just not comfortable with certain apps sharing your location data, then you can turn off location access for just those apps.

    Here’s how to enable or disable location access for individual apps on iPhone or iPad.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on July 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Download and Install Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones 

    Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is now available to download. This is a pre-release version of Microsoft’s upcoming mobile operating system. You should only download this if you want to try a new operating system on your Windows Phone device. Since this is beta software, many of your favourite apps may not work on it and upgrading to it right now is not recommended on your primary phone as the preview is still very much a work in progress.

    If you have a spare Windows Phone device lying around or if you love playing around with latest (potentially buggy) builds of operating systems, then read on.

    Supported devices

    Currently, Microsoft says only six Lumia phones can download and install Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. These are:

    Lumia 630Lumia 635Lumia 636Lumia 638Lumia 730Lumia 830

    More phones will be supported in future builds, but for now only users of the phones listed above can try Windows 10 Technical Preview.

    Backing up your data

    This is beta software and hence can be very buggy. That’s why we recommend that you make a complete backup of your Windows Phone first. We have written a detailed guide on how to backup and delete all data on your Windows Phone device and you must go follow all the steps listed there before proceeding.

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