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How To Calculate Noise Level Of Your Surroundings Using Windows Phone

If you have ever been into a situation when it turned to be a necessity for you to calculate noise level or have you ever been curious to know the noise level of your surrounding, then it’s very easy to calculate it using your mobile phone, you don’t need any extra device to calculate noise level.

I have seen few of the searches on the same noise measurement for Android but not for Windows Phone. Therefore, I decided to cover Windows and Android both in this article.

Calculate Noise Level Of Your Surroundings Using Windows Phone

#1 ToolKit for Windows Phone is a free windows app you would like to take in use to calculate noise level of your surrounding.

It is a multipurpose app with other features too, that I’ll cover later in this post, to calculate noise level using noise meter tool is one of the coolest feature available in #1 ToolKit app.

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While I find the room quite peaceful to write and compose this article #1 ToolKit app show the surrounding quite a noisy. Take a look at the screenshot for the different dB (Decibel) mentioned accordingly.

You can download the #1 ToolKit app from your windows phone store. Also, check out other feature available in the app.

Set 1: Ruler, Compass, Protractor, Level

Set 2: Flashlight, Mirror, Magnifier, One Tap

Set 3: Unit Converter, Currencies

Set 4: Noise meter, Recorder

Set 5: Timer, Stop Watch, World Clock, Speed Meter

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Calculate Noise Level Of Your Surroundings Using Android

Deciber is the free app available in Android store, using it you can calculate noise level of your surrounding. It measures the frequency as well as the sound pressure level around you.

One of the interesting features of the app is to share the noise level of your surrounding when you are at a noisy area. Imagine sitting in a noisy restaurant, and sharing the noise level around you on social media. Interesting? Get the app.

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You can download the Deciber App from your mobile’s Android store.

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TARS: WhatsApp Personal Assistant

Imagine, chatting with your virtual assistant on WhatsApp bring you real stuff in no time, will that be wonder to you? Introducing – TARS, a WhatsApp based personal assistant – WhatsApp them whatever you need and they will get it done for you.

Unlike, Cortana, TARS is a sort of artificial intelligence program takes help from local agents. And, do Google search on your behalf, makes phone call, do reservations, book flights, help you find reviews, compare prices, order Pizza on demand, get you a Plumber etc. In short, makes your life simpler and get you everything while you do what you love to do – messaging.

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HowTo: Use TARS?

As this is Beta release you can make only one request at this time. Operating from 10am to 10pm. You need to visit them here – to sign up with your number. You will be then added to their waiting list. Once you get clear you will soon get a WhatsApp invitation.

However, you can request the same by saving this number – 9900876785. It will again give you the same mentioned signup process. So better visit them and sign up.

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TARS – Completely Free Service

You don’t have to pay a single penny to use their services. Like you do normal chat with your friends – free of cost on WhatsApp. You do the same with TARS WhatsApp personal assistant.

You only have to pay for the order you demand. For example: you order a pizza, book a train ticket or taking appointment of a physiotherapist. Remember TARS doesn’t charge any additional amount on any of the order you place with them.

For payment process, you will be send a payment link, powered by Instamojo, this link has 128-bit encryption and securely transmits information to the respective banks for payment processing.

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TARS Knows You

TARS will ask you the relevant information like your mail or address the first time he needs it to serve you. And this help this personal assistant remember you.

Where can I use TARS?

Remember, for travel bookings TARS can help you for any place in India. But for local services, TARS knows all the places only in Bangalore. TARS will be coming to other places soon. However, local agents, Google, to help you get relevant information. And you do not need to install any App for it. Just chat/message right from your WhatsApp.

I might have not introduced WhatsHash here as it was limited with few hashtag giving you limited information but TARS are incredibly good.

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Simple Steps to Install WhatsApp Web for Windows Phone

The most awaited update on WhatsApp is now released today called WhatsApp Web. Though, I have been waiting for VoIP calling feature on WhatsApp but WhatsApp Web is also a great feature they have added up for Windows, also for Android, unfortunately it’s not available on iOS.

What is WhatsApp Web

Now you can send and receive messages from your Google Chrome browser (right now it’s only with Google Chrome) just as you use on your Windows Phone. You don’t need to check your phone continuously while working everything of WhatsApp will be on your browser with WhatsApp Web.

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WhatsApp Web for Windows Phone

I have been trying to test this feature right after WhatsApp updated its blog. But couldn’t get it how as it was not mentioned clearly on it. Let’s see how you get WhatsApp Web installed on your browser using your windows phone.

Updates WhatsApp on Windows Phone

To install WhatsApp Web on your Google Chrome you need to visit this link where you find QR Code that you have to scan using your Windows Phone. And, to have that scanning feature you need to update your WhatsApp

If it’s not set automatically for Windows App. Open up your WhatsApp > Settings > About > update. It will take few minutes to download 17MB update. New versions 2.11.634.0.

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Once your WhatsApp is updated open up your WhatsApp, look for menu, and there you will find a new feature WhatsApp Web.

Click on WhatsApp Web under WhatsApp Menu of WhatsApp and visit here. Scan the QR Code and you are ready to use WhatsApp on Google Chrome.

This new version allows you to see when someone’s typing directly from the chats list, along with the blue ticks from the same list – something very cool!

Update: Using WhatsApp right through Google Chrome gives lot of relaxation. I’m having fun with this new feature. Keep exploring and let me know if something new comes with it.

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5 Dumbest Reasons for Not Using Antivirus on Mac

“That’s it! I’ve had it with these viruses. I’m buying a Mac.”

How many times have you heard someone say this or something like it? Usually, it’s followed by the claim that Macs are immune to viruses, so you don’t need to install antivirus on mac.

That may have been the case a decade ago, and truthfully, for the most part, Mac computers are less susceptible to viruses and malware than their PC counterparts are. The explanations for this vary, but usually hinge upon the fact that until recently, Apple had a much smaller share of the market, making it less profitable for criminals to develop harmful programs for Macs.

Over the last few years, though, Apple’s market share has grown exponentially, making their computers a more attractive target for cyber criminals. This means that you can no longer stick your head in the sand and assume that you’re safe from viruses simply by virtue of having a Mac. In short, you need to install antivirus for Mac, and if you’re using any of the following excuses to avoid doing so, then you could be asking for trouble.

1. Antivirus on Mac is all FAKE

Again, perhaps the greatest misconception about Macs is that they do not get viruses, and therefore don’t need protection against them. This is simply not true. Macs can get viruses. In just the last few year, viruses and Trojans have infected more than half a million Macs, such as the Flashback virus and “Pintsize” Trojan, which defeated security software and caused data leaks. While experts suspect that OS X targeted attacks may be a few years off, they also agree that going forward, the operating system will become a prime target and there will be more viruses designed specifically to attack the machines. Not to mention, Macs can be “carriers” of viruses that infect PCs, meaning that even if your machine isn’t affected by malware, you could inadvertently spread it to others via email. In short, you need antivirus protection to keep the bad software off your machine.

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2. I Don’t Go to “Bad” Sites

Most Internet users recognize that there are certain websites — and types of websites — that are more likely to cause an infection than others are. You might think that you’re in the clear because you never visit porn or gambling sites, but you’d be mistaken. Hackers have devised ways to attack even legitimate websites so that anyone who clicks on the site will have malware installed on their machine. Malvertising, in which harmful code is hidden in legitimate advertising, is a growing problem, for example, as are “watering hole” attacks, in which hackers attempt to gain access to targeted networks via a popular website. Since you can never be sure whether a website is completely safe, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

3. My Email Programs Scans for Viruses

Most email programs, including Gmail, run a scan of incoming messages and attachments to check for viruses. However, since most users are fairy savvy when it comes to identifying potentially harmful messages, criminals are finding new ways to hide viruses. Common file attachments, including PDF and JPEG files, can contain malware that email programs may not detect, so antivirus protection is important as a second level of security.

4. I Keep My Machine Up-to-Date

Installing updates to your operating system, applications, and plug-ins is one of the easiest and most effective steps to a safe machine, but even if you are diligent about installing updates, malware can still slip through the cracks. Remember, cyber criminals are now looking for ways to infect OS X, and are actively looking for security holes that they can exploit. Automatically updating antivirus protection can help protect against zero-day exploits and other crimes of opportunity that can infect your computer.

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5. I Don’t Run Windows on My Mac

Most experts recommend that if you are running Windows on a Mac, you should install antivirus protection to keep your Windows programs safe from infection. Even if you don’t run Windows on your machine, though, you should consider installing an antivirus application. Again, Macs can be carriers of harmful code, and if you ever do decide to run Windows on your machine, or share files with someone else who does, you could inadvertently spread the virus.

Antivirus programs for Apple products are affordable, easy to install, and don’t hinder the operation of the device. Protect your investment by installing antivirus on mac — it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

How To: Save Money on Phone Bill

Landlines are on the wane. With more and more people choosing to use mobiles as their main means of communication, many customers only have a phone line in order to have a home internet connection, and many providers are now offering the option of broadband without the need for a landline.

It’s surprising, then, that more people don’t use Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, an alternative to traditional phone services that is usually cheaper and arguably better than using a mobile.

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How To Save Money on Phone Bill

Using the internet and messaging services such as Skype, VoIP provides cheap, often free calls to another computer or a landline anywhere in the world, whether or not the other party is signed up to the same service. Those with friends or family in far flung places find these services invaluable, while most users can save money on national or local calls too.

How VOIP Save Money on Phone Bill

VoIP customers can use a headset, often Bluetooth or wireless, to talk over the internet, or an internet phone designed to look and feel like a traditional telephone while connecting easily and offering extra services such as video calls. Some internet phones plug into a computer’s USB port, while DECT cordless phones can be used anywhere in the home. These can be easily found at electrical retailers like Tesco. There are also adapters which enable existing corded or cordless phones to connect with VoIP services, and dual use phones which can switch between the internet and the landline network.

Some Drawbacks of VoIP

The drawback of VoIP is that the quality of the call can sometimes be less than with a landline, with lags and loss of data interrupting calls. Like cordless phones, VoIP phones are susceptible to power cuts, where a traditional phone, which draws power from the telephone network, would still operate. More seriously, not all VoIP phones support calls to the emergency services, or allow an emergency call to be traced by location.

For most households, a combination of VoIP services, for free or cheap calls and video calls, and a landline, for better sound quality or just for emergencies, will cover all needs. I hope this is going to save money on your phone bill! <Image Credit>

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MiniTool Review – Power Data Recovery Personal License

MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal License Review

If we just delete files and empty recycle bin or delete a disk partition by mistake, there is still a chance to recover the lost data by ourselves, and MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal License can complete this work. Unlike other data recovery apps which just contain single data recovery feature, MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal License provides users with all-sided functions to recover files lost due to most logical errors.

Similar to most data recovery software, MiniTool Power Data Recovery is able to recover shift-deleted data or data which have been emptied from recycle bin, so this is not the outstanding aspect. It stands out due to functions to recover lost data from deleted/lost/formatted partition, recover digital media files from portable devices, and recover data from CD and DVDs. All its functions are shown on the main interface clearly:

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We have used all these functions and found detailed prompts are given in every interface. Take recovering deleted data for example. After selecting “Undelete Recovery which is specially designed to recover deleted data, we can see the following window:

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In this interface we are prompted to select the partition where mistaken deletion was made and click “Recover button to scan the drive. After scan, all found files are listed:

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Since there are so many files listed, we used “Find file to locate the target file and used “Advanced Filter” to filter out useless files. Moreover, “File Preview” feature allows us to preview some less than 20MB files. All these features are useful and time-saving. After finding needed files, just save them to another storage device.

To keep better data recovery effect, we should pay attention to the following 2 aspects which are suggested by MiniTool:

  1. Do not download and install the data recovery program to the partition where data loss appears.
  2. Do not save recovered data to the original partition or external storage device.

If we ignore these tips, lost data may be overwritten and cannot be recovered any more.

One can visit here to check their packages – Link

Moreover, if we have used MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal License to recover lost data, “Load Result” feature which is located in every module will be quite useful, for it can load scanned files directly without us rescanning the device, thus saving much time.

Furthermore, Power Data Recovery Personal License supports all the latest disk technologies, such as dynamic disk, GPT disk, large-capacity disk, and SSD. Just do data recovery on these disks at ease. It allows us to recover unlimited data files.

Nevertheless, though MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal License can meet most data recovery demands, it is not perfect. To be specific, it cannot be used on Windows server or commercial environment. For business purpose, we need to purchase $119 Commercial License. And we suggest that users make use of this data recovery program in accordance with actual demands.

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How safe is Your Facebook Profile Photo?

How safe is Your Facebook Profile Photo?

Do you think publishing photos on Facebook under ‘only me’ or ‘only friends’ keeps your personal photos safe from strangers?

If you really think doing this makes your Facebook profile photo safe at Facebook then you are absolutely wrong. Maybe it’s a loophole or maybe Facebook know this, whatever it is, your photos can easily be copied in its original size you uploaded.

Who Can See Your Facebook Profile Photo?

When you upload your photo on Facebook by default it is set as public means anyone having Facebook account can access your photo in its original size. But this is something you don’t want it. Few want their Facebook profile photo to appear only to their friends, few set it for custom list, while others make it public. If you set your profile photos as public then this is something you shouldn’t be worry about but if you want your Facebook profile photo safe then this is something for you.

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The above screenshot is of a random profile I got while searching out of someone else… However I’m tying this tweak with a public figure so that no one has any personal issues related with their Facebook photos.

How to View anyone’s LOCKED Facebook Profile Photo?

Just need to do some tweak and you can view/download anyone’s Facebook profile photo in its original size it was uploaded.

Just open anyone’s Facebook profile by entering their Facebook username or access through Facebook search. Here I’m using Zareen Khan verified profile.

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Once you are on their Facebook profile. Right click on their Facebook profile photo and click as ‘Copy image URL’ as shown in the below screenshot.

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Now open a new tab in your browser and paste the link you have copied in the previous step.

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Now find this code in the URL and delete it (click the image to see in large size). You will see photo in its original size once you delete the highlighted code as mentioned in the screenshot.

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Here is it how it looks once you remove that code from URL.

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Conclusion: I don’t want people to use this tweak to download/hack others Facebook profile photo but want Facebook to fix this error so others may not face any such issues in future. People should not afraid posting their photos on Facebook. I have few female friends, they just don’t want to upload their real photos on Facebook as they are afraid, if they upload their photos someone from other side will copy it. I’m sure if they read this, they surely not going to trust Facebook again.

Tips: Till Facebook fix it, you can reduce your profile photo from whatever size it is to 160x160px before you upload so that if someone tweaks it, it doesn’t appear in full size. In fact it will appear in 160x160px which is like security from hackers. Lets see if this seek attention of Mark & keep our Facebook profile photo safe.

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Tricks and Tools to Promote Your Mobile Strategy

By 2017, it’s expected that 25 percent of all online retails transactions will be carried out through mobile devices. Even now, the number of customers making purchases on their mobile is exploding. Most of this occurs on tablets, though mobile phones also contribute a hefty number.

Simply stated, this is what makes your mobile strategy so important. Fewer consumers are spending much time in front of a computer screen. Instead, they are migrating to their mobile devices—at least when it comes to leisure time and shopping. If your site is not optimised for mobile in one way or another, then the products and services that you are marketing are simply not going to receive the attention they deserve.

Likewise, if your company does not have a clearly defined mobile strategy (i.e., a plan through which you will capture consumer contact details and convert those into bona fide sales), then you are going to end up missing out on the single biggest slice of market share.

Even so, relatively few companies have a strong and cohesive marketing strategy. Many that do have a place have been forced to throw one together hastily, due largely to the fact that data related consumers’ mobile behaviour is still evolving. Every time a new study comes out, those companies that are dedicated to operating on the cutting edge of market research are forced to update their mobile strategy.

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To that end, we are going to examine three core elements of any well-thought-out mobile strategy: site design, app building and integrated payments.

Mobile Strategy – Site Design

In the past, most companies would simply create two sites—a standard site and another for mobile. The latter would be activated when the site sensed that the incoming user was accessing it from a mobile device. Those days are numbered, and many experts advise against creating two dedicated sites.

This is where responsive and adaptive design comes into play. In its purest sense, a site that redirects mobile users to an auxiliary site could be classified as responsive. However, there is a growing trend to create sites that can be presented across platforms. They respond to the pixel dimensions of an available screen and organise content accordingly.

If you run a website through a WordPress platform (as many small businesses do), then you’ll need to install a theme that responds well to a mobile environment. Studiopress is a popular theme designer with consistently high marks. See a list of their responsive WordPress themes here.

Mobile Strategy – To App or Not to App

There is currently a great deal of debate centred on whether a company needs a mobile site at all. You see, we are also seeing an increasing number of mobile users ditching their on-board browser altogether in favour of app environments. Rather than navigating to a particular website to read information or make purchases, they simply load up the app and go from there.

With that in mind, companies with well-designed apps may indeed be able to capture a greater share of consumers’ screen time. Of course, this requires plenty more in the way of development resources, and it certainly isn’t going to save the company any money. However, a well-built app offers a seamless process—capturing contact details, providing special offers and easily facilitating online payments. If your company is just getting started with a mobile strategy, you can use a free app-builder (such as Como App Maker) for a limited trial. If you like the product that it creates, there are several plans to choose from.

Mobile Strategy – Integrated Payment Tools

Major corporations across the planet are racing to build payment platforms that are fast, easy to use and totally secure. Of course, this is a sensitive area, and missteps pave the way to extreme cases of fraud and other forms of abuse. Apple’s mobile strategy is still emerging, while Google Glass now has an app (Ease) that allows users to confirm a payment (in Bitcoin) simply by nodding. Of course, some insist that capabilities like this are only going to make equipment like Glass more appealing to thieves.

In terms of payment tools, the most important consideration is how accessible and popular your payment platforms are to your buyers. If you are still looking for ideas on this front, consult this list of 26 mobile payment solutions compiled by Business News Daily.

This guest post is written by: Emma Calderon, a freelance writer at WickedWeb, one of the most reliable providers of services in digital brand engagement in the UK. They offer an extensive portfolio of brand and industry clients. If you would like to guest post at RealTimeTricks, check our guest posting guidelines.

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How to Use New Twitter Design Effectively

Twitter began rolling out a new redesign for their social media platform to beta testers several months ago. This new feature has now been given to everyone, should they choose to accept it. Eventually we are all going to have to use it, so let’s make the best of this new Twitter design.

How to Use the New Twitter Design

The new Twitter redesign focuses on highlighting your best content, and dividing it up into more categories. Think of the highlighting aspect as a ‘sticky’ thread in a forum. These are the new ‘pinned tweets,’ not to be confused with the ‘pins’ of Pinterest! These pinned tweets stay at the top of your feed for as long as you want.

The new header images are also designed to feature your one great piece of (visual) content.

Twitter header photos are similar to Facebook pages header photos

The new header photos are now eerily similar to Facebook. While this is a bit disappointing, due to it being terribly unoriginal, it does give us the chance to learn from our past and current Facebook profile pictures. You can even use your Facebook profile as your new Twitter header if you’re pressed for time. Or lazy. The photo below shows Mashable using the new Twitter header:

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If you don’t have anything to draw from, here are a few ideas for your Twitter header image:

  • Run a contest that gets your fans taking photos of your products, or anything else that’s related to your business, and use them in a collage.
  • Get everyone in the office together to give your fans a ‘behind the scenes’ photo. Or show your fun side and have everyone dress up as character from a popular TV show. The Office seems appropriate…
  • If you want to use photos of your products and services, be sure that they’re unique to the Twitter header and interesting enough to get someone to look twice.

The same old marketing techniques will not cut it in today’s online world; the same static marketing photos will also not work. See that Mashable header up there? It’s distinctive with their blue, currently relevant with Obama making an appearance, and FUN!

Use pinned tweets to drive emotion

Your pinned tweets are the written equivalent of your header image. They need to have immediate emotional impact. Consider pinning tweets that:

  • Contain a fast approaching event
  • Have exciting announcements in them like new product, new locations opening, contest winners
  • Popular tweets that were shared, retweeted or favorited often
  • Any kind of tweet that can acts as a summary of your brand message

Each one of these should have this in common: they create emotions amongst your followers.

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Mashable has a fun example above about an impending event, the Gay Pride Parade. There are bright, eye catching colors, photos that show some history, and ahndy #Hashtag to connect it to other people discussing #Pride2014.

Use your @-replies wisely

The new redesign also has the goal of organizing conversations better. That’s difficult given the nature of Twitter. What they have done is take any tweet that starts with an @-reply and considered it part of a bigger conversation. It will now not appear in your main feed, only in that specific conversation.

Here’s an example of a tweet that won’t go into your main feed:

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Write it like this to get around this feature:

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The three types of tweets you can view

Twitter’s new design is all about helping you make more sense of many tweets, just like how their recent analytics upgrade helped you make more sense of your data. Another way that they’re dividing up conversations is by content. You can now view tweets by:

  • Tweets with replies
  • Tweets with nothing attached
  • Tweets with photos and videos

The new Twitter design sets your updates to automatically show tweets with nothing attached, and filters out @-replies, as I demonstrated above.

You can choose to view tweets with photos or replies in their specific new tabs, another aspect of how Twitter is trying to organize your conversations for you a little better with their latest new design.

This Guest Post is written by: Ernest, he is the social media writer over on the Viral Tactic blog. He writes about successful viral marketing campaigns, social media marketing techniques, and current events related to this digital world. If you would like to guest post at RealTimeTricks, check our guest posting guidelines