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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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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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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.

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The Best Entertainment Apps for iPad 3

Confused on what apps to choose for your iPad? Well, that’s no strange thing. With loads of apps in the iOS store, it is definitely a tough job. Here are some cool and best entertainment apps for ipad.

ZeeBox

Zeebox is best suited for people who like to loll around all day long on their favorite couches. All you need to do is to sign in and enter the name of your satellite or cable provider, and view all the programs on your iPad screen itself. You get a complete TV guide along with tit bits on actors and information about new shows.

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Walking Dead: The Game

This is a Game of the Year that has been launched on iPad available along with the PC versions. Telltale Games have put in a lot of research to improve its adventure games genre and has come out with an all time hit with Walking Dead: The Game. Strangely, the storyline focuses on morality and being humane, rather than the mundane guns and killing formula. All five episodes are available on payment of $4.99 as in-app purchases.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Rockstar is in its tenth year of existence, and to celebrate the event they have ported the classic console Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. You get transported back to the 80’s and the fun-filled South Beach. What’s more, the enhanced High Definition graphics with virtual controls make the game all the more dangerous and exciting.

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Max Payne Mobile

It is time now for you to enjoy Bullet Time on your iPad. This presentation from Rockstar’s Port from the original Max Payne is a game that is more than 10 years old, though not stale. The story and gameplay are still enchanting and good enough to grab and hold your attention. It costs just $2.99 to download.

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Chaos Rings II

This is another expensive game that may be appreciated by people who do not mind spending a lot of money on a game. This one too is from Square Enix RPG and has an elaborate gameplay and a storyline that is unique, maybe worth the hefty price one needs to pay. It is available on payment of $19.99.

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Bastion

Storm the Bastion and play this special game that has some splendid hand drawn stuff that are a treat to the eye. The narrator gives a fluid rundown that is catchy and attention gaining. This game needs to be appreciated by the player in order to be enjoyed. It is available for download for $4.99

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The World Ends with You: Solo Remix

Get propelled far into the future with Square Enix’s port that makes you go nostalgic with this classic. It is far advanced when compared to other iPad games that pale into mediocrity.  The crisp graphics and unique style seem to justify the high price. It is available for those willing to shell out $19.99.

Rayman Jungle Run

Close on the heels of Rayman: Origins that had all go gaga, you now have Rayman Jungle Run from Unisoft that is the next most popular game. The company has made its first app for iOS and seems to have succeeded rather well. It is a great running game with easy to use controls, with some splendid cartoons and matching sound effects.  It is available for download on payment of $2.99.

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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, N.O.V.A. 3

Get into your battle fatigues and be prepared to shoot it out with two of this action packed titles from Gameloft. The superior gameplay is sure to impress you, though the dialogues are a bit monotonous and boring to bear with. Try it if you please by paying $6.99.

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Space Settlers: The First Online Multi-player Sci-fi Game for iOS

If you are keen on Sci-fi stories and real-time strategy games, you may also love Space Settlers developed by Digiarty Software, Inc. in late 2012. This is the first online multi-player Sci-fi themed game for iOS devices including iPhone iPad iPod touch. The graphics are sharp, gameplay is easy, and the whole game is very addictive once you get started.

Graphics: It is created with dark blue color that makes you feel like walking in the cold outer space. All the hand-draw bases, buildings, weapons, and various accessories are splendid and of high level.

Storyline: It is about human intelligence and advanced technology. Based on Stephen Hawking’s theory and the discovery of God Particles, some explorers went to outer space for Dark Energy Crystal. It brought about space bottlers among different space settlers and legions.

The developer has released the first upgrade to Space Settlers with some new features:

  1. Added two PVE maps;
  2. Increased the upper limit of building and tech level to 60;
  3. Added a brand-new game mode “Land of Challenge” so that players can find coordinate [0,0] to take challenge ceaselessly. The winner will be awarded chariot accessories and weapons of high levels;

and so on.

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Now let’s take a closer look at this online iOS game.

It features in mech combat which allows players to load their weapons according to their desires. Currently there are 25+ mech chariot types and 100+ accessories to meet players’ different needs. But remember in mind, to upgrade your weapons, you should gain more Dark Energy Crystals.

Besides, it is also real-time strategy game. It asks intelligence to fight with enemy legions/players, to gain more Dark Energy Crystals, and to occupy more planets. So, it is also important to choose legion before joining in.

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You will also find Space Settlers interesting as you can invite your friends to fight with you together and chat with them online.

How to play Space Settlers?

  1. Download it for free from Apple App Store:
  2. Install it on your iPhone, iPad, and on iPod touch.
  3. Choose a server and create an account. Now totally 3 servers are available: Doom, Dawn, and Daylight.
  4. Start building your base and collect Dark Energy Crystals.

You can also visit the developer’s site here: http://www.iphogame.com/spacesettlers/

Speed up your Android smartphone – 5 Excellent Ways

For the popular Android smartphone to run smoother, the simplest way is to “sacrifice” the effect of the operating system.

Although the performance of each device depends largely on the hardware configuration, but with these tips, you can somehow get a “tonic” to speed up your Android smartphone with low configuration.

Turn off Screen Animation and Animated Wallpapers

If you want your Android smartphone to run smoothly, you need to understand your needs for shiny or flashy speed of the user interface. Since a highly configured interface demands more memory, it needs to be customized.

To help alleviate the burden on the limited hardware, the simplest way is to disable wallpaper (Live Wallpaper) as well as other animations, on-screen menu effects, unlock screen features etc.

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The choice of regular static wallpaper instead of Live Wallpaper is recommended on most versions of Android.

In addition to turning off the animations, users should only install the most commonly used and basic applications in order to speed up the Android hardware devices. This is because most of the applications are installed on a special memory called ROM, which has limited capacity and cannot afford to upgrade or expand.

Turn off automatic synchronization, high-speed data network connection

Today’s most popular smartphones are equipped with 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS etc in order to increase their ability to connect to the user. However, if you regularly use these features, your Android device not only becomes slow, but also consumes more battery power. In addition, the automatic updates in the background also contribute to the increased burden on the system with low configuration.

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Turn off the connection when not in use

Therefore, this feature should only be enabled when needed. You can disable / enable these features via the “Power control widget” simply and quickly on most of the Android versions.

Free up RAM to Speed up your Android smartphone

With Android operating system, an application that has been activated and closed by the user will only end, once the application process is freed completely from RAM. This helps to restart the application every time you need to be faster. However, with the low-end smartphone, saving the application will consume a significant amount of RAM, causing the machine to run less smoothly.

Some suggest that the release of RAM completely by the end of this application is a bad habit. However, in the case of RAM, limiting capital equipment while increasing application data “ballooning” is often a nuisance. In addition to freeing up RAM manually, you can use applications such as Android Booster or Watchdog Task Manager if the ROM’s memory capacity is in “abundance”.

Remove Unnecessary widgets

The different widgets on the Home screen or the different screen interface of the smartphone also somewhat affect the performance of the device. Since Widget is an application, more and more applications mean more wastage of memory resources.

To contribute in “offloading” the low-end smartphone, simply remove the unnecessary Widget from Home Screen interface as well as the screen interface of the operating system. This not only helps the smartphone run smoothly but also makes it easy to manage or arrange the widgets on the screen.

Remove the pre-installed applications

As mentioned above, most of today’s smartphones are preloaded with its applications. This causes annoyance especially when the memory capacity is limited. However, you can remove these applications from your system with the help of apps like Titanium Backup and Root Uninstaller easily. These two applications are compatible with almost all versions of Android.

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Must lock an application on Android 4.0

With the Android operating system version 4.0 or later, users can easily block a pre-installed application by selecting “Settings Apps All”, then select the name of the application to be disabled, press the Disable button, then OK. However, disabling the application does not completely remove the application from ROM. Therefore, if you want to delete this application, you also need the help of one of the two tools mentioned above.

I hope these 5 tips on how to speed up your Android smartphone with low configuration have helped?

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5 Best Cooking Apps for Android

With the coming of the phones run on the Android OS, the very definition of mobile devices used to commute with others changed. These pocket equipments emerged as a mini universe that one can grab within his fists. Several apps were designed, compatible with an android phone to make the mobile using experience a better edge. When on one hand, some apps allows one to play his favorite games in his device, there are some really cool cooking apps for android. These apps are found in abundance over the internet. Some are available for free, while for the rest one would have to pay a certain some of money.

This article aims at giving a quick overview of some of these exclusive apps.

1. Cooking Master

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One has to mention the Cooking Master app at the first of the list. Here, you get the opportunity to become one of the most celebrated chefs once you have fed the hungry patrons. This is one app which shall keep you hooked to it. With the kind of speed this game offers, you shall be able to serve your customers as fast as possible.

The gaming process is also very simple. One would need to keep on tapping the food, the pan etc and finally to serve the dishes.

2. Ice-Cream maker

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For kids who have a fascination for cooking games, the Ice-Cream maker is going to be a treat. One, who has this app in his mobile, will be able to virtually prepare his favorite ice creams. There is hardly a soul, who doesn’t like ice creams and if it is a personalized ice cream with delicious taste and awesome look, no matter even if it is a game, you will surely have your mouths watering.

3. Make Juice Now

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This is another fun-filled cooking game for the kids. Kids always have a thing for fruit juices. Now they can prepare one for themselves by installing Make Juice app in their respective android mobiles.

4. Cupcake-Maker

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Just like ice creams and juices, cupcakes have their own fan following. Now to be able to prepare a personalized cupcake you would need to download this free app in your android device. You will be playing the role of a chef and decorate or design a baby cake or a wedding cake all by yourself.

You would then need to bake it and your cupcake would be ready to be served. This app is again meant for the kids. The plethora of colorful toppings, creams and decorations make the game all the more exciting.

5. Make Cookies

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Another fun-filled cooking app, meant especially for the kids (most of these apps are meant for the kids) is the Make Cookies apps. If you are cookie lover and desire to prepare your own cooks, here is your opportunity, well virtually of course.

The above mentioned five best cooking apps for android phones are just a few names amongst a plethora of names. There are several websites from which one can download these apps. So happy Cooking!

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Now You Can Hear Every Word You Type on iPhone with Speaking Keyboard

The far-famed VoiceOver screen reader used on the Mac has now been made available as a default feature on iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS. It’s proudly known as the world’s premier gesture-grounded screen reader that will allow you to enjoy the amusive yet user-friendly iPhone even if you see the screen. It is truly commendable that VoiceOver allows you to access using easy gestures to physically interact with the icons on the screen. With VoiceOver you can easily touch the screen and hear the verbal description of the icons pressed followed by a drag or a double tap on the screen.

VoiceOver interacts with you as it can naturally discern the location and context of the objects on the screen. This allows you to truly sense how everything appears on the screen rather than just the narration of the descriptions. It lets you know every single detail such as battery status, Wi-Fi, Time of day, Display changes, and even if the screen is locked or unlocked.

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It allows you to adjust the speaking rate to the best the suits your listening ability and special alert effects for each application that you open or when a message appears and more.

How it works:

All you need to enable the VoiceOver is just the latest version of iTunes and a PC. Its going to be a little different yet simple gestures like instead of tapping to open an icon, you’ll just need to tap the button to hear the description and then double tap the same to open the icon.

When you select an item on the screen, a black rectangle cursor appears around the item. This is mainly used when your sharing you phone with someone, else it includes a screen curtain that hides the display of the cursor so no one gets to read without your knowledge.

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Texting:

When texting or emailing, you will be able to hear the echoes of each character as you touch the keyboard which also confirms when it’s entered. Also to type more accurately and quickly, if offers word prediction that suggests the accurate spelling of each word.

With the option called Speak Auto-text, you can let your iPhone speaking the suggested word automatically using sound effects as you type. This feature can be ignored by continuing with you typing or simply pressing the space key will have the iPhone type the words on your behalf.

Applications:

This VoiceOver works exceedingly well with all the built-in applications that come default with iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS. The rotor navigation can also be used on web pages that contain common items like images, links and so on.

If you are looking for a revolutionary iPhone that enables you to make the applications VoiceOver compatible, then your search ends here. No matter what, this iPhone 4S, 4 or 3GS will certainly be a treat to you. This new feature of VoiceOver will make history!

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