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[How To] Download YouTube Videos on PC/Android

YouTube is one of the most used website for videos, for some it provides relentless entertainment while many seek knowledge that is being offered by several vloggers on YouTube. Not only the PC version, but even the mobile app is equally adored, so much that it has been a subject of several accolades throughout the year. YouTube is easy and efficient in finding and playing videos. However, if you are willing to download videos so you can watch it later or share with friends who for some reason can’t access the website, then there is a slight problem. YouTube by default doesn’t support the downloads of the videos on either Android or your PC. So what shall be done under this situation? Since we are talking about both Android and your PC here, we should move on to the PC first. There is a very handy, little program called ClipGrab and it allows you to download and even convert your favourite YouTube videos. That’s not all, it even lets you download videos from other sites such as Daily Motion or Vimeo. So without further ado, let’s get to the process. Continue Reading →

Root Sony Xperia Z2 on The Latest Firmware

Sony announced the company’s current flagship, Xperia Z2 back in February, earlier this year. The phone quickly managed to get a lot of positive reviews. Although the phone was quite similar to the predecessor in terms of design and some technicalities as well. It was a completely improved version of Xperia Z1. The camera was now capable of recording videos at 4k resolution, as well as shooting slow motion videos known as Time Shift. There was an upgraded processor (Snapdragon 801) more RAM (3 gigs instead of 2 gigs) and more battery (3,200 mAh instead of 3,000 mAh) and a better built quality as well as protection against dust and water.

The phone was released with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat on board, ever since then, Sony’s consistently provided stability updates, and after each update the root was wasted. Sony recently released another update that patched the last rooting method and made it impossible to root. Thankfully in the Android world, nothing is actually impossible. Thanks to the folks over at the XDA, the way to root the latest Xperia Z2 firmware is finally here. The best thing about this method? You can root the phone regardless of the state of your boot loader and it hardly takes 5 minutes to complete the rooting process. All you need is some basic Android knowledge and you are good to go.

The process uses a Root kit which can also use other Xperia phones such as the Xperia Z1 and Xperia SP. Continue Reading →

[How To] Hide Albums on Your Android

Own an Android phone but tired of people invading your gallery and going through your images without your permission? Well one of the best things about owning an Android is the freedom it provides you to control your device however you want. Luckily, the same freedom allows you to hide the specific galleries you don’t want people to see because sometimes they contain important and even private stuff. Another best thing here is that you don’t really need a 3rd party app who only has the feature to hide your galleries. All you need is a little bit of Android knowledge and one small yet extremely handy file explorer. In case you are wondering if this process is tricky it is isn’t, all you need to do is to create a simple file called nomedia, if you are still not convinced, you can always use Quickpic which also serves as a third party gallery that will let you hide your images. As for the gallery features, it is one of the best 3rd party gallery apps, it serves both in the looks and functionality department. So without delaying the concern at hand, let us begin. This tutorial also helps you get rid of unwanted albums such as the album arts of the music you have on your phone or the images those annoying ads download by themselves. Continue Reading →

How to Fix Infamous Google Play Errors

Google’s Play Store is undoubtedly one of the best app stores with thousands of handy apps that fit in almost all the categories. Be it games, productivity, entertainment, personalisation. The store has basically covered almost every thing you can want. The store has an amazing amount of both free and paid apps so there’s always a lot to choose from.  But despite being nearly perfect, the store has a lot of issues as well. Most of the time the issues can end up frustrating you because they simply stop you from downloading or updating any app you need to.

The errors are almost always random so you can never tell when you are going to encounter one. They’re even different at times, leaving you confused. But if you are one of the many people who has faced these errors and managed to find what’s wrong with the device. Thanks to extensive trial and error, we’ve managed to eliminate few of the most common errors and also found the reasons why these errors occur.

You can check out the errors and their possible solutions listed below. In case you know about more errors, feel free to let us know. Continue Reading →

[How To] Flash Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google revealed the much awaited Android L (name and version number not final yet) yesterday at Google I/O, and it is everything Android enthusiasts were hoping and more. For starters, Google once again did a complete UI over haul, the last time we saw such a drastic change in UI was when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released. So what’s new in Android L? Basically, every thing you once knew is now improved and revamped. It’s high time you say goodbye to the Holo style UI because Google has completely replaced the old Holo UI with Material Design. Now to those who are wondering why replace such a practical UI? Well, it was getting old, and a bit boring considering how the whole UI felt static.

Apart from the UI overhaul, Google even changed the run time. Instead of using the ancient Dalvik, Google has finally moved on to ART (Android Runtime) which first debuted in an experimental stage on Android 4.4 Kitkat. This means that all the applications will now be compatible with ART. Google also redesigned the notifications, and the recents have more of a Cards UI. Other than that, Google has added a lot of animations that help the whole UI look much more dynamic. For example, dialing a number will leave some animations on the numbers you will be pressing, In short, every system app has been redesigned keeping the Material Design in mind.

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[How To] Root HTC Desire 816

Unlike other company’s like Samsung and Sony, HTC didn’t announce the flagship at MWC, back in February. However, they came up with a mid-ranger device that managed to get a pretty good amount of hype. Despite being a mid-ranger, the Desire 816 offered a pretty decent package.

The phone-cum-phablet came with a 5.5 inches of screen that offered 720p resolution, 1.5 gigs of RAM, 8 gigs of internal storage which was expandable via micro SD card slot, 13 mega pixel camera on the back and a 5 mega pixel camera on the front for self shots. There’s a quad core Snapdragon 400 under the hood clocked at 1.6 gigahertz,

HTC Desire 816 comes with Android 4.4.2 Kitkout of the box layered with HTC’s latest Sense 6.0 UI, the phone is available in both single and dual SIM variants. There’s a 2,600 mAh non-removable battery under the hood. The reviews so far have proved to be positive, with smaller draw backs regarding the aesthetics of the device as well as sub-par battery life and speaker loudness, but nothing to drastic. Continue Reading →

[How To] Share Files From One PC to Another

When it comes to computers, file sharing is one of the most common thing we see in our every day life, and ever since the number of computers in one house has been increased, the demand of file sharing took the same hike. Though a lot of people know how to easily share files using a flash drive or a portable hard drive, but if you are sitting far from the PC which has the file you need, then you wouldn’t want the conventional method. There is another way through which you can gain access to the files you need stored in the other PC and it’s fairly simple.

All you need to make sure is that both PC’s are connected to the same internet and have home groups created, this guide also tells you how to create a home group in case there isn’t one already.

Note: This method has been tested on Windows 7 and all the releases after that, but is currently being used on Windows 8.1. Continue Reading →

[How To] Root OnePlus One

The Chinese start up company OnePlus quickly took the world by surprise when they announced company’s first smart phone the One. As odd as the name sounds, the One ended up being truly the one. The smart phone was officially announced in April. OnePlus’ one was deemed as the flagship killer. Considering how powerful the phone actually was, the title given to it was quite suitable. Prior to the announcement, there were a couple of leaked AnTunTu benchmarks in which OnePlus One clearly bested devices such as Galaxy S5, Note 3, and Xperia Z.

So… what is so special about this device that everyone wants to get their hands on it? The answer is pretty simple. OnePlus One is the most affordable flagship in the market as of yet and is offering the best specs we’ve seen in any of the phone. The One comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processor with each core clocked at 2.5 gigahertz, there’s an Adreno 330 under the hood for all the graphical work, there’s 3 gigs of RAM on board, the phone has a 5.5 inches of display that offers a full HD resolution with a pixel density of 401 ppi. On the back, there’s a 13 mega pixel Sony Exmor camera that offers 6 element lens instead of 4 that we usually get in a lot of phones these days. The camera is capable of recording videos at 4k resolution as well as slow mo videos at 720p. On the front, there’s a 5 mega pixel camera.

OnePlus’ One comes in two variants, one with 16 gigs of internal storage (Silk White) and second in 64 gigs of on board storage (Sandstone Black) However, there’s no micro SD card lot. The phone will be running on exclusively built Cyanogen Mod 11S that is based on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, the device also covers almost all the basic and advanced connectivity options. Lastly, there’s a 3,100 mAh Li-Po battery that will be non-removable.  Continue Reading →