10 Surprising Android Facts You probably Didn’t Know About

Android is one of the most popular OS in the world, ever since it initially launched in 2008, the now Google owned OS has made tons of record in terms of user base and device availability, Here are some interesting things that you may not know about Google’s mobile poster boy:

  • Google Didn’t create Android itself, it was bought from the company named “Android Inc” in the year 2005. Android was founded by Andy Rubin, who is known as the father of Android. 
  • Android was originally built as an operating system for digital cameras.  Later on, it has been changed to focus on smart phones.
  • The first Android phone to hit the market was HTC dream Aka T-Mobile G1, it was launched in 2008.

  • As of now, Androd is the most used operating system in the world. The market share of Android beat Microsoft’s Windows recently.
  • Android versions names are in Alphabetical order, we have reached to N which is Android 7.0 and talks are that Android O will be called Oreo. 
  • Name of each new Android version is based on the sweet treats or desserts. Take a look yourself: 
  • Cupcake- Android 1.5
  • Donut – Android 1.6
  • Éclair – Android 2.0
  • Froyo – Android 2.2
  • Gingerbread- Android 2.3
  • Honeycomb- Android 3.0
  • Ice Cream Sandwich- Android 4.0
  • Jelly Bean- Android 4.1-4.3.1
  • KitKat- Android 4.4-4.4.4
  • Lollipop- Android 5.0- 5.1.1
  • Marshmallow- Android 6.0-6.0.1
  • Nougat- Android 7.0-7.1
  • During the time Android came out to the limelight (Around 2007) Nokia made a statement: “we don’t see this [Android as a threat”, after bought and sold by Microsoft, the company launched its first Android phone in 2017. 
  • Also, In 2010, Anssi Vanjoki who was, at the time, CEO of Nokia, said that using Android is like a Finnish boy peeing his pants to stay warm.
  • Android is also being used as OS on Google Glass, Smartwatches and even some satalights launched in space. 
  • Samsung could buy Android in  2005, but the South Korean Phone manufacturer refused because they did not see any potential in the OS.

Bonus: First Android phone did not have 3.5 mm audio jack, so, Apple was not the first company to have ‘Courage’. 

Know about any other interesting fact about Android? Share with us in the comments below.

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6 Things that Android Phones Can do, But iPhones Can’t

The war of smartphone operating systems is summed up to a clash between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS during the last decade. Both giants had been regularly updating themselves to match the requirements of the new era. Android, on one hand, has expanded its multifunctional abilities to new horizons, iOS on the other has brought much flexibility to give an equal competition. While both have their pros & cons, iOS has its design and structure pretty much fixed and it offers far less personalization than Android that all users are aware of. However, there are few key differences that make Android a bit privileged still more.

Those 6 notable functions of Android are delights to its users that iOS does not yet provide. Moreover, what we are mentioning are not some die-hard techy stuff but key functions that every user needs someday.

6 Things that Android Phones Can do, But iPhones Can’t

True Multitasking

Multitasking in Android 7
Multitasking in Android 7.0

Most important facility Android by default provides is working simultaneously on two windows, and with Android 7 Nougat, this is officially a part of OS available on all Android phones. Though, it had been functional in many earlier Android phones too. Apple’s iOS has something similar for iPad, but for iPhone, users have to do without it. It binds them to one App at a time.

Call Recording

Automatic Call Recorder in Android
Automatic Call Recorder in Android

iOS has some complicated third-party apps for recording calls but that too is not hassle free. While on Android all it needs is to turn on Automatic Call Recorder and it gives you AMR files for all calls that you can manage whichever way you want.

Photo Syncing in Background

Google Photos can sync photos in Background on Android
Google Photos can sync photos in Background on Android

Apple has no APIs to sync the content in the background. Thus your iPhone cannot sync the photos with your cloud account while your phone is standing by, or is at charge. iCloud though can be smoother than other cloud account but that has limited 5GB storage and has a high cost if you want to buy additional. Google Photos on Android provides Unlimited backup for photos and it not only syncs your content in the background, you can also set it to only sync when it is standing by or charging.

Having Guest User Accounts

With Guest Account and multi users account enabled, Android provides a Windows PC like facility with your phone. You can handover your phone to others with guest login on. All your data stays safe in your account while the guest can easily surf internet or play games seamlessly. iPhone has a strict no to multiple accounts. As soon as someone else can operate your phone all your data will be laid open to them.

Better Caller ID and Spam Filtering

Truecaller on Google Android
Truecaller on Google Android

Truecaller is the most popular crowdfunded directory to know the details of callers while ringing. With Android, it can privide full functionality but on iOS, you can at times see a spam caller identified only as spam. And with no multi windows available, it goes too hectic. Same applies for true-messaging where iOS prevent you from a better management of your SMSs.

Connecting to PCs and Macs Easily

With only an Android phone you can get a plain USB connection to PC and an option to use your phone’s internal or external memory as a USB device. With iOS you have to install lengthy software (iTunes) and have to set up your apps to have it connected to your PC properly.

Owning to those 6 key features, looks like Android secures its position pretty ahead in functionality while iOS stands a neat second. What do you think? Share with us in the comments below…

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How To Use Data Saver On Google Chrome?

Did you know that you can easily install data saver for Google Chrome which can save you in mobile bills? Here is how you can save data on Google chrome

For folks who are not lucky enough to find fast Wi-Fi on the go, Mobile internet bills might be costly if you use a lot of data. If you use LTE or 3G to connect to the web, you might want to spend a couple of minutes to make sure Google Chrome uses as less data as possible. In this post, we will discuss how you can use data saves on Google Chrome web browser.

Saving Data on a Desktop Computer Running Windows, MacOS or Linux

Last year, Google released the beta version of an extension simply called Data Saver to minimize some data usage. Now that testing is complete, anyone running a recent version of Google Chrome can use it to reduce data consumption.

To Install and enable Data Saver on Google Chrome:

  • Go to Chrome web store and search for Data Saver.
  • Click on +Add to Chrome
  • When asked select Add Extension.
  • Click on Data Saver icon from Chrome’s toolbar and make sure that it is enabled.

data saver on google chrome

Once you have installed Data saver, you can see data consumption and other site specific details by clicking on Details in Data Saver settings. If you need, you can click on Reset Data to erase all records from details should you choose to.

chrome data saver details
Chrome data saver details

If you are using a mobile hotspot, you might want to use metered connection on Windows 10 to prevent PC from using mobile data in the background.

Using Data Saver on Chrome for Android

If you are using Google Chrome 52 or newer version on your Android Phone, you can enable Data Saver without installing any extension (Chrome for Android does not support extensions anyway).

  • To enable Data Saver in Chrome:
  • Open Google Chrome app on your Smartphone.
  • Open menu and Select Settings.
  • Under Advanced, Tap on Data Saver and Toggle it to On

If you want to decrease data usage further, you may want to consider Opera Mini; it is optimized to use less mobile data. Alternatively, you can learn some tricks to block ads on your Android Phone as they might be consuming a lot of bandwidths.

But How Does Data Saver Work?

Data Saver passes all of Chrome’s network traffic through Google’s servers. These servers compress the files using algorithms and minify the code that is then sent to your computer. These compress elements are smaller in size, and this is why they save some of your data.

There is a catch, though: Google’s Data Saver does not work for encrypted traffic. Any HTTPS site data is processed as if there is no data saver installed. Hence, social media network and other secure traffic are uncompressed, and it will consume the same amount of data.

Do you know about any other trick to save data on Chrome browser? Share with us in the comments below.

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6 Simplenote Tips and Tricks You Should Know

We recently reviewed Simplenote; it is a great minimal note taking application that is perfect for people who just wants a straight forward tool to jot down text wherever they are and whatever they are doing. While The UI of Web Apps, Mobile Apps (or ever Desktop apps) is a toolbar-less and minimal, there are many features in Simplenote that first-time users might miss. So, to help you in getting most out of the service, here are some of the best Simplenote tips and tricks that you should know.

Use Markdown to format text

If you have been using the app and never tried Markdown, you are missing probably the best feature of the app. In all the apps, you won’t find to make text bold, add hyperlinks or do any other formatting. Instead of having buttons to do that, Simplenote relies on Markdown – a markup language to stylize text.

You can enable Markdown in any Simplenote note by clicking on Info button and then clicking on the toggle next to Markdown.

Enable Markdown in Simplenote
Enable Markdown in Simplenote

You can learn more about it here, but following are the basics to get you started:

# Name of heading one

## This is heading 2

### this one is heading three

*here is italics text*

**This text is in bold**

***Here are both at the same time***

[This is for a link](http://gettinggeek.com)

Writing the above will look like the following in Simplenote:

markdown example in simplenote

Export all your notes

If you like to keep a local backup of all your online activities, Simplenote has got you covered. Strangely, the desktop apps don’t have an export feature, but you can export all of your notes in a .zip format using the official web app.

To export all your notes from Simplenote:

  • Go to app.simplenote.com
  • If asked, Enter your email and password to sign-in
  • On the top left corner of the window, click on your email ID.
  • Click on Download Zip

Sync Simplenote with other note taking apps

Unlike Microsoft Onenote or Google Keep, Simplenote can be accessed using third party apps; there are not many out there, but if you need something specific, the available ones are worth checking out.

Probably the most popular is nvALT 2, it is a simple Mac app to take notes quickly using keyboard shortcuts. Once installed, you can sync your notes created on nvALT with Simplenote by heading over to Sync in settings and entering your Simplenote credentials.

Some other apps are ResophNotes (for Windows) and nvPY (for Linux)

Publish your notes to the web directly

Probably one of the unique features of Simplenote is its ability to let you publish notes directly to the internet. If you need to share a note with a lot of people where you are not sure if they use Simplenote, you can use this feature.

To publish a Simplenote note to the web:

  • Click on Share button in the app
  • Select the Publish
  • Toggle the Make public link to On.
hpw to publish notes in simplenote
Publishing notes in Simplenote

Once you are done, you can copy the URL of note and then share it with others via email or social media.

Set a Passcode on Simplenote

Many people use note taking apps to save valuable data that might be personal, if you have saved some sensitive information in the app, you might want to prevent others from accessing it. To do this, both mobile apps (iOS and Android) support setting passcodes on the app to prevent anyone who does not have the passcode.

To set a passcode on Simplenote app, do the following:

  • Open the Simplenote and go to Settings.
  • Under Pin Lock, tap on Turn PIN Lock On
  • Create a PIN and re-enter it to verify.

Once you have done that, the app will automatically lock itself on the phone.

Currently, there is no option in desktop apps to set a passcode or password, however, it may be added in future.

Learn Keyboard Shortcuts

You can only be as fast as you type on a keyboard, if you know how to perform certain commands on your keyboard, there will be less need to take your hands out of it and to reach the mouse.

Here are keyboard shortcuts for Windows version of Simplenote:

Ctrl-n Create New Note
Ctrl-f Move focus to the search box
Ctrl-+ Increase font size
Ctrl- – Decrease font size
Ctrl-0 Reset font size

 

And following are the keyboard shortcuts of Mac version of Simplenote app:

Command-n New Note
Command-p Print Note
Control-tab Move focus to tags
Command-l Move focus to search box
Command-+ Increase the font size
Command- – Decrease the font size
Command-0 Reset font size back to default

Have other Simplenote Tips and Tricks?

Do you know about other Simplenote tips and tricks that others should too? Which feature of the app do you love most? Share with others in the comments below.

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Microsoft Arrow Launcher Review: Better Than Google’s

In the crowd of launchers, Arrow shines because of its quality, level of details and value, you can learn more in our Microsoft Arrow Launcher Review.

If you ignore Windows 8’s horrible UI for a moment, one can see that Microsoft has mostly done a good job of creating user interfaces. There have been no groundbreaking innovations done in UI by the Redmond giant, but as long as it is about making good UIs and Shells, I think Microsoft has done consumer software justice.

In recent years, Microsoft has been working hard at making mobile applications, not just for the ill-fated Windows Phone, but also for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Arrow is a custom launcher that company released for Android last year and has been improving since then, here is my review of Microsoft Arrow Launcher.

Microsoft Arrow Review

 

Basics, Installation and First Impressions

Arrow is available in Google Play Store, and like most Android Launchers, it is free. But while most free launchers ship with a paid version or use ads to monetize, Microsoft keeps Arrow impressive clean by making it free without any ads. Microsoft still aims to get something from users -we will discuss that shortly

The download size is small – around 8 MB – and it doesn’t take much space on your phone’s internal memory, you can’t move it to SD card, but that’s acceptable considering how light it is.

I installed it on three devices, the first one being a 4.5” phone, the second one was a 5.5” phablet, and the last was a 7” HP Android Tablet. The launcher did install on Tablet but spend a few seconds with it on a large device, and you will understand that Microsoft has not optimized the app for tablets.

The Launcher does not work in Landscape mode and thus, if you are on a tablet, you will be better off with Google Now Launcher or some other one.

On a small device that you use in portrait mode, however, Arrow makes a great first impression. The upon install, your Wallpaper is changed, and Arrow asks you a couple of questions to set up app shortcuts for you

The app shines with its multi-page home screen and Customization

Traditional launchers have more than one pages that let you arrange app shortcuts and widgets across these pages; it is a bit different in Arrow Launcher. Instead of letting you add icons and widgets on any page, Arrow Launcher has pages dedicated to some tasks. There mainly five pages that you need to know about:

  • A To-Do List: You can create and check off to-dos and if you have WunderList, even see and work on a list from the home screen by signing into the app from settings.
Arrow launcher home screen
Arrow Launcher’s Home Screen
  • A Recent Contacts Page: The page contains some contacts that you have called recently, you can tap on a name to call or text that person, it is very handy if you call some contacts frequently.
  • A Recent Files Page: One page is dedicated to recent files that you have opened on your phone.
  • A Widget Page: There is a Widget page too, you can add widgets by tapping and holding on the page and choosing Add Widget from the next screen. Once the screen is filled, you add other widgets by scrolling vertically, a smart move, however, for many people letting users create a new widget page would be better.

arrow launcher home screen

  • An Apps Page: The page contains recently launched apps

Apart from these pages, Arrow has some other nifty tricks up its sleeve to make further customizations. There is a dock at the bottom area of the screen that can handle four apps by default. You can swipe up the dock to reveal five additional quick launch apps and a set of quick toggles that you can customize by pressing and dragging any toggle. Below the toggle, there is a brightness slider too that I don’t care much about Android already has one in the notifications.

Arrow Launcher App Drawer
App Drawer

Customization

Customization is a high point for Microsoft Arrow. The launcher has some beautiful wallpapers, and it can also change to bing’s photo of the day automatically. Apart from wallpaper, you can also use custom icon packs from Google Play Store.

You can change how icons appear in the home screen, but you can’t make any changes in App drawer -except for hiding apps. App Hiding is done in the settings and it once you have hidden marked an app as hidden, it won’t appear in in-app search as well.

The default search engine is (obviously) Microsoft’s own Bing, but you can change it to Google or some other from settings.

Unlike Google Now Launcher, Arrow lets you tweak icon density and size, and it has a High-performance mode to make it smooth on low-end devices.

You can also enable double tap to lock. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to wake your phone by double tapping the screen if your phone doesn’t support it.

All is not great, though; Arrow does not have a built-in way to lock specific apps with passwords or patterns. To password protect applications such as WhatsApp, you will have to install and use some other apps such as AppLock. Also, Arrow does not have support for any gestures which may be a bummer for customization freaks.

The Microsoft Ecosystem Focus

Arrow is free, and it does not have any Ads in it to let Microsoft monetize the app. Instead, Microsoft wants you to be in its software ecosystem. You don’t have to have Microsoft Office 365 or WunderList to use the app, but if you have these and you use these services daily, Microsoft Arrow shines. I don’t use Office 365, but I am a WunderList user, in my case, having the ability to see and check-off tasks without using widgets or going to the app is really convenient.

You can sign into a Microsoft Account, WunderList account and Microsoft Exchange accounts using to use all features of the launcher.

Final Thaughts

Microsoft Arrow is one good launcher, Microsoft beats Google in its own game by making a beautiful, fast and feature packed launcher for Android. It is not perfect, but Microsoft gets more things right than wrong, and in the crowd of launcher apps for Android, Arrow shines because of its quality, level of details and value.


Have you used Arrow Launcher? Did you like it? Share with others in the comments below.

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4 Sure Ways to Make Windows 10 Boot Faster

Nobody likes seeing a loading screen before he can get something done, here are some of the best ways to make Windows 10 Boot faster on your computer.

Nobody likes seeing a loading screen before he can get something done. Time taken by a Computer to boot depends on a lot of factors, the biggest one being the speed of Hard Disk itself, some of these can’t always be changed, but there are many ways to make your Windows 10 Boot faster.

In this guide we will discuss some of the best tricks and ways that can lower the waiting time for you to get work done on your computer.

Enable Fast Boot Option

Fast Boot works a bit similarly to Hibernation, it will save the hassle of setting up and testing every device connected to computer at the time and booting at as a result, this will save some real time in starting your computer from cold boot. To Enable Fast Boot simply follow these steps:

  1. Search for “Power options” in start menu.
  2. On the left side of Window, click on “Choose what the power buttons do”
  3. Click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable”
  4. In Shutdown settings, make sure that “Turn on fast startup” is enabled.

enable fast boot in Windows 10

Stop Apps from automatically Launching

On a new installation, Windows 10 has very few apps that run automatically on computer startup. But, as you keep installing apps, some automatically launch after the computer is booted. This can make your computer take more time to boot.

Task manager make windows 10 boot faster
Task Manager

Aside from enabling Fast Boot, you can also make your Windows 10 Computer boot faster if you disable auto starting apps. On Windows 7 or older versions, you have to install a third-party app to do this. But Windows 10’s Task manager has features to turn off Startup applications. To prevent apps from launching at the boot time, do the following:

  1. Press CTRL+SHIFT+Esc to open task manager.
  2. Click on Startup tab.
  3. From the list, click on app that you want to stop from automatically starting and click on Disable Please keep in mind that some things may misbehave if you stop any system process. So, before stopping any app, just google about it, or best, keep system apps and Drivers enabled.

Related: How to use Task manager like a Pro

Defrag your Hard Disk

defrag hard disk to make Windows 10 boot faster
Disk Defragging

Hard Disks are prone of getting slow if they are fragmented, defragging your Windows partition can really help you if you have never done that. To defrag the Hard Disk on Windows 10, simply do the following:

  • Search for Defrag in the start menu.
  • Click on Defrag and Optimize drives.
  • On the new window, select your Hard Disk partition and then click on Optimizeto defrag the Hard Disk partition. If you are using a computer with an SSD, you can ignore defragging.

Enable and Use Hibernation

This may sound like cheating, but Hibernate is probably the best way to get your Windows 10 Laptop boot up as fast as possible. Hibernation is a process in which the operating system makes a backup of all data on RAM on a file in hard disk and when the next time the PC is started, reads data from hibernation file and continues where you left from. Essentially, it is like normal sleep on steroids. To enable Hibernate, just:

  1. Search for Power options in start menu.
  2. On the left side of Window, click on Choose what the power buttons do.
  3. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
  4. In Shutdown settings, click on Hibernate to turn it on.
  5. Click on Save Changes

Recommended: What is hibernate and why should I care?

Other Things to consider

If your computer still takes too much time to start and you want to make Windows 10 boot faster, there are some other things you should try.

Check your PC for Virus and/or malware

An infected PC may take too much time to boot, try running an Antivirus if you don’t have one. In case you already have an antivirus, update it and then run a system wide scan. Once the infect files have been cleaned, your computer should boot quickly.

Check your PC for registry errors

In some cases, problems in registry such as fragmentation or corrupt entries make the computer slow in booting process. Fixing registry issues can be a big help in making your computer boot faster. To check your computer for registry errors, you can use a free app CCleaner. To check your computer for registry errors, do the following:

  • Open CCleaner
  • Click on Registry on left side of the window.
ccleaner registry cleanup
Registry cleanup on CCleaner
  • Select Scan for issues and then wait for the app to scan your registry.
  • Click on Fix selected issues After that, CCleaner will ask you if you want to make a backup of registry, you can skip this by clicking No, then simply Click on Fix all issues.

ccleaner registry cleanup

Upgrade to an SSD

If you are still using a computer with a Hard Disk Drive, you are seriously missing out. SSDs are now pretty affordable and migrating your Windows installation to an SSD will make Windows 10 boot really faster. If you don’t know what SSDs are and why are they better, read this post that explains difference between Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives.

Recommended: What is the difference between SSD and HDD?

Have any other tip to make Windows 10 Boot faster?

How do you make your computer’s startup time faster? Share with other in the comments below.


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Coolest Google Chrome Flags That You Should Enable

Chrome is packed with awesome tweaks and tools to make your browsing better, follow this guide to become a chrome power user by using Google Chrome Flags.

Google Chrome has always been choice of users because of speed and simplicity, however, Google has also kept power-users and geeks in mind while developing the Browser and there are dozens of hidden settings that only Power-users know about. In this post we will discuss some of the coolest Google Chrome Advance settings that you can use to make web-browsing with Chrome even more better.

As already know, the settings in Google Chrome are fairly limited and straight forward. Rather than listing all the tweaks, the settings section of Chrome contains only necessary options and dialog boxes. This is fairly enough for users who don’t want to get lost between too many choices, but, it may be disappointing for gooks and power-users who are interested in making the browser better suited for their needs. Luckily, instead of offering advance settings and under-development features in Settings, chrome has a separate Flags page. This page has the following URL:

chrome://flags

If you go to the page, you will find dozens of options, settings and under-development features. But most of them are too technical for normal users and due to too a long list of options, it is likely that you may skip a really cool feature or advance setting. Now, let’s take a look at some of the best Google Chrome Flags that you should enable.

Never Enter Credit Card Details Manually Again

Entering your credit card details on a tiny on-screen keyboard could be painful and time consuming. Google has added support for credit card scanning while entering payment details on a billing/payment page. Just enable this Chrome experimental feature and you won’t have to enter card number manually from the next time. Obviously, you won’t be able to use in on a desktop computer.

#enable-credit-card-scan

Discard Tabs when you are low on RAM

You should know that Google Chromes uses a lot of RAM. If your Laptop/MacBook has low RAM, running more than a few tabs can slow down your computer by taking up all the memory. You should try to upgrade your RAM in these situations, but, if it is not possible, you can enable a Chrome flag to Discard open tabs from memory when memory is full. Once the tab is discarded, Chrome will reload it again when you switch to it. It may consume more data, but if you have a decent internet connection, you will be good to go.

#automatic-tab-discarding

Chrome Flags to enable Material Design

Google is betting big on its material design, Chrome users will eventually be upgraded with it, but, if you wish, you can enable it for your browser right now. Just enable the following Chrome flags and restart your browser.

Material design in the browser’s UI

Google Chrome Material design
Looks Better ? I think so

Perhaps, it will be the most notable change that can be on your browser, the flag has 3 different options to choose from. Personally, I like the I like the Material option more than Material Hybrid as it looks more polished and a bit closer to the Android version of Google’s flagship browser.

#top-chrome-md

Get Material Design Extensions Page

material design google chromme extension page

After you are done enabling Material for the top UI, you may want to switch to a better looking, material design extension management page. Enabling the following flag will do that for you.

#enable-md-extensions

Enable Material Design User Manager

google chrome flag - material deisgn user manager
New user manager

Once enabled, this flag will change the button in the avatar menu to the new Material Design user manager.

#enable-material-design-user-manager

Get History page in Material Design

google chrome history
Material design chrome history page

This experimental Google Chrome flag changes the default History page to a newer, slick material design history page. There is one good addition though, the material design history page has infinite scrolling rather than requiring you to click on Next to see older history

#enable-md-history

Save passwords automatically

By default, Chrome asks you if you want to save the password after you have logged-in on a web site, you can enable a chrome flag to do the same without asking you on all sites. After enabling, Google Chrome will save the password automatically after you have entered your password on any site.

#enable-automatic-password-saving

Enable Clear browsing data counters

This simple tweak will show you data size that will be erased when you clear he Browser History.

 #enable-clear-browsing-data-counters

Save Page as MHTML Files

Enables saving pages as MHTML: a single text file containing HTML and all sub-resources Generally, when you save a web-page on Chrome, the page is saved in a HTML file. If there is any image or script with the page, it is saved in a separate folder that has the same name as the HTML file. It should not be a major problem, but there are always good chances that these folders will be lost if you copy or move HTML files. The MHTML format is a way of solving this problem. Once you have enabled this experimental Google Chrome flag, Chrome will save all pages in MHTML format. In this format, all files related to the webpage are stored in a single MHTML file. So there will be no chances of losing the files.

#save-page-as-mhtml

Get Smooth Scrolling

Google Chrome is one of very few browsers that disable this setting by default and keep it buried so deep that most users won’t notice. Smooth scrolling makes using your mouse wheel to scroll feel a bit more natural. However, if you are a Windows user, you are out of luck as of now as this flag is only available for Linux, Chrome OS and Android

#smooth-scrolling

Tab audio muting UI control

Don’t you just hate when one in a dozens of open tab plays audio and you can’t find any mute button on the home page. By default, to mute an open chrome tab, you need to right click on the tab and select the Mute tab option from the menu. After enabling this Google Chrome Flag, you will be able to mute any noisy tab just by clicking on the speaker icon next the tab name. This powerful chrome flag is currently not available for Android, but you can do the same on your mobile devices through the notification panel.

#enable-tab-audio-muting

Drive Search in Chrome App Launcher Chrome OS

This advance Google Chrome Flag is currently only available for Chromebooks. After enabling this flag, you will be able to search for your files stored in your Google Drive account. Files from Drive will show up when searching the Chrome App Launcher. If you are a big-time Drive user, this can save a lot of time for you considering you won’t have to fire-up the app every time.

#enable-drive-search-in-app-launcher

What if something goes wrong

Before you enable any of the above Chrome Flags, keep in mind that Google considers them all as experimental. Although most of the time, these works well, you may face some problems in a few exceptional cases. If you are having any problem after enabling any of the above flag, just disable it. If you can’t find the flag you enabled, you can reset all flags at once by clicking on Reset all to default on the top right of Google Chrome Flags page.

google chrome flags

Have any question? drop a comment below.

Why ReadyBoost is Not Working (And How To Make It Work)

Many times. Windows ReadyBoost may not benefit you in performance , Here is why is it happening to you and how you can solve this.

Windows ReadyBoost is a great way to gain some extra performance from PCs that have less memory. Instead of having to storing Superfetch files in RAM, these files are stored in the USB thumb drive. I know it sounds promising, but many times, instead of helping someone in improving the performance, ReadyBoost has dragged down the performance of PC.

I recently received a mail from Getting Geek reader Patrick

Hi Saurabh,
I have a PC with 1 GB of RAM and it runs on Windows 7. I recently learned about ReadyBoost and gave it a try. I plugged my 4 GB USB 2.0 key on my computer and then set-up the ReadyBoost on the computer.
But surprisingly enough, I felt that my computer has become slower.
Why did my PC became slow and am I the only one who has felt that? 

Well, Patrick has a great question, we will discuss it in details below.
For starters, lets first discuss what Windows ReadyBoost is and how does it work.

Windows readyboost
Setting-up the Process

What is Windows ReadyBoost

Supperfetch is a technology that was introduced with Windows vista. In this, most used apps and files are loaded from Hard Disk to RAM when the computer Boots or is in ideal mode.

In Readyboost, the superfetch files are stored on a USB Drive rather than storing them into RAM, freeing up some load form RAM and thus, it can improve computer’s performance in theory. It works well if you are using a USB storage that is faster (or as fast as) than your computer’s Hard Drive.

Why is my PC Slow, even after I am using ReadyBoost ?

Just plugging a USB Drive and enabling ReadyBoost doesn’t guaretee better performance, your computer must meet some condition. Here is why your PC is not benefitting from ReadyBoost :

You Are Using a Slow USB Drive

Using a slow USB with turbo boost will be exactly like inserting a Scooter engine on a ferrari. You should check if you are using a USB 2.0 or older USB thumb drive.
Swapping process from RAM to USB will take more time to transfer if the USB Drive is slow at reading or writing Data.

You are Plugging USB into a Slower USB port

This might be the biggest limitation for a older PC. If you don’t have a really high end PC, it will have both, USB 3.0 Ports and USB 2.0 Ports. If you are plugging your USB thumb to a USB 2.0 Drive, the performance will suffer as 2.0 Ports are much more slower than USB 3.0 Ports.

You are using a SSD but still trying to use ReadyBoost

SSDs (solid state drives) are much faster than traditional, mechanical hard disk drives. In most cases, Windows will not let you use ReadyBoost on systems that have SSD installed as SSD will be probably faster than your USB thumb drive, in case Windows is letting you use a turbo boost, it will definitely make your performance look slow as the transfer speed will be limited.

How Can You Get best possible Performance from ReadyBoost

Improving performance from ReadyBoost is not that complex, however, you should always try to follow these tips.

Use a USB 3.0 Thumb Drive

ReadyBoost can be as fast as the drive that you are using, USB 2.0 Drives may be OK for storing data for longer times, USB 3.0 should be your go-to choice if you are going to use the drive for ReadyBoost. 3.0 Drives are a bit more expensive than USB 2.0 drives, but the performance upgrades are more than just worth the money.

Plug the thumb drive on a USB 3.0 Enabled port

This may be a deal breaker if you are running an old computer, however, in case of most recent computers, there is almost always a USB 3.0 enabled port. To differentiate a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port look for its color. Almost all makers color USB 3.0 Ports into Blue or Sky-blue port, for use in ReadyBoost, always plug your USB key in that port.

Don’t try to use ReadyBoost if you have an SSD

SSDs are generally faster than USB keys and not to mention that SSDs are cheaper on price per GB basis. If you have an SSD already in your computer, there is no need to try running ReadyBoost.

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SSDs are faster than Hard Disk Drives

Upgrading your computer is the only way to get permanent performance

Sure, you can get temporary performance boost with Windows ReadyBoost. But, the only way to get a real performance boost will be upgrading your Computer.
In case your work is limited by too much open task or running large memory hungry apps, you should try upgrading your RAM, I have discussed in past about how much RAM you should have on your Laptop.

If your work speed is limited by your Hard Disk Drive, you should really consider upgrading to an SSD.

Read Next: SSD vs HDD , Which one should you choose.


If you have a question too, just drop it here.

5 Best Microsoft OneNote Alternatives For You

Granted that it has some good perks, still, Microsoft’s OneNote is bloated and slow, replace it with these best Microsoft OneNote alternatives.

There is no doubt that Onenote is by far one of the most powerful note taking applications available today, but what if you are looking for something that does the same without having the  problems of Microsoft Onenote?  Don’t worry,  in this post we will cover the best Onenote alternatives for Windows.

Why you may be looking  for Onenote alternatives?

Microsoft Onenote is a good note taking  gem for many people. It has a great feature set and it is completely free to use,  Still it has its own set of problems.

While the desktop versions is feature packed, it is resource hungry as hell. If you have not yet upgraded to a SSD, The app takes some time to load.  For some users,  the UI if Onenote is too complex and confusing to use at first.

While Onenote has acceptable performance at syncing, the mobile apps are too big for entry level iPhones and Android devices. Also if you are a fan of markdown,  you are out of luck. If any of the above is a concern for you, you should also consider switching for a better Microsoft Onenote alternatives.

Simplenote

Simplenote is a better Microsoft Onenote alternative if you are looking for a minimal note talking app that supports Markdown. Simplenote was recently bought by auttomatic, the company behind WordPress.  The app is available for free and it is completely cross platform.  You  can use it even on Linux and the Web versions is also good enough to use.

Simplenote
Simplenote has a really simple UI

The biggest draw back is probably lack of image support. Simplenote is tiny in resource usage compared to Onenote,  sizing around 6 MB for the Android version.

Good for: Programmes,  people who are looking for simplicity and want it for free.

Google Keep

Google Keep is a simple Google service to store notes and to do lists. The app is available for Android and iOS,  but there is no desktop applications available right now.  Keep may be a better Microsoft Onenote alternative for you if you are a regular Google app user and you want note talking to be as simple as possible.  Also Keep has tight integration to Google’s other services such as reminders and mail.

Keep has full supports for stoing images which may make it a bit better than SimpleNote.

Good For: People who want simplicity but still some more features than Simplenote.

EverNote

You saw that coming didn’t you? EverNote has been a long time rival to Microsoft Onenote. And there is a good reason for this too. EverNote has a fantastic web clipper and the app is a bit easier to use and undersatnd.  The openiion may be defferiend for everyone, but, I find the android app better than Microsoft’s offering.

Evernote has both Paid and Free version,if you are using the free tier, you are limited to less data upload per month and online only access, but once you have paid for it, you get some of the best Note taking experiences currently available.

evernote pricing
EverNote is more expensive than OneNote

So who should Evernote is for? Keeping its price in mind, if you don’t like Microsoft’s product line, EverNote may be the best Microsoft Evernote alternative for you.

Apple Notes

Not everyone is runninng an installaton of OS X so it can be easily undrstoond that Apple Notes is often ignored. Still, it is a really good and simple note taking sollution if you are using any Apple device.

Apple Note is available by default on almost all apple devices, in case you don’t have access to your iPhones or MacBook, you can still access your notes on the web-version. You get free access to Apple Note if you own any Apple Devices. Keep in mind that you may have to pay for any additional iCloud storage if you run out of space.

Who Should consider Apple Notes as a Microsoft Onenote Alternative ? You should only think of switching to Apple Notes if you own any Apple Device.

OneNote UWP App

Surprised to see OneNote as a OneNote alternative? Well, Microsoft makes two different versions of OneNote for Windows. The first one (about which, we talked in first part of today’s post) initially came with Microsoft Office and it is named OneNote 2016. It is free and for most people the biggest downside may be its resource hungry nature, In case you are among those people, you can try the Modern App names OneNote which is available in Windows Store and is installed on all Windows 10 devices by default.

Microsoft Onenote alternative

The Modern Version is lightweight and quick to start , but you will loose some more advanced features such as docking and screenshots capability.

Conclusion

So, in conclusion, following are the best alternatives for Microsoft OneNote:

  • Evernote
  • Simplenote
  • Google Keep
  • Apple Notes
  • OneNote modern (UWP) App

Which one is good for you?

In all the above apps, which one is your favorite ?  Do you know about any other app that can be used as a good Microsoft OneNote alternative? share with others in the comments below.

How To Easily Remove Ads From Android Phone

In this article, we will understand how you can remove ads from android phone. to remove ads from Android Devices, you don’t need a rooted phone.

Yesterday evening, I received a mail from Prins, a reader of GettingGeek, He asked me How he can Remove Ads From Android Phone.

Dear Getting Geek team,
I have an Android Phone that I baught 2 years ago, it is Micromax Unite 2 and it runs Andorid Lollipop.
The phone has good enough features for its price, but I am annoyed with the advertisements that are thrown on me.
Ads are everywhere, in my notification tray, in my home screen and even when I am using a Ad-Free app such as WhatsApp or Google Search.
Is there any way to remove Ads from Android Phone?
-Prins

Advertising is surely a way for App developers to earn a few bucks from their free App. But many times some App makers take it too far, so far that they start showing you Advertising popups in other apps on mobile phones.

Prins did not include any specifics so in this post, therefore, we will cover almost all advertising blocking methods on Android.

Remove Ads From Android Phones

Ads in Home Screen/ Launcher

You can find loads of free launchers on Play Store, but almost all of them are ad supported. In the case of free launchers, the publisher may earn money by giving you launcher for free and charging you for Themes or by showing you app icons as advertisements or including a fake App Store under the launcher or by using all the above methods.

In some cases, you can simply try to drag and delete the Ad. In case it does not work, you should change to a good and ad-free launcher. Google’s Now Launcher is great for most users. Alternatively, you can also buy paid versions of launchers if they are available.

You can check our this guide for some of the best launchers available for Android.

Ads In Notification Tray

App makers may also send you advertisements in your Notification tray; these are especially annoying for busy users. The ads are often in the form of a large image and they take you to a website if you tap them.

To stop these Notification ads form your Android, you can either check on it’s built in settings to turn off the notification or you can disable notification for that app altogether.

Since most App makers that use notifications to show ads are cheap minded, they won’t necessarily include any option to stop them. Hence, the latter way is good enough to stop ads.

remove ads from android phone

Open settings and tap on Apps, from here, select the app which is bothering you with its annoying notifications and on the next screen, uncheck the Show Notification check box below the Application name.

This should stop the App from making you go crazy during a meeting.

If you can’t figure out which of the installed app is sending you these notifications, on the notification tap and hold on Ad and then select App Info.

Blocking Ads on the Internet

Blocking Advertising on the web is a bit different on Android because unlike Desktop version of Chrome, Mobile version does not allow you to install any ad blocking extension.

You can try Mozilla Firefox for Android and install any Ad block extension for it. An easier way to prevent Advertising on the internet is to use Adblock browser; it is based on Firefox browser, so it should be easy to use for you.

Some VPNs and Mobile networks are adding Ad-Blocking support for their services; you can easily know about them by pulling off a Google Search.

Blocking Ads inside Apps

Many people may find it ethically wrong, but you can remove Ads from Android phone apps. The method may differ from App to App. Most Apps do not show you ads if you are offline. You can turn off Wi-Fi or Mobile Data to hide ads and get some extra working space that is otherwise blocked by advertising.

Many free ad-supported apps are also available in a premium ad-free version. If possible, you should upgrade to them. Not only this supports the developer but also you may get some extra battery life due to removed ad tracking within apps.

If you have a rooted phone, you can use AdAway -an App that promises to block all ads on Android.

For more details about AdAway, you can check the XDA thread here.

Other ways to remove ads from your Android Phones

If you see ads even after following all above steps, you should try to remove all apps one by one, and you will probably know which app is culprit,

In case you are still seeing advertisements, you can try to contact your phone manufacturer.

Do you know any other way to Remove Ads From Android Phone? If yes, share with others in the comments below.