Monday, June 13, 2016

Must Have Accessories for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

best accessories for xiaomi redmi note 3


Xiaomi has been in the Indian Market for quite some time. The Redmi Prime and its previous models sold very well, but then it lost its popularity. Xiaomi made a sensational comeback in the Indian smartphone market under the Rs. 15000 smartphone category with its Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The phone provided high end specifications at a price tag of only Rs. 10000 for the 16GB/2GB version. This price made it sell like hot cakes. Over a million registrations prove the fact that almost everyone with a budget of upto Rs. 15000 wanted a Redmi Note 3 for them. This and the flash sales model really increased the desire of people to get the phones. Some people bought them with several accounts and sold them on websites such as OLX and Quikr for a commission!

If you are among the millions who recently bought the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, then here is a list of some accessories which you should really consider buying. While the Redmi Note 3 is a great smartphone, buying some accessories will make daily tasks easier for you. Some of the accessories listed below like the Tempered Glass & Case are essential as the phone doesn't come with a Gorilla Glass protection. Also we would recommend buying premium Tempered and cases online, rather than buying from the mobile markets in your city. While the online products maybe a bit costly, a few rupees spent extra can save your Rs. 10000 mobile from cracks and damages.

Must Have Accessories for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3:

1) Case for Redmi Note 3

There are several types of cases available such as a clear transparent case to belt cases to military grade cases. If you have a normal usage and take good care of your phone, then a nice back cover which covers the edges and the front part is enough. Have a look at the iPaky Premium TPU Back Cover for Redmi Note 3. The cover looks classy and provides nice protection to your phone. 

Chevron Back Cover Case for Xiaomi RedMi Note 3 (Gold) [Military Grade Version 2.0 With Kick Stand Hybrid Back Cover Case]  

If you need more protection, or drop your phone too often, then go for a military grade rugged case which can withstand bumps and drops and protect your phone. The Chevron Golden Military Grade Case for Redmi Note 3 has a nice Golden color, and provides good armor for your phone. Also it comes with a Kickstand so you can use it to put the phone on a surface and watch videos on it.

2) Tempered Glass

The Redmi Note 3 comes without a Gorilla Glass. It has a basic hardened glass. Buying a Tempered Glass protects the screen from cracks arising due to falls, hitting objects in your pocket, scratches etc. Have a look at the FOSO Tempered Glass. It has extra hardness and fits perfectly on your smartphone. We would recommend to get it fitted at a local mobile shop for a mere Rs 20-30 rather than trying yourself.
Tempered Glass for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

3) Power Bank

Power banks make it easy to travel around without worrying about charges and battery consumption. The Redmi Note 3 has a 4000 mAH battery which can easily last a day long. But if you are out of your home or office and need a quick charge, then a power bank is really useful. Also during Train journeys or other long distance journeys, chances of finding a wall socket are less. So its advisable to invest in a high capacity power bank which can charge your phone atleast twice. We would recommend the Intex IT-PB10KW 10000 mAH powerbank for your Note 3. It has dual USB ports, high charging current of 2.1A and fits nice in your hands.
Power Bank for Redmi Note 3


4) Earphones

The Note 3 doesn't come with earphones, so we recommend to buy a high quality pair of earphones to have the best music experience. Check out Best Earphones under Rs. 1000 in India

5) Car Charger

If you travel by car a lot, then a car charges becomes handy at times. It plugs in the Cigarette Lighter socket and charges your phones. The Capdase Car Charger is a real value for money. It comes with 4 USB ports to charge upto 4 devices simultaneously. It provides high charging current upto 6.2A, with overload detection. 

Capdase Car Charger

6) Selfie Stick

A selfie stick really makes a difference in clicking the perfect selfies with your friends. You can click selfies at angles which are not possible with your hands. Also it makes taking group selfies very convenient. Have a look at the Voltaa Selfie Stick for Android. It has a premium build quality and connects with your Redmi Note 3 via the 3.5mm Earphone jack.

Selfie Stick 

7) Camera Lens Kit

This one is for Photo Enthusiasts. If you are someone who likes to click high quality pictures, then  its a good idea to buy a camera lens kit. The kits come with various lenses such a Macro Lens, Wide angle lens, Fish Eye lens etc. A cheap option is the Photron Camera Lens Kit. It comes with 3 different lenses at a very low price of only Rs. 200. 
camera lens kit for smartphone


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How to Transfer Contacts from Windows Phone to Android Phone

transfer contacts from windows phone to android

In this blog post we will see the best way to transfer contacts from your Windows Phone to an Android Smartphone. Follow the steps as shown below:

1) Log in to your Outlook account from here.
2) Click on the button on the Top Left corner. Then click on 'People'
outlook.com people hub
3) Click on Manage on the Top Bar. Then click on 'Export for Outlook.com and other services'.       Download the CSV file.
export csv file from outlook.com

4) Download CSV to Vcard converter from here and install it.
5) Open the software which you just installed i.e. CSV to Vcard converter. Select the CSV file which was downloaded from Outlook.com. Click on 'Convert'.
6) A VCF file containing all your contacts will be created in the folder containing the CSV file. Now just copy and paste the VCF file to your Android Phone's internal storage.
7) **This step may vary depending on your Phone Model** Import your contacts in your phone. Go to Contacts and Import from Internal Storage. It may be different according to your phone, just search it online how to import contacts. Select the VCF file and import it. Done! All your contacts should be available in your Phone.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Best Earphones under Rs. 1000 in India (December 2016)

best earphones under rs. 1000 in india

Music touches our soul, and what better way to enjoy music than a good pair of earphones. A good earphone lets your ear hear each note clearly. No more lost highs or crappy bass. You will be really amazed when you hear a song on a high end earphone for the first time, as you find that you never heard this much detail and notes in your music! 

Nowadays smartphones comes with earphones, while some like the Xiaomi's killer phone Redmi Note 3 don't have bundled earphones. While the bundled earphones are ok for listening to the radio, they definitely lack the clarity of a good earphone. So I would recommend you to invest in a good pair of earphones, you will love the quality of music they offer. And remember to listen to high quality 320Kbps music files for the best experience.


Best earphones under Rs. 1000 in India:


1) Sennheiser CX 180 Street II In-Ear Headphone



Sennheiser is a German company famous for making high quality audio products. The Sennheiser CX 180 Street II are hands on the best earphones available under Rs. 1000. No other earphones can beat the performance of these earphones. 

Features:
  • Powerful and clear Bass
  • Very good High frequency response
  • Comes with 2 additional ear caps (Small/Medium/Large Sizes)
  • Best for listening to any genre of Music
  • Excellent noise isolation. You cannot hear the sound of the ceiling fan running when you put on these earphones!
I personally recommended these earphones as I am using them since 2 years and didn't have any problems till now. The sound quality as of today is still what it was on the first day.

Buy Now! Sennheiser CX 180 Street II (Lowest Price) only for Rs. 759 on Amazon



2) JBL JBLT150A In-Ear Earphones (With inbuilt Mic)

JBL JBLT150A

The JBL JBLT150A earphones come with a dedicated Microphone and a button to answer calls. This is an added advantage for those who are looking to use their earphones for answering calls. 

Features:
  • Button for answering calls and music. Single click will Play/Pause music. Double click for next song, triple click for previous song.
  • Good mic quality for answering calls
  • High quality Bass for Bass lovers
  • Nice fit for your ears
  • Great noise isolation
Buy Now! JBL JBLT150A only for Rs. 800 on Amazon 

3) Brainwavz Omega In Ear Earphones (With inbuilt Mic)

Brainwavz Omega

While the Brainwavz are still new in the IEM segment, they offer great sound quality on a budget.

Features:
  • Stylish and sleek looks
  • 3 ear caps (Small/Medium/Large), Shirt Clip
  • 3 Buttons (Volume UP, Play/Pause/Answer Call/Volume DOWN)
  • 2 year warranty
  • Nice sound quality and comfortable for long use
Buy Now! Brainwavz Omega only for Rs. 999 on Amazon

Updated December 2016

Sunday, July 20, 2014

VideoGIF Review & Rating

Review:VideoGIF

Many times we see GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) files, those little animated things on forums and sites. GIF files are a good way to show a small animation. It's different from a video file. You do not need a dedicated player to watch a GIF. Web browsers display them by default. And they are cool!

VideoGIF is an app by Pearl Mountain Soft which creates GIF files for you. Its available for Apple Macintosh computers right now.


Getting and Installing the app:

A trial version of VideoGIF is availabe on the Mac store for download. The full version is available as a part of a limited offer for $4.99. Talking about the download, its easy as the app is small in size, only 6.7 MB. Installation is easy, one-click.


Interface:

videogif mac home screen
The Start Screen


The interface of VideoGIF is clean and easy to use. On starting the app, you get a start screen. On the start screen, there are three ways in which you can select the source for your GIF file. We liked the option of the webcam, you can make GIF of your selfies! There are options to add stickers, custom text, and adding layers. Layers provide a good way to keep things separate from each other. You can add different layers in a single GIF file.



Adding a Video:

We tested VideoGIF by adding a short video from our disk. On adding the video, the app notifies you of the size, and tells you to reduce it. Changing the size of the GIF was easy, just click the button and you can change the size, just put the width, and the height will come automatically. By default a portion of the video is selected for the GIF. You can just set the pointer to the position from where you want to start the GIF and set the start marker there, same for the end position marker. VideoGIF provides many things to spice up the GIF like the stickers, layers etc. A pretty nice list of stickers is provided with the app. You can change the timing duration for the stickers as well. Also you can set the opacity, i.e. how much % the sticker will be visible over the GIF. Some Instagram-ish effects are also given which are applied to the entire video. Video can be cropped directly with the crop tool. Overall we liked the features provided by VideoGIF, and the convenience of using it.

videogif video size
Notification to reduce size.


videogif resizing video
Resizing the video is easy.



videogif stickers
Good amount of stickers to choose from.


videogif sticker settings
Settings available for stickers.




Saving the GIF:

The app provides typical settings to make the GIF file. The most important thing for users would be the frame count. Videos are generally 25 frames/second. That means in one second, 25 frames (still images) are displayed on the screen, which creates a sense of motion. In the GIF, you can set the frame number. Setting it to 25 will make a very large GIF file generally in the range of >20 MB. But you get the complete high speed motion at higher frame rates. Also setting high frame number takes time to make the GIF. We would recommend setting it to about 10 or 15, that would suffice in most cases. Also you can make the GIF in reverse sequence.
videogif mac screenshot

Conclusion:
VideoGIF is an excellent app, it does its work very good, of making GIF's. We would recommend this app to anyone who wants to make GIF's and share it with their friends. Though we would have liked if the app was available at the price of $4.99, which is its discounted price. 

Ratings:
Interface:5/5
Ease of use:4.5/5
Speed:3.5/5
Price:4/5
Overall:4.5/5 

Download (or buy): VideoGIF

Friday, July 4, 2014

How to convert PDF files to JPEG or PNG image files, batch convert PDF to JPEG?

Convert PDF to JPEG & other image formats

If you need to convert a PDF file to image file formats like JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PNG or other file formats, then you have a nice little software that can do the task for you. PDF-Xchange Viewer is a software that allows you to view and edit PDF files easily. With the paid version of PDF-Xchange you can easily add pages, remove pages and many other things from PDF files. PDF to JPEG conversion can be done in the free version. Just select a pdf file and export it to any image format like JPEG, TIFF, PNG etc. You can also provide naming macros, it has automatic batch conversion, it will convert the entire PDF file, each page to a different image file. 
Download PDF-Xchange viewer here.

pdf-xchange viewer screenshot

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Best Free casual Windows Phone 8 Games

The Best Casual Games for Windows Phone 8


If you own a Windows Phone 8 device like the Nokia Lumias and if you think you dont have games like Android and iOS, then you got to think again. Here we present some of the best casual games for Windows Phone 8 that can make you addicted to them!


1)Reaper
Reaper is a free RPG game on the Windows Phone store. You take the role of a black swordsman and use your swords and other weapons to slash enemies!
WP Store Link

reaper game windows phone


2)Don't Tap on the While Tile

Only one rule, don't tap the white tile. Simple game, isn't it? Well you got to play it to see how simple that is. Seems very easy at first, but as the speed increases, it tests your reflexes. Very good for thumb and finger exercise at ultra speeds!
WP Store Link 
don't tap on the white tile windows phone



3) Flow Free
Flow Free is a free game in the Windows Phone store. You connect dots of different colors. You start with easy levels, and then get to difficult ones. It will surely give a perfect brain exercise!
WP Store Link 

flow free windows phone






4) Logo Quiz Ultimate
This is a simple Windows Phone game, you just have to guess the name of the company from its logo. Try it now, and see how many logos can you identify.
WP Store Link 
logo quiz ultimate windows phone





5)Flappy Bird
This one needs no introduction! Just tap tap and make way for the flappy bird! For some its extremely addictive, and some seem to break their phones because of the frustration caused by its difficulty, though it is very easy to play!
WP Store Link
flappy bird windows phone


Thursday, May 8, 2014

100 Very Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 7

100 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 7


We Windows users are comfortable with our mouse, but sometimes knowing the right keyboard shortcut key can really save time, and increase efficiency at work. So here are 100 keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7 which will be useful for daily tasks. Also check out some tips to speed up your computer by doing some simple steps: Speed Up Your Computer.

Here the WIN stands for the Windows key, between the CTRL and ALT keys:
windows key start menu
The WINdows Key



Keystroke
Function
WIN
Open Start Menu
WIN+E
My Computer
WIN+R
Open RUN Dialog Box
WIN+F
Open Search Window
WIN+U
Ease of Access Center
WIN+X
Opens Windows Mobility Center (For Notebooks)
WIN+CTRL+F
Opens the Find Computer Dialog Box
WIN+Pause/Break
Open the Computer Properties Window (System Page)
WIN+P
Choose Network Projector Display Mode
WIN+0,1….
Opens the program pinned to the taskbar. Pressing WIN+0 will open the first program pinned to the taskbar, WIN+1 will open the next and so on, or accesses a running program
WIN+SHIFT+0,1….
Opens a new instance of the program pinned on the taskbar, indicated by 0 for first program, 1 for second and so on
WIN+CTRL+0,1….
Accesses the last active instance of the program pinned on the taskbar, similar to above
WIN+ALT+0,1…
Opens the jump list or the right click menu of the program pinned on the taskbar, similar to right clicking, 0 for the first program, and so on
WIN+B
Select the first item in the notification area on the lower right, and then use arrow keys to select the desired item, press enter to see it
WIN+CTRL+B
Access the program which is currently displaying a notification or message in the notification area in the lower right
WIN+T
Cycle through the items on the Taskbar
WIN+M
Minimize all Windows
WIN+SHIFT+M
Restore all minimized windows
WIN+D
Show or Hide Desktop (It minimizes/restores all Windows)
WIN+L
Locks the computer, and displays the login screen
WIN+TAB
Accesses the WINDOWS FLIP 3D function, and cycle through all open applications, forward
WIN+SHIFT+TAB
Accesses the WINDOWS FLIP 3D function, and cycle through all open applications, backward
WIN+CTRL+TAB
Opens the WINDOWS FLIP 3D function as a stationary object, use the arrow keys to select the window, then press enter
WIN+SPACEBAR
Preview the desktop, makes all windows transparent
WIN+G
Cycles through all gadgets
WIN+UP ARROW
Maximize the current Window
WIN+DOWN ARROW
Minimize the current Window
WIN+HOME
Minimize all windows, except the current Window
WIN+LEFT ARROW
Tiles the current Window to the left of the screen
WIN+RIGHT ARROW
Tiles the current Window to the right of the screen
WIN+SHIFT+UP ARROW
Extend the current Window from the top to the bottom the screen
WIN+SHIFT+LEFT/RIGHT ARROW
Move the current Window to the next monitor
WIN+F1
Windows Help and Support Screen
ALT
Displays the hidden menu bar
ALT+D
Selects the address bar of the application
ALT+P
Enable/Disable the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
ALT+TAB
Cycle through the open Windows, Forward
ALT+SHIFT+TAB
Cycle through the open Windows, Backward
ALT+F4
Quit/Close the current Window, shut down windows dialog box from desktop
ALT+SPACEBAR
Access the shortcut menu for the current Window
ALT+ESC
Cycle between programs in the order in which they were opened
ALT+ENTER
Open the properties dialog box of the selected item
ALT+PRINTSCREEN
Take the screenshot of the ACTIVE WINDOW and place it on clipboard
ALT+UP ARROW
Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer
ALT+LEFT ARROW
Display the previous folder
ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Display the next folder
SHIFT+INSERT CD/DVD
Load CD/DVD without Autoplay/Autorun
SHIFT+DELETE
Permanently delete the item, without sending it to recycle bin, cannot undo
SHIFT+F6
Cycle backwards through the elements of a window or dialog box
SHIFT+F10
Access the context menu of the selected item
SHIFT+TAB
Cycle backwards through the elements of a window or dialog box
SHIFT+CLICK
Select a consecutive set of items, it selects from beginning to the click
SHIFT+CLICK on taskbar
Launches a new instance of a program
CTRL+A
Select ALL items
CTRL+C
Copy the selected item
CTRL+X
Cut the selected item
CTRL+V
Paste the selected item
CTRL+D
Delete the selected item (send to recycle bin)
CTRL+Z
UNDO
CTRL+Y
REDO
CTRL+N
Open a new window (in most applications)
CTRL+W
Close the current window (in most applications)
CTRL+E
Select the search box in the upper right corner of the window
CTRL+SHIFT+N
Create a new folder
CTRL+ESC
Open the start menu
CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
Open Windows Task Manager
CTRL+ALT+TAB
Cycle through open windows using arrow keys
CTRL+ALT+DELETE
Access the windows security screen, access the task manager. IT IS THE TOP LEVEL INTERRUPT IN WINDOWS, BYPASSES ALL APPLICATIONS, AND BRINGS THE SECURITY SCREEN, INTERUPPTS ALL APPLICATIONS
CTRL+MOUSE SCROLL WHEEL
Change the view size of icons or text in windows explorer or most other applications
CTRL+CLICK
Select multiple items, by holding CTRL and clicking on different items
CTRL+CLICK & DRAG ITEM
Creates a copy of the item in the same folder
CTRL+SHIFT+CLICK & DRAG ITEM
Creates a shortcut of the item in the same folder
CTRL+TAB
Cycle through the tabs of the application
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Cycle backward through the tabs of the application
CTRL+SHIFT+CLICK ON TAKBAR BUTTON
Launch a new instance of the application as an Administrator
CTRL+CLICK ON GROUPED TASKBAR BUTTON
Switch between the instances of the program
F1
Display help dialog box of the application
F2
Rename File
F3
Open search
F4
Display address bar list
F5
Refresh display
F6
Cycle between the elements of a window or a dialog box
F7
Display command history in a command prompt screen
F10
Display hidden menu bar in Windows Explorer
F11
Toggle Full Screen display
TAB
Cycle through the elements of a window or a dialog box
PRINTSCREEN
Take a screenshot of the entire screen and place it on the clipboard
3 (Application Key before CTRL key)
Open the context menu for the selected item
HOME
Move to the top of the active window; move to the beginning of a line
END
Move the end of the active window; move to the end of a line
DELETE
Delete the selected item
Backspace
General left side text delete key; display the previous folder in Windows Explorer
ESC
Close a dialog box
NUM LOCK ENABLED + (PLUS +)
Display the contents of the selected folder, in windows explorer left pane
NUM LOCK ENABLED + (MINUS -)
Collapse the selected folder, in windows explorer left pane
NUM LOCK ENABLED + (ASTERISK *)
Expand all subfolders under the selected folder, in windows explorer left pane
PRESS SHIFT KEY 5 TIMES
Turn Sticky Keys ON/OFF
PRESS & HOLD RIGHT SHIFT FOR 8 SECONDS
Turn Filter Keys ON/OFF
PRESS & HOLD NUM LOCK FOR 5 SECONDS
Turn Toggle Keys ON/OFF