Monthly Archives: June 2017

7 Reasons Why You Should Switch To Linux

Linux, though still only well known to technical people, is gaining steam at an incredible rate. Day after day, more and more, large companies have taken notice and have started to use Linux. From Valve to Google, the Linux platform is a force to be reckoned with. Despite this, average consumers have a warped understanding of Linux. They see it as an operating system for “hackers”. They view it as overly complex, and as a result they don’t give it a shot. It isn’t 1995 anymore, and in some cases, users can install Ubuntu Linux faster and easier than Windows 10. That’s why in this article, we’ll rehabilitate Linux, and give many reasons as to why you should switch to Linux.

  1. Free software

One of the easiest sells for the Linux platform is the fact that programs are free to download and use. When a user installs Ubuntu Linux, or Fedora Workstation, or any of the many other Linux operating systems out there, they can rest assured that there is no need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on software.

Best of all, developers aren’t made to distribute programs free of charge. They choose to. A lot of the developers that have made their home in the open source community understand the value of free and open source software, and want to provide free tools for anyone to use.

  1. Open Source

If you’ve ever thought “I really hate how this program works, I wish I could change it”, you may want to listen up. The core of Linux is built upon the idea that software should be free as in “free speech”. This means that anyone can freely modify, distribute and tinker with all of the code shipped on their favourite Linux distribution.

7 Reasons Why You Should Switch To Linux

On other operating systems, users can find free, open source software in rare cases. On the Linux platform, everywhere you look the software is open.

ALSO READ: How to Transfer Apps between Android Phones via Bluetooth

3. More security

Using Linux has a lot of benefits, especially when it comes to security. It’s a lot harder to find scary trojan viruses, sneaky malware and unwanted adware. This is not to say that Linux doesn’t get viruses (it does). However, the platform is a much smaller attack surface, and as a result hackers, scammers and the like are less interested.

Still, “security by obscurity” is not the only way Linux manages to stay secure. Many other Linux distributions secure themselves by configuring the powerful Linux firewall, disabling the root password, and forcing the user to enter a password each and every single time software is installed, or any changes are made to the system. This results in a much safer operating system than something like Windows which allows anyone to modify the system with little resistance.

4. Something For Everyone

Opponents of Linux often complain about the fact that Linux is “fragmented”. They say that there are too many operating systems, too many packaging formats, and too much unfocused noise to take it seriously. An argument can be made that fragmentation is bad, as it creates an image that the Linux operating system is a collection of junk, rather than one cohesive thing.

With that being said, choice is a great thing! Take smartphones for example: Apple makes one iPhone. It’s a great piece of hardware, but at the end of the day it’s just one phone. Compare that to Android; many manufacturers take it and put their own spin on it. As a result, consumers win! There’s a smartphone for everyone. Consumers have the freedom to choose!

7 Reasons Why You Should Switch To Linux

Linux is a lot like the Android philosophy. Pick a Linux operating system that speaks to you and does what you need. There are thousands of different types of Linux-like operating systems out there to try. If you’re unhappy with one, there are a dozen more to choose from!

5. Support For Life

When Microsoft makes a version of Windows, the user can expect decent support for a few years, at best. With Linux operating systems, users can expect great support and reliability for years to come. Obviously each Linux distribution varies, but more often than not users will find themselves receiving free operating system updates for free, forever.

There’s no new Cortana to sell, no fancy new Macbook to throw at you. Instead, Linux operating system developers work hard to create a great operating system and provide updates and technical support for as long as they are physically able. And when all else fails, there’s a community of people out there to provide even more support!

6. Protect Your Privacy

In the age of Edward Snowden, people are talking about data privacy more than ever. This has users asking themselves “who can I trust with my personal data?” Privacy is very important on the Linux platform. Unlike the big operating systems (Google, Microsoft etc), Linux distribution developers have no financial benefit to sell out your privacy.

7 Reasons Why You Should Switch To Linux

In fact, a lot of Linux distributions work very hard to make sure that their operating system is secure, and protect your information from bad actors. Additionally, Linux developers are often hobbyists, specialists, and dorks, not members of giant corporations looking for a new way to make money. They don’t have any interest in placing backdoors in their products.

7. Customization

Have you ever wanted to change the icons on your Mac or Windows desktop? Well, barring some seriously shady system modifications, you can’t. Worst of all, the makers of those operating systems would rather you not tinker with the way everything looks. They have a set vision for you, and you’re just going to have to deal with it.

On Linux, users have the freedom to customize everything, down to the code itself. Users can change how the icons look, the way the graphical interface appears on screen, and even the wallpaper to the login manager. Anything and everything is changeable, and there are no limits. If you’re someone who hates not having the ability to change the way your operating system looks, this is yet another reason to consider switching to Linux.

How to Transfer Apps between Android Phones via Bluetooth

Transfer Apps between Android Phones via Bluetooth

Bluetooth is as important and fashionable as ever right now and is currently entering its fifth iteration which promises to make it faster and more stable. That means more data can be transferred using the wireless technology quickly.”Transfer Apps between Android Phones via Bluetooth

So it’s a better time than ever to learn how to transfer apps from one phone to another via Bluetooth. Maybe you and a pal are in the middle of nowhere and want to play a game together, or your phone’s about to run out of battery and you want to transfer a useful GPS map onto another device. Here’s how to do it.

For this process you’ll need a handy, lightweight little tool called APK Extractor which converts installed apps on your device back into compressed APK files which can then be re-extracted and installed again on someone else’s device.

ALSO READ: How to Import a Google Music Playlist to Spotify

Download APK Extractor, open the app and scroll down the list to the app that you want to Bluetooth-beam over to another device. Long-tap it, and checkboxes will appear, along with the familiar share and download icons at the top of the screen. At this point you can select as many apps as you like to compress and share via Bluetooth by using the checkboxes next to them.

Transfer Apps between Android Phones via Bluetooth

Once you’ve made your selection, tap the “Share” icon at the top of the screen, then select “Bluetooth.” Make sure that the Android device you’re sending the app/apps to has its Bluetooth switched on and that it’s discoverable.

If the above conditions are met, on the “Choose Bluetooth device” screen (on the device sending the app), the receiving device should appear in the list. Tap it and the receiving device should receive a notification where they can choose to accept the app/APK.

Once the APK has been transferred via Bluetooth, it should be accessible through the recipient’s pull-down notification menu, but if it was accidentally closed, you can find the file in your “Download” or “ExtractedAPKs” folder using your device’s file manager.

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Once you’ve found the APK on the receiving device, just tap it, then tap “Install.” Note that you’ll need to enable “Unknown sources” for this to work, as the APK is being installed from outside of the Play Store.

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And there you have it! The app will now be installed on both devices.

How to Import a Google Music Playlist to Spotify

Import a Google Music Playlist to Spotify

 “Import a Google Music Playlist to Spotify” : Choosing between music streaming services has always been a difficult decision to make. Most of the service providers allow you to try their software for free or for a portion of the original price for a certain period of time. Google Play Music offers a free trial of two months, while Spotify offers three months of premium service for the price of 0.99 EUR. Also, if you do not want to pay for such services, most of the companies allow you to listen to music with certain restrictions.

However, when you try a certain service but would like to switch to another service provider, you don’t want to leave your files at the software you are leaving. To avoid such things from happening, you have to import your data from one service to another. Playlists are among the most precious user data.

Let’s say you tried Google Play Music and would like to switch to Spotify but don’t want to leave your playlists behind. There are several methods you can use to import your data from Google’s service to Spotify. However, the easiest technique is to use a third-party app designed to import a Google Music playlist to Spotify.

1. Stamp

For those who do not want to pay anything for importing data from one music streaming service to another, Stamp is the best option. With a free subscription, Stamp allows you to transfer one playlist at a time from Google Play Music to Spotify. If you have many playlists, this could take much of your time, but it’s free! If you do not want to devote much time to transferring your music data, you can buy the software for one operating system for 8.99 EUR or for 12.99 EUR if you would like to use the bundle option (all OSs).”How to Import a Google Music Playlist to Spotify

Import a Google Music Playlist to Spotify

1. Download the app from Stamp’s website and install it to your device.

2. After you are done, choose “Google Play Music” and log in to your account.

3. On the next screen, do the same for “Spotify.”

4. Your next move should be to choose the playlist/playlists you would like to import from Google Music to Spotify, tick it/them and click “Next.” You have to wait for the app to perform the required tasks and should then be done.

2. Soundiiz

The upside of Soundiiz, compared to Stamp, is that you don’t have to download the application in order to use it. However, importing playlists from a streaming service to another will cost you money since it is a premium feature. However, it won’t cost you much since Soundiiz offers subscription plans starting at $3 per month.”How to Import a Google Music Playlist to Spotify

Import a Google Music Playlist to Spotify

1. To use this service you need to navigate to Soundiiz’s website.

2. Click “Start Now” and sign up for a new account.

3. Once your account is created, you have to confirm your email address.

4. After you complete that step, click “Platform to platform” on the top-right corner. From the music streaming service, choose Google Music,” log in to your account, and click “Google Music” again.

5. From the list, choose the playlist/playlists you would like to import to Spotify, tick it/them and click “Confirm and continue.” You have to select “Spotify” as the destination. In the pop-up, add your login details and click Spotify again.

Wait for a little while, and your playlist(s) should be imported from Google Music to Spotify!

How To Enable Ghost Mode In Snapchat

Snapchat has always done something unique with location. It uses your location to give you great filters for your stories. Snapchat has now added a new feature that lets you view your friends’ stories by location. By default, all your stories are geo-tagged. If a story is popular, it will show up on a map. You can use the map to find popular stories around you and view them. Of course, it is subject to your privacy settings. The good thing is Snapchat has given you an out on this feature. You can enable Ghost mode in Snapchat and keep current location off the map.

Viewing Map

Open Snapchat and swipe left to go to the Stories screen. Pinch inward on this screen and be careful you don’t accidentally tap on a story or suggested account. You will be taken to the Map screen.

You will see blue markers on the map for popular nearby stories though you won’t be able to view them unless you’re friends with whoever posted. This is subject to the privacy settings of the person sharing snaps.

Enable Ghost Mode In Snapchat

Enable Ghost Mode In Snapchat

On the map screen, tap the gear icon at the top. You can enable Ghost mode in Snapchat from the settings screen that opens. When you have Ghost mode enabled, your location is hidden while you use Snapchat.

Enable Ghost Mode In Snapchat

Alternatively, you can tap your bitmoji avatar on the map. A little banner appears at the bottom of the screen showing you the recent photo you posted with your current location. Tap this banner and you’re taken to the same settings screen.

When you enable Ghost mode, your avatar’s face disappears. It is instead replaced with a blue version of the Snapchat logo which means you are not sharing your current location.

Enable Ghost Mode In Snapchat

When you’re in ghost mode, the cog wheel icon at the top of the map screen gets a little ghost badge as well.

Post To Map

You will notice that the map screen has a capture button at the bottom. When you tap it, you switch to the camera mode where you can take a snap, edit it, etc. When you share it though your photo appears on the map provided you have Ghost mode disabled. You can choose to post the snap to your story but you can always just share it with a specific friend instead of all your friends.

ALSO READ: How To Remove The People Bar In Windows 10

As far as location goes, Snapchat incorporates it reasonably well in the app. In fact, it makes a point of building features around it which, we’re guessing, Facebook will copy in a month or two.

How To Remove The People Bar In Windows 10

The next major Windows 10 update is expected in Fall 2017. This update doesn’t have a name at present like the Anniversary Update or the Creators Update. It’s definitely going to add new features and there’s also Fluent design. Fluent design is expected to fully roll out with the next major update. It’s already rolling out in bits to users on the stable version. One major feature coming to Windows 10 is the People bar. It’s a little bar that opens from your taskbar. It lets you quickly access your contacts, and pin them to the taskbar. It’s a neat feature but if you don’t want to use it, you can remove the People bar in Windows 10 pretty easily.

Remove The People Bar In Windows 10

Remove The People Bar

Open the Settings app and go to the Personalization group of settings. Select the Taskbar tab and scroll down to the People section. Simple turn off the ‘Show people on the taskbar’ switch to remove the People bar in Windows 10.

Remove The People Bar In Windows 10

Turn Off Shoulder Taps

As mentioned earlier, the People bar isn’t a useless vain feature that Microsoft is adding to push Skype on to users. It’s actually useful but with minor annoyances. Case in point; shoulder taps.

The good news is, if you like the People bar but not Taps, you can disable Taps but keep the bar. The process is pretty simple; open the Settings app, go to Personalization>Taskbar. Scroll down to the People section and turn the ‘Show shoulder taps’ option off.

Shoulder taps are accompanied by a sound alert which makes you wonder what Microsoft was thinking but, you can turn the sound off from the same screen and keep the Taps on, if you like.

ALSO READ: How To Livestream A Game On Windows 10

Microsoft Going Social

It seems Microsoft is trying to dip a toe in the social media pool. Skype for Android already has a Snapchat story-like feature so this isn’t plain speculation. Taps in the People app are little messages that your contacts can send. They were demoed by Microsoft at Build 2017 and it goes without saying they’re going to be annoying. Your friends can send you animated emoji i.e. a tap. It’s not the greatest thing to appear on your screen in the middle of the work day. Imagine what would happen if grandma started sending you love every hour.

The good thing is that while the People bar has annoying distractions added to an otherwise useful feature there is an Off button for them. Users are not expected to just accept that Microsoft knows best and can in fact tweak the feature to their liking.

How To Livestream A Game On Windows 10

Broadcast gaming, or livestreaming, is on the rise. People want to share their gaming experiences with the world. The trend began with YouTube gaming channels but has now evolved to a full-fledged airing of the entire gaming experience. It used to be that gamers required specialized hardware like capture devices to smoothly stream across the internet. However, that is no longer a pre-requisite. We can now livestream any game on Windows 10 to any channel using the hardware we have and some software to nudge us along.

1. Livestream A Game On Windows 10 Via Gamebar

If you are using the creator’s update, then you have access to the Windows Game Bar (Win + G) which will let you stream directly from there. However, there is a limitation, you can only stream to Mixer.com. Though it is an up and coming platform, it is nowhere nearly as popular as the likes of Twitch or YouTube live gaming. If you are content with Mixer, then here is how you can stream to it.

Turn on your game. Press Win + G to bring up the game bar and click on the broadcast icon.

After a quick loading screen, you will be given the choice to load up your connected Webcam and Mic (you can choose dedicated hardware for this if you want) and where to place it on the screen during the livestream. Check the items you need active for your stream, uncheck the ones you don’t and you will be on your way to streaming.

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

Before you go anywhere, make sure to go to Mixer.com and connect your Microsoft Live account with it. While you are at it, make sure to log in to the Xbox app as well. Once you have connected both accounts, the rest is pretty straight forward.

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

2. Streaming To Twitch

Streaming to Twitch is a different situation from the one we just described above. It is almost as easy as pressing the gamebar though. So here is what you will need;

1. The Twitch Account is simple, go to Twitch.com and make your first account.

2. Download OBS Studio Here (free)

3. Connect your Twitch account to StreamPro.io

Step 3 is optional, this is useful if you want create any overlays for your streams, like subscriber counters, cam display, overlay text, etc.

ALSO READ: Opera VPN Not Connecting – Temporary Fix Part 2

OBS Studio

You will first be launched into an auto configure window. Here you assign which streaming service you want to use. If you are using Twitch, it will ask you for your Streaming ID. You can get it from your Twitch Dashboard. Go to Dashboard > settings > stream key.

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

This is a secret key, so don’t share this with anyone or they will be able to stream their content through your account.

Under ‘Sources’, click the + button and select ‘Display Capture’ if you want to broadcast your desktop, or ‘Game Capture’ if you only want to capture a game. On the right hand side, you will see the ‘Start Streaming’ button. Click on it and you are ready to broadcast.

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

StreamPro.io

StreamPro.io is an optional tool that you can use to create overlays for your broadcast. Visit StreamPro.io and connect it to your Twitch account. Here, you can control all facets of your stream including donations and stats.

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

Click on ‘Create New Overlay’, give it a name, choose a size for it, and launch. Once you launch, you will see a green space. This is where your stream will appear. You can ‘Insert Text’ and/or an image (like your channel’s artwork). Alternatively, you can select from a list of themes or add widgets to your display. Once you are satisfied with how it looks click  ‘Save Changes & Exit’.

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

The saved overlay will show up under the saved name in your display. Click ‘Launch’ and copy the address from the address bar.

Go back to OBS Studio > Sources. Click the plus button and go to Browser Source > Paste. Paste the copied URL from the earlier address bar.

The overlay will appear over your feed. Now you can start streaming directly from your desktop.

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

Livestream A Game On Windows 10

Opera VPN Not Connecting – Temporary Fix Part 2

Opera VPN

A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article about the Opera VPN not connecting. I posted a temporary fix, just turn it on and off, but after a recent update, it no longer works and the VPN still has problems connecting. That is, until I found another way to make it work again. Here’s what I did:

Turn Off the VPN

Click on the VPN button at the beginning of the URL/Address Bar.
Then click on the Opera Main Menu Icon (top-left corner)
In the drop-down menu, click on History
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4. Towards the top-right corner, click on the Clear browsing data… button

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5. Then you get a Clear browsing data window. I like to set these options to the beginning of time and check everything else. The choice is yours.

6. Then click on the Clear browsing data button.

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7. Now, go back to your VPN options. You may notice the data transfered this month is now reset to 0 B.

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Fix Your iTunes Store session has expired pop up message

Sometimes Mac acts likes Windows operating system with annoying popups. Whenever I open iTunes it pop-ups “iTunes Store session has expired” message. Even when you click “Cancel” button it keeps on popping up. It’s really annoying and let’s see how to fix this pop up message in iTunes Music player.

iTunes Store session has expired pop up message

How to Fix “iTunes Store Session has Expired” Popup?

This popup usually occurs for users who cancelled their Apple Music subscription or iTunes Match subscription. The fix is pretty simple:

  • Open iTunes Music player
  • The moment you open the iTunes a pop up error message gets displayed i.e “Your iTunes Store session has expired”.
  • Click Cancel on the prompt. If it appears again, just keep clicking Cancel.
  • Goto iTunes Menu bar and select “Account”.
  • Select your account name, and click Sign Out.

iTunes Store session has expired pop up message

  • Quit iTunes.
  • Reopen iTunes.
  • This fixes the popup message.
  • Click Sign In (where your name used to be) and log in with your Apple ID.

Checkout: 5 Useful Coding Apps for iOS to Code on the Move

Cool Features of “iTunes”:

iTunes is powerful and user-oriented OS X application that helps you synchronize iOS devices with a Mac, manage multimedia content, and effortlessly buy / download new applications, music, movies and books via Apple’s iTunes Store.

  1. Music collection manager
  2. Download and buy new content via the iTunes store
  3. Listen to music for free via the online iTunes Radio service
  4. Playlist import and export
  5. Integrated smart playlists for easy filtering your media
  6. iOS device syncing

Download the latest iTunes from Apple and enjoy never ending music. Apple Music makes it easier than ever to play the music you love and the music you’ll love next. Choose from millionsof songs and watch original programmes, movies and content you won’t find anywhere else. With Apple iTunes one will never have to miss a beat.

5 Useful Coding Apps for iOS to Code on the Move

5 Useful Coding Apps for iOS to Code on the Move

While most developers use popular IDEs like Xcode and Sublime Text on their Macs, few realize that their iPads are also capable of handling coding apps. While you may not be able to build and release native apps for iOS on an iPad, there are certainly some capable mobile IDEs that will allow you to develop websites, or at the very least, act as a very powerful supplementary IDE to your main device.

In this article we will take a look at a few excellent coding apps for iOS.

1. Coda

Coda by Panic is well-renowned with web developers as an excellent sublime-alternative IDE on the desktop. Beyond being a strong text editor, it also comes with in-built tools to preview dynamic websites, strong regular expression tools, a built-in terminal and MySQL.

code-app-screenshot

What the development community may not have been aware of is Coda for iOS extends the reach of development beyond the keyboard and into tablets and phone devices, allowing most of the same features to be extended onto mobile devices. Whether the developer uses the mobile device to do minor touchups or spends hours coding, the mobile version of Coda is just as capable.

For the Python coders out there, Pythonista is a compete python editor for coding completely via one’s iPad or iPhone. While the python developers would be familiar with the standard libraries provided, the benefits that Pythonista provides includes the ability to interact with native iOS features like location, reminders and data.”5 Useful Coding Apps for iOS to Code on the Move

You can write automation scripts with access to data from the clipboard, your contacts, reminders, and photos. You can also use your device’s motion sensors and geo-location data, and Pythonista is probably the easiest way to experiment with Twitter APIs.

Pythonista-screenshot3. Koder Code Editor

Koder is a fully-baked development environment built specifically for iOS with support for over 80 programming languages, syntax highlighting and auto-complete, which makes developing on the smaller screens a lot more convenient.  Like Coda, Koder also provides SSH and SFTP access, as well as Dropbox cloud access for remoteaccess, and the ability to preview your code in a browser.

Buffer-app-screenshot

Like Koder, Buffer Editor provides a native and purposely-built development environment with features similar to the two development environments just mentioned with the exception of direct access to GitHub, which is very convenient for the source-control minded developers.

Finally, Git2Go isn’t a text editor IDE per-se but more a quintessential iOS app for managing your Git repository, although it does have an editor for editing Git-stored files on the fly.

Git2Go is the first app for iOS which unleashes your full development productivity from everywhere. Clone all your GitHub and Bitbucket repositories with just one tap, manage branches and easily commit changes after you’ve edited code on the fly – all from your iPhone and iPad!

Essentially, you have an app that will allow you to work with your Git repositories, with branching, cloning and the other essentials on the go, yet more importantly works well with other IDEs.

You could, for instance, pull the latest code from the repository, pass it to the Coda app for iOS (which we mentioned earlier) and edit the code, then commit.

In short, Git2Go completes the development environment on iOS along with your IDEs to not only work with code but persisting and versioning.

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