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Wirelessly Stream Your iPad On Your Mac

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This is the time of the year when companies do their strategic planning for the coming year and in my case it is no different. One of the highlights of my strategic plan presentation is to show a prototype data mining app which runs on mobile device. I want it to be more interesting by doing the actual demo using my iPad. I did it using Reflector Airplay Receiver. On this post, I will share how easy to setup your Mac and mirror an iPhone or iPad on it.

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Transfer Files From Mac To LG Mobile And Vice Versa Using AirDroid

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AirDroid to Transfer Files from Mac to Android Phone
As much as I want to stick on one platform (preferably Mac and iOS) I can't because my day job requires me to know every desktop and mobile platform or at least the major ones out there like Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS and Android. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about it because I like what I do and it got even better when I received my LG G2 mobile phone which I reviewed on my last post. Since I often play music on my mobile when Im driving, I tried to load some my favorite musics from my Mac in to this pristine monster device but I got disappointed when I learn that LG doesn't have a native sync software for Mac. What they have is only for desktop PC. This is a major deal breaker for avid Apple users who want to try switching from iOS to Android because more often than not, they already own a Mac systems. LG should really consider building sync software for Mac if they want to persuade iPhone users to switch to their platform. Moving forward, I searched for third-party softwares that can transfer my files and one that stood out is AirDroid for Android. I'm already using AirDroid before to manage my ex Android phone wirelessly just by using my favourite browser and now I'm more convinced that it also the best software to transfer files from Mac to LG phones. To use Airdroid is easy. All you need to do is connect your Mac and LG Android phone to the same Wi-Fi.

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LG G2: The Good, The Bad and The Verdict

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This will be my first review blog on gadgets and I am fully aware that there are already a lot of tech review blogs and websites out there. So what made me think to start another one? I want my review to be more personal. I will only review gadget that I actually use. I want to tell you my story after buying the gadget. No techie specs, benchmarks, no marketing bullshits or whatsoever.

OK let start. My review is divided in three (3) parts: The Good stuff, the bad experience and my verdict.

LG G2 - The new LG Flagship Phone

Just this week LG Philippines released LG G2, their next flagship smartphone. You can read all about its super specs here. I just sold my HTC One last week and when I learned about LG G2 news, I decided to buy one for myself for personal use. After few days of using it, here is my take on this phone.

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iOS7: Where Did Spotlight Search Go?

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There are a lot of changes in iOS 7 and one of not so obvious that left me scratching my head is where the heck spotlight search is?. Previously you can have it by swiping left from the main screen but with iOS 7 it is totally different. Instead of swiping left, you have to swipe down on any home screen. Do not swipe down from the top edge because this will display the notification center instead. To be sure you can swipe down from the center of the home screen to show the search field.



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My Number Is Greyed Out on iMessage

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If your iDevice's iMessage is using your email address instead of your number and your number is disabled or greyed out on the list where you can be reached out then try this quick fix.

1. Go to Settings > Messages and then toggle off iMessage.



2. Toggle iMessage on and wait to be activated.
3. When already activated, tap Send & Receive option.
4. Your number should be available now. Tap the number to enable.

Thats it! you should be able to use your number now to send iMessages.

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iOS Lockscreen Bypass Bug

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Ofcourse we really can't expect any fresh released software to be zero bug and that includes iOS 7. However the reported bypass bug on iOS 7 lockscreen is a big one because it allows access to one's private photos. The bug was discovered by Jose Rodriguez and it requires just sequence of steps. Apple is well aware of the bug and they promised to fix it in their future software update. In the meantime, you can protect your iDevice by disabling the access to Control Center from the locksreen. To disable it, go to Settings > Control Center and Toggle off "Access on Lock Screen" as shown below.

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iOS 7 Testing on my iPad Mini

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September 18. Apple released the newest major upgrade of their mobile operating system, the iOS 7. I've been dying to try this iOS version on my iPhone when it was still in beta but I can't because it will break my jailbroken iDevice. Fortunately, I already need to replace my aging iPad 2 so when I decided to buy the iPad Mini I got a whole new reason to try iOS 7 on it and I did. Here are some of the notable experience I have so far with iOS 7.

The new design. The new look of iOS 7 is definitely astonishing. It is flat and cool. I really like the simplicity of flat UI.



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iPhone 5C for Colorful and iPhone 5S for Super

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Last night Apple's keynote revealed the much anticipated next iPhones. The iPhone 5C - which I taught "C" is for cheap but Tim Cook prefers it to be dubbed as Colorful. This iPhone version is surely be cheaper (starts at $99) than the regular iPhone but won't be cheap at all. It is made of plastic and will be offered in variant colors (green, white, blue, red, and yellow). The iPhone 5c is Apple's answer to the Android dominance in the midrange market.


And the iPhone 5S. Definitely S is for Super because of its new A7 processor which is 40x faster than its predecessor. A7 supports 64-bit processing and it is partnered with M7 "motion processor" which can continuously monitor phone's motion and position. It has also a dual-LED flash and a fingerprint scanner on the home button. iPhone 5s is aesthetic is almost the same with iPhone 5 but it comes in gold color which I think is cooler than black.

Other announcements after the jump

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Microsoft acquisition of Nokia's devices and service business

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Taking computer science in college was supposed to be just an interim course for me. I preferred to be a civil engineer during that time. But that was changed when I started working on computers and Microsoft Windows was one of the reason I fall in love with computers. I became an avid fan of Microsoft technology and I focused on getting Microsoft certifications to master Microsoft platforms. As years past, I witnessed how Microsoft became the software giant and unfortunately deteriorate to its current status. I feel they can't breakthrough mobile industry which ofcourse is dominated by Apple and Samsung. But with the recent Microsoft announcement, I feel things are about to change. Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia's Devices & Services business, license Nokia's patents, and license and use Nokia's mapping services. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. A very bold move indeed and it awakened the Microsoft fan in me. Read the full announcement here.

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Android 4.2.2 Update on HTC One

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Last night, I successfully updated my HTC One to the latest available HTC Update 2.24.708.4. The following are the changes that are worth the update

1. Six new themes for highlight reels



New Themes are Atlantis, Hammerville, Gotham, Boulevard, Boardwalk, Lilyto.

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Faster Shortcut To Lock Your Mac Screen Without Using Keyboard

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Although there is an equivalent shortcut for CTRL+ALT+DEL (Windows) in Mac which is CONTROL+SHIFT+EJECT. There is a faster way to lock your Mac's screen by just moving your mouse on your Mac's hot corners. To configure the hot corner shortcut, just follow these steps:

1. Go to System Preferences and click Desktop & Screen Saver.
2. Click Screen Saver tab and choose your preferences.


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Throw your Android Phone up to earn points!

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A new app hit Google Play this week that is generating a lot of buzz. It is called "Send Me To Heaven" or S.M.T.H. As it name implies, you have to send your phone to heaven by throwing it as high as you can to earn points. Your score can be uploaded to leader boards of Top 10 list high thrower in week, in day or in the world.

Definitely I won't recommend it to try this app on your high end phone like HTC One or Samsung S4. But it would be fun to try it on your old android phone. Whatever you decide on, I suggest you practice first using other things. This is should be recommended to baseball player and football wide recievers. SMTH is a catchy name but I think "Catch me if you can" would be a lot better!

This app didn't made to Apple app store because Apple thought it is violating one of their rules and it was encouraging behavior which could lead to damaging of iOS device.



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What is the equivalent of ALT+ENTER in Excel Mac?

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I have posted some basic keyboard shortcuts for Mac beginners but I guess this one is not included on that post. In Excel, if you want to create a new line inside a cell, you press ALT + ENTER. Since I switch to Mac, I have to look for the the equivalent key. It is CTRL + ALT + ENTER. Yeah you need to press CTRL key.

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Apple Developer System is still down

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This morning, I have received another email notice from Apple saying that their developer website is still down. It is been almost a week since they admitted that their website has been compromised by an outsider/hacker. It is quite frustrating for me because I need to download all SDKs on their website since I have a new Mac. Until they can bring back their website, I still have to use my old mac to code.(UPDATE: as of July 29, 2013, Apple Developer System is already online.)

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Is iOS 7 already jailbroken?

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If you have an iOS developer account then it is no surprise that you are already playing with iOS 7 by now. But jailbreaking the brand new mobile iOS is quite imposible at the moment. Oops wait a minute. If the picture of jailbroken iPod running iOS 7 that was posted by Ryan Petrich is true then Im plainly wrong. Apple iOS 7 is not even officially released yet but somebody is already tweeting that it is not invisible at all. This is Good news for jailbreak community. Something that is surely worth waiting for.. but ofcourse the iOS 7 public release is as much as exciting to watch for.



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HTC One and Samsung Galaxy 4 Google Play Edition Now Available For Order

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If your not happy with HTC's Sense or Samsung's TouchWiz, and its one of the main reason you are hesitant to switch to these android devices, then you might reconsider this time around. Google made available these flagship devices in the Google Play Store. You can now order HTC One for $599 and Samsung Galaxy 4 for $649 and they will be shipped starting July 9. It is worth noting that these devices won't be running a pure stock version of Android but instead a slight migrated version of it which makes compelling features such as Beats Audio still available on this edition.

Personally, I still want HTC sense but I am looking forward to get my hands on this device to fully compare it against the HTC sense edition features.


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Basic Mac OS Keyboard Shortcuts for Beginners

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One thing I missed in Windows are the keyboard shortcuts. When I switched to Mac last month, this is the first thing I search about. Here are the basic keyboard shortcuts you should know if your just switching from Windows PC to Mac. For Mac experts, before you frown to my post, please note that this blog is coming from a first time Mac user who happened to be a 12-year Windows user.

Description On Windows On Mac
Copy and Paste CTRL+C and CTRL+V COMMAND+C and COMMAND+V
Cut and Paste CTRL+X and CTRL+V COMMAND+X and COMMAND+V
Select ALL CTRL+A COMMAND+A
Find Someting CTRL+F COMMAND+F
Switch Windows ALT+TAB COMMAND+TAB
Delete Forward DELETE fn+DELETE
Close Window ALT+F4 COMMAND+W
Quick Lockscreen CTRL+ALT+DELETE CONTROL+SHIFT+EJECT OR CONTROL+SHIFT+POWER (for Macs w/o Eject key)
Quick Restart CTRL+ALT+DELETE (Press Continuously) COMMAND+CONTROL+POWER button


Bookmark this post since I'll adding more as I need it.

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Modify Hosts File in Mac OS X - Mountain Lion

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I'm liking my new Mac and I think switching from PC to Mac is a good decision. I also started to setup my development environment on Mac and as I do, I learn lot of new things everyday. One new thing I learned is how to edit Hosts File in Mac to map hostnames to IP addresses. To edit the hosts file, just follow these steps.

1. Open the Terminal app, either by using Sportlight or by going to your Applications > Utilities > Terminal.



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Intelligent Ringer App For Android Phone That Adapts To Noise Around You

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Are you annoyed with people who does not turn or lower down their phone's ring volume when they are in a meeting or in movie house? your not alone. If you don't want to be such pain in the as*, you can make your ringer more adaptable in your environment by installing Intelligent Ringer app. It is a free app that listen to you the ambient noise level and automatically set your phone's ringer volume. This app also is smart enough to know if your phone is in your pocket by using proximity sensor. You can change default settings, like Pocket Factor, volume accuracy, microphone sensitivity, and maximum / minimum volume.


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Add A Self-Timer Feature To Your iPad's Camera

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Nowadays you will see people using their iPad as camera. During my son's recognition yesterday, I hardly got a clear shot from the back of the crowd because camera phones and tablets (specially iPad) were blocking my view.



No this is not a rant blog. Actually, I wanna help those who regularly use their iPad as camera. I want to share an app that is handy when taking self portrait, the Self Timer Camera. With this app on your iPad, no need to ask someone to take photos for you. Just set the timer between 0-15 seconds using the slider interface and pose for the shot.


Add A Self-Timer Feature To Your iPad's Camera

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More Android Phones Activated VS. Babies Born Daily

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Here is an interesting statistics i found from this article, apparently there are more android phone activated everyday than babies birth. The statistics says, there are about 1.3 Million Android Activations each day compare to only 300,000 births.

More Android Phones Activated VS. Babies Born Daily

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