Must-have video conferencing apps for Android

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Video conferencing is not exactly something new to mobile devices. In fact, when 3G was first introduced to GSM networks, video-calling was the most-touted feature. Sadly, devices like the Nokia N90 and even the cheap LG KU250 “3G for all” did not end up popularizing video calling. While carriers theoretically supported video-conferencing through 3G networks, this was a poorly-marketed effort that was ahead of its time.

Fast forward to the era of smartphones, tablet computers and fourth-generation technologies. Today’s IP-based communication can more easily carry video calls with ease. iOS users have it easy, because FaceTime is built right into the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Macs. Higher-resolution FaceTime cameras ensure smooth video conferencing, which is especially enjoyable at fast connections.

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How to Transfer Files Between Android Device and PC Over WiFi

When it comes to transferring files from your android device to computer or other mobile device, Bluetooth or USB cable is the most commonly used medium. They work absolutely fine but there is a better way to do it.

With the connectivity options like Wifi, you can transfer files from and to your Android device without using cables at a faster transfer rate. The good news is you don’t need to buy any accessory to do that, you just need an app called Airdroid that you can download for free at Google Play Store.

Airdroid is an android app that lets you manage and control your Android devices (phones & tablets) from a desk web browser. With the AirDroid application, users can sync almost any type of file between devices at just a click of a button. All you need is a Wi-Fi network connecting to your computer and your Android device.

Here I’ll show you how to transfer files from and to your Android device using Airdroid app over WiFi.

Note: Both your PC and your device must be connected to the same WiFi network.

    1. Download and install the AirDroid app on your device.
    2. Once installed, launch the app.
    3. It’ll show a tour for the first time users, just skip it.
    4. Now, you’ll see an web URL and IP address on the app. Note them down as you’ll need that web address to connect your Android device through your computer’s web browser.

airdroid on android phone

    1. Open your desk web browser and enter the web address stated on the app which is web.airdroid.com. The link will take you to AirDroid’s web desktop panel.

airdroid on pc

  1. On your phone, tap the Scan QR code on the app and this will open the camera app. Pointing it to the QR Code that appears on the web desktop panel. For this method to work, your smartphone must have a QR code scanner. If your phone doesn’t have one, then you can create an account using your e-mail address, or sign-in through your Facebook or Twitter account to proceed.

Now, you’ve successfully connected your Android device to your computer, and you can start to transfer files between your device and computer.

How to Transfer Files from or to your Android device

Go to your AirDroid web desktop interface and click the ‘Files’ icon. Navigate to specific files and folders where you would like to upload or download files to.

airdroid file manager

As soon as you’re done, you can close the Files window. You may also click the disconnect button on your AirDroid app to end your wireless file transfer session.

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Tips on how to block inappropriate content from your child’s mobile devices

Inappropriate ContentInappropriate content is just one of the hazards that face inexperienced users of today’s complex mobile devices. Add in random texting, unauthorized in-app purchases, location tracking and malware, and it’s not surprising that parents are sometimes reluctant to buy that first smartphone!

But you have to start somewhere. So start with filters.
Inappropriate content is not just about porn and violence. It can come in the most indirect ways – such as the Google search example above. Also, if you are around kids, there are some subjects that you simply don’t want to have to explain before they’re ready. Filters can be be set up for smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, e-readers and gaming consoles.

The good news is that as hardware and operating systems have become more sophisticated, so have the protections that can safeguard our kids. Apple has frequently updated its Restrictions option, which allows parents to disable many of the iPhone’s features, including Safari, access to YouTube and iTunes, and even use of the camera. While most Android devices still rely on third-party apps to provide security, some manufacturers are not waiting for Google to catch up and are adding parental controls of their own. One of the best is NetNanny because it’s easy to use and inexpensive.

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Four Tips for Quick Android Maintenance

Android MaintenanceWhile the sophistication of mobile devices grows steadily, requiring less and less effort on the part of the user to maintain their device, you still need to put in a little bit of extra effort to ensure that your device will perform flawlessly. Usually, the problem is realizing that you need to do a bit of maintenance, rather than any complex mechanical work. Here are four quick tips on how to make your device work in top condition with practically zero effort on your part.

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How to Protect Your Mobile Device from Warm Weather Hazards

Mobile DeviceThese days, we rely on our mobile devices for just about everything. And while we can usually depend on our mobile devices to be there for us through thick and thin, in the warmer months our gadgets are more susceptible to damage, wear and tear. So how can you ensure your fun won’t be disrupted by a mobile device snafu? Qualcomm, a mobile and wireless technology leader, is offering tips to better protect your right hand man.

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FYI: Google Play Support Now has Live Chat for Questions About Device Purchases

Google PlayDid you know that Google Play Support now has a “Chat with us” option? In the past, if you needed support for issues through Google Play, you had two options: ”Email us” or “Call us.” While these options certainly work, especially “Call us” since you can almost instantly get ahold of someone on the support staff over the phone by using it, some of us would rather use an online chat at times to take care of business. That’s now possible for select situations – those that involve device sales.

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Google’s Cloud Print Android App Brings a World of Printers to You

Cloud Print is a service that allows you to send documents from any connected device to your supported printers, or a mobile device as a kind of virtual print out. This requires a little setup, but there is ample documentation for all supported devices. Google also has a deal with FedEx offices allowing you to print documents there for a small fee.

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Free follower app for Instagram malware targets Android Users

Users of mobile devices running Google’s Android operating system may have to think twice before downloading a supposed free follower app for Instagram. Security vendor Trend Micro said the malware, dubbed as ANDROIDOS_GCMBOT.A, can be used to launch malicious webpages or send messages from the device. “Be careful of who you add. If your account is set on private, take note of the people in your follower request list. Check if they post the ‘Get Free Followers!’ photo. That should already be a red flag,” it said.

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