How to Stream Anything from Android to AirPlay

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The AirPlay wireless streaming system makes sharing stuff between your phone and TV incredibly easy—but only if stick with Apple gadgets. Try to share content from an Android and suddenly you’re out of luck. But with these third-party streaming apps, Airplay and Android can finally speak the same language.

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Can’t install Android App Update from your phone or tablet? Try to install it directly from the web

Android App UpdateHow many times has a new Android app update been issued for a major app, yet you find yourself without the ability to update on your phone or tablet? Should you know of an app update in the wild, you can almost always install it directly from the web version of Google Play even if your device isn’t showing that you have an update available. As soon as you see the Play store listing of the app change over to today’s date, meaning it was recently updated, you can tap “Install” followed by a selection of the device you wish to install the update on, before sitting back as it updates over-the-air.

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How to Disable the Lock Screen in Android

Android Lock ScreenVirtually every new Android device comes with a lock screen which appears when you first wake your phone or tablet from sleep. While these lock screens are often loaded with widgets and shortcuts to your favorite apps, they are usually just speed bumps that slow you down on your way to the desktop and your apps. If you configure them with a password or unlock pattern, lock screens can provide an added level of security, but if you don’t want to type or draw something every time you wake from sleep, you might just want to remove the lock screen altogether.

To disable the lock screen in Android.

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How to Factory Reset your Phone

If you wish to restore your phone to default factory settings, then you can perform a hard reset. This will delete all the data. This can be done in following ways.

  • Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Factory data reset. This method is valid for all the mobile phones. However, many users have experienced problems in resetting the phone using this method. Also, please note that this method only does a factory reset.
  • Hard reset using a hack code: *2767*3855# – Dial this code on your phone. Please note: DO NOT TRY THUS for testing purpose unless you are sure what you want to do. This code does not ask for a confirmation.
  • Factory reset using: *#*#7780#*#* – Dial this code on your phone. This will ask you for a confirmation before resetting.

 

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How to shoot a 360-degree time-lapse video with your phone

Time-lapse videos aren’t just for pros. With the right accessories and apps, you can shoot, edit, and publish a 360-degree time lapse with just your phone. Let Photojojo guide you through the setup.

What you need:

  • Tripod
  • Your phone
  • Rotating tripod attachment (like the Camalapse)
  • Smartphone tripod mount (like the Glif, or your own DIY solution)

1. Pick your subject

Maybe you’ve thought about what you’d shoot if you made a still time-lapse video, but a 360-degree time-lapse video is a whole different beast.

What looks awesome in a nonmoving time-lapse won’t necessarily look awesome in a rotating one, so think about what would make for a captivating 360.

It could be a carnival, a road trip with a car full of buddies, a construction site, a day at the office, an epic day of cooking or baking in the kitchen, a sunrise or sunset, a packed park, an animal sanctuary, or a simply beautiful landscape over the span of a day. Anything that changes over time and looks cool from a 360 view.

2. Choosing the right app
Since you’ll be shooting on your phone, you have two options: the app route and the native camera route.

Yep! You can shoot a time-lapse using your native camera app. It’s a shortcut but creates a similar effect. To use your native camera app:

  1. Put your camera in video mode.
  2. Set up your phone in your rotating time lapse attachment. If you’re using the Camalapse, twist the Camalapse, and hit record. (Or, if you’re the hacker type here’s a DIY solution.)
  3. Export your footage to an editing program like iMovie or QuickTime.
  4. Speed up the video, so it plays in a fraction of the time it took to make.

If you decide to go the app route, we recommend Motion Pictures (iOS) or Lapse It (Android and iOS).

Motion Pics lets you choose more options like number of frames, video playback frame rate, and how long your final movie will be.

If you’re into a quicker setup, Lapse It narrows down the options. Just pick your interval, resolution, and adjust your exposure and white balance.

Lapse It for Android and iOS lets you shoot, edit, and share time-lapse videos.

3. Pick an interval

An interval is how long your camera waits between shooting photos. You’ll base your decision on how long the event you’re shooting is. Is it a sunset? You’ll probably want to go for 1-second intervals. If it’s something that takes a bit longer, you’ll want even longer intervals. For example, if you’re shooting something that takes hours or all day, you’ll want to aim for something like 5-minute intervals.

To get more precise, you can throw in some math. Most movies play at 20 to 30 frames per second. The more frames per second, the smoother the video plays, so keep that in mind.

We’re going to pick a frame rate of 24fps for a smooth video. Next, we’ll pick how long we want the movie to be. We’ll say 30 seconds. How many frames will we need to shoot? Just multiply the frame rate by the length of the movie: 24fps x 30 seconds = 720 frames.

To calculate the interval for this same video, we’ll need to divide the length of the event (in seconds) by how many frames we need to make a 30-second video. We’ll say our event is 4 hours. So 14,400 seconds (length of the event) / 720 frames = 20-second intervals.

That’s it!

4. Shoot your time lapse
Since you’re shooting with your phone, you’ll want to make sure you place it somewhere where it will be safe from the weather and anyone who might want to snatch it. If your shoot’s short enough to stand by, then you can keep watch over it.

A rotating tripod attachment (like the Camalapse or this DIY rotating attachment) is the key ingredient to making your time-lapse shoot 360 degrees. To mount your phone to the Camalapse, you’ll need a phone tripod mount, like a Glif . Once you’ve got that on, just twist the device to where you want it to end up, hit record, and let go.

7. Share your time lapse
Once your video’s done, pick where you want to share it. If it turned out really well, you’ll want all your friends to see it. Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook are all decent options!

How to shoot a 360-degree time-lapse video with your phone [via howto.cnet.com]

How to change fonts on Android Device

Ever wanted to see serif text and labels on your Android device? Or, what about fancy or cursive typeface? Or, perhaps, some alternate sans-serif font? In this video, learn how to change fonts on Android, using a method for either rooted or non-rooted devices.

How to Find Custom ROMs for Your Android Phone

Time and time again when people ask me why I prefer Android to iOS, my number one answer is, “freedom.” The freedom to customize the homescreen as you see fit, not just moving icons around, the freedom to use custom launchers, and the freedom to install apps that are not on the Play Store. And because Android has such an active developer community, that freedom increases a hundred fold when you root your device. Once you do that, you have the ability to install custom ROMs, or builds of the Android OS. That’s when things get really fun.

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