Monthly Archives: February 2012

How to Transfer Contacts to iPhone Without iTunes

The fastest and easiest way to transfer contacts to an iPhone (without iTunes) is to email a vCard file.  This file contains all contacts straight to the phone. These .vcf files can be exported from many different phones, from your Address Book, from Google and Gmail, or Yahoo, and can come from just about anywhere else you’d find stored contact information.

We recommend you to Backup and sync the iPhone before to be on safe side in case something goes wrong with importing the vCard.

  1. From within your computer where the contacts are found, compose a new email that will be sent to the iPhone email with a vCard attachment and send it.
  2. Open the email containing the contacts in the iPhone and tap on the vCard.vcf file attachmentvcard-iphone
  3. Hit on the “Add All # Contacts” to import and install the address book information to the iPhoneimport-vcard-contacts-iphone

The add option informs the user how many contacts are stored inside and within the vCard file, making it very simple to see if all important contact files are included. The user can also manually select each contact by itself from the list if he wishes to only import one or two contacts.

Check that the address book has been transferred over by opening either Phone and going to Contacts or by activating the separate “Contacts” app within the iPhone.

What does one do if the contacts are saved in a different file format such as a CSV file instead of VCF vCard?

Many applications and services have the functionality to export as a VCF but if you find yourself with an exported .CSV file, you can use a CSV to vCard conversion tool to simply bring the files and contacts over into a compatible vCard file format. There is a free online conversion tool that can accomplish this task, all you needs to do is to just paste in the CSV, duplicate the vCard data into a text file, and save with a .vcf extension.

via OSXDaily


How to Print from an iDevice with AirPrint Activator

AirPrint Activator is a freeware, even though the developers request a small donation from the user, it is an inexpensive when compared to the $20 pricetag of Printopia. AirPrint Activator is quite familiar to Printopia, there is an on/off switch on the left hand side and there is also a window pane on the right hand side that shows all the available and active printers. And similar to Printopia, it does not need the user to install or utilize an iOS application. The user is just required to run iOS 4.2 or later. However, AirPrint lacks virtual printing to your Mac.

iDevice with AirPrint Activator

It is required that the computers and printers are all connected to the same network, so that AirPrint Activator can find all the printers automatically. Whether or not a printer is connected through a USB cable to a Mac personal computer or through a wired or wireless interface on your Wi-Fi router or hub, Airprint Activator should make a connection automatically. If you have a Mac Mini personal computer and always have it on there is no drawback. Otherwise there is one drawback  and it is that your Mac needs to be powered on and connected to a printer in order to successfully print from an iDevice using AirPrint Activator.

With this setup you are capable of printing from your iDevice applications straight out to a USB only printer or another networked connected printer from any application. If you aren’t able to see the printer you listed, check to verify that Printer Sharing is enabled. Go to System Preferences > Print & Scan and click the Sharing Preferences button. In the next window interface, verify that the Printer Sharing check box is checked. Also verify that the checkbox for “Share this printer on the network” on the Print & Scan page is checked.

printer_sharing_settings iDevice

via How To – CNET

How to Backup Android Application APKs with File Expert


If you are an android user and looking for a file utility, File Expert app is the best file utility application available for android users. File expert not only help users to manage files on their androids but it also allows users to create backups of their files. This can help users to manage files and create backups without switching apps. This tutorial will guide you about the process of creating backups of any useful data or file using File Expert.

I.  Download and Install File Expert. You can download and install File Expert by visiting Android market. For this, you can use Market app on your device.

II.  Create Backup of Applications. After installing File Expert, Go to File Expert > My Apps.

File-Expert Android App

Now select the apps you want to backup. For this, you can tick the boxes beside the name of each app.File-Expert NFC Android App

Now, click on the Backup and File Expert will initiate its process of creating backup of all the selected Apps.File-Expert NFC Android App

File Expert will create all the backups in the folder “backup_apps” that will be on your SD card. File-Expert NFC Android App

Now, you can keep the backups on your SD card or you can transfer and save the backup data on your computer.

via TheUnlockr

How to Download MP3 Songs Directly into iPhone

Yes, it is possible to download MP3 songs directly into your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad without iTunes. Apple users know that iTunes is considered as the easiest and most convenient medium to synchronize your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to your computer to transfer data including MP3 songs. Even though, finding another option beside iTunes to download MP3 songs into your device is difficult but this article will guide you about an alternate method.




  • Before following the steps described in this tutorial, you need to Jailbreak your iDevice.
  • with you Jailbroken device, download and install iFile on to your device from Cydia.


1. Get Download Manager. You need to get Safari Download Manager tweak on your iDevice from Cydia as first step of the process.


2. Download MP3 File. You can now use Safari Download Manager to download MP3 file in safari.


3.Open in iFile. After the download of MP3 file is finished on your iDevice, open the MP3 file in iFile.


4. iFile. You will notice a blue arrow on the left side of the downloaded MP3 file name after you open the file in iFile. Click on the arrow to  proceed further. This will open a “file attributes” screen on your iDevice. Scroll down to this screen where you can find “Add to iPod Library” button, click on it to complete the process.


5.Done. iFile will now create a new file i.e. M4A file and will save it to the media library of your iDevice. You can now enjoy your favorite songs on your iDevice using this method without connecting to iTunes and a computer.


For iOS 5/iOS 5.0.1 users, the tutorial does not work as Safari Download Manager cannot work with iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1.

Let us know about your feedback in the comments section below!!

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How to Upload Photos and Videos Instantly in Google+ for iOS

The Google+ app for iOS has recently been updated granting people the ability to upload videos and photos instantly to their accounts. The start up process is simple, only needs the user to check in or out upon start up launching of the new update; there are many more options that you can change and personalize.


Instant Upload can be found under the settings in the Google+ app. Tap on “When to upload.”2_Google+_iOS

Within these settings you can change Instant Upload functioning or not functioning, as well as choose the preferred network for uploading content. The original settings are set to just Wi-Fi and mobile network for photos, and Wi-Fi only for videos. To alter either of the options, you are only required to click on the setting you would like to choose.

Saving all uploads for Wi-Fi only is a good choice for those users who are stuck on a tiered data plan, or who are experiencing throttling on an unlimited AT&T data plan.

Photos and videos can only be uploaded when the application is actively open in the OS. So if the application is closed, photos and videos will not be uploaded to Google+. The application must be opened and left open in order for uploading to occur. This is understandable because when background data is restricted in the OS the application needn’t work properly.

New photos and videos will be uploaded to Google+ by default. To upload all photos in your camera roll locate the button found at the bottom of Instant upload settings.

Photos and videos are set to private by default when they are originally uploaded as a privacy safeguard. You’ll need to set them to public so others can view them.

The Photo Stream service that Apple rolled out with iOS 5 can easily be replaced by allowing Google+ to automatically upload your photos and videos to your account.

via How To – CNET

How to Save Your Last Reading Spot in Chrome

You find yourself reading a lengthy article and your boss or coworker calls you into another room to do something for them. How do you attend to them and also save your spot on your article without much hassle or drawing directly on your computer screen? This is just one scenario in which you may find yourself needing some kind of aid that helps in retaining your spot on a blog post, article, website or any other text based internet content.  A developer constructed an elaborate extension for Google Chrome that allows the user to label the last line(s) they’ve read on a website or blog post. Upon returning to the website, article, blog post, opinion post, thread or other web content, the extension leaves a highlighted field exactly where you left off allowing the user to resume whenever they feel like.


Step 1: Download the youRhere extension from the Chrome Web Store and make sure to install it.

Step 2: Navigate yourself to any web content that you want to read and mark up with the extension.


Step 3: Double-click on any spot along the text where you’d like to set up a label for later usage. The text will be highlighted in yellow.

When you need to return to a previous reading:


(Optional) Step 4: Press the button for the extension to see a history of labels.

(Optional) Step 5: Select the page in the history in which you want to continue your reading. youRhere is automated so it’ll bring you to exact position where the label was placed.

youRhere has similarities to an extension called Diigo. This extension is a bit more compact when compared to Diigo because it doesn’t include built-in search engines or mandatory user log in.

Think of youRhere as your new virtual bookmarker. Reading a article in its entirety is usually preffered; however, you might not always be capable of doing so, so test drive youRhere you won’t regret it.

via How To – CNET

How to Close, Open or Pause Apps in iPhone

Apple has now provided multitasking support for iPhone apps. This means that you can run multiple apps at any given instance of time on your iPhone. However, there may be times, when too many open and running apps start slowing down your iPhone. In such a scenario, its better to close a few of the open apps that you dont need at the moment. In this article we will explain how to close, open or pause apps in iPhone.


How to Close, Open or Pause Apps in iPhone

  1. Double-click the home button.
  2. This will open the multitasking bar.
  3. In the multitask bar you can swipe to scroll right or left to check all currently open apps.
  4. Now select any app to quit by holding your finger on the app icon for few seconds.
  5. The app will soon start to wiggle.
  6. Click the red circle icon to close the app.
That’s all you need to do in order to close apps in iPhone.

How to Prolong Battery Life of iPhone Using AutoLocking

Apple is now using the same lithium polymer technology that was used to develop Mac notebook batteries to power the iPhones. This has resulted in an increased battery life for users to surf the web, watch videos or listen to music. However, the iPhone battery life can be extended even further by turning off the power hungry features. In this article we have explained how to prolong the battery life of iPhone using Autolocking.

Prolong Battery Life of iPhone Using AutoLocking

How to Prolong Battery Life of iPhone Using AutoLocking

One of the basic things to do with your iPhone to save your battery life is to lock your iPhone by tapping Sleep/Wake button. However, there may be times when you might forget to put your iPhone into sleep mode. In such situations it would be pretty handing, if your iPhone could automatically be autolocked. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Auto Lock.
  2. Reduce the timer of Auto Lock to any suitable time.

Most people use 2 minutes for auto lock timer. Having a small time out for autolock would ensure that the iPhone would soon be put into sleep mode. However, this might trouble you too. As a very small time out could frequently put your iPhone into sleep mode, even while you might not want it to do so.

How to Rearrange Your iPhone App Icons

iPhone allows users to rearrange the home screen app icons. What this means is that, you can move the app icons on your home screen app icons to other screens, and or delete them. By rearranging icons you can move the most used icons to the main screen thereby having instant and quick access to those apps. Whereas the not so important apps could be moved to the secondary screens. In this article we will explain how to rearrange your iPhone app icons.

Rearrange Your iPhone App Icons

How to Rearrange Your iPhone App Icons

If you enjoy playing with app icons on your iPhone, iPhone provides you an easy way to move your app icons on your screen anywhere. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tap and hold on any icon on the screen.
  2. You will notice that all the icons start to shake.
  3. Touch and hold the icon you want to move in jiggle mode.
  4. Now, drag the selected icon wherever you want to put it.

How to Quickly Access Playback Controls in iPhone

Playback controls allows you to control the basic playback tasks such as playing, pausing, rewinding and fast forwarding in an active song, movie or radio app. If you have a song playing in the background of your iPhone and you want to quickly fast forward or rewind it, getting to the playback controls could take some tapping. In this article we will explain how to quickly access playback controls in iPhone.

Quickly Access Playback Controls in iPhone

How to Quickly Access Playback Controls in iPhone

You have to click on the icons of radio apps to start or stop audio in order to use their playback controls. iPhone offers another alternate to use playback controls without clicking on the radio apps icons.

  1. Double Tap Home button.
  2. Swipe the app switcher to far left.
  3. You can now access playback controls of any active radio app.


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