Saturday, November 22, 2014

An Android application to calculate your monthly EMI

EMI calculator by eCoder is a beautiful Android application which calculates the monthly EMI for us. No need to break our head to calculate EMI's using pen and paper. Just download and install this beautiful application which will do the job for us. This is a mobile application of famous EMI calculator website Input few data such as loan amount, interest rate and tenure. Application will automatically calculate the EMI and present it to us in a graph. It generates a pie-chart showing the split between principal, interest, extra payment, other fees and charges. Also it generates a EMI payment / year bar graph. Payment schedule section shows year wise payment structure. All this will help us understand the dirty and tedious calculation about the loan. For the benifit of the user this application has another section where users can directly apply for loan. Once you select the type of loan, control will be redirected to their website. "Applying for loan" feature is limited to India I believe. Below screenshots demonstrates how information is presented through pie and bar graph.

EMI calculator
EMI calculator

I picked up following information from their website which explains how EMI is calculated

Here’s the formula to calculate EMI:
EMI Formula
E is EMI
P is Principal Loan Amount
r is rate of interest calculated on monthly basis. (i.e., r = Rate of Annual interest/12/100. If rate of interest is 10.5% per annum, then r = 10.5/12/100=0.00875)
n is loan term / tenure / duration in number of months
For example, if you borrow Indian Rupee 10,00,000 from the bank at 10.5% annual interest for a period of 10 years (i.e., 120 months), then EMI = Indian Rupee10,00,000 * 0.00875 * (1 + 0.00875)120 / ((1 + 0.00875)120 – 1) = Indian Rupee 13,493. i.e., you will have to pay Indian Rupee 13,493 for 120 months to repay the entire loan amount. The total amount payable will be Indian Rupee 13,493 * 120 = Indian Rupee 16,19,220 that includes Indian Rupee 6,19,220 as interest toward the loan.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to disable blue double check in Whatsapp!!!

Here is how you can disable the new "blue double check" feature in Whatsapp!!!

1. Open in your mobile and download latest version of Whatsapp

2. Go to phone settings->security and check "Unknown sources"

3. Click on the .APK file that you downloaded in step 1 and install it

4. Once installed, Open Whatsapp->Settings->Account->Privacy  and Uncheck "Read receipts"

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Monday, November 17, 2014

How to transfer messages and contacts from Android to computer with Vibosoft Android Mobile Manager

Although iPhone keeps updating to draw more attention of mobile users, there still remain considerable Android phone followers. There is no doubt that we need use our cell phones to send/receive messages and make telephone calls all the time. For many Android users, they maybe save tons of messages and large numbers of contacts because of special needs. However, during the use, some operations (such as failed to upgrade system) may make the phone's internal data be cleared. If the contacts and messages are lost, it might cause unpredictable huge losses. To keep such annoying thing from occurring, it is recommended to regularly backup our contacts and text messages. As for how to transfer important data like contacts and SMS to computer for backup, you can refer to the following method.

Some people have ever attempt to transfer the messages or contacts to computer by themselves but unfortunately they failed. In fact, the phone data cannot be moved to computer directly by just connecting device and pc. We need rely on professional transfer tool for Android devices to complete this data transmission. As we know that contacts and messages are stored in the internal memory. Vibosoft Android Mobile Manager is such a tool that it can neglect the limitations to help backup your SMS and contacts at the first time. This third-party program has strong compatibility, powerful functions and fast operation speed. Vibosoft studio has launched Windows and Mac versions for different users. So users can transfer their data from their Android phones to Windows pc and Mac as well.

Highlights of Vibosoft Android Mobile Manager:
  • Transfer messages to pc and freely edit and send text messages from computer directly.
  • Export and manage your contact information.
  • Install and uninstall applications
  • Backup your precious photos, music or movies.
  • High compatibility: support all Android branches like Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, etc.
To achieve perfect transfer process, here are some preparations you need to do:

Download the trial version and finish the installation and then run the program on your pc. Make sure your Android phone has connected to pc successfully and enable the USB debugging. When your phone gets detected, it will install the USB driver automatically. As follows:

Next this program will analyze your device content. You can get a structure of your data details in a while. Select the messages or contacts that you need to export and click Backup button to export.

Now you can view, edit the SMS and contact on your computer. If you are still confused, learn more about the steps to how to transfer Android contact to computer and the guide on how to backup messages from Android to computer.

With this kindly Vibosoft Android Mobile Manager in hand, there is no need to worry about the contact and SMS loss from your Android devices. By transferring them to your computer to release more space, you can keep as many contacts and messages as you like. 
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Monday, November 10, 2014

PPLNotify - Get mobile notifications on computer screen

PPLNotify is a beautiful new application for Android which pulls mobile notification on to the computer screen. For every beep you hear, you don't have to turn on your mobile anymore. PPLnotify allows you to check all sorts of mobile notifications on computer browser. You might have read my older post about Pushbullet, which does the same thing by pulling the notification on to the computer screen. Even though this application works more or less similar to Pushbullet, it has some difference. PPLNotify doesn't require you to install any browser add-on. Instead you will have to open website on your computer browser, where you will be able to check the notifications.

Best part of this application is, it just takes few seconds to configure it. Install PPLNotify from Google Playstore. As soon as you open it and enter the email-id , it will ask for the permission to access your notifications. Provide the permission and immediately it provides a password, using which you can login to PPLNotify website. Once logged-in you will be able to see your notifications right on your  computer browser.

Below video beautifully demonstrates how this application works

Notifications are beautifully presented in website in the form of timeline. As and when you receive a notification a pop-up also appears on your computer screen.  It's a very small application which is about 957k and I have no complaints about it. But sometimes the website seems to be slow. It takes a long time to load. Little more work should go into the web development side to make this a great and useful application.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Is "Angry Birds" struggling to survive in the market?

As we all know Angry Birds team is trying so hard to keep their name alive in the market. But are they able to do it? Download numbers are in fact high for all versions of their game. But the question is , how many users play it and how many users have it installed on their phone? Frankly speaking I don't have it and I don't see anyone around me saying "I still play angry birds". If I am not wrong, the gameplay and the plot of the game is definitely outdated. Just changing the color of the bird and music will not get user's attention. Mobile gamers need something new, and it applies to kids also, who once loved angry birds.  This game is definitely on it's death bed, just that the team who is developing it have not realized it yet. Earlier they realize the better it is. Probably we will see some more versions with new birds in it and one fine day it will die.

Angry Birds Stella

I tried a fairly new version of angry birds called "Angry Birds Stella". I should rather say, I tried "female" version of angry birds. I didn't' find anything new there. Just that the birds have some girly colors and names. And they do scream like girls :) . Now, why would some one play the same old game just to hear those female birds screaming?.  Here is the list of games by Rovio Mobile Ltd. Except couple of them, all are same old angry birds game with different names. They did try by releasing couple of games with different game play and plot but for some reason it couldn't get user's attention. Not many know about these games. Lately I have heard people talking about Candy Crush, Flappy bird and other great games but none spoke about Angry birds. And it was never in the news. Some websites did talk about it when new versions of Angry birds were released but nothing after that.
I wanted to try "Angry Birds Go" and waited for it's release, just to know it's supported only on newest available version of Android then. It did lose one user because of that OS restriction and I am sure there would have been many like me. Coming up with new game and making it restricted to some version of OS is definitely a foolish decision. They used pigs instead of birds by releasing a game called as "Bad Piggies" but that didn't help them either. I agree to the point people were crazy about angry birds once. But they are not interested anymore. Check out the below video where people played live angry birds. Which explains their craziness. But those are bygone days and it is not going to happen again.

How can they survive in the market ?
  1. Android and it's users have come long long way from those angry birds days. Rovio should accept the fact that angry birds are no more of user's interest. They are looking for something new. Instead of coming up with same old game with new names, invest the effort somewhere else.
  2. Rovio should come up with new games. They can definitely make use of the fame that they have gained all these years by telling "from the makers of angry birds", but game itself shouldn't be called as angry birds. Some sort of re-branding is required.
  3. It's an era where users get addicted to cross platform games. They would like to continue the game on Facebook or other devices. New game should work on all platforms.
  4. Size of the game matters a lot. Game should be within 50MB, users decrease as size increase.
  5. Game should be compatible with all versions of Android.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

14 Amazing Dark, Evil and Horror Themed Games!!

These are the 14 amazing "dark themed" games.  When I say "dark themed", characters in the game are mostly shadows or it's completely black in color. Also they are scary and haunting. Interface of the games are mostly dark but still it looks unique and pleasant. From interface's perspective these games are definitely way different from the normal ones. And it's always fun exploring these type of games which evil, horror and haunting. Let's go straight to the list without wasting any time. List is arranged in "best at the top" order.

Into the Dead - Into the Dead throws you into the gruesome world of the zombie apocalypse where there are no second chances. Do what you have to in order to stay alive, keep moving as fast as you can, and protect yourself by any means necessary. When the Dead are rising, run!

Into the Dead
Size - 34M
Downloads - 10,000,000 - 50,000,000
Rating - 4.3

Vector - is an exciting, arcade-style game featuring you as the exceptional free runner who won’t be held down by the system. The game opens with a view into a totalitarian world where freedom and individually is nothing more than a distant dream. But the heart of a freerunner is strong, and you soon break free. Run, vault, slide and climb using extraordinary techniques based on the urban ninja sport of Parkour all while being chased by “Big Brother” who’s sole purpose is to capture you and bring you back.

Size - varies with device
Downloads - 10,000,000 - 50,000,000
Rating - 4.3

Shadow Fight 2 -  is a nail-biting mix of RPG and classical Fighting. This game lets you equip your character with countless lethal weapons and rare armor sets, and features dozens of lifelike-animated Martial Arts techniques! Crush your enemies, humiliate demon bosses, and be the one to close the Gate of Shadows. Plunge into epic combat sequences, rendered in astonishingly lifelike detail by an all-new animation system.

Shadow Fight 2
Size - 94M
Downloads - 10,000,000 - 50,000,000
Rating - 4.5

Gravity Maze escape from limbo - A fresh approach to physics based puzzle games by introducing the power to rotate the world and turn it upside down. To complete each level you have to move your phone/tablet around to change gravity and help a team of Fluffs to escape from the mysterious maze. Stunning graphics and atmospheric music make this game an unmissable experience.

Gravity Maze
Size - 22M
Downloads - 50,000 - 100,000
Rating - 4.0

Slender Man - This is a brand new Slender Man game that will scare all the fans out there. It almost feels as if you really walking in the fog and being hunted by Slender. The atmosphere is scary and this did scare the shit out of me for the first time. Keep walking , turn around and get your sight off the slender man.

Slender Man
Size - 29M
Downloads - 500,000 - 1,000,000
Rating - 4.2

Dark Lands - is an addictive mix of an infinity runner fantasy horror game with a dynamic combat system. Take your hero on an epic journey of defeating evil forces who corrupted the land. Beat enemies like goblins, orcs, skeletons and monstrous trolls and ogres! Fight unique bosses like the fierce Currusor or the deadly Minotaurus! Avoid dangerous traps and treacherous corrupted terrain!

Dark Lands
Size - 49M
Downloads - 500,000 - 1,000,000
Rating - 4.0

Bad Land -  is an  atmospheric side-scrolling action adventure platformer set in a gorgeous forest full of various inhabitants, trees and flowers. Although the forest appears to be right out of a beautiful fairy tale, there’s something terribly wrong. The player controls one of the forest dwellers to find out what’s going on, and discovers an astonishing number of imaginative traps and obstacles on the way.

Bad Land
Size - Varies with device
Downloads - 5,000,000 - 10,000,000
Rating - 4.4

Freeze - Locked in a cramped cell on a planet far, far away, our hero could give in to despair and abandon himself to his fate. But with your help he can overcome gravity, turn worlds, and even – escape! Solving the rotating, physics-based puzzles is easy - just use your finger to continuously turn the cell in both directions around our hero. Of course you also have to make clever use of the Freeze! button, which can overcome gravity.

Size - 48M
Downloads - 1,000,000 - 5,000,000
Rating - 4.1

Miseria - Lurk, the urchin, has been torn from his love and imprisoned by the cold-hearted spider ogre, Grunzel. Tilt the cage and guide lurk to his destination. Of course, there are fatal obstacles in the cage from which Lurk has to carefully escape. Freeze and Miseria are quite similar games.

Size - 41M
Downloads - 100,000 - 500,000
Rating - 4.1

Naught - immerses you in a new gaming experience for Android. Play with real gravity to feel the motion. Explore your mind and challenge your fears. Play with the gravity to lead Naught through a mysterious underground land where everything is possible. In Naught, you decide how to play. Rotate your device 360 degrees to make the scene turn around changing the world gravity or, if you prefer, you can select one of the two additional gaming controls (touch and drag mode or virtual pad mode).

Size - 35M
Downloads - 500,000 - 1,000,000
Rating - 3.9

Tree Maker - Travel your way through three different worlds, harness the power of physics and help the creatures get their trees back. Tap on the screen to cast a rope, second tap makes you fling yourself to the direction of rope! Swipe the screen to swing and gain speed. Pinch to zoom and view the 3d environment. I liked the background music more than the game.

Tree Maker
Size - 30M
Downloads - 1,000,000 - 5,000,000
Rating - 3.4

Gravity Cave - Help the creature to find his way home by changing the gravity of the world and guiding him to the closest exit. Physic’s based gamePlay and smart but intuitive levels makes this journey great fun to anyone. Tap to go up and float and again tap to come down. The whole game is based on tap control.

Gravity Cave
Size - 10M
Downloads - 10,000 - 50,000
Rating - 3.5

Jumping Shadows - dynamic arcade game with simple controls and a variety of challenging levels. The game is made in a similar style to the badland, oscura and limbo games, but has a simple gameplay. You control a funny little man, and avoide a variety of obstacles in the form of thorns, spines, and other dangerous items.

Jumping Shadows
Size - 14M
Downloads - 1,000 - 5,000
Rating - 4.6

Shadow Runner - Here is the new silhouette environment which requires your deep attention for running through the hurdles on the way besides collecting coins and using your parkour moves for jumping over the rooftops. These hurdles are always placed randomly on the track so that you don’t face the repeating obstacle placement in the track.

Shadow Runner
Size - 4.8M
Downloads - 100,000 - 500,000
Rating - 3.0
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LokLok - Leave notes to your friends or partner using this shared lock screen

Now you don't have to call your spouse hundred times just to remind him/her to get onions from the store. Instead leave a note on his/her lock screen. Every time he/she  checks the phone, the lock screen will say "get onions from the store". 

LokLok is a shared lock screen, which is one of its kind. LokLok is available in playstore, but still it is in beta stage. 

Create a group with two or more people and sync up the lock screen. Every time you update the lock screen it will reflect in everyone else's phone. And it holds true even when others updates the lock screen. You can also exhibit some of your drawing skills through this app. Draw on the lock screen and show it off to everyone who are part of the group. Double tap on the lock screen to get into drawing mode. Add pictures, leave a note, draw using different colors and swipe using two fingers to erase the contents on the screen. Drawing interface provided by LokLok is simply superb. I even tried drawing using a stylus and I must say it was great experience. I have no complaints at all about its drawing interface.

This works on top of your default lock screen, so the security part is taken care by the default lock screen. Today, LokLok screen will appear first and then the default lock screen's security will be asked. I see a small flaw in this design, you would have guessed it by now. Everyone who has your device can see the note on LokLok without inputting the security PIN or pattern. A small change would fix this. That is, security PIN or pattern should be prompted first and then the note on lock screen should be shown.

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