How to restart a Hung Lumia 920 or any Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia 920

Yesterday, after a lot of WiFi tethering and heavy use of the Lumia 920, the phone finally hung on me. On my drive back home, the device seemed to try restart on it’s own and got stuck in the startup screen with the Nokia Logo. I couldn’t do anything much while driving to get the device back in operation.

Once I got back, I tried the regular method of trying to shutdown the phone by keeping the power button pressed, but that didn’t help even after keeping the button pressed for a long time. After some googling, i found that the Windows Phone equivalent of Ctrl+Alt+Del  is actually Volume Down and Power button.

So to restart your non-responsive Windows Phone device, all you need to do is to simultaneously press the Volume Down and the Power button, and keep it pressed till you see the phone shut down or you feel the phone vibrate quickly a few times. You can then release the buttons and then press the power button to start  the phone again.

via Microsoft Support

Windows Phone Apps Magazine for Apps and Tips

The Official Windows Phone UK blog, My Kind of Phone, has released the latest version of their magazine which is guide on apps available for the Windows Phone. Windows Phone Apps Magazine is a really useful read for beginners and seasoned users to the Windows Phone platform.

Windows Phone Apps Magazine covers the basics and how to get started on your Windows Phone, and use its various features, and tips to make best use of you phone. There are App reviews interspersed throughout the magazine allowing you to find some great apps which you may have never heard of before.

If you are in the UK,

To read the magazine online you’ll have to head over to the Windows Phone UK’s Facebook page, or head over to the end of this post to read it here as well. To read it  online here (and on Windows Phone UK’s page), you’ll require Adobe’s Flash player enabled on your browser.

If you want a downloadable version, here’s are two links here and here to get the PDFs of the older editions of their magazine. There doesn’t seem to be a download link for the latest edition yet.

via All About Windows Phone & My kind of Phone

 

Top tips and tricks to master your iPad

While there are quite a few tips that are common to both the iPhone and the iPad, here are a few more that could make using your iPad just a little bit more fun and intuitive.

 

Multitasking Gestures – You can enable multi-tasking gesture controls through General -> Settings -> Multitasking Gestures. By setting toggling multitasking gestures to ON, it is possible to swap 4 to 5 applications on the screen by swapping your fingers.

Wireless Sync  – After plugging the iPad to your personal computer, you should ensure that both iPad and PC are connected to the same wireless network. You should enable iTunes on your PC and then select Settings -> General -> iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. You should select from the list, the computer with which you wish to connect. All the data between iPad and PC will be synchronized everytime both the computer and the iPad are on the same WiFi network

Data destruction – If your iPad lands into the wrong hands and if you don’t want to let loose the sensitive information contained in it, the only option will be to kill the data. This can be achieved when a person unsuccessfully tries to login after a set number of times. You can select the erase option under Settings -> General -> Password Lock.

Side switch – You can assign different functionality to the side switch. The functionality can be toggled by selecting from the menu, Settings -> General -> Use side switch to. Whatever function you would like to assign to the side switch can be selected at ‘use side switch to’.

Encrypted backup – It is possible to take a backup of your iPad’s data in encrypted form through iTunes. After opening iTunes, select Summary Tab and select the option under ‘Encrypt iPad Backup’.

To set restrictions on usage – You can set restrictions on usage of applications, content, games, etc by using Settings -> General -> Restrictions. You can enable restrictions to whichever application you want.

To bypass the default password – Usually iPad comes with 4 digit default password. You can remove the default password and apply a choice of your own that will be more difficult to crack. This can be achieved through Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock. By setting a new encrypted password, you will be able to encrypt your emails as well.

To remove Wi-Fi network – It is possible that your iPad might have been connected to a Wireless network accidentally. As a matter of fact, the connection will be stored forever in your iPad. If you wish to remove that connection, you can do so by going through Settings -> Wi-Fi -> Choose the Network. Tap the button which says ‘Forget this Network’.

To control iPad notifications – If you wish to control annoying notifications that appear on top of your iPad, you can follow these steps. Settings -> Notifications. Here, you should configure alerts as per your requirements including the audio tone.

Trash your emails on Gmail when you delete them from your Windows Phone

I’m sure most people who access their mails from Gmail on a Windows Phone have seen this issue. When you delete the emails on your phone, the emails still stay in your Inbox of Gmail when you access it from the web.

I access my emails while I’m out and scan through quite a bit of them and delete the unwanted emails so I don’t have to look at them later. Now when I get back to the PC, they’re still in my Gmail Inbox when I check on the web; Undeleted. *grumble*. This is an irritant, since I’ve now got to go and delete them all over again in the web interface.

There seems to be no settings I could see of in Windows Phone to get over this behaviour and get Gmail to actually “Trash” the emails when I deleted them from my phone. I’m not sure who’s at fault here Google or Microsoft, but there should be some way to get over this problem.

Google Sync Settings to the Rescue

Hidden away in a special URL (m.google.com/sync) is where you can get this done. Head over to that URL from your Phone’s Browser, and you’ll be prompted to enter your Google Account details. Don’t bother using your desktop browser, it doesn’t work. You’ll have to use Internet Explorer on your phone for this task.

Once you log in with your details, you’ll land up on a screen where you can see a list of phones and devices which you’ve used to access Gmail from (see the pic on the right). I was surprised to see quite a few of my older devices listed here, including the good old E71 including a “SmartPhone” (I wonder which one that was).

Now select your Windows Phone which you’re currently syncing with to get to the next screen where you get the magical setting. Here just check the option to “Delete Email As Trash for this device”, save the settings and you’re done.

The next time you get your emails, all you have to do is to delete the email on your phone and it’s “Trashed” in Gmail as well.

Happy Emailing. If you have other tips to share with us, do send us a tweet @myportableworld or leave us a comment below.

Tips to Promote Mobile Applications

The mobile application market is flooded with innumerable applications. most of which are innovative and entertaining. Even though Android is growing (both in terms of market share and the number of applications available), Apple is still able to manage its own market volume. Intense competition prevails in the market among application developers to win prospective customers. As is the case in many industries, a major share of the application market is held by very few companies.

 

 

 

Let us find the prospects of new entrants in application development and marketing sphere –

 

1. Create Interest & Demand – Unique and useful features presented by products and services will always win the hearts of customers. Similarly, to be noticed and established in application market, the new application should have unique concept and unique ways of solving issues and unique features to add entertainment proportion. By attributing unique proportion, you can target the application at the intended audience. It is required to study competitors’ products in the similar range. By doing so, you will have an opportunity to create an application which eliminates the drawbacks of existing products and offers new and user-friendly features.

 

The level of entertainment offered by an application should be enhanced in such a way that the user feels like coming back to the application in future. People generally download apps and rarely look at it after their first use. It should make users want to introduce the application to their network of friends. The application should be simple to use. The current generation has no time to go through complicated controls and features even if you are offering free applications.

2. Ability to Share – The ability to share an application through various ways will make it promote on its own. The sharing features should be natural. They should be implicitly incorporated in applications. Users will be thrilled to get feedback on their creations done through the application. They will share their creations, scores and would like to play with others. Social networking sites and bookmarking sites are great platforms through which applications can spread virally. On the other hand, social networking sites also benefit by promoting applications and they will look for innovative and entertaining applications. You have the opportunity to fit into this case. The application should be endowed with few more bells and whistles at regular intervals of time, through application updates and refreshes.

3. Promotions – However good your application is, you should undertake promotional measures. User reviews will give an opportunity for prospective users to go through the application’s features. It will create interest in them. Reviews also provide first hand information and help users to get a glimpse of the application and would help them compare it with similar applications available in the market. It is not only at the launch of the application;  frequent promotions as and when new versions are released will help maintain momentum about the application and it will continue to spread to new users.

4. Analysis – One of the key measures to root deep in the market is to gauge the results and analyze the feedback from users. This is crucial to shape future versions and applications. By implementing potential user’s aspirations you can not only win them but also help them introduce your applications to other users. It is also important to study the competitor’s features and current trends so that you will be able to launch the most successful application in the market.

 

If you are a developer and have anything else to add or any experience to share, do get in touch with us by commenting below. You could also contact us via the Contact Us tab, or via Google+, Facebook or Twitter (where we’re most active).

Tips for Usage of Google Calendar via Mobile SMS Alerts

Using web services and applications to ease your schedule orientation and plan your day, is an efficient use of the technology. Of the many options currently available for this situation, Google Calendar has been one of the most popular options. It is not difficult to understand the reason why most users prefer this application for their schedule planning around the year.

 

For one, it is a free program, Google is a top web brand, and the company constantly introduces new developments in the services and applications to make them even more efficient. However, one of the drawbacks, that most users face in this regards, is that they do not have the access to their schedule planned on Google calendar if they do not have an access to the Internet. While, the market is flooded with Smartphones, tablets and other portable devices that can help them get online on the go, these devices are not very cheap and do require a better awareness of technology to use them. Cell phones on the other hand, have the dynamics to be accepted widely and are quite common for most users in the world. There is a distinct advantage to linking your Google Calendar service to your cell phone. It solves the problem of portability of the days’ schedule and clears any conflict of technological and economic issues, which prevent you from adapting to the advanced time planning application.

Here is a detailed look at the way you can combine Google calendar service with your cell phone and access your schedule via regular sms alerts on your mobile.

Synchronize your Mobile with Google Calendar – You have to register your cell phone with Google calendar, in order for the service to recognize your number when you send in a request for notifications. To do this, just get in your Google calendar account and on the upper right corner of the page, click on “tool”. You will get an option list; pick the “calendar settings” to get the form for the cell phone set up. Fill in all the details in the form to align your cell phone with the Google calendar services. The procedure will include a number verification, where in you will be sent a validation code on your mobile and you have to confirm the code in the Google calendar program.

For each individual appointment notification, you can adjust the settings on each appointment slot, to send in automatic notification alerts to the verified number registered with the service. To do this, just go to the “Edit event” option in the particular appointment slot. In the “Reminders” section, arrange for the appointment notification to be sent in to your cell phone at the pre-scheduled hour.

Smart Tips for Better Efficiency – There are some essential tips that you should be aware of, to make use of the service smoothly. It is advisable to look in to an unlimited sms option for your cell phone to make sure that the calendar notifications do not cost you much. You can stop the sms alert any time by just going back to the calendar settings and changing your options in the mobile set up. When selecting your option in the appointment notifications set up, check on sms rather than pop-ups to avoid unnecessary notifications from flooding your inbox consistently. In addition, you can use the service to not just plan your day, but also set up alerts for monthly or even annual events.

The purpose of this service is to make sure you do not miss any important event or task in your life, orienting it with your cell phone ensures that you are kept updated, even when you are away from your computer.

Top 10 Windows Phone Tips and Tricks

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The Windows Phone operating system is a relative newcomer into the smartphone world, but with the resources of both Microsoft and Nokia behind the system, many experts see great things on the horizon. While Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are unlikely to loose their number one and two positions, many in the industry believe that Windows Phone will take third spot in coming years.

Recently the long awaited Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) update began shipping on new devices and an upgrade was offered to most existing Windows Phone devices. Now that the update has bedded down, we’re here to offer you the Top 10 Windows Phone Tips and Tricks to help you use your WP7 device more effectively.

We have split these into 5 essential tips and 5 lesser-know ones, as follows:

TOP FIVE ESSENTIAL WINDOWS PHONE TIPS

Pin People to your Start Menu
Go to your People lister. Find the person you want to add. Then Press and Hold on an item and select Pin to start

Maximise space when viewing websites
Rotate the phone to landscape mode. This will also hide the menu toolbar and address bar so you can see more of the website

How to get directions to a location
From the start screen, go to Apps – Maps. Then select Directions. Then enter an address or place of interest, like a shop or restaurant. Then press Go. Then choose either Walking or Driving. The phone will then calculate a route.

To show real-time traffic information select the More button and select Show Traffic.

Filter your Contacts list
By default your Contacts list will show all Contacts for the various accounts you have setup on your phone. This may include Facebook and so on. The list can become quite long however.

To change this go to Start, then flick left to the Applications list. Then press Settings – Applications – People. Then select Filter your contact list. Then choose the accounts you want displayed on your Contacts list.

Enter non .com domain suffixes
While entering a website address you can Press and Hold the .com key on the keyboard. This will give you the option of other domain suffixes (eg .org, .co.uk, .com.au etc)

TOP FIVE LESSER WELL-KNOWN TIPS

Find your phone / lock / erase your phone remotely
Windows Phone 7 comes with a handy service whereby you can remotely lock or erase your phone should it be stolen. You can also use it to call your phone if you have misplaced it around the house. You can also find your phone on a map. Go to windowsphone.live.com to set this service up

Enable Wide Dynamic Range for better photos
If you are taking photos where there is a high contrast between light and dark colours or shapes (for example taking a photo of someone with the sun in the background), then there is a function that will improve these photos.
Launch the Camera app and then choose the Gear icon in the bottom right of the screen. Scroll down and select Wide Dynamic Range and change this to On

Disable Mobile versions of website
If you get annoyed by website automatically serving you mobile versions of their site, you can tell the phone browser to act as a standard browser. Go to Settings – Applications – Internet Explorer and change it there

Record a phone conversation
If you’re on a call, you can record the conversation. While speaking, put the phone on Speakerphone. Then hold down the Camera button to record the call.

See photos and videos in filmstrip mode
When viewing your photos or videos, you can view them in filmstrip mode. Open a picture or video, then pinch it as if you shrink it. You can then view several in filmstrip mode.

This will work better when your phone is tilted into landscape mode.

We hope you like these tips. They all provided courtesy of Phone Tips And Tricks. Feel free to visit their website and look in the Windows Phone Tips and Tricks section.

Key Tips to Protect Yourself from Phone Hackers

The latest news about the now-obsolete tabloid ‘News of the World‘ gave me a shock. The critically acclaimed Royal family, the terrific murderers, pathetic murder victims, and almost everyone became prey to the phone hackers (sorry, they are the so-called journalists). Now that the tabloid has been closed forever we shouldn’t be happy thinking that this is the ‘happily ever after’ ending for the phone-hacking business.

Somewhere in this same world there will be phones getting hacked when you are reading this article. We aren’t modern day Robin Hoods to stop the people from doing evil but what we could do from our side is, follow these simple steps to ward off the hackers from our valuable phone.

1. Is your Password Powerful or Pathetic?

I know many people who still use the default passwords for their phone even years after buying the phone. The default password will be same for the whole company for instance if your phone is of Nokia brand then the password of all phones produced by that brand is 12345. To crack this code no special intelligence is needed.

Change these default passwords first. As soon as you buy a phone and put your sim card change all the default passwords. However, most people end up changing the password from default ‘12345’ to obvious ‘22222’. Some people are so naïve that even a hacking amateur can easily hack their phones.

You must avoid the following while choosing your passwords –

  • Birthdays of any kind (yours, spouse’s, kid’s, etc)
  • Anniversaries
  • Your name’s number format. For instance, DEEP = 45516
  • Last few digits of your social security number

Keep your password totally random.

Tip – Don’t write down this password anywhere; one of my cousins has kept a really hard-to-guess password but she wrote it down and kept it in her clutch where she keeps her mobile too.

2. Lock your phone

What’s the use of keeping cryptic passwords without using them? It is as similar as not having a password at all. Keep your phone locked always especially when you are surrounded by quite a lot of people. I know it too obnoxious to lock and unlock each time you receive or send a message, but if you love your phone you don’t have any other option other than locking your phone (until someone finds phone locking system with biometrics).

Especially if you are a proud owner of a smartphone then definitely your phone should be under lock always. Unlike conventional mobile phones which needs a passcode to access voice mails, smartphones allow users to access the voice mailbox with a single touch (thanks to the voice mail Apps) irrespective of the user’s identity.

3. Hacking your phone, without using your phone

Your phone can be hacked without the help of it. Yeah, a hacker can simply call from an outside line to your service provider and access your voice mailbox. All he needs is your social security number or some other personal detail. The default passcode may me jus 0# or 0, etc.

To avoid these type of mishaps call your service provider and change the pass-code to access your voice mailbox and also discuss with them about increasing the security levels.

You may not be a big shot to get hacked, but once you get hacked then you will surely become a big shot (of course in the negative sense). Therefore, build up a Crypt (above said points) for your Phone right now!

5 Android tips you need to know…and 5 lesser known ones

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We’re back and this time we’re talking Android Tips and Tricks. If you own an Android phone (and there are plenty), there are certain tips and tricks you really should know. We’ve listed these below and we hope they’re useful.

If you’re more of a power user or want to delve deeper into your phone’s functionality, we’ve listed some lesser-well-known tips that should make your phone live more interesting.

5 need-to-know tips:

Create a contact bookmark on your homescreen
If you call someone regularly it can be useful to have a shortcut on your homescreen. To do this, long press on the Background, select Shortcuts, then Direct dial

Delete multiple emails at once
Go into your emails
Press Menu and then Delete
Then select the message you want to delete by pressing the X next to the message
Then press Delete

Increase your security with a custom unlock pattern
Instead of the simple swipe gesture to unlock your phone, you can set a custom one which can be extremely difficult for a thief to guess
Go to Menu – Settings – Security
Then press Unlock pattern to set one up

Remove a whole text message conversation
If you have some text that you no longer need, or don’t want anyone to find, then you can remove an entire text message thread
Go into Messages and look for the thread
Then long press on it and select Delete thread

Put your phone in silent / vibrate mode with the volume buttons
You can use the volume buttons to put the phone in silent or vibrate mode
Keep pressing the Down volume until it reaches 0%
Then press it again to enter Silent mode
Then press it once more to enter Vibrate mode

5 lesser well-known tips:

Calibrate your keyboard for improved performance
Calibrating your keyboard will significantly improve the experience using your phone
To calibrate go to Settings – Language and Keyboard – Touch Input – Text Input – Calibration Tool

Don’t use the Task Killer app
Android handles background applications and memory allocation very well and you shouldn’t need to end any tasks. Task Killer can also drain battery life faster than normal, therefore it is recommended you don’t use this app

Manually close an application
Android manages you applications so if the phone is running low on memory, it will close the oldest running app
If you do need to manually close an application go to Settings – Applications – Manage Applications – Running
Choose the application you want to stop and select Force Stop

Install a new keyboard on your phone
If you want a different keyboard from the default one, go to the Android Marketplace and install one you would like to use
Then open the Applications Launcher. Press Settings – Language and keyboard – Input method
Then select the keyboard you would like to use

Remove large applications
If you are running low on phone memory, you can look for your largest applications to uninstall. Go to Settings – Applications – Manage Applications and press Menu. This will then filter your apps by memory use

We hope you like these tips. They all provided courtesy of PhoneTipsAndTricks.com. Feel free to visit their website and look in the Android Tips and Tricks section.

5 iPhone tips you need to know…and 5 lesser known ones

If you own an iPhone, there are certain tips and tricks you really should know. We’ve listed these below and hopefully they will make your life easier. If you’re more of a power user, we’ve listed some lesser-well-known tips that will improve the experience of using your iPhone.

5 need-to-know tips:

Add another language
If you speak more than one language you can add an additional keyboard language:
– Go to Settings – General
– Then scroll down and press Keyboard
– Then select International Keyboards and add the language you want
– Then when you use your keyboard, a small globe icon should appear
– If you press this, you can switch between your chosen languages

Clean up unwanted applications
If you have applications that you no longer use:
– Press and hold on the icon for that application
– The applications will then start shaking
– You can either move them around, or press the X that appears on each one to remove that application
– When finished, press the Home button

Auto focus the camera
– When taking photos or videos, tap the screen where you want to focus on
– The phone will automatically adjust the settings to improve the image or video

Using the scrubber bar to skip music / videos
You can use the scrubber bar to skip through music or videos:
– Simply press and drag the bar from left to right
– You can also move your finger up or down at the same time to control the scrub rate from fast to slow

Avoid syncing interruptions
While your iPhone is syncing with your computer you may receive a phone call which can interrupt the sync. To avoid this, put the phone in Airplane mode (in Settings)

5 lesser well-known tips:

Leave out the .com when entering website URLs
When entering a website address you don’t need to press the .com button if the site is a .com. Safari will add it for you automatically

Change the font in Notes
The default font for Notes is not very attractive. There isn’t a way to directly change this, but there is a work-around:
– Add a symbol-based keyboard language (like Japanese, Chinese etc)
– Then when you go into Notes press the little globe icon and change the language to the one you just added
– Type something, then press the globe icon again to select English
– This will then change the font to Helvetica, which is easier on the eye

Double tap for a full stop (period)
While typing emails or notes, you can simply tap the space key twice and the phone will insert a full stop / period

Move quickly between home screens
You can move between home screens by swiping left or right. To jump from one to another however, click on the little white dots beneath the icons. This will jump you straight to that homescreen page. You can also tap the bottom left or right blank areas to go to the left or right homescreens

Restrict explicit / adult content
If you have kids in the house that you don’t want to look at certain content, you can disable applications from showing explicit content (like Youtube videos or music):
– Go to Settings – General – Restrictions – Enable Restrictions.
– Then enter a 4 digit code to restrict the content

We hope you like these tips. They all provided courtesy of PhoneTipsAndTricks.com. Feel free to visit their website and look in the iPhone Tips and Tricks section

 

 

5 iPhone tips you need to know…and 5 lesser know ones

If you own an iPhone, there are certain tips and tricks you really should know. We’ve listed these below and hopefully they will make your life easier.

If you’re more of a power user, we’ve listed some lesser-well-known tips that will improve the experience of using your iPhone.


5 need-to-know tips

Add another language

If you speak more than one language you can add an additional keyboard language:

– Go to Settings – General

– Then scroll down and press Keyboard

– Then select International Keyboards and add the language you want

– Then when you use your keyboard, a small globe icon should appear

– If you press this, you can switch between your chosen languages

Clean up unwanted applications

If you have applications that you no longer use:

– Press and hold on the icon for that application

– The applications will then start shaking

– You can either move them around, or press the X that appears on each one to remove that application

– When finished, press the Home button

Auto focus the camera

– When taking photos or videos, tap the screen where you want to focus on

– The phone will automatically adjust the settings to improve the image or video

Using the scrubber bar to skip music / videos

You can use the scrubber bar to skip through music or videos:

– Simply press and drag the bar from left to right

– You can also move your finger up or down at the same time to control the scrub rate from fast to slow

Avoid syncing interruptions

While your iPhone is syncing with your computer you may receive a phone call which can interrupt the sync. To avoid this, put the phone in Airplane mode (in Settings)

5 lesser well-known

Leave out the .com when entering website URLs

When entering a website address you don’t need to press the .com button if the site is a .com. Safari will add it for you automatically

Change the font in Notes

The default font for Notes is not very attractive. There isn’t a way to directly change this, but there is a work-around:

– Add a symbol-based keyboard language (like Japanese, Chinese etc)

– Then when you go into Notes press the little globe icon and change the language to the one you just added

– Type something, then press the globe icon again to select English

– This will then change the font to Helvetica, which is easier on the eye

Double tap for a full stop (period)

While typing emails or notes, you can simply tap the space key twice and the phone will insert a full stop / period

Move quickly between home screens

You can move between home screens by swiping left or right. To jump from one to another however, click on the little white dots beneath the icons. This will jump you straight to that homescreen page. You can also tap the bottom left or right blank areas to go to the left or right homescreens

Restrict explicit / adult content

If you have kids in the house that you don’t want to look at certain content, you can disable applications from showing explicit content (like Youtube videos or music):

– Go to Settings – General – Restrictions – Enable Restrictions.

– Then enter a 4 digit code to restrict the content

We hope you like these tips. They all provided courtesy of www.PhoneTipsAndTricks.com. Feel free to visit their website and look in the iPhone Tips and Tricks section