Xiaomi or Xperia type security issues and how to detect them on any Android device

Anything that is too good to be true and available at dirt-cheap prices like the Xiaomi phones sold in flash sales on http://www.flipkart.com, always has a catch. It is like the Trojan horse. The security issue with Xiaomi phones is that the phone allegedly transmits user sensitive data like IMEI, contacts, numbers etc to servers . . . → Read More: Xiaomi or Xperia type security issues and how to detect them on any Android device

Useful Android apps with minimal permissions required to get the job done

No App Name Function 1 SecuXabber Secure Chat Client. Use instead of Hangouts 2 K-9 Mail Email Client supports PGP encrypted emails 3 Ted Simple text editor. Replace Notes. 4 encdroid Encrypt data for cloud storage Dropbox Drive 5 Avast Antivirus Antivirus for Android 6 Malwarebytes Famous desktop malware detector available for Android 7 . . . → Read More: Useful Android apps with minimal permissions required to get the job done

Sony Bravia TV does not display files or folders on the Sony Xperia ZR SD Card

When I connected the Sony Xperia ZR smart phone to the Sony Bravia TV via the USB port, the TV did not display any folders from the SD Card of the phone. After a while, realized that the phone was connected to the TV USB port in MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) mode.

To display the . . . → Read More: Sony Bravia TV does not display files or folders on the Sony Xperia ZR SD Card

Convert any image file to pdf in Linux

Linux has a convert command that can manipulate images of any popular format from the command line individually or in a batch.

In addition to the above, it can also convert image files into PDF files. To try it out,  open a terminal window and type following command at the $ prompt:

$ convert image.jpg image.pdf . . . → Read More: Convert any image file to pdf in Linux

How to revert to default TP-Link wireless router firmware from dd-wrt

Some of us like to try out multiple router firmware and at times, need to revert back to the default firmware that came with the router. TP-Link is fairly easy to revert, where you can experiment with various firmware before you settle down for the one you find most useful. The below steps enable you . . . → Read More: How to revert to default TP-Link wireless router firmware from dd-wrt

Downgrade dd-wrt firmware from dd-wrt version 24461 to dd-wrt version 24160

Recently, there have been no upgrades to the dd-wrt firmware I use on my routers. Found that the last dd-wrt firmware version 24461, did not permit upgrades to newer firmware due to a bug in it. It also did not allow downgrades to a lower version of dd-wrt via the Web GUI interface or any . . . → Read More: Downgrade dd-wrt firmware from dd-wrt version 24461 to dd-wrt version 24160

How to adjust width of GnuCash Balance column heading

Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, GnuCash would never display all digits of the balance column. Using the mouse to widen the column yielded no results. It was a struggle to find out how to adjust the width of the GnuCash Balance column within the Accounts.

Finally, found by accident that just a Double . . . → Read More: How to adjust width of GnuCash Balance column heading

How to connect Android phone in developer mode and use adb

After enabling developer options on the phone, connect the USB cable that came with the phone to the computer.

Start adb shell as follows: $ cd android-sdks/platform-tools <enter> $ ./adb shell <enter>

Within the shell, you can execute several commands.

List all installed packages using the adb in android-platform-tools pm list packages <enter>

List all . . . → Read More: How to connect Android phone in developer mode and use adb

Enable and disable developer options on Android Kitkat

To enable Developer Options on Android KitKat device, go to Settings -> About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build Number.

To disable go to Settings -> Apps -> All -> Settings and tap on Clear Data.

How to add Hindi keyboard on Sony Xperia ZR Android KitKat

Do the following to set up the Hindi keyboard on the Sony Xperia ZR running Android KitKat. Settings -> Language and Input Look for Xperia keyboard with International Keyboard displayed under it. Click on the configure icon next to it. Select Writing Languages and check or tick Hindi In my case I have English UK . . . → Read More: How to add Hindi keyboard on Sony Xperia ZR Android KitKat

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