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Friday, 3 July 2015

SkullCandy Grind Launch at Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore

Skullcandy launched their much awaited Grind set of headphones at the Hard Rock cafe in Bangalore on 25th June 2015. The brand new technology used in this headphones will blow your mind.

Skullcandy  is a publicly traded company, based out of Park City, Utah, that makes headphones, earphones, hands free devices, audio backpacks, MP3 players, and other audio equipment products. The company was founded in 2003. Skullcandy's products are targeted at the outdoor action sports demographic (such as snowboarders and skateboarders) and general consumer market. Skullcandy products are sold through retailers, specialty outlets, and their online store.

The Grind headphone is the ultimate hookup. Built with a low profile, classic design, one-button TapTech™ functionality and premium materials, Grind delivers everything you would expect from a premium headphone without the premium price tag.

The Skullcandy Grind is available at Rs. 3999/- in India.



The headphones are very good compared to my JBL headset which I have been using for a few months now with a thumping Bass being its strong point.



The fit of the headphones is perfect on the head and with prolonged use there is no pain or discomfort on the ears.

The headphones are only available through FlipKart.

For more information you can visit the SkullCandy site.

Friday, 30 January 2015

How To Root LG Optimus 4X HD P880?

Rooting your LG Optimus 4X HD P880, will result in a lot of advantages such as being able to install custom ROM's such as the Jelly Bean Android 4.1.1 and many other applications which need an access to your system files.Here in this tutorial, I will tell you how to root your LG Optimus 4X HD P880 easily.

LG Optimus 4X HD P880 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which can be changed after the rooting process, or we will have to wait for the official update to Jelly Bean from LG.

Root LG Optimus 4X HD P880

WARNING

This is only a tutorial, we are not guranteeing that this rooting process will work, depends on how you follow the instructions.

We are not responsible for any damage or loss to the software or hardware of the LG Optimus 4X HD P880.

You are solely taking this risk of rooting your LG Optimus 4X HD P880, fully understanding that the warranty on your smartphone will expire once you start rooting your phone.

Before Rooting Your LG Optimus 4X HD P880

Make sure that you have a back up of all your files on your LG Optimus 4X HD P880.Make sure that you have moved all your pictures, videos, music to your SD card.

Make sure you have a back up of all your online stuff such as GMail etc.

Sync your contacts with the in-built GMail Application on your LG Optimus 4X HD P880 before rooting.

APN Settings – Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

Enable USB DeBugging option which can be easily found in the "Developers Options"

Make sure that you have charged your battery to 100% as rooting your LG Optimus 4X HD will take up a lot of battery life and the LG Optimus 4X HD is as it is not great with battery life.

Disable all Anti-Virus on your Desktop PC or Laptop as well as your LG Optimus 4X HD.

How To Root LG Optimus 4X HD P880?

  • Install the official LG USB Drivers from here, install on your computer.
  • Download this kit which is very useful for rooting your LG Optimus 4X HD.
  • Extract the root kit which you just downloaded and move the folder to “C:\04xr
  • Download the System Backup Test apk
  • Make sure that you have enabled Mass Storage mode in your LG Optimus 4x HD P880 and connect your LG Optimus 4x HD to your PC using the USB chord provided by LG when you bought the phone and transfer the file to your Micro SD card.
  • Disconnect your phone from the computer. Then use some file manager downloaded from the Google Play Store to install the downloaded apk. Let this option be selected before doing that “Settings > Applications” and Unknown sources option is selected.
  • Open the application that you just installed in the previous step.
  • Restart Your LG Optimus 4X HD.
  • Now you connect the phone to PC by USB cable with the option - "Charge Only"
  • Open the command prompt by right clicking and clicking on the "Administrative Access"
  • Type the following - cd C:\o4xr - then press enter.
  • After typing the previous step, type - root - and press enter.
  • Wait for the rooting process of your LG Optimus 4x HD to be completed.
  • If the rooting of your LG Optimus 4x HD P880 was succesfully completed, you should see a text which says - C:\o4xr>.
  • Your LG Optimus 4x HD P880 gets rebooted automatically.
  • Remove the USB from the charging mode on your PC.
  • Do not open the Back Up Test App but uninstall it.
  • Open the Google Play Store and Search for “Super SU” and update/Install the application to your LG Optimus 4x HD P880 and then open it.
  • Update SU binaries.
  • Check if your LG Optimus 4x HD P880 is really rooted or not by using some Root Checking Apps on the Play Store available for free.
So this was a quick tutorial of how to root LG Optimus 4x HD P880, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and I will clear the doubts, also comment whether the rooting process worked on not.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

How To Get Your Website Indexed In Google Search?

Today I am writing a fairly simple tutorial about how you can add your blog or website to Google Search even if you are not ranking high for any keywords or phrases.This tutorial can also be used to check if your site is indexed or not in the Google search.This can be useful to see if there is something wrong with your site, or if your robots.txt file is blocking Google search engine crawlers etc.So let us begin.
Website Indexed In Google Search

Finding your site on Google

A simple process can be employed to check whether your blog is indexed in the Google search or not.All you need to do is go to Google search and do a simple site search.

When you are in the search page, enter this - "site:yourdomain.com".For example - "site:techgau.org". Replace techgau.org with your own domain name.If you see any search results then your site has been indexed by Google and hence has been added to the search index.If you do not see your site on Google search, then one of three things might be happening -
  • Your site is new, Google has not yet got the time to index your site.
  • There is some problem in indexing your site due to a wrongly written robots.txt file.
  • Your site has violated Google search engine guidelines and hence has been de-indexed from Google search.
Let us go through all the three possibilities.

Your Site Is New

If your site is new, you need to be patient till Google picks up your blog or website and indexes it.There are a couple of things you can do to speed up this process -
By doing these two things, you can ensure that your blog or site gets added to the Google search soon.

Problem With Robots.txt File

A robots.txt file is the file which gives instructions to the Google bots about which of your pages are to be crawled and indexed.Usually most blogging platforms come with well written robots.txt file, but if you have tampered with it or if your site does not have a robots.txt file, then do not worry, you can always write one yourself, it is fairly simple if your follow the instructions given here.

Your Site has Violated Google Search Engine Guidelines

In this case, you need to put in some hard work to correct the policy violations that have been committed by your website.Policy violations can be copying others content, serving malware and viruses, selling or buying links etc.These are the sites that have been targeted in the Panda and Penguin algorithm updates.

Usually, even if you correct all the wrongs done by your website, it may take a while for Google to reconsider your blog or website and it may or may not index the site, but almost always try to give webmasters a second chance, if your site is truly changed.

Here is a video by Google employees that talks about how you can go about finding your site on Google.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Fix USB Device Not Recognized Error In Windows

'USB Device Not Recognized' is something that many people face while trying to connect smartphones, mobile phones, keyboard, USB sticks etc to the computer or laptop.I am not sure why this error occurs but I seem to have found a way to remove this error.

This technique or procedure to fixing 'USB Device Not Recognized' problem assumes that you have tried using different USB cables to ensure that there is no fault in the cable and it is a USB Driver issue.

This trick to remove the 'USB Device Not Recognized' error is used when you plug in, say a smartphone and the computer gives the details of the smartphone as "Unknown Device".

Fix USB Device Not Recognized Error In Windows - Remove The Power Cable of Your Computer



This may seem very simple and you may feel that it is a stupid suggestion, but this actually works, me and a couple of my friends who had this problem fixed it by doing this, just removing the power cable of the computer for about 5 minutes.

After this, switching the computer on again, you should see that the USB Device Not Recognized Error In Windows has disappeared.

Explanation-
When you switch off your computer, the motherboard on which the USB drivers are installed still get some power, but when you remove the power cable of the computer then the motherboard does not get any power supply.So it truly shuts down.

This is like rebooting your phone when it gets stuck or when it hangs.You are giving an opportunity for the USB drivers to reboot and hence re-correct any errors that may have previously occurred.

This tutorial can be used in any of the Windows, Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

How To Install Windows 8 With Windows 7 - Dual Boot

If you do not want to mess up your Windows settings while trying to update to a new operating system, that is Windows 8, you can always try the partition or Dual-Boot method of installing a new operating software, in this case it is Windows 8.

System Requirements for Dual Boot of Windows 8 With Windows 7 -
  1. 30GB Of Hard-disk space.
  2. Back-Up of your previous Windows OS (Just for safety, not required).
How to Install Windows 8 on another Partition

First of all, we need to create a storage partition on your hard-disk, before we proceed with installing Windows 8 on your computer.Go to the Windows Menu and use the search bar to search for "Disk Management", select the option which reads - "Create and format hard disk partitions."

Please choose the Drive Volume that you want to partition or make space in and choose “Shrink Volume.

How To Install Windows 8 With Windows 7 - Dual Boot

The second step is to enter the amount of storage you want to partition, for a standard installation of Windows 8 20-25GB of storage space partition is more than suffecient.So let us choose 20GB, 20GB - 1024X20= 20480MB.Enter this amount of storage in the box which read - "Enter the amount of space to shrink."

By completing the previous tep, Windows would have created a Volume which is as of yet "Unallocated", right click on this (you can find this at the extreme right) and choose the option "New Simple Volume". Inside the Simple Volume Wizard, let the volume size at the default value(1) be the same, do not change that, assign a new Drive Letter to this volume (2) and then format the partition using the NTFS format (3).This is a very crucial step and it needs to be done.Your new Partition which was made to store the Windows 8 installation is new done and you are ready to Install Windows 8 on your computer.

Installing Windows 8 On Your Computer

Insert the DVD (Bootable) of Windows 8 into your DVD drive and restart your computer. - What to do if your computer does not reboot?

You should see - "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD."Follow this option and the process of installation of your new Windows 8 has started and all you need to do is follow the prompts made by the computer during installation and soon your Windows 8 will be installed in the 20GB partition we had just made in the earlier steps.

If the Windows 8 Installation asks you for a Key, use this universal key - NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8.

This should complete your installation of Windows 8 and now you can choose either the Windows 7 or Windows 8 Operating System when you start your computer.

Read - Things to know before installing Windows 8.

Meet the Author

Gautham A S

Gautham A S is a personal tech columnist and blogging expert at TechGau.Org, one of the leading Tech, How-To and Blogging Tips blogs in the world..