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How to take a screenshot/photo of your Android phone screen

Many times, we might need to keep a photo of what is displayed on your mobile screen.

It may be for a quick note from an eBook, part of a webpage, snapshot of a message or Whatsapp chat, store a snapchat, etc.

Android has this feature built-in, no need for any extra screen capture software.

  1. Open what you need to screenshot
  2. Press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time(for a few seconds)
    • Note: For Samsung Galaxy S phones, use power and home buttons(not volume)
  3. The mobile should take a photo of the screen and save it in the gallery
  4. Open gallery to get the photo(in Screenshot folder)

How to format or factory reset your Android mobile

There are many ways to do a factory reset on an Android phone. But before that, it’s always wise to make a backup – especially of contacts, photos and messages.

I’ll list them out as simple as possible.

If the phone is turned on and accessible

  1. Go to Settings > (Personal) Backup & Reset > Factory Data reset > Reset phone
  2. Some phones allow you to leave the phone memory photos and files as it is at this point.

DONE

If the phone is turned off and/or locked 

  1. Power off the phone
  2. Keep the volume up button pressed, and simultaneously press the power up button for a few seconds till it turns on
  3. Phone should load into boot screen
  4. Use volume up and down to highlight Factory reset and power button to select the option

DONE

If your phone is stolen and you want your data erased

  1. Open Android Device Manager (https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager) in a computer
  2. Login with the Google account used on your phone/tablet of interest
  3. You can make it ring, lock it or Erase
  4. Click Erase and continue

DONE

[Solved] Fix firefox “This page isn’t redirecting properly” problem while loading gmail

This was a strange problem.

Google, Gmail, Youtube were all working fine, but after signing out – the next time Firefox was not allowing me to complete the login.

Fundazone - Firefox cookies clogged up

Fundazone – Firefox cookies clogged up

“Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.”

Simple, quick fix :

CLEAR THE COOKIES.

Clear your cookies and cache and then try signing in again.

  • History (or Top-right  New Fx Menu > History) > Clear Recent History

DONE


 

Or : “Clear the Cache”:

  • Tools (or New Fx Menu > Options > Advanced > Network > Cached Web Content: “Clear Now”

“Remove Cookies” from sites causing problems:

  • Tools (or New Fx Menu > Options > Privacy > “Use custom settings for history” > Cookies: “Show Cookies”

Win a Samsung Galaxy i7500 in TATA DOCOMO Geek Enuf Contest

Not just play, Play and Win !!!

Here are some of the questions for the contest to give you an edge.
For complete control of the situation and a cool hack, there is a javascript trick too … The hack stops the timer on the contest and so gives you time to find out the answers. I prefer to Google out the answers. For that, u’ll need to know a little Google-fu. That’s like Kung-fu, but on the internet.
If u do want to, here’s the contest :
http://ageekthing.tatadocomo.com/geek-enuf.aspx

The javascript hack works in Chrome, was not working in firefox for some reason I cannot fathom.
It works by running a javascipt in the address bar.
And the trick is :
Once the test starts, copy-paste and press “Enter” the following javascript code in the address bar.

javascript:(sec=9999);


It resets the timer to 9999

Enjoy Googling
1.What is the full form of HDTV? (1 Point)
High Definition TV
High Degree TV
High Density TV
High Danger TV
2.What does RAM stand for? (2 Points)
Raw Available Memory
Random Ajax Memory
Random Access Memory
Real Access Memory
3.What is HTML? (3 Points)
Document Markup Language
HoTMaiL
Hyper Text Markup Language
Hyper Text Markup LaTex
4. series if you watched non-stop? (4 Points)
22 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes
23 days, 8 hours and 33 minutes
24 days, 8 hours and 33 minutes
20 days, 8 hours and 33 minutes
5.In which country was the Nokia Corporation founded? (5 Points)
Japan
South Korea
Finland
Switzerland
6.Which company makes the video game Street Fighter 4? (6 Points)
Apple
Capcom
EA Games
Nashua Games
7.What is the full form of GPRS? (7 Points)
General Pocket Radio Service
Global Packet Roaming Service
General Packet Radio Service
Global Pocket Restructure Service
8.Godzilla’s Japanese name is inspired by two animals? (8 Points)
Lizard and Whale
Dragon and Whale
Gorilla and Lizard
Gorilla and Whale
9.What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? (9 Points)
All invented in the same year
All inventd by women
All invented by men
All invented one after the other
10.Which of the following URL’s was the original home of Yahoo!? (10 Points)
http://akebono.harward.edu/
http://akebono.stanford.edu/
http://akebono.mcgill.edu/
http://akebono.yahoo.com

How can you Participate in Geek Enuf Contest?
  • Step 1 : Join the TATA DOCOMO community in Orkut, follow TATA DOCOMO on twitter and/or be a TATA DOCOMO fan on Facebook.
  • Step 2 : Take the Geek Enuf quiz using any of your Facebook, Twitter or Orkut Profile.
  • Step 3 : Get a positive score and enter the Geek Hall of the Fame. The person with highest score wins the Samsung Galaxy i7500 everyday!

The Pursuit of Happyness and Lazyness by Randall Munroe

Have you seen the move “The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith and his real son ? If not, go watch it when you get the chance. But this article is not about Will Smith or his movie. This is about Randall Munroe.

Do you know who that is ? No ?

What about xkcd.com ?

Well, its one of the best webcomics I’ve seen in terms of ideas and geeky jokes that I like. Calvin and Hobbes is, and will ever has been my favourite, but this xkcd webcomic appeals to my technical side.

Now to the topic of discussion, “How do you read in bed ?”

This is what Randall Blagged,

The Pursuit of Laziness

Since I was a kid, I’ve been looking for the perfect way to read in bed. The ideal position would involve no sustained muscle effort, so I could just let my eyes drift shut as I read, without the book falling shut or my hand slipping or anything. One way is to sit up against something and hold the book on your lap, but that’s not great for falling asleep. So I usually end up reading on my side.

The problem is, you have to hold the book to see both pages, and in either case, you’re using some muscles to hold it where it is.

This has worked for most of my life, but it’s still not that ultimate relaxation.

However, I recently got a Kindle. I was intending to use it mainly as a mobile web browser, but I’ve surprised myself by using it to read an awful lot. And, with apologies to all the bibliophiles out there, I find the ergonomics better than a paperback. When snacking and reading, I can lay it flat on a table without the use of a book weight to hold it opened, and when lying in bed, I don’t have to keep moving it to read.

But it’s not perfect. There’s no way to hold it with a finger on the ‘next page’ buttons that doesn’t require a few muscles to hold it upright:

Either I work to hold my hand off the bed, or I awkwardly curl my fingers around it. Either way, it tips over if I relax my arm, even if it’s leaning against a pillow, and I’m startled awake by this:

I started to wonder if I could do even better. I got out of bed one night, went to the closet, and got a steel coat hanger and some pliers. After a few minutes of twisting, I created this:

Read on to find out WHAT IT IS …