2013 ~ Hackinthus

Lava Launched Xolo X1000 In Goa Teasing "Fastest SmartPhone"

Lava Xolo X1000!!

Katrina Kaif Launches Sony Xperia Z Smartphone And Tablets

Sony Xperia Z

Samsung Galaxy S4 : Event Round Up, Specs, Pricing and Availability

Samsung Galaxy S4.

Nokia Lumia 620 Review

Nokia's most affordable Windows Phone 8 device, Nokia Lumia 620

Install Instagram Unofficially On Blackberry Z10

How To Install Instagram Unofficially On Blackberry Z10 [Video] !!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Floods in Uttarakhand, India: Google Person Finder launched to offer information on missing people in flood affected areas

Since last week, the state of Uttarakhand in India has been grappling with severe floods. Given that most of these areas are highly inaccessible and have intermittent communication, we in the Google Crisis Response team are opening up  Person Finder — a tool that can help trace the missing people in flood impacted regions of Uttarakhand.This version is available in both Hindi and English.

Google Person Finder is a web application that allows individuals to post and search for the status of relatives or friends affected by a disaster. All data entered into Google Person Finder is available to the public and searchable and accessible by anyone. The program also lets press agencies, non-governmental agencies and others contribute to the database and receive updates by using the Person Finder API based on the PFIF open standard.

The National Disaster Management Authority has listed the following helpline numbers for control rooms across rain affected areas in the state of Uttarakhand (please use India country code +91 as appropriate):

Uttarkashi: (+91) 1374-226461, 
Chamoli: (+91) 1372-251437, 9411352136, 
Rudraprayag: (+91) 1364-233727,9412914875,
Tehri: (+91) 1376-233433, 9411548090
Kedarnath: (+91) 1364-233727
Control Room (Uttarakhand): (+91) 135-2710334, 9557444486,

We hope Person Finder helps people get the latest information about their near and dear ones in these flood affected areas. For more information about how it works, click here.

Posted by Jayanth Mysore, Senior Product Manager on behalf of Google APAC and the Google Crisis Response team

The contents of this post has been taken from Google India Blog. None of the words are replaced and modified and the sole purpose is informing and awaring people and we strictly do not support plagiarism.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Facebook Now Allows You To Comment With Photos

Facebook has added a new feature recently which allows users to comment along with the photos. So now at the end of reply box users will get a camera button which will browse through your hard drive and allow you to upload any one of them.

This is a cool feature which is recently introduced and has good response yet.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Google Will Battle Child Porn Contents On Web Setting Up $2 Million Fund

Image Credit: The Verge

Internet search engine giant Google is recently involved in a new project that will wipe out all the child porn from the web. According to the telegraph, UK google along with other companies and law enforcement agencies is trying to build a database consisting of images of child porn which will be soon removed from the web.

Earlier it happened in haphazard way finding each image abusive and blocking it but it didn't solve the problem as a whole. So now they are planning to form different groups and share databases so anyone can contribute content related to child porn.

UK Prime minister David Cameron has earlier asked technology giant company google to find a way to block these absurd images. Google is reportedly setting up a $2 million fund to help independent software developers create new tech to identify and hide child porn across the web.

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By Harsh Vardhan

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Flash Your Android Device Wirelessly Using RemoteFlash

Many people after buying there smart phones, are satisfied by the features that the company has provided with the phone. But there are a second group of people too who want to explore their devices to the fullest by flashing custom ROM or flashing any new update or adding a modded feature of some other phone to enhance the properties of their phone. At the time of flashing or rooting you require a USB cable and a laptop, but many a times you will not find the USB cable in place or it would be not in a good condition due to frequent use. Despite of this if a person uses this faulty USB cable for flashing then its mere risk.

To minimize this risk developers have come up with a application which will allow users to flash there phones wirelessly. The application is called as 'RemoteFlash'. It allows you to flash ROMS, Mods, and Updates directly from your computer, over WiFi.  APK's can also be installed on your device  wirelessly using this application.

This application consists of two files. The first  one being a standalone Java application that will  run on your computer and  the other file is the RemoteFlash apk which will be installed in your android device. The PC and the android device should be connected to each other via same WiFi network.


  • Install the java application on your PC and the APK on your android device.
  • Run the RemoteFlash apk.
  • Reboot the device.
  • As soon as your device boots back up, RemoteFlash will be running.
  • Open the PC client and click "Auto-Scan".
  • Check/uncheck "Wipe Data/Cache", and click "Go".
  • Select the file to be flashed, and it will be flashed directly to your device.
Links -:
JAVA application for PC "RemoteFlashPC-V0.3.jar" can be downloaded from here.

APK for android device "RemoteFlashV1.1.apk" can be downloaded from here

Source- XDA-Developers

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What Is iOS 7? Features, Description & Availability

After Tim Cook took the stage for the introduction to the new iOS 7 he described it as "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone" followed by playing a video.

We have waited long for it to know what was it, whether it was black and white or it was flat but afterall it was going to be a totally different experience. It was a massive six year old change to a popular mobile operating system that was disclosed today at WWDC '13 event at San Francisco. 

Not wasting much of the time, i will rather quickly sum up the changes that took place to this operating system. :)

Notification Centre:

Notification centre which debuted up with iOS 5 was a major change that came up with that time but now with iOS 7 it has evolved itself more better,for now users can see all important notifications without actually unlocking. Now it's no more a home screen feature only.

It's no more laced with dark green linen background anymore and now appears to be a very flat look where one could see friends birthdays, upcoming invitations, calendar, stocks, and a quick look at tomorrow.

Control Centre:

Apple guys are investing too much time in studying the tweaks that was around for awhile  Notably, the gesture feature was introduced earlier from a jailbreaking tweak which was around for a decade called "Zephyr".  One of the major reason why people jailbreak is to get more from this device which Apple does not permit. SBSettings was something similar to this control centre which helped people to toggle on and off certain stuffs like Wifi, bluetooth etc.

So basically this brand new Control centre is a pull up tray that is available in the lock screen where you can adjust brightness, volume, Wifi, Airplane mode, rotation lock, or Bluetooth.

Also offers flashlight toggle button along with music, camera and quick access apps. One of the cool feature that it's integrated with is, it absorbs the environment you are working on. So if you are on the email and you swipe up for the control centre it will take the same blue and white coloring under that translucent panel.


The new multitasking feature comes in with better performance and promising a better battery life. It will be same like the previous generations like to double tap the home button but the design is much changed with this OS. 

In shorter way it provides better multi tasking environment with much better battery health.


Airdrop existed in Mac earlier for exchanging files smoothly and now its coming to the iOS 7.


The new Safari will now open a straight into full screen mode now, with the option to pull down to bring up the search bar at the top. The tabs are in a totally new interface. Switching between multiple window will be totally amazing.

Also, the new Safari is integrated with iCloud keychain from OS X Mavericks, and also comes with parental controls.


Siri has got a new voice and with this update you will get an option to choose between male or female voice and you can chose with different languages. The earlier UI has also been replaced with the new one in which the sound wave will travel and displayed. It has also been integrated with feature such as setting in which you can tell her to turn on bluetooth, or lower the screen brightness. Also added support for Twitter, Wikipedia, and shows web search results directly from Bing.

iOS In The Car:

With this feature users will be able to free themselves from the phone with cars supporting this technology. It puts the iOS home screen on the screen of your car, and lets you search for directions, listen to music, etc. 

It makes the experience easy while driving and for the driver to respond to any alert on their phone.

App Store:

Now apps with automatically update in the background. You can now search for apps based on location.

iTunes Radio:

Apple has finally introduced iTunes Radio. You can see the full list of songs on each station by clicking history, with purchase and preview buttons built right in to send you to the iTunes store. iTunes Match users will get an ad-free experience, but others will be able to use the app for free with a few audio and text ads.

Activation Lock:

This is interesting security feature inbuilt in the iOS 7. If your phone is stolen and the thief tries to turn off "Find My iPhone" then he may not be able to turn the device back on without the iCloud password. Also users can now block unwanted calls and messages.

Camera and Photos:

The camera will come with inbuilt filter option and no third party apps like instagram will be now necessary.


iOS 7 will be compatible with the following devices: iPhone 5, 4S, 4; iPad 2, 3, 4 iPad mini and the latest fifth-gen iPod touch.


iOS 7 will drop this Fall, and the first beta will be available to developers as of today.

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Water And Dust Resistant Samsung Galaxy S4 Active !!

Samsung finally announced the Galaxy S4 Active on Wednesday, a new rugged version of its popular Galaxy S4 smartphone.This phone is dust and water resistant just as Sony Xperia Z(Review). It is somewhat same as Galaxy S4 and have similar features with few add on. 

The Active, which will run on the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), can be submerged in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes( 1 meter water for up to 30 minutes.), The Galaxy S4 Active is powered by a 1.9 GHz Quad-core processor and has 2GB of RAM. It features a 5-inch full HD (1920x1080 pixels resolution) TFT LCD screen that has a pixel density of 443 PPI.

The Active features a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, a 2,600mAh battery. It has a 8 Megapixel back and 2MP front Camera.It has all the smart features that S4 had like AirView,Gestures,Group Play etc.The S4 Active will be available in three colors, urban grey, dive blue and orange flare, and will hit markets this summer with an initial launch in the United States and Sweden.


Wednesday, June 05, 2013

WhatsApp For iPad Available To Download Using WhatsPad (Jailbreak Tweak)

iPad is an amazing device but sometimes it lacks some of the cooler stuffs that iPhone or other Android device have. Whatsapp is something which is popular and has replaced the SMS due to it's fast functionality. But unfortunately Whatsapp is not available on iPad yet. 

Still it's not difficult to get it on your iPad if your iPad is jailbroken and if you haven't done it yet follow http://evasi0n.com/.

You need a Jailbroken iPad before proceeding.

First download the Whatsapp on your iPad. You can't directly install if from the App Store as there is no Whatsapp for iPad available yet. There are different method to install it, one of my favorite method is to use  vShare. vShare is an installous alternative and is widely used after installous was shut down. Or use any such app like alternative to vShare where you can browse app and install directly on your iPad without using iTunes. It's even easy to install through cydia.

It's also not even necessary to have wifi+3G iPad as it works also on iPad with wifi version also. 

After you have installed Whatsapp on your iPad and it appears on your Springboard it won't work right away.

Install WhatsPad tweak from the BigBoss repository through cydia.

After installation your Springboard will restart.

You are ready to use it after installing the Whatspad tweak. It works similar to as in iPhone.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Leaked Images of "Low Cost iPhone" surfaces online

We are always looking for things cheaper and affordable,especially in India.As WWDC is coming closer new leaks are always being surfaced online.We had already reported about this long time before and what benefits or loss that company can suffer on my previous post .

Apple's rumored less-expensive smartphone would look much like iPhone 5, but would be built from more affordable polycarbonate plastic instead of the slick anodized aluminum of the iPhone 5. It would also likely sport the aging guts of an iPhone 4S, much like the iPad mini uses spare parts from the iPad 2.

Two users of Chinese blogging website Weibo have posted images that are said to be of the alleged cheaper iPhone.It will also be available in different colors like navy, gold orange, white, pink and green and would cost around $300-400.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Apple Hits More Than 50 Billion Downloads

Apple's App store has hit 50 billion downloads after launching in July of 2008, As tradition, the company celebrates the milestone with multiple prizes, including a $10,000 gift card awarded to the customer who downloaded the 50 billionth and 50 more $500 gift cards to the next few individuals.

Apple on their website said "Thanks" to all their customers and further said that "It couldn't have happened without you".The countdown to 50 billion ticker first launched on May 2, and was followed by a featured promotion on the company's homepage. If we compare it with Google,It had its own milestone to announce: 48 billion downloads announced onstage at I/O today.

Apple has revealed that the 50 billionth app downloaded was Say the Same Thing by Space Inch, LLC, and the winner of the $10,000 App Store gift card for downloading it is Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio.


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Install Big Games" And Solve The Problem Of "No Memory Available" On Samsung Champ

Low end phones always have very less memory on their device and people who own these phones are not able to enjoy games that require a little bit of more space on the device so that they can enjoy games more than 500 kb .

So here is a little trick that I saw on a blog dhavalthakur which can help you to play higher end games.

Install Big Games
  • Take your Mobile and Go To your Keypad.
  • In Keypad type *#52828378# and hit Call Button.
  • A new Window of Settings will open up.
  • In that window go to the OTA Test Option and open it
  • There Choose Maximum Jar size option and change its digit to 3000 or an other big value (this means that if type 3000,then now your cellphone download size will be of till 3000kb).
After you have inserted your desired memory,Click on Save.

No Memory Available Problem 

  • Take your Mobile and Go To your Keypad.
  • In Keypad type *#52828378# and hit Call Button.
  • Then there choose Memory Test option.
  • There Change the Java Heap Value to 1760.
  • Also Change the Midlet Heap Option to 2000.
Hence You are Done!

So this is a really nice trick provided by dhaval which will help users of Samsung Champ And other low end Samsung Devices

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Access Device's And Computer's Data On A WiFi Network By Your Android Device

Connectivity in present day devices plays a major role, major companies are running research for either new connectivity options or refining the existing options. People use WiFi to be connected to internet wirelessly in a area. If you are connected to a network you can access the data on the other devices connected to the same network by a software.

Procedure to access other devices on WiFi via Astro File Manager :-
  • Open the Astro File Manager User Interface.

  •  Then click on 'Scan Local Network' 

  •  'Work Group' icon will be displayed as shown in the Screen shot above

  •  When you click on the 'Work Group' the devices connected to the network will be displayed

  • Select the device you want to access, if it asks for password then enter the username and password of the system and then you can access it.

Astro file manager is an excellent file manager for android devices, it can be used to access your phones files as well as data on other devices connected to the same WiFi network wirelessly. This software is freely available on Google Play Store so you can easily download it and use it.  

Friday, April 12, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8" & 6.3" Announced

Well, Samsung recently announced Galaxy S 4 and they are back again with two new phablets - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3.
We were expecting something like this from Samsung for quite a time and it was no surprise when they officially announced these huge smartphones.
As the name suggests, Galaxy Mega will be available in two sizes - 5.8"inch & 6.3"inch.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

According to a press release, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 features an HD display. The reason behind Samsung not making the device Full HD might be that they don't want people to choose this device over their flagship device, Samsung Galaxy S4.

Talking about specs, Galaxy Mega 6.3" will feature a 1.7GHz Dual-core processor running Android 4.2 and an 8 MP camera similar to Galaxy S III. The phone will also offer LTE and HSPA along with two storage options to pick from - 8 GB and 16GB.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Coming to Galaxy Mega 5.8, it will be carrying low specs with it. Powered by a 1.4 GHz Dual-core processor, Mega 5.8 will feature a qHD (960x540) resolution display with only one storage option to pick - 8GB. The phone will offer HSPA-only and no LTE.

We have no details regarding the pricing of these two devices but they surely won't cost as big as their size.

With size of almost a tablet (7" inch), we are not sure how successful Galaxy Mega will be in this current market. But, Samsung is making sure that users are left with all possible sizes to choose from.

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A Tool To Manage Your Digital Afterlife "Inactive Account Manager"

Did you ever think what would happen to all your files,folder,photos and other digital stuff after you die.What would happen  to your Gmail account, Google Drive documents, Picasa photos, and the other data you have stored with Google ? No right,But there is someone thinking about it and who else would it be except Google.

Google today launched a tool known as "Inactive Account Manager".Google on their blog said "Not a great name, we know — and you’ll find it on your Google Account settings page. You can tell us what to do with your Gmail messages and data from several other Google services if your account becomes inactive for any reason."

An "Inactive Account Manager" can be used to direct Google to pass on data from online venues such as Google Drive, Gmail, YouTube, or social network Google+ to particular people, or be deleted after being dormant for too long.

If you are facing problem on howto do it or setup your Inactive account manager CNET has explained it quite well on their website,Please have a look at it if you need help.

I think soon Facebook,Twitter and other social websites will take this thing seriously and plan an Afterlife of Digital media.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Get All Paid iOS Apps For Free Without Jailbreak

After you get your new iPhone the first thing that you do is search for it's Unlocking or Jail-breaking because most of the good apps are Paid on iOS platform.Few days back we taught you how to download Free apps on android without rooting  so this time we thought to tell you about iOS.

I got this tip from one of my friend Nirmal who has been using android for quite a while and has shifted to iOS recently and was about to jailbreak his device when he saw a very unique thing and tried it and by God's grace it was working.

This website named 25PP allows you to download all the paid iOS apps for free without any jailbreak.It's in Chinese so you might face a little problem operating it and I will guide you through the steps so you can use it easily.

First Step:

Go to www.25pp.com

Second Step:

Select the app You want to download and then click on the blue icon to download it.

Third Step : 

Click on the Blue PPassistant(WIN) or the highlighted part as shown in the Picture

Fourth Step:

Install the Software It is like itunes.

Fifth Step:

Download an app and then connect your phone,click on the app to download it on your device.It works in a similar fashion as itunes,But there's a glitch here as it is in Chinese so you will not know where to click.So we have made it simpler by highlighting it and now you can easily download all the paid apps for free.

Right Click on the app,go to the second option and you will see the name of your device click on it and your app will be downloaded on phone !!

I would Again like to thank Nirmal for this useful Tip as it is really usefull.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Instagraph:A Substitute Of Instagram For WindowsPhone

Windows is no doubt one of the most growing app market but there are quite few apps which are quite famous on android and iOS but are not available on windows,One of them is Instagram.While Windows phone users are still waiting for official Instagram app,Instagraph has tried to fulfill it.

Venetasoft,The Creator of the app has tried to copy the exact same process as followed by instagram.He has also developed Turbo Camera, Security Toolkit, Cam Broadcaster, Motion Cam, Intrusion Alarm and more security-focused programs for Windows Phone.

Right now you can't create an account,You can manage them, but not create them. The only way to create an Instagram account is as a first time user is via their official Android or iOS app. That sets up another hurdle for unofficial Instagram app creators

 The app is only meant to post images to your Instagram account but as of now, is not used for browsing photos. Likewise, if you want to comment or favorite your own photos, it will open a popup Window.

It's too early in the day to say whether this app will work in a manner that users wants it to be and will fulfill their expectations.Still, it’s one to look out for when there Instagram is not listening to Windows Users.

The big Question is will it be able to pass Windows Phone Store Certification ??

Via-Redmondpie Source-Wpcentral

Monday, April 01, 2013

Top Tech Pranks 2013 : April Fool Special

April Fool started with a huge Google announcement of YouTube being shut down and Treasure Mode being implemented on Google Maps. But it seems, Google was not the only one fooling around this Easter Monday. Here are few of the Top Tech pranks : 

1. Google Nose
Google Nose BETA, described as a new "scentsation" in search, can search for various smells including "wet dog", "locker room" and "horse manure" right from your device. ( OMG!)

 2. Instagram For Windows Phones
Windows people played with emotions of so many WP users today with this prank. They put up 'Instagram For Windows Phone' app on WP store this morning. Don't know about others, but Android and iOS users would have surely enjoyed this one. (Hahahaha!!)

3. Nokia Lumia Microwave
Nokia too joined the trolling party with their 5000 watt microwave, which looked much like Lumia 920, with touch-based display. And guess what, they priced it at €399, cheaper than it's Flagship device. And there's a mini-version too for those with smaller appetites. (LOL!)

4. Samsung Smart Eco Tree
Samsung too couldn't control themselves and came up with yet another 'smart' stuff, Samsung Smart Eco Tree. What it does? Well,  it features SMART View, SMART Cooling and something known as FOTA (Fragrance Over-The-Air). 
Accessories available for this mind-blowing smart device includes swings, ladders, tents and tree houses. And this too is available in a 'min-version'. (WTH!)

5. Blue Gmail
Blue backgrounds, blue buttons, blue fonts - thats what Blue Gmail is all about. Blue blue blue

  Hackinthus Best Prank Award '13 goes to  Instagram For Windows Phone.

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Course Notes Beta : Review

There are many developers out there developing apps for user's entertainment purposes, but very few out there who utilize this platform to spread education and one them is Burrow Applications.

Burrow Applications has been developing apps for quiet a time now and all of them are pretty useful. One of their famous app that we reviewed was App Manager For Android.

They are back with something that will surely turn out to be useful for all those who are pursuing graduation. Its called Course Notes. Its right under Beta testing so that they can gather reviews from audience and come up with something they want.

We used this app personally for a while and found it quite useful as we too are pursuing graduation. This app has a very clean and easy-to-use interface with right and left slider similar to Facebook's mobile application.
As soon as you open the app, you will be welcomed with a list of subjects which can be sorted in any order depending on class number, name, last updated and contain subjects varying from Biology,Anthropology,Physiology, Introduction to C,U.S History,Lethal and Ethical Event of Business,Chemistry and many more.

You can then select the subject you have interest in and a right slider will come up which will contain different chapters and presentations that they have arranged from different universities and compiled to deliver what you want at your finger tips.

No need to Google course and books. No need of making accounts on different cloud storage sites to download books. Its that simple and easy.
As soon as you select the chapter you want to study it will be downloaded in left hand slider and then you can open and study it whenever you feel like. Just a small little thing that I would suggest is that they should provide the size of the file that has to be downloaded.

I would suggest all our reader to do try this app and I'm sure you guys will find it really useful.
Google Play Store Link : Course Notes Beta For Android
If you have any queries or suggestions, you can mail it to them on burrowsapps@gmail.com.

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