Traffline: Your personal traffic alerts assistant. [REVIEW]

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Heya Guys!

Everyday we travel, from home to the office, market, gym or vice-versa. All this while we face a major obstacle that we unwillingly fall a prey to; Traffic! Indian cities where people ignore traffic rules, like it’s the missing fundamental right in the constitution of the nation, we direly need an assistant to save us from the fury of the ever ending traffic jams. Is there any such app or service available, that is wholeheartedly dedicated to only one thing; giving alerts about traffic in the city?

The answer is, Yes!

Traffline is  one such application, designed specially to cater to the needs of people seeking quick and real time updates about the traffic conditions city-wide.

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Recommended by a friend, I have been using Traffline for almost 2.5 months now. And I was so astonished by the purpose of this application, that I decided to write a REVIEW for this. So that more and more people can avail the ease it provides, while you are in-transit.

Head Up: Video review at the end. CLICK HERE TO JUMP

Sign-up/Login

Signing up or Login is pretty easy, You can use email or use any of the given Social media services to Sign-up/Login.

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Features

Find the quickest route.

This app features a default landing screen displaying controls to find the quickest route. To start finding route, its pretty simple. Enter current and destination location in the fields and hit search. Then search results screen appears where, routes to choose from appear as cards, displaying the ETA and traffic information.

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Next screen is pretty much what Google-Maps looks like and, when you choose any route you get the Map view with colored overlays drawn all over the city roads!  Yes, those are the traffic volume indicators! A scale ranging from Red to Green measures the severity of traffic in that region.

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News Feed

News feed actually an amazing section of this whole application that completely shatters the initial opinion about the app, if made; Traffline is like Google maps! Here users get complete liberty to share the live traffic updates (Bye Bye FM channel traffic alerts..). The team also keeps a watch of traffic updates and notifies user via twitter feed ( Thank you so much) and also rekindles the spirit of being a responsible rider/driver by sharing inspiring feeds about road safety/rules, time to time.

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As you also get to share the posts in the feed timeline, while posting an update you can set the mood, select the relevant sticker and upload pictures as well! Niche, I must say!

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The Blog

Team Traffline also have a news section where the latest news about the traffic world are updated frequently.

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Account Settings

Personalization is something that has still not been overlooked, you can update your social profile as well. Change password and chose your landing screen. Also can you opt out of push notifications that appear few times a day.

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Come and Get Me

This feature although is already in WhatsApp but having it here actually gives it a real purpose. You can share your location to your loved ones via SMS,WhatsApp and Google+, on click of a button.

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Notifications

The most illuminating feature of the app I realized is, updates of important events/accidents and detouring alert by the medium of notifications. And for user’s ease, those notifications arrive either once or twice a day, some days even none. So, naturally not disturbing the user with piles of notifications like most apps.

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UI/UX

From UI perspective, this app nicely exhibits the Android design guidelines, that makes it look even more niche in design. User’s interaction has been very well taken care of, and transition from one screen to the other are really smooth.

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Video Review

 

 

Breakdown

Every app has some Pros and cons. I will lay them out briefly.

Pros:

  • Displays route guidance pretty nicely.
  • Color overlays are well laid down over map, and are available in free-to-look mode, unlike GoogleMaps.
  • Updates from real people in real time.
  • Posting a feed is well ornamented with relevant stickers and emoticons.
  • Location sharing via multiple modes of communication is a nice add-on.

Cons:

  • Need for feed filtering, certain posts contain tangential shared media.
  • Yellow color was a turn off (personal opinion previously used to be green)
  • Couldn’t synchronize favorites on different devices.

Rating

I will undoubtedly flash a score of 8.5 stars. It has a specific purpose and is an amalgamation of various features scattered across different applications, fused in one single application.

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Verdict

Overall this application deserves a place in the list of relevant apps installed on your phone. It has specifically been designed keeping in mind the Indian subcontinent and its users. Most amazing part that I love is that Map view is also a free to look version with all the traffic info available as overlays all the time, that Google Map fails to show. I will quote Traffline as a Social Media of people in-transit. Since, it’s not just an intelligent server giving you updates but a network of real people; sharing, updating, and liking the relevant information. It is a must have application for those who love to be smart, at least while bending the great Indian traffic to it’s toes.

You can download Traffline HERE.

Thanks for reading the review. I hope you like it.

GadgetShieldz Skin for Nexus 6 [REVIEW]

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Heya guys!

Fall 2013 fuss developed about the Android Silver replacing the mighty Nexus series. News got so strong about it that, even device images were viral in the rumor mill. But finally, Nexus 6 emerged from the rumor clouds, it was so relieving!

So I recently pre-ordered and received the mighty android phablet/phone Google Nexus 6 by Motorola. It was heavenly awesome feeling as I was waiting for the year 2014’s flagship Google Nexus, desperately. Even before it was delivered I was quite skeptical about the screen protectors and the available quality. one big name, quite famous is DBRAND. But in India, shipping a product from them really costs almost double and even took thrice the normal time!

Can’t wait!

The Quest

The quest was to find a similar quality product, here in India. Cost was alright but, I really wanted it delivered in my hands as soon as possible. Then my friend Amit told me about GadgetShieldz and I was really taken aback by the range and available flexibility in choosing the product. Most importantly, they have Indian version of the website and fast delivery time.

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Since I ordered a simple and cheaper version of the Nexus 6’s Screen guard from Amazon, now I was more keen about getting a skin to flaunt on the huge back of the N6. If the quality goes well, than GS will be my destination for buying more in future. I liked the one, which looked like aluminium finish. But unfortunately my love (I have a cute girlfriend, yes!) chose a skin named Silver Carbon Fiber which, was 2nd on my list.

Sometimes you ought to sacrifice in love, LOL

The delivery and the product.

Finally item got shipped in 5 days, weekend inclusive. The packaging was really nice. As I opened it, I was first shocked, not to find the Skin but a screen guard!

Damn! Wrong order or a wrong delivery, I was spur into questions!
Worried I, called Amit and asked him about the situation and he burst into laughter, a joy that revealed clearly that he already had been in such a nonplussed situation. Then he asked me to notice a big-yet-obscurely placed pocket on the top where, the precious skin rested.
I struggled to take the skin out, and then it finally landed on my table. As I picked it Damn…it felt so full and complete in hand. The quality was really amazing, better then the ones I have seen.
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Wet Application based Screen protector [below]

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The secret pocket…..whooosh!

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My Precious….

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The complete package.

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The Skinning

Nexus 6 has a NEXUS logo on the back, and it looks shiny and wondrously amazing. Since the engraving was cut out in the skin as well, applying the skin on the phone with perfection, seemed arduous task! It took me 5 attempts (4 partial and 1 full , stick and takeoff cycle), to precisely apply the Skin. The adhesive was really impressive, it supported my patience to apply the skin,lol.
Suggestion: If you owe any device with such a design complexity, try paying few bucks to a professional, to do that for you rather than you end up spoiling the skin.

The Final Result:

Whoa!

Nexus 6 looked really gorgeous from the back. But front one I only applied to see how it looks after complete application.

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Here is the complete video:

 

Final Verdict

I really liked the product, and it surely has made my Nexus 6 look, even more gorgeous. I can sum the Skin from GadgetShieldz in few points.

Quick catch about the skins:
I liked:
  • Sturdy material 3M product.
  • Good adhesive, I mean really good.
  • Niche product, exact cutouts for logos.
  • Sharp designs, feels in hand.

I didn’t like:

  • Edges were not smooth.
  • Original grip was lost from the back. (probably because mine was a metallic finish).

Rest went really well. I really liked the Skin. Surely will go for more products from them here

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Nexus 6 has arrived! Let’s watch all the Android Lollipop related Videos here.

Howdy friends!

It’s just a quick post displaying all the Videos related to Nexus and release of the Google’s upcoming Mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop. So Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the surprising Android Tv Box are now real!

I suspect some you might have missed a few of them, I jotted all down here.

Enjoy!

So here is the message finally from Google–

Be together Not the same.

Cheers!

Install Nokia Z Launcher on ROOTED devices – [GUIDE]

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Howdy Friends!

 

Yup I totally get it, you are a GEEK probably a NOKIA fan as well and have a ROOTED Android device .  So, Nokia has just launched Z launcher. And as people are saying its not that bad either! But the catch for ROOTED users is that, after installation it ends up saying

Sorry we are currently not supporting ROOTED devices.

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Here is the solution for what you are seeking… how to install Nokia Z launcher on rooted devices?

Don’t worry guys, no beating head into the wall. After 15 minutes Z launcher will be  on your device!

 

Things we need:

1. Xposed Module Installed.

2. A cup of Coffee.

3. And a couch…Relax!

 

I assume though, that you possess a Rooted Device, off-course that’s why you are here!.

I also assume that you are using Xposed frameworks. Just in case you are not aware, here is the APK

Xposed Installer–DOWNLOAD

 

 

Steps

  • Install the Nokia Z launcher apk. And then the Xposed Installer (If you have not installed it yet!)
  • Now as we proceed, after Installation go inside Application and Hit ‘Install/Update option.

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Files will be copied and Xposed framework in now installed on your device.

  • Now REBOOT your device.

After device is back from a nap(rebooted ), go to ‘Modules’. And find a module name ‘RootCloak’ and Install it.

 

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RootCloak is the modules to hide the device’s info that ‘it is rooted‘ from the apps that do not allow rooted devices. Just like Harry Potter and Invisibility Cloak, its hides your identity!

  • Now reboot device again. (Most modules require a reboot for install/uninstall).

After reboot, go to RootCloak, and click on ‘+’ symbol to add an Application from the installed applications, from which you want to hide the root information. Select Z launcher com.nokia.z‘.

 

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Voila!!  You got it..yes you did it!

Now enjoy your coffee on the couch while exploring The Nokia Z launcher!

 

Some Screenshots from The Nokia Z launcher are here. (wallpaper not included e105 )

 

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Please post any questions for help.

Credits: My ultimate Geek and an Android Developer Friend +Amit Chaudhary.

Thanks for reading!

 

Sky Force 2014: Tips and Tricks to move ahead.

Skyforce 2014   Howdy friends, One of the most action packed games of Symbian era, SkyForce from the developer of wonderfully beautiful games, Infinite Dreams, has made a début in Android and iOS play Stores as Sky Force 2014. Celebrating its 10th anniversary Edition, game has new challenging levels, graphics and animation. Immensely attractive action packed game now has, a new addition of Voice-over support by system AI in a female voice that, in headphones or over Speakers makes the game-play more immersive and aggressive. Here are certain details I would like to throw in for those users who are having a first time interaction with the game.

Game Insight:

Sky Force 2014 has 8 levels with progressive unlocking regimen. Every new Stage unlocks when number of medals to unlock that stage are achieved. and So you go on like  this. Game becomes increasingly challenging once you have crossed the Stage 4.

Smart Progression:

You can unlock 4 Medallions per Stage.

  • Destroy 70% of Enemies Forces.
  • Destroy 100% of Enemies Forces
  • Rescue All People.
  • Stay untouched.

And by default each stage comes in NORMAL mode. Once you have procured all 4 Medals in a particular stage, you unlock the HARD mode in that Stage with those 4 medals to be unlocked Again! Successfully conquer of 4 Medals in HARD mode takes you further to final INSANE mode. So there are a total of 12 Medallions and a progressive challenge in each Stage where ‘Observation’  is the key. Screenshot_2014-06-14-10-11-53abc   Screenshot_2014-06-14-10-11-53abcd For those who are new to Sky Force series, master the pattern of appearance of your enemy planes/cannons/choppers. Yes, there is a fixed pattern!

Upgrades:

Lots of upgrades are available in the store where you can upgrade your plane and attach it with special upgrades. Screenshot_2014-06-14-10-11-53ab Plane upgrades are

  • Health – endurance of the plane.
  • Main Cannon – power of bullets from main cannon.
  • Wing Cannon – power of bullets from wing cannons.
  • Magnet – ability of the plane to attract stars from a distance.
  • Missiles – power of missiles launched by automatic intelligent missile launcher.

Special upgrades are:

  • Laser
  • Energy Shield
  • Mega Bomb

Upgrades are smart and each component can be upgraded to a Level 3 at a cost of stars earned. You can Buy additional stars from Store purchases for quick advancement. Care should be taken to upgrade components wisely.

Using special upgrades:

Special upgrades are available in certain stages of Skyforce 2014 as soon as the stage begins. You can equip upto 5 of each upgrades(upto 5 lasers, upto 5 energy shields and 3 mega bombs) per stage. Screenshot_2014-06-14-10-11-53 For using the Special upgrade, remove the finger from screen while playing. You will get into Slow-Motion mode and now you will see three buttons to select which power to use, with the number of each one available at the moment. You earn additional special upgrades by killing the enemies as well.

Verdict and Advice:

Little but handy things to remember while playing Sky force 2014.

  • Use your power of Observation and master the patterns of appearances of enemy planes.
  • Before progressing to tougher Stages try mastering levels in previous stages and collecting as  many  medals.
  • Upgrade your plane carefully.
  • Do not under-estimate the power of Special upgrades.
  • Move with one objective in mind and focus on attaining one medal at a time.

 

Spoilers Ahead…………………………………..

Catch in Stage 5: The Walkthrough for Stage 5

Stage 5 is a very tactful stage of Sky force 2014. Where your ability of be swiftly navigating your plane will be on test. There is an EMF missile launched by a submarine which constantly follows your plane, it never dies until the end. And on striking your plane, it renders your plane void of all the defence and fire-power. Your plane now  just moves on with no fire-power or equipments. To clear this stage you require:

  • A constant track of the missiles’ location and keep it diverting by quick motions.
  • One flank to opposite side of Missiles direction makes it take a circular round and again come towards your plane, so you gain additional time to kill the cannons on ground. Thankfully, no enemy planes in this stage.
  • Keep moving plane randomly.
  • Aim for one medal at a time.
  • From options menu try using ‘away-from-thumb’ plane guiding mode (Screenshot below). It allows you to relocate your plane quickly as soon as EMF missile approaches near.

Screenshot_2014-06-15-20-31-29a   Suggestion: If stricken by Missile no other such missile will come and you can not shoot now. Do not exit game but try saving humans and reach the end to procure at least one medal, and it’s still possible! Yes I did that, by just escaping the enemy fires and care fully guiding your plane in safe spots, since there is no EMF missile following your plane now.

Story after Stage 6 (on Sky Force Stage 7 )

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Finally Stage 7 is unlocked and I have cleared in 3rd attempt. Here is a guide for you on how to clear Skyforce Stage 7.

 

Clear Skyforce Stage 7:

This stage is heavily swarmed with lots of cannons, multi-directional cannons and squadron of planes, usually in groups of 20. But it’s nearly impossible to complete this stage without the help of powers! Here is an extended guide for clearing Stage 7.

  • Its best to load your plane with maximum number of shields but use them wisely. You will surely need 2 lasers and best to carry 2 Mega bombs.

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  • Initially you can tackle with all the ground cannons and tanks easily if playing with precision and avoiding bullets.
  • As and when a squadron of Golden planes arrives, you need to be extra careful, keep in focus the cannons on the ground .
  • Keep Shield ready when you feel its a lot of activity on screen because it really gets messy at times.
  • If you play well and keep the striking-streak (your streak bar on top of screen) alive, you will earn 2 Lasers and 3 shields during game-play.
  • As you reach in middle there will be a Squadron of big green planes, that will surround you from all the four sides. To tackle this situation, you can use two strategies.

 

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  1. Use shield (if playing for STAY UNTOUCHED medal, and wait for first squadron to surround you, and unleash the Megabomb. But wait one more squadron appears quicklt after this. Tackle them with same strategy or you can form your own.
  2. use shield and wait for the second squadron as well to arrive along with planes from first squadron. Position plane on the bottom of the screen And now unleash the Laser and swipe plane from left to right(or vice versa), and kill on the cannons mounted on the green planes, and now you are through!
  •  Now as you proceed there will be a spot where as many as 30+ Golden planes will come. Don’t loose focus, better kill them with a Laser, or use Shield and kill them with cannon, by quickly moving your plane LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT.

Boss battle Skyforce stage 7

  • Boss Battle is really gruesome! Toughest boss till now! To defeat the Stage 7 Boss, you need at-least 2 shields and 2 lasers or 1 laser and a Mega-bomb. But Laser is always effective. As soon as Boss Tank comes out of the Garage, quickly use a shield and use laser to kill  the central cannon first, and then go for electric cannons on Front and small cannons at the tail. As you kill the last cannon, now a central cannons plus two wing cannons appear that never go off! You definitely need shield to at least direct your Firepower to them, and can’t face those cannons upfront. Kill them with laser! and You WIN!!

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Skyforce Stage 8

Stage 8 of Sky Force is now open. will soon publish the walk through when I am finished.

 

Please post any questions for help. I am a fan of this game for last 10 years, and it  has never stopped being so wonderful!!

You can add me from my GOOGLE+ Profile for Tournament play!

 

Thanks for reading!

Google plus integration “An Internal Error Occurred” : [SOLUTION]

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Heya guys!

 

I recently bumped into a problem while integrating Google+ to my Android application. On signing in(code is  available on many websites) it raised a Toast saying “an internal error has occured”.

I am here with a quick 3 step guide.

(I Assume you have all the code properly written in your test application and have activated Google+ API from Google+ Dev Console !)

Step 1:

Go to the above site and under the tab “API” on the Right hand Side menu, Also activate Google+ Domains API.

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Step2 :

 

Now under the same tab you will see “Consent Screen” Its the screen for user’s consent to Let the application Access his account information. You can design it your way.

 

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Step3:

 

Now just login from your application and bingo!!

you did it!

 

Please let me know if any other issue you do face !

 

Thanks!

 

 

Pendrive or USB drive displaying only shortcuts ? Here’s the Solution!

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Howdy friends! Here I am with a common computer virus issue faced majorly in educational institutions. Usually what happens in this case is that, your pendrive statistics show that it is occupied with data but, inside of it only shows that it has one or few shortcuts! Data in your pendrive shows only one shortcut or looks something like the following image.

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Let’s get to the solution:

Here is the solution provided, you have not formatted your pendrive:

 

Step 1 : Start Command Prompt (with Administrator privileges )  

 

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Click on START   type in cmd and right click cmd.exe and click ‘Run as Administrator’.

 

Step 2 : Note down the Drive Letter for your pendrive.

 

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Here in this example Drive letter is  I: (as you can see in the Image Above).

 

Step 3 : Type this command.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d i:\*.*

 

 

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attrib -h -r -s /s /d i:\*.*    (read it as attribspace-hspace-rspace-sspace/sspace/dspacei:\*.*).

Or simply copy the Command in green color and paste it inside CMD and strike ‘ENTER‘ key.

 

Step 4 : Wait for some time (depending on the size of data inside the pendrive).

You will notice the cursor blinking but stay patient, and wait till there is something to display on your Command Prompt screen.  Don’t worry even if it displays certain errors like “The file or directory is corrupt or unreadable”. It’s just the system’s message for certain files.

 

Step 5 : Check back the pendrive.

Data must have returned in the pendrive, possible in a unnamed folder with original folder structure, and many shortcuts. Delete the suspicious files and some stupid ‘.ini’ files and continue.

 

I hope it solves your issue. And do not forget to share the information with your friends, because this is the most commonly faced issues.

So next  time, don’t FORMAT and groan for your lost data just CMD’ed it!

 

UPDATE: Some people are facing problem in not reaching the solution. Here is one suggestion I would like to make. before you progress with any commands, try this.

 

Go to Control Panel> Folder Options, select VIEW tab, SelectShow hidden files, folders and drives” and UncheckHide protected operating system files (recommended)” now click APPLY. And now try the command.

Do not forget to put spaces as mentioned in the command parameters and replacing your drive letter.

 

Thanks for reading !