State Bank of India launches State Bank Freedom app for Windows Phone devices

The State Bank of India has launched their official State Bank Freedom app for Windows Phone devices. This app lets you login to your account, trasfer funds, pay bills, book train tickets and lots more. There is a bit of registration process before you can use the app. The State Bank Freedom app was released for Android back in 2011 and for iPhone back in 2012. Features of State Bank Freedom app for Windows Phone Funds transfer (within SBI or other Bank’s account) Immediate Mobile Payment Services (IMPS) : Fund Transfer, Merchant Payments 24 x 7 Enquiry Services (Balance Enquiry / Mini statement) Cheque Book request Demat Account Enquiry Bill Payments (Utility bills, Credit Cards, Insurance premium), Donations, Subscriptions Mobile Top up M-Commerce (DTH Recharge of Tatasky, BigTV, SunDirect, DishTV, DigitalTV and Videocon d2h connections, SBI Life insurance premium, etc.) Booking of train tickets over the IRCTC portal through IMPS Download State Bank Freedom app for Windows Phone (7.5 and later) from the Windows Phone Store for free.

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How to Improve Your Android Phone’s Automatic Brightness With Lux

How to Improve Your Android Phone’s Automatic Brightness With Lux

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Like other smartphones, Android phones use an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust your phone’s display brightness. This often doesn’t work too well.

It’s up to each Android phone’s manufacturer to correctly calibrate the auto-brightness feature, and they generally don’t do an amazing job. The phone may go from too bright to too dim without anything in between.

Lux is a third-party app that allows you to easily calibrate your phone’s brightness sensor, saving you battery power and reducing eye strain if your phone is normally too bright in dark rooms.

Getting Started

We’ll be using the free Lux Lite app for this. It offers the paid version’s most important features and doesn’t even contain any advertising.

If you find the app useful, you can get the full version of Lux Auto Brightness for about $3. The full version allows you to set your screen brightness to very low levels — good at night — and offers modes that tint your screen different colors, similar to how f.lux works on Windows.

To get started, open the Lux Dash app after installing Lux.

Creating Linked Samples

To train Lux, you’ll have to create “linked samples.” Whenever you feel that your phone’s display brightness level isn’t ideal for the current level of ambient light in the room — whether it’s too bright or too dark – you can create a linked sample. This means that you’ll adjust the brightness level manually, then tell Lux that this brightness level is ideal for the current level of ambient light. Create several of these linked samples and Lux will learn what the appropriate levels of brightness for different situations are.

This works much better than automatic brightness does on stock Android. If you’re not happy with your automatic brightness level, you have to disable automatic brightness entirely and adjust the brightness level manually. If you use Lux, you can adjust the brightness level manually and teach Lux to do a better job in the future. Android’s default automatic brightness feature can’t learn in this way.

The two values at the top of the Lux dash are screen brightness level, measured as a percentage, and ambient brightness level, reported by the ambient brightness sensor as an lx value. To create a linked sample, just adjust the brightness slider in the Lux app and tap the link button.

The ambient brightness and screen brightness levels will be linked after you confirm the values.

If you make a mistake and aren’t happy with how you’ve trained Lux, you can also view your linked samples and delete any of them or reset Lux to its default settings.

Setting Your Adjustment Type

By default, Lux is set to only change your phone’s brightness level on wake. When you take your phone out of your pocket and wake it up, Lux will take a measurement of the ambient brightness level from your phone’s ambient light sensor and set the appropriate brightness level. It won’t continue to adjust the screen’s brightness level as you use your phone.

On the one hand, this can be useful. You won’t be distracted by your phone’s screen brightness changing as you use it. On phones with bad brightness sensors, the screen brightness may normally fluctuate as you use it, distracting you — not so with this setting. On the other hand, if you go from a bright location to a dark location, or vice versa, your phone won’t automatically adjust its display brightness.

To tweak this behavior, you can choose one of several different adjustment types:

  • Manually: This mode disables automatic brightness entirely, allowing you to adjust your screen’s brightness manually.
  • On Wake: Lux changes your screen’s brightness when you wake up your phone. This is the default setting.
  • Dynamically: Dynamic mode adjusts your screen’s backlight brightness whenever a “significant change” in ambient brightness occurs. There’s some delay to prevent the brightness level from fluctuating wildly, and these delays are customizable in Lux’s settings.
  • Periodically: Lux periodically checks the ambient brightness level and then adjusts your screen’s brightness. Lux does this every five seconds by default, but you can customize the time period.
  • Ascendingly: Lux will increase your phone’s screen brightness when the ambient brightness level increases, but won’t decrease it when the ambient brightness level decreases. The brightness level will be reset when your phone goes to sleep. This is particularly useful for phones with inaccurate brightness sensors that swing back and forth or rooms with constantly changing brightness levels.

On Wake works well if you regularly take your phone out of your pocket to use for short bursts, as your phone will choose an appropriate screen brightness level each time. if you’re using your phone for longer periods and want the screen’s brightness level to adjust automatically, the Dynamically setting will be your best bet — although if light levels continue to change or your phone’s brightness sensor is unreliable, you’ll want to try the Ascendingly setting.

Disable Ads in uTorrent via Settings

21151285.cmsuTorrent is a great app, but it can be annoying to have ads on your desktop apps. Fortunately, these can be disabled in the Advanced settings.

To turn off ads and offers, open Options > Preferences > Advanced. Here you’ll find a large list of flags for the app and a filter box. Search for and disable the following flags:

  • offers.left_rail_offer_enabled/left_rail_offer
  • gui.show_plus_upsell
  • offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled/sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled
  • bt.enable_pulse
  • gui.show_notorrents_node
  • offers.content_offer_autoexec

These flags may be named slightly differently depending on which version of the app you’re using. Be careful when editing things if you’re not entirely sure what they do.

Five Android-only apps to make iPhone users jealous

Temple Run, Instagram, Flipboard, Vine, Angry Birds…sometimes it seems like all the great apps start on iOS before making their way to Android. But not all apps start their life inside of Apple’s walled garden—some have launched on Android first and have yet to make their way to iOS. While iPhone users are often first to experience the latest games, Android users get apps that fully automate their phones and predict what they want to type next.

Here are five apps that Android users can brag about to their iPhone-toting friends.

Tasker ($3)

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Tasker helps make your smartphone actually feel smart. The app lets you create profiles that automatically execute certain tasks when specific criteria are met. For instance, you can have your phone automatically launch the music app when you plug in headphones, or have your phone silence itself when you get to the office. There’s really no limit to the types of profiles you can create, and there are entire websitesdedicated to Tasker profiles if you’re not up to the task of creating one yourself.

The app does have a bit of a learning curve, though, so I’d recommend going throughthe tutorial or looking one up online to get down the basics. There’s a lot of trial and error involved when building your first Tasker profile, but there’s an unmatched feeling of joy when all your hard work finally pays off.

Sure the idea of automating your phone sounds nerdy, but it’s unequivocally cool to have your phone automatically respond to text messages while you sleep.

Astro File Manager (Free)

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If you’ve ever created a file on your iPhone or iPad, you know what a huge pain it can be to move it off of the device. You have to either plug it into iTunes to retrieve it or hope that you have an app installed that works with the app you used to create the file in the first place. It’s way more convoluted than it should be.

While I’m not saying Android is any better when it comes to creating documents, it certainly is better at managing them. Astro File Manager gives you access to all of the data stored on your phone. The app lets you move folders and files around your phone’s internal memory and SD card, and you can also connect to your Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive accounts to move your files between your phone and the Internet (aka the cloud).

The app even has a memory manager so you can see which apps are taking up the most space on your phone so you can address them accordingly. You can also use Astro File Manager to back up your apps (and their data) to your MicroSD card—handy in case you need to reset your device or switch to a new one.

AirDroid (Free)

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With AirDroid, you don’t even need to touch your phone in order to use it. The app lets you access your phone remotely by going to web.airdroid.com and scanning the QR code on the page. The free version of the service lets you do things like reply to text messages, organize your photos, and play music, while the paid version lets you remotely access your camera and helps you locate a missing or stolen device.

AirDroid web view.

If you’re not one to carry a Micro-USB cable everywhere you go, AirDroid also lets you transfer content to and from your phone without ever having to plug it into your computer. (Just make sure you’re on Wi-Fi if you’re planning on moving over gigabytes of data.)

So why exactly would you want to access your phone on your computer? Aside from all the benefits I listed above, the number one reason to do it would be because you left your phone out of arm’s reach and are too lazy to get up to answer a text message. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

SwiftKey ($4)

SwiftKey (click to view full image)

Say farewell to typos. SwiftKey is a third party keyboard app that adapts to the way you write by learning which words and phrases you use most often, allowing for a better typing experience because your phone isn’t constantly autocorrecting “Yo” into “to”. After a while, you get to the point where you can mash your thumbs randomly on screen and have SwiftKey predict exactly what you wanted to say, punctuation and all. Neat.

For those of us out there that find typing passé, SwiftKey has a feature called Flow that lets you glide your fingers over keys to form words and sentences (kind of likeSwype). SwiftKey also supports multiple languages simultaneously, so you don’t have to go into the settings every time you want to switch the keyboard language from English to French, and the app comes with several themes to change how the keyboard appears on screen.

Nova Launcher ($4)

A home screen customized with Nova Launcher.

Shouldn’t your phone look the way you want it to? With Nova Launcher, you can customize your Android home screen to give it a unique look that’ll be the envy of everyone on your block. The app makes it easy to change your app icons, app drawer, and home-screen animations to something more in line with your artistic vision, and there are plenty of premade themes available on the Play Store (if you’re feeling lazy).

There are also websites and forumswhere people post their Android home-screen designs and tell you how you can achieve the same look—handy if you’re looking for some inspiration. On my home screen that you can see here, I hid the dock and the notification bar to give my phone a super minimalistic aesthetic. Try doing that on an iPhone.

Source: Tech hive

WhatsApp moves to subscription-based model on iOS at $0.99/year

WhatsApp collected for $ 0.99 as a one time payment for the iPhone app. Now the company has changed their business model that would offer the app free for the first year after that the user would be charged $.99 (~Rs. 55) per year after that, similar to other platforms such as Android and Windows Phone. Even the users who had purchased the app already or downloaded the app when it went free need to pay the subscription fee after one year. WhatsApp has also updated the iPhone app to version 2.10.1 that brings lot of new features including option to send multiple photos at the same time and backup WhatsApp message history to the iCloud. So, when you reinstall the app, you will be prompted to restore from iCloud during the initialization process to get back all the previous messages. They have also released URL schema support for developers that would let them integrate WhatsApp into their iOS apps. You can read more about that in their blog post. New features in WhatsApp for iPhone v 2.10.1 multi-send UI: can send multiple photos at the same time URL schema support for 3rd party apps iCloud chat history backup and restore (WhatsApp > Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup) Download WhatsApp for …

Angry Birds Star Wars II coming on September 19th

Rovio, the creators of Angry birds has announced Angry Birds Star Wars II game, a sequel to the first Angry Birds Star Wars that was released in November last year. The new Angry Birds Star Wars game will follow the story of the three prequel Star Wars movies and would also bring new Angry Birds Star Wars characters including versions of young Anakin, Mace Windu, Darth Maul and more. There are 30 playable characters, most of which remains as a secret. This would also bring the ability to choose your side so that you can play as one of the villainous pigs. This brings a new feature called TELEPODS that would let the players unlock new characters by placing one of the collectible TELEPODS physical characters from the Hasbro line on the phone or tablet camera and scanning it into the game. Players can choose which character they want to use in the app by “teleporting” their physical character into the game. Over thirty such figures will be available at launch in September. Hasbro TELEPODS would arrive in retail by September for the game launch and would be showcased at the San Diego Comic-con in July. httpv://youtu.be/6DKNKI27GdA Rovio says that app would be available to download at the app stores worldwide. Hope the app would …