May 25, 2013

Easy Steps to Transfer Files from Your Old Phone to HTC Phone

Have you just got a new HTC phone but you have so many files & apps stored on your old cell phone? Want to know if there is a way to quickly transfer those important data to the new phone? As a matter of fact, there is a nice app called "Transfer" within HTC phone. Most of the case, it is pre-installed when you buy the new phone. With it, you can transfer data from your old phone (Apple iPhone, Samsung, Nokia and more) to the new HTC phone in just a few minutes.

Please note: the below step by step instructions can only be applied provided that Bluetooth on both phones work fine.

  • Open your new HTC phone, click on the "Transfer" icon on the dashboard.
  • Then you'll see a screen titled Transfer my stuff. Depending on the capabilities of your old phone, you may be able to move Contacts and other data to your new HTC phone via Bluetooth. Tap "Next" to begin. 
  • Now Select your old phone. In the list, you can choose Apple, BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Others. 
  • If you have an iPhone 4, for example, select Apple and Select the model iPhone 4, click Next option. 
  • Now you'll need to Turn on BlueTooth. Follow the steps shown on the screen:
  1. Press "Home button" > "Settings" > "General".
  2. Select "Bluetooth".
  3. Switch Bluetooth on.
  4. Stay on Bluetooth setting screen. 
  • Tap "Next" when you have successfully turned on Bluetooth.
  • Now your HTC phone will turn on Bluetooth and automatically Scan your old phone. Note: Re-scan your old device if it can't be found for the first time. 
  • Lastly click "Next" to finish the one click transferring process.

Apr 11, 2013

How to Root (or "Jailbreak") Android OS based Devices

Nowadays most of us should be holding a smartphone running with either Google Android or Apple iOS operating system (sure Microsoft's Windows Phone should not be ignored, hah). You might have already heard people talking about "rooting" or "jailbreaking" their phones or tablets. Well, before we go to the topic, allow me to have a knowledge about "root" & "jailbreak".

Root vs Jailbreak

Gaining root access is sometimes compared to jailbreaking devices running the iOS operating system. However, these are distinct concepts. In the heavily secured iOS world, Bypassing all these restrictions together constitute the expansive term "jailbreaking" of Apple devices, overcoming several types of iOS security features. In contrast, while many Android devices have locked bootloaders, the ability to sideload apps is common and usually permissible without root permissions. Thus, it is primarily the third aspect of iOS jailbreaking relating to superuser privileges that correlates to Android rooting.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Rooting Android

Good points: simply put - you are the BOSS. After rooting Android, it’s your device which you paid your hard earned money for. And you are not letting the shitty default installation ruin the experience for you.
Weak Points: some manufacturers assert that rooting voids your device’s warranty. However, rooting will not actually damage your hardware. The process is fully reversible.

Root Your Android Now Step by Step:

  1. Prepare a Windows (XP, Vista, 7 etc) PC, download and install the Java JDK and Android SDK on your computer before continuing. Note: Java must be installed before the Android SDK.
  2. Enable USB debugging mode on your Android. Take HTC T328d (the mobile phone I am using) for example, go to "Settings" -> "Developer Options" -> and enable "USB debugging (Debug mode when USB is connected)"
  3. Connect your Android to your computer using its included USB cable. Don't mount the device's SD card on your computer – just plug it in.
  4. We'll be rooting with SuperOneClick here. It's a single-click way to root that supports a wide variety of different devices and should work for most people. After downloading it from its official website, run the SuperOneClick.exe application.
  5. Click the Root button in the SuperOneClick window and SuperOneClick should do the rest.
  6. The process will take a few minutes. Restart your Android after rooting it.
  7. Note: SuperOneClick automatically installs the SuperUser binary, which is also available from Google Play. Whenever an app on your device attempts to gain root permissions by calling the su command (just like calling the su command on Linux) you’ll be prompted to allow or deny the request.
  8. Finished! Congratulations.

Important Note (for United States Visitors) - as of January 26, 2013, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has prohibited the act of circumventing digital locks placed upon mobile telephones by wireless carriers in the United States. This new regulation applies to all phone purchased after January 23rd of 2013. To my readers who have recently purchased an Android smartphone and were hoping to root it, you can get away with doing that through legal means up to 90 days after your purchase. You just need to call your provider and get their permission.

Related Links:
Android Rooting - wikipedia
Howtogeek.com - root Android (thanks for the guide)
Rooting Android is now illegal?

Mar 28, 2013

AWS Launches CloudHSM App To Bolster Data Security In The Cloud

In an effort to boost data security in the cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has just launched a new service called AWS CloudHSM, designed to help its customers meet strict regulatory requirements without sacrificing their cloud application’s performance.

AWS says that the new security feature is aimed at customers whose regulatory requirements prevent them from running apps on shared infrastructure, which has been one of the key hurdles in the way of its efforts to win over the enterprise. Previously, companies in that position have been compelled to keep their most sensitive data – or at least, its encryption keys – buried within on-premise servers to meet those requirements, preventing them from fully migrating to the cloud. Now, AWS is hoping to do away with that need.

Read more at http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/03/27/aws-launches-cloudhsm-app-to-bolster-data-security-in-the-cloud/

Jan 24, 2013

How to enable USB Mass Storage mode for Samsung Galaxy S2/S3, Note II

Just bought a new Samsung Galaxy S II/III or Note 2 and tried to upload my photos to the PC, and to your surprise this was no longer available? Found the USB Mass Storage (UMS) mode gone? Normally for an Android based phone, you can mount it as a drive by trying steps or similar: Settings -> Wireless&Wifi -> USB Tools -> Connect USB mass storage and then plugging your Samsung Galaxy device into the PC. But what's wrong out there with Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2?

The fact is – it seems Samsung has disabled the option for some reasons (probably related to security). The device snow use MTP (Media Sharing Protocol) and PTP, which aren't very useful for everyone. For example, for Samsung Galaxy S III, instead of USB mass storage, it only features MTP, which is not as easy to use and fast, so many prefer UMS instead.

Then how to enable UMS mode for Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, Note 2 or whatever...?

Steps to Enable USB Mass Storage mode

First of all: you'll need to root your Samsung Android. Here is a step by step Android Rooting guide which you can follow for the Samsung Galaxy S2/S3 or Note 2.

For Samsung Galaxy S3
  1. Download the apk file here
  2. Copy the apk to your device and disconnect it from your computer. 
  3. Then install the app on your device and follow the instructions given by the app. 
  4. Once the app is installed, you can open it and select the option you prefer for file transfer, which is very easy.

For Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  1. Download SGS3 Easy UMS here
  2. Then you will have to launch the app, grant it root access when you're asked for it, and choose the way you want to mount your device on the PC. 
  3. It's very easy and you will only have to tap one button to switch from one mode to another.

Note: Before starting the procedure, make sure to backup the data on your device, because there's an unlikely chance of losing it.

Just enjoy!

Dec 7, 2012

Secure Your iPhone 5 by Setting a Password Lock

For security purposes it's a good idea to set up a Passcode on Lock Screen for the Apple iPhone 5 or any iOS device like the iPad, previous iPhones and the iPod Touch.

This requires the user to enter the Passcode before the user can reach the iPhone's content. Without the Passcode, no one can reach private data on the phone.

Let's say I accidentally put my iPhone down at work and one of my coworkers wants to prank me by messing up settings or changing the name Siri calls me which can embarrass me. The lock keeps that prankster from getting the best of me. Obviously, it also keeps bad guys from getting my banking information or passwords stored in apps like Lastpass password manager.

Watch this following short YouTube video for the step by step guide!
Thanks Kevin Purcell for the nice tip.