Monday, July 3, 2017

How to Get SMS Alerts for Gmail via Twitter
How do you get SMS notifications on your mobile phone for important emails in your Gmail? Google doesn’t support text notifications for their email service but Twitter does. If we can figure out a way to connect our Twitter and Gmail accounts, the Gmail notifications can arrive as text on our mobile via Twitter. Let me explain:
Twitter allows you to follow any @user via a simple SMS. They provide short codes for all countries (see list) and if you text FOLLOW to this shortcode following by the  username, any tweets from that user will arrive in your phone as text notifications. 
The short code service of Twitter can act as a Gmail SMS notifier. You create a new Twitter account, set the privacy to private and this account will send a tweet when you get a new email in Gmail. Follow this account via SMS from you main Twitter account and the SMS notifications will start pouring in.
gmail messages in twitter timeline

Use Twitter as a Gmail Notifier with Google Scripts

Here’s a step by step guide on how you can use Twitter to get SMS notification for important email in your Gmail account. It will take a minute to setup and, internally, there’s a Google Apps Script that’s doing all the magic. It monitors your Gmail mailbox in the background and as soon as a new message arrives in your account, the script sends out a tweet.
  1. Log out of your existing Twitter account and then go to twitter.com/signup to create a new Twitter account for your Gmail account.
  2. Confirm your email address, then open the Twitter settings page and check the option “Protect My Tweets.” This will make your Gmail notifications private and neither search engines nor other Twitter users will be able to see tweets generated through Gmail.
  3. Click here to copy the Google Sheet and choose Authorize under the Gmail to Twitter menu (near Help). Remember to authorize with your new Twitter account.
  4. Once authorized, choose Start from the Gmail to Twitter menu and enter yourGmail search query. For instance you can say is:important is:unread in:inbox newer_than:1d to only receive notification for new, unread and important emails in your Gmail. Click OK.
That’s it. The Gmail notifier is running and it will tweet when a matching email is found. It runs every 10-15 minutes and will only work on incoming email, not the old message. The messages will also be logged in the Google Sheet so you know what’s happening behind the scene.

Get SMS Alerts for Emails at Gmail

Open a new browser session in Incognito mode, log in to your old Twitter account and send a follow request to your new Gmail account on Twitter. Approve the new follower request and you should now see tweets for new Gmail messages, as they arrive, in your main Twitter timeline.
Should you wish to receive SMS alerts on your mobile phone for new Gmail messages, just open the Twitter profile page of your Gmail bot and turn on Mobile Notifications. This will obviously work only if you have connected (and verified) your mobile phone with your main Twitter account.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

10 Tips to increase the performance of your Android phone
android phone performane

The world of Android is growing so rapidly that it became the largest selling mobile platform. The ever increase in demand for performance made few mobiles fall behind.

During initial release of Android mobiles, many mobiles came up with little internal memory and low CPU peed. With the advent of new technology the processing speed and RAM of mobiles climbed high. The older mobiles lagged a lot in performance. New apps are developed which consume lot of phone memory and these apps are required for many users. This consumed lot of ROM as well as RAM bringing down the performance. So here are few tips to increase the performance and speed of your mobile.

1) Move Apps to SD card

Install most of your apps on your memory card. Move the apps to memory card with the inbuilt "manage applications" options or with any application available on play store.

incease android performance
Two apps are worth mentioning here for this, link2sd and Appmgr III. You can move apps to sd card with these apps. Link2sd requires root. With this application you can move many apps to sd card that are not movable with traditional options.

2) Clear cache and Junk files

android phone performance increase
With the increase in usage of you mobile there will be accumulation of many junk files and cache. Clean them with clean managers that are available on play store. There are several apps for this and it depends on your personal choice. Clean at regular intervals. Some apps provide auto cleaning with which you can set cleaning automatically avoiding a manual operation.

3) Better kill background applications

Background applications which constantly try to connect to Internet when available consume your mobile's RAM. 
These apps may pose a problem for mobiles with low processing speed. It is better to kill the background apps with custom task manager (if available) or any third party app from Play store. Sometimes background applications may freeze your system or create force close errors.

4) Root Your Device

Root your device to add additional features with which you can open the hidden options. You can move traditional apps to sd card that install only on phone memory by rooting your device.

boost android phone performance
NOTE: Rooting your device wil void the warranty of your phone.
One of my experience is worth mentioning here. I have rooted my Motorola milestone and installed Cyanogen mod 7. After this all my apps including official Google apps like Gmail, Maps, Play Store and YouTube are installed on sd card leaving me lots of space for phone memory. My mobile became sleek and stunningly fast.
So better root your device and move almost all apps to sd card.

5) Install a custom ROM

Stock ROM will consume lot of phone memory. People who want to get a new experience with their mobile or who got bored with the limitations of their traditional stock ROM, install a custom ROM for your mobile. 
Most of the custom ROMs will occupy very less phone memory giving you extra space. Also custom ROMs will give you extra additional features which stock ROM doesn't.

6) Stay to Optimum

Some apps consume very high RAM even though they are installed in sd card like live wall papers, launchers, themes etc. It is better to avoid all these unless you feel that they occupy very less space and consume low RAM.

7) Disable windows animations

Disabling windows animations will enhance faster scrolling, quick access and fast loading of applications. Disable windows animations by accessing the development menu from the settings of your mobile.

8) Understand the Layout

Though you move apps to external sd card they will still consume some amount of your phone memory. So think before installing apps on mobiles having low internal memory. Don't install heavy apps which your mobile can't handle them. Don't use live wall papers when your CPU speed is low.

9) Better not to update the official OS

It is better to keep your mobile with stock ROM while you were when you purchased the mobile. Higher versions of Android will occupy more space and use more RAM.

10) Disable unwanted settings and apps

android phone performance booster

Disable/Uninstall unwanted system apps and also disable unwanted features that use Internet in background (ex: syncing) to avoid consumption of extra RAM.


Follow the above tips and tweaks to increase the performance and speed up of your android mobile. Keep your apps to minimum, don't over load your mobile and expect the best performance. Understand what apps and tweaks your mobile can handle. Besides there are some apps that optimize all the software settings like task killing, memory optimization, disabling animations etc automatically. Select wisely and get the best! .

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media
social media using

The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility, whether you're just starting high school or finishing up college.

The fact is, irresponsible social media conduct could potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career, not to mention hurt others in the process. (And we're not just talking kids, either.) But most of those consequences are preventable, often with just a little foresight.

We've pinpointed 12 social media mistakes that students should avoid at all costs, because after all, it's never as simple as "be responsible." And it's never as finite as "don't friend your teacher on Facebook." Social media circumstances are nuanced and vary by situation, school and user.

Please head to the comments below to add your own contributions and advice for young adults on social media.

1. Post Illegal Activities

Granted, high school and college students experiment with many activities and substances. But the second you post a video of last weekend's bong hit or trash-can tipping adventure, you become vulnerable not only for school expulsion but also for criminal prosecution; in other words, consequences that affect the rest of your life. Even if your profile is set to private, a friend can always download and save incriminating photos that he or the authorities can use against you in the future.

Once or twice per year, perform a thorough review of the information and content accessible on your social media profiles. That way, you'll be able to locate and remove that photo of your underage keg stand before you apply for your next job.

2. Bullying

things to avoid on social media

Bullying is one of the most serious problems in schools today. Vicious treatment and hateful words between students often lead to violence, suicide, depression and discrimination among the student body.

When a student turns to social media, blogs or virtually any online space as a forum for hurtful speech, the risks are unmeasurable. Not only does that student face expulsion, but also serious criminal prosecution.

Check your school's policy on bullying. One California high school's student handbook reads, "Harassment on the basis of any protected characteristic is strictly prohibited. This includes any verbal, written (including any posted material on any computer network) or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward any individual or his/her relatives, friends or associates because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, citizenship or disability..."

3. Trash Your Teachers

"Posting a negative comment about any teacher at your school is like getting on a microphone to announce that you will be burning down a bridge," says Heather Starr Fiedler, associate professor of multimedia at Point Park University. "You never know which one of your professors will hold the keys to the next great internship or job announcement."

You should even be wary of school or teacher-related posts you think are harmless — you never know whose feelings you've accidentally hurt. Dan Farkas, instructor of strategic communication at Ohio University, describes a scenario gone wrong. "I had several students tweet with excitement when I cancelled a class, ready to have a slightly easier Monday," he says. "What they didn’t know was that I cancelled class to take my wife to the emergency room. It still makes my blood boil."

The same goes for institutions or persons of authority in general, not just teachers. High school seniors should be careful not to negatively post about specific colleges or geographical areas — these days, admissions officers thoroughly investigate the social media activity and personalities of applicants. One negative tweet could seal the fate of your college acceptance.

4. Post Objectionable Content From School Computers or Networks

Many schools prohibit all computer activity on campus not directly related to coursework. That almost always includes social media use, especially that which is objectionable (e.g. profanity, harassment, etc.). And don't assume you can get away with a tweet here and a status update there — many schools have implemented systems that track logins and IP addresses. In other words, you're on the clock.

Bullying doesn't just apply to student-to-student interactions. Students who speakpoorly of their teachers (or post embarrassing photos of them) run a huge risk, too. After all, your instructors have a right to privacy and respect.

5. Post Confidential Information

This piece of advice goes for every social media user, not just students. But young people are especially vulnerable to online predators and identity thieves.

Let this experience, from communications representative Jennifer Newman Galluzzo, be a warning: "This weekend my niece, who is going into her junior year of high school, posted her class schedule on Facebook. Took a picture of it and threw it right up there because she was so excited to share the info with her friends — complete with her social security number, student ID, address, full name, birthday and all the other personal information. I called her mom and informed her right away and her response was 'Well, all the kids do that!' I almost fainted."

Think about how easy it is to share content on Facebook; if a single person shared that photo to his public profile, that sensitive information would be accessible by anyone, no hacking required. Identity stolen — just like that.

6. Overly Specific Location Check-Ins

Similar to protecting your identity, try not to get too specific with your social check-ins. Although your parents may appreciate the heads-up, posts like these make it easy for predators to locate you. And especially don't check in on social media when you're by yourself and/or in a remote location.

Social media analyst Brad Hines advises, "It is usually wise to do little sharing of where you are if you are by yourself, or have left your home by itself."

7. Lie/Cheat/Plagiarize

Picture this: You convinced your professor to give you an extension on your term paper so you can visit your "sick" grandmother. Only instead, you blow off the paper to attend a Foo Fighters concert — and you post a status update to Facebook, check in on Foursquare and upload a photo of the performance to Instagram. Don't be surprised when you return to a big fat F and an academic investigation.

The same goes for lying about professional/academic achievements when applying to a college or an internship. People will investigate. Just as they will investigate your social media for charges of plagiarism or cheating.

8. Threaten Violence

Threatening a person or group of people in any situation is unbelievably serious. Even posting an anonymous, empty threat to an obscure online forum full of strangers will raise red flags. And as soon as authorities have located a threat, they have the right to investigate — and they will.

A student named Alexander Song posted his intentions to Reddit: to "kill enough people to make it to national news." Police located the young man and arrested him at school, despite the fact that he carried no weapons.

In other words, social media is not the place to vent your frustrations and violent thoughts. Talk to a school counselor about your concerns.

9. Ignore School-Specific Policies

School policies vary widely, according to religious affiliation, type of school (public vs. private), geographical location, district, gender (co-ed vs. single-gender), etc. Therefore, technology and social media policies are different for nearly every school. Behavior that may fly at one school is reason for expulsion at another.

For example, one Catholic high school's student handbook reads, "When a student is using online social media (of any variety), she must always bear in mind that the material she posts reflects upon the school, our Diocese and the Roman Catholic Church as a whole." That means, posting your opinions about sensitive subjects like abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, divorce or birth control, for example, could jeopardize your standing as a student.

While many types of content posted to social media are protected by free speech, your school may nonetheless find reason to use such opinions toward disciplinary action.

10. Unprofessional Public Profiles

12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media

Whether you're a high school student applying to flip burgers at a local diner or a recent college grad looking to land a career, your social media presence needs to reflect responsibility.

"While searching for a job, I made sure to take down any questionable photos from my college days," says recent James Madison University graduate, Christine Borkowski. "I took every red cup I could spot off my Facebook. It may seem a little extreme, but Facebook offers the 'Download' option of each photo." That way, she could save any photo she removed from the social network.

Whether it's a Google search or a social media examination, chances are a company is looking into your history. And sometimes, even a completely private social media profile sets off red flags for employers. In today's age of transparency, a professional (albeit public) profile is the ideal.

"Whenever I evaluate a potential employee, I always take a look at what is publicly visible on their Facebook profile," says Ryan Cohn, vice president of social/digital operations at What's Next Marketing. "On two separate occasions, I have rejected entry level prospects (finishing their senior year of college) for featuring firearms in their profile picture. Both were qualified in terms of experience and otherwise would have been worthy of an interview."

11. Never Rely on Privacy Settings 100%

Although most major social networks update you with privacy improvements, the changes are often too frequent to follow and can get complicated. However diligently you may protect your social media identity, it's best to assume anything you post is fair game — potentially seen by your school, by your parents and by strangers.

"Students should never rely on privacy settings over good judgment," says Andrew Moravick, social media specialist at SnapApp. "If you don't want something to be seen, don't post it on the Internet."

12. Post Emotionally

We've all said and done things we regret. It's human nature to react without thinking through the consequences. However, whenever possible, take a moment to imagine how your social media posts affect the feelings, safety and well-being of those around you — even your worst enemies. Posting an angry tweet in the heat of the moment may feel cathartic, but the momentary pleasure you get from writing it isn't worth the potential harm it could create. Take a moment to breathe, think and reboot.

Monday, May 30, 2016

How to Delete the Useless Photos in your WhatsApp Automatically
WhatsApp is probably the largest space hog on our mobile phones. We all have friends and relative who diligently forward us every single motivation quote and meme they’ve received from their own network. Some think it is their duty to wake us with a “good morning” message accompanied with photos of the rising sun or chirping birds.
 Delete the Useless Photos
WhatsApps images

The bigger problem with WhatsApp is that these ‘spam’ messages often originate from contacts who are close to you in real life and thus blocking them would be considered rude. You have an option to mute WhatsApps groups but the downloaded images would still take up precious space on your mobile phone.

Here's Solution -

A simple solution to the problem would be that you open the Photo Gallery app on your Android phone, or use a File Manager app to locate the media folder of WhatsApp, and delete the entire folder containing those WhatsApps images. But since WhatsApp makes no distinction between real photographs and useless forwards, you risk deleting the good pictures too.

Siftr, an Indian startup founded by ex-Adobe employees, has launched an intelligent Android App that can help you get rid of all the junk photos from your WhatsApp with no effort.

The app, Magic Cleaner, scans the media folder of your WhatsApp app and automatically detects all the junk images including screenshots, memes, video screen grabs, cartoons and other pictures with overlay text. You are then offered an option to delete all the detected images in one go.

How does it work? Like Cloud Vision, Google’s image recognition API, Siftr has developed their own image recognition engine that analysis the content of an image to determine whether it’s junk or not. It requires an active Internet connection because the image analysis is done on Siftr servers and not locally on the mobile phone. However it is unlikely to blow up your data plan as the app only uploads a small hash of the image and matches it against their own database of images.

I ran the photo cleaner app against a WhatsApp account that had about 4000+ images and it could successfully clean it up in about 10 minutes. The accuracy was very impressive. The app is free but you can only auto-delete a limited number of images in a single run. If you would like to delete more images, you either need to invite a friend to use the app or wait for a day.
 Delete_the Useless Photos in your WhatsApp Automatically
running of the photo cleaner app against a WhatsApp account
 If you have WhatsApp, which you probably do, Magic Cleaner is a must-have app. An iPhone version is in the works. Also, though the WhatsApps images are deleted from the memory card, a blurred thumbnail will still exist inside your WhatsApp message logs and you’ll have to erase them manually.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Best Twitter Search Tricks
e Twitter Archiver and Twitter Bots app fire each time a new tweet is found that match your search query. You can write simple search queries (like #Oscars) or more complex query (like obama min_retweets:10 filter:news) that uses one or more Twitter search operators.

How to Search Twitter Like a Pro

Here’s a complete list of Twitter search operators that can help you perform more accurate searches on Twitter:
from:BarackObamaAll tweets sent by a particular Twitter user
to:BarackObama -filter:links
Tweets sent to @BarackObama but not containing any links
elections list:TIME/time-staff
Search for tweets from users who belong to a particular Twitter list
youtube.com min_faves:100
Tweets containing YouTube videos that are favorited by at least 100 users
earthquake min_retweets:10
Tweets that have been retweeted at least 10 times
iPhone near:NY within:10mi
Tweets sent by users within the 10 mile radius of New York containing iPhone
#foodrecipe lang:en
Tweets sent in particular language (en = English)
iPhone Reviews since:2016-04-01 until:2016-04-09
Tweets sent in a particular time range (may not work with Twitter APIs)
YouTube good OR amazing OR awesome filter:links
Tweets containing YouTube videos that are described as awesome or amazing
#Emmys filter:images
Show tweets for a particular hashtag but containing images
Barack Obama filter:news
Show only tweets that mention a keyword and contain links to news websites
from:john to:peter -RT
Tweets from user @John that @mention user @Peter but exclude Retweets
family games filter:safe
Filter tweets containing adult or potentially sensitive content
tornado filter:media
Show tornado tweets containing images or videos
music concert filter:native_video
Show tweets that contain native video (uploaded inside tweet)

How to Find the Most Popular Tweet

The engagement filter inside Tweetdeck surfaces the best tweets and removes the noise from Twitter search results but the most surprising part is that Twitter has not made this filter available outside Tweetdeck. You don’t even have it inside the official Twitter app.

Well, here’s the trick. You can actually filter tweets by engagement level on the Twitter website or inside any Twitter app using an undocumented search operator that Twitter doesn’t want us to know about.

Go to the Twitter search box, type any search term and append the operator min_retweets:[number] or min_faves:[number] to filter your search results. For instance, here’s a sample search that will only shows tweets pointing to the labnol.org domain that have been favorited or retweeted at least 5 times.