Monthly Archives: April 2013

Blackberry Shortcuts To Get To The Top & Bottom Of Your Email List

Blackberry Shortcut KeysScrolling through your emails can be a tedious task, especially if your inbox is overflowing.  It’s not like you’re training your thumb to go for the gold in this Summer’s trackball olympics or anything right?  Here is a much faster way to get the job done…

Press “t” for top and “b” for bottom when you are in your inbox.  That’s it.  Simple enough, right?

This shortcut works for your email and text messages on most blackberry devices.  This is also a great little trick if your trackball is being unresponsive.  For a complete list of shortcuts, please visit Blackberry Shortcut Keys.

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How to Disable Google Voice Dialer on DROID RAZR Series

How to Disable Google Voice Dialer

After, the Android 4.1.2 Jellybean update, you may have noticed a new “Google Now” tool bar popping up on your smartphone screen.  With this change, the normal “Voice Actions” that you have gotten to know and love have been replaced with Google Voice actions.  So, if you find yourself saying, “Oh my original Voice Actions, where art though?” and miss seeing this screen:

How to Disable Google Voice Dialer

Then, this post is for you.  Yes you.

The reason I decided to write this post, is because I have been hearing a lot of people complaining about Google’s Voice dialer mainly from users of Motorola Series’ phones (RAZR, RAZR MAXX, RAZR MAXX HD, RAZR M).  Many times, it gets the name wrong, doesn’t recognize what you are saying, doesn’t ask for confirmation before placing a call, and then winds up calling the wrong person.  A lot of people have asked me, “How can I get the original voice actions back that came with the phone before this latest OS update?”  So in response, I played around with the phone a tad and have come up with this TEMPORARY solution.  I say temporary, because this “fix” will also disable other voice functions on your device in other apps.

1.  Go to Settings.

2.  Go to Apps or Application Manager.  Then scroll over to ALL apps.

3.  Find Google Search and Disable it.

After performing these steps, your original voice actions should be restored.  Do keep in mind that you may have issues with certain apps, for example Google Navigation, when trying to use the google voice search with it.  So, you will have to weigh what is more important to you if you run into this issue and decide what you are willing to give up in order to have your old tried and true voice actions back.  I am hoping that there will be an update to Google Voice dialer released soon that will address the glitches associated with it.  Also, if you decide to re-enable Google Voice dialer, you can follow the same pathing as in the steps above, except this time when under the ALL Apps section, disabled apps will appear at the bottom of the list and not in alphabetical order.  Simply find Google Search and Enable it.

How To Stop Unwanted Text Messages From 6250 That Say VZWNMN:1

So, you are getting multiple text messages from “6250” that say VZWNMN:1 over and over and over and over and over and…(I’m actually trying to be as redundantly annoying and tedious as these the text messages themselves).  Well, are you annoyed?  Of course you are!  Here is an explanation of what they are exactly, but more importantly how you can make them..

pink stop sign

Here is a cliff notes version of what is causing these unwanted texts:

Verizon introduced a new free feature some time ago called “sync and connect,and this allows smartphone users to view an all-in-one inbox online of all of their email account messages.  This includes access to their email accounts through My Verizon, and basically users are getting alerts via text message when a new email hits their inbox.  You caaaaaaaaan add this number to your block list to keep your phone from getting these alerts, but this is really only the equivalent of putting a bandaid on on the issue to mask the problem.  You want to completely stop them right?  Continue reading…

1.  First, log into your My Verizon Account.

2.  On the left and side of the screen, under Account Management, click on Change Features.     You may have to click the drop down to expand the menu.

How To Stop Unwanted Text Messages From 6250 That Say VZWNMN:1

3.  Select of the device that you would like to remove this service from.

4.  Scroll down until you find “Contact Management” and click Remove.

How To Stop Unwanted Text Messages From 6250 That Say VZWNMN:1

Ta’ Da’ !  There you have it boys and girls.  If you are unable to remove this feature yourself, you can reach customer service by dialing *611 from your mobile phone or by dialing 1800-922-0204.

Make Your Own Ringtones

With the help of a free app, it’s super simple to create your own customer ringtones and notifications.  Everything is done right from your Android smartphone, and there is no plugging into any sort of “tunes” necessary – the complete opposite of it’s counterpart.  This is actually quite convenient, and it’s easy enough that anyone can do it.

1.  Download RingDroid from the Google Play Store.

Ringdroid - make your own ringtones

2.  When you launch the app it will bring you to a list of all available audio on your device.  Choose the audio file that you want to edit.

RingDroid - Create You own Customer Ringtones

3.  Drag the bars to where you want the audio clip to start and end, and if you want to hear your selection, press the play button.  After you are happy with the clip, select save.

RingDroid - Create You own Customer Ringtones

RingDroid - Create You own Customer Ringtones

4.  Next, choose the type of audio file that your want to create (ringtone, notification, etc).

RingDroid - Create You own Customer Ringtones

5.  You have the option to rename your new file.  Click Save.

RingDroid - Create You own Customer Ringtones

6.  After the file is saved, you will have the option to set it as your default, assign to a contact or close the menu.  If you do not want to set it as your ringtone right now, you can set it at a later date by going into your sound settings.  The file that you created will be added to your available ringtones/notifications list.

RingDroid - Create You own Customer Ringtones

As far as downloading music from your phone, if your go to the Google Play Store and search for “Free MP3 Downloads,” there are tons of apps for this purpose.  You can also transfer any audio that you have on your computer onto your phone’s SD card as well.  Once on the SD card, the audio files will show up in your device’s library.

Comcast Email Server Settings

Comcast Email Server Settings

For some reason Comcast email accounts do not seem to like the company of smartphones very much, at least when they are added as an account through the native email application on the phone.  Fret not, persistence will prevail, and you will get that little sucker on there if it’s the last thing you do eh.  Did I really just type eh?  Apparently, I’ve gone Canadian (not really) and also suffer from ADD.  Okie dokie back to the topic at hand…the following server settings are the ones that are currently working.  When adding the account, choose Other as the type of account to be added.

INCOMING SERVER SETTINGS

Server = mail.comcast.net

If the email address is example@comcast.net, the username will be example (the park before the @sign) and the password is your Comcast email password.

Security = SSL

Port = 995

OUTGOING SERVER SETTINGS

Server = smtp.comcast.net

Username is the same as above.

Security = SSL

Port = 587

If for any reason these settings are not working for you, you can always download the Xfinity App and access your email in this fashion.

Also, If anyone notices that these server settings become invalid or are not working for you for this account type or any of the other email accounts for that matter, feel free to email me, and I will find the updated settings and/or do my best to help.Help Me!

Staying Connected While Traveling & Avoiding Roaming Rates

Remember when you would leave your cellphone home (or at least keep it powered off) when you journeyed off to some remote tropical island off the coast of…ahhhh does it even matter?  As long as there’s a steel drum band and an endless supply of exotic frozen drinks with tiny, colorful, paper umbrellas, I’m so there, and I’m gonna go out on a limb here and assume that you would be too.  However, nowadays, I would bet that you would be a tad more reluctant to deal with the separation anxiety that comes along with not staying connected while you are away.  After all, our entire lives are on our mobile devices.  They are our cameras, calendars, personal assistants, calculators, diaries…you get the idea.  Today, choosing the phone that will pretty much be your everything for the next 2 years is almost as important as buying a new car, and people do not want to be separated from it, not even for a week.

It is for this reason, that I am writing this post.  You don’t have to leave it behind…but at what cost.  The last thing you want to come home to is a phone bill that is to the moon an beyond, and this can be a possibility.  There are, however, ways that you can have your cake and eat it too, all for very cheap or practically nothing.  I know this, because I have done it, and you can do it too.   This past October, I spent a week in Aruba, made tons of phone calls, sent and received a bunch of text messages and actively engaged in more forms of social media than you can count on one hand…after all, it’s always fun to post photos from your trip…thus reminding everyone back home that you are in paradise yet they, themselves, must wake up in 5 hours for work, and the only thing that they have to even remotely look forward to is a mug of burned coffee that has been sitting out too long.  Although, I would never…ever do something like that, because I’m a sweetie pie = )

Well, if you are anything like me, you must stay connected at all costs.  Well not literally…because by “at all costs,” i mean at the lowest cost possible.  Read on..

1.  Before you even step foot on the plane or arrive at your destination, the first thing you need to do is go into your phone’s settings and make sure Data Roaming is NOT enabled.  Then you want to make sure that your data (also knows as mobile network) is OFF.  This will disable your devices data connection, which is super important with smartphones.  In fact, it is the Holy Grail of roaming, reason being, if your data happens to be turned on you may have a boatload of apps running in the background, whose sole purpose in life happens to be making you want to drive off a bridge upon the receipt of your next wireless bill.  Data roaming charges are what will cost you the big $$$.  So disable it.  Your phone will still be able to make/receive calls/texts.

I like to take it one step further and…

2.  Also put my phone into Airplane Mode.  This will disable ALL connections.  You will not be able to use the phones call or texting feature in addition to any sort of data.  Essentially at this point, you have an MP3 player/camera/PDA.  “This is no fun!” you say.  Agreed.  Well here is where it gets magical…

3.  WiFi is you new best friend.  While leaving your phone programmed with the settings above, turn your wifi ON and connect to a network.  Most hotels and coffee shops offer free wifi, and in the event that it is not free, the rates will most likely be a lot cheaper than your provider’s roaming rates.  Once you are connected to wifi, you can use as much data as your want without being charged (Just make sure you see the little wifi symbol, which looks something like this and is located towards the top notification bar on your device.

So while you are on that wifi connection, check your email to your heart’s content, and while you’re at it browse as many web pages as it takes until your eyes glaze over.  It won’t matter,because it isn’t going to cost you anything.  Hmmm, but what about calls and texts, you may wonder.  It gets better.  There are apps that you can download that will allow you call and text over wifi  = No Roaming Rates.  YIPPEE!!!

Viber

The app that I use religiously is called Viber.  Learn it, Live it, Love it.  It is oh so Ahhhhhhhhhmazing.  The call quality is actually quite good, although this is dependent on how strong your wifi connection is.  Once you download the app, it will take you through the set up process.  After you log in with your mobile number, you will have the option to make free phone calls and messages  Here’s the catch.  The person that you are communicating with must have this app as well.  As long as this is all set up before you leave on your trip, it should be smooth sailing.

Of course, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you absolutely MUST contact someone and have no way of connecting to wifi, you can always momentarily turn airplane mode off and pay the roaming rates associated with your provider’s per minute/per message amount.  This also holds true for data roaming, and by this I mean turning your data/mobile network on briefly if you need to use it.  After you are done, you can turn the data off again and toggle your device back into airplane mode.  If you foresee yourself needing to use data and there existing the possibility of not being able to connect to WiFi, it would be in your favor to contact your service provider before you leave to inquire about global data packages.  These may be pricey, but it is much better to have it than to deal with pay-as-you-go rates.

There you have it.  The best of both worlds…A complete and utterly serene tropical paradise alongside your means to stay connected to your every day life.  Now, the only question is, what are you going to do with all the $$$ that you DIDN’T spend on roaming rates?

Google Play Store Error Message “The process com.google.process.gapps has stopped”

unfortunately, the process com.google.process.gapps has stopped

Situation:  You pick up your phone and launch the Google Play Store to download an awesome new app, and to your frustration, it force closes before you get the chance to and are left with this little present of an error message (minus all the cool neon aqua accents that I drew in above).  Can it be fixed? Yes.  Can it be fixed without erasing the phone?  Yes again (well most likely).  “How do I do this?” you ask yourself…continue reading…

1.  Go to Settings.

2.  Then Application Manager.

3.  Make sure you are on ALL applications.

4.  Find Download Manager.  They are not all listed alphabetically.  You may have to scroll to the bottom of the app list to find this.

5.  It will probably say disabled.  Click Enable.

  • If you are still having problems after performing this step, go to  Settings > Accounts and Sync > your google account then uncheck “Sync Internet“.
  • You can also go into Settings > Application Manager > All > Play Store > Force Stop > Clear Cache > Clear Data.

Some devices may not say Application Manager, if not look for Apps or Applications.  It may be labeled differently.

If all else fails, a factory reset will fix the issue, but this is a last resort, as this erases all of the data on your phone.