Monthly Archives: May 2013

How To Turn YouTube Videos Into MP3’s For Free

How to turn youtube videos into mp3 for free

Don’t worry, I’m alive guys!  I know it’s been a while since my last post, but this week has been pretty hectic with the holiday weekend and all.  Although I did not make it down to Atlantic City as was expected, I did thoroughly enjoy my weekend off which consisted of some greatly needed relaxation “me” time.  This so called “me” time may or may not have consisted of a couple of Coronas as well as some booty shaking down Bar A in Belmar.

Anyways, as I sit here in bed super stoked to be posting for the first time in a couple of days, I am pretty convinced I may suffer a bout of heat exhaustion over the course of the next few hours.  I never got a chance to put my air conditioner in the window, and it is 90 degrees right now.

Back to the topic at hand…

How many times have you watched a YouTube video of a song or dance mix and have said to yourself, “Damn that song is hot. I want it!”??  Sure, you can search for a free MP3 of the song and successfully find it to download online, but good luck finding that specific YouTube mix of it…until now that is.  This is actually something I very recently discovered, and my discovery of it can only be described by the emotion that this video portrays.  Note:  I would be playing the part of the girl in the white dress.

The website URL is youtube-mp3.org

How to turn youtube videos into mp3 for free

  1. You need to PASTE the URL of the video you want to convert into the text field.  If you are performing this from your phone, it will be a lot easier to use the browser version of YouTube instead of the app, so that you can copy the URL.
  2. Next, click CONVERT VIDEO.

How to Turn YouTube Video into Mp3 for free

3.  After the video is converted, click DOWNLOAD.  Again, if you are doing this from your phone, an audio file of the track will be downloaded into your music library.

And…You’re Welcome.  I take no responsibility for all of the illegal downloading that may ensue from this tip.  I am merely a conduit for the dissemination of information.  I will, however, be accepting gift certificates to Olive Garden and/or TJMaxx in exchange for all of the $$ you will be saving by not paying for music. Please and Thank You j/k = )

 

Advertisements

How To Factory Reset Windows Phone 8X By HTC

No fluff today folks…just a cut and dry “factory reset” post for all of those Windows phone people out there.  This may be a snoozer.  My apologies, but it’s been a rather long and arduous day.

PREFERRED METHOD

  1. From the START screen, swipe left to display the APPLICATIONS list OR from the start screen, you can also select the RIGHT ARROW (located in the lower right hand corner).
  2. Choose SETTINGS.
  3. Choose ABOUT.
  4. Select RESET YOUR PHONE.
  5. Select YES and allow about 1 minute for the phone to finish erasing itself.
  6. Go through with the initial activation and setup once completed.

If you are unable to get to the above settings on the phone then continue reading.

ALTERNATE METHOD

Factory Reset Windows Phone 8X by HTC

photo from GSMarena.com

  1. Make sure that the device is POWERED OFF.  If need be, press and hold the power button, and then drag the window to the bottom of the display to power off. Once the “goodbye” message appears, allow up to 15 seconds for the device to completely power off.
  2. Press the POWER button to turn the device back on.
  3. Press and hold the VOLUME DOWN key.
  4. When an EXCLAMATION MARK (!) appears on the display, press the following keys in the following order:
  • (1) VOLUME UP
  • (2) VOLUME DOWN
  • (3) POWER
  • (4) VOLUME DOWN

The device will now start the reset process.  Please allow a couple of minutes for it to complete.

 

 

Help! Why is my Samsung Galaxy S3 Talking To Me!?!

Why is my Galaxy s3 talking to me?

First thing’s first…if my phone addressed me in the way depicted in the picture above, I would let it talk to me as much as it wanted to.  However, this is probably not the case.  My guess is that you are here, because you are probably being driven nuts trying to find a way to stop that little bugger from telling you every time you have “ONE NEW EMAIL!”

The first time I experienced this was after a rather loooooooooong night in AC.  Long story short, my phone found its way into one of the many of Harrah’s porcelain thrones that evening.  Don’t judge me.  Seriously, you think you are annoyed now!  Try having your phone talk to you non-stop after one too many Jager Bombs.  Now multiply that by 50, add in a nominal amount sleep, and while you’re at it let’s have an easter egg hunt for Advil LiquiGels when you can hardly think straight.

::FLASHBACK:: Ahhhh the room is spinning!  One foot on the floor.  You can do this.  You’re not a rookie.  Hmmm…I’ll just deal with the mindless annoyance for now.  Yup, this is how it happened.  No shame folks.

Fast forward 1 hour and 45 minutes later…

STOP!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!! PLEASE!! MY HEAD IS THROBBING! WHERE AM I?  WHAT DID I DO LAST NIGHT?  WHY IS MY PHONE TALKING TO ME?  WHY ARE MY LIQUID INDICATORS RED?  OOOOooooo That’s why.  I remember now.  Well, I hope I used hand sanitizer.

Well, at first I thought my phone’s new found speech capabilities were just a side effect of the water damage.  Not so.  That little guy held up like a submarine.  You can imagine my relief when I realized it was just a setting that I turned on accidentally in my drunken stupor.

So, your phone is talking to you because:

  1. You have DRIVING MODE turned ON     OR     2.  You have TALKBACK ENABLED

In the event that DRIVING MODE is on, you will need to swipe your notification bar down and scroll from right to left to find driving mode.  Make sure it is not highlighted in green.  See photos below.

BAD

BAD

GOOD

GOOD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If TALKBACK (for the visually impaired) is enabled, you will have to go to SETTINGS > ACCESSIBILITY > TALKBACK > OFF

My Galaxy s3 is talking to me My Galaxy s3 is talking to me My Galaxy s3 is talking to me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and…SILENCE! FINALLY!  Just think, you didn’t even have to deal with this in a drunken and/or hungover state.  Doesn’t that make you feel so much better?

Now if only I could get back all of my dignity and self respect that I lost that night.  Who am I kidding?!  As I sit here typing this, I’m looking up comp rooms at Borgata for this Memorial Day weekend.  Oh, and by the way, I did eventually find some Advil.   = )

Technical Support Flow Chart (Funny)

I found this photo online on  xkcd.com and absolutely had to share it!  Yep, this pretty much sums up the majority of my day…

Tech Support Flow Chart (Funny)

So umm yea…sometimes when us “experts” look like we are busy at work solving your CATASTROPHIC technical problems we are either:

  1. Surfing the web
  2. Placing last minute bids on ebay
  3. Following this flow chart, which includes both pressing random buttons until we figure out a smart sounding way to explain whats “wrong” with your device, whilst hoping that you will not question it and/or googling how to fix it, thus resulting in us looking like the “experts” that we “are”.

::Pats self on back:: It’s all in a day’s work.

Android Universal Search Application for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 2

vtap universal search

A few days ago, I was assisting someone who was set on returning their newly purchased Samsung Galaxy S3, because despite all of its bells and whistles, still managed to lack one feature in particular – a universal search function.  This happened to be a deal breaker for him, so he was ready to pay a restocking fee and reactivate his prehistoric blackberry back onto his phone number.  Apparently dealing with its slower than slow browser capabilities were more than worth it if he was able to search his entire phone contents with a couple clicks of his qwerty keyboard.  For some reason, this didn’t sit well with me.  I mean to each their own, but his new phone was light years ahead of what he was about to go back to.  It’s like he had a Maserati for a day, but was about to turn the keys in and pull out of the lot with his Ford Tempo that he traded in only a day earlier.

I was not about to let the sheer awesomeness of this device slip through this guy’s hands, all because of one measly little universal search function.  No.  Not happening on my watch.

When the S3 came out, it actually did have this function built into the operating system, but because of Apple’s lawsuit regarding infringement Samsung removed this ability from the phone, essentially “dumbing down” its flagship device.  Don’t even get me started with this, cause I would like to keep this post to a relatively easy read.  That being said…

I had about 2 minutes while I was processing the return, to save this guy from making a huge mistake.  Thank you 4GLTE, because within no time I was able to search the Google Play store and find  and download Vtap by Veveo onto my own phone to test it out.  It’s a 3rd party universal search function, and within seconds I was hooked, and I was sure the guy standing across from me would be too as soon as I showed him this needle in a haystack.  Seriously, I felt like Christopher Columbus, except for the fact that Vtap isn’t exactly America.  After the initial setup it worked flawlessly!  I was able to find contacts, apps, music, text messages, emails, utilities and other essential things on my phone quickly and easily.  For a full description of what the app is capable of, click on the link above, which will take you to Google Play Store.

As if this awesome app isn’t enough…wait for it…

vtap universal search by veveo

After, you download the application, you can go into your widgets and you now have a Vtap universal search widget that you can put on one of your customizable screens.  It’s the little things that make me happy.  I swear.

Long story short, remember the gentlemen I was talking about earlier, well after I showed him Vtap, he kept the Maserati = )

Turn Your Phone Into a Free WiFi Tethering Hotspot With FoxFi (No Root)

FoxFi WiFi Tether (No Root)

UPDATE: If you have already been using FoxFi/PDANet+, and it stopped working after you upgraded your phone, please click here.

Ready…Set…Take #2 (This is my 2nd time around writing this post, because I fell asleep in the middle of writing it the first time and for some reason it never autosaved) Can you say FRUSTRATING!?!  Anyway, I’m hoping I can do my original justice, so here goes nothing.

For a small endangered species of smartphone users (those with unlimited data), coming across a free wi-fi tethering app that actually works is like finding the Holy Grail of smartphone apps.  To top it off, it’s even more exciting when you don’t have to root your phone to use it.  If you have no idea what the word “root” refers to, you can either A. click the little grey link above to find out or B.  Ignore it, and keep reading on, because it’s probably something you would not be interested in doing anyway.  I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say you’re going with option B.

Personally, I have searched high and low for a reliable tethering app, and the one that I keep coming back to is FoxFi.  No, I am not being paid to promote this application in any way by its developers in case you are wondering.  I like it so much, I paid for the premium version.  Here are some advantages of FoxFi, as taken from the developer’s site:

  • No rooting required, avoid hassle and risk of bricking
  • No need to install anything on the computer
  • Supports connection from any tablets including iPad, Kindle, Nook etc.
  • Supports connection from PS3, XBox, WII etc.
  • Supports multiple connections at the same time
  • Secured with WPA2. Avoids the security risk of enabling USB debugging.

FoxFi usage is covered under the same phone data plan you have and no tethering plan is actually needed.  So you can see why the unlimited data feature coupled with this app make for a grand old-time.  Currently WiFi mode may not support some phone models, and the developers are working to expand the supported list. However Bluetooth/USB mode will work for all phones. To check and see if WiFi mode can be supported on your phone visit http://foxfi.com/devices.

The app is completely free, but currently it has a usage limit that requires you to restart FoxFi to continue using free mode. I found this annoying and well worth the $7.95 that the full version costs, which has no usage limits.  You can also rename your network to something really uncool like “iheartJustinBieber4Ever” (I just threw up a tad in my mouth typing that) and then go on to create a security password to keep your pesky neighbors from hijacking your data connection.  Everyone has neighbors that get their electric, water, and cable turned off on a regular basis right?  No? Then again, maybe that’s just me.

Please note that some model phones running Jelly Bean have locked-down the WiFi hotspot feature, and because of this FoxFi will ask you to install a user certificate on those phones. The side effect is that the Android system will require you to set a screen lock first (and only allows Pattern, PIN or Password) when you install any user certificates. If you are 100% opposed to having to have a sreen lock on your phone, then use the app in USB mode.  To undo the screen lock you have to remove the FoxFi certificate first (simply click “clear credentials” in security settings).  Also, on HTC phones, you may require to use the app via bluetooth.

In case you are wondering, yes this app currently works for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2.  I’m actually using it right now to write this blog post, because maybe just maybe, I’m speaking from personal experience when I talk about those “neighbors” who periodically get their utilities turned off.  Don’t judge me.

 

How To Fix The Blackberry Error Message “Unable to Connect to the Selected Mobile Data Service, Please Try Again Later”

"Unable to connect to the selected Mobile Data Service, please try again later” appears on a BlackBerry smartphone that is no longer associated with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server

If you’re trying to use your browser on your blackberry device and seeing this little gem of an error message above, rest assured it can be fixed in about 1 minute.  This error message will happen on a blackberry that was once connected to an enterprise server in the past, but is no longer.  This is caused by the Desktop [BrowserConfig] service books still being present on the device.  If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it, and just follow the steps below to get your browser up and running in no time.

  1. Click on OPTIONS from the main screen.
  2. Select ADVANCED OPTIONS.
  3. Click on SERVICE BOOKS.
  4. Highlight the first Desktop [*] service book in the list.  You will probably need to scroll down the list.
  5. Press the MENU (blackberry) key, and click DELETE.
  6. Perform step 4 and 5 for ALL of the remaining desktop service books.  Just scroll down the list and do one at a time until you get to the last one.

Now, your browser will be working again, and you can revel in its super speedy capabilities (sarcasm).