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Stop Facebook Movie Auto Play

Stop Facebook Movie Auto Play

If you are like me then you are fabulous, smart, funny…..oh wait, sorry got a little carried away there for a second.  Okay, back to the task at hand.

As I was saying, If you are like me then when videos on your  news feed start automatically playing as you scroll, then you probably get slightly annoyed.  Not only is this beyond irritating, but if you happen to NOT be on a WiFi network, this will eat into your monthly data allotment.  Not cool.

There is a simple fix to this in the Facebook settings menu.  Locate “Video Auto Play” and select it.  You will then be prompted whether you want to completely disable it or allow only over WiFi.

#WINNING

facebook settings mobile menufacebook disable autoplay

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Samsung Emergency Mode

Emergency Call

::Attention Samsung Galaxy Users:: (S5 through current lineup)

Can your cellphone save your life?  You bet it can!  In more ways than you actually realize…

There’s a special feature that most of y’all may not even know exist, and that is EMERGENCY MODE.

You can enable Emergency mode by long-pressing the power button and then choosing “Emergency Mode” or also by going to SETTINGS > SAFETY ASSISTANCE.  When you enable this mode, you will need to include an emergency contact, and this person will be alerted in the event you find yourself in an actual emergency – knock on wood that you don’t, but hey things happen right?

When you activate this feature by tapping your power button three times in a row, you will send an emergency message to your specified contact.  You will also have the option to send pictures and voice recordings to them as well.

Emergency Mode

Features of Emergency mode are:

  • Torch: Use device as a flashlight
  • Phone: Make calls
  • Internet: Use browser
  • Emergency Alarm: Sound an alarm
  • Share My Location: Explained in the above paragraphs

If you find yourself stuck in this mode and need to disable it, you can press and hold down the power key on your device and then tap “Emergency mode.”

 

Google Now Can Remember Where You Parked Your Car

Google Now can help you find your parked car

If you are like me, you probably have lost your car on more than one occassion in a mall parking lot.  From experience, I can tell you that this is not fun at all.  Let’s throw in some rain and/or snow to the mix, and it’s even more miserable.  Admit it, you dread the systematic approach of walking down each and every isle until you find it.  Can you believe, I’ve even resorted to calling someone to drive me around the parking lot in its pursuit?  Truth.  Well, Google Now can be your parking savior.  I bet the person I called to help me find my car probably wishes I knew about this sooner. Oh well, you live and learn.

A few steps before trying it:

1. Make sure you have the latest version.  This feature will require (at least) Google Search Version 3.4.  If you are not sure how to find out which version you have, all you have to do is open the Google Search app and find the menu button, select “Help and feedback,” then look at the numbers listed.

2. You need to tell the app that you drive.  The Google Now cards will only show if the app thinks that you drive.  There is one way to make sure that it does.  To do so, when launching the Google Search app, you can tap the customize button (looks like a magic wand) and pick the option “Everything Else.”  Then you must click on,” How do you usually get around?”  You should select “Driving.”

3.   Begin Driving.  Google will use the device’s GPS  (so your location must be turned on in order for this feature to work) and accelerometer sensors to distinguish driving from other types of movement.  Shortly after parking your vehicle, a Google Now card should display with a map showing your approximate location.  When the card appears, you can expand the map by clicking on it. If you happen to accidentally swipe the card away, you will have a few moments to get it back by pressing the undo button, so you better act fast!  Also, Google will not keep track of your location overnight (yet).

Locations may not be exact, which is why this is not a replacement for your brain.  When possible, try to pay an inkling of attention, but then again who am I to talk = )  I’m actually writing this post right now while wandering aimlessly trying to find my car… jk.

 

You can download the latest version from the Google Play Store or find the APK here .

 

FoxFi Tethering App Stopped Working After Android 4.3 Update

FoxFi Troubleshooting

After updating my Galaxy Note 2…

I know what you’re thinking…

“Damn! She writes a tech blog and is STILL rockin’ the Note 2! Aren’t they on the 3 already, and the 4 is but a shiny sparkle in Phablet lovers’ eyes everywhere?!”

Why, yes…yes I am still PROUDLY using it.  It’s still pretty damn awesome minus the need for a new screen protector and a missing S-Pen, which is the result of one too many Jaeger Bombs a couple of months back.

Anyways, I am getting sidetracked here.  The point of this post is that not too long ago, I upgraded my software to the latest 4.3 version, and my FoxFi tethering app stopped working.  I got some error message about needing to contact my provider to subscribe to this feature.

I do not have AT&T, but I found this image online of someone who apparently had the same problem, and my sick humor finds it absolutely hilarious.  If you are a returning reader, then you probably will too.  It definitely looks like something I would do.

Well, apparently in the latest OS patch, my tethering had been blocked.  My heart literally sank when I tried to connect to my FREE mobile hotspot.  I mean, what the heck is the point of still being a guest at the Unlimited Data party extravaganza and not being able to tether to your heart’s content.  You would have thought my dog died or something judging by my reaction, and rightfully so.

So, what did I do when this happened – I trolled the internet for someone like me who writes posts on how to fix these sorts of things.  Just like you are doing now reading this, I sat there for 20 minutes clicking links on a search to make this  ::insert expletive here::  then  ::insert compound supporting expletive here::  work again.

Here’s the fix for it.  Note, it may involve a couple different steps.

1. Make sure you update FoxFi to the latest version.  You can do this from the Google Play Store.  If you uninstall the app and reinstall it, this also accomplishes the same task, because it will automatically update to the latest version.

2.  Launch the app and check the box to activate WiFi hotspot.

FoxFi Troubleshooting

3. You will need to install a certificate in order to use the app.

FoxFi Troubleshooting 4. You can name it whatever you want.  As you can see from the image below, I was not very original.

FoxFi Troubleshooting

5. Then, you will have to check the box next to “I trust this application.”  If you’re working through trust issues presently, you may have a little trouble with this step.  Just book an extra therapy session this week and you’ll be fine.  Trust me – no pun intended.

FoxFi Troubleshooting6. You will then get a message telling you to beware that after the next update to Android KitKat 4.4, you may be…how can I put this nicely…S.O.L.  So, you may want to ignore any future software update notifications.  This is not fact, but just a disclaimer from the developers, as they do not accept any responsibility for this and give subscribers a fair warning.

FoxFi Troubleshooting

 

P.S. You will be required to password protect your phone either by pattern or pin in order for this app to work.

Little Things . . .

It's the Little Android Things

My disclaimer for this post is the following:

You will not gain any sort of substantial knowledge from continuing to read this.  I repeat, you will not learn anything.  In fact, you may actually find that you just wasted about 30 seconds of your life.  If you’re ok with this then read on, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

So, after reading the title of this post, you can probably guess it doesn’t take much to amuse me.  Let’s say, if I had just discovered the secret to world peace in one hand and a teeny tiny turquoise paperclip strewn with coral-colored polka dots in the other, I’d probably think to myself, “How in the world did they get those tiny polka dots on there!?  That’s so cool!”  Yup, the little thing will win nearly every time.  That being said…

In your Samsung Galaxy [insert recent device name here], follow this pathing:

Settings > About Phone > Then this is where the magic happens folks!

About Phone Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Once you are on the “About Phone” screen tap 3 times on “Android Version.”  A screen will pop displaying the image of your device’s Android dessert-themed OS.

Can you guess mine?

Android Jelly Bean

You would think that once figuring this out, I’d do it once, maaaaybe twice and then stop. We can pretend this is how it went down and call it a day.  How awesomely cute is this!?!  I mean who randomly goes through their phone screens tapping things multiple times to see what happens?  ::Raises Hand:: This girl.  Actually, I have a pretty good explanation, because I was trying to help someone who posted a developer options menu question on here, and this kinda just happened.  I’m not gonna lie, I was ecstatic when it did though.

I can’t help but wonder, does this occur on other manufacturer’s devices (HTC, Motorola, etc)?  I’d be curious to know.  Please comment below if you are equally as intrigued by the “little things” and don’t mind wasting a micronic* moment of your existence.  Thanks!

* I just now invented this word.

micronic |ˈmīˌkrän,ik|

adjective

a word used to describe something very small.  A unit of measurement.

ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Greek mikron, neuter of mikros ‘small.’

Assistive Touch for Android

floating touch

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been quite a while since my last post guys, but I have been crazy busy with some absolutely enormous changes regarding my professional life.  So, it feels beyond awesome right about now to finally find a moment to sit here and type this.  With that being said, the highlight of my epic (sarcasm) weekend was finding an app whilst browsing the Google Play Store called, “Floating Touch.”

“What is floating touch?”  Well, I thought you’d never ask.  The app is basically the equivalent of the iPhone’s “assistive touch” functionality, only a lot cooler, because it’s completely customizable.  For starters, you can place the button practically anywhere on your screen and also make the expandable menu a variety of colors…whatever suits your fancy.

Here is what mine currently looks like…

floating touch android

floating touch menu android

Basically, when you want to expand the menu, all you have to do is tap the virtual button.   I will admit, until you get used to it, it can be slightly annoying, because it happens to find itself in the wrong spot on your screen occasionally.  For example, when you go to hit send for an email, you actually hit the floating touch button, forgetting that it’s there, but a quick flick of the button to a different area of your screen solves this problem.

You can also customize what options you want to appear in your menu as well.  All customizations are done by launching the actual application, and it’s extremely simple to use.  Well, I’ll let you all try it out for yourselves.  You have nothing to lose, because there’s a free and paid version.  Personally, I’m happy with the free one, and that is what I am using at the moment.  Ladies and gentlemen, I leave you with this…Happy Touching!  Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best way to word it, but you get the idea.

P.S.  Not to change topics, but I have the Verizon Corporate Classic 5K run coming up this Thursday, and guess what new toy I’m Super-Dee-Duper excited to try out…THESE bad boys!  I will have a complete review on them coming shortly.  Stay Tuned!

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How To Enable Hidden Developer Options on Samsung Galaxy S4

Hidden Developer Options Samsung Galaxy S4

While browsing around your new phone, you may have noticed something missing from your shiny, new S4 – the Developer Options Menu.  So if you find yourself saying “Where art thou?” then this post is for you – yes you.

Only modders will find this vanishing act clear as day, while the rest will know something is not quite right when they try to connect their S4 to their computers only to find it “just charging.”  Don’t fret.  It’s there hidden behind a hokey pokey scavenger hunt of sorts.

So why the vanishing act?  Well, Google removed this easy access option, so that the technologically challenged would not mess up their phones.  That is either A. Annoying or B. Genius.  You pick.

So, how can you get it back?  Well, keep reading…

To unlock the Developer Options menu go into SETTINGS > ABOUT DEVICE and Scroll down to BUILD NUMBER.

Now tap on “BUILD NUMBER” 5 TIMES.  You will see a notification pop up saying, “Developer Mode Has Been Enabled.”

Hidden Developer Options Samsung Galaxy S4

Hidden Developer Options Samsung Galaxy S4

Hidden Developer Options Samsung Galaxy S4

If you have made it this far, congratulations!  You’re a developer!  Gold Star for you = )  Don’t get too excited now.

Now, back out of the ABOUT DEVICE menu and you will see DEVELOPER OPTIONS where it should be.  So, you can now turn on USB debugging mode and whatever else you may need. (Note: If you are trying to connect your phone to your computer you will need to enable USB Debugging and Stay Awake).

Hidden Developer Options Samsung Galaxy S4

There you have it.  By the way, the first time I did this, I thought it was so incredibly awesome that I just wanted to get my hands on about 20 different GS4’s so I could do it 20 different times.