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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.

Backup Assistant Failed To Read Data From Android Contacts Provider – ERROR CODE 10

Backup Assistant Failed To Read Contacts From Android Provider Error Code 10

A desperate google search for the above error message has probably brought you to this page.  Well, I’m happy to have you here, but I wish it was under slightly better circumstances.  Needless to say, pull up a chair and stick around for a bit, because I’m going to show you how to fix it and reset your Backup Assistant account.

First, go to SETTINGS > APPLICATION MANAGER or APPLICATIONS > ALL and locate the apps listed below.
You will only have 2 out of the 3 (sync services and ONE of the other 2).
  • Backup Assistant
  • Backup Assistant Plus
  • Sync Service

Backup Assistant Failed To Read Contacts From Android Provider Error Code 10Backup Assistant Failed To Read Contacts From Android Provider Error Code 10

Next, FORCE STOP the application, CLEAR DATA and CLEAR CACHE.

Now, you will have to create a new backup assistant account.  Go into SETTINGS > ACCOUNTS AND SYNC > BACKUP ASSISTANT.

When you launch it, it will require a code, but you are not trying to restore your contacts, you are trying to backup the ones you already have on your phone.  So, choose “create new account,” and then choose a password (preferably 4 zeros or something you will remember).  Voila! You have simultaneously created a new backup assistant account and brought about world peace…Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating about the world peace part.

“Waiting for Location” Why Isn’t My Navigation Working On My Phone?

I’m not even going to try and act like I have a natural sense of direction, because I don’t.  I would probably get lost going around the block.  I am horrible with directions, and there is no arguing this fact, which is why GPS is a godsend for me.  Fortunately, I no longer have to print out pages upon pages of MapQuest directions and can simply plug my destination into my smartphone and hit “navigate.” The turn-by-turn directions soon follow, thus thwarting the impending panic attack.

This is an ideal situation, as this is how Google Navigation is supposed to work, but what happens if when you hit “Navigate,” all you see on your screen is “Waiting For Location”???  This will happen form time to time, as it did to me this past Tuesday.  I was on my way to a local park where I could bring Kenzie, my Italian Greyhound along with a big blanket and just be lazy and work on my pasty complexion for an hour or two or three… (see photo below)

Waiting for location

Kenzie looks like she’s having a blast right?!  Thankfully for her, the pink bow isn’t real.  I edited it into the photo =  )  Back to the issue at hand…

This minor GPS problem is EXTREMELY ANNOYING.  There are several ways to fix it, and you may need to try either one or all of them.  Here it goes…

  1. Restart your phone.  Sometimes this is all that is needed.  Did this fix it?  If not proceed.
  2. Make sure your location is turned on.  I prefer standalone and google.
  3. Check and see if there is an update available for your Maps application from the Google Play Store.  If so, download it.
  4. Go into Settings > Applications > Maps > Force Stop > Clear Data > Clear Cache (Keep in mind any stored addresses will be deleted)
  5. If it is still not working go to Settings > Applications > Maps > Uninstall Updates then Reinstall the update.

Try using the navigation again, and it SHOULD work.  If not, there’s always MapQuest.

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.