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Download Android App APKs From Google Play Store To Your Desktop

Back in February 2012, we reviewed a Google Chrome extension that lets you download APK files of Android apps from Google Play directly to your PC, to be able to manually sideload them to your device. This method helps you grab any app that you are otherwise having problems installing to your device due to regional restrictions. Though that extension required some tinkering after Chrome’s latest updates, and stopped working for some altogether. Today, we’re bringing you a Windows app called Real APK Leecher that provides a more convenient way to download Android applications to your PC by similarly using your Google account associated with your device.
To get started, you first need to find your Device ID. Simply enter *#*#8255#*#* into your phone dialer, you’ll be shown your device ID (as ‘aid’) in GTalk Service Monitor. As another option, you can also use an Android app called Device ID that quickly reveals the ID to you without any extra jargon.

Real APK Leecher is a portable app tha…

How To Set Windows To Automatically Wake Up From Sleep

Like many other operating systems, Windows also offers a useful sleep mode to save power during system inactivity. Once in sleep mode, you can easily wake the device up by moving the mouse or pressing any key on the keyboard. It’s also possible to remotely wake up the computer from another PC connected to the same network by sending the wake signal. Though what if you want to wake your Windows 7 or Windows 8 machine at some specified time, perhaps to automatically launch an early morning exercise video, or trigger a wake-up alarm? You can easily do that by using Windows’ native Task Scheduler utility. In what follows, we will guide you through the steps involved in setting up the automatic wake up task on Windows.
First of all, you need to open the Task Scheduler window. Head to the Start Screen and type ‘schedule task’ (without the quotations), select Settings and then click Schedule tasks from the left. If you’re on Windows 7 or previous Windows versions, you can open the Task Schedu…

Charming Reddit Is A Windows 8 Reddit Client Focused On Images

Reddit is among the most popular websites on the internet right now. It provides users with a platform to share social news and entertainment content in the form of a link, text or an image. Other users of the service can then express their opinion by voting it up or down, and leaving comments. Because of its huge community, it offers a great way to discover new and interesting information, and have a discussion on it with other people having similar interests but vastly varying opinions. Previously, we have covered some great Windows 8 apps such as ReddHub and Snoo that allow you to browse the content posted on reddit. Charming Reddit is another reddit client for Windows 8, but one that focuses on providing a better way to view images shared on the network.
By default, the app is set to open the /r/pics/ subreddit. The interface looks a lot like that of a gallery app. The thumbnail of every image posted there is displayed, along with the description, total number of up votes and down …

How to Continuously Monitor your Internet Connection

The internet connection has been flaky for the past few days. It works fine for 10-15 minutes, breaks for about a minute and the connection is then automatically restored. This erratic on/off cycle repeats itself throughout the day.
It is most likely an ISP issue as the modem, the router, the DNS server, and the network connections seem perfect. Even power cycling the hardware failed to fix the problem.
While the ISP resolves the issue, I have to continuously monitor the Internet connection as certain actions – like submitting web forms – would fail if initiated while the computer is offline. Luckily, there isn’t a need to download another utility as the included ping command can itself help monitor the downtime.

Ping to Monitor your Internet Connection
Go to Start -> Run and type “ping -t 8.8.8.8″ without the quotes. The “-t” switch is important as it means that the ping command will run forever unless stopped manually by hitting Ctrl + C. (8.8.8.8 is Google’s DNS Server)
The output …

Four short links: 21 January 2013

School District Builds Own SoftwareBy taking a not-for-profit approach and using freely available open-source tools, Saanich officials expect to develop openStudent for under $5 million, with yearly maintenance pegged at less than $1 million. In contrast, the B.C. government says it spent $97 million over the past 10 years on the B.C. enterprise Student Information System — also known as BCeSIS — a provincewide system already slated for replacement.
Giving a Presentation From an Apple ][A co-worker used an iPad to give a presentation. I thought: why take a machine as powerful as an early Cray to do something as low-overhead as display slides? Why not use something with much less computing power? From this asoft_presenter was born. The code is a series of C programs that read text files and generate a large Applesoft BASIC program that actually presents the slides. (via Jim Stogdill)
AirBnB TechTalks — impressive collection of interesting talks, part of the AirBnB techtalks series.

Dominder : Your Online Domain Management Tool

Those who are working online from last few years, I’m sure you must be having more than 2 domains. In the last 4 years, I have purchased almost 50+ domains, and hardly 15 of them are live. I used to use different domain registration services to buy domains, until I started ShoutMydomain. One big problem which I used to face earlier with so many domain is domain management. I had domains on Namecheap, Godaddy, and [...]
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Do you always need real devices to test Android apps in the cloud? TestObject thinks not

Android’s fragmentation woes may be fading, but they’re not gone yet. The fact that apps can run inconsistently across different Android devices has helped spawn a mini-industry in its own right, with companies such as TestDroid, AppThwack, DeviceAnywhere and TestCloud all offering app testing ‘in the cloud’, and outfits such as uTest effectively crowdsourcing app testing.
However, these services all have something in common: they test the apps on real devices. And they rightly advertise the fact, because they want to demonstrate the superiority of that method over the standard emulator found in the Android SDK. But the question is, is this approach always necessary?
TestObject, a German startup that this morning announced €1.1 million ($1.47 million) in funding from the Investitionsbank Berlin and S&S Media, would say not. The outfit is planning to use that cash partly to build up a bank of real devices later this year, but in the meantime it’s approaching the task differently.
“At …