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How to Use Your Smartphone, Smartly
Some tips to get maximum out of you smartphone
Smartphones have been around for years. Yet, there are several users who find it difficult to use the device smartly. Here, we discuss Android-based devices, as these are most popular due to low costs and easy availability.  

How to get 3G data connection all the time?

The majority of the mobile phones have default settings for choosing either GSM or GSM/WCDMA preferred for data connectivity. The difference is when you use GSM network for data connectivity; you will get 2G speed, denoted by ‘E’ (Edge). In case, you are wondering why you are receiving only E when you are paying for 3G speed, the culprit, in most cases, is the selection in data connection/network.
Go to Setting>Data Setting/More Setting>Mobile Networks>
Here, you will find certain settings like enabling data, preferred network type, access point names (apn) and network operators. 
Hope you have the data enabled. If not, then enable it. Next, open the preferred network type. Here, you need to select 3G or WCDMA Only. After selecting, wait for a few seconds. You will see ‘3G’ or ‘H+’ symbol next to your network signal in the status bar. If it is there, only then you will receive 3G data. If not, then you need to check the APN setting. (TIP: for some mobiles, you need to put in a code to change preferred network. For example, pressing *#*#4636#*#* in Yureka gives you the option to choose preferred network and check other parameters. But use or change this settings at your own risk.)
Every mobile operator has different APN settings for 3G and 2G networks. Check the 3G APN settings for your operator over the Internet. Make sure the fields of proxy, port, username and password are left blank. Save it and you should now get the desired 3G network.

How to improve performance?

One of the issues with Android devices is low RAM, internal memory and fast draining of battery. Unfortunately, you cannot replace the RAM, internal memory or add a more power battery. So here are some tips that would give more power to your Android device.
1. Move apps to SD card: If your device is low on internal memory, moving apps to SD card helps in giving more space. Go to Settings>App Manager. Here, you can check which app is occupying more space. Open the app. Here, you will find the option to move the app to SD card. If it is there, then do it. If it is not there, the device-maker has not provided this feature and you have to use other app and see if you can do this.
2. Improve performance: For this, you need to enable the Developer Options. Go to Settings>About Device. Here you will find the 'Build number' of the Android. Touch it for seven times, and voila! You have the developer options enabled. To improve performance, try reducing the window, transition and animator animation scales to minimum. If allowed, use GPU for screen compositing and force GPU rendering. In addition, in the Apps setting, select the Do Not Keep activities. This will kill the apps as soon as you stop using it.
If search is allowed in your device under settings, type performance. Under System>Processor, set the minimum and maximum frequency. Importantly, set the CPU governor setting to ‘OnDemand’. Select set on boot and reboot your device. This not only helps saving battery, but also keeps the device cool.

How to protect your device

The best way to keep your mobile handset safe and secure is the use a full pouch. This not only protects the device from unwarranted scratches, but also provides a cushion in case of accidental fall.




2 years ago

Really useful article. Most of the stuff was new to me. Thanks to the author and moneylife.

Shashibhushan Gokhale

2 years ago

Good collection of tips. Thanks moneylife and the writer for the article.

Dissident AAP leaders Bhushan, Yadav expelled from party
It was the end of the road for Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) founder-leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, with the party expelling them for “anti-party activities”.
Besides, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar were also removed from the party. 
The development came late on Monday night following separate replies of Bhushan and Yadav, to the show-cause notice for organising an anti-party meet in Gurgaon last week.
The National Disciplinary Committee met on April 20, 2015 at 6 pm at 514, VP House to decide on the complaints against Yadav, Bhushan, Kumar and Jha.
On the request of the respondents, the committee had earlier extended the deadline for submitting their explanations by one day, that is, to 3 pm on April 20, 2015. 
However, the committee received the responses of Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar while Jha failed to furnish his response within the prescribed time.
The committee carefully considered responses furnished by Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar and found them unsatisfactory.
The committee reached the unanimous conclusion that Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar had indulged in gross indiscipline and anti-party activities. They have violated the Code of Conduct detailed in Article VI A (a) of Party's Constitution.
The committee was of the view that Jha had failed to furnish his response in a stipulated time despite sufficient time at his disposal. 
After examining the evidence put before it, the committee was of the unanimous view that Jha was also guilty of gross indiscipline and indulging in anti-party activities.
The committee, therefore, has decided to expel all the four members from the party.
Earlier, Bhushan and Yadav described the party's show cause notice as a "pre-scripted drama where the outcome is already decided and well-known".
Bhushan accused AAP's general secretary Pankaj Gupta of accepting Rs.2 crore donation from shell companies and Ashish Khetan of writing a planted story in a national magazine defending a telecom company, allegedly involved in 2G spectrum scam.
He reiterated that the AAP's actions were reminiscent of Stalinist purges, where in the early years after the Soviet Revolution Stalin's acolytes were both the accusers and judges of the dissidents both in the party and the government.
"I received your 'Show Cause Notice' around midnight on April 17. Frankly, I have been in a dilemma on whether to respond to this communication. On the one hand it appears part of a pre-scripted drama where the outcome is already decided and well-known," Yadav said in his lengthy reply, indicating that he would be ousted from the party.


Former Odisha chief minister JB Patnaik dead
Three-time Odisha chief minister and former Assam governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, said family sources.

Patnaik, 89, passed away at a private hospital at 3 a.m. 
Patnaik had arrived at Tirupati on Monday to attend the convocation of Tirupati Rashtriya Sanskruta University as the chief guest. 
Patnaik was the university's chancellor. 
Later, he was admitted in a hospital after he complained of severe chest pain, said Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, the former chief minister's son-in-law. 
Patnaik, a veteran Congress leader, is survived by his wife Jayanti Patnaik, son Pruthvi Ballav Patnaik and two daughters -- Sudatta Patnaik and Supriya Patnaik. 
The mortal remains of the late leader will be flown to Bhubaneswar by a special flight in the afternoon for cremation at Swargadwara in Puri. 
Patnaik had returned to Odisha in December last year after serving as governor of Assam.
He was born at Rameswar village in Khordha district on January 3, 1927. 
He was the chief minister of Odisha for two terms - from 1980 to 1989 and from 1995 to 1999 and from He was also the leader of opposition in Odisha assembly from 2004 to 2009.
The veteran Congress leader was also an eminent litterateur and journalist and has written several books. 
As a mark of respect, the Odisha government on Tuesday announced a state holiday and a seven-day state mourning. 
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Governor S.C. Jamir, several ministers and many political leaders expressed their condolence. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled Patnaik's death, saying the latter would be remembered as a "pillar of Odisha politics".
"Shri J.B. Patnaik's contribution to Odisha's development will always be remembered. Saddened on his demise. Condolences to his family," Modi said in a statement.
"Shri Patnaik will be remembered as a pillar of Odisha politics, a popular leader always connected with people's views and aspirations," the prime minister added.



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