How To Use Physical Keyboard in Android Emulator

I’ve been developing Android and iOS app for the past months using Flutter – Google’s development UI toolkit for designing beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobile and soon web, desktop and perhaps WearOS from a single codebase. – and been using the virtual keyboard on the Android emulator.

I only got the idea to use the physical keyboard of my PC and laptop when I was following a tutorial on Udemy. The lecturer was able to type in the words on the emulator, while I’m typing it on a cumbersome way by using the emulator’s built-in software or the virtual keyboard. Duh!

This was when I experimented on some setting on the emulator if there’s a way to enable the physical keyboard.

And voila! I’ve found the solution I’ve been looking for.

Here’s how to enable the physical keyboard for your Android Emulator:

I’m currently using the latest Android Studio version 3.5 as of this writing.

  • Open Android Virtual Device Manager
  • Click the ‘Pencil icon’ align with the selected Emulator.
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  • A new window will pop up. Select ‘ Show Advanced Settings ’ button.
Android Studio AVD Show Advanced Settings
  • Find ‘Enable Keyboard Input’ and ensure it’s checked. The checkbutton can be found at the most bottom of the screen so you have to scroll the window.

    As the description shows, “Enable keyboard input – Lets you enter text and interact with the AVD using your hardware computer keyboard in addition to the on-screen soft keyboard”. This is exactly what I want to do!
  • Finally, click ‘Finish’ and you’re done!

Let me know if you have another way to enable the physical keyboard for your emulator needs.

 

Huawei Ark OS – The New Operating System of Huawei

Huawei Ark OS, Ark OS, Huawei Ark, Ark, and Huawei Ark Compiler – these are the five brand names that Huawei has requested to register in European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

The EUIPO received the Huawei Technologies Com., Ltd. trade mark application for the names of Huawei’s new operating system on 24 May.

Huawei Ark OS is known as HongMeng , it’s internal and Chinese name. They chose another brand name, Huawei Ark OS, to make it more appealing to their international audience.

Huawei Technologies EUIPO patent application for Huawei Ark OS

On May 20, Google announced that it would partially cut off Huawei devices from its Android operating system but was given 90 days extension or till August 19 by the US White House. 

Huawei Technlogies on the other hand perhaps already know that this scenario might happen and so they made their own, homegrown operating system.

In April 2018, South China Morning Post, has already reported that Huawei is already developing their own operating system for some time, with reports extending back many years.  According to the report, the plan to build a new operating system was initiated by Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, as a backup systems but only for use in “extenuating circumstances”. 

The new Huawei Ark OS is expected to be compatible with mobile phones, computers, tablets, smart TVs, connected cars, smartwatch, smart wearables and others unified into an operating system, compatible with all Android applications and all web applications.

According to a Weibo post, it states that Huawei’s new operating system will run all Android applications, and if they are recompiled to run natively, they may perform up to 60 percent more efficiently.

The Huawei Ark OS is set to be released in the last quarter of 2019 in China whereas the global version of Ark OS may only be available in the first or second quarter of 2020

 

Make Your Wifi More Than 600 Times Faster Using Wifi 6

Do you want to make your wifi speed go fast? As in faster than your current setup? Are you still using the first protocol of Wifi offering 2Mbit/s link speed?

Here’s the good news, yes it can be done!

The answer is Wi-Fi 6.

With Wi-Fi 6  the speed can be push to 1,300Mbit/s. That is more than 600 times faster that the first Wi-fi introduced in 1997. Wi-Fi 6 lab tests has reached up to 10,000 Mbps – 10 Gigabits of data transmitted every second!   If you bought new router yesterday or few minutes ago and the seller told you it’s the fastest in the market, Wi-Fi 6 can still make it 4 to 10 times faster.

Before you nail me on the cross, let me forewarn you that this technology will be available by 2019 and that is just  a couple of months from now. In fact, NetGear and Asus is almost about to release their stealth fighter looking router using Wi-Fi 6 protocol.

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Image: Asus RT-AX88U

Why Wi-Fi 6?

If you are a home user (non-techie), would you know if your router is using 802.11ac or 802.11n protocol? I bet you don’t! I guess 95% of internet users doesn’t care about this terminology. This is the reason why Wi-fi Alliance – the group of worldwide network companies that brings you wifi – came up with a new naming convention.

  • Wi-Fi 6 to identify devices that support 802.11ax technology
  • Wi-Fi 5 to identify devices that support 802.11ac technology
  • Wi-Fi 4 to identify devices that support 802.11n technology

wifi aming convention

Image: Wi-Fi Alliance

Don’t ask me about Wifi 1-3. These are Jurasic technology already. They are as slow as turtle next to hibernate. But if you insist, these are earlier Wi-Fi standards  802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g. These are not being relabeled anymore, since those devices using these jurassic protocols are rarely used these days.

According to Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Alliance is excited to introduce Wi-Fi 6, and present a new naming scheme to help industry and Wi-Fi users easily understand the Wi-Fi generation supported by their device or connection.”

Benefits of Wi-Fi 6

Don’t take my words for these but according to Intel, one of the members of Wi-Fi Alliance and one of the developers of  Wi-Fi 6 certified chips, by the numbers Wi-Fi 6  is expected to:

  • Deliver up to 40 percent higher peak data rates for a single client device
  • Improve average throughput per user by at least four times in dense/congested environments
  • Increase network efficiency by more than four times
  • Extend the battery life of client devices

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Image: Intel

For most of us, it simply means faster NetFlix, better performance in crowded areas such as airports, malls, stadium, and crowded office,  cheaper electricity bill.

Expect to see the new Wi-Fi 6 name on hardware products and inside software menus from 2019.

 

 

 

AghamBayan: A DOST and UP Technology and Innovation Festival – Free Entrance

When I was young, one of my ambitions was to be a scientist or an inventor. In fact, I did a lot of my own inventions or so I thought then. Once, I used a pen as a switch for a lamp in one of my projects in school. I’m a big fan of inventors specially anything that makes our daily tasks easier.

When a friend forwarded a free event dubbed as “AghamBayan: A DOST and UP Technology and Innovation Festival, I get excited to attend the event.

This event is a celebration of technological and innovative contributions of the University of the Philippines, supported by the Department of Science and Technology, that impact the seemingly ordinary challenges of daily living.

Included in the program is  the chance to personally meet the inventors as they showcase and present their scientific works. It’s also a good opportunity to learn from industry leaders and policy makers on technology utilization. This is also the right venue to meet and network with potential partners from the academe, government and industry.

As of posting time, there are still a good number of FREE available seats. Just visit the registration page.

DATE AND TIME

Wed, June 20, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION

Jose Rizal Hall (Meeting Room 1)
Philippine International Convention Center
Vicente Sotto Street
Pasay, NCR

See you all there!

 

Mobile Phone Spy App

A Mobile Phone Spy, bears a certain list of features useful for any wanting spy. People face a lot of thrills and suspense today in their lives. This increases in counting, too. Anywhere you turn crimes happen. Sometimes, banks close down due to deceitful employees. Children disappear and gets lost. More divorces and separation happens in marriages. A lot of these problems can be accounted to secrecy. If only a person can be closely watched and overlooked of what her or she is always doing.

A Mobile Phone Spy should be the answer. It can record call histories, text messages, emails, photos, videos, contacts, memos, events, browser history and more. It can even keep track on your family, children, employees, friends or anyone with just the use of a cellphone tracker. It is the most advance application in phone technology today.

A spy mobile phone allows access to a lot of information stored in a phone. In terms of compatibility, it supports every smartphone. It works best for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry phone. With the easy steps to follow, the software is Continue reading…

 

The Philippines is Asia’s Newest WIFI Hotspot, with Free WIFI for Everyone to Enjoy This Year End

With a whooping annual budget of more than 1 billion pesos, now, Filipinos can enjoy the services of free WIFI for all when they are in their schools, visiting parks, local airports, walking dogs at parks, being at the hospital and other places across the land. Bloomberg’s has said, along their website post, that the main reason was due to a defensive argument by lawmakers on constant slow Internet connection in the country, where speed has been found to be comparable only with Afghanistan in Asia (data results reported by the International Data Corp. or IDC.) And, these guys won. Such wonderful project should be able to cut-down data charges in the Philippines, by end of 2016.

 A Free WIFI for all also means that profits are getting lower for PLDT and Globe Telecom Inc. in the next days to come. What does this mean? Well, such big change in our I.T. industry should also boosts this top tech companies in performance and services, which might add better deals in the market for local consumers to benefit as well as choose from, in the near future. But, on this issue, Monchito Ibrahim, who currently sits as deputy executive director of the Information and Communications Technology Office, today, mentioned, what is important and should be a priority for them is a free WIFI supply to local communities with no internet connection at all, at the moment. These areas would benefit most in terms of clearer communication, faster emails and teaching the value of social media to the lives of the local inhabitants.

Furthermore, the project is expected to endow a suffice connectivity speed of 256 kbps, just right for surfing sites, using Facebook and web 2.0 sites and, also, conveying emails. Another country offering Free WIFI in Asia is Singapore, which is, actually, faster than what is planned in our country, of almost 2 mbps for their own users to enjoy. The same is also proposed in New Delhi, India.

According to Senator Bam Aquino, “What I’m looking for is really a major broadbandplan.” Although PLDT and Globe confirmed a draining of revenues from their clients in therecent years, the two (2) giants didn’t reclined in saying that they would help the governmentmake this dream possible. These companies are, presently, looking into the prospects of the said project.

Sources:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-07/philippines-to-roll-out-nationwide-free-wi-fi-service-by-2016
http://fortune.com/2015/09/08/philippines-free-wifi/
http://www.techspot.com/news/62041-soon-there-free-wi-fi-all-philippines.html
 

Call to undefined function adrotate_ad() – WordPress – Solved

I recently upgraded one of my blogs to the latest WordPress version (WordPress 4.2.2 as of this writing) and it seems everything is running fine on the homepage. However, when I read some post, I’ve found out the Sidebar is missing and some functions which I’ve added at the end of every post are missing too or not uploading.

Then I saw this ” Fatal error: Call to undefined function adrotate_ad() in – …./single.php on line 29″. Seeing the “adrotate_ad” within the line, I tried to deactivate the plugin but the error is still there after I refresh the page.

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I thought Google is my friend. When I searched for this error, most of the result pages and suggestions are pointing to AdRotate Pro (which is not free anymore).

So what is the best solution then?

Easy. Delete the AdRotate plugin. Easy right? Continue reading…

 

Yahoo Mail Not Responding – Solved!

Two days ago, my Yahoo mail is not responding. I can login but I cannot open a single email. I’m planning to switch to a classic theme, since I’m using another one, but nothing is happening whenever I tried to click on any link within the Yahoo mail application.

I even asked my colleague who is using Yahoo mail regularly. He cannot even tell the proper solution for my dilemma. He thought it could be problem within the Yahoo mail server or perhaps even on the browser that I’m using.

And then, after some few minutes thinking on what to do, I’ve found the solution to my problem.

Continue reading…

 

Free Norton Password Manager

I’ve been using Password Manager for almost 8 years already since I started managing more than 30+ email accounts and almost 20 blogs. Managing 20 blogs would mean, I have to remember not only the Admin password but also all the databases and sometimes even different CPanel login pages. Paper and pen doesn’t work for me.

One of my requirements for a password manager is that it  can syncs all my stuff between desktop, web and mobile apps specially on Android.

I’ve been using LastPass to manage my password.  However, the free edition doesn’t have mobile support. Since I’m using my mobile phone more often than my laptop now, I searched for the best FREE password manager that I can use on my Android phone.  My search didn’t take long. Continue reading…

 

Download Your FREE Google Earth Pro and License Here

Yes, it’s FREEEE! Google Earth Pro version which used to cost $399 annually is now FREE!

I’ve been using Google Earth free version for the longest time. We are also using it in our family as an education tool for the kids  specially on their various subjects in school like Social Science and Geography.  We are also using it pretty much when we’re planning for our next vacation to give us information on how the city and terrain looks like. We enjoy using the 360 degrees images so we will know more or less what we will expect when we arrive in our destination. It’s absolutely a must as an education for you and your family.

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If you go to Google Earth Pro sign-up page to download, it still showing the “free trial” URL but believe me, everything in there is free already. In fact,  you will see a bar stating ” Sign up is no longer required for Google Earth Pro”. google-earth-pro-free-sign-up-download Continue reading…