Uninstall and Reinstall Default Google Apps..Like a Boss !

Have you ever come across an error stating that there is insufficient storage available on your Android device such as a Samsung Galaxy smartphone when you try to update your stock apps (pre-installed Google apps such as Google Maps or Chrome Browser) from Google Play Store even though there is free space of over 500 MB in Internal Storage? Fear not because I certainly have and there is a solution for this.

First, try resolving the issue using the steps given in this link : Resolve app installation errors in Google Play Store

If the problem persists, perform the following procedure:

  1. Tap on Google Play Store
  2. On the Menu (on top-left corner), tap on “My Apps”.
  3. Tap on the Google app (eg. Google Maps) that does not get updated due to the insufficient storage error.
  4. Tap on Uninstall. A pop-up message will get displayed for confirmation. Tap on “OK”.
  5. Once the app has been uninstalled, tap on “Install”.

After following the steps mentioned above, you should see that the latest version of the pre-installed app getting installed without error message getting popped up.

Hope this helps.

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Let’s Get Your iTunes Library Organised

Have you ever noticed that a few tracks in your iTunes library, which belong to the same album have got organised as if they are from two different (yet identical) albums? (By identical, what I mean is that the details such as “Album Artist”, “Album Title” and even “Album Artwork”). Today, I will show you how to get this solved.

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Figure : Screenshot of iTunes 12.4 in full screen running on Mac OS X

First, make sure that your computer is running the latest version of Apple iTunes (The current version is 12.4.1). If the issue persists after updating, please follow the procedure given below:

  1. In iTunes, locate the tracks that belong to the same album but have been organised into two separate (yet identical) albums.
  2. Delete each track from the identical albums. When deleting tracks, click on “Delete Song” and then on “Keep File”. This will make sure that the files remain in the computer without their details (such as “Album Artist” and “Album Title”) getting affected.
  3. Click on “File” and then on “Add to Library”.
  4. When the Finder (in Mac OS X) or File Explorer” (in Windows) opens up, locate the files that need to be added.
  5. Finally, select the files and click on “Open”.

 

After following this, you will notice that the tracks have now got organised into the same album.

Hope this helps.

Storage: “I’m Out” !

You connect your Apple iPhone or iPad to your computer and open iTunes to sync some new music or to update the iOS version. On the storage row, you find that there’s an awful amount of “Other” storage, maybe even a bit more than 1 GB or even worse !

Other storage

Figure 1 : “Other” storage on iPad or iPhone [1]

What is this “Other”? Other contains files that iTunes cannot categorise such as contacts, messages and emails. That’s not all. It can also contain corrupted files.

I am going to share how to reduce this “Other” storage and hopefully reclaim some of the lost storage in your iPhone or iPad. It is not necessary to restore your iOS device by downloading the most recent version of iOS. However, try it if the procedure given below fails.

  1. Connect your iOS device to the computer using the lightning connector (or USB cable for models before iPhone 5) and open iTunes
  2. Click on the “Device” icon (The one which looks like a phone) in iTunes.
  3. In order to avoid losing of your precious data that is stored in your iOS device, back it up to your computer by selecting “This computer” radio button under “Backups” and click on “Back Up Now”
  4. Disconnect your iOS device from the computer.
  5. In your iOS device, tap on Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings and tap on “Erase iPhone” or “Erase iPad”. Wait for the iOS device to restart.
  6. When the Set Up screen gets displayed on your iOS device, connect your iOS device to the computer using the lightning connector (or USB cable) and open iTunes.
  7. Follow the steps given in this link to restore your iOS device : Restore your device from an iCloud or iTunes backup.

Notice that the “Other” storage has been significantly reduced and your lost free storage in your iOS device has been reclaimed.

Hope this helps.

 

References:

[1] Stack Exchange. 2015. Ask Different. [ONLINE] Available at: http://i.stack.imgur.com/9hEZT.jpg. [Accessed 19 May 2016].

 

 

 

Error 9006 : What a Waste of Time and Data? [Fix]

Recently an update for iOS devices (i.e. 9.2.1 for iPhone and iPad) was released and I clicked on the “Update” button on iTunes. The operating system was downloading smoothly and when only 1 GB was left to be downloaded (usually an update is around 2.22 GB), I got an error message similar to the one given below:

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Figure 1 : Error 9006 in iTunes [1]

No big deal, right? My internet connection was working perfectly but I restarted my router and performed the updating process again. Again the error message popped up when the remaining volume of the update was 1 GB. What a waste of time and data?

Without being disheartened, I did some research on the web and found out this issue could be a result of third party security software installed in your computer (Mac or PC). For example, I have AVG AntiVirus installed in my Mac.

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Figure 2 : Some popular antivirus software [2]

The first step was to turn “Realtime Protection” off.

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Figure 3 : Realtime Protection in AVG AntiVirus for Mac [3]

Check if the issue has been resolved. However, this was not helpful, so AVG was uninstalled.

Finally, the update was successful. I know that uninstalling and reinstalling your antivirus software could be a bit inefficient but it seems to be the only way to get the problem solved.

If the issue still persists, try connecting the USB data cable, which was provided with the iOS device, to a different USB port of the computer and download the software update via iTunes. I know this sounds absurd but it would surely fix it.

Alternatively, try to update the iOS OTA (Over-the-Air) by following the procedure given below:

  1. In your iOS device, tap on “Settings”.
  2. Next, tap on “General” and then on “Software Update”.
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Figure 4 : Updating iOS via OTA [4]

Hope this helps.

 

References:

[1] 5 Ways To Fix IPhone Error 9006 – TechnoBezz. 2016. 5 Ways To Fix IPhone Error 9006 – TechnoBezz. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.technobezz.com/5-ways-fix-iphone-error-9006/. [Accessed 27 February 2016].

[2] Computer Flu – Anti Virus Setup – Blaby, Enderby, Countesthorpe, Narborough, Whetstone, Huncote, Broughton Astley, Cosby, Wigston. 2016. Computer Flu – Anti Virus Setup – Blaby, Enderby, Countesthorpe, Narborough, Whetstone, Huncote, Broughton Astley, Cosby, Wigston. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.computerflu.com/2-anti-virus-setup.htm. [Accessed 27 February 2016].

[3] AVG enters Mac anti-malware market with AVG AntiVirus for Mac Free. 2016. AVG enters Mac anti-malware market with AVG AntiVirus for Mac Free. [ONLINE] Available at: http://betanews.com/2013/12/13/avg-enters-mac-anti-malware-market-with-avg-antivirus-for-mac-free/. [Accessed 27 February 2016].

[4] How to Upgrade to iOS 9 Using OTA. 2016. How to Upgrade to iOS 9 Using OTA. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.iskysoft.com/article/upgrade-to-ios-9-ota.html. [Accessed 27 February 2016].

Getting Rid of that Annoying Error Message in iTunes

You open iTunes in your Mac or PC and you see that there are some updates available for your apps in your iPhone and/or iPad and you download them. When you try to sync these new updates, an error message similar to the one given below pops up:

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Figure 1 : Not enough free space error in iTunes [1]

That’s annoying, right? Let me show you how you could get rid of this error message.

First, when you connect your iPhone and open iTunes, you will see a window similar to the one shown below:

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Figure 2 : Summary window in iTunes [2]

Now, you might have noticed that the “Other” section in the storage bar is quite large. There is a simple trick to slightly reduce this amount:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, tap on “Settings” and then on “Safari”.
  2. Then, tap on “Clear History and Website Data” and then tap on “Clear History and Data”.
  3. Reboot your iPhone.

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Figure 3 : Clear Safari History and Website Data [3]

If this does not help much, you can restore your iPhone by clicking on “Restore iPhone” in iTunes. However, I would not recommend taking the second step if it is not crucial. Read this post further to find the explanation.

Try to sync your iPhone or iPad again using iTunes. If the error message shown in Figure 1 still pops up, try the following procedure:

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Figure 3 : Sync Music in iTunes [4]

  1.  Click on “Music” in the device section (a small phone-like button) in iTunes.
  2. Uncheck “Sync Music”
  3. Click on “Apply” and then on “Sync”.
  4. Check “Sync Music” and repeat step 3.

Hooray ! That annoying error message given in Figure 1 does not appear. Now you see why restoring the iPhone will not be necessary as mentioned previously.

Please note that this issue may arise occasionally. Hence the procedure given above will have to be performed when the error message pops up. Hope this helps.

 

References:

[1] Why does iTunes say the nearly 3GB of free space on my iPad is not enough for the “1MB required” to sync? – Quora. 2016. Why does iTunes say the nearly 3GB of free space on my iPad is not enough for the “1MB required” to sync? – Quora. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.quora.com/Why-does-iTunes-say-the-nearly-3GB-of-free-space-on-my-iPad-is-not-enough-for-the-1MB-required-to-sync. [Accessed 24 February 2016].

[2] 7 tips to get rid of junk files and recover storage space on iPhone. 2016. 7 tips to get rid of junk files and recover storage space on iPhone. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/11/17/how-to-iphone-storage-app-caches/. [Accessed 24 February 2016].

[3] How to clear Safari brower history on iPad?. 2016. How to clear Safari brower history on iPad?. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.softwarert.com/clear-safari-history-ipad/. [Accessed 24 February 2016].

[4] Sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes using USB – Apple Support. 2016. Sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes using USB – Apple Support. [ONLINE] Available at: https://support.apple.com/en-nz/HT201253. [Accessed 24 February 2016].

Low Signal on an iPhone 6s [Fix]

It has been a few months since  iPhone 6s and 6s Plus has been released to the public by Apple. The reviews have been positive in general but I came across an issue with a drop in cellular signal strength. This was quite frustrating as I was unable to make and receive calls. What’s the point of having a phone if you can’t make or receive any calls, right?

Fortunately, I came across an idea for a fix. It is quite simple and I would like to share it with anyone who has got affected.

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Figure : iPhone running iOS 9 [1]

First, make sure that the software that is running in your iPhone (iOS 9) is up to date. The current version is 9.2.

If the problem persists, please follow the following procedure:

  1. Tap on “Settings” icon and tap on “Cellular”.
  2. Under Cellular, check if “Cellular Data” is off. If so, turn it on.
  3. Leave your iPhone for a few seconds (Approximately 10 seconds would be sufficient).
  4. Make sure that “Voice and Data” is set to “4G”.
  5. Then, disable Cellular Data.

If the issue does not get solved or if the cellular reception gets attenuated frequently while cellular data is off, follow these steps:

  1. Tap on “Settings” icon and tap on “Cellular”.
  2. Set “Voice” to “2G”.

Please note that this procedure is for users who do not use cellular data but might work for others as well.

You should now see that the signal strength is a better than before or at its best. I hope this helps.

 

References:

[1] iPhone running iOS 9. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/download-ios-9-1-ipsw-firmware-for-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch-495045-2.jpg. [Accessed 05 December 2015].

Mac Mail Strikes Again !

A week after installing the new operating system named OS X El Capitan on my Apple MacBook Pro, I tried to send an email using my Outlook email address via the Mac Mail app. Unfortunately, I got an error message stating “The sender address xxxxxxx@outlook.com was rejected by the server smtp-mail.outlook.com”. I would like to share how I fixed this issue with my fellow readers and victims.

Figure : Mac Mail running in OS X El Capitan

Figure : Mac Mail running in OS X El Capitan [1]

Follow the procedure given below :

  1. Open Mac Mail app.
  2. Click on “Mail” at the top and then click on “Preferences”
  3. Click on “Accounts” and then select the Outlook account.
  4. Under “Account Information” tab, locate “Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP)”. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Edit SMTP server list”.
  5. Make sure the information given below tallies with the ones on the pop-up window [2]

Under “Account Information” tab :

  • Server name: smtp-mail.outlook.com

Under “Advanced” tab :

  • Port: 25 (or 587 if 25 is blocked)
  • Authentication: External (TLS client Certificate)
  • User Name: *Your full email address*
  • Password: *Your Outlook password*

Finally, click on “OK” and then close the window. In the next pop-up window, click on “Save”.

Hooray ! I was able to send emails via the Mac Mail app again. Hope this helps.

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Give Life to the Touch Pad with Controls

Two weeks ago, I noticed that the touch pad containing volume control and WiFi have stopped working and I would like to share how I managed to fix it with my readers who have become victims of the same cause.

Figure : HP Pavilion DV6 2190us touch pad controls [1]

Figure 1 : HP Pavilion DV6 2190us touch pad controls [1]

First step was software approach, which involved downloading and updating the necessary drivers via the official HP website : http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-Pavilion-dv6-Entertainment-Notebook-PC-series/4041735/model/4121248

(Please note that my laptop runs Microsoft Windows 7, so choose the appropriate operating system from the website).

After upgrading all the drivers, the problem seemed to persist. I had to do some research on the problem and found out that it was an issue with hardware. Alright, don’t be frightened now as the steps to fix the problem are quite easy. Please follow the procedure given below :

  1. Shut down the laptop if it is on.
  2. Remove any peripherals and the power cord attached to the laptop.
  3. Eject the battery of the laptop as shown in Figure 2 given below (Please note that the figure contains a DV6 1245 dx laptop but the position of the battery would be the same).
  4. Press and hold the power button of the laptop for 30 seconds.
  5. Replace the battery and boot the laptop up.
Figure 2 : HP Pavilion DV6 1245 dx battery [2]

Figure 2 : HP Pavilion DV6 1245 dx battery removal [2]

Finally, the touch pad containing volume and WiFi controls came back to life. Hope this helps.

References

[1] HP Pavlion DV6 2190us touchpad containing volume controls. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71-jUupoh%2BL._SL1500_.jpg. [Accessed 15 September 2015].

[2] HP Pavilion DV6 1245 dx battery. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/NJZZruvHdEkReI6l.medium. [Accessed 15 September 2015].

A Week with Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro

Since 29th of July, I had been checking for the Windows update to download Windows 10 to my laptop and a week ago, I was finally able to receive it. The update process took about 45 minutes and it was worth the wait. I would like to share my experience of the latest operating system by Microsoft.

Figure 1 : Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro

Figure 1 : Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro

Looks good, right? I love the all new dark theme as it matches well with my wallpaper. The Start menu is back. Yay !! Alright, let me walk you through the update process. if you have been using Windows 8.1 via BootCamp in your Mac and have registered your free upgrade, just search for new updates on Windows Update. You don’t have to fear of losing data on either partition as I did not lose any of mine but it would be better to back up at least the important files before you start the upgrade process. Once the update is ready, start the download and the update process will start automatically. Remember that your laptop will restart for a few times, so every time it restarts, remember to press the alt (Option) key on the keyboard and select “Windows”. Once Windows 10 has been installed in your Mac and if you have the latest drivers for BootCamp , simply reinstall them because I think they get erased during the update process. If not, download the latest drivers from BootCamp utility in Mac OS X. As you can see in Figure 1 given above, most of your applications that ran on Windows 8.1 will be compatible with Windows 10 (for example, Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 3 in my case). You might realise that a lot of disk space has been used up by the system when the new OS has been installed, so perform a disk clean-up according to the procedure given below :

  1. Click on Start icon on the taskbar and type “Disk” and Disk Clean-up should appear. Click on that.
  2. After the process of scanning files, click the “Clean up system files” button to switch the Disk Cleanup tool to extended mode.
  3. Find and check the “Previous Windows installation(s)” item. If you need more space, check on items which state “Temporary…”
  4. Click OK.

Since I only use Windows for games, I’m not going to explain about the personal assistant “Cortana”, so apologies in advance. Now let’s look at the new web browser in this operating system.

Figure 2 : Microsoft Edge

Figure 2 : Microsoft Edge

The new browser is called “Microsoft Edge” and is shown in Figure 2. It is quite fast and does not crash as its predecessor, Internet Explorer. However, the disadvantage is that add-ons and extensions such as Adblock Plus are still not compatible with Edge. However, Internet Explorer can still be used if this is an issue by simply clicking on the three dots at the top right corner and then selecting “Open with Internet Explorer”. Alternatively follow the procedure given below:

  1. Click on Start icon on the taskbar and select “All Apps”.
  2. Select “Windows Accessories”.
  3. Select “Internet Explorer”.
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Figure 3 : How to load Internet Explorer from Start Menu

You can also click on Start icon and then type “Internet Explorer” and click on it.

I hope this post was helpful and enjoy Windows 10 on your computer (Mac or PC).

Silence, please !

For any fans of Call of Duty (or for anyone who is interested in acoustics and sound), this post is for you.

If you have played Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 or the new instalments of the popular first-person shooter gaming franchise, you must have come across an attachment to your primary weapon known as a “silencer” or a suppressor.

Figure 1 : Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare suppressor attachment

Figure 1 : Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare suppressor attachment [1]

Now, in the game what this does is that it hides the location of you on the enemy mini-map at the time of firing. But what is the theory behind this? The infographic given below might explain this :

Figure : Gun silencer

Figure 2 : Gun silencer in action

When a gun is fired, superheated and pressurized gases are produced. When these gases escape into the air, the dramatic change in environment causes the loud sound of a gun blast. Silencers help to make this transition more gradual for the gases. Baffles and expansion chambers can be found inside the suppressor, which aid in efficient funnelling, cooling, and spreading out the gases to reduce the level of noise emitted (below the 140dB safe-hearing level) once they are released to the atmosphere. “Other benefits of a silencer include reduced recoil, better accuracy, smaller muzzle flash, and less damage to nearby ears” [2].

References :

[1] Advanced Warfare: 25+ Weapon Attachments & Benefits! (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare) – YouTube. 2015. Advanced Warfare: 25+ Weapon Attachments & Benefits! (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare) – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sy95bX8D5g. [Accessed 02 July 2015].

[2] Silencers, how do they work? | Science! | Geek.com. 2015. Silencers, how do they work? | Science! | Geek.com. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.geek.com/science/silencers-how-do-they-work-1617138/. [Accessed 02 July 2015].