Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to run a batch file each time the computer boots

It may be necessary to run a batch file to configure computer devices or delete or copy files each time the computer boots to help the computer run more efficiently or allow a device to run.

Note: If there are two or more user accounts on the computer, the batch file will be run after a user account is selected and that user logs in to Windows.

Windows 8 and 10
Windows 98, XP, NT, 2000, Vista, and 7
Windows 95, 3.x, and MS-DOS

Run a batch file at boot in Windows 8 and 10 users

  1. Create a shortcut to the batch file.
  2. Once the shortcut has been created, right-click the file and select Cut.
  3. Press the Start button and type Run and press enter.
  4. In the Run window, type shell:startup to open the Startup folder.
  5. Once the Startup folder has been opened, click the Home tab at the top of the folder and select Paste to paste the shortcut into the folder.

Run a batch file at boot in Windows 98, XP, NT, 2000, Vista, and 7

  1. Create a shortcut to the batch file.
  2. Once the shortcut has been created, right-click the file and select Cut.
  3. Click Start, then Programs or All Programs. Find the Startup folder and right-click that folder, then select Open.
  4. Once the Startup folder has been opened, click Edit in the menu bar, then Paste to paste the shortcut into the startup folder. If you do not see the menu bar, press the Alt key to make the menu bar visible.
Any shortcuts in the Startup folder will automatically run each time the user logs in to Windows.

Run a batch file at boot in Windows 95, 3.x, and MS-DOS

Place a line in your autoexec.bat that calls the batch file each time you want to boot the computer, as shown below.

CALL C:\myfile.bat

In the above example, each time your computer starts and processes the autoexec.bat file, it runs the batch file myfile.bat.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Project Fi is improving tracking for international data usage

Google Fi is one of the best carriers, especially in the United States, when it comes to international roaming. International data costs the same as domestic rates, cellular calls are $0.20 per minute, and there's even free texting. Google Fi also gives you alerts when you're reaching your data cap. Well, except for international data usage.
But all that is changing, and starting now you will receive alerts for international data usage like you would domestically. This is the first phase of improvements to Google Fi's international tracking, according to Reddit user/u/ProjectFiCM (who has been verified to actually be from Google). Phase two, for which a date has not been formally announced, includes adding international data usage to Google Fi's in-app data usage graph.
As with almost everything Google announces, this is being gradually rolled out to users, so you may not see a change right away.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Nougat’s Nav bar customizer still an option for Nexus 6P owners

As is the case with any other piece of software, Google has decided to ditch some interesting ingredients that were previously available in early versions Android Nougat. A navigation bar is one such ingredient that got left on the cutting room floor, so you can’t taste it in the latest version of the mobile OS… well, unless you have a Nexus 6P.

The nav bar customizer gives you the tools to move and remove buttons or add new ones. You can also set the spacing for buttons and adjust icon size. There are options for the Clipboard and Keycode, although they don’t seem working in the nav bar customizer’s current form.

The Clipboard option is supposed to let you drag and drop content in and out of a shortcut in the nav bar. The Keycode option was designed to let you bind keyboard keys to another nav bar shortcut, so you can just press a button in the nav bar to emulate predetermined keys on the keyboard.

The Clipboard and Keycode features’ apparent lack of functionality would help explain why the nav bar customizer was either cut entirely or punted to another Nougat release down the line. However, if you own a Nexus 6P and are comfortable flashing your device, you can visit this thread at XDA Developers forum to get a mod for both the nav bar customizer and the axed Night Mode.

And for those of you interested in Night Mode, you may not need a Nexus 6P to run it. There’s an app that’s has had moderate success (so far) in bringing the feature back.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Windows 10 tip: Shut down OneDrive completely

Windows 10 and OneDrive are sewn together tightly. So tightly, in fact, that OneDrive gets its own node in File Explorer, and the OneDrive sync client runs automatically at startup. But the options to disconnect OneDrive are there if you know where to look. Here are full instructions.

You don't have to use OneDrive's cloud storage. Maybe you prefer a cloud service from another provider, or perhaps you're philosophically opposed to storing files in the cloud. Regardless of the reason, if you don't want to use OneDrive, you are free to ignore it.

When the sync client pops up asking you to sign in, just click Cancel. You can then change the OneDrive settings so that it doesn't run automatically at startup.

That option does, however, leave the OneDrive icon in the navigation pane of File Explorer. To make it disappear, you need to make a simple registry edit.

In Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can use Group Policy to make this change. Open Local Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc) and go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive. Double-click the policy Prevent The Usage Of OneDrive For File Storage and set it to Enabled.

After you restart your PC, you'll find that the OneDrive icon is no longer in the navigation pane and the sync client no longer runs.

On devices running Windows 10 Home, where Group Policy isn't available, you have to edit the registry manually. Using Registry Editor, navigate to HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\OneDrive. (If that key doesn't exist, you need to create it). Add a new DWORD value, DisableFileSyncNGSC, and set it to 1. Restart the PC to make the policy setting effective.

Note that this change applies to every user of the selected device. If you previously synced files to OneDrive, they remain in the local OneDrive folder but are no longer linked to their cloud counterparts.

WhatsApp and Facebook Now Share Data for Ad Targeting, Here's How to Opt Out

Facebook and WhatsApp announced a new data sharing plan that’ll improve targeted advertising and friend suggestions. If you’re not a fan of the idea of Facebook and WhatsApp cozying up so closely together, it’s easy to opt out.

You have two methods to do this. When you launch WhatsApp today, you’ll see an updated Terms of Service. At the bottom of the screen, there’s a checkbox. Uncheck the box, then tap Agree, and your data will not be shared.

If you already blindly went through and didn’t pay attention to that box, don’t worry, you can still opt out:
  1. Launch WhatsApp and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Account.
  3. Uncheck the box marked “Share my account info.”
While WhatsApp and Facebook aren’t sharing any private data, it’s still a little off-putting, especially if you’re not a fan of targeted ads. For detailed information check this link.

Content from lifehacker.com

Nexus Users can use Project Fi's Wi-Fi Assistant soon.

Google became a cellphone carrier with Project Fi. One of Fi’s most distinguishing features was that it could automatically hop on trusted Wi-Fi networks to reduce your data load. Now, that feature is coming to all Nexus users.

Wi-Fi Assistant, this new feature lets your device automatically connect to millions of open and free Wi-Fi hotspots in an effort to cut down on data use and optimize mobile data speeds. Prior to today, the feature was exclusive to Google’s Project Fi cell service. It will now be broadly available to any Nexus phone owner in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Nordic countries, Google says.

To find Wi-Fi Assistant, head over to the Android Settings app, tap Google, tap Networking, and from there you can then toggle the feature on and off. If your phone is connected via Wi-Fi Assistant, you’ll see a small key in the upper corner of your device. The icon is identical Android’s virtual private network (VPN) icon, but in this case it will indicate a connection to a free Wi-Fi network. If you’d rather not connect to that network, you can tap "forget" by pressing and holding on the network name in the Wi-Fi settings panel.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 unveiled in China, priced at $135

Xiaomi took the wraps off their latest smartphone offering, the Redmi Note 4, earlier today, and as is expected from the budget-friendly Redmi series, the device offers a premium look, specifications, and features, and more importantly, an ultra-affordable price tag.

The Redmi Note 4 retains the premium full metal unibody construction that was introduced with its predecessor, but now comes with a brushed metal finish and chamfered edges that looks and feels even better. The design language is quite similar as well, with the Redmi Note 4 also coming with a fingerprint scanner on the back.

Under the hood, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display that is covered with a 2.5D curved glass panel. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 processor, that is backed by the Mali-T880MP4 GPU and 2 GB or 3 GB of RAM. 16 GB or 64 GB are the on-board storage options available, which also dictates how much RAM you get, and you also get expandable storage via microSD card to cover all your needs. Keeping everything running is a huge 4,100 mAh battery.

On the camera side of things, the Redmi Note 4 comes with the same 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter as its predecessor. However, the Indian variant of the Redmi Note 3 did feature an upgraded 16 MP rear unit when compared to its Chinese counterpart, so it’ll be interesting to see if Xiaomi decides to do the same with the Indian version of the Note 4. The device is running MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

Speaking of the Indian variant, the Redmi Note 3 is one of the best-selling smartphones in India, and it’s safe to assume that its successor while make its way to Indian shores soon enough. However, as was the case with the Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3S series, the Indian version of the Redmi Note 4 will have to come with a Qualcomm processor, with Xiaomi unable to release MediaTek-powered smartphones in India due to an on-going legal battle with Ericsson.
The 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage version of the Redmi Note 4 is priced at CNY 899 (~$135), while the 3 GB and 64 GB storage iteration will be available for CNY 1199 (~$180). If Xiaomi can manage to retain a similar price tag with the international variant, the company will certainly have another massive success on their hands.

Are you excited about getting your hands on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Content from Android Authority.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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