June 30, 2014

Fifa 14 gamepad fix – fixes Right Stick and multi controller bug

This post has been moved to http://debanu.blogspot.in/2014/06/fifa-14-gamepad-fix-fixes-right-stick.html

If you are someone who uses a cheap controller (also known as chinese controllers) for playing your Fifa games you’ve probably noticed that the Right Stick (the one used for skill moves) doesn’t function. Sometimes the game detects two controllers instead of one.


The reason is simple. Modern games are designed using the XInput API but the cheap controllers support the older DirectInput. Naturally there is a mismatch and the game doesn’t recognise signals sent by the controller. Most forums mention using the x360ce emulator but it didn’t work for me.

My search brought me across several forums and eventually I found this:

Fifa 14 controller fix

 

June 13, 2014

Assassin's Creed Unity E3 Trailer


Well here it is...Assassins Creed Unity...enjoy!




June 12, 2014

What is the right speed to burn a DVD?

This is a question I have been asking myself for a  long time. I was always advised to burn DVDs/CDs at slow speeds. I was happy to oblige but I wasn’t sure why. Then one day I had a huge amount of data to be burned on to several disks. Naturally the slow speeds got on my nerves and I cranked up to higher speeds. Though I finished my work early, three disks were ruined. So I went online and did some research – and got to the bottom of it.

The data burning process…

Different burn speeds have different effects on  the signals used to burn any disk. A part of this depends on the quality of the disk and the writer. The process of physically burning data to any disk is analogue. Using higher speeds to burn any disk will not introduce errors, what really happens is this:
Every CD burner creates “bumps” on a CD’s surface. These bumps are detected by CD players in order to play. They are affected by the writing speed, disk quality and the laser.Thus it goes without saying that that they must be well defined. Poorly defined bumps result in the CD player extracting jittery signals. Thus the player is unable to decode data properly. The better the quality of a player, the lesser are its chances of making errors.

Final words…

Everywhere I searched, people recommended limiting speeds between 4x-8x. Of course, they also mentioned the quality of the disk and burner must also be noted.
Now matching speeds with the quality of the media is necessary; but we don’t get to figure this out at home unless we have a fully equipped lab. It is thus wiser to burn at lower speeds to be on the safe side. Of course, you might come across those days when there’s a lot of work and you simply cannot wait too long. For those instances use your judgment. Increase the speed if you have to but don't exceed the limit (usually printed on the CD). Instead stay a few notches below it.
If it is a data disk that you are burning, then higher speeds do not affect much as they are better protected (again, don’t cross the limit). Audio disks require you to keep the speeds low, so that you don’t lose out on quality.

June 6, 2014

Nokia Asha 501: Tips and Tricks

Previously I had mentioned the drawbacks of Nokia’s flagship Asha device, the 501. This post will highlight a few cool features that really could have made it to top end phones.

Edit your Videos

Many users wanted this feature, and now its here. If you have videos on your phone, open it, swipe up from the bottom and scroll down. Tap on the Edit video option.

Edit Video

The Video Editor opens. The interface is similar to what can be seen during video playback. It has a very simple layout. The editor allows changing the start and end points of any video. Tap and drag the slider from the left side to change the starting point. Do the same on the right to change the end point.

Nokia 501

To save the video, simply press the back key and you will be prompted or click on the save icon on the top right.

Easily shuffle songs on Music Player

Open Music Player and click on Songs. Above the first song is the Shuffle option. Just one tap and the phone does the rest. Note that the repeat option is turned on when you use this method.

Search songs using the Scroll bar

Have you ever faced that agonising problem when you are mid-way through your Music list and want to look for a particular song? Thanks to the Search option being present right at the top, you have to scroll all the way up, or go back from the list and enter the Songs list again.

Nokia 501

This tip will show you how to avoid that, and find what you want more easily – particularly in the Artists and Albums list. One the right side of the list, the scroll bar is visible. Tap and drag the scroll bar. The phone will display the initials of all your songs. All songs are sorted in alphabetical order so if you stop at ‘G’ you will get all songs that start with ‘G’.

Personalise Social Network Notifications

This is for those people who think that the number of app notifications are overwhelming. Go to Settings>Background Apps. Here you can select/deselect apps to chose which ones notify you. For example if you what to stop getting notifications from WhatsApp, go to WhatsAppBG and put the slider left (Blue for on; Black for off).

Nokia 501

You can even choose how your apps get updated. Scroll right to the bottom and select Other apps>No updates/Wi-Fi Only/Wi-Fi and Mobile data. Do the same for you your Contacts and Mail clients.

Personalise Notification Style

Go to Settings>Notifications>Full/Sender Only/Icon. This lets you select how the notification bar looks on you lock screen. Full shows the app icon, sender’s name and a portion of the message. Sender Only shows the sender’s name and the last one will only show a generic icon.

Power Saving

This is particularly helpful when you are running low on battery and need only to make urgent calls. Go to Settings>Power Saving. There are two options Power Saving and When Battery is below. Tap Power Saving and select Automatic. Then go to When Battery is Below and specify when you want the feature to be turned on.

Nokia 501

Warning: Enabling this feature stops all Push Notifications (WhatsApp messages, Facebook etc.) once the battery reaches the specified threshold. So if you set the Power Saver to be active when battery is below 50%, all Push Notifications will be disabled the moment the battery meter hits 50%.

Follow your Facebook Contacts on Fastlane

If you have Facebook installed on your Asha 501, this will be easy. All you have to do is create a Nokia account and link Facebook to it. You can do this in Accounts>Nokia Mail. Next go to Contacts, swipe up the menu and click Accounts. You will find your Facebook account listed along with other social apps (if applicable). Tap on it and select Sync with Existing Contacts.
Next, go back to your contact list and refresh your list. This is easy; just scroll to the top,  pull down and release; you must have an active internet plan. Select the contact you’d like to follow. When the Contact opens, swipe up and click Link Contact. This allows the phone contact to link with your Facebook contact. Most of the times this is done automatically but if there are multiple entries with same name or there is a spelling mismatch, you have to link it manually or recheck the spelling of your phone contact.

Nokia 501

Once you’ve linked your Contact (btw its best if you link all Contacts with their Facebook equivalents) open it. Again swipe from bottom and click on Show Updates on Fastlane. Now go to Fastlane and refresh it. That's it, you’re done!

Nokia 501

PS- It doesn’t always work!! If you have managed it, let me know in the comments…I’ll be very grateful.

Have anything more to add? Let me know through the comments.

Nokia 501: A smart dumb phone?

I have been meaning to write this post for a long time. Only I wasn’t too sure. But now after a almost a year since its launch, I came across many disappointed Asha 501 users. In this post I will include the various reasons why this phone is losing popularity among even the most devoted Nokia fans.
501-SS-mix-radio-jpg-jpg

The lack of Multi-tasking as we know it

For the ones still in the dark, Asha 501 does support multitasking. How else do you play Music and browse the Web all at the same time? However multi-tasking in very casual terms means the ability to run multiple programs simultaneously. Some smartphones with a low memory often ‘suspend’ a task that is not active in order to provide more resources to the current task. Those tasks are can be resumed at any time.
In Asha 501, while one does get to run multiple programs (Music player-web browsing or Radio-Facebook etc.), it lacks the ability to run all apps that way. Some apps like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and other social apps have a ‘background mode’ that allows them receive notifications. There is no ‘suspended’ state. Apps are always closed. And since you can’t resume it, the next time you click on it, the app loads right from the start.

No Copy-Paste

This one’s a real bummer. Almost all phones these days have this basic feature, yet even after repeated requests it has been ignored. It is absolutely annoying to have to type that web address all over again when you know only a few taps here and there could solve the issue.
icones_00456
The phone however, supports Copy-Pasting files. (Tap and hold, pull-up menu appears, click copy. Then select where you want to Paste).

No Search option

If the lack of Copy-Paste annoys you, this will too. My phone has a 16GB memory card on it and I often tend to use it as a removable drive. Obviously I have many files which aren’t supported on this phone (such as FLAC or RAR files).
document_being_search_by_a_magnifying_glass__search_icon_0515-1007-3003-0748_SMU
Now I cannot send any of these files to any one of my friends unless I manage to find it. So imagine scrolling through a huge list of files on your phone….There are just so many chances of you missing what you want. That is why a Search option is required. Your phone should find what you need not the other way round. Makes life easier. That's why we use gadgets don’t we?

Slow UI

Don’t you just hate it when you try to scroll and the icons barely manage to move? What about when you’re busy WhatsApping -- if only my English teacher was reading this – and the keyboard registers clicks about 6 seconds later? There is also a lot of lag when the Contacts are synching or when something’s being downloaded.

No Mix-Radio

MixRadio_NokiaX-NokiaAsha_fetured
Though users had been promised of Mix radio being included in the latest update (v 1.4) many found to their dismay that this was a regional feature.

No MS Office or PDF support

Though it comes bundled with My Pocket Office, viewing PDF, Excel or Word files are a pain. My Pocket Office is a third party software and requires constant internet connectivity. The results are far from good. Worse the software is just like bloatware and is not well integrated with the OS. Every time you click on a PDF or Office file, an error message says, “Sorry. There's no app to open this file type.”
In order to view it, you have to open the app and use it’s own file browser instead.

 

Well that's about everything I managed to discover. Some inputs came from friends using the 501 and a few are my own. Let me know if you have anything more to add in the comments below.

June 5, 2014

Plane hits Peru player at Wembley




A bunch of fans at the Wembley stadium start throwing paper planes during a friendly between Peru and England. One hits a player...
I will be moving this blog to a different address soon. Some of the content here is just too stupid so I'm going to change things around.
I'll keep the most read posts (the Fifa Controller fix) and redirect/post the new address.
14-6-2015


UPDATE 18-6-2015: New address http://debanu.blogspot.com

I'm having trouble moving the comments but that's thanks to Google updating its security and Disqus lagging behind. Sorry guys.

June 30, 2014

Fifa 14 gamepad fix – fixes Right Stick and multi controller bug

This post has been moved to http://debanu.blogspot.in/2014/06/fifa-14-gamepad-fix-fixes-right-stick.html

If you are someone who uses a cheap controller (also known as chinese controllers) for playing your Fifa games you’ve probably noticed that the Right Stick (the one used for skill moves) doesn’t function. Sometimes the game detects two controllers instead of one.


The reason is simple. Modern games are designed using the XInput API but the cheap controllers support the older DirectInput. Naturally there is a mismatch and the game doesn’t recognise signals sent by the controller. Most forums mention using the x360ce emulator but it didn’t work for me.

My search brought me across several forums and eventually I found this:

Fifa 14 controller fix

 

June 13, 2014

Assassin's Creed Unity E3 Trailer


Well here it is...Assassins Creed Unity...enjoy!




June 12, 2014

What is the right speed to burn a DVD?

This is a question I have been asking myself for a  long time. I was always advised to burn DVDs/CDs at slow speeds. I was happy to oblige but I wasn’t sure why. Then one day I had a huge amount of data to be burned on to several disks. Naturally the slow speeds got on my nerves and I cranked up to higher speeds. Though I finished my work early, three disks were ruined. So I went online and did some research – and got to the bottom of it.

The data burning process…

Different burn speeds have different effects on  the signals used to burn any disk. A part of this depends on the quality of the disk and the writer. The process of physically burning data to any disk is analogue. Using higher speeds to burn any disk will not introduce errors, what really happens is this:
Every CD burner creates “bumps” on a CD’s surface. These bumps are detected by CD players in order to play. They are affected by the writing speed, disk quality and the laser.Thus it goes without saying that that they must be well defined. Poorly defined bumps result in the CD player extracting jittery signals. Thus the player is unable to decode data properly. The better the quality of a player, the lesser are its chances of making errors.

Final words…

Everywhere I searched, people recommended limiting speeds between 4x-8x. Of course, they also mentioned the quality of the disk and burner must also be noted.
Now matching speeds with the quality of the media is necessary; but we don’t get to figure this out at home unless we have a fully equipped lab. It is thus wiser to burn at lower speeds to be on the safe side. Of course, you might come across those days when there’s a lot of work and you simply cannot wait too long. For those instances use your judgment. Increase the speed if you have to but don't exceed the limit (usually printed on the CD). Instead stay a few notches below it.
If it is a data disk that you are burning, then higher speeds do not affect much as they are better protected (again, don’t cross the limit). Audio disks require you to keep the speeds low, so that you don’t lose out on quality.

June 6, 2014

Nokia Asha 501: Tips and Tricks

Previously I had mentioned the drawbacks of Nokia’s flagship Asha device, the 501. This post will highlight a few cool features that really could have made it to top end phones.

Edit your Videos

Many users wanted this feature, and now its here. If you have videos on your phone, open it, swipe up from the bottom and scroll down. Tap on the Edit video option.

Edit Video

The Video Editor opens. The interface is similar to what can be seen during video playback. It has a very simple layout. The editor allows changing the start and end points of any video. Tap and drag the slider from the left side to change the starting point. Do the same on the right to change the end point.

Nokia 501

To save the video, simply press the back key and you will be prompted or click on the save icon on the top right.

Easily shuffle songs on Music Player

Open Music Player and click on Songs. Above the first song is the Shuffle option. Just one tap and the phone does the rest. Note that the repeat option is turned on when you use this method.

Search songs using the Scroll bar

Have you ever faced that agonising problem when you are mid-way through your Music list and want to look for a particular song? Thanks to the Search option being present right at the top, you have to scroll all the way up, or go back from the list and enter the Songs list again.

Nokia 501

This tip will show you how to avoid that, and find what you want more easily – particularly in the Artists and Albums list. One the right side of the list, the scroll bar is visible. Tap and drag the scroll bar. The phone will display the initials of all your songs. All songs are sorted in alphabetical order so if you stop at ‘G’ you will get all songs that start with ‘G’.

Personalise Social Network Notifications

This is for those people who think that the number of app notifications are overwhelming. Go to Settings>Background Apps. Here you can select/deselect apps to chose which ones notify you. For example if you what to stop getting notifications from WhatsApp, go to WhatsAppBG and put the slider left (Blue for on; Black for off).

Nokia 501

You can even choose how your apps get updated. Scroll right to the bottom and select Other apps>No updates/Wi-Fi Only/Wi-Fi and Mobile data. Do the same for you your Contacts and Mail clients.

Personalise Notification Style

Go to Settings>Notifications>Full/Sender Only/Icon. This lets you select how the notification bar looks on you lock screen. Full shows the app icon, sender’s name and a portion of the message. Sender Only shows the sender’s name and the last one will only show a generic icon.

Power Saving

This is particularly helpful when you are running low on battery and need only to make urgent calls. Go to Settings>Power Saving. There are two options Power Saving and When Battery is below. Tap Power Saving and select Automatic. Then go to When Battery is Below and specify when you want the feature to be turned on.

Nokia 501

Warning: Enabling this feature stops all Push Notifications (WhatsApp messages, Facebook etc.) once the battery reaches the specified threshold. So if you set the Power Saver to be active when battery is below 50%, all Push Notifications will be disabled the moment the battery meter hits 50%.

Follow your Facebook Contacts on Fastlane

If you have Facebook installed on your Asha 501, this will be easy. All you have to do is create a Nokia account and link Facebook to it. You can do this in Accounts>Nokia Mail. Next go to Contacts, swipe up the menu and click Accounts. You will find your Facebook account listed along with other social apps (if applicable). Tap on it and select Sync with Existing Contacts.
Next, go back to your contact list and refresh your list. This is easy; just scroll to the top,  pull down and release; you must have an active internet plan. Select the contact you’d like to follow. When the Contact opens, swipe up and click Link Contact. This allows the phone contact to link with your Facebook contact. Most of the times this is done automatically but if there are multiple entries with same name or there is a spelling mismatch, you have to link it manually or recheck the spelling of your phone contact.

Nokia 501

Once you’ve linked your Contact (btw its best if you link all Contacts with their Facebook equivalents) open it. Again swipe from bottom and click on Show Updates on Fastlane. Now go to Fastlane and refresh it. That's it, you’re done!

Nokia 501

PS- It doesn’t always work!! If you have managed it, let me know in the comments…I’ll be very grateful.

Have anything more to add? Let me know through the comments.

Nokia 501: A smart dumb phone?

I have been meaning to write this post for a long time. Only I wasn’t too sure. But now after a almost a year since its launch, I came across many disappointed Asha 501 users. In this post I will include the various reasons why this phone is losing popularity among even the most devoted Nokia fans.
501-SS-mix-radio-jpg-jpg

The lack of Multi-tasking as we know it

For the ones still in the dark, Asha 501 does support multitasking. How else do you play Music and browse the Web all at the same time? However multi-tasking in very casual terms means the ability to run multiple programs simultaneously. Some smartphones with a low memory often ‘suspend’ a task that is not active in order to provide more resources to the current task. Those tasks are can be resumed at any time.
In Asha 501, while one does get to run multiple programs (Music player-web browsing or Radio-Facebook etc.), it lacks the ability to run all apps that way. Some apps like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and other social apps have a ‘background mode’ that allows them receive notifications. There is no ‘suspended’ state. Apps are always closed. And since you can’t resume it, the next time you click on it, the app loads right from the start.

No Copy-Paste

This one’s a real bummer. Almost all phones these days have this basic feature, yet even after repeated requests it has been ignored. It is absolutely annoying to have to type that web address all over again when you know only a few taps here and there could solve the issue.
icones_00456
The phone however, supports Copy-Pasting files. (Tap and hold, pull-up menu appears, click copy. Then select where you want to Paste).

No Search option

If the lack of Copy-Paste annoys you, this will too. My phone has a 16GB memory card on it and I often tend to use it as a removable drive. Obviously I have many files which aren’t supported on this phone (such as FLAC or RAR files).
document_being_search_by_a_magnifying_glass__search_icon_0515-1007-3003-0748_SMU
Now I cannot send any of these files to any one of my friends unless I manage to find it. So imagine scrolling through a huge list of files on your phone….There are just so many chances of you missing what you want. That is why a Search option is required. Your phone should find what you need not the other way round. Makes life easier. That's why we use gadgets don’t we?

Slow UI

Don’t you just hate it when you try to scroll and the icons barely manage to move? What about when you’re busy WhatsApping -- if only my English teacher was reading this – and the keyboard registers clicks about 6 seconds later? There is also a lot of lag when the Contacts are synching or when something’s being downloaded.

No Mix-Radio

MixRadio_NokiaX-NokiaAsha_fetured
Though users had been promised of Mix radio being included in the latest update (v 1.4) many found to their dismay that this was a regional feature.

No MS Office or PDF support

Though it comes bundled with My Pocket Office, viewing PDF, Excel or Word files are a pain. My Pocket Office is a third party software and requires constant internet connectivity. The results are far from good. Worse the software is just like bloatware and is not well integrated with the OS. Every time you click on a PDF or Office file, an error message says, “Sorry. There's no app to open this file type.”
In order to view it, you have to open the app and use it’s own file browser instead.

 

Well that's about everything I managed to discover. Some inputs came from friends using the 501 and a few are my own. Let me know if you have anything more to add in the comments below.

June 5, 2014

Plane hits Peru player at Wembley




A bunch of fans at the Wembley stadium start throwing paper planes during a friendly between Peru and England. One hits a player...
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