HowTo

How to Use Kindle as a Read It Later Device

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When you think of Amazon’s Kindle, the first thing that would come to your minds is probably books. But for people like me who read more articles online than books, this e-book reader can be immensely useful too. After buying a Kindle Paperwhite during Amazon’s latest sale, I explored the possibility of using it as a read it later device, to catch up on articles and blog posts in my free time. (more…)

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How to Record Game Videos on Windows 10

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Ever wanted to share a video of amazing moments from games that you’re playing? Maybe there was that perfectly timed shootout in a Call of Duty session, or perhaps you’re still excited by a brilliant run and goal in FIFA. The PS4 and Xbox One allow you to record gameplay footage with the press of a button, but until now, PC gamers had to use third party tools to get this done, with services like Steam, Fraps, or the GeForce Experience. Windows 10 finally lets you record your game footage in a simpler fashion, via the Xbox app that comes bundled with the OS. (more…)

Xbox One Games Not Loading? Console Too Slow? Here’s Something That Can Help

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Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a heated gaming session on your Xbox One only to suddenly have your game slow down, or seen things freeze when there weren’t any problems earlier? Some people have also reported problems with loading games where you keep seeing the loading screen of the game but it doesn’t actually load. (more…)

How to Share Xbox One Games

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The rise of digital downloads for games has raised some interesting new problems. With old consoles, all you needed to do was carry the disc, put it in, and you would be playing a game. But with digital downloads, the game will only be accessible if you’re signed in with the correct account on your console. This isn’t a problem if you’re the only gamer in the house, or if you and your family members all play on the same account, but if you want the console to track your individual progress through a game, or your achievements, then this is less convenient. (more…)

How to Use Your Xbox One Controller With a PC

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The Xbox One controller is a step up from the Xbox 360 controller, refining an already fantastic gamepad. The 360 controller is the de facto standard for many a PC gamer who prefers to play games without a keyboard and mouse, and thanks to rubberised analogue sticks that give it much needed grip, and a directional pad that’s actually usable in fighting games, the Xbox One controller is well worth the price of entry.

While Microsoft is taking its own sweet time in making it usable on the PC without wires, you can easily game on your computer with an Xbox One controller that’s wired in.

In addition to a computer with Windows, all you need is a Micro-USB cable (used for charging most Windows and Android smartphones), an Internet connection to download the required drivers, and, of course, an Xbox One controller.

    1. Install drivers
      Boot up your PC, connect to the Internet. Download and install one of these driver packages depending on your version of Windows:

PC drivers for 32-bit Windows

PC drivers for 64-bit Windows

  1. Connect the controller
    With the drivers installed, plug in the Micro-USB end of the cable to the controller and the USB end of it into your computer’s USB port. If it works, the controller will vibrate. If it does not vibrate, try another Micro-USB cable and/ or a different USB port.

That’s all you need to do to get your Xbox One controller working on the PC.

Please note:

If you plan on using the same controller with an Xbox One, you will need to re-sync the controller to the console. You can do this by holding the wireless sync buttons on the console and controller at the same time or attaching it to the console via Micro-USB cable.

How to Upgrade the PS4 Hard Drive

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Your PlayStation 4 console comes with a 500GB hard drive, but that is not enough for video games on the the PS4. Most Windows laptops come with a terabyte or more now, and you can’t help but feel shortchanged by just 500GB considering that most games take up around 50GB of space each. This handy guide shows you how to replace the 500GB hard drive that comes with your PS4 for something a little more substantial. And no, doing this will not void your warranty; Sony says so in the manual that comes with your console. (more…)

How to Take a Backup of Your PS4 Games and Data

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The PlayStation 4 (PS4) got the hotly anticipated Yukimura update, also known as firmware 2.50, on Sunday. It was crucial for a host of reasons, the most important of which is the ability to back up the entire contents of your PS4, including game installs.

This will help if you ever need to re-install a game. Some of which, like Grand Theft Auto V weigh in at around 40GB. With the new update, you won’t have to re-download any of your digitally purchased games if you decide to upgrade your PS4’s hard drive to something more substantial than the existing 500GB it comes with. It could also be useful if you’ve deleted a game to make space on your console, and want to play it again.

You’ll need an external hard drive or USB pen drive to store your existing data from your PS4. Follow these steps to back up and restore your data:

    1. Format the USB storage device
      • Plug in an USB hard drive to your Windows PC.
      • Right click, select Format.
      • Choose the exFAT format option.
      • For the allocation unit size option, choose the maximum possible value listed in the drop down menu.
    2. Back up data for games

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    • Connect the USB storage device to the system.
    • From the function screen, select Settings > System > Back up and Restore .
    • Choose Back Up PS4.
    • Press X to add a checkmark in the checkbox for saving Applications.
    • Your PS4 will now restart and transfer all the data. Depending on the amount of data, it could take a few hours, to longer than a day.
  1. Now you can copy the data you backed up earlier to the PS4 after switching it on.
    Keep in mind that you must be signed in with the same PSN account used when you first copied the saved data.

    • Connect the USB storage device you used to back up games to the system.
    • From the functions screen, select Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data on USB Storage Device > Copy to System Storage.
    • Select a title.
    • Press X to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then choose Copy.

Once you do this, the game is copied to your PS4 and you can get back to playing it whenever you want to.

How To Automatically Transfer WhatsApp Photos to Dropbox

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We share so many pictures on WhatsApp every day and it is but a task to keep a track of them. If the pictures are important and your phone’s storage is running low, you end up frantically searching for a USB chord to transfer the content to a computer.

Wouldn’t life be a little easier if the entire process was automated with just a single app? Well, here are the five easy steps which will make transferring all your WhatsApp images to your Dropbox account feel like a breeze.

 

As all the WhatsApp media is automatically saved to the phone’s physical memory, all that one needs to automate the transfer is get the Dropbox app on their smartphone and follow the steps below, as suggested by Digital Inspiration: (more…)

How to Reinstall Your PS4’s System Software

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While the PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a good gaming console, it isn’t perfect. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in a situation when you need to reinstall the system software. You need to reinstall the software if you plan to replace a hard drive, or if you’re facing issues with games and menus slowing down, or if your console was on during a power outage. This is different from the usual system update procedure.

This how-to has two parts to it, the first is finding the right software update and the second needs the PS4 to boot in safe mode.

To do this to your PS4, you’ll need a USB hard drive or a thumb drive (with around 1GB of free space) and a computer with Internet access.

Obtain the correct update

  1. Download the PS4 firmware from this page on your PC, the link you’re looking for is labelled as Download Now. This is not your usual system update that is around 300MB, rather, this is the entire software. To tell if you’re downloading the right file, it’s around 800MB. Even if you are on a fast connection, downloading it may take some time due to Sony’s servers. The file name should be PS4UPDATE.PUP.
  2. Plug the hard drive into your PC’s USB port. Open it and create a new folder. Name it PS4. In PS4, create another folder. Name it UPDATE. Use exactly that name, in capital letters only, so it can be recognised by the PS4.
  3. Copy the file to the UPDATE folder on your USB flash drive.

Put your PS4 in safe mode

  1. Connect the USB to your PS4.
  2. If your PS4 is on, switch it off. If the power indicator is lit up in orange (rest mode), hold the power button until you hear the system beep for a second time.safe_mode_ps4_sony
  3. Your PS4 now boots up in safe mode. Select Initialize PS4(Reinstall System Software).
  4. Just follow the screens to complete the update, there are no further settings to choose.

Please note:

  1. If your PS4 does not recognise the update file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. If they are not exactly as listed above, in UPPERCASE characters, this will not work.
  2. Also, all users and all data will be deleted, so back up your data before doing this.

How to Take Screenshots on the PS4 and Share Them

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For gamers, the PlayStation 4 (PS4) isn’t just a spanking new kit to play games on – there’s a social element to it as well. Yes we spend hours playing our favourite games, but when we get that perfect headshot, unlock a new level, or simply run into a weird bug, we want to share it with our friends. (more…)