Recover Files from Android SD Card for Windows/Mac

Sometimes your Smartphone’s internal memory is not just enough to fulfil all your storage requirements. So there is a need of external memory SD card where users stores their files like music, videos, documents, images and many more. The problem with this kind of external memory is that there is always a chance of losing files from it due to various reasons like virus attack and others. So it is quite a headache for the Android users if they have lost, deleted or formatted any important files and wants it back. Restoring lost files from memory card in Android phone is a common problem that all the Android users are facing nowadays.

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Whenever you are in a situation that you have accidentally somehow lost some important data from your phone then stop loading your memory space with other files immediately. Actually whenever a file is deleted or lost it is not washed away totally from the memory card. It remains there unless we fill that space up with other files in the memory space. So the files can be recovered using specific application through your computer. We can kindly recommend you the best recovery software MobiKin Doctor for Android. It is one of the most versatile and easy to use application one can find in the web.

This application performs a thorough scan of your SD card and is capable of restoring every type of files like images, music, videos and many more. The recovered data can be saved in your computer in their original format without any loos of the data. The software is compatible with all the major Android phone manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, Motorola, HTC, LG and many more. We can bet that MobiKIn Doctor for Android is one of the best software when it comes to recover files from android micro SD card.

How to Retrieve Files from Android SD Card

  • At first download and install the application MobiKin Doctor for Android on your personal computer. You find the application easily on the web.
  • Connect your android device to your personal computer through a USB cable and not by any wireless means.
  • You will see the application detect your device. Now you can choose the files which you need to restore.
  • Then click the recover button on the top. Now sit back and watch MobiKin do all the job or you.

Android Factory Resets Are Flawed, Allow User Data to Be Recovered

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Thinking of selling your old Android smartphone? Watch out, as its data may be retrievable even after wiping it, finds a Cambridge study.User data is routinely retrievable from second-hand Android devices that have been wiped through a factory reset, the Cambridge study warned.

Most Android handsets offer no easily accessible way of deleting user data including access tokens, messages, images and other content, researchers said.

The factory-reset shortcomings uncovered by researchers at the Cambridge University affect an estimated 500 million Android handsets, and pose a problem for organisations that routinely resell such devices. These 500 million handsets may not properly sanitise the data partition where credentials and other user data is stores, while up to 630 million handsets may not properly sanitise the internal SD card where multimedia files are generally saved.

They examined 21 second-hand devices running Android versions 2.3 to 4.3 from five manufacturers that had been wiped using the operating system’s built-in factory reset feature.

Researchers said the problems also exist with third-party data deletion applications, and pointed to a separate study on the same. Similar problems are likely to persist in newer versions of Android, the team said.

The team was able to recover data including multimedia files and login credentials from wiped phones, and many of the handsets yielded the master token used to access Google account data, such as Gmail. Both phone contact data and

Such data can be recovered even from handsets protected by full-disk encryption, researchers said, as the ‘crypto footer’ file that stores the decryption key isn’t erased after a factory reset.

The problem results from multiple issues, including the inherent difficulty of fully deleting data from the flash memory used in smartphones, something due to the physical nature of such memory chips, according to the research. Other issues include vendors’ failure to include necessary drivers to fully wipe flash memory used for non-volatile storage.

The researchers were able to recover the master token in a device and found that after reboot, it successfully re-synchronised contacts, emails and other data.

The master token, used to access Google accounts, was found to be retrievable in 80 percent of the devices that had a flawed factory reset mechanism.

Actual solutions for users are currently scarce. The team discussed a few ways to mitigate flawed factory resets, including filling up the partition of interest with random-byte files, in the hope of overwriting all unallocated space. This could be done third-party non-privileged apps after the built-in Factory Reset. This would require the app to be installed manually by users after a Factory Reset is performed. The drawback of this method is that it requires privileged (i.e. root) access to devices, and will therefore not be suitable for ordinary users. While the method does not provide thorough digital sanitisation, an attacker cannot recover data using public APIs exposed by the Linux kernel.

Another solution is enabling Full Disk Encryption (FDE) on first use of the device. Enabling FDE only before performing a Factory Reset may only provide logical sanitisation, not thorough digital sanitisation (plain-text data could still be present on the flash drive). The use of a complex user PIN longer than 6 digits is also recommended to prevent brute force attacks.

For vendors, the team recommended use of a recent eMMC with support for digital sanitisation, and to properly expose it in the Bootloader, Recovery and Android kernels.

Android Wear’s big 5.1.1 update is arriving now on older watches

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The biggest update to Android Wear since last year’s launch no longer requires a brand-new smartwatch.

Android Wear 5.1.1 started rolling out to Asus ZenWatch owners a few days ago, and is now arriving on LG’s G Watch and G Watch R, according to Android Police. A post by Google in the Android Wear product forums says the update will roll out to all devices in “the coming days and weeks.” Previously, the update was only available on LG’s new Watch Urbane.

Android Wear 5.1.1 is a substantial reworking of Google’s smartwatch software. It makes apps and contacts much easier to access without voice commands, and it lets apps use the same “always-on” mode as watch faces, so users can glance at things like to-do lists and maps in a low-power mode. For messaging, users can draw emoji instead of using voice or picking from canned responses. The update also includes adjustable font sizes, an optional lock screen for when the watch loses its phone connection, and wrist gestures for flicking through the notification list.

For some smartwatches, the update will activate previously-dormant Wi-Fi chips, letting the watch sync with a smartphone over the Internet even when the devices aren’t connected by Bluetooth. Google says this feature will work on the LG Watch Urbane, Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3, and Samsung Gear Live. While LG’s G Watch R also has a Wi-Fi chip, it’s not being enabled in this update for some reason.

To get Android Wear 5.1.1, users should make sure the Android Wear companion app is up to date in the Google Play Store.

Why this matters: Although Google announced the update last month, at the time it wasn’t clear when existing Android Wear users would get it. The wait appears to be over for the most part—and just in time to make Wear a more formidable competitor to theApple Watch and Pebble Time.

OnePlus Two to Sport Snapdragon 810 SoC, Tips CEO Along With Price

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While OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has already given a Q3 2015 time-frame for the launch of its One smartphone successor, the company CEO has now tipped the price and processor of the OnePlus Two.

OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu (aka Pete Lau) on Wednesday asked his followers on Weibo what price tag the OnePlus Two should sport if it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC. After receiving several answers, Zuohu on Thursday agreed with some of his followers who had suggested a price of CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000). Zuohu had asked, “If OnePlus Two comes with Snapdragon 810, what do you think will be the price?” and then later replied, “2,499 Yuan seems to be a reasonable price.”

While Zuohu has not confirmed if the price or processor mentioned have now been finalised for the OnePlus Two, the post certainly whets our appetite for an affordable (under Rs. 30,000) Snapdragon 810-powered handset heading our way.

To be noted is that OnePlus last month also confirmed a cheaper handset will be launched towards the end of the year, so those smartphone enthusiasts who are finding the tipped price of the OnePlus Two difficult to stomach could look forward to the more affordable handset instead. The company had then also said it aims to sell between 3 and 5 million smartphones in 2015, and 10 million in 2016.

A report in January tipped that the OnePlus Two smartphone will feature the same 5.5-inch display panel as seen on the original OnePlus One, but with an increased resolution from full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) to QHD (1440×2560 pixels). The report also tipped that 4GB of RAM will accompany the Snapdragon 810 processor, while a 3300mAh battery has also been tipped.

The OnePlus Two was additionally seen listed by a Chinese e-commerce website in December. While some of the specifications shown in the listing matched with those mentioned above, the SoC listed was slightly less powered. As per the listing, the smartphone featured a 5.5-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 32GB of inbuilt storage, 16-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing camera, all backed by a 3300mAh battery. The connectivity options included were 4G networks, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB and OTG connectivity.

Microsoft to Bring Android App Support to Windows 10

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Microsoft is likely to announce that its Windows 10 devices (smartphones, tablets and PC) will be able to run Android apps, if long-time Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott is to be believed.The Redmond giant is expected to confirm the news at its Build developer conferencethat kicks off Wednesday in San Francisco.

Thurrott however seems to be questioning Microsoft’s strategy to provide Android app support on Windows 10. He writes, “But letting Android apps run on Windows is another thing entirely. Indeed, it is the literal opposite of opening up universal apps to Android. And I question the logic of this strategy.”

If the report turns out to be true, Microsoft may be able to fix one of the biggest qualms of Windows Phone users, which is the platform’s small app ecosystem. With this, Windows Phone users would gain access to a number of apps that were never released on their platform. It however remains to be seen how Microsoft will manage Android apps on its platform and also whether this will affect the company’s Universal app strategy for Windows 10. Other touch-based Windows 10 devices, like tablets, are also likely to benefit from access to Android apps.

“For developers who have invested a lifetime of learning and mastering Microsoft’s platforms, Android compatibility is a slap in the face. This sends the message that they have wasted their time and that it’s time to move on to a more successful platform since, after all, the apps you create for Android will now work on Android and Windows/Windows Phone. This completely usurps the presumed value of universal apps, which I assume Microsoft will also spend a lot of time promoting this week. It will not sit well with the developers who go to Build,” notes Thurrott.

He went on to suggest that adding Android app support to Windows 10 will make Microsoft’s platform “even less important.”

“The ability to run Android apps on Windows-this utter capitulation-is not a “win” or a positive development. It’s a defeat, an avoidable suicide. And it makes Windows even less important than it already was. To me. To you. To the world,” Thurrott added.

Microsoft is also expected to reveal more technical details of its universal app platform at the Build conference. The company alongside is also likely to release more code samples for developers.

To recall, Microsoft announced Universal Windows apps, a move that claimed to bring a new common Windows runtime to PCs, phones, and tablets (and the Xbox One) at last year’s Build conference.

NDTV Launches Faster, Lighter News App for Android

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NDTV has launched a revamped news app for Google’s Android mobile operating system. The NDTV News app for Android is faster and lighter on resources than before, which translates into better performance on entry-level smartphones.

The app comes with a revamped UI based on Google’sMaterial Design and is designed to make full use of features offered in Android 5.0 Lollipop, though it remains compatible with older Android versions. As always, the NDTV News app offers breaking news alerts and top stories from India and the rest of the world, as well as the latest updates from the worlds of business, entertainment, sports, and more.

The NDTV News app for Android provides an overview of stories popular across the NDTV network and the ability to share them quickly via email, Twitter, Google Plus,WhatsApp, Facebook, and more.

With the NDTV News app for Android, you can watch the latest and most popular video content from NDTV, including live feeds of NDTV 24×7, NDTV India, NDTV Profit, NDTV Prime, and NDTV Good Times. The NDTV News app for Android comes with Google Chromecast support for when you want to watch videos on the big screen.

The app is now available as a free download from Google Play.

RunKeeper for Android update showcases Material Design revamp

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RunKeeper is a rather popular fitness app for tracking your run, walk, or bike adventures.

So it’s no small matter when an app with tens of millions of installs joins the Material Design club. RunKeeper’s version 5.3.3 update sticks pretty closely to Google’s new guidelines, adding in splashes of animation, organizing information into cards, and popping in some brighter colors.

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The new Friends tab Material interface (right) unifies the top bar’s color scheme, unlike the previous version (left).

The biggest change comes to the activity list, which breaks out each of your separate jaunts into its own card, with the length of the trek, time spent, and calories burned all detailed. They’re also visible on a large Google Map.

Other elements of the new version match this aesthetic, such as the shareable friends tab, which by now should be familiar if you’ve spent time with any of the top Material Design apps.

Runkeeper promises that the upgrade is not just prettier, but faster too.

The app is free to download, with several in-app purchases for upgrades.

Why this matters: This update is another indication that Google’s effort to unify how apps look and perform on Android with Material Design is gaining traction. Even if Android updates remain messy, if more developers get on board the Material Design express then at least your favorite apps and services will have a sense of congruity.

Gaming sites that you may access with Android and IO

Android and IOS largely differs from each other despite both operating systems used primarily in mobile technology.Linux-based, Android is partly open source and is categorized as more PC-like whereas IOS basic features and interface are more customizable from top to bottom. Another advantage that IOS has over Android is that its uniform design elements are seen as being more user-friendly. The further differences that you will find between Android and IOS are that in terms of customization with Android, you may change almost anything whereas IOS is quite limited unless jail broken. Other difference that both operating systems hold is in terms of source model whereby with Android it is an open source and IOS a closed one with open source components.

From a gamer’s perspective there are various things to consider when choosing a device when accessing a game, quantity does not equate to quality, right? Both Android and IOS platform catalogue of games have dedicated a large section of their stores to games. Both mobile operating systems have more than one million active apps, around 25% of which are games. If you take a look at the ratings of the games found on the respective platforms, the ratings are practically the same since the difference separating both games are insignificant.

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Android and IOS have largely taken over the mobile market while also making easy access to online gaming sites through their produced devices. We have all heard of the latest extraordinary phones being made but what exactly is mobile access when being at an online gaming site? Before being turned into mobile sites, many online sites were available through PCs only, same as that, nowadays many players’ may enjoy the same feel while playing onto a mobile device.

Before online gaming was available on mobile devices, players faced usability problems which was mainly in terms of accessibility whereby they had to stick to playing at their homes or in an internet cafe. Carrying their PCs in hand or in a bag wasn’t an option as to be able to access the site, they would still require the internet. It was only after many online gaming sites have gone mobile that users have found their game-play changed to the extent that they may carry it anywhere with them.

So what really is mobile access? Mobile gaming applies the same concept as when you are actually playing on a traditional computer as you will at most times be able to play the games that you do on a PC as well as benefit of the promotions etc… What you only require doing when on a mobile device is sign in as you would at your favorite online gaming site on a PC and access the games or rooms to begin playing. All the rules that applies on either bingo or on any other games remains the same while being on a mobile device.

Playing on a mobile device doesn’t comprise of any extra cost nor requires the opening of a new account since it can considered as a second door to an online gaming site. There are no downloads required since many online sites now comprises of HTML5/ flash that makes it easier for players’ since they only have to load the games without having to download any software or games. Users may even make a deposit and withdraw while being on their mobile which is an absolutely safe method as when they were on their PCs as a secure data transfer is used during all transactions so as to prevent any information being supplied to a third party.

One of the sites that has gone towards providing users facility while being both on PCs and any mobile devices is Lucky Pants Bingo, an online bingo site launched in January 2013. Quite new in the online gaming world, the people behind its creation are veterans in the gaming industry. Every little details has been tended to make sure that the experience stays unique so why don’t you have a look at the site’s mobile facility? To test out those, you will get £5 and 20 free spins whereby you will get to hit 2 birds with a stone i.e. bingo and slots for free!

Another top operator that’s up to level in terms of applications and games would be Windows Phone (WP), the smartphone operating system developed by Microsoft.

 

 

Google Now Launcher now available for all devices running Android 4.1 or higher

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Google Now Launcher arrived along with the Google Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 (KitKat) so that you can directly access Google Now from the home screen. Back in February Google released the Google Now Launcher on Google Play for its Nexus and Google Play Edition devices running Android 4.4 (KitKat). Today Google has released the Google Now Launcher for all devices running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher. Even though you could side-load Google Now launcher APK on other devices before, the Google Play app would offer you instant updates.

Features of Google Now Launcher

  • Google Now on your home screen – it’s easier than ever to get just the right information at just the right time.
  • Just say “Ok Google” – when you’re on your home screen, just say “Ok Google” to trigger voice input. Then say your search query. Or tell your phone what to do, like send a text message, get directions, or play a song.
  • Faster search – tap the search box and you can enter your query immediately.
  • Easy access to your favorite Google products and services, like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.
  • Larger viewing area – the status and navigation bars are now translucent, so your wallpaper pops from every pixel, and is even visible when you expand your apps drawer (when supported by device).
  • Intuitive wallpaper picker – select any image that’s stored on your device, or in the cloud. Position and preview your wallpaper before you set it.

Micromax rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update for Canvas Knight A350

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Micromax started selling Canvas Knight A350 with Android 4.4 (KitKat) back in June and it relaunched the Canvas Knight officially with 2GB of free data for Vodafone customers. At that time the company did not reveal any details about the KitKat update for current users. Now the company has started rolling out Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) update for the Canvas Knight users, according to DroidGuru.in.

  • OS Upgrade : [ KitKat OS 4.4.2]
  • Music Album art will now be displayed on the lock screen while playing music.
  • Improved user interface.
  • Where is my Perry, Toy Story and Kingsoft office will be removed after the upgrade due to its large size and risk of incompatibility

The Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) update for the Canvas Knight A350 is about 388.18 MB and is available over-the-air (OTA). Micromax recommends to contact the nearest service centre for manual upgrade to KitKat, if you face any issues with the OTA update. Do you own a Canvas Knight smartphone? Have you received the KitKat update? Let us know in the comments below.