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How to Disable Windows 8 Lock Screen and Save Time

As Windows 8 is a touch screen oriented OS , So Microsoft has integrated the lock screen feature to prevent accidental touches which can cause trouble.

But if you find it troublesome , you can deactivate is easily.

To deactivate the lock screen, first in the Start screen type “regedit” and press [Enter] .

Confirm the User Account control dialogue box by clicking “Yes”.

Now Navigate to key

“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization”. If the key “Personalization” doesn’t exist , then create  it with the command ” EDIT | New | Key” .

Ones done click on the right-hand side panel and open the option ” Edit | New | DWORD ( 32-bit) Value “.

Name the new value “NoLockScreen” and press [Enter] . Double click the new entry and change its “Value” to “1″ and confirm the changes by clicking “OK”.

Now you have deactivated the lock screen.

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Dummies’ Guide To ANDROID OS

Android is a Open-source Linux based Operating System designed to work on any device. Google purchased Android OS from ANDROID Inc. in 2005. That was the year when Android’s first version is developed.

Because ANDROID is an Open Source Software there are many customized versions of android available like CyanogenMod, MIUI etc.

Android Development cycle is short as compared to other operating systems like iOS or Windows Phone. This is the reason we see new updates in about every 6 months.

Android offer lots of customization options to users and OEMs to customize their devices.

Android apps are developed in Java Language. That’s the region why Android Apps are comparatively smaller from iOS Apps which are developed in C language.

But there is a disadvantage associated with app developed in Java i.e Apps written in Java follow JIT (Just In Time) Compiling rule. That mean Java apps uses more resources as compared to the apps written in C. Apps written in C language are pre-compiled so they uses fewer resources. Now You will learn how Android OS works.

How Android Works

Android working is divided in 2 steps:

  • Booting
  • Running Apps (Including the UI)

Booting is the process of loading required library files and starting the system.

The steps of Android OS Booting is listed bellow in order of occurrence:

  1. Checking for all the library files
  2. Reading System Configuration from Kernel
  3. Verifying Configurations
  4. Loading System Apps and Files
  5. Starting System App Process’s
  6. End of Booting

When an Android App Runs there are two process that occurs

  1. System Compile the App
  2. System loads fragments
  3. App starts Running

Why Android Is So Popular

The region behind Android Popularity is the Ability to Customize it, As it offer large numbers of APIs to deal with Hardware and Root Access to System.

Android has over half million apps and games to download and most of them are free.

Fast Updates is another region of its popularity.

If you owns an Android Phone you know it makes our life easier.

If you want to know more about Android buy an Android device.

I am totally in love with Android, Since I used it first time.

No doubt it is the smartest Operating System yet.

Future of Android

I am very confident with the future of Android OS.

Android is the main hero behind the scene of many million dollar companies like Instagram, Rovio Mobiles, Ea Games, Glu, Evernote and Dropbox.

For many developers Android Apps are the primary source of generating livelihood.

We have these awesome services only because of ANDROID. No more to says…

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6 Tips + Bonus to Increase your Affiliate Marketing sale

Every business rely on a good marketing strategy and if you are an affiliate marketers and want to increase your affiliate sale,  here are the marketing strategy you should opt to increase your sale.

#1. Write Compare Reviews

If you are writing single product review on your affiliate marketing site than you are making a big mistake, this is because people always want best and they search for other options. And if you compare two or three products in the review they will buy the best product directly from your site.

#2. Write Long Review

According to an experiment long review sell more and the shorter one.  Write in-depth reviews so that the reader has no more questions about the product (So that they don’t search other sites for the information). To rank in top 10 in the search results the optimum length of the article should be at least 2000 words but now exceed 2200 words.

#3. Fast Loading Page

Amazon lose their 1/3 customers with every 3 second delay in loading time, so your page should load fast. Use the compressed CSS and JS on the site to reduce loading time.

#4. Create Hype

Create Hype about the product before reviewing it on your site. You can create creative banner and Headings for this. Tweet about it on twitter ( the most effective Social Marketing Site ) .

#5. Giveaways 

Giveaways is great way to increase the desire to use the product in the readers, it also increase social media popularity and traffic. Using giveaways you will pay for two licences and readers can buy up to 50 licenses from your affiliate link. So if the product cost $100 per license and the company pay 30% share of the sale. Then your final income will be $30×50 – 2x$100 = $1300 .

#6. Email Marketing

Build a strong email following or subscribers, because it can make you millionaire. In a research it is found that Email Marketing is the  best way to sell something, no-matter what type of product it is email marketing is the best way to sell it fast. If you have an email following of 20,000 for a product, more than 500 people of  20,000 people buy the product directly from you.

BONUS

Avoid spam words

Avoid spam words in the email marketing, Here are some words to avoid in the financial space:

$$$,Affordable, Bargain, Beneficiary, Best price,  Big bucks, Cash, Compare rates, Cost, Credit, Credit bureaus, Discount, Earn, Easy terms, Free

Here are some words to avoid in the e-commerce space:

As seen on, Buy, Buy direct, Buying judgments, Clearance, Order,  Order status, Orders shipped by, Shopper

Google Webmaster Tools Trick

On most of the sites up to 60-70% of the affiliate income is from the UK and US traffic. You can use Google Webmaster Tools to set the Geographic  target to UK or UK so that your site rank higher in US or UK search results.

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Top 6 Adsense Alternative Tested

No doubt Google Adsense is the best Ad network in terms or payout and ad quality. Also the CPC and CPM of Google Adsense is very high, but not every blogger is approved by Google because of their strict Policy and Quality Control. If you are one of them then it doesn’t  mean you can ‘t earn from your blog.

There are many ad networks are in the market, and I have tested all of them and here are the best highest paying Ad networks.

Highest Paying Adsense Alternatives

Media.net : Yahoo Bing Ad Network

Media.net is a contextual ad network , that mean it serve ads based on the context of the page. So if your page is about mobiles it will show ads of mobiles.  Quality of ads are high. And the revenue is also very good and comparable to Adsense . The dashboard is neat and user-friendly. It also support multiple ad sizes.

How to Apply for Media.net ?

You can easily apply for Media.net Ad network using this Invitation Page . Just fill your information and your website URL and select the category . You can apply for multiple websites at once.

Here is the Quick Info of Media.net

  • Getting Approved : Difficult
  • CPC: $0.05 – $1
  • Minimum Payout: $100
  • Payment Options: PayPal, Bank Transfer

BuySell Ads

BuySell Ads is a marketplace to buy and sell ad. The advertisers pay good money to the publishers, but your site should have high traffic or it must be famous to earn from BuySell Ads. You can earn more than Google Adsense if your site is famous. You can also use BuySell Ads and Adsense Ads together with no issue.

How to Apply for BuySell Ads?

Be sure that your site language is English and you use Top level Domain.

Quick facts about BuySell Ads

  • Getting Approved: Difficult ( Need at least 100,000 Impressions per month)
  • Earning : No limit
  • Minimum Payout: $20 via PayPal, $50 by cheque

Infolinks In-text Ad Network

Infolinks is one of the top paying In-text ad network. I have tested it and my experience is good with it. The problem with Infolinks is that it does not show realtime revenue updated on the dashboard. It is the highest paying in-text ad network. And revenue is slightly less than the Adsense. InfoLinks convert the normal text into clickable ad links. Also it offers many additional ad services like InTag, InFrame and InSearch.

Infolinks work perfectly with Adsense. And you can use it with other ads to make more money.

How to Apply for Infolinks?

You can apply for Infolinks by visiting the Infolinks homepage and you will be approved in 24 hr .

Quick fact about Infolinks

  • Getting Approved: Easy
  • CPM: $0.10 – $1
  • Minimum Payout: $50

Payment Options:

  • Bank Wire Transfers – $25 plus 2% to receive your payment via your local currency
  • PayPal – US Residents $1, everyone else 2% up to $10
  • eCheck – $6 plus 2% for currency conversion
  • Western Union – $15 minimum
  • ACH and Payoneer – No fees

VigLink  In-Text Ad Network

VigLink is similar to Infolinks, the only difference is VigLink convert normal text into affiliate link and when visitors click these link they are redirected to the e-commerce sites like eBay , amazon etc. and if visitor buy something , then publisher is paid with a part of the affiliate income. VigLink work great for websites which review something. Just like InfoLinks, Viglinks is also compatible with Adsense.

How to apply for VigLink?

Open the sign-up page from here, you just need to enter your email address. Your account will be approved within 48hr.

Quick facts about VigLink

  • Getting approved: Easy
  • Minimum Payout: Pay after every 60 days.
  • Payment Options: Paypal etc.

Kontera  In-text Ad network

Kontera is the alternative of InfoLinks. It also convert the text into clickable ad links. In my experience Kontera is more trusted than InfoLinks because Kontera doesn’t decrease your earning after one month like InfoLinks do. If I need to use In-text Ad network my choice will be Kontera.

How to Apply for Kontera?

Applying for Kontera is easy, just visit this page and signup for the Kontera. Don’t worry Kontera Approval Process is very easy and almost everyone is approved in the first time.

Quick facts about Kontera

  • Getting approved: Very Easy
  • Minimum Payout: $50
  • Payment Options: Paypal, Check , Wire

Clicksor

It is one of the highest paying ad network (when used with pop-up ads). The only problem with Clicksor is that you can earn high ( $2 CPM) only when you use pop-up ads. Pop-up ads are not user-friendly and can disturb your visitors.It include many ad sizes to display.

How to Apply for Clicksor?

Click here and click on the publisher sign up link and fill your information. Your account will be activated instantly no need of approval.

Quick facts about Clicksor

  • Getting Approved: No Approval instant account activation.
  • CPC: $0.01 – $0.5.
  • CPM: $2+ per 1000 views of Pop up.
  • Minimum Payout: $50
  • Payment Option: Paypal

Above are the highest paying ad networks. I personally prefer BuySell Ads, Kontera an VigLink as they are the trusted one.

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What to Do When… (You have a problem)

We all have some problems in our life. But most of us don’t know how to deal with them. We might get depressed or loose hopes, but what I learnt in my life is no problem is permanent, you just need to wait for some time, it can be the wait for 2 days, 7 days or 1 month but I am very sure that our problem will be solved, All it requires is wait and wait.

Take a look at this poster and think.

What to do when.. (You have problem)

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How To Make GIF Easily With Photoshop

GIF are the best way to share clips on social media. On social media everyone is in hurry and they may not have time to view your YouTube video. So what you can do is to convert that short clip into an animated GIF. This is the best way to share any short clip.

Ubisoft Gif

These days people use animated GIF to share the funny clips on the social networking sites. GIF is better than YouTube video to share sort clips because very few number of people have time to click on the YouTube link and watch the clip. GIF solves that problem because GIF do not need any special media player. And  the process of sharing animated GIF is exactly the same as posting a normal photograph.

Currently Google+ and Twitter support animated GIF. Lets get into the process of creating the animated GIF.

To create a GIF you need –

  1. A video clip that you want to turn into GIF
  2. Adobe Photoshop

1. Pick out a video clip that you want to turn into GIF

You can use any video file for this purpose. I am going to use the use a Gameplay video of Watch_Dogs.

Here’s the YouTube video I used for this tutorial.

Important: It is very important to trim the video the 2~3  sec max. Because if you use a long video the ending GIF file will be very large.

2. Import Video in Photoshop

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Importing video in Photoshop is very easy. File > Import >Video Frames To Layers.

Now Photoshop will convert the video into a series of still images. Now trim the video and select the portion of video you want in your GIF.

It will look like this.

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Using the sliders trim the video to max. 3 seconds. And then click OK.

Now you selected frame are loaded into photoshop in the form of layers.

4. Finalising and Saving the video

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Now to save the GIF. File > Save for Web .

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Make changes to the option pointed by the arrows which suits you the best. Below I have explained those options.

select-GIF

Colors: Keep the colors as high as possible i.e. 256 is the highest.

Dither: Higher value is better and lower values reduce the quality of the GIF.

Lossy: Like dither, only opposite. Higher the value lower the quality, smaller the file.

Image Size: Choose the appropriate GIF size.

Tips –

Only reduce color when you don’t have any other value to reduce. Because reduce the color makes the GIF very low quality.

Finally Click Save. You can view the animated GIF by opening it with your web browser.

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Coming out of Black in Typography

Do you notice the color of the typography on the websites you visit regularly? Almost all of them use the Black and White combination for the typography and the content area. So you might ask whats the problem with that.

2011 was the year of big changes in the web designs. After that year the modern web we see today was born. The sophisticated, crappy looking site are designed modern, simple and elegant. Lots of widget in the sidebar are replaced with the few required once. All that changes took decades to come into existence.

I like these changes in the design, but there is one thing that I don’t like. That is now we all are stuck with the black font color and white backgrounds.

The classic designs are diminishing and soon will come to the end.

Black font on the top of white background doesn’t means to increase the effectiveness of the content. The same effectiveness can also be achieved by using other colors.

Why we are struck with black? Why we are all using the same design concepts of typography? Is their any fear of failure which is stopping us to use our own creativity in designing process.

Lets use our creativity at the designs we make. I know all designs are not successful, but we can’t stop trying new things.

Lets break some rules and make our own rules. What do you think?

In future posts I’m going to post new articles about how we can create good designs.

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How To Sell Virtual And Real Things Using WordPress

You are an aspiring entrepreneur who want to change the world and make others life easy. You spent countless hours building an awesome product and it’s the time to release your product to public and make some sales. You are familiar with WordPress and want to use it to sell your digital items or ship real items to the buyers. How would you do that?

Table of Contents:

  1. Selling Virtual Goods Using WordPress
  2. Selling Real Items Using WordPress

How to Sell Virtual Products Using WordPress

It’s easy to sell things using your WordPress site. If you want to sell digital items like softwares, music or pictures etc. You can use the EasyDigitalDownloads plugin. It is the best solution to sell virtual goods, because you have everything you need to sell any digital item.

Also EasyDigitalDownloads has a big useful collection of extension which are the tools which provides additional features that you might need for your specific need. Some of them are free and some are paid. But you get a great support for everything you pay for.

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How To Use EasyDigitalDownloads

Setting up and running the EasyDigitalDownloads is very easy. In this post I’m going to give you a walk-through to Install and Setup EasyDigitalDownloads on your site.

First step is to download the EasyDigitalDownloads, you can download and upload the plugin manually from Here, or search for “EasyDigitalDownloads” from the WordPress Dashboard plugins page and install and activate the plugin.

  1. Go to Downloads > Settings and configure the options
  2. Create Downloadable products from the Downloads page
  3. Insert purchase buttons for any download via the “Insert Download” button next the Upload Media buttons

How to Sell Real Products Using WordPress

If you are selling a Real product which you need to ship to the buyer, I recommend you to use WooCommerce Plugin.

WooCommerce allows you to have the buyers address and many shipping and order processing related features which are great for selling goods.

woocommerce-logo

How To Use WooCommerce

Setting WooCommerce is relatively harder than the EasyDigitalDownloads.

First step is to download the WooCommerce, you can download and upload the plugin manually from Here, or search for “WooCommerce” from the WordPress Dashboard plugins page and install and activate the plugin.

Now you know how to sell anything using WordPress and some plugins. Isn’t that’s easy.

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Git Beginners Guide : The Complete Guide to Git

Git is the world’s best version control System available. It is developed by Linus Torvalds who is the creator of Linux kernel to manage the source code of the Linux. In this git beginners guide you will learn how to use git in your projects.

Why You Need Git

Although there are many other version control systems available but Git makes developers life easier by providing the most powerful and easy-to-use version control tools. With a version control system (VCS) you can have track of every changes you or others made to the project. With Git you can roll back the previous changes and work with other developers at the same time by dividing the tasks and then merging all the new features which are developed by other developers in the project.

Git is a distributed version control system it means it allows many developers to work on a given project without requiring them to share a common network. Each developer has its own copy of the project and he/she can make changes without requiring an internet connection or other network connection . When a feature or a change in a project is complete by one developer then he/she can push the changes to the central repository. And other developers can easily update their current working repository with all the new changes and commits made to the central repository using a pull command. It’s the magic of using a Version Control System (VCS).

Getting Started With Git – git beginners guide

In this guide I’m assuming that you have git installed on your computer. So lets begin.

Repository

Repository is the place or a folder where you store the project source code. All the changes you make to the project will be saved in the same repository in a folder named .git, the .git folder is hidden by default in OSX.

Since all the changes in a project be stored in the repository, so creating a repository is our first step. Let get started.

Creating A Repository in Git

To create a repository we use the git init command.

There are two ways to create a repository. One is to create the repository in a new folder and the other is to create the repository in an existing folder.

The first method – Creating an empty repository

In this method we are going to create a repository which does not contain anything. The following command will create a repository in which you can copy and paste your project code. For example lets create a new repository called “my_project”.

git init my_project

Git Command to create a new empty repository
Git command to create a new empty repository

The second method – Creating a repository in an existing project folder

In this method we will create a repository in an existing folder which contains the project. We will again use the git init command to create the repository but this time we will first navigate to the folder where we want to create the repository.

For example we want to create a repository in a given folder which contains the project. We will do the following steps.

creating repository in an exsiting folder
Creating repository in an existing folder

1. First we will navigate to the project’s folder.

2. Use the git init command to set up a repository.

Now you know how to create a repository. Let move to the next step i.e. committing the changes you made to the code.

Committing changes

Before you commit changes in your project you need to tell the git which file(s) needs to be committed or tracked , this process is called staging a file. To make a commit in git when first need add file(s) to staging area.

But before you add the file(s) to staging area you have to find which file(s) are untracked. To do this you can use git status command.

git status

Checking for untracked files in git
git status

You can see from screenshot above that the “functions.php” file is untracked. So lets add it to the staging area.

To add files to staging area we use the git add command.

git add

Adding files to Staging area in git
git add

Now you can make your first commit to the project. To make a commit in git, git commit command is used.

Committing the changes in Git
git commit -m “My first commit”

git commit -m "My first commit"

-m tag specifies the description of this commit in this case it is “My first commit” .

Branches

Branches are the most useful feature of git version control system. Branches gives you the ability to work on different features of the project on the same time and when the features are complete you can merge them into one, so you don’t have to wait for one feature to complete before you work on other features.

Branches in Git
Branching in a project

Creating a feature branch in Git

In git creating a new branch is very easy. To create a new branch in a repository we use git branch command.

Creating new branch in git
git branch

git branch new_feature1

Where new_feature1 is the name of the new branch. You can use git checkout command to switch between branches.

If you check the commit log in new_feature1 branch using command git log , you will see all the commits you made to the master branch. Now if you make new commits in the new_feature1 branch you won’t see them in the master branch until you merge the changes to the master branch.

After the work on the new branch is complete you can merge it to the master or other branches you have using git merge.

Merging with Git

Merging with Git is easy. To merge a feature branch into another branch we use the git merge command.

For example lets merge the new_feature1 branch to the master  branch. To do so first we have to goto the branch in which we want to do the merge, In this case it is master branch.

Merging a branch to master in Git
git merge

After we are in the master branch we can merge any branch into the master branch.

git merge new_feature1

Now you know how to merge two branches in Git. You have covered the basics of Git and now you can use git in your projects.

Some more basic commands

  • git status ⇒ Show the current branch, files which are changed etc.
  • git log ⇒ Show all the commits with the description.

It’s time to learn some quick commands to make the operations fast

  • git -a -m “Description”   ⇒ The -a tag select all the files in the repository into the staging area at once. So that you don’t need to add each file manually in the staging area and -m tag commit the changes, all at once.
  • git branch -D branch_name  ⇒ Use this command to delete a branch.
  • git checkout -b new_branch_name ⇒ Use this command to create a new branch and move to that branch at once.
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23 Web Design Tips to Become a Better Designer

Good web design is not only about the looks, a good design is functional, innovative, aesthetic, honest and user-oriented. And in this post we will learn the fundamental rules of designing.

You need years of experience to create a good design.

D-E-S-I-G-N is not how it looks, its how it works. Design is what makes people smile.

Good design is not only about the looks, a good design is functional, innovative, aesthetic, honest and user-oriented. And in this post we will learn the fundamental rules of designing.

Lets start with the fundamental rules of the designing.

1. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

Nothing ever matched with what simple things could do. Good design is as little design as possible. Before the iPhone many phones came out with the same features but they all missed one feature of iPhone which is ease of use and simplicity of the iPhone.

2. Shadows are not always black

This means you should not use 100% black (i.e. #000 , rgb(0,0,0) ) as a primary color in your design. The chances are that you end up with breaking the user experience.

3. White Space is necessary

It is the default space left out around the content to make it more readable. White space insures a good structure and layout in design and it gives focus to the content.

4. Design for Branding

It helps to keep up the coherence in the design. And at the end improves design.

5. Proximity

The elements that are close to each other are perceived more related than the elements which are far from each other. (a, below)

6. Similarity

Users treat elements as a group that has similar visual characteristics. (b, below)

7. Follow Trends (or create one)

Keep up to date with the latest design trends. “Trends” doesn’t mean “copy”. It will help to create new designs.

8. Ask People

Always take feedback from people before finalising the design.

9. Use colors responsibly

Choose colors that are good to eyes and limit color palate to maximum 4 colors.

10. Remove unnecessary elements

20% elements get 80% attention. So remove the unnecessary elements. So that important elements get more attention.

11. Create Prototypes First

Many times new design look better in mind, but it’s not that good in reality. So it is a good idea to create a prototype first.

12. Make headlines pop

Headline are the most important elements of a page because they convey action.

13. Make the text easy to read

Use fonts that are easy on eyes. And choose the font color wisely.

14. Use hierarchy in design

Place the most important elements at the top and the second most important after it. Place elements in the order of their importance.

15. Create Depth in Design

Use images and layers to create depth in a design. The elements of depth add a touch of reality in the design.

16. Sense of action on hover/click

Create an effect that give a sense of action, when hover on a link, button or click-able elements.

17. Appropriate Line height

Spend time with fine tuning the typo. Find the proper line height with this tool: http://www.pearsonified.com/typography/

18. Ask “why” 

Think do you really need this element. If not then remove it. It makes design look better.

19. Motion

Motion provides meaning, and serving focus to attention. Motion adds life to a design.

20. Good artists copy, Great artists steal

Good artists copy; great artists steal.

21. Think like an end-user to check

Think like an end-user when evaluating any design. It helps to find weak points in the design.

22. Define typography first

Typography is the laying foundation of any great design. So start the designing process by defining the typography first.

23. Create a style guide

It makes the workflow fast and consistent.

Conclusion

Above are some great tips to become a better designer. These are the fundamental rules of designing and if you follow them you will end-up with something great.