5 Best Ways to Make Your Android Tablet Better

Android tablets come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Everyone seems to be producing their own blend of Android tablets. Different colors and different functions, each focused on a slightly different market, each with the hope of hitting a run in the field of sales.

The Android tablet is becoming the dominant force in the lucrative mobile computing market, but no one can deny human nature to try to get. Better than your neighbor. So what do people do to make their best Android tablets

1. Protects from scratches and scrapes. There is nothing worse than a scratch on the touch screen or a large portion of thin plastic sides. As tablets, cases come in a wide range. Some are hard cases more expensive than some tablets. It’s time to face facts at some point is going to drop the tablet or fall into it or hit something on the kitchen table or spill a little beer. You need to have your hands on a decent case. Our advice is that the best you can afford to buy, you get what you pay for get to pay over $ 40 for a good case to protect your tablet in most occasions.

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2. Fill your screen with some applications. One thing most people notice is that there is an app for everything! You literally could dream of something, something you want to do with your Android device, and you can probably find an app to do so find. The Google Play Store is the place to go if you want an application. The results are quite accurate so you can just write what you want and grandfather. The great thing about applications is that they are cheap. Do not make the mistake of putting the free options like payment applications are often much better and feature rich do not. Do not be a Scrooge!

3. Work that little robot. Tablets rarely come with the latest version of Android, which will probably be named after a food.  The current version as I write this, but the updates come out all the time and probably more by the time you read this article. The latest versions of Android are sometimes not available on all tablets as a standard upgrade, but with a bit of hacking mess and usually you can install whatever you want there. Search the Internet for classes, is far beyond the scope of this article.

4. Put your tablet stand. If you think about what you use the tablet for probably hides all information about you that is a gold mine for a would-be thief. Google Accounts Pay-pal and are linked to the tablet, not on-line banking, address and other personal details numerous to mention. Your personal tablet ridiculous amount saved without you knowing. Almost Secure! The latest versions of Android have incorporated facial recognition, but to be honest it is not really worth the trouble to install, does not work very well and someone who looks vaguely similar to what could unlock. Go for a lock pattern instead, choose something fairly complex, but do not forget!

5. Add a nice background. Finally, pimp the look once you have achieved in the same home page. A great wallpaper you support opening the device. It sets the tone and makes it stand out from the crowd of the tablet. Customize your hobbies and interests. You can use photos you have clicked or download one of the wide variety of tablet wallpaper website.

Changing Default Directory Pages

Ever wondered how to get different pages to load in different directories when the directory is requested? Here’s how
Some of you may be wondering, just what in the world is a DirectoryIndex? Well, grasshopper, this is a command which allows you to specify a file that is to be loaded as your default page whenever a directory or url request comes in, that does not specify a specific page. Tired of having yoursite.com/index.html come up when you go to yoursite.com? Want to change it to be
yoursite.com/ILikePizzaSteve.html that comes up instead? No problem!

DirectoryIndex filename.html

This would cause filename.html to be treated as your default page, or default directory page. You can also append other filenames to it. You may want to have certain directories use a script as a default page. That’s no problem too!
DirectoryIndex filename.html index.cgi index.pl

Placing the above command in your htaccess file will cause this to happen: When a user types in yoursite.com, your site will look for filename.html in your root directory (or any directory if you specify this in the global htaccess), and if it finds it, it will load that page as the default page. If it does not find filename.html, it will then look for index.cgi; if it finds that one, it will load it, if not, it will look for index.pl and the whole process repeats until it finds a file it can use. Basically, the list of files is read from left to right.

Every once in a while, I use this method for the following needs: Say I keep all my include files in a directory called include, and that I keep all my image files in a directory called images, I don’t want people to be able to directory browse through them (even though we can prevent that through another htaccess trick, more later) I would specify a DirectoryIndex entry, in a specific htaccess file for those two directories, for /redirect/index.pl that is a redirect page (as explained here) that redirects a request for those directories to be sent to the homepage. Or I could just specify a directory index of index.pl and upload an index.pl file to each of those directories. Or I could just stick in an htaccess redirect page, which is our next subject!

Directory Listings

Want to list all the files in a particular directory? Here’s how!
Do you have a directory full of images or zips that you do not want people to be able to browse through? Typically a server is setup to prevent directory listing, but sometimes they are not.

If not, become self-sufficient and fix it yourself:
IndexIgnore *

The * is a wildcard that matches all files, so if you stick that line into an htaccess file in your images directory, nothing in that directory will be allowed to be listed.

On the other hand, what if you did want the directory contents to be listed, but only if they were HTML pages and not images? Simple says I:
IndexIgnore *.gif *.jpg

This would return a list of all files not ending in .jpg or .gif, but would still list .txt,

.html, etc.

And conversely, if your server is setup to prevent directory listing, but you want to list the directories by default, you could simply throw this into an htaccess file the directory you want displayed:
Options +Indexes

If you do use this option, be very careful that you do not put any unintentional or compromising files in this directory. And if you guessed it by the plus sign before Indexes, you can throw in a minus sign (Options -Indexes) to prevent directory listing entirely–this is typical of most server setups and is usually configured elsewhere in the apache server, but can be overridden through htaccess.

If you really want to be tricky, using the +Indexes option, you can include a default description for the directory listing that is displayed when you use it by placing a file called HEADER in the same directory. The contents of this file will be printed out before the list of directory contents is listed. You can also specify a footer, though it is called README, by placing it in the same directory as the HEADER. The README file is printed out after the directory listing is printed.

Of course, I can’t list every possible use of htaccess here, just the more notable and useful ones (read: for fun and profit). There is a list of Apache Directives you can use for your htaccess files, though not all of them are designed to be used by htaccess. Consult the documentation for the directive you are looking to use and make sure that you can actually use it as an htaccess string.

You should also go through the Apache User’s Guide for more detailed information if you are really serious about making your life easier as a web developer. You don’t need to update all 4,000 of the pages on your site individually, by hand, in order to change one file reference…honestly!

In any event, I hope you got a better idea of the power available to you through this relatively simple little Clark Kent-ish file. You really do have the ability to save yourself a lot of time and grief by using htaccess, especially when you add to that the power of SSI and xSSI.

Happy scripting!

Webinar for HTML5 Developers

Last week we told you about a webinar hosted by the mobile game platform company appMobi. The hour-long session went over some of appMobi’s core features, such as their cross-platform development kit (XDK), API documentation, game engine libraries, and more. The slideshow presentation was very well-done and easy to follow, and the resources emailed to participants afterward had a bunch of great links to various topics discussed in the talk (you can find them in the file we link to at the end of this post).

Today appMobi posted the video of the webinar for those who may have missed it. It’s broken down into four twenty-minute YouTube videos, and it’s worth your time to watch or listen in full. Check it out Part One below

AppMobi sent an email blast to participants with a .zip file that includes a sample app with tutorial, the PowerPoint presentation used in the webinar, and links to appMobi resources and documentation.

Apple to patent the “in-app purchasing”

Apple has published a new patent regarding purchases inside applications, called “in-app purchasing” which basically allows users to download features and functions in addition to the already existent one in that particular application.

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Most probably you came across this when playing an iphone game, you were asked to pay an extra amount of money to benefit of some add-ons or such other features that might help in your game.

The “in-app purchasing” feature has long been debated, Lodsys has undertaken a legal battle against iOS developers that have used this function and didn’t have permission to use … their patent, they say. However, the “in-app purchasing” patent has been originally developed by Apple in april and being made public three days ago put an end to any kind of speculation regarding the originality of this feature.

What’s interesting to be observed is that RIM, Microsoft or even Google use a feature similar to this on their services. Will Apple file a lawsuit against those companies now?

A Beginner’s Guide to Website Visitor Analysis

The data available to online entrepreneurs is unprecedented. It allows you to strategise and adapt based on facts rather than speculation. Analytics packages are more than just sources of pretty graphs, they are powerful tools that when used correctly result in real revenue increases.

What to look for

With so much data in front of you right from the go, it can be difficult to know what to look at first. Exactly what metrics you need to look at will depend on what you want to learn, but in general, the first places to look are:

  • Entrance sources (keywords, referring sites)
  • Demographics (location, browser, language)
  • On-site behaviours (bounce rate, time on site, navigation paths)

Taken together, all of this data is chiefly useful for two things: evaluation and optimisation.


The visitor data available in your analytics package gives you a direct insight into how successful your initiatives are. Are your SEO and social media campaigns translating into higher traffic? Is one keyword performing better than another? Is your Facebook campaign sending a lot of traffic, but yielding a very low conversion rate?

By monitoring navigation paths you can how well your site is performing. Are people dropping off between the basket and checkout? Are they getting to the contact page but not sending you a message? Is no one getting any further than your homepage?


There are two broad approaches to optimising based on visitor data.

The first is to make changes based on your evaluations. If you discovered people are dropping off after a particular page, change it. If your Facebook campaign isn’t delivering the traffic and/or conversions you expected, change your approach or abandon it.

The second is sculpting strategy and site design to capitalise on existing trends you were unaware of.

For example, you might discover that a significant proportion of your traffic comes from Germany – perhaps a German language version of the site would be beneficial. Or you might find you’re getting traffic for a keyword you didn’t expect, so you divert some SEO resources towards ranking higher for that.

How you interpret and act on the data is entirely up to you, but analysing your website visitors will give you invaluable information to improve your business.

Facebook Timeline for Business – Adapting Your Social Media Strategy

Facebook Timeline for business pages has arrived, and that means it’s time to make some changes to your social media strategy.

The cover image

The cover image at the top is 851x315px. It will be the first thing that new fans will see, and so is essential to effective branding of your new Facebook page.

There are some rules that come with it:

  • It must not infringe anyone else’s copyright
  • It may not include any calls to action
  • It may not include any sales or pricing information
  • It may not include any contact information (this must be confined to the ‘about’ box)
  • It may not refer to any Facebook functionality (such as ‘like to win prizes’)

In other words, you cannot use your cover image to promote or sell. Instead, it should be viewed as a chance to creatively capture what your business is all about and help establish early brand recognition.

No more default landing tab

Most savvy Facebook marketers have implemented a ‘fan-gate’ at one point or another: a default landing tab that promises exclusive content to people once they ‘like’ the page. With the abolition of default landing tabs this looks set to end.

Now the only way of funnelling users directly to a tab or application is through Facebook adverts. Anyone reaching your page organically will land directly on the timeline.

‘Pinning’ content

In lieu of default landing tabs, Facebook have introduced a new way to control what content users see first – pinning.

You can now ‘pin’ a status update or image to the top of the timeline for a maximum of 7 days. This ensures that whatever else is going on, it will be the first thing users see. This way you can highlight important messages: sales, promotions, competitions etc. in the same way you may have used the landing tab before.

You could even use it to direct fans to a different tab.

Private messaging with fans

Businesses are now able to conduct private conversations with fans, meaning that Facebook can become more of an active customer service/sales channel without clogging up your timeline.

This increased level of interaction will be incredibly useful, as long as it’s not over-done. The best way of using it will be to take conversations with customers off the timeline and into private so as not to detract from your key messages. It also means you can get deeper into whatever issue a fan may have without having to conduct your business in public.