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How to Run Android Apps in your PC

How to Run Android Apps in your PC

Cell phones today have become everyday thing among the people from different walks of life. The reason that caused such proliferation of cellular phones is the existence of a vast amount of addictive applications and games that can be played on these cell phones. These apps and games significantly further the usability of a mobile phone and hence the most popular cell phones out there in the market, including but not limited to the Apple’s iPhone and other phones loaded with Android OS are leading with lots of apps with technological advancements that have the ability to be more productive.

The first apps to go viral at an unprecedented pace were the apps with calling and texting, which are capable of reducing the burden on your wallet by helping you stay in touch with your dear ones. Such apps are rightly called “Over The Top” or OTT apps, some examples are WeChat, WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Rebtel etc. The important differences in these apps are that only a few of these apps help you make phone calls (Rebtel and Viber), the others are only text messaging based.

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In my case, a dilemma that occupies me is why should I take these bulky cellular phones just to enjoy these apps, especially when I am next to a computer? Sadly, less than a handful of the app devloping companies have looked at creating their apps for a computer natively. Switching between phone and PC is time consuming since you need to stop whatever you need to work on your computer and again use your phone in order to use these applications. Viber for PC is the first and foremost step in this direction but it lacks a lot.

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Companies other than the ones that deal with app development have put a lot of efforts to make users capable of using Android applications on their laptops or computers. Their efforts have seen the bright light now, as it is possible to use Android apps on computers or laptops. Eureka! This solution is a side product of a method to allow application developers to test their phone apps during development on their computers before submitting them for review by the stores such as the Windows’ app store, Apple’s iTunes or the Google Play store. That is to say, a phone app developer could, if needed, try his/her Android phone app on personal machines using an emulator, test the app, and subsequently submit it for review. This is the same method we will use to enjoy Android apps on PC.

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Today we are going to discuss how can a novice user employ this information to use her favorite phone app on a laptop without the costly affair of a cellphone. This technique, of course, will apply equally even when you want to download Android games on your personal computer.

Steps to Get Android Games/Apps on your PC

  1. Download an Android emulator called Bluestacks. There is also Youwave, but it won’t work with ARM based apps.
  2. Install Bluestacks and run it. Note: You might run into graphics errors during installation, however you should be able to find a solution to most of the Bluestacks errors here.
  3. On the home page of Bluestacks, click on the search button and type in the name of the app or the game you want.
  4. Select one of the many app stores and install the app.
  5. Go back to the home page and you should see the app listed there, you should be able to double click the app and run it.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Feel free to leave a comment if you are stuck anywhere or need specific instructions for your favorite game or app.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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