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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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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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