Turn off notifications for specific apps on Android

Android Kitkat

Android Kitkat

Android allows you to turn off notifications for specific apps. However, the way to do this is not very obvious. I have an account on Flickr, however, did not want to continuously receive notifications on photos I commented on!

To turn off notifications, goto –

Settings -> Apps -> Select App -> Uncheck Show Notifications

Its a bit cumbersome but gets the job done. I’m not sure if this affects battery life in any way but if you aren’t being notified all the time, I’m guessing it saves you battery.

Force your Google Nexus 7 to receive an OTA update

I bought a Google Nexus 7 tablet recently and it is fantastic. Since it is a ‘Nexus’ branded tablet, it also means that it receives regular updates much earlier than other tablets. However, I noticed that everytime Google released an OTA (over the air) udpate, I would not get the update immediately.

Recently, it was all over the internet that Google had released version 4.1.2 of their Jelly Bean operating system. However, my tablet was still at version 4.1.1. I tried the usual trick, going to Settings -> About -> System Updates -> Check Now but it kept saying my tablet was the latest version. This was obviously not the case. After searching around I finally found the solution to get a firmware update at the same time as others –

1. Goto Settings -> Applications

2. Select the “All” tab on top of the screen

3. Find ‘Google Framework Services’. Select it.

4. Click the ‘Force Stop’ button. Don’t worry, it wont cause any problems (atleast mine didn’t :P)

5. Click ‘Clear Data’

6. Go back to Settings-> System Updates -> Check Now. You should see the date in the 1960’s. Ignore this for now. 

7. You should see the update once you click Check All!

If the above does not work try repeating Steps 3-6 a few times. Some people have reported success after trying the above steps a few times. Don’t give up! Enjoy your spanking new version of Jelly Bean 😉

BossKee – Hide any window instantly with a shortcut

BossKee is a utility which I coded in a single day to help hide any Window from prying eyes. There are numerous times when you are reading something private (like an email, nsfw joke) or viewing photos and suddenly out of the blue realise someone behind your shoulder is peeping at your computer screen. Usual reaction is to fumble trying to find the minimize button (atleast mine is!)

BossKee User Interface

This application lets you target a specific Window from a list of open Windows. BossKee then runs in the background silently monitoring the Window you selected. The minute you press the shortcut (Ctrl + Space), it hides the selected Window instantly. To bring the Window back, simply press the shortcut combination (Ctrl + Space) once again. Go on, fire up that browser or application you were working on, without having to watch your back.

“BossKee – I have your back!”

Click here to download BossKey v0.1 (Tested on Windows 7 and Windows XP)

Display profile picture in Google search by adding Author Code to your blog – the easy way!

The process for getting your links to show up in Google search with your profile picture at the side as shown below is not an easy –

After multiple tries using different types of methods I finally found a simple and straighforward way to do this. It works great for WordPress blogs and theoretically should work the same way for Blogger as well.

  • Visit this badge generation link. Visit your Google+ profile page to get your Google+ Profile ID.
  • Select the “Icon” option button for the Type setting.
  • Once you have your Google badge code, right-click and copy it as shown below –

  • Under your WordPress dashboard, goto Appearance->Widgets. Add a text widget to your sidebar by dragging it onto the sidebar as shown below –

  • Add the Badge Author Code you had copied earlier and paste it into the Text Wwidget as shown below –

  • Click Save.

You’re all set! Give it a day or so let the Google Spiders crawl your website / blog for the changes. Once you are verified as the author of the blog, a link to your profile and your profile picture will begin appearing in Google Search results. It will make your blog posts look more professional! Note: Google likes high resolution profile pictures that are evenly sized. Make sure your profile picture set in Google+ is a decent image which has a resolution of atleast 250×250 pixels.

You can also use the official Google Rich Snippet Testing Tool to ensure your changes above are working.