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Monitor Bluetooth Gadget’s Battery Life with BatON

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As useful as Bluetooth devices are, one of the biggest problems I have with them is the fact that keeping tracking of their battery levels can be rather annoying, particularly with Bluetooth headsets. If you’re not a fan of checking only the LED light to have an idea of how much longer said accessory can last, there is an Android app called BatON that tells you how much juice your accessory has left.

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BatON is an app that is used to monitor the battery life of all devices that are connected to your Android device via Bluetooth. The app works by picking up data that was sent by the Bluetooth device, and from there, the app would display a traditional battery meter of the device in the app.

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While the app itself is really straight forward, you do have the option to toggle the frequency in which BatON checks on the device’s battery levels. This could range from 15 minutes or 6 hours. The app can also be made to display notifications about your connected device’s battery life, allowing you to monitor your connected device’s battery life without needing to open the app itself.

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Useful thought BatON may be, it should be noted that the app isn’t able to monitor all Bluetooth-ready devices. This app will only be able to monitor Bluetooth devices that have a hands-free profile or a “GATT” profile.

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WordPress: Which Search Function is Higher? Google’s or Native?

The Search Results of the Google Search

More and more websites choose to use Google’s search engine instead of the native WordPress search. The Google search is supposed to be much better, as well as deliver more precise results. But is this really the case? Is the WordPress search function really so bad that it should be replaced? Here’s my report.

Google Custom Search is considered to be a great alternative to the native WordPress Search, as it’s said to simply deliver better results. On top of that, the displayed ads even allow you to make money off of it.

This is the advertising promise made by Google. But what does the reality look like? Are the results actually more precise, and is it really possible to make money off of the ads?

Making Money Via Google Search

I’m sure there are websites that earn one or two bucks off the ad blocks. But this won’t make you rich. I know lots of websites with a rather good amount of traffic that have barely earned a penny off these ads.

If you happen to be the owner of a website like the Smashing Magazine, it may be different for you.

But even with 300,000 unique visitors a month, you’ll struggle to get a penny from the ads. It’s just not worth it. Dr. Web, and Noupe have used the Google’s Custom Search for years. There was no notable revenue. By now, they have switched back to native WordPress Search on both websites.

Setting Up Custom Search for Your Website

You can easily set up Custom Search for your blog, and quickly change back to the regular search if you just want to try it. A test doesn’t hurt.

I have written a tutorial on setting up the Google custom search engine. Simply follow the

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European Stationery Mockup for Entry All Areas Members

Access All Areas members have a useful mockup template for Adobe Photoshop to download this week, courtesy of Thom Bouman from Fresh Design Elements. The European Format Stationery Mockup is ideal for presenting your designs to your client and showing off your work in your portfolio. Paste your design via smart layers and choose one of the 6 predefined compositions, or easily create your own by moving objects around. Select one of the 6 included seamless Wooden background Patterns and turn the spotlight on or off to fully customise the final scene.

Fresh Design Elements is a creative studio by Thom Bouman that specialises in the creation of high-quality graphic design resources, helping professional designers and startups cut production time and run a more profitable business by providing high-res downloadable products at a low price, for use in any or all commercial projects. Thom also offers a number of his premium graphic design resources for free. Everybody who signs up to his mailing list will get his FREE Design Bundle. Go check it out!

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Stationery Mockup Template for Members

The European Format Stationery Mockup comprises of 1 PSD and and accompanying PAT file for Adobe Photoshop. The Smart PSD contains editable placeholders for European sized letterheads, business cards, and a range of envelope sizes (EA5/6, EA5, EA4). Double click the layer to edit the contents and configure the layout. You can also load the 6 wooden patterns to customise the scene with alternative background textures.

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12 Android Apps to Play Basic Retro Video games

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Super Mario, Outrun, Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong etc. were amongst the most famous and highly influential video games of all times. There were times when we used to play these games through classic gaming consoles, however, these retro games can still be played just with your Android.

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Retro Gaming Emulators for Android are specialized apps designed to run retro and arcade games on your smartphone or tablet. These gaming emulators let you enjoy classic games of various gaming consoles including N64, Nintendo and PlayStation. Few of them even let you save game progress.

So, let us take a look at the best retro gaming emulators to play classic video games on Android.

RetroArch

RetroArch is an open-source Android emulator whose leveraged interface, called “Libretro”, provides amazing support for graphics and hence, offers superb game play to the users. It works on modular design and requires you to download “cores’ – its modular programs that make things really work.

You can download exclusive games or choose your favourite games using its menu’s “scan directories” option and play them within this emulator without any restriction. With multi-language support, game cheats support and no ads, RetroArch is the best retro emulator you can enjoy on Android.

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Snes9x EX+

Snes9x EX+ is an Android-compatible retro game emulator that comes with a number of built-in games like Bio Worm and many other free or public domain games. The emulator requires you to add games same as RetroArch and supports ROMs in

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Browse Via Gmail Inbox Shortly with This Chrome Extension

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Scanning through your Gmail inbox can prove to be quite a challenge, particularly when you have tons of new emails entering the inbox on a daily basis. In an attempt to make clearing your inbox a tad bit easier, the folks at Digital Inspiration has come up with a simple little Chrome extension called Gmail Sender Icons that lets you glance through your Inbox and pick up on important emails easier.

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As the name might have clued you in, Gmail Sender Icons is an extension that adds “Favicons” to all of the emails in your Gmail account. On top of that, the Favicons are accompanied by the sender’s domain name.

The logic behind this extension is pretty straightforward: you can now easily identify the source of the email without needing to check the sender’s email address. With this, you can now somewhat gauge the importance of the email without needing to open it.

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And just in case you’re worried about the security risk that this extension may pose, the creator of the extension has since mentioned that Gmail Sender Icons does not share data with anyone outside the browser.

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