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With camera lens and sensor specs getting more and more impressive, Android devices have easily become our go-to choice for point-and-shoot cameras. Photos on our phones keep getting better and better but the issue is with transferring and backing up those precious memories seamlessly.
The best place to automatically store photos is in the cloud so we can access them anytime and anywhere. Many apps and services offer this option but with only very little free space — 2GBs is ridiculous given the higher resolution sensors on cameraphones — and expensive additional space. Google+ will backu
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p photos with no storage limit, except it counteracts that by downsizing the image resolution. Wouldn’t it be perfect if we could back those photos up to our Google Drive account, making good use of the free space offered with the reasonably priced additional storage? Well, there’s a simple app called FolderSync to do just that.

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FolderSync comes in a lite version for free in the Play Store that does everything we need to set up our automatic photo backups. The interface can seem tricky at first glance if you don’t understand how it works so let’s do a step by step walk-through to explain the whole process.
Step 1: Get Familiar With What Makes a Sync
There are three different parts that make up a sync: the original file location, a cloud storage account (in this case, Google Drive account), and a folderpair. In the ensuing steps we will go through each one of the parts and soon you’ll see how simple it is to set them up to work together.
Step 2: Set Up a Cloud Storage Account
Foldersync supports a great list of accounts you can set up, from Dropbox and Skydrive all the way down to your own FTP server. Since we’re looking at taking advantage of our available Google Drive space, we’ll choose that option.
On the home screen, you will see the navigation options where you can choose Accounts.
Foldersync homescreen
Once you go to the Accounts screen, you’ll see a tiny cloud button in the lower left-hand corner with a small plus sign on it. Tapping that will give you the cloud services you can choose from. Simply choose Google Drive.
Setting up a Google Drive account
Attaching your Google Drive account is as simple as following the steps to sign in and validate it. Once you do, make sure you tap the save button in the upper right corner of the screen to save it.
Step 3: Set Up a Folderpair
Setting up a folderpair is simply telling the app which folder on your phone you want synced with which cloud service you just set up. You can have several folders syncing to several services all at once. What we want to do is to back up our photos on our Google Drive account, making sure none are missed.
Folderpair setup
From the drop down menu, choose Folderpairs. Tap the small plus button in the lower left-hand corner to add a new folderpair. Most of the fields here are pretty simple to figure out but let’s have a walk-through.

Name: This is simply to identify what this folderpair is doing should you choose to set up more than one. You can name it something like “photos from phone” or something similar.
Account: This space needs to be the Google account we just set up.
Remote folder: It’d probably be good if you set up a specific folder in your Google Drive account before just placing the photos anywhere, so name it something you’ll remember like “photos from phone” then come back here and choose this new folder.
Local folder: This is for the folder on your phone that you want backed up. Most Androids have a folder on the SD card — whether it’s physical or the internal virtual one — called DCIM. To be safe that all of your photos make it to the backup session, choose the whole folder.
Sync type: Choose the “to remote folder” option.
Scheduling: This is entirely up to you. Choose when you want the backup to occur.
Sync options: Pay attention here because you’ll either get errors or you’ll miss some photos if you check or uncheck some of these wrongly. I typically ignore the first two boxes but the rest are imperative.

Make sure “Sync subfolders” is checked so all photos in the folders beneath the DCIM folder are synced.
Make sure the “Sync hidden files” box is unchecked or you’ll get errors. You don’t need any hidden files to backup your photos anyway.
Unless you want the photos deleted from your phone as they’re synced, make sure the “Delete source files after sync” option is unchecked.
I usually check the “Do not sync deletions” option because I don’t want to accidentally delete a wanted photo off my phone and then have the backup automatically deleted too — just a safeguard.



If you want to set up sync filters, you must opt to purchase the full version but that’s for another day. Finally, make sure you tap the save button in the upper right corner to save those changes.
Step 4: Start Your First Sync
Choose Sync status from the drop down menu to see a history of your syncs. Since this is the first time, there won’t be a list there but you will be able to start your first sync.
Sync status
To start the sync, simple tap the sync button in the lower left-hand corner of the sync screen. The first sync will probably take some time, assuming you’ve got a lot of photos and videos ready to back up. Once it’s done, ensuing syncs should be quicker as it only backs up the files added or updated since the last time.
Conclusion
Although it would be nice if there was a built-in feature with Google Drive to automatically back up photos in full-resolution, that doesn’t exist yet and Foldersync fills the void very well. Now you can backup photos to your Google storage in two different ways. You can either have Google+ send the lowered resolution version without it counting against your free storage, or you can use Foldersync to sync and safely keep the full-sized images.


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This week in apps has been a hectic one, with a new app that has you guessing the logos to major corporations, a Flickr competitor’s entry into the mobile app world, and the latest photography craze GifBoom, all making a splash not only on the Play Store, but on my device as well! So read on to see what’s happening this week in the world of Android.

Logo Quiz
First there was Temple Run, then Draw Something, and now Logo Quiz, the latest mobile game frenzy. As you may have guessed from the name, the main aim of the game is to guess the logos of brands familiar to tho
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se all over the world.
As I said above, these types of apps are the latest craze in the Android world and so the usual rush of apps mimicking identical functionality are to be expected, but the aptly named Logo Quiz still reigns supreme. It contains logos ranging from Shell Oil to Starbucks Coffee. I’ve been playing it a lot and so far have noticed little to no overlap of questions, so you can expect it to keep you entertained for hours on end!
Logo Quiz
500px
Hailed by many as Flickr’s first true competitor, 500px’s Android offering is a sight to behold. Apart from offering a beautiful and easy to use interface, it also sports some amazing pictures taken by truly talented photographers. Thankfully, the developers decided to make the app free, without ads that would detract seriously from the viewing of the pictures.
Whilst some will agree that this app benefits from larger screen estate (such as offered by the Galaxy Note or other Android tablets) it’s also a pleasure to use on a smaller scale and is definitely a leap forward for Android photo browsing apps!
500PX
The Avengers Live Wallpaper
It’s hard to go on to any movie news site without seeing The Avengers mentioned. Adored by critics and fans alike, this film made (and still is making!) a huge splash in cinemas everywhere. Having grossed millions before even being released in the USA, it’s certainly popular. If you’re a fan then this live wallpaper is perfect for you.
Although there is a free download, this only comes with the basic wallpaper; but for an extra $0.99 you can upgrade to the full wallpaper, sporting the full Avengers cast including Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Hulk. Performance wise this wallpaper isn’t too shabby either. It ran very smoothly on my device, and I can only imagine how well it could run on devices such as the Galaxy S II or the Nexus.
The Avengers Live Wallpaper
ViBe
A while back here on Android.Appstorm we published a post of the best ringtone apps. In that roundup several apps that added custom vibrations to specific contacts made an appearance, and if we were to re-write that roundup, we would definitely include ViBe. Apart from making setting custom vibrations easier and faster, it also has several discerning features that set it apart from the standard flurry of vibration apps.
Apart from the usual features, this app also integrates tightly into some major apps that deliver notifications. It currently does so with Handcent and Go SMS Pro and the developers are looking to expand this further by integrating into other massively popular apps such as Instagram, Twitter and Gmail.
ViBe
Gifboom
Instagram is so last week. Now it’s all about Gifboom. This app is taking the GIF community by storm, allowing users not only to easily create animated GIFs but also to view and share them with the Gifboom community. Although some users have reported that the app’s functionality can be quite sporadic, thankfully I have yet to experience a hitch.
For those of you who love GIFs (who doesn’t?!) you’ll begin to wonder how you ever woke up in the morning without being able to tap an icon and see a collection of user generated GIFs waiting to be enjoyed. Apart from offering its own network (á la Instagram), GifBoom also allows sharing to many of the most popular social networking websites around today, such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. Overall this app will definitely reserve a special place in GIF lovers’ hearts (and homescreens).
GifBoom
Pocket Academy
Kairosoft’s latest venture in the Android market is very different than its other offerings. Rather than letting you control a glamorous space station, a game development startup, or even your own spa, this game lets you manage somewhere that everyone has been: a school. Although it’s hard to argue that managing a school in real life is actually fun, Kairosoft manages to make it so.
You can build dorms, classroom, locker rooms – basically most of the things that probably existed in your high school! This game is definitely one of Kairosoft’s better offerings (and you can definitely expect a full review here on Android.Appstorm sometime soon).
Pocket Academy
PicFrame
The quality of phone cameras improves by the day, and the craze of photo editing apps seems to keep pace. PicFrame basically allows you to put several of your images all into one via the use of frames. Not only does this make photography more fun, it also makes for a neat way to present your pictures to your friends and family.
PicFrame
So far I’ve used this app to showcase a few pictures from a recent trip (and even a few screenshots) and it has yet to let me down. If you use Instagram or are constantly using your phone as your camera and are looking for a way to present your images in both a functional and beautiful way than this app is definitely one you’ll appreciate.


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Original Article on UltraLinx Website - Microsoft Release Video On Uses of Surface
I’m pretty excited for the Microsoft Surface, purely because it looks like it’ll be great competition to the iPad.
Microsoft really showed us what a “Smart Cover” should really be, by including a keyboard right into the screen cover for the tablet. The design of it is exceptional too, very different from the iPad and it has a lot more connectivity options.
This new video shows off how much you can do with the Surface and it’s pretty impressive. It’s great to see
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that there is a HD port, USB port and a MicroSD card slot – these options alone can be very inciting for people who want a productive tablet.

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Samsung finally started to rollout the official final build of Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich for their flagship Samsung Galaxy SII device. For now its available through the OTA updates in some European countries and other countries should follow soon. Note this ICS update for now is only meant to be for the international version of the SGSII but not the local US variants of the device for which no update schedule has been announced yet. If you are using an international version of the Galaxy S2 and still waiting for the Android 4.0.3 update to be available in your device then might wa
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nt to go ahead and try the firmware that has been posted on the XDA forums ahead of the time.
The build that is available is named I9100XXLPQ and is is stock ICS based Samsung firmware with the usual flavor of TouchWiz on top that we are used on the Gingerbread based stock firmware from Samsung. Firmware weighs in over 300MB in size and you need to flash using the Odin. Here is a simple on how to flash it on your Samsung Galaxy S2. Provided stock firmware includes the latest firmware, kernel and modem from Samsung for SGS2.
Note: Rooting, Jailbreaking or customizing your device can be risky, and you may end-up bricking your device! Follow the instructions posted here at your own responsibility as InspiredGeek will not be responsible for any damage to your device.
Required Downloads
- Download the ODIN file and then extract the .zip file.
- Download I9100XXLPQ [Mirror]  and extract the contents/files of Android 4.0.3 ICS I9100XXLPQ to the desktop.
– Correct KIES USB drivers must be installed, so that programs can communicate with the device. Reboot computer after driver installation if required.
- If KIES is running in the background then turn it off as it may interfere with the ODIN.
Procedure – Flash Android 4.0.3 On Samsung Galaxy SII
Please make sure to wipe  your device before flashing this firmware to avoid any FCs and other errors. Make a Nandroid backup of your device through the CWM recovery console and then do usual wipes i.e., cache partition, dalvik cache and data format factory reset before proceeding!
Step 1: Make sure that your device is in USB debugging mode: Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging. Step 2:  Reboot your device into download mode. To do so: Turn the device off, then power it on again by pressing and holding Volume-Down + Home + Power simultaneously.
Step 3: Start ODIN.
Step 4: Connect the device to your computer via USB. Step 5: Wait a few seconds, the ODIN screen will show that a device is now connected - Make sure that in ODIN nothing is checked, except the "Auto reboot" and "F. Reset Time" checkboxes. - Press the "PDA" button, and select the the extracted tar file (from extracted Download above that you placed on desktop) to flash the firmware.
- Press "Start".
- ODIN will now flash the above components.
- Device should reboot after flashing the Android 4.0.3 firmware components on your Samsung Galaxy SII device.
Step 6: After the device reboots you will have Ice Cream Sandwich based on Android 4.0.3 & TouchWiz final I9100XXLPQ  build on your Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII)!
Note that after flashing first boot might take some time as OS builds the cache and optimizes the different apps code before startup. After that it should be smooth sailing!
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