26 Aug 2016

How to Install and Run Full Android OS on your PC using Oracle (VM) VirtualBox

Hello blog readers, today am gonna be showing you how to install and run Android operting system on your windows PC/LAPTOP using Oracle VM VirtualBox. You may be wondering what VirtualBox is.

Well, Virtual machine (VM). is a special environment that VirtualBox creates for your guest operating system while it is running. In other words, it is a machine/software which allows you to run and switch between two or more operating system without the need of booting into BIOS settings. E.g: if your PC is running Windows10, with the help of Virtual Machine, you can at the same time run MAC OS X,UBUNTU,LINUS,ANDROID and some other lower windows OS provided your system meet the requirement.
So let's say you wanna run Android on your windows intel PC? The Android-x86 Project has ported Android to the x86 platform from ARM. Android-x86 can be installed on netbooks with supported hardware, but you can also install Android in VirtualBox.
Android can be run as just another virtual machine, like you would run a Windows or Linux virtual machine. This allows you to play with the Android interface and install apps in a full Android environment on your PC.

REQUIRMENT


  • Download an Android-x86 ISO: You can find the latest Android-x86 ISO files. Download the latest one — currently Android 7.0 but you can go for a lower version of your choice. In this tutorial, am gonna be using Android 4.4KITKAT.

Creating an Android Virtual Machine

  • Operating System: Linux – Linux 2.6 (or later version)
  • Memory Size: 512 MB or More depending on the size of your system RAM. if your system has 4GB RAM, then you can give it 1GB or more. But take note that the ram you give your Virtual Machin will be deducted from your system RAM size since you are gonna be running an entirely different OS.
  • Hard Drive Size: 3 GB or More Depending on the size of your Hard Disk Drive.

Before you get started, you’ll need both the VirtualBox and an Android-x86 ISO which will be installed inside the VirtualBox. So to begin;
To create an android virtual machine, open the VirtualBox and create a new virtual machine by clicking the New button. Go through the wizard and configure your virtual machine with the following settings:
Next, power on your new virtual machine and point VirtualBox at the Android-x86 ISO(from your VM navigate to where you downloaded the Android-x86.iso file and open it) file you downloaded. The installer will boot up inside your virtual machine.
Select the Installation option and press Enter to continue.
We’ll need to create a partition for the Android system. Select the Create/Modify partitions option and press Enter.
Select the New option with your arrow keys and press Enter to create a new partition in the free space.

Choose the Primary option and press Enter, then press Enter again to have the partition take up the entire size of the virtual disk you created.

Highlight the Bootable option and press Enter to make the partition bootable, then select the Write option and press Enter to write your changes to the virtual disk. You’ll have to type yes and press Enter to confirm writing the changes.
Activate the Quit option and you’ll go back to the Choose Partition screen.
This time, you’ll see the partition you created at the top of the screen. Select the partition and press Enter to install Android to it.
Select the ext3 file system, and then select Yes to format the partition.

Choose Yes to install the GRUB bootloader, and then select Yes to install the /system directory as read-write.
Once you’re done, you can remove the ISO file and reboot your virtual machine.
Android should boot up like any other operating system would in your virtual machine. As with an Android smartphone or tablet, you’ll have to go through the setup process and optionally provide Google account details. Skip the Wi-Fi setup screen — Android will use your virtual machine’s standard Internet connection.
If your mouse cursor doesn’t work, click the Machine menu and select the Disable Mouse Integration option. Click inside the virtual machine and you’ll see the mouse cursor. Press the host key displayed at the bottom-right corner of the virtual machine window (default key: Right Ctrl) to release the mouse cursor from the virtual machine.
You’ll boot into a live Android environment, complete with Google apps like Gmail, Maps, and the Play Store for installing other apps.
Android is primarily designed for touch input, but it can also be used with a mouse and keyboard — this means that your computer’s mouse and keyboard can function as serviceable input devices. Just don’t try doing anything you need multi-touch for.
This isn’t the fastest way to run Android apps on your PC but BlueStacks is faster if all you want to do is play Temple Run 2 or another Android game on your Windows PC. However, Android-x86 provides access to a complete Android system in a virtual machine. It’s a great way to get more familiar with a standard Android system or just experiment with it like you would experiment with a virtual machine running any other operating systems.
Go full-screen with an Android virtual machine and you’ll get an idea of what it would be like to use Android on a laptop.
Source: HowToGeek
If you have any issue installing the OS, do let us know through the comment box.
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14 Nigerian Banks USSD Code To Transfer Money On Phone + Steps

Lately, all Nigerian banks are trying to make banking quite easy and convenient for its customers by developing various alternative ways to bank while on the go such as mobile banking, mobile money, internet banking, ATM transactions and now banking on phone via USSD codes without internet connection.

It all started from GTBank with the introduction of GTB *737# mobile banking and gradually most banks picked up the idea due to the ease it offers and now its everywhere.
money transfer with ussd code
So in this post, you will find the USSD codes for 14 Nigerian banks with which you can easily transfer money and carry out other bank transactions in just any phone. As well as the steps on how to carry out this transactions. And by just any phone, I mean you can transfer your money even on a Nokia touch light, tecno phones without internet connection. You don't even need a mobile app nor a visit to an ATM machine.

What Is A USSD Code?
USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) is a Global System for Mobile(GSM) communication technology that is used to send text between a mobile phone and an application program in the network. Applications may include prepaid roaming or mobile chatting.

An example is the code you use to load recharge card or check airtime balance on MTN, Glo, Airtel and Etisalat (that is *556#, *555*pin#).

Why You Should Transfer Using This Codes/Medium?
==>It's Secure
==>No stress; just dial the codes and follow the instruction voila.
==>Easy and convenient: you can use this to transfer money to a friend that is stranded. And your friend could actually do the same for you. Meaning it could be a life saver when stranded.

What you need to know?
==>To transfer funds to a friend, using same bank as you or to other bank, all you have to do dial the code associated to your bank (will be given to you below) after which you follow the instructions there after.
==>You need to carry this out on the mobile phone number registered to your bank account.
==>Some banks require registration after which they will generate a pin code for you. Before this service can be activated on your account and linked to your phone number.
==>Just like in most mobile app transfer, transferring money on phone via ussd codes also have a daily, weekly limit but all depends on your bank.
==>This service is free to use. However, transfer charges may apply.
Nigerian Banks transfer code
Transfer USSD Code For 14 Nigerian Banks!

==>1. Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) *737#
==>2. Fidelity Bank, dial *770#
==>3. First Bank*894#
==>4. Sterling Bank *822#
==>5. Skye Bank *389#
==>6. United Bank for Africa (UBA)  *389#
==>7. EcoBank  *326#
==>8. Zenith Bank  *966#
 ==>9. Stanbic Bank *909#
==>10. Wema Bank *322#
==>11. Diamond Bank *302#
==>12. For Diamond Yello Account holders Dial *710#
==>13. Unity Bank USSDFor Unity Bank *322#
==>14. Heritage Bank USSD *322#
==>15. Access Bank Bank *901#

That's all on that. You may also want to see all Nigerian banks USSD code to recharge your line on phone.
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Free VPN Is Now Available On Opera For Android


Opera now finally drop free VPN for Android after some months of launching VPN app on IOS, I was really amazed when Opera finally launched free VPN on Android because I was thinking only IOS will be using Opera free VPN.

The VPN is totally free and you  can choose the countries you wish like USA, Canada, Germany, Singapore, Netherlands e.t.c


I am glad to tell you that if you want to block an advert from displaying on that Opera, you can make use of it with the  VPN.

I will like to go straight to the point now but what I really want to tell you is that the VPN on Opera which is used for Android is complete free so I will like you to download it now.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD OPERA FREE VPN FOR ANDROID

No big deal in downloading and using it, first of all….
>>Download it here
>> Install the VPN  and choose the country you want, then start using it

Enjoy you browsing safely with Opera free VPN.
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Check Out The Images And Full Specs Of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4


Wow, the latest device in town now is Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, I will like you to hurry up and get yours quickly. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a 5.5 inches smartphone running on Xiaomi's feature-rich MIUI interface  and also based on top of Android 6 Marshmallow. This Smartphone comes with iPhone-esque dark grey, light silver and gold versions.

Xiaomi  Redmi Note 4 comes with two versions and they both run on the 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 system chip; 2GB of Ram and 16GB of internal storage, while the other is equipped with 3GB of Ram and 64GB of internal storage.
Don’t let us waste much of our time, I will show you thee specs of this device now.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Unveils Electric Screwdriver WoWstick 1fs

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 specs

Xiaomi: Redmi Note 4

Platform: MIUI v8 on top of Android 6 Marshmallow

Dimensions: 151 x 76 x 8.35 mm175 g

Display: 5.5" LCDwith 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution SoC

RAM: 2GB / 3GB

Cameras: 13MP f/2.0 rear cam w/ dual LED flash

MTK Helio X20 10 core clocked up to 2.1GHz Mali T880 MP4 700MHz

Battery: 4,100 mAh

5MP front cam

Storage: 16GB / 64GB

That’s the specs of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 above…. Hurry up and get you own device  NOW!!!
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25 Aug 2016

How to Run Android Apps & Game on PC Using Bluestacks





The Windows Store may be fairly light on great apps, but BlueStacks gives you access to over 750,000 apps on your PC/Laptop  – including lots of touch-enabled games.
Various Android app emulators have been available for Windows for a while, but they haven’t really had a purpose. With touch-screen Windows PCs and tablets, there’s now finally a reason why you might want to run Android apps on Windows.
BlueStacks App Player is a versatile program that bridges the gap between mobile and desktop by allowing users to run their favorite Android apps on their Windows or Mac OS X devices. An innovative "Cloud Connect" feature allows you to push apps from your Android device to Bluestacks, and vice versa. First released to the public in 2011, the program has continued to grow, and is currently free for download in its current beta form. Want to get a taste of Android on your desktop? Here's how to set up BlueStacks, as well as a rundown of some of its controls and interesting features. 

1. Installing BlueStacks

BlueStacks App Player is available for Windows and OSX computers, and is a quick, compact install to your boot drive (there's no option in the installer to go to a different drive or directory). The only choice you make during the install is whether to allow the program to make notifications, as well as the option to opt in to BlueStacks Spotlight, which holds daily app giveaways.

2. The Home Screen



Once installed, BlueStacks will boot up to its Home Screen, where you can access your installed apps, look up apps in the "Top Charts," search for apps, and access settings. You can use the mouse for basic touch controls here, with clicking and holding to simulate basic tap and swipe controls. From here, we'll need to do a bit more setup before you can get around to installing apps. You'll need to set up access to the Google Play store and associate a Google Account with BlueStacks.

3. Setting up the App Store

With BlueStacks installed, the first thing you'll want to do is associate a Google Account so that you can get onto the Google Play store and download apps. Go to "My Apps" and click on "1-Click Sync Setup," which will bring up a wizard interface that will guide you through the process. Basically, you'll need to either create a Google account, or sign in with your existing one.

4. Setting up BlueStacks Cloud Connect

An optional step for users with an Android smartphone or tablet is to set up BlueStacks Cloud Connect, an app that allows you to push apps from your Android device to BlueStacks, and vice versa. Download Cloud Connect for your Android device, and then go to the Settings button on BlueStacks and click on "Cloud Connect".


If you have an Android phone, input an email address as well as your phone number. You will then receive instructions via email and SMS on how to connect your phone to Bluestacks, push apps, and sync SMS.

If you're running an Android tablet, you instead just use an email address to synch BlueStacks with your device. After registering BlueStacks Cloud Connect, you should receive an email containing a PIN number, which you input into the Cloud Connect app.


You should now be able to push apps between your device and BlueStacks. You're essentially installing the same app on your desktop and mobile device, without syncing app data (such as login credentials or game progress). Still, it's an easy way to copy apps from your device to BlueStacks, or vice versa.

5. Installing & Running Apps

If you're not going to sync apps to and from your Android device, you can just use the built in App Search to search for and install apps from Google Play, Amazon, or 1Mobile.

It may seem confusing at first, but BlueStacks won't let you get to its three built-in app markets directly. You'll need to go through the App Search button. Type in the name of the app you're looking for, and it will search 1Mobile, Amazon, and Google Play for matches, and give you the option to install apps from any of the above three stores.


Once you've accessed one of the three app stores, you can then navigate that store. Within Google Play, for instance, you can take advantage of the store's search and other features.





Once you return to the Home Screen, your newly installed app should be ready to run. BlueStacks can run an impressive variety of apps from social networking tools and multimedia apps to games. However, BlueStacks won't run everything, so expect a little trial and error for compatibility.

6. Controls & Settings

You should now have everything you need to install and run apps from BlueStacks, so we'll finish up with some extra notes on in-app controls, as well as settings. Unless you happen to be running a touchscreen rig or a Windows 8 tablet, you're going to need some way to approximate pinch to zoom, as well as tilt controls.
Pinch to Zoom: Control +, or Control -
Tilt Controls: 'Z' or 'X' can be used to simulate tilting a device left or right.
BlueStacks supports the use of gamepad controls for many apps, which will be a godsend for users looking to play Android games on a PC. Plug in your controller, and Bluestacks should inform you if a particular app supports a controller.

Finally, the Settings menu (gear icon) contains assorted system settings for language, keyboard settings, contacts and account management, and an app manager for uninstalling applications and setting their default sizes.

There's your quick visual tour of the BlueStacks App Player. It may not run every Android app perfectly, but BlueStacks puts you just a mouse click away from thousands of compelling choices.
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Code For Checking Account Balance On MTN, GLO, Airtel & Etisalat


Hello NaijaTechLovers reader, I will be sharing that above topic here today, I know most of us know how to check account balance on our particular SIM card but I just want to share for all network, you may not know the codes for all network so that is why I want to share the code for checking account balance on all networks.
Guys, no time to waste time, no time to check time, Let me go straight to the point, you don’t really need much details on this, you already know it.

CODES FOR CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE ON MTN, GLO, AIRTEL & ETISALAT
FOR MTN:


After loading recharge card on your phone, you will want to check you account balance so you will do this below..
To Check account balance, Dial *556#and press send or OK then you will see the amount that remain in your account

FOR AIRTEL:


After loading recharge card on your phone, you will want to check you account balance so you will do this below..
To check account balance, Dial *123# and press send or OK then you will see the amount that remain in your account


FOR  ETISALAT:


After loading recharge card on your phone, you will want to check you account balance so you will do this below..
To check account balance, Dial *232# and press send or OK then you will see the amount that remain in your account

FOR GLO:


After loading recharge card on your phone, you will want to check you account balance so you will do this below..
To check account balance, Dial #124*1# and press send or OK then you will see the amount that remain in your account


That’s all, now you know how to  check account balance for all networks, If any of your friend using any network that is not related to yours ask you the code, you can easily tell him/her.
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Code For Loading Recharge Card On MTN, GLO, Airtel & Etisalat


Hello NaijaTechLovers reader, I will be sharing that above topic here today, I know most of us know how to recharge on  our particular SIM card but I just want to share for all network, you may not know the codes for all network so that is why I want to share the code for  recharging on all networks.
Guys, no time to waste time, no time to check time, Let me go straight to the point, you don’t really need much details on this, you already know it.

CODE FOR LOADING RECHARGE CARD ON ALL NETWORKS (MTN, GLO, AIRTEL AND ETISALAT)
FOR MTN:


To recharge on MTN, Dial *555*PIN# and press send or OK e.g *555*1123465733542984#

FOR AIRTEL:

To recharge on Airtel, Dial *126*PIN# and press send or OK e.g *126*5432165487956245#

FOR ETISALAT:



To recharge on Etisalat, Dial *222*PIN# and press send or OK e.g *222*453675234986576#

FOR GLO:


To recharge on  Glo, Dial *123*PIN# and press send or OK e.g *123*564783456298756#

That’s all, now you know how to recharge on all networks, If any of your friend using any network that is not even related to yours ask you the code for recharging, you can easily tell him/her.
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24 Aug 2016

How To Link Your BVN to all your accounts without visiting the Bank.

How to Link Your BVN to all your accounts without visiting the Bank.

Some months back, the CBN suspended all accounts that have not enrolled into the recent BVN program, both those that have enrolled with one of their account while they have multiple account were also affected because they have not linked it to their other account.

If you have enrolled for the BVN with a different bank before but yet to link your BVN with your other account number(s) may be you have gone to the bank but was disappointed because of the large queues in the banks; don’t worry and be happy because you can do that comfortably at home once you have internet enabled mobile phone or computer.

I had wanted to write this post but because the online multiple bank account linking to BVN was having issues when trying to link with other banks so I had to pause and wait when all has been verified. So the happy moment is here, all bugs and issues has been fixed and you can now Link your BVN with all your Bank account at the comfort of your home without stress of going to the bank.
Ok, enough of the talking. Follow the Bank links bellow which I have provided to link your BVN with your other bank accounts via their websites, email or SMS.



HOW TO LINK YOUR EXISTING BVN NUMBER TO OTHER BANKS IN NIGERIA WITHOUT GOING TO THE BANK.




For Guaranty Trust Bank
1.
 Link your BVN through GTbank website:
Follow the steps bellow to link your existing BVN number to your GTbank account.
Simply do the following
·        Visit www.gtbank.com/bvnlinking
·        Enter your GTbank NUBAN
·        Select the Bank where your BVN was issued
·        Input the BVN number which you collected from another Bank, then click on submit.
2. Link your BVN via ATMs:
·        Insert your GTbank ATM Card
·        On the transaction menu screen, select BVN linking
·        Input your 11-Digit BVN
·        Confirm your BVN details
·        Then submit your BVN

3. The third GTbank BVN linking option is via Internet Banking:
·         Log on to Internet Banking and Select BVN Linker from the left-hand panel
·         Click on New Request from the drop down menu.
·        insert your Bank Verification Number
·        Select the Nigerian Bank where your BVN was issued
·        After all that you click on submit

FOR FIRST BANK NIG.        
Follow the URL bellow to link your BVN to your FIRST BANK account:
http://bvn.firstbanknigeria.com/form/

KEYSTONE BANK
Keystone Bank customers should follow the link bellow to link their BVN to their Keystone account
Simply visit the website below & supply your BVN details http://www.keystonebankng.com/bvnlink.php

FOR ECOBANK NIGERIAEcobank customers can easily link their existinig BVN to their ECOBANK account by simply dialling *326*9# using the phone number you created your ECOBANK account with and type in your BVN number then submit.
FOR ACCESS BANK
Follow the steps bellow to link your existing BVN number to your ACCESS BANK account.
With your Phone text “BVN” followed by your account number and your BVN number and send it to 20121. Example BVN 12345678901 7995333758 to 20121

 OR
You can use their online portal to link your BVN, just follow herehttp://bvnlinking.accessbankplc.com:8080/bvnlinking/bvn.jsp

FOR FCMB
Link your BVN to your FCMB account through the FCMB internet banking portal for those registered for e-banking, all you need to do is to login to your accountègo to your profileèthen under “NO BVN LINK HERE” just click there and link your BVN.


OR

FCMB BVN Linking by email
All you need to do is to send an email to customerservice@fcmb.com in the email just include the following:
·        Account name
·        Account number
·        BVN number bank you initially registered and got your BVN number from


FOR DIAMOND BANK
• Link your BVN number to your DIAMOND account via email. Send your BVN details via email to  enquiries@diamondbank.com or SMS to 30811
• You can always call their 24hour contact centre on 07003000000

FOR FIDELITY BANK
Link your BVN to your FIDELITY BANK account by sending your account details, mobile number, BVN, bank/date of registration and date of birth via mail totrue.serve@fidelitybank.ng

FOR SKYEBANK
If you make use of skye bank e-banking,  login to your account & go to your profile then LINK your BVN from there.
OR
Send an email to Skye bank yescenter@skybankng.com , your email should contain the following details:
·        Account name
·        Account number
·        BVN number
·        bank you initially registered and got your BVN number from


FOR United Bank for Africa (UBA)
UBA customers just needs to dial the short code *919*6# with the phone number that was used to open the account

UBA customers can also link their BVN online from UBA website here:
http://uapps.ubagroup.com/linkbvn/

FOR Zenith Bank
All you need do is just tweet to @ZenithBank on twitter and request for BVN update form. Fill the form and send it back to zenithdirect@zenithbank.com

I hope this piece of information helps. Please if your bank is not listed above, all you need to do is to walk in to any branch of your bank and request for the BVN linking form from their customer service personnel.
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