[How To Use] Your Phone Camera for Testing & Checking if a Remote Control is Working? 

Remote controls & cell phones are an integral part of our lives. We can live without food for a day but definitely not without a remote control & a cellphone. (OK I know that’s a little too much).

Point is did you know your phone camera & remote control are good friends?

One of my ACs stopped accepting commands from it’s remote & as you can imagine it was a pretty frustrating experience. I tried everything from changing the batteries to 2 tight slaps for the remote (typical Indian Jugaad).

Later when I called my AC repair service, the mechanic gave me this idea. He told me we can check if a remote is working or not just by pressing the remote buttons in front of a cellphone camera.

The thing is remote controls have a light emitting diode that are pretty fast & they emmit signals in a fraction of a second. Making it almost difficult for the human eye to see things in action.

Mobile phones on the other hand process images & are slightly slower, hence they are able to show the light processing with a brief delay.

So next time before start slapping your remote or think the battery is dead, use this trick to make sure if your remote is working fine.

Make free calls and messages to any Android, iPhone device

Viber for desktop

If you are an Android or iPhone user, then the name Viber might not be new for you. Viber has been available for Android and iPhone users since long. It lets you send free messages just like WhatsApp but above it, it also allows you to make free calls to other Viber users.

Viber for desktopNow with its desktop versions being launched recently, you can make free calls and send messages directly from your Windows or Mac machine. You will be able to connect with any device that is running Viber and is connected to the network.

Viber will sync all your devices, all the messages that you sent or received using Viber, call logs, contacts, everything will be available on all your devices. Which means you can start a conversation from your mobile or tablet and continue it in the comfort of your desktop.

Some of its cool features :

  • Voice calls to other devices
  • Video chat (for desktop users)
  • Text messaging
  • Group chat
  • No registration, just enter your mobile number to get started
  • Sync with all devices

The video chat feature is expected to come to the mobile versions in near future. Currently Viber is available for all major operating systems. You can download your desired version from Viber.com

 

How to read data from .ipd files on your computer

When you backup your blackberry phone the data is saved in .ipd format. This file contains all the data which is there on your phone and you can use it later to restore your data. But sometimes you do need to open this file on your computer and manipulate the data.

Magicberry is a free application which allows you to open and manipulate IPD files with ease. One can read almost all data from the IPD file using MagicBerry. It can extract SMS Messages, Phone Call Logs, Address Book, Service Book, Tasks, memos and calendar data from the file.

Read data from .ipd files

You can also combine multiple ipd files using this free app. So you can merge multiple blackberry backup files for use. MagicBerry can run on Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems. You can download this freeware from the link below.

Download MagicBerry – MagicBerry.zip (4.59 MB)

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