What to Do Before Downloading iOS 7

Apple has launched its iOS 7 software on Wednesday and before you download the new software – there are a few simple things to do ahead of time in case there are bugs. The last thing you’d want is to have your pictures, music and other files wiped along the way.

To download iOS 7 worry-free, the first step is to back up your data via iCloud. Apple actually backs up the most important data (if using iOS 5 or later) automatically, but the feature has to be enabled. To set this up, visit Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage. This will back up your iPhone on a daily basis as long as the device’s screen is locked, on a Wi-Fi network and connected to power.

But before you download iOS, we suggest doing a manual back up. To do so, follow the same steps as above (Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage) and then click “Back Up Now.”


It will take a bit of time to do a full backup, so just sit tight in the meantime. For those with a ton of data you might not be able to complete the backup — you’ll have to either transfer files (photos, etc.) via an Apple connector to a computer, delete a few apps you haven’t used in awhile, or make room elsewhere.

You’ll probably run into the same issue when trying to update iOS 7 if your device is near storage capacity, so you might want to clean house now.


Another area worth backing up is your iTunes library. Connect your device to a computer to sync with iTunes, but note this might be disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on. RIght-click the device in iTunes under Devices and select Back Up. You can also back it up by clicking the file menu and select Devices > Back Up.


Three Backup Plans To Handle Internet Outages

When your power or internet goes out, it can be anything from a mild inconvenience to a productivity-destroying nightmare. Before the next outage happens, have these backup plans in place so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute.

As someone who works from home, I’ve had my fair share of internet outage disasters, and it’s never fun. After a few stress-filled days, though, I’ve set up a few different backup plans so I’m never caught in a bind again. Here’s what I do.


Tether(Tethering refers to connecting one device to another) your phone or get a cheap mobile hotspot

When the internet all of a sudden disappears, you’d ideally like to continue your work without getting up and moving. So, I recommend tethering your phone or getting a mobile hotspot. You can pay for tethering directly from your carrier, but that’s expensive, especially if you don’t use it often. For a cheaper option, try one of these solutions for Android and iOS.

Unfortunately, tethering can have its own share of problems. Maybe you have very limited data, or maybe you have an unjailbroken iPhone and don’t want to pay exorbitant tethering fees. In that case, I highly recommend a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot like the Karma, or (if you don’t need a ton of data) a free hotspot like Freedompop. I have a Karma hotspot for emergencies, and it’s fantastic: I just flip it on, connect to its Wi-Fi, and continue working without a hiccup. Since it’s pay-as-you-go, I only ever pay for what I use in these “emergency” situations. Check out our guide to mobile hotspots to read more about these devices.

Set up a contingency plan with a relative or neighbour

If a mobile hotspot just won’t cut it, your next option is using a neighbor, relative, or nearby friend. If they trust you, they’ll usually let you have their Wi-Fi password-in fact, you may already have it-and you can use their Wi-Fi when yours goes out (provided theirs didn’t go out too). If you’re friends with your neighbors and their Wi-Fi reaches your house, that’s obviously ideal, but walking or driving to a nearby friend’s place is pretty easy too. Make sure you have their password before the internet goes out next time, so you don’t have to worry about it at zero hour.

Know the nearest businesses with good Wi-Fi

Your last option is to use a public Wi-Fi hotspot. Don’t just rush off to the nearest Starbucks, though: if my travels have taught me anything, it’s that not all coffee shop Wi-Fi is created equal. Before you have another outage, find out which nearby spots have reliable, fast, and free Wi-Fi, so you know exactly where to go. Use a tool like 4sqwifi to get passwords for local hotspots on a map, or create your own. You’re better off driving for an extra five minutes if the internet is fast and reliable. Remember, coffee shops aren’t the only hotspots either: lots of public libraries have free Wi-Fi, and other restaurants (like McDonalds) have free Wi-Fi that may be closer. Be sure to stay safe on those public Wi-Fi networks, and have a secondary browser ready and optimized for slow connections.

Internet and power outages are never fun, but if you prepare for the inevitable beforehand, you’ll save yourself a lot of grief when disaster strikes. With these three backup plans in place, you’ll be able to smoothly transition to a new network and continue working without scrambling around.

Source: Lifehacker.co.in

Turn Your Windows PC Into A Wi-Fi Hot Spot


Turn your Windows PC into a Wi-Fi hot spot that lets your PC share its Internet connection with other devices.

If you want to share your PC’s Internet with your phone or tablet, Wi-Fi hotspot feature would let you do that. The ability to turn your laptop into a private Wi-Fi hotspot was too easy in Windows 7, because of the ad hoc network support. But with Windows 8, things have turn out to be more complicated.

I have tried it in Windows 8, it is very possible, but it requires knowledge of command prompt.

Step 1- netsh wlan  set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=myssid key=password (Here replace myssid and password with your own choice).

Step 2 – netsh wlan start hostednetwork

And for someone, who don’t know computer as much, they can use Virtual Router Plus, open source software based router for PCs running Windows 7, Windows 8. Using Virtual Router Plus, you can wirelessly share any internet connection (Wifi, LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular, etc.) with any Wifi device (Laptop, Smart Phone, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android Phone, Zune, Netbook, wireless printer, etc.). These devices connect to Virtual Router just like any other access point, and the connection is completely secured using WPA2 .

You need to download software from http://virtualrouterplus.com/,   just extract the Zip file, and launch the VirtualRouterPlus.exe. No installation required – the program will simply launch. Enter a name for your network, and then choose a secure password with at least eight characters. Finally, choose the connection you want to share and click Start.













Let’s see how it works using commands.

Step 1 – Run Command Prompt window as Administrator

You can do so by pressing Win+X and choose command prompt (Admin) from the popup.













Step 2 – Type the following command to check if you have a supported wireless device.

Command : netsh wlan show drivers














Step 3 – If “hosted network supported” is “Yes”, then type the following command to set wireless parameters such as SSID, and password, and start the service

Command :  netsh wlan  set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=myssid key=password (Here replace myssid and password with your own choice).

Command :  netsh wlan start hostednetwork













Step 4 – Turn on Internet Connection.

Do it, by going to Control Panel -> Network & Internet -> Network Connections – Right click the adapter and go to properties.

Check on the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” under Sharing tab.