Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Best legit survey sites to earn money really fast

Making money online is quite easier these days as there are too many options available online to earn some extra bucks. Filling out surveys is one of them. It definitely can't replace your day job, but it may make you some extra cash.
There are too many survey sites available on the web, but only a few of them are legit. If any site is asking you for a small deposit at the time of signup process, then watch out as it may be a scam.

How can we say that which survey site is best? Here are a few things that make a survey site great.

1. Amount of surveys

It is crucial when choosing a survey site. Nobody wants a site that gives surveys only for a few days. Getting surveys on a regular basis is essential as it will not only make you earn money fast but also keeps you motivated to hit your goals. A good example for such site is Vindale Research. It offers too many surveys on a regular basis.

2. Quality of surveys

Quality is always better than quantity. No matter how many surveys you are getting in your inbox, it is always wise to participate in quality surveys. Nobody wants to sell his personal information to third parties. So, keep this thing in mind. There are a few reputable sites like Vindale Research, Toluna, and Pinecone Research.

3. Low redeem amount

Very high redeem amount is also a common problem with most survey sites. Even if they claim to give high payout on surveys, minimum points required for redeeming a gift card are way high. Hence, choosing a survey site with a lower redeem amount will be your best bet. A few good examples of such site are iPanel and Clixsense. It won't take ages to redeem your reward.

Now you know about some important aspects of such sites, we are going to discuss the list of best survey sites. I'm keeping this list short because only the best is allowed here.

1. Vindale Research

One of the best surveys sites available on the web. It offers a huge amount of surveys, and the great thing is that all of them are quality ones. The only drawback of Vindale research is that it has very high minimum redeem amount. But, thanks to its high payout on surveys. Minimum amount to request a payment is $50, and each survey gives you around $0.5-$3. Payment method is Paypal, so there is no issue in payment as well.

2. Toluna

Toluna is on the market for quite a long time. Toluna is one of the most trusted surveys research sites. It features reward point system rather than direct cash system. Toluna offers various activities like completing a survey, various tasks, daily poll. It also pays you for creating excellent contents, and that is surely a plus. The amount of survey it offers is also great. An average survey gives you around 1000-3500 points. Minimum points required for a PayPal voucher is 50000.

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3. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is another great option when it comes to trusted survey research site. Though the amount of survey is not as good as Toluna or Vindale research, it offers various activities like the daily poll, daily discover, daily search and Swagstakes to earn some serious cash. Swagbucks feature reward point system known as SB points. It also offers a lot of gift cards from various merchants. Each survey gives you around 60-120 SB points. Minimum points required for redeeming a $5 Paypal voucher is 700 SB, which is quite high. Don't worry because you can also redeem gift vouchers from other merchants for as low as 500SB.

4. iPanel

iPanel is also a fantastic survey research site. While it shares survey from other websites like Toluna, it is well known for its simplicity and low redeem amount. I've got my first Paypal voucher in just four days, isn't it awesome? Minimum points required for requesting payment is 200, and each survey gives you around 30-60 points. The great thing is that you will get 50 points as a signup bonus if you register from a referral link. Signup from here and get your bonus 50 points now.

5. ClixSense

ClixSense is somewhat different from other survey research sites. Apart from surveys, it pays for various activities like viewing pages, playing games, installing apps, clicking ads. It also offers banners and a great referral system to earn extra bucks. Hence, it is quite easy to make money from ClixSense as compared to other survey sites. Each survey gives around $1, and minimum amount required to request a payment is $8. Signup from here and start earning from ClixSense.

6. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is simply the best when it comes to the quality. It is also one of the most trusted market research sites on the web. The reason why I placed it lower on the list is that they don't register new members easily. They are so much concerned about their quality. They offer various advertisement to signup new members time to time. Once you become a member of Pinecone Research, you'll get many benefits like no disqualification on surveys and very high payout on surveys.

7. Valued Opinions

Last but not least, it is Valued Opinions. It is also quite popular these days though I don't like it as much. It offers less number of surveys than any other site does. Rewards can be redeemed as gift vouchers from merchants like Amazon, FlipKart, and many others.

This is all for now. Do you know about any other survey site that should be placed on this list? Feel free to share your opinion in comments and make this list even better.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Advantages and disadvantages of rooting Android phone

Rooting your Android smartphone is probably one of those things, which comes in mind when you buy yourself a new phone. Rooting your Android device may be one of the best decisions of your life, or it may be the worst one. By rooting your Android device, you can increase the performance of your Android device, make it look fancy and even unlock new features which are impossible to access otherwise.

What is Root?

So, what does it mean by rooting your smartphone? Ever noticed guest and administrator account on the computer? What is the main difference between them? Guest accounts have limited permission to access files on the computer whereas administrator account has full control over a system. The Same idea lies behind Android operating system. Gaining root access provides you complete control over your Android device.

How to root your Android device?

Rooting your Android device now is much easier than it was before. All you need to do is download an app called KingoRoot and just tap on one click root button. Yes, it is that easier. You may also follow this guide for detailed instructions- How to easily root an Android device.

Advantages of rooting Android device

There are many benefits of rooting your Android device. Whether you are a hardcore gamer, who loves to have a blast with his Android device or a techno-geek, who loves to try every new custom ROM available in the market, you should consider rooting your smartphone.

1. You can uninstall crappy bloatware

You can uninstall unwanted android apps which came pre-installed on your Android device. By uninstalling these unwanted apps, you are not only going to free up a lot of space on your internal memory but also can increase the performance of your Android device. You can use Titanium backup for uninstalling these apps.

2. You can efficiently block background applications

If you are a die-hard gamer, then it is essential to free up as much RAM as you can. Almost all task managers are useless when it comes to freezing/killing apps which are running in the background. Why is it so? When you kill background apps/services, they will start automatically after some time and do only one thing, and that is annoying you. But after rooting your phone, you can freeze those stubborn apps for as long as you want. Freezing unwanted apps in the background ensure a smooth gaming experience/browsing experience.

If you want a great task manager that works well with your rooted Android device, then I would suggest you go with ES Task Manager. For freezing background apps, you may go with Titanium backup or App Quarantine.

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3. You can install custom ROM

Custom ROM is another great reason to root your Android device. Flashing new ROM on your Android device not only makes it cooler but also adds up a lot of new function. Custom ROM provides refreshing UI, tweaked apps, better signal quality, and obviously better performance. The biggest thing that I like about custom ROM is that you don't need to wait for official updates for upgrading OS of your Android device.
Interested in flashing custom ROM? Follow this guide to do the same- How to flash a ROM to your Android phone.

4. Backup all of your important data

Backing up your data is crucial. Without root, you left with only a few options of backup but after rooting your device, you have access to Titanium Backup, which is by far the best app for backing up your heart's content.
For backing up stock ROM, it is recommended to install ClockworkMod recovery first. Follow the guides given below to install ClockworkMod-

5. You can increase RAM of your Android device

Yes, you heard it right. You can increase RAM of your Android device "virtually". It works somewhat similar to the pagefile on a PC. There are lots of tools available in the market to increase RAM of your Android smartphone. These tools create a swap file/partition in SD card which works as a virtual RAM. Few useful tools for expanding RAM are- Swapper for Root, ROEHSOFT RAM Expander.

Here is a detailed guide on expanding RAM of your Android device- How to increase RAM of your Android phone.

Note: These tools require swap support from the kernel to work correctly. Hence, it may or may not work for every phone. So, check compatibility first.

6. You can increase internal memory of your Android device

Ever ran out of phone memory when installing large apps? No matter how big is your SD card in term of memory, it is essential to maintain a minimum space in your phone's internal memory. Every application takes up a certain amount of space in internal memory even if you move it to SD card. Hence, it is essential to have ample amount of space in your phone memory.

Good news is that you can increase your phone's internal memory by sharing SD card's memory. Yes, it is unquestionably a plus if you have a bigger SD card (8gb+) though, it is recommended to have a faster SD card (class 10 recommended).
Guide- How to increase internal memory of any Android device.

7. You can get NTFS support on SD card

While NTFS file format support is of no use for average users, but it is surely a lifesaver for advanced users. Many users may ask, what is the benefit of having an SD card with NTFS file format?
By default, Android uses FAT32 file format, which has 4GB file size limit. According to it, you can't transfer a file to your SD card which is 4GB or more in size. So, neither you can enjoy 1080p movies, nor you can download bigger files(4GB+). Disappointing, isn't it?

Good news is that you can evade this restriction by formatting SD card to NTFS. Follow this guide to do the same- NTFS on your Android with full read and write support.

8. You may get OTG support on your Android device

One of the best reasons to root your Android device. You may enable OTG support on few devices (not all) even if they are not supported officially. It may or may not work for every Android device as it requires a kernel with mass storage mode support. So, it is best to check if your device is supported or not.

How to get OTG support on Android.

9. You can overclock your phone's hardware

While it is a great feature to increase the performance of your Android device significantly, it is not recommended at all because most Android smartphones already have heating issues. You may end up melting your lovely device.

10. You can block Ads from any app

You can remove those annoying ads from free apps or games. Blocking ads from apps provides a great user experience, and it keeps you away from malware and spyware.

11. Enhanced security from Antivirus software

Yes, it is true. Most Android antiviruses (like Avast) provide firewall support, but you need root access to use that feature. Hence, it is another plus of rooting your Android device.

Disadvantages of Rooting your Android Smartphone

Apart from having attractive, eye-catching features, Rooting also has its dark side. If you found it useful, then keep in mind that it is equally harmful as well. Below are few points that will make you think twice before rooting your Android device.

1. Rooting will void your Android device's warranty

It is not a good idea to root your Android device when it is in warranty period. Though there are methods to unroot your Android device, it is better to avoid rooting your phone in warranty period.

2. You may end up bricking your phone

As I mentioned earlier, rooting your phone is comparatively easier these days than it was before, but things won't always go smoothly. If there is any failure during root process (like power cut due to low battery), you may end up bricking your adorable device.

3. Risk of messing up your phone completely

After getting root access, you get full control over your Android device. Well, such freedom provides a lot of room for tweaking your phone, but for newbie users, it invites many problems. Messing up with critical services may ruin your whole device so, be prepared for that.

That's all for now. I believe that this post will assist you in making a decision whether to root your phone or not.

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