Transfer apk app files between Android devices using Android Beam

Android Beam is a very useful feature that iPhones don’t have.  However, as I was trying to use it for the first time today, it took me a few tries to figure it out.

First, on the device with the file you want to send, pull up the file in your favorite file explorer:


Long press the file, and then click the ‘share’ icon, and choose Android Beam:


Then you will see Android Beam telling you to touch another device:


Then simply touch your other device to the back of this device, making sure both devices have NFC and Android Beam turned on.  NOTE: both devices must also be unlocked. You will see the Beam start and a progress bar in the notification dropdown:


You will see a similar notification on the receiving device that says “Incoming Beam”. Once the transfer is finished, you will see a notification on the receiving device that it is complete. In the case of an apk file, you can simply touch the notification and install the app.


Pretty convenient huh?


Enable Chinese Characters in Kindle App For Android (Nexus 7 2013)

So I recently purchased a Chinese version of “The Country of the Blind“, created by the famous John Pasden (of Sinosplice fame) and Mandarin Companion.  I’m super excited to find this type of resource, as A) it is severely lacking, and B) it is exactly where I am in my current Chinese journey.

So I bought it through the Kindle app on my beloved Nexus 7 (2013).  Then I open it and all the Chinese characters just appears as the dreaded black boxes.  How frustrating!  After lots of Googling, I finally contacted Amazon support.  Here is what worked to install Chinese characters, or enable them, or display them, or however you want to describe it.

First, de-register your device through the Kindle app (Settings -> Deregister).  Then uninstall the Kindle app, re-install, re-download the book.  The first time I tried to open the book, the app crashed.  But when I re-opened the app, finally it worked! The Chinese characters are displayed.

This is a terrible user experience.  I have no idea why Amazon hasn’t made this seamless.  In any case, hopefully this helps you.


Remove red tint filter when importing screen recording to iMovie or Final Cut Pro X

A very strange and annoying but happens when importing a screen recording into iMovie or Final Cut Pro X.  After taking a screen recording using QuickTime, when I try to import it into iMovie or Final Cut Pro X, the entire clip is covered with this red tint.

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There is an easy fix.  Before importing the video into iMovie or Final Cut Pro, right click on the file and select “Encode Selected Video Files”.  For me its under the “Services” menu.

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Choose your preferred settings

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Now wait a few seconds or minutes, depending on how long your video is.  It will make a new version that can now be imported without any red tint or filter.  So easy!

Credit for this goes to Michael Rygaard and his video.

How to split a video clip in Final Cut Pro 10

Very easy – simply press ‘B’ and the cursor will switch to a blade icon.  Click on the clip where you want to split it, and done!  Press ‘A’ to switch back to the normal cursor.

(credit here)

I couldn’t figure out how to get the blade cursor to show up in a screenshot – anyone know how to do that?