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WinZip application interface on an Android phone

How to Open and Create ZIP Files on Android

If you’ve ever tried to open a .zip file on a smartphone or tablet, chances are you were turned down with an error message of some sort. And God forbid you need to email a large number of photos to someone — that’s when you’re stuck tediously sending only four or five images at a time. Surprisingly, the world’s most popular compressed file format doesn’t play well with mobile devices, and native support for these file types is extremely limited. Thankfully the saying “there’s an app for that” remains truer than ever, and all you really need is a top-notch application to do the legwork.

Those of a certain age will instantly think of WinZip when it comes to unzipping compressed files. WinZip software is still the easiest to navigate with the most intuitive features for archiving and exporting ZIP files. Because it offers the best interface and the most robust set of features for a free app (available for both Android and iOS devices), we will we using WinZip today to open and create ZIP files from our mobile devices.

To begin, you’ll need to download WinZip from the Google Play Store. WinZip is a free application for Android that offers in-app purchases to remove ads and unlock additional features. These additional features include:

  • Create and open password-protected .zip/.zipx files with AES128 or AES256 encryption
  • Dropbox integration to create, save, and open files from Dropbox
  • Unzip and view the contents of .zipx and RAR files
  • Gain instant access to the Zip & Email feature
    *Attempting to use any of the features listed above with the free version of the app will prompt an upgrade ad to purchase the full version.

Part 1) Opening ZIP Files

More often than not, the need to open and extract the contents of a ZIP file comes from email, so that’s where we’ll begin. Access the email attachment with the compressed file and save the ZIP file to your downloads. In this example, the downloaded ZIP file is called “compression test.

1) Once the file is downloaded, open WinZip on your Android device, and look for the hamburger icon in the top left. Tapping this icon will open a menu on the left panel. Find and select ‘Storage.’

2) Locate the SD card that your ZIP file saved to. Unless you’ve customized your save settings, it should default to the ‘Download’ folder on your internal memory card.

3) Scroll through your folder until you locate the ZIP file, choose it, and select ‘Unzip’ from the bottom menu.
Steps 1-3 in opening ZIP files on Android


After selecting ‘Unzip,’ you’ll be prompted to find a location to save the components extracted from the ZIP file. We chose to make a new folder entirely to keep things organized:

4) Select where you’d like to save your new file-folder, whether it be on the device’s memory card or through synced cloud storage you may have previously set up.

5) Tap the ‘+’ in the top right corner of your save-location to create and name a new folder.Steps 4 and 5 in opening ZIP files on Android


7) Your new folder will save with the contents of your ZIP file in a folder of the same name.

8) Open that file and voila — you have access to those components, ready for you to save, share, and edit to your heart’s content!
Steps 7 and 8 in opening ZIP files on Android


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Part 2) Creating ZIP Files

How many times have you tried to email a batch of photos to a friend only for your phone to reject your request or crash entirely? The ability to compress a large number of files into one neat little ZIP file will eliminate that problem for good, and you can compress and send virtually anything: photos, videos, PDFs, mp3…if it saves, it sends!

For this example, we will be selecting a batch of photos to compress into a ZIP file and attach in an email:

1) Open WinZip on your Android device, and look for the hamburger icon in the top left.

2) Tapping this icon will open a menu on the left panel. Find and select ‘Photos.’ Locate the album containing the photos you want to send, open it, and tap the photos you wish to send.

3) Once you have chosen all of the image files you want to compress, select ‘Mail’ from the bottom menu.
Steps 1-3 in creating ZIP files on Android


4) After selecting ‘Mail,’ the application will compress the images into a .zip file. To show this, you’ll see the “Zipping” indicator load before prompting you to name your ZIP file.

5) Name your ZIP file. From here, if you have the full version of WinZip, you’ll have the chance to encrypt your ZIP file. Otherwise, tap ’OK’ to continue.
Steps 4 and 5 in creating ZIP files on Android


6) After naming your ZIP file, a 15-second ad will display. This advertisement will encourage you to upgrade to the full version of WinZip. Wait out the 15 seconds and tap ‘Continue Free’ to proceed with your email.

7) Select the method you wish to send the .zip file, whether you want to send it through an email client, social networking app, or if you’d like to save to your cloud storage. From that point, WinZip will transfer you to the selected application of your choice for you to save and send the ZIP file where you’d like.
Steps 6 and 7 in creating ZIP files on Android

Do you use a different app for ZIP files on your Android? Tell us about it in the comments below and we’ll put it to the test!

Innovation Challenge: Announcing the Winning Project

It has been many weeks since we first launched the UsenetServer Innovation Challenge, but at last, the time has come for our winner to claim victory and take home his or her Raspberry Pi 2 to build and complete their new project!

Before we declare our winner, we have a bit of background on the project and how our judges arrived at their decision. Our panel of judges consisted of four experts in the world of Usenet. They were tasked with judging and scoring their top two favorite entries based on four main criteria: 1) Creativity, 2) Feasibility, 3) Originality, and 4) the inclusion of a UsenetServer service. Each of the criteria was given a score rating from 1-10, meaning that with a perfect score, a winner could earn up to 80 points. The entry that received the highest overall rating score in all of the combined categories was declared the winner of our challenge. In all, there were 27 total eligible entries and our four judges narrowed it down to five finalists. It was a close race — our winner won with 69 points and our first runner-up earned 56. Many of the other entries considered included home automation projects and smart home features. Our winner, Jason, won by proposing the following project with a Raspberry Pi:

Jason – The current Raspberry Pi project I’m working on includes a PHP backend that runs a PHP script that routinely checks an NZB RSS feed from any online NZB search site service that offers one. It then pulls any newly posted NZB links, cleans up the RSS entry, and sends the NZB download link (via Pushover) to my Android phone and tablet. From there, Android’s Tasker and Auto-Notification intercept the notification, and create a new notification with a “Download” button and the name of the Usenet binary posted. Once the download button is pressed, the NZB Link is sent back to SABnzbd’s API (which is also running on the Raspberry Pi). Then the download is queued up and started. I also get a Pushover notification when the download has completed, and whether it was successful or not. This system currently works great, and I can easily queue up new binary downloads from my Android Wear watch-device as soon as they are posted to the NZB search site. The next phase of the operation is to build a web-based interface to tell the PHP script to skip notifying me if a post has any specific text in the title, or send a “high-priority” notification with different text in the title.

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We look forward to following Jason’s progress on his winning project, and we will have more posts in the future detailing its development! We were so excited and pleased with the variety of entries we received and would like to give a big thank you to everyone who participated in our challenge.

Never stop inventing and creating new things — you, the innovators, are building our future!

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. S6 Edge vs. S6 Active

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. S6 Edge vs. S6 Active – Geeky Gadgets

In typical geek fashion, Samsung has once again pumped us up with a great dose of variety in their flagship Galaxy S6 line with the Samsung Galaxy S6, the S6 Edge and the Galaxy S6 Active. As we take an in-depth look at these devices, we’ll soon see that the S6 Active sports many new, attractive benefits and comparable hardware to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, while at the same time making a few compromises in the process. To get a better idea of what we are talking about, let’s dive right in and examine the S6/S6 Edge versus the S6 Active from the top down, examining each phones’ parts carefully.

Galaxy S6 Series Phones

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Download Usenet Binaries on Android with Power NZB

In today’s connected world, almost everyone has a smartphone. They have become an almost extended part of our bodies and as such, we are demanding more and more from our mobile devices. From playing high-speed racing games, to checking the weather, to reading email – we truly carry the world’s most powerful tool right in our pockets. But did you know that your phone could download Usenet binaries?

Power NZB Usenet Download App for Android

That’s right! Using an Android smartphone or tablet, managing and downloading user-generated binaries from the Usenet can be easy and convenient! The Usenet apps available for Android range  from companion apps for client-side remote server management – where the Android app talks directly to a computer that downloads content from the Usenet – to fully-featured NZB download clients. The latter of which will search, download and extract binary Usenet content directly onto a mobile device making it ready for immediate use.

The best fully-featured Usenet download application we have found so far is Power NZB. With Power NZB, we can download and extract Usenet user-generated binary content directly to our Android device. The best part about Power NZB is that it is completely free, although donations to the developer are appreciated and will make further development of the app possible. Since the application is free, it’s a win-win all the way around! Visit the download page and simplify your Usenet downloading experience on Android.

Feature Rundown:

  • NewzNab search API built in.
  • Use the Webview to search various free NZB indexing sites.
  • Add NZB RSS feeds to always stay up-to-date and never miss favorite user-generated binaries.
  • The Par2 library lets us check and repair our downloads directly to our device, just like Quick Par. No more wasted downloads!
  • Easily and quickly extract multi-part RAR files. No need to use another file manager to extract your files. Even set downloads to auto-extract and delete!
  • Join split archives. No need to re-join on a PC! Power NZB will now auto-re-join binaries.
  • Slick built-in SAB client to manage PC downloads. No need for multiple apps!

Survive the Winter With These Great Android Apps

If you are an American living in the U.S. of late, you will undoubtedly have noticed the arctic blast of unusually cold weather, even for this time of year. So much for global warming for much of the Northern, Southern and middle U.S.; many places are experiencing very cold temperatures and piles and piles of snow. All this is leaving some motorists and bystanders stranded out in the cold. Protect yourself, be prepared, and don’t be stuck without a backup plan . Survive the winter with these great Android apps! Watch the video below as Shannon Morris from Tekzilla shows us some of the best Android apps to brave the winter blast: