Downgrade Hangouts to get swiping feature back

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With version 2.3 of Hangouts Google introduced some new features, but unfortunately also disable many good things like swiping. Before you could switch between hangout chats, archive chats or delete messages just by swiping. Until they bring back that feature you can downgrade to the last version that supported swiping: 3.1.317


++== Disclaimer ==++
I will explain how to go back to version 3.1.317, which normally is a very harmless process. However, if for whatever reason, things go south, I can’t be held responsible. Please proceed on your own risk. That being said, in 99,9% of all cases, your personal data, messages and settings will be preserved.

First you need to do is to uninstall “Hangouts updates”. That can be done in the Play Store or through settings. On my Samsung this action reversed the version to an old initial state that was shipped with the phone. It will disappear from your launcher or it may change icon. Do not run or click it.

Uninstall Hangouts in Play Store. Press Uninstall.

Uninstall Hangouts in Play Store. Press Uninstall.

Or uninstall updates in the Application Manager ( Settings - More - Application Manager )

Or uninstall updates in the Application Manager ( Settings – More – Application Manager )



Do not run or start the old version after you uninstalled the updates, because that can potentially do damage.

Now download the APK of version 3.1.317. It is located here: http://hangouts.en.uptodown.com/android/download/74129

After you have successfully downloaded it, move the APK file to your phone. Or, alternatively, surf to the download directly on your phone by scanning this QR code or type this short URL:
download_hangouts_21317 short link:
http://goo.gl/nOgtgl ( Mind the capitalization )


If everything went right, you’ll have version 2.1.317 of Hangouts. After some initial questions, like if you want to merge SMS with messaging, your old Hangouts icon will re-appear and you can run it as before.

Disable auto updates.
Unfortunately, Play Store will try and update the app again as soon as it does it’s regular update rounds. Go to Hangouts (in Play Store) and press the menu button (bottom left). A pop-up will show a setting “auto update” with a check-box that is checked. Try to disable it. For some reason I could not disable the check-box. Unless you want to repeat the above for every time Play Store does the update, you’ll need to disable automatic updates altogether. This means of-course that you need to update other apps manually. 🙁
You can do that in the settings of Play Store.

Go to settings in Play Store (icon top left)

Go to settings in Play Store (icon top left)

Disable automatic updates.

Disable automatic updates.


VLC Player starts left audio channel in mono

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VLC version 2.1.3 (latest) seems to start some MP3 files in stereo mode left and you’ll need to manually change it back to stereo every time a new file plays.

26-06-2014 15-30-49

There is no answer in the forums : link 1

Here is a solution to fix this annoyance.
Go to TOOLS -> PREFERENCES
There check the “All” under Show Settings (at the bottom left).
Go to Audio
Change “Stereo audio output mode” to Stereo ( The default is “unset” which seems to be the problem ).
Click SAVE to store the settings.

26-06-2014 15-29-02

Gameforge Tera Europe Network Error

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If you have logged into Gameforge’s game Tera in Europe while using a VPN (or a proxy), you’ll get banned. You’ll be unable to connect even if you disable and uninstall the VPN. There is no solution client side, since it’s the server who’s blocking you. You can double check and try to login to your account via the web : http://en.tera.gameforge.com/news/index . You will be greeted with the same error when you try to log in : Network error! – A connection could not be made. Please check your network settings and adjust any proxy or firewall settings.

You will not be able to contact Gameforge’s support, because you can’t login. I found a way to contact them through a different account, but I am still waiting for an answer.

I strongly advice everyone who wants to start playing Tera to use the American servers. These servers are run by En Masse who don’t have this crazy policy.

Bad Behavior has blocked 1242 access attempts in the last 7 days.