Daily Archives: March 28, 2012
Most recently we discovered a “secret” inbox on Facebook that doesn’t let you know when you have new messages. Well the good news is the trick shared in this article will fix some of the problems and you will be notified on new messages.
The key idea is to transfer messages from your secret or other inbox to your regular inbox. Facebook doesn’t do this automatically for all messages so you may have to check your other inbox from time to time. This is very helpful for important conversations especially since you won’t have to remember the inbox where your important messages are saved.
Follow the steps below to receive notification for the messages stashed in your other inbox:
- Go to your “secret” inbox. It is also known by the name of “Other Messages“.
- Find a conversation for which you want to receive notifications.
- Click on “Actions” button
- Click ”Move to Messages”.
From now onward, that conversation or thread with will in your normal inbox and you will receive normal notifications.
It isn’t perfect but it will work for now and you will be still be able to retrieve important messages. If you know a better way please let us know in the comment section below.
SquareTrade has analyzed more than 50,000 iPads which were covered by SquareTrade Care Plans in order to analyze how iPads breakages are taking place. The analysis revealed that customers have reported iPad 2 breakage 3.5 times more than they reported iPad 1 in the first 12 months. The full infographics is embedded below so have a look.
Android’s Face Unlock feature pushed Galaxy Nexus over the top when it came out with Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. The Face Unlock feature must be configured first before the device can run it and let users unlock their phones by facial recognition. This is a great asset and makes it easier to unlock the phone without having to press any keys or click anything. The mechanics are simple. The person whose face is registered to the facial unlock software just needs to hold the phone in front on him. This Ice Cream Sandwich feature is only available on Galaxy Nexus. Check out the following steps to get up facial unlock on Galaxy Nexus (or Prime).
How to Set Up Face Unlock in Ice Cream Sandwich:
The first step is to navigate to your Galaxy Nexus’ settings menu and look for ‘Personal Settings’. Under that, go to Security and in Security, choose the option for Screen Lock.
You will find the Face Unlock option in the Screen Lock menu. Select it and you will be taken to the Face Unlock setup. Keep in mind that a password or PIN is still more secure than Face Unlock.
The lights on the front camera will immediately light up as soon as you click on ‘Set It Up’. Hold it against the face of the person you want to register and wait for the software to complete it before clicking continue. The set up will also give you an alternative unlock option if ever the Face Unlock feature does not work. The alternatives are setting up a pattern or the usual PIN. Select continue to complete the set up process.
After configuration, the front camera of the phone activates whenever it is taken out of sleep mode and waits for the face unlock. The alternative unlock option comes up whenever the face unlock does not work as planned. Have a look at the following video from Google that feature the Face Unlock software.
One of the worst things that could ever happen to Kindle Fire owners is having their digital companion lose power. The battery life of the tablet does not seem to have as much juice in it when you keep running apps and music in the background while browsing or reading.
The 8 hours of battery life listed on Amazon largely depends on how much you use it. Carrying a charger everywhere is not the only solution. Here are five tips to increase your kindle fire battery life:
- Turn the Wi-Fi off. The Kindle Fire has shortcuts to important features such as the Wi-Fi settings. There is an icon that looks like a gear at the top that lets you switch your Wi-Fi on or off. It will save more power if you disable it when you are not using the Internet.
- Do a charge cycle once a month. The Kindle has a lithium ion battery that could use a charge cycle to keep it efficient. It’s a simple task that helps prolong the quality of a battery. This is done by draining the battery completely and then charging it until it is full again. It is best to make a note of it in your calendar to remind yourself.
- Dial down the brightness. An obvious choice. The settings to this are available in the settings toolbar, similar to what you did for the Wi-Fi settings. Give the settings icon a tap and slide the bar to lower the brightness. Find a setting that is comfortable to your eyes, especially during daytime. You can still switch to the maximum brightness if needed.
- Not too hot and not too cold. Lithium batteries have a reputation of being averse to temperatures in the extremes. Room temperature is best. Don’t store it somewhere that can be too hot while being ice cold is not as bad. Kindle seem to have a shorter battery life in colder environments but go back to normal levels when it is warmer.
- Observe your apps and how much power they consume. There are apps out there that keep running in the background and drain your Fire’s power even when not being used. To do a quick check, get the Badass Battery Monitor from the app store. It’s free. Install, run and click “App Usage”. It will show you the apps that you have along with the power they consume.
Pinterest is the latest social media sensation. Most of us love pinning, but there might be some people who would not want their content to be pinned and accessed on other websites. This may specially be true for people having premium content such as high end photography and so on. In this article we will explain how to block users from pinning your WordPress articles or images.
How to Block Users From Pinning Your WordPress Articles Or Images
WordPress now has a new plugin called, the Pinterest Block plugin which allows you to protect your copyright. The plugin allows you to do the following:
- Block pages with the use of Pinterest’s meta tag.
- Block specified page type such as home page, front page, archives and so on.
- Block individual posts and pages.
For everyone who does not want to participate in the Pinterest revolution and wants to protect their copyrights, just use the plugin and rest assure that your images or articles wont appear on Pinterest.
Now that Apple is serving up two different 4G LTE iPads–one on AT&T, and one on Verizon, it would be wise to skip the Wi-Fi only model and opt for the data plan.
The iPad you purchase is indefinitely tied to its carrier. That is, you can’t put a Verizon data plan on your AT&T iPad, and vice versa. Knowing this be careful about which service provider to use.
AT&T is to Verizon like Coke is to Pepsi. They both offer month-to-month plan (no contract) and data plan pricing is about the same. There are things that set the two apart however.
1. Evaluate your Data Needs
Take a look at this table:
AT&T and Verizon offer equal pricing for 2GB and 5GB monthly plans. However, AT&T also offers a 250MB plan, while Verizon offers a 10GB monthly plan. How do you know what’s right for you? You may consider the following:
- Personal hot spot: With the new iPad you can convert your tablet into a hot-spot and share your data connection with up to five devices. You really need to keep a check on the sharing option, since by doing so your monthly GB toll can spike. It is also worth noting that Verizon will support the hot-spot feature by default, which is not the case in AT&T.
- Streaming and downloads. If you like to stream video and music, keep in mind that on average ( according to clicker) a 1.5-hour movie uses 225MB. So, with 2 GB plan you can watch 13 hours of streaming video if you don’t do anything else.
- Wi-Fi availability. How often will you have access to Wi-Fi? If it is easily available then your best bet may be the AT&T’s 250 MB per month plan.
When you think about what you need you’ll be able to narrow down your choices a bit. If you know you will use the personal hot-spot feature, consider Verizon’s 10GB/month plan, an option AT&T doesn’t offer. Or if you know you’ll use 4G rarely then consider AT&T’s 250MB minimalist plan.
2. Check the Coverage Maps
4G LTE is still new and carriers are trying hard to establish the infrastructural support for it. You may use the official coverage maps of Verizon and AT&T to find out if 4G LTE is available in your area:
Alternatively, check out Sensorly’s crowsourced coverage maps to find out the strength of 4G LTE in your area. Currently, Verizon is the market leader with largest 4G LTE network spanning 195 cities, while AT&T covers just 23. If you are a frequent traveler, Verizon would be a better option for you.
3. Read the Fine Print.
Return policies and overage charges can be a major pain if you don’t read them carefully!!
Return policies: Verizon offer a 14-day return period with a $70 restocking fee, and one exchange. On the other hand, AT&T has the same 14-day return policy, and a 10 percent restocking fee but no exchange. The best thing to do is buy it from Apple. You get a 14-day return policy and no silly restocking fees.
Overage charges: On AT&T’s 250MB plan, you’ll be charged $14.99 for each additional 250MB. On the other plans, you’ll be charged $10 for each additional gigabyte. Verizon simply charges $10 for each additional gigabyte over any given plan.
We hope this article will help you reach a decision. Leave your feedback in the comment section below.
Gmail now has a new setting that allows users to revert back to text buttons, instead of the icon-style buttons that Gmail now supports after the redesign. In this article we will explain how to replace Gmail icon buttons with text buttons.
How to Replace the Gmail Icon Buttons with Text Buttons
In order to switch back to text buttons instead of the icon buttons in Gmail, perform the following steps.
- Firstly, log in to your Gmail account.
- Now go to Mail settings. You can do so by clicking on the gear icon in top-right corner and then selecting Settings.
- Within the Settings, click on the General tab. Normally you would be on this tab by default.
- Now scroll down to the section button labels.
- Within button labels, select the text option instead of the icons option.
That’s it, now Gmail would show thebuttons as text buttons instead of image icons.
In this article we have share a useful shortcut for OS X that lets you jump from one System Preference pane to another without exploring the icon view.
If you’re in Mac system preferences and want to go to another pane, follow these simple steps to switch between the two.
- Press and hold the “Show All” button at the top and the “Show All” menu will be displayed in alphabetical order, so it becomes much easier to find what you’re looking for.
- Drag your mouse to the pane you want to go.
This is useful if you tend to randomly hit the Alt+F1-12 keys to open preferences. If you aren’t familiar with a preference pane or just can’t find the main System Preferences page, this little trick will be quite useful and save precious seconds from being wasted.
Ever since iPhone 4S has been released, users of older iPhone devices are trying desperately to get their hands on Siri. In this article we will explain how to install Siri on iPhone 4 running iOS 5 or higher.
How to Install Siri on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPad Running iOS 5.0+
Before we begin, we must inform you that you would need a Jailbroken device in order to install Siri on it. Once you have a jailbroken device you can follow the instructions listed below to install Siri on iPhone 4, iPhone 3 GS, iPod Touch, and iPad:
- Open Cydia on your jailbroken device.
- Now add the repo (http://repo.technetec.com/beta/) to Cydia sources.
- Search for “Spire” on Cydia and install it.
- Spire would need a reboot, after installation. Perform the reboot.
- Now go to Settings > General > Siri and turn it on.
- Now proceed back to Settings > Spire and add the link (https://i4sirifree.mooo.com/) in the proxy text box.
- Launch Safari and point it to (http://i4siri.com/installcertificate.html).
- The step mentioned above will create a certificate for your iDevice so that it could be recognized by Apple’s servers when you use Siri on your device.
That’s it. Enjoy using Siri on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3 GS, iPod Touch, or iPad.
Tumblr is an excellent platform to share interesting and at times hilarious images and other goodies with the rest of the world. The microblogging platform is extremely easy to use and as a result has become quite popular with the average user out there. Some Tumblr are so good that one which to download all of its image posts. In this article we will explain how to download all images from a Tumblr Blog.
How to Download All Images From A Tumblr Blog:
TumblRipper is a Windows app that allows users to download all images from a Tumblog. The interesting thing about TumblRipper is that it is completely free. You can download all images from a Tumblog by performing the following steps:
- Download TumblRipper and install it.
- Now Run TumblRipper.
- Provide it with the URL of the Tumblr blog that you want to rip to your hard drive.
- Now provide a directory, where the images should be stored.
- Press Load.
Let TumblRipper do its thing. Within no time you will have all images from your favorite Tumblr Blog on your hard drive.