Windows 8 includes many new features which give users the opportunity to use Windows in different ways. A new interface, and new ways to interact with your computer, as well as new shortcuts, new menus and an entirely new class of apps, are all waiting within the new OS. All of these features can be useful, that is, if you know how to use them. Learning these tricks is easier and more useful if you actually try them out, so grab your Windows 8 device and give it a go as we dive in and take a look at eight new tricks for Windows 8.
If you have a computer that running either Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, you may head over to windows.com to buy your own upgrade copy of Windows 8
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Using an iPhone 4/4S is a fun experience for nearly anyone, thanks to how easy it is to play with this device. While there are plenty of intuitive experiences on the smartphone, some of the more complex features of the iPhone may require a little bit of knowledge to take advantage of when setting up the device. Use the following tricks to get the most out of your Apple smartphone.
1. Setup Keyboard Shortcuts
Typing out the same phrase again and again can quickly become cumbersome on a small, touchscreen keyboard. Apple has a quick workaround for this common problem, allowing short phrases and words to serve as a trigger for a longer sentence. Typing in the shortcut causes the phone to automatically substitute a longer phrase in its place.
For example, if you frequently find yourself asking friends, “How are you?” via text, you may want to create a shortcut, “HRU.” Whenever the HRU shortcut is typed into your phone, “How are you?” will appear in the text field. This allows users to create their own personal dictionary of words and phrases.
It’s important to remember that if a shortcut has been created, the word will always trigger another phrase. For this reason, shortcuts that are not commonly used should be put in place, rather than common words. For example, “how” would likely be a poor shortcut for the question, “How are you?” as this would prevent “how” from being typed in any other context.
2. Lock the Screen Orientation
If you are accustomed to using your phone while in bed or turning the phone for viewing purposes, you may find it annoying to deal with the changing orientation of the phone’s screen. If you would rather use the screen in portrait mode at all times, you can easily lock the orientation of the phone. This will prevent the screen from turning whenever the phone’s physical position is adjusted.
To put this orientation lock into place, simply double-click the home button of the device. You will then use your finger to swipe the applications in the multi-tasking interface at the bottom of the screen to the right. This should show the orientation lock icon, which you can click on or off.
3. Display Character Count in Text Messages
While iPhone and other smartphone users don’t face the same character limits as other phones, users who still use more traditional cellular devices may be unable to receive long text messages. For this reason, some users choose to display the character count of texts they send. This makes it easy to guarantee that a recipient will be able to receive all of the text sent to them.
To turn this feature on, simply navigate to your phone’s settings and click messages. A small switch appears for character count, which can be flipped on at the user’s whim. Whenever the message typed exceeds the length of two lines, the character count will helpfully appear above the send button.
Using the iPhone is a daily learning experience, as each application has a myriad of different shortcuts and tricks that can be mastered. By learning some of these little known tricks for the iPhone in general, users can take advantage of the underlying operating system, making it easier to utilize all of the great features of their device. This in turn can compute to a more enjoyable overall experience on Apple’s smartphone devices.
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Here are some tricks and applications that will keep the battery, of your iPhone and Android, “alive” for as long as possible:
- Disable the Wi-Fi – or use the 3G networks only when you need it. If you do not need the internet then simply disable your Wi-Fi – it consumes a lot of battery power.
- Disable the Bluetooth – Even if it doesn’t “eat” a lot of energy, its applications do. Not to mention that an open Bluetooth makes you vulnerable to attacks.
- Close the GPS – even if it’s not used in idle mode, when you launch an application that uses a service location, the GPS will start and it will consume power.
- Close the equalizer – When you are listening to music on your smartphone, the equalizer lets you hear the sound mode you selected – this option “eats” a lot of battery power because the phone is trying to give more bass than normal.
- Do not use vibration alerts – vibrations are caused by a little engine that consumes a lot of battery power. Remain strictly to audio alerts.
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You can get more control over the way things work and look in WIndows XP with TweakUI, part of the PowerToys suite of program. It helps you get under the skin of Windows XP and access option which were previously hidden – things like customising shortcut arrows,altering the scrolling distance of the mouse wheel, turning off baloon tips, and much more. Everything is easily reversible, so if you dont like a change, you can easily revert to a normal.
You can download TweakUI Here
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1. Use RSS Reader, Avoid Live Bookmarks
The most important tip to speed up Firefox is to avoid using or subscribing through Live Bookmarks of Firefox. Firefox checks its Live Bookmarks every hour for updates so if you’re subscribed to RSS Feeds through Live Bookmarks you will definitely feel slow performance while browsing.
Always use a dedicated RSS Reader like (online) Google Reader or any dekstop RSS Reader you like. Delete the preset Latest Headlines Live Bookmark from the toolbar too.
2. Disable Automatic Updates
Firefox constantly checks for the latest releases. Most of the people think that this is not really important to speed Firefox up. But if you’re not that “I like to keep myself updated” type geek then you can disable automatic update check and manually check for updates as long as you’re happy with the current version or whenever you feel that your current version is lacking support for any addon.
To disable automatic update check goto Options > Advance > Update and uncheck all 3 check boxes.
3. Install Download Manager for Firefox
You can speed up files downloading in firefox by installing small addon called, DownloadThemAll. DownloadThemAll is all you can desire from a download manager: it features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400% and it allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time.
It is a fast, reliable and easy-to-use! It lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage and much more: you can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria to get only what you really want!
4. Install FasterFox – Addon to tweak Firefox’s Advanced Speed Settings
Fasterfox Lite allows you to easily tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache and initial paint delay. It has options for SSL Pipelining, timer-based content reflows, UI Responsiveness, Link Prefetching, IPv6 DNS lookups, and by default the Page Load Timer is disabled.
If you want to manually change the “about:config” settings, then the Fasterfox Lite preset must first be saved to the “Custom” setting. This is to prevent the configurations from being different from a selected preset settings.
5. Basic but Manual Speed Tweaks
If you don’t want to install any addon to tweak default settings, then you may try these some most common tweaks to speed up the browsing experience.
Remember! If you’re going to use Faster Fox then do not apply these manual settings.
1. Type “about:config” into the address bar, press enter and press “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
2. Now from the list look for “network.http.pipelining”. If it’s false, double-click that line to change it to true.
If you use broadband, you can make webpages load even faster in Firefox by using this “pipelining” trick. Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which can speed up page loading.
3. Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to true also by double-clicking it.
4. Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to 8 by double-clicking it. This means it will make 8 requests at once. There is no point setting it higher then 8 as it is capped at 8 max. The default value for this setting is 4.
You can check more of these manual tweaks at PCTipsBox.com here
6. Set Third Party Apps for Content Handling
By default Firefox tries to save or open some types of file extensions by itself. You can change the applications to handle those files. Like:
- Set PDF files to Save or open in addon installed by PDF reader in your system.
- Set “mailto” to use your favorite email client like Outlook or Thunderbird or you may use Gmail/Yahoo online web interface.
- Change “Web Feed” from Preview in Firefox to your favorite RSS reader. Like I’ve set to always open and automatically subscribe to Thunderbird.
7. Increase Cache Size
To make switching between different (opened) tabs faster, you can increase the cache (disk space for temporary files) size that Firefox use. To do this, Go to Options -> Advanced -> Network, increase Offline Storage (size of the disk cache) to 150 MB.
By default the value is set to 50 MB, that is Max. 50 MB of offline files can be stored temporary when Firefox is running. You can increase the number to more than 150 MB if you feel that performance is still slow.
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As many of you know that iOS 5.0 and 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 has been released and now many users might be wondering about best free jailbreak tweaks to install on newly jailbroken iPhone 4s or iPad 2. Today we are going to discuss about top 10 must have jailbreak tweak and you can install them by searching Cydia.
SBSettings: This Cydia tweak allows you to adds options to turn on/off 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi and even more functions. on a newly jailbroken iDevice.
Safari UniBar: This Cydia tweak allows you to use the Safari address bar as a combined search and URL bar similar to Google Chrome and brings the same functionality to the iPhone’s Mobile Safari.
InfiniDock and OverFlow: This Cydia tweak adds the best iPhone dock to your iPhone. InfiniDocks allows you to add multiple icons to your dock and it lets you scroll through them as you would pages on your springboard. While OverFlow gives your dock an awesome “Cover Flow” style.
3G Unrestrictor: This Cydia tweak allows you to use FaceTime, iCloud, HQ YouTube, and PhotoStream features on all over 3G.
iFile: This Cydia tweak allows you to manage and view your iPhone file system.As name suggests its a File manager which allows you to view any type of file i.e. movies,Wordprocessing,HTML,PDF and text etc.
IntelliScreenX:This Cydia tweak which allows you to add a lot of features and functions in iOS 5.0 notification center. [Free Demo /Available for $9.99]
Activator: This Cydia tweakallows iOS hackers to invoke their own tweaks. Activator was updated with iOS 5.0 built in Twitter support, its available free and pre-install with jailbreak.
StayOpened and PasswordPilot: StayOpened jailbreak tweak as the name suggest, allows you to keep the App Store opened after a purchase, and PasswordPilot saves your password so that you don’t have to enter your password again and again for purchases.
WinterBoard and DreamBoard: These two Cydia tweaks allows you to customize theme of your iPhone and customize the interface. With Winterboard, you can get a lot of themes that can be found easily on Cydia. DreamBoard contains more stable and amazing themes for your jailbroken iPhone 4S.
Action Menu: This Cydia tweak adds a copy and paste menu to allows you to save favorite items for easy copy and paste.
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While notebooks are great for portability, building your own back to school PC is the best way to completely customize it – or plan for future needs – while also helping to precisely control your budget. We’ve researched and put together three machines to guide from a small and capable, through fast and upgradeable, to reach the monster performance and cutting edge features only ROG can give .
PC 1 : The Dainty Deer
- APU : AMD A8-3850
- Operating : System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 Bit)
- Motherboard : Asus FIA75-1 DELUXE mini-ITX
- Memory : 4GB GSkill Ripjaws-X 1866MHz DDR-3
- Graphic : Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series or AMD Dual graphic with Asus EAH 6670 DC/SL/DI/IGD3
- Storage : Western Digital Cavier Black WD1002FAEX 1TB Sata 6.0G B/s
- Power : Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W PSU
- Case : Lian LI PC-QII, mini-ITX PC Chasis
- Sound : Asus Xonar DX or u3
- Optical : Asus DRW-22B2L DVDRW Drive
ASUS F1A75-I DELUXE
PC2 : Powerful Panther
- CPU : Intel Core I5 2500K
- Operating System : Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 Bit)
- Motherboard : Asus P8z68-V Pro
- Memory : 8GB GSkill Ripjaws-X 1600 MHz DDR3
- Graphic : Asus (EAH 6870 DC/2DI2S/IGD5) Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU
- Storage : Western Digital Cavier Black WD2002FAEX 2TB Sata 6.0Gb/s, 3.5′ Interna; Hard Drive.
- Power : Seasonic X-Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM) 650W Modular PSU
- Case : Fractal Design Define R3 Pc Chassis
- Cooler : Corsair H50
- Sound : Asus Xonar DG
- Optical : Asus DRW-22B2L DVDRW Drive.
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro
With a real UEFi Bios, USB 3, Bluetooth, Precise DIGI + VRAM and second generation turbo TPU and energy saving EPU, its built with far more than just the latest intel Z68 chipset; which its own adds intel RST SSD caching and quicksync video conversion. The P8Z68-V Pro provides the necessary balance between new technologies and overclocking features, making its great backbone and sound investment for a new pc.
PC 3 : Gaming Gorilla
- CPU : Intel Core I7 2600K 3,4GHz LGA1155
- Operating System : Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate (64 Bits)
- Motherboard : ASUS ROG Maximus IV Extreme -Z Motherboard
- Memory : 16Gb GSkill 2133MHz DDR3 Ripjaws-X
- Graphic : 2x Asus ROG Matrix GTX 580 15GB graphic card (SLI Mode)
- Storage : Crucial m4 128GB Sata 6Gbps SSD
- Power : Seasonic X-Series X-850 (SS-850KM) 850W Modular PSU
- Case : Silverstone Fotress FT02 PC Chasis
- Cooler : Cosair H70
- Sound : Asus Xonar Essence One
- Optical : Asus BW-12DIS-U USB 3 Bluray Burner