Tag Archives: Tips And Tricks

How To Create Folders in iOS4

The free update for 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch is out, you can upgrade to the latest version by using the iTunes upgrade option. If you do not know how to upgrade to iOS4, read our earlier article on How To Upgrade to iOS4 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch.

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One of the new features in iOS4 includes the ability to use folders to club several applications together. To create a folder with iOS4, you will have to follow the steps given below.

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Step 1: Click and Hold any app with your finger till it begins shaking.

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Step 2: Drag any app and drop it on another app which you want to put in a folder. You can continue this process till you have added all the apps you want to the folder.

Step 3: To create new folders, just repeat Step 2.

The folder feature in iOS4 is really useful and will allow you to club similar apps together making it easier to find and open apps.

How To Update To iOS4 on iPhone 3GS, 3G and iPod Touch

will be out shortly, in-fact it is only a matter of few hours away. If you haven’t yet read about iOS4, it is a rechristened name for the OS 4, which has a lot of new features, including Multi-tasking, folders for apps, unified inbox, wallpaper support and more.

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iOS4 though also is a bit of a battery drain and can make you run for the charger faster than iPhone OS 3.1.3, however, with the slew of new features it is definitely a exciting upgrade. So how do you upgrade to iOS4? Read ahead.

How To Update iOS4 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch

iOS4 will be released to the general public on June 21, this is different from the iOS4 GM release which was released for developers.

To upgrade to iOS4 on your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch, you will first of all have to upgrade iTunes 9.2, you can download or upgrade iTunes 9.2 using the Apple Update manager.

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Once you have updated your iTunes, connect your device, accept the terms and visit the summary page for the device.

On that page, you will see a button to “Check for Update”, click on it to see if the new iOS4 update is available for your device. If there is one you can then follow the normal upgrade process and your iPhone 3GS, 3G or iPod Touch will be updated to use iOS4. Enjoy.

How To Remove Applications From Yahoo Mail

Quite sometime back we told you on Yahoo Mail adding application support to their platform, there were several applications one could choose from and use. However, recently one of our readers commented that one of the applications they added made things slower for them and they wanted to remove it.

So here is how you can remove an application that you added to your Yahoo Mail account, it is a two step process and very easy to accomplish.

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Step 1: Login to Yahoo mail and Click on the "Applications header link" in the sidebar, as shown in the image above.

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Step 2: Clicking on this link will open the Application Gallery in the main window, just browse to the application you want to remove and click on the "Remove" button or link in the right hand side.

That’s it, with the above steps you can remove any application you had earlier added to Yahoo Mail.

Launch Incognito Mode For Google Chrome Using Launchy

Earlier today, one of my friends on asked me how to run in incognito mode using Launchy, the best app launcher for Windows. The answer in itself was not a one-liner, so I decided to write up this post to explain how this can be done.

The initial steps are a bit long but once you are done you will be able to quickly launch Chrome in Incognito mode using Launchy. In fact, following the same trick you can also add other apps or use other modes in Chrome.

Step 1: Create a shortcut to incognito using the steps given here http://techie-buzz.com/tips-and-tricks/start-chrome-in-incognito-mode.html.

Step 2:  Don’t delete the shortcut, instead cut it and paste it into a folder of your choice, for example, C:\shortcuts. Once you have pasted the shortcut there, just rename the shortcut to something you can remember, say incognito.

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Step 3: Open Launchy and right click on the search box and select options or click on the starred circle icon in the corner.

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Step 4: In the catalog tab click on the + symbol under the Directories text area. Now browse to the folder where you placed the shortcut and then add it to Launchy.

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Step 5: Select the folder you just added to the directories list and in the left hand side in the text box type *.lnk and click on the + button. After you have done that, click the "Rescan Catalog" button on the bottom of the tab and wait till it finishes rescanning the catalog. That’s it, you are all set to launch incognito mode using Launchy.

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Next time you want to launch Chrome in incognito mode through Launchy, just type in incognito and Google Chrome will launch in incognito mode. Hope this helps.

Watch Hulu Videos On Android 2.2 Froyo With Flash 10.1

A few days ago I had posted on how Hulu was blocking Flash 10.1 on based devices due to licensing issues. However, for every block there is a workaround and it is the same with Hulu.

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A recent post on Absolutely has instructions on how users can access Hulu on Android 2.2 Froyo running Flash 10.1. The detailed instructions walks you through changing the Android browser string to use a desktop UAString in order to trick Hulu into thinking that you are accessing it from a desktop.

The hack will only work on Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 installed. If you do not have Android 2.2 yet, check out how you can root Nexus One to install Android 2.2, you can also download a manual update of Android 2.2 for from official sources. You will also need to download Flash 10.1 for the Nexus One.

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Nexus One Android 2.2 Froyo Manual Update Available

A few days ago we told you how the update will be available for shortly, and earlier today we confirmed that few Nexus One users have already started to receive the 2.2 Froyo update.

If you are a N1 user and haven’t yet received an update to Android 2.2, you can do it manually by downloading the latest firmware and uploading it to your phone.

Here are the steps to upgrade your Nexus One to Android 2.2 Froyo, courtesy of Phandriod.com.

  1. Download the Android 2.2 firmware for the Nexus One here is the link to download
  2. Rename the file update.zip and copy it to your microSD card via USB. [Note: make sure the file is named update.zip and not update.zip.zip.]
  3. Power down your Nexus One
  4. Hold down the Volume Downbutton as you power the phone back on.
  5. A screen should appear showing your phone’s system searching for various files. Scroll down to recoveryand press the Powerbutton.
  6. When you see the triangle with an exclamation point symbol, press the Powerand Volume Upbuttons at the same time.
  7. From the menu that appears, select Apply sdcard:update.zip.
  8. When the screen displays Install from sdcard completeselect reboot system nowand wait for the phone to power back up.

The latest update to Android 2.2 on the Nexus One should speedup your device by up-to 5 times, along with giving you options to tether you internet and more. So if you have been waiting for this update go ahead and follow the instructions listed above.

Fix Google PAC-MAN Doodle Sound Firefox Bug

I have been talking a lot about the recent Google PAC-MAN Doodle which was cute when it started out but has gradually turned out to be a real pain in the rear for several users specially those who are using Firefox.

Now this would not be an issue but since Google has decided to run this doodle for 48 hours people may still go crazy till then. Earlier today, I wrote a piece on how you can mute the Google PAC-MAN Doodle, however that issue is not fool proof.

On another post where I wrote about the  PAC-MAN annoyance, several users are complaining that when they use Firefox the annoying PAC-MAN music won’t go away even when they close the Google.com tab.

However, on the same post several commentators also posted a workaround, however, this involves disabling a particular Firefox add-on called CoolPreviews. This solution is definitely not something one would have to do because of an annoying website, however, according to the commentators, this will definitely fix the issue.

Hopefully, Google should be hearing this loud and clear, probably louder and clearer than the annoying sound of the PAC-MAN game and make sure to test things very well, or at the least provide users an option to turn or mute the sound.

Thanks for the solution Bryan.

How To Mute/Turn Google PAC-MAN Sound Off

Google earlier today released a new to celebrate the 30th Birthday of PAC-MAN, now that Doodle is very very cute, however, it is also causing a lot of annoyance to users.

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Right now there is no official way to turn down the Google PAC-MAN Doodle off or to mute the sound, but here are few ways in which you can actually avoid or stop the PAC-MAN sound from annoying you. Please note that, these solutions might not entirely turn off the sound, but it may help nevertheless.

  • Switch to using I Google (http://www.google.com/ig) for the next 48 hours instead of the regular Google homepage.
  • Use your browser address bar to perform searches, works in IE8, , Firefox, and Safari (Make sure your browser default search engine is Google).
  • Use the search box in your browser to search.
  • Stop using Google and try an alternative search engine for a day or two.

These are the things I could think of to get rid of the annoying Google PAC-MAN sound for time-being. However, if you have your own solutions, please feel free to add to this. I will update this post as and when a definitive solution for turning off the Google PAC-MAN sounds comes up.

How To Access Facebook In Pakistan?

Quite recently the Pakistan government banned Facebook over controversial Caricatures by some rogue groups which had come up on the site. However, the decision to ban might have left several users who want to access their favorite site in a spot.

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There are always ways to circumvent around bans by using proxy servers. If you are a stuck Facebook user from Pakistan and are looking to access Facebook from there, you can always try using a proxy.

In the past we have written several guides on accessing blocked websites, you can read them all below and figure out the best way to access Facebook in your country.

These guides should allow you to access the banned Facebook in Pakistan. If you have any other method which would be useful to our readers, please feel free to share them with us.

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Make Opera Mini the Default Browser in Android with Opera Bridge

Opera Mini 5 is a great little mobile browser. It may not have pinch and zoom or AJAX support, but it more than makes up for these shortcomings through its breezy page loading and unique feature list. Unfortunately, Opera Mini doesn’t allow you to set it as the default system browser. As a result, all links are opened using the in-built browser, instead of Opera Mini.

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Fortunately, there is a quick and hassle free way to fix this issue.

  • Once you have downloaded and installed Opera Mini 5, head over to the Android Market and download OperaBridge.
  • Now, hunt down any web link and click on it. You should get a window saying Complete action using.
  • Select the Use by default for this actionoption.
  • Select OperaBridge.

That’s all folks. Now, all hyperlinks should be opened in Opera Mini by default.