Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ultimate Tips and Tricks for iPhone & iPod Touch

Below We have gathered some Amazing Tips and Tricks for iPod Touch & iPhone. So that you get the most out of your iPhone & iPod Touch. To make your experience even better.

1. Tap the Status Bar to Scroll to the Top
This tip was included in the original article but with addition some apps such as Instapaper let you return to where you were if you accidently tap the top.

2. Screenshot of whatever you’re viewing
Wondering how we took the screenshots in this article? Maybe you want to take a screenshot of your high score to email a friend. To capture your screen simply press the home and power
button simultaneously.

3. Home Button Customization
This customisation was brough in, in one of the firmware updates. You can customize where your ipod takes you when you double press the home button. If your on the homescreen however and listening to music when you double tap it will bring up a music control overlay you can quickly pause your music and carry on.

4. Quick Reboot
If your iPod freezes or you installed an app that isn’t showing up then you might want to reboot your iPod, the quickest way to do this is is hold Home and Power button down for a few seconds until the screen goes off the Apple logo will soon appear again.

5. Caps Lock
To use the CAPS LOCK feature, make sure it is enabled in the General Settings. You will have to enable it, though. “Settings > General > Keyboard > Enable Caps Lock” should do the trick.  To use it, simply double-tap on the shift key. The shift key will turn blue as shown below.

6 Extra Characters
How would you type the doller symbol on your iPod? Or an inverted question mark? And what about letters with cedillas? To get these, and other special characters, tap and hold on the letter or symbol that closest represents the one you want. You’ll get a hidden menu that offers the extra characters.

7 Fullstop Shortcut
You probably know by now the shift-swipe trick but there is a faster way to enter a full stop. Simply double tap the space bar.

8 Quickly input alternate .com TLD’s
The .com button is handy for a lot of sites but what about when you’re visiting another site etc. Simply hold down the .com button for a couple of seconds and options with more domains will pop up the domain options will vary depending on your international keyboard settings.
9 Faster Browsing
Don’t type www and .com . For Faster Browsing just type the name of the webiste you’ll like to visit. The iPod will assume you are visiting a .com and add this automatically for you.

10 Add a Website Shortcut to the Home Screen
We all have a few sites we visit regularly you can make them even quicker to access by adding shortcuts to your home screen to do this tap the + icon at the bottom of safari and select ‘Add to Home Screen’.

11 View & Save RSS feed  

Clicking on an RSS feed link within the iPhone browser automatically opens the RSS feed within .Mac reader ( which you can bookmark. An alternative to this would be to open your favorite sites within google mobile browser and clicking on the RSS button will allow you to add a feed (if available) to Google reader (which is by far the best feed reader).

12 Scroll A lot
Occasionally you’ll want to scroll within a frame or text area within a page.Dragging a single finger on the page scrolls the page. If you want to scroll one of the areas, use two fingers. Now you can move around inside your little box.

13 Save an Image
If you want to save an image from safari just tap and hold it and you’ll get the option to copy or save it into the photo gallery.

14 Music Control
While listening to a song If you press and hold down the Next and Previous Song buttons, you can skip through the song by a few seconds at a time.
Drag Your Finger Up and Down to Change the Scrub Speed

15 Scrubbing Speed
Drag the the progress bar to the spot you want. This works OK, but did you know you could control this scrubbing speed? For more precise control hold the progress bar and slide downwards. This will let you adjust the adjust the scrub speed – from Hi Speed to Fine.

16 Tap Instead of Swipe for skipping pages
In all apps that have the dots paginations: Safari, Weather, and the home screens etc. You can actually tap on these to the left or right of the active dot to switch pages/screens/images etc.

17. iPod Sleep Mode
You may like to listen to your ipod as you fall asleep but don’t want it to play all night, there’s an easy solution in the clock app select timer and change the “When Timer Ends” Option to sleep iPod.

18. Save Power
It’s no fun when your iPod Touch runs out of power. There are several steps you can take to prolong your iPod until you get to a charger the simplest is turning features of that your not using but we will go into these with a more in depth posts in the future.For now it has been recommended by Apple that the new iOS 5.0.1 saves your battery life to some extent.

The iOS 5.0.1 update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life 
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad 
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud

Feel free to submit your own tips that we may have missed.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How to Optimize your Computer Using Simple Steps

Here are several techniques to Optimize your Computer or Make it Really Fast.

Seriously consider using the command-line. You can still tweet, instant message, play mp3 (with mplayer), browse the web (with Lynx or Links2), p2p (amulecmd), torrent (rtorrent), image edit (ImageMagick), read feeds (raggle), chat (irssi), ofm (midnight commander), manage downloads (axel, wget) and everything else. Linux and BSD make it easy to use the command-line, whereas OS X and especially Windows don't. 

Windows Powershell,
Mac OS X, Linux, BSD etc.
List directory
Clear console
Copy file(s)
Move file(s)
Delete file(s)
Create directory
Remove directory
rm –rf
Change current directory
Current directory
cd, chdir
Display/output text
Add user
net user

Below we have provided some important steps that you can perform to optimize your computer's performance and speed. 

1.Remove the junk. Go to Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, and remove applications and programs you do not use or do not need.

2.Running the Disk Cleanup Utility is a great way to make a computer faster. Go to My Computer, right click the disk you want to clean up, go to Properties. Click the button that says Disk Cleanup next to the graph demonstrating disk usage.

3.Defragment your disks. Go to Start>>All Programs>>Accessories>>System Tools, and click Disk Defragmenter.

4.Cleaning out your Prefetch folder can help as well. Go to C:\Windows\Prefetch, and clean out all the files and folders inside, and restart. Do this monthly. Do not delete the folder, just all the files inside!

5.Turn your page file higher by going to Control Panel>System>Advanced>Settings
Be sure to click the settings button that is under "Performance". Next click Advanced, then click Change. Set your page file higher, or select System Managed Size. After you have made the changes, lower the maximum size to the initial size, click set, and then restart.

6.Go back to System>>Advanced>>Settings, and mark Visual Effects to "Adjust For Best Performance". This will remove all the fancy visual effects, and change the theme back to Windows Classic.

7.On your desktop, right click, click properties, choose settings, and then change the color quality to 16 bit, or as low as it will let you set it. Also avoid huge desktop images from the internet.

8.Before performing the next step, boot in Safe Mode by restarting. When the computer turns on, immediately tap and keep tapping the F8 key, and choose Safe Mode. Choose your Windows operating system.

9.Remove any malicious content such as viruses from your PC using a virus scanner. You can use Avast Free Antivirus, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, AVG Anti-Virus  Free Edition 2012, Avira Free Antivirus etc. 

10.Before proceeding, boot normally.
If you want to improve boot times, go to Start>>Run>>Type MSCONFIG in the field, press Enter or Return, and go to the BOOT.INI tab. Check NOGUIBOOT.

11.Go back to System Configuration Utility, go to Startup, and uncheck services that you might not want starting during the boot process. Warning! Disabling services that are controlled by Windows might make your computer unstable! Make sure you know exactly what services do what before you make these changes here.

12.Before doing the next step, set Windows Explorer to display the hidden files and folders by going to Control Panel>>Folder Options>>View, and check "Display Hidden Files and Folders"
Next, browse to C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name\Local Settings\Temp. Delete all the files inside. Do not delete the folder, just all the files inside

13.If you don't mind waiting around for the search companion (the dog or wizard or whatever) to finish finding your files, disable indexing on your main hard drives by going to Computer, and disabling them under your hard disks properties.

14.Remove unnecessary Windows Components by going to Control Panel>>Add or Remove Programs>>Add or Remove Windows Components. WARNING: Check the files that you want to install or keep, and uncheck those that you want to uninstall. Be very careful here, because you can remove some programs and features that you may want to keep by accident

15.Remove your internet browsing history. Most browsers allow you to do this under their options.

16.Cleaning your registry is a great way to improve the computer performance. There are several free registry cleaners on the web to choose from. Such as Uniblue Registry Cleaner You can also use a registry defragmenter to defrag your page file and registry as well.

17. Avoid desktop manipulation programs such as Stardock or Fences, as these can slow down your computer, especially if it has a low amount of RAM.

Try adding more RAM. If on XP, I recommend at least 512 MB of RAM. If on Vista, I recommend at least 1 GB, since Vista likes to suck up most of your resources.

Install all Windows updates as well as the latest service packs

If your computer is so slow it is almost completely unbearable to use, reformat your hard drive(s), and reinstall your operating system.

Note: Remember, You don't have to try All the steps to optimize your PC. By Applying Some of the above mentioned steps you can optimize your pc to great extent. 

If you are having problems with your computer and if it isn't performing well. You can always comment and share your problem here by commenting and we'll try to resolve your issue as soon as poosible.Thanks