How To Set Your Own ‘Auto-Lock’ & ‘Require Passcode’ Time In iOS

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Generally speaking, there is an inverse relationship between security and convenience. In most cases, higher security comes at the cost of convenience. Two-factor authentication on services like Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook requires you to enter two codes to get access to your own account - higher security at the cost of decreased convenience. Lock screen passcodes on smartphones can range from simple 4-digit codes to long alphanumeric passwords; in any case, you're adding an extra step to accessing your own device. A better balance between the two aforementioned properties, but still far from perfect. iOS comes with two useful settings to reduce the time or steps required to get to the home screen: 'Auto-Lock', and 'Require Passcode'. Apple has included 4-5 predefined options for these in Settings > General, but if you want to have full control over them, you're out of luck... unless you have jailbroken your iOS device. 'insanj' has come up with two tweaks - LongerAutoLock and PassTime - which allow you to set a custom time for Auto Lock and Require Passcode options, respectively. Read More

Quickly Switch Between Over 30 Popular DNS Servers From Windows System Tray

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"How does the internet work?" You often get asked this question from your non-geek friends who spend half their time on Facebook or YouTube. While understanding every aspect of how it works isn’t as simple, there are certain technologies powering our world wide web that every internet user should know of. One of the them is the Domain Name System or DNS. Simply put, when you type a URL like Google.com in your browser’s address bar, it’s converted by your ISP’s DNS service into an Internet protocol understandable by computers and devices connected to the network, which determines how data is moved from point A to point B. Most people use the default DNS provided by their ISP, but if you’re facing issues with it, then one solution is to swap it with another one using a tool like ChrisPC DNS Switch. It’s a Windows tool that carries a huge list of presets from popular DNS servers that you can switch to, and allows power-users to specify custom DNS servers as well. Read More

Customize Firefox Sidebar Position, Accessibilty & More With OmniSidebar

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If you’re using Firefox, you can always find ways to improve your browsing experience. The powerful open-source web browser lets you install a ton of third-party extensions that help enhance its functionality. One of the great things about Firefox is the sidebar, which lets you quickly access your bookmarks or history items when required, otherwise remaining hidden behind the left edge of the browser so as to not disrupt your workflow. But let’s face it, the sidebar of Firefox isn’t as powerful as it could be, and after using the OmniSidebar add-on for Firefox, I can safely say that the sidebar does have room for improvement. Read More

Popular Project Management App Basecamp Now Available On Android

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If you’ve been using a lot of project management apps, you will most likely be familiar with Basecamp, a popular online project management tool. For those unfamiliar with it, Basecamp is a premium tool used by companies and individuals looking for a way to organize their tasks and projects, assign them to others in their team, communicate with each other and keep track of ideas and meet deadlines. The service released a native app for the iPhone in the beginning of 2013 and nearly a year later has officially made its way to Android Basecamp. The app, which is available for free at the Google Play Store, will allow users to access and manage their Basecamp account and stay up to date with their Basecamp projects on the move. Akin to its web-based counterpart, the mobile app sports a simple interface and a set of really handy project management tools. Read More

DLD Calc For Android Is A Fraction Calculator That Shows Step-By-Step Solutions

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Math can pose difficulties for even the most brilliant minds among us. If you find yourself (or someone you know) often struggling with math class then you’re not alone. On the bright side, there is a whole variety of mobile apps that can help you out during those tough math lectures. One such app that I recently came across is DLD Calc, a free fractions calculator for Android that takes the burden off your shoulders when it comes to solving even the most daunting fraction problems. The app displays each step in a calculation involving fractions to help students of basic math figure out mistakes in their own solutions. Details after the break. Read More

How To Install Windows On A Mac Using Boot Camp [Guide]

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According to Forbes, the Best Windows PC is an Apple MacBook Pro, while CNET calls it the best performing Windows Laptop. One does admire the irony of how despite the industry's best attempts at creating powerful PCs, the title would go to a Mac. There are consumers who admire the hardware of a Mac but are not quite ready to move to Mac's OS X yet. To address those consumers, Apple has created a multi-boot utility called Boot Camp. Initially released in April 2006, Boot Camp was designed to allow users to install Windows on Intel-Based Mac computers. While Macs aren't alien to virtualization and can run Windows and even Android as virtual machines, virtualization is nowhere near perfect. With Boot Camp, however, you can run a full, native installation of Windows on your machine, like on a full-blown Windows PC itself. Here's how. Read More

ZDlock Is An Android App Locking Solution From The ZDBox Team

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We all have a list of apps that we prefer to keep away from prying eyes while using our mobile devices in public. This could include social media and messaging apps, any app that can carry out financial transactions, your favorite email client, the list goes on. Most users resort to locking the entire phone down with a pin, password, or pattern lock, which quickly becomes an extra chore. For those who'd rather not enter a passcode every time they unlock the device, there are apps like ZDlock. This no-frills app by the team behind ZDBox helps you lock down specific apps using three different methods. Details after the break. Read More

How To Get Safari Reader-Like Functionality In Any Mobile Web Browser

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Reading is one of the prime activities associated with the internet. Those who fancy reading on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad would be aware of Mobile Safari’s nifty 'Reader' feature that quickly strips the current web page of obtrusive elements such as menus or advertisements for clutter-free reading. If you're looking for a way to get similar functionality on any other browser, let’s say Chrome, or on any other mobile platform besides iOS, such as Android or Windows Phone, then give Readability’s 'Read Now' bookmarklet a go. Like the Reader feature in Safari for iOS, it 'scrubs web pages of distractions', providing a more convenient setting for reading longer articles and blog posts. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make it work with Chrome for mobile devices. Let’s get straight to it. Read More

StumbleUpon’s 5by App For Android & iOS Creates Video Playlists Tailored To Your Interest

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Months after its acquisition by StumbleUpon, the video recommendation engine 5by finally made its way to iOS and Android around the end of January. StumbleUpon acquired the start-up back in September 2013 with the aim to provide users with custom-tailored videos that can reflect their moods, ambiance and situation. The concept remains similar to StumbleUpon’s current offering: it dishes out videos from different sources that specifically target the selected situation or mood. In other words, 5by is the video equivalent of StumbleUpon. Read on after the jump to find out how it works. Read More

JellyLock7 Is A Customizable Android-Inspired Lock Screen For iOS 7

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Originality certainly has its merits, but if an idea is already good enough, you merely have to tinker with it to get perfection. The previously covered JellyLock tweak garnered a lot of praise and popularity when it was first released last year, for both its features and looks. A year on, almost everything about the looks of iOS has changed, and so it makes sense for JellyLock to have an updated version to match the new flat UI as well. JellyLock7 is quite similar to its predecessor if you only consider basic traits, but there are some finer points that make the new tweak a huge improvement over JellyLock. You can now see icon badges on the shortcut ring, there are more customization options, and of course, everything looks more in tune with the flat iOS 7 UI. Read More

Scan & Edit Printed Photos In Bulk On Your iPhone Using Pic Scanner

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Casual, low-resolution scanners have been pushed out of the mainstream by smartphone cameras in recent years. Since your handheld devices are more readily available as well as easier to handle, it makes perfect sense to use them for as many activities as possible. While the superior quality offered by scanners is something that prevents users from relying too much on other cameras for converting physical data to digital form, the lack of a proper scanning mechanism and accompanying software also plays a major role in this choice. This is exactly why there are Android and iOS apps striving to come up with ways to ensure that the scanning process remains as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Handy Scanner and ShoeBox are just two of the many smartphone apps that mimic scanner capabilities, but Pic Scanner takes things one step further. The iOS app does offer point-and-scan capabilities, but it can also scan multiple photos simultaneously and then let users edit them with ease. Pic Scanner can distinguish between separate documents and pictures, cropping them to come up with multiple end results that can be saved as individual photos. Read More

Facebook’s New Social News Feed Experience ‘Paper’ Is Simply Amazing

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Facebook's philosophy of "move fast; break things" may hurt users in the short-term as they take time to get used to new interfaces and features, but it is no doubt beneficial in the long-term. On the web, Facebook basically changes up its News Feed every year, but the experience has remained largely the same on mobile for the past few years. Now, with a renewed focus on mobile, Facebook has launched Paper - stories from Facebook, a brand-new, almost revolutionary social media content consumption experience.  Read More

How To Run Windows Applications On Mac OS X With Wine [Guide]

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Lifelong fans/enthusiasts will concur that Mac OS X is functional, features a fluid UI, an expanding library of apps, and is simply gorgeous. Apple's OS X is usually a one-stop solution for professionals such as developers, graphic designers, sound & video editors and the like. However, there are a handful of scenarios where Windows applications outshine anything available on OS X, with gaming being perhaps the biggest example. Fortunately, you can run Windows applications on multiple platforms such as Linux-based operating systems and OS X, thanks to Windows emulation with Wine. In what follows, we will walk you through the nuts and bolts on how to use Wine for running windows applications on OS X. Read More

Easily Convert Web Pages To Print-Friendly PDF Files In Chrome

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There’s no doubt that distraction is a fierce enemy of productivity. While surfing the internet, you can easily get distracted by certain obtrusive elements such as Ads, social media widgets, drop-down menus and what not. Previously, we've featured various apps and browser extensions like InstaReadTranquility and  TidyRead that chop off pop ups, images, advertisement and other similar distracting elements from webpages in order to provide a clutter-free reading experience. Print Friendly & PDF, on the other hand, is a Google Chrome extension that focuses on trimming such distracting elements specifically for making the webpage print-friendly. It removes all the extra clutter from the webpage, allowing you to email it, convert it to PDF file, or take out a physical print on A4 or letter sized paper . More details after the jump. Read More

Use Gestures To Control Playback In iOS 7 Music App, Control Center & Lock Screen

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There are a bunch of Cydia tweaks that have the potential to make up for iOS’ lack of gesture-based music controls. There are tweaks that offer to add gestures in the Music app, lock screen, Notification Center, and even the volume HUD. Gesture Music Controls is different (and maybe better) than all the other tweaks belonging to this genre, though, as it affects multiple parts of iOS. Thanks to this tweak, you can easily control currently playing tracks from the lock screen, Control Center, and the stock Music app. Gesture Music Controls does not require any configuration, and is ready to be used immediately after its installation. The sharing options available in the tweak make it perfect for scrobbling your music. Read More

Exchange Text & URLs Between Android & Chrome With Message Beam

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Considering the number of devices we use these days, it can become frustrating at times to quickly and easily move information such as chunks of text and links between them. While the awesome PushBullet may be the most widely used service for Android users to send content between their devices and Google Chrome, there are some other solutions out there as well, Message Beam being one of them. Developed by XDA member d-fader, Message Beam’s free Android app and Chrome extension work in conjunction to allow you to quickly send text or URLs between your computer and phone or tablet, and easily copy that information to your clipboard in a snap. Your beams are sent via the internet through an XMPP server, allowing you to remotely access your beams. In what follows, we’ll show you how it works. Read More

Best Apps, Tips And Posts Of The Week [02.01.2014]

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It’s that time of the week again when we round up the most popular (as well as the less-popular but equally useful) apps, tips and tweaks that you may have missed during your hectic workweek. This time around, we discuss multiple iOS 7 jailbreak tweaks, a couple great Windows Phone apps, and SwiftKey Note for iOS, among other excellent apps and tips. Read More

Compress To & Extract From Several Archive Formats On Android With B1 Free Archiver

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File archiving feature that usually comes built-in with popular Android file managers like ES, Astro ad Dual File Manager is handy enough to quickly pack and unpack popular compressed archive formats such as ZIP, RAR, 7Z and the like. But the aforementioned solutions are fairly ineffective when it comes to extracting or compressing a handful of less popular archive formats. This is why tools like B1 Free Archiver are still around at the Google Play. It’s a simple application that lets you extract, view and compress your desired files from and to a wide array of formats including 7Z, APK, TAR, LZMA, TGZ, LZH, MTZ, RPM, XAR, XZ, ZIPX, GZ, TBZ and more. Read on for more details after the jump. Read More

Easily Create & Edit Icons On Windows With Junior Icon Editor

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You don't need to open Photoshop each time you want to create an icon or update one of your existing ones with a personal touch of your own. Icon editing tools have been around on Windows for fairly long now, and here at AddictiveTips, we've been covering quite a handful of them from time to time, some offering rich interfaces while other carrying a ton of features. The tool we have at your disposal today is called Junior Icon Editor, and it’s pretty fun to use, allowing you to instantly create icons, either from existing images or from scratch. Read More

Boot Multiple Android ROMs On Droid DNA With MultiROM

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The ability to boot multiple operating systems has always been the strong point of PCs, but in today’s age, the smartphone is the new PC, and it only makes sense to be able to install and run different operating systems on our phones and tablets to get the most out of them. Among the various multiboot solutions that we’ve seen so far, MultiROM by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar is perhaps the most promising. After letting enthusiasts boot multiple Android ROMs as well as Ubuntu Touch and even Firefox OS on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 for quite a while, MultiROM has been ported to the HTC Droid DNA by XDA Senior Member jamiethemorris. While the currently available ROM support may not include other operating systems, it still allows you to boot multiple Android ROMs on your device on your external storage. Read on to learn more. Read More