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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mac OS X Tips & Tricks That You Might Not Know About

OS X has some really great features that Windows’ users might envy; There are the well documented and much talked about features like Mission Control, Desktop Spaces, and the Launchpad, but OS X is also stocked full of several smaller and less hyped about features and tricks that even some veteran Mac users are unaware of. Regardless of how long you’ve been using the platform, it’s always nice to learn a new trick or two that your Mac can do, and we’ve complied whole list of them to help you use your Mac more efficiently.


Reposition The Screenshot Selection Area

OS X has a built-in screenshot tool that can capture any user defined area on the screen, in addition to the entire screen and any selected window. If you have ever started to capture a particular area on your screen and realized it needs to be slight above or below the point you started to drag your mouse from, you can simply hold down the Space bar without releasing the mouse, and move your cursor around to reposition the selection box you’ve created.
Reposition The Screenshot

Open A File, Folder Or App In Finder From Spotlight Search

Spotlight is one of the best system-wide search features you will find on a desktop OS. If you’ve as yet been unable to figure out how to open a file, folder, or app in Finder from Spotlight’s search results, you do so with Command+Enter.

Move Up Directory Structure For Any Website In Safari

Moving to the previous folder or moving up a folder level in Finder is easy using the Back button or the folder path bar at the bottom of Finder. Safari supports a similar feature as well – Command+Click Safari’s title bar (not the address bar), and it will list all options for moving up the directory structure of the website.
Move Up Directory

Drag Windows Without Bringing Them Into Focus

OS X allows you to scroll any window that your cursor is positioned over, regardless of whether the window is in focus or not. If you’ve ever wanted to move an app window while still keeping it in the background, you can do so by holding down the Command key while dragging it to any other position. You will not lose focus of the app you were last working in.

Reveal Hidden Files In Open File Dialog

We’ve covered quite a few tips and tricks that require you to access hidden folders but if you’re getting weary of always hiding and unhiding the hidden folders in OS X, you can access and open them by hitting Command+Shift+. in any Open File dialog box.

Hide A System Preference Pane

System Preferences has a really great search feature that highlights which preference pane you should look in for modifying a particular setting. If you’ve always felt that System Preferences was a bit too cluttered to your liking, you can hide the panes you rarely or never use. Open System Preferences, click the ‘View’ menu, and select ‘Customize’.
Hide A System Preference Pane
You should now be in the customization mode for preferences. Simply uncheck the preferences that you want to hide, and click ‘Done’. To restore a preference, just enter customization mode again and all preference panes – hidden and visible – will appear. The hidden preferences will be unchecked; select them again and they will become visible in System Preferences just as before.

Select The Secondary Option In Any Dialog Box

Whenever a dialog box appears asking you to confirm or cancel an action, one option is always highlighted with a blue glow. This default or primary option is what is executed when you hit Enter. Any other option is known as the secondary option and if you simply want to execute this one with one quick keystroke, just hit Space. Note that this will not work well for dialog boxes where you have more than two options available. In those cases, you have to use the Tab key to highlight a button to execute it from the keyboard.

Cleaning Up The Right-Click Context Menu

Apps add options to the right-click context menu that are specific to apps and sometimes the type of files and folders you right-click on. Apps themselves might be very useful, but these options can be a source of clutter. To edit these options, go to the keyboard preferences in System Preferences. In the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, select Services in the left column to see a complete list of options that appear in the right-click context menu. The list will include both stock options as well as those added by apps. Just unselect the ones you don’t want to keep.

Add Spacers To The Dock

Spacers in Dock help separate groups of icons and folders. It’s an easy way to organize the apps you have pinned to the Dock, but OS X doesn’t let you add spacers easily. To do so, open Terminal, and run the following commands:
defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}'
killall Dock
A spacer will be added, and you can drag and reposition it anywhere on the Dock. To remove it altogether, just drag it off the Dock and click & hold over it your desktop.

Rearrange System Icons In The Menu Bar

The system icons on the Menu Bar can be rearranged by holding down the Command key and clicking & dragging the icon to a different position. While this works for all system icons, it wouldn’t necessarily work for all third-party app icons.
Rearrange System Icons

Resize & Set Default Column Width For All Columns In Finder

In Finder’s Column view, the width of the columns varies depending on the file name but if you want to set it to be uniform regardless of the file names, hold down the Option key as you resize a column and all columns will instantly change to the width of that column.

Create A Hidden Folder

We’ve told you how to view hidden files in OS X, but we’ve never really talked about creating a hidden folder. Let’s get right to it. First of all, launch Terminal and navigate to the folder in which you want to create the hidden folder. To see which folder you’re currently in, type pwd in Terminal. To navigate to a different folder, use the cd command followed by the folder path. You can easily enter any folder’s path in Terminal by simply dragging and dropping the folder from Finder into Terminal.
Once you’re finally in the desired folder, run the following command:
mkdir .myhiddenfolder
Hidden Folder
Feel free to change the myhiddenfolder to the folder name of your choice, but don’t remove the period; it’s this period before the folder name that defines it as hidden and if you leave it out, you will have created a normal folder.

Make Mission Control Show Windows From Current Desktop Space Only

By default, Mission Control shows all windows for all apps that are currently running. If you accidentally click on a window that’s open in a different Desktop Space, you will switch to that window and consequently, to that space. To restrict Mission Control to showing only the windows open in the currently active Desktop Space, run the following Terminal commands:
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-show-windows-in-other-spaces -bool FALSE
killall Dock
Mission Control
That should do it – you should now see only the windows from the currently active Desktop Space in Mission Control. To reverse this and change it back to the way it was, run the following commands:
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-show-windows-in-other-spaces -bool TRUE
killall Dock

Delay Dragging Windows To Another Desktop Space

If you’ve installed apps that mimic the Windows Aero Snap feature on Mac, you might not like how often you can end up accidentally moving a window to different Desktop Space. Surprisingly, this can happen even when you’re just trying to rearrange app windows because the Desktop Space switching feature is quite sensitive. A workaround for this is to run the following command and play around with the value at the end until you have a response time that you’re comfortable with.
defaults write com.apple.dock workspaces-edge-delay -float 0.5

killall Dock

Move Selected Files & Folders To A New Folder

Have you ever spent ten minutes carefully selecting files and folders from a densly populated folder, only to realize you forgot to create the new folder you planned on moving them to? OS X has a built in workaround for that. With the desired files and folders selected, just hit Control+Command+N, and the selected items will be moved to a brand new folder that OS X will create for you. The folder will be named after the number of files in it.
new folder
Are there any special OS X tricks you think most Mac users are unaware of and that would make the OS more convenient to use? Let us know in the comments. If you found these tips and tricks useful, you might also like our list of tricks for Mountain Lion
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Jolidrive – One stop for all Your Cloud Services

In today’s world all those who have access to the internet will have access to one or the cloud services. “Cloud” services as such not only refer to online drive storage, services exclusively to Photos, Videos, Audio, even emails, all come under the same category. And you might have at least 2 or more accounts among such cloud services. Managing these cloud services, from online storage options like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, music services like SoundCloud, or Video services like Youtube, Vimeo, it certainly is a hassle. In come Jolidrive that makes cloud management a breeze.
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Jolidrive is a product of Jolicloud, the makers of the Joli OS (an alternative operating system for the netbooks). The main idea behind Jolidrive is the fact that the internet users use the myriad cloud services for different purposes. Most people use Google Drive for managing documents, spreadsheets, forms, etc, Flickr for photo management, Youtube for videos, and likewise. Jolidrive simply brings all these services under one umbrella and manage all these services at Jolidrive.
Jolidrive supports integration with various cloud services. Popular ones like Dropbox, Google Drive, Youtube, Flickr are there, and you can get other services like Skydrive, Pocket, Google Plus and more with some promotions (more on that later).
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You can signup a Jolidrive account via Facebook or email login. Once setup, you can connect with your cloud services by simply clicking on them in the Jolidrive homepage. Setting up is a breeze, generally Jolidrive requires you to allow it to view all the files and folders in your cloud services, though it won’t need you specific contact details. All the services you have integrated appear on the left hand side.
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You can view all the files and folders in your respective accounts by clicking on one of these services. Clicking on any file will open up in a popup window within the page to show the file. While you may not be able to add anything to your drives, Jolicloud does have support for editing and collaboration. For instance clicking on the edit icon for one of the documents in Google Drive will lead to the edit page as you would find on Google Drive, so you won’t need to go to the Drive separately.
It also offers service specific features, such as the like option for photos on Instagram, watch videos on Youtube or Vimeo through the same popup window.
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It is easy to integrated with cloud services and you view and edit documents, photos, watch videos right from the Jolidrive page. It stays up to date with all you cloud services, plus Jolidrive looks great on mobile browsers too, as you see here on my Nexus 7.
Jolidrive - Mobile Browser
Although the service is free, connecting to additional services such as Google Plus, Vimeo, Pocket, etc. requires you to promote the Jolidrive service on Facebook, which is not an ideal solution. Also you cannot add anything to your cloud services through Jolidrive.
Jolidrive is a great solution for managing multiple cloud accounts on the internet. You can view/edit documents, like photos, even watch videos within Jolicloud and it is designed with mobile browsers in mind. Best of all, it is free and has integration options with some of the favorite cloud services. Do share your thoughts on through your comments.
Sources: Jolidrive [via Lifehacker]

Remotely Control Media Player Apps on MAC OSX From Android

Do you know that you can remotely control media player applications in your MAC OSX from an Android device? For example, you can pause a quicktime video playing in your MAC from your Android smartphone. You can turn off your mac from Android, increase or decrease brightness, open up iTunes, iPhoto, Preview and control other apps remotely from your Android device.
This does not require complicated installations and you can set it up within a minute. Mac Remote is a free Android app which lets you control running applications on mac from your Android phone, so you don’t have to run to your computer, every time you want to skip songs in iTunes, or fast forward a video that is being played in OSX. The best part is that you don’t need to install anything in your MAC.

Some Practical Use Cases of Remotely Controlling MAC Applications From Android

Before we move onto the configuration steps, here are some practical use cases of controlling media player and other applications on mac osx from your Android
  • You want to control the currently playing playlist in iTunes from Android. You want to skip songs, increase or decrease the volume, pause and resume songs.
  • You want to control the VLC playe application on mac from Android. You want to fast forward a video, skip a video, jump to another playlist and so on and so forth.
  • You are a huge spotify fan and want to control spotify playlists from Android.
  • You are browsing through photos stored in your OSX hard drive and want an easy way to change the order of photos from your Android smartphone. This is especially useful when you are viewing the photos in a big screen infront of an audience and want an easy way to change or flip through photos.
  • You want to remotely turn off your mac from Android, control its volume, brightness and other system specific properties.
Mac Remote for Android is a simple Android app which lets you remotely control your osx computer, provided that both the Android device and your MAC computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You can use it in office or home or anywehre, but be sure that both the devices are connected to the same network. (If you’re a Windows user, you might want to read our earlier tip – Remotely control an Android phone from WIndows desktop).

Setting Up Your MAC OSX Computer For Remote Connections

1. Pull down the “Apple” menu and select “System preferences”

2. Under “Internet and Wireless” select, “Sharing”

3. Turn on “Remote login” and note down your mac IP. You will need it for pairing your MAC and Android phone over the same Wi-FI network.

4. Install MAC Remote on your Android phone or tablet.
5. When you start the app for the first time, you can go through their tutorial and setup remote login for MAC from Android. When you’re done with the tutorial, hit the connect button and you should see a login screen like this:

  • Username: the username you use to login to your mac.
  • Password: the password you use to login to your mac.
  • IP: The IP which you noted in step 3.
Once the remote connection is established, you are all set to roll. You can start keynote presentations from Android, control the VLC app, select photos in iPhoto, control iTunes and launch media apps directly from your Android device. Watch the following video which gives a complete walkthrough of how to use Mac Remote and control media apps with it:

The app is currently in its spartan form and is ad supported. However, the app does what it says and is extremely easy to use. Give it a try and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Add Aviary Photo Editing Tools & Filters To Facebook In Chrome

Aviary’s powerful image editor is widely used in photo editing apps for smartphones. Though it’s far less common to see it integrated in on the web, since most web services do not provide a lot of editing options, or offer their own tools instead. Fly Photo Editor for Facebook is a Chrome extension that integrates Aviary’s photo editing tools in Facebook. The extension lets you enter an edit mode from the theater view of any photo, and you can then proceed to add filters and frames to the image, crop it, add stickers to it, draw on it with a free hand drawing tool, and more. Once you’ve made the desired changes, the extension uploads your edited image to the same album as the original one.

Install Fly Photo Editor for Facebook and open any picture on Facebook, making sure it opens in theater mode. If you have an extension installed that disables theater mode, it might be a good idea to disable that extension while you use Fly Photo Editor for Facebook. A ‘Fly Editor’ option will appear next to ‘Tag Photo’ when you move your mouse over the image. Click it to open the image in the editor.
Fly Photo Editor
The editor might take a little time to load; make sure it finishes loading before you start using it. You will not navigate away from the photo’s page; the editor will be superimposed on the page itself. If you’re familiar with Aviary’s editing tools, you will recognize them here instantly. If you’ve never come across the tools before, rest assured that they are very easy to use.
Go through the individual tools and apply the edits you want before moving on to the next. Once you’ve got your photo looking the way you want it and have applied all changes, click the ‘Save’ button. The extension will ask you to sign in and allow it to access your Facebook photos and post on your behalf. It will then upload the edited photo to the same album as the original, leaving the original untouched.
Fly Photo Editor frames
Fly Photo Editor for Facebook is pretty good for quickly editing your Facebook photos, but the output image can only be saved to Facebook, which makes signing in mandatory as well. It could do with an option to save the edited images locally. The output is quite good though, and there are no watermarks added to the final image.
Install Fly Photo Editor for Facebook From Chrome Web Store

How To Use Vine’s New Sharing & Embedding Options

Since its release, Vine has enjoyed a decent run, but it hasn’t become as big as Instagram or some of the other older services available to smartphone users yet. There might be other factors involved as well, but Vine’s absence on Android and its lack of easy sharing options has certainly hindered the app from becoming even more popular than it currently is. Twitter finally seems to have realized this, and decided to do something about it. No, there is still no Android app but starting today, you can conveniently share any public Vine post with your social network. In addition, users can also embed Vine videos into websites now. This means any of these popular six-second animations can now be shared via social media, email or on any third-party website with ease.

Vine Share Vine Email
We have already discussed a rather indirect way of embedding Vine videos into any website, but now there is no need to go through all that hassle. Previously, it was possible to post your own Vine videos to social networks, but with the app’s latest update, the coveted three-dots icon has been made available for posts from other users as well. The sharing menu includes three options: Twitter, Facebook and Embed. For Twitter and Facebook sharing, you can add a description to go with the video, or choose to keep the original poster’s title.
For embedding, Vine lets you export a link to the video via email. You can copy the embedding link and use it anywhere, even simply  mailing the link to anyone you want, and letting them do all the work. So, how exactly can you embed a Vine video in a website?
Vine Embed
Vine has a great and easy-to-use web interface that facilitates embedding. There are two modes in which a video can be embedded. You can create a postcard out of the animation, or go for the ‘Simple’ option. You can choose between these two modes using the buttons provided at the top of the web interface. The videos support three sizes: 600px, 480px and 320px. To make sure everything is the way it should be, you can preview the animation within your web browser.
If you are satisfied with how it looks, just scroll to the bottom of the screen and copy the embed code available there. This code can be used in any website or email message. We’ve used it to embed a Vine below.

Apart from these major changes, the Vine app is also more stable now than it has ever been. You can enjoy the new features by updating the app or heading to the following link.
Download Vine For iOS

Screenbird Is A Java-Based Screen Recorder With On-The-Fly ‘Do Over’ & Online Sharing

One good web app can often end the whole ‘which platform has better apps’ debate, and Screenbird is arguably one of those apps. It’s a screencasting tool that runs entirely in your browser and allows you to record anything and everything on your screen. Unlike most browser-based screen recording tools, Screenbird is not restricted to recording inside the browser window. The recorded videos can be saved locally and uploaded for sharing as well. The service’s free version allows you to upload up to 150 minutes of videos to the cloud. That isn’t Screenbird’s best feature though; it has a ‘do over’ feature whereby you can select any point in a recording and re-record from that point onward. The portion of the video before that point remains intact, while the rest is overwritten.

Screenbird runs in your browser, and requires the Java plugin to be installed and up to date. The controls might take a little time to load at first. Once loaded, a small controls bar will appear on your desktop. The bar can be minimized or closed. By default, it is set to record your entire screen, but you can limit it to record only a selected area. Screenbird will record audio from your mic once recording starts. A timer lets you know how long you’ve been recording, and you can stop or pause it at any time. Once you stop recording, Screenbird will load your screencast and allow you to preview it.
The preview opens in a separate window. Click ‘Play’ at the bottom left to start watching it. On the right, you will notice a ‘Finalize’ button. Don’t click it unless you’re happy with what you see. To redo a part of the video, move the seek bar to the point you want to re-record from, and click the ‘Record from here’ button that follows the seek point. Screenbird will enter record mode again; click the record button to resume recording.
screenbird recorded
When you’re happy with what you’ve got, click ‘Finish’. Screenbird will first encode the recording, and offer you to enter a title and description for it while you wait.
screenbird encoding
Once the video has been encoded, click the ‘Upload’ button to begin uploading it to Screenbird’s cloud. In the mean time, you can share the link to the video with others while it uploads. The video will be available as soon as it has finished uploading. If you just want to save a local copy of the video and don’t want to upload it online, click the ‘Save a Copy’ button. The video will be saved locally in MP4 format. Videos that are uploaded online can be set as public or private.
screenbird upload
Quality wise, Screenbird records really well; the frame rate is perhaps not as high as you might want, but remember that this is a free app. A premium account with Screenbird will allow you to upload a total of 500mins of videos, and also post them to YouTube. The recorded videos can be played on mobile devices too. As per our tests, uploading is rather slow but the local version saved by Screenbird plays perfectly.
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HyperSwitch Is A Windows-Like Preview-Focused App Switcher For Mac

App & window switching in OS X is separated into two different shortcuts. For users who have migrated from a Windows PC, this is often hard to get used to. Mac users are less likely to have any problems with it but that’s not to say the feature can’t be improved. HyperSwitch is a free Mac app currently in beta that lets you get more out of app switching. At the core, it works like Mac’s default app and window switcher; both functions are still separated by keyboard shortcuts but unlike the default feature, it allows you to preview app windows as you move through them. Additionally, HyperSwitch lets you continue to use the default app switcher, and adds options for accessing functions like launching a new window or tab, and control iTunes.

HyperSwitch can run silently in the background, though you can enable a Dock or Menu Bar icon for it from its preferences if you like. Once installed, head to the app’s preferences first.
The app will not overwrite the Command+Tab and Command+` shortcuts that Mac offers by default. You will now be able to use Option+Tab to switch between apps, and Option+§ to switch between windows of the app currently in focus. For keyboards that lack the § (section) button, there’s the Option+6 shortcut but since we are using Option here already, it wouldn’t probably work for you and you can substitute it with the Tab key instead, while selecting another special key to trigger it. If you check the ‘Show full size previews on hover’ option, HyperSwitch will bring each window to front when you move through it. By default, HyperSwitch lets you switch between windows in the current desktop space, but you can check the ‘Include windows from other spaces’ option to switch to an app open in a different one.
HyperSwitch general
The app and window switcher resembles the default one, but it gives you a preview of the app window instead of an enlarged app icon. The window switcher allows you to preview a window before switching to it, unlike the default window switcher that simply switches to the next window.
HyperSwitch windowsHyperSwitch
If you want to be able to open new tabs or windows for running apps, head to the App Switcher tab in preferences and uncheck ‘Show window previews on the app switcher’. When you next use the Command+tab shortcut to switch between apps, hit the up arrow key and you will see additional functions that you can run on the app. Most commonly, you will be able to open a new tab or window of the highlighted app.
HyperSwitch options
If you think HyperSwitch is taxing your screen space and find the icons just too large, the ‘Appearance’ tab will let you shrink them. You can also change the background color, if the default grey is giving visibility issues against your wallpaper.
HyperSwitch appearence
HyperSwitch is an excellent app, not just because of what it does but because of the level of customization it offers. It gives users an incredible amount of flexibility. Few app make provision for situations when they might clash with a user’s wallpaper or any other display setting, but HyperSwitch gives you a free rein by giving such attention to detail. The app is in Beta and available for free.
Download HyperSwitch For Mac

Get A Gesture-Controlled Music Widget In iPhone Notification Center

With iOS 6, Apple proved that Notification Center widgets can come in handy for things other than just viewing information at a glance. The stock Share widget can let you post updates to your favorite social networks with ease, while users of jailbroken devices have access to a whole world of NC add-ons that can be used to do some truly useful stuff. NC widgets related to almost all areas of iOS have been released in the Cydia store, and music playback is no exception. Previously we covered Now Playing for NC - a Cydia tweak that can let users control their music using a couple of buttons placed inside a widget. NCMusicGestures does something similar, but uses gesture control for the purpose. You can scrobble your music to Twitter and Facebook, while changing a song takes merely a swipe.
NCMusicGestures Slider NCMusicGestures Share

NCMusicGestures has to be enabled manually by heading to the Notifications section of the stock Settings app. The widget has two main parts. The lower half is for album art and other song information, while the upper portion houses the seek bar of the song and lets you skip to different points in the track. If you swipe across this bar without using the seek knob, the widget’s sharing options are revealed. You can post the information of the song you are listening to on both Facebook and Twitter. The third button in the sharing row lets users donate to the developer.
On the surface, it might appear that there is nothing more than the above that NCMusicGestures can accomplish, but there are a few other features as well. Tap the album art once if you want to pause the playback right from your Notification Center. Other gestures supported by the add-on let users skip to the next song in their current playlist  by swiping to the right on the album art, or go back to the previous one with a similar leftward swipe.
NCMusicGestures is a pretty well-designed widget, but we faced a few performance issues during our little test run. After enabling the add-on, the SpringBoard crashed, but that might have been a one-off issue on our device. So if you have always been a fan of gesture control, it is probably time to move on from Now Playing to NCMusicGestures. The tweak is available as a free download in the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store, and can only control tracks that are played from the stock Music app.

Autorun Angel Is A Cloud-Based Security Analyzer For Startup Items

My first hand experience tells me that Windows Task Manager is not the most efficient way to find out the integrity of currently running processes or applications that auto execute during Windows logon. Although it allows you to kill unresponsive applications or disable them entirely from running, you can never be so sure whether a process or service is malicious, or harmless to your system. This is where tools like Autorun Angel really shine. This nifty little app scans your computer for autorun entries against its own cloud database, and highlights only those services or autorun programs that seem dangerous to your system or may be the root cause of an ongoing problem. This can include all sorts of malware including spyware, adware, trojans, viruses et al. According to the developer, the scan engine is powered by NictaTech Antivirus Engine, which is the company’s native cloud engine for checking for viruses.
Autoun Angel comprises a straightforward interface. All you have to do is download and install the application on your system, and once executed, it automatically starts analyzing your autorun entries. After analyzing the system – which doesn’t take much time at all and completes within a couple of seconds – Autorun Angel presents a list of items along with pertaining information such as file path, status and source. You can also mark ‘Hide SAFE file’ at the top right to exclude core system services and known safe entries from the list.

The scan process doesn’t begin until you manually click the scan button. Once you run the scan, the application starts comparing each item against its online antivirus database using the cloud engine that I mentioned earlier. So before you begin the scanning, make use your PC is connected to an active internet connection. Safe or harmless entries automatically disappear from the list, while remaining files – that begin to turn bold – are probably the known bad or malicious files that you’re actually looking for. The scan process may last several minutes, depending on the total number of items in the list.
After the scan is complete, you can choose to send the highlighted items to the service for additional analysis by clicking the ‘Send unknown for analysis’ button. However, the application doesn’t offer a way to disable or remove these entries straight from the program, and adding these options could have come in handy.
All in all, it’s a rather limited application that doesn’t boost many features, but still offers a great way to quickly check your autorun entries for malicious threats. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Download Autorun Angel

How To Import RSS Feeds Into Microsoft Outlook For Windows

As most of you must have heard by now, Google Reader is retiring this summer and we’ve guided you through the process of backing up your Google Reader RSS feeds as well as given you a healthy list of alternatives for Google Reader to switch to, once it’s gone. Though our list focused on apps that were always meant to be RSS feed readers, and we purposely left out the ones that offered RSS subscriptions as a side feature. Outlook – one of the most popular desktop email clients out there that’s known mostly for helping you organize your contacts, remembering appointments, and sending emails - actually supports RSS feeds natively. The feature has been ignored by most so far, but the death of Google Reader has finally brought it much attention. If you use Outlook for your email, contacts and calendar already, there’s no reason why it can’t take care of your RSS subscriptions. So let’s take a look at how you can import your feeds from Reader to Outlook, and switch to it as your RSS app.
The first thing you need is a backup of your Reader subscriptions and Outlook installed on your PC. You can get a backup of all your Google Reader subscriptions using Google Takeout. Simply follow the steps provided in our Google Reader RSS subscriptions backup guide, and you should be ready to proceed.

The RSS folder appears when you expand your Outlook profile folder. Right-click it and you will see an ‘Import an OPML File…’ option. Select this option, browse to the location of the XML file from your Google Reader backup, and select it.
All feeds in the file will be imported and you can select which ones to add to Outlook. Once you’ve made your selection, click ‘Next’ and Outlook will start loading news items from each of the added feeds.
Import an OPML file
Once imported, the first thing you might notice is that your folders are gone and the feeds are now in alphabetical order. Unfortunately that is something that comes with using a program that isn’t meant to be a full-featured RSS reader. While Outlook doesn’t import folders from an OPML file, it fortunately does supports creating new ones, so you’ll just have to go through the process of adding folders and organizing your feeds into them. It might be a long and somewhat painful process if you have one too many feeds, will only need to do it once.
If you’ve never used the RSS feature in Outlook before, you might be unfamiliar with some of it features. News items cannot be ‘favorited’ or ‘starred’ in Outlook; instead, they can be flagged, which can serve the same purpose. Of course, they can still be marked as read. You can move a feed to any folder at any time. Feeds can update automatically, or you can force Outlook to check for new items by clicking the Send/Receive button.Feeds are searchable and can be filtered by date or author. Outlook will not allow you to import starred items from your Google Reader backup.
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Configure iOS AssistiveTouch Button To Quickly Perform A Specific Task

While they might not be considered as the most populated genre of Cydia tweaks, there are a few offerings available in the jailbreak store that might make you frequently use the awesome accessibility options offered in iOS. Anyone who doesn’t have visual or auditory impairments might not have used the accessibility options even once. So, wouldn’t it be nice if there was some way of turning accessibility options into gesture control? In the past, we have covered tweaks like Speaking Keyboard that makes use of the Voice Over feature to make the stock iOS keyboard more useful. MyAssistive is another similar tweak but instead of Voice Over, it focuses on AssistiveTouch. By default, AssistiveTouch can do a lot of things; in fact, some might say it can do too many things, which makes it very confusing and kills its original purpose of making lives of users simpler. MyAssistive lets you program the hovering button to perform just one task of your choice, which can make you feel like having a brand new hardware button.
MyAssistive iOS Menu MyAssistive iOS Actions

MyAssistive has a menu of its own in the stock Settings app, but using the ‘Enable’ toggle within this menu won’t let you start using the tweak right away; AssistiveTouch still has to be enabled separately. If you haven’t dealt with this feature of iOS, do the following:
  1. Launch the stock Settings app.
  2. Navigate to the ‘General’ section,
  3. Look for AssistiveTouch under the Accessibility menu’s ‘Physical & Motor’ options.
  4. Toggle the feature on.
Once enabled, a translucent button appears at the top of the screen, and you can drag it anywhere along the edges. Now that the control has been enabled, it’s time to assign a task to it via MyAssistive.
Some of the features listed under the tweak’s ‘Replace with’ menu are available in AssistiveTouch by default, but you have to make your way through a maze of options to find them. With the tweak, however, you can accomplish these tasks by simply tapping the hovering button once. AssistiveTouch can be configured to perform tasks like locking the screen, revealing the App Switcher tray, muting the device, taking screenshots and even adjusting the volume.
While most of these actions can be performed by simply tapping the AssistiveTouch button, things are a bit different if you have configured it to control the volume of your device. If you intend to increase the volume, make sure the button is on the left half of the screen before you tap it (drag it there if it isn’t already there). Similarly, volume can be reduced by tapping it while it is on the right half of the screen. The position of the button matters for muting and unmuting the volume as well
MyAssistive is a great tweak if you use AssistiveTouch just for a single purpose, or even if you don’t use it frequently at all. Give it a go for free by heading to the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store.