Jailbreaking is a process to enable greater user control over the Apple device, by letting them install applications not released on the App Store and adjust settings not ordinarily available to users. users of jailbroken iPhones can greatly change their user interface, play emulated video games, and even use their phones as an SSH/Telnet terminal. Apple has consistently fought jailbreaking, regularly updating iOS and device firmware to thwart jailbreaking attempts and maintain its control over the flow of applications on the devices.
How To Best Organize Your Android Apps (Hide Crapware!)byRyan WhitwamonJuly 29, 20109 Comments
So you're trying to find an app on your Android phone, but that launcher can be mighty imposing. When you get a long list of apps, it can be hard to find what you're looking for quickly. There are no pages to use as an easy mental bookmark to find them. In all seriousness, how many apps do you launch on a daily basis? Probably not many, and there's no reason to have the cruft getting in the way.
This can be doubly hard when it's a new app, and you don't know the icon. We often find ourselves scrolling along silently going through the alphabet to find that new app. What if you've got a lot of bloatware stuck on the phone? There are a number of apps and techniques that can help you better organize your apps.
How To Make Your Own E-Books With CalibrebyMatthew BragaonJuly 29, 20106 Comments
Having just returned from Comic-Con with fresh ideas for your Captain Kirk/ Dr. Who fanfiction, we're sure your eager to begin writing your latest, bestselling tome. Of course, let's be frank — no one is going to publish that in print. It's just too awesome for a physical format. That leaves you with the vast world of self-publishing — a world that e-books and digital download have made much easier to enter.
Calibre, and it's just the thing we need to fuel your compulsive, e-reading addiction.
Tap into Your Android Phone's Full Camera PotentialbyRyan WhitwamonJuly 27, 20104 Comments
When you buy a phone, you expect to have a decent quality camera on it. Some phones live up to that expectation, and others not so much. While the quality of the hardware may vary, the software is getting much better as time goes on. Android once had a notoriously bad UI in the camera app, but with manufacturer modifications and the Froyo update, the software experience has gotten much better. We already told you how to better use the stock Android camera to take better images. Still though, there are times when you have a specific need for certain functionality that just isn't built into the included app.
How to Turn Your Panoramas Into Photographic PlanetsbyMatthew BragaonJuly 26, 201027 Comments Super Mario Galaxy was perhaps one of the best examples of what a good Wii game could be. It was simple to pick up, a solid Mario platformer, and above all, visually beautiful. Perhaps the coolest parts of the game were the small planets from which Mario jump, flew and ran to, giving the game a unique charm and sense of whimsy that was simply a joy to play. Did we mention that it looked damn cool?
What's cooler is that you can apply that exact effect to your own photos and panoramas. Perhaps it's a beautiful landscape, or a modest shot of your front lawn — either way, it'll take you less then five minutes to turn that regular old photo into a panoramic planet of your own.
Photoshop or the free alternative GIMP, and of course, a suitable photo. Not just any panorama will make this work, however, so you need to keep a few criteria in mind. An aspect ratio of at least 2:1 will work best, with wider photos looking the most impressive. Because the goal is to create a photographic sphere, a 360 ° panorama is also ideal.
Our test image.
Depending on the quality of your photo, you might need to touch a few things up. For example, if the horizon of your photo isn't perfectly straight, or you didn't use a full, 360 ° panorama, you might find the point at where the two ends meet is uneven. Use of the clone tool and other masking options can help to clean up the seams, and any colour differences can be equalized as well.
In our case, the final product looks something like this:
Now, get shooting and show us what you can produce!
Images via Flickr users Schtumple and San Diego Shooter.How To Play Awesome Old Games Online with VPN SoftwarebyMatthew BragaonJuly 23, 201019 Comments
Growing tired of Battlefield 2 and your fancy modern online games? We don't exactly blame you. It's been a while since a decent, LAN-capable, 256 colour palette game hit the market, and that just seems like a shame to us. But if you're feeling Wolfenstein withdrawal, or have Wonders on the mind, we might be able to help you out.
It's no secret that streaming music, video and media-heavy websites are putting a strain on our wireless carriers, and placing bandwidth in short supply. Unlimited data plans from the likes of AT&T have already been phased out, with Verizon Wireless rumored to be following suit. Smart phone users just can't seem to catch a break.
Wired vs Wireless: How To Keep Input Lag Under ControlbyMatthew BragaonJuly 21, 201014 Comments
Nothing is more frustrating than playing a game of Rock Band, only to find that something is slightly...*off*. Sure, your friend can't sing on key and the bass buttons sticks, but the real problem, it seems, is your drums — terribly off-beat, and out of sync with the rest of the band.
Give Your Android Home Screen an Awesome MakeoverbyRyan WhitwamonJuly 20, 201014 Comments
If you've been using the same old Android phone for a while now, you're probably getting a little tired of the look of the UI. Maybe you just don't like the custom skin the manufacturer put on the phone. Sure, you could go all out and root your phone to install a custom ROM. But that's a lot of hassle and risk when home screen replacements are getting extremely advanced. One community favorite that has been in beta for a few months, LauncherPro, has just hit its first real release.
We're talking color banding, backlight bleed and the dreaded dead pixel — things you might not even notice if you don't know where to look. While living with these problems is more than possible, they mark the difference between high-end and lower-cost screens.
How To Shoot Better Action Photos with Your DSLRbyWill GreenwaldonJuly 20, 20103 Comments
Catching action shots with your camera is incredibly tricky. You need to have the timing and the framing just right, everything in focus, everything metered and set up, and you still need to have a fast enough shutter speed to capture a single moment in time, without it ending up a blurry mess.
The basic requirements for an action shot are pretty self-evident. Make sure you can get a proper exposure at a fast shutter speed and take the picture when the opportunity presents itself. Of course, it's more complicated than that, and a few tips can really help you get the shot when the time comes.
continuous shooting mode is your friend. However, not all continuous modes are created equal, and there are several ways to get the fastest and largest number of shots per burst out of your camera.
How To Make the Android Lock Screen Do More for YoubyRyan WhitwamonJuly 20, 201015 Comments
There are things about Android we really like, and things we think need work. One thing we've always felt Google should improve on is the usefulness of the Android lock screen. Android has a great widget framework that lends itself well to glanceable information. That big empty lock screen could sure use some enhancements (which would be very suitable for tablets), and thanks to a few apps, that is possible on Android.
How To Test and Tweak Your Headphones Or EarbudsbyMatthew BragaonJuly 19, 201048 Comments
Looking to buy yourself a new set of headphones and ditch those Apple earbuds for good? You're not alone. The earbuds included with your phone or player aren't quite the best in terms of quality, and a new and improved pair can make your music or games come alive. You can't just walk into your big box store and grab a new set of cans, however; just like with speakers, headphones have their own set of criteria that you should keep in mind if you're looking for the best in sound.
Record Game Audio to Make Awesome Ringtones and AlertsbyMatthew BragaonJuly 19, 201012 Comments
The first thing to do when you've bought a new phone isn't to deal with contact lists or apps — it's to find the nerdiest ringtone and alert sounds possible to place on your device. And while item catches, warp pipes and codec sounds are all good and fair, perhaps you're yearning for something a bit more unique. That vast library of games sitting on your hard drive is probably a treasure trove of awesome sound effects, and a bit of software is all it takes to capture that audio for later use.
Audacity, and a few other utilities, we'll show you how to effortlessly capture your system audio and chop it up into ringtone or notification for your phone. The end result might be something that betrays your nerdy tendencies, but at least you'll know its better than any default phone alert out there.
How To Migrate To A New Drive and Keep Your Files IntactbyMatthew BragaonJuly 16, 20109 Comments
There comes a time in every computer user's life where you must move on to bigger and better things. Maybe you took a few too many pictures of that comic convention cosplay, or went a little crazy with the MacGuyver DVD rips. Either way, you've found current hard drive is nearly full, and unable to satisfy your storage-hungry needs.
how to replace your Macbook's aging platters with just a screwdriver or two. But what's most important when swapping drives is keeping your data intact; after all, a new hard drive shouldn't require a new install. From cloning to copying, we'll show you which methods are best to handle your new hard drive migration with ease.
How To Run Mac OS in Windows and Windows in Mac OSbyMatthew BragaonJuly 14, 201021 Comments
These days, Mac and PC arguments are old hat. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, sure, but who ever said you could only choose one? If dual booting has taught us anything, it's that you don't have to stay true to one operating system. However, if you only ever plan to use that secondary OS once or twice every few weeks, installing a dual-boot system could be more hassle than its worth.
How To Steal Windows 7's Best Features for Mac OS XbyMatthew BragaonJuly 14, 201019 Comments
Knock on Windows 7 all you want, but OS X has it's fair share of quirks as well. After all, lots of folks still accuse Microsoft of stealing some of OS X's best features in their quest to make a superior OS, but perhaps its time Apple do the same. Long time Windows users who've switched to Mac might find it maddening that application switching doesn't quite work as you'd expect, or that there's no default way to tile your windows. You can champion Exposé all you want, but there are some things that Apple just doesn't get.
in the past, its easy to steal some of Windows' best features and bring them to your Mac, as heretical as that may sound. Here's how.
How To Steal Mac OS's Best Features for WindowsbyNorman ChanonJuly 14, 201063 Comments
Despite the claims of either operating systems' acolytes, both Windows and Mac OS X are very capable OS's that, at least functionally, are more similar than they are different. Put a lifelong Windows user in front of a Mac and it'll only take them minutes to figure out how to get around the user interface (something Apple has counted on for its Switch ad campaign). But we will concede that there are some UI features unique to each OS that do help enhance the computing experience. These are more prominent in Mac OS, of course, as Apple prides itself in developing elegant features that are both practical and visually pleasant. The good news for Windows users, though, is that these features have made their way over to Windows with the help of third-party software. Here are four of the best Mac OS's Aqua UI features that can be emulated in Windows with free utilities.
Editor's Note: We originally ran this story in March, but are bumping it up to include in this week's posts spotlighting our love for Windows and Mac OS.
How To Share One Keyboard and Mouse Between Mac and PCbyMatthew BragaonJuly 14, 201010 Comments
For those of us plagued by small desks, one keyboard and mouse is bad enough. But add a second or third to the equation, and you have a recipe for disaster. With multiple keyboards to juggle, and numerous mice to manage, what little space you might have is reduced to a sea of keys and clicks. But while running more than one machine might be necessary, the clutter it creates most definitely isn't.
Enter Synergy, a small, network based app that controls all your desktop machines with but one keyboard and mouse. In fact, moving between screens works just at it would with a multi-monitor setup. And because Synergy is totally cross-platform, your Mac and PC can work together side-by-side almost seamlessly.
Underexposed vs Overexposed Photos: Which is Worse?byWill GreenwaldonJuly 13, 201017 Comments
Proper exposure is one of the trickiest things to get right in photography. There are so many factors within the camera that can affect the exposure, and it all depends on the lighting and whether the subject is moving. Shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, f-stop, all of these things affect exposure and can make the difference between a great shot and a worthless shot.
The easiest and best way to ensure that you get a proper exposure is by bracketing. Take multiple photos of the same subject under the same conditions, changing settings like f-stop and shutter speed with each shot. Out of the pile of photos you get, at least one of them should look good. Many cameras offer automatic bracketing, which lets users cycle through a range of exposure values with the touch of a button, removing the need to go menu-diving for each shot.