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11 Jun 08:05

Event Log Explorer 4.5 beta

Event Log Explorer™ is an effective software solution for viewing, monitoring and analyzing events recorded in Security, System, Application and another logs of Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 operating systems. Event Log Explorer greatly extends standard Windows Event Viewer monitoring functionality and brings many new features.
22 May 19:27

LG promotion scores you a free G4 battery, charger, and microSD card in the US

by Jared DiPane

LG is offering a great deal to customers who end up making the LG G4 their next phone. For a limited time the company will be offering a package that both doubles the battery life and storage of the new device.

Unfortunately the new promotion is only good for US customers, but it scores them a spare battery, battery charging cradle, and a 32GB microSD card, for the low price of free. Customers who purchase the LG G4 from any authorized seller, such as Best Buy, Amazon, carrier locations, or LG's own site, will be able to redeem this offer.

22 May 18:30

Learn How to Properly Order and Make Martinis with This Infographic

by Patrick Allan

Martini’s are a sophisticated drink, but they can be daunting if you don’t know the ingredients or lingo. This infographic explains everything you need to know about ordering and making one the most iconic cocktails there is.


30 Apr 16:22

Super Yummy Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble made with Honey and Fresh Rhubarb from the Garden

by H Saulsbury

Our huge rhubarb plant

The yummy ingredients

Fresh from the oven

I found this recipe at and added honey and almond flour in exchange for their recipe. It was easy to put together and it was gone before I could ask if anyone liked it. I have made it three times this week. Our rhubarb is growing great and strawberries are on sale everywhere so ingredients were available for a quick fix dessert.


2 cups rhubarb cut into 3/4" pieces
2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into 3/4" pieces
1/4 cup honey
3/4 tsp. almond extract
1/tsp. vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cornstarch
pinch of salt

For the topping:

3/4 +1 tablespoon almond flour
1 1/4 cups quick gluten free oats
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup coconut oil melted and let to cool a few minutes
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8" by 8" size baking dish

In a large mixing bowl stir together honey,almond and vanilla extract cornstarch and salt. Stir together then add the fruit and let it sit while you prepare the topping.

In another bowl mix almond flour,oats,honey and melted coconut oil and salt stir until well blended.

Put the fruit in greased baking dish and spoon the mixture over the top.

Put into oven and bake for 25 minutes, Take it out and let it sit for another 30 minutes.
It will thicken up after it has sat awhile. Serve with ice cream, yogurt, or whip cream or just enjoy it as is.
23 Apr 20:19

Add 5TB To Your Storage Collection for $120

by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker

$24.00 a terabyte, if it's compatible with your system.

The absurdly large 5TB Seagate Expansion 5TB external drive has an absurdly low $120 price tag today. That's $24 per terabyte! [Seagate Expansion 5TB External, $120]


25 Apr 13:00

QuickBooks Online: Reputable and Easy Cloud Accounting so You Can Focus on Your Business

by Aaron Couch

I know people who could use this.


QuickBooks has an established reputation for being the primary, all-inclusive accounting and finance management service for businesses of all sizes. It only makes sense that the next transition would be taking your accounting to the cloud. There is a plethora of cloud accounting web apps available, but you’re probably already using QuickBooks on your desktop. If this is the case for you, you should definitely save time and money by migrating to QuickBooks Online. Not already using QuickBooks? It still has one of the most trusted names in the finance world, which is quite valuable when you’re dealing with your...

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04 Apr 14:16

10,000mAh of Battery Power for Your Phone for $10, Plus More Deals

by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team

it was over $10 by

This well-reviewed 10,000mAh external power bank from KMASHI can be had for under $10 today, which is the best price-per-mAh ratio we've ever seen on one of these outside of a few price mistakes. That's enough power to recharge most smartphones about three times, making it perfect for long days at conferences, cross-country flights, camping trips and more. [KMASHI 10,000mAh USB Power Bank, $10 withe code 6ACUX5E9]


30 Mar 16:46

WATCH: New ‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah ‘Seduces’ Stephen Fry on ‘QI’

by Brigid Brown

Get to know Noah.

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show appears to have a soft spot for expats, acting as an American career launching pad for Englishman John Oliver and now South African comedian Trevor Noah, who will be taking over full-time hosting duties …

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24 Mar 11:36

Hidden Shoe Repair Shop

by Jeremiah Moss

I had boots repaired here 40 years ago. I would never have imagined it was still there.

You could explore Grand Central Terminal for years and not discover all of its many exit/entrances and passageways, the odd places to which they lead you. Recently, I exited from the train via a nondescript set of turnstiles that led me into a shopping arcade I can't remember ever encountering before.

Located under the Chanin Building, it's one of those little corridors lined with useful, independent businesses, the sort you used to see in the city all the time. One utterly entranced me.

The cobbler's shop's exterior is perfectly preserved, covered in advertising from more than half a century ago. SHOE SERVICE, it reads, and HATS CLEANED.

O'Sullivan's is not the name of the shop, but a brand of rubber heel. As is Neolite.

In one window, a pair of colorful neon cowboy boots (with spurs) advertise REPAIR and SHINE. An odd choice for a city shop, and therefore a rare sight.

Inside, heavy antique machines do the work.

They do shines while you sit in comfortable chairs, and repairs while you wait in those little modesty booths.

This is the second time I've seen these booths--the first time was at Jim's Shoe Repair, where they are arranged not side-by-side, but train-car style.

I don't know the name of the shop. It might be called Ideal Shoe Repair. I was told it dates back to the 1940s.

Protected deep beneath the gorgeous Art Deco lobby of the Chanin Building, it has survived relatively untouched. Like a rare and endangered orchid found hidden in the wild.

23 Mar 21:25

How to Rename Administrator Account in Windows

by Vamsi Krishna


How to Rename Administrator Account in WindowsAs most of you know, Windows by default has an administrator account with the same exact name “Administrator.” This administrator account is superior to all other user accounts in your Windows system and using it, you can do almost anything without any restrictions whatsoever. Considering the potential this account has, the Administrator account is one of the most targeted accounts by hackers using the malware, trojans and virus.

So, one of the best practices of Windows security is to rename the Administrator account to something else so that it will be much harder for the attackers to gain access. Moreover, if you are in a server environment, the change is a must.

In case you are wondering how to do it, here is how you can rename the Windows Administrator account.

Using Windows Command Prompt

To rename the administrator account using the command prompt, press “Win + X” and select the option “Command Prompt (Admin)” from the power user menu. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, search for the command prompt in the start menu, right click on it and select the option “Run as administrator.”

Select the option 'Command Prompt (Admin).'

Once the elevated command prompt has been opened, simply copy and paste the below command into the command prompt to rename the Administrator account. Don’t forget to replace “newUserName” with your custom username.

wmic useraccount where name='Administrator' call rename name='newUserName'

Rename the Administrator account.

Once the command has been executed, Windows will display a confirmation message similar to the above image.

That’s all there is to do. You’ve successfully changed the default administrator account username.

Using Windows Group Policy Editor

If you are in a server environment, then using Group Policy Editor is a good way of managing things. To start, press “Win + R,” type gpedit.msc and press the Enter button to open Group Policy Editor.

Open the Group Policy Editor.

Now, navigate to the following section “Computer Configurations -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options”, find the policy “Accounts: Rename administrator account,” and double click on it to open the respective policy settings.

Open the respective policy settings.

Once the policy settings windows has been opened, simply enter the new administrator account username and click on the “Ok” button to save the changes.

Enter the new administrator account username.

That’s all there is to do. Either restart or sign out of the current session to reflect the changes. Alternatively, you can use the below command in the elevated command prompt to force update the Group Policy settings.

gpupdate /force

Using Windows Computer Management Utility

Renaming the Administrator account using the Computer Management utility is by far the easiest way. To do that, open the Control Panel, open Administrative Tools and double click on the shortcut “Computer Management” to open the respective utility. If you are using Windows 8, press “Win + X” and select the option “Computer Management.”

Rename using the Computer Management utility.

Now, navigate to “System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users.” Here you can find the administrator user account with the name “Administrator” in the right pane.

Find the administrator user account.

Just right click on the user account “Administrator” and select the option “Rename,” then rename it to the name of your choice.

Select the option 'Rename.'

Once renamed, the window will look something like this.

Once renamed, the Window will look something like this.

That’s all there is to do, and it is that simple to rename the Administrator account in Windows.

Hopefully that helps, and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to rename the default administrator account in Windows.

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22 Mar 12:00

Netflix tips to further enable your addiction (15 Photos)

by Shelbie
03 Mar 21:27

Google is completely overhauling its old, embarrassing contacts manager

by Nathan Ingraham

Sure, Gmail is great — but its contacts manager is far from a best-in-class web app. Many people have had to suffer through de-duping a messy system that pulls in everyone you've ever emailed, anyone you may have dropped in a Google+ circle, and the actual, fully-fleshed out contact cards you may have added over the years. Thankfully that's all changing: Google just announced that it is launching a completely revamped contacts interface, and you can jump into a preview of the new app now.

Aside from a sweeping, Material Design visual overhaul (the Contacts page feels much more like the new Inbox email system than the old Gmail interface), the biggest new feature is a much improved duplicate finding feature. When you first log on to the...

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28 Feb 00:00

Decide What Style of Beer You Want to Drink with This Flow Chart

by Patrick Allan

Sent to Charles on Twitter. He got it and commented.

There's so many types of beer out there that it can be tough to decide what you want to imbibe. This handy flow chart is here to help you with that.


26 Feb 21:48

LG G Pad F 7.0 coming to Sprint on March 17; free on contract

by Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Get this

Sprint has announced today that it is gearing up to launch the first LG tablet on its network on March 13. The tablet in question is the LG G Pad F 7.0, and you'll be able to snag it for free with a two-year agreement as long as you have an active Sprint smartphone.

25 Feb 18:18

Minimalist text editor iA Writer launches on Android

by Jacob Kastrenakes

This doesn't blow Jota editor out of the water but it is much easier to use and doesn't require multiple downloads to be compatible with cloud storage.

iA Writer has come to Android. The minimalist writing app has been a high-profile favorite for iOS and OS X users looking to write without distraction, but since its release in 2010, it's only been on those two platforms. That changes today with its release on Android, where it's now available for $4.99. iA Writer appears to be very much the same on Android, sticking you with one font, no substantial formatting options, and only the sparsest of menus. Despite the spartan aesthetic, the app still adopts Android's style where appropriate, so it looks right at home on the new platform. It appears to be optimized for both phones and tablets.

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29 Oct 05:06

Google Chrome 40.0.2202.3 Dev



Google’s game changing browser Chrome combines sophisticated technology with a simple UI, to create a faster, safer and easier browsing experience. Launched in 2008, Google Chrome quickly dominated the browser market to become the most used browser globally within 4 years of its public release. Google’s rapid and continuous development cycle ensure...
23 Oct 19:21

Harry Potter’s Classmates: Where Are They Now?

by Fraser McAlpine


Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood (Pic: Warner Bros)

Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood (Pic: Warner Bros)

Because we already know where Harry, Hermione and Ron ended up. But not everyone can be the Boy Who Lived, the Boy Who Lived’s Best Friend, or The Girl Who Had To Do Most Of The Thinking. So, what happened to the rest of them?

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)

Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley, and herself.

Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley, and herself.

Bonnie has done very well out of her Harry Potter experience, appearing in all eight movies and then marrying the hero (if you’re lost in the Potterverse). JK Rowling referred to her as being one of the “Big Seven”—her term for the most significant of the younger cast members, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis and Evanna Lynch. And she very quickly began to line up roles, including the young Agatha Christie in 2004′s TV movie Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures, After The Dark (which came out in February 2014), Before I Sleep and The Sea. In 2013 she made her stage debut at London’s Southwark Playhouse as the Girl in Peter Ustinov’s The Moment of Truth, and she’s currently working on a film called Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg.

Then there’s her sideline career as a model and director of music videos, her screenwriting and directorial work on the short film Know Thyself, and the movie Separate We Come, Separate We Go (her graduation project which starred David Thewlis and premiered at Cannes) and her own production company Bon Bon Lumiere.

James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley)

James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley and on the set of 'Own Worst Enemy'

James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley and on the set of ‘Own Worst Enemy’

Bonnie’s screen elder brothers, James and Oliver have the option of working together—as they did in a 2009 episode of Stephen Fry‘s Norfolk drama Kingdom—or apart, with James appearing in 2012′s Ward 3 and working as a runner on the film sets of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Da Vinci Code. Oliver’s solo credits also include a short film called Ears.

Both brothers are currently working on a British production called Own Worst Enemy, playing golf with their former wizarding schoolmates and touring the world in support of various Harry Potter-related experiences.

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)

Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom, and in

Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom, and in Bluestone 42

Matthew regularly features in the news pages of gossip magazines, primarily because he has become quite such a handsome young man after what appeared to be a less than promising start (his Neville costume involved a fat suit, false teeth and deliberately stuck-out ears, so it’s not that much of a miracle after all). A working actor since the age of five, Matthew had appeared in British TV shows such as Heartbeat and Where The Heart Is before Harry Potter happened, and has continued to work diligently ever since. In 2011 he took the role of Lester Cole in a touring production of Agatha Christie’s Verdict. The following year he appeared in the five-part BBC TV drama The Syndicate, took the role of Dodd in the movie Wasteland, and made his West End debut in Our Boys alongside Arthur Darvill. He has since joined the cast of the BBC3 comedy drama Bluestone 42, playing part of an army bomb disposal unit in Afghanistan.

He is also the only person in history to have suffered a ruptured eardrum at the hands of Helena Bonham Carter, who accidentally jabbed it with her wand during filming.

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy and as Erich Blunt in 'Murder in the First'

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy and as Erich Blunt in ‘Murder in the First’ (Pic: TNT)

Another seasoned pro even before he got his Hogwarts call-up papers, Tom started out making commercials for Barclaycard and Commercial Union, and had even been in movies before the first Harry Potter. He played Peagreen Clock in The Borrowers in 1997, and filmed his contribution to Anna and the King (alongside Jodie Foster) before shooting began on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Since the final fall of the Dark Lord, Tom has busied himself with music, releasing several songs on YouTube and iTunes, and an album called In Good Hands.

He also took the lead role in the 2010 movie White Other, playing opposite Imelda Staunton, and played one of the humans in 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He can currently be seen appearing in the TNT crime series Murder in the First, and will be playing Dr. John Seward in Fangs of War, a wartime re-setting of the story of Dracula.

Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas)

Alfie Enoch as Dean Thomas, and as Bainbridge in 'Sherlock'

Alfie Enoch as Dean Thomas, and as Bainbridge in ‘Sherlock’

Alfie (or, more recently Alfred) stands at the meeting point between three titans of British popular culture. Popping up as Dean Thomas in all eight Harry Potter movies, he went on to take the role of the soldier Bainbridge who died under mysterious circumstances in the Sherlock episode “The Sign of Three.” And his father is William Russell, who played Ian Chesterton, the very first of the Doctor’s companions in Doctor Who.

And if that wasn’t enough, he appeared in the first episode of Broadchurch, and played Titus Lartius in the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus that starred Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss. He can currently be seen playing law student Wes in the ABC legal drama How To Get Away With Murder.

Devon Murray (Seamus Finnegan)

Devon Murray as Seamus Finnegan and in a more recent head-shot.

Devon Murray as Seamus Finnegan and himself.

Like Tom Felton, Devon’s career was already well established by the time of his first appearance in Harry Potter. At the age of 10, he appeared in the film This Is My Father alongside Stephen Rea, John Cusack and James Caan, which led to a role in Angela’s Ashes the following year, and then the TV movie Yesterday’s Children a year later. However, he’s not quite managed to maintain the same level of success since.

Daniel Radcliffe’s revelation that Devon was something of a serial prop mistreater—he holds the record for wand breakage after managing to destroy 10 in one movie—won’t exactly have helped.

Katie Leung (Cho Chang)

Katie Leung in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' and in 2013's 'Run'

Katie Leung in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ and in 2013′s ‘Run’

Having attended an open audition for the role of Cho Chang, won the part and then found herself the subject of worldwide press and fan attention, Katie took her time deciding whether a career in acting really was for her, preferring to focus on art and design. In the end, it took a drama course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to really light the blue touch paper and in 2011, she accepted the lead role in Jung Chang’s autobiographical play Wild Swans. It premiered in Cambridge, Massachusetts the following year, eventually moving to London. That year, she also appeared in a four-part Channel 4 drama called Run, in which her character is beholden to a criminal syndicate called the Snakehead gang (any relation to any real Dark Lords is entirely coincidental).

Last year she appeared in The World of Extreme Happiness at the National Theatre, and as well as appearing in the BBC crime drama Father Brown, she has spent much of this year working on the BBC Drama production One Child, about a girl adopted into an American family from China.

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)

Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood, and in 2013's 'Apex'

Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood, and in 2013′s ‘Apex’

In contrast to some of the names on this list, Evanna was not from a theatrical family and did not have extensive acting experience. But she was a die-hard Potter fan, sending JK Rowling fan letters and even receiving replies. As a result of her fandom, she attended an open audition for the role of Luna Lovegood and got the role against stiff competition (some 15,000 girls auditioned). After Harry finally did for Ol’ Snake-nose, Evanna took a few guest roles, including the Sky1 series Sinbad and the short film Apex. She appeared in the teen comedy G.B.F. and played Bess Houdini, the wife of Harry, in a touring British stage production of Houdini, the story of the great escapologist’s life.

She also has taking a campaigning role in promoting a healthy body image, after admitting her own experiences with anorexia from the age of 11. More recently, she took the lead role in My Name Is Emily, an Irish production about the relationship between a teenage girl and her mentally ill father.

Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour)

Clémence Poésy in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' and in 2012's 'Birdsong'

Clémence Poésy in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ and in 2012′s ‘Birdsong’

In contrast to some of the actors in this list, Clémence’s role as the visiting Fleur Delacour is not the defining moment of her career. In fact, since her 2005 appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, she went on to star in In Bruges (alongside fellow Potter veterans Brendon Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes), 127 Hours with James Franco, and appeared in CW’s Gossip Girl as Chuck Bass’s French girlfriend Eva. There was also her modeling career for Chloé, Gap and G-Star, and a 2012 Broadway run as Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac.

Oh, and she made an appearance singing on “Happenstance” from Miles Kane‘s 2011 album Colour of the Trap. Last year she took the lead role in the Sky Atlantic/Canal+ detective series The Tunnel.

Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley)

Harry Melling in 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' and at the 2012 opening of the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio tour.

Harry Melling in ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ and at the 2012 opening of the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio tour.

OKokok, technically Dudley Dursley is not a classmate of Harry’s, but Harry Melling counts as a Hogwarts graduate in every other respect, appearing in five of the eight movies even if he never got to hold a wand. Harry comes from a similarly distinguished line to Alfie, as his grandfather was Patrick Troughton, the Second Doctor. Which means his uncles are the actors David Troughton, Sam Troughton and Michael Troughton.

Harry has divided his time between TV roles—he was Gilli in the Merlin episode “The Sorcerer’s Shadow”, and appeared in the BBC’s 18th century legal drama Garrow’s Law—and stage performances, including a stint earlier this year playing the Fool in a Brooklyn Academy of Music production of King Lear.

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10 Aug 21:43

Mr. Gaiman, I've heard you say before that "If somebody says something doesn't work for them, they are almost always right, but if they tell you exactly why, they are almost always wrong." Well, I'm a young author trying to get an agent for my book and I've got a dozen rejections under my belt so far. All of 'em are polite but brief things along the lines of "this doesn't work for me." So now I'm agonizing over what about my book or my query needs fixed, and I just don't know. Any advice?


Perfect advice for a wannabe published author.

Get someone — or more than one someones — whose opinion you respect to read the book. Then ask them to tell you when they lost interest, what parts of the plot confused them, who they didn’t care about, where they decided they didn’t care to finish it, etc. Then use that as your guide to rewriting. (You can also pretend you’ve never read it before and try to read it as an audience, and work out where YOU feel frustrated or bored.)

Or you could put that book aside and use everything you learned writing it as you write your next book. Then go back to this book when you are ready and a more experienced writer.

09 Aug 16:45

CryptoLocker Encryption Cracked. How To Get Your Files Back.


This is good to know..

Over the past few months, one of the most dangerous viruses affecting computers has been Cryptolocker. Once infected, the virus encrypts all of the document files on your PC, and then demands payment (usually by Bitcoin) in order to divulge the necessary decryption key. While it's possible to remove the virus with standard antivirus software, and thus stop the infection spreading any further, the encrypted files remained encrypted.

Until now.

It turns out that some of the key servers used by the Cryptolocker scammers had been intercepted by the authorities, and they managed to capture enough information to allow them to decrypt the documents of anyone whose computer had been affected.
09 Jun 17:17

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)


Blessed Be.

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

08 Jun 00:00

This Is Why You Don't Hide Under A Tree During A Lightning Storm

by Robert T. Gonzalez on io9, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker


This Is Why You Don't Hide Under A Tree During A Lightning Storm

Via the US National Weather Service comes this staggering footage of a lightning bolt making matchsticks of a tree in Upstate New York.


08 Jun 21:09

Why Does a Wooden Spoon Stop Pasta from Boiling Over?



You've undoubtedly seen this trick on the internet or from your beloved Italian nonna: balance a wooden spoon across a pot of cooking pasta to prevent the water from boiling over and creating an unsightly, sticky mess all over your stovetop. It's almost magical, that's how easy it is. The most popularly held belief is that the wooden spoon prevents heat from building up too much at the center of the pot, thus preventing the liquid from boiling too high—but this is not true. The Wooden Spoon Trick Works in Two Ways First, bubbles are unstable forms. When something hydrophobic (i.e. unable to... more

04 Mar 10:30

Prejudice by Tim Minchin

by timminchin

For all of the redheads out there,

'Prejudice' taken from the Australian 'Ready For This?' DVD.
Views: 7054625
56465 ratings
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09 May 00:57

Bitly alerts users of widespread account compromises, claims no accounts have been accessed

by Chris Parsons

If you've ever created an account for the url shortening service Bitly before, you'll want to listen up. Bitly has now announced via their blog that they have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised and our suggesting users change their API keys and OAuth tokens.

24 Dec 12:21

Enable KitKat’s Full-Screen Immersive Mode For All Apps On Android

by Haroon Q Raja


Google introduced the new Immersive Mode in Android 4.4 KitKat that automatically hides the status bar and the navigation bar for certain apps, letting you view the app in full screen mode while still being able to bring up either of the system bars by swiping down from the top edge or swiping up from the bottom one. However, this mode works only in apps that have it enabled by their developers, giving users no control over the apps for which it gets enabled. Though thanks to Immerse Me Xposed Module by XDA Senior Member MohammadAG, you can now enable the full screen Immersive Mode for all your apps, as long as you have a rooted Android 4.4+ KitKat device with the Xposed framework installed.

In case you are unfamiliar with the Xposed framework, take a look at detailed guide on installing and using Xposed Framework, which will also guide you through the process of installing any Xposed module. To start using Immerse Me, simply install and enable the module as per the instructions in our guide, and restart your phone or tablet.

Immerse Me Xposed Mod for Android KitKat 1 Immerse Me Xposed Mod for Android KitKat 2

After you restart, you will notice that every single app (including your home screen launcher) is showing up in full screen by default, just the way it would in Immersive Mode. And you can bring the system bars by swiping from either of the top or bottom edges.

At the moment, Immerse Me applies Immersive Mode to all your apps when enabled, but the developer has promised to add the ability to selectively enable it for apps of your choice in a future update.

While something like this has been possible in custom ROMs like Paranoid Android, CyanogenMod and AOKP for quite a while in form of the Expanded Desktop feature, it wasn’t a native implementation of the AOSP Android itself, and wasn’t available on stock Android. With this mod, it is now possible for anyone with a rooted Android phone or tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat or later to put this native feature to use for all their apps.

To learn more about immerse Me, report bugs, stay up to date on development, and request features, head over to its XDA forum thread at the link below.

[via XDA-Developers]

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21 Dec 22:25

Six Settings To Enhance Your Safari Experience On OS X

by Shujaa Imran

Safari anyone?

Six-Tips-Safari-TeaserAlthough many Mac users now prefer using third-party options such as Chrome and Firefox over Safari, Apple’s Safari browser for OS X offers a well-integrated and easy option for viewing web content on a Mac. To further enhance your experience using Safari, we’ve compiled a list of a few tweaks that should help you out.

1. Set Your Homepage Options

The most important factor of a web browser is what you will see when you open up a new tab/window, and the settings required to tweak this appearance are located in the “General” section of the Safari preferences. Over here, you can choose to open new windows and tabs with an empty page, Safari’s Top Sites view, the same page that was loaded on the last active tab or window or a custom home page you specify in the Homepage field. In addition to this wide-range of features, you can choose to load an organized folder of tabs when you open up a new windows, which can be set up in Safari’s bookmarks organization interface.


If you use the Top Sites feature, you can also set the number of previews to show in the same preferences pane. By default it shows 12, but you can select either six or 24, depending on your needs.

2. Block Pop-Up Windows

Older versions of Safari had a famous option to block pop-up windows in the program menu. Apple has removed this option from the menu, but the feature is still available. All you need to do to now is to check the appropriate box in the Security pane of Safari’s preferences. With it enabled, web site will be prevented from launching new browser windows/tabs, which will stop spam sites opening too many windows and cluttering your display.


3. Clear Site-Specific Data

Web sites that you often visit store site-specific settings in cookies and caches. Most sites mention this on the top of their web pages to make the user aware of the fact that settings are being stored in your cookies/caches which will help your browsing experience. If this data is corrupted, then sites may not load properly, or they may show odd behaviour like not accepting log-in credentials. Often when websites have such problems, you can try clearing cookies and other site-specific data. But if this also does not work, the ultimate fix is to use the Reset Safari option, which will clear data from all of your websites, and thus will not be preferable. Instead, go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences and click “Details,” under the option to remove all Web site data. In the panel that appears, you can search for a site you’ve visited to remove data for that site only.


4. Manage Site-Specific Plug-In Options

Similar to the management of site-specific data, the plug-ins that Web sites uses to display content (such as Java) can be managed on a per-site basis. While Safari has an option in its Security Preferences to allow or block plug-ins, next to this option is a “Manage Website Settings” button that will allows you to specify not only how Safari handles each plug-in globally, but also how Safari will do so for specific Web sites.


To do this, after clicking the button, you can select a plug-in and choose the restriction level to use for other Web sites. This will bring up the global settings for the plug-in, as well as individual options for sites listed.

5. Enable The Develop Menu


As mentioned in the various tips above, while troubleshooting Web sites in Safari, it usually helps to clear your browser’s cache, or disable caches altogether. In this way, the site’s content is directly loaded from remote servers instead of from a local temporary store file. This option to disable caches is not available in Safari by default, but it is supported if you enable the Develop menu. This menu can be activated by checking the corresponding box at the bottom of the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences. In this menu, you will not only have various options for managing Safari’s cache, but also ones to enable WebGL, change user agent identifiers, and use developer tools such as JavaScript debugging panels, and HTML source code viewers and editors etc.

6. Tab through all Items on a Page

The last option that we have for you today is to be able to tab through all items on a page with which you can interact. By default, on most browsers, the Tab key will shift focus through various text fields and buttons. If you press the “Option” key together with “Tab”, Safari will highlight links and other objects, and pressing Enter will activate that link. While this is the default setup, you can reverse this behaviour in the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences by enabling “Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage.”

Have any more useful tips? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.

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