Apple launches “100 Apps & Games” iOS sale “At New Low Prices” for your chance or excuse to buy the apps and games you’ve been aiming for. The 100 apps are from all categories of the App Store and include Pixelmator (Reg. $5), Scanner Pro 6 (Reg. $5), GoodReader (Reg. $5), BADLAND (Reg. $4), The Room Two (Reg $3), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Reg $5) and Real Racing 2 (Reg. $5) among the far too many to mention. If you’re brand new to iOS and App Store, check out some classic games such as Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope 2 and Dead Space.
Chrome browser has a convenient shortcut to launch Google Image search. Right click on any image on a web page, on the pop up menu select “Search Google for this image”. This feature is built right into Chrome and there is no need to install any extension or add-on.
Calendar app for iOS by default does not show the week numbers. It is an easy switch to display the week numbers in the calendar view. This is useful if your work rely on week numbers for event planing and schedule.
Go to Settings app > Mail, Contacts, Calendar. Scroll down to the Calendars section and toggle to turn on the “Week Numbers” switch. The week numbers will appear in a lighter grey text on the leftmost side before the start of the week.
Flash by Adobe has been a dominant rich media plugin for the web since the 80s. The first call to abolish this “industry standard” was when Steve Jobs famously lambasted it for Flash’s lack of battery efficiency. Thanks to Steve, Flash has never been supported on iPhone or iPad. Google follow suit by ending Flash support on Android in December 2011.
Apparently this is not sufficient to kill Flash on the desktop. Many sites and web apps are still clinging on to it and is not making the migration to alternative technology such as HTML5. The only way to kill Flash is for Adobe to announce an end-of-life schedule. Sadly there is no indication if Adobe plans on doing so.
Following the security breach of surveillance company Hacker Team, zero day bugs were discovered in Flash that allowed attackers to take over user’s machine. In response, Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos has called for the end of Flash:
Even if 18 months from now, one set date is the only way to disentangle the dependencies and upgrade the whole ecosystem at once.
- Alex Stamos (@alexstamos)
Mozilla has also pitch in its effort by deactivating Flash Player plugin by default in Mozilla browser.
If you do not depend on any Flash sites, it is best not to install the Flash Player plugin with your Safari or Mozilla browser. The exception is Google Chrome which comes with Flash player bundled. One way to minimise Flash player usage is to use Safari or Mozilla as your main browser. And fire up Google Chrome if you run into a Flash site.
Express yourself with Disney Gif keyboard extension for iOS with characters from Inside Out, Frozen, Toy Story, Star Wars
Disney has a new “Disney Gif” app which is a keyboard extension for iOS. With this new keyboard, you can easily share over 200 animated GIFs and Emojis with characters from Inside Out, Frozen, Toy Story, The Lion King, Star Wars, Up, Finding Nemo etc.
Once the app is installed, you need to enable it from Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard. Select Disney Gif and switch on “Allow Full Access”. “Allow Full Access” is required for any third party keyboard in iOS to function properly. Disney has put up a disclaimer on its app description to affirm that the app tracks anonymous usage for the function of the app and is not snooping on you.
A NOTE ON ALLOWING FULL ACCESS:
Why does Disney Gif need “full access”? Full access allows Disney Gif to get awesome gifs from the Internet so you can add them to your messages. Without full access, Disney Gif cannot do either.
Disney Gif does not and cannot track keystrokes for any other keyboards (including the standard Apple keyboard). Disney Gif cannot access any private information stored on your phone. Disney Gif can only track what GIFs are being used at an anonymous and aggregated level. This anonymous data helps us to improve the quality of the gifs we make available and overall happiness with the app.
Once the keyboard is enabled, you can then choose Disney Gif as your keyboard by tapping on the globe icon to toggle to the keyboard. Or press and hold on the globe icon and then select Disney Gif from the menu. You can preview a GIF in full size by tap and hold on it.
Disney Gif is a free app with in-app purchase for premium contents. Currently there are two premium packs each at $0.99 for GIFs and Emojis from Frozen. More premium packs are expected in the future for your emotional GIF sending.
Google has made email unsend an official feature in Gmail. This feature was available for years, hidden under the “Labs” beta section. It is now open, first to Gmail personal account and for the web version of Gmail. With this feature enabled on your Gmail account, you can unsend email up to 30 seconds after you hit “Send”.
To enable email unsend, goto Gmail.com Settings page under General tab. Scroll down to locate “Undo Send”.
Click on the tick box to “Enable Undo Send”. You also will need to choose how long (either 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds) is the cancellation period. Click the “Save Changes” button at bottom of the page to save the setting.
The next time you send an email, a thin yellow box with the text “Your message has been sent” will appear on the top of the screen just below the search bar.
Click the “Undo” button to stop the email from sending. Do it quick as the undo option will disappear once the cancellation period is over.
Search engine such as Google keeps a cached version of every web page when its search bot crawls the page for its search index. The cached version is handy if the page that you used to visit is no longer available. Or the web server is under high load that it has problem serving you the page.
To get the cached page from Google, enter this inside Google search:
For example to view the cached version of MacBook page at http://www.apple.com/macbook/, enter:
This query will redirect you to a page under Google at webcache.googleusercontent.com.
On the top of the page is a banner indicating it is a Google cached version, with a timestamp when Google bot took the snapshot of the page.
On the left pane of a Wikipedia article is the “Download as PDF” link which will generate a nicely formatted PDF version of the article. This is great when you need to read the article offline on your iPhone or iPad.
The PDF export tool is available only on the desktop version of Wikipedia. When you’re on your iPhone, change to view the desktop version of Wikipedia in order to download the article as PDF.
If you’re in need of a quick countdown timer while on the web, you can search Google with the word “timer”. On top of the search results will be a simple timer which you can start, stop, reset, mute the alert and even enlarge it to fullscreen. By default it is a 5 minutes timer. To change it, click on the timer to edit the duration.
We’ve highlighted tips on how to find free Kindle books on Amazon.com. If you find yourself too lazy to do the search, check out KindleFreebies, a sub-Reddit with free Kindle books discovered and submitted by members. Each link is tagged with a helpful coloured label for the book category. A quick click will bring you directly to Amazon.com for quick download. Check the book price for $0.0 before you click the buy button, as the free offers are time limited.