Free Digital Newspapers no longer!

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Have you noticed that most digital version of newspapers are gradually going subscription base and that you have limited views of articles: most are 10. It started with New York Times, and then now it seems all of them have caught on: Telegraph, National Post and now our Toronto Star. However, it seems like the version on iPad is still free…

I don’t blame them, they all have payroll.  So what I do now to get free information or news? I use Google news, instead.

Perhaps I have never been a daily newspapers reader, so I don’t think I will miss them.




iPhone Passcode: more than 4 digits

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I came to realize that iPhone will take more than 4-digits as passcode, which is the default. To change  to a more secured alpha-numeric passcode of choice, two simple steps are all that needed:

Step 1: Turn off the Simple Passcode, and it will ask you for new passcode, and its verification.




Once completed, you lock screen will change to passcode input, instead of the digital input:




Weather … we love to talk about!

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Weather is one thing we talk about socially, so with iPhone it is handy to have WeatherEye app, which other than shows the short and long-term forecasts, it also shows the hourly temperature predictions.

The native Weather app that comes with iPhone didn’t seem to show the same hourly information, until I found out today that it does:

You have to drag the “day” bar down to expose the hourly temperature predictions, i.e., if today is Sunday, tap on Sunday and drag it down to reveal them:

I know this is trivia, but interesting to find that out, cause I do prefer the Weather layout more.

The other thing you may know is that notifications will give you weather forecasts as well: drag and slide the top bar on any page that shows your provider/clock/battery. Swipe the weather bar will give you the current condition, and vice-versa.

Rain Alarm is another app that I like that shows precipitation forecasts.


Copy and Paste with auto URL included

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I am trying to improve my vocabulary by copying and pasting new words and its sentences from articles, so that I learn by understanding the content with the word usage and have something to refer back to.

So today I was reading an article in the New Yorker,, and found the word “dyspeptic”; I copied (Ctrl C) and pasted (Ctrl V) the sentence with the word to WORD, and BAM! underneath the sentence that I just copied  showed Read more: and an URL address. At first, I thought the link was related to the hyper-link in that sentence,which was kinda cool in itself, but after clicking on the URL it took me back to the original article.

Of course the intention is not that we can create reference notations easily, but this is a tool to generate traffic back to the site. Technically, it uses javascript to facilitate this function on your site, so that whoever copy+paste content from your site will automatically include the URL onto the pasted document, which likely to be an e-mail. In other words, your friend that receives the email can now go to the source article directly. (Go to   for more information, since they started this service).

So how is this different from the share-link buttons mostly available now? Well, for one, you can show your friend exactly what you want them to read in the article, instead they have to read the whole thing when they click on the link you send them.

I tried other sites to see if this has become a norm? the answer is no. I had successes with the New Yorker, and the Business Insider,, but not with the Globe and Mail, nor the Toronto Star, and the L.A.Times neither.

If more sites are starting to use this, it will become a great research tool! Mind you, it’s just more efficient.


Find my iPhone/iPad2 in iCloud

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While I was fuzzing with my Photo Album and Photo Stream trying to delete photos on my iPhone4, I learned something else: Find My iPhone when you log into That’s the place where you can look at the stuff in your iCloud if you have set up to upload your pictures, contacts, backup, etc.

Fig 1.

Once you log in with your Apple ID, you will not miss a mid-size icon “Find My iPhone”.

Fig 2. To get to iCloud settings on iPhone, or iPad

As long as you have turned ON “Find My iPhone” setting on iPhone, the location will be shown on a map, in your browser after you log-in to iCloud, much like any GPS driven application. The coolest part is you can remotely lock your device! and also send a sound message to locate your device, i.e., to scare the guy perhaps, and if he has your device on, or you also have the option to send a message. After you send a sound message, you will also get an email saying that the Find My iPhone has been activated.

Overall, I think this is a good to have, especially for the remote lock feature.  Another way to secure your phone is with the screen lock. In the option, you can select to delete all your information on the phone if after 1o wrong attempts of the passcode. Well, it’s a bit Mission Impossible… perhaps, it should self-destruct with 10 attempts?! LOL.

Of course, if you lost your phone, call your service provider immediately, so that they can de-register your SIM-card. With Rogers, I can do it through My Rogers on the web.

So back to my original fuzzing. I like the photostream feature, where you take a picture with your iPhone and it will display on your iPad, or iPhoto (if you are using Macbook,etc) , but I can’t delete any pictures in the Photostream folder (Now I know they are cached up in iCloud)! So the trick is to log-in to iCloud, on top right , your Apple ID name will show, click and a drop down will give you the setting option, click and select Advance. There you will be able to Reset Photostream. However, make sure that you turn off photostream setting and on again on your device for the change to take effect.

Well, there is always something to learn!



Setting up Photostream on a PC:

Browsers: Google Chrome is the best IMO….


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There are not many talks about Google’s Chrome browser, and how brilliant it may capture more and more users. Honestly, using Chrome is a bit like not having a tablet, but in fact, one does.

So the first page is like every other browsers with a page that display webpages you have visited recently, and the second is the key: Google Web Store. So far, everything that I downloaded were FREE… They include Angry Birds,  Bejeweled, Flixster,… you got my drift; Apps that you might have to pay in the Apple’s appstore, or Android’s market! The best thing is that there are tons to choose from and to try!

I think this is really smart on Google’s part. At this point, most people still don’t have a tablet, which means they still use a laptop; hence, they need a browser, which is part of an OS anyway (IMO, IE always sucks, Firefox is getting tired, Opera never works properly with page display, Safari I used it for a while and was my favourite). In other words, Google is using the foot-in-the-door technique to get people to think of apps in the Chrome webstore, so that they may think that only with Google’s OS you can use them… hence, the next step,they will buy an Android phone!? Cause, I bet you some will think that if these apps work in Chrome, I need to get something that is run by Google. That’s strategy! Apple did it the other way around. (From my experience, a lot of people still don’t quite understand the concept of apps, and where to get them…what they are)

So the apps in Chrome, NOT Chrome’s, is one feature that I like, the other is the “Incognito” mode CLT-SHIFT-N, which leaves no trails of where you have been surfing!!!  i.e., no history, no cache, … (I am sure the real specialist will know how to find them, but for us lay-person it is good enough). Firefox in its latest version also has included it calls Private Browsing CLT-SHIFT-P; same command in IE9.  Obviously, every browser had caught on with this feature. You should use this feature while on a public PC if offered.



iOS 5: Safari Browser’s Reader

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Nowadays, websites are full of boxes of stuff, i.e., usually three columns, left side with contents of sort, and right side with commercials and advertisement, and only the middle 2/3 is the article that you want to really read. Before, I tapped the content of the article to expand it to fit page and read… It might work with some scrolling, re-zooming, etc, but it was never satisfying!

The solution: The Reader built in Safari browser for iOS 5. If you haven’t noticed yet, it appears when a page that can use the Reader, a grey icon labelled Reader can be found on the right end of the URL box: the place you type in

To activate the Reader, tap it and it will change to blue and a new page with only the article shows up, and read like a regular plain text page.

Another great idea is that the dictionary is available with the Reader, so you can look up a word’s definition by pressing on it until “copy|define” shows. This also works on the main webpage if the Reader is showing. In other words, no Reader no dictionary!

The irony is that we always go back to where we started? Web-page was very text base when it started in the 80’s.


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