- DOWNLOAD Microsoft Office 2010: Ultimate Tips & Tricks
- Cool Websites and Tools [May 1st]
- How Does iPhone & Android Location Data Collection Affect You? [MakeUseOf Poll]
- 5 Must-Have Free iPad & iPhone Cydia Apps
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- 10 Free MP3 Albums To Download [Sound Sunday]
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Posted: 02 May 2011 06:31 AM PDT
Enter Office 2010: Ultimate Tips and Tricks. This manual, by author Matt Smith, points out all the best new features of Microsoft’s latest office suite, and explains them all in one handy guide. In most programs, it's not hard to find every single feature, but Office 2010 is so expansive that even veteran users will often find that they aren't expert in even half of the capabilities the software offers.
Whether you recently purchased Office 2010 and want to get the most out of it, or are considering an upgrade, you don’t want to miss this free guide. There’s much to be learned here, so check it out!
This guide will show you how to:
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Posted: 01 May 2011 08:31 PM PDT
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Posted: 01 May 2011 06:30 PM PDT
We collected a total of 442 votes for the poll, which made the result pretty clear: 70% think Bing will never catch up to Google; 12% think Bing will catch up to Google; and 18% think it’s possible that Bing might catch up to Google.
Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.
MakeUseOf readers clearly believe Google will lead against Bing forever.
This week’s poll question is: How Does iPhone and Android Location Data Collection Affect You?
Recent news reports have shown that both iPhone and Android phones have been collecting the location data of their users. Ostensibly it could be useful for law enforcement and rescue operations, but many users feel that it’s an invasion of privacy. How do you feel about it?
This poll only barely touches the tip on the emotions you might have on the issue of location data being collected without your knowledge. If you have some good reasons why this data should or shouldn’t be collected, feel free to let us know in the comments!
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Posted: 01 May 2011 03:30 PM PDT
While you’re at it, don’t forget to take a look at this tried and trusted list of the best apps available through Cydia. Some may be outdated, such as Backgrounder, now that iOS has been updated to include multitasking, but others like SBSettings are just as useful today as they were then. And if you haven’t already, be sure to download MakeUseOf’s Underground Guide to the iPhone.
This is a must-have for any iPad user who doesn't own an iPhone. It's pretty frustrating when, as an iPad user, you find that an app has not been optimized for the larger format. FullForce basically tricks the app into thinking it was made for the iPad's larger screen. In order to activate FullForce with any given app, you have to toggle the feature through your Settings panel.
FullForce is not without its glitches, and doesn't work with just any app. They have a list of compatible apps, and even that list is filled with issues. While it does solve the resolution issue, it sometimes comes at the price of using only half of the screen and at times even causes the app to crash. That said, it still is an improvement on the way that the iPad handles iPhone apps.
An example of how FullForce works can be seen with the Tumblr app. Before activating FullForce, the app, when scaled to fit the iPad’s screen looks like this:
Once FullForce is activated, it improves the resolution, but the execution still does leave a little to be desired:
To download FullForce, just fire up Cydia and search for the app. If you’re willing to pay for this feature, their sister app, RetinaPad is available for Cydia for $2.99, which simulates the iPhone 4′s retina display.
Activator used to come with the multi-tasking app Backgrounder. Now that Apple has finally integrated multi-tasking into its OS, if you want to benefit from Activator's features, you can just download the standalone app, which is compatible with both the iPad and iPhone.
What Activator does is allow you to create custom gestures or shortcuts to access certain apps or features. From controlling your iPod, locking your screen, toggling WiFi or bluetooth on and off, launching a specific program or even taking screenshots, you can determine the exact gesture to achieve your task. The gestures you can use including shaking your device, connecting or disconnecting the power and pressing the home or power buttons.
Compatible with both the iPhone and iPad, WeatherIcon is a simple little app which adds the current forecast as a little badge over your Weather icon.
WeatherIcon doesn't just work with the native Apple Weather app, but works with a whole list of apps including The Weather Channel, The Weather Channel Max for iPad, and WeatherEye.
If you don't have access to your computer, where you can easily organize the apps on your iPad or iPhone, it's a bit of a hassle dragging one icon around at a time placing it in the desired folder or changing it's location. With MultiIconMover you can move as many icons at a time as you want.
First, you have to press down on any given icon until you activate the delete/move feature on your iPhone or iPad. You can then begin to select as many apps as you want, as long as they are not inside a folder. You can then drag just one of the icons to the desired location, hit the home button, and the rest of the selected apps will automatically be moved.
If you've installed a lot of Cydia apps to your iPad or iPhone, it can also be a hassle removing them. Normally you have to go through Cydia itself, unlike removing iTunes apps by simply clicking clicking a little X at the corner of the app to get rid of it. Cydelete allows you to delete Cydia installed apps in exactly the same way. Of course with most of the apps listed here, Cydelete isn't much help since none of them leave an icon on the home screen.
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Posted: 01 May 2011 01:30 PM PDT
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Posted: 01 May 2011 12:30 PM PDT
Are you expecting a baby or do you have a little toddler at home? If you care about his or her musical education, check out the two free compilations, Mozart Wombsong Collection and Mozart for Toddlers, available from Munchkin. You can never start too early!
Before you educate your kids with hard rock, metal, or hip hop, however, you should keep in mind that music does have an effect on emotions, inner balance, calmness, and hence behavior. How does music make you feel?
Feel free to post your comments below and email [tina at makeuseof dot com] suggestions for upcoming editions. All feedback welcome!
StayOkay! – Time To Grow
Genre: alternative, pop, rock
StayOkay! is the band of Tim, Kevin, Alan, and Irtiza from Dublin, Ireland. The four obviously love to make music. Unfortunately, sharing the name with a Dutch hostel chain seems to cause some trouble, as their Facebook page is inaccessible. Well, at least this way the music can speak for itself undisturbed.
Time To Grow is a free download from Bandcamp.
CV – Ice Cold Dream
Genre: indie, pop, rock, funk
CV stands for chocolate velvet. It is one of many musical projects from William Chaffin, a husband, father, and talented musician from Kansas, Missouri. Ice Cold Dream is the final installment in a trilogy. Bandcamp also hosts the first two EPs, Wicked Times and The Second Word.
Ice Cold Dream is a free download from Bandcamp.
Feedle – Live In The North
Genre: electronic, psychedelic, pop
From his Last.fm profile: “If you don't know him by now, you may never, never know him – but that could well be the point. A cult hero in Japan (he features in the Japanese guide to shoegazing, awkwardly sandwiched between Explosions in the Sky and Fields), Feedle exists within a hermetically sealed creative bubble, recording in isolation and never kowtowing to current musical trends, consistently slipping the net of categorisation like a well-greased submariner.”
Live In The North is a free download from Bandcamp.
Allison Weiss – Georges Perec: The Page
Genre: indie, pop, folk, rock
This album is one third of a senior exist project of Allison Weiss, who did the audio and design and combined it with words from Georges Perec, a 20th century French novelist, filmmaker and essayist. On Bandcamp you can also download Allison’s Live at Sidewalk NYC album, which was recorded live in 2008.
Georges Perec: The Page is a free download from Bandcamp.
Guttstar – Double Healix
Genre: bass, dupstep
From his Bandcamp profile: “Guttstar pushes musical evolution to the next level with the release of his first EP for 2011 entitled Double Healix. The Burlington, Vermont based producer has risen quickly over the past year with his melodic and edgy signature style of dubstep. These tracks share a futuristic soul theme that will shock out any dance floor into a frenzy while also collaborating nicely with your morning coffee.”
Double Healix is a free download from Bandcamp.
Ju-Ar – Orange Air
Genre: analog, beats, 12 bit, electronica, jazz, soul, instrumental
Ju-Ar is a member of the creative collective Morgen Noi. Together with Salvia Kamili and Lupid Ocampo he releases music ranging from hip hop and soul to funk and electronica.
I Heart Noise – Circle of Friends – Vol.1: Facebook
Genre: ambient, indie, noise, pop, rock, post rock
Attentive Sound Sunday followers will recognize I Heart Noise. Yes, I already featured an album of this online encyclopedia of independent rock bands and labels last week. This week’s compilation is composed of artists who recommended the I Heart Noise blog on Facebook.
Circle of Friends – Vol.1: Facebook is a free download from Bandcamp.
Various Artists – Saturated!
Genre: 8bit, bass, future, hybrid, minimal
The information about this record label is just as minimal as the music of its artists. To quote the homepage: “out of randomness something strangely beautiful appears (…) bypassing your brain going directly to your soul body and mind” The lack of punctuation appears to be intentional.
Saturated! is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Various Artists – Cinematic/Scars Volume 1
Genre: mixed, soundtrack
Cinematic Scars is a film production company from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They capture images moving and still. And they have released two volumes of soundtracks featuring “entirely original and exclusive material” from various artists, which were used in various productions.
Cinematic/Scards Volume 1 is a free download from Bandcamp.
Tristwood – Dystopia et Disturbia
Genre: electronica, grindcore, minimalist, black metal
From the Asiluum introduction: “Here at Asiluum we always strive to bring the most intense and uncompromising music that we possibly can. We got very excited when veteran avant-garde black metalists from Tristwood got in touch with us in order to release their latest album "Dystopia et Disturbia". Being themselves sick of the industry, managers, stuck up labels and the like they found a home here at our free netlabel.”
Dystopia et Disturbia is a free download from Asiluum.
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Posted: 01 May 2011 10:30 AM PDT
However, one problem I do constantly run into is sites that display an excerpt in the feed instead of the full content – even more frustrating if it’s a site that ONLY posts pictures – requiring you to click through to the slow-loading full site in order to view the picture. (Just so you know, MakeUseOf and the Geeky Fun section all produce full feeds for you to browse at your Google Reader leisure)
Well, no problem. Today I’m going to show you 3 ways in which you grab the full feed from the partial feed – one website that could be used with any feed reader service or browser – one browser extension for Chrome and one for Firefox. If you’re using Internet Explorer, then stop it. It’s not a good browser by any standards, it’s the most insecure and the bane of every web developer with incompatible standards. Download Chrome or Firefox now.
We have introduced this in the directory before (as well as FiveFilter and WizardRSS), but this particularly site wins awards from me for the simplest and most beautiful interface. Open the site, paste in the feed URL of the crippled RSS and click submit. You can try with this fascinating UK news feed from the BBC if you like: http://feeds.bbci.co.uk/news/uk/rss.xml
When the site comes back with the full feed – it’s quite speedy too – you can see a quick preview to make sure all is working well. then simply copy the URL it gives you above, and subscribe to that instead. If only everything on the internet was this simple, and worked so well.
Chrome: Super Google Reader:
Grab the extension from here and install.
Now, if you open Google Reader as normal, you should see a new Readable, Link and Feed tabs above each post. Feed is the default view which might only show you partial content for certain feeds. In this case, click on Link to be shown the actual page in context, including any banner ads or sidebar from the site in question – or click Readable to let the plugin have a shot at grabbing content intelligently.
During tests, I found that not all pictures were pulled in if it was a mixed text/media based article, but in general worked just fine – especially for sites that previously only allowed pictures to be shown when clicking through.
Firefox: (not v.4)
Firefox requires a little more work I’m afraid, but it is possible. Unfortunately, this method will only allow to use the iFrame tactic of loading the article from the actual site inside of Reader, rather than extracting the content – and it doesn’t work in Firefox 4 according to my tests.
First up, you need to install GreaseMonkey extension that allows you to run user-submitted scripts, then install both this and this script. Now when you open Google Reader in Firefox, you’ll be able to enable full entry content on a folder or feed basis.
If you love feeds as much as I do and regularly read through the news on your iPad or similar device, your best bet is to go through your feeds and replace them all with a fulltextrssfeed.com equivalent. The Chrome extension is nice, but given that most of my feed reading is done away from the PC it would be more effective to just change the URLs.
If you know of a similar or better solution for Firefox – or even Opera as I know a few readers hate it when I forget that browser – do post your suggestions in the comments. Thanks!
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