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How to enjoy Pandora outside of U.S. on Android Devices

How to enjoy Pandora outside of U.S. on Android Devices
if you are reading this, then we can safely assume you already know how awesome Pandora is. however, if you haven’t have a clue then we suppose you should know this: Pandora’s awesomeness stems from the fact that listeners get to choose their favorite artiste(s) or band(s) to begin with and Pandora will fetch the music that are similar to your chosen favorite artiste(s) or band(s) for your enjoyment. along the way, users can hit like or dislike which Pandora takes the heed and further fine tune what songs to serve up to you. Continue reading How to enjoy Pandora outside of U.S. on Android Devices

keeping your PC clean: software or virus?

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While browsing online can certainly be an enjoyable pastime, there are often dangers lurking behind websites that you may never expect. When visiting these sites, computers are often infected with viruses, malware, and spyware that can wreak havoc on their machines. These different files are all malicious in nature, and manifest themselves in different ways. Some attack your machine, rendering your files useless, while others will attempt to transform your PC into a spam bot that in turns sends out phishing messages to other individuals. Malware is often responsible for identity theft. All of these situations are incredibly frustrating to handle, making it imperative that users find ways to keep themselves protected from unwanted software. Continue reading keeping your PC clean: software or virus?

poor PC speed: why it happens and what should you do

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Having problems with your PC? There are many signs and symptoms of a slow PC. You will experience the slow performance of your PC if there’s an abnormality in the system. If you want to know what are the symptoms and the causes of the PC’s poor performance, read this article. Continue reading poor PC speed: why it happens and what should you do

simple tips: how to add separators in the Dock in Mac OS X

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if you have a bunch of commonly used applications on your Mac OS X Dock, the long stretch of icons makes the Dock looks cluttered and chances are, you’d find it hard to locate the application that you want to launch. i know it sounds silly but it happens. sometime we have to strain our eyes to locate the application even if it’s there on the Dock. a neat way is to add blank separators to visibly break the icons up into groups. for those who wants to be even more organized, this clever organization of the icons combined with the used of Spaces, also helps in monitoring what’s open in each of the Spaces too. Continue reading simple tips: how to add separators in the Dock in Mac OS X

simple tips: how to take screen shot on your Mac?

here’s a simple tip to take screenshot on your Mac. everyone knows taking screenshot on Windows-based PC is via the ‘Print Scn’ key, which keeps your screenshot on the clipboard. for Mac, you don’t have a key but all your have to do is this: Command Shift 3 (takes the whole screen) or Command Shift 4 (take screenshot of a certain portion). go ahead, try it out.

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how to take screenshots on iPhone 3G, 3GS & iPhone 4

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since 3G, iPhone with OS version 2.0 and above has the ability to take screenshots. the capability comes in handy when you need to capture screen of error messages, or getting a screenshot of your game. to take a screenshot, just press the HOME button and the ON/OFF button simultaneously. if done correctly, the screen will flash and you will also hear a camera-click sound, and the screenshot image will be saved to the iPhone’s Camera Roll. you can then download this via iPhoto or simply send the screenshot via email to yourself. easy.

also read: how to send multiple images or photos via email on iPhone

how to send multiple images/photos via email on iPhone

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iOS 4’s multitasking capability has made sending multiple images or photos via email on iPhone very simple. here’s how you can do it:

Step 1. go to Photos app, select the first image/photo you want to send. tap, hold the image/photo and tap on the ‘Copy‘ option that pops out
Step 2. quit Photos app by clicking HOME button once. go to your Mail app and go ahead to compose a new mail message
Step 3. tap and hold (till the magnifying glass appears) and select ‘Paste‘ from the pop-up option
Step 4. double click your HOME button to bring up the background program, your Photos app should be there. select it.
Step 5. choose the 2nd image/photo you want to send, tap, hold the image/photo and then select Copy.
Step 6. double click your HOME button to bring up the background program, your Mail app should be there. select it.
Step 7. scroll down to the blank space below the first image, tap and hold, select ‘Paste‘ from the pop-up options.

above steps are based on the assumption that you had your email set-up on your iPhone. these steps show the process of sending 2 images/photos, if you need to send more just repeat Step 4 to 7. if your image file size is too big, you will be given 3 options of file size to send. just go with the one that suits your requirement. but do watch out your data limit, just in case.

how to pair Playstation bluetooth headset with iPhone

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in case you have forgotten or not sure how to pair your Official Sony Playstation bluetooth headset with your iPhone (3G & above), here’s a little guide for it. the Playstation bluetooth headset is quite versatile, it can be used for online gaming communication, skype and of course, as a headset for your mobile phone. in this case, i’m going to pair it with the iPhone 4. it works the same for 3G & 3GS.

1. first go to your iPhone bluetooth setting page (setting > general > bluetooth) turn the bluetooth to ‘ON’ – once the bluetooth is ‘ON’, iPhone will start searching for discoverable bluetooth devices
2. now, over to the headset. assuming your headset is fully charged and ‘OFF’ – hold on to the ‘POWER’ button and the ‘MIC/MUTE’ button together for about 5 secs. the ‘ring’ around the ‘MIC/MUTE’ button will turn red, signifying that the headset is now in discoverable mode and at the same time, the iPhone bluetooth page now shows ‘Wireless Headset’ being detected but ‘Not Paired’
3. select the ‘Wireless Headset’ and key in ‘0000’ when prompted to enter the PIN.
there you have it, the ‘Wireless Headset’ is now shown as ‘Connected’

if for some reason, you want to remove the bluetooth headset from your iPhone list, just tap on the blue circle with the arrow (‘>’) next to ‘Wireless Headset’ in the bluetooth page. tap on to ‘Forget this Device’. confirm by tapping on the red button that says ‘Forget Device’ and you’re done 🙂

for benefit of those who are really new, below is the pictorial guide:

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simple tips: how to use your PS3 controller with your Mac

i was looking for a decent game pad to play some Mac games. to be exact, i wanted to play the action/puzzle game LEGO Indiana Jones. my requirements was simple, it must be functional and it must be stylish. before i could find my ideal game pad, i stumbled upon something interesting that ended my search for a game pad: using your PS3 dualshock sixaxis controller on your Mac. i am currently on Snow Leopard, and all i have to do to get my PS3 controller to work with my Mac is to install the PS3 USB driver and i am good to go. i have yet to try with other games but it does works with LEGO Indiana Jones. ain’t it cool? 😉 my iMac also detects the PS3 controller as a bluetooth device, so i can either use the controller via the USB cable or via bluetooth connection. Continue reading simple tips: how to use your PS3 controller with your Mac

simple tips: Safari 5 fails to open GMAIL login page?

i can’t access GMAIL the whole of yesterday. i was using Safari 5.0.2, it just stop working yesterday. i was stumped. i tried accessing GMAIL by both taking off my bookmark and entering the URL (i.e. www.gmail.com) directly into the URL bar a.k.a the address bar of my Safari, but nothing works. i tried googling for a solution but my search came up empty. the problem was Safari detected multiple redirection by the website that i was trying to access, and stop loading the website. at least that was the notice that Safari gave me. i am not sure why this occurs. if you have the same problem as me, there are 2 ways which you can go about searching for a solution (other than googling): you can either head down to the Apple Support forums and wait for some helpful soul to answer your question (or any Mac forums) or try figuring it yourself by the manner of trial & error. i did the latter.

if you are having the redirecting issue on Safari, the solution is simple: RESET your safari. so how do you reset Safari? just click on Safari menu bar, scroll down to ‘Reset Safari…’. under the ‘Reset Safari…’ you have a bunch of check boxes for options such as empty cache, clear history, remove all cookies et cetera. check the box corresponding to the ‘clear history’, ’empty cache’ and ‘remove all cookies’. depending on you priorities, you can check other boxes as well. for me, i unchecked stuff like ‘reset top sites’, ‘remove all website preview images’ et cetera and made sure that i checked ‘clear saved names and passwords’. this is a good time to clear those, especially if you are sharing your PC/Mac. once you are satisfied with your selections, just hit the ‘Reset’ button and you are done. you should now be able to access GMAIL 🙂

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Go to 'Reset Safari'
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check the check boxes as stated in my writings above. hit 'reset' and you're done.