Thursday, June 30, 2011

Add playback hotkeys to Amazon Cloud Player with a Chrome extension

Sure, Amazon's Cloud Player works -- as long as you're in the U.S. or willing to do some tinkering -- but it's fairly simplistic at the moment. There are plenty of features missing which we'd like to see added -- but since Cloud Player is a Web app we don't have to wait for Amazon!

Google Chrome users, for example, can add playback hotkeys with an extension called keyMazony. Once installed, you'll have keyboard control of your Amazon Cloud Player queue. keyMazony commands will work as long as you're in the same Chrome window as Cloud Player, even if its tab doesn't have focus. The key combinations are customizable as well -- just make sure you don't set up a combo that conflicts with another extension or Chrome's built-in keyboard shortcuts.

Add playback hotkeys to Amazon Cloud Player with a Chrome extension originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How To Set a Strong Passcode on iPhone and iPad

How To Set a Strong Passcode on iPhone and iPad
Last week, I wrote a post about the Top 10 Common iPhone Passcodes you should avoid. The irony is that most iPhone/ iPad owners do not know how they can set a strong passcode on their devices and therefore they fall prey to security vulnerabilities associated with using simple passcodes. In this post, I walk [...]

iPhone with Stronger PasscodeLast week, I wrote a post about the Top 10 Common iPhone Passcodes you should avoid. The irony is that most iPhone/ iPad owners do not know how they can set a strong passcode on their devices and therefore they fall prey to security vulnerabilities associated with using simple passcodes. In this post, I walk through the steps that you need to follow to secure your iPhone/ iPad with a strong passcode.

Though Apple introduced the strong password feature in iOS 4.0, it continues to be one of the lesser-advertised features. In fact, I’m somewhat amazed that most iPhone and iPad device owners do not know that it’s a setting on their iOS devices and does not require installing any third-party apps.

To enable a strong password on your iPhone/ iPad, follow these simple steps.

1) Go to Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock

Make sure that the “Simple Passcode” setting is OFF. If it’s set to ON, you will not be able to set strong passwords on your device.

Set Simple Passcode to OFF

2) Turn Passcode On

The next step is to click the ‘Turn Passcode On’ button and enter a strong password. I’d recommend choosing a combination of mixed case letters, numbers and an underscore to create strong passwords.

Set Stronger Passcode

Once you do that, the button will automatically toggle state and display ‘Turn Passcode Off’ caption. You can set the ‘Require Passcode’ setting to either ‘Immediately’ or you can specify the interval between which your iPhone will require you to enter your passcode. Once the passcode has been turned on, the ‘Passcode Lock’ option under Settings which will be shown as ‘ON’.

Passcode Lock is Set to ON

For better protection, I’d recommend that you enable the “Erase Data” option. This will erase all data from the device if someone tries to enter the wrong passcode more than 10 times. Therefore if your iPhone or iPad is stolen and somebody tries to guess the password, this option will wipe the device data after 10 incorrect attempts.

Having the passcode lock turned on ensures that your device and data is safe. Choose a strong password – stay safe, stay happy!

This article, How To Set a Strong Passcode on iPhone and iPad, was originally published at simonblog.com.



The Engadget Podcast, live at 5:00PM ET!

Tim and Brian have finally recovered from the smashing success that was The Engadget Show and are ready to get back to the rough and tumble world of podcasting. This time out they're joined once again by reviews editor, Dana Wollman to talk social networking and tablets, tablets, tablets.

Continue reading The Engadget Podcast, live at 5:00PM ET!

The Engadget Podcast, live at 5:00PM ET! originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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EVO 3D jealousy, multiple SMS issues [From the Forums]

EVO 3D jealousy, multiple SMS issues [From the Forums]

From the Forums

It's still only Thursday but for those of you in Canada it happens to be a long weekend thanks to Canada day -- so that said, hope you all have a great weekend. For those of you not in Canada, it's just one more day and the weekend will be here. To help pass the time jump into the Android Central forums:

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Olympus PEN EP3 Improves Almost Everything

A big day for photography news today, thanks to the folks at Olympus. First up is the Pen EP3, the fifth iteration of its PEN Micro Four Thirds line, which manages to mix up pretty much everything while keeping it in the original PEN’s retro-style body.
First, the basics. The 12.3MP sensor is almost the same, [...]

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Starbucks for iPhone updated with new look and eGifts

Starbucks for iPhone updated with new look and eGifts
Starbucks for iPhone as been refreshed with a new look and brings the ability to send eGifts via email or Facebook. You can now also transfer balances between cards within the app. Refreshed look and feel with our new logo and improved performance. Pay with your Starbucks Card using your phones, reload and transfer balances [...]

Starbucks for iPhone as been refreshed with a new look and brings the ability to send eGifts via email or Facebook. You can now also transfer balances between cards within the app.

  • Refreshed look and feel with our new logo and improved performance.
  • Pay with your Starbucks Card using your phones, reload and transfer balances on your Cards.
  • See your My Starbucks Rewards level and star balance.
  • eGift functionality lets you send a gift to friends and family using your iPhone.
  • Customizable navigation lets you use the app just the way you like it!

If you pick this one up, send me an eGift and let us know what you think! Screenshots after the break.

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Wimbledon NetMix lets you turn down on-court grunts in favor of staid commentary

Wimbledon, typically a quiet leafy suburb in the great urban sprawl of London, tends to get a little noisier around this time of the year as the world's top tennis players descend upon it with a grunt and a huff of exertion. It's precisely those un-British howls of effort that the BBC is offering to filter out for you with a new Wimbledon NetMix tool. It's a simple audio mixing slider, available to BBC Radio 5 Live listeners, that adjusts the balance between ambient on-court sound and the soothing timbre of commentators' voices. The technology's enabled by the guys and gals at Fraunhofer, who were nice enough to do it for free, and is being introduced in response to a great many complaints received by broadcasters about the primal screaming that's accompanied this year's matches. If the reaction to the NetMix slider is positive, it could find further job opportunities on the Beeb's iPlayer or in coverage of other sporting events.

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Fight against zombies with Zoombie Digger World Tour for iPhone and iPad

Fight against zombies with Zoombie Digger World Tour for iPhone and iPad
In Zoombie Digger World Tour, you must defend United States, Australia, Russia, and Mexico against zombie attacks. Don’t let their cute appearance fool you, these zombies are quite evil! many evil, but incredibly cute zombies multiple ways to kill the zombies unique bosses combo system to max out your score more than 75 levels, increasing [...]

In Zoombie Digger World Tour, you must defend United States, Australia, Russia, and Mexico against zombie attacks. Don’t let their cute appearance fool you, these zombies are quite evil!

  • many evil, but incredibly cute zombies
  • multiple ways to kill the zombies
  • unique bosses
  • combo system to max out your score
  • more than 75 levels, increasing in difficulty
  • 12 cities with famous sights
  • 16 kinds of weapons
  • 10 kinds of super-weapons

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think! Check out the trailer and screenshots after the break.

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