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Refinements, additions, and un-breaking stuff: iOS 7.1 reviewed
Apple's first major iOS 7 update makes the operating system feel whole.
iOS 7.1 on the iPhone 4: As good as it?s going to get
From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
You can't patch out a slow processor, but Apple does its best.
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iOS 7.1 update experiences; iTunes backups; issue with Siri, iCloud and Contacts sync
iOS: Search text in Google through contextual menus
Unlike with the Mac, in iOS there is no way to select text and search for it on Google in a new tab. There is, however, a workaround that brings about the same result on iOS.
Select text in Safari to bring up the context menu on iOS and then tap on Define
. This brings up the dictionary panel for the selected text. If you've selected a word that is not in the dictionary, or multiple words or usually even if the word is in the dictionary, on the bottom right there is Search Web
. Tapping that opens a new tab and searches for the selected text. This is equivalent to selecting text, copying, opening new tab, pasting the text in omnibar.
Things to note:
- Even though the hint mentions Google, this uses the default search engine set in the Safari preferences so your preference is respected.
- This is not specific to Safari. Any app that allows selection of text, and brings up the contextual menu will work with this by opening Safari. ...
Make Time Machine use a Local Volume as a Network Volume
This procedure shows you how to prevent Time Machine from using all available free space on a local volume by backing up to a sparse disk image bundle stored on a shared folder on a local volume.
Time machine uses a feature of the HFS+ filesystem that was introduced in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) called 'directory hard links
.' Like file hard links, a directory that is hard linked to another directory is not actually a distinct directory, but is instead a pointer to the original directory. Time Machine uses these directory hard links to reduce duplication and save space by making references to entire directory trees whose contained files have not been modified.
To properly copy or duplicate a Time Machine backup, these directory hard links must be preserved. Unfortunately, directory hard links are proprietary to Apple. Apple discourages their casual use by third party developers because, if used incorrectly, they could create recursive directory structures that would ren ...
10.9: Disable power button sleep
Here is a way to disable sleeping when pressing the power button on 10.9.2. In Terminal, type in the following command and then press Enter.
defaults write com.apple.loginwindow PowerButtonSleepsSystem -bool no
This causes the 'Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?' dialog to come up much quicker too.
I tested this, and it works as described. I had to log out and log back in; I'm not sure if that's necessary.]
From: Wired Top Stories
An Early Look at Ikea's Light, Cheap, and Portable 2014 Collection
Ikea is already the gold standard for furniture that moves well, but this year its designers are pushing the art of nomadism even further. Images of Ikea's new PS collection have arrived, and its name?On the Move?says it all.
This Ad's Amazing Optical Illusion Reveals the Hazards Of Driving
Audi's luxury vehicles include a neat night-vision system that will automatically warn drivers about hazards on the road. And to drive home just how life-saving it can be, the company's ad agency created a brilliant billboard in an airport with a secret hazard that was only revealed to passengers when they got closer and closer.
The NSA Has Impersonated Facebook To Spread Malware
So the NSA is spying on you
. You've known that for quite some time now. What you might not know much about is exactly how they're doing, and a new report from Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald offers up some pretty grizzly details about the agency's worldwide, automated malware network.
From: National Geographic News
A Message From Your Brain: I'm Not Good At Remembering What I Hear
A new study shows that we are far better at remembering what we see and touch than what we hear.
Good News for Animals in Nepal: A Full Year Without Poaching
Last year more than 700 wildlife criminals were arrested in Nepal, thanks to a multilayered system of information gathering, enforcement, and swift justice.
Were Volcanoes Ice Age Refuges for Life?
From: BBC News - Science & Environment
New research suggests that volcanoes and other geothermal refuges may have sheltered life in Antarctica during glacial periods.
Light pollution alters bat behaviour
Light pollution is having an impact on the regeneration of tropical rainforests because it disrupts the behaviour of seed dispersing bats, a study suggests.
Peacock sex sounds attract females
Peacocks make fake sex sounds to attract females? attention, say scientists.
Patient has pioneering 3D face op
A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts.