Tech tricks

April 2014

How to search for the location of mobile phone towers in your suburb

4:23PM | Friday, 4 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas More often than not, mobile phone coverage maps are online for marketing purposes rather than as accurate tools for determining how strong mobile signals are under real-life conditions. However, there is another source of information you can rely on.

Google Translate’s beatboxing Easter egg

4:00AM | Friday, 4 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas It turns out Google has more street cred than you imagined. Here’s a Google Translate Easter egg that proves the point.

Play arcade games within Google Chrome

4:00AM | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Aside from emulating obsolete computer systems like the Amiga 500, Google Chrome can now run old arcade games with the help of a new plugin. If you’re looking to waste some time, here’s how to install it.

March 2014

The hidden start menu in Windows 8.1

4:00AM | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas One of the most common complaints about Windows 8 from long-time users was the lack of a traditional start menu. Windows 8.1 has reintroduced some of the start menu functionality, but it’s hidden – and here’s how to find it.

How to switch off GPS in Android 4.4 KitKat

3:29PM | Thursday, 27 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas By default, Android 4.4 KitKat devices use a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks to determine your location. However, if you want to save battery life, here’s how to switch off GPS.

Boot straight to the desktop in Windows 8.1

3:00AM | Wednesday, 26 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Do you want your Windows computer or tablet to go directly to the desktop instead of the Start screen? In Windows 8.1, here’s how to do it.

A hidden Android feature for the visually impaired

3:00AM | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas If you suffer a visual impairment, having your smartphone or tablet give you spoken cues about what you’re doing can make your device a lot more accessible. Such a feature is built into Android JellyBean – here’s how to turn it on.

Download your Firefox crash reports

3:53PM | Monday, 24 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Especially if you maintain a website that appears to cause Firefox to crash unexpectedly, finding out why it happened is important information. Here’s how to get the crash report.

Start Firefox’s equivalent of safe mode

3:19PM | Friday, 21 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas When Windows has gone awry, users have often relied on Safe Mode – a special mode where additional drivers are switched off – to fix the problem. Firefox has the same feature – here’s how to find it.

How to report a phishing site

3:59PM | Thursday, 20 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Have you stumbled upon a phishing site? Here’s how to report it.