Tech tricks

February 2012

Turn on popular annotations in the Kindle app

2:00AM | Thursday, 23 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Did you know you can read other people’s annotations in the Kindle iPad app? If not, here’s how to do it.

March 2012

Format a USB stick

3:38PM | Thursday, 22 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Sometimes you may find that your USB stick has a virus. In that case, you need to format it as quickly as possible in order to stop that virus from being spread to other computers.

Ignore a network on iOS

3:45PM | Wednesday, 21 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford If you take your phone or iPad into work every day, or a place where there are a lot of WiFi networks, then you may find that you inadvertently join one you’re not meant to.

Change the email preview size on iOS

3:38PM | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford If you read a lot of emails every day, you probably don’t want to open each one to find what it’s about. On iOS you can actually expand the preview so you don’t have to open each one.

Restore your iPhone from a backup

3:24PM | Monday, 19 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford It happens. You may lose your old phone, accidentally wipe your new one or may just get a new device to replace what you already have. In any case, you’ll want to restore your iPhone from a backup.

Open the task manager in Chrome

3:00PM | Friday, 16 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Has a browser tab crashed? If you use Chrome, there is a way to close it without bringing down your whole broswer.

Snap your Facebook chat to the side of the screen

3:38PM | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford If you’ve been following Facebook’s announcements closely, you’ll know the company announced a new desktop chat application.

Adjust your chat settings in Gmail

3:30PM | Tuesday, 13 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford It may have been taken over by Facebook chat but Gmail is still a pretty useful IM manager. And if you’re using it, you should be aware of how to adjust the settings.

Change the Caller ID on your FaceTime account

3:37PM | Monday, 12 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford If you’re a fan of Apple products you’ve probably toyed around with the FaceTime video chat system.

Manage your individual iCloud apps

3:59PM | Friday, 9 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Most iOS users will be familiar with iCloud by now and would be using it in some capacity. But since you only get 5GB free, you’ll want to manage your storage.