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Showing posts from February 10, 2013

Sync Folders To SkyDrive Without Changing Directory Structure

SkyDrive is Microsoft’s native file hosting service similar to Dropbox and Google Drive that allows to upload files to cloud storage and sync them across all your Windows devices. Compared to earlier cloud storage and sync services offered by Microsoft (Live Mesh et al) , SkyDrive has a deeper integration with the latest versions of both Windows and Office. Just like Dropbox, Google Drive, and other popular sync services SkyDrive creates a folder in your hard drive and anything that is copied into it gets automatically uploaded to the cloud. You can access your cloud data using your account information from any computer with an internet connection. While being very useful, there is still a limitation that you need to manually copy the files and folders to your SkyDrive folder in order to upload them. SkyShellEx is an application for Windows that integrates SkyDrive into your Windows shell, allowing you to sync any folder to SkyDrive without changing the existing folder structure. You …

Design Blogs to Follow in 2013 [Infographic]

With the vast number of design blogs out there, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out which ones to follow. You may think you can subscribe to them all, but soon you'll crumble under the pressure of that 1000+ staring you in the face.

Well the folks at Coupon Audit have made things a little easier by putting together a handy infographic listing the top 100 design blogs to follow in 2013. It's pretty awesome to see COLOURlovers on the list with so many other fantastic blogs. Check out the graphic and hopefully you'll discover some great new design resources.

An infographic by the team at CouponAudit

via Color + Design Blog by COLOURlovers

Get Ubuntu’s Vertical App Switcher On Android With Unity Launcher

At the beginning of the year, Canonical announced its Ubuntu for phones project that will soon enable you to enjoy a full-fledged, standalone version of the popular Linux OS on your mobile devices. While it’s the lucky Galaxy Nexus owners who will be getting the first taste of the fully-functional OS, they are still waiting for a release by Canonical. However, what you can have for now is Ubuntu’s vertical app switcher/launcher on any device running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, thanks to the brand new app called Unity Launcher. Resembling the looks and functionality of Ubuntu’s standard app switcher, Unity Launcher is a third-party customizable multitasking and app switching solution for Android that lets you switch back and forth between your favorite apps form anywhere in the OS by simply swiping in from the left edge of your device’s screen.

While Unity Launcher works almost exactly like most of the multitasking solutions we have already seen in the recent past, its specialty remain…

How To Bring Back Original Windows 7 Explorer Shell In Windows 8

Here at AddictiveTips, we have been religiously covering any noteworthy app that allows you to customize any aspect of your copy of Windows 8. The capability of these tools vary from bringing the Windows 7 Start Menu back, to disabling hot corners, and changing the opacity of window borders. A few months back, Waqas compiled a list of the best Windows 8 Start Screen modifiers and start menu apps that allow you to apply several UI-related changes to the operating system. However, the goal of most of these tweaks is the same: to get the familiar UI of Windows 7 back in Windows 8. Today, we have an application for you that not only brings the Windows 7 style Start Menu back to Windows 8, but also disables everything else related to Windows 8. Ex7forW8 (Windows 7 explorer for Windows 8) allows you to run the Windows 7 explorer shell, giving you the real feel of Windows 7 on Windows 8. Other than the Start Menu, it disables every Modern UI app and feature including the Switch List, Charms …

View Stored WiFi Access Point Keys With SterJo Wireless Passwords

I get a lot of emails from our readers asking me if there is a way to recover a lost or forgotten Wi-Fi password from their PC. There’s quite a simple solution for that, actually. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 can easily reveal a stored Wi-Fi password under the Security tab of Wireless Network Properties sheet. Some passwords are easy to remember, especially if based on some commonly used term, but others can be hard to keep in your memory, particularly the ones comprising of some jumbled up alphanumeric characters. If you have multiple wireless connections in your household or office, the issue at hand can be even more problematic. This is where SterJo Wireless Passwords comes to the rescue. This simple-looking lightweight tool can reveal any stored Wi-Fi password and network related information.
The application is available as both portable and installable versions, each of which can be downloaded from the developer’s website.

Note: The installer package tries to install unwanted softw…

How To Install Any Digitally Unsigned Drivers On Windows 8

“A digitally signed driver is required” & “The driver installation failed” are a few of the error prompts you may have come across when attempting to install drivers on Windows 8. Unlike its predecessor Windows 7, Windows 8 strictly enforces a driver signature check, verifying the signatures with its own local database. While this means drivers for your old devices are under strict scrutiny, it also spells a bit of a pain for even newer devices, including those for several Android phones and tablets. I came across this issue when trying to flash a soft-bricked Xperia device back to life, but kept running into the dreaded “The driver installation failed” error when installing the crucial fastboot drivers. If you’ve been there, you know the frustration that follows, but what followed after that for me was a ray of light and hope! Ok enough drama. You can install your unsigned drivers – be it fastboot drivers, or drivers for your toaster – in a couple of easy steps, as explained afte…

Share Apps Between User Accounts On Android 4.2 Tablets With AppShare(+)

Exclusively available to tablet owners, multiple user account support is one of the most significant features introduced in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. This feature enables you to create multiple user accounts on the same Android tablet, providing each user with a virtual sandboxed environment, complete with personalized layout preferences, apps, storage space, security mechanism, and overall system settings. Since no user is allowed access to other users’ apps, they are left with no choice but to install all the apps afresh from the Play Store separately. This, of course, means that Play Store has to be configured for each account with a Google ID in order to install the apps, even if you’re looking to install just a simple doodling app for your kid. What if you could remove this restriction and share your desired apps with select user accounts on your tablet without compromising your personal app data? Say hello to AppShare(+) – a simple solution for sharing apps with other user account…

ProcOff Triggers PC Shutdown On Inactivity Of Specific Processes

ProcOff is a process monitoring application for Windows that lets you automatically power off your computer when there is no activity in the specified processes. The tool is developed by JSutils – the makers of other similar tools that we have covered in the past, including AllOff and DownOff. ProcOff can monitor up to three processes at the same time, and auto initiates PC shutdown, restart, log off or hibernate process when there is no activity by the processes in a given amount of time. Although it’s very lightweight and comprises of a simple interface, there are wide array of configuration options that you can set according to your preferences, including delay time for auto-activation of monitoring, delay interval between idle activity of processes and the power off process, and an option to cancel shutdown activation manually.
Even though the program is available for free for personal use, you will require a registration code to use it. You can register for free by entering your u…

Preview Google Reader RSS Feed Items In A Grid Layout In Chrome

Google Reader offers a great way to keep track of all your RSS feed subscriptions from anywhere and its integration with Google can be hard to substitute. However, many find its interface lacking in terms of visual appeal. You have the choice to either put up with the design, use a desktop app to read your feeds, or use an extension to modify it to your liking. Grid Preview For Google Reader is a Chrome extension that presents your Google Reader feeds in a grid layout, as the name implies. The extension does not change what the home view looks like; you will see your feed change its layout only when you select a particular feed to view. The extension integrates itself with Google Reader’s interface and adds a column selection dropdown menu next to the one for ‘Feed settings’. From this menu, you can choose to divide your feed into as few as two or as many as twelve columns.
To start using Grid Preview for Google Reader, install the extension, go to Google Reader, select a feed to view.…

Rent Fonts Or Try Them Out For Free With SkyFonts For Windows

I still remember renting VHS tapes when VCDs weren’t that mainstream and DVDs/Blu-rays weren’t even around. Renting a product or service is nothing new, especially in the digital age. Ask yourself if you would you rather spend twenty bucks on purchasing an album from iTunes, or a month of Spotify premium membership? And how about renting a hundred gigs of cloud storage at Dropbox? You’d probably be astonished at hearing this, but you can rent fonts as well, thanks to the recent debut of SkyFonts – an awesome service by Monotype Imaging Holdings. SkyFonts aims to help creative designers and graphics artists in trying out fonts for free, and rent them either for a day or a month by paying a small fee. Rented fonts automatically disappear from your system upon expiration date.
Before using the service, you need to sign up with SkyFonts to create a user account by providing the required credentials. The process is pretty simple and once you have successfully created an account, you can dow…

How To Add Your Facebook Notifications Feed To Any RSS Reader

Facebook gives you lots of ways to keep up with your feed; you can rely on Push notifications from the Facebook app on your iPhone, Android or Windows Phone device, or get SMS alerts if you don’t own a smartphone. One of the lesser-known ways to keep up with your notifications is via RSS feed. It is common knowledge that if you have subscribed to someone on Facebook, you can get RSS updates from them. Though not many know that you can also get your own notifications in your RSS reader. This post details the very simple way of doing just that.
Sign in to your Facebook account and go to the Notifications page. The shortest way to get to it is to pull down the Notifications menu from the top bar and click ‘All notifications’ at the very bottom. On the Notifications page, you will see an option saying ‘Get notifications via:’ followed by links for Text Message and RSS. Click the RSS link.

You will be taken to a page with your notifications in XML format. Don’t worry about the data displayed…