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10 Windows Phone Tricks and Settings You Should Know

You feel so excited as you have just received a brand new Windows Phone. You start exploring the phone in almost all the corners. You have already installed many apps which appear on the start screen. You’ve get used to the gestures, and eventually also find some hidden features.

Yet, with all the features that ship in Windows Phone, there’s a chance that you have missed a couple of handy tricks and useful settings to configure and tune up your Windows Phone. So, here are 10 tricks and settings that you should know to get the most out of Windows Phone. Let’s check them out.

Capitalize and All-Caps Words Quickly

Typing in Windows Phone can be so much faster, if you know this little trick. For example: while typing, you may highlight a word and tap the Shift key to capitalize the first letter. Tap it a second time and it will capitalize the whole word. Holding down the Shift key will turn on the caps-lock mode.

Turn Off Navigation Key Vibration

Windows Phone handhelds ship with 3 physically sensitive buttons – namely the back button, the home button (which is depicted with the Windows new logo) and the search button. These buttons will vibrate as you tap. If you feel that the vibration is kind of annoying or you simply want to switch it off for whatever reason, go to Settings > Touch and turn off the Navigation Bar.

Action Center Half-view

Windows Phone has finally come with an Action Center that stores app notifications as well as a couple of shortcut settings for quick access. To view the Action Center, swipe your finger from the top edge of the screen down to the bottom. Alternatively, halt your finger at the middle to only view the shortcuts.

Configuring the Action Center Shortcut

There are 4 shortcuts present in the Action Center, but a Windows Phone with a wider screen will have 5. Configure the shortcuts with ones that you frequently need most with Settings > Notification+action menu. Tap one of the current shortcuts, and select another on the list as the substitute.

Remove All Your notifications In One Swipe

You can remove a notification in the Action Center by swiping your finger from the left to the right of each notification item. But, sometimes you can have heaps of notifications that will tire your fingers out. In that case, use 2 fingers to swipe all of them away in one swift motion.

Move and Install Apps to SD Card

One of the best things about a Windows Phone is that the storage capability is upgradable with an SD Card for up to 64GB. You can store files, images, videos, and even apps in the SD Card instead of within the internal storage.

So, if you have an app that takes up a lot of internal storage, it’s better to move it into the SD Card. To do so, go to Settings > Storage Sense. Tap the app+games and select the game. You will find the button to transfer it to the SD Card.

Note: This button will only appear if you have your SD Card installed.

Mute the Shutter Sound

When taking a picture or taking a screenshot of the phone, you will hear the shutter sound that is similar to the sound a real camera makes . Did you know that you can turn this sound off? If you don’t want people around you to notice that you are taking pictures, go to the Settings > ringtones+sound and untick the Camera shutter.

Assign Nick Name for Cortana

Cortana, though in Beta, is very capable and and up to par with its competitors. Cortana can help you call or text a specific person by calling his/her name. Alternatively, you can also call the nickname. So, instead of call “John Doe”, you may simply tell Cortana to call “Driver” (if he really is so).

Go to the Cortana’s Notebook. Then, select the Inner Circle option and select the the person from the contact list to be assigned for a nickname – you can assign up to 3 nicknames. Cortana’s Notebook is where Cortana learns about you. Therein, aside from the Inner Circle, you can specify your Interest and Favourites as well.

Projecting Screen

You can project Windows Screen to a TV or to your PC screen. This can be very useful for creating screencast tutorial and demonstrating Windows Phone in a presentation. To do this, you will have to install Project My Screen. Connect Windows Phone to PC with USB, and start projecting the screen through the Settings > Project My Screen.

Additionally, turn on the Show touch option to show your finger position on the PC screen with a dot.

Note: This is only applicabale in Windows Phone 8.1.

Disable Narrator Text

Windows Phone is built with accessibility in mind. People with vision disabilities can use Windows Phone through the Narrator function. The Narrator will read aloud the text on the phone. I myself once enabled the Narrator, and it honestly freaked me out.

Once this feature is enabled, some features are disabled, like Swiping, and I could not find my way back to turn it off in the Settings. At the end, I was able to sort it out. You can do it by holding the Volume button and tap the Windows icon at the same time.

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Google Settings App – 10 Features Every Android User Should Know

Have you noticed a Google Settings app on your Android device? Last year, Google quietly loaded this app to all Android user devices that run Google services. This app is also known as Google Play Services, where Google apps can connect to Google+. Through this app you can quickly control most Google services settings in one easily accessible app.

Google Settings app

Well, to get you to know Google App settings better, we have here a list of 10 features on Google Settings app that every Android user should know. Take note that some of these settings might not show up in your Google Settings app because you do not have the relevant app installed beforehand, for e.g. Google+. Have a tip related to the Google Settings app? Share it at the comments section.

1. Administer your Connected Apps

Do you remember what services you have allowed to connect to your Google account? Well, In this Google Settings app page you can look for such information as well as the kind of access they have to your account. You can also disconnect any of the connected apps from your account on this page.

  1. Open Google Settings app in your app drawer.
  2. Tap on Connected Apps.
  3. Tap on any the connected apps to see the access you have given them.
  4. To disconnect from the app, tap Disconnect at the bottom.

Administer your Connected Apps

2. Supervise Your Google+ Account

If you have Google+ installed, then you can manage the Google+ auto-backup feature and account settings. This page consists of your Google drive storage as well. To supervise your Google+ account, follow these steps.

  1. Go to Google Settings app > Google+.
  2. Tap on Auto Backup to setup backup settings. You can choose to backup your photos/videos only when a Wi-Fi connection is available, when roaming ona data network, when a charger is connected, or back up all now.
  3. Go back to the previous page and tap on your Google account under account settings. Here you can manage your notifcations, photos, sharing, location sharing, contacts, apps with Google+ sign-in or choose to delete your Google+ account.

Supervise Your Google+ Account

3. Handle your Play Games Notifcations

In the Google Settings app, you can handle Play Games notifications you want to receive from your installed Android games.

  1. Go to Google Settings app > Play Games.
  2. Tick/Untick Multiplayer Notifications, Request notifications and manage your Allow priority notifications from your circles.

Handle your Play Games Notifcations

4. Manage Your Search & Now Settings

In this Google Settings page, you can enable Google Now plus its Search & Now cards feature. All the options under Search & Now cards will help you optimized your Google Now experience, by including personal results on your Google Now cards, web history, contact recognition and plenty others that you can choose from.

  1. Open Google Settings app > Search & Now.
  2. Tap on Google Now to enable or disable it.

On the settings page, tap on Phone\Tablet search and choose which of the following will turn up in your searches: Apps, Chrome, Contacts, Google Play Books or Play Music.

Manage Your Search & Now Settings

Under Voice, you can select and enable languages, hotword detection, speech output and many other options.

Manage Your Search & Now Settings

Back to the previous page, then tap on Accounts & privacy to select, enable and manage google account, commute sharing, Google location settings, as well as other account-related options.

Manage Your Search & Now Settings

5. Ad Control

Google Settings also lets you reset your advertising ID (like clearing cookies from your browser) or just opt out of interest-based ads entirely. This gives you more control over the information that is sent to any advertiser serving ads to apps you use.

  1. Go to Google Settings app > Ads.
  2. Tap on Reset Advertising ID to generate a new advertising ID. This will force apps to track only your recent history.
  3. Go back to the previous page and tick Opt out of interest-based ads if you want to disable apps from showing you interest-based ads as well as prevent them from using your advertising ID to build profiles. (Note that enforcement starts August 2014)

Control The Ads That You See Or Simply Opt-Out

6. Enable App Verification To Improve Security

This is an important feature inside the Google Settings app that we believe all Android users needs to use. You can choose to verify the apps you intend to use to prevent security problems, or harmful apps from being installed. You will also receive a warning regarding potential harm on your Android device by any offending app. To do that, follow these steps.

  1. Open Google Settings app > Verify apps.
  2. Tick/Untick to enable or disable Verify apps.

Enable App Verification To Improve Security

7. Enable Android Device Manager Features

if you already have an Android Device Manager app installed, then these settings should already be enabled by default. If not, you can get the app here then enable the feature with the instructions below.

  1. Go to Google Settings app > Android Device Manager.
  2. Tick/Untick to enable or disable Remote locate this device.
  3. Tick/untick to enable or disable Allow remote lock and erase.

Enable Android Device Manager Features

8. Enable Transfer Files Only Over WiFi For Google Drive

If you use Google Drive on your Android device, then it is probably best that you have this feature enabled to save your data plan as well as your battery life. You can enable "transfer files only over WiFi" for Google Drive in the Google Settings page. To enable that, take a look at our steps below.

  1. Go to Google Settings app > Drive apps.
  2. Tick/Untick to enable or disable this feature Transfer files only over WiFi.

Enable Transfer Files Only Over WiFi For Google Drive

9. Have Your Device Location Enabled

For Google and all location-tracking apps to be able to track the location of your device, you need to enable the Location feature. In the Google Settings page you can choose to enable this feature, decide on the level of accuracy, retrieve apps that request your device location and manage your location report based on your Google accounts. If you’re interested in enabling location, follow these steps.

  1. Tap on Google Settings app > Location.
  2. Turn On Location at the top.
  3. Select Mode from High accuracy (Use GPS, WiFi, and mobile networks), Battery Saving (Use Wi-Fi and mobile networks), and Device only (Use only GPS).

Have Your Device Location Enabled

10. Clear Third-Party App Data Stored Within Your Google Account

If you would like to clear all third-party app data stored in your Google account with one clean sweep, you can. Before you proceed, understand that by doing this step, you will ultimately clear all your third-party app data and they will no longer be available on any of your devices. So think this through before trying this.

If you would like to proceed, follow these steps.

  1. Open Google Settings app.
  2. Tap on the navicon at the top right and select Clear app data from the menu.
  3. Choose your Google account and read the warning again before you proceed.
  4. If you are sure, tap on OK to clear app data.

Clear Third-Party App Data Store Within Your Google Account

Design Inspiration: Settings Mockup

An interesting and surprisingly striking interface design for a settings screen.

This design was featured on Saturday 4th of January 2014. It’s designed by José Polanco, and falls under the category of iPhone App.

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30+ Free Settings Box, Option Panel PSD Designs

The first thing that clicks our mind when we talk about image editing and photo manipulation is Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is such a great tool for image editing but on the other hand the software package itself is a quite hard to learn — and extremely hard to master. And of course, Not all design lovers are web designers.

30+ Free Settings Box, Option Panel PSD Designs

In this compilation below, you’ll find some of the best Free Downloadable Settings Box, Option Panel PSDs which might handy for your design projects. This is not the traditional long list with all the available PSD templates on the internet but it’s an refined collection of best handpicked PSD templates.

You can find numerous amount of free design stuff online. Finding free PSD website template also not very difficult but it’s very hard to find the design elements which reflects fusion between creativity and design trends.

You might also look at our past post on Free Dropdown, Select Box PSD Designs in same series.

Free PSDs

Dropdown Menu

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Settings Dropdown Menu

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Find Something Missing?

While compiling this list, it’s always a possibility that we missed some other great free Settings Box or Option Panel PSD Templates. Feel free to share it with us.

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Design Inspiration: Settings Screen

An interesting design for a settings screen that uses a very bold colour combination.

This design was featured on Tuesday 20th of August 2013. It’s designed by [removed], and falls under the category of iPhone App.

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How To Restore iPad Mini To Factory Settings [Quicktip]

The newly launched Apple iPad Mini is out to have a beat down with other tablets in the market. If you have jailbroken your iPad Mini and have run into problems, there is probably a need for you to restore your iPad Mini to its original factory settings.

Restoring the iPad Mini to its default settings is also essential if you are thinking of selling or giving away your iPad Mini to someone else as you can fully erase your personal info from the device before it leaves your hands.

Here are 2 simple ways to restore factory settings and erase all the content on your iPad Mini, with the help of iTunes, and without.

1. Restore to Factory Settings Without iTunes

It is just as simple to restore your iPad Mini without iTunes. Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings.

iPad Mini Restore

You’ll then be asked if you want to continue; after the confirmation, your iPad Mini will reset and the Apple logo together with a loading bar will appear on screen.

Upon the start up, all content, apps, music, photos, and personal account information will be erased from the iPad Mini. And you’ll have to go through the process of setting up the device from scratch (choosing language, Apple ID, etc.).

2. Restore Factory Settings With iTunes

Start by connecting your iPad Mini to your desktop computer with the provided cable. Start iTunes. Locate your iPad Mini under ‘Devices’ on the left panel and click on Restore.

iPad Mini Restore With iTunes

If this is your first time restoring, you’ll have to wait for the firmware file to be downloaded. Once it is downloaded, it’ll ask if you really want to restore. Confirm to proceed.

Once your iPad Mini starts up again, you’ll have a clean iPad Mini with the latest firmware installed.

More Troubleshooting Tips

Here are a few more handy tricks to troubleshoot your iPad Mini.

Force iPad Mini Reboot

If you find your iPad Mini frozen (hang) due to app failure and nothing you do changes anything on screen, you can try a force reboot.

Simultaneously hold down the top power button and center home button of the iPad Mini until you see a black screen. Remove your finger only from the home button. Continue pressing on the Power button until the Apple logo appears on screen.

Once it appears you can release your finger from the power button and wait for the device to start up.

iPad Mini Force Reboot

This process of forcing a reboot will not delete any of your personal information from the iPad Mini. This is just a way to restart the device when it starts acting wonky.

Back Up Frequently

If you work on the iPad Mini or use it extensively to store your information, you should constantly backup your information. In the event you need to restore your device but still want all your personal information, you can choose to restore from a backup.

iPad Mini Backup

These same tips also work for all your iOS devices.

Do you experience any other problems with the iPad Mini or have tips on how to fix some of these problems? Let us know in the comments.

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5 Essential cPanel Settings for Beginners

cPanel is the leader and industry standard of standalone hosting platform nowadays. The main product WHM/cPanel has been used by most web-hosting providers due to its flexibility, and because it’s easy to manage,customizable and backed by great quality support.


Most of us who are involved in the web-hosting industry have heard of what it can do.If you are new to cPanel however, there are a few things that we would recommend that you do during the intial phase. Listed after the jump are 5 recommended initial setups for new cPanel users.

1. Get a Strong Password

Every user by default will get a username and password to login into the cPanel domain owner interface. The same login credential is applied to the default mysql database user, FTP account, email address and also system user login, which you can use to access the server remotely by using SSH (if the server administrator enables this feature).

Changing the cPanel login password is a critical first action. If someone is able to retrieve or guess your password, they will get all unwarranted privileges to the server, which is dangerous.

There are some cases where a valid user’s registered email account has been hacked into and taken over by a hacker. Inside the email Inbox was the login credential for his cPanel account. When the owner wanted to reset the password (which had been changed by the hacker), he had to contact the web hosting provider. The problem is he needed to use the registered email address for verification as the account owner; nothing can be done.

A good password practice should be applied to prevent this kind of problems. Some tips for password management best practice:

  • Change your password frequently
  • Avoid dictionary words
  • Avoid familiar items like birth date, vehicle registration number or phone number
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols
  • Use more than 8 characters
  • Do not ‘remember’ your password in the browser

2. Understand the server environment

Make sure you totally understand the server environment before use. Some key things which you need to know are the server operating system and architecture, kernel version, applications (cpanel,apache, php, mysql, perl) version, IP address and hosting package limitation. You can get this information on the main page which usually appears on the sidebar of the cPanel interface. A good hosting server should be run on the updated version of the kernel and applications under 64 bit architecture (x86_64).

Server Environment

The cPanel user should also check the cPanel Service Status (cPanel > Stats > Service Status). You can know how many CPUs are running on the server, total memory usage and also disk space status from here. Inspecting this feature will give you more information about the server’s real-time condition. Make sure all services are up and running as expected. A stable server should run at below 80% of disk usage and below 10% of swap; the server load average should be below 2 times the total number of CPU.

3. Check permission (File and directory)

cPanel users by default will get a home directory under /home/{username}. All files and directories under the user’s home directory should be run on respective permission and ownership. The most critical directory which should be run under correct permission and ownership is public_html. But, before we proceed with the checking, you should know how PHP is handled inside the cPanel server.

Create a phpinfo page under public_html. Access the page via browser and check the value of "Server API".

Server API

If the value is CGI/FastCGI, then the PHP handler is either suPHP, FastCGI or CGI. Most web hosting provider will use suPHP instead due to security verification and as it is the default handler for cPanel servers. Under this handler, PHP executed as a different process alongside Apache. All file permission should be run under 644, and directory permission, under 755. Permissions higher than this will result in "Internal Server Error" whenever the PHP script is executed.

Server API

If the value is Apache 2.0 Handler, then you are running PHP under DSO. This handler does not require strict file permission and ownership because the PHP file is totally being handled by Apache. But it is still recommended to have same permission practice as advised in CGI/FastCGI method.

You can use cPanel File Manager, FTP client or SSH access (if allowed) to fix the permission and ownership issue. Do not forget to delete the phpinfo page after the information that you want is retrieved.

4. Add some protection

Even though protection and security is totally under server administrator responsibility, cPanel users can take advantage of cPanel flexibilities in adding some protection to your website, domain and cPanel account.

Default Address Maintenance

Make sure Spam Assassin (cPanel > Mail > Spam Assassin) is enabled. Some web hosting provider do not enable this feature by default because newly registered domain usually do not receive many spam emails. Discard all unrouted email under Default Address (cPanel > Mail > Default Address) with error to sender at SMTP time. Do not use the "blackhole" or "forward to email address" options unless you really need it. Hackers can take advantage of these 2 features to create a DOS attack for the SMTP service.

FrontPage Extensions

Disable Frontpage if it is not used (cPanel > Advanced > FrontPage Extensions). Microsoft has discontinued FrontPage extension support for the Unix platform and recently many web hosting provider had observed severe intrusion attempts via FrontPage vulnerabilities.


Check the PHP disabled_function using phpinfo page. Make sure all critical functions have been disabled inside the server. If not, create a php.ini file under public_html and add the following line:

disable_functions=exec, passthru, shell_exec,system, proc_open, popen, curl_exec, curl_m ulti_exec, parse_ini_file, show_source

Enable hotlink protection (cPanel > Security > Hotlink Protection) to prevent others from stealing your bandwidth. People might just link your image to their websites, making it part of their contents. Only allow your websites URL to access static contents like .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png and .bmp.

5. Notification and Monitoring

It is required to put a secondary email to receive notification by cPanel. By default, the user’s registered email will always be the primary contact. Under Update Contact Info (cPanel > Preferences > Update Contact Info), add a secondary email as a backup in case the primary email is unreachable.

Subscribe to any monitoring tools available online to monitor your website and domain availability. Even though some web hosting providers offer this service for free, you might need to have another external monitoring point for more accurate results. Make sure you configure the monitoring system to trigger and send alerts to your email so you will receive notifications immediately. Sites like and offer free monitoring tools based on geographical locations.


This article is not intended for new cPanel users only. It also serves as a reminder for those who already familiar with cPanel as well. By practising these best configuration practices it may help you to become a better and more responsible website/domain owner.

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