Read easier on iPad mini (while surfing the web) with these bookmarklets

Readability’s bookmarket lets you change font size, themes and margins

The iPad mini is a fantastic 7.9-inch tablet, though there’s no denying that there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes the display. Factor in the smaller screen and only 163 PPI (pixels per inch), browsing the web on the mini with Safari can at times be trying. The easiest way of course is to simply double tab or pinch-and-zoom into any webpage, or better yet, tap the Reader button located in the url bar once the page has completely loaded, which then strips out everything save for the text, with the option to increase/decrease font size. But for those who like to tinker and tweak, there are other options out there that can get the job done too. More specifically, they’re bookmarklets that you can easily “install” on your mini (or any iDevice for that matter); one works very much like iOS’ Reader functionality, the other lets you change the font size right from the bookmarks toolbar.

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iPhone 5 and iOS 6 battery drain issues revisited

As I mentioned in my review of the iPhone 5, battery life was certainly a concern during the first several days of use. The battery drained at an alarming rate of 1% every 3-4 minutes with just basic web browsing (3G on, LTE off), and during the first 2 days, my phone would lose 20-30% overnight while on standby. With my iPhone 4, it would drain no more than 1 or 2% throughout the night. Not surprisingly, after searching online for similar cases, I soon found that many iPhone 5 users were also experiencing poor battery performance. Furthermore, those who upgraded to iOS 6 with their iPhone 3GS/4/4S were also finding that they weren’t getting nearly as much juice out of their phones. Not wanting to exchange my iPhone 5 a second time unless I really had to (i.e defective battery), I tried a number of “fixes” in hopes of rectifying the issue. Thankfully, they seem to be working and I’m starting to see some improvements.

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How to Use Dropbox to store all your ebooks in the cloud

Previously, we looked at how to read your old ebooks (i.e. LIT, MOBI, PDB, RTF) on iBooks, Apple’s e-reader app. It involved converting them into ePubs, the only ebook format supported by iBooks, and uploading them via iTunes. Well we’re going to show you today a far superior method — one utilizing Calibre and Dropbox — for storing your ebook collection and transferring books to your iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad even if you’re far away from home, without access to your home computer.

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10 iOS 5 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

iOS 5 has been released for over a month now, and while it’s reportedly been the source of battery drainage issues for many (in particular iPhone 4S owners), the new OS is still by far the best that Apple’s offered to date. From the overhauled Notification System to iMessage, iOS 5 boasts over 200 new features for iDevice users. So unless you’ve made it a point to learn all there is to know about iOS 5, it’s likely you have yet to come across certain “hidden” features on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Let’s take a look at 10 Tips and Tricks that’ll add functionality to your device you may never knew existed.
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Quick Tip: How to disable In-App Purchases on your iPhone

Several iOS games with IAPs in Top Grossing chart

In-App Purchases (IAP) on the iDevice is nothing new, but it was given significant news coverage earlier this month when an 8 year old unknowingly spent $1,400 in real money buying Smurfberries — used to speed up the growth of the virtual crops and village — in the popular game Smurfs’ Village. Aside from parents not being aware of the potential costs that can accompany such “free” farming-type games, the 15 minute login window that Apple has implemented has made inadvertent (or unauthorized) IAPs more rampant. What this means is that once the password has been entered on the device when an app is downloaded, iOS won’t prompt the user for another login during this time frame, be it for downloading new Apps or IAPs.

So until Apple decides to change their policy or even enforce a login for each IAP, what can you do to prevent your children or nieces/nephews from racking up the bill? We’ll show you below in a few simple steps how you can disable In-App Purchases on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

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Watch Flash Videos on iPhone and iPad without Apps or Jailbreaking [Video]

Thanks to a neat little bookmarklet for Mobile Safari, Skyfire (TMA Review) isn’t the only legit way to watch flash videos on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Once installed on your iOS, videos from Dailymotion, Flickr Video, MegaVideo and Vimeo that are embedded on websites can now be viewed with ease. Installing this bookmarklet is extremely simple and can be done via several steps:

  1. Open http://iosflashvideo.fw.hu/ on your iOS Device (iPhone, iPad or iPod)
  2. Hit the + button, select Add Bookmark and tap the Save button
  3. Open your bookmarks by tapping the bookmark icon and press Edit
  4. Choose iOSFlashVideo
  5. Delete everything before “javascript:” and hit Done
  6. Select iOSFlashVideo from Bookmarks whenever a video isn’t natively supported on iOS in order to make it viewable

If you haven’t purchased the Skyfire app and wish to check out flash videos powered by Dailymotion and the like, this iOSFlashVideo tool is well worth a try. Check out the video tutorial by Greek-iPhone.com after the gap.

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Dropped an iPhone in water? Follow these steps, quick!

Image courtesy of iFixYouri

Other than dropping an iPhone onto solid ground and watching it smash to bits, dropping it by accident into water is likely the next most unnerving thing that can happen to your precious gadget. If this ever happens to you, don’t panic (too much) and follow these instructions that can potentially save your iPhone/iPod Touch.

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How to set an Alphanumeric Passcode for your iPhone/iPod Touch

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Ever wondered if using only digits as your password was enough to keep prying eyes from your highly sensitive data on your iDevice? If so, you’re in luck, since in this tutorial, I will show you how to set a passcode for your iPhone/iPod Touch using a combination of both letters and digits (if you please) for that extra level of security and piece of mind.

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Shinkansen: iPhone No Go? No Mo…

None of this with the Jesus Phone

None of this with the Jesus Phone

Japan has a huge mobile network that for many users, predicates the PC’s role as superfluous.  However, that mobile network makes use of what Apple might call the ‘non-real internet’.  If your needs turn you to that ‘non-real internet your user experience is at best turbulent and sometimes laughable.  It just won’t do mobile internet with any semblance of reliability.  Even some ‘real’ internet pages don’t display correctly, becoming a choppy and unusable mess.

The age old question still remains:  what does one do when they must reserve shinkansen tickets from sites like express yoyaku?  Answer, hop on a computer or use a phone that can only access the ‘non-real internet’.

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