14 Tips on how to use Twitter more effectively via Buffer Blog

“The good folks at Buffer blog have summed up 14 points to improve your twitter usage. I’ve often utilised twitter for social media and Buffer blog has some great tips. Click on the image or link below to go to the full article” – Insanity540

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Click on the image or THIS LINK to visit the full post on Buffer Blog.

The basic summary of the tips are:

  • Reply to tweets.
  • Post at least 2 tweets per day.
  • Use 1-2 appropriate hashtags
  • Use a social media service, like Buffer (surprise.. but they are actually really awesome), to turbo-charge your posts.
  • Mix it up.

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How To: Quickly fix a .gif for Tumblr

“You know when someone creates a solution to an annoyance that lots of people have, this is for the tumblr community” – Insanity540

“Warning… the end product [reduced quality .gif file] might not be what you want….”

Site: Tumblemygif.com

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How To: stop iOS 7 from draining your battery

“This is from Gizmodo’s article, but I think a lot of people I know have iOS 7 now and would appreciate these tips”

Turn off parallax:

Have you noticed that since updating your background wallpaper seems to move behind your apps if you tilt your phone? that’s parallax. It’s nifty, but do you like it enough to warrant the extra juice it uses? Turn it off via Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.

Turn off unneeded items (like bluetooth) quickly via Control Centre:

One of the big improvements from iOS 6 > 7 is the inclusion of the Control Centre (accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen). Here you can quickly turn Airplane mode, Wifi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb mode on and off as well as some other good things like screen brightness. Sure, Android users have had this forever… but now Apple has done it… better late then never. Also turn off AirDrop!

Turn off Location Services for apps that don’t need it

Sure some apps need location services (GPS) to function. Google Maps, Foursquare and Urbanspoon would be pretty useless without them – but does Facebook really need to fire up your GPS every time you use it? Change it via: Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

Turn off Background App updates

It’s a cool feature, but it also drains the battery. I personally like to tell my phone when to update apps so I can see when features are added. It might also access your cellular data; I prefer to let Wifi handle app updates (not certain if you can control that or not). Change via: Settings > iTunes & App Store (scroll down) > Updates under ‘Automatic Downloads’.

Turn off Background App Refresh

This is a personal preference call, how much multitasking do you want your phone to do? Personally there are only a few apps that I would like to be constantly up to date – but for the most part I would rather have them working only when I am using them. Change via: Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

Trim down your Push Notification list

Do you really really need to have so many push notifications? pick the ones you actually need and turn off the ones you don’t. Each item is something that has to be checked by your phone, which equals battery. Change via Settings > Notification Centre

Turn your email from Push to Fetch

Push notifications and tasks kill battery by forcing your phone to work. Fetch on the other hand switches it to checking on specific intervals. This might also help your sanity. Change via Settings > Mail, Contacts and Calender > Fetch New Data

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How To: Peel an entire head of Garlic in 10 seconds

http://vimeo.com/29605182

I didn’t believe this until I watched this video – wow, great tip.

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How To: Get your iPhone to allow you to swear

“I figured out how to do this ages ago, but someone mentioned it today and I explained how you do it. It’s a pretty handy trick and can be used for ANY custom words you want – not just swearing” – Ben

How to set it up:

  1. Open up your Contacts on your iPhone.

  2. Create a new contact

  3. For the first name, put something like “swearing”

  4. Under company, put as many colourful swear words as you like separated with a space – your iPhone will now accept those words once you hit save :)

     

**WARNING: Your iPhone might occasionally autocorrect TO swear words if you aren’t careful – so always read what you type!

How To: Add Subtitles into to video files for iPhone and iPad playback (Mac-Only)

“I recently taught myself how to ‘hard-encode’ subtitles into .mp4 and .m4v video files so I can watch them on my iPhone or iPad. I tested this out from some trial and error and found a pretty quick and simple method. Enjoy” – Ben

How to hard-encode subtitles into .mp4 or .mv4 files

Required:

  1. A Mac (sorry windows people – I hear that VirtualDub is a good option).
  2. A video file in .mp4 or .m4v format (if not, I’ll how you how to convert them in Step 1)
  3. Handbreak for Mac – Download Link (needed if your video file is any other format than .mp4 or .m4v).
  4. Subler for Mac – Download Link or their official Page

Steps:

  1. If your video file isn’t .mp4 or .m4v; Encode your video file to a mac-device friendly format (.mp4 or .m4v) using Handbreak. This is pretty simple, but you open up video file via ‘Source’, select your format type from the ‘presets menu’ on the right. If that menu isn’t there, go to your menubar and click Window > Presets Drawer. I prefer using the ‘High Profile’ option by default. This step will take some time depending on your machine and the size of the file being converted. For me an episode can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Pro-tip: if you are doing more than 1 file, say a whole season, use the ‘add to queue’ function and let Handbreak run overnight.

    Step 1: Make sure your video file is in .mp4 or .m4v format (use Handbreak to encode)

  2. If your video file is .mp4 or .m4v; open up the Subler app and do the following;
  3. Go to your menubar and click File > Open and find your video file. Subler will now look something like this; 
  4. Click on the little + sign on the top-left of the Subler window (add content to video file) and find your subtitle file (.srt).
  5. It might launch a little window asking about subtitle file, just go with the default settings and click ‘Add’.
  6. Click on the ‘Export’ arrow (top-right) and it will place that ‘job’ into a queue.
  7. Click ‘Start’ and it will quickly add the subtitle file to your video.
  8. Enjoy your subtitled video on your iPhone / iPad

Note: During playback (whilst watching) you will have to manually turn on the subtitles. This is done by tapping the screen once to bring up the playback menu (play, next, etc)… there should be a ‘text / subtitle’ icon and you just turn it on.