tweaks

Control All Your Laptop's Hardware From The Windows Mobility Center

Windows: Your laptop has a lot of hardware with various settings. Some you can access from the taskbar, others are buried in the Control Panel. However, most can also be found in the lesser-known Windows Mobility Center.


Access A Mac's Specific System Reports With A Terminal Command

Macs all come packed with the System Information app, which is great for getting all kinds of information about your computer. Unfortunately, it’s also kind of tough to find what you’re looking for sometimes. To get this info quickly, The Instructional shows how to access it from Terminal.


Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, July 2014

With the recent release of the jailbreak for iOS 7.1.2, jailbreaking is back in the forefront. The last few months have yielded some great apps, here are some of our favourites.


How To Short-Stroke Your Hard Drive For Optimal Speed

Windows: If you’d like the speed of your mechanical hard drive to be closer to SSD speeds, short-stroking your hard drive is your best bet. These steps can get your hard drive up to speed at the cost of some memory.


The Secret Powers Hidden In Your Android's Accessibility Options

You can tweak so many things in Android, you probably haven’t even bothered opening up the Accessibility settings. Given the name, you’d think those are only features for people with disabilities, but they can actually be useful for anyone.


Modded Google Keyboard Adds A Number Row For Easier Numerical Entry

Android: If you need to enter phone number or other digit-based data with your handset’s keyboard, it is time-consuming to switch between numerical and alphabetical keyboards. This modded version of the standard Google keyboard makes life much easier with the addition of a dedicated number row.


Disable Animations On Android To Improve Performance

Animations look nice when navigating your phone or tablet, but they can cause delays and even slow down lower-powered devices. Disabling them can improve your Android device’s performance.


Bring 'OK Google' To Third-Party Launchers With An Xposed Tweak

Android (rooted): The Google Now Launcher, available on the Nexus 5 and other devices, allows you to say “OK Google” while the screen is on to invoke Google’s voice commands. If you’re rooted, you can bring this feature to other launchers with an Xposed tweak.


Set A Screen Saver As Your Mac's Desktop Background

Bored of those static desktop backgrounds and want something more animated? MacLife shows off how to use any screen saver as your desktop background with a little trick in Terminal.


Run PC Games At A Higher Resolution Than Your Monitor Supports

You can make most PC games look great with the right graphics tweaks. But if you really want to get down and dirty — and have the graphics card to handle it — you can actually run your games at a higher resolution than your monitor supports (sort of). The folks at LinusTechTips explain how.