From The Tips Box: Android Gestures, Google eBook Searches

Readers offer their best tips for securing your Android phone with CyanogenMod's gestures and searching for books on the Google eBook store.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they're a bit too niche, maybe we couldn't find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn't fit it in—the tip didn't make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Eail it to tips at

How to Best Use CyanogenMod 6.1's New Lock Screen Gestures

Aaron shares his experience with one of Cyanogenmod's newest features:

I was playing around with the new update. Through CyanogenMod settings >> Input Settings, you can select lock screen gestures. From here, you can develop a gesture for many things, but most useful may be unlocking the phone. I chose a star with the default sensitivity to 3, then I disabled the lock screen swipe through the previous screen. DO NOT DO THIS UNTIL YOU KNOW YOU CAN UNLOCK IT. I had to try 20 times at least, thought I was screwed.

I think it's rather useful on a setting of 2. For maximum security, I would recommend a horizontal swipe going back and forth a few times. Then people looking at your screen with smudges can't tell what exactly the pattern is.

Some great tips for the new feature, which allows for a bit more than the built-in pattern unlock feature.

Use the author: Search Operator in Google's eBook Store

Salviati lets us know a good way to filter Google eBook search results:

I've been exploring Google's new ebook store, and found a nice trick for narrowing down a book by its author. If, for example, you're looking for books by Albert Einstein rather than books about him, you can type the phrases:

author:einstein or author:'albert einstein'

This is especially useful for popular authors who may have several biographies or are often referenced in book titles. It appears that the same trick doesn't work for searching by title, but there may be others.


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