Readers offer their best tips for fixing slow browsers in Android, automatically updating your phone's apps, and dealing with sick toddlers.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or send it using the contact tab on the right.
Try The Stock Android Browser If Chrome Is Too Slow
I haven't used the stock Android browser since I realised third-party browsers existed, and I recently switched to Chrome. It was very slow on my Galaxy Nexus, however, and for the longest time I thought my phone was just too slow and there was nothing I could do. On a whim, however, I tried ye olde stock browser, and it worked phenomenally well. It's fast, easy, and I actually like the interface better. Just goes to show you: sometimes stock isn't so bad!
When Auto-Updating Apps Go Bad
Kyle shows us why auto app updates aren't always the best idea:
Sometimes, auto-update is a bad idea. This happened to me a while back — see the above image. Thought I would share.
Of course, the occasional issue may still be worth it, but it's an interesting counterpoint to the feature we're always asking for.
Use Multiple Sets Of Sheets And Pads For Easy-Clean Cribs
BradLTL saves himself from trouble at 3 am:
Layer your infants / toddler bed in sheets and mattress protectors. This way, when they wet the bed (or get sick) all you have to do is clean them up and pull off a layer and put them right back to bed. Layering goes like this: Mattress> Pad > Sheet > Pad > Sheet > Pad > Sheet > Baby.
Trust me, at 3 am, you'll thank me for that one.
Photo by Nathan & Jenny.
Private Facebook Posts Also Show Who Can See Them
Yurteboy notes that private Facebook posts have one annoying "feature":
So I just found out that if you set a post to a very limited audience (as in 2 people), those people can tell they're the only ones who can see it by clicking the "cog" wheel. This means that people can see from my lists who i share some things and who I don't, which is the equivalent to knowing what secrets you're in on. I want to know when this happened and how to change it, if possible. I don't like my lists being obvious.
Luckily, this only happens if you create a small list of people who can see the post. If you exclude a few people from seeing the post, it won't show they've been excluded.