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While Apple advertises iCloud’s ‘Documents in the Cloud’ service as a way of keeping iWork files in sync across devices, its been discovered that Mac OS X Lion users can also leverage the service to sync all types of files across multiple Macs.
Hidden in the ~/Library of Macs running Mac OS X 10.7 is a Mobile Documents folder that Apple users to sync iWork files between multiple devices registered to the same iCloud account. However, Macworld discovered that the feature is not limited to iWork documents — any file can be placed in the folder and will be synced to the same folder on every Mac connected to the same iCloud account with Documents & Data syncing activated.
What is of use is that any files put into the ~/Library/Mobile Documents folder will automatically upload to iCloud and push to any other Mac you have that is signed in to the same iCloud account and has the ‘Document & Data’ iCloud preference checked. Lion even notifies you of version conflicts and allows you to resolve them when you open the document.
The feature is similar, but much more limited, than the popular Dropbox cloud-based file sharing service that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unsuccessfully attempted to purchase for a reported 9-figure sum before ultimately beginning Apple’s own cloud initiative.
Currently, the hidden feature lets users sync files only between Macs, as files are not pushed to iOS devices.
Still, the discovery offers concrete proof that Mac OS X Lion already includes the architecture required for Apple to not only replicate services like Dropbox that offer more advanced sharing privileges, but also to allow third party developers to have their applications easily work with iCloud by saving their data.
To enable the feature, you must activate the “Documents and Data” setting in iCloud’s setting preferences. Navigating to the ~Library folder, you’ll find a folder named “Mobile Documents.” (If you don’t, create and save an iWork document ). You should now be able to make an alias of the “Mobile Documents” folder (or a subfolder in that folder) on your dock or Finder sidebar favorites for drag and drop syncing.
How to use iCloud to sync files across Macs:
Step 1: Enable iCloud “Documents and Data” syncing.
Step 2: Navigate to ~/Library/ in your Home folder.
Step 3: Find folder “Mobile Documents.”
Step 4: Make folder alias or drag and drop “Mobile Documents” to sidebar or dock.
Step 5: You should now be able to drag and drop files into “Mobile Documents” and sync with all Macs associated with your iCloud account.
Blustacks allows you to emulate Android Apps as they are seen on an Android phone. Is that not cool? Yes, it is! I tried the emulator and the first thing i tried to emulate was the app that is so popular – Pulse. Though I do not like Pulse much for eating all the battery on my Android phone, I love its design. And I was absolutely stunned to see that Pulse looks and feels the same way on your PC when you emulate it using Bluestacks as you use it on your Android phone.
Now remember, you can emulate your Android using Bulestacks only if you are using Windows 7. You Mac Application is on the way. And Bluestacks is in Alpha, so do not expect bug free performance. Now if you have an Android Phone, you can use Bluestacks Cloud Connect to transfer some of you favorite Applications to your PC. Bluestack Cloud Connect can be downloaded from here.If you are someone who is thinking of moving away from iOS or Blackberry and want to see how Android Apps work, Bluestack is certainly something you might want to try.
Troubleshooting: Remember that Bluestacks is in Alpha. In other words, Bluestacks is out in its most rudimentary form. Some of you may find that Bulestacks does not install on your Windows 7 PC. Do not panic! There must be some issues with the file you have downloaded. Reboot your computer and try installing Bluestacks again. If that does not work, download the installation file once again later and try to install Bluestacks on your PC
Opera Mini is a great source of comfort for people who want to read Malayalam on their Android Phone. Type “opera:config” in the address bar and change “Use bitmap for complex scripts” into “Yes” and you are ready to go. Now, that is good enough to read Malayalam on Opera Mini Web Browser. But what about those people who want to read and type in Malayalam, no matter what Application they are using?
Android does not provide any support for Malayalam. However, there is a workaround if you want to read Malayalam and type in Malayalam using your Android Phone, if you are using a Samsung Galaxy Phone. Following are the steps you need to follow, if you would like to do that, if you are using a Samsung Galaxy device:
- Download “Font for Galaxy SP” (Fontomizer) from the Android Market
- Go to your Settings > Applications > and make sure that Unknown Sources is checked. Checking Unknown Sources allows you to install Android Applications from sources other than market.
- Download “Akshar Unicode” from “Font for Galaxy SP” and install on your phone. “Font for Galaxy SP” lists fonts in alphabetical order. Click on alphabet “A” to download Akshar Unicode font
- After installing Akshar Unicode, go to Settings > Display > Font Style and select Akshar as your display font.
- Download PaniniKeypadMalayalam IME from the Android Market
- After installing PaniniKeypad Malayalam IME, go to Settings > Locale and text and check PaniniKeypad Malayalam so that the key board is enabled on your phone
- Now, when ever you want to type in Malayalam, long-press on your text box and choose PaniniKeypad Malayalam as your input
Note: This workaround will not void your warranty as you are not rooting the phone or unlocking the boot loaders when you install a font from Fontomizer. If you have a rooted phone and do not care about warranty , I suggest you to download a Malayalam .ttf font like Karthika or Meera and replace your Droidsansfallback.ttf with it.
VirtualBox is a virtualization application that can help you run any x86 and AMD64/Intel64 compatible operating system on host machine. VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a lot of guest operating systems such as (not limited to) Windows NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD. VirtualBox 4.1.4 is now available for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot.
Adding VirtualBox repository:
- sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian oneiric contrib”
- wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add –
- sudo apt-get update
Installing VirtualBox 4.1:
- sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.1
If you want USB 2.0, VirtualBox RDP and PXE boot for Intel cards support on your guest machines, you have to install extension pack that can be downloaded here.
Installing extension pack
Once extension pack downloaded, open VirtualBox and navigate to “File -> Preferences”, at the “Extensions” section, click icon “Add package” and locate your downloaded extension pack.
And then follow on-screen instructions.