How to Change the Default Search Engine on Your Android or iOS Device

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Most phones and tablets today have Google search as the default search engine. Microsoft and other Google competitors have claimed in the past that Google does not allow other search engines to be the default search engine on Android. This is actually a myth – Android is open source and you are allowed to use whatever search engine you prefer as the default search engine.

However, Android only gives you three search engine options by default: Bing, Google and Yahoo. There are ways to get around this limitation, of course – we’ll discuss them briefly at the end of the article. Here’s a short guide that tells you how to change the default search engine on your phone and/or tablet (Android and iOS).

Stop Stressing About Facebook Messenger – Its a Necessary Evil!

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Look, we all know Facebook is evil. So is Microsoft. So is Google. So is every other Internet company out there, except maybe Apple. No, we lied, even Apple is evil. Facebook, however, seems to get most of the world’s ire when it comes to invasion of privacy, half-assed policy changes without notice and other issues that have cropped up in the last five years. Truth be told, Facebook Messenger is no different than most other apps you’re using on your phone right now.

So, stop stressing about Facebook Messenger and change how you live your life. Easier said than done, right? Read more to find out what we're talking about.

An Introduction to Jailbreaking for Total Beginners

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One of those words that gets thrown around tech-savvy websites is “jailbreaking.” Everybody with an Apple device has it jailbroken and running Cydia. Don’t update, the new firmware is tethered. Be sure to preserve your baseband. Is your iPhone unlocked? Have you seen the latest stuff for Dreamboard? Don’t you want to use SSH?

All the terminology and obscure lingo is enough to make any new jailbreaker want to run for the hills. Although not quite as intimidating and unfriendly as the labyrinthine world of Android rooting, jailbreaking can be a stressful and confusing process for new people. That’s where we at TechNorms come it. It’s our job to help explain how jailbreaking works and why you should give it a shot.

So if you feel confused by endless talk of firmwares and basebands and shell commands, relax. We’ll help explain jailbreaking in terms that don’t require a degree in computer science.

All You Need To Know About ATM Skimmers and How to Protect Your ATM Cards

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Experts estimate that ATM and credit card skimming costs U.S banks a staggering $8 billion every year. Data also suggests that over 400,000 ATMs in the US have been tampered with and are unsafe to use.

With ATM skimmers and other types of electronic phishing on the rise, it’s important that you learn more about these threats and learn to protect yourself from them.

My Boy! is the Best Game Boy Advance Emulator We’ve Used on Android

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Technology has advanced rapidly in the last few years. If you want to really get a sense of technological perspective, the computers that put the space shuttle into orbit had less raw power than the smartphone in your pocket.

Having exponentially greater computing power on a phone means that you can start doing things like emulation of older devices. New Android phones, with the right app, can perfectly mimic older consoles such as the NES, Genesis, and Game Boy Advance.

There are a plethora of emulators for the last of those, but none offer more features than My Boy! It seamlessly combines Bluetooth, customization, and excellent emulation into one convenient package. Here’s why you should finally ditch that old Gameboid .apk and try out My Boy!.

5 Handy Tools to Optimize and Compress PNG Files

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Internet browsing habits have changed drastically in the past few years. Where before users were willing to wait several seconds for a website to load, now they want even the most multimedia heavy website to load in a matter of seconds. There are several techniques web designers use to get websites to load faster. One of these techniques is the image compression technique. Compressing images allows a website to load faster while not compromising on the quality of the experience it provides to the user.

We’ve gathered a list of some of the best free tools out there (with different features) that you can use to compress and optimize PNG files and get them ready for your website in no time.

MacVim For OS X is the Best Text Editor for Mac

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Vi is an old tool designed by Bill Joy for UNIX systems in the 1970s. In layman’s terms, it edits text files from the command line entirely with keyboard shortcuts.

Programmers like vi for its speed. Once you memorize its many commands, vi flies like a hawk. System admins like it because they can use it from the command line when SSHing into another computer.

I wanted to give it a try myself. Apple thoughtfully included a copy of vim (vi IMproved, which functions similarly to vi) in Mountain Lion. You can use this from the Terminal by typing “vim (filename)”. This functions similarly to vi on Linux as a bare-bones keyboard-only editing program.

However, vim users looking for something easier to use and with more options should try MacVim, a free app for OS X that Applifies vim. It's great, and here's why.

Carmageddon: Car Smashing and Pedestrian Squashing Fun on iOS and Android

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Carmageddon is a game in which your main objective is to smash everything in your way, be it the opponent’s car or the innocent bystanders. Optionally, you are free to win the race by going through all the checkpoints and coming in first for the win. But where is the fun in that? It's difficult to race anyways when your opponents are hell-bent on tearing your car to pieces.

The game was hugely popular back in the day and it has an even bigger fan base even today. Stainless Games got funded on Kickstarter to resurrect the game and they have done a fine job on it. Read on to find out how a 1997 game fares on today’s mobile devices.

How to Sync Any Browser’s Bookmarks with your iPad or iPhone

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If you spend a lot of your time surfing the net, chances are that you’ve built up a large collection of bookmarks. But when you switch devices – that is, when you move from your computer to your iPhone (or iPad) and vice versa, you don’t have access to these bookmarks.

Luckily, you can sync bookmarks across all your devices and get them to update automatically with the help of some helpful apps or via iTunes.

Keep a Track of All Your Purchased Apps on Android with My Purchases

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Online marketplaces should really give an easier access to applications that users have already purchased. There was a time when Google Play gave the users an option to see the purchased apps. Now that the option is no longer there, you need an app to track all the apps that you may have ever purchased.

That’s where My Purchases comes in the picture.

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