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I awoke this morning to blizzard conditions and cancelled classes, giving me the fitting opportunity to take a look at an exciting recently updated jailbreak tweak called Forecast for iPhone and iPod touch. I recommend you take a look too, as this is definitely one of the better packages available on Cydia.

Forecast replaces Slide to Unlock on the Lock screen with a widget on the bottom left that displays the current temperature and conditions, in addition to anticipated highs and lows for the day. For example, in the screenshot above, the current temperature is 34 ºF with mostly clear skies on a crisp February night. And that’s just the beginning of what this tweak has to offer…

When you swipe to the left on the Lock screen, Forecast adds a new page that displays a more detailed weather forecast without the need to unlock your device. The tweak acquires the weather forecast information, including the dynamic wallpapers, based off your current location or the first location set in the default Weather app. So, in essence, this tweak brings the Weather app to the Lock screen entirely.

Forecast, developed by dba Technologies, also displays animated Lock screen and Home screen wallpapers based on your current weather conditions, which just happens to be falling snow in my area. I found this feature very interesting, especially for the Home screen, since I’m a big fan of dynamic wallpapers and an even bigger fan of ones that serve a useful purpose.

In terms of data refresh, the animated wallpaper on both the Lock and Home screen did not change to reflect a change in my local weather. It being nighttime where I live, with snow showers, Forecast was still displaying a daytime wallpaper with a scattered snow showers condition. Despite both closing the Weather app and respringing my device, I could not resolve this problem. I’m not sure what the root cause could be.

Nevertheless, the animated wallpaper on the Home screen does not impact the performance of my iPhone, a testament to the hardware improvements that Apple has made to the smartphone over the years. The same experience would have been underwhelming at best on iOS 5 or earlier, when the original version of Forecast was released. But, if you wish, the animation is an option that can be disabled to prevent increased battery drainage.

There are a number of options to configure in the Settings app for this tweak, in fact, with toggles for showing the current weather, darkening the text and icons for the current weather, showing the forecast page, darkening the forecast, and showing the animated wallpaper on the Lock or Home screens. These are all minor enhancements that can be made to improve the overall quality of Forecast.

While the functionality of Forecast is great, one limitation of sorts that I experienced was incompatibility with other Lock screen extensions like AppBox and JellyLock. The blame for that issue cannot necessarily be placed on the developer of Forecast, but it’s still worth noting for those that use other Lock screen add-ons on your iPhone like I do. The screenshots above show the problem with tweaks overlapping, with JellyLock on the left and AppBox on the right.

For that reason, I place caution in recommending Forecast to anyone that is a frequent user of other Lock screen add-ons. But if you have an otherwise stock Lock screen, the tweak definitely lives up to its 99 cents price tag and is worth a download. Forecast is available now on Cydia in the default ModMyi repository. The package is a free upgrade for existing users of previous versions.

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How To Disable Cortana On Lock Screen In Windows 10

Microsoft made it possible to use Cortana on the lock screen so that you can do a variety of things like getting weather updates, reminders, calendar events, traffic data, playing songs, etc., without unlocking the PC first. For sensitive tasks like launching applications or accessing sensitive data, you are required to unlock the PC first.

As good as it is, if you are not using or simply don’t like Cortana on the lock screen, you can easily disable it as needed. Here’s how.

Disable Cortana on Lock Screen from Settings App

Windows 10 has a dedicated section in the Settings app that allows you to control the permissions and behavior of Cortana. As such, you can easily disable or enable Cortana on the lock screen by toggling a single switch. The best thing about this approach is that it is user specific, i.e. the changes you make don’t affect other users on your system. They can still have Cortana enabled on their lock screen.

1. First, open the Settings app by pressing the keyboard shortcut Win + I. You can also open it by searching for it in the Start Menu. In the Settings app go to “Cortana” and then “Talk to Cortana.”

2. On the right panel, scroll down until you see the “Lock Screen” section. Toggle the switch under “Use Cortana even when my device is locked” to “Off.”

You’ve now disabled Cortana on the lock screen for your user account. If you want to enable Cortana on lock screen again, all you have to do is toggle the switch to “On.”

From Registry Editor

If you have multiple users on your system and want to disable Cortana on the lock screen for all of them, then you have to use the Registry Editor. Before editing the Registry, back it up to be safe.

1. Press Win + R, type regedit and press Enter. Now, go to the following key in the Registry Editor.

That is it. By setting the value data to “0,” you’ve disabled Cortana on the lock screen for all users on your system. In the future, if you want to enable Cortana on the lock screen, just delete the “AllowCortanaAboveLock” value, or set the value data to “1.”

From Group Policy Editor

Windows 10 Pro users can use the Group Policy Editor to disable Cortana on the lock screen for all users of Windows 10.

3. Select “Disabled” in the policy properties window to disable Cortana on the lock screen.

If you want to enable Cortana again, either select “Not Configured” or “Enabled.”

Comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences regarding using the above methods to disable or enable Cortana on the lock screen in Windows 10.

Vamsi Krishna

Vamsi is a tech and WordPress geek who enjoys writing how-to guides and messing with his computer and software in general. When not writing for MTE, he writes for he shares tips, tricks, and lifehacks on his own blog Stugon.

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Crookz Brings 70S Groove To The Heist Game Genre

There’s something so satisfying about a well-executed heist. I don’t know whether it’s the idea of outsmarting an entire legion of people, or the idea of living on a beach on the fictional island of Kokomo for the rest of my life, but there’s something about that primal urge that makes me want to bust out a set of lockpicks and tune up my safecracking ear.

VH1 Presents I Love the 70s

I recently got a chance to see Kalypso show off Crookz, its new 70s-inspired heist game. Like, heavily 70s inspired. They even got porn legend Ron Jeremy to do their announcement trailer, somehow. (Actually, I take that back. I imagine it’s pretty easy to get Ron Jeremy to do anything at this point.)

If “heist” brings to mind images of Pay Day or Grand Theft Auto V‘s more action-packed moments, however, stash that idea out of sight (preferably in an uncrackable safe). Crookz lands squarely in the Ocean’s Eleven corner of the ring—the kind where if your heist goes according to plan, nobody even realizes they’ve been robbed.

Planning is key to Crookz. You’ve got a variety of team members, each with a specific aptitude. There’s your lockpick, your strong-man, your electrician, and et cetera. You’re directing all four from your isometric perch in the sky, trying to navigate them through environments with a minimum of collateral damage.

The game can be played in real-time, but you can also pause at any time and give teammates instructions. There are specific object-based interactions of course, like “Pick that lock,” but also an intriguing “Wait” command that allows you to line up multiple commands at once while still ensuring perfect timing across the whole plan. You don’t want your strong-man to blunder into the lasers your electrician is disarming, for instance, so you have the strong-man wait until the trap is disarmed before walking through.

Or, in another example, we watched the locksmith character wait patiently as the strong-man took out a guard, then sprint down the hallway to disarm a set of lasers while a third character ran in to grab one of the briefcases we were sent in to find. That sort of cooperation and timing-based complexity is only possible when you’re pausing and issuing orders, and is absolutely the optimal way to play the game.

Having the game active-pause makes this more a strategy game than an action game, though, and that’s perfect for me. To me, the planning aspects of Rainbow Six or similar games were always more fun than executing, and in Crookz the planning phase is most of the game.

If it all sounds a bit cloyingly serious, I was specifically told to expect something more wacky. James Bond was thrown around quite a bit as an inspiration. Well, a silly James Bond, maybe. After all, this is a game that got That Porn Dude Ron Jeremy to help with the announcement trailer—that’s more indicative of the story than the more serious heist-planning content we saw. There’s even a “Robot” class that’s apparently in line with the goofy retro-futurism of Star Trek or Doctor Who.

There’s no definite release date for Crookz yet, although it’s slated for sometime in mid-2024 or thereabouts. No word whether Ron Jeremy’s actually in the game, but I guess that’s fine since he’s already seared his face into my memory. Woe is me.

Learn To Read Clouds, Birds, And Leaves To Predict The Weather

The following is an excerpt adapted from The Secret World of Weather: How to Read Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal, and Dewdrop by Tristan Gooley.

Here’s an experiment I’d like you to try over the next day or two. Check out a weather forecast on the Internet. Zero in on anything it says about the wind. How strong is it, what direction is it coming from? Then step outside. I guarantee that the wind you feel will be totally different to the one that was forecast. But why?

The wind that is forecast belongs to a different weather world to the one we live in. The forecasted wind is there, but it’s blowing about one hundred feet above your head. The wind you actually feel is made up of a cast of different characters, breezes that are much richer and more colourful than anything that is bland enough to be true over a whole forecast region. Six new winds are born every time a breeze hits a building in the city.

In a walk of ten minutes, you should expect to meet ten different winds – and none of them will appear in a forecast. This diversity is true of every aspect of weather. There are hundreds of clues and signs that reveal this hidden world and they lie in clouds, plants, animals, streets, frost hollows, and sun pockets. They are there, waiting to be discovered, but you’ll miss them if you don’t know where to look. Because they are too local, too personal, to ever appear in regional reports.

Once you get to know what to look for, the signs take on a personality and every minute outdoors is like meeting old friends. Even the less friendly elements are worth getting to know. I’d like to introduce you to a couple of rain characters from The Secret World of Weather:

Rainbirds

When we walk through woods after rain there will always be secondary showers, as some of the rain that is being held in the canopy is shaken loose by the wind. We can hear the breeze responsible, as it shakes the tops of the trees. But there are other even gentler secondary showers that sound and feel different, and they encourage us to look up.

When the rain stops, the water on the upper branches accumulates in a precarious equilibrium. The leaves hold the perfect amount of water for that moment, some drops sitting on the leaf surfaces, others hanging from the tips. The water will sit there until it dries or is disturbed, and because the balance is finely tuned, it doesn’t take much of a disturbance to shake it free.

I first started to notice the showers caused by birds taking off when I paired the loud flapping of wood pigeons with the fat dollops of rain that fell onto my head. But since I spotted the racket and rainfall of these rambunctious birds, I have learned to sense the odd lighter shower that is too local, too narrow, too delicate for a breeze. Looking up, I have seen woodpeckers, corvids, and even small songbirds landing or taking off.

Credit:The Experiment

Shapes, Patterns and Time

[Related: Make your own weather station with recycled materials.]

Rain stipples the softest ground, leaving familiar pockmarks in mud, sand, silt, or snow. They tell us about the character of the rain: hard or soft, short or long. The bigger the gaps, the shorter the rain. In soft mud or sand, try to notice the difference between regular, lighter prints of rain and the deeper, less regular marks of secondary showers. These imperfect, cruder raindrop prints show us where a breeze or bird has shaken down the heavy drops. An hour ago, a crow took off from a branch fifty feet above our path, yet that story, written in rain, is still fresh by our feet.

Ragged Bottoms

Is it going to rain? What a popular question. The key to longer-term forecasts lies in the earlier chapters about clouds and fronts, but we will often find ourselves looking at an individual cloud and wondering if it’s about to soak us.

However somber a cloud appears, if it has a neat horizontal base and good visibility below, it is unlikely to rain on you.

Rain Ghosts

From time to time you may see what look like thin streaks falling from the base of clouds: virga. This is rain that evaporates before it reaches the ground—rain we can sometimes see but never feel. Virga consists of droplets or ice crystals that are just large enough to fall but not substantial enough to make the journey through the drier air below to the ground. If there is a strong wind at cloud level, the streaks can be seen falling behind the cloud as they drop into the slower wind below them. Although most common in hot, arid regions, virga can be seen trailing from the base of clouds anywhere.

Virga is an in-between sign: Conditions are nearly right for rain, but there isn’t enough water in the air yet. Like so many weather signs, virga is most useful in noticing a trend. Virga after heavy rain is common and is part of an improving situation; after clear skies, it means rain is not far off.

[Related: Six clouds you can use to predict the weather.]

Excerpted from The Secret World of Weather by Tristan Gooley © 2023. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment, LLC. Available everywhere books are sold. All other rights reserved.

How To Put Widgets On Iphone Lock Screen In Ios 16 (2024)

Add Widgets to iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 16

Since Lock Screen widgets are a little different, make sure to first understand how they work and where you can put them.

What Sort of Widgets Can You Add to Your iPhone Lock Screen? 

iOS 16 allows you to add two types of widgets on your iPhone Lock Screen. While one set of widgets is designed to let you customize the widget panel that appears below the time, the other set of Lock Screen widgets is crafted to let you design the tiny space that shows up right above the time. 

List of Widgets You Can Add Above the Time on iPhone Lock Screen:

Fitness

Clock

Calendar

Reminders

Stocks

Weather

List of Widgets You Can Show Below Time on iPhone Lock Screen:

Clock

Reminders

Batteries

Calendar

Home

Fitness

Weather

News

Stocks

It’s worth pointing out that the Lock Screen widgets are not directly interactive. Therefore, tapping on a widget will directly take you into the respective app.

Customize Your iPhone Lock Screen With Widgets

1. To get started, you need to unlock your device using Face ID or Touch ID. After that, long–press on the Lock Screen to access the wallpaper gallery. 

2. Now, swipe left or right in the wallpaper gallery to find the wallpaper that you would like to customize. Then, tap on the Customize button that shows below the wallpaper. 

3. Next, if you want to place widgets to the widget panel below time, tap on the frame to bring up the widgets selector. 

Once you have got access to the widgets, tap the ones you like to add them to the widget panel. Besides, you can also use the drag and drop gesture to perfectly place widgets at the desired spot. 

Widgets are available in different formats like rectangular and circle. Keep in mind that you can show only up to 4 small widgets, 2 medium widgets, 2 small, and 1 medium widget in the bottom Lock Screen space.

4. To show widgets above the time, tap on the date and calendar at the top. When the widgets selector appears, tap on a specific widget to add it. Note that the suggested widgets appear at the top. If you want to add other widgets, scroll down to find an app and tap on it. Then, choose a preferred size of the widget. 

5. Once you have perfectly customized the Lock Screen, tap on Done at the upper-right corner of the screen. 

6. Now, a popup menu will appear on the screen with two options: 

Set as Wallpaper Pair: Tap on it to set the wallpaper for both the Lock Screen and Home Screen. 

Customize Home Screen: Tap on it to customize the Home Screen separately. 

7. Now, tap on the wallpaper you have just customized to activate it. 

Read more: How to Copy Text from Video on iPhone in iOS 16

Signing Off…

That’s all there is to it! You can follow the same quick steps to customize all of your favorite Lock Screen widgets on your iPhone. Though there are only a handful of widgets available right now, we will soon see a ton of widgets including the ones from third-party.

How To Split The Screen In Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a lot of features that help boost your productivity. One of those is the ability to split the screen in Windows 10 with very little effort.

As with most Windows 10 features, there are several ways to accomplish the same thing. The approach you choose depends on whether you prefer using your keyboard or your mouse.

Table of Contents

Let’s take a look at the ways you can split the screen in Windows 10, as well as third party apps that help you do it more gracefully.

Also, check out our YouTube video from our network site where we walk you through the different options and you can watch it in action.

How to Split the Screen in Windows 10

The fastest way to split your screen is to grab one window and slide it to one edge of your screen (the left or right). This will automatically size the window to fill only half the screen.

If you prefer using your keyboard to do this:

Select the first window, then select the Windows key.

Press the Left or Right arrow key. 

This will fill the left or right half of the screen with the window you’ve selected.

Repeat this process for a second window but select the other Left or Right key to fill the other half of the screen.

How to Split Your Screen in Four Windows

Here’s how it works.

Repeat the process above, but after selecting the Left key, follow it by the Up or Down arrow key to move the window to the upper or lower corner of that side of the screen.

Repeat this with additional screens, pressing Windows-Left-Down, Windows-Right-Up and Windows-Right-Down to fill the other corners of the screen.

Note: This four-window feature only works with the 2023 update to Windows 10, so make sure you’ve installed the latest Windows updates if this doesn’t appear to be working for you.

How to Enable Windows Snap Assist

If you find that Windows Snap Assist isn’t working at all for you and you’ve made sure you’ve installed the latest Windows Updates, you may need to enable the Snap Assist feature.

To enable Windows Snap Assist:

Select the Start menu and type Settings, then select the Settings app. 

Select the System icon and then select Multitasking from the left menu.

Make sure the Snap windows toggle is turned on, and the three checkboxes under it are enabled.

Once these are enabled, all of the Windows snap features listed above should work as described.

Use Third-Party Apps to Split Screen in Windows 10

Before Microsoft updated Windows Snap Assist with additional features (like allowing splitting windows across four quadrants of the screen), there were a lot of apps that provided that functionality.

Many of those apps really aren’t necessary anymore, but a few do extend the features beyond those currently offered by Windows 10 Snap Assist.

The following are some of the most useful apps you can use to split your screen in more creative ways.

When you install GridMove, it basically enhances Windows Snap assist by letting you choose from different templates for the snap areas.

When you slide a window to any edge of the screen, GridMove takes over and displays an orange grid. Just slide the window into any of those boxes and it’ll fill that box to the edges.

You can repeat this for as many windows as you like until all of the GridMove boxes are filled.

GridMove also works on multiple monitors, so you’ll see available boxes across all your screens that you can move the window to.

The multitasking app called AquaSnap offers a variety of useful windows snap features included with its free version.

You can change a lot about how windows appear (transparent or otherwise), and how windows will snap when you adjust them to any edge of the screen.

However, by default, the app will do the job well. Just grab any window you want to snap and slide it to any edge or corner of the screen.

You’ll see a small icon appear showing you how the window will snap. Corners will snap the window to a quarter size at that corner of the screen. Side or top snaps will fill that half of the screen with that window.

Split Screen in Windows 10 However You Like

The apps listed above are two free apps that can enhance the snap assist feature in Windows 10. Most of the other apps on the market are not free, and for most people the additional features aren’t really worth the extra cost.

Whichever approach you choose, learning how to snap windows to either the sides or corners of the screen can dramatically improve your productivity. It lets you monitor multiple online apps, compare data, or multitask in ways that wouldn’t be possible without this feature.

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