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MultiBackground review

MultiBackground is a much easier way to manage multiple monitors than what Windows gives you by default. While it doesn't unlock any real bonus features over Windows' default method, it makes the whole process a lot easier. If you have been struggling in your attempts to configure your background on multiple monitors, give this handy program a try.

This program lets you configure the same or different backgrounds on multiple monitors much more easily than you would if you used Windows' regular means. It's just a basic gray window that gives you details on your current desktop setup. … Read more

Create a file manager desktop background image in OS X

Often when using your computer, your desktop will be covered by the various applications you use. In many cases, people will almost never see enough of their desktops to make it of any relevant use; however, others regularly close, hide, minimize, quit programs and organize files on their desktop for the convenience it offers.

If you are one of these people, then OS X offers several options for organizing files on your desktop. These can be invoked by clicking on your desktop, and then choosing an option from the View menu to sort Desktop items. This is also available by … Read more

Create the perfect parallax wallpaper in iOS 7

iOS 7 adds a new interactive layer throughout the operating system. It can best be seen when looking at a wallpaper on your home or lock screens.

When you change the viewing angle of your device by tilting it in any direction, any graphics present on the screen will appear to move. This adds a realistic layer of depth to iOS 7. So realistic, in fact, it reportedly has been making some users sick. Should you be in the motion sick camp, or simply hate the new feature, you can always reduce the motion effects throughout iOS 7.

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How to reduce background motion, Parallax on iOS 7

When Apple unveiled iOS 7 during its annual World Wide Developers Conference back in June, one of the first features shown off was a background that moves as you move your phone. The feature, called Parallax, shifts the point of view of your background image and icons to match how you're holding the phone.

Instead of being a feature that adds needed functionality, this is strictly a feature for good looks. And for those who find it to be a pointless feature, it can easily be lessened. To get started go to Settings > General > Accessibility.

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How to turn off Background App Refresh in iOS 7

For the first time since the introduction of the first iPhone and iOS, apps can run in the background, carrying out whatever tasks are requested. Until now, location services, music playback, and VoIP calls were the only types of apps that could run in the background on iOS.

The biggest factor that kept Apple from opening up background apps was battery life. Well, apparently Apple feels it's finally ready to open up iOS apps on iOS 7 and let developers have full access to background activities.

Should you find your battery life isn't as good as you'd … Read more

Six incredibly beautiful Live Wallpapers for your Android

Introduced all the way back in Android 2.1, Live Wallpapers provide animated, and often interactive, backgrounds that range from minimalist to downright busy.

As Android has evolved over the years and become more power-efficient, developers have created increasingly more robust Live Wallpapers.

Thanks to advances in the platform, these eye-catching backgrounds now also sip your battery charge instead of chugging.

I've put together a small collection of my favorite Live Wallpaper apps for Android, some of which are free. The apps mentioned here are uniquely different from each other and represent some of the best available for the … Read more

Review: Keep your wallpapers random with John's Background Switcher

John's Background Switcher keeps your desktop fresh and interesting by letting you choose specific images to display as random wallpapers. It even draws from the largest pool of wallpaper sources you can find online. It's one of the easiest, coolest ways to keep your wallpapers random at all times.

This program starts you off with a few random Flickr accounts mixed in with your own photos. Most of the pictures it gives you automatically are G-rated animal and nature shots. If you want, you can pull more photos from just about any photo-sharing app you can think of. … Read more

Change your background picture using GoodBackgrounds for Mac

Placing images on your desktop should be easy, but you often end up with blank space or stretched-out images. GoodBackgrounds for Mac allows you to easily change the desktop background on your Mac without distorted images.

GoodBackgrounds for Mac is a free and easy program that you can use to quickly change your desktop image. The program allows you to drag and drop the desired image either into the open program interface or over the dock icon. The image is applied to the center of the desktop immediately. A frame for the image is created using an enlarged blurred version … Read more

Create a beautiful map for your desktop background

Do you like my new desktop background?

If you have 2 minutes to spare, you can create such a background, too. From Stamen Design, a San Francisco-based design and technology studio, comes Map-->Image. It's a free Web utility that lets you create an image from an area on a map.

Plug in a city and state or zip code in the Find a Place box, choose a map style, set the image size, and click the Make button. Once you have found a place, you can use the "+" and "-" buttons on the … Read more

How to create custom themes in Gmail

Themes in Gmail are a good way to quickly differentiate between multiple Gmail accounts, as well as adding a little flair to your account. Until now, you were limited to the selection of themes provided by Google. Within the next few days, Google will have completed rolling out the capability to create custom Gmail themes, using your own background photos.

To check if the new themes have been pushed out to your account, go to your Gmail settings and select themes. If the feature's been pushed to your account, you'll see the Light and Dark themes in a … Read more