Readers offer their best tips for syncing podcasts between Android and the PC, accessing zipped attachments in Mail for iOS 7, and a handy browser start page.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.
Sync Podcasts Between Android and PC With an Emulator
Michael shares his solution for syncing podcasts between his PC and Android device:
I’ve been looking for a way to synchronize my podcasts between my PC and my Android phone. I’ve never been able to find a product that did this, so I had to find a workaround. I just used an Android emulator on my computer to run Pocket Casts and that syncs very nicely between devices.
iOS 7 Mail Adds Support for Zipped Attachments
Simon let us know about this new feature in Mail for iOS 7:
Hey, Lifehacker people. I just found out (from this MacWorld article) that the new Mail app in iOS 7 finally lets you open up zip files people attached to messages. Now instead of having to use another program to open them, Mail lets you view the files inside and even perform actions on them, like opening in another program, printing, and so on.
Startme.com is a Simple, Handy Start Page
Jonathan shares a browser start page he found:
The main advantages of startme.com are its very simple design and how easy it is to use. It’s very intuitive and lets you import/export from iGoogle, browsers and RSS readers.
Use Coffee Filters to Prevent Cakes From Sticking
My mom doesn’t have time to cut parchment paper. She always used coffee filters. Works like a champ.
This sounds like it would work just fine to help prevent sticking when baking cakes in round pans. Just keep in mind that the other advantage of parchment paper is that it doesn’t burn well since it’s usually coated with something like silicon. So when you’re baking something where the paper is more exposed (like cookies on a flat sheet pan), play it safe and stick with parchment paper.
Photo by looopeeelisa.