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As I noted in Gigaom’s 2014 roundup, this has been the year of the Uber. The company has expanded across the globe and…
Android has always made it easy to share content between apps and now iOS 8 does the same. There are already a number of apps taking advantage of the iOS 8 Extensions functionality; here are a few examples to get you started.
Google is always looking to reduce the time it takes between a search query and the answer you’re looking for. Enable this experimental flag in Chrome for Android and you’ll see answers dynamically appear as you type in the search box.
Want to use your Google Calendar in Microsoft’s own Calendar app? That’s not happening. But there is a great free alternative that’s touch-friendly and syncs multiple Google calendars to Windows 8.1 devices like the new Surface Pro 3. Take a look at OneCalendar.
Did you find a new Android phone among your holiday gifts? Well here’s another gift: Five of them, actually. These tips and apps will make that new Android phone even better.
Although Chrome for Android is a super browser, I’m shocked that there’s still no native method to show just the content of a web page without ads or annoying distractions. Safari for iOS has this function and these steps replicate it on Android.
Want to add custom phone notifications to your computer? A simple extension and Android app combine to do just that: Handy for when your phone is in a pocket, in another room or even across the country.
Got browser tabs that don’t seem to retain their data in Chrome OS? The problem is annoying, particularly if you open and close numerous tabs during a session. This one command line is a big help to reduce the issue.
Apple added 4- and 5-finger gestures last October, but the features don’t seem commonly used. After two weeks with my new iPad, however, I’m suddenly taking advantage of these gestures and they make the iPad experience even better. Here’s a quick list of these useful gestures.
Since Apple introduced the new iPad, we’ve been answering your questions about which device to buy, whether you should upgrade and, once you have it, which apps you should get. Which ones look best? Which data plan should you pick? Here’s what you need to know.
The challenge is getting the best video quality possible, as well as making the call as convenient to manage as possible. And believe it or not, the trick is to use a smartphone car mount with a hand mirror. That’s right, a common household hand mirror.
Apple’s iTunes Match is a great, but potentially hard-to-grasp service, and many people have questions. That’s why it’s welcome that Apple introduced an instructional page detailing exactly what iTunes Match provides and how it works over the holiday weekend.
While I like many aspects of the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5, or Mango, software, one key issue I have is lack of support for showing multiple calendars from a single Gmail account. Here’s a simple workaround to fix the problem for your Windows Phone device.
In this instalment of tips and tricks, we’ll be focusing on Mail 5, the new version that ships with Lion. There are a number of changes to the app that you might not be aware of, and some handy trips from past versions that still apply.
The menu bar in OS X doesn’t just contain the menus for the application you’re currently using; it can also hold all sorts of helpful extras that can be accessed from any application with just one click, and make using OS X a little easier.
Launchpad, the new app launcher in Mac OS X Lion, can be useful for hunting down apps you don’t use very often. However, sometimes it can feel bloated and difficult to navigate. Here are a few tips to make Launchpad a bit easier to work with.
Moving photos from your iPhone to your Mac can actually involve many steps and input from a user. But you can also set up wireless, automatic background syncing to a destination on your Mac of your choice, with a $2 app and some quick initial setup.
Welcome to another instalment of Tips and Tricks, the series of articles aiming to teach you something you didn’t know about your Apple products. Let’s continue by looking at iPhoto, and some ways of speeding up your workflow and making it easier to manipulate your collection.
One of the best new features in Apple’s updated iWork suite for iPhone and iPad is the ability to control a Keynote presentation on your iPad using your iPhone. Here’s how to do it, and what you’ll need to make it work.
Chances are, there’s a lot of personal information and data stored on your iPhone or iPad. The last thing you want is someone finding your data and using it maliciously. You can encrypt your backup, but what about if someone gets hold of your actual device?
If you’re security conscious, or you just want your personal data to be safer, you can encrypt the backups iTunes creates of your iOS devices. You may just be hearing about this following Apple’s location troubles last week, so here’s how to do it.
The Yahoo Mail blackout was the source of a lot of headaches Thursday, with some 1.2 million users said to be affected. We’ve scoured the web for the best information on backing up your email or switching your mail provider.
There are some Unicode characters which are useful (and fun) to be able to type. However, while some of them are readily accessible using the keyboard, most are hidden away in the Character Viewer. Here’s how to use actual Unicode codes to type these special symbols.
While this week many people are searching for Easter Eggs or the Afikoman, here are 10 hidden settings you can find in your Mac apps and OS X. These are all small changes you can make that make using the applications and the system slightly better.
iChat is a great little chat client, especially considering it’s included in OS X. However, a common complaint is that it doesn’t support IM networks such as MSN or Facebook chat. Here’s a way to chat to friends on networks which aren’t technically supported by iChat.
A primary source of information overload is our email inboxes. While I’ve previously mentioned a few strategies for dealing with email overload, I think it’s a good time for a post with comprehensive rundown of my tips for managing email.
Wouldn’t it be great if the movie would simply start playing as soon as the DVD was inserted? That’s exactly what remastering a DVD can do for you, allowing you to bypass all the trailers, menu choices and other things that prevent instant movie gratification.
Once you finally get that new Mac in your hands, you’ll want to get up and running fast. Migrating all of your applications, preferences and data can be a daunting task, but there are options available to help make your transition as painless as possible.
Creating an image file of a data disc is straightforward. Preserving music CDs on a Mac is only challenging if you wanted to get it just right. It’s possible to tame Blu-ray on a Mac as well. That just leaves your DVD-based movie collection to conquer.
In the era of location-independent employment, praising team members has become a challenge. In an office, many words of praise are given in passing, but those opportunities don’t exist for virtual teams. Here are some ideas for showing your remote team that you appreciate their contributions.
Every new Mac ships with iLife, which includes iPhoto, and automatically launches that application when you connect a camera. If you’d rather specify a different application for importing photos or video, or if you’d rather choose your importing app manually each time, here’s how.
What remote teams actually experience is known as “swift trust”, which happens when you don’t have the time or means to build trust through multiple interactions. While this type of trust cultivates easily, it’s also very fragile. How can you establish trust using communication tools?
Welcome to another installment of Tips and Tricks. These articles aim to teach you some handy things you might not know about your Apple stuff. Let’s continue the series by looking at iTunes, with an eye to making things easier and eliminating some clutter.
The ability to write clearly is becoming more and more important, especially in organizations that work primarily online. Whether you’re using an IM client, a project management app or email, clear writing will speed up the process and minimize problems.
An internship can be a rewarding experience for both you and the student. It’s a great way to find out if a person will work well with your organization. And especially in the technical fields, interns can provide insights into the future.
Who should handle your company’s social media accounts? Should the job be assigned to a single person, or spread among a number of individuals? Both the centralized and decentralized approaches have their pros and cons — and a place in an evolving social media strategy.
Here’s a quick video demonstration of how to set or change your scratch disk in Photoshop CS5 or Photoshop Elements for OS X. If lack of RAM or available disk space is causing crashes, this could be the fix you’re looking for.
Thanks to the excellent Erica Sadun, you can now easily set up your Mac to receive AirPlay streaming from an iOS device. Check out our simple guide to getting the new utility, called AirPlayer, up and running on your Mac.
There is a myriad of options when it comes to setting up your Mac’s mouse or trackpad. The Mouse and Trackpad sections in System Preferences have helpful videos showing you how to use different features, but here’s a guide to getting those settings just right.
If your Mac is running slow or things don’t seem to be working properly, it may just be that you need to give your computer some TLC. Here are a few ways to look after your Mac to make sure it doesn’t get too ill.
Math and science folks rejoice: Equation editing finally makes its appearance in Office for Mac’s Word 2011. If you’re a student or work in an academic setting, putting equations into your papers can be a pain, but now it’s a little easier.
OS X includes a great tool called Automator, which makes it really easy to take the sting out of repetitive tasks. Recently, I ran into a situation where I had to combine a bunch of PDF files into one. Luckily, Automator makes it dead simple.
If, like me, you’re still using Tweetie for Mac despite it being terribly out of date and if, like me, you’re growing increasingly weary of the never ending flow of orange-tinted hipster Instagrams showing up in your timeline, here’s a little tip that will help.
In light of the news that having Flash on your system could drastically affect battery life for notebooks, here’s a video showing you how to remove it from OS X if it’s already installed. It takes a little more digging than you might think.
Moving from Windows to Mac is a big change, and can be a little disconcerting at first. A friend of mine described the feeling akin to being “underwater.” One of the biggest differences between the platforms is in how windows are managed.
Technology is maturing faster than we are. Instead of drowning in a sea of information and wondering how to harness mobile technology,…
I’ll admit to having been pretty flighty about my choice of browsers in the past. Camino one month, Safari the next, Chrome the week after. Now that I’ve decided to settle down and stick with Safari, I wanted to make the most of it.
Distractions are rotting your brain. Recently, research has revealed a lot about the long-term effects of distractions and digital multitasking. An inability to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information, poor performance and stress; this is your brain on the Internet. Your Mac can help, though.
Are you one of those iPhone owners that just uses the swipe and unlock feature on your handset? With this free utility for Windows or Mac, you can add a secure, alphanumeric passcode to your handset and keep data from prying eyes.
In this iWeb video tutorial you’ll learn how to import content, create links, embed a video and publish your website. If you’re…
Ever wonder how much juice that application on your Android handset is really using? With this free software you can find out at the application level or even monitor the power utilized by the radios and other hardware components.
Google’s Listen for Android gains an update today with plenty of new features. One them includes synchronization of podcast subscriptions with Google Reader, which makes for an easy way to add new podcast feeds to your handset. Now you can Listen on run!
Are those puny hardware buttons or the quirky on-screen QWERTY not quite cutting it for you in Android? As it turns out, Google’s mobile platform supports USB keyboards natively. Armed with the right cables, you can add a full-sized USB keyboard to your Android phone.
Need an easy way to get specific email attachments in the cloud for sharing or later use? If you’re a Dropbox user on the PC and use an IMAP mail service, this free software will do the trick for you.
Maybe it’s because you’ve been watching too many of these ads , but for whatever reason, the iPhone isn’t for you. You…
Chances are if you do any kind of front-end web development on a Mac you’ve heard about CSSEdit, a very popular tool…
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So you’re loving your brand new Magic Mouse but are missing the ability to activate Expose and Spaces right from the mouse?…
The folks behind the open-source video player Miro today launched VideoWTF, a site that aims to be something like a Yahoo Answers…
The Apple TV, as envisioned by Apple (s aapl), is truly a very niche market device. You’re basically paying money for something…
As any person who frequently uses email will tell you, email signatures are very important as they usually provide more information than…
Israeli how-to video site startup 5min said today that it’s raised $7.5 million in a Series B round led by Globespan Capital…
A hand-picked selection of the latest releases for iPhone? Plus, a handy summary of Apple news from the past seven days? We’ve…
You’d think with such a crowded field, the online video how-to space would start shaking out — not getting more money. But…
My very frustrated wife called me today to ask how to send a photo that she had imported to iPhoto ’08. She…
One of the new features in Leopard’s Mail is that it includes a few dozen stationery templates for you to easily choose…
There are some things you can do prior to installing that I sometimes recommend. Many of these things are not guaranteed to…