I get a lot of reader emails seeking recommendations for headphones, and sometimes they'll ask about two very different types of designs. For example, "What should I buy, Sennheiser's on-ear Momentum or the AKG K 712 'phones?" In that case there's no obvious "better" headphone, because they are two radically different types of headphones. The Sennheiser is an on-ear, closed-back design, and the AKG K 712 is a much larger over-the-ear, open-back headphone. It's like asking "What's better, a Ford F-150 Raptor truck or a Porsche 911 Turbo sports car? … Read more
Google will be shutting down Schemer on February 7, 2014. After this date, all accounts and their associated data will be deleted. That means it's time to back up your schemes before they're wiped from existence.
You may have received an e-mail with a link to export your data. If you didn't, you can do the export at this link. You'll be directed to log-in to the Schemer Web site and request a copy of your schemes, which will be delivered by e-mail. Google says that the backup copy may take 24 hours … Read more
Update, March 5, 2014: Evernote rolled out the handwriting feature to the public today. To try it out, just make sure you have the latest version of the app from the Google Play Store. For more details on the update, check out Sarah Mitroff's Let your handwriting shine in Evernote's Android app.
If you've finally pinned down the best way to use Evernote (as in tagging, categorizing, etc.) to meet your needs, forget it. Evernote just added another tool for note-taking to their beta version: handwriting input.
To get access to the new feature, you'… Read more
After a recent update, you may be surprised to find Google Chrome asking to translate Web pages for you. The feature was added in an update that also brought the ability to reduce your data usage when browsing the Web.
The translate feature was long overdue and a welcome addition to Google's mobile browser on iOS devices. The first time you wind up on a a Web page that's in a foreign language, Chrome will ask you if you'd like it to translate the page for you. If you approve the request, you'll then be asked … Read more
Handsets with the Google Experience Launcher, like the Moto X, allow you to launch Google Now by simply saying "OK Google." To add this functionality to most Android phones, you'd have to install the Google Launcher, which would override the launcher currently in use (even custom ones).
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you don't have to override your current launcher to get convenient access to Google Now; the always listening feature is built-in, it's just pointed to the wrong app (S Voice). By using one app, S for Switch Voice, you can use the … Read more
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In the latest Apple Byte, host Brian Tong covers the week's juiciest news and rumors, including whether or not Iris scanning tech could play key role in Apple's future product lines. Plus: we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mac! That's right, the PC that started a revolution and really put Apple on the map was first introduced 30 years ago on January 24, 1984. Were some of you even born yet?
And to get you prepped for the big game next week, our … Read more
Originally, Google Books was only good at doing one thing: reading content from the Google Play Store. This meant you could read free books, or the ones you purchased -- and that was it. When the update allowing your personal files to be uploaded to Google Books came along, the app made a giant leap forward. Now Android devices could be even more competitive with traditional e-readers that allow side-loading.
Unfortunately, the upload feature was limited to your Web browser. This meant navigating to the Play Books Web site on a computer, or within the mobile browser, to upload your … Read more
When Google starting offering a new version of Maps on the Web, many users thought it would deliver improvements on the current site. Unfortunately, many of the beloved features, like Custom Maps and multidestination directions, disappeared.
Back in July, the new interface became available to everyone who wanted to switch. But for those of us with custom maps, we weren't having any part of that new and featureless version! Fortunately, Google has been slowly rolling out some of the Classic Maps features you know and love, and now better access to Custom Maps is finally here.
Here … Read more
Fleksy just came out of private beta, and now it's available on the Google Play store for everyone to try it out. It has its own classic-style keyboard layout, a compact mode, and better yet -- invisible mode. You're probably wondering why you might want to use a keyboard you can't actually see. Well, three reasons come to mind:
Extra screen real estate -- Whether you're using a device with a small screen, or something the size of a Galaxy Note, you'll see more of your apps when using this keyboard.
Impressive auto-correction -- This … Read more
Keyboard shortcuts offer the fastest access to content on your Google+. They are generally more efficient because the shortcut starts you at the right spot for new posts instead of scrolling halfway through them. They are also a bit easier on your hands and wrist since you won't have to switch back and forth as often (especially useful for those with joint issues).
With keyboard shortcuts available for the Google+ stream, it only makes sense that there should be a set of them to work on notifications, too.
Without further delay, here are the shortcuts:
Up and down arrow … Read more