How-To Geek We Explain Technology Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:05:02 +0000 en-us hourly 1 Geek Trivia: What Iconic Children’s Show Character Got His Start In An IBM Training Film? Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

What Iconic Children’s Show Character Got His Start In An IBM Training Film?

  1. Alvin
  2. George Jetson
  3. Papa Smurf
  4. Cookie Monster

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Why Do Photos Look Different When I Print Them? Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:40:00 +0000 Harry Guinness

If you’ve ever tried to print photos from your computer, there’s a good chance you’ve been surprised—if not, disappointed—by how they came out. Let’s look at where you might be going wrong and why photos often look different when you print them.

What Photos Are You Printing?

The first place you might be going wrong is with the very photos you’re trying to print. To get good results you need to use high resolution, original files. The photos that come straight off your smartphone are fine, but the versions you’ve uploaded to Facebook or Instagram aren’t—social media sites compress and downsize images aggressively.

In my test where I uploaded a high resolution, 2.7MB, 5166×3444-pixel file to Facebook and then saved it from my Timeline, I ended up with a 74kb, 960×640-pixel file. That file has just 2.7% of the original image data. It barely looks good on my screen, so there’s no way it’s going to look good printed. Or at least, printed at any size bigger than 3” by 2”.

RELATED: How Big of a Photo Can I Print from My Phone or Camera?

If you want to print a photo that someone has tagged you in on social media, your best bet is to reach out to them and ask them to send you the high resolution original. If you took the photo, get the original from your phone or camera and print it—not the version you uploaded to Facebook. It’s the only way to get a good print.

How Bright Is Your Screen?

One really common problem with printed images is that, compared to the photo on screen, they look really drab and dark. This is because screens and printed images are fundamentally different things: a screen displays images by directly emitting light while a print reflects the ambient light.

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Geek Trivia: The Standardized Unit of Smell Is Known As What? Sun, 09 Dec 2018 07:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

The Standardized Unit of Smell Is Known As What?

  1. An Inhalo
  2. A Scentibyte
  3. An Olf
  4. A Smelltz

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The Best Gifts For Chocolate Lovers Of All Ages Sat, 08 Dec 2018 13:00:48 +0000 Jennifer Allen

Got a chocolate lover to buy for this Christmas? Here are some awesome gift ideas for helping them embrace their lust for chocolate.

Sure, you could just buy them a ton of chocolate and we certainly recommend you do that in addition to these ideas, but if you fancy buying something a little more original, we have some great suggestions for you. None of these gifts are too expensive and they encompass a bunch of fun ways in which you can enjoy chocolate.

Here are the best gifts for the chocolate lover in your life.

Lindt Hot Chocolate Set: ($20)

Hot chocolate is always a delight for chocolate lovers. If they have a particularly sweet tooth then the Lindt Hot Chocolate Set is the perfect purchase to make. It includes an attractive ceramic mug, mini marshmallows, rolled wafers to dip with, and a Lindt Hot Chocolate Cocoa Mix. As you’d expect from Lindt chocolate, the flavor is pretty sweet so if your chocolate lover prefers darker chocolate, this might not be for them.

Godiva Hot Chocolate Set ($18)

Does your loved one prefer a darker and richer form of hot chocolate? In which case, buy the Godiva Hot Chocolate Set. It’s a little darker and maybe even classier than the Lindt option. In this case, it’s also a gift set for two rather than one. You get two ceramic mugs, along with a Milk Chocolate Cocoa Mix. There are no marshmallows or wafers, but that’s because this is a more refined hot chocolate. You don’t really need them.

PowerLix Milk Frother ($15)

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How to Play Retro Games on Your NVIDIA SHIELD TV with Emulators Sat, 08 Dec 2018 11:40:00 +0000 Tom Westrick

Short of an HTPC, the NVIDIA SHIELD TV is the most versatile box you can put in your entertainment console. It supports 4K HDR playback from Netflix and YouTube. You can play games from Google Play Store and stream games from your PC or NVIDIA’s servers. And you can even set up an emulator for retro gaming.

While we’ve seen retro consoles like the PlayStation Classic and NES Classic, their single use case may be a bit of a turn-off. There’s nothing wrong with just wanting to plug something in and dive into games, but other options are better if you want a more multipurpose system. And the NVIDIA SHIELD might be the best of them.

What Are Emulators and ROMs?

You need two pieces to play your older games on a newer system:

  • An Emulator: This is the software that imitates the classic console, giving your system a way to play classic games. The emulator is responsible for translating controls, as well as handling video and audio output. Most emulators also enable save states so that you can save your game progress at any point.
  • ROMs: These are the software version of the game you’re playing.

Emulators are perfectly legal, but the ROM files are a bit murkier. Copyright laws vary from country to country, but in the best case, the only legal method to obtain a ROM is to rip it from a cartridge that you own. The cartridge needs to stay in your possession, and you can’t share the ROM file with anyone. Before getting started, take a look at the laws in your region and make sure you’re getting your ROMs in a legal way.

Why Use the SHIELD Instead of Buying a Classic Console?

While setting up emulators on the SHIELD isn’t as easy as just plugging in an NES Classic, it’s much simpler than building your own system and more TV-friendly than emulating games on your PC. And when you’re not gaming, you can use the same box to binge watch your favorite shows.

Since NVIDIA has a first party controller for the SHIELD, emulator developers know that’s the controller most users will have. This makes it easier to include support for that controller, meaning you’ll have more luck getting it to work with your favorite retro game right out of the box.

Another advantage of the SHIELD is that you can play games from multiple platforms. The PlayStation Classic will only let you play the 20 games it comes with, so when you finish them all, the console becomes a (very attractive, mind you) decoration. As we’ll get to in a moment, most emulators for the SHIELD support a variety of platforms. You can play your NES games, but also SNES, GameBoy, PlayStation and more—all from one device.

Check Out Games on the Google Play Store

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Geek Trivia: The Microwave Oven Was Invented As An Accidental Offshoot Of What Technology? Sat, 08 Dec 2018 07:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

The Microwave Oven Was Invented As An Accidental Offshoot Of What Technology?

  1. Radar
  2. Deep Space Communication
  3. Lasers
  4. Rocketry

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The Best Full Desk Mouse Pads Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:00:25 +0000 Michael Crider

Bigger isn’t always better. But in the case of mouse pads, it usually is. That’s even more true if you want a huge surface across your entire desk for fast, gaming-grade mice, as in MOBA or strategy games. Here are the best that we’ve found.

These pads are great for bigger desktop setups, especially if you’re in the habit of eating at your desk. (They’re washable, protecting your desk’s finish while they offer a comfy mousing surface.) They’re less practical for, well, anything else: the fabric surface won’t be great for moving around tools or papers, for example. But if you’re looking to trick out your “battlestation,” these will certainly do the trick.

Best Standard Desk Mat: Glorious 3XL Extended ($50)

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Forty bucks gets you an “extended” mouse pad that’s longer and taller than any of the offerings from more mainstream suppliers like Razer or Corsair. This pad is 48 inches by 24 inches, enough to completely cover a small desk, including the area under a typical monitor and speakers.

Unlike some even larger options, this one comes with a stitched edge that’s resistant to frays on the fabric top. The design is also machine washable, so it’s easy to clean. If you’re looking for a solution that doesn’t require any custom cutting or ordering, this is it.

Best Oversized Desk Mat: Battlestation Depot Battle Mat ($50)

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For those who want to cover every last inch of their desk with a mouse pad surface, this pad should do the job. It measures a massive five feet wide and 30 inches deep—large enough for most standard desks, and about four times the size of the other desk mats on this list.

The edges aren’t stitched, but that’s by design: if your desk is smaller than the pad, you can cut it down. If you need something even better, the supplier Battlestation Depot will cut one custom to your specifications. Even so, the standard model for $50 is pretty reasonable considering the size.

Best Ridiculously Huge Desk Mat: Pad-Zilla ($60-130)

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Bring Your Christmas List Into the 21st Century by Using an Amazon Wish List Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:00:00 +0000 Craig Lloyd

Are you still using handwritten lists, Word documents, or emails as your Christmas list? Sure, it may be tried and true, but that’s the old-school way of doing things. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and use an Amazon Wish List instead.

There are a handful of benefits to using an Amazon Wish List as your Christmas list:

  • The gifter will probably buy your gift on Amazon anyway: Coming up on last year’s Christmas, 76% of shoppers said they would do most of their Christmas shopping on Amazon. At that point, it just makes sense to have an Amazon Wish List.
  • The gifter knows exactly what product you want: When you add items to your Amazon Wish List, you’ll know that the gifter will see the exact item you want, so there’s a low chance of getting the wrong gift.
  • You don’t have to worry about getting the same gift twice: After someone buys something off of your wish list, it will disappear so that no one else buys the same item again.
  • Your list is updated automatically when you add to it: Whenever you add a new product to your wish list, anyone with access to your list will automatically see that new product on your list.
  • It’s really easy to share your list with whomever you want: All you have to do is copy the share link and give that to anyone wanting your Christmas list.

Creating an Amazon Wish List

After you’re logged into your Amazon account, start by going up to “Accounts & Lists” and then select “Your Lists.”

Up toward the top-right corner of the window, click on “Create a List” if you don’t already have one.

Next, choose “Wish List” and then give the list a name. After that, be sure to mark the list as “Private.”

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The Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaners For Every Budget Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:00:31 +0000 Jennifer Allen

Vacuum cleaning is one of the more tedious forms of housework out there, so why not buy a robotic vacuum cleaner to take out all the effort? Here’s our pick of the bunch.

Recently, robotic vacuum cleaners have lowered in price enough that they’re far more accessible to all than they used to be. For less than $200, you can buy a competent unit that will keep your home clean and tidy, while extending that budget will provide you with a few more useful features along the way.

Many different brands are available but we’ve focused on Eufy and Roomba based units because they’re easily the best of the bunch. Eufy robotic vacuum cleaners overall are a little better than the Roombas, but it’s not always as easy to track down parts for them so if you need to consider long term usability, you might want to stick with Roombas.

Whichever robotic vacuum cleaner you go for, don’t spend time watching it work. It takes away all the magic. Seriously. Few robotic vacuum cleaners are that bright and if you watch them, you’re going to notice them bang into things and the whole thing seems way less cooler than if you just come home and find your little robot helper has cleaned up for you.

Regardless, here are the best robotic vacuum cleaner for every budget.

Best Budget Choice: Eufy RoboVac 11S ($169)

The Eufy RoboVac 11S was pretty great when we reviewed it earlier in the year. It’s an even more worthwhile purchase now that it’s dropped in price a little.

Super quiet yet super powerful when it comes to suction, the Eufy RoboVac 11S is exactly what most homes require. It has a suction power of 1300Pa with up to 100 minutes of constant power until it needs to head back to its charging station. It has a BoostIQ button which increases suction power as and when needed, as well as a few other options so you can leave it to do its business.

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How to Add a Text Box in Google Docs Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:24:00 +0000 Brady Gavin

Adding a text box to a document is a great way to highlight relevant information—like a pull quote—and be able to move it around easily. Google doesn’t make adding one obvious, so here’s how to add a text box to a Google Docs file.

How to Add a Text Box in Google Docs

Google Docs lets you add text boxes to your documents to personalize and highlight specific information, but it does so in a different way than you might expect. To add one, you must first open up the Drawing Tool—not something that springs to mind when it’s text you want to add.

In your document, open the “Insert” menu and then choose the “Drawing” command.

In the Drawing window that opens, click the “Text Box” button on the toolbar at the top.

Now, click and drag your mouse to create a text box in the space provided, and then add your desired text.

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How to Fix a Google Home Hub that Won’t Dim Automatically Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Josh Hendrickson

One of the best features of the Google Home Hub is Ambient EQ. But if you find your Google Home Hub isn’t dimming its screen in dark rooms, the feature may be turned off in the Hub itself in a hidden menu.

Ambient EQ is an excellent feature that adjusts brightness and color temperature on the screen to match the surrounding light in the room. When the screensaver is going, the color adjustment causes photos to look like they are printed paper instead of on a display. And when the lights are turned down or off, the screen should dim automatically to prevent it from acting as a bright flashlight in the room. This makes it the perfect device for your living room or bedroom.

All of that is true unless Ambient EQ isn’t working, as in the photo above. The Google Home Hub above didn’t dim at all after the initial setup. And a factory reset didn’t solve the problem. The Ambient EQ settings weren’t turned off in the Google Home app. It turned out that the Google Home Hub has a hidden screen settings menu. And from here Ambient EQ can be disabled, which overrides any settings you have in the App.

So if your Google Home Hub won’t dim, the first thing to do is swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

On the far left, tap on the sun icon to show brightness settings.

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How to Use Voice Memos on iPhone and iPad Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Oliver Haslam

Whether you’re recording a voice message as a reminder of that million dollar idea or catching a snippet of a new song you know you’ll forget, the iPhone and iPad’s Voice Memos app is the perfect tool.

The Voice Memos app is free, and it ships with every iPhone and iPad that Apple sells. That makes it the obvious choice for recording audio. Just like Apple’s other first-party apps, the Voice Memos app has just enough power to get the job done without making things complicated. Recording audio and then sharing it is the most common use for the app, and we’re going to show you exactly how to do it.

Recording Audio Using the Voice Memos App

Open the Voice Memos app to get started and then tap the big red “Record” button. You can’t miss it.

To pause the recording, tap the white pill button and then tap the “Pause” button. Once paused, tap the same button to resume your recording. You’ll also see a waveform of your recording in this screen.


Tap the “Done” button when you have completed your recording.

How to Play an Existing Recording

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The Best Sites for Building a Resume Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:40:00 +0000 Yuvraj Wadhwani

No matter how qualified you are, you need an excellent resume to show it off. We’ve shown you how to create one in Microsoft Word, but you could also try an online resume builder. Here are some of the best.

Zety: Best Paid Option for Most People

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Zety is a website that offers complete resume making services. Apart from resumes, you can also create CVs and cover letters. The number of templates it offers is limited, but they are customizable, which means there are plenty of options from which to choose. After choosing a template, Zety then helps you build your resume step-by-step.

The resume maker is pretty powerful and offers a great degree of control without being overwhelming. You can customize almost every section of the resume in detail while using the preview section to see how the final resume will look. After you’re satisfied, you can download your resume, or create a unique URL to make it available online. If you choose to host your resume, you’ll get access to analytics about who’s viewing it.

Zety has three pricing plans. The Start plan is $5.99 per month. It includes four resume templates, as well as unlimited resumes and PDF or TXT downloads. The Premium plan per $17.99 a month and features 18 templates, a cover letter builder, and online resume hosting. They also have a three-month plan for $34.99 with no recurring payment that has all the same features as the Premium plan.

Canva: Best Free Option

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Canva is known as the graphic design tool that everyone can use. But, it also features a pretty good resume maker. If you have some design experience, you can start with a blank slate, or use a pre-defined template and replace the dummy information with yours. All of Canva’s graphic design tools are available for resume making as well. That means you can add elements, shapes, custom images, or more to your resume. It’s not meant for complete beginners but surely can help you create a creative, standout resume.

Canva’s free plan is probably all you need for creating resumes. You get 1 GB of storage for photos and other assets, as well as access to thousands of templates (that includes resume templates along with dozens of other categories). There is a $12.95 per month Canva for Work plan that includes thousands of free photos, more organizational tools, and team collaboration. But if resume-building is all you’re after, you won’t need it.

Kickresume: Good for Inexperienced Resume Creators and Industry-Specific Resumes

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Geek Trivia: Which Sci-Fi Actor Raised $25,000 For Charity By Selling His Kidney Stone? Fri, 07 Dec 2018 07:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

Which Sci-Fi Actor Raised $25,000 For Charity By Selling His Kidney Stone?

  1. Charleton Heston
  2. Nathan Fillion
  3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  4. William Shatner

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The Best VR Headsets For Your Phone Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:00:29 +0000 Andrew Heinzman

Virtual Reality is working hard to be the future of gaming, but dedicated devices are still a little too expensive. Thankfully, you can experience the joy of VR by pairing your cell phone with an affordable headset.

Premium VR devices like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift are really a blast. Paired with a good game it’s an incredible and immersive experience. The thing is, you need a powerful computer to use those expensive devices. So how do you go about experiencing the world of VR without dropping half a grand? You could grab a phone VR headset.

Phone VR headsets tend to run pretty cheap compared to the aforementioned premium items (and the cheapest options often go on sale for $10 or less). They’re great little devices for experiencing VR for the first time, and almost all phones work with them. At such a low price, you’d think that phone VR headsets would be like gimmicky toys, but they’re actually a whole lot of fun. Plus, the library of VR movies and games for phones is always growing, so a phone VR headset should tide you over until dedicated VR devices are more affordable.

Sadly, it’s difficult to know which phone VR headsets are worth the time of day, and it seems to be even more difficult to tell which headsets your phone will actually fit into. That’s why we’ve taken the time to find the best VR headsets for everybody’s needs, from iPhone to Android users. Keep in mind that all of these headsets have adjustable lenses, but only a couple of them are comfortable to wear with glasses.

Samsung Gear VR & Controller ($97)

The Samsung Gear VR has solidified itself as a leader in the world of mobile phone VR, and for good reason. It has a better image quality than most VR phone headsets, and it’s the only phone VR headset that’s compatible with Oculus movies and games. The Gear VR also comes with a super cool and simple controller that can add a layer of immersion to any gaming experience, which is well appreciated when playing the detailed Oculus games.

Of course, the Gear VR can only be used with Samsung phones. It’s kind of a bummer, but limiting the Gear VR to Samsung devices allows them to better optimize performance. iPhone owners still have a lot of great options, but only the Gear VR is compatible with Oculus games.

If you’re thinking about dropping almost $100 on a VR headset then you should probably take a quick look at the Oculus Go. It’s a standalone device that doesn’t need your phone to operate, but it costs about $80 more than the Gear.

Google Daydream View & Remote ($41)

The Google Daydream has become a celebrated phone VR headset for it’s stylish, lightweight design and ease of use. You can fit just about any phone inside of the Daydream, as they’re held onto the front by an elastic latch. That being said, you’ll probably experience some light leakage if your phone is too big. Like the Samsung Gear, you can comfortably wear your glasses while using the Daydream.

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How to Check Your iPhone’s Battery Health Thu, 06 Dec 2018 20:00:00 +0000 Craig Lloyd

iOS includes several useful tools for displaying how much battery life your iPhone has left, as well as which apps are consuming the most of your battery. However, none of these tools actually tell you anything about your battery’s long-term health, which is just as important.

Battery Health vs. Battery Life

Battery health is different than battery life. Battery life determines how long your battery lasts on a single charge, but your battery health determines how much your battery life diminishes over time. After a year, your battery life won’t be as long as when the phone was new, and it will continue to degrade as the years go by.

RELATED: Debunking Battery Life Myths for Mobile Phones, Tablets, and Laptops

If you’ve ever had to constantly recharge your older phone because the battery would only last a couple of hours, then you know how annoying this is. Compounding the problem is that most mobile phones don’t have a user-accessible battery that can be swapped out with a new, fresh battery.

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About Improving Your iPhone’s Battery Life

Fortunately, there are two excellent metrics you can check to get a big picture view of your battery’s health. The first is the maximum remaining capacity (the total charge your battery can hold). The second is the total number of charge cycles the battery has gone through.

Real world use always chips away at the total capacity over time, but a healthy battery will have only a few percents shaved off its original capacity. Furthermore, lithium-ion batteries (those found in pretty much every smartphone) degrade a tiny bit with each charge cycle. Apple says they design their iPhone batteries so that the battery should retain roughly 80% of its capacity after 500 charges.

Battery health data is not available in the iOS settings, so you have to take some extra measures to get this information, and there are several ways to do it.

For iOS 11.3 & Up Users, Look In the Settings

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OnePlus 6T Review: I Concede Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:00:54 +0000 Cameron Summerson

When it comes to Android manufacturers that offer insane bang for your buck, OnePlus is often at the top of that list. The company’s latest handset is the 6T, an iterative update from its predecessor, but a powerhouse nonetheless.

This is my first time reviewing a OnePlus phone—rightfully so, given the issues I’ve had with the company in the past. But like all companies, OnePlus had growing pains (a lot of them, in fact), but it seems that it has finally “grown up” so to speak. This company is far from the one that started by launching a campaign asking users you smash their phones just for a chance to buy a new one. Nay, OnePlus seems like a grown company with a more mature outlook.

Given the apparent difference in the company at this point, I thought it was finally time to take a closer look at what it has to offer with the 6T. This is a lot of phone for the money, and now that OnePlus should be on more people’s radar, it only makes sense to answer the question: should you buy this phone?

Specs and Performance: Fast, Faster, Fastest

This phone starts at $550, which is a pretty small price tag for everything it has to offer. If you’re not familiar, here’s a quick look at the goings on under the OP6T’s hood:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 6GB or 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB
  • Display: 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED @ 2340×1080 (402 ppi) w/ “teardrop” notch
  • Cameras: 16MP main rear camera/20MP secondary, 16MP front camera
  • Ports: USB-C
  • Headphone Jack: No
  • Battery: 3,700 mAh
  • Fingerprint Sensor: In-display
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/b/ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz; 2×2 MIMO; Bluetooth 5.0; NFC; AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile support
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Mirror Black
  • Price: $549-$629 (depending on configuration)

That’s pretty much the bulk of what you need to know, but if you’re itching for all the gory details, you can find those on the 6T’s Tech Specs page.

With the hottest specs on the market right now, this phone flies. My review unit is the Midnight Black model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (which retails for $580), and it has yet to leave me wanting for anything in the performance department. It’s an absolute beast.

But that’s what’s expected from a flagship phone these days, right? Smartphones are at a point where we don’t talk about well they perform anymore—not because it isn’t important, but because it’s implied. A flagship phone should be a speed demon. It should do what you want and need it to do without so much as a hiccup. It should surpass expectations.

Good performance doesn’t sell phones anymore. It’s requisite.

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Microsoft Confirms Edge will use Chromium Rendering Engine, Launches Insider Program Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:50:03 +0000 Cameron Summerson

Earlier this week it was rumored that Microsoft might be replacing EdgeHTML with the Chromium rendering engine. Today, the company announced plans to do just that, as well as bring Edge to more platforms—including macOS.

As announced on the Windows Blog, Microsoft plans to “adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop,” which means that it will continue to develop Edge—not replace it—using the Chromium rendering engine.

Microsoft continues by saying that it will, in turn, become “significant contributor to the Chromium project.” As we highlighted in our original post, this will be great for everyone who builds browsers based on Chromium, because as Microsoft innovates and builds on this platform, progress will be shared.

Beyond this, the new version of Edge will be coming to Windows 7 and 8 (not just 10), as well as other platforms—like macOS. It’s unclear if many Mac users will make a move from Safari to Edge, but options are always welcome in any case. They’re also working on an Arm build.

If you’re the type who likes to get eyes on beta versions of software before it hits the masses, there’s also an Insider Program for the Edge browser. If you’re interested in taking a look at the new Chromium-powered version of Edge, this is where you’ll find it.

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watchOS 5.1.2 is Available Today, Brings ECG and Irregular Heartbeat Detection Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:25:49 +0000 Cameron Summerson

One of the standout features of the Apple Watch Series 4 is its ability to execute an ECG (electrocardiogram). It’s the first consumer product to do this, but the feature wasn’t available initially. Today, it is.

The ECG feature is designed to “capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians,” which could potentially save a lot of lives.

While the ECG feature is for the Series 4 only, all Apple Watches will be able to detect irregular heart rhythm and notify the user that something could be wrong with the 5.1.2 update. Again, this could potentially save lives, as it could help users catch issues before they become serious.

RELATED: What Is An EKG, and How Does It Work In The New Apple Watch?

All ECG information will be securely stored in the Health app for easy sharing with your doctor, while the irregular heart rhythm feature is only on the Watch.

watchOS 5.1.2 is rolling out today to all Apple Watch users.

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How to Transfer Data from Your Old PC to Your New Mac Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:23:00 +0000 Brittany Vincent

Moving your old data to a new computer can be a bit of a headache, especially if you’re going from PC to Mac. Thankfully, there are several ways to go about it, so you can get your new Mac set up and ready to go.

There are various ways to transfer data from your old PC to your new Mac. You could drag your files to an external hard drive and manually transfer them over, set up a networking share between the two systems, or sync them up using a cloud storage account. There’s also the Windows Migration Assistant, a special tool Apple created expressly for this purpose. Both computers will need to be on the same network to use this tool, but past that there aren’t any other hard requirements.

Here’s how to use the Windows Migration Assistant to transfer your files.

Step One: Get Your Windows Machine Ready

To start this process, begin on your Windows PC. Open up a browser of your choice. There’s an Apple page located on Apple’s official help database with links to the Windows Migration Assistant program for each of the various versions of macOS on your new Mac. You’ll install this application on your Windows machine.

Choose the right download for the version of macOS on your new machine and click on the link to get to the download page. Once there, click the blue “Download” button.

Once you have the Migration Assistant downloaded, make sure you’ve closed any open Windows apps, and then open Windows Migration Assistant by double-clicking it. In the Migration Assistant window, click “Continue” to get the process underway.

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Can I Recover Data From an Android SD Card or USB Drive Formatted as Internal Storage? Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:24:00 +0000 Tom Westrick

Android introduced the ability to use external storage as internal storage a few years ago, but this ties the SD card and phone together. If something goes wrong, you won’t be able to get back whatever data was on the card.

Why Would You Format an SD Card or USB Drive as Internal Storage?

If you format the SD card or USB drive as internal storage, your phone’s original storage and the added storage merge into one giant pool. This means applications that don’t normally support saving data to external storage can take advantage of the extra space. It also means you don’t have to manually move apps back and forth between your phone’s storage and an SD card.

This also applies to Android TV boxes. The SHIELD TV ships with either 16GB or 500GB of storage, with the larger version being $100 more than the smaller one. I personally need a bit more than 16GB, but it’s cheaper for me to buy a USB drive and format that as internal storage. That gives me enough room for all my games but still saves me money compared to the larger tier.

When you format the drive or card as internal storage, it gets encrypted and treated as part of the phone’s storage. Anything that was on the drive is erased when it’s formatted, and trying to remove the drive could cause your device and apps to crash since some of the files they need aren’t where they should be.

Can You Recover Data From the External Storage Formatted as Internal Storage?

Probably not. If the SD card or USB drive is removed, you’ll get a notification saying you need to put the card or drive back into the device. If you do put the card or drive back in and your device recognizes it correctly, everything should go back to normal. Your apps will open as they should, and all your photos and videos will be there.

But, you can’t just put the drive or SD card into another phone or your computer to look at whatever files may be there. Since it’s encrypted, you can only use it on the device with which you set it up as internal storage. Trying to plug the drive in somewhere else won’t work, and if you ever want to use the drive in another device, you’ll need to reformat it first. Finally, if the card or drive dies inside your device (unlikely as that may be), you’ll probably need to factory reset your device to get it working again.

How To Prevent Losing Your Data

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You Can Now Set a Delay in Alexa Routines Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:23:05 +0000 Craig Lloyd

Alexa Routines are a great way to automate all sorts of actions around the house at once, but thanks to a heavily-requested new feature, you can now add a delay to certain actions in those Routines.

RELATED: How to Set Up Alexa Routines to Control Multiple Smarthome Devices at Once

The new feature is called Wait, and it lets you add a timed delay to either an entire Alexa Routine or just a certain action within an Alexa Routine.

As an example, I could tell Alexa “Good morning” after I wake up, which could then turn on the space heater in my home office. However, since I’ll use the restroom and grab some coffee first, I can add a delay so that the space heater doesn’t turn on until after a few minutes have passed.

To make it happen, open up the Alexa app and either create a new routine or edit an existing one. When you go to add an action, you can select “Wait” from the options. From there, choose a length of time (minimum is one minute).

After that, arrange the Wait action in the order you want it in. So if you want the entire Alexa Routine to be delayed, add it as the first action in the list, but if you want it the routine to perform was instant actions first and then delay other actions, place it in the middle of those.

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Microsoft Fixes Broken Mapped Network Drive Issue Earlier Than Expected Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:14:36 +0000 Cameron Summerson

Nearly a month ago we reported that Windows 10’s issue-laden October 2018 update had broken mapped network drives, and the issue wouldn’t be fixed until 2019. It looks like Microsoft got ahead of it quicker than expected because the fix is available now.

According to Liam Tung, reporting for ZDNet, Windows 10’s 1809 KB4469342 update corrects the issue:

KB4469342 nudges Windows 10 1809 up to build number 17763.168 and finally addresses the bug preventing mapped drives reconnecting when users log on to a Windows PC.

Microsoft put it through four previews with Windows Insiders since pulling the update from general availability in early October due to the data-deleting bug.

Until now Microsoft has been offering admins a workaround for the mapped-drives issue, but some IT pros have warned against using it because it may harm business applications.

There are still some issues present even in this new build, like Windows Media Player’s broken seek bar. Fortunately, the word on the street is that a fix is coming on December 11th, so that’ll be one more squashed bug.

via ZDNet, MSPowerUser

The Google Home Hub has a Hidden Screen Settings Menu Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Josh Hendrickson

You can adjust the brightness or set an alarm on your Google Home Hub with a voice command. But if you’re trying to be quiet or there’s a lot of background noise, you can also do these things using a hidden Screen Settings menu.

Getting to the screen settings menu is easy. The most difficult part is probably just knowing that it exists. Just swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Once you do, a small menu appears (much like what you see when swiping from the top for Smart home settings).

You’ll find in order from left to right:

  • Brightness: This lets you turn the screen brightness up and down. But it also activates and deactivates the Ambient EQ feature. Setting the brightness to a particular level from 1-10 deactivates Ambient EQ; setting it to zero activates Ambient EQ.
  • Volume: This provides another way to turn the volume up and down, though you can also use your voice or the physical buttons on the top back of the hub. This is great for if the buttons stop working.
  • Do Not Disturb: When you enable this, you won’t receive calls or notifications. Once you turn this off again, you’ll see your missed notifications. This setting won’t stop Alarms from sounding, though.
  • Alarms: You can set new alarms from here.
  • Settings Gear: This provides information about your Wi-Fi connection and some legal notices.

Having access to these settings without the need for voice is a good thing, especially if your hub is in a spot where accessing the physical volume buttons is inconvenient. It would just be nice if the introduction video mentioned that the screen settings menu exists.

How to Add Comments in Google Docs Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Brady Gavin

Google Docs is an excellent alternative to many other word processing applications, and it allows users to communicate with collaborators about specific parts of a document without having to send an email or message them. Here’s how you can add comments in Google Docs.

Adding comments in Google Docs is a useful way to add notes, suggestions, or questions for other collaborators in the document. Comments are an excellent way for teachers to add specific notes for the author/student who wrote the file. Adding comments is also available for Slides and Sheets and is virtually the same, but we will be using Docs in our examples below.

Note: To add and reply to comments, you first need to have edit/comment access to the document.

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How to Add Comments in Google Docs

In a document on which you have editing or commenting rights, highlight or place your cursor next to the text, image, cell, or slide to which you want to add a comment. Click either the comment icon in the toolbar or the one that appears on the righthand side of the document.

A comment box opens up. Type in your comment and then click “Comment” to submit your notes.

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