How-To Geek We Explain Technology Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:23:03 +0000 en-us hourly 1 How to Publish Your Outlook Calendar From Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:23:03 +0000 Rob Woodgate

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Outlook lets you share your calendar with individual people, but you can also publish your calendar so that anyone with the right link can see it. Here’s how to do that and why you might find it useful.

What’s the Difference between Sharing and Publishing?

You can make your Outlook calendar available to other people in two ways:

Share your calendar. When you share your calendar, only the person you share it with can see it. You can share your calendar multiple times and manage each share individually. For example, you can share your calendar with Alice and then share it with Bob; later on, you can remove Bob’s access while keeping Alice’s access. Sharing is the best option if you want to be certain that only people you choose can see the calendar.

RELATED: How to Share your Outlook Calendar

Publish your calendar. When you publish your calendar, anyone with the link can see it. Anyone finding the link by accident is all but impossible, although people could share the link with others. Publishing is all or nothing, so if you remove the publishing link, it won’t work for anyone. Publishing is the best option for a public calendar that multiple people need access to, such as your project team at work, or a sports team you organize on the weekend.

A quick note for people using corporate IT: A lot of companies make their staff calendars internally visible by default. This allows everyone in your organization to see each other’s calendars, which makes booking meetings much easier. This is not the same as publishing your calendar, which is primarily used for sharing your calendar with people outside your organization.

How to Publish Your Outlook Calendar

In previous iterations of Outlook, you could publish your calendar from the Outlook client on your laptop. But since the introduction of Office 365 (O365), Microsoft allows you to publish a calendar with people outside of your organization only by using the Outlook web app.

Log in to your O365 account and navigate to Outlook by clicking on the app launcher (the 9 dots in the top-left corner) and selecting the Outlook icon.

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My iPhone or iPad Screen Won’t Rotate. How Do I Fix It? Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:24:51 +0000 Khamosh Pathak
Portrait Orientation Lock message in Control Center on iPhone
Khamosh Pathak

The iPhone and the iPad screen rotates almost seamlessly based on how you’re holding it. But if your display is stuck in portrait or landscape orientation, here are a couple of ways to fix it.

Turn Off Orientation Lock on iPhone

If your iPhone display is stuck in portrait and won’t rotate to landscape even when you hold your handset sideways, the Portrait Orientation Lock might be the culprit. Fortunately, we can quickly disable this lock from the iOS Control Center.

If you’re using an iPhone X-style device with a notch, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to reveal the Control Center.

Swipe down from the top-right corner to access Control Center on iPhone

If you’re using an iPhone 8 or earlier device with a physical Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Center.

In the Control Center, spot the icon that looks like a lock with a circle around it. If the Portrait Orientation Lock is enabled, this icon will be shown with a white background. Tap on the “Portrait Orientation Lock” button to disable it.

Tap on the Orientation Lock icon From Control Center on iPhone

You’ll see a “Portrait Orientation Lock: Off” message at the top of the Control Center.

The Portrait Orientation Lock Off message shown on iPhone

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7 Food Presentation Tricks to Bring the Restaurant Experience Home Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:30:33 +0000 Emilee Unterkoefler
A steak on a plate, covered in garnishes on a white tablecloth in a restaurant.

How to create a tasty meal is a skill, but so is bringing ingredients together to present an indulgent look. These seven presentation tricks will help you bring the restaurant experience home.

Plating Tools

Before we talk about technique, let’s talk about tools. The right tools help you take your decorating skills to the next level. You probably already have some of these items, but if not, they’re all pretty inexpensive:

  • A squeeze bottle: If you’ve ever wondered how a chef got that precisely drizzled chocolate swirl on your dessert, it most likely came from a squeeze bottle. You can use these to create more intricate designs or more intentionally place sauces and purees on a plate.
  • A saucier spoon: These are handy when you need to drag sauce across a plate to create the right look. A fancy spoon is nice, but if you don’t have one or can’t spring for one now, you can use a humble tablespoon (we did in the example photos in the next section).
  • Tongs: When you need to place food on a dish carefully, tongs are the answer. Use smaller tongs for meals with delicate components.

7 Presentation Tricks

You have the tools—now you need the tricks. Here are some really simple but effective ways to up your presentation game.

Plate Size, Shape, and Color

The color, shape, and size of the plate impact the way your meal looks. Sometimes, you have to experiment until you find the size or shape that looks best.

Generally, a white plate makes a bright-colored meal stand out, and a larger plate puts the focus on the final design. A rectangular plate might work for one meal, but a square plate might look more appealing paired with your dinner entrée, so try some different combinations.

Always Plate in Odd Numbers

When you plate your dish with odd quantities, it provides more visual appeal. This is why restaurants typically serve appetizers in odd-number groupings. You can bring that trick right home to your own kitchen.

Also, when you serve an odd number of helpings, it makes the dish look like there’s more on it, even if it’s only one extra stuffed mushroom.

Make Small Portions

Eggplant Parmesan on a white square plate next to a glass of red wine.
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How to Open the Control Panel on Windows 10 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:00:58 +0000 Chris Hoffman

Control Panel icon on a Windows 10 desktop

Windows 10 still contains the Control Panel. Some settings appear only in the Control Panel, some in the Settings app, and some in both. Here’s how to find the Control Panel, which is a little more hidden than it was on Windows 7.

On Windows 7, you could click the Start button and click “Control Panel.” On Windows 8 and 8.1, you could right-click the Start button or press Windows+X and click “Control Panel.” Neither of those methods works on the latest version of Windows.

Still, launching the Control Panel on Windows 10 is very easy: click the Start button or press the Windows key, type “Control Panel” into the search box in the Start menu, and press Enter. Windows will search for and open the Control Panel application.

Launching the Control Panel from Windows 10's Start menu

If you use the Control Panel frequently, right-click the Control Panel’s taskbar icon after launching it and select “Pin to Taskbar.” You can then easily launch it from your taskbar.

Pinning a Control Panel shortcut to Windows 10's taskbar

You can create a desktop shortcut to the Control Panel, too. Open the Start menu, scroll down to the bottom of the Apps list in the left pane, and click the “Windows System” folder. Drag and drop the “Control Panel” shortcut to your desktop.

Creating a desktop shortcut to the Control Panel on Windows 10

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8 Awesome Computer Cases With USB-C Front Panels Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:00:31 +0000 Andrew Heinzman
A USB-C cable sitting on top of a computer case.
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Very few PC cases actually have USB-C ports built-in, despite the fact that USB-C is quickly becoming the standard for data transfer. Thankfully, the few PC cases that offer USB-C are fantastic, and they may be perfect for your next build.

Why would you want a USB-C port installed in your computer case? Well for one, USB-C ports are more convenient than chunky USB-A ports, but they also offer fantastic charging speeds and data transfer rates. External drives and hardware (microphones, webcams, controllers, etc) also might start using USB-C, and it just makes sense for your computer to be ready for the future.

And yes, you could buy a USB-C PCIE card for your computer; that’s always an option. But these cards take up valuable slots on your motherboard, and do you really want to drop an extra $100 a few months from now just because your new PC case doesn’t have a USB-C port built-in?

What to Look For

Of course, you can’t go around buying expensive computer parts without checking to see whether they fit your needs first. Before shopping for a new computer case, you need to consider what kinds of cases are compatible with your motherboard, what kind of cooling you need, and a whole host of other questions.

Rather than leaving all the work up to you, we’ve detailed each case’s compatibility options and features throughout this article. We’ve also compiled a handy pre-shopping list, so you know what you need before you fall in love with a computer case:

  • Motherboard Compatibility: Don’t buy a case that’s too big or small for your motherboard, or a case that isn’t compatible with your motherboard. We’ll detail each case’s motherboard compatibility for your convenience.
  • Size and Space: It’s nice to have some extra space in your case. You can use this extra space to install big fans or liquid coolers, funky lights, large GPUs, or just to make cable management a little easier. But keep in mind that a gigantic, heavy computer case might not fit at your desk.
  • Cooling: Generally speaking, extra space leads to extra cooling. If you’re super concerned about cooling, look for a spacious case with some good built-in fans.
  • Hard Drive Mounts: Make sure your case has enough mounts for your HDDs and SSDs.
  • USB Inputs: All cases mentioned in this article have at least one USB-C input, but that doesn’t necessarily mean every case here has enough USB ports to suit your needs. Don’t worry—we’ll list the ports available for each case.

Now you know what you need from your computer case, it’s time to hop right into it. Keep in mind that not too many cases with built-in USB-C ports are on the market just yet, so your options might feel a bit limited.

Full-Tower and Ultra-Tower Cases

The be quiet! Dark Base Pro and the Cooler Master Cosmos.
The be quiet! Dark Base Pro and the Cooler Master Cosmos. be quiet!, Cooler Master

Full-tower cases usually work with E-ATX and XL-ATX boards, and they’re great for huge, powerful rigs that need a lot of cooling or multiple GPUs.

Here are some full-tower cases with a built-in USB-C port:

  • be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 V2 (E-ATX, XL-ATX): This 27″ tall case is built for demanding setups. It has three built-in “Silent Wings” fans, a relocatable motherboard tray, RGB illumination, a PSU shroud, and an airflow system. It has modular HDD slots that can be used for five HDDs, ten SSDs, and two optical drives simultaneously. As for ports, it has a USB-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, and a built-in Qi wireless charger.
  • Cooler Master Cosmos C700M (E-ATX): Cooler Master calls this an “ultra-tower” case, and for good reason. It is 25.6″ tall, has handles, and is made from sleek glass and aluminum. It has some RGB tech built-in, two fans, and eight PCI slots. But it only has four internal drive bays, one external drive bay, one USB-C port, one USB 3.0 port, and a USB 3.1 port.

These two full-tower cases have specs comparable to the mid-tower cases below. So if you have an E-ATX motherboard, be sure to read on and fully weigh your options.

Mid-Tower Cases

The LIAN LI PC-011 and the AORUS C300.
The LIAN LI PC-011 and the AORUS C300. LIAN LI, AORUS

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How to Get Help in Windows 10 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:00:41 +0000 Chris Hoffman

Get Help application showing the Virtual Agent on Windows 10

Windows 10 has a built-in Get Help app that will offer solutions to problems and even connect you to a human support person. That’s just one of Windows 10’s convenient built-in support options.

Use the “Get Help” App

Windows 10 includes a Get Help application that can provide solutions to many problems. You’ll find it in your Start menu. Click the Start button, type “Get Help,” and click the “Get Help” shortcut that appears or press Enter. You can also scroll through the list of applications at the left side of the Start menu and click the “Get Help” shortcut.

Searching for Get Help in Windows 10's Start menu

By default, this connects you to a “virtual agent.” Type what you want support with, and it’ll try to find you some information. You can also skip this part and type something like “talk to a human” to get connected with a Microsoft support person.

Asking the virtual support agent for a human representative on Windows 10

Press F1 for Help in Many Applications

The F1 key is the traditional way of getting help. If you have the focus on the Windows desktop and tap the “F1” key, Windows will perform a Bing search for “how to get help in windows 10.”

That’s not super useful, but the F1 key can still be helpful in many other applications. For example, pressing F1 in Chrome will open Google’s Chrome Support site. Pressing F1 in Microsoft Office will open Microsoft’s Office support site. Try it in whatever application you’re using.

Find Settings With the Start Menu

We recommend using the Start menu’s search feature if you’re looking for a setting or application in particular. Let’s say you need to connect to a VPN—you can just press the Windows key on your keyboard or click the Start button and type “vpn.” You’ll see a variety of VPN options in Windows.

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The Best Rowing Machine for Home Use Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:00:30 +0000 Jonathon Heddings
Man Using Concept2 Model E Rower

Rowing machines offer a low-impact alternative to running and other cardiovascular activities, that also heavily works out your legs, back, and core. If you want to create your own home gym or just a new way to exercise, a rower is the machine for you.

What’s Important to Look for in a Rower?

Many different kinds of rowers are on the market, and every model has its advantages and flaws. So, before you go out and make your purchase, consider what’s needed to fit your exercising goals.

  • Size: Rowing machines are notorious for taking up a lot of space and, because they are very long, storing them can be difficult. Some people like to keep their rowers out in the open, and others would rather store them away when not in use. You’ll want to look for a model that best fits your storage preferences. Many models fold up or separate to provide for easier storage.
  • Type of resistance: The type of resistance can be important to the workout you’re trying to achieve. Hydraulic rowers are smaller and cheaper but can have an awkward range of motion. The pricier air, magnetic, and water resistance-based rowers provide a more natural and efficient workout. Air rowers, however, can get very loud compared to the other types, especially during intense workouts.
  • Technology: Many modern rowing machines have different intensity levels and preset workouts to better fit your exercise routine. Different models can measure your heart rate, workout progress, and connect via Bluetooth to health and fitness apps.
  • Comfort: When buying any sort of exercise equipment, you’ll want to make sure you feel  comfortable using it. You won’t want to work out on an uncomfortable machine, so we made sure to pick only machines known for feeling great.

The Best Overall: Concept2 Model D

Concept2 Model D Indoor rowing Machine

When it comes to rowing, one name shines above the rest. Concept2 is regarded as the leader of the industry, and its Model D rowing machine is the reason why. The Model D resistance is based on an air-flywheel design; as you pull the flywheel, it pushes air out of the way. The faster you pull, the more air you push and the more resistance you face, naturally scaling with the effort you put into the workout. The rower also has a damper that can be used to block the flow of air to the flywheel allowing for an easy way to adjust the intensity of the workout.

The machine’s aluminum base also splits apart easily, without any tools, into two pieces for easier storage when not in use. The display allows you to customize your workouts and can connect to your phone and heart rate monitors to track your progress. The monitor arm allows for height and angle adjustments, too, so no matter your size, you’ll always have a comfortable viewing angle. The Concept2 Model D rowing machine is the best-selling rower on the market for a reason: It is an elite machine.

The Best Overall

Concept2 Model D with PM5 Performance Monitor Indoor Rower Rowing Machine Black

The Model D is the best thing in the rowing world. It gives an unparalleled workout that’s even used by the most elite athletes to train for the Olympics. This air-powered rower is the best choice on the market.

The Premium Pick: Concept2 Model E

Concept2 Model E Indoor rowing Machine

The Concept2 Model E rower has everything that makes the Model D great and more. The Model E is made from welded steel, sits 6″ higher off the ground, and has a solid, one-piece front support, making this model much studier and damage resistant. Its steel chain is fully housed for extra protection, and the monitor arm is longer and fixed in position in front of the user for easier viewing. The rower even has a glossy finish, making it look as great as it feels to use. If you have the extra money to spend, the Model E is a great upgrade and makes you feel like you’re training for the Olympics.

The Premium Pick

Concept2 Model E with PM5 Performance Monitor Indoor Rower Rowing Machine Black

The Model E has everything the Model D does but in a studier, more premium, package. It is built to last through even the most strenuous use, and its professional aesthetic makes this machine one of the best-looking models out there.

The Budget Pick: SF-RW5515

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5515
Sunny Health and Fitness

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Everything We Know About Apple TV+ So Far Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:40:20 +0000 Andrew Heinzman
A bag of popcorn spilling onto an iPhone with the TV+ logo.
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Apple plans to launch its new streaming service, Apple TV+, in November of this year. But what’s special about TV+, how much does it cost, and why is Apple trying to join the streaming war in 2019?

TV+ Will Be an Extension of the TV App

An Apple TV displaying a variety of streaming service options

The Apple TV app (and the company’s streaming boxes) are honestly wonderful. They have a clean interface, and they provide access to a variety of streaming services. You can even subscribe to services like HBO through the Apple TV app.

So it’s no surprise that TV+ will be an extension of the Apple TV app. In practice, this may look like Amazon’s Fire TV homepage, where you get to see popular offerings from Prime TV mixed with the launch apps for other streaming services.

One thing we know for sure is that TV+ will be ad-free. That’s been one of Apple’s selling points since the service was announced on March 2019. Although the lack of ads may make it difficult for Apple to turn a quick profit on TV+, considering how much the company is paying for its new shows.

Apple’s Already Spent $6 Billion on Its Unproven Shows

A screengrab from The Morning Show. Steve Carell looks disgusted.

You know how Game of Thrones is the most expensive TV show ever made? Each episode of Game of Thrones’ final season cost HBO $15 million—a budget that was allotted due to the show’s popularity and profitability.

But what if HBO dropped $15 million on a brand new, totally unproven show? Well, that’s exactly what Apple’s doing with one of its new serials. The company is reportedly spending $300 million to produce 20 episodes of The Morning Show, a comedy-drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon.

Apple is dropping a total of $6 billion on its 40 new shows and movies. Some of these shows, like For All Mankind, The Morning Show, and Peanuts in Space, are set to debut this year. Others, including Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, a show based on the novel Pachinko, and a period comedy about Emily Dickinson (yes, that Emily Dickinson) will come out in either late 2019 or early 2020.

You can view the full list of Apple’s original TV shows and movies on Wikipedia.

It Will Cost $10 a Month (Probably)

The Apple Pay logo on a phone screen.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple TV+ will cost $10 a month. That puts the service in sort of a mid-range category—it will cost more than Disney+ ($7 a month) but less than Netflix’s Standard plan ($12 a month). As you’d expect, Apple will also offer a free month-long trial for TV+.

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Save Your Back from Your Desk with These 5 Office-Friendly Stretches Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:40:06 +0000 Karla Tafra
a young woman does a yoga twist on an office conference table
Karla Tafra

Between driving, sitting at a desk, and relaxing, many of us spend the majority of our time sitting down. One major consequence of this is back pain. Here are five office-friendly stretches that can help!

You probably don’t have the time or space to run through a full yoga routine at the office, but these stretches are easy to squeeze in and undo some of the tension introduced by hours at your desk.

Forward Fold

a young woman does a forward fold yoga stretch
Karla Tafra

One of the best passive stretches is a simple forward fold. Using gravity to pull you down, you’re naturally creating space in between your vertebrae and stretching out the hamstrings and back muscles.

A lot of people don’t realize that tight hamstrings are one of the main culprits of lower back pain and never think to include them into their stretching routine. The muscles in our bodies are all connected and thinking about how one muscle group affects another makes it easier to pick a good stretch for it.

Making sure your knees are bent will protect the lower back and prevent the hamstrings from being over-extended. Let your upper body fall over your thighs and relax the shoulders.

You can intensify the stretch by interlacing the fingers behind your back and releasing the arms over your head. This rinses out the shoulders and pulls the lats away from the lower back, creating even more space and releasing tension. Keep breathing fully and deeply, letting your head fall heavy. When exiting the pose, curl the spine and roll up slowly, stacking the vertebrae on top of one other, head lifting last.

Seated Heart Opener

a young woman does a seated heart opener yoga stretch outside an office building
Karla Tafra

Sitting at our desks all day keeps our chest closed up as our shoulders hunch forward to type at our computers. Performing this stretch a couple of times a day helps with combatting upper back pain, neck stiffness, and even headaches caused by overly tight muscles. Place your hands on the chair behind you, palms facing forward. Make sure your feet are hip-width distance and firmly pressing into the ground, creating a stable foundation. Push down through your palms and let your front body open up.

Be careful not to let your neck and head fall backward. Instead, elongate your spine by sending your shoulders away from your ears and breathe into the stretch. This will help create that much-needed lift and prevent any neck straining. Use every inhale to elongate the spine even more, and every exhale to go deeper. When you’re ready to come out, curl your spine the opposite way and bring your chin towards your chest to prevent any discomfort.

Neck Stretch

a young woman performing a simple yoga neck stretch
Karla Tafra

Stretching the neck prevents upper back pain, stiff shoulders, and potential headaches. Staring at our screens the entire day and sitting in that hunched position isn’t natural for our bodies. We compensate with every possible muscle, which in turn wreaks havoc on our nerves and all the signals going into our brain.

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Geek Trivia: When You’re Up To Shenanigans, You’re Acting Like What? Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

When You’re Up To Shenanigans, You’re Acting Like What?

  1. The Norse God Loki
  2. An Imp
  3. A Monkey
  4. A Fox

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How to Enable Ultra-Low Latency Mode for NVIDIA Graphics Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:23:50 +0000 Chris Hoffman
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card

NVIDIA’s graphics drivers now offer a “Ultra-Low Latency mode” intended for competitive gamers and anyone else who wants the fastest input response times in their games. This feature is available for all NVIDIA GeForce GPUs in the NVIDIA Control Panel.

What Is Ultra-Low Latency Mode?

NVIDIA ultra-low latency response time testing benchmark results

Graphics engines queue frames to be rendered by the GPU, the GPU renders them, and then they’re displayed on your PC.  As NVIDIA explains, this feature builds on the “Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames” feature that’s been found in the NVIDIA Control Panel for over a decade. That allowed you to keep the number of frames in the render queue down.

With “Ultra-Low Latency” mode, frames are submitted into the render queue just before the GPU needs them. This is “just in time frame scheduling,” as NVIDIA calls it. NVIDIA says it will “further [reduce] latency by up to 33%” over just using the Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames option.

NVIDIA render queue diagram

This works with all GPUs. However, it only works with DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 games. In DirectX 12 and Vulkan games, “the game decides when to queue the frame” and the NVIDIA graphics drivers have no control over this.

Here’s when NVIDIA says you might want to use this setting:

“Low Latency modes have the most impact when your game is GPU bound, and framerates are between 60 and 100 FPS, enabling you to get the responsiveness of high-framerate gaming without having to decrease graphical fidelity. “

In other words, if a game is CPU bound (limited by your CPU resources instead of your GPU) or you have very high or very low FPS, this won’t help too much. If you have input latency in games—mouse lag, for example—that’s often simply a result of low frames per second (FPS) and this setting won’t solve that problem.

Warning: This will potentially reduce your FPS. This mode is off by default, which NVIDIA says leads to “maximum render throughput.” For most people most of the time, that’s a better option. But, for competitive multiplayer gaming, you’ll want all the tiny edges you can get—and that includes lower latency.

How to Enable Ultra-Low Latency Mode

You’ll need version 436.02 or newer of the NVIDIA graphics driver to take advantage of this. You can update your graphics driver through the GeForce Experience application or download the latest graphics driver directly from NVIDIA’s website.

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The New Microsoft Edge Is Now “Ready for Everyday Use” Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:07:09 +0000 Chris Hoffman Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser beta on Windows 10

You can now download the first Beta version of the new Chromium-based Edge browser. Microsoft is still working on it, but says it’s “ready for everyday use.” It’s available for Windows 10, 8, 7, and macOS.

As Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows, writes: “Beta is the third and final preview channel which will come online before launch.” This is the version to try if you want to play with the new Edge and want the most stable experience

Edge’s new development process is just like Google Chrome’s—that’s no surprise, since both are now based on the Chromium open-source project. Expect major Beta version upgrades every six weeks. New features have to make their way through the Canary and Dev channels before graduating to the Beta channel.

Make no mistake: This is the future of browsing on Windows. And it looks a lot like Chrome. Microsoft has put its own spin on things, integrating tracking prevention for improved online privacy, Internet Explorer mode for compatibility, and Windows Defender Application Guard for enterprise security. But much of the work Microsoft is doing will make Google Chrome even better, too. Everyone wins.

The new Microsoft Edge's New Tab page

How to Send PowerPoint Presentations With an Embedded Video Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:23:05 +0000 Marshall Gunnell

microsoft powerpoint logo

PowerPoint allows you to embed videos directly in your presentation. However, if you share the presentation, you might discover the embedded video no longer works. Here’s how to send your presentation with the embedded video still intact.

The issue here is that the embedded video doesn’t actually become a part of your slideshow. When you embed a video in PowerPoint, you’re simply telling PowerPoint the location of the media on your computer. PowerPoint then references that video on the designated slide.

If you want to send the presentation with the embedded video, you’ll need to package them together.

Create a Folder

First things first, you’ll create a folder to store both the PowerPoint and video file. Note that you need to do this before embedding the video in your presentation. If you change the location of the video file after you embed it, the video will no longer work.

To create a new folder in Windows, right-click on the location where you want to place it, select “New” from the drop-down menu, and then select “Folder” from the submenu.

If you’re using a Mac, you’ll simply right-click and select “New Folder.”

Create a new folder

You’ll be prompted to name the folder. Name it something memorable, and then store your presentation and video file in this folder.

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Commit to Daily “Unplugged” Time to Boost Distraction-Free Parenting Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:24:51 +0000 Jill Chafin mom laying on the floor reading a book to her child

We all want to be more present, mindful, and attentive parents. But let’s face it, that’s hard to do with our phones constantly beeping, buzzing, vibrating—always pulling us back in. Add in the lure of entertaining children’s shows and exciting apps, getting our kids to unplug feels impossible, too.

The answer? You just gotta pull the plug. Not all day, but for stretches of time. That means letting all those notifications, emails, and texts wait. Don’t worry. They’ll be there when you’re done with your “unplugged” time.

RELATED: How to Parent Mindfully (and Minimize Distractions)

First, start by figuring out what times of day are best to unplug. Don’t set yourself up for failure. For example, if you’re used to your kids watching TV while you cook dinner, then go ahead and keep that as part of your usual routine. We want you to maintain your sanity (or at least part of it) throughout all of this.

We suggest cutting out technology and screen time during the morning routine, when you’re eating meals together, and during the bedtime routine. Start there, trying to add in a dedicated hour once you get the ball rolling.

Here are a few quick tips for success:

  • Hide your phone: That’s right, physically put your phone in another room. Turn it on silent. Once it’s out of sight, you’ll be less likely to impulsively check it every five minutes.
  • Unplug the TV: Actually reach behind the TV and pull the plug! This little ritual might seem silly, but it will signify that “unplugged” time has begun, pushing your family to find new and creative ways for entertainment.
  • Turn off the Wi-Fi: Unplug your Wi-Fi while you’re at it. This will remind you, and everyone else, this is time to pause and be present.
  • Set the timer: Knowing that “unplugged” time isn’t forever will help you, and your family, get through it! Start with 30 minutes if it seems like a real struggle, eventually working up to a full hour—or even two or three hours.

Unplugging is a great start, but it’s not the only way to parent more mindfully. For more tips and tricks, check out our guide to parenting mindfully by minimizing distractions.

How to Create Hyphens, En Dashes, and Em Dashes in Google Docs Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:24:13 +0000 Brady Gavin

google docs logo

Standard keyboards don’t have dedicated keys for special punctuation marks, such as an en or em dash, if you want to use them in Google Docs. Here’s how you can create hyphens and dashes in your documents.

As we are a technology website, we won’t go into detail about when and how to use each form of punctuation. Instead, you can check out what a hyphenen dash, and em dash are if you’re unsure when to use each punctuation mark. Essentially, a hyphen is a dash (-), an en dash is the length of two dashes (–), and an em dash is the length of three dashes (—).

Manually Create Hyphens and Dashes

The first thing you’ll need to do is fire up your browser and open a Google Docs file to get started.

A hyphen is the easiest punctuation mark to create in Google Docs. Likely, your keyboard already has a key just for this purpose. Depending on the layout of the keyboard, the hyphen key is at the top and beside the zero (0) key. All you have to do is press it, and that’s it. Hyphen created.

En and em dashes are a little more tricky to find. Keyboards don’t have keys that are dedicated to these punctuation marks. Unless you’re a professional writer, you probably aren’t going to be using them that often.

Although you could enter the corresponding Alt key code for either en or em dash, you have an easier way to insert them into your document. Docs has a Special Characters tool that lets you add them without having to remember their codes.

Click on your document where you want to insert the dash, open the “Insert” menu, and then click “Special Characters.”

Click "Insert" and then click "Special Characters."

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The YubiKey 5Ci Brings USB 2FA to Your iPhone…Kind Of Tue, 20 Aug 2019 09:00:34 +0000 Cameron Summerson The YubiKey 5Ci on the red iPhone XR.
Cameron Summerson

Yubico launches its new 5Ci YubiKey today, which features an iOS Lightning plug on one side (a first for any security key) and a USB-C on the other. This brings the extra protection of a USB security key to almost any device.

The key is an interesting and versatile option for anyone who wants to increase security on their most important accounts—and especially those who want a USB security option on iOS. Just don’t expect it to work on all apps across the board, yet.

Currently, only the following list of apps support the 5Ci on iOS:

The Brave browser also supports the 5Ci for certain websites, like Twitter, Github,,, and Yubico is working with other iOS developers and online service providers to bring additional 5Ci support, as well.

The YubiKey 5Ci connected to the iPhone XR.
Cameron Summerson

The USB-C side of the key, however, works with any browser or service on any OS that supports USB security keys. That means you can plug it directly into Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, Android, or any other device that has a USB-C port. It should also work flawlessly with any Works with YubiKey service. As USB-C is offered on more devices, the 5Ci will also become your only USB security key, across all devices.

Of course, it’s worth noting this isn’t the first USB security key to work with iOS—the YubiKey 5 NFC has worked on all NFC-equipped iOS devices since the iPhone 7. Considering that key also has a USB-A plug, it’s an equally versatile option when it comes to compatibility. There is, of course, the need for dongles on devices that don’t support USB-A inputs or NFC, which makes the 5Ci a better choice for people with multiple types of devices. If it only had NFC, it might be the perfect security key. Maybe in the next iteration.

The YubiKey 5Ci.
Cameron Summerson

While we’re talking about caveats, there’s another big one that must be mentioned: the USB-C plug does not currently work with iPad Pro devices. The reason for this is unclear, but hopefully, it’s something Pro users can expect in the future.

When it comes to using the YubiKey 5Ci, well, it’s as simple as using a security key. You have to add it to your specific accounts on another device, like a computer (with USB-C, of course). But after that, you can use it to log in to accounts on iOS. I tested it with Twitter on Brave, and it worked instantly and without any fuss.

Right now, the 5Ci is a bit ahead of its time, but it’s the sort of push necessary to get broader support for USB security keys on iOS. It’s up to developers to incorporate support for this feature into their apps and services, and hopefully, the 5Ci will encourage that. Support within Chrome and Safari would also be highly useful, especially as more sites enable support for security keys on iOS.

How to Create More Space for an iPhone or iPad Update Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:00:03 +0000 Khamosh Pathak
iPhone Storage screen on an iPhone.
Khamosh Pathak

A major iOS software update normally requires a couple of gigabytes of storage space. If you don’t have room on your iPhone or iPad to install an update, follow these steps to quickly free some up.

Delete Photos and Videos

If your iPhone or iPad is packed with photos and videos, it’s unlikely all of them are worth keeping. For every Instagram-worthy shot, you probably have 5 to 10 you can do without. Once you delete those photos, you quickly recover storage space.

Open the Photos app, navigate to the “Recents” album, and then tap “Select.”

Tap Select.

Scroll through all your photos and select the ones you can delete. When they’re all selected, tap the Delete button in the bottom-right corner.

Tap the "Delete" button.

In the next popup, tap “Delete Photos” (this also deletes the photos from your iCloud account).

Tap on Delete Photos button to confirm

But iOS and iPadOS won’t delete the photos immediately. Go to the “Albums” tab and select the “Recently Deleted” album. Here, tap “Select,” and then tap “Delete All” to get rid of all your deleted photos.

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5 Kitchen Gadgets to Throw Out Now (And What to Use Instead) Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:00:30 +0000 Lauren Sakiyama
a pile of kitchen gadgets on a kitchen counter

Kitchens can quickly become a haven for single-use gadgets. Who really needs another odd-shaped, drawer-jamming tool? The truth is, we know we don’t need a butter mill or a banana slicer; the question is what to use instead.

There seems to be a different kitchen tool for every possible task. Want the perfect sliced egg? They’ve got a thing for that. How about a beautifully hulled strawberry? Yep, got that too. Or maybe putting a fork in the pickle jar is just upsetting to you, in which case, fear not, the pickle picker does exist.

Most of us don’t want our kitchen to turn into a one-use tool graveyard. But, it would be nice to know what multi-use tools might take the place of these single-use gadgets. We’re not saying to throw away that banana slicer…

Okay, yes, we are. Please throw away the banana slicer and read on.

Forget the Butter Mill, Use a Cheese Grater

If you’ve never seen a butter mill, you’re not missing out. This single-use tool is said to give you soft, spreadable butter without the wait time. However, as any experienced baker knows, there are other ways to get soft butter straight from the fridge. The easiest? Use a cheese grater.

Cuisinart CTG-00-BG Boxed Grater

Made from stainless steel, this grater features a large soft-grip handle and four sides for grating and slicing in different sizes.

Yep, grate the butter like you would your favorite soft cheese. You’ll have “softened” butter suitable for any use, whether it be on toast or in your next batch of cookies. Bonus, the cheese grater can also be used to grate just about anything else, from onions to gruyere, making it a much more versatile tool to have in your kitchen.

No Strawberry Huller Required, But a Chef Knife Is

RELATED: How to Select a Chef Knife to Meet All Your Kitchen Needs

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Can You Use iMessage on a Windows PC or Android Phone? Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:00:04 +0000 Chris Hoffman
iMessage on an iPhone X
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Want iMessage for Android or Windows? Unfortunately, you’re out of luck. Apple’s Messages app works only on Apple devices like Macs, iPhones, and iPads. No third-party apps can connect to iMessage. However, some good alternatives have similar functionality.

Apple doesn’t offer Messages on the web, either. That’s a shame—it could be part of the iCloud website like iCloud Drive, Notes, and Find My iPhone are.

Solutions That Don’t Work (Stay Away from iPadian)

Search for “iMessage on PC” or something similar on the web, and you’ll discover many websites offering a handful of bad solutions for running iMessage on a Windows PC. Here’s why they don’t work.

Some websites recommend you use Chrome Remote Desktop or another remote desktop tool. Yes, if you have a Mac, you can leave that Mac running, access it remotely from a PC, and use the Messages app (or any other Mac app) over the remote desktop connection. If you have a spare Mac lying around, this will work—but you probably don’t. This is a silly solution for almost everyone.

The same websites recommend you download something called “iPadian,” which is an “iOS and iPad simulator.” At first glance, it looks like a way to run the iPad’s iOS operating system on your desktop. But that’s deceiving. It isn’t an emulator—it’s a “simulator” that can’t actually run real iOS apps. You can’t run Messages or any other apps. You can run some fake apps designed to look like an iPad. For this, the company behind iPadian charges money.

Stay away from iPadian. It doesn’t work at all, and it’s a waste of money. Sadly, there’s no way to run iMessage on a PC.

How to Use iMessage on Android (with a Mac)

iMessage on Android with AirMessage

If you own a Mac and have an Android phone, here’s a solution you can look into. AirMessage promises “iMessage for Android,” and it delivers. It’s a little complicated, though, and involves conscripting a Mac you own to function as a server.

Here’s how it works: You need a Mac, where you’ll install the AirMessage server. That Mac must remain running and connected to the internet at all times. You then install the AirMessage app on your Android phone. You can access iMessage through AirMessage on Android—your Mac does the heavy lifting; the AirMessage app communicates with it. As the device that’s actually connected to iMessage, your Mac is just sending messages back and forth.

For Mac owners with Android phones, AirMessage could be tempting. But you’ll want an always-on Mac with a stable internet connection. It’s an ordeal.

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What Is VBScript, and Why Did Microsoft Just Kill It? Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:40:50 +0000 Chris Hoffman

Internet Explorer shortcut on a Windows 10 desktop.

VBScript is gone. Once a scripting language to compete with JavaScript in web browsers, VBScript is now disabled by default in Internet Explorer on all supported versions of Windows after a recent Windows update. But VBScript has been fading away for years.

Goodbye, VBScript!

On August 13, 2019, Microsoft disabled VBScript by default in Internet Explorer on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 systems via a Patch Tuesday update. Microsoft released a similar update for Windows 10 on July 9, 2019. Now, on any supported Windows system with the latest updates installed, VBScript will be disabled by default.

VBScript was already mostly gone. Microsoft never supported VBScript in Microsoft Edge, which meant it was limited to Internet Explorer 11. Other browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari never implemented VBScript, either.

VBScript Competed With JavaScript

VBScript was a scripting language modeled after Microsoft’s Visual Basic. Its full name is “Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition.”

This language first appeared in a consumer product back in 1996, when it was added to Internet Explorer. Websites could use VBScript just like they could use JavaScript, and Internet Explorer supported both. However, VBScript only worked in Internet Explorer while JavaScript was a cross-browser solution that also worked in other browsers. That’s a big reason why JavaScript won, and most web pages never adopted VBScript for client-side scripts.

Microsoft just disabled VBScript in the browser. By default, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer run VBScript found on web pages. It was rarely used, but there may still be some old internal business websites that rely on VBScript instead of JavaScript.

Microsoft’s Edge browser team wrote about “saying goodbye” to VBScript and other old technologies like ActiveX back in 2015, pointing out that “JavaScript has become the de-facto language of the web.” Edge has never supported VBScript.

VBScript Wasn’t Just For Web Browsers

A VBScript file in File Explorer

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Everything You Need to Know About Disney+ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:40:12 +0000 Andrew Heinzman
The Disney+ logo on a white background.

Disney+ is set to launch on November 12th, and it’s going to be a very big deal. The new streaming service will be filled with exclusive Disney content, and its $6.99 price tag makes it an attractive alternative to Netflix.

Of course, there’s more to it than just that. Disney+ is arriving at a time when there doesn’t seem to be enough room for another streaming service. So how is it going to innovate? What kind of original content can we expect to see on Disney+, and is there anything unsavory about the service that we haven’t heard about yet?

Disney+ Has a Slim, Exclusive Library

A few of Disney+s starring programs, including Moana, Toy Story, and Captain Marvel.

The Disney+ library will be filled with somewhere between 400-500 movies and about 7,000 TV episodes. Compared to Netflix’s library of 1,500+ TV shows and 4,000+ films, that’s not a lot. But Disney+ makes up for its slim library by offering a metric ton of exclusive content.

You can expect most of that content to be from Disney’s back catalog (and from the catalog of its other properties, like Pixar, FX, Marvel, and Lucasfilms). With Disney+, you’ll have access to all of Disney’s animated classics (even if they’re in the “vault“), all of the Pixar films, all of the Star Wars films, most of the Marvel films, The Simpsons, and various other programs.

But there will also be a handful of made-for-Disney+ shows and movies. Get ready for a Star Wars: The Clone Wars reboot, two live-action Star Wars shows, and a few Marvel shows (Falcon and Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye). You can view the full list of Disney+ originals on Wikipedia.

Wait a minute, Disney owns FX and (most of ) Hulu, will those companies’ exclusive shows end up on Disney+? The answer is no, mostly because Disney wants its new streaming platform to be family-friendly. Rumor has it that most of FX’s programming will end up on Hulu and that Hulu will be Disney’s destination for its “adult” properties.

It’s Cheap, Real Cheap

A finger presses a button labeled "GOOD DEALS"
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Remember how Netflix used to be super cheap? Well, those days are long gone, but Disney+ will surely take Netflix’s place as the cheapest way to mindlessly stare at your TV.

As a stand-alone service, Disney+ will cost just $6.99 a month. You can even subscribe to Disney+ through your Hulu account (as an add-on) for the same $6.99 price, assuming you want to keep all your shows and movies in one place. (This option may be exclusive to Hulu + Live TV subscribers—Disney hasn’t clarified yet).

But you can also pay for Disney+ as a bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu. This bundle costs a mere $12.99 a month, which happens to be the same price as the Standard Netflix streaming plan. Before you get too excited, we’re talking about the version of Hulu that includes ads. And at this time, Disney hasn’t announced a package with ad-free Hulu, either. Yeah, bummer.

No, Disney+ Wont Have Ads

A child watches an ad on a TV.

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Geek Trivia: What Is The Only Insect Known To Navigate Using Stars? Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

What Is The Only Insect Known To Navigate Using Stars?

  1. Locusts
  2. Monarch Butterflies
  3. Centipedes
  4. Dung Beetles

Think you know the answer?

How to Migrate Your Nest Account to a Google Account Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:53:19 +0000 Justin Duino
Google Nest Android App Homescreen
Justin Duino

Nest users can now migrate their account over to Google. Doing so allows for a more secure sign-in process and better integration with Google Assistant, but kills most third-party integrations. There are more cons than pros, so we recommend waiting.

Why You Should Hold off on Making the Switch

When Google announced its plans for the account migration, it also stated that the company would eventually kill off the Works with Nest program. This change would require services to move over to the Works with Google Assistant program.

The main problem with that transition is that most services would lose direct access to Nest Products. As a result, users would need to set up routines that may or may not work the way they previously had.

The one caveat is if you’re using Amazon’s smart devices with your Nest products. Google stated that it is working with Amazon to make sure Alexa keeps all of its integrations.

If you’re not worried about losing third-party integrations with your Nest devices, go ahead and move to the next section.

RELATED: What the End of “Works With Nest” Means For You

Migrate Your Nest Account to a Google Account

For this tutorial, we’re going to walk you through migrating your Nest account to Google using the Android app. The process is nearly identical on the iOS app and on the web. Additionally, you will need to be running version 5.38 of the Nest app.

Note: Migrating your Nest account to Google is not reversible. Once you confirm the switch, you won’t be able to use your Nest login again.

First, open the Nest app on your device or visit the Nest website and ensure that you’re signed in. Next, select the gear icon in the top-right of the screen to take you to the settings menu. If you’re on the web, you’ll need to click on your avatar and then choose “Settings”.

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How to Reset User Options and Registry Settings in Word Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:23:27 +0000 Marshall Gunnell

microsoft word logo

If Word is acting glitchy and abnormal, resetting it might be necessary. Although Microsoft doesn’t provide a “reset” button to bring Word’s user options and registry settings back to default, a couple of fairly simple solutions are available.

Running Microsoft’s Easy Fix Wizard

The first (and easiest) solution is to run Microsoft’s Easy Fix Wizard that automatically resets Word’s user options and registry settings for you. To find the Wizard, go to the “Here’s an Easy Fix” section of Microsoft’s Troubleshooting page. Select “Download” and, once finished, open the application.

Note that all Office applications must be closed for the Wizard to work.

Microsoft Easy Fix

The Easy Fix window will appear. Read the basic information and select “Next.”

Troubleshoot and help prevent computer problems

Let the Wizard run through its troubleshooting process. When it’s finished, select “Close.”

Troubleshoot complete

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Use the 20-20-20 Rule to Relieve Eyestrain Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:24:46 +0000 Carla Cometto woman with eye strain from working on the computer too long, rubbing her eyes

Eyestrain is one of the most common complaints among computer users. Fortunately, a simple trick can help remedy the issue: the 20-20-20 rule. Here’s how it works.

Burning and itchy eyes, blurred vision, and headaches are some of the symptoms often experienced by individuals who clock long hours in front of a screen. It’s so common, especially among office workers, that the grouping of symptoms has a name: Computer Vision Syndrome.

The most obvious way to fix the issue is to take breaks to relax your eyes, but that’s not always an option. Imminent deadlines, conference video calls, or engaging video lectures can keep you glued to the computer without a chance to take the time to completely unwind for a few minutes.

That’s when the 20-20-20 exercise comes to the rescue: Every 20 minutes, stare at objects 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds. Doing so gives your eyes much-needed rest and helps prevent strain.

To boost the restorative power of this trick, try to find green objects to stare at. In fact, our eyes perceive the color green better than other color, and research indicates greens, especially darker greens like foliage, are relaxing to look at—certainly more relaxing than the off-white color of your office walls. With that in mind, it’s not a bad idea to take a break from the stimulating (and eye-straining) intense blue-spectrum light of your computer monitor and find plants in the room or trees outside the window to look at.

If your schedule allows it, take it to the next level and go for a quick walk around the office or the house. This will give your whole body a break from sitting down. Plus, your pupils will get some good exercise by looking at a variety of objects during your walk and at distances farther than your workspace allows.

How to View Saved Passwords in Chrome for Android Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:24:38 +0000 Justin Duino

Android Google Chrome Saved Passwords

Google Chrome occasionally offers to save passwords as users type them into websites. Android owners can quickly access, delete, and export saved passwords through the mobile browser. Here’s how to view your saved passwords on your smartphone.

View Saved Passwords

Start by opening the “Chrome” browser on your smartphone. If the app isn’t located on your homescreen, you can swipe up to access your app drawer and launch Chrome from there.

Android Click Chrome App

Next, tap on the three vertical dots. Depending on your version of Chrome, these are either in the top-right or bottom-right corner of the screen.

Android Google Chrome Tap Three Dots

Select “Settings” near the bottom of the pop-up menu.

Android Google Chrome Tap Settings

Locate and tap on “Passwords” partway down the list.

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The Best Podcast Apps for iPhone and iPad Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:00:23 +0000 Oliver Haslam

Overcast playback screen.

Choosing the right podcast app has a big impact on your listening enjoyment. They all play audio, but how they do it and the features they offer are different. Here are some of the best podcast apps for iPhone and iPad.

Why Your Podcast App Matters

As podcasts continue to grow in popularity, what users want from podcast streaming apps (or “podcatchers”) has also grown. Some apps do the bare minimum—they play podcasts. You might be able to speed up playback, but for more advanced controls, you need a more feature-rich podcatcher.

That’s where the more complex apps come in. They bring more interesting interfaces and fuller feature lists, as well as the ability to side-load audio files, share audio clips, skip silence, and more.

The best podcast app for you might be different from what’s best for someone else. And thankfully, there’s enough competition in the podcast-playing space to cater to everyone.

Best of the Best: Overcast

Overcast podcast menu, play screen, and Search menu on a phone.

There are some features all podcast apps have to offer to become popular, like chapter support, and options to change the playback speed. Overcast is a great example of what’s possible when a developer goes the extra mile. It has two standout playback-related features: Voice Boost and Smart Speed.

Voice Boost increases the volume of speech and makes hosts sound clearer and louder without distortion. The volume doesn’t increase for music or jingles, which makes listening to podcasts more pleasant.

As great as Voice Boost is, Smart Speed offers the biggest change. Most apps allow users to listen at 2x, or other speed increments. But Smart Speed removes the silence in podcasts and makes them shorter. So, it reduces your listening time without making anyone sound like a chipmunk. There’s more science to it than that, but once you listen to a podcast with Smart Speed active, it’s difficult to go back.

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Will Your Favorite iPhone Apps Work on iPad? Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000 Oliver Haslam
A person holding an Apple iPad
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Everyone has their favorite apps. Although many of them will work on iPhones and iPads, they don’t all take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen. We’re going to explain how to tell which apps should work well before you download them.

The Different Types of Apps

The App Store is home to millions of apps, but they aren’t all created equal. To determine whether an iPhone app will work on your iPad, you need to know a little about how apps and the App Store work.

There are four types of apps a developer can build:

  • iPhone-only: These apps are built for the iPhone and cannot work on an iPad at all. The number of apps that fall into this category is small, and they are usually those which require hardware that isn’t present in an iPad.
  • iPhone-specific: These apps are designed to work on an iPhone. They’re built with the iPhone’s screen in mind with interfaces scaled accordingly. They will, however, work in iPhone compatibility mode when installed on an iPad. When running in iPhone compatibility mode, apps appear on an iPad’s screen just as they would on an iPhone. Users can choose to have them appear the same size as the smartphone’s display or scaled up and stretched to fill the tablet’s larger screen.
  • iPad-only: These apps work only on an iPad. Few and far between, these are usually games or drawing apps not suitable for a smaller screen.
  • Universal: These apps are designed to work equally well on iPhone and iPad. When installed on iPhones, the app displays a smartphone-specific interface. When installed on an iPad, the app’s interface changes to one more suited to the larger display and potentially works with accessories like the Apple Pencil. These are the kinds of apps that Apple pushes developers to create.

The Best Apps for iPad Owners

So, will your favorite iPhone app work on your iPad? If it’s universal or iPhone-specific, the answer is yes. Ideally, you’ll want a universal app, especially if you also use an iPhone. You’ll get two apps in one, and both will make the best of the devices they’re installed on. An iPad-only app will definitely suffice if you don’t use an iPhone, though.

The last resort is to use an iPhone-specific app. It’ll run on your iPad in iPhone compatibility mode; it won’t be easy on the eyes, but that’s better than nothing if you’re in a pinch. We’d suggest reaching out to the developer and asking if a universal app is in the works.

iPhone-only apps cannot be installed on iPads at all, so you don’t need to worry about downloading one by accident. They simply don’t appear in the App Store on an iPad.

How to Identify Universal Apps on an iPad

The easiest way to identify a universal app from your iPad is to look at the screenshots in the App Store. If you see iPad screenshots, you’re good—the app is either universal or iPad-only. You won’t be left with a blown-up iPhone interface either way.

Overcast iPad App Store Screenshot

You will also see a list of the officially-supported devices below the screenshots. Universal apps will display iPhone compatibility when the listing is viewed on an iPad.

How to Identify Universal Apps on an iPhone

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The Razer Viper is a Good Gaming Mouse, But the Fancy Switches Aren’t Obvious Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:00:30 +0000 Michael Crider
The Razer Viper has cool switch tech, but it's hard to tell if it makes a difference.
Michael Crider

How much is it worth for you to have lightning-fast clicks of your gaming mouse? Razer hopes the answer is, “at least eighty bucks,” as that’s what the new Viper mouse costs. It boasts fancy new optical switches.

These switches replace a conventional mechanical button hiding beneath the primary left and mouse buttons. On top of that, it’s a typical Razer design, with the company’s standard features and an ambidextrous, shooter-friendly body. Even understanding the science and advantages of the fancy new switches, I can’t say the mouse stands out in any major way. It’s good, and possibly amazing if your reflexes are super-human. The number of people who can see a tangible benefit from this gee-whiz feature, however, is much lower than I think Razer would like to admit.

Of course, that’s the nature of gaming-marketed gadgets: relatively high prices for functional differences that are sometimes questionable at best. The Viper is a solid mouse on its own merits, and worth considering if your super-fast clicking is getting in the way of victories.

Ambidextrous Design

It’s odd to think of a product from Razer, famous for bombastic designs that defined the “gamer” aesthetic, as dull. But the Viper kind of is: It’s using the matte black look typical of the company’s last few years of designs, with only a single RGB-lit logo to stand out. In a neat trick, this LED area disappears beneath the plastic finish if you disable the light, for a nice “unbranded” look. The lines are a little more angular than on mice like the Deathadder or Mamba, but it still feels smooth and functional in the hand, even with its ambidextrous body that’s equally useful for righties or lefties. I kind of dig it.

The Viper has a symmetrical ambidextrous design, with identical buttons on the left and right.
The Viper has a symmetrical ambidextrous design, with identical buttons on the left and right. Michael Crider

The mouse is amazingly light at only 2.4 ounces on my kitchen scale. With no option to add weight, those who are used to a wireless mouse or something beefier might need a bit of adjustment time, especially with Razer’s super-slick feet. Ergonomically it’s comfy, if a little low for my taste, and I prefer the bigger, beefier thumb buttons of the Mamba or my go-to mouse, the G603. The rubberized pads underneath the thumb buttons are a nice touch.

Gamers who like to adjust their DPI on the fly might be put off by the lack of dedicated buttons beneath (above? Distal, in anatomical terms) the clicky scroll wheel. I was, since that’s usually where I put my “ultimate” button in Overwatch. But you can move DPI up and down buttons to the thumb buttons you’re not using—left or right, depending on preference—without too much bother. It’s less than handy, but such is often the case with an ambidextrous design.

The bad: The DPI button is on the bottom. The good: It flashes different colors to identify the steps.
The bad: The DPI button is on the bottom. The good: It flashes different colors to identify the steps. Michael Crider

If you’d prefer to reserve those buttons for other functions or disable them entirely, you can use the DPI button that’s placed awkwardly on the bottom of the mouse body. Apparently, this was a feature requested by Razer’s pro gamer teams. Far be it from me to disagree with the pros, but keep in mind you’ll be limited to just four standard buttons and the scroll wheel unless you’re a talented finger contortionist.

About Those Switches

The highlight of the Viper is the new optical switches for the primary and secondary buttons, left-click and right-click. It’s a novel approach, replacing a conventional on-off button beneath the plastic covering with a metal bar that intersects an optical beam. This allows for near-instantaneous activation, and—Razer claims—eliminates the periodic problem of unintentionally “bouncy” clicking. Similar technology is beginning to replace mechanical switches in keyboards like the Huntsman Elite and the Gigabyte Aorus K9.

The Viper's switches break a beam of optical signal instead of pressing a conventional button.
The Viper’s switches break a beam of optical signal instead of pressing a conventional button. Razer

So, does it work? I’m sorry to say, I can’t tell. Try as I might, testing this on the most intense strategy and shooter games I own, I just couldn’t tell the difference between these optical buttons and the conventional ones on my other gaming mice. They click and return quickly, more so than a standard desktop mouse, with a mechanical action that’s a little stiffer and more satisfying than I’m used to. But as for whether it actually impacted my gameplay, I just couldn’t give you a definite answer.

It's hard to tell whether those cool switches make a difference during gameplay.
It’s hard to tell whether those cool switches make a difference during gameplay. Michael Crider

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How to Troubleshoot Web Pages That Won’t Load Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Tim Brookes
Upset man on cell phone gesturing at a laptop.

It’s frustrating when a web page won’t load. Your connection, software, or the website could be causing the problem. Here are a few ways to troubleshoot the issue and access a website, even if it’s down.

Check Your Network Connection

First, check your network connection. Wireless connections can be flaky and drop out at any time, so make sure you’re connected to the right network. An easy way to test this is to visit a popular website, like Google or Facebook. If the site loads, you’re connected!

If the site doesn’t load, make sure your device isn’t in Airplane Mode. On Smartphones, tablets, and many Windows desktop and laptop computers, you can disable all communications. Some Windows laptops also have dedicated Airplane Mode keys, which you can press by mistake. So, double-check your device settings, just in case.

If you can’t access any websites, make sure your computer is connected to your network. Check your Wi-Fi settings or, if you use a wired connection, make sure your Ethernet cable hasn’t slipped out. If you’re confident you’re connected to your local network, it could be your internet connection causing the issue.

The macOS Network settings menu.

The best way to check this is to look at the lights on your router or modem. Every router is different, but most have a clear indicator of the connection status. If the light next to the internet symbol is red or orange, you probably aren’t connected to the internet.

In many cases, rebooting your router and modem might solve the problem. To do so, unplug your modem and router, wait for 10 seconds, plug it back in, and then try the website again.

If the problem persists, you can connect to your local network hardware to get more information. Traditional routers have an admin panel you can access via your web browser. You can usually find the web address printed on the side of the network hardware, along with the default username and password. It’s usually something like or If you have a mesh router system that relies on a mobile app, launch the app instead.

Most routers provide information about your connection status. If you can’t connect to the internet, you might be able to get more information or even an error code. You can then make a note of the error and get in touch with your service provider to try and resolve the issue.

Research Any Error Message in Your Browser

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What’s New in Windows 10’s 19H2 Update, Arriving Fall 2019 Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:40:57 +0000 Chris Hoffman

Windows 10's light desktop background

Windows 10’s 19H2 update will arrive in the second half of 2019, perhaps in September or October. Also known as Windows 10 version 1909, this will be the smallest, quickest Windows 10 Update yet. It’s practically just a service pack.

We’ve updated this article with the latest features from Windows Insider build 18362.10015, released on August 19, 2019.

A “Less Disruptive Update” With Fewer Changes

Microsoft’s John Cable explains that this update “will be a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements.” In other words, expect a select set of bug fixes, performance tweaks, and a handful of business features.

If you’re sick of big Windows 10 updates every six months, 19H2 is the update for you! Installing 19H2 will be more like installing a standard cumulative update like the updates that arrive on Patch Tuesday. It should be a small download with a fast installation process—no long reboot and purging of old Windows installations necessary.

Computers with the May 2019 Update (also known as 19H1) installed will get a small patch via Windows Update and quickly update themselves to 19H2. This will likely arrive sometime in September or October 2019.

With Windows 7’s end of life looming on January 14, 2020, Microsoft clearly wants to avoid a repeat of last year’s buggy October 2018 Update.

Other Voice Assistants on the Lock Screen

Alexa saying "I'm ready" on Windows 10

In current versions of Windows 10, Cortana can run on the lock screen. But Microsoft seems to be giving up on Cortana as a consumer product. It’s fitting, then, that Cortana is making way for other voice assistants. A change will allow other voice assistants—like Amazon Alexa—to run on Windows 10’s lock screen.

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How Much Should You Embellish Your Resume? Mon, 19 Aug 2019 06:40:43 +0000 Elyse Hauser
woman at a job interview, nervous that she embellished her resume too much
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A resume shouldn’t just present the bare facts of your experience—it should present them in the most compelling possible way. This means carefully emphasizing the positives while hiding the negatives. But how much should you embellish that information to get results?

As many as 85 percent of people have been caught lying on a resume. To avoid becoming part of that statistic (even by accident), knowing how to embellish with care is important. Let’s take a look at how embellishment can help your resume—and how to avoid taking it too far.

What Does Embellishment Mean?

Let’s start with the basics. Per the trusty Merriam-Webster dictionary, “embellish” means “to heighten the attractiveness of by adding decorative or fanciful details.” A synonym would be to “enhance.” What does that look like in the context of resume editing?

When it comes to resumes, that definition can seem particularly vague. Embellishment could mean picking one word over another word because it sounds better. But it could also mean adding details about your work experience that never actually happened. It’s up to you to decide where to draw the line.

Our suggestion? Always imagine being asked about each part of your resume in a job interview. If you can speak about it truthfully and in detail, you’re safe. But if you’ve added items you’d struggle to talk about because they aren’t quite true, change them to be more accurate.

The Best Places to Add Embellishment

The right kind of embellishment doesn’t add anything false to your resume. Instead, it helps you present true information in the most impressive way. Here are some clever embellishment ideas that will get you an interview without changing the facts.


Fudging dates on your resume is obviously a bad idea—and that’s not what we’re recommending. However, you can make gaps in your work history less obvious by presenting the dates in a different way.

For example, most resumes list dates of employment by month and year. Maybe you worked at one job from April 2011 to July 2015, then you weren’t hired at your present job until November 2015. You can make that months-long gap in employment less obvious by dropping the months. List the first job as 2011-2015 and the second one as 2015-present. The information is accurate without drawing attention to the fact that you were out of work for almost six months.

Selective Information

Leaving things off of your resume can also be a form of embellishment. No rule says every job or every activity has to go on your resume. If you left an employer on bad terms, or didn’t hold a job for very long, that might be something you don’t want to include. And, of course, you should leave off as much irrelevant information as you can.

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12 Handy Smarthome Gadgets for Your Home Office Mon, 19 Aug 2019 06:40:14 +0000 Josh Hendrickson
A MacBook, an ecobee sensor, a smart plug, and a Google Home Hub on a desk.
Josh Hendrickson

One of the benefits of working from home is you can make changes you can’t in a corporate office. This includes adding smarthome gadgets to improve your workspace. These devices can help your workflow and make you more comfortable.

When you choose smarthome devices for your home office, you want the same convenience you’d want for any other room. And when it comes to work, smarthome devices can increase your productivity because you can do so much without leaving the room.

After all, if you work from home, one of the hardest things is to get back into a workflow after an interruption. Here are a few smarthome gadgets that can help you remain focused.

Start with a Smart Display

A Google Nest Hub and Amazon Echo Show.
Google, Amazon

A smart speaker with a voice assistant, like Amazon Echo or Google Home, is normally a good starting point for a smarthome. However, for a Home Office, we recommend you step up to a Smart Display. It gives you extra features, like visual weather forecasts, and video feeds from cameras and smart doorbells. And, of course, Smart Displays include all the usual features a smart speaker has.

Here are the two best smart displays to consider:

  • Google Nest Hub: Unless you already own Amazon Echo devices, we recommend the Google Nest Hub (formerly, Home Hub) as the best pick for a smart display. This is partly due to the ambient mode, which adds all your family photos to your office and gives you a taste of home while you’re…at home.
  • Amazon Echo Show: If you have an Amazon home, you can get the Echo Show. It doesn’t have an ambient screen mode, but you still get better weather forecasts and video feeds.

Add a Video Doorbell

A Nest Hello Video Doorbell and Ring Video doorbell.
Google, Amazon

We think Video Doorbells are one of the best smarthome gadgets you can own. When you combine them with a smart display, their value only goes up, especially for your home office. The last thing you need is another interruption—especially, from solicitors. A video doorbell and smart display enable you to ignore salespeople while keeping an eye out for packages.

Given their advantages when coupled with a Smart Display, there are two main video doorbells worth your consideration:

  • Nest Hello Video Doorbell: If you have a Google Nest Hub, then the video doorbell from Nest is a no-brainer. When someone rings your doorbell, the video feed appears almost instantly on the Nest Hub. Then, you can talk to the person, ignore them, or send a preselected message. Nest Hello provides high-quality video, and it’s the only doorbell that offers 24/7 recording. The downsides are you need doorbell wiring that works, and a Nest Aware subscription to get the best features.
  • Ring Video Doorbell: If you’re already in the Amazon Echo system, or your doorbell wiring doesn’t work, the Ring Video Doorbell is a great option. They come in both wired and battery-powered versions. Ring also offers a Door Cam that doubles as a peephole. This video doorbell doesn’t record 24/7 but, with a subscription, you can access the video of any motion or doorbell presses.

Smart Bulbs Light Your Office and Keep People Out

Philips Hue and Wyze Smart Bulbs.
Philips, Wyze

Want to control the lights in your office without rewiring your switches? If so, smart bulbs are for you! And, if you purchase colored bulbs, not only can you change the ambiance of the room, but you can also create a warning system.

The most significant source of interruptions when you work from home is the other people who live there. When a closed door isn’t enough (and it often isn’t), a light system might make all the difference.

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Geek Trivia: What Office Ritual Is The Result Of Careful Marketing? Mon, 19 Aug 2019 06:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

What Office Ritual Is The Result Of Careful Marketing?

  1. Bring Your Daughter To Work Day
  2. Water Cooler Conversation
  3. Casual Friday
  4. Coffee and Donuts

Think you know the answer?