Gmail
One trick you may or may not have picked up about Gmail is that you can add in periods anywhere in the front part of your address and it makes no difference whatsoever: john.smith@gmail.com works just the same as johnsmith@gmail.com. What’s more, you can add a plus sign and any word before the @ sign Continue Reading →
Google
One of my favorite parts of Google is getting instant responses from search results — it massively simplifies currency conversion, for one thing. So it’s interesting to see that the company now lets you create Google Now reminders right from its search box, as the Google Operating System blog explains. The feature works if you Continue Reading →
Internet Blackout
How do you build a network that survives when the rest of the web goes down? It’s a strange question, but one with a surprisingly concrete answer. You can find the networks in Athens, Berlin, and Red Hook, Brooklyn — small-scale traffic webs that let computers connect peer-to-peer without going through the larger web. It’s Continue Reading →
Smartphone Business Travel
Most of us want to stay in touch when we’re abroad – after all, part of the fun is sharing our adventures (or misadventures) in real time by texting, posting to Facebook, Instagram-ing sights (or meals), tweeting or even making an old-school phone call. And our smartphones have taken the place of so many gadgets Continue Reading →
iOS 8
You could (and probably should) wait for the wide release this fall before downloading iOS 8. But if you absolutely can’t wait, here’s how to get Apple’s brand new iOS 8 beta on your phone right now. Before you do anything, backup your device. It’s a good idea anyway before updating, and considering how temperamental Continue Reading →
Google Chrome
If Chrome on your Android device is acting sluggish, stuttering as you scroll down pages, you don’t have to just twiddle your thumbs in silent frustration. By changing how much memory is allocated to the app, you can speed things right back up. As Reddit user erythrocytes64 explains, simply open a new Chrome tab and Continue Reading →
Twitter
Countless books, conferences — entire careers, even! — are devoted to the idea that social media can somehow be optimized and perfected. Marketers and social media editors pursue the perfect tweet like the holy grail. Is it vague or newsy? Long or short? Does it — ugh — contain hashtags? At last, researchers at Cornell Continue Reading →
It’s an all too frequent dilemma. You get one of the best high-end Android phones out there–maybe it’s a Galaxy S5, or maybe it’s an HTC One–and the hardware is impeccable. But the software experience is all mucked up from carrier add-ons and skinning. While you can root your phone to get the true stock Continue Reading →
Mophie Juice Pack
There is no escaping it; we all must keep charging and re-charging our iOS devices, some more often than others. And if you absolutely need your iOS device powered up in order to keep connected, then some of the following charging options might help you stay up and running. If you find that you just Continue Reading →