Friday, August 29, 2014

Noted: Google's app for presentations, Slides, launches on iOS via Engadget

Google's app for presentations, Slides, launches on iOS via Engadget

Google's app for presentations, Slides, launches on iOS via Engadget


It took quite a while to get here, but Google has finally brought its Slides app to Apple's mobile platform. Roughly three months ago, the search company introduced standalone apps for creating/editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations, but Slides didn't arrive until weeks later, and only on Android. As of today, Google's application for PowerPoints presentations is now also available on iOS.

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Noted: Turn Any Speaker into a Bluetooth Speaker with this Discounted Dongle via Kinja

Turn Any Speaker into a Bluetooth Speaker with this Discounted Dongle via Kinja

Turn Any Speaker into a Bluetooth Speaker with this Discounted Dongle via Kinja

Bluetooth is basically table stakes for speaker systems these days, but if you love how an older stereo sounds, it's easy to add Bluetooth streaming with this cheap Belkin dongle.

The tiny adapter plugs in via included RCA or 3.5mm cables to your speakers, and can can store six Bluetooth devices in memory for easy pairing. Today's $24 price tag is the lowest Amazon has ever offered, and a steal if you don't already own something like this.

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Noted: The Everyday Tasks Your Phone Does Better Than Your Computer via Lifehacker

The Everyday Tasks Your Phone Does Better Than Your Computer via Lifehacker

The Everyday Tasks Your Phone Does Better Than Your Computer via Lifehacker

We've known for a while that your smartphone is a better PC than your PC ever was. It can't replace everything your computer does, but there are some things that are actually better to do on your phone, rather than your computer.

It should be noted that much of this is going to be subjective. There huge differences just between iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, much less individual handsets. However, the prevailing notion has always been that phones are great when you're away from the computer, but if you have a PC handy, you should use that. For things like photo editing or watching movies, that might be true. Here are some things that, more often than not, can be done more productively on your phone than your computer.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On My iPhone…Instagram Hyperlapse - easily create time-lapse videos

 
 On My iPhone…Instagram Hyperlapse - easily create time-lapse videos
 
 
From the maker's of Instagram -- easily record and create motion-stabilized time-lapse videos on your iPhone or iPad. I did the quick test video yesterday as we travelled in the car to and from my son's school. The first success was that the app never crashed -- something I can't say about the original Instagram app on my iPhone4s. Secondly, the app smoothed out even the bumpiest parts of the video into an enjoyable time-lapse that caught a unique perspective of our trip. I think that Hyperlapse will become a very useful app for many as it produces great, interesting results almost effortlessly.
 
 

 

 
 
From the iTunes App Store...

Create amazing time lapse videos with Hyperlapse. Using Instagram’s in-house stabilization, Hyperlapse shoots polished time lapse videos that were previously impossible without bulky tripods and expensive equipment.

When you shoot a time lapse video with Hyperlapse, your footage will be instantly stabilized to smooth out the bumps from the road and give it a cinematic feeling. Capture an entire sunrise in 10 seconds—even from the back of a moving motorcycle. Walk through the crowds at an all-day music festival, then distill it into a 30 second spot. Capture your bumpy trail run and share your 5k in 5 seconds.

Features:

* Shoot handheld time lapse videos in motion— while you're walking, running, jumping or falling.
* Smooth out your video for cinematic quality with automatic stabilization.
* Speed up your hyperlapse to be up to 12 times the speed.
* Share your videos seamlessly on Instagram and Facebook or save them to your camera roll to share anywhere, anytime.
* Start filming immediately with a simple design that gets out of the way of your creativity
* Download and start capturing. No sign up or account required.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Noted: Wordmark.it Instantly Previews All Your Installed Fonts in the Browser via Lifehacker

Wordmark.it Instantly Previews All Your Installed Fonts in the Browser via Lifehacker

Wordmark.it Instantly Previews All Your Installed Fonts in the Browser via Lifehacker

Want to choose the best font for your message? While there are lots of font utilities and ways to preview individual fonts on your system, Wordmark.it may be the easiest and quickest way to get the job done—no downloading required.

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Noted: 13 Cool Things Siri Can Do For You via Business Insider

13 Cool Things Siri Can Do For You via Business Insider

13 Cool Things Siri Can Do For You via Business Insider

You might know the basics of Apple's voice assistant Siri, but she's actually more capable than you think.
Thanks to Siri, you can check how many calories are in the soda you're drinking and even see how many planes are flying miles above you in the sky.

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Noted: The Best Smartphone Car Mount via Kinja

The Best Smartphone Car Mount via Kinja

I have been using RAM Mounts for my phones and GPS for years now and highly recommend them. This review came out almost a dead heat between the 2 car mounts and, with my good history with RAM, I would probably return to them for my next mount, too. -- Douglas

The Best Smartphone Car Mount via Kinja

It was a hard-fought victory, but the iOttie One Touch crowns your dashboards as the Best Smartphone Car Mount.

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Noted: The Best Weather Apps for iPhone via iPhone Hacks

The Best Weather Apps for iPhone via iPhone Hacks

The Best Weather Apps for iPhone via iPhone Hacks

Knowing what the local weather is like not only helps you plan your day better, but also makes for great small talk! If the weather in your area is unpredictable, a good app can give you the low-down on temperature, precipitation and snow conditions around you, so you can dress appropriately, plan your commutes and travel, and schedule your appointments to avoid getting caught in the rain.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUG: Google Cast Chrome extension bug turns on auto-play for YouTube videos via Gigaom

Update: PSA: The Chromecast Extension Is Making All YouTube Videos AutoPlay In Chrome via Android Poilce 


What an ugly, ugly bug to deploy to thousands of Chrome users. I noticed this today when my Google Analytics page started playing help videos every time I reloaded the page. Android Poilce blog indicates this was a bad push of new YouTube software that manifested itself in the Chromecast app.

Disable the Google Cast extension in Chrome to alleviate the problem until Google provides a fix.  -- Douglas

Google Cast Chrome extension bug turns on auto-play for YouTube videos via Gigaom

BUG: Google Cast Chrome extension bug turns on auto-play for YouTube videos via Gigaom

A strange bug has been affecting a subset of Chrome users since Monday: Embedded videos have started to automatically play as soon as a user opens the page that contains the video. However, this only happens if users also have the Google Cast extension installed, which is being used to send content directly from a Chrome browser to Google’s Chromecast streaming stick.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Noted: Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store via TechCrunch

Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store via TechCrunch

Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store via TechCrunch

Humin, the app that aims to replace your iPhone contacts app is now in the App Store. Will.i.am, Richard Branson and Angry Birds creator Peter Vesterbacka were all part of the private beta launch a few months back. The app is now ready for everyone with an iPhone today.

Humin hooks into your phone, Facebook and LinkedIn contacts and combines them with your calendar, email and voicemail to provide context to all those people listed in your phone.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Noted: 10 Gmail Plugins That Improve Email Productivity via Fast Company

10 Gmail Plugins That Improve Email Productivity via Fast Company

10 Gmail Plugins That Improve Email Productivity via Fast Company

Gmail is one of the most popular email services with more than 500 million users, so chances are pretty good that you’re one of them. But are you making the most of your email account? Many of us complain that our inboxes are too full and that responding to email is too time-consuming, but several tools are available that will streamline your email experience.

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Noted: Get Free IT Training with Microsoft Virtual Academy via Lifehacker

Get Free IT Training with Microsoft Virtual Academy via Lifehacker

Get Free IT Training with Microsoft Virtual Academy via Lifehacker

Microsoft Virtual Academy offers hundreds of free courses for anyone interested in improving their computer or IT skills. Many of the courses, as you might expect, are geared towards Microsoft products: developing Windows apps, migrating from Windows Server, Office 365 training, and so on. There are also some that are more universal, like learning JavaScript and C#.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Noted: Your iPhone Camera Can Work As A Microscope via Fast Company

Your iPhone Camera Can Work As A Microscope via Fast Company

Your iPhone Camera Can Work As A Microscope via Fast Company

A small startup in the Bay Area is working on a development which could revolutionize scientific research: Cheap, smartphone-based microscope systems which leverage the phone’s camera to magnify up to 1500 times.

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Noted: New, lighter BrydgeAir keyboard aims to bring laptop functionality to Apple's iPad Air via AppleInsider

New, lighter BrydgeAir keyboard aims to bring laptop functionality to Apple's iPad Air via AppleInsider

New, lighter BrydgeAir keyboard aims to bring laptop functionality to Apple's iPad Air via AppleInsider

Popular iPad keyboard maker Brydge is now accepting preorders for a new model designed specifically for Apple's iPad Air, bringing not only physical backlit keys, but also upgraded stereo speakers and a lighter aluminum design.

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On My iPhone/Android…Google Adsense

 
Adsense App icon
 
 
If you use Google Adsense on any of your web sites then this little app can help you keep in touch with what is happening with your account. 
 
From the iTunes App Store...

Access reports and key data from your Google AdSense and AdMob accounts while on the go, directly from your iPhone.
The app provides:

- Key reporting metrics for today, yesterday, this month, last month and account lifetime;
- All of the common reports from the AdSense website;
- Animated graphs at every level of almost all of your reports;
- Payment alerts.

If you see a graph, you can turn your device on its side to see the graph in full screen. Bar charts can be tapped (in portrait) or swiped (in landscape) to show a pie chart (when supported). Hold one finger on a full screen graph to examine a value, or two fingers to compare values.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Video: First Impression: Ocenaudio Recorder and Editor - Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 - 10/30

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What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

"Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there."

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Noted: LittleBits cloudBit Giveaway: Win over $5,000 worth of prizes via Make

LittleBits cloudBit Giveaway: Win over $5,000 worth of prizes via Make

Littlebits contest

In July, littleBits introduced their new cloudBit module, which allows users to snap the internet to anything and create their own internet-connected devices/projects. The littleBits system of magnetically interlocking pieces that just snap together is already one of our favorites here at Make: magazine. You can see them at Maker Faires, usually with a small crowd gathering around, experimenting with different configurations of the tiny circuits. Now, with the cloudBit, you can add an internet connection to any of your projects. LittleBits shared some really fun examples of the kinds of things you can pull off, like a remote pet feeder or a doorbell that notifies your smartphone when someone is at your door.

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Noted: Edison: A Peek Into the Design of The Robot Anyone Can Afford via Make

Edison: A Peek Into the Design of The Robot Anyone Can Afford via Make

Edison: A Peek Into the Design of The Robot Anyone Can Afford via Make

Electronics and playing LEGO have always been passions of mine. As a child I had a monster collection of LEGO and drooled over my ‘Dick Smith Electronics’ catalogue filled electronics parts and kits (Australian version of Radio Shack/Tandy). As I enter my 40th year, I am finally bringing these two passions together with Edison.

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Noted: The Arduino Yun Shield via Hack A Day

The Arduino Yun Shield via Hack A Day

The Arduino Yun Shield via Hack A Day

A few years ago, the most common method to put an Arduino project on the web was to add a small router loaded up with OpenWrt, wire up a serial connection, and use this router as a bridge to the Internet. This odd arrangement was possibly because the existing Arduino Ethernet and WiFi shields were too expensive or not capable enough, but either way the Arduino crew took notice and released the Arduino Yun: an Arduino with an SoC running Linux with an Ethernet port. It’s pretty much the same thing as an Arduino wired up to a router, with the added bonus of having tons of libraries available.

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Noted: Giant Spirograph Makes Mathematically Perfect Chalk Drawings On The Street via Make

Giant Spirograph Makes Mathematically Perfect Chalk Drawings On The Street via Make

Giant Spirograph Makes Mathematically Perfect Chalk Drawings On The Street via Make

After struggling to use a little laser-cut spirograph, Nathan of HaHa Bird decided that the problem was scale-related and resolved to remedy the situation by building a massive version to use on the street, and it worked!

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Noted: Shazam for OS X Identifies Songs Playing Around You via Lifehacker

Shazam for OS X Identifies Songs Playing Around You via Lifehacker

Shazam for OS X Identifies Songs Playing Around You via Lifehacker

Mac: Popular song identification app Shazam has now landed on Mac OS X. It runs unobtrusively in the background to tell you which songs are playing in your vicinity, using the built-in microphone.

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Noted: BitTorrent launches Bleep, a Serverless, Anonymous Chat client via Lifehacker

BitTorrent launches Bleep, a Serverless, Anonymous Chat client via Lifehacker

BitTorrent launches Bleep, a Serverless, Anonymous Chat client via Lifehacker

BitTorrent just opened up invitations for its pre-alpha version of Bleep, a chat client that's structured around anonymity and works similar to a peer-to-peer network.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Noted: The New "World's Fastest" Gaming Mouse via Kotaku

The New "World's Fastest" Gaming Mouse via Kotaku

The New

Logitech's latest packs in an onboard processor and a lot of speed.

Billed as the "world's fastest" gaming mouse, the new Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse boasts an IPS (inches per second) of 500. The G402 inherits a lot of aesthetics and ergonomics from the Logitech G502 Proteus Core we recently wrote about, though compared to the Proteus and wireless G602 cousin, the G402 looks downright stealth.

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Noted: Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech via Wired

Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech via Wired

Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech via Wired

Square first came to fame with a credit card reader you could plug into your iPhone jack. But next year, the company’s signature device will be on its way to obsolescence as the U.S transitions to a new kind of credit card that verifies purchases with an embedded computer chip.

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Noted: Giant Spirograph Delights Children, Dwarfs Banana via Hack a Day

Giant Spirograph Delights Children, Dwarfs Banana via Hack a Day

Giant Spirograph Delights Children, Dwarfs Banana via Hack a Day

Late last year at a craft show, [hahabird] and a friend came across a laser-cut Spirograph and they both had a go at it. After mocking his friend’s lack of fine motor skills, [hahabird] was struck with the idea of making a giant-scale Spirograph that would (hopefully) be less frustrating for kids of all ages.

He generated the gears using an InkScape plugin, and then moved the project to Illustrator for adjustments. After nesting the inner gear drawings, he was able to print them out on one 3×3′ piece of paper at the local FedEx-Kinko’s. To make a template for routing he pieces that make up the eight-foot diameter outer ring, [hahabird] first cut it out of MDF and then bolted that to plywood. The outer ring’s size was dictated by the number of sections that fit on a 4×8 piece of plywood.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Noted: Eloquent JavaScript Teaches You JavaScript for Free via Lifehacker

Eloquent JavaScript Teaches You JavaScript for Free via Lifehacker

Eloquent JavaScript Teaches You JavaScript for Free via Lifehacker

These days, there's no dearth of great resources for learning to code. Here's another great one, a 21-chapter book posted online and chock full of JavaScript training.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Noted: Gmail for iOS has been updated, now supports even further integration with Google Drive via iPhone Hacks

Gmail for iOS has been updated, now supports even further integration with Google Drive via iPhone Hacks

Gmail for iOS has been updated, now supports even further integration with Google Drive via iPhone Hacks

Officially updated on July 24, the newest version of Gmail for iOS brings it up to 3.14, and adds plenty of small additions alongside one major upgrade. First and foremost, Gmail for iOS now includes improved integration with Google Drive, so that you can attach documents from your emails directly into Drive, which is meant to make saving bandwidth on your device possible, as well as make them accessible from anywhere you can reach your Google Drive.

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Noted: Google celebrates Chromecast's birthday with free All Access pass via Engadget

Google celebrates Chromecast's birthday with free All Access pass via Engadget

Google celebrates Chromecast's birthday with free All Access pass via Engadget

It's hard to believe that it's been a year since Google's streaming dongle arrived on the backs of TVs, bringing easy streaming chops to the masses. As a proper celebration, the folks in Mountain View are thanking both current and new Chromecasters with three free months of Google Play Music All Access -- starting today through September 30th. The company has been keen on adding new features to the accessory regularly, and in the festive announcement teased the ability to beam content while away from your WiFi and customizable homescreens as upcoming additions. Heck, with that bit of subscription savings, you'll almost have enough for a second unit.

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Noted: Hemingway, the Webapp that Helps You Proofread, Is Now on Desktop via Lifehacker

Hemingway, the Webapp that Helps You Proofread, Is Now on Desktop via Lifehacker

Hemingway, the Webapp that Helps You Proofread, Is Now on Desktop via Lifehacker

Windows/Mac: We're fans of Hemingway because the syntax highlighting makes it easy to glance at a block of text and edit for specific parts of speech. Now, the webapp is available for Windows and Mac.

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Noted: DIY Conductive Paint For All Your Wearable Needs via Hack a Day

DIY Conductive Paint For All Your Wearable Needs via Hack a Day

Noted: DIY Conductive Paint For All Your Wearable Needs via Hack a Day

Conductive ink or paint is lots of fun. It opens up tons of possibilities for flexible and unique circuits — unfortunately, it’s pretty expensive. [Brian McEvoy] shows us how to make your own for cheap, and it works great!

He started trying to formulate his own recipe after playing with other Instructable guides and commercially available paint, and what he found is it’s really not that complex! Graphite powder, acrylic paint, and a jar with an airtight seal — seriously, it’s that simple! But, like any engineer worth their salt (he calls himself the 24 Hour Engineer), he had to do some tests to compare his formula.

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