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Google Keep: Note-Taking and Checklists, Done Well

Some years ago I decided to eschew paper. It was part of an effort, with which I was obsessed at the time, to become more nomadic. I felt then, and still do to a certain extent, that accumulations of paper were restrictive, because they forced you to always return to the place where the paper was in...

How to Tease Top Performance Out of Your Windows Laptop

If you're noticing that your Windows laptop runs slower and crankier the older it gets -- I'm talking about your laptop here, not you or me -- it's probably because it needs a bit of maintenance. Some tender loving care will take care of most old-laptop lethargy in much the same way a routine servic...

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iSketchnote: an iPad Cover That Digitizes Your Paper Scribbles

There's no denying the popularity of Apple's iPad and its Android-based kin, not just with adults but with kids as well. Now, for all those parents out there who wish their kids would play with something else once in a while -- simple drawing paper and pens, for instance -- a new Kickstarter funding...

A Satellite’s-Eye View on Mobile Payments

Turn-by-turn directions have become a common technological enhancement to the automotive world thanks to a set of satellites dedicated to the task. To date, these radio positioning signals have been supplied to consumers primarily by the U.S. military through a satellite constellation called "GPS," ...

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PanicGuard: Nice Idea but Not Ready for Prime Time

Here's an app that should bring peace of mind to any late-night solo worker, exerciser or neighborhood watch patroller. It's an ingenious combination of personal alarm, tracker and alert creator that uses sensor and other components included in the average smartphone, such as the speaker, to sound a...

How to Make Your PC Restart Automatically After a Power Outage

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is quietly underway. Gear is available, however, that can help mitigate potential office disruption as weather ramps up. Uninterruptible power supplies are sophisticated battery-containing devices that supply backup power to desktop PCs during grid electricity outa...

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All Things Appy: Top 5 Map Apps for Firefox

This week, we look at the top five free map apps for the Firefox platform. These are power tools that will make it faster to look up addresses and gain new perspective on the locations you want to visit. We look at pop-up maps, unique map-related search add-ons and one alternative to common old Goog...

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LockedUSB Keeps Devices Safe While They Charge

Here's a scenario: It's late, and you're on your way home from a work trip on a subdued, last flight of the day. You instinctively glance at your phone and notice it's about to die. Been there? It's a problem, and if you don't address it, you'll obviously have no battery for calls when you land. Kin...

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Lost Droid Takes Stealth Seriously to Secure Your Phone

Having recently had my bicycle stolen -- after having a set of wheels pilfered in a previous year -- I was getting mad and, to quote the 1976 movie Network, I was not going to be taking it anymore. I decided to beef up my security both in general and on the replacement bike in particular. I was goin...

How to Repair a Broken Screen on a Tablet or Phone

Breaking the screen on your mobile device doesn't have to mean a brand new, expensive bit of kit. It's actually quite easy, and cheap, to replace the glass once you get the hang of it. A tablet touchscreen can cost about $50 if you perform the work. I've replaced a few touchscreens on my roughly han...

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All Things Appy: 5 Best Communication Apps for Windows 8

In this week's All Things Appy, we take a look at the five best, must-have free apps for communicating in Windows 8 and taking advantage of the tile-based layout that's native to the ecosystem. Voxofon's Voice-over-Internet-Protocol app, for example, lets you text and call. It works by placing the c...

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3D Printing: Sparking an E-Commerce Revolution

If you're perusing Staples' website anytime soon looking for boring old printer cartridges or what have you, you may be surprised to see a listing for 3D Printers. A 3D printer, for the uninitiated, is a device that's capable of producing a three-dimensional object from a digital design. It employs ...

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Light Flow Lets You Pimp Your Notifications

For years, manners have been defined and documented in easy-to-learn rules classed by geography and culture. For example, in some countries it's acceptable to make abundant noises when eating, whereas in others, eating is a matter to be taken with the utmost seriousness and is performed in stony sil...

How to Survey a Home for Internet Interference

The WiFi network you have in your home distributes Internet bandwidth using radio signals. It's the same technology that FM radio, smartphones and television rabbit-ears use -- and it's susceptible to the same kind of problems, like interference, penetration and range. If you're having Internet band...

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All Things Appy: Top 5 WiFi Helper Apps for iOS

It's almost like we're going backwards. What with the escalating price-gouging by mobile networks for wireless data on the move, it still behooves us to use WiFi hotspots whenever possible. Who'd have thought we'd still be using public WiFi in this now 4G-enabled world? The answer, however, is that ...

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Emotiv Promises a New Window Onto Your Brain

You likely already know the things you like to do, like watching a sporting event, as well as the things that you don't like to do, such as sitting in traffic. We all experience feelings when participating in such activities, and those feelings form the basis of a personal body of knowledge that we ...

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All Things Appy: 5 Best Radio Apps for Android

Listening to radio on a smartphone or tablet via headset is one of the killer features of the mobile platform. In this week's All Things Appy, we take a look at the must-have, free radio apps for Google's Android operating environment, including ones for terrestrial and Internet-based radio aggregat...

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Snapchat Adds a Splash of Spontaneity to Sharing Photos

A few weeks ago I looked at Burner, an Android app that creates anonymous, disposable phone numbers for your smartphone. Android app Snapchat is in the same arena in that it, too, provides privacy for smartphone users. The difference, however is that this app uniquely deletes MMS-like multimedia mes...

The Coming of the Digital Wallets

What are the three objects that you're most likely to grab as you leave the house today? They are likely to be your keys, your smartphone and your wallet, complete with cash and plastic bank cards. Well, if some forward-thinkers have their way, within a short time you'll just be grabbing the keys an...

How to Use a Windows PC as an Internet Hotspot

If you're like many, you're sprouting portable devices. Tablets, e-readers and phones are taking over our pockets and bags; add mobile games consoles and phoneless iPod touches for the kids, and that's a lot of Internet connections to maintain when out and about. It's a gaggle of device connections ...

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