If you've ever scanned a bar code or QR code, only to wish you could pass along the link or other info to friends, the aptly named Barcode Cache is a lifesaver. This free Android app lets you store the data contained in codes and then share them with anyone you like. Here's how it works:Install Barcode Cache from Google Play. If you don't already have a bar code reader app, install one. I like Barcode Scanner, but there are many great apps out there. Run Barcode Cache and set up at … Read more
One of my favorite pastimes has to be pulling pranks around the office. The pranks may leave a sour taste in the mouth of the recipient for a few days, but in the end they often lead to some good laughs and classic memories.
April Fools' Day naturally lends itself to a flurry of random jokes and pranks, so I took the liberty of rounding up some tech-inspired pranks. I hope you find a way to put one, if not all of them, to use--heck, it doesn't even have to be on April 1!
Here, let me Google that for you Do you have a co-worker who refuses to look anything up on the Internet for himself? Do you often feel like your name should be "Google"? On April 1, send the lazy Web searcher a link to LMGTFY; perhaps he'll learn a thing or two.
To use LMGTFY, visit the site, type in a search query, and click on either search button. You will then be presented with a link to copy and send off to the unsuspecting recipient. The link you send will then open a Web page with an animation teaching the recipient how to use Google. After the site automatically fills in the search bar with the query and clicks on the search button, he will be redirected to the actual Google search results. … Read more
With OneNote for iPad, Microsoft brought its note-taking app to Apple, but seemingly against its will. The free app lets you create up to 500 notes. After you hit the 500 mark, you'll be required to make a $14.99 in-app purchase to continue taking notes. The note limit isn't the only obstacle you'll encounter with OneNote for iPad; you'll also find restrictions placed on creating new notebooks, organizing notes, and assigning tags.
Launch the app, log in to your Windows Live account (or create a new one), and you'll see an attractive layout, complete … Read more
It goes without saying that food is important to our ability to function. Despite this importance, planning and preparing meals often falls on the back burner, with things like work or school taking priority. If you find yourself often forgetting to purchase key ingredients, or are feeling uninspired in your meal planning, check out Food on the Table for Android and iPhone. Here's how to get started:
Step 2: The app requires some basic setup to function. Get … Read more
Apple's third-generation iPad, officially available as of today, doesn't include all of the features we have come to love about Siri, but it does include Siri Dictation.
Siri Dictation is a voice-to-text solution, allowing you to speak what you want entered into a text field, and Siri will automagically type it for you.
You'll be given the option to enable dictation during the initial device setup. However, if you change your mind, you can disable (or enable) dictation by visiting Settings > General > Keyboard > Dictation.
With dictation enabled, you will see an extra … Read more
Dropbox makes storing and syncing files a breeze from your Android device. However, easy access to all of your private information is not such a good thing when a nosey person is looking through your device, or worse, you lose your device out in the wild. Instead of worrying about your precious files, why not enable one or two of the security features built-in to the Dropbox app? Here's how to get started:
Step 1: Open the Dropbox app on your Android device. If you're new to Dropbox, you might have a small tutorial you can … Read more
At some point, you'll realize that your finger isn't always ideal for using on your phone or tablet.
For me, the epiphany came when I realized that a stylus would help me draw more accurately on my tablet. But because I was not willing to spend $10 to $30 on a piece of metal or wait for the product to ship, I opted for a DIY solution.… Read more
You could pick up your phone and, uh, call the pizzeria, but that's so old school. Instead, use apps from Domino's, Pizza Hut, and Papa John's, to order your food. Using the apps should also help prevent mistakes on your order, since there's no chance they'll mishear your order.
Domino's Pizza The Domino's Pizza app lets you place an order for delivery or carry-out. You can select from its specialty pizzas or build your own. You can even order other items from the menu, like sandwiches, pasta, sides (wings), and desserts. … Read more
Whether you're a first-time iPad owner, or transitioning from a previous version of the tablet, the first thing you'll want to accomplish is getting all your data on your shiny new device.
Current iPad owners
If you already own a first- or second-generation iPad, the process for transitioning to your new device is easy, but will vary depending on how you use your iPad. This video will walk you through it.
1. Back up your old iPad. If you usually back up your iPad by connecting it to your computer or syncing over Wi-Fi, do that first. Otherwise, … Read more
We have already taken a look at how to get started with iPhoto for iOS, how to use the new Beam feature, and even the ins and outs of iPhoto Journals. All of which, are great posts to go over to learn more about iPhoto for iOS. While writing the iPhoto Journal post, I discovered that users aren't stuck with hosting their journal using only iCloud, which uses up precious iCloud storage space. iPhoto for iOS allows users to export the files needed to host a journal on their personal site.To get the files you will … Read more