If you want a great place for lunch in an unfamiliar city or want to try something totally new in the town you know best, Google Schemer can set you up with surprising and cool ideas. Here's how it works:Point your browser to Schemer. Sign in with your Google account. Click the "Find Stuff to Do" tab and add your favorite kinds of things and activities from the pop-up list. More is better! Once you've added some favorites, the tab should populate with things to try and places to go. Click … Read more
On LifeHacker today, there is a post about an Applescript that unhides the Library folder on your Mac. I haven't tried it to verify it works, but there is a faster way to make the Library folder visible.
For most Mac users, the Library folder remains out of sight, out of mind. When Apple rolled out Mac OS X Lion, it decided to hide the Library folder, which houses preferences and settings that help keep the OS and your apps running smoothly. If you are the curious or the restless type and need regular access to the hidden Library … Read more
Getting routes or maps from Google Maps is pretty fast, but it could be faster. Handy Maps is a Chrome extension that pops up with one click to show you where you are, where you're going, and how to get there. Here's how to use it:Install Handy Maps here. There should now be a pinned map icon in the Extension bar on the top right of your Chrome window (if not, try restarting your browser or checking the Extensions menu in Settings). Click it to show a pop-up Google Maps window that should figure out … Read more
Earlier this week Twitter started sending users an e-mail rounding up the prior week's hot topics and tweets. A weekly reminder or update is great for Twitter users who aren't always on the social network. But, for those of us who are on Twitter more than we should be, and already know what happened over the last week, the e-mail is simply more spam.
Luckily, unsubscribing from the e-mail is a simple process.If you have one of the e-mails sitting in your Inbox right now, scroll to the bottom and click on the unsubscribe link. Your browser … Read more
Twitter announced yesterday it will be rolling out a weekly e-mail digest in an attempt to woo the many users who enroll in Twitter but fail to engage in the service.
After all, not many have the time (or are willing) to pick out relevant tweets in a stream that changes entirely by the minute.
The e-mail digest is opt-out (everyone will receive it by default), and will give users a summary of the top stories from people they follow, along with noteworthy tweets from users in their greater network.
Users who want to keep tabs on Twitter happenings … Read more
Finding a page you visited last week, month, or year can be close to impossible, especially if you're diligent about clearing your browser history. Enhanced History Options is an extension for Chrome that lets you improve your history search and customize what you clear. Here's how to use it:Install Enhanced History Options here. Restart Chrome. Press Ctrl+H to open your history. A new tab opens featuring Enhanced History Options. You can sort by title, number of visits, or date of most recent visit, and search easily from the top bar by keyword and date. You have … Read more
Pinterest had grown quickly, thanks to its lovely design and the ease with which users can share delightful images. People who want to pin text, links, or other nonimages have been out of luck, but Pinstamatic is a sweet Web app that powers up Pinterest. Here's how it works:Log in to Pinterest. Point your browser to Pinstamatic. Select an icon from the top: Sticky, Spotify, Quote, Twitter, Calendar, and Location. Enter info like text, URL, or Spotify track, then click "Preview." Pinstamatic will create an image containing your info. If you like how it looks, click &… Read more
Sometimes the font on a Web page needs to be bigger or smaller, a feature that's built into most desktop browsers. But, when it comes to iOS and Mobile Safari, the ability to adjust font size is missing.
Well, thanks to Marcos Kirsch, you're two bookmarks away from being able to adjust font size of a Web page on your iPhone or iPad. Here's what you need to do.If you're using your iOS device to add the bookmarks, start by creating two random bookmarks (they can be identical). Open the bookmarks menu, tap on Edit, … Read more
A friend asked me to recommend a browser add-on that would allow her to see generic results when she did a Google search. I convinced her to eschew extensions in favor of the manual approach to search depersonalization.
Google's support site explains how the company uses what it knows about you to personalize your search results. The site also describes how to restrict who sees your personal results, limit whose personal results you see, and customize the feature in other ways.
The most-obvious way to depersonalize searches --at least partially -- is to use your browser's anonymous mode. … Read more
Instagram has set off a photo frenzy. First it was just on iPhones, but after making its way to Android, the photo obsession has really taken off (even in real life, since you can create photo strips from your snapshots). Unfortunately, most of your interaction with Instagram takes place on your mobile device. While the mobile user interface is slick and the app works pretty well, Instagram doesn't have its own Web UI (for now). So it can become a little annoying when all you want to do is see Instagram photos on a big screen.
So if you'… Read more