Cut and paste is great, but for some purposes, it's a tool of last resort. Gmail makes it much simpler to save your messages as documents and PDFs, keeping formatting intact. Here's how to do it:Log in to Gmail. Click the gear-shaped icon near the top right, then select Settings. Click the Labs tab near the top center. Scroll down and click Enable next to Create a Document. Scroll to the top or bottom and click the button labeled Save Changes. The next time you want to save a message as a doc, … Read more
The April 2, 2012, release by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration of the 1940 U.S. census data has genealogists all aquiver. If you were hoping to plumb the records for details on your family, keep in mind that the initial release of the data will be a challenge to search.
As the National Archives' 1940 census FAQ indicates, until professional and amateur genealogists have indexed the names and other data collected by that census, the only way to find specific entries will be by the "enumeration district" where a given person lived at the … Read more
Rounding the corners of a photo can be visually appealing, especially in profile photos and avatars. Sure, you could get it done in Photoshop and or other photo-editing programs, but a Web service called RoundPic can do it for you in about a minute.
To use RoundPic, upload a photo or paste in the URL of a photo you want to round, then click the Round it! button.
After RouncPic completes processing, you'll be presented with a rounded photo. If you want to customize the rounding, change the settings to your preferences, then click the Round! button. Once you'… Read more
The high-res camera on the iPhone 4S is a blessing and a curse. Its high-resolution sensor lets you capture crisp, clear images, which then motivates you to snap more photos. The downside is this collection of high-res photos begins to eat at your iPhone's available storage. Enter Cloud Photos (99 cents), a camera app that saves photos to your Dropbox account, freeing up space on your iPhone for apps, music, and other content.
After you launch the app, you'll be greeted with two buttons: one allows the app access to your Camera Roll and the other connects you … Read more
With the latest update to Hipstamatic comes the ability to push your Hipstamatic photos to your Instagram feed. It marks the first time Instagram has opened its doors to a third party. As with Hipstamatic, Instagram lets you share your photos on Facebook and Twitter among other social networks, but it has never allowed photos taken with other apps into its network. Until yesterday.
After you update Hipstamatic, you'll notice that the app features a new layout. Select a photo to share, tap the share button in the upper-right corner, and you'll see a row of six grayed-out … Read more
When new Google features are introduced, normal Google users get them right away, but Google Apps user accounts may be set to a scheduled release track, which delays the rollout of new features.
If you want new Google features to propagate immediately to your Apps accounts, you'll need to change the release track from Scheduled to Rapid Release. Here's how:
Log in to your Google Apps control panel and go to Domain settings > General. Scroll down to New User Features and change the selection from Scheduled Release to Rapid Release.
If you don't want to have … Read more
Bliss Control is a Web service that aims to ease the burden of updating a variety of settings on multiple social networks. It supports 12 settings on 13 different social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.
Bliss Control doesn't require access to your account or password because all it's providing is a direct link to where the specific settings are. Granted, it's not that difficult to find these settings on your own, but if you're trying to update your profile pic, e-mail address, or bio on several sites at the same time, Bliss Control can … Read more
Whether you're the DJ at your workplace or you just like to browse Web radio at home, there are a zillion options for listening to your favorite tunes. One drawback of Web-based listening is keeping track of the tab that's playing the music when you need to backtrack, skip ahead, or otherwise control the flow. Unity Player is a great, free Chrome extension that lets you use basic controls from any tab. Here's how to use it:Install Unity Player here. You should now have an icon in the upper right of Chrome that looks … Read more
Dropbox is a great way to share files and folders with co-workers, as well as friends and family. Sometimes, though, you may not be sure what e-mail address to use when inviting someone to a shared folder.
To share a Dropbox folder with a Facebook friend, log in to your Dropbox Web site. Next you will need to select or create the folder you wish to share.
You will notice that if you haven't already linked your Facebook account with Dropbox, then a link will appear above the name field. Click on the link and follow the prompts to … Read more
Pinterest's endless stream of tiled photos may be its most luring feature, but comments and likes quickly clutter the design, especially when an interesting Pin prompts dozens of likes and comments.
Sounds nit-picky, but as a power user, I can attest that a Pinterest page littered with comments like "Awww!!!!" and "omg i have to make this inflatable iPhone case" is not conducive to efficient pinning. And there is only so much time to pin in one day.