Justin Pot is a blogger based in Boulder, Colorado who loves technology, people and nature. He tries to enjoy all three whenever possible. Check out JustinPot.com or, if you like audio, you can listen to Justin, alongside James and Dave, on Technophilia, earth's favorite Technology podcast.
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Some people #use #them #for #every #freaking #word; others ignore them altogether. It might leave you wondering: what are hashtags even for? Am I using Twitter wrong if I don’t use them? And are people making fun of me when I overuse them? It is possible to abuse hashtags, and doing so will lead to you being perceived as not savvy or even spammy – but if you stick to relevant hashtags you won’t be bothering anyone.
Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist vlogger who apparently wants to destroy video games. The plan, according to an easily agitated section of the web, goes something like this: Analyze common video game tropes as they relate to gender. ??? VIDEO GAMES ARE GONE FOREVER! I know this sounds stupid, but when Sarkeesian launched a Kickstarter […]
Are you thinking of getting rid of your cable TV service? If so, here’s a guide to getting it done. We’ll show you all of your best alternative options, including equipment and services to sign up for. Pretty soon, you will be rid of that cable TV bill and enjoying just as much great content as before. For many people, cable TV has become an ingrained habit. It’s just always there. But for those of you who are considering a life without the cable TV, there are plenty of free or nearly free options available to you. Our cable-cutting expert, Neil Tarvin, will take you through all you need to know about cutting the cord.
Boomerang just might be the best email client for Android. In fact, it may be even better than Gmail: Released last month as a full-blown email client for Android, this app not only brought Boomerang’s previously browser-only “snooze” button to mobile, but also allowed Android users to track when their emails are opened. Alongside these advanced, Boomerang-only features are many of the staples that makes the stock Android app so great: push notifications, multiple accounts and more.
A year ago Kelly James was wrapping up her time in the prestigious TechStars Boulder startup incubator, pitching her consignment web application to investors in New York City and Los Angeles. Now she’s living in Mexico, selling candles, and loving it. She has gone from being a plugged-in startup head to ditching her iPad, quitting Facebook, and otherwise trying to figure out her relationship with technology. This is her story.
Email, social networks, banking: many of the things we do online require some level of security. This is relatively secure on your own devices, but what if you need to use these services on a public computer? It’s a good idea to avoid doing so at all, but sometimes that’s not practical. And that, my friends, is where SurfEasy’s Private Browser comes in.
We didn’t ask for this, Nintendo – and seriously, we asked for everyone else. Google Smash Bros wishlist sometime – we’ve thought of everything, but I’m pretty sure absolutely none of us asked for the Wii Fit Trainer. Maybe you’re confused, though. For reference, here are some other characters we didn’t ask for in Smash Bros. Please don’t add them.
So what makes an iPad worth all the hype? What’s Android? Windows 8? From Samsung to Surface, the list of tablet terms goes on and on. There are many manufacturers making tablets of all shapes and sizes running a great variety of software, and how do you know which one is right for you? This guide will put in simple language the facts you need to know about all the kinds of tablets out there, and based on some key facts which one you should ultimately purchase.
It took seven years of development, but the Calibre team finally created a version worthy of the number 1.0. Calibre has long been the tool of choice for organizing your eBook library, downloading entire newspapers or blogs and sending eBooks to almost any eReader on the market. The latest release is faster, includes a new cover grid view for browsing, the ability to convert .docx files and the ability to split your collection into virtual libraries.
Some say they’re already old-fashioned, others argue they’re more popular than ever. Whatever your take on podcasts, you have to admit: they’ve democratized broadcasting, and provided people with a smorgasbord of things to potentially listen to. But where did podcasting come from? The history of podcasting is really the combined history of three different technologies: compressed audio, RSS feeds, and portable music players.
Taking control of the backlight on your Macbook Pro or Air keyboard isn’t hard: newer models specifically devote keys to the purpose. That wasn’t always true, however. Before the addition of keys for the job, there was basically no way to control the lights behind the keys manually. Newer Macs may allow you to manually turn the light level up and down, but the sensor still takes control when it feels like it. Lab Tick lets you turn this off, and does a bit more.
Automatically teleport yourself to a productive site every time you try to visit a site you know you shouldn’t. TimeWarp may be simple, but it’s effective at reminding you to stop procrastinating – sometimes so subtly you’ll forget you even wanted a distraction.
Sometimes you want to read every article, in order – and that’s what advanced RSS services like Feedly are for. Sometimes, however, you simply want to glance at headlines and possibly read a couple of articles, and Fresh Feed is perfect for that. It lives in the menu bar, so it’s always a click away. You can scroll through headlines, click anything that looks interesting and ignore everything else. If you love RSS, but want a simple way to keep up, Fresh Feed might be right for you.
Have you ever considered hosting your own livestream? Do you have a pet topic you’d like to run as a livestream show, or do you just want to stay connected with a large group of acquaintances who you connect with over a certain topic? Whatever you want to show the world, it’s time to read “On Air: Set Up Your Own Online Broadcast” by author Niall Norton-Cormier. This free guide tells you all you need to know to get started streaming.
Stop jumping from one keyboard and mouse combination to another every time you switch computers. Control multiple computers using just one set, without the need for extra hardware. Multiple monitors are intuitive – you move your mouse from one screen to another and simply continue controlling. QuickSynergy for Linux and Mac, working with Synergy for Windows, means there’s no combination of systems that can’t be controlled this quickly and easily. If there’s more than one computer on your desk then you need to check this out.