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Justin Pot

/ Joined 16 November, 2009

Justin Pot is a technology journalist based in Portland, Oregon. He loves technology, people and nature – and tries to enjoy all three whenever possible. You can chat with Justin on Twitter, right now.

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ShopSavvy: Scan Barcodes To Quickly Compare Prices [Android, iOS, & Windows Phone]

Android iPhone and iPad

ShopSavvy: Scan Barcodes To Quickly Compare Prices [Android, iOS, & Windows Phone]

Quickly scan a bar code and compare prices – with stores nearby or stores on the web. ShopSavvy is an app that uses the camera on your phone or tablet to interpret bar codes, telling you about a product and showing you where to get it affordably. You can shop online at stores like Amazon or pull up a map of brick-and-mortar stores near you selling the same product, complete with prices.

29-12-2012
ShopSavvy: Scan Barcodes To Quickly Compare Prices [Android, iOS, & Windows Phone]
Create Stunning Gorgeous Maps Of Any Location With Map To Image

Internet

Create Stunning Gorgeous Maps Of Any Location With Map To Image

Create beautiful maps of your favorite places, then download high-resolution copies of them. Whether you want a water colour outline of the city you recently visited or a detailed grid of your hometown, CityTracking.org’s Map To Image is a simple web-app allowing you to turn your favorite places into art. Sure, you could compile screenshots from Bing or Google Maps to make your own images, but Map to Image makes the process simple.

27-12-2012
Create Stunning Gorgeous Maps Of Any Location With Map To Image
How To Automatically Pause Your Music When You Unplug Your Headphones [Mac]

Mac

How To Automatically Pause Your Music When You Unplug Your Headphones [Mac]

Set iTunes (or any Mac music player) to pause every time you unplug your headphones and play when you plug them back in. BreakAway is a simple app for Mac that prevents you from filling a room with your music when you unplug your headphones. If this sounds familiar, it should: my iPod shuffle used to automatically pause when I unplugged my headphones.

22-12-2012
How To Automatically Pause Your Music When You Unplug Your Headphones [Mac]
Peek Through: Make Any Window Transparent Using A Keyboard Shortcut

Windows

Peek Through: Make Any Window Transparent Using A Keyboard Shortcut

If you’re like most people, you’ve thought to yourself every day: “Why can’t I set windows to be transparent in Windows, so I can look through them…like actual windows?” What? You’ve never thought of that? Weird. Well, anyways, Peek Through is a program that does one thing: allow you to quickly make any window in Windows transparent. If it’s not apparent why being transparent is useful for you, use your imagination to find a situation where the key is peeking through.

20-12-2012
Peek Through: Make Any Window Transparent Using A Keyboard Shortcut
No Remote? No Problem. Use Chrome to Control Your XBMC Media Center

Windows Linux

No Remote? No Problem. Use Chrome to Control Your XBMC Media Center

Use Chrome to completely control XBMC. Whether you want to browse and play your media or send a video you’re watching on your laptop to your media center, a variety of extensions and tricks lets you control everything about your media center from Chrome. Are you hosting a YouTube party? You can use your laptop to send videos to your TV, meaning there’s no crowding around a tiny screen or dealing with on-screen keyboards and mediocre search results.

19-12-2012
No Remote? No Problem. Use Chrome to Control Your XBMC Media Center
eBooks, Remote Control & Other Creative Uses For Dropbox That You Haven’t Thought Of

Internet

eBooks, Remote Control & Other Creative Uses For Dropbox That You Haven’t Thought Of

Do you think you’ve thought of every possible use for Dropbox? You haven’t. Neither have I. Writers like me will never get sick of dreaming up new ways to use Dropbox, because this seemingly simple tool can be used to accomplish so much. It’s a program that provides a simple service – sync a particular folder on your computer with all of your other computers and a web service.

15-12-2012
eBooks, Remote Control & Other Creative Uses For Dropbox That You Haven’t Thought Of
Unzip Any Archive Using The Unarchiver [Mac]

Mac

Unzip Any Archive Using The Unarchiver [Mac]

Quickly extract practically any compressed file on the planet. If you’re a Mac user, and Apple’s default unzip tool is struggling to open an archived file, it’s time to install the ultimate tool for the job: The Unarchiver. With support for seemingly every compression format known to man – and a couple not yet discovered – there aren’t many files it can’t open.

13-12-2012
Unzip Any Archive Using The Unarchiver [Mac]
How To Stream Video From Your PC To Your Nintendo Wii

Gaming

How To Stream Video From Your PC To Your Nintendo Wii

From your PC to your TV, by way of your Wii. That rhymed and was annoying. I apologize. But seriously, you can play almost any video that’s on your computer right now using your Wii; it’s not hard. Your Wii is hooked up to your network via WiFi and so is your computer. All you need to do is share the video from your PC and open it on your Wii. Sharing the video is easy – Windows comes with that ability built-in.

12-12-2012
How To Stream Video From Your PC To Your Nintendo Wii
Simple & Friendly: 4 Great Linux Distros For Kids

Linux

Simple & Friendly: 4 Great Linux Distros For Kids

Turn an aging computer into a kid-friendly machine that’s both educational and entertaining. Thanks to open source software there are a variety of complete operating systems designed to let you hand down computers to kids without worry. Kids love to explore, and computers are a great opportunity for that. Programmers from around the world dedicated to education have built a number of freely available operating systems you can use to set up a computer for your kids, free of charge.

06-12-2012
Simple & Friendly: 4 Great Linux Distros For Kids
Clean, Fast & Readable: Lightweight Versions Of Popular News Sites

Internet

Clean, Fast & Readable: Lightweight Versions Of Popular News Sites

Read the news without using up all of your bandwidth. A wide variety of sites offer mobile or text-only versions that work on any computer, but they’re occasionally buried and hard to find on the modern web. There are more than a few reasons to want to know where these sites are, however. Maybe you don’t like clutter? Maybe you’re one of the millions still using dial-up, and want a low-bandwidth way to read news?

28-11-2012
Clean, Fast & Readable: Lightweight Versions Of Popular News Sites
Install The (Shockingly Late) Official YouTube Channel On Your Wii [Currently USA Only]

Internet

Install The (Shockingly Late) Official YouTube Channel On Your Wii [Currently USA Only]

It’s insanely late for Nintendo and YouTube to be offering this but you can now install the official YouTube app on your Wii. Watch the best cat videos from the comfort of your couch. Just fire up the YouTube channel on your Wii. If you’re signed in, you’ll see your subscriptions and playlists; if not, you’ll see the standard categories from YouTube. The visual style is not Wii-sque at all, which is probably a good thing in this case.

24-11-2012
Install The (Shockingly Late) Official YouTube Channel On Your Wii [Currently USA Only]
Know How Long It Is Till Something Using The Dashboard Countdown Widget [Mac OSX]

Mac

Know How Long It Is Till Something Using The Dashboard Countdown Widget [Mac OSX]

Always know exactly how long it is until…something. The countdown dashboard widget for Mac is a fun way to obsessively keep track of the exact seconds until the greatest events in your life – or anything else. Clocks tell you what time it is now. Calendars help you know what’s coming up next. What’s the use of a countdown if you have both of those things? Context.

21-11-2012
Know How Long It Is Till Something Using The Dashboard Countdown Widget [Mac OSX]
Adium – The Ultimate Instant Messaging App [Mac]

Mac

Adium – The Ultimate Instant Messaging App [Mac]

Start using the best instant messaging client out there for Mac. It’s called Adium, it connects to everything and there’s no reason for not using it. Okay, there’s one reason – Adium does not support Facetime. But if that’s not an issue for you, Adium is a piece of software you should install. Combine all of your conversations into one great interface, then customize that interface to work exactly the way you want it to.

17-11-2012
Adium – The Ultimate Instant Messaging App [Mac]
5 Fullscreen News Apps for Windows 8

Windows

5 Fullscreen News Apps for Windows 8

Do some reading, Metro-style. A variety of apps from major news sources and beyond give you quick, clutter-free ways to read the news you care about. If there’s one thing Windows 8’s new Metro (sorry, I’m not going to call it “Modern UI”) interface does very well it’s reading. The look is clean and keeps distractions out of the way – at least, once you’ve opened a given app. White space is used liberally and fonts are crisp and easy to read. This was all possible with Windows before, but now it’s the norm.

15-11-2012
5 Fullscreen News Apps for Windows 8
Read Books On Your Android Phone Or Tablet With Kobo

Android

Read Books On Your Android Phone Or Tablet With Kobo

Do some reading on the go. Kobo’s Android app is perfect for your tablet or smartphone, and it couldn’t be any easier to use. Whether you want to quickly browse thousands of free books or pay for the latest best-sellers, Kobo’s got you covered. Sometimes you don’t have your ereader with you, however, and that’s when Kobo for Android comes in handy. If you own a Kobo, and bought books for it, there’s no reason not have this app.

10-11-2012
Read Books On Your Android Phone Or Tablet With Kobo
Pokki Brings The Start Menu Back To Windows 8 (And Apps To The Desktop Mode)

Windows

Pokki Brings The Start Menu Back To Windows 8 (And Apps To The Desktop Mode)

Bring back the start menu in Windows 8 – and then some. Pokki is a simple app for re-adding the start menu to Windows 8, but that’s not all it does: it also gives you access to a collection of miniature versions of popular web apps. They’re bringing the start menu back to Windows 8 while continuing to offer the miniature apps they always have. Here’s how it works.

08-11-2012
Pokki Brings The Start Menu Back To Windows 8 (And Apps To The Desktop Mode)
How To Create Your Own Custom Chrome Theme, Quickly & Easily

Browsers

How To Create Your Own Custom Chrome Theme, Quickly & Easily

If you’re like me, you’ve long looked for and failed to find the perfect Chrome theme. It might exist, somewhere out there in the densely populated Chrome Web Store, but I never did find it. So I made my own. With “My Chrome Theme”, a free plugin from Google, you can upload your own photos, choose your own color scheme and even share your personal theme with anyone. It’s quick, and you’ll finally have the theme you were looking for.

02-11-2012
How To Create Your Own Custom Chrome Theme, Quickly & Easily
Unity Media Keys: Control Web-Based Music Services With Your Media Keys [Chrome]

Browsers

Unity Media Keys: Control Web-Based Music Services With Your Media Keys [Chrome]

Use your computer’s media keys to control Pandora, Google Music, Grooveshark or any other major online music player in Chrome – regardless of whether you’re using Chrome right now or not. Whether you’re a Mac user wanting to use your media keys for something besides iTunes or a Windows user wanting something to do with those buttons included on your keyboard, try Chrome extension Unity Music Media Keys.

27-10-2012
Unity Media Keys: Control Web-Based Music Services With Your Media Keys [Chrome]
Send AirPlay Music To Your Windows PC With Shairport4w

Windows

Send AirPlay Music To Your Windows PC With Shairport4w

Play music from iTunes, your iOS device or anything that supports Apple’s Airplay on your Windows computer. If you have a media center running Windows, or any PC you want to use as a second set of speakers for your music, Shairport4w is the program you’re looking for. Apple’s AirPlay makes it easy to play music from any computer running iTunes or any iOS device on speakers around your house.

25-10-2012
Send AirPlay Music To Your Windows PC With Shairport4w
Hilariously Switch Words, Internet-Wide, With In My Words [Chrome]

Browsers

Hilariously Switch Words, Internet-Wide, With In My Words [Chrome]

Are you sick of constantly seeing words you hate on the web? Replace them. Whether you hate profanity with a passion or want to rid your browser of every unnecessary acronym, the Chrome extension “In My Words” lets you customize the web by replacing any word with another. It also makes for a pretty great prank, if you use it properly. It’s elegant, but also useful for a variety of reasons.

25-10-2012
Hilariously Switch Words, Internet-Wide, With In My Words [Chrome]