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20
Aug

Pop culture’s many takes on artificial intelligence


Over the years, artists, writers, filmmakers and game studios have all tackled the concept of artificial intelligence. Often their vision is of machines that are brutally hostile to humans. Philip K. Dick envisioned androids that murder their owners. The iconic HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey … also murders his human companions. Of course, there’s Skynet, which launches an all-out war on mankind. We could go on like this for a long time. But there are also those, like Spike Jonze, who envision us having a more complex relationship with computer-based personalities; one in which they could even be love interests. And in Star Trek: The Next Generation Data is not only a “good” android, but he’s often the hero of the show.

We’ve pulled together 13 of our favorite portrayals of AI over the years and put them in the gallery below. It is by no means comprehensive. So please, let us know what we missed in the comments or tweet at us (@engadget) to let us know your favorite AI character from the film, TV or books using the hashtag #EngadgetAIWeek.

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20
Aug

‘Oh… Sir!’ is our favorite insult-em-up


Officially, it’s day two of Gamescom here in Cologne, Germany. For us, though, it’s day four of Nick Summers and I marching up and down a vast convention center, visiting developers to find out more about their games. It’s been a stressful 100 hours or so, working together without a break, but we finally got to let off some steam today with Oh Sir. It’s a game that let us sling abuse at one another in a way that wouldn’t involve a call to HR in the morning.

The idea is simple: you and your opponent pick a character and a location, and then the game starts. In the centre of the screen, you’ll see a batch of words and short phrases, and each player takes turns to pick in order to build out an insult. Once both are done, the game decides how good your insult is, and your opponent’s life bar is reduced as a result. You continue along that path until one of you runs out of health, and the character concedes defeat.

The game is styled with pixel art based on British gentry, and most of the insults you build are of a similar ilk. There’s some depth in the gameplay, too. Each of the characters has its own weakness; an old lady is particularly fragile when it comes to insults about age and death, while a sharp-looking gentleman is vulnerable to jokes about his sense of style. You can also build combos by using the same elements in succession. When I played against Nick, I went for “Your mother” insults three times in a row, and it was that tactic that led to my victory.

Oh Sir, like many indie titles before it, was born from a game jam, where developers come together, hang out, and code. These events promote creativity, and often give birth to some fantastical games. It was released for free on Steam last year, and has been downloaded over 140,000 times since, developing something of a cult following. In the meantime, developer Vile Monarch has been turning the idea into a full game, published by Gambitious. It’s just about complete, and now features AI opponents and online matchmaking. It’s going to release simultaneously on Steam (PC, Mac and Linux), the iOS App Store and Google Play.

We’re live all week from Cologne, Germany for Gamescom 2016. Click here to catch up on all the news from the show.

20
Aug

Recommended Reading: What happened at Hyperloop One?


How Hyperloop One
went off the rails

Sarah McBride,
Bloomberg

The folks at Hyperloop One are one group trying to make Elon Musk’s seemingly crazy idea of a levitating pod transportation system a reality. That task hasn’t been without its fair share of issues, including infighting and employee lawsuits. What the heck happened? Well, Bloomberg takes a look at the company’s inner workings to provide some context for the recent headlines.

Who’s afraid of tablet tech?
Kevin Clark, The Ringer

The NFL made the switch to Microsoft Surface tablets for playbooks and in-game imagery already, but as you might expect not everyone is thrilled with the changes. Some coaches and players want to do things the old fashioned way.

‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore:’ an appreciation
Inkoo Kang, MTV

A number of eulogies for Larry Wilmore’s show hit the internet this week, but I particularly enjoyed MTV’s look back at the end of #tonightly.

The internet’s safe harbor just got a little less safe
Klint Finley, Wired

Now that Cox has to pay up for the copyright infringement of its users, other companies might start policing the content that’s posted using their services.

How Sam Phillips invented the sound of rock and roll
Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics

Some of the all-time greats recorded at Sun Studio and one man was behind the controls to engineer the sounds that would become iconic.

20
Aug

Make No Man’s Sky even better with these 6 PC mods – CNET


It didn’t take exploring the No Man’s Sky universe for nearly 30 hours over the last week for me to notice the game’s more eccentric features.

For instance, every time you receive units for scanning or uploading a new discovery, your in-suit OS, called ExosuitOS, says “Units received.” When it says that a few dozen times in just a few minutes, it’s simply too much. Other complaints you’ll find around the internet are the narrow field of view (FOV), the need to long-click for every single in-game action and menu selection, scan lines on your helmet visor and many other tiny annoyances that don’t detract too much from the game to ruin it. But they’re there. Always.

Fortunately, there’s a way to fix the most annoying parts of No Man’s Sky, and it will only take a few minutes of your time.

Proceed with caution

While not all that common, PC game mods have been known to come packaged with malware or keyloggers in the past. As with anything you download from the internet, especially something like user-uploaded modifications to a game, you should proceed with caution and have anti-virus and anti-malware software on your computer.

I personally downloaded all of the mods below and scanned them for viruses and malware. I also spoke with Amit Shah of Video Game Mods, the network http://nomansskymods.com/mods is part of, and he insists the site is safe and reliable. Shah says the mods are under strict requirements that limit the types of files that can be uploaded and there is a system in place that encourages users to flag mods that could potentially cause harm.

Regardless, when downloading mods for any PC game it’s best to:

  • Try to only download mods from reputable sources.
  • Stick to the more popular and most downloaded mods. With new games, it can be difficult to tell which sites are reliable, but use your best judgement.
  • Avoid new mods from new users. Wait for others to test the waters first.
  • Have malware and virus protection installed on your computer and scan the files before proceeding.

Not only can mods cause harm to your system, they can cause problems with your game. Fortunately, the mods below are of a type that’s easily reversible.

No Man’s Sky mods

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The normal appearance of No Man’s Sky


Screenshot by Taylor Martin/CNET

With the complexity of the code for No Man’s Sky, the fact that mods already exist is impressive. Granted, the vast majority of mods available right now are mainly visual and audio modifications, such as replacingthe “Units received” sound byte with “Wubba lubba dub dub!” from “Rick and Morty.”

These mods come with one or more PAK files that you need to drop into the game’s PCBANKS folder. This is typically located at C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonNo Man’s SkyGAMEDATAPCBANKS. To reverse the mod, simply remove the PAK file and restart the game.

Fast Actions

The most popular and important mod for No Man’s Sky right now is Fast Actions. To interact with things in the world, change settings, perform inventory management, enter your ship and practically everything else in the game, you must click and hold the mouse button or keyboard keys. It’s frustrating and unnecessarily slows down gameplay.

By dropping the Fast Actions mod PAK in PCBANKS, the need to long-click or long-press everything is removed, and you will be flying through your inventory much faster.

Instagram Filter Remover

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No Man’s Sky with the Instagram Filter Remover mod applied.


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You may have noticed everything in the game is rather vibrant and warm-looking. Whites are more of a cream color and everything looks a bit hazy. You can remove this with the Instagram Filter Remover. This will dramatically change the appearance of the game.

Chromatic Aberration + Vignetting + Scan Lines Removal

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No Man’s Sky with the Chromatic Abberation Vignetting Scan Lines Removal mod applied.


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Your view throughout the game has a translucent HUD, scan lines and vignetting to make it seem like you’re viewing the universe through your helmet’s visor. If you’d rather explore without these visual effects, apply the Chromatic Abberation + Vignetting + Scan Lines Removal mod.

After applying the mod, there will be no light drop-off in the corners, lines will be sharper, the horizontal scan lines will be gone and your HUD will still be in place.

Internal Resolution Multipliers

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No Man’s Sky with the 2X Scale Internal Resolution Multiplier mod installed.


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Players of No Man’s Sky have had trouble with the game rendering at the proper resolution. The Internal Resolution Multiplier mod allows you to scale the game to the proper resolution from within the game. If the internal scaling doesn’t work for you, the mod download comes with PAKs for forcing certain resolutions.

When you extract the ZIP file, you will have a selection of PAK files to choose from. Choose only one of the PAK files in the scale or hard-coded resolutions directories to move to the PCBANKS game data folder. Test out different resolution scales or hard-coded values by swapping out PAK files, one by one, to see which one works best for your computer.

ShutUp

Most of the status updates from ExosuitOS are important for staying alive, such as warnings when your radiation or thermal protection are almost fully depleted.

However, you don’t need to hear a confirmation for every action in the game or every time your life support system reaches 75 percent, which, for some reason, is considered “low.”

The ShutUp mod allows you to selectively disable voice prompts.

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The installation of this mod is a little bit different. Download the RAR and extract it. Then double-click to open the build.bat file within the extracted folder. This launches a command prompt window with numbered selections for toggling each voice prompt. Type the number of the prompt and press Return to toggle it on or off, and put a plus sign before the number, like +3 and press Return if you want to hear a preview of it. When you type 10 and press Return to close, a PAK file will be generated based on your selections. Copy and paste that file into the PCBANKS directory to apply the mod.

FOV tweak

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No Man’s Sky with the FOV set to 130.


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The field of view in No Man’s Sky is quite narrow, which gets old very quickly. The maximum FOV setting within the game is 100, which is still narrower than 100 degrees typically feels.

While there is no PAK mod for this, you can tweak a few numbers in the game’s graphics binaries. Go to C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonNo Man’s SkyBinariesSETTINGS and open the TKGRAPHICSSETTINGS.MXML file in a text editor. Change the numbers to the right of FoVOnFoot and FoVInShip to anywhere between 105 and 150 and save the file. You may need to tweak the numbers to get the setting that works best for you.

When you load the game, you should be able to see much more without having to look around. If you want to reverse the effects, open the settings menu, go to Graphics, change any setting and click Apply. The On Foot Field of View and In Ship Field of View will reset to their max of 100.

20
Aug

iBaby Monitor M6S review – CNET


The Good The iBaby Monitor M6S has a great app and lots of bonus features. Plus, its streaming and pan/tilt responsiveness are excellent.

The Bad The camera has no accompanying monitor, and the motion and audio sensors are too sensitive.

The Bottom Line There’s a lot to like about iBaby, but it feels a little pricey for something with no standalone monitor and poor alerts. It’s still one of the best higher-end products of its type, though.

When it comes to smart home tech, you can usually go one of two directions: the big-name company route, or the startup route. For baby monitors, either way you go, you’ll get the same basic product: a smart camera with two-way audio, night vision, and a couple distinguishing features thrown in. The real differences lie in performance.

iBaby is probably the most notable startup in the video baby monitor market. Its premiere product, the $230 iBaby Monitor M6S, is just a camera — foregoing the standalone monitor for a well-designed app. At a consistent 1080p, the M6S’s video and connection quality is some of the best on the market. Plus, the device includes small but thoughtful additions to its feature list, like recorded stories and lullabies.

The iBaby Monitor M6S stands out in a few technical areas. It streams reliably even when you’re away from home, and also remains responsive to pan/tilt control. You can look around the room with an easy touchscreen interface (as opposed to competitor Samsung’s clunky touchscreen) on the mobile app, and the two-way audio is high quality.

Of course, iBaby isn’t perfect. While receiving push notifications based on sound and motion detection is a cool idea, it stops being cool when, even at the lowest sensitivity settings, every shadow or switch of the A/C has you checking your phone. I ended up disabling push notifications while I was at work, simply because I was receiving one almost every 5 minutes.

The second problem with iBaby is its reliance on an app. Sure, the app works a lot better than much of the competition, but without a standalone base station monitor, parents using iBaby to monitor a child who’s just a few rooms away will either constantly be checking their phone, or draining their batteries by leaving it on.

In other words, it might seem low-tech to have a standalone monitor, but it’s really handy — especially if you use your phone for work, and can’t simply relegate it to background baby monitoring.

The iBaby Monitor M6S is one of the best cameras on the market, but its lack of a standalone monitor leaves a hole that a mobile app can’t fill. Between that and the more expensive price, iBaby ends up being just good, when it could’ve been great.

20
Aug

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse review – CNET


The Good Navigating Windows is a breeze with the Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Bluetooth mouse. The wireless connection frees up your USB ports for other devices, its contoured shape gently cradles your hand, and the shortcut buttons will (probably) increase your day-to-day productivity.

The Bad The mouse is designed for right-handed users only, and the glossy plastic finish is a sticky situation in warm weather. Not all features work on Macs and Chromebooks.

The Bottom Line Microsoft’s Sculpt Comfort is a dongle-free Windows wireless mouse that delivers superior ergonomics at a rock-bottom price.

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Microsoft’s Sculpt Comfort is a dongle-free Windows wireless mouse that delivers superior ergonomics at a rock-bottom price.


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If you’ve just picked up a Windows laptop or tablet PC and just can’t stand using the stylus, Microsoft’s Sculpt Bluetooth mouse is the best wireless solution we’ve found to free yourself from the cramped restrains of USB transceivers, because let’s face it — sometimes even one dongle is one too many.

Logitech has long been the Michael Jordan of wireless mice, offering the best mousing performance for the buck, but the Sculpt Bluetooth mouse is swiftly catching up with some clever features — like touch-sensitive shortcut buttons and the company’s own BlueTrack scroll-everywhere laser sensor — that makes navigating Windows 8 and 10 environments a breeze.

The price is an easy pill to swallow too — as of the time this was written, you can pick one up at Amazon or Best Buy for under $25, which converts to about £20 or AU$35.

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First, it’s important to note that this mouse is for right-handed users only (sorry, lefties). The shape slopes upward and gently rises back toward your palm, so it’s really comfortable to use for long stretches of time. The left side has a trim pad for your thumb to rest.

It actually reminds me a lot of the old Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer, in that it’s lightweight and molded to cradle your hand. My only design complaint is the shiny plastic finish can get a little sticky if you’re using it in hot environments.

See that blue Windows stripe on the left side of the mouse? It’s both a universal shortcut button and a touch-sensitive touchpad that registers up and down swipes with your thumb.

All the buttons on the mouse are remappable once you download the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center software. You can choose to assign the Windows button to do things like open the Start Menu, launch Cortana, or access any of your applications or tasks — it’s really up to you to decide what works best for your day-to-day productivity.

Same goes for the thumb swipes, but I prefer to use them to move me back and forward in a web-browser window. Another sweet feature is the mouse provides haptic feedback (aka a little vibration) whenever you swipe it to let you know it’s registered the action. You can also disable it if you want.

20
Aug

Samsung SEW-3043W BrightView HD Baby Video Monitoring System review – CNET


The Good Samsung’s video monitor is reliable and offers a solid package of features.

The Bad The touchscreen doesn’t work very well, and the lack of an app means remote viewing won’t be possible.

The Bottom Line Despite a couple of weaknesses, Samsung’s video monitor is one of the more solid offerings on the market.

Buying a video baby monitor can be tricky. These gadgets range from $100 to $250, and their features are all over the place. Some have recorded stories to read to your child as they go to sleep; others don’t even have night vision. Either way, finding the right product is always a balancing game between the price and the device.

The Samsung SEW-3043W BrightView HD Baby Video Monitoring System is certainly more expensive than many competitors’ products, clocking in at $230. But it also offers one of the best suites of features. While a few major design limitations hold Samsung’s device back from greatness, it is still one of the better high-end video baby monitors out there.

Samsung has all the requisite features for a higher end video baby monitor: pan/tilt control, consistent 720p resolution, night vision, two-way audio, and sound alerts. Navigating the settings on the base station monitor to take advantage of those features is also quick and easy, as opposed to Motorola’s monitor.

A few feature omissions stand out to me, though. Most notably, there’s no additional app for remote viewing or video recording and playback. While that means the device is likely more secure, it also means you can only use it around the house.

The second problem with Samsung’s monitor is the base station screen itself. Unlike most competitors, Samsung boasts a touchscreen interface. But the touchscreen is so outdated that anyone with a smartphone will quickly feel frustrated using it. You have to press hard on the screen for it to register, and there is no swiping or scrolling. Instead, the buttons are located on the screen, rather than beside it. In the end, the touchscreen detracts from the quality of the user interface rather than enhancing it.

Despite those problems, Samsung’s device works well. I only experienced a few connection hiccups during the days I tested it, and none of them lasted more than ten or fifteen seconds. While $230 does feel pretty pricey for a video baby monitor, it’s a fair price for reliability.

20
Aug

VTech Safe & Sound Owl Digital Video Baby Monitor review – CNET


The Good VTech’s Safe & Sound Monitor performs the basics well. Its streaming connection is reliable, and its pan/tilt control is responsive. Plus, the owl design is a cute addition.

The Bad The monitor’s feature list is short, and the camera’s resolution is disappointingly low.

The Bottom Line Some odd design decisions, like the low-res camera and the owl’s glowing red eyes, mar an otherwise solid device. Plus, the price seems a little high for the basic features, no matter how reliable they are.

For anyone browsing baby monitors, it quickly becomes evident that VTech is a mainstay of the market. The company has developed many of the smartest audio-only monitors, and more recently, it has introduced video monitors to the mix. The VTech Safe & Sound Owl Digital Video Baby Monitor, VTech’s most feature-rich offering, sells for about $200 online and at retailers.

The Safe & Sound Monitor might fall in the middle of the market when it comes to price, but its feature list is one of the shortest around. While the basics of two-way audio, pan/tilt control, and night vision are there, there’s no app connection. Without app connection, there’s no push notifications or remote viewing on your phone. The device doesn’t offer any lullabies or stories. In fact, there’s no real special features that stand out at all.

The simplicity of the Safe & Sound Monitor is also a strength, though. While the bells and whistles of other monitors might not be part of this device, neither are the connection problems or latency issues. The streaming, although at a strange PlayStation Portable-level resolution of 480×272, is consistent. The pan/tilt control of the camera is responsive. All around, it’s a solid device.

One other strange design choice is worth noting: The camera that looks like an owl is a fun design feature for kids, but when the lights turn off and night vision is activated, the owl’s eyes turn red. My infant son was too young to really notice, but for older toddlers, having an creature with glowing red eyes watching them at night might not go over so well.

The VTech Safe & Sound is worth checking out if you know you’ll primarily use the monitor for in-home monitoring, and only on the most basic level. In that context, it’s reliable. But if you’re looking for fun features for the kid, or remote monitoring, look elsewhere.

20
Aug

Android Central 302: An Honor and a Nexus privilege


Andrew, Alex, Daniel and Jerry (and Jerry’s neighbor’s tractor) give you a generous helping of the Honor 8, which is a pretty great inexpensive phone coming to the U.S. and Europe this month.

And we’re coming up to the official release of Nougat, which means…. new Nexus phones! The team talks about potential features and designs of the two rumored HTC-built Nexuses.

Plus: is Google Duo a good thing, or a good waste? And Twitter Q&A!

Thanks to this week’s sponsor:

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Podcast MP3 URL: http://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/androidcentral302.mp3

20
Aug

Google Keep: Ultimate guide


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Create lists, transcribe recordings, doodle, collaborate on to-do lists, and so much more with Google Keep.

Google Keep isn’t your average note-taking client. While the app sports a minimal interface and is very easy to use, it offers a set of powerful tools that make it an effective task management utility. From creating collaborative to-do lists to transcribing voice notes and saving bookmarks, the app does it all. The best part about Keep is that all changes are synced automatically, giving you quick access to your notes across all your devices, and on the web.

Here’s what you need to know to get started with Google Keep.

  • How to install and login to Keep
  • How to create and edit your first note in Keep
  • How to create and manage lists in Keep
  • How to share notes and add collaborators in Keep
  • How to set reminders in Keep
  • How to dictate audio notes in Keep
  • How to add images to notes in Keep
  • How to doodle in Keep
  • How to use Keep as a bookmark tool
  • How to export notes to Google Docs
  • How to archive or delete older notes in Keep
  • How to sort and organize notes with labels in Keep
  • How to color code notes in Keep

How to install and login to Keep

This part’s straightforward. Just head to the Play Store, search for Keep, and install the app.

Open the Play Store from your home screen or app drawer.
Search for Google Keep and tap the first search result.

Tap Install.

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Following the installation, open Keep and tap the Get started button.

Select the Google account you want to associate with the app.

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How to create and edit your first note in Keep

One of Keep’s strengths is that it is very simple to use. Creating a note or editing an existing note is about as easy as it can get.

Open Keep from the home screen or the app drawer.
Tap the Take a note section at the bottom of the screen.

Enter the title and text, and tap the Back button to save the note.

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Editing a note is just as easy. Tap the note you want to edit.

Tap the desired section to start making changes to the note.

Tap the Back button to save the changes.

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How to create and manage lists in Keep

Keep allows you to easily create and manage to-do lists. Here’s how to get started.

Open Keep from the home screen or the app drawer.
Tap the List icon at the bottom.

Set a Title for the list, and start adding items. To delete an item, tap the Delete icon on the right.

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If you’ve already started a basic text note, you can turn it into a to-do list by tapping the + icon at the bottom left of the screen.

Tap the + icon, and select the Checkboxes option to turn the note into a to-do list.

Don’t like the changes? You can turn the note back into a text note by selecting the Menu icon in the top left and selecting Hide checkboxes.

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How to share notes and add collaborators in Keep

Keep has an excellent collaboration feature that lets you quickly share your notes and to-do lists with your friends and family. I use the feature to collaborate with my wife over grocery lists, chores for the weekend, and things to buy for the house. Here’s what you need to know about sharing notes.

Open Keep from the home screen or the app drawer.
Tap the note you want to share.
Select the Action icon at the bottom right.
Tap the Collaborator icon.

Allow Keep access to your contacts.

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Enter the email address or name of the person you want to share the note with.

After adding the collaborator, tap the Save button to share the note.

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How to set reminders in Keep

The ability to set reminders for notes or to-do lists is one of Keep’s most useful functions. The reminders feature works the same way as it does in Google Now: you have the option of creating a reminder based on time or location. Here’s how you can easily set a reminder in Google Keep:

Open Keep from the home screen or app drawer.
Select the note for which you want to set a reminder.
Tap the Remind me icon in the top right.

Set a reminder that triggers at a particular Time or at a Location.

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You can also set recurring reminders for things like shopping lists. Reminders set in Keep will show up in Google Now and Inbox. When you’re setting a reminder, you get default options for Morning, Afternoon, and Evening. Here’s how to change the default options.

Open Keep and select the hamburger menu on the left.
Tap Settings.

In the Reminder settings section, tap Morning to change the default time for notification alerts in the morning.

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How to dictate audio notes in Keep

In addition to text notes, you can also dictate notes to Keep, with the audio getting automatically transcribed. It is a lesser-known feature that comes in handy when you’re taking notes in class.

Open Keep from the home screen or app drawer.
Tap the Speak icon at the bottom.
Start recording your note.
After you’re done speaking, you’ll see a text form of the note along with the recording underneath.

You can hear the recording by selecting the Play button.

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How to add an audio recording to an existing note

Adding an audio recording to an existing note is really easy.

Select the note, tap the + icon at the bottom left.
Select the Recording icon and start speaking.

You’ll see a text version of the recording as well as the audio added to the bottom of the note.

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You can delete the recording by hitting the Delete icon at the right of the audio. Doing so doesn’t delete the text, which you’ll have to clear manually.

How to add images to notes in Keep, and use OCR

You can easily add images to notes, and extract text from within images.

Open Keep from the home screen or app drawer.
Tap the Camera icon in the bottom right.
Choose an image from your gallery or hit Take photo to take a new photo.

Add a title and text to the image if required.

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How to extract text from an image

Want to grab the text from a photo you took, but don’t want to manually transcribe from the image? There’s a feature for that.

Tap the image, select the Menu in the top right.
Tap Grab image text.

You can also make annotations to an image by selecting the Pen icon in the top left.

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How to add a photo to an existing note

If you’re looking to add an image to an existing note, it’s quick and easy.

Select the note you want to add a photo to and tap the + icon in the bottom left.
Choose Take photo to take a new photo to add to the note.

Select Choose image to add an image from the gallery to your note.

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How to doodle in Keep

Like doodling? You can use Keep to draw digitally, with three modes available.

Open Keep from the home screen or app drawer.
Tap the Pen icon from the bottom.

Select between Pen, Marker, and Highlight tool.

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Start drawing on-screen. To go back, hit the Undo icon on the right.

To erase your drawing, select the Eraser from the bottom bar.

To select and move a part of your drawing, use the Select icon from the bottom bar.

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How to use Keep as a bookmark tool

Remember Delicious? You don’t need a dedicated tool to save bookmarks anymore, as Keep does a capable job of saving and organizing your bookmarks.

Select the Menu icon from Chrome to save a link to Keep.
Hit Share.

In the Share via screen, navigate to Keep to save the link.

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Use the Label icon to assign a label to the link.

Tap Save to add the link as a note in Keep.

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How to export notes to Google Docs

While Keep has a lot of features, it doesn’t offer rich text editing. If you’re in need of more robust formatting and editing tools, you can export your note to Google Docs, Evernote, Word, or other word processing services.

Long press on a note to show menu options.
Select the More icon from the top right.

Select Copy to Google Doc to turn the note into an editable Google Docs document.

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If you’re looking to edit the document in another word processor, hit Send from the menu.

Select your editor of choice from the Send note menu.

Tap to save the note in your word editor.

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You can also save several notes to a single Google Docs file. Just hold down to select individual notes, and then select Copy to Google Doc.

How to archive or delete older notes in Keep

If you no longer need a note, you can easily archive or delete it. Here’s how:

Select a note.
Tap the Archive icon to archive the note.
Tap the Action menu from the bottom right to access the delete option.

Select Delete to delete a note.

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How to sort and organize notes with labels in Keep

Keep lets you add labels to organize your notes. If you’re like me and take a lot of notes throughout the day, labels are absolutely essential to make sense of the clutter.

Open the note for which you want to add a label.
Tap the Action icon in the bottom right.
Select Labels.

Add your desired label.

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How to add labels via hashtags

You can also add labels quickly with the hashtag (#) symbol.

Open the note for which you want to add a label.
Type a #, which brings up all available labels.

Add your desired label from the list.

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How to edit and organize notes base on labels

You can create, edit, and organize notes by labels with ease.

Tap the hamburger menu on the left.

Tap on a label to show notes tagged with that particular label.

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Tap Edit to change label names.

Tap the Edit icon on the right to edit the name of a label.

Tap the + icon to add a new label.

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How to color code notes in Keep

Along with labels, you can use colors to visually differentiate between different types of notes.

Open the note for which you want to add a color.
Tap the Action icon in the bottom right.

Select the desired color from the options at the bottom.

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Tell us how you use Keep

Now it’s your turn. What do you use Keep for? Let us know in the comments.

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