Skip to content

Archive for

25
Jun

After Math: Binge On


It was a bountiful week for mass consumption. Twitch announced that it will run 6 straight days of MST3K, German police went on a 36-house raiding spree in search of hate speech and Sega’s bringing some of its most beloved titles to mobile. Numbers, because how else will you know how many seasons you have left to watch?

25
Jun

The best clothing iron


By Jackie Reeve

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer’s guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.

After we spent more than 60 hours researching and testing irons (including talking with a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, an expert at German iron manufacturer Rowenta, and several avid quilters), we think most people will like the Maytag M400 Speed Heat Iron and Vertical Steamer. It’s the best affordable, lightweight, easy-to-use iron for anyone who needs to tackle the occasional wrinkled outfit or linen around the house.

How we picked and tested

We looked for affordable irons that heat up quickly, have a reasonably large water tank, produce plenty of steam for flattening wrinkles, and don’t leak. Photo: Michael Hession

Based on nearly 400 responses to our reader survey, we took cost seriously. The majority of respondents—69 percent—wanted to spend between $30 and $75 on an iron. We also looked at smoothness of glide, size of water tank, rate of steam produced, and heat-up speed, among other useful features. Finally, we eliminated cordless models altogether, based on Consumer Reports’s testing.

We also wanted an iron that works fast. If the goal of most people is to press something quickly and move on with life, you want an iron that heats up in seconds. The irons we liked used 1,500 to 1,800 watts, which typically take about 65 to 75 seconds to reach 400 ºF.

Aside from soleplate material, wattage, steam rate, and auto shutoff, we recommend several other features common in mid-priced irons:

  • a “burst of steam” to flatten Himalayan wrinkles
  • vertical steaming to relax drapes or clothes on a hanger
  • anti-drip and anti-calcification mechanisms that allow the use of tap water
  • lights to signal the iron has reached its temperature
  • an 8-foot-long cord
  • inspection stamps such as “UL” or “ETL” that signify the manufacturer opted to pay for (and passed) rigorous third-party iron-safety tests
  • a one-year warranty, but longer is better

I set up boards and irons in my dining room and ran each iron through some basic tests: heat-up time, water tank size, and wrinkle-busting ability on a variety of fabrics. I used cotton quilt fabrics, acrylic sweaters (known to melt onto the plate of a hot iron), t-shirts, some synthetic fabrics, and a piece of silk for testing. Referring back to the feedback from our last testing with staffers in the Sweethome office, I noted how each iron felt to hold, how easy it was to use, and how much steam each seemed to release. And because durability is hard to gauge in one testing period, we’ll continue to use all of our picks to see if they maintain their great performance over time.

Our pick

The Maytag M400 hits the best balance of a reasonable price and great performance that we’ve found. Photo: Michael Hession

The Maytag M400 Speed Heat Iron and Vertical Steamer packed the best combination of features in our testing: quick heat-up time, good steam, agility, reliability, and a great price. We also like that this iron comes with a longer-than-average two-year warranty.

Though it didn’t give off as much steam as our other picks, the M400 felt more powerful than many irons we tried with more wattage. It also heated up very quickly, producing steam on the highest setting in just 24 seconds. We also liked that the Maytag M400’s steam burst button was easier to push repeatedly than those on the other irons we tested, which helped produce a lot of steam quickly.

The Maytag was actually the lightest iron we tested overall, and it still managed to push out wrinkles with barely any pressure. It glided quickly and smoothly over every fabric we tested. But if you’re ironing something big and heavy, or something with stubborn creases (like linen), the Maytag may be too light.

We do wish the Maytag had a cord longer than 8 feet. Sometimes extra length helps you maneuver the iron around an ironing board. But this limitation is minor, and overall we stand by the Maytag as our pick.

A good, cheap iron that might break

The Black+Decker D3030 Allure has a smooth glide, tons of steam, and a user-friendly design. But it also seems to have a track record of reliability issues. Photo: Michael Hession

If the Maytag M400 is sold out or unavailable, we would recommend getting the Black+Decker D3030 Allure instead. The Allure is one of the lightest irons we tested, weighing 3.1 pounds, and was one of the fastest irons to produce hot steam in our testing. It also has one of the most comfortable handles we’ve tried. Its stainless steel soleplate glides more smoothly across fabrics than most of the competitors in the same price range.

But there’s a big reason we had to demote this iron from the top spot: We are worried it may have longevity problems. The heating element on the Allure we were long-term testing failed after about a year (we were using the iron twice a week), and at least 23 Amazon reviews for this model note the same problem. But with its two-year warranty, it was pretty easy to get a replacement.

Having an iron fail in less than a year was really disappointing, but we can’t deny what a strong competitor the Allure is—especially because it’s only about $38. Even with this big reliability issue, we would still recommend the Allure as an affordable backup option.

A high-quality iron for frequent use

The Rowenta DW 9280 SteamForce, our upgrade pick, shoots out more steam than any other. Photo: Michael Hession

If an iron can be dreamy, the Rowenta SteamForce is dreamy. This German-made iron performed best in our tests. At 3.9 pounds, it’s too heavy to be the most comfortable to hold, and not all of our testers loved the layout of the buttons and dials. But none of us could argue with the way it beat every wrinkle we threw at it. The stainless steel soleplate has more holes than any of our other test picks, and the tip has Rowenta’s Precision Shot, a group of holes that emits a concentrated blast of steam for tougher creases. The SteamForce also has an extra-large tank, so you need fewer refills for big jobs.

However, the SteamForce has drawbacks. The cord is only 7 feet long, which felt a little puny. It has a one-year warranty in the United States, which is less generous than the two-year warranties offered by Black+Decker and Maytag.

The biggest problem is that this one often costs more than twice as much as the Maytag M400. We think the SteamForce’s price is worth it if you’re a sewer or quilter or regularly tackle mountains of ironing. But go to a store first and make sure the weight isn’t a problem.

This guide may have been updated by The Sweethome. To see the current recommendation, please go here.

Note from The Sweethome: When readers choose to buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn affiliate commissions that support our work.

25
Jun

Tumblr apologizes for filtering out LGBTQ+ content


Tumblr* says it has fixed the main issues that were plaguing “Safe Mode,” a feature it recently launched to hide all NSFW posts from your Dashboard. It’s a welcome addition for libraries, schools or parents who don’t want to block the social network despite the abundance of porn in it. As users quickly found out, though, Tumblr’s Safe Mode has unfortunately replicated the problems caused by YouTube’s Restricted Mode: it was also filtering out perfectly innocent LGBTQ+ posts. In the post announcing the problem’s resolution, the Tumblr staff said the website’s Explicit tag was the main culprit responsible for the issue and that it’s “deeply sorry”.

See, when you create a blog on the website, you can mark it as “Explicit,” and that’s apparently what some of the affected uses who post LGBTQ+ content did. While not all their posts are NSFW, Tumblr classifies anything from an Explicit blog as sensitive and hides the whole thing when in Safe Mode. To solve that issue, Tumblr now classifies posts individually “as they should be.”

In addition, anything an Explicit Tumblr reblogs used to get marked as sensitive, even if they originally came from non-Explicit accounts. As a result, a lot more squeaky clean posts got caught in the filter. Going forward, the website will no longer mark a post as sensitive just because of a reblog if it was from a safe account in the first place.

Safe Mode also tends to hide photosets, which are always marked as sensitive until the poster submits a request to have a human staff member review all the pictures in it. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a while for a fix to that one: Tumblr is working on a way for its algorithm to be able to review multiple pictures as a set.

While Tumblr’s solution isn’t complete, it has at least acted much faster than YouTube, which took a month to roll out a fix. YouTube went so far as to tweak its policies to make sure the mishap doesn’t happen again, though — we hope Tumblr is as committed as the video platform seems to be.

*Full disclosure: Tumblr is Engadget’s sister brand through Verizon’s Yahoo purchase.

Source: Tumblr

25
Jun

The 17 best camping hacks to kickstart your summer


One of the most stressful aspects of camping is packing for the outing itself. Similarly, if we forget something or an item breaks during a trip, we could literally be left up a creek without a paddle. Fortunately, there are dozens of clever tips to help you minimize the gear you need to pack beforehand and tricks to replace lost or forgotten items. Improvise, adapt, and overcome. Necessity is, after all, the mother of invention.

As best exemplified by Born Survivor Bear Grylls, there is often more than one — albeit, roundabout — way to complete a given task. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and if you forget your wetsuit, remember you can always skin a baby seal and wear the remnants of its blubbery corpse to ward off hypothermia.

While we all know that a high-proof bottle of booze can be used as a quick-fix antiseptic if an injury occurs on the trail, there are plenty of other lesser known tips to make life a little easier while in the great outdoors. From jury-rigging kindling from snacks to simply adding a little comfort to your campsite, here are 17 of the best camping hacks to utilize on your next adventure.

Cooking hacks

Cup o’ Joe on the go

For some, the idea of starting the day without a cup of coffee is unthinkable. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to brew a cup of coffee outdoors without all the fuss or gadgets. Before you head out on your adventure, place a scoop of coffee grounds into a filter and tie the wad in place with a little string or even some dental floss. Simply let this steep in a cup of warm water and you’re set.

A spice rack for your pack

When it comes to cooking on weekend outings, some individuals prefer more extensive camping recipes. However, towing around an entire spice rack isn’t exactly efficient. Thankfully, it’s easy to keep small amounts of your most frequently used spices and herbs on hand using waterproof Tic Tac containers. Need a little thyme for that hot sauce? Bam!

Scrambled eggs on the fly

Eggs aren’t the most portable foods. That said, use a funnel and crack your eggs into a plastic water battle before your trip and you’ll never have to worry about cracked eggs in a cramped cooler.

Fire and kindling hacks

Faux wood “chips”

Here’s a little-known fact: Doritos are flammable. The expanded surface area of Doritos 3Ds makes them particularly ideal for use as a source of kindling. As anyone who has ever tasted a Doritos Flamas knows, these items were most certainly not meant for human consumption and this haphazard, ancillary purpose makes much more sense.

Waterproofing your matches

Dipping your individual matches in candle wax will protect the phosphorous tip from the elements.

Stowing matches

Similarly, storing your matches in a Mason jar will add another layer of protection. You may also want to keep a piece of sandpaper inside the container, just in case the striking pad on your matchbox becomes wet or worn.

Cotton balls

Simply soak a few cotton balls in petroleum jelly and store them in a plastic bag. These are highly flammable and will burn slowly, making them a solid alternative to kindling.

Fixes and first aid

Mosquito repellent

One of the real downfalls with the great outdoors is dealing with bug bites and stings. When it comes to mosquitos, however, there are plenty of easy ways to minimize the risk of bites and ways to treat them after the fact. While cooking meals or simply enjoying a fire, add a little sage to the embers. The herb naturally repels mosquitos and should at least lower your chances of being bitten.

Treat mosquito bites

So you burned some sage and you were still bitten by a few bugs? Well, fortunately, you can apply most brands of deodorant directly to your bite to minimize the itch. The aluminum present in many deodorants acts as an astringent. Just be sure to check the ingredients on the back of your stick beforehand!

Mini emergency kit

An old pill bottle can easily double as a miniature first aid kit. Throw in a couple bandages, a gauze, and some disinfectant and you’ll be able to treat minor scraps and cuts on the trailhead. We’ve also compiled a list of the best items to put in an outdoor emergency kit.

Easy fix for broken grommets

If a grommet on your tarp breaks, never fret, there’s an easy fix. Simply wrap a small rock in the corner and fasten it in place with a zip tie or piece of string. You can then use this rock to fasten ropes and extend the life of your tarp.

Preventing rust

Stow a few silica gel packs in your pots and pans, which helps prevent your cookware from rusting between uses.

Duct tape

You may not need an entire roll of duct tape for a basic weekend outing, however, sooner or later you’ll probably need a strip or two for unforeseen mishaps. Simply wrap a foot or two of duct tape around your water bottle, flashlight, or a few inches around a lighter and you’ll have some durable tape handy at all times.

Bread bag tags

Let’s be honest, the small clip sealing our loaves of bread rarely makes it past the first sandwich. Luckily, there’s a handy use for all of these extra tags. Those little, square clips make for convenient clothespins when you need to dry wet garments and other materials on the trail.

Tent tips

Foam floor tiles

Even if you position your tent on a flat, grassy site, sleeping on the ground can be rather uncomfortable. Believe it or not, the interconnected tiles often used in children’s play rooms and gyms can add a little cushion for a more comfortable night’s sleep. You can also cut the foam panels down to size to better accommodate your tent and these waterproof padded mats are a solid option. For a more comfortable alternative, take a gander at our roundup of the best tents on the market today.

DIY lantern

A lantern is a handy tool to have at your disposal. However, rather than purchasing an expensive device, you can simply strap your existing headlamp to a transparent or translucent water bottle to create a rudimentary lamp using items you probably already own. We’ve also curated a list of some of the best headlamps if you’re looking to pick up something more capable.

Makeshift pillow

A pillow is arguably a rather superfluous item to bring on a camping trip. Luckily, you can save space in your vehicle and your pack by simply stuffing your sleeping bag pack or a shirt with a change of clothes. If you still need to pick up seasonal sleeper, we’ve also compiled a list of the best sleeping bags you can buy.




25
Jun

Immortalize your display: How to take a screenshot using a Microsoft Surface


Whether you want to capture friends and relatives making funny faces on Skype, or need accessible photos of online resources or programs, screenshots benefit users in many ways. With a simple press of a computer’s Print Screen key, you essentially have the ability to capture anything and everything occurring on your desktop at once.

But what if you want to take a screenshot using a keyboard-less, touchscreen tablet? Despite the fact that the fabled Print Screen key didn’t make the jump to tablets during production, most tablets feature their own method for capturing an image of your display, often via a button combination or tool. For Microsoft Surface users, this fact is especially true given there are a number of separate methods for capturing screenshots of your tablet’s display. Whether you’re utilizing a Touch or Type Cover, use the tablet by itself, or rely on a Surface Pen, our comprehensive walkthrough will have you taking screenshots on your Surface in no time.

Method 1: Using the Surface’s keyboard shortcuts

From the original Surface through the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s decided not to include a Print Screen key on either its Touch or Type Cover accessories. That makes taking screenshots less straightforward than on a computer. Instead of using a designated key, you need to perform a simple button combination to execute the command on a Surface.

To take a screenshot, press and hold the Windows icon button located at the bottom of the tablet. With the Windows button pressed, simultaneously push the lower volume rocker on the side of the Surface. At this point, you should notice the screen dim then brighten again as if you took a snapshot with a camera. Once you successfully finish capturing the screenshot, you can view it via the Screenshots folder in your Photos application or within My Pictures folder.

Because the Surface Pro 4 and 2017 Surface Pro don’t have a Windows button, the process is a little different. On those machines, simply hold down the power button and then press the volume-up button at the same time. Again, the screen will flicker and the screenshot will be saved as on the other machines.

Method 2: Using a Type or Touch Cover

Although the Type and Touch Covers prior to the Surface Pro 4 don’t feature a Print Screen key, they do allow you to capture screenshots using a basic button combination. With a Type or Touch Cover attached to your Microsoft Surface, simultaneously press and hold the Fn key, the Windows button, and click the spacebar. You’ll notice the screen dim then brighten again, thus signifying a successful screenshot.

On the Surface Pro 4 and 2017 Surface Pro, there’s no Windows button, but the Type Covers do include a Print Screen key. Even so, Microsoft still makes things more complicated than necessary. You’ll need to make sure the Function key is off, indicated by its LED being unlit, and then hit the Windows key + PrtScrn key in combination. That will kick off the same process of capturing the screen and placing the result in the Screenshots folder.

Method 3: Using the Snipping Tool

If you’d like greater control regarding what aspect of the display you capture, the Surface’s Snipping Tool grants you with even more preciseness. To locate and use the Snipping Tool, open the search function within the Surface’s menu bar and simply type “Snipping Tool” into the search field. Once it populates in the search results, you can either left-click the icon to open the application on your desktop, or right-click the icon to pin the application to your Start menu or taskbar.

The Snipping Tool gives you a few options once it’s open: New, Mode, Delay, Cancel, or Options.

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The first thing you’ll want to do is select the capture Mode. Options include:

  • Free-form Snip, which lets you use your mouse, finger, or pen to capture a custom area.
  • Rectangular Snip, which captures a precise, manually selected rectangular area.
  • Window Snip, which captures a specific user-selected window.
  • Full-screen Snip, which as it sounds snips and entire screen.

Once you’ve made your selection, click New and respond accordingly. For example, if configured for Rectangular Snip, your cursor turns into a set of cross hairs that you can then use to create a capture field encompassing the portion of the display you want to capture. Simply drag the resulting cursor over the desired area before releasing it to capture your desired screenshot. Afterward, save the screenshot wherever you prefer, as either a JPEG, PNG, or GIF file. If you’re using a Surface Pen, then you can also annotate your clip.

Method 4: Using a Surface Pen

The Surface Pen uses an active digitizer in the display to provide precise and accurate pen input. It doesn’t only allow users to write on the display, however. It also sports buttons that can be customized to perform various functions such as erasing writing, and opening apps. One of the more useful Surface Pen functions is its ability to take screen captures and save them to the default OneNote app, which can be the Windows 10 version of OneNote, or OneNote for the desktop.

To configure a Surface Pen button, you can open the Settings app in Windows 10 by clicking on All Settings in the Action Center. Once there, select Devices, then Pen and Windows Ink. Scroll down to the “Pen shortcuts” section, which will include various options depending on the version of Surface Pen you’re using.

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

On the new Surface Pen that shipped alongside the 2017 Surface Pro, for example, the eraser button can be configured to take a screen capture and send it to OneNote when the button is double-clicked. If you don’t want to capture the entire screen, then you can use the pen to select a specific region to capture. The resulting screenshot will show up in your default OneNote notebook and section.




25
Jun

Immortalize your display: How to take a screenshot using a Microsoft Surface


Whether you want to capture friends and relatives making funny faces on Skype, or need accessible photos of online resources or programs, screenshots benefit users in many ways. With a simple press of a computer’s Print Screen key, you essentially have the ability to capture anything and everything occurring on your desktop at once.

But what if you want to take a screenshot using a keyboard-less, touchscreen tablet? Despite the fact that the fabled Print Screen key didn’t make the jump to tablets during production, most tablets feature their own method for capturing an image of your display, often via a button combination or tool. For Microsoft Surface users, this fact is especially true given there are a number of separate methods for capturing screenshots of your tablet’s display. Whether you’re utilizing a Touch or Type Cover, use the tablet by itself, or rely on a Surface Pen, our comprehensive walkthrough will have you taking screenshots on your Surface in no time.

Method 1: Using the Surface’s keyboard shortcuts

From the original Surface through the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s decided not to include a Print Screen key on either its Touch or Type Cover accessories. That makes taking screenshots less straightforward than on a computer. Instead of using a designated key, you need to perform a simple button combination to execute the command on a Surface.

To take a screenshot, press and hold the Windows icon button located at the bottom of the tablet. With the Windows button pressed, simultaneously push the lower volume rocker on the side of the Surface. At this point, you should notice the screen dim then brighten again as if you took a snapshot with a camera. Once you successfully finish capturing the screenshot, you can view it via the Screenshots folder in your Photos application or within My Pictures folder.

Because the Surface Pro 4 and 2017 Surface Pro don’t have a Windows button, the process is a little different. On those machines, simply hold down the power button and then press the volume-up button at the same time. Again, the screen will flicker and the screenshot will be saved as on the other machines.

Method 2: Using a Type or Touch Cover

Although the Type and Touch Covers prior to the Surface Pro 4 don’t feature a Print Screen key, they do allow you to capture screenshots using a basic button combination. With a Type or Touch Cover attached to your Microsoft Surface, simultaneously press and hold the Fn key, the Windows button, and click the spacebar. You’ll notice the screen dim then brighten again, thus signifying a successful screenshot.

On the Surface Pro 4 and 2017 Surface Pro, there’s no Windows button, but the Type Covers do include a Print Screen key. Even so, Microsoft still makes things more complicated than necessary. You’ll need to make sure the Function key is off, indicated by its LED being unlit, and then hit the Windows key + PrtScrn key in combination. That will kick off the same process of capturing the screen and placing the result in the Screenshots folder.

Method 3: Using the Snipping Tool

If you’d like greater control regarding what aspect of the display you capture, the Surface’s Snipping Tool grants you with even more preciseness. To locate and use the Snipping Tool, open the search function within the Surface’s menu bar and simply type “Snipping Tool” into the search field. Once it populates in the search results, you can either left-click the icon to open the application on your desktop, or right-click the icon to pin the application to your Start menu or taskbar.

The Snipping Tool gives you a few options once it’s open: New, Mode, Delay, Cancel, or Options.

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The first thing you’ll want to do is select the capture Mode. Options include:

  • Free-form Snip, which lets you use your mouse, finger, or pen to capture a custom area.
  • Rectangular Snip, which captures a precise, manually selected rectangular area.
  • Window Snip, which captures a specific user-selected window.
  • Full-screen Snip, which as it sounds snips and entire screen.

Once you’ve made your selection, click New and respond accordingly. For example, if configured for Rectangular Snip, your cursor turns into a set of cross hairs that you can then use to create a capture field encompassing the portion of the display you want to capture. Simply drag the resulting cursor over the desired area before releasing it to capture your desired screenshot. Afterward, save the screenshot wherever you prefer, as either a JPEG, PNG, or GIF file. If you’re using a Surface Pen, then you can also annotate your clip.

Method 4: Using a Surface Pen

The Surface Pen uses an active digitizer in the display to provide precise and accurate pen input. It doesn’t only allow users to write on the display, however. It also sports buttons that can be customized to perform various functions such as erasing writing, and opening apps. One of the more useful Surface Pen functions is its ability to take screen captures and save them to the default OneNote app, which can be the Windows 10 version of OneNote, or OneNote for the desktop.

To configure a Surface Pen button, you can open the Settings app in Windows 10 by clicking on All Settings in the Action Center. Once there, select Devices, then Pen and Windows Ink. Scroll down to the “Pen shortcuts” section, which will include various options depending on the version of Surface Pen you’re using.

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

On the new Surface Pen that shipped alongside the 2017 Surface Pro, for example, the eraser button can be configured to take a screen capture and send it to OneNote when the button is double-clicked. If you don’t want to capture the entire screen, then you can use the pen to select a specific region to capture. The resulting screenshot will show up in your default OneNote notebook and section.




25
Jun

The best iOS 10 widgets for your iPhone or iPad


We’ve shown you all the great things iOS 10 has to offer, but one of the best features is the ability to add widgets. In iOS, widgets aren’t a separate download. When you download an app, if a widget is available for that app, as is the case with Google Maps, it will be in the list of widgets automatically. Unlike Android, widgets don’t live on the home screen — they’re a part of the Notification Center, which means that you can access them all with a simple swipe.

How to access and add widgets

Keep in mind that you can access widgets on your iPhone by swiping right on the lock screen or home screen, but also by swiping down to access the Notification Center and then swiping to the right. To add widgets, simply scroll all the way down and tap Edit.

If you’re still finding your way through iOS, don’t forget to take a look at our iOS 10 tips and tricks. Now let’s take a closer look at some of our favorites widgets in iOS 10.

Fantastical 2 ($5)

Fantastical 2 is one of the most powerful calendar apps you can download for iOS. You can use it as a reminders app, to schedule appointments, and to help you organize your life. You have an expansive view of your reminders or events that make it very easy to handle. The widget alerts you of anything coming up throughout your day, whether it’s an appointment or a reminder. The search feature is very handy as you can search your calendar for specific events or reminders. It will even sync with your Facebook events. This app serves as a powerful calendar app if you want to replace Apple’s stock Calendar app.

Download now for:

iPhone iPad

Copied

Have you ever had to copy and paste things into a document or an email? If you have, then you know how frustrating it can get going back and forth between webpages or images. Copied is the perfect solution for this problem. This clever iOS widget keeps a history of things that you have copied, whether they are images or text. You can copy what you need and then use the widget to paste your images or text into the document or note. Instead of going back and forth between several things, all you have to do is pull down the Notification Center, and everything you copied is in the widget for quick and easy access.

Download now for:

iPhone & iPad

Cortana

Is Siri letting you down sometimes? Well, the good news is that Microsoft’s Cortana is available for iOS. Having Cortana on your iPhone is an excellent idea if you’re a Windows user. When you use Cortana on your PC to set a reminder, for example, she can alert you right on your iOS device. Siri remains the best option if you want to control your iOS device with your voice, but Cortana is a great addition to iOS. The widget makes it easy to set reminders or ask Cortana a question.

Download now for:

iPhone

ESPN

ESPN is a must download if you’re a sports fan and need to have quick and easy access to the latest scores. The widget is extremely useful because when you first set up the app, you can customize it with your favorite sports. That means all the information that you get in the widget is important to you, instead of being a random ticker of sports scores. You can open the app itself through the widget, and there you will find all the latest sports articles and videos.

Download now for:

iPhone & iPad

Google Maps

The Google Maps widget is one of the most powerful in iOS. Once you install the app, you have two widgets that you can add — Nearby Traffic and Nearby Transit. You can update departure times near you right from the widget to find transit options, while the Nearby Traffic widget locates you and lets you know how the traffic conditions are in the vicinity. In many ways, Google Maps remains the go-to maps app in iOS. Unlike the Apple Maps Transit widget, with Google’s Nearby Transit you can see the line schedules around you. In contrast, Apple Maps needs you to add your favorite lines before it shows you anything in the widget.

Download now for:

iPhone & iPad

Launcher

If you have hundreds of apps and you’re getting a bit overwhelmed, Launcher can make your life a lot easier. The app lets you create a launcher for an action or app that you need to access quickly. If you need to play a favorite song, email a specific contact, or get directions with just one tap, this is the iPhone widget for you. The app is free to download, but there are in-app purchases to unlock all the features.

Download now for:

iPhone & iPad

Todoist

The best way to describe this iOS widget is that it is simple and fast. The widget lets you add or mark your to-do items as finished. Items disappear from the widget as you check them. It makes organizing your tasks very easy. The basic functionality of the app is free, but if you want to set reminders for something on your list, for example, you will have to upgrade. The app has a premium subscription that is billed annually at $29, but if you only need the basics, then the free version of this widget is perfect.

Download now for:

iPhone & iPad

Weather Underground

The Weather Underground widget is one of the best weather-related iOS widgets out there. When you install the app, you get access to two widgets. WU Weather lets you see the weather throughout the day. You have a choice to see a graph or to show the weather conditions right on the widget. The WU Radar widget shows you satellite information based on your current location. If you want to see a satellite animation view, you can launch that right from this widget.

Download now for:

iPhone & iPad

Workflow

Workflow helps you get things done quickly. When you open Workflow, you can create shortcuts to things that you want to do. You can use the app to add a workflow. You can see each workflow in the widget in the form of an icon. When you tap the icon, it will perform that task. With one tap, you can post the last picture you took to Instagram, or you can share whatever you copied into your clipboard. There are many actions you can add to the widget, and we’re confident that you will love how much time this widget saves you during the day.

Download now for:

iPhone & iPad

Favorites

Apple’s Favorites widget is one of the best iOS widgets around, and you don’t need to install anything. When you add a favorite in iOS, it will ask you to choose what you want to do when you tap on the contact. You can choose to call, iMessage, FaceTime, or email them. It depends on the information that you have for that contact. You can add the same contact a few times to accomplish a different task. You can add them once to call them and once to send them a message. The widget shows you all your favorites after you add them using the Phone app. Now you have a way to call or message someone quickly without having to open the phone app, or even unlock your device.

If you’re still learning how to use iOS and are having any problems, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Make sure you read through our guide on how to fix the most common problems with iOS, and to compliment all your new widgets, don’t forget to check out our choices for best productivity apps for iOS.




25
Jun

Artificial intelligence genius Andrew Ng has another AI project in the works


Why it matters to you

AI promises to transform the world. Companies like this one will pave the way.

He’s been called one of the “foremost thinkers on the topic of artificial intelligence,” so it’s no surprise that Andrew Ng — the cofounder of Coursera, the lead developer of Stanford University’s main Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform, and the founder of the Google Brain project — is starting another AI company of his own now that he’s left Baidu. The resume of this impressive entrepreneur reads like a laundry list of some of the most impressive achievements in AI technology, and it seems safe to assume that Ng’s newest venture, known only as deeplearning.ai, won’t disappoint.

Launching my new project! Hope will help many of you: deeplearning.ai More announcements soon. #deeplearniNgAI pic.twitter.com/EsZecJfbrf

— Andrew Ng (@AndrewYNg) June 23, 2017

While Ng has founded and led many of his own projects in the past, he was most recently attached to another behemoth of a company — Chinese web giant Baidu. There, Ng was chief scientist and headed the company’s (what else) Artificial Intelligence Group, turning the Beijing-based giant into one of only a handful of companies in the world with expertise in each of the major AI categories: speech, natural language processing, computer vision, machine learning, and knowledge graph. Ng’s team was also responsible for bringing two new business groups into the company — autonomous driving and the DuerOS Conversational Computing platform.

Three months ago, Ng announced his departure from the company, noting in a Medium post, “Baidu’s AI is incredibly strong, and the team is stacked up and down with talent; I am confident AI at Baidu will continue to flourish. After Baidu, I am excited to continue working toward the AI transformation of our society and the use of AI to make life better for everyone.”

At the time, he told Forbes that his future plans were still in flux: “I am looking into quite a few ideas in parallel, and exploring new AI businesses that I can build. One thing that excites me is finding ways to support the global AI community so that people everywhere can access the knowledge and tools that they need to make AI transformations.”

And that may just be what deeplearning.ai is all about. In his Twitter announcement, Ng said only that he hoped the company would help “many of you,” and promised more announcements soon. Until then, we’ll wait with bated breath.




25
Jun

Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Deals for June 2017


galaxy-s8-all-colors.jpg?itok=j4NW40eF

Where is the best place to buy a Galaxy S8 right now? Let’s find out!

Updated June, 2017: Samsung is running an awesome BOGO offer on T-Mobile versions.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the company’s latest smartphones to hit the market, and they’ve been the center of attention since. If you’re the type that likes to stay on the breaking edge of technology, you’re probably looking to get your order in sooner than later, so that you can have one to show off to everyone. Whether the smaller one is what interests you, or the larger display that pushes the limits even further speaks to you, the last thing you want to do is not find the best deal to buy one.

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • Samsung is offering a BOGO deal on T-Mobile versions (rebate to original payment method)
  • AT&T is running a Buy One, Give one promotion
  • T-Mobile is running a BOGO deal with new financing agreements
  • Sprint is offering 50% off payments for a Galaxy S8 lease
  • Samsung is offering a minimum of $200 towards a new Galaxy S8 with any trade-in
  • Best Buy is offering up to $150 off on new payment plans & free wireless charging pad

Samsung Galaxy S8+

  • Samsung is offering a BOGO deal on T-Mobile versions (rebate to original payment method)
  • T-Mobile is running a BOGO deal with new financing agreements
  • AT&T is running a Buy One, Give One promotion
  • Sprint is offering 44% off with new lease agreement
  • Best Buy is offering up to $150 off on new payment plans & free wireless charging pad
  • Samsung is offering a minimum of $200 towards a new Galaxy S8+ with any trade-in

Your favorite deals?

Have you come across any deals that aren’t listed here? If so, be sure to drop a note in the comments with a link to the deal so others can check it out as well!

25
Jun

Ben Heck’s ultimate Nintendo Switch mod


5943ce8d67098408f8e3de6a_o_F_v0.jpg

Max is struggling with his Nintendo Switch, and so to avoid serious hand surgery, Ben is modding a Nintendo Switch JoyCon to move the analogue stick. This gives Ben the perfect opportunity to void the warranty on the JoyCon and tear it down to see how it works. Thankfully, the modification is pretty simple, and with an extension to a ribbon cable and movement of a connector, Ben helps Max avoid the surgery he thought he needed. Which game controllers would you want altering? What do you think of the Nintendo Switch? Let us know over on the element14 Community.

%d bloggers like this: