Supercharge Your Microwave

Microwave’s are great things. Now here are some interesting ideas to get even more out of that little science box in your kitchen – from MakeUseOf:

You Won’t Believe The Things You Can Do With A Microwave

A microwave is great for certain kinds of foods. For example, when you want to make some frozen pizza rolls, a microwave will do the job very well.But what if you want to make scrambled eggs? A microwave couldn’t possibly do that. You can’t use a microwave to make garlic easy to peel. right? Wrong, your microwave can do all that and more!

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We ARE Living in the Future

Wow – take a look at this list! BuzzFeed proves with these

22 Pictures That 2014 Is The Future

You know, at least with regard to technology.

1. There’s an app that translates in real time:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future
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2. And a spoon meant to help those with Parkinson’s eat:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

3. There are holograms…on ICE CREAM apps:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

4. And Harry Potter-esque ads in subways:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

5. There are digital libraries where one scans a QR code to get the book they want:

There are digital libraries where one scans a QR code to get the book they want:

6. Astronauts are taking dang selfies in SPACE:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

7. All this being done with a green screen:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

…for better or worse.

8. Bathrooms with smart glass that obscures the bathroom when you lock it exist:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

9. You know, this happened:

You know, this happened:

10. There are doors straight out of any science fiction movie:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

11. Scientists are making videos out of human memories:

12. Robots are getting more realistic (and creepy) each year:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

13. We get together like this now:

14. Transparent cars are in development:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

15. These are all the planets we discovered this year, compared to the previous two decades:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

16. I mean, check out this man’s bionic arm at work:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

17. And this bionic hand at work:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

18. There’s a trash can that knows where your trash is headed:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

19. And cities are growing at an alarming rate. Check out Shanghai between 1987 and now:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

20. An Oculus Rift is being used for 3D imaging:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

21. Chemicals like this exist to reject liquid:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

22. And, just a reminder, all this fits in your pocket now:

And, just a reminder, all this fits in your pocket now:

iPhone Tricks

These are great tips – thanks Emily! Details from A+:

21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

Be an iPhone ninja with these 21 awesome tricks

Your iPhone can do all sorts of magical things that you probably aren’t aware of. Here’s a list of some of the iPhone’s coolest hidden features.

1. Shake to undo

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Make a mistake while typing or editing a picture? No worries! Just give your phone a little shake—like you’re making a martini— and it’ll ask you if you’d like to undo the action. Cheers!

2. Recharge your battery faster by switching to airplane mode

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Switching to airplane mode turns off battery-draining wireless and cellular access, allowing your phone to recharge up to twice as fast.

3. Get Siri to read your emails aloud for you

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Just say the magic words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your messages aloud to you. If you like, you can tell her to read only your most recent email (“Read my latest email”) or just those from a specific contact (“Do I have email from Mark?”).

4. Find out which planes are flying overhead

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Just ask her: “What flights are above me?” Or you can be even more blunt and just say, “Planes overhead.” Boom! She’ll bring up a list that shows all the flights above you at that moment. Why you would ever need this I have no idea, but it’s pretty rad anyway.

5. Teach Siri how to pronounce words

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The best part about this is that it makes you feel smarter than Siri. Whenever Siri mispronounces something, just tell her, “That’s not how you pronounce [BLANK]” and she’ll offer you alternatives. You can then select the best one.

6. Automatically turn off your music with the timer

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If you like to doze off with music playing like I do, you can use the timer to automatically turn your music off so that it doesn’t play all night. In the timer app, select “When Timer Ends,” then scroll down and select “Stop Playing.” The Timer will automatically turn off your tunes after whatever length of time you set.

7. Scroll through videos and music at half, quarter, or eighth speed

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This one is super useful. When you scroll—or as Apple calls it, “scrub”—through a movie or a song, the default mode is high-speed scrolling. This sometimes makes it hard to find the exact spot you want. But you can control the rate at which you scroll. To do this, hold down the dot—or “playhead”—in the scrollbar at the top of the video screen (tap the screen to display the scrollbar if it isn’t visible) and slide your finger straight down without lifting it. This allows you to change the scrubbing speed to half-speed, quarter-speed, eighth-speed (“fine scrubbing”). Once you’ve selected the speed, move your finger left or right (without lifting it) to scroll.

8. Take a photo with the volume buttons

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Sometimes it’s hard to snap a picture by touching the capture button—if you’re wearing gloves, say—in which case, you can take the shoot by pressing either the volume up or the volume down button. Problem solved!

9. Take multiple photo bursts all at once

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If you hold down the capture button, your phone will take a series of rapid shots, or bursts, in quick succession. This is especially useful if you’re photographing a moving subject. Later you can scan through all the bursts and pick your favorite ones.

10. Reveal timestamps on text messages

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Drag the text bubble to the left and you’ll see a timestamp for every text message. Among other things, this will show you just how much time you waste texting.

11. Use your iPhone as a level

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Need to hang a picture? In the Compass app, swipe left and your iPhone becomes a perfect level.

12. Make your iPhone speak selected text

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I like to use this one randomly just to freak people out. First you have to enable Speak Selection. To do that go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speak Selection and turn it on. A “Speak” button will now appear whenever you select text. Bonus: you can also choose different accents (would you prefer an Aussie iPhone?) and even control the speed at which selected text is spoken. Trust me, you can waste a lot of time with this one.

13. Start a new sentence just by double-tapping the spacebar

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Whenever you’re typing and you need to start a new sentence, just double-tap the spacebar and it will automatically add a period and a space for you.

14. See a more detailed calendar

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When using the calendar app, turn you phone sideways (into landscape position) and voilà, you’ll get a more detailed look at your sked.

15. Lock autofocus and exposure while taking a picture

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It can get annoying when when you’re trying to take a picture and your iPhone camera keeps refocusing and automatically adjusting the exposure. But you can lock in the focus and exposure by pressing and holding your finger on the screen until you see a yellow square blink twice. A yellow icon that says “AE/AF Lock” will appear at the bottom of the screen letting you know that you’ve locked in the exposure and focus. It’ll stay that way until you’re done with the shot.

16. Add web suffixes with a single tap

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It took my a while to learn this one—and I wish I’d known about it sooner. When you’re typing in a web address, just hold down the “.” at the bottom of your keyboard, and a menu will pop up showing a list of web suffixes (.com, .net, .edu, etc.)

17. Quickly access your email drafts

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This is one that very few people know about. Next time you’re using your Mail app, hold down the Compose icon in the lower right corner of your screen, and it’ll quickly jump to a list of your drafts. I use this feature all the time.

18. Customize vibrations

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This will let you change the vibration pattern for alerts and notifications. Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration. You can also customize the vibration pattern for individual contacts by following the same procedure from your contact list. This way, you can tell who’s calling or messaging you just by feel.

19. Create custom keyboard shortcuts

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Say there’s a certain word or phrase (or a password) that you use a lot. You can create a shortcut for it. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Add New Shortcut. Enter a word or phrase and the shortcut you’d like to use for it. Every time you type that shortcut, the whole word or phrase will magically appear. You can even create shortcuts for emoji!

20. Create a passcode with letters (not just numbers)

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By default, your iPhone asks you to type in numbers when you create the passcode that unlocks your phone. But you can change this setting. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off “Simple Passcode.” You will be prompted to change your passcode, and a full keyboard will appear onscreen instead of just the number pad. This keyboard will pop up every time you unlock your phone.

21. Set your phone to emit light flashes for alerts

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Instead of having your iPhone ring or vibrate when you get a call or a message, you can have it emit an LED flash. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility, then scroll down and turn on “LED Flash for Alerts.” Warning: it’s REALLY bright!

Multitasking is Expensive!

We all do it, some more than others. I try to focus and often keep my iPhone in my pocket during meetings etc. Take a look at this infographic from Visual.ly on

The High Cost of Multitasking

The High Cost of Multitasking

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Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

Multitasking is a fact of our modern, connected life. However, research shows it makes us less effective, increases mistakes and stress, and costs the global economy an estimated $450 billion annually. – See more at: http://visual.ly/high-cost-multitasking#sthash.Irv7OWdx.dpuf

19 iPhone and iPad Tricks and Tips

Thanks Emily! I learned some cool ideas from this (but I gottaask on #18: THREE hours, really??). Details from BuzzFeed:

19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know

1. On the iPad: Make typing more comfortable by switching your keyboard to thumb mode.

On the iPad: Make typing more comfortable by switching your keyboard to thumb mode.

Simply swipe two fingers across the keyboard. This displays a different keyboard, which allows you to type with your thumbs the same way you type on your iPhone.

***Alternatively, you can press the “dock and merge” button in the bottom righthand corner of the keyboard and drag up. The keyboard will turn into thumb mode, and you can also drag it wherever you want.

2. If you put your phone on airplane mode, it will charge twice as fast.

If you put your phone on airplane mode, it will charge twice as fast.

3. Make use of offline Google Maps when traveling abroad.

Make use of offline Google Maps when traveling abroad.

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While you’ve still got internet access, go to the area you want to save. In the search bar, type “ok maps” and the map will be cached for offline use.

This is also super useful for iPads that are only Wi-Fi enabled.

4. In the Calculator app, remove an accidental extra zero by swiping left to right.

In the Calculator app, remove an accidental extra zero by swiping left to right.

If you’re, say, calculating a bunch of expenses for your taxes, you don’t have to start over if you accidentally type in extra numbers.

5. Turn on Guided Access while a child is playing with your phone or iPad.

Turn on Guided Access while a child is playing with your phone or iPad.

Guided Access, once turned on, keeps users from errantly clicking or tapping within an app and ending up someplace they’re not supposed to be, or deleting something accidentally.

First, you need to go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access and turn it on. You’ll also want to turn on the Accessibility Shortcut.

Triple-click the home button in whichever app you want to turn it on for. From here, you can select any buttons that you don’t want clicked. Or you can also disable the home button while keeping the touchscreen on.

6. Take selfies using the remote on your earbuds.

Take selfies using the remote on your earbuds.

Just click the volume + button on the remote on your Apple or Apple-compatible earbuds while in camera mode to click and shoot, or the middle button (play/pause) while in video mode.

No more selfie arm!

7. Quickly get to the Camera app without having to unlock your phone.

Quickly get to the Camera app without having to unlock your phone.

Swipe up on the little camera icon in the bottom right corner of your home screen. The Camera app will open, bypassing the unlock screen.

This is especially handy when something incredibly photo-worthy is happening and you need to access your camera ASAP. It’s also great when handing your phone to others for taking photos — they won’t need to enter in your password.

8. You can use ANY bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone or iPad.

You can use ANY bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone or iPad.

It turns basically any iPhone or iPad into a portable laptop.

9. There’s a built-in level gauge in the Compass app.

There's a built-in level gauge in the Compass app.

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Open up the Compass app and swipe to the left and you’ll be at the level screen. If you need to hang a picture in a pinch, this little hack could come in real handy.

10. Tap the top bar of any app to scroll back up to the top.

Tap the top bar of any app to scroll back up to the top.

No more tedious thumb scrolling when you’re way down on the page.

11. Invert your colors for better nighttime browsing.

Invert your colors for better nighttime browsing.

Inverting your colors will turn the screen black and the text white for less eye strain.Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Turn on “Invert Colors.”

12. On the iPad: Did you know that a) you can add more apps to the home row and b) you can add folders to it?

On the iPad: Did you know that a) you can add more apps to the home row and b) you can add folders to it?

A lot of people don’t even know how malleable that bottom dock is. You can fit a couple extra apps in there (the default is four, but it fits six) or swap apps in and out. Just click any app and hold until you get the jiggly icons.

And you can move folders into the dock as well. Your most important apps are always just two clicks or fewer away.

13. When ending a sentence, instead of typing a period and then a space, just tap the space bar twice.

When ending a sentence, instead of typing a period and then a space, just tap the space bar twice.

Tapping the space bar twice adds a full stop, a space, and capitalizes the next letter. It may not seem like much, but when you’re composing a lengthy message, this little hack will really improve the speed of your typing once it becomes second nature.

14. With the remote of your earbuds, you can go to the next track or the previous track while listening to music or podcasts.

With the remote of your earbuds, you can go to the next track or the previous track while listening to music or podcasts.

This should work with any Apple-compatible earbuds with a remote.

15. Use this little trick when you want to go back and forth between the alpha and numeric keyboard.

Use this little trick when you want to go back and forth between the alpha and numeric keyboard.

Like, maybe you want to type a password that is a mix of letters and numbers. Click the “123” button and slide up to the character you want to input. When you let go, the screen will jump back to the alphabet keyboard.

16. Swipe right to left to banish a banner notification.

Swipe right to left to banish a banner notification.

Very important to know this when that embarrassing sext shows up suddenly on your screen.

17. In Safari, hold down the period key to quickly add a domain in the search bar.

In Safari, hold down the period key to quickly add a domain in the search bar.

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18. Use this simple Siri command for taking naps.

Use this simple Siri command for taking naps.

19. Outsmart your autocorrect by typing an extra letter when trying to spell a contraction.

Outsmart your autocorrect by typing an extra letter when trying to spell a contraction.

Get iOS Screenshots On Your Mac for FREE

This is a really cool hack – for those of you with a Mac and iOS devices. I just set it up and it works great (saves me from buying an app for $3.99 that does the same thing).

Easy step-by-step instructions from The Iconmaster:

(note I added one additional step at the bottom that adds the jpg pictures)

The Easy Way to Get iOS Screenshots On Your Mac

April 4th, 2012

In my iOS design work, I take a lot of screenshots for the purpose of measuring distances between elements. To quickly get an iOS screenshot onto my Mac, Image Capture used to do the trick. Then, with the upgrade to iOS 5, Image Capture became flaky for this purpose. I filed a bug report, Apple tried to address it; but the process remains iffy.

I gave up on Image Capture and used Dropbox. But if you’ve used Dropbox for this purpose, you know it involves several steps: launch the app, tap the Uploads tab, tap the add button, tap the photo, etc. etc. It works, but it wasn’t convenient enough.

I wanted something instantaneous. Fortunately, Ryan McCuaig was able to point me in the right direction. Follow these steps and you, too, can experience painless iOS screenshot sharing on your Mac.

Ensure all your iOS devices use Photo Stream

On each of your iPads, iPhones etc. check iCloud settings in the Settings app. Photo Stream should be set to On.

Locate the Photo Stream in the Finder

Since the user’s Library folder is now hidden by default, I can’t just give you the file path. In the Finder, option-click on the Go menu and hit “Library.” Then navigate to Application Support > iLifeAssetManagement > assets > sub. In the search filed, type “png”; then select “Portable Network Graphics image” from the popup.

Save the Search

Click the Save button under the search field. Give the saved search a name like “Screenshots.” Leave “Add to Sidebar” checked.

This ought to be the end, but it’s not. For some reason, this particular saved search acts up when accessed from the Finder sidebar (at least on my version of OS X). Sometimes it works, sometimes it returns zero results. The fix for this is to add it to the Dock instead. Hit up the contextual menu and do that.

(Note: a few folks have told me they don’t have “Add to Dock” in their contextual menu. Your alternative is to navigate to your Saved Searches folder in your Library folder — again: in the Finder, option-click on the Go menu and hit “Library.” The saved search you created should be in there.)

I recommend also removing the saved search from the sidebar via the same menu.

Now, you have a live-updating folder of all PNG images that arrive on your Mac via Photo Stream.

You’ll probably want to set this to Sort By > Date Created.

No, you won’t need to have iPhoto running for this to work. Take some screenshots on your iOS devices and they’ll automatically start showing up in this folder. Just keep in mind that a retina iPad screen can take a little bit to make its way through iCloud.

(If you wanted to get especially clever, you could add in pixel height and width metadata to filter screenshots from each device type into its own folder. The trick here is that those will vary with device orientation, so you’ll probably end up using a Raw Query — something like “kMDItemPixelHeight == 2048 || kMDItemPixelHeight == 1536” for retina iPad shots.)

Bonus:

Screenshots are PNG files; photos are JPG files. You’ll have to create another folder from a search for JPG files. It works great!