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Five Effective DIY Alternatives to Running an Air Conditioner If you don’t have an air conditioner and can’t take the heat (or you just don’t feel like running yours), here are five DIY ideas to stay cool this summer.
Android 4.4 Named Kit Kat: The next version of Android has been officially named Kit Kat, after the candy bar. Google hasn’t announced anything else about the update, but says they will be announcing more soon.
Evernote for Windows Gets Reminders, a Clean New Look, and More: Evernote just got a massive overhaul to match the big redesign available for Mac users last year. In addition to a flat, “modern” new look, Evernote 5 brings the much-welcome reminders to notes and a hundred other new features.
How to Speed Up a Slow, Aging iPhone or iPad: Apple’s rumored to announce a new iPhone next week, and some of you may be tempted to shell out for the newest one—especially if your old beater is acting slow, crashing, and generally misbehaving. Here are a few ways to speed it up so you can save a few bucks.
How to Turn Your Phone Into the Ultimate Alarm Clock for Any Situation: You won’t find a shortage of alarm clock apps in the Google Play store and the iTunes App Store. In fact, there are so many alarm clock apps that it’s almost impossible to find what you’re really looking for. With that in mind, here are some of the best alarm clocks for any situation you might find yourself in.
Apple Will (or Should) Replace the iPod touch with the Cheap iPhone: Everyone’s talking about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5C—the cheap smartphone that hopes to bring in many more customers—but nobody’s discussing the impact it’ll have on the iPod touch. I believe Apple may stop manufacturing the iPod touch altogether and replace it with this new model. And if they don’t, they should.
Questions and Answers
Katie writes, “Is there any way to disable Netflix’s Autoplay Next Episode feature?”
Call Netflix customer support. Depending on the device, they can actually turn it off for you.
Marianne writes, “I don’t know how it happened, but I have a ton of duplicate image files on my Mac. Is there an app that will find all the dupes, line them up, and delete them for me? Doing it by hand takes forever.”
- John writes, “At my home desk I usually plug my Macbook Air (mid 2012) plug it into in a monitor, an external hard drive, a wireless keyboard, and that datgum $ 80 Magsafe charger and use it in closed “clamshell” mode. I’ve been looking for a dock to ease the process of plugging everything in and free that charger up for when I’m out or at work. I can’t find any docks for the Air that don’t require you to use your own charger. Any ideas? If not, what do you say to buying an off-brand MacBook charger? Mistake?”
Apple’s MagSafe is proprietary, so there aren’t very many (or any) third-party options, and if there are, we don’t recommend them. We recommend buying a refurbished charger from Other World Computing. They’re much cheaper, but official. Then you can get Belkin’s $ 300 dock, a Thunderbolt display (which sort of doubles as a dock and a monitor), or just use binder clips to catch your cables (easily the cheapest option).
- “What’s a good podcast manager for Android?”
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