This week on the podcast we’re talking about iOS 7 and the new iPhones (briefly), making money in your spare time, and a few lesser-used Google services with awesome hidden features. We’re also answering your questions about smartphone protection plans, using one keyboard with multiple computers, and power cycling electronics automatically.
(Also, lots of immature humor. Sorry about that. Sort of.)
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News and Top Stories
iOS 7 Coming September 18th (but you can upgrade now) Most of Apple’s event this week was about the new iPhone, but they also recapped their iOS 7 announcement with the addition of new “Share Sheets” for social network sharing and confirmed a September 18th release date. You can see everything that’s coming in iOS 7 in our original post below.
Apple announces the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c Apple also announced two new iPhones: the powerful iPhone 5s and the more budget-oriented iPhone 5c. We compared the two to determine which one you should buy.
The Complete Guide to Making Money in Your Spare Time We all could do with a few extra dollars in our pocket, but unless your boss is a fan of giving you free money, you’ll probably have to work for it. Thankfully, you can do a lot of that work in your spare time. Here are some of the best ways to make some extra money, ranging from the super-lazy to the intensely-engaged.
Five Google Services You’re Not Using to Their Full Potential Many of us use a lot of Google services like search, Gmail, Drive and Calendar. However, the company has a host of other products that may surprise you with what they can do.
Five Annoying Life Problems You Can Solve for $ 5 with Fiverr Life comes with a lot of work we don’t want to do or just don’t have the skillset to accomplish. Maybe you need to craft a good resume and business card, find a great birthday gift, or maybe you just want advice on learning to code. A lot of these tasks can be more easily accomplished with a little work, and all you need is five dollars.
Questions and Answers
Jonathan writes, “I got a smartphone over the summer and in order to save some money…I opted NOT to get a protection plan. I love saving the money, but it makes me uncomfortable knowing that I don’t have a fallback if the world were to end and something were to go wrong with my phone. Questions: Was this a good idea? Are there cheap ways to get the phone repaired if it needed it? Are there alternatives to cell phone protection plans (like a rider on renter’s insurance) and would they offer sufficient protection for the phone? Any other advice on the subject?”
Alex writes, “I have two computers on a desk, one being my laptop which is plugged into the second monitor, and the other being Ubuntu, plugged into a third. Is there a way I can control both of them using the same mouse and keyboard?”
Yes! You have a few options. Synergy is great for cross-platform, and Teleport is great for Macs running 10.7 or below (sadly, it’s broken on 10.8). There are lots of others with their own advantages, like the no-setup ShareMouse ($ 25 per computer) or the Windows-only Mouse Without Borders, but Synergy is our favorite.
Jon writes, “I have a simple device that opens a door when my pets are nearby. The problem is, it has some safety features and will stop and wait to be reset (by turning the device off and then on again) if it notices the pets are in the way. Is there an easy way to just have the power to the device automatically cycle every few hours? It would be far more convenient than coming home from work, or worse, a trip for 2-3 days, and finding the device needs to be reset and has been jammed for a long period.”
You should be able to put it on a garden timer or lamp timer. Works great for finicky routers too. If that fails, a Belkin WeMo would probably do the trick, but it’d be overkill and more expensive if the cheaper options work just as well.
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