This week on the podcast we’re experimenting with Google Chrome, finding the best internet service providers, and making your own battery-powered travel charger. We’re also answering your questions about filtering out annoying Facebook posts, legally storing movies on your hard drive, and more.
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News and Top Stories
- Samsung Releases Galaxy S4 with New TouchWiz Features: Samsung’s next big Android phone, the Galaxy S4, is chock full of new gestures, tricks, and features that you won’t find on other Android phones (yet). Check out Gizmodo’s review to see all the stuff it can do.
- Ubuntu 13.04 Released: Ubuntu 13.04 is here, and it’s packed with new features to improve the Unity desktop including more social media integration, some new lenses in the Dash, and a significant speed boost.
- Google Adds Dropdown Menu to Search Results, Hides Cached Pages Inside: Google recently updated their search results format, again moving the link for cached page access somewhere else. Now it hides in a convenient menu next to the page’s URL. Just click it and you can select the cache page, share the link, and find similar results.
- The Best Experimental Features of Google Chrome: Google Chrome is a great browser as it is, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its share of annoyances and curiosities. You can fix some of these, as well as add new features by playing around with Chrome’s experimental settings. Here are a few we really like.
- How Do I Choose the Best Internet Service Provider? Your choice of Internet Service Provider (ISP) can make an enormous difference in your happiness (or frustrations) as an internet user. Depending on where you live, you might have a great number of ISPs to choose from or you might be stuck with just a few options. Either way, here are a few guidelines for what to look for in an ISP and how to compare the ones available in your area.
- Make a Cable Managed, Battery Powered, Multi-Gadget Charger: Charging multiple gadgets gets annoying fast. You have to own multiple cables, a variety of chargers, and always have access to an outlet. If you want to bypass all of these issues, however, you can with a portable, battery-powered option that can charge up to seven gadgets of your choice.
Questions and Answers
Each week we answer five questions from readers and listeners. Here’s what we tackled this week.
- I’m an engineer who signed a non-compete when I started at my company many years ago but lost it and now am looking at getting a different job. How can I ask for a copy without arousing suspician? Ask them for multiple documents and include the non-compete clause as one of them. If they ask why you need them, you can either say “for your records” or give them a more detailed excuse (e.g. “I have a freelancing gig available to me and I want to make sure it doesn’t violate any terms in my contract”).
- Is there a way to store my movies on hard drives legally without having to pay for expensive means like iTunes that charge too much? No.
- How can I filter out annoying Facebook posts? With Social Fixer. For specific on using its filtering functionalities, read this guide.
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