Readers offer their best tips for enlarging images on Lifehacker and other Kinja blogs, typing in Google Voice numbers, and connecting a subwoofer to your desktop speakers.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.
View Kinja Images at Their Original Resolution
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the way that Kinja crops leading images larger than 970 x 546. [This post is an excellent example of Kinja’s automatic cropping.] I got tired of manually editing the image’s URL to view it full-size, so I made a Chrome extension to automate the process.
If you use Google Chrome, you can now download and install this extension to make it easier to view images in their original size. Just right click on the image and select “Open original size in new tab” from the menu that appears. Of course, if the image is already being displayed at its highest resolution, there will be no change in its size.
We usually crop our images on Lifehacker before we post them, but this should work on other Kinja blogs that don’t. For more info, check out Huntsville-Al’s post on Oppositelock.
Paste Letters Into Google Voice to Call Their Corresponding Numbers
Dan Taraborrelli discovers a hidden feature of Google Voice:
I love the fact that I can copy and paste phone numbers into Google Voice’s call box on my computer. What I just discovered is that it also accepts phone numbers with letters and automatically translates them into their numerical equivalents. It also accepts phone numbers with dashes, dots, or no space between characters.
Use Audioengine A2 Speaker Inputs as Outputs for Subwoofers
Peter discovers a secret feature in Audioengine’s popular A2 line of speakers:
I’ve had a set of Audioengine A2s for awhile, but recently moved to a bigger apartment and wanted to get a subwoofer for them. Unfortunately, they don’t have any line out ports on the back—just two different types of input ports. Well, after a bit of searching, I found out that these can also be used as inputs! See the attached video from YouTube user GeneralExpert (not me) for more info.
Just goes to show that with a big of googling, anything is possible. Never assume your products are telling you the whole truth!
Download Voice Recordings from Google Keep
Over at the Google Operating System Unofficial Google Blog, they recently highlighted a bunch of tips that might come in handy if you use Google’s barebones, newish note/task app.
I didn’t think about this, but it would be an easy way to get spoken audio notes off of your phone:
21. Download voice recordings: open Keep in a desktop browser, click a note, mouse over the voice recording and click “Download”.