When I first put on a Pebble smartwatch shortly after it was made available at Best Buy, I was excited. The thought of being able to leave my phone in my coat pocket, or in another room, and receiving alerts on my wrist was very appealing. Quickly I realized the watch only lived up to half of the hype I had built up in my mind. As someone who switches back and forth between iOS and Android on a nearly weekly, sometimes daily, basis, it didn't take a long time for me to see there were plenty of shortcomings … Read more
Going beyond custom alerts for various events on your Pebble watch, one of the more fun uses for the Pebble smartwatch is the ability to create and use custom watch faces. Up until now, iOS users have had to rely on browsing watch faces using Safari. The process is a bit tedious and it's easy to forget where you saw a particular watch face. Enter MyPebbleFaces.
What started as a fan Web site to curate Pebble watch faces has turned into a free iOS app where iPhone users can browse available faces and install them directly on their watch. … Read more
At the risk of incurring Android fanboy wrath, Google Now is a lot like Apple's Siri: it responds to voice commands and can perform lots of cool and practical functions.
Of course, like Siri, it comes without an instruction manual. And, in fact, if you invoke the help command or look at Google's own support page, you'll get only an abbreviated list of the available voice actions.
Over at Trendblog.net, however, there's a new infographic listing around 60 Google Now voice commands, everything from Communication to Notes & Reminders to Easter Eggs.
I'll admit … Read more
When Google provided Glass Explorers with the option to invite three friends to join the program, many users were very excited, and rightfully so. This time around Google isn't requiring new Explorers to make the journey to pick up Glass, where they would have received a hands-on demo of the headset. Instead Google is shipping Glass directly to the nominated Explorers and offering a 45-minute tutorial session through a Google+ Hangout.
Without the hands-on time with a Glass Guide sitting next to you, there are sure to be some questions after the Hangout is over. Below are five … Read more
One of the shortcomings of using a Pebble smartwatch with an iOS device previously, was the lack of full notification support. The only service that the watch truly supported was Messages. Other services required additional setup each and every single time the watch and iOS device were disconnected. It was anything but a great user experience.
With iOS 7 releasing new tools to developers, and with better support for Bluetooth devices and background apps, hopes were high that the Pebble team would be able to make the watch what many users so desperately wanted it to be.
Then, early in … Read more
It doesn't take long to get used to iOS 7's new look. Jason Parker's review of iOS 7 describes the update's interface as "elegant."
Many of iOS 7's best new features aren't so obvious, however. Here are four tweaks that make an iOS 7 device easier to use.
Customize the lock screen via Control Center One of last May's "Four time-saving iPhone tips" explained how to bypass the iPhone's lock screen to use the camera and control music playback. iOS 7 expands the options you can reach without … Read more
With every new operating system comes a fresh set of features that serve up convenience...at the cost of your battery life. In many cases, it's just not worth having your phone die when you need it most.
If you're looking to get more juice out of your phone's battery, or are one of the many people with a Nexus 5 plagued by a possible battery issue, change these settings.
Use the new GPS feature Many apps -- not just the mapping types -- have recently found a way to incorporate location-tracking into their offerings. From check-ins … Read more
The first time I handed an iPad to my kid, I felt a little guilty, but not for the reasons you might think. The way I figured, with such an awesome tool in his tiny hands -- with the collected knowledge of mankind literally at his fingertips -- my child had an unfair advantage over his peers and a fast track to an Ivy League education.
But minutes later, when I had to pry Angry Birds from him like a T-bone from a tiger, I quickly realized that the iPad, for all its potential, was a tool that needed some … Read more
When MyScript Calculator by Vision Objects landed on the Google Play store, the handwriting recognition was said to be top-notch. Taking their technology a step further, the company released MyScript Notes Mobile, which lets you handwrite words directly onto the screen and have them converted to text.
Their most recent app takes the same handwriting functionality of the Notes Mobile app and lets you use it system-wide on your Android device, replacing the keyboard. You don't have to use a stylus to do the writing, though it might be a bit faster and more precise. Ready to try it … Read more
Evernote updated its iOS app for iOS 7 and introduced a new feature by way of its partnership with 3M, maker of Post-it Notes among many, many other wide-ranging products. The Evernote iOS app features a new camera mode that lets you take a picture of a Post-it Note (or a square section of any note you may have jotted down on any variety of paper), which it will then digitize, making your handwritten notes searchable. And you can assign actions to notes jotted down on four popular and brightly colored Post-it Notes.
To snap a shot of a note … Read more