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Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Best Products To Warm Your Hands In Your Chilly Office

Whether your job is in a chilly office, you’re a naturally cold person, or it’s the dead of winter, you’ve probably experienced what it’s like to do your work while being cold. Instead of layering up with jackets, hats, and gloves, check out this list of items to warm you up in the office.

What items could possibly keep you warm in your office space without taking up too much room or being a burden? Maybe a mini space heater will do the trick. Or even a heated mouse pad or mouse. A heating pad could even get the job done. Whatever your preference, we’ve got the best picks for you!

If you like this article and want to learn more about our recommendations for products that keep you warm, check out our articles on heated throw blankets, gloves for the office, and office footrests.

Mini Space Heater: Lasko ($21)

A space heater is a great option to warm up your space for work. Our list of space heaters for different-sized rooms is a good place to start when looking for a heater, and if you’re looking for one that’s small enough to fit on your desk, our top recommendation is a Lasko MyHeat heater.

This Lasko MyHeat Personal Space Heater is a powerful heater that turns on with the touch of one button. Just power it on and in seconds, you’ll have a blast of warm heat to take the chill off your hands. 

This rectangular heater is about 6 inches tall—small enough that you can carry it around in one hand if you want to move around the office. The heater also has an overheat sensor that shuts it off for your safety. It’s a great option for those times you just need a little heat (and don’t want to heat up the entire office in the process). Do note that it sells out pretty fast this time of year, so if the Black model is out of stock, grab the navy blue or white model instead.

Warm Desk Pad: Kupx ($33)

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The Best Websites for Viewing Movie Trailers

Not only are movie trailers great for checking out the feel of a movie before you commit, but many trailers have also become events on their own. The following websites let you watch movie trailers for all kinds of movies, for free.

Trailer Addict: Best for Everyone

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Traileraddict hosts movie trailers for upcoming, newly-released, and older movies. The navigation banner at the top of their page lets you view trailers by top films, coming soon, and out now. You can also click the “Trailers” link to see a chronological list of trailers or the “Categories” link to browse trailers by a substantial collection of categories. You can also search for any movie by title or keywords.

In addition to the size of their trailer collection, the interesting thing about Traileraddict is that apart from the main trailer, each movie’s page also provides links to additional trailers and TV spots, as well as additional information about the movie. You can read a plot summary, fun facts about the movie, see some screenshots, and find information about the cast and crew.

iTunes Movie Trailers: Great for a Quick Overview of New Releases

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Not many people know that Apple hosts a ton of movie trailers on their website. On the Apple Trailers page, you’ll find trailers for upcoming and newly released movies. If you want more, you can search for trailers using movie names, names of the cast, and even the director. Clicking a trailer link takes you a dedicated page for the trailer where you’ll see all the trailers listed for the movie. You can click on any of them to start playing the trailer. The player doesn’t offer many options; you can only adjust the volume, change the quality, or go fullscreen.

It’s a great place for quickly finding trailers for new and relatively recent movies (the last four years or so, at least for bigger titles), but you won’t find trailers for older or some lesser-known movies there.

YouTube: Good for Searching Specific Titles

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Make Your iPhone Easier to Use With These Hidden Accessibility Features

Your iPhone or iPad is packed with features that can make it easier to use, whether you want larger text or help swiping. You can also use your AirPods as hearing aids or turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass.

Make Text Larger

You can make the text larger on your iPhone, so the screen is easier to read. This feature won’t work in every single app, but it will work in many of them.

To find this option, head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Larger Text. Drag the slider at the bottom of the screen to select a larger text size. You can also enable “Larger Accessibility Sizes” here to select much larger text sizes.

Use AirPods as a Hearing Aid

If you have AirPods, Apple lets you use them as a makeshift hearing aid. Just activate the “Live Listen” feature with your AirPods. Your iPhone’s microphone will capture audio near you and play it back louder through the AirPods in your ears.

To do this, you’ll need to head to Settings > Control Center and then add the “Hearing” shortcut to your Control Center. This option will only appear if you have AirPods or other compatible hardware connected to your iPhone.

You can then open the Control Center and tap the ear-shaped hearing icon to enable or disable Live Listen.

RELATED: How to Use Live Listen With Apple’s AirPods

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Geek Trivia: What Was The First Electronic Programmable Computer?

What Was The First Electronic Programmable Computer?

  1. ENIAC
  2. Zuse
  3. Manchester
  4. Colossus

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Friday, November 16, 2018

What Is a Smart Display and Should You Get One?

Smart displays are becoming all the rage now, especially with Google’s Home Hub out on the market now. But what exactly are smart displays? And is it the type of device you need?

If you’re not familiar with smart displays, you’ve probably at least seen them around in some capacity—Amazon has the Echo Show, and Google has the Home Hub. And then you have Lenovo and JBL with their takes on the smart display. But if you’ve never used one, you might be curious as to how they work and when they’re useful.

Smart Displays Are Smart Speakers with a Screen

When it comes down to it, a smart display (like the Echo Show or the Google Home Hub) is just a traditional smart speaker with a screen tacked on for visual presentation. So think of a regular Echo or Google Home, but with a built-in screen.

I describe this like it’s not a huge deal, but depending on how you use it, a smart display can completely change how you would typically use a voice assistant in your home.

Instead of asking Alexa or Google Assistant about the weather and then just listening to the forecast, they both can show you the forecast with the built-in display, which can be much more helpful and useful. Likewise, if you ask them about a piece of trivia (like the tallest building in the world or how many movies Tom Hanks has starred in), the display not only gives you the simple answer, but it can show you more information related to your question.

RELATED: Lenovo Smart Display Review: Google Home Gets a Much Needed (But Expensive) Upgrade

Furthermore, the built-in display shines when you want to take advantage of visual-heavy voice commands, like looking up recipes or telling Google Assistant to show you videos of cute kittens on YouTube. Of course, if you have a Chromecast hooked up to a nearby television, this will accomplish sort of the same thing, but the experience is seamless when you have a built-in display.

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Verizon “My Numbers” Lets Customers Have up to Five Numbers on One Device

Juggling multiple phones can be a hassle, especially if you have to worry about managing different phone numbers on top of that. Fortunately, Verizon has a way to ease that pain: My Numbers.

If you’re a Verizon subscriber, you can now have up to five numbers assigned to a single smartphone, complete with calling and texting from each number. That’s three more than you could get with Google Voice, and it’s so much better than carrying multiple phones.

Small business owners may be into this so they don’t have to give out their personal phone number for work purposes, and avoid having to carry a completely separate phone. With this, they can have just one phone to carry around and be able to make calls and send messages from multiple numbers.

Another use case is if your business operates in different area codes. Calling from a local phone number may be less expensive for your clients, and may look better to those that want to support local businesses.

Each phone number you add casts an additional $15 per line per month. To get started, download the My Numbers app from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.

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Microsoft Just Crammed Ads Into Windows 10 Mail. When Will They Stop?

Whether it’s preinstalling Candy Crush Saga, showing full-screen ads on your lock screen, or displaying banner ads in File Explorer, Microsoft has been shoehorning ads into every inch of Windows 10. The Mail app is getting them next.

As originally spotted by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia and noticed by Mehedi Hassan over at Thurrott, Windows 10’s Mail app is getting a a personalized ad banner at the top of your inbox. Here’s what Microsoft’s Mail app says about it:

The ads at the top of the message list come from Microsoft. You’ll see them whether you are using a Microsoft email account, like Outlook.com, or an account from another email service provider, like Google.

You can only get rid of these ads by paying for an Office 365 subscription. They have nothing to do with Outlook.com—they’ll appear no matter which email account you’re using, even if you’re using a work email account.

This feature isn’t “live” for everyone yet. Microsoft could be A/B testing—in other words, testing advertisements in Mail for some Windows users, but not others, to see what the response is like (and how much money they’ll make.)

But, even if Microsoft is A/B testing this advertisement, it’s our job as Windows users to be upset about it and show Microsoft we aren’t happy. If we don’t, Microsoft will slowly place ads in every inch of Windows 10 where there’s some free space. Of course, Microsoft might do that even if we’re unhappy about it.

This just shows the problems with “Windows as a Service.” Microsoft would probably say it needs this additional revenue to help keep Windows continually updated, but lots of Windows users would rather have an ad-free operating system than constant feature updates.

Remember, Windows 10 isn’t free! Microsoft actually charges $200 for Windows 10 Professional licenses, and people who pay that $200 to get work done have to put up with Candy Crush Saga and all these other advertisements, just like the rest of us.

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How to Fix Corsair Mouse and Keyboard Issues on macOS and Linux

Corsair makes excellent “gaming” mice and keyboards with many great features, like custom RGB lighting, profile modes, macro support, and fine-tuned performance settings. Most of these require iCUE, Corsair’s proprietary software, which is great but only works on Windows. If you have a Mac, you’ll have to turn to third-party drivers to get the features for which you paid.

Install CKB-Next

CKB-Next is the actively maintained fork of the original CKB, which was abandoned by the creator. You’ll want to download the latest release and install it, although you can build from source if you prefer.

Once it’s installed, plug in your device, and it should display as a new tab in the settings window. From here, you have support for different profiles and can configure the lighting effects for each zone on the device. The animation effects are quite good for a third-party app, and while they’re not as intuitive as iCUE, they’ll get the job done.

To set up the number pad on a mouse like the Scimitar, you’ll need to click each button individually and set that button to type the corresponding key. It’s tedious, but it works. The “Typing” drop-down holds a list of every character for which you can configure the mouse.

Under the other drop-downs and tabs, you’ll find modifier keys, function keys, mouse buttons, and mouse wheel actions.

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How to Take Screenshots on an iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max

With the arrival of the iPhone X and its lack of a Home button, Apple had to change the way to handle some relatively common tasks. One of those is taking a screenshot, and the same method has carried over to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.

Taking a screenshot on an iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max is the same combination of button presses no matter which device you own, and we expect that to remain the case for the foreseeable future now that Apple has taken the next step on the company’s long road towards removing the physical Home button altogether. That’s all just fine, but if you don’t know how to take a screenshot now that the Home button is no more, you’re out of luck no matter how great that Liquid Retina or OLED screen may look. There’s no need to fret though. We’re here to set the record straight.

Here are the steps you need to snap a screenshot on one of Apple’s recent iPhones.

Similarly to previous iPhones, the process requires pressing two buttons simultaneously. This time those buttons are the Side button and the Volume Up button. The Side button is the same button you use when sleeping or waking your device; we highlighted both buttons below.

Once you have pressed and released the two buttons, you will hear the familiar shutter sound (unless you have your phone muted) and your screenshot is taken. You’ll also see a preview of the screenshot you just took. The preview will disappear after a few seconds, but if you’d like to edit or mark the screenshot up, you can tap it and do so before saving it in the Photos app or discarding it altogether.

The positioning of the two buttons used for taking a screenshot has an upside and a downside. On the upside, it’s much easier to take a screenshot one-handed now that you don’t have to press the Home and Side buttons together. On the downside (and it’s not that big a downside), it easy to take a screenshot accidentally if you hit those buttons while just holding your phone.

RELATED: You’re Probably Swiping on Your iPhone X Wrong, Here’s How to Do It Right



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How to Stop Windows 10 from Reopening the Last Open Apps on Startup

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update back in 2017 came a change in the way Windows handles open apps when shutting down. During a normal shutdown, Windows tries to “bookmark” open applications and then reopen them when you start your PC again. There are ways to shut down Windows that stops that from happening.

How to Stop Windows From Reopening Last Opened Apps on Startup

Before the Fall Creators Update, shutting down your PC worked the way it always had: Windows closed all open apps, and after starting the system back up, you’d have to re-open them. After the update, Windows tries to remember open apps and launch them again when you start Windows.

While this does sound like a seamless approach to the whole user experience, it can cause delays if you’ve left a few resource-intensive apps open, like Photoshop or 3D rendering software, which will take priority to start again before you can begin opening other apps. These are some of the ways you can get around this feature if you want, all of which involve shutting down Windows in a slightly different way.

RELATED: Why Does Rebooting a Computer Fix So Many Problems?

Hold Down the Shift Key when Shutting Down

You can perform the old-style shut down by pressing and holding the Shift key on your keyboard when you click the “Shut Down” command. This works from the Start menu, the power options on the sign-in screen, or through the security screen after pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

On the Start menu, you’d click the Power Button first. Then, hold down Shift while clicking the “Shut Down” command.

Click Start, then power button, then hold down Shift while clicking Shut Down

All applications will force-close, and Windows will shut down immediately.

Use the Classic Shut Down Dialog

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