Unlock Chrome OS With Your Smartphone

There are many limitations to Chrome OS, but seen from another angle its lack of bells and whistles is what makes it so appealing. It’s also a place where Google goes to test out some of its more forward-thinking ideas, including today’s topic: The ability to unlock a Chromebook with your Android smartphone. Here’s… » 6/03/15 10:20am Today 10:20am

How to Change Between OS Channels on Your Chromebook

Just like the Chrome browser, Chrome OS offers several channels for you to choose between: stable, beta and development. Each one offers a different mix of new features and stability, so you can access updates earlier if you’re prepared to put up with a few bugs. Here’s how to switch between the available channels on… » 5/27/15 10:00am 5/27/15 10:00am

How long can you keep different types of food in the freezer?

My freezer sometimes acts as an inescapable frozen pit where food goes to disappear. If I don’t want to think about it, just toss it in the freezer. It’s a convenient time stopper. But it’s not forever. Here’s a useful infographic that shows you just how long you can stick different types of food inside the freezer… » 5/11/15 12:48pm 5/11/15 12:48pm

How to Use Robots.txt to Hide Your Dumb Blog

Completely deleting something from the internet is like corralling drunk, feral geese after setting them loose: Damn near impossible. But there are ways to conceal the web content you don’t want anyone to lay eyes on. You can hide all sorts of webpages with what’s essentially a “Keep Out” sign for search engines: a… » 4/29/15 12:30pm 4/29/15 12:30pm

Use the Power Button To End Calls on Android With Ease

The traditional way of ending calls on an Android smartphone is to bring the phone away from your ear, take one last look at your contact's avatar of choice, and tap down on the end call button. If you want something that's a little more convenient—and slick—then you can use the power button instead, with no extra… » 4/13/15 6:20pm 4/13/15 6:20pm

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Play Music Master

Between iTunes and Spotify, Google's own Play Music can get forgotten about, but it has lots going for it. Whether you're a non-paying user listening to your own tracks or paying monthly for access to Google's entire library (and YouTube Music Key) there's plenty to explore. Here are 10 tips to help you get more out… » 3/25/15 10:08am 3/25/15 10:08am

Keep Older Versions Of Your Documents On Google Drive Forever

Google Drive does a decent job of managing older versions of non-native files, automatically keeping them for 30 days or 100 revisions. You can access these older versions from within the individual file options, but there's also the opportunity to keep a particular version of a file for all time if you know that you… » 3/23/15 6:18pm 3/23/15 6:18pm

9 simple photography tips that will make your pictures look better

Here are 9 rules about basic photography composition from famed photographer Steve McCurry that will instantly make your pictures look better. You know some of them already—rule of thirds, etc.—but it's nice to see them illustrated with great pictures and be reminded of the most important rule of all: that you can—and… » 3/17/15 9:14pm 3/17/15 9:14pm

Add Folders as Favorites for Easy Access in Windows

The Favorites section of File Explorer is designed to hold the folders you use most often. It makes opening those frequently accessed parts of your drive that little bit easier. If there are new folders you want to add, or redundant ones you don't want to see, making changes isn't difficult (and the seconds you save… » 2/16/15 4:39pm 2/16/15 4:39pm

How to chop onions in the finest way possible

Watch famed British chef Marco Pierre White—perhaps the first celebrity chef ever, the youngest to win three Michelin stars, and teacher of Gordon Ramsey, among many other accomplishments—teach you how to chop an onion in the finest way possible. It is simple method—good to learn if you haven't yet. » 12/08/14 11:38pm 12/08/14 11:38pm

Dim Your iPhone Screen with a Home Button Shortcut

The accessibility features built into iOS make iPhones and iPads easier to use for people whose sight or hearing is impaired, but they can come in handy for the rest of us too. One trick you can try is to set up a shortcut to dim the screen on your iOS device with three taps of the Home button. » 11/27/14 9:31am 11/27/14 9:31am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself an Rdio Master

Spotify might grab most of the headlines (and users) but Rdio is a worthy competitor in the streaming music market, with apps for multiple platforms, a clear and clean interface, and some useful features hidden behind the scenes. If you're an Rdio user read on for ten tips that can help you get more out of your… » 11/24/14 12:47pm 11/24/14 12:47pm

How To Save Anything To Pocket From Anywhere On The Web

Pocket is one of the best 'read-it-later' services on the Web, though it has evolved beyond its core Instapaper-style functionality to offer a broader range of tools. One of its key features is the way in which you can save almost anything from almost any platform. Here are the key shortcuts to use on the Web and on… » 10/06/14 12:33pm 10/06/14 12:33pm

See The Largest Files In Your Google Drive Account

Google is busy redesigning the Drive interface to match its new Material style, and one of the small but useful changes lets you view all of the files you've uploaded in order of size. You can use it to quickly find the larger files that are taking up an excessive amount of room in your Google Drive account. » 9/09/14 5:27pm 9/09/14 5:27pm