How to Properly Encode Video for Android DevicesbyRyan WhitwamonMarch 9, 20118 Comments
Android is still without an built-in video solution. That means you will be confronted with a painful reality should you adopt one of these devices, you will need to encode your own videos. Encoding your video in the first place is troubling, but knowing what settings to use for your Android device can end up a nightmare.
Hack Removes Dock Requirement for Atrix's WebtopbyMatthew BragaonMarch 9, 20118 Comments
In case you forgot, the Motorola Atrix is one beast of a mobile phone. But speedy, dual-core processor aside, there's one particular feature that first caught our eye back at CES — Webtop. Connect the Atrix to its optional multimedia dock or laptop attachement and you can launch a separate, desktop-style operating system, complete with mouse and keyboard support. In fact, Webtop runs very similarly to a fully-fledged computer — but with a few caveats.
simply does not work over vanilla HDMI. Those who want Webtop functionality are required to purchase one of Motorola's expensive accessories. But if the world of custom ROMs and Android hacks has taught us anything, it's that in this community, nothing stays locked for long.
How To Solve Common Windows Problems Without RebootingbyMatthew BragaonFeb. 28, 20118 Comments
Windows, for the most part, is reasonably stable OS. Still, it’s not uncommon to have a rogue program or driver wreak all sorts of havoc on your system — often forcing a unwanted reboot. In some cases, Windows is smart; if your graphics driver trips up, the Windows Display Driver Model is smart enough to recover, no reboot required. But not every Windows component is quite as graceful.
How to Manually Update the Nexus One and Nexus S to Android 2.3.3 GingerbreadbyRyan WhitwamonFeb. 25, 201111 Comments
At long last the Gingerbread update for the Nexus One is going out over the air (OTA). This version of Android (2.3.3) is also being pushed to the Nexus S OTA. Google has said, as they often do, that the OTA will take several weeks to complete. Being technology enthusiasts, we don't much see the point in waiting weeks to get an update that we can sideload now. Luckily, the Android community has managed to find the update files on Google's servers. With a little file management and some clicks in recovery mode, you can update either of these handsets to the latest and greatest.
How To Pop-Out Netflix Streaming Videos from Your BrowserbySam CookonFeb. 25, 201114 Comments
While Netflix Instant is one of the best streaming video services around, it lacks a useful feature that both YouTube and Hulu have—a pop-out option. Being able to pop-out a video into its own window is nice, letting you drag your movie around without juggling the web page as well. If you’ve got a dual monitor setup, pop-out also lets you go full-screen without the hassle of having it shrink back down when you click somewhere else (Update: You can also fix the dual monitor issue by installing Silverlight 4. Thanks Netflix Instant team!). So if you’ve been missing this feature in Netflix Instant, fear not, there’s a simple workaround.
How To Fix Common Mac OS X Problems Without RebootingbyMatthew BragaonFeb. 24, 201115 Comments
There are those who simply never shut down — people who are so adverse to rebooting their machines they do everything in their power to avoid it. But energy concerns aside, there are tons of valid reasons for doing so. Some prefer a persistent workspace, while others might run home servers. For these people, continuous uptime is an must. But driver updates or stubborn apps are all it takes to bring your system to a reboot-worthy halt.
How To Buy a Used Android Phone with Complete ConfidencebyRyan WhitwamonFeb. 17, 20119 Comments
The two year contracts most carriers push on you to get subsidized smart phones can be a troubling proposition. If you're not happy with the phone, you're stuck on the carrier for two years. Buying a new phone without subsidy can be a very expensive alternative. If you want to save a little cash, and maintain your freedom, you can always pick up a used Android phone on eBay or Craigslist. Since you would be getting this phone second hand, warranties are of little use. You need to make sure the handset is as described. That guy on Craigslist probably doesn't take returns.
Tips To Make Your Own Awesome Headphone StandbyWesley FenlononFeb. 14, 201142 Comments
Do you chuckle every time you see someone listening to music with those iconic Apple earbuds? Cheap and available they may be, but they’ll never come close to matching the audio quality of a great pair of headphones. Picking out the perfect headphones isn’t an easy decision, either--they can cost in the hundreds of dollars, and you have to choose between open and closed phones or go for a high-end headset. And once you’re fully immersed in that world of aural bliss, another expensive hobby arises: customization.
Headphone cans are the perfect size and shape for classy custom panels or artwork. And most high-end headphones are already pretty stylish--when they look that good, they deserve a suave headphone stand to hold them up for the world to see. If you’re adventurous, that means building something with your own two hands.
How To Protect Your Laptop from Theft (and Catch Thieves!)byMatthew BragaonFeb. 14, 201122 Comments
As much as we'd like to think of coffee shops and libraries as idyllic places for safe work and study, there's always someone willing to steal your stuff. After all, that elderly woman at the adjacent table may look innocent, but we're not going to take any chances.
Of course, when it comes to laptop security, we'd recommend the obvious — watch your stuff. Five minutes is all it takes to grab a coffee, or head to the washroom, but that's all it takes for a thief to swipe your stuff too. And while physical locks can be a good deterrent in public places, they aren't always possible — or convenient — to set up.
Prey to deter would-be thieves, and help you get your laptop back should it ever be stolen.
How to Troubleshoot a (Maybe) Dead Android PhonebyRyan WhitwamonFeb. 11, 201113 Comments
Imagine this scenario, if you dare. You pick up your trusty Android phone, press the power button and nothing happens. You are not greeted by a lovely screen filled with electronic wonder, but rather by the cold, hard reality that your phone might be busted. If you find yourself in this unenviable position, don't panic.
How to Properly Prepare Your Old Android Phone for ResalebyRyan WhitwamonFeb. 9, 20119 Comments
So you've got your eye on that fancy new phone, but you already have an old Android phone? Not a problem, you can always cover part of the cost of the upgrade by selling your current handset. Whether you end up going with a local Craigslist sale, or a long distance eBay auction, there are a few things you need to do to your phone before you hand it off to someone else.
Replacing an iMac's hard drive is easy, but you'll need these special tools.
15 Essential Steps For Properly Setting Up Your New RouterbyWesley FenlononFeb. 8, 201136 Comments
In every household sharing a single Internet connection, the router is the linchpin of the network. It's also a piece of equipment that is easy to neglect after initial setup--many people configure LAN and Wi-Fi and never touch their router settings until a problem arises. But while configuring new network equipment can be a frustrating experience, we’re here to make sure hooking up your new router is all blessing and no curse. With some smart tweaks, we’ll have that new router running with rock-solid stability while outputting a better signal than ever before. No matter what brand and model router you’ve got, our step-by-step walkthrough will offer some helpful tips.
7 Ways to Reclaim Unused Disk Space on PC and MacbyMatthew BragaonFeb. 7, 201124 Comments
Anyone who's used the same Mac or PC for more than a few months knows that, eventually, things tend to get a little slow. That once-speedy startup time takes a few seconds longer, and those hourglasses and beachballs tend to appear a little more often than you'd like.
You'll want these for the next time you're forced to watch a 3D movie in theaters.
How To Make the Most of the Android Market Web StorebyRyan WhitwamonFeb. 4, 20117 Comments
We've been waiting for Google to rollout the Android Market Web Store for a long time. Now that it has finally gone live, the time has come to adjust to a new way of finding and installing apps. In this case, the new way is shaping up to be dramatically improved. Google has leveraged the power of their cloud infrastructure to make your phone feel totally integrated with the web-based Market.