Tech Tricks

Thursday, May 26, 2011

David Pogue, weekly tech columnist for the New York Times, goes back to the basics with tricks you might have missed that make gadgets work better.


David Pogue

Comments [20]

Ian Lyn from Brooklyn is horrible to navigate. There are virtually no stations signed up that I listen to other than Npr.

May. 27 2011 12:39 AM

kate p the verizon iphone 4 *does* operate as a mobile hotspot call verizon --$20

May. 26 2011 11:51 PM
antonio from bayside

Jade I don't have any calendar app suggestions, I use the default, but try evernote for your to dos....

May. 26 2011 11:48 AM

In case you are forwarding posts to Pogue:

I can't find an iPhone calendar app in which you can just jot something next to a time of day; they all seem to make you enter in start and end times, which is pretty annoying. So I still use my actual paper datebook!

P.S. Alt-D is Apple-L on a Mac.
P.P.S. I donated!

May. 26 2011 10:58 AM
Phil from Park Slope

@Rebecca Apple's got you covered for $99:

May. 26 2011 10:53 AM
Phil from Park Slope

You can actually use some of the memory card recovery utilities on hard drive volumes as well.

May. 26 2011 10:50 AM
Paul from NYC/Northern NJ

A slight correction is needed:

Streaming AUDIO uses LOTS LESS bandwidth than streaming VIDEO.

The impact on your cellular plan with just audio is a fraction of that with video.

May. 26 2011 10:49 AM
Paul from new rochelle

My wife had a stroke and lost the use of her right hand. Are there alternative keyboards that she could use?
Are there other mice devices or other accomidations
that we could employ?

May. 26 2011 10:48 AM

I have a new Android phone. Any suggestions for a calendar &/or to-do list app? For a ludite.

May. 26 2011 10:46 AM
Paul from new rochelle

My wife had a stroke and lost the use of her right hand. Are there alternative keyboards that she could use? thankx

May. 26 2011 10:46 AM
RJ from prospect hts

What I want, instead of having occasional items given to me that don't (nothing personal, David) match my needs, but a regularly updated "dictionary" that could be sorted by function, word, key, etc.

May. 26 2011 10:46 AM
Bee from Weehawken, NJ

How about a high capacity (100+ GB) portable MP3 players that's not an Ipod? A few years ago there were a bunch on the market, but not it seems to be exclusively Apple. Where did they go?

May. 26 2011 10:45 AM

I foolishly did not put a cable outlet in my living room when I renovated. Now I want TV there and it is a major undertaking to get it there -- why isn't there wireless TV? What can I do?

May. 26 2011 10:43 AM
david from Manhattan.

Hello - how can we begin to tell Yahoo that their "improved" calendar is a mess? Do consumers have any influence at all? Obviously Yahoo has invested a lot in its calendar redesign, but it doesn't work. Now what? Thank you.

May. 26 2011 10:43 AM
Kate P from Red Bank NJ

when will the iphone 4 on Verizon be able to operate on 4G as a mobile hotspot and why isn't this possible now?

May. 26 2011 10:43 AM
Jamison from Fort Green

What is the best digital reader to hack into a tablet?

May. 26 2011 10:41 AM

Alt-D? What is it on a Mac? Sounds useful, but I don't have an Alt key. (Or is it just that I have an old keyboard?)

May. 26 2011 10:41 AM
John A.

Why cant a windows touch netbook be made?
This would of course be a catch-up to the Motorola and Apple tablets.

May. 26 2011 10:36 AM
RAI from Manhattan

Mr. Pogue recently wrote a column about camera apps for the iPhone. Can he recommend similar apps for Android phones, especially replacement apps for the built-in camera app?

May. 26 2011 10:28 AM
Robert from Toronto

We've lived through some pretty horrible natural disasters this year. Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and tornadoes. New personal safety apps like Guardly and iSOS have been launched recently to speed help during an emergency. What does David think about this new use of smartphones? Can they really help to save lives?

May. 26 2011 10:13 AM

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