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April 22

Google pulling the rug out from under Voice. What will remain?
I know Google Voice and Hangouts will merge on May 15th and XMPP support will end. XMPP doesn't affect me, but I'm trying to figure out what will change. Has there been an announcement or is it still unknown what features from Voice will survive in this new service? [more inside]
posted by ridogi at 9:39 PM - 3 answers
Help me iMacguyver my broken iPhone!
My iPhone 5 speaker randomly stopped working 18 months after I bought it. I have to use speakerphone or headphones to talk on the phone. I can make it work temporarily if I press on the top right corner where the speaker is (as described here). I found that theres a point about halfway between the speaker and the right edge where, if I clip a binder clip, then the phone works! See here and here The "genius bar" genius solution was that, since I didn't get Apple care, that I dish out another 500$ for a new phone. Help me figure out a better way? [more inside]
posted by cacofonie at 2:24 PM - 6 answers

Getting a Roku working overseas with a secondary WiFi router
Trying to get a Roku working with my home network and totally clueless. Can I make this work or do I have a $100+ brick? If I can make it work, how? [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 12:57 PM - 2 answers

This defeats the purpose of a cell phone
Phone battery won't hold a charge-what can I do? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 12:14 PM - 12 answers

Simple database options for non-profit
My organization is currently using a very bloated Excel spreadsheet to track a bunch of data about our clients. I'd like to build us a really simple database with a nice form input to make it easier for staff to enter all of the information we need to track, but I'm not sure what my options are for software. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 11:43 AM - 17 answers

Which NAS drive - 2014 edition
Hi folks, looking for recommendations for a new NAS drive to replace our dying Iomega drive. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson at 11:10 AM - 5 answers

Facebook without the Facebook
Facebook is about to drive me nuts but it's the best way for me to stay in conctact with family and friends. What I need is like a power-tool for Facbook, some sort of front-end or standalone app perhaps? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 7:10 AM - 5 answers

Where does TV even come from if you can't Torrent?
So this happened in the Netherlands, devastating our English speaking, torrent addicted household. So how can we get our TV without getting a cable subscription? Details below. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 4:29 AM - 10 answers

April 21

Seeking video-streaming platform advice
I am considering a set-top box for commercial video-streaming. An Amazon Fire TV + Amazon Prime + Netflix subscription sounds pretty good. Should I be looking at other hardware or services? [more inside]
posted by Zed at 11:06 AM - 19 answers

Help me hear the music, please!
Hi! Over the weekend, the receiver/speaker combo I use to listen to vinyl and my iPhone (cobbled together from stuff friends didn't want anymore) reached a critical point of sounding crappy. Can you help me find a replacement? [more inside]
posted by justjess at 10:32 AM - 5 answers

Should I get a Kindle?
Thinking about buying a Kindle Paperwhite. But do I neeeeeeed one? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 9:08 AM - 37 answers

HDMI Cable Question (Laptop-TV with no sound)
Help me connect a Laptop to TV with an HDMI Cable AND get sound. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 5:03 AM - 8 answers

April 20

Mac Air vs. Pro 13"?
I'm in the market for a new personal laptop and have decided to switch to OSX after a lifetime spent on Windows. Trying to pick between the Mac Air and Pro w/ Retina, both 13"? [more inside]
posted by serelliya at 4:51 PM - 25 answers

April 19

I wanna be stuck with you
People of Metafilter, especially the lady types who often wear clothing with no pocketses: how do you keep your cell phone within earshot when you're at home? Especially if you've got a touch of ye olde ADHD and still struggle to remember to always take it with you when you leave the house, let alone remember to take it with you when you move from room to room. [more inside]
posted by drlith at 9:35 PM - 52 answers

April 18

How to transfer Excel data to Powerpoint easily?
I have a list of names on an Excel file. I'd like to transfer each name (along with other details) to one PowerPoint slide. Is there any way I can do this without having to manually type in each name?
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 11:39 PM - 12 answers

Where are the transflective displays?
Digital display technology is constantly marching forward, especially with smartphone manufacturers trying to one-up each other on screen thinness, DPI, and brightness. But why do no smartphones (or tablets, or laptops) use transflective displays? Simply put, a transflective display is can be seen with either backlighting or frontlighting. It is a screen that can be used both in a dark room and in direct sunlight — and the sunlight will actually make it clearer. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel at 9:06 PM - 11 answers

Speech recognition software recs for sprawly writing on a Mac
Typing is killing me and I have to write a bunch of papers over the next couple of weeks. I have a 2012 MBP (not yet on Mavericks) and could spend ~ $100-150 on some kind of voice-to-text software. Looking for something with a minimal learning curve that will let me work fast. And, whatever else is required to quickly & painlessly navigate multiple documents. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 7:14 PM - 5 answers

High-level cross-project management
What software can I use for a high-level view of my team's available vs. allocated hours and budgeted time approved across our projects? [more inside]
posted by camcgee at 10:10 AM - 2 answers

I am a terrible IT person
Will switching home ISPs solve my spam problems? I have my own consulting business, and work from home in the East Bay. I have one employee who also works from home, but she lives in SF. I have an issue with my outgoing email when sent from my house (but not my phone when it isn't connected to my home wifi or from my laptop when i am elsewhere): it often bounces back as having "spam content", goes into my clients' junkmail folders, or just disappears. This used to only happen with one client, so I just assumed it was the fault of their IT folks, but now it's happening a lot. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 9:46 AM - 11 answers

April 17

iphone question
Okay, i need some advice on what is my best move. My new company just gave me a new iphone 5s (verizon) 64 gb. I had a iphone 5 (at&t) 64 gb. right after i got my new phone, i dropped my old (at&t) phone & the screen shattered. But thanks to applecare, i got a brand new one for only $50. (Go me!). Okay... my daughter has a 32gb iphone 4 with a slight crack at the bottom right of the screen... generally it operates kinda slow & she is having some problems with her home button (we had her screen replaced before) My son has a 16 gb iphone 4 ... his home button also isn't working great... (also, the screen has been replaced before). That's the summary of our situation.... So my question is... (seeing how i'm good with my new company phone) ... what is my best move to both upgrade both kid's phone & to maybe bank some money? [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 1:06 PM - 7 answers

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