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November 10

EM-pty messages on iPhone

My partner and I just got new iPhone SEs. When she texts me a message with an em-dash, (typing two hyphens autocorrects it into an em dash, which never happened on the iPhone 5...) I can see the text that follows initially, but when I scroll back up to the message, everything after the em dash has disappeared. Is this a feature or a bug? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 9:03 AM - 4 answers

November 9

Best E-Reader Or Tablet For Physics Textbooks?

What's the best E-Reader I can get to read a physics textbook that has lots of equations in it? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street at 4:20 PM - 10 answers

Stuck in Youtube hell...

Hey guys! We're yet another small business trying to get established on Youtube, but we're stuck with an old channel a former employee created and can't regain access. [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 2:26 PM - 9 answers

My Google Home Mini won't light up, won't search, won't speak

My Google home mini will show the white lights upon reboot and the white lights will pulse a bit but after it is finished the device shows no lights and does not respond when I say ok Google. I've had it for a week and it seems to have stopped this morning My phone still does the search for me, but it is showing results on the screen instead of talking to me. I am aware there's been an update to the Mini. Help?
posted by Mistress at 5:09 AM - 1 answers

November 8

I need to project simple lines in a bright environment

How can I project very visible guide lines on a work table in a reasonably lit room without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by Harald74 at 4:19 AM - 9 answers

November 7

How sketchy is this?

So sometimes on Twitter I get tagged randomly on stuff that's vaguely environment-related (as are most of my tweets, which all relate to my work). And these tweets get hundreds of likes so they keep popping up in my notifications. But the tweets themselves seem sort of non-sensical or weird, like this one from a "Foundation" that doesn't even have their website set up, only a Twitter presence. [more inside]
posted by stinker at 1:42 AM - 3 answers

November 6

How bad is a one-star NHTSA crash rating, really?

I have a chance to get a good deal (from a friend) on a 1990 Hyundai Elantra GLS. It's in great condition shape, in my price range, with only 80,000 miles. But my wife is concerned about driving our young kids in it since it got a one-star rating from the NHTSA in side impacts, and three stars in other categories. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 4:49 PM - 18 answers

Don't they all have that?

Looking for specific examples of automobile features considered (by the manufacturer anyways) so advanced as be worthy of being proclaimed on exterior badges and are now considered mundane "features" of modern cars. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 2:18 PM - 18 answers

When you forget to check your phone before the big trip...

Two related questions about my smartphone functionality while I'm abroad right now: 1). Is there any way to check my voicemail on my ATT phone when I'm already abroad and I've forgotten my voicemail password (if I ever had one?) 2).I managed to remember to enable one of the "passport passes" so I can save money one texting/data, etc. Besides "use wi-fi everywhere" are there any tips/tricks about my phone settings I should know? [more inside]
posted by TwoStride at 12:29 PM - 4 answers

he's just a skater boy (who wants to record his sessions)

Please recommend a not-insanely-priced phone with good audio and video/photo capability. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 11:19 AM - 4 answers

Mp3 player for swimming?

I'm looking for a new waterproof mp3 player to listen to podcasts on while swimming. Currently I have an exeze rider which is ok except there is no way to select specific tracks, fast forward or rewind - I can only skip tracks. A new one should have ff/rwd, should be loud, and I'd like to spend around $150 or less. Thank you.
posted by hazyjane at 9:31 AM - 3 answers

love to drop things, thinking about a new phone

Which iPhone is the least likely to break when dropped? Right now, I have an iPhone SE (which I love and doesn't break when I drop it) but I've been noticing that my photos are terrible compared to everyone else's. I'd love an iPhone X, but all of the media coverage is about how dropping the phone means cracked screen & back doom. I drop my phone multiple times a day, and I don't want to get a case for it. Could other phone droppers advise on the best way forward?
posted by aaanastasia at 8:42 AM - 18 answers

New iPhone: Using Lightning Headphones with... Anything Else?

I'm getting an iPhone 8 this week, my first without the headphone jack, and since my current headphones died on me a couple days ago, I figured I'd just bite the bullet and get some lightning headphones at the same time. But! I need to use my headphones at work a lot (for actual work stuff), and there's no lighting port on my office computer. [more inside]
posted by Fish Sauce at 7:30 AM - 6 answers

November 5

Apps that involve friends in behavior change

I'm looking for examples of apps that support some kind of lifestyle/health/mental health behavior change (e.g., practicing mindfulness, exercising, quitting smoking) by involving a friend. [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina at 11:43 AM - 6 answers

NaNoWriMo-filter: White hat hackers who work for the gov, 2017 style

Writing a book and a significant character is a white hat hacker who works for a bureaucracy. He spends most of his time doing stuff other than work but to try to understand him better I'm trying to understand - what DO white hat hackers who work for governments do these days? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 9:40 AM - 7 answers

November 3

new to iphone 7; mophie battery case micro-usb-to-3.5 mm analog adapter?

So far the intertubes is turning up nearly zero in this regard, and what does seem to exist is very poorly rated. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 8:18 PM - 0 answers

YouTube uploader for iPhone S/current OS

I just installed the most recent OS to my iPhone S, and I'm having a hard time uploading video to my YouTube channel. Help? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 10:22 AM - 1 answers

November 2

Responsive stylus tablets

I really like taking notes by hand, and would love to be able to do so on a tablet. Unfortunately every tablet I've tried has been terrible to write with, with the latency for "ink" to appear after the pen touches an area being too high, and the strokes being too thick (which I assume is caused by poor sensitivity) being the killers. A few days ago though, I tried the Blackboard Boogie Board and was amazed at how good it was. Is there something like it that gets closer to a "real" tablet? [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. at 12:23 PM - 14 answers

November 1

Kid racked up $300 bucks in 6 days on iPad app

So, our kids have iPads. We have a house rule that they need to ask permission before buying anything. In fact, until recently they were UNABLE to make purchases without getting approval from one of us. Somehow was changed, and in the last week out daughter racked up $300 in charges on some stupid High School app. [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 11:15 AM - 18 answers

October 31

Responding to audio essays while riding a bicycle

I have the opportunity to ride my bicycle on some very low traffic side streets and bike paths. I would like to be able to listen to audio essays recorded by students (think short podcasts) and then record my comments on those essays while riding my bicycle, preferably through pushing buttons attached to my handlebars. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 7:30 AM - 10 answers

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