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January 26

Can I get the New York Times stories read to me in the car

I use the New York App on my phone quite a bit. I can't seem to read all the things I want to and am wondering of there is an app or utility that will read select stories to me while driving. [more inside]
posted by citybuddha at 10:58 AM - 4 answers

Is there anything remotely like Flash CS3 for android development?

I was a confident making games in Flash, but I've never been able to get into phone app development. The things I liked most about CS3 were dragging things around a visual 'screen' to see what they would look like, and the 'just works' aspect - I could just write code, output it to swf, and have a thing that worked on a web page exactly liked it worked on my computer - there wasn't any fuss with virtualenvs or anything like that. (I'm a hobbyist, not a professional developer). Is there anything out there with these features?
posted by wattle at 4:49 AM - 5 answers

January 25

Can I offer remote help on a stolen Facebook account?

Someone has stolen my mother's Facebook account and set it up as an alternative profile. How can I help from a distance. [more inside]
posted by meinvt at 1:09 PM - 6 answers

January 24

How do I build an app to map bike trails in my town?

I'd like to build an app for my town with bike routes that connect cool homes. I've got routes already, plus home descriptions and pictures. I've always had an amateur interest in GIS stuff, and would like to build an app as a way of learning more about current work in that area and to showcase something fun to do in our town. [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 9:54 AM - 7 answers

January 23

Can I use incandescent bulbs in this IKEA lamp?

I bought the IKEA SIMRISHAMN pendant lamp, and it's great. But I haven't been able to find LED bulbs that are warm enough for it, and the instructions don't offer an incandescent equivalent — it asks for a 7W E12 LED bulb, and doesn't list an incandescent equivalent. Is that because incandescent bulbs aren't safe in enclosed fixtures like this one, or can I just buy a sufficiently low-wattage bulb?
posted by alycoop at 8:26 AM - 9 answers

January 22

How many lumens to illuminate a person during the day?

Got a doorbell cam, works great mostly. The only problem is that it faces east, so when a person is at the door during the day, the back light of the sun tends to darken their actual face, so it's hard to see the person's features, especially if they have darker skin. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:49 PM - 5 answers

Scam phone call. Gave no info but I pressed "1" like an idiot. Now what?

I just got a robocall (UGH HELLO FIRST CLUE WHERE IS MY BRAIN TODAY) about "suspicious activity" on my Amazon account. They asked me to press 1 to talk to customer service. I did, because sometimes you just aren't thinking. How much trouble am I in? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 11:44 AM - 14 answers

Wifi/Internet problems with MBP - fixed by rebooting router/cable modem

Frequent critical internet (zoom/browsing) failures with 2012 Macbook Pro on Mojave…… but other machines on network work fine. Temporarily fixed by rebooting router and cable modem, but always returns. WTF? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 7:16 AM - 18 answers

January 19

Is there 300,000+ psi, low temp hydraulic fluid?

I’m looking for hydraulic fluid that is usable at 335,000 psi, -31°f to 190°f. I have not been able to find any rated higher than 150,000 psi.
posted by pjbw at 11:15 AM - 4 answers

January 18

Does This App Exist? Adult ADHD Productivity Edition

I am looking for an iOS app that is essentially the digital version of a "chore jar" where, upon request, it will give me a random item from lists that I have pre-defined, like pulling a card out of a jar. BUT I want to be able to tag each item with multiple tags and use those as parameters when I get my item. [more inside]
posted by oblique red at 8:25 PM - 3 answers

January 17

I need a new phone. Work is buying.

My iPhone 5S is dying - or rather, the (second) battery is, and the OS can't be updated to the newest version. I want to replace it. My job will get me a new phone (that I'll be able to keep), but I don't want a new iPhone. What kind of (Android?) phone should I ask for? Priorities are: Audio jack, small screen, safety, ease of use, and long battery life. [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 12:30 PM - 10 answers

what are the benefit of smart speakers?

Specifically any differences versus hooking echo dots to stereo speakers by aux cable? [more inside]
posted by mkuhnell at 11:43 AM - 13 answers

January 15

How do I sell a domain name?

I have a question about offering to sell a domain name to a business. [more inside]
posted by Ruki at 9:48 PM - 2 answers

January 13

An app to quickly track time on projects, and at which hours?

Inspired by this twitter thread on how even innocent after hours 'free' work can spiral/support crunching, my new years resolution is to put a halt to mine. Im looking for an app that will help me be more mindful, with v quick entry by project (4). There are hundreds of apps out there and this is not exactly time management but more mindfulness of time spent. Perhaps a goal setting app would work? any iphone app suggestions? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree at 12:00 PM - 6 answers

January 12

Why won't this Logitech unifying receiver work with its mouse?

I have a Logitech MK540 keyboard and mouse combo at my office. I liked it well enough that I just got one to use at home. The new mouse doesn't scroll as smoothly as the one at the office, so a co-worker dropped off the work mouse. I thought it would connect automatically with the unifying receiver, but no dice. [more inside]
posted by XtineHutch at 3:26 PM - 3 answers

App games for 2.5 year old

Help. I am stuck in an airport with my ex-husband and my extremely active 2.5 year old who missed his nap. Our flight is delayed 4 hours. Can you recommend a game I can download on our tablet for him ? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 1:45 PM - 13 answers

Black screen of Zoom

I am having a problem with Zoom - when I try to start a call and the screen often (but not always) completely black. The obvious fixes don't work (see inside for what I tried) If I reboot my computer it works, at least for a while and then it doesn't. This never happens with other conferencing programs. I'm considering using zoom as my primary conference software if I can just solve this problem or at least predict when I'm going to need to reboot. [more inside]
posted by metahawk at 12:14 PM - 8 answers

January 11

Low-priced Android phone? And where to buy one?

I am looking for good reception, good camera, and no more than $400! Moto G Power, E5 Plus? Decent reviews. My plan is T Mobile, where else can I buy from? Should I? Will they accept it?
posted by ebesan at 4:13 PM - 14 answers

RSS reader recommendations - Windows / Android

I'm looking for thoughts from avid RSS consumers on the best RSS readers for Windows with accompanying synced Android app. [more inside]
posted by cmaxmagee at 10:00 AM - 11 answers

January 10

Can you hear me now? No.

People keep having difficulties hearing me on phone calls when I use headphones or Bluetooth. No problems when putting the phone to my ear or using speakerphone. No problems hearing other people. I had this problem with my Galaxy S5 and now with my Moto G Power phone. I’ve tried both a Plantronics Voyager Legend Standard Bluetooth and a pair of Bose QuietComfort 20 earbuds with both phones. [more inside]
posted by catquas at 2:48 PM - 3 answers

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