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Pogue's Basics: How to create a search-and-replace macro in Word

Over the years, Microsoft has evolved from a word processor into a database, Web design program, and floor wax. Among its thousands of features, macros are power-user tools that could benefit a lot of people.

They allow you to automate tasks you do often, by teaching Word to follow your example. You hit Record Macro, you do something — a search and replace, let’s say — and then you can play back that macro later.

Actually, search and replace is a bad example — Microsoft Word cannot, in fact, record and play back a search/replace. It just records nothing.

That’s a bummer. You know those people who put two spaces after a period? When one of those documents comes my way, I’d love to be able to search for two spaces and replace them with one.

Fortunately, you can create such a macro manually.

Start by choosing Tools -> Macro -> Record Macro. Name your macro “ReplaceSpaces” (or whatever...


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Google Earth’s new update will take you anywhere in the world

Google Earth’s new update will take you anywhere in the world

Can’t afford that trip abroad this summer?

Don’t fret: Google’s huge update will get you as up close as possible.

“Voyager” will give you dozens of curated journeys around the world.

Each voyage has a theme, like “World’s Most Dramatic Mountains” or “Birds of Paradise.”

Some voyages have 360-degree video to give you the best view of that location.

So even if you don’t have the funds to cross the globe now, once you do, Google Earth will be a great tool for planning that trip.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-earth-biggest-update-new-features-2017-4

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The first flying car is available for pre-order

AeroMobil is calling this the next-generation vehicle.

The company unveiled their flying car in 2014 but it was not commercially available.

Now it’s ready and being presented at the Top Marques car show in Monaco.

The vehicle is fully functional as both a car and an aircraft, and its hybrid engine makes it environmentally friendly.

You will need more than just a driver’s license to operate the car of the future – a pilot’s license will be needed as well.

This isn’t the first flying-car concept – Airbus and Italdesign debuted the Pop.Up earlier this year.

As more flying-car concepts get revealed, we can’t help but wonder…aren’t these just small planes and helicopters with wheels?

Source: http://www.livescience.com/58663-aeromobil-flying-car-available-to-preorder.html

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Build your own DIY video game console

Have you ever wanted to build your own retro gaming device from scratch?

Eighteen-year-old Albert Gajšak is making that possible for you with his MAKERbuino kit.

The standard kit includes everything you’ll need, except for a few basic tools.

A detailed build guide is also available for those without electronics experience.

A preloaded SD card includes open-source versions of classic games like Tetris, or you can program your own games and share them in the MAKERbuino games gallery.

The standard kit is available for $35 via a Kickstarter campaign and is estimated to ship in May.

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Jeff Bezos describes one change some Amazon employees hated

Amazon (AMZN) is one of the most powerful companies on Earth, and its CEO Jeff Bezos is among the richest people alive. On their way to top, the company and its leader have had to negotiate a number of internal disagreements.

But it’s how they have resolved those disagreements that ensures Amazon, and Bezos, continue to dominate the tech world.

In a letter to shareholders Wednesday, Bezos said one of the major disputes within Amazon’s walls was whether the company should invite third-party sellers to directly compete with the online retailer through its product detail pages.

“Many smart, well-intentioned Amazonians were simply not at all aligned with the direction,” Bezos explained.

Displaying items from third-party party sellers is incredibly common now. However, some “Amazonians” may have questioned how the move would impact not only Amazon’s profits, but the overall user...


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Inside the World's Greatest Scavenger Hunt, Part 1

In the fall of 2015, my teenage daughter Tia crafted a spectacular, life-sized poodle out of feminine hygiene products.

“It’s a tampoodle,” she told me.

She made this, uh, artwork as an audition piece—to showcase her creative skills, as a tryout for an elite team in some kind of national scavenger hunt. (She made the team.)

I thought the tampoodle was cute and clever. I thought it was great fun that Tia was joining some kind of scavenger hunt.

I had no idea what kind of ride was ahead.

Meet GISHWHES

When most people think of a scavenger hunt, they probably imagine the list of items includes, you know, “Get the dean’s signature” or “Find a dog with a curly tail.”

GISHWHES is not that.

It stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. (Its creator acknowledges GISHWHES may be the Ugliest Acronym the World Has Ever Seen.)

Teams of 15 have one week to...


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This gadget can turn an ordinary surface into a smart controller

You can now turn on your smart appliances with a touch of any ordinary surface.

Welle uses embedded sonar and a sensitive algorithm to let you control your smart devices with simple hand gestures.

Touch your table to turn off your TV.

Move your finger a certain way to lower your shades.

Set that snooze alarm a little easier.

Welle is still in a Kickstarter campaign, so you can score an early-bird price of $69.

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The 20 highest-paying tech companies in America

Silicon Valley’s stratospheric tech salaries are higher than ever — if you can believe it.

That’s according to a Glassdoor report out Wednesday called the “25 Highest Paying Companies in America for 2017,” which features 20 tech-related companies.

The high-paying tech companies are led by the virtualized computing company VMWare, big data enterprise software business Splunk, and software and engineering services company Cadence Design Systems. Every tech company on the list pays the average employee between $2,000 and $15,000 more in total compensation than they did in 2016.

Taken together, those salaries far surpass pay in many other industries in the US. The lowest-paying tech company on Glassdoor’s list, the content delivery service Akamai, pays the average employee $121,000 in annual base compensation — more than twice the average American employee’s salary of $49,000 a year.  


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Jeff Bezos: Nobody asked for one of our most popular services

For a service nobody asked for, Amazon Prime sure is doing well.

That’s the gist of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s letter to shareholders, released Wednesday, in which he explained his now-famous “customer-centric” approach.

“There are many advantages to a customer-centric approach, but here’s the big one: customers are always beautifully, wonderfully dissatisfied, even when they report being happy and business is great,” Bezos wrote. “Even when they don’t yet know it, customers want something better, and your desire to delight customers will drive you to invent on their behalf. No customer ever asked Amazon to create the Prime membership program, but it sure turns out they wanted it, and I could give you many such examples.”

Indeed, Amazon Prime has become a big hit with consumers since it launched in February 2005. The subscription membership, which has at least 66 million users by some...


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Pogue's Basics: How to forward a text message

In a previous “Pogue’s Basics” tip, I let you know that you could report cellphone text-message spam by forwarding it to 7726.

“Well, great,” one reader wrote, “but how do you forward a text message!?”

Ah. I guess that might have been helpful information!

  • On the iPhone, hold your finger down on the actual text message that you want to pass along. When the More button appears, tap it, then tap the curly Forward arrow.
  • On Android, hold your finger down on the actual text message, and then tap Forward.

In each case, you’re now asked for the phone number you want to forward to.

Boom: The deed is done.

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Fitbit’s new smartwatch has been plagued by production mishaps

Fitbit’s (FIT) first “proper” smartwatch and first-ever pair of bluetooth headphones are due out this fall after a series of production mishaps delayed the project, Yahoo Finance has learned.

The fitness tracker company’s smartwatch project has been a troubled one. Production problems have forced Fitbit to push an original spring launch to this fall, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

“In one of the more final prototypes, the GPS wasn’t working because the antennae wasn’t in the right place,” one of those sources told Yahoo Finance. “They had to go back to the drawing board to redesign the product so the GPS got a strong signal.”

Fitbit’s design team also ran into problems making its smartwatch fully waterproof, even though that’s a key design element for the Apple Watch Series 2. Indeed, it’s still unclear as of the publication of this article whether the device will...


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The best ways to stream live TV without cable

Few things are better than plopping down on the couch after a long day of work, turning on the TV and vegging out. You do it, I do it, everybody does it.

And now Google (GOOG, GOOGL) wants to get in on your TV time with its new YouTube TV streaming service. Available in select cities for $35 a month, YouTube TV promises 40 channels of live TV including the five major broadcast channels: ABC, CBS, CW, FOX and NBC.

Google, though, is entering an increasingly crowded market with a wide variety of different channel offerings that can be difficult to parse when all you want to do is watch “The Bachelor” and eat your KFC $20 Fill-Up in your comfy chair.

But since I care so much, I’m breaking down each of the major over-the-top cable streaming services so you can get back to watching the rose ceremony.

Still, not all over-the-top services offer the same channels. YouTube TV is missing...


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The government might stop searching your phone at the border, but things could still get worse

Over the last year, the risk that border agents will search and detain U.S. citizens’ personal devices has increased dramatically. Arriving foreigners, meanwhile, now have to contend with the possibility that they will not only be asked to list their social media accounts but also provide the passwords for them before they can enter the United States.

A new bill in Congress could address US citizens’ fears of having their phones or other devices confiscated. But even if that bill passes, the Trump administration may still choose to gather foreigners’ social media passwords, a policy known as extreme vetting. In turn, Americans may become anxious that other countries will subject them to the very same treatment. 

The usual rules don’t apply to your devices

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Why Silicon Beach will still lure tech talent despite skyrocketing prices

The new season of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” premieres this month, but the Bay Area tech scene depicted on that show is no longer the only game in town for America’s tech elite.

Los Angeles has its own tech hub, dubbed Silicon Beach, a four-mile stretch of beachfront that encompasses Venice and Santa Monica and is home to Snapchat’s parent company, Snap (SNAP).

While Silicon Beach real-estate prices may be climbing, especially after Snap’s IPO, there are reasons to believe the technorati will continue to move there in droves. For one thing, Los Angeles still costs less than the Bay Area — at least for now. Silicon Beach also arguably provides a more diverse talent pool and isn’t as wrapped up in the tech bubble as Silicon Valley.

“I knew the next thing I was going to build was going to be consumer-focused, and I wanted to get out of the San Francisco echo chamber and be surrounded with...


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I drove the electric Chevy Bolt all weekend and only freaked out once

Electric cars are the present and future of driving. But most consumers haven’t had any experience behind the wheel of these high-tech vehicles, yours truly included.

Which is why when Chevy (GM) offered me the chance to borrow a Bolt EV for a weekend, I jumped at the opportunity.

The Bolt is a technological marvel. The first pure-electric vehicle designed for mainstream consumers, the Bolt starts at $29,995 after a federal tax credit, can travel an estimated 238 miles on a single charge and seats five. Tesla (TSLA) will offer a similar experience with its upcoming Model 3, setting up an electric showdown for the mass market.

So what’s it like to drive an electric car compared to say, my incredibly cool and in no way impractical 2007 Ford (F) Mustang GT? As it turns out, it’s actually quite different, especially when it comes to things like accelerating, braking, refueling and how...


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Ford brings baby’s car-ride experience to the crib

Say goodbye to those late-night drives to get your baby to sleep.

Ford has built a prototype crib that mimics the feel of driving in a car.

It’s called Max Motor Dreams and it works like this:

A phone app records a nighttime drive, and once you’re home, it reproduces the feel of the drive within the crib.

A small speaker under the cot provides the muffled sound of an engine, and a gentle movement replicates the feel of driving in a car.

It sounds like a sensible purchase for many new parents — but unfortunately, it’s still in development.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/ford-built-a-baby-cot-that-mimics-a-night-drive/

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Pogue’s Basics: How to speed up YouTube playback with a keystroke

If you’re a longtime Pogue’s Basics fan, then you already know that you can jump 10 seconds ahead in playback of a YouTube video by pressing the L key. And jump 10 seconds back with the H key. And pause or unpause the video with the letter K.

You may also remember that the number keys on your keyboard, 1 through 0, represent 10-percent increments through the video. Hit 3 to jump 30% of the way in, for example.

Here’s one more: It’s often super helpful to watch a video on high speed, especially if it’s a slow talker. Usually you have to do a bunch of clicks to adjust the speed, starting with the gear icon at the lower right.

Fortunately there’s a keyboard shortcut: type >! That is, Shift-period. And less-than (<, or Shift-comma) to slow it down. Very cool!

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How Apple&apos;s secrecy can hurt consumers

After letting its most powerful and expensive Mac go 1,202 days without an update, Apple (AAPL) picked Tuesday to enlighten potential Mac Pro buyers about the future of its flagship desktop computer.

The Mac Pro will not, in fact, stay frozen in its late-2013 incarnation. Sometime after this year, Apple will finally ship a completely rebuilt version of the desktop. What’s more, the company’s iMac, which has gone 539 days without a refresh, will also see an update later this year.

Apple even said it was sorry for leaving its customers wondering if the Mac Pro had a future. But this gesture at transparency doesn’t mean Apple will now be as public with its product road maps as, say, its environmental efforts. This company — like many others in the tech business — remains deeply devoted to parceling out information about its hardware on its own terms, as frustrating as that can be for...


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Don’t throw these sneakers out — you can compost them

Reebok has just announced its Cotton + Corn initiative, which aims to produce shoes made using sustainable materials.

Once the shoes are worn out, they can be used as compost for a new batch of footwear.

Reebok plans to craft the sole using industrially grown corn, and to use the more familiar cotton material for the upper half.

Renewable sneakers are a tremendous step forward for the footwear industry, and Reebok assures us this is just the beginning.

We can expect to see these shoes on shelves later this year.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/05/reebok-will-introduce-plant-based-sustainable-shoes-this-year/

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Artificial intelligence is now trying to make sense out of the mess that is Congress

Governing is hard. Predicting what the, ahem, disjointed members of Congress are going to do on any given day is even harder. 

So why not give your noggin a little rest and let artificial intelligence do it for you?

SEE ALSO: Microsoft CEO says artificial intelligence is the 'ultimate breakthrough'

Enter PredictGov, a website that uses machine learning to try and determine the future of congressional bills. Will they pass? Won't they? Now you can spend your time only freaking out about, say, the erosion of your privacy thanks to Congress, instead of all the additional garbage that may or may not get signed into law. 

Pretty neat, huh? (As an added bonus, all that extra cognitive space will come in handy as you prep for the inevitable eco-apocalypse). 

The brainchild of Vanderbilt University law Professor J.B. Ruhl and computer scientist and doctoral candidate John Nay, PredictGov is...


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