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'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.
This high-tech workout bag cleans itself
The car of the future debuts at SXSW
There’s now an indoor potty for small dogs
Get out of your next traffic jam with this flying car
A self-driving car that can do your errands for you
Robot teaches kids as young as 3 to...
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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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