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Month: January 2021 (Page 1 of 22)

These 10 pens aren’t like that trusty ball-point you remember – they’re better

When was the last time you sat down and actually wrote something with a pen? Not just an appointment reminder or a three-word note, but an actual written document with sentences and paragraphs and stuff? We’re willing to wager that it’s probably been a very long time. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/01/31/these-10-pens-arent-like-that-trusty-ball-point-you-remember-theyre-better.html
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Does a Dark Watch Face Save Battery Power on Apple Watch?

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Certain types of modern displays use less power when displaying a black or dark background, including the technology used in the Apple Watch. It’s all thanks to the wonders of OLED and self-emissive display technology.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/706181/does-a-dark-watch-face-save-battery-power-on-apple-watch/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Tim Brookes

How to Save a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide as an Image

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If there is a particular slide in your presentation that you feel would be useful in other mediums, you can save that slide as an image and use it accordingly. Here’s how to save a Microsoft PowerPoint slide as an image.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/707583/how-to-save-a-microsoft-powerpoint-slide-as-an-image/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Marshall Gunnell

‘Fortnite’ gets a ‘GI Joe’ character with a matching action figure

a2c10b00-63db-11eb-adb0-369a1fb44008It’s no longer rare to see action figures for video game characters, but an action figure designed to accompany the character is relatively rare — and Epic Games wants to give it a try. The developer has released a Fortnite outfit for GI Joe’s Snake…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/fortnite-gi-joe-snake-eyes-character-outfit-161349413.html
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How to Add Headers or Footers in Google Sheets

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A Google Sheets spreadsheet doesn’t have a visible header or footer until you decide to print. If you want to add headers and footers to a Google Sheets spreadsheet, you’ll have to use the printer settings menu—here’s how.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/708845/how-to-add-headers-or-footers-in-google-sheets/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Ben Stockton

T-Mobile’s Latest ‘Free’ Phone Deal A Scam?

OK. It’s ‘technically’ still a free phone when you Trade-In your old phone. You still get an $800 total credit on an $800 phone. But the way they credit your account will make your bill go UP each month!

So from the initial offer, it seems straightforward. You sign up for 24 monthly payments on an $800 phone. They give you 24 monthly credits equal to the payment. So, the payment each month is $33.34 and you get a credit for $33.34, so the net cost would be $Zero. You’d think, right?

Not so fast. That would make sense, so of course, that’s not how they do it.

First Your Trade-In Must Qualify – Mine phone DID, so I THOUGHT I was all set.

Assuming your phone qualifies (mine is an S10+ so it qualified for the full $800 credit), the ‘catch’ comes down in the last item #3.

So this is where T-Mo gets tricky. Lets say your phone is worth $200.

You have to sign a contract for 24 months at $33.34. $800 total.
When they receive your trade-in, they initiate 24 monthly credits to your account.
To calculate the monthly credit, they subtract the $200 value of your old phone from the $800 price =$600.
Then they divide $600 by 24 months to get your monthly credit of $25
They also give your a ONE-TIME credit for $200 applied directly to your account.
Your bill is now $8/ month higher because you are being charged $33 and getting a credit for $25 ($33-25=8) for the next 24 months.
The $200 credit they apply doesn’t reduce the amount you owe or the monthly payment amount, it’s just a one-time credit applied to your account in general, and…and this is important, not against the equipment contract.

So: In my case, my bill is currently $140 so it will go up to $148 for 24 months
They apply a $200 credit, so the first month T-Mobile OWES ME $52 ($200-148=52) and I pay NOTHING. I still have $52 credit.
The next month, I pay $96. $148 less the $52 credit. ($148-52=96)
After that, the next 22 months I’m stuck paying $8 more, $148 each month.

While all this is confusing and likely very BAD for T-Mobile’s business, the way they EXPLAIN it is even worse. It took me over 7 hours between text messages and voice calls with supervisors to HOPEFULLY get them to understand and HOPEFULLY get my account setup to be a $33 charge and a $33 credit each month. They PROMISED it was all set. They also processed a credit for $1600 to my account, so I really had no idea what would REALLY happen when I signed the contract. I signed it anyway in total frustration.

So I guess I’ll find out eventually how this turns out. Fingers crossed. 🤞

How to Use the Pixel’s Adaptive Charging Feature

adaptive-charging-pixel-featured.jpg Google’s Pixel phones are well-known for providing a unique software experience with timely updates. Speaking of which, Google has recently extended the availability of some features that were introduced with the Pixel 5 to some of its older devices. One of the most useful in the bunch is Adaptive Charging. This article looks at how you can set up and use Adaptive Charging on your Pixel phone. What Is Adaptive Charging? Google’s Adaptive Charging is a feature intended to preserve battery health by controlling the speed at which your device charges. This is supposed to keep your battery… Read more14253077.gif

Source: https://tracking.feedpress.com/link/12555/14253077/use-adaptive-charging-pixel-phone
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Alexandra Arici

How to Disable Conversation View in Gmail

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Gmail tries to help you navigate huge email chains by grouping replies together in a single conversation thread where replies are listed sequentially. If you want to see each reply individually, however, you’ll need to switch this off. Here’s how.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/708424/how-to-disable-conversation-view-in-gmail/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Ben Stockton

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