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How to Add and Remove Widgets from the Home Screen on iPhone

Apple brought widgets to the iPhone’s Home screen with iOS 14. They are an evolved form of the widgets from the Today View screen. Here’s how to add and remove widgets from the iPhone Home screen.

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Google Duo for Android Now Allows 32 Callers

An Android phone with the Google Duo app on the screen.Josh Hendrickson

With much of the world in some form of lockdown, video conferencing is more critical than ever. But before the pandemic started, most personal solutions handled one-on-one calls, what do you do for family or virtual social gatherings? Google Duo wants to help and bumped its caller limit to 32 participants.

We knew Google intended to increase caller limits for Android, as it had already bumped up Duo calls made on the Web to 32. But before this change, Android’s restriction was a paltry 12 callers. Enough for a small gathering, but other services like Facebook already surpassed that limit.

The update is rolling out right now, and you likely already have the change. You may get a pop-up notification letting you know about the change, but even if you haven’t, you can still make the group call. Just start a call and choose 31 people to jump on and talk.

The change seems to be a server-side switch, so if you can’t call more than 12 people, you’ll have to wait for the update to reach you.

via Android Police

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How to Set a Room’s Mood with Smart Lighting

Color can affect your mood. Businesses spend thousands of dollars each year researching which colors of decor will encourage customers to drop the most dough when they walk through the door. You can also use this mental trick to set the mood in a room with just the color of your lights.

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How to Quickly Switch to Windowed Mode in Almost Any PC Game

Windows PC games often let you choose to play them either in full-screen mode or in a window on your desktop. You don’t have to dig through settings to change this—just press this keyboard shortcut to switch between windowed and full-screen mode in games.

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Must Have Accessories for Better Photo Edits

Side view of graphic designer working with interactive pen display, digital drawing tablet and pen on a computer in workstationRoman Samborskyi/

Photography doesn’t stop when you press the shutter release. A huge part of making great images is what comes after: the editing. And, there’s some gear you can get to make it easier, faster, and better. Your camera and lenses aren’t the only things that might need an upgrade.

What to Look for in Photo-Editing Gear

Photographers are famously gear focussed, often to the point of ignoring the art side of things. There’s a joke in the community that someone suffers from Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) when they get obsessed with having the newest and best equipment. With that said, the stuff you use does matter. Just like there are some kinds of photos you can’t take without certain lenses, editing your photos to a high standard is nearly impossible without the right tools.

When it comes to buying photo-editing gear, here’s what you need to look for:

  • That it’s useful. All sorts of stuff is flogged online to gear-hungry photographers. Before buying anything, take a step back and make sure it’s a tool that will actually help you work better.
  • Designed with photographers in mind. There’s a big overlap between photographers and other digital creatives, but you want to make sure any tools you get have been made for photographers. Otherwise, you can spend a lot of money on something with features that are of no use to you.
  • Precise and accurate. Most photo-editing gear is meant to make your edits more precise and accurate—so make sure the gear you get can do it. There’s no point buying a giant monitor with really bad color accuracy. Your photos will look really big on your screen—but the colors will be all out of whack. Anything you send to someone else or print will look totally different from how you saw it.
  • Customizable. Every photographer has a different work style and workflow. Prioritize tools that are designed to be customizable, so you’ll be able to adapt it to your needs.

A Graphics Tablet: Wacom Intuos Small

wacom smallWacom

There are certain kinds of edits you just can’t make with a mouse—or worse, a trackpad. It’s almost impossible to paint smooth brush strokes, accurately edit away stray hairs and blemishes, and do any detailed local adjustments.

The solution is to get a graphics tablet, like the Wacom Intuos Small. It lets you accurately paint or draw directly into Photoshop (or your image-editing app of choice). Even better, it’s got over 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, which means how hard you draw can determine how thick or dark the resulting lines are. It makes even the most detailed local edits possible. The Intuos Small also has four custom buttons you can program to your most used tools or shortcuts.

A graphics tablet makes photo editing so much easier and faster—and you get much better results. They come at pretty much every price point you could imagine. The Intuos Small is definitely an entry level tablet, so if you want something with even more sensitivity and customization options, take a look at the Intuos Pro Medium.

Best Graphics Tablet

A Nice, Big, Accurate Monitor: Lenovo ThinkVision P27u

lenovo thinkvisionLenovo

One of the biggest challenges with photo editing is ensuring that what you see on your screen matches what the photo looks like when you print it or send it to someone else. Screens are rarely color accurate, so color is hard to control, but you can make things better by getting a screen that’s designed to display colors as accurately as possible.

Also, editing photos on a big high-resolution screen is just plain nice, so if you’re getting a color-accurate monitor, you might as well get a big one like the Lenovo ThinkVision P27u-10. It’s got a 27″ IPS panel with a resolution of 3840-pixels by 2160-pixels. That’s a wide 4K display if you’re keeping score. Best of all, it was the most color-accurate monitor The Wirecutter tested, so you know that the photos will look how they’re meant to.

As well as being a great display, the ThinkVision P27u has a USB-C port, so you can use it to charge your laptop, and HDMI, USB 3.0, DisplayPort connections.

A Color-Calibration Tool: Datacolor SpyderX Pro

data spyderDatacolor

Even the best factory-calibrated monitor won’t be perfectly accurate or set up for your workspace—and it can lose its calibration over time. If you want to guarantee the most accurate colors possible for every edit, you need a color calibrator, like the Datacolor SpyderX Pro.

To calibrate your screen, you hang the SpyderX Pro over your monitor while its app displays all the test colors. It takes into account the ambient lighting and builds a color-accurate profile. If you’ve got a good screen, you just guaranteed yourself as accurate an editing environment as is physically possible—at least without spending thousands of dollars.

Best Color Calibrator

Datacolor Spyder5ELITE – Designed for Professional Photographers (S5EL100)

The Datacolor SpyderX Pro guarantees you the most accurate color setup going.

Some Dedicated Editing Controls: LoupeDeck+

loupe deckLoupeDeck

Computers aren’t set up for efficient photo editing. They’re designed to be multipurpose, but mostly writing, machines. If you want to quickly edit lots of photos, you can learn dozens of keyboard shortcuts and give yourself a repetitive strain injury using them—or you can invest in some photo-specific editing controls, like the LoupeDeck+.

Most photo editing involves adjusting sliders so the LoupeDeck+ has loads of dials to twiddle. There are dedicated ones for Contrast, Exposure, Shadows, Highlights, and all the other options you find in Lightroom—as well as eight programmable ones. There are also buttons for undoing and redoing changes, seeing before/after previews, exporting your images, and loads more. In short, it’s like a keyboard, except designed for photo editing instead of typing.

If you have to edit a lot of photos, say after an event like a wedding, the LoupeDeck+ can save you buckets of time. Combine it with a graphics tablet, and you won’t have to touch a keyboard or mouse.

A Solid Backup Solution: Backblaze

If you shoot lots of photos, the last thing you want is hard drive failure. If your images aren’t backed up, you could lose months, years, or even decades of work.

Backblaze is the simplest way to guarantee all your photos are backed up securely offsite. It’s super affordable, secure, and reliable. But it’s only one part of a proper backup plan. For more, check out our guide to backing up all your files securely. It’s especially important for photographers.

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9 Hidden Customization Settings to Get the Most Out of Your Mac

nine-mac-hidden-settings-featured.jpg There are many features in macOS that are unknown to many. In some cases, a macOS user can go years before making a new discovery. That is, until you have read some of the best macOS hidden customization settings to help you get more out of your Mac. 1. Cleaning Up System Preferences System Preferences on the Mac is a one-stop shop for all of your main settings. However, for all of the items you need on this menu, there are plenty you don’t. Use this handy trick to clean up the menu and only leave the… Read more13714670.gif

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Instagram Is Rolling Out Pinned Comments to All Users

Screenshots of Instagram's new Pin feature.Instagram

Instagram recently announced the public rollout for its pinned comments feature. The new feature allows you to pin three comments to the top of a post and encourage positive conversations.

To pin a comment to your post, swipe left on it and press the pushpin icon. You should also see the option to delete, report, or reply to the comment. Instagram usually relies on algorithms to highlight important comments, but pinned comments will always stay at the top of a post, regardless of how many likes they get.

Pinned comments are just another step toward content moderation on Instagram. The platform recently unveiled an AI that warns users before posting potentially offensive comments and added comment-deletion tools to help celebrities and content creators curate their posts.

Source: Instagram via The Verge

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How to Change Your Netflix Profile, Subtitle, and Audio Language

Netflix isn’t just an English language streaming service with content from around the globe. You can easily watch films and shows in other languages. There are also options for changing the language of the audio, subtitles, or on your profile, no matter where you live. Let’s explore!

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The Best Portable Photo Printers for iOS and Android Devices

Best Portable Photo Printers of 2020 for smartphones at homePixieMe/

Being able to quickly print off your favorite photos from your smartphone is great for making instant memories or scrapbooking. These photo printers can be taken anywhere and do a great job of bringing memories to life.

Although these printers are small enough to take with you anywhere, they aren’t your only option for printing photos. If you want larger photos than what these portable printers can offer, which tend to max out at around 4 x 6 inches, or if you’re looking for super high-quality prints, you should upgrade to a bigger printer, though be warned that larger printers will cost at least double the amount portable printers do.

What to Look for in Portable Photo Printers

Although smartphone photo printers seem deceptively simple, there are actually a ton of factors to consider when buying one. By taking a moment to learn about the myriad options and features, it’ll be easier for you to choose the perfect photo printer for your needs.

  • Paper and Dye Types: Most printers ship with a small amount of photo paper so you can start using it right out of the box, but it’s up to you to keep up with refills. The smaller photo printers use 2 x 3 inch photo paper for the most part, but there are a few that can print other sizes, ranging from 2.1 x 2.1 inches up to 4 x 6 inches. Dye and paper types vary by printer, as well, but most use ZINK—or zero ink—paper, which has dye crystals embedded in the paper that are activated by heat. Others might work like old-fashioned Polaroids, have all-in-one cartridges just like a regular printer (albeit a miniaturized version), or use four-pass dye sublimation to apply colors.
  • Editing Options: The best portable photo printers have companion apps available through which you can import and edit your photos before printing them. Some of these apps focus on basic edits like cropping, brightening, and adjusting the color balance of your photos, while others go all out and let you add filters, emojis, text, and other fun elements for total customization.
  • Connection Options: There are several ways these printers can connect to your phone to print photos. Some require a physical connection, like through a USB port, while others offer digital connectivity options like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The majority of printers also work with both iPhone and Android devices, though not all do, so double-check device compatibility with the printer you want before you make a purchase.
  • Power Source: The majority of mini photo printers use rechargeable batteries. While those batteries make them highly portable, they still have a relatively short battery life. Expect anywhere from 10-35 photos per charge, so don’t leave the charging cable behind if you’re planning on doing tons of printing.

Best Overall: HP Sprocket

HP SProcket best portable photo printer for iphones and AndroidHP

The HP Sprocket makes it easy to print all of the awesome photos on your smartphone anywhere you go. The free Sprocket companion app (for Android and iOS) lets you edit and decorate your photos with filters and emojis before printing. It also makes it easy to create custom photo albums and connect your social media accounts for instant printing. Multiple people can connect to the Sprocket at one time, and the app (along with a personalized LED light) shows who’s currently printing in the queue.

The Sprocket prints on ZINK photo paper with peel-and-stick backing, which measures 2 x 3 inches with a print resolution of 313 x 400 DPI. The Sprocket comes with 10 sheets of photo paper to start, and the battery can print about 35 photos per battery charge. The printer connects to your phone via Bluetooth 5.0, comes in four cute colors, and measures 3.15 x 4.63 x 0.98 inches, so it’s small enough to store in a bag or desk drawer.

Best Premium Option: Canon Ivy

Canon Ivy Best premium photo printer for smartphones photo editing appCanon

If you want a mini photo printer with features as premium as its design, look no further than the Canon Ivy Mobile Mini Photo Printer. It comes in three gorgeous colors—rose gold, mint green, and slate gray—and its Android and iOS companion apps offer powerful editing tools, including image filters, frames, effects, AR live filters, collage prints, and tile print options, plus you can add text, stickers, emojis, drawings and more to make every photo look absolutely perfect. Print photos from your phone’s gallery, or directly from your Instagram or Facebook page.

You’ll connect to the printer via the app and Bluetooth, and your pics are printed on 2 x 3 inch sticker-back ZINK photo paper, using a print resolution of 314 x 400 DPI. The photos are water-resistant, smudge-proof, and tear-proof, so they’ll be able to keep up with your adventures. The Canon Ivy is also super portable, as it measures just 3.2 x 4.7 x 0.70 inches.

Best Premium Option

Canon IVY Mobile Mini Photo Printer through Bluetooth(R), Rose Gold

This beautiful smartphone photo printer uses ZINK paper and has an app for editing photos.

For Higher-Quality Prints: Fujifilm Instax

Fujifilm Instax best highest-quality portable photo printerFujifilm

Serious photo lovers will find something to love about the Fujifilm Instax. It offers photo prints in a higher resolution than its competitors (800 x 680p with a print resolution of 320 DPI), which means more details, sharper details, and better color gradation. You can apply light edits to your photos before printing them on the companion Android or iOS apps, apply a collage template, and apply filters and text.

The Instax’s prints measure 2.4 x 1.8 inches and its laser exposure system means fast printing (rough 10 seconds). Its rechargeable battery can charge via the included micro USB cord. You can keep an eye on the film and battery with the LED lights on the side or even reprint a photo in an instant with the handy Reprint button.

For Higher-Quality Prints

Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Mobile Printer (Silver)

Enjoy larger, higher-resolution prints with a higher DPI and editing capabilities.

Best Budget Photo Printer: Kiipix Portable Photo Printer

Kiipix best budget photo printer scan and print your photosKiipix

The Kiipix Portable Photo Printer takes a slightly different approach to printing pictures from your smartphone. Instead of connecting with a cord, with an app, or over Wi-Fi, it simply scans photos directly from your phone’s screen, so remember to turn your phone’s brightness all the way up. Although the Kiipix’s convenient design means you don’t have to deal with an intermediary app or worry about the device’s battery dying on you, it also means you’ll have to edit your photos elsewhere before scanning them.

Many user reviews on Amazon claim that prints from the Kiipix tend to have a retro look to them, which could be because the Kiipix scans your images off a screen rather than processing the digital image directly. That may be the trade off for its lower price point. Nevertheless, the printer supports two sizes—2.1 x 3.4 inches and 1.8 x 2.4 inches—and it uses Fujifilm Instax Mini film.

Best Budget Photo Printer

KiiPix Portable Photo Printer, Black

Scan photos directly from your phone’s screen and print them without Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Best Heavy-Duty Portable Photo Printer: Canon Selphy CP1300

Canon Selphy best heavy-duty portable photo printerCanon

If you don’t mind trading off a bulkier frame for more features, the Canon Selphy is a seriously good pick. The photo printer measures 7.1 x 5.4 x 2.5 inches, and it has a built-in 3.2-inch LCD screen that’s perfect for navigating the menu options and editing your photos. There’s even an optional battery pack you can buy for the Selphy if you’re planning on bringing it with you on your next road trip. The Selphy is also compatible with an impressive four photo print sizes: 2.1 x 2.1-inch, 2.1 x 3.4-inch, 3.5 x 4.7-inch, and 4 x 6-inch prints, so you can have both wallet-size memories along with larger photos for a scrapbook.

You can connect to the printer via the Android and iOS companion app or by connecting your device via USB. The app has a fun Party Shuffle feature in which all of your friends can send images from their phones to the printer and it will combine them into a fun collage you can print. It can handle square Instagram prints (hence the 2.1 x 2.1-inch paper option), and even create vertical photo booth prints on 4 x 6-inch paper you can cut in half and share with a friend.

Best Heavy-Duty Portable Photo Printer

Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer with AirPrint and Mopria Device Printing, Black (2234C001)

Print four photo sizes, and navigate the menu with the on-board screen and companion app.

Best Photo Printer for iOS: Prynt Pocket

Prynt Pocket best photo printer for iOS iPhone Apple devicesPrynt

The Prynt Pocket has a cool feature you won’t find anywhere else: the ability to embed a video inside your photo print. It uses augmented reality to add a video inside your photo, and all you have to do to see it is hold the Prynt app on your iOS device over the photo and watch. It’s a refreshing way to add some extra fun to the photos you decorate your apartment with or share a secret memory with friends. Or, if you just want to keep it simple and not bother with a video, the app lets you add fun borders and filters to your photo before you print it from the app.

Photos are printed on 2 x 3-inch ZINK photo paper with a peel-and-stick back, and to print a photo, just physically plug your phone into Prynt’s dock and get started. You can pull photos directly from your iPhone’s gallery or your Instagram feed at that point, or take photos and videos in real time with your phone connected to the device. The only real downside of the Prynt is that it’s only compatible with iPhones (sorry Android users).

Best Photo Printer for iOS

Prynt Pocket, Instant Photo Printer for iPhone – Cool Grey (PW310001-CG)

Print photos directly from your iPhone and Instagram page, and embed AR videos.

Best Photo Printer for Android: Kodak Mini 2

Kodak Mini 2 best photo printer for androidKodak

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of connecting to your photo printer via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (or physically connecting it), the Kodak Mini 2 you can keep things simple with NFC One Touch … if you’re an Android user. Apple users can only connect with Bluetooth. The mini smartphone photo printer creates 2.1 x 3.4-inch color or black and white prints using a four-pass D2T2 dye sublimation method, and prints dry instantly. Kodak’s cartridges combine paper and ink, and can be purchased in increments of 20, 30, or 50. There’s also a companion app for Android and iOS where you can crop, add filters to, and otherwise edit your photos before printing them.

Most Portable Photo Printer: Polaroid ZIP

Polaroid Zip most portable photo printer photo editing app for ios and androidPolaroid

With the Polaroid ZIP, you’ll have a teeny tiny photo printer that packs a punch. The pocket-sized printer is a godsend for travel bloggers and party-goers alike, and its vibrant prints bring your prints to life. The free companion Android and iOS apps give you the power to edit your photos (think: brightness adjustment, blurring, color temperature adjustment) and even customize them with cute stickers and filters with a dash of creativity. Then all you have to do is zip them over to the printer directly from the app over Wi-Fi.

The ZIP prints pics on 2 x 3-inch ZINK photo paper, which has an adhesive back and is tear-proof, waterproof, and smudge-proof. The Zip’s rechargeable battery handles up to 25 prints on a single charge, and includes the charging cable you’ll need when it’s time to recharge.

Most Portable Photo Printer

Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3×4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer (White) with LCD Touch Screen, Compatible w/ iOS & Android.

This printer’s small size and powerful features make it a powerhouse anywhere you go.

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How to Make a Bar Chart in Microsoft Excel

A bar chart (or a bar graph) is one of the easiest ways to present your data in Excel, where horizontal bars are used to compare data values. Here’s how to make and format bar charts in Microsoft Excel.

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