We're getting ready for the start of Spring with a slew of new gadgets and apps that have us refreshing our hobbies and putting some pep in our step. Discover our must haves for giving Winter doldrums the boot, including the latest tools for analog photography, improving digital photos, and stylishly keeping music close.
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Gmail and Chrome are becoming even closer friends, especially when it comes to email. Google released an update this week that allows you to open a Gmail compose window every time you click an email address within Chrome. When you log in to Gmail, you should see the below banner, asking if you'd like to allow Gmail to open all email links. After you accept this, anytime you click on an email address while in your Chrome browser (say, you need to email the support team for your Internet service or the returns department for some online shopping gone wrong), instead of Outlook or Mail popping up, you'll get a Gmail compose box instead. So easy.
Craving a few more basic Gmail tips and tricks? Then just keep reading.
- Make voice calls — You can easily make voice calls in Gmail on the cheap. In the "Chat" section, just click the "Call Phone" button and enter the digits. You'll then be able to make free calls to landlines the US and Canada, and for supercheap, you can call cell phones and landlines worldwide.
- Search with options — If you haven't discovered the "Show Search Options" link to the right of the Gmail search bar, you're in for a treat. Clicking it reveals a host of helpful options, including the ability to search by sender, date, attachment, subject, and more. It's extremely helpful if you are less than diligent about labeling and filing emails in your inbox.
- Send email from different addresses in Gmail — If you're like me, you probably have multiple accounts that you use for different reasons. Did you know you can write all of your emails within Gmail using different external addresses if you so choose? First sign in to Gmail and head over to "Settings" and select the "Account and Import" tab. In the "Send mail as" section, click on the "Send from another address" button, where you can add and verify all of your external addresses. When you compose a message within Gmail, you'll then be able to select which email address you want to use in the "From" drop-down menu.
See a few more tips after the break.
Nokia announced the PureView 808 at the Mobile World Congress this week, and while it may look like any other phone at first glance, it's packing serious power under the hood. Coming with a huge 1/1.2-inch sensor and a Carl Zeiss lens capable of capturing 41MP images, the PureView 808 blows your iPhones and DSLRs out of the water. But as you may know — more pixels don't necessarily make a better photo. The PureView 808 oversamples the image, compresses it down to smaller size, and leaves out details that other cameras include but shouldn't (like grey tones between black and white colors), which makes the shots crisp and clear. According to hands-on reviewers, the PureView 808 also takes amazing low-light photos and video, so it could be your one-stop camera for nighttime outings and daytime excursions alike.
Besides the camera, the PureView 808 will be coming with a four-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass touch screen, 16GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 48GB (which you'll need if you're going to be taking lots of pics), HDMI and DLNA support, and up to 11 hours of talk time.
Stay tuned for more details on when the PureView 808 is set to hit US shores, but UK residents can get their hands on one for $599 starting in May. Check out more pictures of the device in the gallery!
Show some geek pride by wearing one of these playful, nerdy T's. Whether you prefer a pop culture reference or a computer-inspired pattern, these T-shirts are the perfect way to indulge your geeky tastes. Interested? Check out 11 of our favorite geeky fashions for a design that suits your style.
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If two screens are better than one, the Sony Tablet P will be your go-to tablet. Announced earlier today at this year's Mobile World Congress, the dual-screened Sony Tablet P will go on sale March 4 for $400 exclusively through AT&T. Previously known as the S2, the Tablet P comes with two 5.5-inch displays that can be used together or for separate functions, like using the top half to read your emails while using the bottom as a keyboard.
There are some pros and cons to the unique design of the Tablet P. Unlike other tablets, the Tablet P can be folded in half to make it incredibly portable, slipping into the smallest of handbags or clutches. The downside might be the apps. The Tablet P will launch with a number of apps optimized for the dual-screen view, but there's no telling just yet how it will perform with the wide range of apps available in the Android Marketplace. Other key specs include 4G LTE speeds, two cameras (5MP rear-facing, 0.3MP forward-facing), 4GB of on-board storage (expandable up to 32GB), 1GB of RAM, and up to seven hours of battery life, all packed into a body that weighs just under a pound.
As expected, a two-year contract is required for the $400 price tag. Data plans will set you back $35 a month for 3GB, and $50 for 5GB, unless you choose to prepay for your data every month, which will get you a $5 discount on 3GB and an option for 250MB for $15.
What do you think of the Sony Tablet P? Will you be buying?