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The Gadget Show Live, April 2013: Technology in the UK

On Tuesday this week I went to The Gadget Show Live, a trade and public show about technology and entrepreneurs in the UK.  There are some interesting developments in home grown talent…

The Gadget Show Live, April 2013: Technology in the UK

On Tuesday this week I went to The Gadget Show Live, a trade and public show about technology and entrepreneurs in the UK.  There are some interesting developments in home grown talent…

The Gadget Show Live, April 2013: Technology in the UK

On Tuesday this week I went to The Gadget Show Live, a trade and public show about technology and entrepreneurs in the UK.  There are some interesting developments in home grown talent…

Watch a Package’s Entire Shipping Journey from the Package’s Point of View

Few things are more fun in life than tracking shipments and then seeing it reach your front door. But what happens in the in between process? This video shows you what happens when send something by mail. The drop off locations, the sorting facilities, the delivery process and everything in between. There’s a lot of steps! It seems like the life of a package could be made into a Pixar movie like Finding Nemo or something. [Ruben van der Vleuten via Fast Co] More »

Jelly Bean reaches 1 in 4 Android devices

Jelly Bean has finally cracked a 25 percent install base across Android devices in use, according to data released by Google Wednesday. The OS version is still bested by 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is present on 29.3 percent of devices, as well as by 2.3 Gingerbread on 39.8 percent of devices.

The data on Android versions was collected by Google over a 14-day period ending April 2. The company now measures only devices that check in to Google Play, rather than any device that pings Android servers.

Back in March, 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean was still lagging at a 16.5 percent user base five months after launch. That month marked the first that Android 4.x versions overtook 2.x ones in their installed base.

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Water Glasses, Evernote Shortcuts, and Gmail Searches

Water Glasses, Evernote Shortcuts, and Gmail SearchesReaders offer their best tips for dishwasher overload, hidden Evernote shortcuts, and searching for messages in Gmail.

Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at, or share it on our tips and expert pages.

Water Glasses, Evernote Shortcuts, and Gmail Searches

Wash Fewer Dishes by Finding a Place for Your Glasses

Gwen Nicodemus figures out a better way to keep the dishwasher empty:

Do you wash too many water glasses in your house? I finally figured out a decent solution to the water glass problem.

Four humans reside in my house, but I cleaned a lot more than four water glasses each day. Even considering houseguests, the number soared. I probably should have just been happy my kids were drinking water, but where’s there’s a problem, there’s a solution.

In an effort to solve this problem, I observed for a few days. I always keep my cup on top of the fridge with water in it, so I can drink room temperature water. My husband keeps his on top of the fridge empty, because he likes cold water.

The kids can’t reach the fridge. Where did the kids leave them? If they left the cups on the table, I assumed they were dirty and washed them. If they left them on the counter, I assumed they were dirty and washed them. It seemed my kids just needed a spot to put their cups, and they’re too short to reach the top of the fridge.

So, the solution seemed simple. The kids needed a spot that was just for water glasses. I took a metal shampoo caddy (for the shower) and removed the suction cups. I mounted it on the wall, at kid height. Then I gave a mini lecture. Kid 1 gets the left side. Kid 2 gets the right side.

Since then, I’ve had a reasonable amount of water glasses to wash each day: one for each resident plus one for each guest the house hosted.

Water Glasses, Evernote Shortcuts, and Gmail Searches

Three Hidden Evernote Shortcuts for Creating New Notes

Dutch Berry discovers a few lesser-known shortcuts in Evernote:

I accidentally discovered a few interesting Evernote for Windows shortcuts that I could not find listed around the internet. I am sure there are more, but I have not explored it. Have you heard of these shortcuts or do you use them? It would be interesting to see if there are other shortcuts that are not mentioned on their website or around the internet.

Ctrl+Shift+I: Opens a notepad for handwritten notes
Ctrl+Shift+U: Opens a voice recorder in a new note
Ctrl+Shift+W: Opens a new webcam note

These don’t seem to be on Evernote’s official list here, but they do work!

Water Glasses, Evernote Shortcuts, and Gmail Searches

Find Messages Without a Label in Gmail

Joe Rowley shares a search operator for Gmail:

If you have a lot of emails with labels in Gmail but still can’t clear out that inbox, try searching for “in:inbox has:nouserlabels”. This will allow you to quickly find those pesky miscellaneous emails and deal with them accordingly.

It’s a little quirky, since certain conversations may have messages with and without labels in them, but depending on how you use labels, it could work well. See Google Operating System’s post on it for more information.

Water Glasses, Evernote Shortcuts, and Gmail Searches

Stay Hydrated and Active at Work at Once

Iamdesi shares a small tip for work:

You want to be hydrated and moving at work, but due to various reasons (procrastination, engrossed in work or other reasons which cannot be disclosed) you just can’t get to it. I found one way which works best for me.

When I get to work in the morning, I fill up and drink up the water cup I have and fill it again. Nature’s reminder which I cannot snooze makes me move to take a bathroom break (I go to the farthest possible restroom in the office), then come back drink up the water left over from the first time I filled it and fill it again. So far I have had 2 cups of water and took one move break in two or less hours of work. With this rate I will take at least 4-5 breaks and 5-6 cups of water.

Hydration and movement breaks with an alarm that you cannot snooze! Choose the cup size depending on your bladder size and keep the size increasing or doubling the quantity you drink up.

Photo by Lucy Orloski.

Let’s Help Bring The X Games To Detroit

Detroit has been down and out lately. But there’s still life in the Motor City. Right now, there’s a campaign to get the X Games to Detroit in 2014 to 2016. This is the awesome trailer for the big bid video that is coming out later this month.

The way Detroit looks now is hauntingly beautiful and sad at the same time. But they can make it awesome again, as this trailer shows. The X Games would also help do that with a big economic influx and a ton of town pride.

We can support that.

MyDigitalSSD BP4 2.5″ & mSATA (240GB) Review

When I reviewed MyDigitalSSD's BP3, I have to say I was positively surprised. A relatively unknown manufacturer combined with a Phison controller is not the most promising mix. With SandForce you at least know what to expect but our experience with Phison based SSDs is limited and Crucial's v4 definitely didn't build a golden image of Phison as a controller maker, which made me very skeptical about the BP3 when I first got it. Fortunately, MyDigitalSSD proved me wrong. The BP3 turned out to be not the highest performing drive, but rather a very good bang for the buck. It was noticeably cheaper than any other mSATA offerings in the market, which made it an alluring option for value orientated mSATA buyers.

Almost immediately after our BP3 and SMART review went up, MyDigitalSSD told me that the successor to the BP3 was just around the corner: the BP4. From a hardware standpoint, not much has changed in the BP4 and the only major change is the move from 24nm to 19nm NAND. However, there have been some big changes on the firmware front and MyDigitalSSD is promising some pretty impressive performance figures and very affordable prices. Do their claims hold up? Read on to find out!