These keychain accessories have been around for years, of course, but the latest models are capable of holding a lot more of your digital stuff than just a few years ago. For example, it’s not unusual to pick up a 64 gigabyte (GB) thumbdrive, yet many of us were carrying around a 64 megabyte (MB) drive not too long ago.
Yes, that’s a thousand times more capacity in just a few short years.
The following is a look at seven such models.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive (starting at $50)
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It's one modern convenience most of us can't live without: our mobile phone.
As you well know, these touchscreen devices have evolved into a pocket-sized computer capable of messaging, web surfing, video conferencing, gaming, photography, GPS navigation, social networking, fitness tracking and handling work documents.
Oh, and they let you make calls, too.
But many of the fun things you can do on a smartphone today require "data," therefore you likely have a monthly plan with your carrier that gives you a certain number of megabytes or gigabytes to use up by the end of the month.
If you find yourself nearing your limit or going over -- and paying the price for doing so -- the following are some tips and tricks to using less data.
Now that summer is in full swing, chances are you're spending time near a beach, in a pool or at a cottage. So, why shouldn't your gear go wherever you go?
Perhaps it’s no surprise waterproof (or at least water-resistant) gadgets are all the buzz this season. And the good news is there’s no shortage of products available, whether you’re looking for a sleek phone or tablet, compact camera, wireless speaker or fitness bracelet. Heck, there are even weatherproof TVs for your backyard, too.
Water-friendly tech means you can bring them wherever the fun is – without fear of damage. They’re also ideal in case of an unexpected sun shower. Or perhaps if you’re worried about sweating while wearing a portable electronic device.
Battery life tops an impressive 40 hours between charges.
Don't worry, it's happened to the best of us. The good news is it's possible to recover the files you've accidentally deleted.
Well, in most cases you can retrieve accidentally deleted files.
So, what to do?
To "undelete" these files, you'll need to download third-party software, as these computer programs are not built into Windows or Mac OS.
Popular solutions for Windows include Recuva (my favorite), Uneraser, Undelete Plus, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, WinUndelete and Restoration. Mac users might consider Data Rescue 3. Some programs, like Recuva, can also recover files deleted from your digital camera memory card, USB thumbdrive, smartphone or MP3 player.
While you may be in the prime of your life as you read this, aren’t you the least bit curious what you’re going to look like as a senior?
Using your phone or tablet’s camera, a new app aims to give you a look at your face aged 60 or more years – and it’s freakishly good at it.
As you can see in this “before” and “after” shot, above, of my lovely Yahoo editor, Krista DeWeese, simply take a selfie of yourself (or have a friend do it) and Oldify 2 will make you old in a few seconds. Yep, your young and tight skin will be replaced with wrinkles and age spots, along with a droopier face, lines around your eyes and mouth, and graying hair.
Summer is in full force, which for many of us translates to one thing and one thing only: grill season.
Whether you're fired up about barbequing in your backyard, at the cottage or camping site, Americans coast to coast are sparking the 'que, piling on the meat and cracking a few cold ones. Toss in a few friends and loud music and it's the closest thing to heaven during football's offseason.
Sure, barbequing is a longstanding tradition, but that doesn’t mean modern-day technology can't make it even tastier. The following are a few recommended BBQ gadgets to add some tech to your deck.
In fact, therein lies the problem: With so many games at the App Store and Google Play market, how do you know what’s worthy of your time and money? We can help.
The following are 10 new games for your favorite mobile device, each one catering to a different kind of gamer.
While you’re at it, also to click over to our previous round-up, entitled 10 free smartphone games you need to play. Oh, and be sure to recommend your own favorite new games in the comments section below.
Leo’s Fortune ($2.99; iOS)
Knights of Puzzelot (Free; iOS)
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff (Free; iOS and Android)
FarmVille 2: Country Escape (Free; iOS and Android)
Toilet Time: Mini Games to Play in the Bathroom (Free; iOS and Android)
Left in the Dark: No One on Board (Free; iOS)
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Free; iOS)
Ruzzle Adventure (Free; iOS)
Itching to pick up a new tablet for the summer? Good call. But the big question remains: Which one?
To make matters more confusing, two new tablets are now available: Samsung Galaxy Tab and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3.
I’ve had some hands-on time with both, so here’s a closer look at each. On which one you should buy, be sure to read the summary section at the end.
Samsung’s most impressive tablets to date, these 8.4 - or 10.5-inch Android-powered tablets offer a number of impressive features – beginning with a Super AMOLED screen that delivers exceptional color, contrast and clarity.
The Galaxy Tab S also features additional Samsung screen technologies, including something called Adaptive Display, which can automatically adjust gamma, saturation and sharpness settings based on what’s being viewed and where it’s being viewed (such as outdoors).
Can’t wait for Star Wars: Episode VII to debut in late 2015? Join the club, Jedi.
Available now for iPad owners, this freebie from Disney lets you use your fingertips to stage and direct your very own scenes, beginning with highlights from Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V) and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi (Episode VI).
I had some hands-on time with Star Wars Scene Maker on a recent trip to L.A., as seen in this video I shot for Yahoo Digital Crave. Enjoy!
Glenn McDonald at Digital Crave 2 yrs ago
One of this year's more pleasant surprises, The Lego Movie is a delightfully unhinged and very funny family film which deconstructs the modern animated blockbuster and builds it back up into something much fresher and smarter.
Co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) eschew the typical kid-friendly strategy of gently blending humor and heart. Instead, they discard sentiment (almost) entirely and replace the gentle humor with a 90-minute barrage of sharp and giddy wisecracks.
Chris Pratt voices lonely Lego everyman Emmet, a construction worker -- of course -- blissfully content to follow those step-by-step instruction guides familiar to several generations of kids and parents. But those manuals are actually an instrument of evil, issued by the nefarious President Business (Will Ferrell), plutocratic lord of corporate Legoland. One of the film's mischievous delights is its insistence on gleefully biting the hand that feeds it.
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