Google on Wednesday announced Gmail version 4.7 for Android users. The new version, which is currently rolling out, adds the ability to edit your out of office response, send any file type (including ZIP files!), and the ability to print e-mails on devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. The process is now superconvenient and extremely easy to complete.In order to set up your out of office message, make sure you've downloaded the latest version of Gmail on your Android device. As Google has been doing recently, it's a staged roll out, so it might take some … Read more
What are the best words to avoid on a resume? Responsible, strategic, and creative.
It's not that potential employers aren't looking for people who are responsible, strategic, and creative, it's that these words are said to be painfully overused. This information comes from LinkedIn's fourth-annual most overused words list, which was released on Wednesday.
The professional social network comes up with its word lists by sorting through its nearly 260 million member profiles worldwide and tallying up what words people use most to describe themselves.
Besides responsible, strategic, and creative, the other top-10 most overused words … Read more
I recently met with speaker designer Andrew Jones at the CNET office in NYC to discuss his latest project, the new Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar. And after we finished, I picked his brain about the value of speaker specifications.
My take is that most, but not all, are nearly useless for providing consumers with information that could lead to opting for one speaker over another. For example, what exactly does "power handling" mean? When a manufacturer claims its speaker has a 100-watt power handling rating, can it be safely used with a 200-watt-per-channel amplifier? Or a 500-watt amp? … Read more
Last week, it seemed like browser makers were about ready to settle on an idea called srcset to grapple with the tricky task of fetching the best images to show on today's wide variety of screen types.
This week, the issue is up in the air with the arrival of a new possibility called srcN. And it also handles another situation called "art direction," the idea of delivering a cropped image so people seeing it on small screens aren't saddled with inconveniently small details.
On Friday, Google engineers Tab Atkins and John Mellor proposed srcN, which … Read more
The days when a Web developer could count on a big screen with 72 to 96 pixels per inch are long over. Retina displays on laptops and tiny mobile phone screens for years have been complicated the job of delivering images best suited for different browsers.
But after years of sometimes contentious wrangling, it seems browser makers have settled on a solution: a tweak to the Web page programming that goes by the ungainly name of "srcset."
If it works out as planned, people using the Web should see high-resolution photos on Retina displays but not have to … Read more
When a disaster strikes, there's a very short window of time in which to locate and free survivors trapped under rubble. The Finder portable radar system, developed through a collaboration between NASA and the US Department of Homeland Security, could make it much easier for emergency responders to find victims.
"Finder" is short for "Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response." The device works by sending a low-power microwave radar signal through the rubble. The signals that bounce back are analyzed for patterns that indicate a person's breathing or heartbeat.… Read more
After a review on the language changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use policy, Facebook could decide to go back to the drawing board.
"We are taking the time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to … Read more
IT admins were given a heads-up by Microsoft on Tuesday about eight security updates -- three rated "critical" and five "important" -- that tackle vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Exchange, and Windows.
The company's Security Bulletin Summary for August, published on this Patch Tuesday, notes that the most severe IE holes "could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer" and that the most serious Exchange Server weaknesses could similarly allow remote code execution "if a user previews a specially crafted file using Outlook Web … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Disaster relief organization to gamers: We need your help.
- Internet furious with BS Megalodon Shark "documentary."
- The trailer for Spike Jonze's new movie will make you want to take your iPhone to prom.
Several Facebook pages have popped up that encourage or make a joke of violence against women, pages like Fly Kicking Sluts in the Uterus, Violently Raping Your Friend Just for Laughs, and Raping your Girlfriend.
Facebook has now decided to take these pages down.
"In recent days, it has become clear that our systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate," Facebook's VP of Global Public Policy Marne Levine wrote in a blog post Tuesday. "We have been working over the … Read more