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Soothe Your BlackBerry's Spell Check, AutoText and Predictive Text Turmoil

Many BlackBerry owners bemoan -- and remain ignorant of -- their devices' various messaging and keyboard settings. BlackBerry does, however, offer an impressive variety of shortcuts and alternative options, although those features are located within an extensive and disorganized menu arrangement. When sending messages, typing purists may want to manipulate the AutoText predictive text and spell...

Netflix Tech Tips: Finding the Right Movie for That Right Moment

Sometimes the sole impediment to a relaxing evening spent with a bowl of popcorn and the comforting glow of the TV is deciding on a movie to watch. Whether you're trying to satisfy a specific mood, or looking for that one Werner Herzog movie you haven't seen yet, Netflix's movie recommendations leave a lot to be desired. No, we're not interested in yet another cerebral, witty, foreign film with a ...

Netflix Tech Tips: Tricks and Hints for Getting New Releases

Considering the number of times we've uttered, "I'll watch it when it comes out on DVD," it's no wonder we're such hounds for new releases. Sadly, we've become used to the new movies in our Netflix queue being perpetually stuck at "Very Long Wait." It's bad enough that we have to hold off until we can watch something of merit. (Damn you, New York movie ticket prices!) But having to wait indefinite...

How to Put Your Netflix Account on Hold

There's a little red envelope that's sitting on our coffee table, and in it is a DVD. We haven't opened that envelope since it arrived, and it's been lying there, gathering dust and staring at us accusingly, as if to say, "Will you ever make it through all of 'Lawrence of Arabia'?" We tell ourselves we'll get around to it. Days go by, then weeks. Seasons change, time passes, we grow old. And stil...

How to Opt Out of Tynt's Copy/Paste Junk

Ever try to copy and paste an excerpt from an article only to find an obnoxious "Read more at our website" link sitting at the end of your message? It's likely that Tynt is powering this delightful functionality. Fortunately, the company offers the ability to opt out. Make sure you've got cookies enabled, and simply click 'opt-out' here to disable the feature; you'll need to manually opt out for ...

Best Netflix Apps for Managing Your Queue on the Go

With the number of times that we've had a friend tell us about an incredible flick (only to forget the title later), or that we suddenly remember a favorite film we haven't seen in ages, having mobile access to our Netflix accounts is vital. The official app has one gigantic leg up over third-party competitors on both iPhone and Windows 7: the ability to stream movies directly to your device. T...

Netflix: How to Curate Your Queue and Keep Your Flicks Organized

If you're like us, then your Netflix queue has expanded to the point where its gravitational pull sucks in every film in its vicinity. A strained metaphor, perhaps, but it's easy to find your queue so overstuffed that it becomes utterly unmanageable and daunting. We've got a few essential organizational tips that will make the life of any cinema junkie exponentially easier. The simplest way to...

iPhone Alarm Bug Fixes Work While Apple Drags on Update

After nearly a week, Apple still hasn't released an official fix to the iPhone alarm bug. The alarm problem kicked into effect on New Year's Day, effectively silencing all non-repeating alarms. InformationWeek reports that Apple forum members have found a few fixes; the easiest one involves just deleting all of your existing alarms and recreating new ones. You should also be able to rely on any al...

Food Shooting Tips to Help Your Holiday Photography

Photographer Andrew Scrivani recently offered up some helpful tips for shooting the holiday table, although some of the technical tips (e.g., using a light meter) aren't the easiest to pull off when you've got over-caffeinated kids running around. Food photography is easy to botch, and nobody wants to see overexposed shots of your deep fried turkey in your Picasa gallery or Facebook feed. For t...

Shopping Tips: Coupons, Codes and Mastering the Back End of Retail

You have been tried and tested, you have purchased and saved. Congratulations! You've come far, but you have one crucial lesson to learn. Knowing the sales, staying vigilant and maintaining a list of priorities is great -- but nothing will get you farther (or make our bubby happier) than some good ol' fashioned coupons. If you haven't noticed, almost every single check-out screen offers the abil...

Shopping Tips: Know What You Want, Know How To Get It

Finally flexing your shopping chops, huh? Thinking you can score some sweet deals on your Web jaunts? Now that you are up to date on your favorite stores and have your phone loaded with shop-happy apps, you think you are invincible, right? Wrong. You are still babes in the woods. Luckily, we are here, ready to save you from your retail-reject past....

Shopping Tips: Keep Your Apps (and Deals) Super Fresh

Ah, our shopping Padawans. Yesterday, we got you on , but today, we are going to teach you to be savvy shoppers on-the-go. Most mass retailers have dedicated apps, but if you had an app for every store you've ever shopped, your phone would be groaning under its own consumerist weight. So, for today, we've listed our five best shopping apps and a couple basic suggestions, so you can score rad deal...

Shopping Tips: Be the Keeper of the Online Coupon Holy Grail

Your writer would like to brag for just a moment: everyone has talents, and hers (mine) happens to be Internet shopping. There is a groove one gets into, a zen-like hum, where this faithful blogger can surf the Internet for deals and scores with a preternatural agility, leaping from one excellent buy to another. And with Christmas just around the corner, the world will be looking for ways to spen...

Facebook Tips: How to Save Your Facebook Albums Forever

Everyone enjoys flipping through old photos on Facebook, but there are always a few, particularly memorable albums that deserve to be tucked away on your hard drive for posterity's sake. Doing so, of course, isn't that difficult. You could spend a few minutes going through every single photo in your album and saving it to your hard drive. Or, you could just download one of several helpful tools, ...

Make the New Facebook Profile Work For You

Share Whenever Facebook rolls out a new feature or tweaks its layout, it usually faces an uproar of criticism from users who had grown oh-so-accustomed to its previous format. The notable exception to this rule, however, is the social network's new profile page layout. Unveiled earlier this month, the new profile pages haven't stirred a whole lot of controversy among Facebook's loyal users -...