Tired of spending a small fortune on printer ink? I hear you
loud and clear. In my homework-heavy household, it seems like I'm
replacing inkjet cartridges every couple weeks--to the tune of
$30-40 a pop.
Fortunately, as a card-carrying tech-pert, I've learned a few
things about conserving ink. With a few simple tweaks to the way
you work, you can stretch those cartridges a lot farther--and maybe
even save some paper along the way.
1. Use economy/draft mode
By default, every print churns out the sharpest, richest text
and images it can. But how often do you really need the highest
quality output? If you're simply printing a draft or something
that's not headed to the boss/teacher, consider an ink-saving
Most printers have an economy or draft mode that uses less
ink. The output won't be as dark, but it'll still be
Opinion Rewards gives you Google Play Store credit when you
complete surveys on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet.
So, yes, it's basically a bit of paid marketing in app form. But
that doesn't mean you shouldn't try it!
When you first install the app, it'll run you through a one-time
setup procedure and ask you a handful of sample questions (similar
to what you'll eventually encounter in surveys). My questions were
largely of a political nature, and ostensibly my answers will
indicate the kinds of surveys I get later on.
According to a Google announcement, the app will start slinging
surveys your way in about a week, with a new one appearing roughly
every week thereafter.
How awesome is Dad? He's out there every day, bringing home
the bacon, cleaning the garage, fixing whatever's broken, and just
generally being a heck of a guy. If you haven't thanked him lately,
your mandatory once-a-year chance is just around the corner:
Father's Day is Sunday, June 16.
And what better way to show your appreciation than with
something techie? All dads love gadgets and gear, so I've rounded
up five gift items sure to put a smile on the big guy's face.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9
If Dad doesn't already have a tablet, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD
8.9 (16GB) might just be the best deal going.
It's graduation season, the time when middle-schoolers move on
to high school, high-schoolers move on to college, and college
grads move back in with their parents.
You can ease all these transitions by outfitting your once and
future student with fun and functional tech. Here are my picks for
the ultimate gifts for grads:
The "it" smartphone (for this month at least), the One bests
the more-hyped Samsung Galaxy S4 at nearly every turn, packing a
4.7-inch screen, stereo speakers, and advanced camera into a
breathtakingly slim and stylish metal shell.
Awhile back I explained why the new Microsoft Office 365 Home
edition might be a good deal.
Well, there's no better deal than free. And if you're a
student, there's a little free in your future.
Typically, Microsoft offers a one-month free trial for Office
365, but starting now, students can try Office 365 free for three months. And if you're
willing to share the offer with your friends on
Facebook, Microsoft will double the trial to six months.
Just type in your valid e-mail address (one that ends in
.edu), then click Redeem Offer.
Planning to buy a tablet this year? Whether it's your first
one ever or your fifth, you face a dizzying array of brands, sizes,
and options. Big screen or small? Apple or Amazon? Android or
iOS--or perhaps even Windows?
Allow me to help you cut through the confusion and make an
informed tablet choice. By focusing on three key areas, you'll be
able pick exactly the right model for your needs--and your
1. Screen size
When it comes to choosing a tablet, there's arguably nothing
more important than the size of the screen.