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Tech Hacks You Need To Know About

Tech Hacks You Need To Know About

Think you’ve seen every possible tech hack out there? Think again for this ultimate list of no common sense tech hacks that makes your life easier.

#1 – Need to jot down something quickly? Open a temporary notepad in your browser by typing “data:text/html, <html contenteditable>” into the address bar.

Need to jot down something quickly? Open a temporary notepad in your browser by typing "data:text/html, <html contenteditable>" into the address bar.

Remember to bookmark and rename it as Notepad.

Jose Jesus Perez Aguinaga/coderwall

#2 – Ambient music to boost your productivity:

Believe me, you have to try this combo if you haven’t. Open these links in separate tabs:

Feel lonely? Add Coffitivity.com for some morning murmur.

Try also: Noisli.comSoundrown.comSimplyNoise.com, ASoftMurmur.com

tadallagash/Reddit

#3 – At website login pages, you can view masked passwords by changing the password input type as text.

At website login pages, you can view masked passwords by changing the password input type as text.

Most software and web developers probably know this. So, don’t leave your PC on!

Harikrishnan Edayalil/Quora

#4 – Test battery easily by dropping it few inches from the ground. A fully charged battery bounces very little, whereas a dead battery bounces around.

Test battery easily by dropping it few inches from the ground. A fully charged battery bounces very little, whereas a dead battery bounces around.

Not really sure how to conduct the battery bounce test? Here’s a demo video.

John Sullivan/Princeton University

#5 – Broken keyboard feet? Replace them with binder clips.

Broken keyboard feet? Replace them with binder clips.

#6 – Find expensive stuff for cheap on Craigslist using the following search terms:

  • divorce
  • wife
  • husband
  • new baby
  • pcs
  • Kia
  • health
  • surgery
  • moving

These listings are usually from Craigslist sellers trying to offload stuff for cheap.

SteelBadger/Reddit

#7 – In Windows, create a new folder and name it “Control Panel Shortcuts.{ed7ba470-8e54-465e-825c-99712043e01c}”. Access any control settings in the folder.

In Windows, create a new folder and name it "Control Panel Shortcuts.{ed7ba470-8e54-465e-825c-99712043e01c}". Access any control settings in the folder.

#8 – No description needed.

No description needed.

I_am_a_quitter/Reddit

#9 – Google “[food] vs [food]” to compare nutritional values.

Google "[food] vs [food]" to compare nutritional values.

Google/Google+

#10 – Use wall hooks to attach iPad to the wall.

Use wall hooks to attach iPad to the wall.

etothepowerof3/Reddit

#11 – Amplify iPad speaker with tennis ball.

Amplify iPad speaker with tennis ball.

mcmenamin309/Reddit
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#12 – On calculator, the C (clear) button is to clear all entry, whereas the CE (clear entry) button is to clear the most recent entry only.

On calculator, the C (clear) button is to clear all entry, whereas the CE (clear entry) button is to clear the most recent entry only.

Oliver Salzburg/Super User

#13 – Project Naptha is a browser extension that allows you to select, copy, modify, erase, and translate text in images.

Project Naptha is a browser extension that allows you to select, copy, modify, erase, and translate text in images.

antimatter15/Hacker News

#14 – Not sure whether your remote control is working? Use any camera to check whether it emits light when you press a button.

Not sure whether your remote control is working? Use any camera to check whether it emits light when you press a button.

#15 – Watch age restricted YouTube videos without signing in by adding “nsfw” before “youtube.com”.

Watch age restricted YouTube videos without signing in by adding "nsfw" before "youtube".

Example: http://www.nsfwyoutube.com/watch?v=6LZM3_wp2ps

Alternatively, replace watch?v= with v/. Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LZM3_wp2ps tohttp://www.youtube.com/v/6LZM3_wp2ps.

fs200vids/Reddit

#16 – Sugru is a Play-Doh-like substance, but it’s much stronger, durable, resistant to heat, and flexible. A nifty product for life hacking.

#17 – Use LEGO minifigure as cable holder.

#18 – Sleepyti.me helps you to calculate the best time to go to bed/wake up for optimal sleep.

Sleepyti.me helps you to calculate the best time to go to bed/wake up for optimal sleep.

omgwtfbbq7/Reddit

#19 – Ninite.com helps you to install many programs at once. Just select all the apps you want. No more junk software and clicking next.

Ninite.com helps you to install many programs at once. Just select all the apps you want. No more junk software and clicking next.

omgwtfbbq7/Reddit

#20 – HowLongToReadThis.com estimates time required to read a book. Pretty accurate for me.

HowLongToReadThis.com estimates time required to read a book. Pretty accurate for me.

sputnik4024/Reddit

#21 – Laptop charger keep falling out? Use Velcro.

Laptop charger keep falling out? Use Velcro.

siddv/Reddit

#22 – PizzaCodes.com shows pizza coupon codes based on your location.

PizzaCodes.com shows pizza coupon codes based on your location.

ToProvideContext/Reddit

#23 – Want to sign up for free trials? Use a gift card.

Want to sign up for free trials? Use a gift card.

thenacho1/Reddit

#24 – Add a fake email address into your contact list. If a bot starts sending out spam using your email address, you’ll get an undeliverable mail notice.

Add a fake email address into your contact list. If a bot starts sending out spam using your email address, you'll get an undeliverable mail notice.

overzealous_dentist/Reddit

#25 – Before going to a porn suspicious site, Google “safebrowsing:(website)” to see a 90-day history of malware attempts on its visitors.

Before going to a suspicious site, Google "safebrowsing:(website)" to see a 90-day history of malware attempts on its visitors.

Treregard/Reddit

#26 – Check whether a username is taken or available on popular sites usingNamechk.com.

Check whether a username is taken or available on popular sites using Namechk.com.

#27 – To avoid spam from certain sites, use disposable temporary email services to sign up for stuffs:

#28 – AccountKiller.com guides you on how to delete your online accounts from popular websites.

AccountKiller.com guides you on how to delete your online accounts from popular websites.

Try also: Just Delete MeDelete Your Account.

Eric Griffth/PCMag

#29 – Search recipes by ingredients you have at Supercook.com.

Search recipes by ingredients you have at Supercook.com.

Try also: MyFridgeFood.com

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME
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#30 – HaveIBeenPwned.com checks if your email has been compromised in a data breach.

HaveIBeenPwned.com checks if your email has been compromised in a data breach.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#31 – Want to convert YouTube video to GIF? Add “gif” before “youtube.com”. Here’s an example.

Want to convert YouTube video to GIF? Add "gif" after "www.". Here's an example.

#32 – SumoPaint.com is the closest online free version of Photoshop.

SumoPaint.com is the closest online free version of Photoshop.

#33 – Always accidentally close your important tabs? Pin them.

Always accidentally close your important tabs? Pin them.

#34 – Time to clean your email inbox. Search “unsubscribe” and unsubscribe from useless newsletters. Do it now!

Time to clean your email inbox. Search "unsubscribe" and unsubscribe from useless newsletters. Do it now!

Try also: Unroll.me

onanym/Reddit

#35 – Forgot where you parked? Amplify the car remote signal with your head.

#36 – Organize and filter your Gmail by using address aliases.

Organize and filter your Gmail by using address aliases.

_aP/Reddit

#37 – Your laptop is overheating? Place 2 forks underneath.

Your laptop is overheating? Place 2 forks underneath.

jacknappier/Reddit

#38 – To extend laptop’s battery lifespan, try to keep the battery meter between 40% and 80%.

To extend laptop's battery lifespan, try to keep the battery meter between 40% and 80%.

#39 – Read free magazines at Magastack.com.

Read free magazines at Magastack.com.

hackmebaby/Reddit

#40 – Super glue a dot on your phone charger so at night you don’t fumble around like a fool.

Super glue a dot on your phone charger so at night you don't fumble around like a fool.

nomau/Reddit

#41 – Use different color for your earphone tips to differentiate left and right side easily.

Use different color for your earphone tips to differentiate left and right side easily.

You can get white replacement earphone tips here.

defloof/Reddit

#42 – Want to edit an online image in Paint? Paste the image URL directly into Paint to open it.

Want to edit an online image in Paint? Paste the image URL directly into Paint to open it.

Learning25/Reddit

– Online Shopping –

#43 – FatFingers.com finds eBay items with typos, which often have no bids because no one can find them.

FatFingers.com finds eBay items with typos, which often have no bids because no one can find them.

CCPearson/Reddit

#44 – When online shopping, begin the checkout process but don’t complete it. Most online stores will send you coupons codes to encourage sales.

When online shopping, begin the checkout process but don't complete it. Most online stores will send you coupons codes to encourage sales.

Doesn’t work on every online stores like Amazon, but worth trying.

surfinonthejohn/Reddit

#45 – For Amazon, use camelcamelcamel.com to get alerts when prices drop.

For Amazon, use camelcamelcamel.com to get alerts when prices drop.

#46 – You can also try your luck with Honey, which automatically applies coupon codes at checkout.

You can also try your luck with Honey, which automatically applies coupon codes at checkout.

#47 – mySupermarket.com gathers groceries at the lowest prices from leading online stores.

mySupermarket.com gathers groceries at the lowest prices from leading online stores.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#48 – LOZO.com finds grocery coupons based on the grocery item names you entered.

LOZO.com finds grocery coupons based on the grocery item names you entered.

Ken Austin/CouponsDaily

#49 – ThisIsWhyImBroke.com finds and lists cool and unbelievable products.

ThisIsWhyImBroke.com finds and lists cool and unbelievable products.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#50 – FillerDeals.com is similar to ThisIsWhyImBroke.com but everything is under $15.

FillerDeals.com is similar to ThisIsWhyImBroke.com but everything is under $15.

CHIEFKEEFBANGBANG/Reddit

#51 – ThePriceGeek.com shows you the market price of product you searched.

ThePriceGeek.com shows you the market price of product you searched.

alphabytestew/Reddit

#52 – WornOnTV.net sells outfits that characters wear on TV shows.

WornOnTV.net sells outfits that characters wear on TV shows.

– Travel –

#53 – Currently in foreign country? Use Google.com/NCR to avoid country specific URL redirect. NCR stands for No Country Redirect.

Currently in foreign country? Use Google.com/NCR to avoid country specific URL redirect. NCR stands for No Country Redirect.

articposts/Reddit

#54 – Bypass expensive airport Wi-Fi by adding “?.jpg” at the end of any URL.

Bypass expensive airport Wi-Fi by adding "?.jpg" at the end of any URL.

Felix Geisendörfer/Debuggable

#55 – Get free Wi-Fi passwords for local places in Foursquare’s comment sections.

Get free Wi-Fi passwords for local places in Foursquare's comment sections.

dirtyfries/Reddit

#56 – HotelWiFiTest.com ranks hotels’ Wi-Fi speed and shows hotels with free Wi-Fi.

HotelWiFiTest.com ranks hotels' Wi-Fi speed and shows hotels with free Wi-Fi.

#57 – In-flight entertainment system.

In-flight entertainment system.

claque/Reddit

#58 – When purchasing items online esp. airline and train tickets, use incognito mode on your browser, because the prices might increase the more you revisit the item pages.

When purchasing items online esp. airline and train tickets, use incognito mode on your browser, because the prices might increase the more you revisit the item pages.

Valendr0s/Reddit

#59 – Skiplagged.com finds “hidden city” flight tickets which may save you up to 80%.

Skiplagged.com finds "hidden city" flight tickets which may save you up to 80%.

Try also: TheFlightDeal.com, AwardWallet.com

skiplagged/Reddit

– Mobile –

 

#60 – Send text messages by email: (For US)

  • Alltel: XXXXXXXXXX@message.alltel.com
  • Amp’d Mobile: XXXXXXXXXX@vtext.com
  • AT&T: XXXXXXXXXX@txt.att.net
  • AT&T: XXXXXXXXXX@mms.att.net (pictures, text may work)
  • Boost Mobile: XXXXXXXXXX@myboostmobile.com
  • Cingular: XXXXXXXXXX@mobile.mycingular.com
  • Cricket: XXXXXXXXXX@mms.mycricket.com
  • Einstein PCS: XXXXXXXXXX@einsteinmms.com
  • Nextel: XXXXXXXXXX@messaging.nextel.com
  • Sprint: XXXXXXXXXX@messaging.sprintpcs.com
  • SunCom: XXXXXXXXXX@tms.suncom.com
  • T-mobile: XXXXXXXXXX@tmomail.net
  • VoiceStream: XXXXXXXXXX@voicestream.net
  • US Cellular: XXXXXXXXXX@email.uscc.net (text)
  • US Cellular: XXXXXXXXXX@mms.uscc.net (pictures)
  • Verizon: XXXXXXXXXX@vtext.com (text)
  • Verizon: XXXXXXXXXX@vzwpix.com (pictures)
  • Virgin: XXXXXXXXXX@vmobl.com

For Canadian providers, refer to this.

the_boyblunder/Reddit

#61 – Pushbullet.com displays phone notifications on your computer, so that you don’t have to switch between devices everytime.

Pushbullet.com displays phone notifications on your computer, so that you don't have to switch between devices everytime.

You can also send links and files with Pushbullet.

#62 – If you want to turn off your phone to avoid calls, remove the battery instead. Switching off phone will notify mobile switching centre (MSC) and callers will receive the switched off notification.

If you want to turn off your phone to avoid calls, remove the battery instead. Switching off phone will notify mobile switching centre (MSC) and callers will receive the switched off notification.

Shyam Kumar Arshid/Quora

#63 – Set “@@” as the keyboard shortcut for your email address. Now you don’t have to type your email again and again.

Set "@@" as the keyboard shortcut for your email address. Now you don't have to type your email again and again.

platt_ma/Reddit

#64 – Lost your Android phone? Ring, erase, or lock your smartphone remotely using Android Device Manager. Ringing works even if your phone is in silent mode.

Lost your Android phone? Ring, erase, or lock your smartphone remotely using Android Device Manager. Ringing works even if your phone is in silent mode.

Android/Google+

#65 – You can also Google “find my phone” to locate your Android.

You can also Google "find my phone" to locate your Android.

Quick link for the lazy: find my phone.

Google/Google+

#66 – Forgot where you park your car? Don’t worry, Google Now remembers.

Forgot where you park your car? Don't worry, Google Now remembers.

Google/Google+

#67 – Make your call anonymous by dialing “*67” (North America)  before the number. Here’s the full list of other countries:

Make your call anonymous by dialing "*67" (North America)  before the number. Here's the full list of other countries:

#68 – STOP TEXTING ME.

#69 – How to talk to a human ASAP when calling customer service:

  • GetHuman.com shows you how to get customer service faster and easier.
  • Keep pressing 0.
  • Repeat keywords like “agent”, “representative”, and “operator”.
  • Speak nonsense and mumble.
  • Drop an F-bomb. Not when you’re speaking to a real person though.
floppybutton/Reddit

#70 – Put a folded up bill in the case of your phone for emergencies. Do it now!

Put a folded up bill in the case of your phone for emergencies. Do it now!

dzt/Reddit

#71 – Text and walk at the same time.

Text and walk at the same time.

Android: Type While Walk. iOS: Type n Walk.

#72 – Can’t wake up in the morning? Boost your smartphone’s volume by placing it into a cup.

Can't wake up in the morning? Boost your smartphone's volume by placing it into a cup.

Sam Stephenson/Twitpic

#73 – Can’t use phone with gloves on? Attach a stylus to your jacket zipper pull.

Can't use phone with gloves on? Attach a stylus to your jacket zipper pull.

You can grab a cheap one at Amazon – Stylus Pens.

jtalaiver/Reddit

#74 – Turn binoculars into smartphone zoom lens.

Turn binoculars into smartphone zoom lens.

You can also get this crazy adapter which works for binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, and microscopes.

XiKiilzziX/Reddit

#75 – Turn a paper clip into a simple phone stand.

More ways to make phone stand:

#76 – If you haven’t seen this video, it has some pretty cool smartphone photography tips & tricks.

#77 – If you find a locked iPhone and Siri is still enabled, ask “Who do you belong to?” to see the owner’s contact information.

If you find a locked iPhone and Siri is still enabled, ask "Who do you belong to?" to see the owner's contact information.

mmedesjardins/Reddit

– For Study & Work –

#78 – Writing an essay? Copy and paste it into Google Translate. Listen to it. This can help you to find errors easily.

Writing an essay? Copy and paste it into Google Translate. Listen to it. This can help you to find errors easily.

jpplayer1/Reddit

#79 – Use clothes hanger to clip notes side-by-side with display.

Use clothes hanger to clip notes side-by-side with display.

Alternatively, you can get this or this.

SyedMehmeed/Reddit

#80 – Roommate’s alarm going off? Calling the phone will disable the alarm.

Roommate's alarm going off? Calling the phone will disable the alarm.

UberBueno/Reddit

#81 – Create a book from Wikipedia articles.

Create a book from Wikipedia articles.

#82 – Can’t finish your assignment before deadline? Corrupt-a-file.net corrupts your assignment files so that you can ask for extra time.

Can't finish your assignment before deadline? Corrupt-a-file.net corrupts your assignment files so that you can ask for extra time.

Not every professor accepts corrupted files, but worth a try if you desperately need extra time.

Kartik Bansal/Quora

#83 – Whenever you need to study for an important test, google “site:edu [subject] exam”. You’ll find tons of sample and similar exam questions.

Whenever you need to study for an important test, google "site:edu [subject] exam". You'll find tons of sample and similar exam questions.

#84 – BetterExplained.com explains tough math concepts in a better and intuitive way.

BetterExplained.com explains tough math concepts in a better and intuitive way.See also: Animagraffs.com – Animated infographics

CraftedLove/Reddit

– Fun –

#85 – No Internet? No problem. In Chrome’s error page, press spacebar to start the T-Rex game.

No Internet? No problem. In Chrome's error page, press spacebar to start the T-Rex game.

François Beaufort/Google+

#86 – Search “Atari Breakout” on Google Images.

Search "Atari Breakout" on Google Images.

More Google awesomeness:

#87 – Search “Do the Harlem Shake” on YouTube.

Search "Do the Harlem Shake" on YouTube.

More YouTube awesomeness:

#88 – Some fucking awesome websites:

#89 – Anyone can be a hacker at HackerTyper.net. Press F11 to enter full screen and ALT to show “Access Granted” message.

Anyone can be a hacker at HackerTyper.net. Press F11 to enter full screen and ALT to show "Access Granted" message.

More prank sites: GeekTyper.comFakeUpdate.net

totally_professional/Reddit

– Music & Movies –

#90 – For iPhone users: If you’re signing up for Spotify Premium, do it on their website ($9.99/month) instead of mobile app ($12.99/month).

For iPhone users: If you're signing up for Spotify Premium, do it on their website ($9.99/month) instead of mobile app ($12.99/month).

If you’re a student, signup here.

SimplyRH/Reddit

#91 – Forgotify.com lists music tracks that have never been played on Spotify. 4 millions of them.

Forgotify lists music tracks that have never been played on Spotify. 4 millions of them.

Didub/Reddit

#92 – Gnoosic.com is a music recommendation engine. Enter 3 bands you like to get suggestions.

Gnoosic.com is a music recommendation engine. Enter 3 bands you like to get suggestions.

xyby/Reddit

#93 – Build your own theater at home. To watch Frozen of course!

Build your own theater at home. To watch Frozen of course.

CertifiedPuppyRapist/Reddit

#94 – Have a Hulu Plus account and want a free month credit? Click “cancel my account” and they’ll give you the next month free.

Have a Hulu Plus account and want a free month credit? Click "cancel my account" and they'll give you the next month free.

SheriShank/Reddit

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#95 – DocumentaryHeaven.com is, well, a documentary heaven.

DocumentaryHeaven.com is, well, a documentary heaven.

#96 – To find direct download link for movies, search “[movie name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (mkv|mp4|avi)”.

To find direct download link for movies, search "[movie name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of "last modified" (mkv|mp4|avi)".

Example: spider man -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (mkv|mp4|avi).

If you want to find musics, simply change the last part (mkv|mp4|avi) to (mp3|wma|aac|flac). It tells Google to show webpages with any of these terms: mp3, wma, aac, or flac. You can also replace with terms of other file formats like pdf, zip, rar, etc.

Shibu Lijack/Quora

#97 – Watch feature films and documentaries legally at Internet Archive.

Watch feature films and documentaries legally at Internet Archive.

antoniofm/Reddit

#98 – Use CanIStream.It to find where a movie is available at the lowest price.

Use CanIStream.It to find where a movie is available at the lowest price.

Doug Aamoth & Jared Newman/TIME

#99 – Not sure what movie to watch? AGoodMovieToWatch.com randomly suggest you highly-rated yet little known movies to watch.

Not sure what movie to watch? AGoodMovieToWatch.com randomly suggest you highly-rated yet little known movies to watch.

Try also: What is on Netflix?, InstantWatcher, Jinni, Criticker, Televisor, TasteKid

CHIEFKEEFBANGBANG/Reddit

#100 – RunPee.com tells you the best time to pee while watching a movie.

RunPee tells you the best time to pee while watching a movie.

Bradm77/Reddit

Here’s the PDF version for easy reference.

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Internet Broadcasting without the pain

Our “One Touch Workflow” allows you to easy connect and uplink live video to your own website – no need for a web developer because we connect your channel to a 24/7 Viewing playlist and channel manager that takes care of itself with our video/audio playlists that play until you return live.   of course, Mess with it and Mix it up, ultimately design it all how you like.  Use our playlist manager to upload, make changes or insert links to live broadcasts and more…

If that’s not enough you can even make more complex playlists with our Open Source SMIL and XML Playlists –

 

 


How to Safely Remove a Stuck Ring

A stuck ring can simply be the result of wearing a ring that’s too small. It can also be caused from arthritis of joints, which can happen as your body changes over the years. This can cause the joints and/or tissue to swell, which prevents you from removing your ring.
When you can’t simply slide your ring off, try these steps for safely removing a ring:
  1. Squirt some Windex – yes Windex – on the finger and ring. Or, use any lubricant such as soap or oil.

  2. Elevate the hand overhead for 5-10 minutes with ice around the ring and finger.

  3. Use dental floss or a thread to compress the swollen finger as shown:

a. Slip the thread or floss under the stuck ring with the bulk of it toward the fingertip.

b. Beginning at the top of the ring, snuggly wrap the finger with the thread/floss around and around, compressing the finger, all the way up and over the knuckle.

c. With the end that was under the ring, begin to unwrap the thread or floss with the ring sliding over the knuckle as you go.

*If all else fails, cut the ring off with a ring cutter found in jewelry stores, fire departments and emergency rooms.


 

5 Surprising Things You Can Do with Your Phone

Young man standing on the street corner looking at cell phone

My team leader caught me playing with my phone the other day. My initial reaction was that I might get a scolding. Instead, she turned it into an opportunity. “You’re going to write a post about this.”

Yes, yes I will write about this. Let’s get right into it.

Get a Mortgage

Rocket Mortgage: The Mortgage Industry’s Online Revolution - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Rocket Mortgage is Quicken Loans’ attempt to drag the mortgage industry kicking and screaming into the 21st century. It’s a fast, powerful and completely online way to get a mortgage. But it gets better when you bring your phone into the equation.

With the Rocket Mortgage Launchpad app for iOS and Android, you can easily import your driver’s license and W-2 using your phone’s camera in order to get your account set up before going through the entire mortgage approval process on your phone.

You can go through the mortgage process while letting the rhythms of “Rocket Man” by Elton John and “Rocket” by Def Leppard           take you away. (OK, that last part is completely optional, but it’s what I would do.) The whole thing takes only minutes.

Smart Devices

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It used to be that the living room would rub its intelligence in the face of all the other rooms in the house, what with its smart TVs and set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku. Pretty soon, though, the other rooms got jealous and went to school, too.

Now you can control everything from your lights to your oven on your phone.

There are a couple of standards that are currently being used by devices in order to keep everything connected, including Apple HomeKit, SmartThings, Thread and Zigbee. Sometimes compatibility matters and sometimes it doesn’t. For example, it probably doesn’t matter if you have your air conditioner and refrigerator on the same protocol, but your home security system components should probably all be connected.

Speaking of security, you can also use an old smartphone as a quick and dirty security camera. Turn off auto locking features in your phone settings and download a free streaming app. There are many and they all offer similar features. You set up the camera on one phone and sign into your account to use your current phone as a viewer. If you pay for a premium account, sometimes you can save the footage for a length of time.

Home Decoration

5 Surprising Things You Can Do with Your Phone - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

We pride ourselves on giving you lots of home decor tips and tricks on the Zing Blog. Still, no matter how many pictures you see, it can be difficult to tell how a particular look or style will translate to your home.

5 Surprising Things You Can Do with Your Phone - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Autodesk is changing that with Homestyler, a free interior design app for Android and iOS. With Homestyler, you can take a picture of your room and place high-resolution 3D models in the space. I have no design skills at all, but if I did, I could spend hours just playing around with this.

Car Diagnostics

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Image: Automatic.com

Have you ever taken your car in to get the check engine light diagnosed only to learn your gas cap wasn’t on tight enough? This causes frustration and robs you of valuable time and money. The modern smartphone can be combined with a port that’s been under the dash in most cars manufactured since 1996 to solve this problem.

Automatic is a $100 adapter that plugs into your car’s diagnostic port under the dash. When paired with a free mobile app, it can read diagnostic codes and let you know exactly why that light is on. If the problem is a little more serious, there are listings of trusted mechanics right within the app.

In addition to diagnosing problems, it can monitor your speed and braking habits to help you track your fuel efficiency and improve it over time.

Help Your Jumpshot

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Image: 94Fifty.com

We don’t all have the natural athletic ability of a LeBron James, but our phones can help us improve our hoop game.

The 94Fifty basketball has sensors in it that can track shot arc, release speed and dribble control, among other things. Pairing it with the app available on iOS and Android gives you feedback to use in your training so you can create repeatable good habits.

It’s a little pricey at $160, but if you want to get better so you can rain the pain on your playground mates, this might be the ball for you.

Have you seen any cool apps lately that really open up the power of your phone? Share with other readers in the comments.

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