Early impressions: Amazon Fire Phone–Gizmag

 

By Will Shanklin

Apple launched the iPhone seven years ago. The first flagship Android phones hit the scene four and a half years ago. Hell, even Windows Phone has been around for over three years. But now Amazon is launching its first smartphone in mid-2014. Though we aren’t yet ready to publish our full review, we have the Amazon Fire Phone in house and have some early thoughts.

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So how does Amazon try to differentiate its flagship smartphone when it’s this late in the game? Well, the answer appears to be with gimmicks.

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Google Docs Now Converts Word’s Tracked Changes To Suggested Edits–Ubergizmo

Google is hoping to lure more users of Microsoft Word onto their platform. They have recently made some changes to Google Docs that will basically convert Word’s tracked changes into Suggested Edits.

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While you no longer have to convert Microsoft Word files to Docs (thanks to the recent Quickoffice integrations), if you do, any tracked changes in a .docx file will be automatically carried over to Docs as Suggested Edits. Once you’ve imported your changes, you can begin immediately collaborating with your colleagues in real-time. 

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Read more here on Ubergizmo.

 

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How-to: Use Spotlight and Smart Folders to search for anything on your Mac | 9to5Mac

 

In OS X, Spotlight is an effective way to search your entire hard drive for a file or folder, email, or any other file. There are many other things Spotlight can do, and searching for files is just one of them. Spotlight is also capable of looking up dictionary definitions, launching apps, performing calculations, previewing audio, video, documents, and other files. This article will outline some of the benefits of using Spotlight and how to use Smart Folders, which allow you to search for a file even if you don’t know its name.

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Read entire article with helpful “how-to” search tips.

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Your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds, says US judge| Naked Security

Case 1:14-mj-00309-UA (SDNY) by Leonard E Sienko Jr

Besides the decision itself, which concerns a money-laundering investigation, New York District Judge Gabriel Gorenstein’s decision was unusual in that the he actually took the trouble to write a lengthy explanation.Southern District NY  “… on Thursday opened up our entire Gmail accounts to feds or cops with warrants, in spite of two recent decisions that went against similar requests.

He wrote that email accounts are the same as hard drives, as far as the law was concerned, meaning they can be seized in their entirety when investigators show up with a warrant…”

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Read entire analysis by Naked Security here.

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Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Service Is Now Official | Ubergizmo

 

By Tyler Lee

A few days ago, it was reported that Amazon was planning on introducing an unlimited Kindle service. Basically it involves users subscribing to the Kindle Unlimited service at $9.99 a month and gain access to pretty much the entire Kindle library at Amazon. Sounds like a good deal, right?

Well if you’re an avid reader and you think that you will be able to make your money worthwhile, you might be pleased to learn that Amazon has officially launched the Kindle Unlimited service. The information seems to the same as what we saw the other day, which was pretty much Amazon announcing it ahead of it.

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Read Tyler Lee’s complete post here.

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Kindle Unlimited has its own “Free” buttons on Amazon; i.e., when you find a book you want, be careful to choose the Kindle Unlimited

Free”  button–not the “One-Click” or other buttons.  If you use “One-Click”, you will be charged and have to figure out how to cancel the order.

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