1. Ken Burns goes mobile
The man behind many famous PBS documentaries has released a new app, simply titled, “Ken Burns.” The new app has cataloged hours of documentaries, and presents them as short films in repackaged playlists.
This isn't notable just for having Burns release something into the digital realm — it's exciting because it's an incredible template for other media to emulate. Burns's app is educational, but a James Bond app (for example) with similar video possibilities could help entertain, while a Planet Earth app could similarly integrate video to create something educational. The app is a fantastic way to curate video, and it would be nice to see more presentations like this.
Read more: “Ken Burns shows how apps can remix great works of media for fans“ (Arstechnica)
2. Siri, help me send this email
“I don't understand.”
While Siri may not be able to give answers to questions of the soul, iOS 7 does include a feature that allows users to reply to emails and iMessages with a little help from Siri.
To send emails or iMessages, just hold the home key down to wake up Siri, then say “Read my iMessage,” or “Read my email.” After Siri reads it back, she'll ask if you want to reply. Just say yes, then dictate away.
Read more: “How to make Siri write your emails“ (Wired)
3. Become a spreadsheet master with these four tricks
Spreadsheets are a necessary evil of the information age, and not always an enjoyable one. To help become skilled in the art of spreadsheet manipulation, Lifehacker has listed four tricks to help you. Give it a look.
Read more: “Four skills that will turn you into a spreadsheet ninja“ (Lifehacker)
4. Xbox One update brings black plague to your platform
The latest Xbox One update went about as well as you could have hoped — just don't press the Xbox button on your controller.
Some Xbox One users are complaining that their screen goes black after pressing the Xbox button. The audio remains, so you can hear your character dying but at least you're spared having to watch it happen.
If your Xbox One has gone black and won't come back, for now, the solution is a timeless bit of tech advice — unplug the device, wait 10 seconds, and plug it back in. This is less than optimal, and Microsoft is “aware of the problem.”
Read more: “Xbox One hit by black screen bug“ (CNET)
5. Step up your wearable tech fashion game
A company called Cuff is taking pre-orders for a line of nine different metal and leather bracelets that can be used for simple messaging.
While the company pitches their new wearable tech devices as a messaging tool, as it's most basic, it's a LifeAlert for children, teens and young adults. Pressing once on the black insert sends out a distress signal to contacts in the emergency group for the app, and pressing twice will send out a message letting folks know you want to get in touch with them.
While the future for the device is intriguing, right now, it's a fashionable way to help your loved ones have the ability to communicate with a trusted circle of contacts.
Read more: “Cuff launches wearables that look more like jewelry“ (Recode)