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Add Pressure Sensitivity to Windows 8 Tablets and Touch Screen Laptops

If you bought a Microsoft Surface or other new Windows 8 laptop/tablet with a touchscreen and stylus support, you might have noticed the screen lacks pressure sensitivity. Ideally, you should be able to draw or write on the screen lightly for faint lines, then press harder for stronger, bolder marks. The latest Wacom drivers should fix this–as long as you’re using a device with a Wacom digitizer.

This list of stylus-enabled tablet PCs shows which devices use Wacom or another manufacturer for the screen. If  yours is Wacom, head to http://us.wacom.com/en/support/drivers. Select Tablet PC from the first drop-down, then Windows 8, and download the latest driver. (As of this writing, that’s the one released on July 30th.)

After installing the driver and rebooting, you’ll have true pressure sensitivity on your tablet or laptop.

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Touch Gestures Reference Guide

Learn Basic Touch Gestures with This Reference Guide

Touch Gestures Reference GuideWondering how to use multitouch gestures on a smartphone, tablet, touchscreen laptop, touch-capable mouse (like the Apple Magic Mouse), or even the trackpad on your laptop? Besides tapping and double-tapping, you’ve got a wealth of ways to move your hands on the touch surface to make your device do your bidding.

This Touch Gesture Reference Guide (PDF) from LukeW illustrates the core gestures and some advanced and upcoming gestures you can use on most modern devices. It shows how you can rotate items by moving two fingers in a circle or pressing down with one finger while circling with the other, how to pinch or squeeze an object to make it smaller (e.g., to zoom out of page) or spread or splay your fingers to scale the object out, and more.

LukeW’s touch gestures resource download page also has a useful table showing how to use touch and multitouch gestures on the iPhone or iPad (iOS), Windows Phone 7, Palm webOS, Android, OS X, Windows 7, Microsoft Surface, and other platforms.

As we start to interact more with our computers and mobile devices through touch (and multitouch), these resources will come in very handy.

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Gogo inflight internet

Quick Tip: How to Save Money on Wi-Fi Internet Access on an Airplane

The price of airline wireless service has been steadily rising, as Gogo recently stopped offering one-time passes on certain flights and instead is charging $10 an hour for Wi-Fi internet access. The good news for air travelers, though, is it …

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Luma Camera logo

Instagram Snaps Up Luma

Mobile video startup Luma Camera has been purchased by Instagram, the company announced yesterday. It’s yet another sign that the rivalry between Facebook’s Instagram and Twitter’s Vine is heating up.

Luma Camera logo
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Luma created a mobile app for capturing and sharing videos that used proprietary image-stabilization technology. The company said the app will continue to be supported through Dec. 31, but is no longer available for new downloads. TechCrunch, which first reported the sale, explains Luma’s technology in more detail.

Twitter’s Vine, meantime, announced in a tweet this week that its mobile video app has reached 40 million users and continues to grow, despite the formidable competition it got this summer when Instagram launched a competing short video feature for mobile phones.

Twitter launched Vine in January as an iPhone app which allows users to shoot videos of up to six seconds and automatically loops them to play over and over. Instagram’s videos, by contrast, can be up to 15 seconds long.

Tutorials

  • Instagram video tutorial
  • Vine video tutorial
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Twitter Debuts “Story Behind the Tweet” Feature

Twitter continues to find new ways to insert itself into the conversation around big news stories. Its latest effort is to show “related headlines” linking to news articles that embed particular tweets into a blog or news site. Here’s an examp…

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Cell Phone Search by State

These Are the States Where Cops Can Search Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

If the police arrest you, can they search your cell phone? Well, it depends on which state you’re in. The hot privacy issue has been debated on a local level across the country: In some states, your phone can be searched without a warrant if you’re arrested, in others, police will need a warrant, just  like they would need one to search your home. This map from Forbes and the Electronic Frontier Foundation highlights the states where your phone can be searched if you’re arrested (in red), where police need a warrant to look inside your phone (blue), and those where no precedent has yet been set (yellow).

Cell Phone Search by State

(See the full interactive map on Forbes)

Most of us have nothing to hide, but warrant-less searches of personal/private property is a serious issue. As Forbes says:

Having the right to look through phones means police could take a suspect into custody for the chance to search the many planets of intel in a Samsung Galaxy for evidence, or could wind up stumbling upon something incriminating on a Droid while arresting its owner for being at a protest or rally.

Encrypting the data on your smartphone might provide another measure of protection in these cases. (Even if you don’t fear police searches on your phone, encrypting the data on it still adds another layer of security.) What do you think?

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Google Drive Cheat Sheet

Get Started with Google Drive with This Cheat Sheet

Google Drive Cheat Sheet

Google Drive is one of the best tools for mobile professionals, web workers, students, and everyone else who needs the flexibility of working on files from any computer, using just your browser. If you’re new to Google Drive’s online storage and office suite (formerly known as Google Docs–for word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet creation), this quick reference guide is for you.

Provided by Ed Galaxy, the reference guides highlight the major features and functions of Google Drive.  You’ll find instructions for uploading files and folders to Google Drive, how to share and collaborate with others on documents, and what the toolbar commands do.

Interestingly enough, the reference guide is provided in Microsoft Word format, but you can actually save Word docs to Google Drive and open them within your browser–even if you don’t have Word installed. Just one of the few neat features of using Google Drive.

Google Drive – Quick reference guide for teachers and students (useful if you’re not in education too!)

Related: Get 5GB of free online storage on Google Drive

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King.com discontinuing five titles

Social Gaming On the Rise

Gaming continues to grow more social online, even as the industry has its fits and starts.

King ends titles

Last week, a popular game developer on Facebook, King, announced it was discontinuing five titles on the sprawling social network …

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Study: Facebook Impacts Happiness

Another round of stories appeared last week suggesting that heavy Facebook use makes young people feel worse about themselves, possibly because when they see how others are leading their lives, they feel inferior.

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Facebook to Boost Mobile Shopping?

Facebook got a lot of publicity last week for what it described as a “very small test” of a new payment system designed to simplify shopping on mobile phones.

The mobile payment system would store credit card information so users could …

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