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Back up your Schemer data and use these alternatives

Google will be shutting down Schemer on February 7, 2014. After this date, all accounts and their associated data will be deleted. That means it's time to back up your schemes before they're wiped from existence.

You may have received an e-mail with a link to export your data. If you didn't, you can do the export at this link. You'll be directed to log-in to the Schemer Web site and request a copy of your schemes, which will be delivered by e-mail. Google says that the backup copy may take 24 hours … Read more

Review: Class Action Gradebook Elementary Edition helps track your students' progress

Class Action Gradebook Elementary Edition is a tool for tracking the progress of your class, calculating grades, and sending out reports. There are tons of functions available in this program, and it is highly customizable, making it possible for you to add in the subjects you teach and include notes or other information about each student. This app is designed for use by elementary school teachers who instruct one class in multiple subjects.

The first time you open Class Action Gradebook, you will be prompted to enter your name, e-mail address, and your name as you would like it to … Read more

How to use Google Translate on Chrome for iOS

After a recent update, you may be surprised to find Google Chrome asking to translate Web pages for you. The feature was added in an update that also brought the ability to reduce your data usage when browsing the Web.

The translate feature was long overdue and a welcome addition to Google's mobile browser on iOS devices. The first time you wind up on a a Web page that's in a foreign language, Chrome will ask you if you'd like it to translate the page for you. If you approve the request, you'll then be asked … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

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In the latest Apple Byte, host Brian Tong covers the week's juiciest news and rumors, including whether or not Iris scanning tech could play key role in Apple's future product lines. Plus: we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mac! That's right, the PC that started a revolution and really put Apple on the map was first introduced 30 years ago on January 24, 1984. Were some of you even born yet?

And to get you prepped for the big game next week, our … Read more

How to do freemium right

If you regularly download apps for your smartphone or tablet, you have definitely experienced it: that moment when you find out the game you downloaded for free suddenly isn't. Welcome to the world of Freemium, where your initial download is only to get you interested, but where the real money is spent once you're already hooked on the game.

Freemium explained The word freemium is a portmanteau of the words free and premium, implying you're getting a premium experience without paying a premium price. For users, it seems like the best of all worlds to get an … Read more

Upload PDF and EPUB files to Google Books on Android

Originally, Google Books was only good at doing one thing: reading content from the Google Play Store. This meant you could read free books, or the ones you purchased -- and that was it. When the update allowing your personal files to be uploaded to Google Books came along, the app made a giant leap forward. Now Android devices could be even more competitive with traditional e-readers that allow side-loading.

Unfortunately, the upload feature was limited to your Web browser. This meant navigating to the Play Books Web site on a computer, or within the mobile browser, to upload your … Read more

Two ways to access Custom Google Maps on the Web

When Google starting offering a new version of Maps on the Web, many users thought it would deliver improvements on the current site. Unfortunately, many of the beloved features, like Custom Maps and multidestination directions, disappeared.

Back in July, the new interface became available to everyone who wanted to switch. But for those of us with custom maps, we weren't having any part of that new and featureless version! Fortunately, Google has been slowly rolling out some of the Classic Maps features you know and love, and now better access to Custom Maps is finally here.

Here … Read more

Add an invisible keyboard to Android devices 4.0 and up

Fleksy just came out of private beta, and now it's available on the Google Play store for everyone to try it out. It has its own classic-style keyboard layout, a compact mode, and better yet -- invisible mode. You're probably wondering why you might want to use a keyboard you can't actually see. Well, three reasons come to mind:

Extra screen real estate -- Whether you're using a device with a small screen, or something the size of a Galaxy Note, you'll see more of your apps when using this keyboard.

Impressive auto-correction -- This … Read more

7 keyboard shortcuts for Google+ notifications

Keyboard shortcuts offer the fastest access to content on your Google+. They are generally more efficient because the shortcut starts you at the right spot for new posts instead of scrolling halfway through them. They are also a bit easier on your hands and wrist since you won't have to switch back and forth as often (especially useful for those with joint issues).

With keyboard shortcuts available for the Google+ stream, it only makes sense that there should be a set of them to work on notifications, too.

Without further delay, here are the shortcuts:

Up and down arrow … Read more

Automate your Android phone in the car with NFC, Bluetooth

A few weeks ago, Garmin released a car kit that uses NFC to automatically launch the Navigon navigation app when a compatible smartphone is placed within its arms. Being an Android fan and a tinkerer at heart, my first thought was, "I could DIY something better than that," and now I'm going to show you how.

You'll need:

An NFC compatible Android phone. I'm using the LG Nexus 4, but check your specs to make sure that your personal handset is compatible with the technology. An app that can receive instructions from NFC. I'm … Read more