Book a Genius Bar appointment from your iOS device

The Genius Bar is typically the best place to visit when having issues with an Apple device, but don't forget to make an appointment first. Each time I make a visit to the store, I stand and watch as customer after customer comes in, thinking Apple takes walk-in Genius Bar appointments quickly. More often then not, the customer has to book an appointment and come back at a later time.

Save yourself some time the next time you need some troubleshooting advice, and book the appointment directly from your iOS device while you're out and about.

In order … Read more

Make a Genius playlist of the current song in iTunes

In Apple's iTunes, a Genius playlist is a special automatically generated playlist based on a specific music selection. By choosing a song and creating a Genius playlist, iTunes will create a playlist of related songs from the available music in your library.

In this way, you can create a playlist of similar music simply by selecting a song, instead of having to peruse your library and manually create a playlist.

In past versions of iTunes, you could create Genius playlists by right-clicking the song and choosing the option to create a Genius playlist based off it. In the latest … Read more

$20 Android keyboard arrives in US

Looking for a low-cost keyboard for your Android tablet? One has just landed in North America.

Previously available abroad, the LuxePad A110 is a wired keyboard made by the folks at Taiwan-based Genius. The $20 keyboard connects to your tablet via its Micro-USB port and offers dedicated keys for locking the screen, playing music, controlling the volume, and handling other tasks. Genius also throws in a stand so you can position your tablet at different angles while you type away.

One caveat: the keyboard's specifications say it supports Android 4.0 or higher, so those of you still stuck … Read more

The 404 1,395: Where, OK Glass, where is the pulmonary artery? (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Of course Applebee's is going to replace waiters with tablets.

- Charting the popularity of tech through hip hop lyrics. More graphs on Medium.

- The secret meeting that changed rap music, and destroyed a generation.

- A surgeon's review of Google Glass in the operating room.

- With new USB connector, no more wrong-way-up cables.… Read more

We give the Quirky Pivot Power Genius an IQ test

One of the most affordable ways to add a bit of brainpower to your lights and appliances is to smarten up the sockets you're plugging them into. We've already seen products like the Belkin WeMo Switch do exactly this, providing you with remote control over device power, along with a few other functions. I suppose it was only a matter of time before we saw this approach applied to the common household power strip.

That's exactly what Quirky and GE have done with the Pivot Power Genius. An updated version of the company's original flexible, bendable power strip, … Read more

Review: Read comics and eBooks with Genius PDF Reader

Genius PDF Reader is the PDF reader and converter for superheroes and bookworms. It's also a comic book and eBook reader. It opens and converts a wide range of document types into PDFs, and it displays CBR, CBZ, and other comic book archives as well as eBook formats like EPUB and MOBI. It searches for text, zooms, and performs other basic editing functions, too. The latest version of Genius PDF Reader, v2.0, can convert PDFs, too, with help from an additional virtual printer. We only tried the reader, though. Genius PDF Reader is freeware for Windows XP to … Read more

Apple requiring Apple ID for genius bar reservations

If you plan on making a reservation at an Apple Store for help with your Mac computer, iPad, iPhone, or other Apple device, you will now need to have an Apple ID first.

Apple's Genius Bar service at its Apple stores offers a convenient way to get technical help or advice on your systems, from how to use and set them up, to fixing problems and migrating your data from one system to the next. These popular services used to simply require you to enter your name and e-mail address at Apple's Genius Bar sign-up page to schedule … Read more

Optimus G Pro to be center of LG's 'Share the Genius' event

Slowly but surely, LG is releasing more details about its "Share the Genius" event, that's scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 in New York City.

The event will take place at The Metropolitan Pavilion at 8 p.m. EST, and will feature the band Atlas Genius (hence, the "Share the Genius" event name).

Most importantly, however, is that the event will focus on the LG Optimus G Pro.

The handset debuted back in February, during MWC 2013. Its 5.5-inch full-HD IPS screen places it in "phablet" territory, and it's pitted as a … Read more

BMW taps Apple's Genius model to educate customers

BMW is taking a page out of Apple's book with a Genius-like program, according to a report.

The car maker told Advertising Age in a story published today that it's planning to launch its BMW Genius Everywhere program nationwide next year that will aim at educating customers without actually trying to sell them vehicles. The "geniuses" will be young -- possibly college students -- who will be armed with iPads. They'll be able to answer questions about vehicles on the showroom floor.

According to BMW, which was inspired by Apple's Genius services, the program … Read more

'Big Bang Theory' star creates TV show about real prodigies

It's looking like the TV show "The Big Bang Theory" may become a reality series, of sorts.

Jim Parsons, one of the show's geek protagonists, is working on creating a television series that profiles real-life young geniuses, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will be based on a YouTube show by the THNKR channel called "Prodigies."

"I knew within a few minutes of viewing my first episode of 'Prodigies' that I wanted to be a part of the team bringing the digital series to a wider audience via television. Spending time with … Read more