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Get the handwriting feature in Evernote for Android

Update, March 5, 2014: Evernote rolled out the handwriting feature to the public today. To try it out, just make sure you have the latest version of the app from the Google Play Store. For more details on the update, check out Sarah Mitroff's Let your handwriting shine in Evernote's Android app

If you've finally pinned down the best way to use Evernote (as in tagging, categorizing, etc.) to meet your needs, forget it. Evernote just added another tool for note-taking to their beta version: handwriting input.

To get access to the new feature, you'… Read more

How to manually change the scroll direction in Mavericks

When Apple introduced its "Natural" scrolling direction option in OS X to mimic the touch-based swiping on the iPhone and iPad, it also included a system preference setting to revert this, should you wish to use classic scrolling behavior. While this feature offers most users the choice to revert to a behavior they would prefer, it may not work in all situations, especially when using a mouse as an input device, instead of Apple's multi-touch trackpad.

In some cases, the setting might be available in the Mouse pane of System Preferences, but when you check it or … Read more

Best low-lag HDTVs for serious gamers

If you're a serious enough gamer to thinking about buying a new TV along with a new Xbox One or PlayStation 4, or even if you're waiting, you should know about TV input lag.

That's the term for the delay, in milliseconds, between a TV receiving a signal and the results of that signal appearing on the screen. Those milliseconds are irrelevant for TV shows and movies, and they don't even matter for most games -- the majority of gamers probably wouldn't even notice if their TV was laggy. But if you're an attentive, skilled gamer, especially one who plays "twitch" games like Call of Duty, Halo, or fighting games, especially in online multiplayer environments, input lag can mean the difference between virtual life and death.

CNET started testing for input lag last year, and so far we've corralled a bunch of 2013 TVs (the 2014 TV are still a few weeks away). Here are the best five TV so far, plus one projector, in ascending order of lag in Game mode -- or the least laggy picture mode, if Game isn't an option. For reference, we grade under 40ms of lag as Good, 40 to 70 as Average, and more than 70 as Poor.

Update, February 26, 2014: Since we updated this roundup last November, only the Sony R520 -- yes, another Sony TV -- has cracked the Top 5. I updated the a table at the end of the article with the lag scores of every TV and projector we've tested since we began in early 2013. See if you can spot the lone projector we reviewed in 2014 (hint: scroll waaaay down).

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Add handwriting input to Gmail on the Web

Handwriting input can be extremely useful when you're trying to input characters from a language that is not represented on your current keyboard. It also serves as an alternative method to keyboard typing for those with disabilities. In the past you would either need to handwrite Gmail messages outside of the actual Web interface, or use an extension with your Web browser. Now, you can set up handwriting input within Gmail, along with onscreen keyboards for other languages.

Whether it's something you need, or something you just want to try, it's quick to set up. Here's … Read more

Prevent keyboard layout changes from locking you out of your Mac

A relatively long-standing issue exists in OS X that could, given the oversight on toggling certain system settings, result in the inability to access your Mac if you use multiple input methods.

One of the security features in OS X is to require a password when waking the system or deactivating the screensaver. This feature, set in the Security system preferences, can be timed such that it activates immediately or after a delay of up to 4 hours once the screensaver or Sleep mode is activated. As with the log-in screen, this will require you supply your account's credentials … Read more

Haptix sensor makes any surface multitouch

We've seen several interesting concepts for new input devices recently, from split keyboards to midair typing apps.

Haptix is a compact 3D motion sensor that turns any flat area into a multitouch surface. It could help do away with the traditional keyboard as well as the mouse.

The concept has already raised more than $130,000 on Kickstarter with the promise of 3D multitouch for $70 or less. … Read more

Wacom finally shows the iPad its sensitive side

It's a bit of a niche, but disconnecting the pressure-sensitive stylus from its dedicated drawing tablet and enabling use with a more mainstream, general purpose tablet like an iPad is quite liberating for designers and doodlers alike. Wacom, known for its excellent drawing peripherals like the Intuos5, has been strangely slow to jump into this market -- but finally lands with its $99 Intuos Creative Stylus (ICS).

The ICS joins products like the Adonit's Jot Touch 4 ($90) the Pogo Connect ($80) and the Hex3 Jaja ($90) with workarounds to give the fundamentally insensitive iPad display pressure-sensitive drawing … Read more

Review: Text Expander replaces repetitive or clumsy keystrokes with abbreviations

A handy, little utility, Text Expander for Mac lets you configure keyboard shortcuts that automatically expand into larger snippets of text as you type.

We installed the program without hassle, and when we ran it for the first time were presented with a basic tutorial, which got us working with the app quickly. Text Expander for Mac comes with several built-in "snippets," as they are called, for frequently typed bits of text, like e-mail and snail mail addresses, phone numbers, or the time and date. Snippets are highly configurable. We created a form letter that, when activated, launches … Read more

Crave Ep. 130: Thirsty? Drink your own sweat from the Sweat Machine

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Sweden has invented The Sweat Machine for purifying body sweat into drinkable water. The Improv Anywhere group makes 7,000 people follow commands. And NASA goes out of its way to make us feel small and insignificant. Thanks a lot, NASA! … Read more

Google boosts handwriting feature in Google Translate

Imagine you're visiting Japan, can't read Japanese, and are trying to get across town on a bus. It's impossible to understand what the maps and station names say and it's even more confusing to look up the characters in a language dictionary. Well, Google has created a possible solution to this problem.

The Web giant announced Wednesday that it was bringing its handwriting tool to the Google Translate homepage. This means that when users see a word or character they don't understand they can simply go to Google Translate, draw it on their smartphone or … Read more