How to control your iPad's onscreen keyboard

Ever find your iPad's virtual keyboard stuck in the middle of the screen instead of at the bottom? If so, there's an easy way to coax it back to the bottom.

The iPad offers two positions for the onscreen keyboard -- docked and undocked. Docked mode places it at the bottom of the screen, while undocked mode shifts it up to the middle. Should you find the keyboard floating in undocked mode and you would prefer it docked, hold down the keyboard button, the same one you normally tap to turn off the keyboard.

A popup menu will … Read more

Review: PixSplit creates stretched and split images on your iPhone

PixSplit is an interesting photo editing app that allows you to take two photos that can then be blended into each other or "cloned" before saving and sharing. The app provides a handful of tools to do this, including an onscreen guide and an adjustable border that can be moved up or down or side to side when finalizing your images. This all works as intended, but there are some issues with the layout and interface.

After installation, you can start taking photos right away, but it's not immediately clear what you are doing with those photos … Read more

The 404 1,360: Where there's a Twitch in our Tikker (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Those mysterious NSA billboards were actually ads...for Bittorrent.

- Tikker watch displays constant countdown to your death.

- Google's next magic trick will split your restaurant bill for you .… Read more

Split earbuds do away with tangled cords, Bluetooth

Earbuds have long had a way of tying us down, whether through tangled cords, behind-the-head connectors, or Bluetooth requirements. The Split earbuds on Kickstarter are looking to do away with all that fuss.

Split from Greenwing Audio works by acting as a stand-alone audio player, kind of like miniaturizing and shoving an iPod Nano in your ears. A tiny crystal clock in each earbud synchronizes the music without the need for a wired or wireless connection.… Read more

Juggle two Chrome windows with ease with NiftySplit

NiftySplit is perfect when browsing Reddit or any link-laden site that has you repeatedly jumping forward and backward or opening more tabs than you'd care to admit. This Chrome extension lets you browse two side-by-side windows, opening links from one window in the other.

NiftySplit adds a new item to your right-click menu: Open as NiftySplit window. Choose this option and the link on which you have right-clicked will open in a new Chrome window to the right of your current window. But, wait, there's more! The new window opens to fill the right half of your display, … Read more

Review: InstaSplitPic takes two pictures in one and even adds neat filters

Not many apps stitch two photos together the way InstaSplitPic does. It creates a cool image that you can then filter just like you would in Instagram or any similar app. It's missing a few landmark features, as well as any user guidance, but it's definitely a great app that most smartphone photographers should have in their toolkit.

Since the app doesn't have a tutorial, you have to wing it to figure out how to take the best shot. When you first load it, it shows you four styles of shot you can take with the app. … Read more

Review: PDF Split and Merge alters PDFs quickly

For those users who have the patience to figure out a complicated interface, PDF Split and Merge for Mac offers a number of useful features for altering PDF files. This free application had an unfortunately complicated download process that required navigating several menus on the developer's Web site.

The most notable thing about PDF Split and Merge's interface is how confusing it is. There are almost no graphics and the numerous features are not clearly labeled. A left-hand menu lists the main functions as plug-ins rather than specific options. These include the ability to alternate mixes of files, … Read more

Split Pic 2.0 Review

Split Pic 2.0 - Clone Yourself, Better is a neat little app that lets you snap three different pictures to create a fun effect. The problem, however, is that the app is so full of ads that it ruins the user experience.

As soon as you run Split Pic 2.0, you're bombarded with ad after ad, and we very nearly tapped each one by accident. Once you can bypass them, you're greeted with the main menu, which has yet another banner ad slapped on the lower half of the screen. From there, you can select between … Read more

Stock split rumor surfaces ahead of Apple investor meeting

At last year's annual shareholders meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook knocked the idea of splitting Apple's then-soaring stock.

"A stock split isn't so clear to be honest," Cook told investors last February. Apple had charted out how stock splits worked for "many" other companies, Cook explained, and hadn't come up with a clear answer on what to do. "There might be a short-term pop, but for a lot it does nothing," Cook said.

A lot can change in a year though.

The day before Apple shareholders descend on the company's Cupertino, Calif., campus, … Read more

Play DVDs on your gadget without discs with 123 DVD Converter

Being able to rip your DVDs just like you would your CDs would be awesome, right? 123 DVD Converter will do it for you, but it all comes with a price tag. Even though this software produces high-quality video in tons of formats, it is a little overpriced for what it does and has a difficult barrier to entry.

Even though the interface is very easy to navigate, 123 DVD Converter expects you to know how to rip DVDs already. If you don't, you'll be confused trying to find and rip the clip you actually want. For the … Read more