Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chevron Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

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Enable Text Expansion in the Stock Google Keyboard

Enable Text Expansion in the Stock Google Keyboard

Android: There have already been some pretty great text expansion apps for Android. However, if you're using the stock Android keyboard, you don't need to look any farther than Settings.

Technically, the feature is hidden under "Personal dictionary." Here you can enter your own terms, as well as find the ones you've already added. When you edit/create a new word or phrase, though, you have the option to create a shortcut. Once you set up the shortcut, your expanded words will appear as autocorrect suggestions as you type the shortcut phrase.

Tip: The Google Keyboard For Android Supports Text Expansion, Here's How To Use It | Android Police

The New MacBook Air Comes Packing Intel's Awesome New Processor

Today's golden children may be iOS 7 and all things software, but that doesn't mean the actual machines running that software are being tossed to the wayside. Confirming recent rumors and stock shortages, we are officially seeing Apple's super skinny MacBook Air get a much deserved refresh.

Perhaps most exciting, all MacBook Airs will now come packing Intel's kickass new Haswell processors. And that means better battery life, which has become a major issue these days. So instead of 6 hours of HD video playback, for instance, you can get away with a full 9. With just regular use, though, your laptop should supposedly last up to 50 percent longer, although we'll soon see if Intel's claim actually holds up.

Matching its more power-hungry, Pro brother, the Air has also been updated with a dual built-in microphone design. And considering it's built for maximum portability, we're happy to see a Wi-Fi boost with 802.11ac along with new AirPort Extremes and Time Capsule updates to support the faster speeds.

Considering that MacBook Airs run almost entirely on Flash, the fact that the drive will be running up to 40% faster is huge. And the price ain't bad. The 11-inch model comes at $1000 for the 128 GB and $1200 for the 256 GB. The 13-inch will set you back up $1100 for the 128 GB version and $1300 for the 256 GB. They start shipping out today.

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

1.5 cups peanut butter (full fat...don't use low-fat)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup whole milk
1.5 cups certified gluten free rolled oats
3 TB ground flax
4 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup Jam or Jelly (I use a berry mixture:  blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry....but grape jelly would work too)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with butter.  

2.  In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment on low, mix everything (except for the jam) together until well combined.

3.  Using your hands, spread 2/3 of the batter into your greased baking dish. Spread the jam over this (again, easiest to use your fingers but you could also try a knife).  Crumble the remaining batter over the jam so it is evenly spread (see photos above).  Once all of your batter is crumbled on top of the jam, gently press down with the back of a spatula to flatten the crumbles slightly (to prevent tiny peaks from burning on top).

4.  Bake for about 38 minutes.  Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Notes:  These are so fun and really delicious!   They also pack very well for a picnic or plane ride.   Make sure you use a jam that has fruit listed as the first ingredient....not sugar!

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Store Hours, Dead Androids, and Goo Gone Residue

Readers offer their best tips for keeping track of store hours, reviving a dead Android phone, and cleaning just about anything with Goo Gone.

Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they're a bit too niche, maybe we couldn't find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn't fit it in—the tip didn't make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.

Store Hours, Dead Androids, and Goo Gone Residue

Tanvi puts that address book to use:

Have you ever reached to a store just after it is closed? Just because you were too lazy to search on the internet what the store hours are?

Well, I have. After being a working mom of an infant and a toddler, I realized that many a times, I lost track of the store hours and reached there at the wrong time.

I then appreciated the importance of “Notes” feature in the “Contacts” of my phone.

I started putting the hours of all the stores I visit frequently, so that I can just go to the Contacts and find out the timings of the store right away without going on internet and searching for it! Same goes for the library and my Chiropractor who has a different schedule every single day of the week.

You can read Tanvi's full post over at Hackerspace.

Store Hours, Dead Androids, and Goo Gone Residue

Jeff troubleshoots his phone:

For no apparent reason this week, my Galaxy Nexus died. It just wouldn't start up. I tried to charge it, showed full battery, then as soon as I went to turn it on, it couldn't get past the boot screen—it just flatlined. Well, after a frustrating rest-of-my-vacation with no phone, I came home and popped in the phone's old, non-extended battery just for fun. The thing booted up as if nothing had ever been wrong.

I'm still not sure what happened, but boy am I glad I tried that old battery before waiting in line for an hour at the Verizon store for support.

Photo by Aaron Yoo.

Store Hours, Dead Androids, and Goo Gone Residue

Tammy fixes a big cleaning annoyance using one of our favorite products:

Goo Gone is an incredible tool, and it gets rid of sticky residue like nothing else out there. Unfortunately, whenever I use it, it leaves behind an oily residue that's just as bad! Wiping it up doesn't help a ton, but I've finally found something that does: the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Just wipe off the sticky stuff with Goo Gone, then wipe up what's left of the Goo Gone with a Magic Eraser and you'll be able to tackle anything.

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Smoked Chicken Thighs

Final plate.JPGCreating amazing chicken thighs on the smoker that don't dry out.Fresh Chicken.JPGWhen you go through all the work smoking food, buy good meat, I get mine from a local butcher.

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