Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall for the world’s biggest search engine? With 5 Billion (with a B) searches per day, Google is the best indicator out there of what’s hot. One google product makes it easy to watch Google’s most popular searches in real time.
Whether you work in social media and need to keep up on the latest trends, or you just want a live wall of searches in your office for fun (Why? Because it’s awesome), Google’s hot trends tool makes it easy.
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With typical google design flare, the search wall looks awesome (if only google analytics were that good looking). The search terms slide in and out of a responsive page that adjusts to the side of your browser. The search terms flip between bright colors to show change, and adjust by the second. There’s no side branding to distract from the search terms. It’s just pure data awesomeness.
They even made the grids adjustable. Here’s how: Grids can be adjusted to display anywhere from the single most popular google search term of the moment, to the 49 most popular at the moment. Go to the grid icon in the top left corner to adjust this.
Business cards are great ways to share contact info, but unless people start including QR codes on their cards (some people are), loading them into contacts apps is a pain. Here’s an app to load business cards in seconds.
- Download Cardmunch (free) from the app store.
- Open Cardmunch, and log into Linkedin (they own the app, so you have to log in – still free).
- Take a picture of your card, using the in-app camera function. Make sure text is crisp, and clear. Submit it.
- Walk away (or close the app). You’re done. In a few minutes, your card will load into your contacts, without you having to enter a single piece of data, and as a bonus, it will load data from their linkedin profile for you too, giving you instant access to more info on them.
- Your welcome, for the time savings.
P.S if you see this. If there’s an app to load business cards into your iPhone, there’s an app for everything.
Frustrated by the bars? Does the typical confining five bar arrangement leave you with more questions than answers? When I measure signals, I use a hidden feature on the iPhone that gives you an exact measured numerical value to indicate signal strength, and I’m going to teach you how to get it yourself, and decipher what it means to you.
First I’ll give you the details on how to get the numbers:
- Go to your phone app.
- Enter *3001#12345#* as if making a call. This will take you to a hidden application called “field test” with a variety of cool measurements. For our purposes though, we’re only coming to this area as a step.
- Press and hold the “hold/power” button on the top of your phone until the slide to turn off slider appears. DO NOT TURN OFF.
- Now quickly switch from the power switch to holding your home button. Don’t stop holding until you’re back at your usual app screen/springboard (the official name).
- All Set. Your bars should be replaced with a number (measured in decibels) which I will show you how to understand below. If you ever want to switch back to bars, all you have to do is tap the number, and it will switch back, and you can even switch back and forth whenever you’d like.
How To Read The numbers, and what they mean
The number represents your signal strength. It will always be negative, but the closer you are to 0, the better your signal. For example, a -40 is a very good signal, while a -110 is very slow. For a decent connection, you’ll want something -78 or better.