1. How to send a distress signal from your suit using Morse code and cufflinks
1. Attach the iCufflinks (£140, firebox.com). They’re silver, with a glowing Mac power icon.
2. Using the open-source software, programme the icon to flash SOS – three short flashes, three long and three more short.
3. Your companions are now duly warned that the free bar is closed/boss is coming.
2. How to destroy text messages (Using TigerText
Sending sensitive or secretive info over text? With the TigerText app you can remotely wipe that info as soon as it’s been read. The app will alert you when your text message has been opened and read, after which point you can choose to destroy it immediately, erasing it from your phone and that of the recipient. This message will self-destruct in 10 seconds…
3. free on iOS
As sports scientist and former champion triathlete and Iron Man Andy Blow tells us: “The average person needs 2.3 litres of fluid per day. A third comes from food and metabolic reactions, leaving 1.5 litres needed from drinks.” The 650ml HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle lets you set a goal for your gulping; check your intake throughout the day and monitor average consumption per hour on its digital screen.
Price: £25, hydracoach.com
How to control your music hands-free
Parrot’s Starck-designed zik bluetooth headphones use gesture-controls to command playback and volume. Remove the cans from your bonce and an accelerometer automatically pauses the music. expect five hours of battery life and an end to the drudgery of button pushing.
How make your own internet meme
The internet meme picture: otherwise known as the art of scrawling some mildly amusing text over the top of a well-known image, be it of Futurama’s Fry or a particularly cute kitten. It’s now easier than ever to become a master of this complex art form by using iMeme, a free Mac app that contains over 50 ready-made meme templates. All you need is that one killer quip. now, go forth and induce loling.
6. How to track your H2o intake: HydraCoach intelligent water bottle
How to use Facebook to find your next house
1. Log into the new property place app within Facebook and search for your dream abode.
2. Tweet or like your shortlisted properties to gain 21st century social feedback.
3. landlords: you can advertise your rental properties here too, but beware of disgruntled tenants leaving comments.
7. How to control your music hands-free
How to project your adventures
Hitting the slopes this season? 3m’s new cp45 camcorder projector will record your “gnarliest bails” (do extreme sports types still say stuff like that?) in 720p HD and then throw them onto a 65-inch wall in the lodge for après-ski appraisal by fellow dudes, brahs and gnarly bailers.
8. How make your own internet meme
How to use Facebook to dodge in-flight dullards…
You can now pick the person in the next seat on your flight based on their profile KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has a new feature that turns long-haul flights into networking events. Check-in online, and you’ll have the option of making your Facebook and Linkedin profile visible to fellow passengers. Check other profiles to find a suitable in-flight friend.
9. How to use Facebook to find your next house
How to fight depression like a soldier
January is the month that most of us suffer depression. steer clear of dark clouds and electrocute yourself back to happiness with the Alpha Stim SCS device. It’s used by the US military to help recruits deal with post-traumatic stress by affecting brain wave function. It wages war on stress and insomnia, too.
10. How to project your adventures
How to lose weight with an alarm clock
Unless you’re a religious fundamentalist, you can’t deny science. and science – specifically northwestern university researchers – says those who lie in until 10am consume an extra 241 calories per day. The Lumie Bodyclock elite 300, with its simulated sunrise, will help you rise, shine, and burn.
11. How to use Facebook to dodge in-flight dullards…
How to catch up on sleep while you’re awake
Myriad studies have championed the benefits of blue light therapy. the Philips HF 3330 blue light helps reset your body clock so a late night blu-ray fest doesn’t impact your day-to-day.
12. How to fight depression like a soldier
How to improve your golf swing with your iPhone
Download the iPing iPhone app, attach your handset via the cradle and let mathematics give you a helping hand, reaching the green and perfecting your drive.
Link: Golf Gear Direct
13. How to lose weight with an alarm clock
How to take on le Tour in your spare room
The pro-form Tour de France bike is loaded with technology designed to emulate the burn of the world’s toughest bike race, while its hi-res screen let’s you experience the scenery, too. with a Wi-Fi connection and, uniquely, a partnership with Google Maps, you can take your indoor exercise anywhere in the world. as you turn a corner, or reach a hill, the geo-data embedded in Google Maps adjusts the position of the bike to simulate the map’s terrain. we’re still waiting to hear if there’s a grand theft auto mode…
Link: Nordic Track
14. How to catch up on sleep while you’re awake
How to make smoothies
Getting your five-a-day can be a pain in the peach, but the high-powered Bugatti Vela blender makes it more like a total war on fruit terrorism.
15. How to improve your golf swing with your iPhone
How to train like an American footballer
Currently used in the NFL, under armour E39 compresses muscles for better performance, but also records your heart rate, breathing rate, acceleration and body positioning to help improve performance.
Link: Under Armour
16. How to take on le Tour in your spare room
How to desk yourself fitter
Aside from looking cool, the Xten Pininfarina office chair has an inward curved lumber support to mirror and cushion the curve of your spine. it’s also upholstered with the same material as athletic clothing to wick away sweat. we’re not clear about where it wicks it to, though.
Link: Apres Furniture
17. How to make smoothies
How to boost your memory in the bath
The eye movement associated with reading improves your memory, say the study chaps at Manchester Metropolitan University. Relaxing in a bath helps you process your thoughts, too. ereader at the ready with a Whaganui waterproof electronics case, then…
18. How to train like an American footballer
How to improve pictures from your mobile or tablet
1. Use a lens: The iPhone Lens Dial adds wide-angle, fisheye, and telephoto lenses to your handset; to change, simply spin the dial Round and round it goes, where it stops no-one knows. Except you, obviously. (£180 including delivery, photojojo.com/store)
2. Add some FX: Adobe Photoshop Touch is now available on Android tablets (iOS will follow), letting you touch up and tweak your photos on screen. (£6.99, Android)
3. Operate it remotely: Belkin’s LiveAction camera remote lets you activate your iPhone’s shutter from 9m away. (£45, belkin.com/uk)
19. How to desk yourself fitter
How to succeed in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer
1. Walk around corners rather than run, giving yourself time to survey what’s there.
2. Don’t Throw grenades right away; hold them a while to give your target less time to escape.
3. Use claymores around your base in CTF: even if enemies see ’em, they’ll have to slow to shoot ’em.
20. How to boost your memory in the bath
How to fix a smashed iPhone screen
Not a fearer of warranty invalidation and want quick results? Remove the dock-connector screws, then attach a suction cup near the bottom of the screen and pull it off. Take out the two screws from the right side of the display, and peel off the thin black tape. Take out the three screws from the other side, then slide out the LCD. Heat the top left with a hairdryer and prise away the glass. Then follow this in reverse, placing in the new glass. Parts are available from www.ifixit.com
21. How to improve pictures from your mobile or tablet
How to access your iTunes library at multiple locations
Set up an account at Dropbox.com and pay for the amount of space your music collection requires – you get 2GB free. Your iTunes library needs to be uploaded into your Dropbox folder. That will take approximately forever, then tell iTunes where your Dropbox tracks are and it will make them available in the library, whatever computer you’re using.
22. How to succeed in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer
How to make your own website
No knowledge of coding? No problem. WordPress has thousands of templated themes to use, from minimalist to artistic. If you want to make your site stand out further you can embed podcasts and an image gallery or collect online payments using a PayPal-style plug-in such as DukaPress.
23. How to fix a smashed iPhone screen
How to access Flash-based content on your Apple iPhone or iPad
Still irritated by the lack of Flash on your Apple device? Well all can be solved by downloading the Puffin Web Browser app that enables users to view Flash based websites, videos and generally let you go about your web browsing business as you would normally. Flash gaming is not supported, but fingers crossed that is added in the near future.
Buy it now: Download Puffin Web Browser iPhone app
24. How to access your iTunes library at multiple locations
How to get more from your Amazon Kindle 3
1.Tweet - Go to the experimental section of your Kindle and launch the browser. Head to KinTweet.com and sign-in by typing S. You can now tweet quotes directly from any Kindle.
2. Play - Hold down Alt, Shift and M on the keyboard to start up a quick game of Minesweeper. Fancy playing Noughts & Crosses? Type G to switch game.
3.Surf - Again, launch any Kindle’s browser and then head to Kinstant.com. It transforms content from your favourite websites into more Kindle-friendly, text-based versions.
25. How to make your own website
How to save money at home
The Wattson (£100, www.firebox.com) monitors your home’s electricity usage in real time, letting you stay on top of your spending and keep strictly to a budget. T3’s Green Gadget of the Year 2010, the Intelliplug (£20, www.oneclickpower. com) automatically switches your tech off when it’s not being used. By not using standby modes you save electricity, cash and increase the battery life on your gadgets by up to 15 per cent.
26. How to access Flash-based content on your Apple iPhone or iPad
Take great pictures at a live event (Nikon’s James Banfield’s two essentials)
1. Turn off the flash, especially if you’re some distance away. When the camera flashes, it exposes whatever is immediately in front of it, so it’s useless for the stage.
2. Standing further back? Utilise the distance to achieve a flatter image, which will get the full band/cast/morris-dance troupe in shot.
27. How to get more from your Amazon Kindle 3
How to de-clutter your Mac desktop
1. Make your dock disappear by right clicking the separator and selecting “Turn hiding on”
2. Drag useless icons off the menu bar, or switch off their menu-bar incarnation in each app’s preferences.
3. Make a folder called “My desktop” on, er, your desktop. Put every other folder into it. Drag to the right end of the dock.
28. How to save money at home
How to prove that your partner sleep talks
Sleep Talk Recorder for iPhone waits on your bedside table until it detects a preset volume level, at which point it’ll start recording, then stop once your loved one’s finished babbling. The full night’s nonsense is then condensed into a shorter recording come morning, which you can upload. The app’s got a user-voted list of the funniest night twaddle.
Buy it now: Download the Sleep Talk Recorder app
29. How to take great pictures at a live event
How to build an app
You'll need some basic coding knowledge, but if you’ve got an original app idea, getting it built has never been easier. Registering with Google’s Android App Inventor program – appinventor. googlelabs.com – gives you access to a simple drag and drop-style app builder. You can then place the app on Android Market and charge per download. Apple does its best to make appbuilding easy, but you will need basic coding experience to create anything worth big bucks.
30. How to de-clutter your Mac desktop
How to get a good night's sleep
1. Calculate the perfect time for you to hit the hay with the Sleeptiming web app. Input how long it normally takes you to fall asleep and your usual sleep cycles and it’ll advise on a healthy, sensible bedtime. Which you can then ignore as you party it up and/or tend to your screaming toddlers. (Free, sleeptiming.com)
2. Wear super-slim earpieces, such as the Bedphones headphones, which are swaddled with foam and held in place with a 1.5m mouldable, rubber-coated memory-wire cable. The result is cans that are comfy and stable enough to sing you gently to sleep without causing cauliflower ear. (£19, bedphones.com)
31. How to prove that your partner sleep talks
How to win big at online poker
“Learn all of the hand rankings (what beats what), the betting structure and how position (the order in which people are seated) works at the table, as this dictates what hands to play when,” says Ben Wilson, deputy editor of poker mag Baller.
“Tracking software like Poker Tracker 3 or Hold ’Em Manager lets you study your own and your opponents’ play. Start with low stakes, playing single table tournaments or sit and gos (STTs/SNGs) and only move to a higher level when you’re winning consistently.”
32. How to build an app
How to answer your door when you're not at home
Commtel Innovate UK’s Smart Bell is a door bell with a difference. Inside is a Three UK SIM card; when pressed, it calls your mobile, so that you can have the joy of shouting “Get off my doorstep” at visitors from many miles away.
33. How to get a good night's sleep
How to go around the world in 80 days (and two apps)
1. Trip Advisor now offers a series of mobile city guides on Android, giving detailed information on 20 of the world’s most happening conurbations. (Free, Android)
2. Gogobot is a travel app with a social twist. It sorts destinations based on ratings from your friends, helping you to plan trips, find the best restaurants and attractions with the “Nearby” function, and send digital postcards. (Free, iOS)
34. How to win big at online poker
How to beat jetlag
Adjust to the time zone you’re travelling to a couple of days before. Virgin Atlantic’s Jet Lag Fighter app will tell you when to sleep and when to face the day. Failing that, there are always gin and tonics.
Buy it now: Download the Virgin Atlantic Jet Lag Fighter app
35. How to answer your door when you're not at home
How to cook authentic Italian pizzeria pizza
It takes a fierce heat attacking the base directly for authentic crispiness like Mama never made. Luckily, the PizzaQue Grill Stone saves you the wood-burning oven outlay.
36. How to go around the world in 80 days (and two apps)
How to shoot a blockbuster for next to nowt (Marc Price, director of low-budget films Colin and Magpie)
1. Take full advantage of what’s around you. Clerks was shot in a store just because director Kevin Smith had access to one, just like the bar in Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi. 2. Get your friends involved. Try to create a relaxed environment on set. Have fun. 3. You don’t need professional kit Colin was shot on a Canon EOS 7D SLR (£1,700), because it has great HD recording. Mike Figgis and Terry Gilliam both use iMovie. 4. Post on Vimeo. This video community isn’t as cluttered with rubbish as YouTube; it’s ideal for films 5. Always improvise. We chewed sweets by the microphone to simulate human flesh being eaten and recorded the crackle of fireworks as gunfire on Colin. Use your environment to its fullest.
37. How to beat jetlag
How to make a business website
Whether you’re selling products, services or just yourself, you need a professional-looking website. TrendyFlash.com is a cheap website design package with near-endless aesthetic options. It guides you through setting up e-commerce options – PayPal etc – and helps you to optimise your website to appear higher in search engines. It also helps you to create a mobile-friendly version of your site.
38. How to cook authentic Italian pizzeria pizza
How to escape a pirate invasion
Shaped like a metallic dolphin, the Seabreacher X can dive underwater, as well as leaping 18 feet into the air, thanks to its fully vectored thrust system which mimics the tail articulation of a real dolphin. A 260bhp engine propels you at 50mph above water, and 25mph below. A snorkel-mounted camera transmits a live video feed to LCD screens inside the vessel, and there’s also built-in GPS and a stereo system with an iPod dock for booty shakin’.
Link: Personal Projectors
39. How to shoot a blockbuster for next to nowt
How to have vintage fun with a new-age feel
Calling all hipsters: it’s time to retire your Hipstamatic app. If you really want your photos to have that retro look, pick up one of these refurbished Polaroid SX-70 Land Cameras. The folding, self-printing cam, originally launched in 1972, is the ultimate in lo-fi imaging, producing instant prints to use in your latest urban art project.
40. How to make a business website
How to play 18 holes with one club
Forget the bag. The foldable Divnik adjustable golf club is your putter, sand wedge, 3, 5, 7 and 9 irons in one. Yes, really. Simply extend the club from its telescopic, portable start position and twist-and-click the head round for the desired stroke. It’s perfect for pitch and putt.
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