Using Outlook Like a Pro

I use Microsoft Outlook for corporate email in the office and I bet most people do too. With email being such a big part of our work communications, it is important to learn all the important tips and tricks to maximize your Outlook efficiency. Impress your clients, customers and co-workers as you get things done in a timely manner.
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Google Now! How to add Google Calender Entry

Do you use Google Now? Thanks to the folks at XDA they have compiled a very helpful list of the cards and their respective commands to trigger them. There might be some you may not have known so check it out and give them a try. Deep inside, we all know that it’s fun to talk to a machine and hearing a synthetic voice in response.

Now (pun intended!), it seems that Google might have missed out on adding calendar entries to the list of Google Now functions. Blasphemy! It can tell you what time to leave for your next appointment but it ain’t smart enough to add one to your calendar.  Would this have stopped the folks at XDA? Clearly not, as they have came up with a simple workaround to get it to work by sending an SMS to Google servers and it’s very accurately detailed in Post #3. However, this method is not available to the rest of us that live outside the United States.

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Buy the Android Mini PC MK802 in Singapore

The MK802 II is a tiny computer that fits in the palm of your hands. It looks like a slightly bulky USB flash drive, but it actually has a processor, RAM, storage, and I/O ports, which make it a Mini PC. Running Android 4.0, the MK802 II Mini PC is designed for versatility and convenience. The tiny 200 gram PC can plug directly into any HDMI output for an on the go media player, internet browser, game machine or for general use. It lets you makes your dumb tv smart or your smart tv smarter. Best of all, its only US$69.20!

There’s also a microSD card slot for extra storage, a HDMI plug for connecting an external display, a full-sized USB port for a keyboard, mouse, or other accessory. The device also has a mini USB port which you can use to power the MK802, connect it to a computer, or plug in peripherals.

Specifications

OS Android 4.0.4
Chipset Allwinner A10
Processor Frequency 1.5GHZ
RAM 1GB
Internal Memory 4GB
Memory Card Type TF card up to 32GB
Expansion Slot USB 2.0
External Storage Support USB HDD, up to 1 TB

What is it good for?

Bring your media over to a friend’s house without needing your phone, or never worry about using public PCs again. All of these niche uses give the MK802, and its kind, lots of potential.

Set up was easy enough, just plug it  into an HDMI port and a USB slot for juice (you can use the one on the TV) and that’s all. It takes a few moments to boot up, but once it does, you’re into good old Android. For control, you can plug in a wireless USB keyboard/mouse dongle or through droidmote. It’s an easy way to load up streaming movies or applications such as qvod or ppstream. Or to stream your own media, you can use PLEX.

All media tasks (HD video, YouTube etc,) were handled pretty well. Sometimes there is a bit of a lag on the UI — especially with things like Google Maps, or busy webpages — but in general it keeps up nicely.

Back in the real world, it’s fair to say that it didn’t take long before we got right into the whole Android-on-a-TV thing, and started to wonder about all the apps that might be well suited to this configuration. YouTube is an obvious example, and it worked much better on the MK802 than some native Smart TV apps we’ve seen. Of course, it’s even better when it brings apps to your TV that otherwise might not be available. The more time you spend with this, discovering suitable apps, the better it gets, and we could see some really unique uses for it going forward.



Right now, though, this is a neat little solution that will really appeal to tinkerers and Android fans.  As mentioned above, media playing works a charm, which is makes it a good light solution for dumb TVs, or those with poor app options. For 69.20 USD, it’s a steal, and it’s available through dealextreme.com, click here to buy it now. They do free shipping to Singapore.

LEGO Hacks: Simplistic yet Functional

DIY lego keyholder

credit: http://www.minieco.co.uk/diy-lego-key-holder/

At GadgetReactor, we are constantly on the lookout for brilliant ideas. This idea is so simple and functional. Concurrently, it brings back good childhood memories. Lego, a simplistic toy, yet the nature of it brings forth so many possible innovative ideas. Just imagine, with spare lego bricks, how about a lego iPhone or Samsung Galaxy SIII dock?

This is so going to my new home.

There’s an entirely new world of possibility that can be DIY-ed with the simple Lego block. If only we still have the imaginative powers of kids.

Or.. how about taking the original key holder mod and combining it with a thumbdrive?