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Gboard Turbo-Charges Your Gmail Experience

So you get tons of emails a day and you’ve realized that managing and transitioning between emails has become a pretty time intensive process that you’d give almost anything to eliminate. Ok, so not almost anything, but if you really would like to streamline your Gmail experience and shave some time off your day, Gboard is here to help.

Just plug it in via USB and turn on your keyboard shortcuts in Gmail. You’ll be able to star, archive, spam, or trash emails with the press of a single button. How easy is that? There are 19 shortcuts in total, learn ‘em all and you’ll be faster than speeding bullet, or at least faster than you were before.

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Win a Gadget Guard for your iPhone #3

Last week, we gave away a Gadget Guard to one lucky reader and the week before we gave away another. Today, we’ve got another one to give out. This is where you come in. To win, simply tweet a message saying you want one. More contest rules below.

Everybody drops their cellphone at some point, it’s inevitable, and to avoid scratches you’ve got to protect your device. So, you go out and get a case for your iPhone and it works, but you realize that Apple spends millions of dollars trying to make their products the most desirable on the market, and you’ve just gone and covered it up. Well, luckily, Gadget Guard makes a product that covers your phone invisibly while still protecting it from scratches. Brilliant! Best part is, they’ve teamed up with our little tech blog to give a few of these suckers away.

HOW TO WIN A GADGET GUARD FOR YOUR IPHONE

All you’ve got to do to win is add @Tech_Vert on twitter and send out a tweet saying the following:

RT to win a GadgetGuard from @Tech_Vert http://bit.ly/anyjnI (RT to enter)

The more you tweet, the more chances you’ll have to win. We’ll choose one person on Tuesday, May 20 at 11:59pm. Then we’ll send the winner a message to let them know they’ve won. Good Luck!

If you don’t win, no worries! We’re doing a giveaway every weekday in May. You might want to add TechVert on twitter or facebook or sign up for our newsletter or RSS feed to be notified when we’ve got another contest live.

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Win a SmrtCase for your Mobile Device #3

Last week we gave away a SmrtCase to one of our readers and the week before we did the same. Luckily, this week we’ve got another one to give away. So if you didn’t win before, you’ve got another chance.

You carry around your phone and you carry around your cards, ID, etc. Wouldn’t it be great if you could put it all together in one clever carrying case so that you can get back the real estate in your pockets that the two separately used to take up? Yup. Well, SmrtCase does just that. If you’ve got an iPhone or a BlackBerry Tour, then you’re in luck. SmrtCase is letting us give away any model from their site.

HOW TO WIN A SMRTCASE

All you’ve got to do to win is add @Tech_Vert on twitter and send out a tweet saying the following:

RT to win a SmrtCase from @Tech_Vert http://bit.ly/c7uDN7

The more you tweet, the more chances you’ll have to win. We’ll choose one person on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:59pm. Then we’ll send the winner a message to let them know they’ve won. Good Luck!

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Lifestyle:

Food and the Future of It

We’ve gone through a long history of food production, from cultivating crops to processed imitations. What’s next in the time line of of future feeding? That’s exactly the question Matt Brown set out to answer with his project, “FOOD AND THE FUTURE OF IT.” Matt’s take on the future of food is quite interesting, here’s a closer look, pictures are from Matt’s blog.

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Forget Weekly Mags, How About 48 Hour Magazines?

Husband and wife team, Heather Champ and Derek Powazek, have a new innovative approach to print media. They’ve taken the traditional idea of a magazine, but rather than produce it monthly or even weekly, they’d like to get issues out in 48 hours, hence the title 48 Hour Magazine.

The first issue is fittingly tilted Hustle and is a full 60 pages long. The team started work on it with an idea at noon on May 7th and had the magazine finished on May 9th. The current issue can be purchased through HP’s MagCloud for $10.00.

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Win an OtterBox of your Choice #3

Last week we gave away an OtterBox to one lucky reader and the week before that we did the same.

This week is no different. OtterBox is letting us give away another case from their site and you’ll get to pick whichever one you want. So no matter what device you own (iPhone, BlackBerry, etc.), you’ll be able to keep that bad boy as fresh as the day you got it. OtterBox is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia, Palm, LG, HP, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, PDA, and Trimble devices.

HOW TO WIN AN OTTERBOX

All you’ve got to do to win is add @Tech_Vert on twitter and send out a tweet saying the following:

RT to win an OtterBox from @Tech_Vert http://bit.ly/9Flc1c (RT to enter)

The more you tweet, the more chances you’ll have to win. We’ll choose one person on Tuesday, May 18 at 11:59pm. Then we’ll send the winner a message to let them know they’ve won. Good Luck!

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Mobile:

iWatch to be Announced at Next Apple Keynote?

Sadly…no, there’s no Apple iWatch on the way, but the creative team at ADR Studio have conceptualized a design for what it might look like if it were to become a reality. At some point I hope for this to be an actual product, and I could see it actually looking somewhat similar to what they’ve designed here.

This would be a fantastic device and I’m sure many a Mac geek would love to sport one on their wrist. The iWatch would in theory be constructed with the following:

- Aluminium body
- WiFi and Bluetooth
- Integrated RSS Reader
- 16GB
- Weather forecast system
- Possibility to connect to the Bluetooth or WiFi to iPhone / iPad
- LCD projector to show everywhere pictures by your iPhone / iPad
- Available in various colors

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University Saves Ink by Switching Fonts

In the future, we’ll just bump our documents to each others’ personal data devices, but for now we still use printers to send memos, for direct mail campaigns, and for turning in school papers. This results in a couple of problems financially and environmentally. For one, printer ink is expensive, often times costing as much or more than the printer itself. Then there’s the wasteful use of paper which of course leads to the depletion of natural resources through production and of course, deforestation.

Well now, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has discovered some simple font changes that can lead to a drastic reduction in ink consumption.

The university found that switching from the most commonly used Arial to Century Gothic would reduce ink use by roughly 30 percent. With printer ink costs at around $10,000 per gallon for black ink, that 30% can really add up, especially for the University of Wisconsin which made the switch for their email system and expect to save anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 per year from that simple change alone.

But what if you really love Arial? Well, no fear, if you’re an Arial junkie but want to do your part to save the environment, ecofont may be the solution for you. Ecofont.com says their software ” ‘shoots’ holes into the letters that you have typed!” They also claim that their version of Arial can save users about 25% by reducing ink demands.



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