Sometimes, you just don’t feel like reading. It can be an article, a Wikipedia entry, or a research paper for school. Instead of searching for a YouTube video, listen to articles using Microsoft Edge’s Read Aloud feature. Microsoft Edge has a pretty stellar built-in reader mode . It removes all the stuff from the web page (including ads and extra content) and presents it in a customizable text format. RELATED: How To Use Reading View In Microsoft Edge The reader mode also has a Read Aloud feature (similar to Siri’s feature on Mac ). In the past few years, text-to-speech has come a long way. When you use Microsoft Edge’s Read Aloud feature, you don’t feel like a robot is talking to you. In fact, there are a couple of voices that almost sound human, with variable pitch, appropriate pauses, and stellar pronunciation for complex words. To get there, first, open the article that you want Microsoft Edge to read out loud on your Windows 10 PC or Mac. Then, from the … [Read more...] about How to Have Microsoft Edge Read You Articles Aloud
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If you have a complex idea you’d like to jot down quickly on your iPhone or iPad, you can simply speak it with your voice thanks to Apple’s built-in dictation feature. Here’s how to use it. Any time you’re in an app where you can input text with the keyboard, you can use voice dictation instead of typing. To do so, tap the text input field so that your on-screen keyboard pops up. Next, tap the small microphone button located to the left of the space bar. (If you don’t see the microphone icon on your keyboard, make sure that Dictation is enabled on your device . To do so, launch Settings, then navigate to General > Keyboard and turn “Enable Dictation” on. And if your on-screen keyboard doesn’t appear , then you likely have an external Bluetooth keyboard connected.) After tapping the microphone button, the on-screen keyboard will be replaced with a moving waveform made out of lines that change based on how loudly you’re talking. As you speak, words will appear on the … [Read more...] about How to Type with Your Voice on iPhone and iPad
As a hobby, vintage computing is on the rise. A generation that grew up with classic PCs is looking back and revisiting the glory days of the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s with the authentic machines. But what’s the best way to get the hardware? We’ll show you the options. The Catch: Many Vintage Computers Need Repair Before we begin, there are some “gotchas” you should know about buying vintage computers. Unless a machine has been shown to be in working condition, don’t buy it, because the older it is, the less likely it is to work as soon as you get it. That makes an “as-is” purchase risky for people who don’t have the technical background to repair or recondition a vintage PC. Almost no PCs were designed with three-decade longevity in mind. As a result, these sensitive electronic devices include components that degrade over time. Here are some frequent problems that pop up with vintage PCs: Plastics discolor or become brittle Rubber components or cables degrade and get … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Way to Buy a Vintage Computer?
Your Apple Watch can display and rank your cardiovascular fitness using something called “VO2 Max.” Here’s what it all means, how to check your VO2 max—and how to improve it. Which Apple Watch Models Can Check VO2 Max? The Apple Watch has lagged behind sports watches (like Garmins) in how it displayed your cardio fitness. With the watchOS 7.2 update , which was released on December 14, 2020, the Apple Watch can now track your VO2 max. The Watch has actually been able to do this for a while, but it’s been a hidden option tucked away in the Health and Fitness apps. However, with the update, it’s now front and center. You can see how you stack up against other people your age, and you can get notifications if your cardiovascular fitness is low. Like many of the latest Apple Watch features, this one requires an Apple Watch Series 3 or later. This means that the Apple Watch SE is good. However, the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2, and the original Apple Watch, won’t offer … [Read more...] about How to Check Your Cardio Fitness (VO2 Max) on an Apple Watch
Microsoft PowerPoint now has a Presenter Coach to let you rehearse your presentations before going to the audience. This coach gives you a detailed report telling you how well you did and suggesting areas for improvement. Here’s how to use it. How the Presenter Coach Helps You with Your Presentations Consider the Presenter Coach in PowerPoint as a trusted friend who listens to you practice performing your presentations . This coach reviews your entire presentation and creates a report detailing your performance. For example, it will grade you on how fast you speak and how much you use filler words like “um” and “ah.” It will also inform you of words you might want to avoid and encourage you not to simply read the words on your slides aloud. Basically, if you need a second opinion on your presenting style, this is a great way to get it. RELATED: 8 Tips to Make the Best PowerPoint Presentations What You’ll Need To use the Presenter Coach in PowerPoint, you … [Read more...] about How to Practice Your Presentations with PowerPoint’s Presenter Coach