DRONE IN A BACKPACK

We’re starting to see drones in the park. Why are they looking at us? (We’re not paranoid yet, but we’re willing to start.)

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DOWN PERISCOPE: HOT NEW APP LEAVES US COLD

Not every new thing is worth following. For example, we’ve been reading for weeks about Periscope, a hot new app for watching live video from anyone who cares to post it. As you might guess, the village videot strikes, and strikes again.

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YOUTUBE TIP

Our friend Frieda wanted us to see a clip from the Jon Stewart show dealing with Iran. We don’t watch Jon Stewart, so we went straight to YouTube and there it was. Frieda was so impressed when we told her about it, she started looking for videos near her home town and found several. So the tip is this: YouTube has practically everything, from old musicals to great documentaries and TV replays. Try it when you’ve missed something and are sorry.

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SHARING VIDEO

Joy’s brother-in-law recently divided a video into three parts to make it easier to email. There’s an easier way. Upload it to YouTube and change the “public” setting to “private” or “unlisted.” If you choose “private,” only those you designate will get an email link to it. If it’s unlisted, it can’t be found with just a search term.

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MAKING A PANORAMA

When you’re out in Nature or part of a crowded scene, your camera may fail to do justice to it. You see a “wow” but the camera sees an “okay.” A panoramic picture picks things up.

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SHARING NETFLIX

Almost half of Netflix subscribers share their password with someone, according to a Consumer Reports survey. We’re a bit shocked, but can understand how it could happen. It’s perfectly legal to share with a spouse, or someone in your household. It gets questionable when you tell a friend, “hey use my password to get on.” Netflix allows up to four different locations to be streaming a movie at once. Go over that limit, and someone will be shut off. Hulu is stricter. Only one movie can be streamed at a time. If you give your password to a friend, they might be watching when you want to watch. Amazon Instant Video allows two at a time, but you both must […]

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YOUTUBE TIPS AND TRICKS

Making a “playlist” in YouTube is a great way to provide an evening’s worth of entertainment without ever getting up to change the video.

Search for a video or performer you’d like to watch. We searched on “Danny Kaye.” Click it and then click “add to” the “Danny Kaye playlist.” Then search for another,

click “add to,” and add it to the playlist you already created. Now whenever you go to YouTube.com you’ll see your playlist off to the side. They also keep track of any video

you liked enough to click “like.”

Making a “playlist” in YouTube is a great way to provide an evening’s worth of entertainment without ever getting up to change the video.

Search for a video or performer you’d like to watch. We searched on “Danny Kaye.” Click it and then click “add to” the “Danny Kaye playlist.” Then search for another,

click “add to,” and add it to the playlist you already created. Now whenever you go to YouTube.com you’ll see your playlist off to the side. They also keep track of any video

you liked enough to click “like.”

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CHROME CASTING

When we wrote about Roku and Amazon Fire Stick for bringing in extra movie channels, games, and apps on your TV, we neglected to talk about Google’s Chromecast, which is cheaper: $35 online or $30 at Walmart. The $49 Roku stick easily won our test against the $39 Amazon Fire Stick. But we didn‘t have a “Chromecast.” So last week we went out and bought one and tested it thoroughly. The results were disappointing. Chromecast sounds great in theory: just about anything you see on your phone can theoretically be mirrored on your big TV. They call it “casting.” In our tests, however, it didn’t always work and was highly frustrating to handle. Now we’re sorry we gave two Chromecasts […]

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TIME LAPSE VIDEOS

Instagram’s Hyperlapse creates time-lapse videos. It will work with the iPhone’s front-facing camera, so you can take time-lapse videos of yourself. (Be still my selfie heart.)

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ROKU VERSUS FIRE STICK

We just bought a $39 Amazon “Fire Stick” for our second TV, to bring in hundreds of extra movie and TV channels, plus games and apps. On our main TV, we have the $49 Roku 3 stick. Here’s the difference: Roku usually gives you more choices.

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