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Easy Copy Automatically Sends Text You Copy to Other Apps

Android: Copying text on your phone is already a bit of a pain, but bouncing back and forth between apps just to make a call is an even bigger hassle. Easy Copy helps fix this by letting you launch actions on your text like making a phone call or searching for an address. The app is invoked any time you copy text. Just select text like normal, hit the Copy button, and Easy Copy will appear like an actually-useful Clippy. You can then choose to send that text to several pre-set apps like Translate, Maps, your SMS app, or Google. Or you can invoke the Share menu, which has even more options. Chances are good that when you copied that text, you wanted to do something with it. Easy Copy just skips the app-switching step.

Type "Note to Self" Into Google to Send Notes to Your Phone

Yesterday, Google announced a feature that allows you to send directions to your Android phone directly from a search box. What they didn’t announce is that you can also use “note to self” to send a reminder directly to your notification shade. As Android Police points out, “note to self” works the same way that “send directions” does. To send a text note to your phone, follow these steps: Open up Google.com on your computer and type “note to self” plus the text you want to send into the search box.Press Enter.Edit your note (if necessary) and choose a device from the drop down list.Click “Send note to your phone.”Open your phone and your note should be in your notification shade. This feature requires the latest version of the Google app, Google Now notifications enabled, Web & App Activity enabled, and you must be logged into your Google account. You can also use Google to set alarms on your phone.

Lifehacker.com's: How to Build a Computer: The Complete Guide

Building a computer from scratch gives you the perfect machine for your needs, but it can be daunting the first time around. Here's our complete guide, from picking the parts, to putting it together and installing your OS. Lesson 1: Hardware Basics For our first lesson in building your own PC, we start with a little computer hardware basics. Lesson 2: Choose and Buy Your Parts In this lesson, we'll show you how to most effectively pick out and shop for your parts. Lesson 3: Building the Computer Assembling your computer can seem daunting, but it's actually pretty easy. In lesson 3, we show you step-by-step how to put everything together. Lesson 4: Installing Your Operating System Once you've put it together, you're past the difficult portion. Lesson 4 deals with installing your operating system and get everything up and running. Lesson 5: Further Resources

Five Best Outdoor Speakers

Warm weather means it’s a great time to get outside, fire up the grill, have friends over, and maybe listen to some music while everyone hangs out outside. To do that though, you’ll need some solid outdoor, weather-resistant speakers. Tic GS3 Pro Outdoor Omni Speaker Tic’s GS3 Pro Outdoor Omni Speakers won’t win any beauty contests—in fact they’re essentially large green upside-down cups that you bury half-into the ground (or leave above ground, whichever you prefer!), wire up to a sound system (using weather-friendly wiring and wire sheathing of course), and leave alone. They sound great and are weatherproof, meaning you don’t have to pull them up out of the ground when the winter sets in or they’re covered in snow, and you don’t have to care if the spring rain keeps them wet. They offer full 360-degree sound, so you don’t need to position them in any particular direction. The green is actually on purpose—aside from blending in nicely with shrubbery or other garden periphery, they’re…

How to Build Your Own Do-Anything 4K-Capable Desktop

While it's a bit early to say that 4K has officially "landed," it's not far off. The benefits are tangible, especially if you have 4K-capable gear. That's right: There's more to a 4K PC than a display packed with pixels. Here's what you need—and need to know—to build a 4K desktop that handles anything you throw at it. How to Tell If 4K Is Right for You If you love screen real estate, keep several windows open at once, and can use every spare pixel you can muster, 4K is great. If you love full-screen gaming and have a system that can power a 4K display, even better. But beyond a never-ending love of bigger screens and more pixels, who is 4K really for at this point? After all, even though we're seeing more 4K displays and TVs on store shelves doesn't mean they're practical. Let's take a look at who can benefit from 4K: Developers, traders, and other multi-window fans: Productivity fans rejoice: The first benefit you'll get is the sheer …

Five Best Budget Computer Monitors

You don't have to break the bank to get a great display for your computer. Large, high-resolution monitors are more common—and more affordable—than ever. This week we're looking at some of the best computer monitors that offer screen size, features, and great image quality without a huge price tag. Earlier in the week we asked you for your favorite budget-friendly computer monitors—less than $400, preferably—and you offers tons of great suggestions that were at that price point and, of course, way below. Contrary to our best overall computer monitors from a few years ago (which we're planning to update with new model numbers and links, since we don't think the top five would change if we re-ran the poll), this time we wanted to talk displays that may not cost more than the PC you're connecting them to. Here were your five favorite nominees, in no particular order: What's the Best Budget Computer Monitor?Shopping for monitors can be tricky. If you have money to …