How to Customize a PowerPoint Handout Layout

PowerPoint handouts are a great resource to distribute to your audience so that they can follow along during your presentation or use for future reference. If you’d like to customize the handout layout before its distribution, PowerPoint has a way.

Customizing a PowerPoint Handout’s Layout

Go ahead and open up the PowerPoint presentation you’ll be working with if you haven’t already. Switch over to the “View” tab and click the “Handout Master” button.

handout master button

This action opens a new “Handout Master” tab on the Ribbon. Here you’ll find several available options for customizing the PowerPoint’s handout, such as Page Setup, Placeholders, Edit Theme, and Background.

handout master options

Let’s first look at the options available in the “Page Setup” group, starting with “Handout Orientation.” By default, the orientation is set to “Portrait,” but you can change it to “Landscape” from the drop-down menu.

handout orientation

“Slide Size” gives you three options: Standard (4:3), Widescreen (16:9), or Custom Slide Size. Selecting “Custom Slide Size” lets you specify the exact width and height of the slides.

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The Best Tech Travel Organizers For All Your Cables And Small Gadgets

To keep all your cables, chargers, SD cards, batteries, and assorted extras from getting lost in the bottom of your bag, you need some sort of system to keep them organized. Let’s look at our favorites.

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a kind of cable creep happen to me. I used to be able to travel with my Nokia charger and that was about it. Now, it’s not surprising to see someone lugging around a plethora of USB cables, three charging bricks, an external battery pack, a computer charger, a Chromecast, a camera charger, and who know what else. I’m one of those people— personally, I need to carry all the tech-extras for my iPhone, Kindle, MacBook, and DSLR; it adds up.

There are lots of different systems out there that claim to keep all your tech stuff better sorted so let’s dig in and look at the best. There’s something that will suit every tech user.

Best for Lots of Stuff: BUBM Double Layer Electronics Organizer ($17)

If you bring everything including your HD TV—or just have a clan of gadget-mad kids—the BUBM Double Layer Electronics Organizer is exactly what you’re looking for. This 10.7” x 8” x 1” gadget bag is big enough to fit an iPad and has an extra internal divider so you can store even more stuff.

The BUBM uses a mix of elastic loops, pouches, and zippered compartments so you can carry any combination you want of cables, chargers, flash cards, USB sticks, and other tech gear. The only problem is that, at about an inch thick, larger charging blocks, external batteries, camera chargers, and some international plugs either won’t fit or will be awkward and blocky.

Best For Just Cables: Cocoon Grid-IT! Organizer 5”x7” ($11)

If you just want to tame your unruly knot of cables, a Cocoon Grid-IT! Organizer is the best option. The Grid-IT! uses a crazy web of elastic straps that mean you can secure your cables however you want.

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The Best 3D Printers to Buy in 2019

It might feel like consumer 3D printers are still an early-adopter technology, but the truth is very different. Just a few years ago your 3D printer would have arrived in a disassembled state, having been partly put together by some scruffy guys in a shed. Now the typical mainstream 3D printer product is as polished and shiny as any other consumer electronic device you can throw a credit card at.

Prices have also been plummeting, which means that tinkerer’s on a budget can get some decent, affordable 3D printers. That’s not what we’re looking at here however. The printers listed here are ones that have pushed the industry forward as far as consumer printers are concerned.

Their features, capabilities and quality represent a quantum leap over the virtually homemade machines of the early days. So feast your eyes on four of the best 3D printers you can buy in 2019.

da Vinci Color

XYZprinting has really made a name for itself over the last few years. Their printers are consistently innovative and there are many good choices in the product range. For example, their da Vinci AIO products also include a 3D laser scanner, which turns the printer into a 3D photocopier of sorts.

While FDM printers have become quite mature, most are still limited to printing in a single color. Dual- or multi-extruder models can be used to easily print in multiple colors. One for each extrusion head. However, if you want a proper full-color 3D object there haven’t been any consumer products up to the task.

Enter the da Vinci Color. This printer feels like a real step up for the technology. It combines FDM 3D printing with CMY ink printing technology. The end result is a system that can color the outer layer of your print however you like. So you no longer need to hand-paint your prints! The da Vinci Color feels like the beginnings of the sci-fi replicators we imagined 3D printers could be.

It’s not a one-trick pony either. There are many high-tech features under the hood. WiFi is a given on high-end models these days, but it also has a neat magnetic print bed and sports a sophisticated auto-calibration system.

The 7.9 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch print volume may be a little tight for some, but the vast majority of users will be perfectly happy with that much room. The only real gripe is that the 100 micron maximum resolution is quite a bit grainier than the 20 micron resolution on the da Vinci Pro. If the price of the Color is too rich for your blood, there’s a Mini version of the printer now available for pre-order.

Flashforge Creator Pro

Flashforge already had a good thing going with the original Creator model. This new Creator Pro model takes what was great about the original and dials up the quality. Better (and more expensive) materials were chosen for the Pro, making it sturdier and more attractive.

You get aviation aluminum guaranteed not to warp under heat and a metal frame, in place of wood. The new metal construction and guide-rod assembly are all aimed at precision and reliability. To top it all off, the built chamber is insulated, so that ABS (it also supports PLA) cools consistently.

This is also a dual-extruder printer, which opens up all sorts of possibilities. Yes, you can use filaments of different colors for two-color prints, but of much more interest is the ability to have different grades of material for supports and final product.

This is a no-frills printer that knocks out high-quality prints a clear step above most other machines in this price bracket. Speaking of which, the Creator Pro initially launched with a price well north of a grand and has seen consistent price cuts, now going for almost half of the original tag.

It was already a strong competitor at full price, but at the time of writing you’d be hard-pressed to find something this good for so little.

LulzBot Taz 6

Despite the goofy name, the LulzBot Taz 6 is anything but a joke. This is an advanced, open-source, open-air 3D printer. It sports a massive build volume of 11.02” x 11.02” x 9.8” and a price that’s equally voluminous.

It’s not overpriced by any measure however. This is a SERIOUS printer that’s reliable enough to run constantly in a factory setting. Indeed, Lulzbot actually does this, with 150 machines printing parts that go into the printers that customers ultimately buy.

While there’s no WiFi connectivity, you don’t need to hook the Taz 6 up to a computer. It supports SD card printing, which means you only have to walk over with the model files to get going.

Maintenance is also kept to a minimum, with self-leveling and self-cleaning features, making this a very convenient machine to own.

Of all the things that impress about the Taz 6, the print head is at the top of the list. The printer has been designed to be modular, which means you can upgrade or modify your existing printer to support dual material printing and a long list of printing materials, including wood and metal composites, nylon filaments and printing materials that haven’t been invented yet. That’s some serious future proofing and makes the fat price tag much more sensible in this context.

Dremel Digilab 3D20

Dremel is one of the top power tool makers in the world, so it makes a lot of sense for them to try their hand at making a desktop 3D printer. The Dremel Digilab certainly looks the part, with a pleasing metallic finish and enclosed build space.

There is absolutely no pre-assembly, making this one of the most consumer-friendly 3D printers on the market. Since this printer does not have a heated build platform, you are limited to PLA material. That may not be a bad thing, since Dremel is pitching the Digilab as a high-quality desktop printer.

PLA tends to be used for models that need better details and overall finish, not ones that will actually be used for practical parts. This focus on PLA means the Digilab is tuned to that material, making it much more likely that your prints will come out the way they are supposed to.

Dremel claims that the 3D20 is the most reliable 3D printer on the market, backing it up with their testing regime. Of course, we have no way of verifying reliability claims, but Dremel has a reputation for making reliable tools. This is why the brand is such a favorite among builders and makers of all stripes.

Other quality of life features include a full-color touch screen and the ability to print from an SD card. That means the Digilab can operate independently from a computer, with a very friendly UI.

The only potential drawback is the 9”x5.9”x5.5” build volume. If you want to print models that are larger than this, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Otherwise, this is probably the best “sweet spot” desktop printer you can buy today.

The Time is Now

Standard material deposition 3D printers are now ready for primetime. There’s no reason to hesitate on pulling the trigger when it comes to desktop 3D printers any more. While there is still a lot of innovation on the horizon, the next generation of 3D printing technology isn’t going to make it to your desk any time soon.

This means that waiting doesn’t make a lot of sense. If you buy a modern 3D printer now, it should stay relevant for years to come, until they find a way to bring true multi-material printing to the home market. If you’ve always wanted a 3D printer, 2019 is as good a time as any to finally buy one. Enjoy!

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Shocker: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Is Faster Than the 845

The first benchmark tests are out for the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip, and unsurprisingly it’s faster than last year’s 845. At least this gives us some insight into what to expect in the 2019 Android flagship phones.

Of course, we have to give the obligatory benchmarks aren’t indicators of real-world performance talk here, because, well, benchmarks aren’t indicators of real-world performance. They’re a simple way to quantify and compare chipset performance by raw numbers and shouldn’t be used as anything more than that.

All that said, the results for the 855 look pretty good, especially compared to the 845, which is the current chip in the bulk of high-end Android phones out today. In fact, Qualcomm is claiming it’s a 40 percent performance increase. That’s a pretty significant number, especially when you consider how powerful these modern mobile chipsets already are.

Android Police recently spent some time running the 855 through its paces, comparing it to a slew of modern devices like the Pixel 3, OnePlus 6T, Galaxy Note 9, and more. If you’re interested in their findings and how the 855 compares to the 845, I highly recommend giving that post a read.

But really, the long and sort of it is that the 855 is, unsurprisingly, better than the 845. It’s going to be a good year for Android flagships.

via Android Police

You Can Now Tell Pandora What You Want to Listen To

Telling your phone what to do is quickly becoming way cooler than, you know, touching it, and Pandora is on it. The company just announced Voice Mode, which will let you tell it what to play. It’s cool.

This new mode will be available on both Android and iOS and will be accessible with the phrase “Hey Pandora” with the app open. You’ll be able to change stations, as well as adjust the volume and play/pause content. You can also use it for specific requests, like “play music for relaxing,” which is a pretty nice touch.

Beyond that, Voice Mode will support giving songs a thumbs up with your voice by saying “I like this,” skipping songs with “play something different,” adding tracks to playlists with “add this to my <whatever> playlist,” and a lot more. Here’s the full list from Pandora’s press release:

Types of requests include:

  • Control requests to change stations, control volume, skip or pause music, and other basic navigation commands.
  • Thematic requests delivering personalized music based on each user’s unique tastes, moods, and favorite activities like “play something for my workout” or “play music for relaxing.”
  • Open-ended requests like “play something different,” “play something I like” or “play more like this.”
  • Basic requests for a specific artist, song, station, podcast or playlist like “play new music by…” or “play my happy jams playlist.”
  • Interactive requests like “what song is this?” or directional requests like “add this song to my party playlist” or “I like this” to give a thumbs-up.

While some of these features are clearly only for users who subscribe to one of Pandora’s paid tiers, it seems that all users—both those who subscribe to Pandora or simply use the ad-based tier—will get access to Voice Mode in the coming weeks.

via Pandora