4 Foolproof Ways to Keep Your Plants Alive While You’re Traveling – CNET
Even though it’s a vacation, going out of town can be stressful, especially if you’re traveling long distances, or if in-laws are involved. By the time you get your bags packed, kids in the car, pet care organized and travel plans sorted, you’ve probably forgotten how you’re going to water the beautiful houseplants and healthy vegetable…
Even though it’s a vacation, going out of town can be stressful, especially if you’re traveling long distances, or if in-laws are involved. By the time you get your bags packed, kids in the car, pet care organized and travel plans sorted, you’ve probably forgotten how you’re going to water the beautiful houseplants and healthy vegetable garden you’ve worked so hard to grow. But no need to worry — these four quick and easy methods will help you plan ahead and prevent your plants from suffering while you’re away. And even if you have a black thumb, these tricks are still for you. You can also check out our tips for the right way to plant a tree, and how to kill honeysuckle. Now playing: Watch this: 4 ways to get your plants to water themselves 2:13 Just a note: Only use these techniques for plants that need daily watering, like herbs, vegetables and some houseplants. Your succulents would rather you let them be when you’re out of town. Read more: Our Ultimate Guide to Growing a Healthy Garden1. Try the traditional water wicking methodFor this, you need a large water container (like vase or bucket) and some cotton rope. Cotton clothesline, available at most hardware stores, works great. Cut a piece of cotton rope that’s long enough to fit between the bottom of your water container and into your plant’s soil. Take one end of the rope and push it several inches below the surface of the soil, close to the plant. Take care not to disturb the roots. Rest the other end of the rope in the bottom of your water container and fill it with water. Make sure the rope touches the bottom of your container. The cotton rope will slowly wick water from the container into the pot, maintaining a constant level of moisture in the soil. The water wicking technique only requires a few materials. Chris Parker/CNET 2. Create a DIY drip system You’ve probably seen those glass watering globes you stick into a pot to water your plant. There’s no need to buy them though, because you can easily make your own version. Start with a clean and empty plastic bottle. For a small to medium container, a water bottle will work just fine. Drill several drainage holes into the bottle close to the top. Before you head out on vacation, water your plant as normal. Fill the plastic bottle with water, and then quickly turn it over and plunge it into the first few inches of soil in the pot. Make sure the bottle is not too close to your plant and that the bottle is deep enough that the soil covers the holes. The water will slowly leak out of of the bottle as the soil dries out. For larger pots, you can use an empty wine bottle. Just fill it up, place your thumb over the opening before turning it over and plunging it into the soil. No need to spend money with this DIY hack. Chris Parker/CNET 3. Give your plants a bathFor pots with good drainage, you can give them a bath while you’re away. Well, sort of. Fill up your sink or bathtub with a few inches of water and lay a towel inside to protect against scratches. Rest your potted plants in the sink and leave them there while you’re gone. The soil will draw water up to the roots, keeping the plant hydrated for up to one week. Take stock of the lighting conditions near your sink or tub — if your plants need a lot of sunlight, don’t keep them in a dark bathroom. Here’s a fun hack: Give your plants a bath! Chris Parker/CNET 4. Turn a plastic bag into a greenhouseThis method seems unconventional, but it works wells for longer vacations. Get a clear plastic bag big enough to cover your plant and its pot. Add stakes to the pot to prevent the bag from clinging to the plants. Some say that the bag should absolutely not touch the leaves, but a little bit of contact is OK. Water your plants as normal, being sure not to overly saturate them. Place the plant into the bag, pulling the bag up and around your plant. Blow a bit of air into the bag before you seal it to help the bag balloon around your plant. It’s just more insurance that the bag won’t press up against the leaves. Leave your plant in an area with indirect light (direct sunlight will heat up the bag and likely kill your plant). This mini greenhouse will capture water as it evaporates and drip it back into the plant. Using a plastic bag seems unconventional, but it works well for longer vacations. Chris Parker/CNET Do you know of any more techniques to water plants? Let us know in the comments. Learn everything you need to grow a beautiful, healthy garden with CNET’s gardening guide. Want to find out if technology can grow a better garden? We test the latest gardening tech.
These Android 12 Hidden Settings Will Change How You Use Your Phone – CNET
Android 13 is Google’s next phone OS, and while it will bring many new and exciting features, like better UI customization and improved privacy controls, there are still settings and tools to discover on Google’s current mobile operating system, Android 12.Read more: How to Download Android 13 Beta 2 on Your Phone NowAnd it’s these hidden features…
Android 13 is Google’s next phone OS, and while it will bring many new and exciting features, like better UI customization and improved privacy controls, there are still settings and tools to discover on Google’s current mobile operating system, Android 12.Read more: How to Download Android 13 Beta 2 on Your Phone NowAnd it’s these hidden features that can completely change how you use your Android device, whether you own a Pixel 6 Pro or a Samsung Galaxy S22. In this story we’ll show you how to recover accidentally deleted notifications, use your phone with only one hand and more. Check out what Android 12 has to offer below. Now playing: Watch this: Android 13: Our Favorite New Features 6:54 If you want to learn more about how you can improve your Android experience, check out these seven tips to improve your Android’s performance and how to save battery with Android’s built-in dark mode. Android 12 keeps your notification history a tap awayDo you ever clear out a notification without reading it? I do it all the time. Android has offered device notification history for some time now, but you either had to know where to look, or you had to install a third-party app to see it. In Android 12, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of your notification shade, where you’ll see a new History button. Tap it, and you’ll see recently cleared notifications as well as alerts from the last 24 hours. If you see Manage instead of History, that’s because Notification History isn’t turned on. Enable it by tapping on Manage, then select Notification History and slide the switch to the On position. You now have quick access to your past notifications. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET Android 12 makes big phones feel smallerA new one-handed mode in Android 12 may not be a headlining feature, but it’s one that could make a big difference in how you use your phone. This is especially true if you’re using a phone with a big display, like the Galaxy S22 Ultra.The new one-handed mode moves the top half of whatever’s on your screen to the bottom half, making it easier to tap a quick settings tile or a notification. To use it, place a finger on the small bar at the bottom of your phone’s screen and swipe down. It may take a few tries, but once you get the gesture figured out, it’s easy to reproduce.Before you can do that, though, you’ll need to turn it on by going to Settings > System > Gestures > One-Handed Mode and slide the switch to the On position. Below the switch to enable the feature, you have two options: Pull screen into reach or Show notifications. Select the first option and then close out the Settings app.Use the new Game Mode in Android 12 to boost performance or live stream on YouTube. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET There’s a dedicated gaming mode in Android 12If you play a lot of games on your Android device, you’ll be happy to know that Google added a dedicated gaming mode to Android 12. When it’s turned on, your phone will do things like automatically turn on do not disturb when you start playing. But you’d never know the mode existed if you didn’t venture deep into, of all places, your notification settings. More specifically, go to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb > Schedules. Once there, check the box next to Game Mode to turn it on. Next, tap on the Settings gear icon to and toggle both items.In my experience testing it, game mode doesn’t work in every game (looking at you, Asphalt 9). It does work in Call of Duty Mobile, however. When it’s active, you can do things like force your phone to optimize itself for gaming in a single-tap or view your device’s current frames per second.Read more: The 8 Best Android Apps Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET Android 12 has a new app layout option, but it might be Pixel-onlyThe app grid on your phone’s home screen normally ranges for a 4×4, 5×5 or 6×6 grid (or similar combinations). However, in Android 12 on the Pixel 5, there’s a new app grid option that’s downright funny at first glance — 2×2. I assume this is limited to just Pixel phones, but hopefully, other phone-makers adopt it, as it’s a huge accessibility feature for those in need of larger app icons. Switch to the new 2×2 layout with a long-press on your home screen, then select Styles & Wallpapers > Grid > 2×2. For more, check out the best Android phones and Samsung phones to buy in 2022, every reason why you should give Pixel phones another chance and how the Pixel 6 with its Tensor chip is more exciting than the iPhone 13.
Embarrassing Search History on the Google App? Here’s the Quickest Way to Delete It – CNET
If you just cringed after typing something into Google Search on your phone, there’s no need to worry. Google offers a quick way to delete your search history in the app from the last 15 minutes. (And your search history isn’t the only data Google has on you. Here’s an in-depth guide to viewing Google’s…
If you just cringed after typing something into Google Search on your phone, there’s no need to worry. Google offers a quick way to delete your search history in the app from the last 15 minutes. (And your search history isn’t the only data Google has on you. Here’s an in-depth guide to viewing Google’s record of your online activity and minimizing the personal information it can track.) Brett Pearce/CNET This quick-delete feature, which the search giant unveiled at its Google I/O developers conference in 2021, is among a handful of options designed to protect user privacy. While Google didn’t get into the nitty-gritty of the various reasons why someone might want to expunge the record of their search history, the company did demonstrate how to do it, along with hiding select pictures from Google Photos. You can watch how to do it in the video below, or scroll down for instructions on how to delete your recent search history. Now playing: Watch this: Google now lets you delete recent search history and… 7:12 How to quick-delete your Google search history from the last 15 minutes Step 1: Tap on your profile picture to access your menu. Step 2: Click Delete last 15 minutes. That’s it! When you’ve done that, Google will erase all your search history from the previous quarter of an hour. For more, check out how to control what information your apps can access in Android 12 and six hidden Google Maps tricks.
OnePlus May Limit Alert Slider to Pro Models and Oppo Flagships: Report
OnePlus started providing a physical alert slider on its smartphones since the launch of the OnePlus One. Located on the upper left edge of the phone, it allows the user to set sound profile of the phone as silent, vibrate, and ring without unlocking the screen. According to a tipster, this practice will change soon…
OnePlus started providing a physical alert slider on its smartphones since the launch of the OnePlus One. Located on the upper left edge of the phone, it allows the user to set sound profile of the phone as silent, vibrate, and ring without unlocking the screen. According to a tipster, this practice will change soon and the company will limit the popular alert slider to its flagship models. As per the leak, the recently unveiled OnePlus Nord 2T was the last mid-range device to feature an alert slider. From this point, the alert slider will only be offered in the Pro models along with Oppo flagships. The upcoming OnePlus 10T is said to launch without the alert slider.Known tipster Yogesh Brar (@heyitsyogesh), on Twitter, suggested that few OnePlus phones will feature the alert slider from now on. As per the tweet, the OnePlus Nord 2T that debuted in May was the last handset to carry an alert slider and from now on, the feature will be more available in Pro models and some Oppo flagships. Meanwhile, the company’s rumoured OnePlus 10T is also tipped to drop the alert slider. A render for the smartphone leaked online also shows the alert slider missing. However, OnePlus is yet to confirm the news, so the reported details should be taken with a pinch of salt.Recently, Yogesh Brar in association with Onsitego leaked the renders and key specifications of the OnePlus 10T. The leaked renders show the handset in black colour without the alert slider. It is shown with a hole-punch display design as well. The OnePlus 10 is expected to feature a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC under the hood. It is said to sport a triple rear camera unit headlined by a 50-megapixel main sensor. For selfies, the phone could get a 32-megapixel front camera. It is tipped to sport a 4,800mAh battery as well.