Musical spectacle frames let outside sounds pass through


I never thought I would want the music to come out of my glasses. Then Anker sent me his Soundcore Frames. Soft.

I love being able to hear all the sounds swirling around me while listening to music on my walk, including birdsong, friends talking, or cars coming in. I wish others would wear the frames too. In my old building, which has 95% students, I had to wait for them to take out their headphones every time I strike up a conversation in the elevator. With the Frames, they could hear me easily.

The configuration is minimal. Connect the Frames to your cordless phone by going to your phone’s Bluetooth settings, and voila. They will automatically turn on when you put them on your head and turn off when you take them off. Voice commands allow you to answer or reject phone calls. These worked very well in my tests. But the song skip or volume up or down controls didn’t work for me. I had to use my phone for those.

The instructions could have been clearer. At first I thought I should get music through the Soundcore app, which has a limited selection. But tech support, which is great, told me that anything I can listen to on my phone will automatically be read through the glasses. So far, I’ve enjoyed Spotify, iHeart Radio, YouTube, Audible, and NPR. They all sound good.

Available for $ 200, Soundcore frames are available in nine different sunglasses styles and one clear, from I will add my prescription to one of them. Unlike other smart glasses, there is nothing fishy about their look. Out of 10 styles, three of them, including transparent frames, allow you to add a prescription.


I saw a stain on my clothes in my last photo. Removing it was as easy as waving a magic wand, available on a free website.

Cleanup.Pictures allows you to erase unwanted objects or people from your photos. As soon as you touch the spot and let go, the object disappears. Besides the stain, I removed a background image of a photo of a baby playing on the beach. It worked very well. You can change the size of the erase brush to work on smaller or larger areas.


On a rainy day, the web can be better than an art museum. Go to and type in the name of an artist or art movement. I looked for Winslow Homer. When I scrolled down I saw a bunch of his paintings. After choosing one, I clicked again to expand it. Then I clicked on an arrow to move through a slideshow. His things looked great on my tablet and my computer. The same goes for Maxfield Parrish.


If your child’s photo appears in a Google search, you can delete it. First, search for Remove images of minors from Google search results to go to Google’s support page, or find the easy-to-follow instructions on Basically, you need to submit the web address of the image, the web address of the google search results page, and fill out a google form.


A friend brought the DVD of the movie “The Mask”. But my DVD player was on the blink. It was then that I discovered that it was possible to stream a movie from a computer file to the TV. Previously, I only used Google Cast to import movies from the web.

To get started, convert a movie disc to a file. It’s easy with the free VLC media player from From the “Media” menu, choose “Convert / Save”. Now click on the “Disk” tab and click “Convert / Save” again. From there, choose an MP4 option that contains “TV”.

When the conversion is finished, you can watch it on the big screen. Launch the Google Chrome web browser and click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. Now choose “Cast”. Select your TV from the list. After that click on the arrow next to “Sources” and choose “Desktop”. There ! Your movie is on TV. All you have to do is press “play” on your computer screen. From there, you can pause or rewind the video.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t work with all movies. It worked with “The Mask”, https: // “Wodehouse Playhouse” and my “Animusic” video, but not with “Terminator” or “My Uncle”.


“Over the past year or so, my inbox has been inundated with ads that would once have been considered spam,” wrote one reader. “Should I ignore and delete the unopened information or should I unsubscribe?” “

According to Sophos, one of the leading security companies, you should never press “unsubscribe.” This tells the sender that the email is both active and in use. However, it is much worse to go to a spammer’s website. This gives them a chance to install malware on your computer.

In Gmail, Yahoo, and other email services, you can mark anything as spam or block it. To block it, open the email and click on the three dots above and to the right. Then choose “block”. Yahoo has an option to automatically delete all emails the sender has sent so far. West Elm Furniture means you.

If all else fails and your inbox contains more junk mail than regular mail, check the “Select all” box, then uncheck the few emails you want to read. Click delete for everything else. With Gmail and Yahoo, the spam folder is automatically deleted every 30 days. In AOL, it’s only five days.

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