On the iPhone
David Pogue, technology columnist for The New York Times, offers users of Apple's iPhone 3G some hidden gems on how to get the most out of their new phone in a new guidebook titled iPhone: The Missing Manual . It will help pick you up where Apple's famously minimalist instructions leave off.
On the Web
Goanimate.com lets users try their hand at animation without a need for drawing talent or a technical understanding of advanced software. The site is free. It's running a contest to choose the best animated story with a grand prize of $5,000. The site recently announced that Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, is using the site to produce animations that will be broadcast in "Protest Park" outside the Republican National Convention this week in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Expertvillage.com shows thousands of how-to videos on a wide range of topics, including auto repair. Want to know how to change windshield wipers? No problem. You can search by keyword, but there's no streamlined way to browse results. Still, there are valuable tidbits all over the place, such as the videos on tire-buying misconceptions and on how to identify tire wear. One is a simple tour around the auto-engine compartment called "How to Name the Parts of the Engine."
YouTube.com videos aren't forever - they can disappear as suddenly as they appear. Here's how to preserve them:
1) If you see a video on YouTube.com that you want to keep, click on its address in the Explorer window and hit the CTRL and C buttons on your keyboard (this will copy the address).
2) Go to the site keepvid.com, and paste (CTRL and V) the YouTube address into the "URL" window and press "Download." An updated screen appears with two download links. Right click on "video.mp4 - High Quality," select "Save Target As" and save the video to your desktop.
3) Drag the saved video into your iTunes Movie folder and sync iTunes with your iPod.