Readers offer their best tips for using their smartphone as a flashlight, reading their favourite blogs, and mounting their phone on the dash of a rental car.
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Use Your Phone's Camcorder Mode As A Built-In Flashlight
Zorl0x explains why you don't need a flashlight app for your phone:
You can use the flash on an iPhone as a flashlight using the built in camera app. While in video mode, set the flash to "On."
Photo by Gabriele B.
Mount Your Smartphone To Your Car With A Pair Of Sunglasses
Dan Nathan-Roberts figures out an impromptu car mount for his phone:
I recently rented a car and forgot my phone holder. Here is a DIY phone holder for hands-free GPS.
Carefully put your sunglasses into the air vent using the curve for ears to hold the glasses against the dashboard. Depending on the dashboard shape, you've now got a nice temporary phone holder.
It isn't perfect, but it'll do in a pinch, as long as you don't need to wear the sunglasses to drive (and you're not in a state such as Victoria which only allows commercial mounts).
Create A Public Mashup Of Your Favourite Blogs With Google Reader
Webharsh discovers a cool feature of Google Reader:
A quick way to create a blog mashup using multiple websites RSS feeds is by creating a folder in Google Reader and making it public. Just go to Reader's settings > Folders and Tags and click the little icon next to "Private" to make the folder public.
The main thing this does is put it all together in a nice blog view, which some may prefer to Google Reader.