Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for making your headphones more comfortable, hidden Google Now features and fixing updates on Google Play.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or send it using the contact tab on the right.
Make Your Headphones More Comfortable, Without Affecting the Sound
jupitreas shares an alternative tip for making your headphones more comfortable:
The velour pad mod almost always changes the sound of the headphones, particularly if another brand’s pads are used. I know for a fact that swapping pads on the Audio Technica ATH-M50 (pictured in the article) changes their sound dramatically for the worse, both with the Beyerdynamic DT250 and the Shure SRH940 pads that are typically used for this mod.
A far better (and cheaper) solution is the ‘sock mod’. Simply cover the leatherette pads with soft cotton or another similarly pleasant material and sew it together at the base of the pad. The resulting pads might not look as spiffy as factory-made velour pads but they are just as comfortable, while not affecting the sound of the headphones.
Swipe to Reveal a “Hidden” Menu in Google Now
MsCassLopez discovers some extra shortcuts in Google Now:
You may not be aware that if you’re using Google Now on a mobile phone, the menu at the bottom of the results page that reads “Web Images Places” is swipeable and offers a bunch more choices when swiped.
Refresh Google Play if App Updates Aren’t Appearing
Mark has some trouble with a recent app update:
Today, Google+ updated on Android but it wasn’t showing up on my phone. Droid Life posted a good tip: you can just update it from the web. However, one of their commenters had an even better tip, and that is to just go to Menu > Accounts and re-select your account to “refresh” Google Play. There are a bunch of ways to do it, supposedly, but this worked for me.