Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for splitting your iOS keyboard with a gesture, setting up Google Alerts as RSS feeds, and viewing bottle cap codes.
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.
Split the iOS Keyboard with a Gesture
Our own Shep McAllister shares this great tip for splitting the iOS keyboard with a simple gesture:
Instead of dragging up on the keyboard button to split your screen, just use a zooming gesture instead. This has the added benefit of keeping the keyboard pinned to the bottom of the screen instead of moving up, as happens when dragging the keyboard button.
Create an RSS Feed with Google Alerts
Neil sends us a tip about using Google Alerts:
Google Alerts are pretty handy for keeping up with areas of interest on the web. You can also use them to create RSS feeds that you can them import into whatever RSS reader you use. This way, you get a custom RSS feed based on your own search parameters.
Read a Bottle Cap Code Without Opening the Bottle
Paul clues us in on how to read bottle cap codes without opening the bottle:
This is a simple tutorial on how to read the code underneath a bottle cap without actually opening the bottle. We use the LED on an iPhone to create a reflection onto the surface of the soda, which you can then easily read. You can use an app on your phone to automatically flip the image since it will be backwards, or you can just read the code backwards.
Make Your Own Scented Shower Disks
Emily shares a recipe for making your own soothing shower disks:
Shower disks fizz when the water hits them and slowly release whatever scented oils you’ve used in them. They are great for a relaxing shower or for helping soothe congestion when you’ve got a cold.