2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The 2017 Ford Fusion is an excellent mid-size sedan and the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid manages to keep a lot of what we love about the Fusion, as well as delivers better fuel economy with only two real trade-offs.

The 2017 Fusion Hybrid promises and delivers great fuel economy with 43 city mpg and 41 highway mpg, this is double the city fuel efficiency of the standard Fusion.

New for 2017, the Ford Fusion Hybrid gains Sync 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, new safety features and a Platinum trim level that takes luxury up another notch.

We like the 2017 Fusion Hybrid style.
2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Excellent design inside and out.
Impressive fuel economy without trying.
Great technology options, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Top notch driver safety and convenience features
Slow acceleration when in the default Eco mode
Lose some trunk space due to batteries.
The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid delivers excellent fuel economy, impressive technology, top-notch safety features and an excellent design, but accelerates far too slow in eco mode.

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid starts at $25,295 for the Ford Fusion Hybrid S and goes up to $37,130 for the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Platinum that we spent the week driving. For comparison, the base 2017 Fusion starts at $22,110 and is available in up to the Platinum trim package for $36,750. The 2017 Fusion Sport is $33,605.

Our daily driver is the 2013 Ford Fusion, which shares the main body style with the 2017 Fusion, but there are many technologies and safety upgrades on the 2017 model. One of the first things we noticed is that Ford switched from capacitive buttons to real buttons for many car and stereo functions, which is a very good thing.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Driving & Performance

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid drives nicely, but accelerates too slowly.
The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid drives nicely, but accelerates too slowly.

The 2017 Ford Fusion is easy to drive around town, on the highway, into and out of parking spots and is generally an all around good car. But with Eco mode activated, acceleration is incredibly slow. Press the button to go from Eco to Normal and you’ll gain back a little edge and acceleration that feels better for merging onto a highway. Overall though, the acceleration is still toned down compared to our gas-only Ford Fusion. While we don’t expect sport-like acceleration in a hybrid like this, the 0 to 60 acceleration was too slow for us to comfortably use while driving on the highway.

Though it lacks in acceleration, the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid delivers big time in fuel economy. We achieved 42.7 mpg when driving on the highway with Eco mode on and during our week with the car in the city and on the highway recorded 39.0 mpg for mixed driving. Both numbers represent normal real world driving with no special attempts to extend the range.

The regenerative braking is very good. This is what helps recharge the battery anytime you lift your foot off the accelerator or press the brake. Unlike some hybrids, this felt very smooth. Road noise is kept to a minimum and Ford even pipes in some active noise canceling through the speakers to help keep road and car noise to a minimum.

Handling is very nice, even around windy roads which are still fun in Normal driving mode. There is no Sport mode to turn on for an extra boost of power or changes to shift points. In fact, the transmission in the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid shifts continuously, so you won’t even feel the shifts happening like you do in many cars. When the car switches from battery to gas power you hear a slight change, but you won’t feel a change in power or any kind of lurch. It’s a smooth transition both ways, so you can forget about it and simply drive. Overall the car drives nicely and, outside of acceleration, handles much like the gas version we drive every day.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Design & Features

We like the 2017 Fusion Hybrid style.
We like the 2017 Fusion Hybrid style.

Ford continues to slightly tweak the exterior design of the Ford Fusion since introducing the current style in 2013. Overall the car looks the same on the outside, with a sharp grill that straddles the line of bold and refined. The Fusion design aged well, and the new LED headlights and new wheel options help upgrade the looks.

The interior of the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid is spacious, easily fitting four adults. Legroom is good in the backseat, though headroom may be a little cramped for very tall passengers on longer trips. Ford added the new Platinum trim level that takes the interior up a notch. Compared to the Titanium level this new trim adds a more upscale look to the cabin. While not as luxurious as more expensive cars, it is a nice option to see. The Platinum trim level seats and accents on the doors use a quilt pattern that definitely looks more suited for an older buyer than a millennial.

The Platinum trim level interior is very nice.
The Platinum trim level interior is very nice.

Ford added the new Platinum trim level that takes the interior up a notch. Compared to the Titanium level this new trim adds a more upscale look to the cabin. While not as luxurious as more expensive cars, it is a nice option to see. The Platinum trim level seats and accents on the doors use a quilt pattern that definitely looks more suited for an older buyer than a millennial. One thing drivers of all age groups will appreciate is the ability to customize the accent lighting color throughout the car using the on-screen controls.

Heated and cooled seats are standard with the Platinum trim and available on other packages as an option. Dual Zone Climate control makes it easy to keep the driver and passenger comfortable.

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The trunk space is limited by the battery that takes up a chunk of the room near the front of the trunk. We hauled groceries with no problem, but you’ll definitely feel the pinch when trying to pack luggage in. The battery area doesn’t go all the way up, so you can still fold the seats down and slide in a long but slim object that you need to use part of the backseat to haul.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Technology & Safety

With Ford Sync 3 and a slew of driver safety and convenience features, the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid is at the top of its class. I’ve already detailed why I’m ready to upgrade to Ford Sync 3 and a week with this new system only reinforces that desire.

Sync 3 looks modern and works brilliantly with easy to find functions and a good amount of user control. Ford fixed many of the complaints with My Ford Touch and adds on to deliver a system that is easier to use and very responsive. The Premium Sony 12 speaker system sounds great; it’s an upgrade that we highly recommend if you enjoy listening to music in your car.

The new Sync 3 system is very nice and includes support for Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
The new Sync 3 system is very nice and includes support for Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.

In addition to the built-in navigation and software, you can also plug in an iPhone or Android phone and get access to CarPlay or Android Auto. These both let you use a car-friendly version of your phone’s software. You can’t use all of your apps on-screen, but they deliver a very nice way to interact with common phone functions, texting by voice, navigation and music.

Ford’s Smart Key technology allows you to unlock the car by touching the door handle when you are next to it and to tap the top of the door handle to lock the car. You can also start the car by pushing a button with the key in your pocket, which is very handy. The key fob includes a remote start function and a LED that lets you know if the car successfully started.

Ford packs in a ton of safety and driver convenience features on the Platinum trim level, many of which are available on other trim levels. Lane Keeping will help alert you when you are about to go out of your lane and can help guide you back into your lane. The Adaptive Cruise Control will automatically slow you down when someone in front of you is driving slower, without the need to tap the brakes or adjust your cruise settings. Ford’s version even supports Stop and Go, so your car can come to a complete stop and then resume without you interacting with the cruise or pedals.

There are a number of useful safety and driver convenience features.
There are a number of useful safety and driver convenience features.

With Parking Assist, the Fusion will identify if a parking spot is big enough and then do the steering to park you. All you need to do is shift, accelerate and brake. When you need to exit a tight parking spot, you can use a park out option, moving you back and forward to help you get out of the parking spot. New for 2017 is support for backing into a perpendicular parking spot, like at the grocery store. Side Sensors will also help you avoid catching the side of your car on something while navigating tight parking garages.

The Blind Spot Monitor alerts you if someone is in your blind spot with a small indicator on your mirrors. If you put your turn signal on while someone is in your blind spot, you will get an audio alert. This system also lets you know if a car is coming from the right or left when slowly backing out of a parking space.

With Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, the Fusion alerts you with a red light up a warning on the windshield and an ear-catching sound. When this happens the brake pre-charges to help you stop sooner and if you don’t quickly act, the car will automatically brake for you.

A rear backup camera is standard on the 2017 Ford Fusion. For an added $190 you can upgrade to rear inflatable seat belts to help reduce the risk of injury in a crash.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Review is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Small businesses and large enterprises can’t use just any laptops. Their notebooks need decent displays and solid battery life. They must have solid frames that can handle abuse and be easily fixable when something goes wrong. The Lenovo ThinkPad T470 has these things, and a clean version of Windows 10 to go along with them.

The ThinkPad T470 is Lenovo’s budget-friendly business laptop. Lenovo.com sells it for as little as $881.10. It boasts the latest Intel processors, storage options, a fingerprint reader and two docking options too. In fact, there’s very little business users need that this workhorse does not have.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Review: Design & Internals

The ThinkPad T470 isn’t as stylish as some other laptops. Its soft-touch frame is  charcoal in color so that it doesn’t attract much attention in a meeting. Gently rounded edges make the notebook comfortable to carry in your hand from place to place. That’s a big contrast from the laptops with sharp edges out there that feel like they might slip through your fingers at any moment.

Lenovo says this laptop meets 12 different military durability checks, which explains why it doesn’t flex or bend. Those checks include high-vibration, temperature shock, humidity and mechanical shock. The ThinkPad T470 is more likely to survive a drop than some other notebooks I’ve used recently.

You should expect to wipe and dust this laptop off often. The soft-touch plastic shows fingerprints.

This PC has every port you need to connect a mouse, keyboard, monitor or smartphone. The charging port, USB 3.0 port, Thunderbolt 3 port and SmartCard slot are on the left edge. A headset jack, HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports an Ethernet port and an SD card slot are on the right edge. If you’ve already grown used to a docking setup, there’s a Lenovo docking port on the bottom. Use the Thunderbolt 3 port to connect to third-party docks.

This notebook is an eighth of an inch thick and weighs 3.49 pounds with a 3-cell battery. Adding the 6-cell battery pushes its weight to just under 4 pounds. Thankfully, you can ditch the weight created by extra batteries when you want.

The ThinkPad T470 has a 3-cell battery embedded in its body and an external battery slot. You’re free to swap the external battery without ever turning the laptop off. Swapping battery packs in this machine is like fueling a jet without it landing. You will love this feature if you find yourself running from meeting to meeting with a dead laptop.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Review: Features & Performance

The least expensive model of the ThinkPad T470 Lenovo sells online has a 14-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display, a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. All models sport integration mobile data. You can go up to an Intel Core i7 processor and 32GB of RAM.

Gotta Be Mobile’s review unit had the same Intel Core i5 processor and Intel HD 620 graphics. A 256GB Solid State Drive, 8GB of RAM and a 14-inch FHD 1920 x 1080p display were inside it.

7th Generation Intel Core processors offer better performance when you’re watching 4K videos. Computers with them have longer battery life and slightly better performance than 6th Generation Intel Core processors, too.

The ThinkPad T470’s battery life is spectacular. Expect 11 hours while browsing websites to research your next project and writing your next presentation. Adding a high-capacity battery in the external slot could get you as much as 27 hours of battery life, according to Lenovo. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a high-capacity battery on-hand to try that for myself.

You don’t hear much fan noise coming from the machine while working. The laptop does kick on the fan to cool the processor when you’re ready to do something demanding, though.

I had no problem with the ThinkPad T470’s performance at all. Windows 10 apps, programs essential to my job – like Photoshop – don’t drag on this machine. Google’s Chrome browser is notorious for its bad performance on Windows 10. I used it all week on the ThinkPad T470 without noticing a hiccup. I’m confident that any productivity app you need for your business will run on this laptop just fine.

If a worker says that their ThinkPad T470 is behaving badly, it’s more likely a software issue than a hardware problem. You’re prepared either way. Every version of this laptop has vPro technology that lets IT departments configure it remotely. VPro processors handle virtual machines well so that you can install two operating systems on the T470. Windows 7 and Windows 8 can’t be installed on the machine directly from Lenovo. That’s what makes that dual-operating system option useful.

Lenovo doesn’t stuff the ThinkPad T470 with extra software. The company only added software essential for managing the notebook’s settings. Microsoft installs Candy CrushMarch of Empires and Sling TV in Windows 10 Pro. Remove those and you have a very, very clean Windows 10 experience.

The Lenovo ThinkPad T470’s Windows Hello ready fingerprint reader sits to the left of the keyboard. It’s fast and almost always works. You will want to program it with three fingers from your dominant hand for the best experience.

Lenovo’s legendary ThinkPad keyboard works just fine here. Key presses feel a little softer than other notebooks, but I wouldn’t declare it awful because of that. Shortcuts make disconnecting Wi-Fi, turning off the keyboard and adding a favorite to your web browser easy. Each key has a LED light behind it so that you can see it in the dark. A TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard lets you move around Windows without lifting your fingers.

This notebook’s precision trackpad has two-finger and four finger gestures. These gestures let you switch apps and get to your desktop quickly. Zooming in with the trackpad feels like you are enlarging a photo on an iPad.

Replacing the keyboard and the internals of this ThinkPad T470 requires fewer screws, Lenovo says. The second battery is always accessible, too. Experienced IT departments large and small can get this machine running again without having to send it back to Lenovo for service.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Review: Specifications

Processor & Graphics 2.6 GHz 7th Generation Intel Core i5 processor

(Core i3 and Core i7 Options)

Intel HD Graphics 620

Memory & Storage 8GB of DDR4 2400 MHz RAM

(Up to 32GB of RAM Optional)

256 GB Solid State Drive

(256 SSD, 1TB SSD 500GB Standard Drive Options)

Display 14-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS Display with Touch

14-inch 1366 x 768 HD Display without Touch

14-inch 1920x 1080 FHD IPS Anti-Glare Display without Touch

Ports & Extras ·            Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC

·            Gigabit Ethernet

·            1 HDMI Port

·            3 USB 3.0 Ports

·            Headset Jack

·            Memory Card Reader

·            Kensington Lock Slot

·            Stereo Speakers

·            720p Web Camera

·            Backlit Keyboard

·            Micro SIM Card

·            SmartCard Slot

·            Fingerprint Reader

(Optional Mobile Data)

Battery Life 18 Hours of Battery Life with Two Batteries

27 Hours of Battery Life with Removable High-Capacity Battery Option

Dimensions & Weight 13.25-inches x 9.15-inches x 0.79-inches

3.49-lbs with Standard Capacity Batteries

3.92-lbs with High Capacity External Battery


Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Review: Should You Buy?

The Lenovo ThinkPad T470 is the same great ThinkPad business notebook with new tricks. It’s not exciting and that’s ok.

It can last through marathon working sessions without you needing to charge it every five hours. It’s easily serviceable and powerful enough to handle anything that the modern office worker or small business owner can throw at it. The ThinkPad T470 has every port you could need and two docking solutions for when you encounter a port its engineers forgot about.

If you’re looking for a workhorse for your business, put the ThinkPad T470 on your shortlist of candidates. In fact, I’d considering crossing every other business notebook you’ve looked at already off that list.


Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Review is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Xbox One X Price Breakdown

Xbox One X Price Breakdown is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Xbox One X price shocked some gamers. Others think that it’s the most affordable 4K gaming experience available. Both groups of people are wrong. It’s not that simple at all.

The Xbox One X is a redesigned Xbox One. It’s smaller and lighter than the console Microsoft released in 2013. Every feature from 2016’s Xbox One S is in the Xbox One X. You can play the same games and stream videos from the same apps.

The console does things that older Xbox One consoles can’t. An upgraded GPU, powerful primary processor and lots of RAM give developers the power they need to create games that fully support 4K displays and run smoothly. Microsoft says that those with a high-definition television can expect slightly better graphics. Grand Theft Auto 5 and other titles will load in less time on the Xbox One X than they do on other Xbox One consoles.

Read: Xbox One X Release Date, Price & Features

That all sounds great, but you shouldn’t rush to purchase this console. You need to take the full Xbox One X price into account. That price includes the cost of a new game, another controller and maybe a new television.

Upfront Costs of Buying an Xbox One X

First, consider your upfront Xbox One X costs. You’ll need to purchase the console and games that take advantage of it. You may need a few Xbox One X accessories depending on your setup too.

Xbox One X Price

The Xbox One X will cost $499.99 when it goes on sale later this year. Gamers don’t get much besides the console for their money. Expect a power cable, an HDMI cable and an Xbox Wireless Controller to come in the box. There’s 1TB of storage inside. A 4K Blu-Ray drive lets you play games without fully installing them.

Compare that base price to other consoles. An Xbox One S with 1TB of storage costs $349. That’s before the $50 off sales that Microsoft sometimes offers. The Xbox One S with 500GB of storage is just $249. You can’t play games in full 4K resolution with these consoles. They do have 4K video streaming apps for Netflix and Amazon Video. Sony’s PS4 Pro isn’t as powerful as the Xbox One X, but games updated for it are crisper and smoother on 4K televisions than the standard PS4. The PS4 Pro costs $399.99.

Getting a Windows PC with this much power will cost you more than $499 for sure. Factor that into your buying decision also.

Xbox One X Games

Every Xbox One game works on Xbox One X. Also, game developers can’t make a title that is only for Xbox One X.

Forza 7, Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Need for Speed Payback, FIFA 18, Madden and Assassin’s Creed Origins are official Xbox One X Enhanced titles. You’ll need one of these enhanced games to truly see what your new console can do on a 4K television with HDR contrast. Plan to spend $60 on one Xbox One X Enhanced game.

Forza 7 Lamborghini Cockpit 4K

Read: Xbox One X Enhanced Games Details

Titanfall 2, Dead Rising 4, For Honor, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Halo Wars 2, Outlast 2, Injustice 2, Gears of War 4, Rocket League, Minecraft and Fallout 4 will get free updates to add 4K video support. More than 30 games will get updates for the new console soon, Microsoft says. These free updates will save you cash as you build out your Xbox One X Enhanced games library.

Xbox One X Accessories

You need to add the costs of any essential Xbox One accessories to your overall Xbox One X price. Microsoft only includes a set of AA batteries for the matching controller inside the box and an HDMI cable to connect your console to a television set. Anyone upgrading from Xbox One doesn’t need to purchase any new Xbox One X accessories. The extras you have for the Xbox One and Xbox One S will work with this new console.

You’ll need to buy a second $59.99 Xbox One Controller before anyone else in your house can play your games with you.

The Kinect sensor lets you give the console voice commands, stream your gameplay to Twitch, play a limited number of motion games and chat without a microphone. Microsoft sells the Kinect for $99.99. You need to purchase the $39.99 Kinect Adapter for Xbox One before you can use it with your console. Skip Kinect it if you aren’t into broadcasting your gameplay.

You may want to invest in a racing wheel for your driving games. Forza 7 is one of the console’s launch titles. The Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Racing Wheel costs $199.99

The Seagate GameDrive.

The 1TB of storage inside the Xbox One X is enough to hold your games starting out. The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox adds another TB of storage for $109.99.

Getting the Right Setup for an Xbox One X

Now that you’ve got your console, games and accessories factored into the Xbox One X price, it’s time to move on to set up costs. You need these items to get everything the console has to offer.

A 4K TV for Xbox One X

Your television needs to have 4K and HDR technology to get the best visuals. 4K is standard across televisions, but HDR10 isn’t. Be sure to check for that option before you make any purchases. HDR10 only enhances color, it’s not a must-have to get 4K visuals from your games.

Read: 4K TV: What You Need to Know, What You Need to Watch

Amazon has TVs with 4K screens and HDR technology that start around $800 and increase from there. Here are a few 4K TVs with HDR available from the site.

Xbox One X Services

Finally, add any services that you plan to use on the console to the base Xbox One X price.

Xbox Live Gold costs $9.99 a month or $59.99 a year. You’ll need this to play your games with other people online. The subscription also unlocks four games for you to play each month.

Microsoft’s new Xbox Game Pass works like Netflix. $9.99 a month unlocks a huge library of titles for you to try on your Xbox One X. Consider getting GamePass if you have a small library of titles.

Your Xbox One X Price

After you’ve established what you need, add the costs together and you have the Xbox One X price you’ll really pay.

Read: Xbox One X Pre-Order Guide

Gamers upgrading from the Xbox can expect to spend $560. That is with the base console, one game and before taxes.

Including the 55-inch LG 4K Ultra HD television with the console pushes the cost to $1,580. This price also includes the console and a single game. Finding a smaller television with 4K and HDR can bring that cost down a little.

Finally, those considering an Xbox One X that don’t have a 4K display in their home can expect to pay $1,699.99. This price includes the 55-inch LG 4K Ultra HD television with HDR, the Xbox One X, an extra Xbox Wireless Controller and a year of Xbox Live Gold.

Use these prices to decide if the Xbox One X is worth buying.

8 Best Free Xbox Games


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Many free-to-play games revolve around strategy or civilization building. Warframe is one of the free Xbox games that you can download now that doesn’t. It’s a third-person shooter.

The Tenno have just awoken after centuries of sleeping in stasis. Warframe takes its name from the suits that the Tenno use to do battle with the game’s other races. There’s the Greiner, who are clones of humans. The Corpus are a technology company with lots of robotic innovation at their disposal. Sentients consist of an alien race that’s back to do battle.

Warframe features both player-vs-player combat and a single player experience.

[ Download Warframe from the Xbox Store ]

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Xbox One X Price Breakdown is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

10 OneNote Tips to Master the Microsoft Note Taking App

10 OneNote Tips to Master the Microsoft Note Taking App is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

Lately I’ve begun using Microsoft OneNote for all of my note taking tasks because it works on Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad. It also handles inking well with the Microsoft Surface Pen and the Apple Pencil.

The app comes on almost every platform and has both powerful features and a simple interface. We focus here on Windows mostly, but not entirely. See our previous 14 OneNote Tips & Tricks for even more about how to use the program more effectively.

Send to OneNote Printer

OneNote Printer Driver

After users install OneNote, the program puts a new printer drive in your Windows Printers and Devices section. When you find something you want to send to your notebook from another program, print it to OneNote. Print however you’d print using that app, and select the OneNote printer driver.

Let’s say you want to share things between people in your office or home. You can share your OneNote Printer on the network and others can add the driver to their computer. Then they can print to your OneNote Notebook.

onenote printed page in quick notes

The program will create a new page with an image of the document or photo printed. Find it by opening the program and going to the Quick Notes section. It will show up as an Untitled Page at the top of the list by default. That’s true whether you print something to OneNote or someone else uses the shared printer driver.

Change OneNote Notebook Names Explorer or Finder

OneNote doesn’t let you change the name of a Notebook within the program for some reason. You can act like you’re changing it and it will seem like it’s changed. However, when you look for the notebook in your file browser, you won’t find the new name. You’ll find the old name because it doesn’t change the notebook name on the hard drive or SSD.

onenotebook file name changing

Changing the file name requires the user to open the file program, Windows Explorer on Windows and Finder on a Mac.

Go to your OneDrive folder, if that’s where you store OneNote notebooks. If not, then find the OneNote folder. Find the notebook you want to permanently change. In Windows Explorer or Mac Safari right-click the name and choose Rename.

Clip Websites with Clip to OneNote

Microsoft made an extension for Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox that will let you clip web pages to your notebook. Install the Clip to OneNote extension and sign into your Microsoft account. Head over to a page you want to clip. Click on the icon from the extensions of the browser. It will open a window that takes an image of the page and offer a few options for clipping the page.

clip to onenote extension

The options include…

  • Full Page – this grabs an image of the entire page.
  • Region – this lets the user select part of the page.
  • Article – only the article gets clipped.
  • Bookmark – adds a bookmark to the page in your note.

Below the list of options for what to clip, there’s a drop down box letting the user select where to place the clipping. By default, it puts the clipping into the Quick Notes section of OneNote. When you’re ready, click on the Clip button.

Take Screenshots on Surface Pro with OneNote

On the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, you can easily take a screenshot using OneNote and the Surface Pen. Set this up from the Settings in Windows 10. Go to the Devices section and click on Pen & Windows Ink from the left side list.

devices in windows settings

Scroll down until you see the section title Pen & Windows Ink (see below).

surface pen button settings

The first set of drop down boxes controls what the Click Once setting does. Click the drop down box to choose what you want the OS to do when you quickly click the button on top of the Surface Pen. I’ve set it to open the Windows Ink Workspace in the above screenshot.

The Double-click drop down box is what I used to take screen shots. I chose “Send screenshot to OneNote” from the drop down box. When I double tap the top button on the end opposite the tip, it takes a screenshot and sends it to the Quick Notes section. I chose to launch OneNote when I press and hold the button.

Create Subpages in OneNote

Organize your notes using subpages. We do this by creating a section inside a notebook. Let’s say you often have meetings with a group of people in your organization. You want to find the group of people by their name, like teachers. Then under that Teachers page you may want to create pages for each meeting titled with the date of the meeting or with a certain group of teachers, like First Grade.

creating subpages in onenote
Animated video demonstrates adding subpages in OneNote 2016.

Create the Teachers page or whatever main page name you want to create. Add a description in the page to let you  know what this group of pages includes. For example, if you’re making a main page for a specific project, describe the project. Then add a new page to the section and give it a title. Hover over the page title on the right side of the OneNote screen. You’ll see a little plus icon show up. Click it to add a new page. Then give that page a title. If you want it to be a subpage under another page, then click on the tab on the right side and drag it in to make it move a bit to the right. You can drag these tabs to the left to graduate it to a main page as well. Put multiple levels under pages if you like.

Add Images to OneNote from the Web

You can add images from the web using the Clip to OneNote extension as we described above. You can also add them using the OneNote Printer Driver. However, if you’re working in OneNote and want to add a specific picture that you have stored in OneDrive, Facebook and Flickr. You can also find an image online using Bing image search.

insert images from online in onenote

Place the cursor where you want to insert the image on the OneNote note page. Click on the Insert tab in the ribbon and then click on the Online Pictures button from the Insert ribbon. A dialog box pops up. By default it shows Bing Image Search and OneDrive, if you’re signed into OneDrive. You can also add Facebook and Flickr by clicking those icons from the bottom of the dialog box. After you do, you’ll have to connect your Facebook and Flickr accounts and it will look like the screen shot above.

bing image search in onenote image insert

To insert an image, click one of the options. Enter what you’re looking for in Bing Image Search and it opens a page loading images from Bing. You can continue to search if you don’t find what you want immediately.  Once you do, click the image and then click on the Insert button.

The other services insert images the same way with only minor variations. You can also insert other media from the Insert ribbon. Play around with the various forms of media.

Use OneNote for Information Organization

information organization in onenote for mac

OneNote offers a huge variety of ways to organize your personal and work information. For example, create a To Do list by adding check boxes to a list from the Home tab. Find the To Do Tag button on the Ribbon towards the right end.

There’s a section called Tags on Windows. On a Mac it sits just left of the To Do button. See the image above. You can add questions, contact information, a Critical tag, or a couple dozen other items. These will help you quickly add visual tags to your notes which helps when you’re searching.

Get OneNote on Other Platforms

microsft onenote in mac app store

Like we said at the outset, OneNote runs on Mac, Android and iOS, too. Head over to your app store and install the free app from the App Store.

After you install OneNote from the Mac App Store, Google Play Store or iTunes App Store, open it and log in. It will find your notebooks from Microsoft OneNote and offer to sync them to the Mac, Android device or iOS device.

Draw or Write with a Stylus on OneNote

Some people don’t think about drawing or writing in OneNote, but it has great tools for inking in the app. This works better on the right device like the following:

  • iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil
  • iPhone, iPad or Android device with stylus such as the Adonit fine-tip styluses
  • Windows tablet like the Surface Pro and Microsoft Pen

Click on the Draw tab in the Ribbon. It looks different depending on which operating system you’re using. For example, here’s the Draw tab in OneNote 2016 for Windows.

onenote drawing tab in ribbon

Here’s the Mac version of OneNote.

microsoft onenote on mac

Notice that the Windows version offers more tools and customizations.

Click on the Pen, Marker or Highlighter tool. This will bring the color and pen size sections of the tab to life. Choose a color and pen size. The Windows version offers some predefined pens as does the Mac version.

Sync Drawings from a Device with a Stylus

If you like to write or draw, but use OneNote mostly on a device without a good stylus, consider doing the drawing or writing on a device with a stylus. If you own a tablet, get a stylus for it. Draw or write on the device with the stylus and then sync the note to OneDrive.



10 OneNote Tips to Master the Microsoft Note Taking App is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

June Clash of Clans Builder Base Update: What to Know

June Clash of Clans Builder Base Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The first big update to the Clash of Clans Builder Base is coming soon and adding plenty of new content for gamers. Here we’ll discuss some of the most important changes, what’s new like the Night Witch, and what to expect from Builder Hall 6.

Supercell added the Builder Base to Clash of Clans in May, and since the release gamers have voiced their frustrations. From not having enough troops, the battle limits that slows down progress, to game balance and more.

Read: Clash of Clans Update Frustrates Gamers

And while some of that will change, the update is mainly geared at new content and Builder Hall 6. We aren’t expecting some of these early problems to get solved right away. Still, this is an exciting update you’ll want to know about and prepare for.

Sadly the “loot limit” isn’t going away anytime soon, and one of the best features, the Clock Tower, is losing 50% of its abilities to slow down game progression. This isn’t the best change but we’ll wait for the update to arrive before judging it further. As some of the new troops and defensive builders look great. Click here for more details.

What’s New in the Builder Hall 4 Update

  • New Night Witch: Spawns Bats and wrecks havoc on bases, more spawn after she dies (Builder Barrack level 8)
  • New Roaster Defense: Similar to the Inferno Tower only this is more like a flame thrower. A perfect counter to roast down swarms of incoming bats (hits ground and air troops)

  • New 5th Army Camp: Delivers more space for troops to improve attacks and improve gameplay
  • Levels 11-12 for all troops at Star Laboratory level 6
  • Level 6-10 upgrades for the Battle Machine

Additionally, Supercell is adding more defensive buildings and traps to help balance gameplay, as if attacks weren’t hard enough already. Below is a list of all the new builders coming in BH6.

  • +1 Archer Tower
  • Another Crusher Defense
  • One more exploding Mine
  • A second Mega Mine
  • Four more wall sections

Clock Tower Changes

One of our favorite features in the Builder Base is the Clock Tower. A building that speeds up progress throughout the entire game. Supercell felt it had too much value and will cut down on usage. However, the cooldown period is 7 hours instead of 8, so players can use the Clock Tower three times per day.

  • Clock Tower cooldown reduced from 8 hours to 7 hours
  • Duration reduced by 50% to 2.5 minutes (from 5 minutes, upgrades will apply)
  • Clock Tower speed multiplier reduced from 10x to 8x

Other Builder Base 6 Updates

Another exciting new feature is “Watch Live” which will allow players to watch attacks on their base live in real-time if they finish the battle first. This is one of the most requested features. Then, expect these other small changes.

  • Resource Collectors, Storages, Gem Mine, and Clock Tower upgrades to level 6
  • A single Archer Tower in your Town Hall can now be Geared Up, similarly to the Cannon. Requires Builder Base Archer Tower Level 6 and Home Village Archer Tower Level 10.
  • Players who have created accounts in India will now be placed in a Global Chat channel specifically created for their region. We want to ensure players are able to communicate with each other, find like-minded Clashers, and create communities of their own and we feel this is a step in a direction to help facilitate this.

YouTubers have started teasing many of these changes, along with live gameplay footage of the two new troops Night Witch and the Roaster. Take a peek below and stay tuned for more details on the release date.

Town Hall Upgrades (Original Base)

A big problem with the Builders Base update and this upcoming update is the lack of new content for the original game. Millions of players love Clash of Clans and have enjoyed it for over 3-4 years. Thankfully, Supercell is doing a big round of balance changes, lowering upgrade times, and cutting costs in the original game.

Supercell announced a June balance change update for Clash of Clans, and here are all the details. There are tons of discounts on prices and upgrade times, new troop and building levels, and changes to offensive cards. However, there are no new troops or defenses for players.

From what we’re seeing some time in the next week a big Clash of Clans update will arrive full of changes for both the original game and the Builder Base. Stay tuned for more details.

June Clash of Clans Builder Base Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.