Profile

Cover photo
Ben Patterson
Works at here's the thing
Attended New York University
Lives in Brooklyn
243 followers|108,111 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube+1's

Stream

 
Who needs phone favorites? If you've got an Android phone, you can pin a contact directly to your home screen. Here's the trick!
1
Add a comment...

Ben Patterson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Has your iPhoto library been feeling sluggish lately—or have all your iPhoto snapshots up and disappeared? If so, it might be time to give iPhoto's "First Aid" mode a try.
1
Add a comment...

Ben Patterson

Shared publicly  - 
 
There's a handy shortcut for some of the best iOS screen settings—and once you've turned it on, it'll never be more than a triple-tap away.
1
Add a comment...

Ben Patterson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Still staring at a frozen Mac or Windows program? It might be time to take matters into your own hands and force the stalled program to quit. Here's how!
1
Add a comment...
 
Here's a reason that Android's Lollipop update is worth the wait: "Priority" mode, which brings "do not disturb"-type features to Android phones and tablets.
1
Add a comment...

Ben Patterson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Need an easy—and instant—holiday gift idea? You can gift iOS apps directly on your iPhone, or zap out a gift card for Android apps. 
1
1
Joni Blecher's profile photo
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
243 people
John Mike's profile photo
Jack Lyon's profile photo
Ronald Clark's profile photo
Mark Smotroff's profile photo
hassan nadwia's profile photo
Monica G Del Castillo's profile photo
Corey Albers's profile photo
Louis Ramirez's profile photo
William O'Neal's profile photo
 
Is your iPhone or iPad dropping older calendar entries? Don't panic—there may be an easy fix.
1
Add a comment...
 
Want to create a calendar event on your iPhone or iPad that repeats on, say, the first Thursday of each month? No problem.
1
Add a comment...

Ben Patterson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Still getting interrupted by iOS alerts even with "Do Not Disturb" mode activated? Read on for 3 quick ways to ensure your Do Not Disturb experience is perfectly tranquil.
1
Add a comment...

Ben Patterson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Got a Mac? You can create your own custom template for new contacts in the Contacts app—one with only the fields and labels you want.
1
Add a comment...
 
Tired of manually adding alerts to your new iOS Calendar events? Here's an easy way to add them automatically—a nice little time-saver to kick off the New Year.
1
Add a comment...

Ben Patterson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Love the iOS alerts for email messages from "VIPs"? You can do something similar on a Mac. Here's the trick.
1
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
243 people
John Mike's profile photo
Jack Lyon's profile photo
Ronald Clark's profile photo
Mark Smotroff's profile photo
hassan nadwia's profile photo
Monica G Del Castillo's profile photo
Corey Albers's profile photo
Louis Ramirez's profile photo
William O'Neal's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Tech blogger
Employment
  • here's the thing
    Founding editor, 2011 - present
  • Yahoo!
    Tech blogger, 2007 - 2011
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Brooklyn
Contact Information
Work
Email
Story
Introduction
Greetings! I'm the founding editor of here's the thing, your source for practical, no-nonsense advice about gadgets and technology. I've been covering the latest and greatest in gadgets and technology for more than a dozen years. Previously, I was the Gadget Hound on Yahoo! News, and my articles have appeared in TIME, PC Magazine, Wired, Men's Fitness, Computer Shopper, Mobile Magazine, Mac|Life, and more.
Education
  • New York University
    English, MA, 1991 - 1993
  • University of California, Davis
    English, BA, 1987 - 1991
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Links
Other profiles
Contributor to
Ben Patterson's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.