Working from home is great, but it also has its drawbacks. Especially if you have small children walking into your office every half-hour looking for a coloring page—and it’s the same page every time. Luckily, I’ve been able to reduce the length of these interruptions thanks to Google Save.
If you’ve never heard of it, Save is a service Google offers to help you save items you find online. If you are constantly logged in to your Google account, and need a place to stash images you find in a search results page, here’s how Google Save can help.
Facebook, Twitter, Cortana, Google Now. There are numerous ways to get a stream of news delivered straight to your eyeballs whenever you want. But you know what? I want more.
If you do too then you’ll want to take a look at the Chrome extension Newsprompt. This extension turns your new-tab page into a latest-news dashboard with top news, trending news, and the ability to drill down into specific news categories.
Newsprompt is also designed to take a look at your browser history and use that information to source stories the service thinks you’ll be interested in.
A few weeks ago we looked at Readism, a Chrome extension that gives you reading-time estimates for most articles you run across on the web. Now we'll look at a complementary Chrome extension that helps save you even more time on reading by summarizing longer articles for you.
The extension is appropriately named TL;DR—short for “too long; didn’t read.” TL;DR for Chrome takes an article you want to read and summarizes it for you. The summary size is adjustable, allowing for breakdowns that are small, medium, or large in length.
The whole point of using Chrome’s incognito mode is that it leaves no trace of your browsing activity. Whether you’re using incognito for prurient reasons or as a security precaution, sometimes it makes sense to retain a browsing history in the short term.
One way to do that is to keep all the tabs you’ve used open so you can keep hammering on the back button. Another option is to use the Chrome extension Off The Record History. When enabled, this extension maintains a browsing history for your incognito sessions.
The key is the extension retains that history only while the incognito browser window is open. Once you close it your history is erased. You can also manually erase your incognito history through the extension before shutting down the browser.
Today’s tip is a little frivolous, but it’s Friday so what the heck. I use Facebook a lot, but I really don’t like how it looks on the desktop. There’s just so much stuff in the interface—especially on the left side of the news feed—and most of it I rarely use.
That’s why I was glad to hear about the recent changes to a Chrome extension called Flatbook that makes Facebook on the desktop a lot cleaner. The extension has been around for a while but recently upgraded its look. In fact, it’s very Material Design-ish—Google’s design language that first appeared in Android Lollipop.
Lenovo recently released a new combination desktop program/Windows Store app that helps add even more power to Cortana on Windows 10 PCs. Lenovo’s Reachit lets you take Cortana into places it’s never been before by connecting the digital assistant to your files within the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive.
Lenovo released Reachit in beta form in 2015, but now it’s available for anyone to use.
At the end of every day do you still dutifully close every file and program window before shutting down your PC? That’s the standard way to handle things, but for quite a few versions of Windows, Microsoft has also offered the ability to use Sleep and Hibernate modes instead of just a regular shut down.
In Windows 10, however, Microsoft decided not to include hibernate with the rest of the shut down options under Start > Power by default. The good news is it’s easy to put the option back.