How to blast through your daily email with InboxVudu

Have you ever noticed a direct relationship between the amount of email you get and your level of hatred for the service? I have, and that’s why I’m always trying to find different ways to tweak email and streamline it as much as possible through filters, labels/folders, and so on.

I’ve been trying out a service called InboxVudu that helps pare down your email to only the essential stuff. There are other service that do this such as Gmail Inbox, but I find Google’s solution messy and overwhelming.

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The Gmail permissions required by InboxVudu.

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How to use Google's Search Tools filters to find exactly what you're looking for

Google’s search results are pretty darn good in general. Most of the time I find what I’m looking for on the first page. But there are times when a simple keyword or plain language search just won’t do.

When that happens, it’s good to know about Google’s search tools that let you refine your results with a few simple filters.

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How to view recent webpages when you're offline

I hate those moments when you’re without Internet, yet you still need to see a webpage that you were looking at just moments earlier. It’s frustrating, but if you’re running Chrome or Firefox then getting to a recently viewed webpage while offline is easy.

Both browsers have the ability to display content in their respective caches—temporarily saved webpage data—instead of the live version of the site.

This can be imperfect since the page can change while you’re offline, rendering the saved version inaccurate, and the browser cache only contains a limited amount of your recent browsing history. It also doesn’t work on sites that provide live feeds of content, such as Facebook or Netflix.

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Create personalized, universal keyboard shortcuts for 50+ music sites with this awesome Chrome extension

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love keyboard shortcuts. They take a little time to learn, but shortcuts make you far more efficient in front of the PC.

But shortcuts don’t have to be all about work. They can help you have fun too.

Streamkeys is a fantastic Chrome extension that lets you control the music players for more than 50 media sites such as Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Soundcloud, Spotify, and YouTube. If you can think of a mainstream music site, Streamkeys can help you control it.

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How to turn your smartphone into a remote control for YouTube on your PC

It’s Friday! What better time to kick back with a relaxing YouTube session after a tough week? Whether you’re watching on a PC at the office or at home, you can make it even better by turning your smartphone into a remote control.

No, you don’t need a Chromecast or a TV. Just your PC and a smartphone will do.

Here’s how it works using an Android smartphone, but it works pretty much the same way on iPhones, too.

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How to easily secure your web browsing with TunnelBear's free Chrome extension

Virtual private networks are already easy to use thanks to the simple desktop apps many services offer. But if you live most of your computing life in the browser even a desktop app might be overkill.

Instead, you could use a Chrome extension instead of a desktop app. VPN provider Tunnel Bear, my personal VPN of choice, recently dropped the beta tag from its Chrome extension and made it available as an official stable release.

The extension works with Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS. TunnelBear's one of the few popular VPN providers with an official Chrome extension—CyberGhost being the other.

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Give Wikipedia a sleek, user-friendly visual overhaul with the Wikiwand extension

Wikipedia is easily the greatest compendium of human knowledge ever created. Sure, academics have their issues with it and pranksters love messing with it, but as a starting point to learn about pretty much any topic you can think of you simply can’t beat Wikipedia.

But it does have its downsides. One thing that’s always irked me is the interface. On the PC, to put it bluntly, it sucks. It’s very busy, with text and boxes everywhere, and the article navigation links are oddly placed.

A Chrome extension called Wikiwand aims to change all that by giving Wikipedia a much-needed visual overhaul. To use it all you have to do is download the extension from the Chrome Web Store and it starts working automatically any time you visit Wikipedia. It’s not perfect, however, and security-conscious users may not like it.

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