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– Grammarly, an online grammar checking too

Grammarly Review: Is Grammarly Worth All The Hype? by bloggingocean.com

Do you make a lot of grammatical and punctuation errors? Don't worry; you are not the only one to face this problem.

Grammarly, an online grammar checking tool, claims to make writing a lot easier by proofreading your content in real time as you type. Off late, it is gaining a lot of popularity and is being used and recommended by many people.


Grammarly – Advanced grammar and spell checker for iPad and Mac by michaelkummer.com

Grammarly is an advanced grammar and spell checker for iOS and the Mac. It helps me to write better copy at work and in my capacity as a blogger. If you write as much as I do, I would highly recommend to check it out.

Tired of Pasted Text Messing Up Your Formatting? Try This

Tired of Pasted Text Messing Up Your Formatting? Try This by howtogeek.com

You paste text into a document and for some dumb reason the formatting comes with. Gah! Here’s how to stop that.

Pasting text without formatting is possible on both Windows and macOS, assuming you know the correct keyboard shortcuts—typically Ctrl-Shift-V on Windows and Command-Option-V on macOS.

How to log in to multiple Gmail accounts at once

How to log in to multiple Gmail accounts at once by digitaltrends.com

Have you found yourself rapidly accumulating Gmail accounts? Between work, school, and any personal or spam accounts you may have created, it’s completely reasonable to have three (or more) Google accounts that need to be checked regularly.

It can be annoying (not to mention time-consuming) to log in and out of each of your accounts every time you want to use them. Luckily, Google makes it easy to log in to multiple Gmail accounts at once and quickly switch between them on your phone and computer. Here’s how to make use of Google’s multiple sign-in feature.

Customize Swipe Gestures on Mail, Gmail, and Inbox

How to Customize Swipe Gestures on Mail, Gmail, and Inbox by lifehacker.com

To be honest, I’m not sure what different swipes do on your favorite email app, because every app is a little bit different. And it’s possible that you don’t like how your favorite email app handles swiping. Maybe you’d rather delete messages than archive them; maybe you just like swiping in one direction over another.

Windows 10’s Backup and Recovery Tools

How to Use All of Windows 10’s Backup and Recovery Tools by howtogeek.com

Windows 10 includes several different types of backup and recovery tools. And we’re going to take a look at all of them.

Sometimes, bad things happen to good computers. Fortunately, Windows includes a number of tools you can use to make sure your files are properly backed up and to recover your computer should you need to. On the backup side of things, File History is the…

Google Translate’s Offline Mode Just Got a Lot Better

Google Translate's Offline Mode Just Got a Lot Better by lifehacker.com

Google Translate is an app that’s been critical to my success when traveling in other countries. When you don’t speak the language (or don’t speak the language well) somewhere you’re traveling, being able to quickly look something up, or speak into the phone to create a translation you can use to chat with that guy on the street can be a lifesaver. 

Extensity – Enabling and Disabling All Your Extensions for Google Chrome

Chrome extension that allows you to enable and disable all of your extensions within Google Chrome. Ideal tool to efficiently manage your Chrome extensions.

Tired of having too many extensions in your toolbar? Try Extensity, the ultimate tool for lightning-fast enabling and disabling all your extensions for Google Chrome. Just enable the extension when you want to use it, and disable when you want to get rid of it for a little while. You can also launch Chrome Apps right from the list.

  • Keep your browser fast – disable extensions that you won't use right away.
  • Keep your toolbar clean
  • An ideal companion for extensions collectors.
  • Turn all extensions off (and back on) with a single click.
  • Quick switch between several extensions groups using the Profiles feature.
  • Keep computers in sync with Chrome Cloud Storage support.

Resize Photos In Windows, Mac & Chromebook

Image Resizer Online Is a Fast Image Resizer

Image Resizer Online does all image resizing in the browser, so you do not need to upload any photos to the server to resize the pictures. Not uploading also allows you to keep your photographs secure as all the images stay on your computer at all times as well as using no bandwidth for sending copies to a server which also makes Image Resizer Online very fast. Or visit: https://imageresizer.online/

Installing the Chrome Extension lets you use the tool with a Chromebook.

Or visit the Web Site to use the tool online directly: https://imageresizer.online/

About

Image Resizer Online was created for a simple reason, to make resizing images online as simple, secure and fast as possible. Image Resizer Online does all the image resizing in the browser which means that your pictures stay on your computer at all times, they never get sent to a server to be processed like many other services.

Image Resizer Online is actively being worked on to improve functionality and user experience. We want to make image resizing and conversion as fast and as simple as possible.

Why use Image Resizer Online

  • Works with Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks.
  • Pixel or percentage based image resizing
  • Image Resizer Online can convert images to JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and WebP (Chrome only)
  • Image Resizer Online can compress JPG and WebP images.
  • Very fast. Because Image Resizer Online runs in your browser, it's extremely fast.
  • Batch image processing. Image Resizer Online can batch process images which means that you can select multiple photos and process them all together. 

Need more features check out TinyPNG.

Why use TinyPNG?

PNG is useful because it’s the only widely supported format that can store partially transparent images. The format uses compression, but the files can still be large. Use TinyPNG to shrink images for your apps and sites. It will use less bandwidth and load faster.

 

 

Make Fake Email Accounts for Website Signups

Make Fake Email Accounts for Website Signups Using the 'Burner Emails' Extension by lifehacker.com

Chrome and Firefox: There are plenty of reasons you might not want to give out your real email address when signing up for a site or service. Maybe you’re really big on privacy; or, more likely, you just hate spam, and figure the fewer places that know your real email address, the better.

This Savings-account Hack Will Give You Almost 20 Times What You’re Earning Now

This Savings-account Hack Will Give You Almost 20 Times What You’re Earning Now by marketwatch.com

The world is awash with cash, but you don’t seem to be getting any of it from your bank account.

Banks pay almost nothing for deposits these days — the average savings account gives customers 0.09% a year, according to Bankrate. That means you’d earn $9 a year on an account worth $10,000.

How to Use PayPal via Google Pay on YouTube, Gmail, and Google Play

How to Use PayPal via Google Pay on YouTube, Gmail, and Google Play by lifehacker.com

You can already use your PayPal account to make purchases through Google Pay. Now, Google and PayPal are extending their partnership to allow you to use your PayPal account to pay for things across the Google ecosystem, including Gmail, YouTube, and the Google Store. Better yet, if you link your PayPal account to Google Pay, you won’t have to keep signing in to PayPal every time you want to make a transaction. 

For $250, laptops don’t get better than this

For $250, laptops don't get better than this by laptops.reviewed.com

Ah, Chromebooks. They may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'll continue to praise them for as long as I walk this mortal plane. I mean, what's not to love? They're secure, affordable, and durable. The only complaint I ever have is that they're plain-looking. Well, that's not the case with the Acer Chromebook 11

Google I/O 2018 – Duplex: A.I. Assistant

Google just gave a stunning demo of Assistant making an actual phone call by theverge.com

Onstage at I/O 2018, Google showed off a jaw-dropping new capability of Google Assistant: in the not too distant future, it’s going to make phone calls on your behalf. CEO Sundar Pichai played back a phone call recording that he said was placed by the Assistant to a hair salon. The voice sounded incredibly natural; the person on the other end had no idea they were talking to a digital AI helper. Google Assistant even dropped in a super casual “mmhmmm” early in the conversation.

Clean Up Your Overwhelmed Gmail Inbox

How to Clean Up Your Overwhelmed Gmail Inbox (by Hand) by lifehacker.com

There comes a time when enough is, quite simply, enough. I had been putting off the task of organizing my sprawling Gmail inbox for months, if not years. But when Lifehacker told me that we were going to have a Spring Cleaning week, I knew it was time. And I wasn’t going to waste precious hours trying to find apps or tools to do the task…

Protonmail – Encrypted Email Service

Protonmail Adds Shorter Pm.me Domain to Its Encrypted Email Service by Venturebeat 

ProtonMail, the Swiss email provider that promises privacy via full client-side encryption, has launched a pithier email domain option for its millions of users around…


ProtonMail brings encrypted contacts to its mobile email app by Engadget   

ProtonMail's encrypted contacts are now readily available beyond the web — the company has updated its Android and iOS email apps to add the privacy-minded…

Chrome/Firefox Extension of the Week: Grammarly

Chrome/Firefox Extension of the Week: Grammarly by Lifehacker

Even if you’re the next Stephen King or George R. R. Martin—and if you’re the latter, please try to write faster—everyone needs a helping hand with writing. That’s why the world has editors, and copy editors, grammar coaches, ten million books on writing, and most importantly, browser extensions that can help you better your craft.

Let’s face it; you might be a pretty good writer, but self-editing your work can be an agonizing process. While the Chrome and Firefox extension Grammarly can’t…

View (and Monitor) Your Credit Report For Free

How to View (and Monitor) Your Credit Report For Free by howtogeek

If you keep a regular eye on your credit report, you’ll notice when identity thieves open accounts in your name and when errors are listed that might cause you problems in the future. Here’s how to do it for free.

US law entitles you to a free yearly credit report directly from each agency, but you’ll have to go…

Look Better On Conference Calls and Streaming Video

4 Ways to Look Better On Conference Calls and Streaming Video by reviewgeek.com

Whether you have to video conference call for work or you’re film YouTube videos for fun (and profit?) we increasingly find ourselves in front of the camera. Just because you’re in front of the camera though, doesn’t mean you have to look like a hot mess. We’ve got four tips to get you looking sharp.

Google’s Project Fi Is the Best Cellphone Plan You’re Not Using

Google’s Project Fi Is the Best Cellphone Plan You’re Not Using by The Daily Dot

Project Fi is an alternative to AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile that refunds you for unused data.

Google has a solution for everyone who is tired of seeing astronomical cell phone bills at the end of each month. Launched in 2015, Project Fi is an alternative wireless carrier to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. It uses three different mobile networks for service in remote areas and asks users to only pay for data they use. 

Noosfeer – One-click Saving of Any Page

Noosfeer Is a Content Reader and Aggregator.

Using Noosfeer you'll have clean articles and personalized recommendations without annoying ads. They load 10x faster, they use 20x lesst mobile data and you can read them offline on any device.

Each time you stumble upon a page you want to read but don't have the time, add it to your reading list. Stop accumulating 'to-read' tabs and links, have them in one beautiful place.

Browser Plug-ins for

When you find something on the web that you want to read later, put it in Noosfeer. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any time, even without an internet connection and without downloading an app.

Phone and Tablet Apps

Web articles are over saturated. Lots of annoying ads, slow connections and heavy websites hold us back from staying informed. – Noosfeer simplifies your reading. Use Noosfeer to have simplified articles loading faster, consuming less memory and accessible offline. – And keeps you informed. Create a reading list with your favorite topics and articles. Noosfeer provides suggestions, so you can stay up-to-date and expand your knowledge.

Information overload is slowly killing our productivity and our capacity to stay informed.

A reading list is the best tool to read more and be productive. It is like a to-do list filled with the articles you want to read when you have the time (whilst commuting, on the toilet, eating breakfast…).

Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update, March 1018

What’s Coming in Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update, Available March 2018 by How-To Geek

Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 10’s next update, codenamed “Redstone 4”. This is Windows 10 version “1803”, which means it will likely launch sometime in March 2018.

This article contains features that have arrived through Insider Preview version 17083, which was released on January 24, 2018.

See What Mail You Have Coming Before It Arrives

How to See What Packages and Mail You Have Coming Before It Arrives by howtogeek.com 

The United States Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx all offer online dashboards where you can see exactly what packages (and letters, in the case of the US Postal Service) are scheduled to arrive at your address. They’ll even email and send you text message notifications so you can stay on top of things.


Informed Delivery® by USPS®

Digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon! Informed Delivery allows you to view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces and track packages in one convenient location.* 

* Images are only provided for letter-sized mailpieces that are processed through USPS' automated equipment


UPS My Choice®

No need to take time off work, change plans or stay home for a package anymore. UPS My Choice® lets you decide how, where and when home deliveries occur to fit your schedule. Get estimated arrival and progress alerts. Sign for a package in advance. Set vacation holds, change a delivery address or hold at a UPS location. Whether online or by mobile, UPS My Choice makes it easy to put your plans ahead of the package.


FedEx Delivery Manager®. Customize deliveries

Receive alerts whenever a FedEx®package is sent to you. Sign up and see FedEx packages coming your way, including things you buy online. View arrival dates and take more control of delivery options. Don't miss another delivery!

Request to hold packages for pickup at a FedEx location, Walgreens and more. Use our Hold at Location option to pick up or redirect to a convenient location.

Sign for a package. Authorize your delivery online and avoid having to schedule a redelivery.

 

Why Is My Internet So Slow

Why Is My Internet So Slow? by howtogeek.com

There are many reasons your Internet connection might appear slow. It could be a problem with your modem or router, Wi-Fi signal, signal strength on your cable line, devices on your network saturating your bandwidth, or even a slow DNS server. These troubleshooting steps will help you pin down the cause.

The Chromebook Has Arrived

The Chromebook Has Arrived: Switching From Mac, Windows Is Easy by forbes.com

I'm a Chrome OS convert. The Google Pixelbook made the conversion easy.

Here's the tl;dr: my Pixelbook runs everything I need. It runs Android apps, Google Docs (of course), Microsoft Office, Microsoft OneDrive, iCloud (yes, Chrome now can access iCloud photos online), my social networking apps, Firefox, Skype, imaging apps…

Teamviewer 13: Ios Screen Sharing and More

Teamviewer 13: Ios Screen Sharing and More by ghacks.com

 

TeamViewer 13, the latest version of the secure remote desktop access and support application, comes with iOS screen sharing functionality and usability improvements.

TeamViewer GMBH launched a public beta of TeamViewer 13 on October 30, 2017. That version has now been promoted to final, and users from around the world can download the new version of the remote desktop software.

9 Gmail Hacks You Need to Know

9 Gmail Hacks You Need to Know Since They Will Basically Change Your Online Life by Hellogiggles.com

Whether we like it or not, so much of our life revolves around our email. Checking, replying, vigorously unsubscribing — emails are so needy. Which is why we should do the best we can to make the experience as pleasurable as possible. If you know some Gmail hacks, for example, you can really start to tackle your email problem, or at least get more of what you want from your inbox.

Google Drive Pc App Dies Next March

Prepare to Update, Because Google Drive Pc App Dies Next March by cnet

The Google Drive app for personal computers will stop working March 12, 2018. Its fuller-featured replacement, Backup and Sync, is available now.

If you're among the hundreds of millions of people using Google Driveto synchronize files across your PCs and phones, be warned: you've now got three months to install its replacement.

Set Up Authy for Two-Factor Authentication

How to Set Up Authy for Two-Factor Authentication (and Sync Your Codes Between Devices) by How-To-Geek

Strong passwords are not enough anymore: we recommend using two-factor authentication whenever possible. Ideally, that means using an app that generates authentication codes on your phone or a physical hardware token. We prefer Authy when it comes to authentication apps—it’s compatible with all sites that use Google Authenticator, but is more powerful and convenient.

Start – a New Tab Page

How 'start – a New Tab Page' Turns Chrome Into an Igoogle Replacement by PcWorld

Start – A New Tab Page is an interesting Chrome extension for those who need more information in their browser.

Sure, it’s 2017, but if you miss the old days of iGoogle personalized homepages, there are a few Chrome extensions that can provide something similar on your new tab page. One of them is called “Start – A Better New Tab” from 64 Pixels.

Google Docs Users Hit With Phishing Attack

The Google-phish-that-was-also-a-worm – what happened and what to do by nakedsecurity.sophos.com

More on that Google-phish-and-worm saga, with some tips on what to do now, and how to avoid this sort of thing in the future.


Google Docs Users Hit With Sophisticated Phishing Attack​ by TheVerge

As detailed on Reddit, the attack sends targets an emailed invitation from someone they may know, … We encourage users to report phishing emails in Gmail.


Update: Google Doc phishing story takes some bizarre turns by Sophos.com

Since news began circulating last night of a phishing campaign parading around as Google Doc access links, the tale has taken strange twists and turns. A self-described graduate student claims he was behind the blast of emails, and that they were part of a test for a school project, not a phishing attack. But according to […]

Be sure to checkout the what to do, at the end of this article.

The question, after all this, is what users should do to protect themselves. If this were a cut-and-dry phishing attempt, our tips would be to:

Noosfeer – Save Webpages for Later Reading

Noosfeer is a content reader and aggregator.

Using Noosfeer you'll have clean articles and personalized recommendations without annoying ads. They load 10x faster, they use 20x lesst mobile data and you can read them offline on any device. Stay informed on the things that matter to you.

How to use Noosfeer?

Offline list

  • Your selection of articles to read OFFLINE.

Suggestions

  • Choose your favorite topics. Noosfeer gives smart suggestions, so you can stay up-to-date on the subjects you love.

Bookmarks

  • The articles you bring from other sites. In Noosfeer you can read them with a beautiful (ads-free) design.

Read offline

  • Open your offline list in any browser when you have an internet connection, wait between 10–20 seconds. Once it is synchronized, you can read without internet.

Browser Plug-ins for

Phone and Tablet Apps


Chrome Reading List  by noosfeer.com

Each time you stumble upon a page you want to read but don't have the time, add it to your reading list.

Stop accumulating 'to-read' tabs and links, have them in one beautiful place. Note: You can synchronize it with your pocket account (getpocket.com). Noosfeer helps you come back to the articles you want to read and to improve your productivity. When you find something on the web that you want to read later, put it in Noosfeer. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any time, even without an internet connection and without downloading an app.

Extension Features:

  • One-click saving of any page
  • Your last 5 added articles or suggestions
  • If you are a heavy user of Pocket, Instapaper, Readability and/or Evernote,

Noosfeer can help you manage your articles to consume them in a small and manageable way.

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