13 July 2013

Translate Multilingual Web Pages in Chrome



Google Translate usually detects the predominant language from a text. For example, an English text that includes a few sentences in German and French will be identified as an English text.



If you use the desktop Chrome in English and you visit an English page with a few comments in other languages, Chrome won't translate the page automatically and it won't show the translation bar. To translate the text that's not in English, right-click the page and select "Translate to English".



Here's an example from YouTube:






... and here's the translated page:






Chrome's translation bar says that the page has been translated from English to English. Amazingly, Google translated the comments in Dutch and Portuguese, while preserving the original English text.

Chrome for Android Adds Page Translation



Chrome 28 for Android has a new feature that translates pages automatically. It uses Google Translate and it's similar to the desktop translation feature.



For some reason, Chrome for Android doesn't use the translation settings from the desktop Chrome. They're synced, but the mobile Chrome ignores them. Even if you've asked Chrome in the past to always translate French pages, you'll still see this message: "This page is in Fresch. Translate it to English?"






After the page is translated, you can check "Always translate French" and you'll no longer see the infobar at the top of the page. The desktop Chrome always shows the translation bar, even if you've selected this option.






If you answer "no" two times in a row, you'll see an infobar that lets you choose between "never translate [this language]" and "never translate this site".






As you can see, there are a lot of missing features in the mobile Chrome. You can't change the language automatically detected by Google and you can't choose a different language for the translation. If you accidentally tap "Always translate" or "Never translate", the only way to see the infobar again is to go to the settings and reset translation settings.



If you want to disable the Google Translate integration, go to the Settings page, select "Content settings", then "Google Translate" and turn off this feature.

Find Out Where A Website’s Server Is Located With FlagFox and Flag for Chrome



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Surprisingly, some of the best browser extensions are the most simplest. This is the case with FlagFox and Flag for Chrome. Both extensions display the national flag of a website's server location in the URL bar of their respective browser. This little flag can serve some interesting purposes, for example it can let you know which country a server is located in or help you identify a phishing website. Extensions are a key part of the browser experience. Let's see which camp scores more points in this comparison!

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11 Video Game Personalities To Follow On Twitter



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Today, we are going to focus on video game personalities you can follow on Twitter. Plenty of journalists, developers, and brands post on Twitter all the time, and each one brings something interesting to the table. Sure, you can simply read video game articles to keep up with the latest video game news, but if you want a more candid view from the people in the industry, Twitter is the place to turn. Follow these people, and you will be happy you did.

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How to Stay Organized With the World’s Simplest To-Do System That Works – Todo.txt



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Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve covered plenty of to-do systems in the past. But if you’re like me, to-do systems can sometimes become too much work to maintain and end up costing you in productivity. I tend to procrastinate using my to-do lists because they can become cumbersome over time. I need to do a bunch of actions to add a single item. What if there was a system that eliminated all of that overhead and actually saved you time without skimping on the core features? Well, that system exists: Todo.txt.

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How to Stay Organized With the World’s Simplest To-Do System That Works – Todo.txt



TodoTxt Intro

Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve covered plenty of to-do systems in the past. But if you’re like me, to-do systems can sometimes become too much work to maintain and end up costing you in productivity. I tend to procrastinate using my to-do lists because they can become cumbersome over time. I need to do a bunch of actions to add a single item. What if there was a system that eliminated all of that overhead and actually saved you time without skimping on the core features? Well, that system exists: Todo.txt.

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How to Stay Organized With the World’s Simplest To-Do System That Works – Todo.txt



TodoTxt Intro

Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve covered plenty of to-do systems in the past. But if you’re like me, to-do systems can sometimes become too much work to maintain and end up costing you in productivity. I tend to procrastinate using my to-do lists because they can become cumbersome over time. I need to do a bunch of actions to add a single item. What if there was a system that eliminated all of that overhead and actually saved you time without skimping on the core features? Well, that system exists: Todo.txt.

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A YouTube Experiment Increases Text Size



This is not a bug, it's an YouTube experiment that increases the text size for suggestion links to 19 pixels. I think the text is way too big and distracting.









Here's the regular interface (13 pixels):






Here's how you can enable the experimental feature. If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+:



1. open youtube.com in a new tab



2. load your browser's developer console:



* Chrome - press Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac



* Firefox - press Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac



* Opera - press Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac, then click "Console"



* Safari - check this article



* Internet Explorer - press F12 and select the "Console" tab.



3. paste the following code which changes a YouTube cookie:



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=-fntp2HbKFI; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();



4. press Enter and close the console.



To go back to the regular interface, use the same instructions, but replace the code from step 3 with this one:



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();

9 Ways To Bookmark Your Favorite Folders In Windows



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The Windows file system can be complicated, with folders scattered all over the place and even buried deep under other, hidden folders. If you need quick access to a variety of folders scattered across your file system -- or you just want easier access to one or two folders you frequently use -- there are a variety of ways you can bookmark these folders and make them more easily accessible. Whether you're using Windows 7 or Windows 8, these tips will give you quicker access to your most frequently used folders.

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Beyond Google Latitude



Joe LaPenna, from Google, wrote an interesting post on Google+ about Google Latitude and the future of location sharing. He worked on Google Latitude for 5 years and he'll take Latitude offline in one month.



"We're still working on location sharing and I'm still really happy with G+ Location. Its a rewrite of the Latitude stack but built for a world where social is a layer across all of the Google experience, not just deposited in a corner of Google Maps. In a month, when Latitude goes dark, we'll have G+ Location there, ready for us (Android is ready, iOS is on its way). And what's better is you can share your location with the people that you care about, they can see it on a map and they don't even have to do a single thing. No invites. No emails and links and websites and hooha. They just open G+ click on Location and see your happy face," says Joe.



After unfriending all the 140 people contacts from Google Latitude and switching to Google+ location sharing, Joe noticed something striking: "I don't see as many people on the map as I did before but the difference is quickly and steadily shrinking. I definitely see more people I care about now (three months after G+ Location launched) than I did right after Latitude launched. This whole process really made me aware and confident that building anew was the right thing."



I think it makes sense to move Google Latitude to Google+. Having a separate list of friends you have to manage made sense before Google+ was released, but now it's cumbersome and unnecessary. What doesn't make sense is Google's migration path: instead of adding Google Latitude's features to Google+ and providing a way to import your Google Latitude friends, Google discontinued Latitude and announced everyone that the list of friends will be deleted. Oh, and there's a Google+ location sharing feature, but it only shows a map in the Android app and you'll have to find a way to enable it and add your contacts. Why not automate my instructions from this post and why not discontinue Latitude when there's a decent replacement in all Google+ flavors?



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12 July 2013

Make Your Own Tweet/Like/+1 To Unlock System with jQuery



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Going viral used to mean a disease epidemic, but now it's something all content creators crave. You could rely on the quality of your content alone - if it's good enough, people will share it, right? Maybe. But you could also help things along by offering something extra of value to those who do share - a coupon, a download, or a smiley face sticker in the mail. Today I'll show you how to create your own like/tweet/+1 to unlock system with a little jQuery and the native APIs.

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Write Faster To Work Better: 5 Essential Tips To Improve Your Writing Speed Online



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How do you write things at work without wasting the entire workday doing it? How do you pump out even more articles as a freelancer, without sacrificing quality? In this article, I’m going to draw from 7 years of paid freelance writing work, and 13 years of professional engineering technical writing experience, to answer those questions.

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IObit Uninstaller: Batch Uninstaller For Windows 7/8/8.1



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In Windows 8.1, Microsoft has introduced a nifty way to quickly uninstall multiple Modern apps at once without using third-party tools. Although Windows 8.1 shows the uninstall option even when you have selected multiple desktop programs, clicking the uninstall button opens up Programs and Features which we all use to uninstall programs and updates. So, [...]

Try MindMup Mind-Mapping Via Google Drive



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If you've ever tried to create a mind-map for your brainstorming sessions, you'll know that using the right tool is essential. There are many sites with mind-mapping tools to choose from, and choosing between them can be a huge hassle as they're all quite good in their own way. Today though, we'll take a good look at MindMup and show you why this should be the first one you try.

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You’ll Love These Fiendishly Frustrating Retro-Style Games



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Take a break. Now. Whether you want to be descending into a pixelated Hades or help Link save Princess Peach (and yes, you read that correctly), these three games bring that retro-style to your online distractions – all while offering a twist not seen in gaming’s golden age. Even better, all you need to play [...]

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Encrypt Your Gmail, Hotmail, And Other Webmail: Here’s How



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Edward Snowden's NSA revelations brought shock and awe into American households, as individuals and families started to realize that their communications were not quite as private as they had originally thought. To partially calm some of those nerves, I’d like to offer a few easy ways that you can encrypt your webmail to at least try and maintain some semblance of email privacy in a world filled with snoops and spies.

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11 July 2013

What’s The Difference Between Linux Distributions If They’re All Linux? [MakeUseOf Explains]



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When a user is first introduced to Linux, they might be told they're using Linux, but they'll quickly learn that it's called something else. Yes, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, Debian, openSUSE, and so many others are all variants of Linux, or "Linux distributions". That's cool and all, but if you give it a little thought, you'll be asking yourself why there are so many different distributions in existence, especially if they're all Linux anyway.

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How To Sync Internet Explorer Tabs Across Windows 8.1 PCs



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Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari web browsers have been offering tab syncing for a couple of years now. While tab syncing might not be a deciding factor for many, users who constantly switch between multiple computers always prefer to use a browser that supports tab syncing. Although it’s possible to get tab syncing in Internet [...]

Learn Basic DIY Skills Online With YouTube




While DIY falls in and out of fashion depending on the state of the economy, individual styles, and the availability of professionals and materials, there will always be someone, somewhere keen to learn basic DIY skills . The Web is an invaluable resource for anyone in that position, with a multitude of websites and experts eager to spread the word.

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IFTTT Launches iPhone App Full Of New Recipes [Updates]



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Do you automate your life with IFTTT? You can now do it on the go with the new IFTTT iPhone app. This much anticipated launch of IFTTT for mobile brings the power of IFTTT automation to your iPhone, with new recipes that are built on actions you perform every day.

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Get Windows 8 Style Picture Password (Pattern Login) In Windows 7



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Picture Password is one of the lesser known features present in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. This unique feature lets you use a picture as your user account password, hence the name Picture Password. You can use a combination of three gestures (circle, straight lines, and taps) to sign-in to your account, and according to [...]

What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [We Ask You]




People are sharing copyrighted files over the Internet every day and in every part of the world. It's a huge problem for record labels, film studios, TV companies, and the creative people behind the albums, movies, television shows that are being shared. We want to know, What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? Many of the laws being used to tackle the problem of piracy are failing to prevent piracy.

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Restyle Your Resume For Instant Results On The Job Market



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Today, I'm not going to share with you the golden secret to resum├ęs that will guarantee you the job. That would be stupid. However, I can guarantee that your resume will be ahead of a few others. For the most part, I'm going to tell you the basics of what to do and what not to do. We'll cover a few topics that key in on current resume trends, old ones, and traits that will (most likely) never die out.

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You Can’t Handle The Cute: Where To Watch Real-Life Animals In Real Time



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The Internet makes the world smaller, but there's something about watching real-life creatures, live, that makes that smallness more...tangible. True, there are cat videos from all over the world I could watch right now, but the idea that I'm seeing a cat as it exists, right now, somewhere in the world is a completely different experience. It's more spontaneous, and it's a much less distracting thing to leave open when you're trying to get work done.

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5 Ways To Contact Celebs Without Facebook Charging You




Facebook has been experimenting with various different methods for making money. One of which involves charging users to send a private message to someone not on their list of friends. Whether these experiments lead to any permanent change of policy remains to be seen, but the fact is it could cost you to contact someone through Facebook now and in the future.

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Enjoy The World’s Greatest Cars On The Web



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Who doesn't like to live in the fast lane…with a Ferrari F430 for company? Okay, that's one of my favorite cars. Along with the Lamborghini Aventador, the Porsche 911, and anything from the BMW stables.No one will give us the keys to any of these cars in a hurry. So, let's make the web our playground and watch some of the world's greatest cars. A man (and woman) can dream can't he!

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Google's +1 Activity Updates




Until now, your Google+ stream only included the posts from people/pages/communities you follow and some posts from the "what's hot" section. Now you'll also see some of the posts +1d by the people you follow.



"Many of the best photos, articles and videos we find online are the ones recommended by friends. So we're making it easier to discover these recommendations in your Google+ stream. Starting today, we'll occasionally highlight posts that were +1'd by people in your circles and if you +1 a post, we may highlight it to your friends as well," says Shimrit Ben-Yair, from Google.



Now +1s for Google+ posts have more value because they're a signal for recommendations. If more people from your circles +1 the same post, then it's likely that you'll want to read it. +1 is now an indirect sharing tool: you're not sharing a post with anyone who is following you (or some of your circles), you're helping Google provide better recommendations.






If you want to control who sees your +1 activity updates, go to this page and change the "visible to" value. The default option is "extended circles", but you can pick "public", "your circles", "only you" or a custom list of circles and people. You can check the posts you +1d here: it's an activity log that starts to show data once this feature is available to you. Google is "rolling out this feature over the next few days".



Hopefully, Google+ will do a better job at recommending content than YouTube. Instead of only showing the latest videos uploaded by your subscriptions, YouTube also shows the videos they liked, their comments and more.

The Android Bug 8219321



There's a lot of talk about an Android security bug that affects almost all the Android devices, whether they're running Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. Bluebox Security reported that "the vulnerability involves discrepancies in how Android applications are cryptographically verified & installed, allowing for APK code modification without breaking the cryptographic signature. Details of Android security bug 8219321 were responsibly disclosed through Bluebox Security's close relationship with Google in February 2013."



So the bug could allow someone to create a modified version of an system app and trick other people to install it. The modified version could include malicious code.



Actually, the bug is simple: APK files are ZIP archives and Android allows APK files to include files with the same name. "It's a problem in the way Android handles APKs that have duplicate file names inside," says Pau Oliva Fora, security engineer at security firm ViaForensics. "The entry which is verified for signature is the second one inside the APK, and the entry which ends up being installed is the first one inside the APK - the injected one that can contain the malicious payload and is not checked for signature at all."



The problem is that Android supported duplicate file names in APKs and the patch removed this support. The patch is extremely simple: return an error if the APK file has duplicate file names.






Apparently, Geremy Condra from Google wrote a patch in February. "Google made changes to Google Play in order to detect apps modified in this way and a patch has already been shared with device manufacturers," informs ComputerWorld. CyanogenMod included the bug fix in the latest release, faster than OEMs and even Google, which didn't update Nexus devices to address this issue.



The bug #8219321 is now a test that will show us how fast Google, OEMs and carriers can deploy security patches.

10 July 2013

Knowledge To Bank: How To Make Money On The Web By Teaching What You Know



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These days, with declining job markets in different industries, there are a lot of people looking to change jobs, and sometimes changing a job means learning a whole new skill set. If you are a teacher, or an expert in any subject at all, you could very well earn a significant income from your knowledge by teaching other people online. There are many websites where you can do just that, and in this article I'll list five of them.

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How To Uninstall Multiple Apps At Once In Windows 8.1



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There are over 100,000 Modern (Metro) apps in the official Windows Store and the number is growing every day. If you are a Windows 8/8.1 user, chances are high that you regularly visit the Store in search of new, interesting apps, and install tens of apps every week. At some point of time, we all [...]

7 Crucial Tips: How to get Your Blog Listed in Google



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A wise man man once asked "if a website exists in the forest of the Internet and no one visits it, does it truly exist?". I made that up actually, but the point is solid - a website is useless if it has no traffic, and in order to get traffic you need to be listed on Google. You could argue that Google isn't the only search engine and Bing matters too, and ... but you'd be wrong. Google is the search engine that matters, and if you want to get listed you need to play by their rules. Here are 7 crucial tips to get your blog listed on Google.

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Surprise: Internet Explorer 11 Has Matured Into A Modern Browser



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Remember Internet Explorer 6? Well, Internet Explorer isn't horrible anymore. Whether you like IE or not, you can't deny that it has improved dramatically and is now worthy of taking its place alongside other modern browsers -- especially with the new Internet Explorer 11. Internet Explorer 11 is part of Windows 8.1, which is currently available as a Preview release and will launch officially later this year. Windows 7 users will eventually be able to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, too.

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Technophilia 71 Live From MakeUseOf



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This week on Technophilia, we have a special guest host: MakeUseOf's own Kannon!

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OK Maps, Cache This Map



The latest version of Google Maps for Android doesn't officially include the feature that allowed you to cache maps and use them offline. You won't find it in the settings or in the app's interface.



Fortunately, there's a way to preload maps, but it's not intuitive: type "OK maps" in the search box and tap the search icon. You'll see this message: "pre-loading maps" or an error message: "the on-screen area map is too large, zoom in first". If you see the error message, zoom in and type "OK maps" again.






Hopefully, Google will add the offline feature to the interface in a future update and make it even better. It would be nice to save bigger maps and to use the offline maps for local search, directions and navigation.

Export Google Latitude Friends



Google Latitude has been discontinued and a help center article offers more information about this. Unfortunately, there's something inaccurate: "you can't export your friend information out of Latitude".



Well, you can export your Latitude friends because they're added to a hidden Gmail group. Here's how to do that:



1. go to this Gmail page



2. select all contacts



3. click "More", then "Export" and pick one of the exporting options.






"Google Latitude will be retired on August 9th, 2013. Products being retired include Google Latitude in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget, and the Latitude website at maps.google.com/latitude. We'll delete your list of friends on Latitude. You won't be able to see or manage friends. Any existing friends will no longer see your location in Google Maps for mobile on Android, Latitude for iPhone, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget, and the Latitude website at maps.google.com/latitude, if you continue to use these products," says Google.

New Google Maps App for Android



When Google launched the Maps app for iPhone, many said that it looks better than the Android app. The new interface is now available in Google Maps 7.0 for Android. The app requires Android 4.0.3 and will be rolled out gradually in the coming weeks, but you can download it using these links.



The new Google Maps app has a simplified interface that focuses on the map. It has a lot of things in common with the new Google Maps for desktop, including the missing features. For now, there's no support for My Maps (it will be added later), many layers are missing, Labs features are no longer available. Map caching is now a hidden feature: type "OK maps" in the search box and the app will preload the map you're currently viewing. Google Latitude has been discontinued and replaced by a Google+ feature. In my limited testing, the app was pretty slow and laggy, so Google still has some work to do to optimize the app.



On the plus side, you get a Google Maps interface optimized for tablets, incident reports, faster route notifications and some integration with Zagat and Google Offers. "You can now see reports of problems on the road that you can tap to see incident details. While on the road, Google Maps will also alert you if a better route becomes available and reroute you to your destination faster."















There's also a new version of Google Maps for iOS that will be available soon and will add support for iPad.