01 February 2014

More System Gmail Labels



Back in 2007, I posted a list of shortcuts for system Gmail labels. For example, instead of searching for [issue in:inbox], you can use [issue label:^i.] or [issue l:^i]. Instead of searching for [receipt in:spam] or [receipt label:spam], you can use [receipt l:^s].



Mihai Parparita found other system labels and some of them don't have documented alternatives:



^g: muted conversations (just like is:muted or label:muted or label:mute)

^p: messages marked as phishing

^op: messages automatically marked as phishing by Gmail

^os: messages automatically marked as spam by Gmail

^vm: Google Voice voicemail messages (just like is:voicemail or label:voicemail)

^io_im: important messages (just like is:important)

^unsub: messages that include unsubscribing options. Gmail offers to unsubscribe on your behalf

^cff: messages from your Google+ circles (just like has:circle)

^p_esnotif: Google+ notifications



For example, you can find messages you've marked as spam by searching for [l:^s -l:^os] or [label:spam -l:^os]. From all the spam messages you exclude the messages automatically marked as spam by Gmail.






You can also restrict Gmail results to Google+ notifications: [Christmas l:^p_esnotif]. If you search for [l:^unsub] and mark a message as spam, Gmail will show this dialog and unsubscribe on your behalf if you click "unsubscribe and report spam". Use [l:^unsub -l:^p_esnotif] to exclude Google+ notifications.





YouTube's Center-Aligned UI, Ready For Launch



YouTube continues to refine its center-aligned experimental interface, first spotted in July. The latest tweaks include a menu button placed next to the YouTube logo, a gear button placed next to the "upload" button and a sidebar that remembers the latest display state.






Just like in the previous iterations, the header is sticky and the layout is center-aligned.









YouTube also shows a tour guide, which means that the updated interface is almost ready to be released for everyone.












Here's how you can enable the experimental interface. 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 or Opera 15+ - 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



* Internet Explorer 8+ - press F12 and select the "Console" tab



* Safari 6+ - if you haven't enabled the Develop menu, open Preferences from the Safari menu, go to the Advanced tab and check "Show Develop menu in menu bar". Close Preferences and then press Command-Option-C to show the console.



* Opera 12 - press Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac, then click "Console".



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



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=LlWIQlLwL_Y; 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();



{ Thanks, Rubén. }

5 Powerful Spoken Word Videos That Will Touch Your Soul



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Whether you like poetry or not, prepare to be blown away. Poetry is more than just flowery language from an archaic time; it’s a way to express deep truths that transcend words and rhythm. Spoken word in particular is one of the most powerful forms of poetry today and these videos provide more than enough evidence of that. “Remember How We Forgot” This spoken word by Shane Koyczan is a wonderful reminder of our childhood and what we might have lost over the years. In this moving piece, Koyczan explores his childhood experiences — many of which we might have...


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31 January 2014

3 Little-Known Android Apps To Keep Your Files And Folders Organized



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Still on the lookout for a good file manager for your Android device? Maybe it’s time to test drive some of the lesser-known options. Apps, files, and folders are at the root of your interaction with your mobile companion. The in-built app drawer is good enough to manage and access your applications. But, to keep all the files and folders organized and under control, you need a dedicated file explorer and a few tricks to manage files, no matter which device or OS you’re using. While the well-known options like ES File Explorer (review here) and ASTRO File Manager do...


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Nadella Gates, Android Winning, Facebook Paper, Bieber Begone [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, incomings and outgoings at Microsoft, Android wins big in smartphones, Facebook introduces Paper, Box launches Box Notes, the Windows desktop could be back by default, and the Internet calls for Justin Bieber to be deported from the U.S. Nadella In, Gates Out At Microsoft? Oh look. @satyanadella is an egg! — Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) January 30, 2014 Microsoft looks to be ready to name its new CEO, with Satya Nadella the most likely candidate. In order to make way for the new man, Bill Gates may be out as chairman. This is because Nadella is...


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Box Introduces Box Notes For Saving Ideas Directly Into The App



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Hot on the heels of their announcement of a 50GB gift to anyone who downloaded their iOS app, Box has now announced a new service called Box Notes. Box Notes enables you to write notes and anything that comes to mind, and have it saved directly into your Box cloud storage account, with that newly minted 50GB to help you keep it. In a service rather similar to Google Docs, Box Notes allows you to open up a blank note and begin typing whatever is on your mind. It will then be synced across your computers, smartphones, and tablets. A...


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30 January 2014

4 Ways To Download Videos From Instagram



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Ah, Instagram video. Those 15 seconds of glory and art. We told you everything you need to know about creating Instagram videos, but what if you want to download them, share them, and view them at your leisure? Whether it’s your own amazing creations or your friends’, downloading videos off Instagram is easy as pie. Just choose one of the methods below and get cracking. InstaDown Similar to the numerous websites that let you download YouTube videos, all InstaDown needs is a URL. To get the video’s URL, open an Instagram Web profile (for example: http://ift.tt/1b9LqfU), click on the video...


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Not The Wrong Site: “Office Online” Is The New Name For Web-Based Word and Excel



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Technology’s most prolific name-changer is at it again. The Verge is reporting that Microsoft will change the name for its online Word and Excel services, to “Office Online”. The switch follows a recent announcement that their cloud storage service “Skydrive” will soon be named “OneDrive” – a change prompted by a dispute with British broadcaster BSkyB. If you’re confused, you’re not alone: the brand history of Microsoft’s online office suite isn’t exactly straight forward. “Microsoft Office Live” was the company’s first online office suite, designed to challenge Google Docs (which itself has since become Google Drive, but that’s another story)....


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Who Needs Dropbox and SkyDrive? Host Your Own Files With FTPbox



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If you had a million dollars, would you rather store it in a safe at someone’s house or at your own place. It’s nice to have control of your own assets. Why wouldn’t the same be true for data? The whole reason most people choose to host a website or blog on their own web hosting account is because there’s more of a sense of “ownership” than if you’re hosting pages you’ve written on a site like WordPress.org or on Blogger. The beauty of having a web hosting account is that it’s basically a perfect file storage location for any...


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Who Needs Dropbox and SkyDrive? Host Your Own Files With FTPbox



boxes

If you had a million dollars, would you rather store it in a safe at someone’s house or at your own place. It’s nice to have control of your own assets. Why wouldn’t the same be true for data? The whole reason most people choose to host a website or blog on their own web hosting account is because there’s more of a sense of “ownership” than if you’re hosting pages you’ve written on a site like WordPress.org or on Blogger. The beauty of having a web hosting account is that it’s basically a perfect file storage location for any...


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Google Announces New LEGO Project: Build With Chrome



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Ever wanted to build something out of LEGOs but avoid the danger of accidentally stepping on one of those foot-destroyers? Well, the Chrome team and LEGO Group sure have a treat for you: Build With Chrome. Build With Chrome is a program that can run on Chrome (desktop or mobile) thanks to the 3D rendering technology WebGL. The mobile version, pictured below, relies on touch for navigation, whereas the desktop version uses mouse controls. Users can select from a wide variety of LEGO bricks, change the color, and rotate the bricks or the entire board. For a little help getting...


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How To Create A Custom Windows 8 Installation ISO



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What makes re-installing Windows painful is the waiting around for a few keystrokes and post-installation chores. Windows 8 installs in mere minutes, but you still have to accept the EULA, manually enter your 25 digit serial number, and apply Windows updates once the installation itself is completed. If you’re eager to optimize this process, here is a way to customize your Windows 8 installation. Preparation Before we start, you need a couple of ingredients to make this work: Running installation of Windows 8 or 8.1 Option 1: Windows 8 or 8.1 ISO file (Unfortunately, the Windows 8.1 ISO file available...


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The Sorry State Of Personal Data Security In E-Commerce




According to a new report by password manager and digital wallet developer Dashlane, the companies you shop with online are woefully incapable of providing adequate protection. You might not be altogether surprised at this news, but you shouldn’t fall into the apathetic trap. Many of these retailers owe their entire being to the Internet, yet are incapable of following even the most basic of good data practices. In short, you seriously might want to rethink where you are spending your money online. The Dashlane Report Dubbed “The Illusion of Personal Data Security in E-Commerce”, the January 24 report is the...


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Lenovo Buys Motorola, Google Glass Games, Super Bowl XLVIII Beats [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Lenovo buys Motorola from Google, a precious Twitter handle is stolen, Nintendo executives take a pay cut, the first video games for Google Glass are revealed, a virtual space battle costs real money, Twitter improves its mobile apps, and overpaid sports stars are gifted overpriced headphones. Lenovo Buys Motorola From Google We’ve just signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion: http://t.co/PKDXrTq6Oe http://ift.tt/1fcWvvK — A Googler (@google) January 29, 2014 Lenovo has bought Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion. The purchase means the Motorola brand and the current product lineup (including the...


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How To Install Windows XP, Windows 7 And Windows 8/8.1 From The Same USB [Must Read]



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Do you want to create a bootable USB drive containing Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 installation files to avoid creating multiple bootable USB drives? Would you like to install Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 from the same USB? If you said yes to above questions, you have come to the right […]

Google Sells Motorola to Lenovo



Google's decision to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion is even more surprising than Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2011.






"Lenovo will now acquire world-renowned Motorola Mobility, including the MOTOROLA brand and Motorola Mobility's portfolio of innovative smartphones like the Moto X and Moto G and the DROID™ Ultra series. In addition to current products, Lenovo will take ownership of the future Motorola Mobility product roadmap. Google will maintain ownership of the vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures."



Motorola's patents weren't that valuable, Google didn't manage to make Motorola profitable, it started to compete with the other Android OEMs and sold Motorola at a loss. Still, why not try harder to make Motorola shine once again? Why admit defeat and show that your strategy was wrong?



I think the answer can be found in Google's licensing agreement with Samsung:



"Samsung Electronics and Google Inc. furthered their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas. The mutually beneficial agreement covers the two companies existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years."



Samsung is the biggest Android OEM and a switch from Android to Tizen would be a very bad news for Google. If Samsung used its dominant position and asked Google to get rid of Motorola, Google didn't have other options.



Motorola is a lost bet, Google showed that the health of the Android ecosystem is more important than owning Motorola.



{ Thanks, Jérôme. }

Updated Stock Card in Google Search



Google's stock card that's displayed when you search for [GOOG], [TSLA], [Microsoft stock] and other similar queries is now a lot bigger. Tabs are placed above the chart and you can get the stock price at any time by mousing over the chart or tapping it.






Drag the dotted line to get the price variation.






{ Thanks, Jérôme. }

The Simplest Way To Chromecast Your Hangout



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If you’ve got a Chromecast, it’s possible that you’ve thought about some creative Chromecast uses, including considering how you might use it to Chromecast a Hangout session. Why is a different question. But how? That’s actually surprisingly easy. First off, there are a number of methods offered by other people online. Don’t bother with them. You don’t need another extension (least of all the malware-ridden one I found), and you don’t need to use a special URL. It’s far easier than that. Seriously. Okay, so I will make a few presumptions here, and that is that you have already set...


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Stay True To Type: 7 Quick Guides That Tell You All About Typography



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Typography isn’t hyped. Sometimes, it is such a subtle part of good design that we don’t appreciate it in isolation. A good example – Apple, which shows us the effect of typeface on the user experience. Then, there’s the whole legend on Steve Jobs and the calligraphy class he attended at Reed College. Beautiful typography had existed before Mac’s typefaces, and so have the ugly ones. Thanks to a renewed focus on great design, the art of type is in the foreground now. Learning about typography isn’t only for designers. It’s for anyone who deals with the written word. So,...


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29 January 2014

This Painfully Ordinary Chrome Plugin Is Probably Slightly Less Boring Than Working



linkbaiting

What do you do when you want to attract eyeballs to your site? You could spend time and effort curating content which is well-written, fact checked and original. You could craft your art and build a following. You could engage with your readers and let your content (and audience) grow naturally. That sounds like hard work, though. Why bother doing all that when you can just share someone else’s content and give it a linkbait headline? Linkbait headlines are truly shocking It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Upworthy has been doing rather well of late. They’ve been described by Fast Company...


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Your Favorite Song Is Playing Somewhere. Find It With RadioSearchEngine



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One hand on the steering wheel, one hand on the “seek” button. There’s always a better song, you’re going to find it. If that’s how you drive, you’ve probably always wished there was a search engine for radio. And now there is – for your computer (cars will just have to wait). Radio Search Engine regularly indexes online radio stations, allowing you to search for a specific song playing…somewhere. You can then listen to the song (usually halfway through), then continue to listen to whatever station you stumble upon. You might find yourself listening to a Japanese top-forty station, but...


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8 Ways To Find And Enjoy Your Personal Internet Music Nostalgia Trip



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Intimidated by your MP3 collection because it is too big to manage, or frustrated because it is too small? Use the Internet to find and enjoy your favourite songs, streamed to your computer or mobile device. Go back in time and evoke memories with these music tools. Play Your Favourite MP3s In iTunes It’s all too easy to load up iTunes and expect your favourite songs to play. The truth is, they’re unlikely to start pumping on your stereo unless you actively go searching for them, or use a custom playlist to collect the songs together. After all, who wants...


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Mercury Browser For Android: A Worthy Contender In The Browser Stakes?



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Not satisfied with the browsing experience on your Android tablet or smartphone? Mercury Browser could help fix that. Google’s Play Store lists several excellent browsers for devices running on Android. If you’re looking to install one, chances are that you’re leaning toward choices like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, especially if you’re accustomed to their desktop versions. Other popular choices such as Dolphin Browser and UC Browser are probably on your list too, as they were on mine when I bought a Samsung tablet last year. In search of a comfortable Web experience, I tried various Android browsers and then some....


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Google Glass Lenses, Netflix Expansion, Chrome Lego, Prince Bootlegging [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Google Glass gets prescription lenses, Chrome apps come to iOS and Android, Netflix prepares to invade mainland Europe, the Netherlands overturns its block on The Pirate Bay, Lego comes to your browser thanks to Build With Chrome, and Prince gets his purple knickers in a twist. Google Glass Gains Prescription Lenses Google has revealed the Titanium Collection, a quartet of frames which can be paired with its wearable Glass headsets. The four distinct frames are designed to appeal to different aeshetic sensibilities. All are made from titanium, are thin and light, and cost $225 apiece....


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10 Things To Do When The Internet Goes Down [We Ask You Results]



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The Internet is an important – some would say dominant – part of modern life. It provides opportunities for work and play, education and entertainment, and everything else you care to mention. It’s this unending well of variety that has people more addicted to the Internet than they are more traditionally addicting substances, such as alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. The impact the Internet has had on our lives, and its continued presence in almost everything we do, makes it all the more frustrating when it suddenly and inexplicably disappears. When the Internet goes down, life goes on, as we discovered...


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An Important Notice From Gmail



It's the first time I see an important notice in the mobile Gmail interface. Here's the message:



You may have been impacted by a recent issue in Gmail that inadvertently caused some actions (e.g. delete, report spam) taken while viewing a message to be applied to a different message. The issue occurred between January 15 and January 22 and is now fixed.



We encourage you to check your Trash and Spam folders before February 14, 2014 for any items you did not intend to delete or mark as spam and move them back to your inbox. We apologize for any inconvenience.






I couldn't find other references to this notice, so it's very likely that a very small percentage of Gmail users got it. It's interesting that the message is not displayed in the desktop Gmail, I only see it in the mobile Gmail interface.

Not Just For Developers: 7 HTML Tags Any Writer Should Know



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Would you sketch a drawing without having an eraser handy? Would you paint a room, without first taping the edges of the walls? Well then, don’t even think about blogging without an understanding of the following 7 HTML tags, which any online writer really should know. There are a lot of situations when you may need to tweak the formatting of a blog entry or online article. If you’re a freelance author, having the ability to deliver a well formatted article utilizing nothing but a text editor and HTML code is an excellent skill to have. To be marketable and...


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28 January 2014

Better Than Bitcoin? 3 Crypto-Currencies That Aren’t Just Copycats



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Bitcoin was here first, but the open-source code meant copying it was easy. Litecoins are now established as being the silver to Bitcoins gold, but there are literally hundreds of other copycat “alt coins”. Not all crypto-currencies are equal though: here are 3 that I believe will have a future. While you’re at it – read my guide on getting started with Litecoin mining, while you still can. If you don’t understand the concept of Bitcoin yet – and I wouldn’t fault you for that – then this video is the best explanation I’ve found yet: We have a free...


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Apple Earnings, NSA Angry Birds, FBI TorMail, Oogle Goggles [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Apple reveals its latest sales and earnings, the NSA is accused of targeting popular apps such as Angry Birds, Microsoft renames SkyDrive to OneDrive, the FBI is accused of tapping into TorMail, Nintendo’s plan for smartphones is possibly revealed, Wikipedia adds celebrity voices to its listings, and The Simpsons tackles Oogle Goggles Google Glass. Apple’s Earnings Call Apple’s biggest sales rise (by %) was not in iPhones or iPads but Mac computers. All the numbers here: http://t.co/mOIZDfCx9T — Adrian Weckler (@adrianweckler) January 27, 2014 Apple has released its financial results for Q1 2014, and they...


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The Best Reddit Reader For Windows 8: ReddHub



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If you’re on a Windows 8 device, there are better ways to surf Reddit than just through your Internet browser. ReddHub offers a wonderful free Reddit experience with a quality modern user interface. Getting started is as easy as downloading the app from the Windows Store and signing into your Reddit account upon first opening it. If you’re unfamiliar with Reddit, you may want to check out our awesome guide to Reddit and learn about how cool Reddit is. Viewing Posts ReddHub takes a nice two-paned approach to the interface, allowing you to scroll through articles/photos on the left while...


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Study A Language From Your PC, Phone or Tablet With Babbel



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There are all sorts of reasons to study a new language – be it a holiday, a career opportunity abroad or a curious interest in a country or culture. You could opt for the textbook approach, but that’s not going to teach you pronounciation and oral skills. Audiobooks and podcasts are effective, but you’ll miss out on the nitty-gritty written word. In order to immerse yourself in the process of learning to write and speak conversationally, a learning tool like Babbel provides some obvious benefits. The app bombards your brain with words, pictures, sounds, and a feeling of progress –...


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27 January 2014

7 Unique WooCommerce Plugins to Help You Sell More



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Starting your own web store is easy – so easy, in fact, that many people are doing it. You’ll need to have some unique features in order to stand out. This little selection of WooCommerce plugins should help! If you’re thinking about starting a web store but just not sure where to begin, my latest free eBook walks you through the complete process from setting up hosting to adding products and launching. Get your online store up and running with Bluehost web hosting. Sign up from $3.95/month. Coin Payments (Free) The market is flooded with crypto currencies like BitCoin (What...


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Take The Stress Out Of Referencing With Zotero



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It’s that time of the year. January. The most dreaded month for any university student. It’s the time of the year when sales of Red Bull skyrocket and essay deadlines loom on the horizon. It’s the time of the year when undergraduates try to shake off their throbbing new-year hangovers and finish the work they’ve been procrastinating on for the past few months. As a university student myself, I totally sympathize with you lot. I get it; I really do. Essays are dry. They’re time consuming. They’re dull. And the worst part of it? Referencing. Sure, it shows that you’ve...


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Take The Stress Out Of Referencing With Zotero



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It’s that time of the year. January. The most dreaded month for any university student. It’s the time of the year when sales of Red Bull skyrocket and essay deadlines loom on the horizon. It’s the time of the year when undergraduates try to shake off their throbbing new-year hangovers and finish the work they’ve been procrastinating on for the past few months. As a university student myself, I totally sympathize with you lot. I get it; I really do. Essays are dry. They’re time consuming. They’re dull. And the worst part of it? Referencing. Sure, it shows that you’ve...


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Celebrities Volunteer To Record Their Voices For The Wikipedia Voice Intro Project



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The Wikipedia Voice Intro Project (WikiVIP) is a novel attempt to record voices of notable achievers in diverse fields, and make them a part of the Wikipedia entries (e.g. biographies) in their name. Readers can reference these voice recordings and get to know more through the voices behind the personalities. The recordings are short – about ten seconds or so, but they could add significantly to the multimedia bank on the online encyclopedia. Readers can not only find out how their favorite celebrities sound, but also learn how to pronounce their names right. The audio project should also contribute to...


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Contact Form 7: The Best Contact Form Plugin For WordPress



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Believe it or not, finding the right contact form for you and your website’s visitors isn’t easy. I was stuck with a WordPress plugin that was alright for some time, but I became frustrated with it when I ran into an issue I couldn’t solve. Then I discovered Contact Form 7. @aaronrcouch hey it’s called contact form 7. — Dan Pearce (@danoah) February 8, 2013 Contact Form 7, which is featured on our Best WordPress Plugins, stood out because it was so simple and easy to use. Due to being frustrated with an issue of the contact form plugin on...


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Self-Destruct: The Future Of Personal Communication



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This message will self-destruct in five seconds … is a well-known line from one of the most popular spy movies ever made, Mission Impossible. Who would have thought that today, what was once in the realm of fiction is now reality? Placing a shelf life on emails, text messages, IM chats and even photos now appears to be the future of personal communications. I can think of many instances when I would have preferred to have my messages auto-deleted once I had read them or used them in the manner I wanted to. Many messages sent over telecommunications media serve...


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Apple Celebrates, Google 4 Samsung, NSA Children, Xbox Fire [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Apple celebrates 30 years of Mac, Google and Samsung form a patent partnership, the NSA’s attempt to woo children is revealed, a rare NES game is sold for $100k, Pinterest adds support for animated GIFs, Google adds context to websites, and a man runs into the midst of an inferno to rescue his beloved Xbox. Apple Celebrates Mac Anniversary As previously noted, January 24, 2014 saw the Macintosh computer turn 30 years old. Apple celebrated this fact with an event held in Cupertino heralding the work of the original Macintosh team. CNET reported on the...


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Access Start Screen By Moving Mouse Cursor To The Bottom Left Corner Of The Screen In Windows 8/8.1



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Just like the Start menu in previous versions of Windows operating system, the Start screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 plays an important role. One has to switch to the Start screen (unless you have configured it to open within desktop) in order to launch apps, search for files and settings, and launch pinned […]

26 January 2014

Google Answers Complicated Questions



Google used to only answer simple questions like "who's the prime minister of Canada?" or "what's the population of China?". Thanks to the Knowledge Graph project, Google can answer more complicated questions like "who played Batman?", "what's the latest album of Celine Dion?", "what are the main attractions in Spain?".



Now Google shows direct answers for even more complex questions. Here's an example of question that doesn't have a definitive answer: "what's the distance between Earth and Mars?". I picked a shorter version of the query: "distance to the Mars." Google shows a snippet from a page that answers the question and highlights the distances.






Google also answers: "how many work days in a year?", "who owns Lancia?", "who ended world war 2?", "who celebrates presidents day?", "how many countries are there?".








The answers aren't always accurate and sometimes they're incomplete (Will Smith has three kids):