26 April 2014

Nine New Features Added to the Google Keyword Planner Tool



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The Google Keyword Planner Tool has always been one of the leading resources for web publishers and advertisers to research search engine query activity on the Internet, but now Google has added nine more features to the popular service. On Thursday, April 24th, Google rolled out nine new features to Keyword Planner, providing users with much more in depth information about search queries. Those new details include things like query changes over time, mobile device trends, enhanced location data and better visualizations. The new features are intended to give potential Adsense advertisers more insight into popular keyword queries online, but...


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Hit By a Manual Spam Action? Here’s What To Do



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Imagine you’ve just created your best work of art. It’s a oil-paint masterpiece the likes of which you’ll probably never be able to accomplish again. Then, someone comes along and streaks a permanent marker across the canvas. That’s what a Google manual spam action feels like. SEO and site popularity in general is a fickle thing. Just when you think you’ve got everything right and you’re coasting along with loads of visitors and activity, you get sideswiped by some Google algorithm update called Penguin, Panda, Possum or whatever the heck they decide to name it these days. The point is,...


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Meet Invoiceable: A Free Invoicing Solution For Small Businesses



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It doesn’t get cheaper than free. There are some excellent free invoicing tools out there that your small business can benefit from. Invoiceable is one of them. Perhaps you have known it (and used it?) in its early avatar called Invoice Bubble. If you have tried many invoicing apps and discarded them for various reasons, you might be inclined to think that Invoiceable is just more of the same. Be ready to be pleasantly surprised. Here’s What You’ll Be Looking For Invoiceable has an intuitive interface and workflow. With minimal tabs and settings, it ensures that you have fewer things...


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25 April 2014

Learning To Drive in the UK? You Need Theory Test Pro



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Learning to drive in the UK is an arduous, expensive experience. There are two tests to take (one theory, one practical), each being ludicrously pricey. You’ll also need to have an astonishing amount of lessons (I’ve had over 50) just to even be in a position where you can take your practical test. Half a million learner drivers have to take their theory test each year, in addition to the thousands who have lost their license and had to start from scratch. Thankfully, there’s a product out there that promises to make it easy to revise for — and pass...


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The Future Of Google+, FB Newswire, Next-Gen Minecraft, Oculus Prank [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Google+ may be dead, FCC talks net neutrality, Facebook launches FB Newswire, Lyft expands into new markets, mobile addiction grows, next-gen Minecraft allows save transfers, and the true potential of Oculus Rift is revealed. The Future Of Google+ Is In Doubt The future of Google+ is (as good as) officially in doubt. What we know is that Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Social, is leaving Google for as-yet-unknown pastures new. The rest, including what’s going to happen to Google+ now that its creator has left the company, is still up for debate. But it’s...


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24 April 2014

10 Common Web Tasks You Can Do Without Signing Up



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Security bugs like Heartbleed make it abundantly clear that your logins and passwords are not safe. But what if you could use the Web for common tasks like uploading photos and videos or chatting with friends, all without signing up for an account? Guarding your privacy is important. There are obvious benefits to having logged into a service like Flickr because it will keep all your albums in one place, but that also means everyone can steal or harm all your albums in one place. And sometimes, you just crave anonymity for your own reasons. Whatever the case may be,...


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Travel Back In Time With Google Street View



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Google Street View has become one of the best tools to travel around the world in eighty seconds. Now, a simple but fun update on Google Street View allows you to roll back time. The timeline of past events has been recreated with the help of historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007. You can say that Google has dug up its archives to create this digital time capsule of the world. The update is rolling out to Street View in Google Maps for Desktop. It’s the closest thing to time travel we are going to...


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How to Bypass Web Filtering and Censorship In The UK and Turkey



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Governments are afraid of the Internet. It is the final medium where people can publish whatever they wish, to an audience of an infinite size. The Internet has brought down governments, unveiled corruption and is one of the most potent forces for freedom and democracy. In Turkey, both Twitter and YouTube have been blocked at the ISP level, after allegations of corruption by Prime Minister Reycep Tayyip Erdogan was unveiled. The ban of Twitter was later overturned by the ruling of a constitutional court, although Erdogan is challenging this ruling. Meanwhile in the UK, the ruling Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has...


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New Apple Products, Internet Bill Of Rights, OnePlus One, Street View Time Machine [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Apple teases new products, Brazil gets an Internet Bill of Rights, the OnePlus One turns heads, Xiaomi plans international expansion, Google Street View becomes a time machine, Amazon launches Prime Pantry, Apple ups its recycling efforts, and Conversnitch is the creepiest light bulb ever created. Apple Teases Brand New Products Think you are having a bad day? In 1976 Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake in Apple for $800. Now it’s worth $58,065,210,000. — Relatable (@Iifepost) April 24, 2014 Apple has reported its financial results for Q2, 2014. TechCrunch has all the details, but suffice...


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How Do You Watch TV? [We Ask You]



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How we watch television has changed dramatically. Shows can be viewed on a range of different devices. They can be watched live, recorded for later, or downloaded from the Internet. And then there is piracy. With all of these options to choose from, we feel a healthy debate about TV is long overdue. Square Eyes Squared We want to know, How Do You Watch TV? It’s a simple question with a multitude of possible answers. Whether you’re a traditionalist watching TV on a square box in your living room or a hipster watching TV on your tablet in a coffee...


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How to Receive Files in your Google Drive from Anyone



A school teacher wants to have a public drop box (not Dropbox) where students can upload homework assignments. A recruiter wants to have an online form where job applicants can upload their resumes. A news organization may need a public drop box where people can upload files anonymously.


Google Forms would have been a perfect solution here but unfortunately you cannot upload files to Google Drive through Forms.


The other option is to have a shared folder inside Google Drive but there are limitations. One, you need a Gmail Account and should be invited by the folder owner to upload files in a shared folder. Second, all collaborators can view and even remove files that have been uploaded in a shared folder on Google Drive.


Drive Form with File Uploads


Receive Files in Google Drive with Forms


What you can do is create a regular web form (written in HTML and CSS) and then use Google Apps Script to post the content of this form into Google Drive.


Before diving into the implementation, take a look at this sample form. When you upload a file, it will show up in a specific folder on my Google Drive. You don’t even need to have a Google Account to upload files and the Google Script based form even works on mobile devices.



  • Click here to make a copy of the Google Script into your Google Drive.

  • This is vanilla form with a text field, a file input field and a form submit button. You can open the form.html file to apply your own CSS styles or add more input and textarea fields.

  • From the Run menu, choose doGet and authorize the script. The script needs these permissions since the form will be uploading files to your Google Drive.

  • Next choose Deploy as Web App from the Publish menu. Click Save New Version, choose Anyone, even Anonymous from the drop-down and click the Deploy button.


The Google Script will now offer you a form URL. Anyone can now use this form to upload files to your Google Drive.



<form id="myForm">

<label>Your Name</label>
<input type="text" name="myName">

<label>Pick a file</label>
<input type="file" name="myFile">

<input type="submit" value="Upload File"
onclick="google.script.run
.uploadFiles(this.parentNode);
return false;">
</form>

This is a bare-bones version of the form but it can be further enhanced through Apps Script. For instance, you may choose to save the form details in a Google Spreadsheet along with the Drive URLs of the uploaded files. The script can even email you the uploaded files as attachments similar to Mail Merge.


[*] If this looks a bit too technical, you can ask guests to send you files as email attachments and then use the Gmail to Google Drive program to automatically save these file attachments in your Drive.[**] If you aren’t on Gmail or Google Apps, you can still receive files in Dropbox from anyone anonymously.

Awesome Google Scripts → Custom Google Scripts →




This story, How to Receive Files in your Google Drive from Anyone, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 23/04/2014 under Google Drive, Internet

23 April 2014

How To Pay With Your PayPal Balance On Sites That Don’t Accept It



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I’m at a point in my Internet-obsessed life where PayPal is the preferred payment method that I choose to pay for just about anything. If you’re a self-employed person who works online and from home, I can imagine you being in a similar predicament. PayPal is convenient and easy to use. You can pay for anything with PayPal. However, there are a whole lot of places to shop online that don’t seem to be as crazy about PayPal as I am. Amazon is a good (and unfortunate) example. They don’t accept payments via PayPal. However, there’s a crafty little maneuver...


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Four Places To Find Your Windows 8 Product Key



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Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs no longer have a Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) sticker with their product key printed on it. This helps prevent theft — people can’t just glance at a sticker on your laptop to get your Windows product key. On the other hand, you can’t simply look at a sticker on your Windows PC when you reinstall the operating system. You’ll have to find the 25-digit product key elsewhere. Having your product key is necessary if you want to download Windows 8 or 8.1 installation media from Microsoft. Their downloads require a valid product key. It’s also...


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New Twitter Profiles, Lytro Illum DSLR, Aereo Hearing, OS X Beta Testing [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, new Facebook-like Twitter profiles for all, the Lytro Illum DSLR, #myNYPD hashtag fails, the Aereo hearing concludes, OS X beta testing free for all, and a sauce bottle cap fix by students. New Twitter Profiles Available To All Soo now my twitter profile looks like facebook… How original. — Lax (@BryanJoL) April 23, 2014 The new Twitter profiles first unveiled a couple of weeks ago are now available to everybody using the Web version of the social networking site. As previously noted, the new profiles make Twitter look a lot more like Facebook than it...


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9 Password Managers To Make Use Of [We Ask You Results]



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Creating and remembering passwords for every website you interact with is a real pain in the ass. Unfortunately, it’s also an essential part of a life spent at least partially online. We sought to find out your strategy when it comes to passwords, and the informative results are detailed below. Password Managers FTW! We asked you, How Do You Manage Your Passwords? It turns out that most of you don’t manage your passwords, or at least not alone. Instead, the majority of people participating in the discussion let a password manager do the hard work of creating and/or storing passwords...


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Can’t Afford Podcast Hosting? Try These Free Alternatives



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If your podcast is outgrowing the space you have on your blog, the time has probably come to find a new home for it. But if you’re already paying for hosting, this might be beyond your budget unless you can find somewhere to host your musings and discussions for free… Yes, Free Podcast Hosting Exists! Has your podcast taken on a life of its own? Does your website or blog seem to revolve around organising recordings and uploading new editions, rather than focusing on its original core aim? In such a situation, it’s a good idea to give your podcast...


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22 April 2014

10 Money Management Tools Inside Google Drive You Should Use Today



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Managing money. What a waste of time, isn’t it? The problem is, if you don’t manage it, you end up without it. Not much fun. So, how about a few useful money management tools to help you get started right inside your Google Drive account? Google Drive. It’s like that file drawer that you keep stuffing full of new files, and never stop to consider whether what you’re putting in there is even very useful. Your Google Drive should have things that make your life more organized, more efficient and in a word…better. One of the things that can improve...


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Aereo Supreme Court, Netflix Price Rise, Samsung Innovation, Han Solo Rug [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Aereo lands in court, Netflix promises price rises, Reddit tampers with technology, the Samsung Innovation Museum, Amazon loves Goodreads, and Han Solo in Carbonite gets his own rug. Aereo Fights For Life In Supreme Court After several years of legal wrangling and contradictory rulings over its status, Aereo has made it to the United States Supreme Court. The case against Aereo, as brought by a consortium of broadcasters, will now be heard by the highest federal court in the U.S. Aereo is a New York-based company disrupting the traditional cable television business model. It works...


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How To Boot Into Safe Mode In Windows 8



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Safe Mode is an essential troubleshooting tool for Windows users. When you enter Safe Mode, Windows loads a minimal environment without third-party hardware drivers and software. If your computer is blue-screening or infected by malware, booting into Safe Mode will often give you a stable Windows system. From Safe Mode, you can remove crashing hardware drivers, uninstall buggy third-party software, and scan your computer for malware without the malware running in the background. No More F8 Traditionally, Windows users pressed F8 during the Windows startup process to access Safe Mode. This won’t work on Windows 8 PCs. Windows 8 PCs...


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21 April 2014

Windows XP Security Risks: They’re Real And Heading Your Way In 2014



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With plenty of press coverage about the impending end of support for Windows XP, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s all just hype. But without security updates, the aging operating system becomes a Trojan horse in your home or business. How Unsafe Is XP, Really? Let’s be honest – Windows XP isn’t going to cut you, set fire to your house or kidnap you. However, it could be indirectly responsible for deleting your important data, hacking your bank account or holding your computer to ransom. There has been a lot of talk over the past few months about Microsoft...


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5 Essential Online Script Libraries For Wannabe Screenwriters



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The best way to learn screenwriting is to read scripts – as many as possible, by many writers in many genres and dealing with many mediums. Screenwriting is the art of telling stories, and every single one of us has been touched by a story. It’s no wonder a lot of people want to turn their hand to screenwriting. To get started, all you need is a software like CeltX (check out our guide) and inspiration. The best way of learning isn’t going on a college course, as odd as that sounds: instead, the Internet can educate you and entertain...


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General Mills Facebook Fail, Nearby Friends Ads, Oculus Rift Grandmother [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, General Mills backtracks, DPLA expands, Facebook targets ads, videophones celebrate birthday, HTC speculates on optical zoom, Google Trends emails, and Oculus Rift proves its worth. General Mills Apologizes Over ToS Debacle TIL General Mills had to take the word “strawberry” off packages for Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups because they don’t contain strawberries. — Adam Clark Estes (@adamclarkestes) April 17, 2014 General Mills has backtracked on its revised Terms of Service which appeared to prohibit customers from suing the company after enjoying any kind of interaction. General Mills apologized, reverted to its old terms, and suggested...


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How to Track When People Print Web Pages on your Site



You have made your website printer-friendly but you are not too sure if people are actually printing any of web pages. And if they are, you would probably like to know how frequently they print pages from your site and what kind of content is printed more often.


There are multiple ways to print a web page.


You may use the File->Print menu in the browser or press the Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut (or Command+P on a Mac) to send the current web page to the printer. Some web pages have a dedicated PRINT button on the page itself that internally executes the window.print() method to print the document.


We therefore need a solution that can track and capture the print action on a web page irrespective of the method that was originally used to send that page to the printer. That’s where Google Analytics will help.


Track Printed Web Pages with Google Analytics


What we need to do is add an invisible 1×1 tracking image — similar to the one we used for Gmail read receipts — – to the printed version of our web pages. Now when a site visitor prints a web page, through any route, the Analytics tracking image will download on their computer and print action will be recorded into your Google Analytics.


The implementation is really easy. Simply copy-paste this code above the closing </body> tag in your website template. If you are on WordPress, you can paste the code in your footer.php file. Do remember to replace UA-1234-56 with your actual Google Analytics Profile ID.



<script>

var googleAccountID = "UA-1234-56";

function s4() {
return Math.floor((1 + Math.random()) * 0x10000).toString(16).substring(1);
}

function guid() {
return s4() + s4() + '-' + s4() + '-' + s4() + '-' + s4() + '-' + s4() + s4() + s4();
}

(function(){

var GIF = "http://ift.tt/1i6zkJc; +
"&ec=print&tid=" + googleAccountID + "&cid=" + guid() +
"&z=" + (Math.round((new Date()).getTime() / 1000)).toString() +
"&ea=" + encodeURIComponent(document.title) +
"&el=" + encodeURIComponent(document.location.pathname);

var rule = "body:after{content:url(" + GIF + ")}";
var head = document.head || document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0];
var css = document.createElement('style');

if (css && head) {

css.setAttribute("type", "text/css");
css.setAttribute("media", "print");

if (css.styleSheet) { // For IE
css.styleSheet.cssText = rule;
} else {
css.appendChild(document.createTextNode(rule));
}

head.appendChild(css);

/* Written by Amit Agarwal - labnol.org */
}

})();

</script>

Once you have added the tracking JavaScript code to your web pages, log in to your Google Analytics dashboard, go to Real Time –> Events and choose Print for the event category. Alternatively, for old reports, you should go to Behavior -> Events report.


Also see: QR codes for Printed Pages


How Print Tracking with Analytics Works?


The above JavaScript code adds the following CSS rule to your web page. It append the Google Analytics tracking image to the page but the rule is only trigger when the print stylesheet is active.



<style type="text/css" media="print">
body:after {
content:url(GOOGLE_ANALYTICS_TRACKING_IMAGE);
}
</style>

Some PDF writing programs also use the Print stylesheet when saving web pages to PDFs and thus, the same tracking code will work in those cases as well.




This story, How to Track When People Print Web Pages on your Site, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 21/04/2014 under Google Analytics, Print, Internet

How To Directly Upgrade Windows 8 To Windows 8.1 Update



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About two weeks ago, Microsoft officially announced and released Windows 8.1 Update to the public. Windows 8.1 Update is a free update available to all PC users running Windows 8.1 RTM and is an effort to make the tiled Windows operating system easier for desktop and laptop users. Ability to run Windows Store apps in […]

Need Help Songwriting? Try These 4 Tools For Inspiration



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Sometimes the songs just spill out of you. Other times, you sit there staring at a blank notebook until 4AM, wondering if you’ll ever write a song that isn’t complete crap. Songwriting can be fun but it isn’t easy. If you’re feeling stuck and need a bit of help, these tools and apps may help you get your muse back. Songwriter101 (Website) There are many songwriting websites out there and we’ve covered a few of them before. However, there’s one that deserves special mention for all of the great content that it has produced over the years. It’s called Songwriter101...


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Need Help Songwriting? Try These 4 Tools For Inspiration



song-writing

Sometimes the songs just spill out of you. Other times, you sit there staring at a blank notebook until 4AM, wondering if you’ll ever write a song that isn’t complete crap. Songwriting can be fun but it isn’t easy. If you’re feeling stuck and need a bit of help, these tools and apps may help you get your muse back. Songwriter101 (Website) There are many songwriting websites out there and we’ve covered a few of them before. However, there’s one that deserves special mention for all of the great content that it has produced over the years. It’s called Songwriter101...


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20 April 2014

This Beautiful Browser Add-On Gives You Interesting Stats About Your Browsing



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Is there anything more interesting on than statistics? Not the school type, the Internet type. Following your own activity is fascinating, so it’s no wonder that tools that track your Gmail statistics, blog statistics and even Facebook statistics are so popular. But what about “you” statistics? Or shall we say, a stats selfie? No, I’m not talking about your height, weight and eye-color. I’m sure you can figure those out on your own. I’m talking about the way you surf the Web every day, the websites you visit and your surfing habits. This is not about a specific website or...


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This Beautiful Browser Add-On Gives You Interesting Stats About Your Browsing



numbers-featured.jpg

Is there anything more interesting on than statistics? Not the school type, the Internet type. Following your own activity is fascinating, so it’s no wonder that tools that track your Gmail statistics, blog statistics and even Facebook statistics are so popular. But what about “you” statistics? Or shall we say, a stats selfie? No, I’m not talking about your height, weight and eye-color. I’m sure you can figure those out on your own. I’m talking about the way you surf the Web every day, the websites you visit and your surfing habits. This is not about a specific website or...


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