MakeUseOf: How to Manage Your Side Search Panel in Google Chrome. “Google Chrome is constantly finding ways to improve its user experience. When you’re on a web page, and you want to perform a quick Google search, you can do that without opening a new tab. Enabling your Side Search panel allows you to easily browse through Google search results. In this article, you’ll learn how to manage your Side Search panel in Google Chrome.”
New York Times: Tech Hacks to Make Traveling Right Now Less of a Headache. “Here are some of the most useful tech tools that travel experts and I are using at this ‘new normal’ stage of the pandemic to make our excursions more pleasant, including apps to monitor flight changes and find the best seats.”
TechRepublic: How to use Google Data Studio: A beginner’s guide with examples. “Try this free, browser-based data visualization tool that connects to hundreds of data sources and lets you create, collaborate and share interactive charts and reports.”
How-To Geek: 6 Effective Ways to Use Explore in Google Sheets. “The Explore feature works differently in Google Sheets than in Google Docs. You can use it to get useful details about your data to help you analyze it. You can also use pieces that the tool provides in your spreadsheet. If you’re looking for a handy way to learn more about the data in your Google Sheet, here are various ways to use the Explore feature.”
WIRED: How to Get the Old Gmail Design Back. “Google is switching up the design for Gmail to bring it more in line with changes across the company’s other services. But if you see the new look and hate it, you can still hold on to the old look for a little longer. It’s unclear how long this option will last, but for now you can switch back to the previous design with just a couple of clicks.”
Social Media Examiner: How to Create and Promote Idea Pins on Pinterest. “Pinterest launched idea pins in May 2021, giving businesses and creators a brand-new option to build multi-page video content. Idea pins can include up to 20 pages of videos, images, or a combination of the two.”
Consumer Reports: Best Music Streaming Services. “Music streaming is one of the rare corners of the tech industry where multiple companies have a decent shot at attracting the same customers. That forces the streaming giants into a constant race to add features, match competitors’ perks, and keep prices low to hold on to subscribers. Listeners get to enjoy the benefits of services that just keep getting better.” I use Tidal and can definitely tell the difference in sound quality, even through my basic desktop speakers.
How-To Geek: How to Create Synthetic AI Art With Midjourney. “AI-based image generators like DALL-E 2 have boomed in popularity. People love to enter bizarre prompts and see what gets spit out. Midjourney is one of the more advanced tools for this, and you can try it now.”
Bellingcat: Using New Tech to Investigate Old Photographs. “New tools and a wealth of online data make it easier to navigate more than 150 years of evolving landscapes, cities, buildings and street names. Reverse image searches, Google Lens, digitised newspapers, heritage and auctioneering websites, AI colourisation and tools such as Peakvisor can help add valuable information and understanding to historic art collections.”
Noupe: An Introductory Guide On How To Do Web Scraping: Extracting Data From Your Website. “Also known as web extraction, web scraping is a tool that helps you to gain information on products, contacts, and a lot more, even when a website doesn’t have an API (application programming interface), or grants limited access to its data. Web scraping offers a faster, more practical solution for extracting data from a website, instead of having to use the same format as the website in question, or even just copying and pasting information manually.” The headline is a little misleading because this article isn’t really a how-to. It is, however, an excellent overview of / orientation to Web scraping.
Larry Ferlazzo: Kapwing Just Made Their “Pro” Plan Free For Educators And Students. “Kapwing, a cool multimedia tool that includes video-editing features and easy ways to produce memes, just announced that their ‘Pro’ plan would now be free to educators and students.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Sites to Discover the Best YouTube Channels and Creators Recommended for You. “You’ve probably subscribed to a few channels already. Then YouTube has recommended a few others you might like based on that. But let’s face it, these are often quite bad. So if you’re sick of irrelevant YouTube recommendations for channels, you need to go away from its algorithm and find other ways to discover creators.”
9to5 Google: How to search any image on Chrome desktop using Google Lens. “Chrome is a great browser with tons of tools and functionality; one feature that many users aren’t familiar with is the desktop version of Google Lens that’s fully integrated into Google Chrome. Follow along to learn how you can use Google Lens on Chrome desktop to search for any image on the web.” The translation feature comes in surprisingly handy.