Mashable: How to make a Linktree for your Instagram. “Instagram limits users to only one link in their bio, which can be a problem for content creators, and pretty much anyone who might want their followers to visit more than one link. The usual solution — updating your bio every time you have a new link to share — can be time-consuming. Linktree is a tool that helps you share all your links with your followers.”
Mashable: 5 best free photo layout apps . “Photo layout apps, which can help you quickly and easily create attractive photo collages and montages, are an absolute godsend for those of us who aren’t conveniently blessed with mad Photoshop skillz. After testing dozens of them, we can now bring you, in alphabetical order, the five best free photo layout apps out there. Choose one of these to take your design skills to the next level without having to even think about layer masks or lossy compression.”
Digital Inspiration: Sort by Random – How to Randomize the Order of Rows in Google Sheets. “There are multiple ways to randomize the data rows in Google Sheet. You can either use the built-in SORT function of Google Sheets or create a menu-based function that lets you randomize data with a click.”
Mashable: How to go live on Instagram . “Going live on Instagram is a great way to share a special moment, to allow others to experience an event remotely, to spread good news, or to simply get things off your chest. When you broadcast live on the social platform, anyone who follows you can tune in to watch your video, and after you’ve finished the recording, you can choose to publish the clip to Instagram’s IGTV platform.”
MakeUseOf: How to Claim Your Google Knowledge Panel . “To claim your Google Knowledge Panel, you’ll need to be verified on Google. This is primarily because Google wants to ascertain that you are the authentic owner or authorized representative of the entity featured in the panel. In this article, you will learn how to get verified on Google, so you can claim your Google Knowledge Panel.” Note that organizations have knowledge panels as well as people, and this article applies to them as well.
Make Tech Easier: How to Use Microsoft Office on Chromebook for Free. “As you know, Chrome OS is a different operating system from your regular Windows, and you can’t install Windows applications on it. So if you want to use Microsoft Office on your Chromebook, you won’t be able to install the Microsoft Office software, but there are ways to get around it. Here’s how you can run Microsoft Office on a Chromebook for free.”
Mashable: How to create a GIF from a TikTok video . “Gone are the days of screen recording a video on your phone and uploading it to a sketchy GIF-making website, choosing the start and end times, adjusting the frame rate, blah blah blah you know the struggle. Making GIFs can be a huge pain. GIFing on TikTok is refreshingly easy, and only takes a few taps. Here’s how to do it.”
ABC 10: How to watch the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony. “This year’s Olympic Summer Games, already postponed a year because of the pandemic, will be held without fans cheering from the stands after a state of emergency was declared in Tokyo in an effort to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases. Here is everything you need to know about the opening ceremony and how you can watch it live, on TV and online.”
The Verge: How to change your iPhone’s text size for a specific app. “Sometimes you want the text in your app to be smaller, so you can fit more content on a single screen. Sometimes you want it to be bigger, especially if you’ve been putting off buying those reading glasses. But until recently, if you had an iPhone, you had to pick a single text size as a standard for all your apps. Not anymore.”
Dazed: Looking for a creative spark after lockdown? Try this inspiration generator. “Adobe has created a new tool to help designers beat the blank. Called the Inspiration Generator and available in English, German, and French, the tool creates unique creative briefs for the user to respond to. The idea is that anyone with the skills to make something, but lacking a sense of direction or purpose, can create for the sake of it. Some of the oblique strategies we were presented with: ‘adventurous surfer movie poster’ and ‘chic florist magazine cover’.”
Lifehacker: 10 Clever Google Maps Settings Everyone Should Be Using. “Every time you head out to a new location, there’s a good chance you instinctively pull up Google Maps to help guide you there — there’s no better tool out there for navigation and traffic updates. But even if you use it practically every day, there’s a good chance that you haven’t made the most of some of its better features. The service has a lot of useful (but buried) tools — and it’s time you check them out.”
Mashable: From kitten gifs to Minecraft modding, these online games make coding fun for kids. “Coding games also give kids an opportunity to improve critical thinking and creative problem solving, and the latest spate of coding platforms is designed to appeal to kids with varying interests. There’s text-based coding for creating art and animation, and puzzle games instructing a robot to move crates.”
Digital Inspiration: How to Find and Replace Text in Google Docs with RegEx Search Patterns. “It is easy to search and replace text in Google Documents with the DocumentApp service of Google Apps Script. You can use use findText method with simple regular expressions to find text elements in the document that match a pattern and replace them with the specified text…. All well and good but in some cases, this simple search and replace function may fail if the search text does not transform into a valid regular expression.”
Tools for Reporters: Who did that website belong to?. “You may already be familiar with WHOIS, the directory of website registrants. Under ICANN rules, you have to have contact info registered for a domain, and that contact info used to be public. Sadly, that changed in 2018 and much of the information is now redacted. But! A tool called WHOIS History Search came to the rescue.” There’s a certain amount of free searching you can do but getting details will cost you.
PC Magazine: Done With Facebook? How to Transfer Your Posts to Another Service. “Facebook now allows you to transfer a copy of your posts to Google Docs, Blogger, and WordPress…. One limitation here is that the transfer option didn’t work for me in Firefox. Instead, you may have to use Chrome or Edge for this process. For a more in-depth understanding of this feature, check out Facebook’s help page. Now, let’s see how it plays out.”