A HUGE thanks to Diane R. for bringing this to my attention. Fast Company: This wild Chrome extension lets you bend websites to your will. “As a business, PixieBrix caters mainly to businesses that want to customize the software their employees are using. But it’s also a powerful tool for personal use that’s free for individuals. If you’re unhappy with the way a website works—and don’t mind mucking around with a little bit of code—you can create your own tweaks to make it better.” I need to schedule some time to play with this. It reminds me a little of a very old tool called SpyOnIt.
ReviewGeek: You Can (and Should) Learn Almost Anything for Free. “People with a bit of spare time and access to a smartphone or PC can pick up anything—from an interesting new hobby to skills that could take their career to the next level— without spending a penny. It can also be a handy way to kill some time. Despite most recreational travel prospects being out of the window, language learning app Duolingo saw a massive increase in its userbase last year. Below are a few examples of skills you can pick up without picking up your wallet first.” An ambitious headline that delivers a resource-filled article.
Make Tech Easier: Speed Up Chrome with These Extensions. “Chrome is known as the fastest browser, but for some people even fastest isn’t enough. Moreover, Chrome is also a huge memory hog and may lead to a slower browsing experience on low-end devices. Thankfully, there are many Chrome extensions available that will speed things up for you exponentially.”
Museum of Modern Art: How to Make Comics: Ideas, Activities, and Resources for Learning and Making. “Over the course of three articles, writer and comics scholar Chris Gavaler helped us understand what comics are, the potential of the art form, and some of the many approaches to making comics. Still, for many of us, starting with a blank sheet of paper can be daunting—even when we know the basic ideas for filling in the page. To conclude the How to Make Comics series, we wanted to offer a step-by-step approach you can follow in order to transform that blank sheet into a visual story that’s all your own.”
Fast Company: 4 Google Calendar efficiency secrets that’ll blow your mind. “No matter how many hours you’ve spent staring at Calendar’s virtual walls, in fact, I’d be willing to wager the service still holds some features you’ve yet to encounter. And some of them could make all the difference in the world when it comes to your appointment-juggling success. Here are four fantastic Google Calendar secrets that’ll change the way you interact with your agenda. Block out some time on your calendar and get in the habit of using them. Trust me: You’ll be glad you did.”
How-To Geek: How to Convert Images into a PDF File on iPhone. “Do you have photos on your iPhone or iPad that you’d like to convert to a PDF file? You can use Apple’s free Shortcuts app to make a PDF file out of your images. We’ll show you how to do that.”
Best speech-to-text software in 2021: Free, paid and online voice recognition apps and services (TechRadar)
TechRadar: Best speech-to-text software in 2021: Free, paid and online voice recognition apps and services . “…different speech-to-text programs have different levels of ability and complexity, with some using advanced machine learning to constantly correct errors flagged up by users so that they are not repeated. Others are downloadable software which is only as good as its latest update. Here then are the best in speech-to-text recognition programs, which should be more than capable for most situations and circumstances.”
Popular Science: Use your phone to identify plants, landmarks, and other mysterious objects. “You don’t need us to tell you just how smart the smartphone has become: From recognizing our voices to plotting complex routes in seconds, this device is a real box of tricks. With the right app, they can also help identify what’s in the world around us, whether it’s the breed of the dog that’s just come up to make friends with you, or information about a landmark you’re visiting.”
PCWorld: 4 killer tab search tricks for Chrome and Microsoft Edge. “We’ve all, at some point in our computing lives, dealt with browser tab overload. But instead of giving into that helpless feeling—and loading yet another version of a tab you’ve probably got open already—consider the alternatives. These days, there are lots of ways to quickly sift through your open or recently-closed browser tabs, sparing you the agony of having to click through each one to find what you’re looking for. Here are four tricks you can use in Chrome, Edge, and other Chromium-based browsers to instantly get back to what you’re looking for.”
MakeUseOf: How to Easily Automate Your Tasks: 5 Useful Tools. “You spend hours doing everyday tasks at your workplace. You think that’s the part of your job. But what if it could be done on its own, and you could invest your essential time in creative thinking or solving other major problems? Wouldn’t that be great? The ultimate solution to this issue is tasks automation. Let’s find out what daily tasks you can automate, its process, and which tools can help.” Good discussion on what can be automated and how to think about the process, not enough on the useful tools to do it. Should have been two articles or a series.
Input Magazine: How to scan objects in 3D with your iPhone. “With Apple rolling out Object Capture on MacOS and including advanced LiDAR sensors on the current generation of iPhone, it’s clear that the company is taking 3D scanning seriously. If you’ve never made a 3D scan before it might seem like a daunting process, but this guide will get you up and scanning with your iPhone in no time.”