ZDNet: How to use ChatGPT to make charts and tables

ZDNet: How to use ChatGPT to make charts and tables. “As it turns out, ChatGPT does a great job making charts and tables. And given that this ubiquitous generative AI chatbot can synthesize a ton of information into something chart-worthy, what ChatGPT gives up in pretty presentation it more than makes up for in informational value. Exactly what sort of chart-making tools are available for ChatGPT? There are three ways you can proceed.”

New York Times: Use Your Phone as a Pocket Tutor for Study on the Go

New York Times: Use Your Phone as a Pocket Tutor for Study on the Go. “Autumn is edging closer, and the return to a more regular office schedule looms for many people — and with it, the waiting time for transportation, meetings and appointments. Games, reading, social-media scrolls or just zoning out are common ways to spend these spells, but if you want more mental stimulation, why not boost your brain with brief lessons in subjects that interest you? Here’s a guide to finding Android and iOS apps that turn your smartphone into a traveling pocket tutor.”

PC World: How to put Chrome’s download notifications back at the bottom

PC World: How to put Chrome’s download notifications back at the bottom. “In early August, Google changed the way Chrome displays download notifications. Instead of files being shown as big rectangular buttons in a bar at the bottom of the screen, the information is now much more discreetly tucked in the upper right-hand corner. A single, small icon shows both your progress and completion status, along with a dropdown list of recent downloads when clicked on. But if you’re finding this update difficult to adjust to, you can reverse it.”

Space: The rare Super Blue Moon rises on Aug. 30 and you can watch it online for free

Space: The rare Super Blue Moon rises on Aug. 30 and you can watch it online for free . “After sunset on Wednesday, this Super Blue Moon will rise in the east, as seen from New York City. But if conditions happen to be poor for moonwatching in your area, you’re in luck: The Virtual Telescope Project hosted by astronomer Gianluca Masi of Rome, Italy will host a free livestream of the event starting at 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 (0330 GMT on Aug. 31).” Shoutout to everyone else who is getting hurricane rain tonight and will miss the blue moon.

Mashable: An alt text guide to ensure everyone can enjoy your memes

Mashable: An alt text guide to ensure everyone can enjoy your memes. “Accessible memes make the internet a fun place for all, but the practice is helpful in a variety of ways. 3Play Media, a captioning and video accessibility company, notes that adding alt text to your memes is a beneficial practice for companies and creators, too. ‘Alt text allows bots to “read” and better understand the content, similar to how they read closed captions on video content,’ the company explains. ‘This means your content can be better recommended to viewers, gain more exposure, and ultimately lead to increased site traffic.’ Here’s how to get started making your jokes available for all, whether you’re a meme connoisseur or a brand cashing in on a trendy bit.”

Amit Agarwal: How to Enable Push Notifications for File Changes in Google Drive with Apps Script

Amit Agarwal: How to Enable Push Notifications for File Changes in Google Drive with Apps Script. “Are you looking for a way to receive notifications in real-time when an important spreadsheet in your Google Drive get modified or is accidently deleted by sometimes? Well, Google Drive offers an API to help you set up a watch on any file in your Google Drive be it a document, presentation or even a PDF file. This means that you can receive instant notifications whenever the content or even permissions of that file changes. This tutorial explains how you can setup watch notifications on any file in your Google Drive with the help of Google Apps Script.”

How to Watch YouTube Videos Together With Friends: 7 Ways (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: How to Watch YouTube Videos Together With Friends: 7 Ways . “It’s a great joy to share a YouTube video with friends. It’s even better to watch it with them. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible, especially if you live apart. So, we have compiled a list of ways to watch YouTube together with your friends. As well as helping you watch YouTube together, these services help you sync playback so that you and your friends are watching the same thing at the same time.”

Hongkiat: 9 Best Education Apps for Interactive Learning in 2023

Hongkiat: 9 Best Education Apps for Interactive Learning in 2023. “Ever found yourself frustrated that a simple Google search doesn’t quite cut it? Or perhaps you’re someone with an insatiable curiosity, constantly seeking new knowledge? You’re in good company, and the great news is that our smartphones are now more than just communication devices; they can be our personal learning guides. Yes, education apps have arrived, and they have the potential to revolutionize how we acquire new skills and knowledge, one app at a time.”

MakeUseOf: The 9 Best Free Browser-Based Adobe Illustrator Alternatives

MakeUseOf: The 9 Best Free Browser-Based Adobe Illustrator Alternatives. “Adobe Illustrator is the default choice for anyone who needs high-quality graphic design software. But Adobe’s subscription model is pretty expensive, and you can’t use Illustrator online—it only works on Windows and Mac. If you’re a hobbyist on a budget, use Linux or a Chromebook, or want a more mobile option, what can you do? Fortunately, there are plenty of free, browser-based Adobe Illustrator alternatives you can try.”

The Verge: How to delete your Twitter history

The Verge: How to delete your Twitter history. “…regardless of whether you’ve cut Twitter out of your life, the best protection you can provide yourself is the deletion of your Twitter history. Here’s where to start if you’re interested in nuking your timeline and keeping future tweets from falling into the internet’s vindictive void of posterity.”

International Journalists’ Network: How to respond to disinformation spread on social media

International Journalists’ Network: How to respond to disinformation spread on social media. “The path that disinformation often follows is like a trumpet: it begins in small circles, such as Telegram and WhatsApp groups, or other smaller social networks. As it gains traction, it moves to more open platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, among others. Identifying the spaces in which disinformation circulates can buy us time to prepare before the harmful narratives hit the big social networks and reach hundreds of thousands more people.”

MakeUseOf: How to Extract Text From Images and PDFs With Google Drive

MakeUseOf: How to Extract Text From Images and PDFs With Google Drive. “There may have been times when you wished you could easily extract and use the text from images, like when researching a project or making a pitch presentation. Perhaps you’ve wanted to grab some notes from PDF files or a quote from a picture online. Using Google Drive, you can extract text from most images and PDF files. You’ll be glad that it’s easy and takes a few clicks. This feature can save you time and enhance your productivity.”

The Markup: Magic Spreadsheets That Equip the Public

The Markup: Magic Spreadsheets That Equip the Public. “In The Markup’s first citizen science project, we built tools and an experimental blueprint that enabled anyone to test for internet disparities in the U.S. without having to write a line of code. The same underlying tools are useful for any story that compares a dataset with demographic information from the American Community Survey (ACS). I’ll walk through the decisions we made for our investigation at The Markup in the hopes that this will help you test for neighborhood-level disparities for your next story.”