New York Times: 5 Ways to Tap Into Your Smartphone’s Audio Powers. “It has been a decade since Apple integrated Siri right into its iPhone software and mainstreamed the voice-activated assistant. But the assistant is just one of the voice-powered tools in your smartphone’s ever-growing audio toolbox. Your device can also be a digital recorder, a dictation machine, a podcast production studio and more. Here’s how to get things done with more talking and less typing.”
Beebom: How to Create, Join, and Use Twitter Spaces (Guide). “Last December, Twitter released its live audio rooms feature ‘Spaces’ in private beta for iOS users. The company has since expanded the testing to some Android users. If you’re wondering what Twitter Spaces is all about or are curious to know if you should use the feature, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ve covered everything you need to know to use Twitter Spaces, including how to create, join, and use the feature.”
MakeUseOf: How to Edit Videos on Your Phone With KineMaster. “You’ve shot a video using your phone, and now it’s time to edit. But what if you suck at video editing and don’t have the money to hire a professional editor? There’s no need to worry. It’s simple to edit your videos (for free) using KineMaster, a mobile video editor. KineMaster is an easy-to-use editing app with tons of features. Its drag-and-drop features let you edit videos on the go, as well as adding media to it.”
Search Engine Journal: 8 Useful Python Libraries for SEO & How To Use Them. “There are over 100,000 libraries available to use in Python, which can be used for functions from data analysis to creating video games. In this article, you’ll find several different libraries I have used for completing SEO projects and tasks. All of them are beginner-friendly and you’ll find plenty of documentation and resources to help you get started.”
TechRadar: Google Lens: how to master Google’s super-useful AI camera app. “It’s been around since 2017, but rather than get quietly sidelined like so many other Google projects, Google Lens has slowly built up increasingly impressive powers – many of which aren’t that well known or understood.”
Elite Daily: Here’s How To Use The Dispo App To Replicate The Fun Of A Disposable Camera. “While it’s good news the invites are no longer, Android users are still out of luck as Dispo still isn’t supported for non-iPhone devices. Dispo has yet to give an exact date for when Android users will have access to the platform, but per a comment on a March 9 Instagram post announcing its launch to the public, they’re ‘working on it.’ If you have the app, though, here’s what you need to know.”
Hongkiat: How to Scrape Webpages at Regular Intervals (Automatically). “In this write-up, I will introduce you to two methods for web scraping. The first method is a beginner-friendly way to scrape data using a ready-to-use solution. The second method is a programmer-friendly way to scrape data using Scrapy, which supports powerful scraping if well done. Let’s check both of them.”
Search Engine Journal: 44 Free Tools to Help You Find What People Search For. “It’s important to know what people are searching for and why. Check out these tools to help target keywords easily and understand users better.” As with all Search Engine Journal articles, it’s extensive, well screenshot, and filled with links.
Mashable: How to use Gmail: The best tips and tricks to conquer your inbox. “From scheduling emails to be sent at a future point to un-sending an important email you’ve just realized contains a massive blooper, these hacks will see you mastering your Gmail account instead of being scared of it.”
Spotted via Reddit: a human-curated database of instructional videos on YouTube. What a brilliant idea. From the front page: “YTT Tech exists to organize, curate, and surface the wealth of instructional content on YouTube. To be a place to discover and explore new skills and tools. We’ve only scratched the surface thus far, there’s a ton of great content that hasn’t been covered yet.” The top section breaks down videos by department (carpentry, cooking, music, etc) and then section (for carpentry that’s framing, sheds, walls, etc). Not a ton here yet but I love the structure.
Mashable: How to learn calligraphy online . “Calligraphy may make you think of parchment scrolls and feather quills, but it’s also a popular modern art and crafts activity that millions of people around the world study and practice. This visual art can be a very rewarding hobby, offering a relaxing, almost meditative creative exercise. A few hours practice a week should give you some decent basic calligraphy skills within a matter of months. (Some talented calligraphers even turn their hobby into a profitable sideline by designing invitations, posters, flyers, and the like.)”
MakeUseOf: How to Make Pixel Art: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide. “Pixel art is a form of digital art that was born from the need to communicate imagery on the limited storage space of 8 or 16-bit computers and video game consoles. Sometimes, the process of creating pixel art is called ‘spriting,’ which comes from the word “sprite.” This is a computer graphics term used to describe a two-dimensional bitmap that is integrated into a larger scene (usually a video game). Are you interested in creating some pixel art of your own? Here’s everything you need to know to get started.”
MakeUseOf: How to Create the Perfect Instagram Video With Canva. “…did you know Canva can also help you take on the role of a video editor? Not only does it provide the basic features of trimming, cropping, and adding music, but it also allows you to play with animations and transitions. We’ll take you through the steps of creating a killer video for Instagram using the free version of Canva, and with no prior knowledge in editing needed.”
Analytics India: Complete Tutorial On Txtai: An AI-Powered Search Engine. “Searching is the most basic functionality that is seen in almost all applications. But it can be challenging when you have a large amount of data or documents and you need faster results. This is where natural language processing can be useful to us. With the development of new models in NLP, quicker computation and more accurate results are possible. One such development is a library called txtai. This enables a smarter way to apply natural language processing on search bars. In this article, we will see the different applications of the txtai and implement them in Python.”
Dev: How to Use Google Sheets as a Database (Responsibly). “While database technology and other tools have come a long way, it’s still tough to beat the humble spreadsheet’s versatility and intuitiveness. While using them for sensitive, critical applications like storing COVID-19 patient data is ill-advised, the fact that everyone knows how to use a spreadsheet means they’re great for smaller cross-functional projects where a non-developer might need to examine or edit data. In this guide, I’ll show you how to use Google Sheets as a database, complete with an API interface accessible over HTTP.”