MakeUseOf: 10 Useful Features of Brave You Didn’t Know Existed. “The Brave browser has been gaining in both popularity and userbase for some time now and for good reason. The privacy-centric browser is full of nifty features that make it a top contender against Google Chrome. Let’s find out what these useful features are that make Brave a good alternative.”
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.”
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.”
New York Times: How to Keep the Days From Blurring Together. “A couple of weeks ago I asked how you’re keeping one day from blurring into the next. Here are some more responses, edited for length and clarity.”
Make Tech Easier: The Best Google Docs Templates to Organize Your Life. “Google Docs offers an astonishing variety of templates to handle every need of users. Instead of working hard to create a new document, you can use one of these customized, ready-to-use templates. All of them are free to edit and accessible from your Google Docs web interface. Let’s take a look at how you can use Google Docs templates to organize your life better as well as a selection of the best.”
ZDNet: Trello adds new free features, introduces new tier for small businesses. “Trello, the Atlassian-owned project management and collaboration tool, announced on Tuesday that it’s offering more capabilities for free and introducing a new tier for small businesses. The expansion comes as Trello marches towards its goal of reaching 100 million users and serving as the ‘command center’ for all of your productivity tools.”
New York Times: Put Your Smartphone to Work for Your Return to the Office. “Contactless bagel orders and finding new routes can help you keep social distance in your commute. And don’t forget your vaccination card.”
PC World: This free Windows text tool will change the way you type. “For a while, I used a program called PhaseExpress for text shortcuts. It didn’t always work reliably, and I got tired of its periodic nags to pay for unnecessary extra features. Earlier this year, I started looking for text expander alternatives, which led me to a brilliant app—with an even more brilliant name—called Beeftext.”
Lifehacker: 10 Time-Saving Features and Settings You Should Be Using on Your iPhone. “Basic tasks can sometimes feel like a chore on your iPhone because it takes a lot of time for something trivial. For example, the Camera app keeps opening to the default photo mode, and you have to keep sliding over to other modes such as portrait or video. Fortunately, it’s possible to save a lot of time by speeding up a lot of basic tasks on your iPhone. We’re going to share our favorite time-saving tips that you might enjoy.” Warning: this is a slideshow.
New York Times: What You Can Do Today to Revitalize Your Productivity. “Whether you’ve been feeling less productive for a while or are just going through the common ‘afternoon slump,’ try using these prompts to give yourself a boost. For a full refresh, I highly recommend devoting an entire day to working through these steps, revamping your workspace and your work system.” Usually articles with titles like this are bromide-filled crapfests, let’s be real, but this is of a much higher caliber. Good suggestions.
Next Web: My team experimented with ‘no screen mornings’ — it worked wonders. “Want to feel stressed, anxious, and/or completely exhausted before you even have breakfast? I highly recommend looking at your phone right when you wake up. I tend to look at Slack, email, and (*sigh*) Twitter right after I wake up. But sometimes I wonder if my head would be clearer if I just… didn’t. So I tried it out — and asked my coworkers at Zapier to join me.”
Make Tech Easier: 9 of the Best Chrome Extensions for Students. “Most students today rely on information available online to complete their projects and assignments. Those who are using the Chrome browser by Google have a variety of Chrome extensions available for them that will help with research and completing schoolwork. This article looks at the best Chrome extensions that every student should install and use.”
Wired: Smartphone Camera Tricks That Will Make Your Life Easier. “YOUR PHONE’S CAMERA is more than just a lens for capturing memories. You probably know that already—it can deposit checks, import business cards, and look for constellations in the night sky. But with some clever thinking or the right tools, it can do so much more.”