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7 Helpful Online Services That Make Your Life Easier

7 Helpful Online Services That Make Your Life Easier

There are so many things that we as a students, workers, business owners, freelancers or even housewives have to manage, and we are constantly looking for tools and services to make our lives easier. Whether that be a tool or service to cope with your workflow, to change your profile picture – or even something as basic as an online service that helps you write – finding the best and most useful services can be difficult.

I have listed some of the best tools and online services you can use to make your life easier trough the most useful websites that you may not know about.

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1. IFTTT

Pronounced as “gift” without the “g,” IFTTT (free) is a very useful online service that simplifies many troubles of modern life. It enables you to synchronize your online experience without any programming knowledge. The service works with more than 100 channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn by involving actions called “receipts” that can be published and shared.

It’s an easy to use website that “makes the internet work for you” by synchronizing your channels, such as; inviting any new phone contact to connect on LinkedIn, updating your Twitter profile picture when your Facebook profile picture changes and saving Gmail messages to Evernote. If your favorite team scores a goal, have IFTTT send you a text alert so you can celebrate.

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2. ManualsLib

Have you recently bought a product and lost it’s manual, or need to fix your washing machine but have misplaced the instruction book? Finding it online can be really easy with ManualsLib. This useful web application can save both time and effort for you by offering a massive collection of PDF files for all types of products. The service is quite easy-to-use with an option of entering your query in the search field. Search results include the product name, model number, description, date, size and the number of pages. It also gives you an option to either read it online or download it to your local system.

3. TED

Definitely, the most well-known addition to this list, the reputation, and fame of TED talks is astonishing in recent years, and they now invited some of the leading successful leaders in the world, including Bill Gates, Richard Dawkins and Elon Musk. TED hosts inspiring talks all over the world, covering pretty much every aspect of human experience and you can find all the videos of these talks on TED website. A useful place to gain more knowledge about any subject that grasps your attention.

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4. Print Friendly

Does exactly what it says. Print Friendly styles any WebPage appropriate for perfect print experience, eliminating the need to formatting and tweaking sites to fit your office or home printer. This website does it all for you, without any stress. It also removes online Ads, website navigation and junk files, so you save paper and ink when you print. It’s free and easy to use.

6. Pikkup

Pikkup is an on-demand moving service that allows you to book a moving truck on-the-spot or schedule to move goods now or later. Users are able to make the background-check and select insured drivers to transport goods to a chosen drop-off spot at their leisure. The smartphone app camera feature helps users to share the size of the load to select the best driver and truck for the job and to give estimate pricing. A live GPS feed provides users with the facility to track the route taken for the destination.

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5. Homestyler

A must visit free Web app intended for anyone in the midst of moving or shifting home, or anyone considering a home remodel. Homestyler is an interactive website that allows you to design a room layout by building it for you, without having the hassle of moving all the furniture multiple times in advance. Numerous other features such as printing the design or sharing it with others in Homestyler will make your life easier.

7. AdvancedWriters

It’s an online site that helps students, writers, teachers, and authors to get unique content, check plagiarism and offers freelance writing jobs. This online service helps people from academia by offering writing services for papers and assignments that students may need assistance with. It also has a messaging system that provides timely information on the jobs available for writers in their areas of knowledge and provides guidance to connect with customers on the go.

Featured photo credit: Stanley Zimny via flickr.com

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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