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9 Basic Mac Hacks To Make Your Life Super Easy

9 Basic Mac Hacks To Make Your Life Super Easy

Have you always been a Windows person and now have recently switched to a MacBook Pro?

Do you find the Apple interface confusing?

Are you a Mac user, looking for tips to use your computer efficiently and make your work easier?

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If you’ve answered YES, at least once, then it’s time to check out a useful Mac guide. But read on, for these super simple Mac tricks will make you a MacBook Pro in no time!

1. Share or Tweet Any Text Immediately

Are you working on something important and you realized you need to mail the boss? Or you have typed something important to share but feel too lazy to open your inbox or Twitter feed? Then try this trick. Right click on the highlighted text to share it via email, iMessage, Facebook and Twitter and get your work done in a jiffy!

2. Paste Text Without Formatting:

Did you copy paste some information from Wikipedia but the formatting is all off and now you have to waste time fixing it to Times New Roman font size 12? Next time simply press Command + Shift + V to stop that from happening.

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3. A Very Handy Calculator

SpotLight is practically every Mac user’s favourite feature. But it’s not just a search feature. It has plenty of tricks hidden under its sleeve. You can even use it to do quick calculations and not open the Calculator. Simply type in the search bar and the answer will crop up. For instance, if you want to know what 569 + 731 is, simply type 569 + 731, and the answer 1300 will instantly appear below.

4. Turn Your Laptop Into a WiFi HotSpot

Does your friend need to download something important or answer an emergency work email? In that case you can share your MacBook internet with your friends. Turn on your device’s WiFi and follow these simple steps: System Preferences>Sharing>Internet Sharing (click, not tick)>Ethernet>WiFi
Your friend can now use your WiFi to browse the internet on his/her device.

5. Invert Colours and Save Your Eyes

Are you working outdoors and the weather’s too sunny? Or do your eyes just hurt too much from an all-nighter? Either way, you can invert the colours on the screen and save the eye strain. First ensure that the ‘Invert Colours’ option is turned on by going to Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Accessibility and then pressing command+ option + control + 8 and voila!

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6. Free Up Memory When Your Computer Gets Slow

Sometimes computers can get sluggish and we all hate those times. However there’s a quick fix for this. Just open the Terminal Application and type in “purge” in the command line and it will free up at least 500+ mb the first time.

7. Find Information With A Click

Do you want to find out more about something you’re working on but you feel too lazy to Google? Simply place your mouse cursor over the text and press command + control + D and you’ll get a pop up menu displaying the Dictionary, Thesaurus and Wikipedia entries of the same.

8. Get Your Special Character With A Click

Do you often use accented or foreign words in your writing? If yes, then you’ll be using a lot of special characters. To make it easier to type, just press and hold the letter of the special character (I, E, O, U, etc) you want to type and a menu will show up.

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9. Stop Your Mac From Sleeping When It’s Idle

Are you working on something and you are suddenly called? Or perhaps you need to take a quick break? And by the time you’ve come back, your Mac has gone to sleep mode and you have to wake it up again? Then use this fun hack: go the Terminal command line and type in “caffeinate” and press Enter. Voila, your Mac will never go to sleep again (unless you cancel this command, of course)

Not only will these tips save you precious time, but it will also make you more efficient and organized and enable you to finish your work faster. Plus, you’ll discover all sorts of amazing features you never knew your Mac had had! Better yet, share these hacks with your friends and make their lives easier.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

1. Duolingo

    Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

    Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

    The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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    Download the app

    2. HelloTalk

      HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

      There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

      What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

      Download the app

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      3. Mindsnacks

        Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

        You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

        Download the app

        4. Busuu

          Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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          The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

          When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

          Download the app

          5. Babbel

            Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

            Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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            If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

            Download the app

            Takeaways

            All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

            Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

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