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9 New iMessage Tips And Tricks For iOS 10 That Make Texting Better

9 New iMessage Tips And Tricks For iOS 10 That Make Texting Better

If you love and use the iOS, you must be aware of its new update. The iOS 10 update simply has made us twiddling our thumbs because we’re dying to use it but sometimes we just don’t understand how. Well, in spite of new features which have been added, you wish you could understand its functionality a bit better. The facelift given to the iMessage tops all the updates along with some other noticeable changes like the Digital Touch.

With the help of the new Digital Touch, one can draw, sketch, send kisses, photos, and fling virtual fireballs to your friends. Basically, with all these new capabilities, we wish we had more knowledge about how to use them. But this article can help you to get an idea, so here goes:

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1. GIF Interaction

The world communicates more in GIFs and images rather than texts nowadays. Instead of looking through Google to find the perfect GIF or image for your reply, you can simply click the ‘A’ button on your keyboard and take your pick from there.

2. Animated Doodles to the Rescue

Doesn’t everyone love animation? You can also interact using some amazing animated and the best part is that you can also doodle on it. Just pick out an animated clip and then using the Digital Touch technology, it is very easy to draw on it. If you’re still unsure, you can check out tutorials that easily explain the workings.

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3. Handwritten Notes

You could use the handwriting feature to give a little personal touch to your text messages. While accessing this feature, simply tilt your phone horizontally and wait for the personalized handwriting keyboard to appear. Once it appears, you would easily be able to switch between regular keyboard and handwriting modes.

4. New Emojis

In your new iOS update, you could utilize tons of new emojis in different colors. Also, not only in iOS, but you can also download iMessage for Windows as well to enjoy the new emojis. Now your conversations can go really easy with lots of fun as well.

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5. Happy Birthday fun

As per the new update, screen effects will be added automatically once you have typed in a text. For example, the balloon effect will come through if you’re wishing a friend for their birthday.

6. Invisible Ink Messages

Sending messages through invisible ink must be one of the coolest new functions of the iOS update. You can easily troll people or even maintain that level of suspense by using this feature. You need to simply press and hold the ‘send’ button on your chat and wait till the invisible ink option pops up. After that, you can easily use it.

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7. Incredibly Easy Texting

With this helpful new update, texting has become easier than ever. Now you can use tapbacks to save yourself the effort of texting or even let Siri decide the emojis you want to use in a text.

8. New Haystack

Through this feature, you can easily delete, copy and also react to revert back to the messages. By just tapping on the reaction, it will appear in the bubble separately. Also, you can delete all the messages at once by just tapping once.

9. Digital Touch

A digital touch icon is present there through which you can perform several different actions. With this awesome feature, you can even sketch with one finger and can send with the other. You can send a kiss by tapping two fingers on it and much more.

So what do you think? The new iOS update is super fun and also super easy! It definitely beats all the previous updates and makes texting through iMessage more enjoyable than it ever was. So, what are you waiting for? Just download the iMessage app fast and enjoy its awesome features.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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