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5 Interesting Gadgets Every College Student Should Have

5 Interesting Gadgets Every College Student Should Have

Starting college can be exciting at first and then as the euphoria of a new environment starts wearing off, and school work starts piling up, it becomes daunting and stressful.  However, you can keep the excitement going with the purchase of a few cool tech gadgets made especially for students to help enhance educational activities and make things easier.

I excluded the usual, laptop, smartphone, printer, etc. and instead, included some fascinating gadgets like an awesome 21st-century twist on our note-taking habit.

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As a new term or semester begins, I know that you have set goals and ambitions for school. It really doesn’t matter if your graduation countdown has started already or you are just a newbie to the college system; here are some gadget-y helpers to assist you and gear you towards goal achievement while making the most out of your college experience.

  1. Smart Notebook

If you are a diligent note taker, like me, that prefers making notes by hand; then this is a real discovery. You can take notes with this cool, smart notebook, and it will be translated into digital form immediately. With this, you don’t have to type your notes into your gadgets after taking them down in writing; it’s simple; you write on a provided notepad with a smartpen  –  voila! It appears in digital form on your connected device. Now you can access your notes on your device at any time and even share them when require.

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    1. Bluetooth CofeeMaker

    As much as you hate studying all night, it is bound to happen. A lot of times, you really want to study, but your body has its own ideas, you can we arm yourself with lots of study fuel with this cool Bluetooth-enabled coffee maker. This is technology that will keep wowing you, and keep your roommate(s) full of gratitude. I mean, you can even start brewing your coffee from wherever you are. You just have to download the controlling app on your phone. You might be in bed or even on your way back home from the library and use the control app to schedule brew sessions.

    1. Noise Canceling Headphones

    Living in a crowded environment like a dorm can be quite difficult, especially when you are trying to study or concentrate and there are lots of distractions. You can avoid this kind of situations by getting noise canceling headphones to help you study without disturbance.  This device has cushioned ear cups that cuts off high decibel noise and external sounds. All you have to do is put on the headphone and turn on the noise-cancellation feature. Happy reading!

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    1. Smartpen

    This is very similar to the Smart Notebook. However, it is an interestingly different and innovative writing tool that records and writes spoken words on special paper. This new technology can record lectures, take notes and even synchronize both text and speech.

    1. Solar Backpack

    This is one of my favorite tech gadgets for students. With a solar backpack, students can carry their laptop, books, smartphone, etc. and keep all their gagdets charged. Durable and waterproof, it can charge gadgets quickly and only requires a few hours under solar light to be able to generate electricity.

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    Conclusion

    There are lots of other cool and useful gadgets to make your stressful studies more exciting. However, the usefulness of gadgets might vary from student to student depending on needs and preference.

    Gadgets can help improve the learning process of students; it makes learning more fun and endearing. Technology is fast merging with education for a more interesting and memorable learning process and experience. Students are advised to use gadgets wisely and innovatively.

    Featured photo credit: missoulian via missoulian.com

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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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