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6 Apps for a Better YouTube Experience

6 Apps for a Better YouTube Experience

The first movie ever made was produced in 1878. Technology has changed significantly over the last 150 years. Most movies are viewed online through YouTube, Netflix and other movie sites.

Online video sites have made watching videos easier than ever. These sites have:

  • Allowed people to watch movies without leaving their home
  • Opened the door for amateur producers to post their own videos
  • Created more social movie experiences, since people could comment on videos posted by others
  • Easily edit videos to create new takes

While sites like YouTube have changed the way we consume video content, new changes are still on the horizon. New apps are also changing the way we interact with online videos.

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Here are some of the best online video apps.

1. MyTube

MyTube allows you to watch YouTube videos from your Windows Phone and other smartphone devices. However, there are other great benefits of it.

Have you ever watched a YouTube video and accidentally closed it while browsing other ones? MyTube has a unique solution. It allows you to play videos in the background, while searching for new ones. MyTube also has some of the most seamless browsing capabilities of any YouTube app.

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2. Jasmine

Do you find that some parts of the day are better for watching videos than others? This is because most devices don’t adjust for changes in ambient light in the surrounding area. This is one of the reasons Jasmine is such an amazing app. It adjusts for lighting differences, so you can have the same, slick experience throughout the day.

Of course, there are plenty of other benefits of Jasmine. It also:

  • Enables you to create comprehensive and easily searchable playlists
  • View recently played video clips from your main dashboard
  • Doesn’t provide any additional ads (although you still need to deal with the ones that YouTube displays)

Jasmine is one of the best apps for providing a consistent, quality YouTube experience.

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3. GreenMP3

How often do you come across an amazing video that you want to save? Unfortunately, YouTube doesn’t make it easy to save videos as MP3 files. You will need to use a third-party app. GreenMP3 is one of the best apps for converting YouTube videos to MP3 files. The service is new, but it’s already challenging Jasmine and other tools that offer MP3 video conversion features.

4. Vodio

YouTube may be the most popular video sharing site, but it doesn’t have every video on the web. In fact, many YouTube videos aren’t allowed, due to the site’s strict policy guidelines. If you want to access videos that aren’t available on YouTube, you should look for a broader video viewing app. Vodio is great, because it aggregates videos from other sources, such as Daily Motion.

5. Tube Player

If you use an iPhone, Tube Player offers the best video viewing experience, hands down. Here are some reasons Tube Player is so popular among iPhone users:

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  • You can easily change the video controls with your finger.
  • You have very nimble control over the volume of your videos.
  • You can change frames in ten second intervals, which is a greater level of precision than most other video apps.
  • You can control the background audio.

Tube Player is available for free on Google Play.

6. YouTube Capture

Sharing your own videos on YouTube isn’t easy with the base app. YouTube Capture is a wonderful supplement. You can use the app to immediately share videos as you capture them on your mobile device. You can also easily share videos that you find on Vine, Instagram and other social sharing sites. It is a great app that makes video sharing easier than ever.

Conclusion

YouTube and other video sites have made it easier than ever for us to enjoy great videos. However, the functionality of these sites themselves is limited, especially for mobile users. Fortunately, there plenty of great apps that you can use to enjoy a seamless online video experience.

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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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