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13 Google Apps That Can Greatly Simplify Your Life

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13 Google Apps That Can Greatly Simplify Your Life

Technology has significantly advanced in the last decade, and it now it seems like there is an app for everything. You can find a date, buy a car, do your grocery shopping and even improve your sleep pattern with a selection of different apps – and you can do it all from your smartphone.

However, it can be difficult to know which apps are worth downloading and which should be avoided. After all, there are thousands of apps to choose from! Thankfully we have taken the time to find 13 of the best Google Apps that will help to simplify your life.

Here they are:

1. Allo

Allo is Google’s chat app for Android. Most people already use a messenger app, but Allo is a cut above the rest. You can choose whether you want to type into the app or talk to it, which makes it easier to message people on the go. You can also edit and send pictures to your friends, and there is even the fun option of ‘whispering’ or ‘shouting’ at someone else!

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2. Google Timer

Google Timer allows you to set an alarm through Chrome, so you can set the alarm on your phone or your laptop. You can also choose any YouTube clip to be used as the alarm, or you can switch the internet off and use the app offline. If you do this fallback sound will be played.

3. Google Translate

The Google Translate app can help you translate texts – simply take a picture of the text to see an instant translation in any language that you choose. This smart app is very useful – especially for travelers!

4. Gmailify

Gmailify allows you to access the best of Gmail without an actual @gmail.com address. You can combine all your email accounts like Yahoo, Outlook.com, or AOL into one easy inbox.

5. Google Keep

Google Keep is perfect for anyone who is constantly making lists. The app allows you to create bright colorful reminders and to-do lists, and you can even set alarms so that you definitely won’t forget.

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6. Google Fonts

Google Fort will help you to find the best font for your web project. There is an extensive range of fonts, including designer web fonts.

7. Panoramio

Panoramio is a Google community app that allows you to share photos with thousands of other people. You can also use the app to check out other pieces of original art.

8. Google Sound Search

Heard a song you love but can’t think of the name? If this happens to you regularly you should download the Google Sound Search app, as it will tell you instantly which song you are listening to.

9. Think With Google

Think With Google is an app created for marketers. You can use it to stay up to date with the latest consumer trends and marketing insights.

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10. Google Screen Search

Google Screen Search is the perfect app for anyone who loves to learn. The app will read your screen and then perform a search to find out more information about what you were reading about. This useful app is ideal for students and researchers.

11. Google Art Project

Culture lovers can download Google Art Project to learn more about famous art. The app allows you to view famous art pieces, and you can also find out more information about the pieces.

12. Google Sky

You can use Google Sky to see outer space. Users can use their smartphone to literally walk across the Milky Way Galaxy and learn more about the latest astrological studies.

13. Build With Chrome

This app allows you to play with virtual lego, and it is perfect for children and adults.

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All of these Google apps can help you to simplify your life and career.

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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