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10 Best Chrome Extensions of 2012

10 Best Chrome Extensions of 2012

2012 is the year of Google Chrome. According to StatCounter, Google Chrome clocked up a whopping 35% share of web browser usage which makes it the most widely used internet browser. We have picked the best Chrome extensions add-ons of 2012 for you to “add-on” your browsers that helps you to surf the internet more easily and efficiently, thus, improve your productivity. Enjoy!

1. Awesome Screenshot

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    Awesome screenshot helps you to capture the whole web page. You can choose any portion of a a page, annotate the captured area with different shapes, arrows lines or even add text onto it. This chrome extension is simple and easy. It does exactly what it says; no more, less.

    2. Pocket

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      When you find something interesting on the Internet that you wish to save to read later, Pocket is the chrome extension for you. Pocket automatically syncs to your mobile devices, tablet or computer so that you can read your saved articles at any time. Pocket also allows off-line access, you can access your saved articles without any internet connection.

      3. Search by Image (by Google)

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        Search by Image extension give your the ability to initiate a Google Image Search using any image found in the Internet. This is a must-have extension if you search images on the web frequently.

        4. Adblock for YouTube

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          Are you sick of the annoying in-video adverts when you are watching a video on YouTube?Try Adblock for YouTube which can remove any ad videos shown before any videos. Time to say goodbye to the video ad.

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          5. FlashBlock

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            Most of the Flash content on the web increases your computer memory usage and CPU cycles causing your computer to chug along slowly. FlashBlock automatically blocks all flash content on a webpage which can avoids Flash from slowly hogging all of your computer memory (which eventually slows down your computer when you free memory is low).

            6. LastPass

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              LastPass is a free password manager. It can help you to save passwords from  most of the web pages in the web. When you log into any website in the Internet, LastPass can save your password automatically. LastPass makes your web browsing easier and more secure. If you use a lot of random passwords in the web, LastPass is the best vault to store them.

              7. Feedly

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              feedly

                Feedly proves that RSS readers can be simple and stylish. Feedly transforms your Google Reader into a magazine-like start page. Google Reader takes too much time to go through all the new items whereas Feedly provides you with a high-level view of your news which means you can spend less time reading articles which are less relevant to you.

                8. Hover Zoom

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                  There are so many websites that use small thumbnails in order to reduce loading times such as 4chan, Facebook, Flickr, Google images. By installing Hover Zoom, it allows you to enlarge thumbnails automatically on mouse over. The image will automatically resize if it doesn’t fit into your browser window.

                  9. WOT Safe Search

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                    Have your ever found a website that you were not sure whether you could trust it? With WOT Safe Search, you can search website freely without any concerns. WOT Safe Search also blocks all untrustworthy sites. WOT provides green, yellow and red icons for you to identify the reputation of certain websites.

                    10. Summer

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                      Summer enriches web content by adding a visual and social layer onto existing web content. It makes it easy to get informative introductions about people, companies or trendy topics without the need to search from Wikipedia. Summer makes surfing much more efficient and fun.

                       

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                      Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

                      Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily 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.

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                                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.

                                Featured photo credit: Yura Fresh via unsplash.com

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