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10 Essential Tech Products That Are Always a Good Investment

10 Essential Tech Products That Are Always a Good Investment

Gadgets have become an essential part of our busy lives. And just like everything else, those get outdated and need to be upgraded. But whether those upgrades are necessary is a little subjective. Sometimes they’re worth it. But mostly, you don’t actually need it and it’s a waste of money. So, instead of spending big bucks on gadgets you might not use or which can easily be replaced in the future, save your money for these truly essential tech products. They’ll last a long time and are worth every penny.

1. A good smartphone

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    A smartphone is very essential nowadays. Gone are the days when a phone was meant only for calling and texting. Yes, every few months a new iteration of the previous model comes on the market, but don’t be tempted to buy every upgrade. Make a list of all the features you require, stick to your budget, and you will probably find the perfect smartphone for you.

    2. A laptop

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      You can find a variety of models at a variety of prices. It’s portable and very important to conduct day-to-day businesses. Invest money in a good laptop according to your usage, and you won’t regret it.

      3. Headphones

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        You think that you don’t need a quality pair of headphones until you use one. Then you can never go back to the cheap ones. A must-have item to put on your list.

        4. Mechanical keyboard

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          Yes, we have super-thin membrane keyboards, touch keyboard, and so on. But a quality mechanical keyboard (one which has separate switches for every key) is definitely more durable, easier to use, and will make you commit less typing mistakes. And though the technology is old, it’s a product which is going to last a lifetime.

          5. A portable charger for your smartphone

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            You never know when your smartphone might run out batteries and you have to make that urgent call. Your phone is on all day long, after all!

            6. USB 3.0 Cable

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              They cost a little bit more but are totally worth it. They can transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps, which is roughly more than 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

              7. An external hard disk drive

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                It’s very important to save your data. Especially when the capacity of your computer is not high. Drives range from 250 MB to 6 TB! Get a good one in your budget.

                8. A DSLR Camera

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                  You might feel that the camera in your smartphone is more than sufficient to take nice pictures but you will be surprised when you start using a DSLR with a real lens. The pictures are way better and you will not look back.

                  9. Portable Wi-Fi Router

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                    This will ensure that you can connect to internet anytime, anywhere from your phone/tablet/laptop. It’s essential for those who need to be connected to the net everyday. Be it for business or personal uses, investing in a router will be very helpful to you in the long run.

                    10. A good quality bag

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                      Last, and maybe most important of all, is a good quality bag. It might not be a gadget but it will definitely help you carry your other gadgets around safely. Invest in a waterproof, durable bag which can easily carry your laptop and other gadgets without any issues. It will definitely last for a very long time.

                      Featured photo credit: Jesse Schexnayder via flickr.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.

                      Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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