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10 Gadgets You Need To Bring For Vacation

10 Gadgets You Need To Bring For Vacation

A vacation is a time for rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, and maybe even a little adventure. But just because you’re indulging in some R&R doesn’t mean that you have to leave your tech behind. Check out some of the most essential gadgets that you need to bring for vacation.

1. Smart Phone

This is the most obvious and necessary gadget for your vacationing pleasure. Not only can it help you stay connected with your travel partners for safety’s sake, it has countless uses and possibilities. You can utilize literally thousands of apps to perfect your holiday. Everything from bookings, navigation, restaurant recommendations, and accommodations is a mere finger tap away. For those of you on the Apple bandwagon, the Passbook feature allows you to keep all of your boarding pass and frequent flier information in the one place too, which is incredibly convenient. Of course, it also has its trusty MP3 and podcast capabilities so you can listen to your favorite music and shows.

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2. Portable Battery Charger

This is a holiday imperative, particularly if you’re like me and enjoy taking every possible safety precaution. There are a wide variety of portable chargers available, some being as small as a thumb drives, and others with multiple ports that are designed to keep the whole family charged. They are also great if you’re running short on socket space in your hotel room.

3. iPad/Tablet

Similar to your smart phone, a tablet device is an absolute vacation necessity if you have access to one. This is mostly due to its sheer versatility. It can be your portable media center, MP3 player, e-reader, and laptop, just to name a few. It’s also, of course, lightweight and far more convenient than lugging a laptop around. This is particularly important if you need to catch up on work while you’re away.

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4. Lightweight Laptop

Need to mix a little business with pleasure? Perhaps you’re on a working vacation or simply want a convenient outlet to blog your experiences. Thin laptops such as the MacBook Air or the Sony Vaio T are your answer. Light and convenient, these devices allow you to convert any holiday destination into your very own office.

5. Noise Cancelling Headphones

A great pair of noise cancelling head phones are one of the best vacation investments you can make. Whether you’re flying to New York or taking a bus from Vietnam to Cambodia, a decent set will block out pesky engine noises. These bad boys will also be a godsend if you have to contend with inconsiderate flyers, crying babies, or want to ignore unruly teenagers on the beach. You deserve to be able to get your zen on anywhere.

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6. Keyboard Covers

These are one of the best travel friendly tablet accessories currently on the market. Logitech’s Keyboard Cover doubles as an iPad case and responds instantly to keystrokes via Bluetooth. This is essential for working travelers, bloggers, and writers.

7. Pocket Camera

Want to document your vacation via high quality photos but don’t want to cart around a camera and a bunch of additional lenses? That’s okay, you don’t have to trade quantity for quality. There are some amazing compact cameras on the market, some of which are smaller than a deck of cards and can be used underwater. If making your friends jealous is more your style, you can even get models with built in wifi for all of your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter needs. The great news here is that they’re not only convenient, but also affordable.

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8. Headphone Splitter Adapter

These are great little devices for when you’re sharing your tablet or laptop. Now two people can enjoy your mini media center! This is particularly handy if you’re flying on a budget airline and they’re showing a crappy movie, or for keeping the kids entertained.

9. Portable Speakers

Great for the beach or impromptu parties, portable speakers have come along way since the days of boom boxes. The more recent models are powered by wireless Bluetooth technology and even have the ability to charge your other devices via USB. That’s right, not only will they play your favorite tunes, but they will also power your tech and allow you to Facetime your loved ones at home — a sound vacation investment.

10. E-Reader

Now this may seem like a superfluous inclusion considering that we’ve already discussed tablets, but I can assure you that an e-reader is a fantastic vacation gadget in its own right. We all know about the importance of battery life, and this is where these babies really shine. The more recent dedicated e-readers have battery lives that can last up to a month. This means that you don’t have to panic about being bored on a 14 hour flight if you forgot to plug it in overnight. They’re a bibliophiles dream, particularly if you’re like me and want to take an abundance of reading choices on your vacation. No more taking up all your luggage space!

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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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