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6 Brilliant Ways To Prepare Your Gadget For The Beach This Summer

6 Brilliant Ways To Prepare Your Gadget For The Beach This Summer

This article identifies 6 brilliant ways to prepare your gadget for the beach this summer. By following these tips you will ensure that your gadget is well looked after so that you can concentrate on having fun.

1. Know What To Take

It’s worth taking time out to think long and hard about whether you should be taking particular gadgets to the beach. Whilst there a lot of lifestyle business books that suggest you can work from the beach, taking a $1000 laptop is probably going to be more hassle than it is worth. Get sand anywhere near the inner workings or smothered all over your screen then it (and you) will not be too happy.

Smartphones and digital cameras are likely gadget for the beach candidates. This is because they enable you to capture the precious moments but also can keep you in touch with the wider world – if you want that of course. Heavy or particularly delicate devices may be not best suited to the rough and tumble of beach activities so leave these at home.

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2. Pick Your Accessories

Once you’ve decided on what to take you should have a think about the accessories that might go with it. Make sure that your accessories don’t need a dedicated source of power. They should either have their own batteries, draw from a another gadget or not need juice at all.

You might want to take a portable speaker to enable you and a few friends to listen to some tunes or simply headphones to listen alone. Whatever you pick make sure that it is going to stand up tp the rigours of being by the sea and enjoy.

3. Protect it Well

If you are taking something of value (such as a Smartphone) then it makes sense to take precautions. Keep your gadget in a protective (ideally splash proof) case and consider screen protectors for touch screens. At least this way if you have an incident with the sea or sand then you stand a better chance of not having a disaster.

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For slightly larger gadgets with a series of accessories then a dedicated carrying case is a sensible investment. The amount of accessories that you can plug into digital cameras make them perfect candidates for this type of protection.

4. Keep it Safe

As an extension of protection you should consider how you keep your gadget for the beach safe. If you are parading around using a top of the range phone and then pop it in bag whilst swimming it might attract thieves. Don’t get paranoid, instead have a plan of who is looking after what to avoid potential loses.

5. Clean It Before Hand

Before you head out make sure that your gadget is clean. This way you do not run into the temptation of trying to clean your gadget whilst idling away the hours. If you find yourself attempting to clean a gadget you may end up with issues as sand and salt are more likely to be introduced if you conduct a cleaning on the beach. By avoiding this temptation you ensure that the life expectancy of your device isn’t going to be compromised.

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6. If You Have to Clean…

Keep the cleaning to a bare minimum whilst at the beach for reasons mentioned above. But if you do happen to encounter an issue it’s best off cleaning with a very small amount of water on a paper towel. Take care not to use too much water. The water should be used to help encourage the dirt away from your gadget and not leave your gadget wet.

If you get you gadget very wet then switch it off immediately, wipe off any excess liquid with a paper towel and leave to dry. Do not use whilst it is drying out. Depending upon how wet your gadget gets depends upon how long to wait. If you’ve dropped a camera in the sea (and I hope you don’t) then you may need to wait for over a month before the water is gone. Even then there is no guarantee that your gadget will work but you may be pleasantly surprised. Just don’t try and run the gadget wet as it will definitely die.

Your Gadgets

Please get in touch if you have any further tips around how to prepare your gadget for the beach. I’d love to hear about what works well for you or if you’ve fallen foul of not being properly prepared.

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Featured photo credit: Mentone Beach / Christian Haugen 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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