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9 Amazing Features You May Not Know About iPhone

9 Amazing Features You May Not Know About iPhone

Apple devices including smartphones are popular and you most probably have one. They are reputed for their high quality, amazing features and exciting applications that can keep you entertained all day long. However, a large number of users only take the time to learn the basics of Apple devices and end up missing out on a variety of other features and functionalities their phones can perform. Here is a list of incredible things you can do with your smartphone from the reputable brand.

Read emails aloud

It is an amazing way of using your phone since you don’t have to read yourself. You can have them read out to you as you engage in other activities. Siri will do you the honors by simply giving the order. She can even read most recent emails only. She follows the orders as you dictate.

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Know your flights

It’s definitely a function a traveling buff will find exciting. The device will let you in on the flights that are flying where you are. By asking for information on the flights that are flying overhead, you get a list of all flights at that given moment.

Undo by simple shake

Typing errors or picture editing can occur when least expected. However, making corrections is made easy for you by your device. A little shake is all you need to give your phone and you will be directed to the undo action. Corrections cannot get any easier than this.

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Recharge faster by switching modes

The airplane mode turns off the battery draining cellular and wireless access, hence making it possible for it to recharge in half the time a normal recharge takes. This is quite helpful when you are in a hurry and need to take your device fully charged but you are limited on time.

Use a timer to automatically turn off music

Leaving the music playing for long will without doubt drain your battery. If you however love sleeping with your favorite songs playing, you can still do so without running the phone low on power. This is because you can simply set the timer to switch off music in a given time frame. The timer app gives you the option of doing several things when it runs out and this includes stop playing. The setting will turn off tunes at the right time.

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Use volume buttons to take snaps

The touch capture button can be hard to use when taking photos sometimes. This is especially in cases such as when wearing gloves. Fortunately, you have the option of pressing the volume buttons to solve your photo problem.

Use as a level

The other amazing way you can use your Apple is as level. It ensures that you get things right and in straight angles. You can apply this when hanging wall decorations of pictures for instance. By swiping left on the Compass app, your device makes the perfect level you need.

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Play airplane games

You can turn those boring moments into the most fun and exciting ones by playing airplane games on your device. If you love flying, enjoy high flying and high speeds in the glory of rockets, jets and others by getting the games on your phone. These are games that can liberate you, leaving you feeling freer like a bird. The supersonic speeds will take you off the ground.

Get light flashes for your alerts

LED flashes are hard to miss when you are away from your phone or when you need to keep in it silent mode such as in meetings. With the flash, you still get access to the alerts as soon as they are received without causing any ringing and vibrating disturbances. You can set this from your settings. There are so many other amazing ways you can use your Apple to improve your phone experience. Take time to explore your device and excite the way you do things on your treasured device.

Featured photo credit: iPhone 6 Connected to iTunes/VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.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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