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Have a Look at 8 Killer Apps for Windows 8

Have a Look at 8 Killer Apps for Windows 8

In October of 2012, Microsoft’s Windows 8 created stir among dedicated users. A complete change in the traditional interface brought a unique image of Microsoft to the marketplace, as the company brought its first OS that is best suited for Tablets and Smartphones. Besides Metro Interface, the OS also creates room for excellent apps. However, not all of them created the same magic—below are some of the Windows 8 apps that are most loved by users:

Vimeo

Vimeo Windows 8 Apps

    Music lovers! Just open your arms for this adorable Windows 8 app. Yes, the app allows users to access content from Vimeo, which offers great quality videos. Moreover, a 9×9 grid web video lets users view, upload, and share the videos they like. This app has provided an expected market share to Microsoft.

    USA Today

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      A great interest that many people have today is to stay updated with the latest news going on around the world. This app is helpful for both today’s attentive generation as well as the older ones, with latest news about the economy, politics, and everything else that USA Today offers. It also allows users to switch to various categories as well. Users can also view and download videos and images. Furthermore, the app has scored more points than Microsoft’s Bing News.

      Bing Weather

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        Flipping through news channels to get weather information is no longer required: just turn on your computer and receive all your weather forecasts. That is what Bing Weather does—isn’t it interesting? You can see up-to-date information on the front page of the app, and turning to the back pages takes you to hourly weather forecasts. Moreover, if you plan a trip, the app helps you by displaying maps and other helpful information.

        Inrix

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          Inrix used to be one of the most important applications for Smartphone users, which is now available in Windows 8 too. Today, as traffic is an unavoidable cause of stress, Inrix is a popular traffic updates provider that enables users to access real-time traffic information from around the world. Taking advantage of Inrix will help you save money, time, and fuel, and avoid unwanted stress.

          Flip Toast

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            Flip Toast amazes today’s always-connected generation by letting users communicate online with friends and family 24 hours a day, keeping users connected in social activities on popular social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. It allows status updating, liking, commenting, and sharing. Features like “social search” and “live title” also enhance your social experience.

            musiXmatch Lyrics

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              MusiXmatch Lyrics makes all music freaks fall in love with it. Users can collect lyrics of their favorite songs, as the app features millions of songs with their lyrics, and the Metro-style interface of Win 8 is downright charming. Synchronization with your music library is also possible, and you can link the app to YouTube as well. The one problem is Metro-Style IE playback does not support YouTube videos.

              Travel App

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                If you’re crazy about exploring the world, this app is surely for you. It offers photos, travel articles and other related info on the explore-able spots around the globe. In addition to this, you can use it to plan your itinerary as it provides detailed info about cheap hotels, flights, and restaurants. You can also get hotels and air tickets booked with this app.

                Slacker Radio

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                  Music freaks are now able to play the music they love the most: Slacker Radio features more personalized stuff in comparison to other radio services. Additionally, you can play music in background while doing other tasks simultaneously. Aside from songs, this app offers comedy, radio, news, and much more.

                  To conclude, with the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft has brought its own marketplace letting users download many engaging apps, including those mentioned above. By adding a long list of applications, Windows Store has been expanded a lot.

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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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