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How Bluetooth is Making Our Lives Easier

How Bluetooth is Making Our Lives Easier

When you think of Bluetooth technology, you may be thinking of the Bluetooth headsets used to take calls when you are driving or simply don’t want to have the phone against your ear. Many people are now seeing Bluetooth in a whole different light and are now using it to make things easier to do than ever before.

Bluetooth has broadened its horizons and found itself almost indispensable in many different areas of technology today.

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    Here are five examples of how Bluetooth technology is making our lives easier.

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    Streaming Music to Your Sound System

    There is something incredibly convenient about being able to relax in your bed, streaming music from your mobile to your sound system on the other side of the room. With the possibilities that services, such as Spotify, offer us in producing one-of-a-kind playlists, it is now easier than ever to enjoy that music without compromise, and Bluetooth just adds to the experience, meaning we no longer have to get out of bed to change the CD.

    There are even external Bluetooth devices available to revamp old traditional speakers, giving them the ability to accept Bluetooth signals like modern Bluetooth-enabled speakers.

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    Tracking Your Every Step

    If you want to be able to track your child’s every step, Bluetooth stickers mean that you can see their every movement in real time on your smart phone. Although this is not for everyone, it can prove very useful for when you have accidentally lost track of your child in a busy place or have a missing pet that may just be in your next-door neighbor’s garden.

    Opening Doors

    Have you ever closed the front door behind yourself, just moments later to realize you left the keys on the kitchen table and won’t be able to get back in after work? If you are forgetful with your keys, then you may find it interesting to know that you can use a Bluetooth-driven smart phone app to unlock doors without the need for your keys. This is pretty useful if you can’t afford to get a new lock fitted and a set of new keys cut. You can also use the app to open your garage door if it is raining and you don’t want to leave the car.

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    Wireless Gaming

    Tethered gaming handsets were restricting and meant that you had a limit of how far you could sit from the gaming console. PS3 and Nintendo Wii are strong advocates of wireless gaming, allowing their users to have a more realistic gaming experience. As televisions have got bigger, it has become more important to sit further away from the screen, without pulling the games console off the shelf.

    Driving Music

    Just as we all love the convenience of being able to stream music from our bed to our bedroom sound system, the same principle applies to car sound systems. When you are driving and want more choice than your collection of 3 CDs from years ago or the radio, it can be very convenient to stream all of your favorite music from your smart phone to your car’s sound system.

    I have only covered five ways in which Bluetooth technology is making our everyday lives easier, but there are many more ways. One of the main areas we are seeing Bluetooth being used to great effect is the health and fitness industry, with a wide range of gadgets to monitor our activity. With the technology surrounding Bluetooth modules continuously evolving, who knows what Bluetooth will offer us in ten years’ time.

    If you have any ideas of how Bluetooth is making your life easier, please let us know in the comments below.

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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.

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