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Will iWatch Wireless Charging make it Device of the Year?

Will iWatch Wireless Charging make it Device of the Year?

After Samsung launched Gear, now it is Apple’s turn to pull something out of its sleeve. Rumor mill is buzzing with news that the prototype of iWatch is already done and will soon hit the market. Apple’s smart watch is one step ahead, as it comes with the proximity-based wireless charging. The only challenge is that this smart watch will have is the recharging. It would have to be recharged frequently. It will be based on a magnetic device which will automatically charge the watch within a range of 1 meter.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging is a growing concept and is soon catching up with several gadgets and device. Though this is a fairly new concept, it has a lot of future and room to go. Wireless charging is still in its teething stages. Many industry experts are wondering if this technology would soon seep into other smart devices like the iPad and the iPhone. Knowing Apple, they will probably adapt this technology to all their devices. Will the next launch be called iPhone 6 and will it have proximity-based wireless charging?

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An interesting concept

It is only a rumor, yet an interesting one. Apple products, especially the iPhone lost its steam over the last two years. Samsung Galaxy had taken over the industry expert’s seat. If Apple comes up with the proximity based wireless charging to its next iPhone launch, then it could reclaim its position as the world leader in the mobile phone market. Today, the biggest challenge with devices is their battery life.

Even though mobile phones offer a lot of apps and tools, they usually tend to drain the battery life. Constantly charging the device is annoying. Proximity-based charging may not be the perfect solution, but it can make app user’s life easier.

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Market stands

There are too many wireless charging standards in the market already. Will Apple’s upcoming technology, as being slated; be able to withstand this competition? This is yet to be seen. However, if the rumors are true, then this is the right time for Apple to launch such a technology. Apple has everything going for it, their seamless design, sense of perfection and flawless working make Apple products great. Nonetheless, the only problem as of now seems to be stiffer competition. Apple is losing out in the competition by delaying the launch of its products.

Challenges

Samsung Gear was launched first and it has received a positive response from the market. They are already improvising on the gear standards. The challenge with proximity-based wireless charging for Apple would be to prove its mettle. It is a gamble and a concept that may or may not take off.  If it does, then it could be a blessing in the form of a device for Apple. In the last decade, wireless technology has become successful by and large.

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However, it lies in the hands of mobile engineers at Apple to take the wireless technology in devices one step ahead. If they are able to prove that this product has a seamless functionality just like other Apple products, then it could be the device of the decade. As of now, the prototype or the model watches from Apple are doing the rounds in the form of pictures. They look cool and are rumored to come in two different sizes. The rest is left to be seen when the actual watches are unveiled.

Conclusion

Every innovative technological product is like a breath of fresh air. With so many devices being launched every year, hopefully the iWatch will be launched soon. The markets are always willing to welcome new entrants as it makes business brisker. And if iWatch’s proximity-based charging can be extended to iPhone 6, it would be the ultimate icing on the cake!

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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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