Google Chrome Extension – Shortcuts for Google

March 22, 2018

This is a nice Google Chrome extension, called Shortcuts for Google, that gives you the ability to launch over 300 Google services (i.e. like Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Keep, etc…) directly from a button on the toolbar. What has sold me on this extension is that you can also add your own customized shortcuts, in addition to the services that are provided by Google; AND, any changes you make will sync and be the same should you change to another computer. Definitely is a great launcher to have that becomes part of your web browser. Also, a big help if you are a Chromebook user. 5 Star rating in the Google Chrome Store.

Display all Google™ services as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes nearly 300 Google services and websites.

Source: Google Chrome Store – Shortcuts for Google

BleachBit Portable 2.0 (disk, cache, history cleaner) Recently Released

March 21, 2018

Cleaning utilities, such as BleachBit, are great in freeing disk space, removing junk files, erasing your cache, deleting cookies and clearing your internet history. This all goes toward protecting your privacy.

BleachBit wipes clean 90 applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.

It’s packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Platform. And it’s open source and completely free.

Source: BleachBit Portable 2.0 (disk, cache, history cleaner) Released | – Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

This $100 Google Assistant-powered Insignia smart speaker is less than $40 | PCWorld

March 20, 2018

Noticed this at PCWorld… If you want to get in on having your own Google Assistant powered speaker, here is a good buy at Best Buy on the Insignia Voice Smart Bluetooth Speaker.

Best Buy has slashed the price of the Insignia Voice smart Bluetooth speaker with built-in Google Assistant to just $37 today.

Source: This $100 Google Assistant-powered Insignia smart speaker is less than $40 | PCWorld

Preview What Is In Your (USPS) Postal Mailbox From Your Computer or Smartphone

March 17, 2018

The United States Postal Service has a service available to you that allows you to digitally preview your mail and manage your packages that are scheduled to arrive soon! Informed Delivery allows you to view greyscale (scanned) images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces and track packages in one convenient location.

For example, I used “Informed Delivery” to see what was is in my mailbox before I go to my mailbox. Sort of scary in a way; but, is a good way to make sure you have received important mail.

To see if “Informed Delivery” is available in your area – CLICK HERE – and then enter your zip code. You will also be required to setup an account with the USPS…

Source: Informed Delivery

You Can Now Get Facebook Lite Here In The U.S.

March 16, 2018

Facebook Lite has actually been around since 2015; however, was only available in other countries where mostly 2G networks were the norm. It has now been released to over 100 countries, including the United States, and is geared to run on older Android devices where memory and storage could be an issue (if you installed the full mobile version of Facebook).

When I hear the word “lite” I have to try it out. My theory is that if it is designed to run on older smartphones, Facebook Lite should fly like an eagle on a newer phone.

For testing purposes, I installed Facebook Lite on my Motorola Moto G Plus (5th Generation), 64 GB Storage, 4 GB RAM, which is a mid-range modern smartphone, to see if in fact it would fly like an eagle.

End Result: It flew like an eagle and I am definitely keeping it installed on my smartphone. From what I can tell, it will do everything I need it to do when it comes to Facebook…  I say give it a spin if you are finding that the full install of Facebook is causing your phone to slow down or you want to fly like an eagle on your new phone.

Source: Facebook Lite

iChrome – Customizable New Tab Page or Home Page Extension For Google Chrome

March 12, 2018

Since owning my Chromebook I have been experimenting with just about anything and everything I can get my hands on. My most recent discovery is a Google Chrome browser extension called iChrome. I currently have iChrome set to load when I open a new tab; however, it can also be configured to be used as your home page.

Why iChrome? Well, first off, it ties in nicely with my other Google apps by displaying (for example) my email, calendar, notes, drive, etc… in a nicely layed out customizable panel with the options to customize the background, as well. Displaying of these items is done through a widgets selection page. I especially like the widget for Facebook where I can browse Facebook and at the same time have view of my other widget panels such as my email, calendar, notes, drive, weather, stock market; PLUS, the widget panel I have setup to launch the Google apps I have installed. You can even set up additional tabbed pages.

iChrome is the best of the best, in my opinion, for creating that new tab page or home page. Kudos to the developer on making a very fine product that serves a very useful and productive purpose. The FREE version does contain an advertising bar that can be moved around and is not obtrusive at all.

iChrome includes nearly 50 widgets, thousands of stunning backgrounds, and powerful features including:

Dozens of widgets including: Weather, Sports, News, Stocks, RSS, Bookmarks, Gmail, Recently Closed Tabs, and more! Drag and drop customization on 1-5 columns or a grid! Fully featured voice search and “OK Google” hotword detection Buy Pro and get dark and transparent themes, live backgrounds, maximizable widgets, hourly weather forecasts, and more Navigate between an unlimited number of customizable tabs, each with their own widgets Work completely offline anytime, everything (even the backgrounds) is ready whenever you are! And hundreds more features! Install iChrome now and check them out!

iChrome is an open source project, check it out on Github

Source: iChrome

Reeddit – Minimal, elastic and read-only web app client for Reddit

March 8, 2018

Elastic, minimal, mobile-first and read-only Reddit web-app client. If you are a follower of Reddit, then you know how “not user friendly” their web page is. This web-app client, called Reeddit, solves the ugliness by cleaning up the interface to only show you the most important information from the posts and comments. Basically, in a nutshell, it is a “read-only” application that does not allow voting, points or commenting. In my case, when it comes to Reddit, I am not into that anyway; however, Reddit is one of those popular sites where you are liable to see, read and learn anything. From what I researched, Reedit is an open-sourced application (on GitHub).

If you do not know what Reddit is: Reddit is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Registered members submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members. [source: Wikipedia]

Source: Reeddit – Minimal, elastic and read-only web app client for Reddit