Saving Links in Safari’s New Reading List


Bookmarklet

Bookmarklet

If you’re trying to find a good read later service, then you should at least know how to utilize bookmarklets, which you will be able to click once you encounter something that you want to save to your computer. It’s also recommended that you have a browser extension for Firefox, Safari, or Chrome.

Other methods of saving are through email, using an app that comes with a built-in integration, and sending it via Kindle.

Through OS X Mavericks, Apple has unveiled their Reading List inside their Safari web browser. This program allows you to look for the content that you want to read, whenever you get the opportunity to do so. Aside from this, Reading List can also be synchronized between your Mac and iOS gadgets, so you can pick up from where you left off, and read from anywhere. This is how you get the most out of Apple’s new feature:

OS Mavericks

OS Mavericks

Saving pages using Safari Reading List: Safari’s Reading List is a place where you can bookmark content found on the web. You can open Safari, and head over to a webpage that you want to save into your Reading List. Click on the plus button found on the left side of the web page URL and Safari’s address bar. Another way of saving is by holding down the shift and command keys and typing D.

To open the Safari Reading List, launch Safari, and click on the View menu. Choose ‘Show Reading List’ Sidebar. You can also click on the Bookmark button or hold down the control and command keys, then type 2.

If you want to remove an item from your Safari Reading List, open Safari, click on the View menu, and click on the Show Reading List sidebar. Then click on the X button on the upper right hand corner of the specific list entry.

Safari Reading List

Safari Reading List

One of the best things about this feature is that your reading list will be synched to iCloud. This means that once you save an article to read later in your Apple device, it will be available on everything that is connected into your iCloud account.

Safari’s job is not just to store a link inside a web page. If it does this, then the items found in your Reading List will become more than just a specialized bookmark. Safari can download an entire archive of web pages, so you can view it later, even when there’s no Internet connection.

Making Your Own Maps with Google and Mymaps

Mymaps

Mymaps

Google has recently made an announcement that Google Maps for Android will now support the usage and viewing of My Maps inside Google Maps. My Maps is a Google product that lets users to view, share, and create custom maps that you or other people have made.

In previous versions, you can create these maps on your computer, then look at them in the app without any hassle at all. And the latest method usually involved having to download and use a separate app called My Maps, to manage and create your maps. But Google is now bringing a small upgrade to their main app that will let users gain access to their own personalized maps once more. This is how to find these maps:

Google Maps Mymap

Google Maps Mymap

Slide out the left-hand Menu, and then click on Your Places. Scroll down past the Saved Places. These are the ones that you have starred, but not included in a map. You will get to see your custom maps’ names. Pick the map that you want to work with, and it will show up on the main view. You can click on the individual points to look at some info on every point, such as businesses. The map will continue showing these points until you turn it off with the toggle found at the bottom of the screen.

If you want to install the My Maps app, you will need to make an account on Google or Google Apps, and own a device that runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or up. In your Android device, launch the Play Store and search for ‘My Maps’. Click on ‘Install’, and follow the prompts to complete the installation process. Once you’re finished, tap the My Maps icon, which will open up the app.

Mymaps Google

Mymaps Google

You can make your own personalized custom maps and share them on the Internet using Google My Maps. Create a map that enumerates the best dog-friendly hiking trails, or bookmark the latest locations of your upcoming business.

To make a new map, log into your Google Maps account by using the Sign In button, found on the top right corner of the map. Make sure that your search box is empty when you click inside it. Click on My Maps, then the Create button. For customizing maps, click on the pin button, then any spot on the map. Search for the place, click on the green pin, then Add to Map.

You can look at your my Maps in Google Maps on Android. From My Maps, you will be able to view your own maps, the ones people have shared with you, and public maps as well.

 

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Adding Linux’s Ubuntu into your Chromebook with Crouton

Linux Logo

Linux Logo

There are a lot of ways to install Linux’s Ubuntu operating system to your Chromebook. This tutorial will be using Crouton (Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment) as an example. If you’re using Crouton, you’re using only the Linux operating system. But you’re actually running two environments aside from the OS. These are Chrome OS and the regular Linux desktop.

Always make sure that you have a backup of all your files. Because your data is synced to Google’s servers, you don’t need to worry about your data going missing. The only data you need to make a backup of is your Download folder, since the content inside is not synced. Enable ‘Developer Mode’ on your Chromebook. Usually, Chromebooks are locked down for privacy purposes. By using Developer Mode, you can disable all of its security features, allowing you to play and modify it to your personal preferences.

Linux Chromebook

Linux Chromebook

Once you have enabled Developer Mode, you can now access a Linux terminal found inside the Chrome OS, and feel free to do whatever you wish. If you want to enable developer mode in your Chromebook Pixel or Samsung Chromebook, hold down the ESC key and Refresh keys, and click on the Power button. This will launch your Chromebook into recovery mode. Previous versions of the Chromebook contain physical developer switches that you have to manually toggle.

kde Plasma

kde Plasma

When you arrive at the recovery screen, click on Ctrl + D. Agree to the prompt, and your Chromebook will go into developer mode. Every time you boot your Chromebook, you will get a warning screen – And you need to press Ctrl + D and wait for around 30 seconds to resume booting.

Next, it’s time to install Crouton. The fastest way to install Crouton is to run the command sudo sh~/Downloads/crouton –e –t xfce. This will install Crouton together with the Xfce desktop and an encrypted Chroot for security.

The next step is to install Ubuntu. There are plenty of desktop environments that you can use, including Xfce, Unity, and KDE Plasma. Pick KDE Plasma sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton –t kde. You may also use Xfce or Unity if your KDE isn’t your preferred environment.

If you want to encrypt the Chroot, then include the –e parameter into the command above: sudo sh –e ~Downloads/crouton –t kde. If you’re planning to install it in a chromebook that has a touchscreen, you need to include the ‘touch’ parameter: sudo sh –e ~/Downloads/crouton –t touch, kde.

Because this script will download Ubuntu from the Internet, this whole process may take some time, depending on the speed of your broadband. Once it is finished installing, Crouton will ask you to put in your username and UNIX password for it – This will be used to perform administrative tasks in Kubuntu.

You can now open up Plasma by running this command in shell: sudo startkde. If you have installed xfce, then run: sudo startxfce4, and you will be greeted by the KDE greeter.

Google Keep Update Includes Two New Features

Google Keep

Google Keep

Google has unveiled a brand new update to Keep, their lists/notes app. This update will include two important features, and are now being rolled out to Keep’s Web client and Android app. Google Keep is currently one of the most popular checklist and note taking apps found on Android. But another reason why it’s good is because it comes straight from Google, and they can include more features once in a while.

Google’s Keep app can be added to gadgets that are approved by Google itself. It contains Android version 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), or a higher version. You can make notes using the mobile app, or by simply using the Keep website, which can be synchronized through both platforms through your Google Account.

Google Keep

Google Keep

This lets you gain access to your saved notes wherever you go, as long as there’s an Internet connection. You can also update your notes offline. Through this update, the Android app is updated to version 3.1.

Google’s Keep app for both the Chrome OS and Chrome browser is just one of the earliest packaged applications offered by Google. This app can also work offline for editing, creating, and removing notes, as well as some additional features like including images.

Even though voice actions, color-coding, and checklists have been there since the start, Google will finally include the ability to include and label recurring reminders into Keep notes. Keep will also receive an update that will incorporate two features into their note-taking applications. Here is how to use them:

Google Keep Reminders

Google Keep Reminders

If you want to edit your notes, just click on the overflow menu and select ‘Add Label’. You will be able to choose from Work, Inspiration, and Personal, or just include your own. So if your notes are all related to work, you can include them under ‘Work’ and personal notes will be under the ‘Personal’ label. You can also find this option on the Web. Even though the ability to include labels are still brand new, it will hopefully be incorporated into a more intuitive manner in the next couple of updates, just like the other features.

Google has also included the ability to add frequent reminders. You will be able to dismiss this notification as of now, but you will still get reminders about your tasks either every day, every week, every month, or even every year. There is also a new custom option that lets you modify the reminder to a specific date or number of events.

Using WinZip to Unzip iOS Files

WinZIP

If you receive a zipped file in your email, you can simply view the file using Mail without having to exit the app. The zip file can be opened to view its contents. iOS have actually done a great job of showing PDF files, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and text files. But looking at zip […]

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Changing Your Windows Computer’s Language Settings

Charms Bar

If your computer operates in a different language, there is a huge chance that you might not even be able to log into your account if you’re using the wrong keyboard. Windows can be used in many different languages. These are some instructions that tell you how to change the keyboard layout and the language […]

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Making Calls and Texts Using AirDroid App

AirDroid

AirDroid is an Android-exclusive app that enables you to attach your phone or tablet to a computer using wireless networking. AirDroid 3 also allows you to receive and send text messages, reject or make calls, and receive messages or notifications. You can also move your files through your computer. You can Control your phone by […]

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Activating Apple Pay in Your iPhone or iPad

Apple Pay

If the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are great at something, it’s paying for stuff. A transaction only takes a couple of seconds to finish. And if you’re one of those people who take out their wallets out of their bags regularly, then this whole process will be effortless. Step 1: Register to […]

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The New Windows 10 Notification Center

Windows Phone Action Center

Users will now be able to try out the latest notification center in the new Windows operating system. This center is pretty much the same as the Windows 10 version of Windows Phone 8.1’s Action Center. The part with the notifications is just a piece of Microsoft’s ‘Windows everywhere’ goal – A universal notifications center […]

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How to Enjoy the New Xbox Music Features

Xbox Music Pass

Last Wednesday, Microsoft announced that Xbox Music would no longer be just a paid music streaming service. The new functionality lets you upload the music that you already have in your OneDrive account, and play it on your Xbox. So now, music from your very own personal library can be placed inside OneDrive’s Music folder […]

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How to Remove Bothersome Bloatware

Bloatware

A lot of people usually ignore the pre-loaded apps found on their phones or computers. These apps take up plenty of storage space and some of them start automatically when you switch on your phone or computer, which can slow down the machine. What’s worse is that some of these apps have annoying banners that […]

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