File Explorer Search Filters Every Windows User Should Know

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The most common way to search in Windows File Explorer is to plop a word in the search bar, and the File Explorer will spit out the results. The File Explorer’s search bar is far more powerful than you think. Though there is nothing wrong with the general approach, you can further improve the search results using Windows Advanced Query Syntax, or what is simply known as search filters. Here are some of the most useful File Explorer search filters that every Windows user should know.

Find Files with a Specific Extension

When you want to find files with a specific file extension, then all you have to do is use the *.fileExtension search filter. The * in front of the file extension is called a wildcard and helps to ignore the filename. For instance, if you want to find all the MS Word documents on your hard drive, all you have to do is type *.docx in the File Explorer search bar and press the Enter button.

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Since we are already using the wildcard, if you know part of the file name, you can add it before or after the * symbol. For instance, a search like ra*.mp3 shows all the mp3 files with the letters that start with “ra.”

Find Files Based on File Size

When your hard disk is filling up, it is time to find all those big files and either delete them or move them to other locations. To help you with that, File Explorer has a specific filter to find files based on their file size.

To find files based on file size, enter size: fileSize in the search bar. Replace “fileSize” with the actual file size, like 100MB. You can also use greater than (>) and less than (<) signs to find files larger or smaller than the specified file size. For instance, if you want to find files that are larger than one gigabyte, then use the search filter size: >1GB.

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Though you can manually enter the file size as needed, File Explorer has some built-in easy-to-remember pre-defined properties to make things a tad bit easier. They are as follows.

  • Empty: Files that are empty or 0KB
  • Tiny: Files between 0 to 10KB
  • Small: Files between 10KB and 100KB
  • Medium: Files between 100KB and 1MB
  • Large: Files between 1MB and 16MB
  • Huge: Files between 16MB and 128MB
  • Gigantic: Files larger than 128MB

To use the above properties, type size: medium and press Enter. Of course, you can replace “medium” with any option you want.

Find Files Based on Date

Other than file size, you can also use the File Explorer’s search bar to find files that are created on, after, or before a certain date. Just like with the file size filter, you have to use the keyword date: to search files based on date. To be helpful, as soon as you type “date:” in the search bar, File Explorer will show a simple calendar so that you can quickly choose the date you need.

Use the > and < signs to find files created after or before the given date. If needed, you can use “>=” and “<=” to find files that are created on or after a given date and on or before a given date.

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Find a Specific Kind of Files

While the file extension filter helps you find all the files with that specific extension, the “kind” filter helps you find all the files of a specific kind, regardless of their extension. For example, if you want to see all the images on your hard disk regardless of their file extension, like JPG, PNG, PSD, ICO, etc., then all you have to do is type kind:=picture.

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There is a whole boatload of the “kind” properties. They include but are not limited to calendar, communication, film, music, note, video, task, program, email, and feed. The good thing is you don’t have to remember all these properties. Just place your mouse cursor in the search bar, click on the “Search” tab and then select the “Type” option to see all the available properties.

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Find Files with the Specific Tag

I’ve recently shown how to tag files in Windows. Once tagged, you can find those files using the tag: property. For instance, if you want to find all the photos that are tagged as “vacation,” you simply type tag: vacation in the search field.

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Additional Search Operators

Apart from the above search filters, File Explorer also offers additional search operators like “AND,” “OR,” “NOT,” and “[search term]” to further refine the search experience. If you have basic programming knowledge, you might’ve already guessed what these search operators can do. Other than “[search term],” these search operators are used to combine two search filters.

AND: when used, it will show results that satisfy both search filters. For example, *.mp3 AND size: >100MB will show all the MP3 files that are over 100MB.

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OR: while the AND operator only shows results that satisfy both parameters, the OR operator shows results that satisfy at least one parameter. For example, using financial OR banking in the search bar results in files that have the word financial or the word banking in their name.

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NOT: the NOT operator is useful when you want to exclude an item or search filter. As an example, a search like financial NOT banking will show all the files that contain the word “financial” but not “banking” in their name.

“[search term]”: When you know the exact phrase, you can use the “[search term]” filter and replace [search term] with the actual search term. A search like "family vacation" will result in files that have the exact phrase “family vacation” in them names.

Conclusion

The File Explorer’s search bar is a very powerful tool. The above search filters and operators are good enough for day to day usage. However, there are a lot more things you can do with the File Explorer’s search bar. Thankfully, Microsoft has detailed documentation regarding its Advanced Query Syntax and how to use it. So, spend some time with it and refine your search skills.

Comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences regarding using the above search filters to search in File Explorer.

5 Fast and Free Web Apps to Transfer Large Files Locally or Online

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Need to share a file quickly? These five sites let you transfer files either on Wi-Fi or online. You don’t need to install anything, and they’re completely free.

There are several ways to transfer files between computers. Our most recommended app is Send Anywhere, which works on all platforms. But other apps have their own methods that make them worth a look, from torrent-like transfers to fully no-internet-needed sharing.

Firefox Send: Private File Sharing, Deleted After 24 Hours

In an age where you want to be sure that any private data isn’t stored on some company’s servers, something like Firefox’s Send is the order of the day. It’s a simple file-sharing site for those who want to protect their data.

Go to the site, upload your files, and share the unique link with any friends. The files will be downloadable for 24 hours from the time of upload. And yes, it works the same on desktop or mobile. This is like one of those no-installation apps to transfer files quickly.

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The extra reassurance is from the makers behind the app, as Mozilla Firefox puts a premium on privacy and security of Internet users. And no, you don’t need be on Firefox to use Send, it’ll work on any modern web browser.

NoFile.io: Previews, Encryption, and Dropbox Saving

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There are several apps like Firefox Send, where you upload a file and share a link. NoFile takes this standard file-sharing template ands adds just enough extra features to turn it into a powerhouse.

For starters, you can preview any file before download. This is especially useful for images and videos, so that you know exactly what you want to save. NoFile also encrypts files during all transfers, adding that little extra security layer.

And for extra-sensitive files, you can even encrypt before uploading so that no bot can check the file before your recipient downloads it.

Finally, in case you don’t want to download a file but still save it somewhere, NoFile offers to let you download it to your Dropbox directly.

Fastest Fish: Transfer Without Waiting for Upload

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Most transfers like Firefox Send require you to fully upload your file to a server. Then it generates a URL, and someone can download the files with that URL. For large files, this is a lot of time-wasting.

Fastest Fish uses peer-to-peer file sharing technology so that the upload and download is simultaneous. Think of it as all those piracy-oriented apps you grew up with, except this time, you’re using it for your own transfer needs.

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Fastest Fish requires a few things though. You need to ideally use Google Chrome, and both the sender and receiver have to be online at the same time. A simulated network loss on the sender’s side didn’t kill the whole transfer; when I resumed network connectivity, the file transfer picked up where it stopped.

Instant.io: Private Sharing via Web Torrents

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Instant.io combines the best features of Fastest Fish and Firefox Send into one app. This app is a private torrent-maker, letting you create a torrent with your own files.

Once you’ve added the files to Instant.io, share the torrent file or the Magnet URL with anyone who has to download it. They can put the URL in Instant.io and start the download immediately. Again, you’ll have to use Chrome, and all uploaders and downloaders will need to be online at the same time.

Instant.io is great for sharing large files when you’re in a large, distributed team, and is a perfect example of surprising legal uses for torrents.

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FileRoom.io: Share Files With Anyone on the Same Wi-Fi

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When you’re working in a coffee shop or a shared workspace, the entire network isn’t at your disposal. But if you and your teammates want to transfer files quickly and privately, hop on to FileRoom.

This is basically a place where one person can send files to many others, as long as you are all connected to the same Wi-Fi network. FileRoom gives each individual the name of an animal, which can get confusing if you’re in a large team. But for teams of three or so, the app is perfect for quick file-sharing.

There is no chat room, comments, or other paraphernalia here. The idea is that you are all next to each other, so you can talk in person. Use FileRoom only when you need to share a file.

If You’d Rather Install File Sharing Apps…

All of the above options are for for quick, last-minute transfer, so it helps those who want to use a web browser and avoid installing another app on their phone or computer.

But if you transfer files between computers regularly, you’re better off with one of these awesome apps for sharing large files.

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How to Create a Hosting-Free Website With Itty Bitty

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With programming, online creativity knows no bounds. Every day, programmers across the Internet use their skills to create small projects for the public. Itty Bitty, a website created by former designer for Google and current vice President at Dropbox Nocholas Jitkoff, is one such small project.

Using the Itty Bitty site, you can create a tiny HTML website for free even if you don’t have any web hosting.

An Itty Bitty Explanation

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Here’s how it works: itty.bitty.site creates small sites by loading them through their URLs. In other words, your site is stored, and presented, within its link.

Because of this, websites created using Itty Bitty require absolutely no web hosting. The URL itself holds the entire data of the site: what it looks like, what it says, etc.

You’ll note that once you receive your Itty Bitty link, it’ll be a bit larger than usual. That’s your entire website.

Link for Link

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The actual site created by Itty Bitty has a very minimal interface. Keep in mind, every additional page on the site is created using the site itself.

From this page, you can immediately begin using basic HTML for create a simple page.

If you want to create a more robust Itty Bitty site, you can either drag and drop an HTML document directly into the website or link an existing project directly into the prompt.

While your document or link may use other programming languages like CSS or JS, they’ll still be loaded with your Itty Bitty site. That said, the main benefit of using Itty Bitty (and the central reason it can be loaded from an address) is that your page has to be kept under a certain, small size.

How Small Is an Itty Bitty Site?

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If Itty Bitty is free and requires no web hosting, how big can your site really be? The answer: not very.

The site presents the size of your website to you at the top-right portion of the window. While sites can fluctuate in size, that also means your link will fluctuate in size as well. Some sites won’t allow you to share links larger than a few bytes, which can limit your ability to share bigger sites.

Luckily, the creator has posted the max byte sizes possible for plenty of popular platforms to explain what sizes different platforms will accommodate:

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If you’re looking to shorten a website using Bitly, for example, you’re going to have to create a very small website. That goes for Microsoft Edge as well. If you’re only looking to share it across browsers, however, you can create a much larger site.

From Link to Itty Bitty Site

While you can also create Itty Bitty sites by dropping HTML files directly into it or by typing the site contents directly, I’ll demonstrate using a Codepen project previously made by Dudley Storey.

Codepen is the easiest way to create your site using Itty Bitty. Codepen provides users with both an easy-to-use developer environment and a convenient linking process.

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The above is a fantastic example of how a strong HTML backbone—and other subtle programming additions—can create a simple website. Luckily, it’s also small enough to share across many of the platforms listed above.

To convert a Codepen project into an Itty Bitty site, paste the Pen’s link into the Itty Bitty site. Then, mouse over the gray untitled section and edit the text to reflect your site.

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Next, click on the menu at the top right of the window.

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This is where you create the link to your Itty Bitty. While it may not seem as though you’ve just created a website, you have!

Once you click the copy link option, you can paste the link into your browser to view the site. Also important to note: by default, Itty Bitty sites can be sent via QR code.

That allows for a slew of options, like attaching a physical reference for lost devices.

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Congrats, you now have a ready-to-link website that is server-less and free!

Shorten Your Itty Bitty Link Even Further

You can also create a clutter-free link using a link shortening tool. I’ll use Bitly, which not only allows you to shorten links but also allows you to customize the link with your own text if you sign up for a free account.

Our original Codepen example is too large to condense using Bitly, so here’s another fantastic project by JT Helms. I simply followed the process above to convert this Pen to an Itty Bitty site.

Once you have your link, head to Bitly. Paste your link into Bitly’s splash page, or sign into your account and select the Create button. Enter your link in the following prompt.

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Once you’ve pasted your link, it will automatically be converted. Then, adjust your link as you see fit using Bitly’s editor if you’re logged in.

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I change the initial link to ITTYBITTYEXAMPLE. You can now head to bit.ly/ITTYBITTYEXAMPLE as you would any other site—except, of course, that it’s free and requires no web hosting or server maintenance.

Security for Itty Bitty Sites

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While this is a cool and ingenious way to create small HTML sites, it’s not without its flaws. You can misuse an Itty Bitty site as easily as you can any other. That means sites can annoy you with features like alerts.

Since the site is still in an experimental phase, don’t necessarily rely on the site as a main method of establishing a safe web presence.

The Itty Bitty Possibilities Are Endless

Creativity found online is often impressive. Rarely, however, is it as simple, accessible, and easy to use as Itty Bitty. Want to showcase a small application? Messing around with div elements? It’s all readily doable using the Itty Bitty site.

Moreover, you’re not limited to a certain number or sites. Take a note from the site’s creator Nocholas Jitkoff and link a site within a site for a comprehensive, multi-page explanatory website. Or make an ASCII bulldog. The possibilities are small in size, but endless in scope, so try out this little online experiment today!

Go further and make even better sites by improving your knowledge of HTML and CSS before creating an Itty Bitty site!

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How to Tell Companies You’re Open to Taking a New Job on LinkedIn

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There are plenty of resources, both online and offline, designed to show you how to write neatly. Below, you’ll find a list of only the best of the best.

The handwriting exercises you’ll learn from these resources, and penmanship practice you’ll gain will straighten out those illegible scribbles of yours in no time at all.

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Handwriting Exercises: A Few Common Themes

To save you a little time and to give some extra direction, it’s worth pointing out a few common exercises that are repeatedly mentioned in the courses, lessons, apps, and books that follow.

You should always keep these in mind, no matter which of these resources you try out.

  1. Start with basic movement exercises to loosen up.
  2. Practice your handwriting exercises every day.
  3. Slow your writing down.
  4. Learn from writing that you like.

The Basics: Cursive Writing for Adults

This basic 29-part YouTube course on How To Write In Cursive (the first video is above) is a thorough place to start. You might feel like you’re back in school, but you’ll be surprised at how many of the fundamentals have slipped your mind.

Each lesson is extremely short and comes with a free worksheet (which you can find in each video description) to print out to help you practice.

Intermediate Handwriting Exercises

Once you’ve nailed the basics of cursive (again), you’ll likely want to make some improvements to your style to add some more personality or professionalism to your handwriting.

This 14-minute video by professional sign-writer John Neal looks specifically at how to improve handwriting for adults. The valuable content really starts at 2:30, where you’ll be shown how to pay special attention to the rhythm, speed, and direction of your writing.

Penmanship Practice: Become a Pro

Next, work your way through this short, 8-part YouTube course taught by a handwriting specialist. Much of the information does overlap with the previous video, but hearing two different descriptions of similar handwriting techniques will only help.

Be sure to regularly practice the handwriting exercises you’re taught in these videos to help you create the muscle memory that’s needed to really make your new skill stick.

Splashing Out

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If you’ve tried the above courses without seeing much improvement, it might be time to spend a little cash on something more comprehensive.

Udemy has a highly rated 4-hour course titled Improve your Handwriting – Improve your Life.I’ve not taken this course myself, but many past students cite “immediate improvements” after going through the handwriting classes. The course is usually priced at $75, but I’ve often seen hefty discounts of up to 85%, so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled.

The aim of the course is to guide you through daily, 10-minute practice sessions to build your muscle memory, causing a positive effect on your handwriting. You can sign up on Udemy for a free preview of the course.

Books to Improve Your Handwriting

Books to improve your handwriting

If you’re looking at using a textbook to help improve your handwriting, there are two books I would recommend.

The first is Rosemary Sassoon’s Improve Your Handwriting. The structure of this book encourages adult readers to experiment with styles to find the one that works for them, including left-handers.

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The second is Barbara Getty’s Write Now: The Complete Program For Better Handwriting. The aim of this book is to help anyone “achieve elegant, legible handwriting” by focusing on writing in a specific italic style.

Apps to Help You Write Neatly

Although handwriting is almost exclusively for pen and paper these days, you can use mobile devices (preferably tablets) to help you practice. Using these apps on your smartphone is possible, but you’d definitely benefit from a larger, flatter area on which to write.

Cursive Practice (iOS)

If you have an iPad, the Cursive Practice app is an easy way for you to practice your cursive writing on the go. The handwriting lessons take you through uppercase, lowercase, individual words, cursive practice sentences, and numbers. You can also change the width and style of your “pen”.

Download: Cursive Practice for iOS(Free)

LazyDog Calligraphy (Android)

A similar option for Android devices is LazyDog Calligraphy. With this app, you can choose from a range of different handwriting styles, and you’ll be scored for each letter, showing you how you’re progressing. You’ll also have access to printable writing worksheets, so you can practice the same style on paper, too.

Download: LazyDog Calligraphy for Android (Free)

Remember, for best results, invest in a stylus pen to use with your smartphone, rather than relying on your finger.

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Free Handwriting Worksheets

Once you’ve spent some time studying how to improve your handwriting, you’ll need to have some decent worksheets on which to practice.

Handwriting Worksheets

First off, you should check out our list of free, printable handwriting worksheets. And if they don’t deliver, search Google Images for “handwriting worksheets” (searching specifically for large images which are suitable for printing), you should be able to find all you need.

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Writing Neatly: Why Should You Care?

Whether you believe it or not, knowing how to write legible, cursive handwriting is still important.

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For children, good handwriting leads to improved grades. For adults, writing things out by hand can act as therapy, and it can also improve memory.

Yes, you can access some of these benefits even with bad handwriting. But if your scrawls remain illegible, then you lose out on a chunk of these benefits because you simply can’t understand what you wrote down in the first place. This means you won’t be able to revisit those thoughts again in the future.

If you’re looking for an even more pragmatic reason to improve your handwriting, remember that the handwritten note will never be fully replaced by email. When it comes to building your network or climbing the career ladder, Jessica Cleiman believes:

“In this day and age, when sadly we’re getting fewer and fewer letters in the mail, a handwritten thank you note, well-crafted on good stationery, will make a candidate [or acquaintance] stand out from others who chose not to take that extra, personal step.”

A hand-written note tends to hold more value than a quick email or message. If you are able to craft such a note in decent, if not excellent, handwriting then, you’re able to use this as a tool to create deeper relationships and to stand out from the crowd.

A Life of Beautiful Handwriting

Once you’ve spent a good deal of time practicing the lessons you learn from the handwriting resources mentioned in this article, writing beautifully will become the new norm for you. You can finally have pride in your handwriting. And you can use your new skill in handwriting to start pursuing even more creative skills.

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Lifehacker’s Most Popular Study Tips

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Hi! You didn’t come here to avoid studying, did you? Well, at least you’ll learn how to study better when you’re done with this little break. These are Lifehacker’s most popular study tips from the last five years.

It’s Freshman Orientation Week at Lifehacker! This week, we’re covering ways to snap out of your summer haze and into an autumnal blitz of activity, whether you’re actually heading to campus for the first time, getting your own kids ready for school, or looking for ways to just be more productive in the classroom of life. So velcro up your Trapper Keepers, students. Class is now in session.

1. Study Less, Study Smart

In an hour-long lecture, psychology professor Dr. Marty Lobdell lays out study techniques and habits. Among them: use a designated study area, study a half hour at a time, and divide what you learn into facts and concepts. (Facts might require tricks or mnemonics to memorize; concepts stick with you.)

2. The Feynman Technique

“Once you can explain an idea in simple language, you have deeply understood it, and will remember it for a long time,” says this two-minute video from the educational YouTube channel Sprouts. In the Feynman Technique, named after the plain-spoken physicist, you study by teaching, or pretending to teach, the material. You know you’ve learned something when you can explain it to a new student.

Richard Feynman was a famously good professor, as he could explain physics simply and entertainingly. Just watch him do it, it’s astounding. Even his lectures are satisfying to read. That’s the promise of the Feynman Technique.

3. Video Game Music

OK, the original post is just an advice animal from Reddit, reading “Looking for good music to work to? Try video game soundtracks. The music’s designed to provide a stimulating background that doesn’t mess with your concentration.”

But we’ve raved about video game music a lot on Lifehacker. We love the soundtrack to pixel platformer Celeste, and we appreciate Spotify’s game soundtrack portal. Our readers love game music too, and it shows up in our collection of readers’ favorite work and study music.

4. Flashcard Apps

If you just cannot use a damn index card, here are eight flashcard apps to study with. Some are free, some come with study games, some offer huge packs of pre-written cards. Just, you know, don’t spend an hour picking apps instead of studying.

5. Take Study-Worthy Lecture Notes

This post by Lifehacker founder Gina Trapani dates back to 2006, but thousands of people are still learning from it. Gina explains the Cornell Notetaking Method, which includes layout and conceptual organization. She tells you how to study those notes and links to some template resources. This is some real meaty study advice.

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6. Study Before Bed

Another classic post, this one explains the results of a scientific study, which indicates that when you’re studying unfamiliar material, you might get a boost by studying before bed—instead of, say, the morning.

7. Bad Study Habits

“Highlighting and re-reading don’t really help you retain any information. They’re like liking a charity’s page on Facebook: it might look good and make you feel like you’re helping, but in reality it’s a big waste of time.” This Adam Ruins Everything-style video lists bad habits to avoid, then good ones to replace them with.

8. Retain Information

Four tips pulled from some of the methods above, like self-quizzing, visualization, and making metaphors to understand concepts.

9. Classical Music Study Playlist

Classical music is a great study genre, if you know what pieces to pick. You don’t want Beethoven’s Fifth. That’s why we love this six-hour playlist curated by classical record label NAXOS.

10. Study Tips

Educational YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE gives study tips based on science, like “make your own flashcards” and “make practice tests.”

11. The Case for Silence

The best study music might be no music, according to scientific research. Subjects performed better on demanding cognitive tasks without music or background noise. For less demanding tasks, music can help. But for a particularly tough topic, see how long you can study in silence without getting bored.

We write new study advice nearly every day, so check out our studying tag for more distractions from studying uh we mean HELPFUL STUDY STRATEGIES.

How to Raise a Healthy Vegan Kid

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When it comes to raising a healthy vegan kid, the challenges often aren’t so much nutritional as they are social. Raise your kid vegan, and you’ll hear everyone’s opinions and advice about it, whether you ask for them or not. And even within your own family unit, you’ll need to consider how to talk to your kids about why they’re vegan—whether it be for their health, the environment, animals, or all of the above—and how to properly approach their nutrition.

We spoke with health and culinary experts (several of whom are vegan parents themselves) to get the lowdown on what you need to know to raise a healthy vegan kid. Here’s what they had to say:

Sort Through All the Health Data

Generally speaking, plant-based diets are thought to offer protection from the most prevalent chronic diseases—but the potential benefits for kids aren’t only long-term. “Many of the common allergens—namely, fish, shellfish, dairy, and eggs—are naturally omitted on a plant-based diet,” The Plant-Based Dietitian Julieanna Hever (MS, RD, CPT) says. If you have a child with allergies, know that a vegan diet is a totally legitimate way to go.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics agrees and states in its position paper on vegetarian diets that appropriately planned vegan diets “are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” It adds that a vegan diet is appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and is suitable for athletes.

Supplement B12

A kid on a well-balanced vegan diet can be as healthy or healthier than any other kid. The only supplement a balanced vegan needs is vitamin B12. But if you have a picky eater or want to be sure to cover your bases, a vegan multivitamin also can’t hurt, Hever says.

If you’re breastfeeding and are vegan yourself, the CDC and ADA recommend supplementing B12, as well. Dr. Klaper suggests supplementing your diet with 500 mcg of methylcobalamin (a form of B12) five to seven times per week and 300 mg of (algae-derived) DHA per day in order to make sure you’re getting enough Omega-3s.

Have a Good Response Ready for ‘The Protein Question’

One of the most common questions vegans get is, where do you get your protein? If you’re raising your kids vegan, you’ll definitely want to have a good response ready.

Here are your two main points: A well-balanced plant-based diet has all the protein you need, and most people in the U.S.—the vast majority of people—get more than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein, but the same number of people get less than the RDA of fiber. By feeding your kids a well-balanced plant-based diet, you ensure they get enough plant-based protein and fiber (not to mention a bunch of other wonderful nutrients).

Here’s a short list of vegan protein sources that should come in handy: beans, lentils, soy milk, tofu, tempeh, seitan, vegan meat products, peanut butter (and other nut butters), nuts, pumpkin seeds, edamame, quinoa, and oats. To give you an idea, one cup of soybeans contains 28.5 grams of protein (roughly the same amount as you’d get in 4 oz of red meat or half a chicken breast), while other beans tend to have around 15 grams per cup. A cup of oatmeal has 4 grams of protein, while two tablespoons of peanut butter has 8 grams. So long as they’re eating a variety of these foods, you don’t need to overdo it. According to national dietary guidelines, a child aged 1-3 should get 13 grams of protein a day; a 4-8 year old, 19 grams; 9-13 year old, 34 grams; and a teenager between 46-52 grams.

So what does a balanced vegan diet look like otherwise? According to this Permanente Journal from 2016, adults should have 5+ servings of vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruit, 6-11 servings of whole grains, 2-3 servings of legumes, 1-2 ounces of nuts, and 1-3 tablespoons of seeds like chia and hemp a day. Depending on the age and appetite of your child, you can adjust that ratio accordingly.

Start the Day with a Smoothie Disguised as Ice Cream

Put a smoothie in a bowl with some toppings and you can call it dessert for breakfast; just use less liquid to make it more like ice cream.

“We start our day off with a smoothie that is packed with nutrients, so even if they eat snacks or just bread the rest of the day, you can feel like they started their day off well and at least consumed some fruits and veggies,” says Jenny Engel, one of the vegan chefs behind Spork Foods.

Spirulina makes a smoothie a fun blue hue, while adding just a little cocoa or carob powder makes a health shake look like chocolate ice cream. For extra fun, make a smiley face out of bananas, granola, nuts, and seeds. For a high-protein smoothie, use a vegan protein powder, and nut butter or this smoothie formula (minus the added agave).

Involve Kids Whenever Possible and Model Good Habits

It’s important to set healthy eating habits early, and to make children feel involved in the kitchen and connected to their food. Work together to grow a garden, shop with them at local farmers markets, and have your child participate in selecting, shopping for, and cooking the recipes you make. The more they feel a part of the process, the less likely they are to rebel against what you feed them—this is true for kids and food whether you’re a family of vegans, omnivores, or anything in between.

“I get them excited about food by cooking with them and growing vegetables in the garden,” says vegan chef Sepi Kashanian. “They want to taste the salad they made themselves.”

Plant-based doctor Michael Klaper suggests that kids’ earliest snacks should be simple—things like carrot and apple slices and broccoli florets, lightly steamed at first, then raw. “If you don’t introduce them to junk foods, they won’t develop a taste for them,” he says, adding that it’s key to set the example. “With kids, the recorder is always on, and it’s important they see their parents eat the same healthy foods that they are told to eat.”

Don’t Assume Certain Foods Are Too Advanced for Their Palates

In that same vein, if you don’t want to have a picky eater on your hands, you’ll be better off introducing your kids to all the same foods you eat as early as possible. Kashanian says she mostly cooks for her daughter the way she would for herself, using plenty of spices, garlic, and onion. Get them exposed and habituated to every vegetable there is as early as possible, and don’t assume they won’t like spinach, kale, or Brussels sprouts.

“If you start your child off seeing all sorts of different foods in the house, and on the whole family’s plate, then it becomes normal to incorporate these foods into their diets,” Engel adds.

But Be Patient with Picky Eating

If you do face picky eating, try to remember that almost every kid goes through it, no matter their diet. To make food extra fun, utilize the rainbow of colors in a plant-based diet with recipes like fruit kabobs or rainbow Buddha bowls.

“We don’t make our kids eat their vegetables to get to dessert, because that can reinforce the idea that veggies are the gross stuff you put up with to get to the prize at the end of the meal,” Engel says. “We just present it in small amounts and ask a few times if they’d like to try.” And if they don’t want to try? It’s your call whether you prefer a tough love approach, but you can always fall back on picky-proof options like PB&Js, vegan nuggets and burgers, and of course, smoothies.

If You’re Transitioning Their Diet, Learn Easy Swaps for Their Favorites

There’s a saying vegans like: “Anything you can eat, I can eat vegan.” And it’s true. There are so many substitutes and ways to veganize common dishes that your kids will never have to go without their favorite foods (even if they subsist on mac and cheese, pizza, or yogurt). Check out this article for simple vegan swaps, this guide to healthy vegan eating, this Trader Joe’s shopping list, and these vegan hacks, and know you can get free live coaching and nutrition consultation at ChooseVeg.com. Vegan recipe sites like Bosh, Vegan Richa, Vegan Yack Attack, and Minimalist Baker are also excellent resources for simple and fun recipe ideas.

Have Quick Go-To Meals That Aren’t All Microwaveable

While there are lots of good

, quick bean and veggie burritos with vegan cheese, or stir frys with veggies, tofu and rice noodles.

Keep an Open Dialogue

Don’t assume kids can’t handle the truth. In fact, the more you help them understand why your family chooses to be vegan, the more they’ll be able to make informed decisions at birthday parties and school.

Whatever your particular reasons for choosing a plant-based diet—you’re raising your child vegan because of a dairy allergy, other health reasons, or environmental or animal rights-related concerns—you’re going to want to explain that. Emphasize that if their friends have different diets, that isn’t a moral failing on their part. They should have an informed idea of why your family eats a plant-based diet, and be able to talk to friends about it without being judgmental. It’s also important to let them know that if they’re being teased at school for being vegan or asked questions they don’t know the answer to, they can always come and talk to you about it.

It can also help to introduce them to other vegans their age, whenever possible. There are lots of vegan kids and teens who are outspoken about why they choose not to eat animals. The burgeoning career of Genesis Butler is worth following with any kid, and you can follow hashtags like #VeganKidsofInstagram to share stories and ideas of other inspiring kids.

Find a Pediatrician Who Gets It (and Then Don’t Stress Too Much)

Check out this database to find a plant-based pediatrician near you who supports this healthy decision and knows about vegan nutrition. A vegan-friendly doctor should be well-versed in plant-based nutrition, and shouldn’t make you feel judged or scared for putting your child on a plant-based diet. They should be well-versed in how to monitor your child’s nutrition, and make you feel you have an ally in making sure your child is following a healthy plant-based diet.

When it comes to healthy growth, you shouldn’t worry more than any other parent. Anecdotally speaking, the kids I’ve met who’ve been vegan since in utero are some of the biggest and heartiest eaters I’ve seen. When everyone from Olympic athletes to celebrities are going plant-based for their health, it’s no wonder that the diet is one that promotes healthy growth. Of course, every kid is different. “As long as the child maintains their curve on the growth charts and their energy is good, everything should be fine,” Hever says.

Google’ın Daha Önce Duymadığınız, Hayat Kolaylaştıran 10 Hizmeti

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İnternet dünyasının merkezinde olan Google’ın neredeyse internet kullanan herkesin aşina olduğu Gmail, Google Earth ve Google Maps gibi özelliklerinin faydaları hepimizin malumu. Her gün milyonlarca kişi tarafından kullanılan bu hizmetlere ek olaraksa, çok daha az kişinin bildiği pek çok servis daha sunuyor Google.

İşte dev yazı fontu kütüphanesinden, galaksimizin interaktif haritasına kadar pek çok alandaki Google hizmetleri:

1. Google Keep

Hep bilgisayarlarda, hem de akıllı telefonlarda çalışan bu uygulama, muhteşem bir not alma ve hatırlatma hizmeti. Buradan ulaşabilirsiniz.

2. Google Sky

Google Sky, evrenimizin derinliklerine doğru bir yolculuğa çıkmanıza imkan veren bir servis. NASA’dan, Hubble Teleskobu’ndan ve Sloan Digital Sky Survey’den alınan fotoğraflarla oluşturulan servise buradan ulaşabilirsiniz.

3. Google Books Ngram Viewer

Bu hizmet ise 1500’lü yıllardan 2008’li yıllara kadar yayınlanmış 5.2 milyon adet kitapta hangi kelimenin toplam ne kadar sayıda geçtiğini ve kullanım sayılarının zamanla değişimini gösteriyor. Göz atmak için buraya tıklayın.

4. Google Input Tools

Bu servis ise özel bir klavye indirmeden 80 farklı dilde yazı yazabilmenize imkan veriyor. Denemek için buradan.

5. Google Fonts

Google ücretsiz olarak yararlanabileceğiniz pek çok türde font sunuyor. Görmek için buraya tıklayın.

6. Google Scholar

Akademik dergilere ve makalelere ulaşmak için adres ise Google Scholar. Göz atmak için buraya tıklayınız.

7. Google Arts & Culture

Bu hizmet ise dünyadaki en önemli müzelerde yer alan eserlerin yüksek çözünürlüklü fotoğraflarını sunuyor ve bir nevi oraları dolaşmanızı sağlıyor. Ulaşmak için buraya tıklayınız.

8. Google Trends

İnsanların o an, o gün veya o hafta en çok neyi arattığını görebilmek için Google Trends, en iyi servis durumunda. Hatta aratılan konuların zaman içindeki aratılma sıklığına bile göz atabiliyorsunuz. Servisi denemek için buraya tıklayın.

9. Sound Search

Shazam gibi çalışan bu servis ise Google Asistan’ı kullanarak duyduğunuz bir şarkıyı bulmanıza yardımcı oluyor ve daha sonrasında şarkıya Youtube, Spotify gibi platformlardan ulaşabilmeniz için link veriyor. Buraya tıklayarak servise ulaşabilirsiniz.

10. Hayvan Sesleri

Google’a “animal sounds” yazdığında karşınıza çeşitli hayvanların seslerinin bulunduğu bir katalog çıkıyor.

5 of the Best Websites to Download Free Stock Footage

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Whether you’re a filmmaker, student, designer, artist or just a history buff, you might be interested in stock footage. Stock footage is generally free of copyright. This means that you are free to do what you want with it. These video clips can be edited, chopped up, stitched together, and manipulated in any way you see fit.

Fortunately, the Internet has made it incredibly easy to track down stock footage, with entire websites dedicated to collecting clips free of copyright. We’ve rounded up some of the best websites that host a plethora of stock footage for you to browse and use, free of charge.

1. The Public Domain Review

The Public Domain Review was founded in 2011 as a not-for-profit dedicated to collecting works of art and literature. If the name didn’t tip you off, the site specializes in curating works that have fallen into the public domain. This means that everything you’ll find on The Public Domain Review is out of copyright. As a result, users are free to do whatever they like with the works found within.

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The videos found on The Public Domain Review mostly consist of feature-length films. However, there is also a decent amount of stock footage, experimental shorts and even old TV commercials. In addition, there is even some vintage amateur footage.

2. Videezy

Videezy is home to Creative Commons stock footage. Most of the video found on Videezy is B-roll footage like landscapes, backgrounds and aerial shots. Furthermore, all the footage on Videezy is high definition, with a growing selection in 4K. However, be aware that most of the 4K content is only available to download by spending “credits.” At the time of this writing, 1 credit = $19, with other packages available that offer better value for the money.

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Most of the videos found on Videezy are free to download. That being said, the use of some clips may be restricted for certain uses (e.g. commercial). So before you decide to use a particular clip for your own project, double-check the license to ensure you don’t run into any legal issues.

3. Videvo

Every single video clip hosted on Videvo is 100 percent free. In addition to stock footage, Videvo is also home to motion graphics. Clips are organized into a variety of different categories, from computer-generated abstracts to drone footage. Furthermore, Videvo also prides itself on being an active community, with new videos uploaded every single week.

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All of the videos found on Videvo have one of two licenses. The Videvo Standard License allows you to download clips to use in any way you see fit, commercial or otherwise. You don’t have to credit the creator of the clip – you just have to make sure you don’t make the clip available for download anywhere else. Other clips are licensed under Creative Commons 3.0. This allows users to use the clips so long as you credit the author.

4. Pond5

Similarly to the Public Domain Review, Pond5 hosts a ton of public domain footage. The clips featured on Pond5 have a historical slant, including lots of footage from old news clips. Furthermore, Pond5 also has a paid section that gives users access to thousands of additional clips, at a price.

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In addition to video clips, Pond5 also has a massive library of still images, audio files and even 3D animations. All of the media found on Pond5 is in the public domain, so you are free to use it however you wish.

5. Archive.org’s Stock Footage

The Internet Archive is a non-profit dedicated to preserving digital culture, namely everything and anything on the Internet. The Internet Archive is divided into cataloged subsections to make it easier for folks to find stuff. For those of you hunting for stock footage, you’ll be pleased to know that the Internet Archive has a ton of it.

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The Internet Archive’s collection of stock footage is submitted by Internet Archive users. The vast majority of the clips are not meant to be used as standalone clips. Instead, the footage is meant to be used in other videos. The licenses attributed to each clip varies, but they are all under the Creative Commons umbrella.

Do you know of other websites that host free stock footage? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

7 Great Project Ideas for Using a Raspberry Pi as a Server

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You’ve likely heard about the importance of coding, especially in helping prepare your children for their future careers. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills are increasingly vital in all walks of life.

But it can be intimidating. Where exactly do you start? What’s the right age for your kids to start learning how to code? Do they need prior expertise?

Fortunately, you can find great toys for all youngsters, and make learning fun.

1. Barbie Robotics Engineers Doll

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Suggested age range: 5- 12 years.

The key to getting kids into coding is inspiring them to see its potential and normalizing that attitude. That’s where the Barbie Robotics Engineers Doll comes in.

This brand has been a staple of the toy industry for over half a decade and has survived by adapting. Its latest development is a partnership with Tynker, a gaming platform that replaces source code with colorful building blocks.

Dolls come with six free lessons that can be unlocked on the Tynker site. These games are designed around an impressive assortment of careers: Robotics Engineer, Astronaut, Beekeeper, Farmer, Musician, and Pastry Chef.

They’re not especially intensive either. A course takes between 45 minutes and an hour, so your kids shouldn’t get bored.

And you can leave them to it because the program guides users through potentially complex notions like sequencing, problem solving, and debugging without the need for assistance. Nonetheless, Tynker offers instructions for parents and tutors if they do want to help out.

2. Lego Boost Robotics Toolbox

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Suggested age range: 7- 12 years.

Lego’s popularity knows no bounds, so this is the perfect way to get your kids interested in coding. Yes, it seems a bit pricey, yet no more so than a full-sized Millennium Falcon, the Hulkbuster armor from Avengers: Age of Ultron, or any of the Technic sets.

Plus the Lego Boost Robotics Toolbox is educational, so you can justify the $160 price tag without sweating too much.

You can build five models: the robot plastered over the box; a cat; a guitar; the Multi-Tooled Rover; and, perhaps coolest of all, an auto-builder—that is, a miniature production line for Lego bricks. Each take a couple of hours to make (alas, using the same bricks, so you can only have one robot at a time).

It’s ideal if you want to spend some time with your children. But they can also learn independently, using the tutorials available through the free Boost app. You’ll need a tablet running iOS 10.3/ Android 5.0 or newer; smartphone screens are simply too small.

It’s so fun, youngsters won’t even realize they’re learning something so valuable. And once they’ve finished with Boost, they can progress to Lego Mindstorms. Alternatively, the Raspberry Pi is an excellent next step, giving kids a similar level of hands-on experience.

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3. WowWee Elmoji

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Suggested age range: 4- 10 years.

Once more, you’ll need a tablet for this one; it does offer some variation, however, as you can connect it to two apps via Bluetooth. WowWee Elmoji is a small, brightly-colored robot with a simple screen for a head; by default, it displays the red Sesame Street character.

Elmo is a solid entry-level character, intended for preschoolers. But the two apps allow you to change its face into an emoji if you’re worried your kids are too old for the Muppet. Indeed, this is based on the Coji device, so you can learn to code using emojis.

Elmoji won’t occupy your children for countless hours, but it will prove a good distraction for a while. Considering this, the $60 RRP seems steep, but many retailers offer it for a much lower price, making this a fair introduction to coding.

Make sure you buy plenty of batteries, however. The three AAA batteries required are not provided and you’ll go through them surprisingly quickly.

4. Code & Go Robot Mouse

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Suggested age range: 5- 15 years.

Kids bugging you to get a pet? Here’s a neat solution which you won’t have to feed or clean up after!

Okay, your youngsters will probably still want a dog, but the Code & Go Robot Mouse should keep them preoccupied for a while.

This is more hands-on than many other sets as you don’t need a tablet to take part.

You use 16 grids, 22 partitions, and three tunnels to create a maze for the robotic mouse, Colby, to navigate. With 30 coding cards and ten activity cards, it might seem intimidating at first—which is why this is an excellent toy for parents to get involved. If all goes according to plan, it won’t be long until your children will be able to carry on independently.

It’s a reasonably priced set, though a cheaper variant, including a mouse called Jack plus coding cards, is also available. The two together would make a great Christmas present for siblings.

5. Ozobot

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Suggested age range: 6- 15 years.

Ozobot’s main selling point is its marrying of technology and art. You’re encouraging STEM skills and creativity!

The robot moves by following marker patterns—your child draws on a piece of paper using different colored pens and the robot follows. Of course, it’s not quite that simple, but the accompanying OzoBlockly editor app is easy to understand.

The classic Ozobot Bit is suitable for ages 6 and above, while the newer Evo adds sounds and special features and so has a bigger appeal.

Our favorite bit is the custom skins to stick on your Ozobot. Don’t underestimate the appeal of superheroes on youngsters and big kids. It’s massive fun dressing your robot up as Rocket or Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s also a great Spider-Man set (in which the wall-crawler is packaged alongside a Venom skin), but if you’ve got an Evo, bulkier Avengers models are available.

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Just don’t be surprised at how tiny they are.

Where to Next for Kids?

These toys might take a little time to master, but let’s not underrate kids’ ability to pick up new skills. In fact, you might have to work hard to keep up!

So what can they advance onto? We’re great advocates of the Micro:bit—this little device is supported by the BBC, and distributed primarily to educational institutions. But you can get your hands on one anyway. They’re perfect for beginners, and if your children show enough enthusiasm, there’s chance to grow their knowledge even further using various accessories.

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5 of the Best Websites to Create Your Own Android Apps without Coding

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Have you ever wished you could create an app? Maybe you want one for your business or just for yourself? Apps are not only useful for all kinds of business situations but in day-to-day activities as well. For example, you could make an app to help plan a wedding or other event. Only a few people would need it.

There are a seemingly unlimited number of websites promising an easy way to make apps. Most of them will be fronted with the word “free.” And to be fair, most of them are free to start. After that is when it changes. Depending on your need for the app, whether for your business or party planning, your budget may not allow for an expensive app or a substantial monthly commitment.

So if you’re not looking to make a million dollars from your app (or spend a boatload of money to create it), these five sites will allow you to create your own Android apps and still have money in your pocket when it’s complete.

1. Andromo

Andromo is the most popular Android app-maker platform.

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It only require three steps to create your own app:

  1. Create an Andromo project.
  2. Fill out a few simple forms to add features, graphics, content and whatever makes your app unique.
  3. Click a button to build your app.

Unlike many of the other app builders, Andromo does not have a preview screen for you to see what your app will look like while adding items or changing formatting. After you create your app, they will email it to you. They do not support uploading of the app to the Play store. For free, you can create one app with ads. If you upgrade to the lowest cost plan for $8 a month, you can have up to fifty apps and monetize them.

2. AppsGeyser

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AppsGeyser is totally free. They boast no fees, charges, subscription plans, or limits. There are over fifty different available templates to get you started and make creating the app even easier. The site uses a preview screen to show what your app looks like, but I had a little trouble getting that to work consistently. Because it’s free, they don’t support the publishing of the app to the stores. They will get fifty percent of any monetization you do to make up for the cost.

3. AppMachine

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On the surface when you look at pricing, AppMachine seems more expensive, but you only need to pay if you plan on publishing the app to Google Play or another platform. There are 92 different templates available to choose from to begin making your app and a preview screen to keep up with the changes you make. They make it easier to imagine what you can place on a screen by comparing the building of the app to building with Legos. When you want to test out the app, they give you a QR code to scan which then opens it on your phone.

4. AppMakr

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Appmakr charges $2 a month to have an app in the AppMakr market with their branding on the app. There is a free plan allowing you to publish mobile websites, but to have an app, you need at least that basic plan. Use their drag-and-drop interface and the preview pane to make as many apps as you want to for free. You choose a plan only when you decide to promote or publish an app. If you are only interested in creating an app to share with coworkers or friends, you can’t beat the price. It has tech support, a stats dashboard, and no charges or time limits for changes.

5. AppyPie

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AppyPie has a straightforward user interface with a preview screen which allows you to drag and drop items onto your app and see the results. They also offer video tutorials to help you along as you create a Progressive Web App (PWA), not an Android. They do have a free plan that only allows you forty-eight hours to edit your app. The next plan jumps to $15 per month to create Android apps. AppyPie branding is on every app unless you are using the highest-priced plan.

How would an app that you design, just for your needs, make something in your life better? Give one of these sites a try and see if you can make it a reality.

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