Keyboard Shortcuts, Ranked

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Doing stuff with your mouse is cool. Doing stuff with your keyboard is cooler. These are the most important keyboard shortcuts, ranked from best to worst. (Unless noted, we’ve listed the Windows shortcuts; Mac users substitute cmd for ctrl.) With one exception, despite any flaws, all the shortcuts below are fundamentally good.

1. ctrl+Z

The undo shortcut is so essential that you’ve probably tried to hit it in real life. The “shake to undo” feature on phones is a gimmicky substitute that only triggers when you didn’t need it.

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2. ctrl+Y

Undo your undo. And it uses the letter before Z. Legendary.

3. ctrl+X, ctrl+C, ctrl+V

Cut, copy, paste. About once a week I go to hit ctrl+V on my phone, before sighing and trying to hold my finger on the screen just long enough to pop up the paste menu, which always takes two tries. Cmd+X feels a bit weird on the Mac, but I used it to arrange this list, so I owe it some thanks. Thanks, Cmd+X.

4. ctrl+K

In most text edit windows, this lets you turn selected text into a link, instead of just pasting the whole URL into the body of your text like some kind of caveman.

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5. cmd+space

Open Spotlight (or the launcher you installed to replace it) on MacOS. It’s like the Terminal command line for normies. Wish I’d discovered it earlier in life. I could be a whole other person by now.

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6. cmd+shift+4

Windows and MacOS feature a whole array of shortcuts for capturing your whole screen, part of your screen, or a window, and saving it to your clipboard or as a file. On Windows you can even hit Windows key+H to capture your screen and pop up a share menu. We all have our favorites. But mine is cmd+shift+4, which lets a Mac user select a specific area to screenshot, then saves it as a file on the desktop. The key combo is a bit spaced out, but even my little hands can reach it comfortably.

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7. cmd+`

On a Mac, this switches between windows of the same application. On Windows, you can do the same with alt+` if you install a little background app called Easy Window Switcher. What a smart idea, to incorporate an underused key that usually sits right above the tab key.

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8. ctrl+F, ctrl+G

It’s cool to start a search with your keyboard. It’s even cooler to switch between results with your keyboard.

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9. ctrl+T

New tab. Makes sense. Easy to remember. T for tab. Don’t have to take your hand off the keyboard before typing in a new URL. Good job all around.

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10. ctrl+tab

Switch tabs. Classic. Don’t waste your time contorting your fingers into ctrl+shift+tab to go back one tab. Ugh. Not everything has to be optimized, you nerd.

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11. shift+cmd+I

This is my custom Mac shortcut for resizing an image in Preview. It’s so insanely good that it ended up on this list of default shortcuts. Weird!

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12. ctrl+N, ctrl+O, ctrl+shift+N

New file and open file are essential but boring. But that third shortcut: Depending on the context, ctrl+shift+N creates a new folder, a new smart playlist, or some other cool variation that technically makes you a coder.

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13. Windows key+D

Minimize everything. Good life advice, good desktop-clearing trick. Macs can almost do it: Cmd+option+H hides everything but the current window, so if you click over your desktop first and you don’t have Finder open, you can hide all your windows.

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14. cmd+H

On a Mac, this hides the current window. It’s cleaner than minimizing. To get the window back, just cmd+tab back to it. Windows users, you have to ctrl+alt+click.

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15. alt+arrow keys

Back and forward in your browsing history. Not inherently bad, and it was wise of Chrome to disable the backspace, which caused so many of us to accidentally close out our Flash games. But these are also the best two extra buttons on a mouse, so they’re not that special.

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16. cmd+S

Years ago, the “save file” shortcut would be on top of the list. Now everything auto-saves so you don’t have to obsessively tap this combo. You know what’s cool though? Ctrl+alt+shift+S to save a Photoshop project as an image.

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17. ctrl+shift+T

Re-open a closed tab. Amazing function, terrible key combo. Rescuing a closed tab from oblivion makes you feel like Indiana Jones snatching his hat back. But to hit the keys, you either you stretch your left hand, or you take one hand off the mouse so you can hit it double-handed. I get that it’s an add-on to the ctrl+T shortcut for opening a new tab. But tbh this action should have a dedicated F key.

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18. alt+tab

The thinking man’s alternative to switching apps through your Dock or Taskbar. But the app you want is always a little further or closer than you thought, and you have to switch again, and now you’re paying attention to the process instead of moving on with your work. Maybe the Dock-breathers are right.

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19. alt+F4

This key combo is too arcane for closing an application. Mac users use cmd+Q, and you know what, it’s fine. We don’t accidentally close our apps that often.

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20. ctrl+alt+del

First it meant restart, then it meant login. Now it’s disabled by default, and the top Google result for Ctrl+Alt+Del is the worst webcomic.

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There are other shortcuts that matter, and you’re about to tell me all of them, but you’ll already know where they belong on this indisputable 20-point scale.

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5 Practical Google Cheat Sheets to Use Google Apps Better

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If you’re a Google user, learning the ins and outs of its many apps can make you a power user on the internet. But who has the time? Psst, instead of a crash course, peruse these cheat sheets to level up.

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These aren’t necessarily printable cheat sheets, and they come in all forms. Some of them are extensions that teach you as you use apps. Others are condensed guides to shortcuts and features.

Surprisingly, some of these shortcuts come from Google itself, perhaps from realizing how much its users need an easier way to learn its products. Others are made by fans, journalists, and anyone else willing to help.

1. Everything Google Assistant Can Do

Google has made an official mini-site for the new Google Assistant to find out everything you can do once you set up Google Home or Home Mini. Trust me, you’ll be shocked by the number of various apps and services that plug into it.

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Largely, the site shows you new and trending commands, services you can use like food delivery, quick updates for things like directions, and how to use it as a media player, among other things. To know everything possible, the left sidebar is a list of categories such as arts and lifestyle, home control, productivity, shopping, food and drink, games and fun, movies, photos, TV, music, sports, travel, weather, and so on. And of course, since this is a Google product, it features a strong Search feature to find anything you want quickly.

But really, take your time in browsing and exploring the site, more than searching. It’s amazing to see how many services are available in Assistant beyond the Google apps.

2. All OK Google Commands

“Ok Google,” you say to your phone, “Who is Jay Z married to?” And right on cue, Google will tell you the answer. It’s Beyonce, of course, but the point is that Google is able to give you a lot of information if you ask.

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The “OK Google” commands on your smartphone are almost as useful as the questions you ask Google Assistant. And this nifty site has a full list of every single command you can ask, from information about relationships and movies to setting an alarm and calculating a quick tip. The point is to know each command’s phrase and use it effectively.

It’s not easy to know these commands given how varied they are. But use a few memory boosting tricks to remember anything and you’ll soon be maximizing your Android phone’s abilities.

3. Google’s Official G Suite Training

Without much fanfare, Google has launched a massive online tutorial to learn all of its apps. G Suite Training is excellent to learn the basics of any major Google app, and to also get a few hints.

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Specifically, you should check out the G Suite Training extension for Chrome. This extension monitors when you are using any Google app, like Gmail, Search, Docs, and so on. And when you miss a shortcut, it helpfully points out how you could have saved time or energy.

Apart from the extension, the G Suite Training app hosts a bunch of cheat sheets made for each Google app. These are all downloadable, printable PDFs featuring basic tips and tricks for each service. Perfect to stick one up in your cubicle:

4. Printable Advanced Google Search Cheat Sheet

Google search operators, or search operands, can make a huge difference in the quality of results you get. And they aren’t that difficult to learn. You usually only need a quick reminder, which this printable cheat sheet will do.

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It includes a lot of the simpler stuff that you remember on a daily basis, like using quotes to search an exact phrase or minus to remove mentions of a particular phrase. But it’s the slightly more advanced stuff that helps, like using “inurl” to find posts with your search term in the page’s URL.

There are also the shortcuts you can use, like “Define:” to look up a word’s meaning or “movie:” to find which cinemas are showing that film and at what time.

5. The Minimalistic Gmail Cheat Sheet

For a lot of us, Gmail is the default email app. And if you really want to be proficient with it, you need to learn its keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts are a pain to learn and remember, so here’s a quick cheat sheet to print and hang.

The minimalistic Gmail cheat sheet’s biggest feature is how beautiful it looks. And the tiny graphics are excellent to draw your eye towards what you’re trying to do and check the shortcut for you. Sure, you can learn those shortcuts through an app, but who wants to add more bulk to your already slow Chrome browser?

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.

Coding for Kids – BBC micro:bit Review Coding for Kids – BBC micro:bit Review Following in the footsteps of the hugely popular Raspberry Pi minicomputer and Arduino microcontroller comes the BBC micro:bit – and yes, we do mean that BBC. Read More

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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5 of the Best Self-Hosted URL-Shortener Scripts

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URL shortener scripts are the latest buzz in the link-sharing business today. This niche has evolved over the years to become more than a simple service for sharing links. Now they can be used for analytics and more complicated stuff.

After Google decided to end their Goo.gl URL-shortening service, many people started looking for self-hosted alternatives to host their links. The following self-hosted URL shortener scripts grant you absolute control and allow you to tweak and adjust your links to suit your peculiar taste.

The following are five of the best URL shortener scripts available.

1. YOURLS

The ingenious creators of this excellent script prefer a more relatable name. YOURLS stands for “Your Own URL Shortener.” It is a set of optimized PHP scripts that allow you to run your URL shortener on any server of your choosing.

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Unlike most of the competition, YOURLS is unique for a few reasons. First, it is open source, which has increased the level of refinement the PHP script has undergone over time.

It’s also bundled with features that allow you to decide how accessible your shortened links will be. Now you can set your links to “Private” or “Public” at your discretion.

Other features include the ability to check impressive link statistics. Some of these stats are click rate, the location of visitors and referrals tracking.

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If you are seeking a solidly-coded PHP URL-shortener script, then you should check YOURLS out.

2. POLR

Another excellent solution for a URL-shortening service is POLR. Like YOURLS, it is also open source. The creators tout this tool as lightweight and fast. You’ll be shocked to find out that it is no hype at all.

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POLR is one of the neatest self-hosted URL shortener scripts available on the Web today. It is straightforward to install and takes next to no time to understand.

Its modern interface ensures that managing and controlling your links are a walk in the park. You have the option to tweak and brand it to your taste with minimal effort.

Its robust API is one of the best in the business. Now you can integrate this tool into your other services without any hassle.

If you are looking for a simple yet powerful URL shortener script, look no further. You have POLR!

3. Wurlie

In the business of shortening URLs, simplicity is a real virtue. The makers of Wurlie understand this rule, and they incorporate it into their URL shortener better than the competition. Wurlie is a simple, but incredibly powerful, PHP script.

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Despite its simplicity, it offers more features than most other solutions. It is very secure, with provisions for fighting off phishing and malware attacks.

It is also built for heavy site traffic, so if your website needs a tool that can take the onslaught, go for Wurlie. Other features include its robust support for Google Ads as well as social media sharing.

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The process of installation is painless, too. There is enough documentation to guide a complete novice without much trouble.

4. Z.ips.Me

This self-hosted URL shortener script is one of the simplest to install and run on your website. It is an entirely open-source script that is continuously improved upon by a large community of users.

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Z.ips.ME greatly emphasizes privacy. It provides the feature to ensure that your links remain as private as you would want.

Other powerful features include statistics view. Z.ips.ME allows you to view and analyze your links for clicks and referrals. You also get to know which browsers they use to access your links and many more.

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Its responsive design on both mobile and tablet devices is a huge relief. This feature means you can use it without qualms on any screen size.

5. Lessn More

This URL shortening script has been around the block for quite a while now. In fact, it is a modified version of another shortening script – Lessn – but way better.

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Lessn More comes bundled with some of the best features that you’ll need for a self-hosted URL-shortening script. It also comes with an impressive simplicity that allows you to focus on what you need while ignoring everything else.

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It also incorporates smart features to ensure that your links are not getting skipped over. One of these features prevents two similarly-styled alphabets from being used side by side. Another feature screens and blocks offensive words from your shortened URL. It uses a block list that you can edit.

Its support for custom URLs lets you edit your link for your peculiar purpose. Its rich API supports give you the flexibility to leverage multiple services.

Conclusion

URL-shortening scripts have gone past being simple tools used for social media-sharing purposes. Marketers now employ them for sophisticated marketing campaigns as well as data analytics. Whatever solution you decide to adopt, ensure that it suits your purpose well.

4 Classic Websites to Scratch Your Retro Gaming Itch

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The recent spat of “classic” consoles offer nostalgic gamers an easy way to experience their favorite titles from the 8- and 16-bit eras. Unfortunately, finding one can be a bit of a pain, not to mention they can command more coin than you might be willing to part with.

Of course, one could always install RetroPie or RecallBox, but configuring them can be time-consuming. Luckily, if you’ve got a retro gaming itch you can scratch it immediately. In recent years a number of websites have popped up that are dedicated to preserving old video games. The best part is all of the games are playable directly within your browser.

1. Archive.org

The mission of Archive.org is to keep an online repository of all things for posterity. From music to magazines to movies to everything in between, Archive.org has an extensive collection of artifacts on a wide variety of subjects in its database. Gamers young and old will be happy to learn that Archive.org also maintains libraries of classic video games.

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Archive.org organizes its collection of games into two libraries called Console Living Room and Internet Arcade. Console Living Room is home to the game libraries of numerous consoles. Here you’ll find favorites like the Sega Genesis and the Atari 2600. In addition, you’ll find more obscure consoles like the Bally Astrocade. Just pick your favorite console, select a game and play it in your browser, no emulators or roms necessary.

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If you’ve got a desire to revisit the arcade, you’re in luck. Archive.org’s Internet Arcade has a huge library of coin-operated games from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The best part is, no quarters needed! Finally, if you were more of a PC gamer, you can check out Archive.org’s DOS Collection. The downside to Archive.org’s massive collection is that the emulation can be a bit hit or miss. Additionally, control documentation is noticeably absent from a lot of the games. Unfortunately, this means that you’ll be tapping keys on your keyboard until you can work out which ones work with the game you’re trying to play.

2. Classic Reload

Speaking of classic computer games, Classic Reload is home to over 5,000 DOS and Windows titles. You’ll find games from the 80s and 90s in a variety of different genres. There’s something for everyone here, from real-time strategy games like “Command and Conquer” to first-person shooters like “Duke Nukem 3D” and “Doom.” The emulation is pretty spot on, and unlike Archive.org, the controls for each game are documented, so you can jump right in without hassle.

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One of the more interesting features of Classic Reload is the ability to change sound cards, graphics cards and more when emulating a game. This is because the games on Classic Reload come from a time when games ran on different PCs with vastly different hardware specifications. This allows users to truly capture what their individual gaming experience was like from back in the day!

3. RetroGames.cc

Retrogames.cc isn’t the prettiest website out there, as it is riddled with somewhat intrusive ads. However, the site does have a fairly large collection of games. Most of the titles featured on Retrogames hail from the 8- and 16-bit era; however, you will find some newer games from consoles like the Playstation 1 and Atari Jaguar. In addition, Retrogames has an impressive library of coin-operated arcade games. They even have multiple versions of arcade games so you can see what the game was like in other regions around the world.

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An interesting feature of Retrogames is the ability to embed a game directly within your own website. It’s not a feature everyone would use, but it’s a welcome addition. Finally, it should be noted that the in-browser emulation of the more demanding consoles can be spotty. During testing we found that some of the games crashed, while others simply wouldn’t load.

4. Retro Games Online

Retro Games Online does not categorize its library of playable games as well as the other sites on this list. You can search by system, new additions, most played and top rated. Unfortunately, the titles in each category are not listed in alphabetical order, making browsing the games a bit tedious. Luckily, there is a manual search bar you can use to find specific games that you want to play.

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Like Retrogames.cc, Retro Games Online has quite a few ads peppered throughout the site. In addition, you’ll have to sit through an ad or two before you can start the emulation of your chosen game. One unique feature of Retro Games Online is that it gives users the option to emulate the games using Flash or HTML5. Most of the other sites require the use of Flash, so it’s nice to have the option.

Do you know of any other websites that allow you to play your favourite games of yesteryear directly in the browser? Let us know in the comments!

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10 Useful Tasker Profiles to Automate Your Android Device

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While Tasker for Android is powerful, it can sometimes be difficult to use. If setting up Tasker profiles has been a pain, then this is your chance to enjoy some automation on your Android device.

1. Launch Music Player When You Plug in Headphones

Your selected music player starts playing music as soon as you plug in your earphones. Be ready, as you’ll get an earful as soon as your headset makes contact with your Android phone’s 3.5mm jack.

1. Create a new Tasker profile by clicking the ‘”+”’ icon.

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2. Select “State” from the menu and then choose “Hardware.” A new set of options will pop up; select “Headset plugged.” Go back.

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3. Give this task any name you want when prompted.

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4. Now tap the “+” button. Choose Apps, then “Launch App”. Select your preferred music app. You are done!

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2. Set Phone to Mute Calls When Turned Upside-Down

When you are in a lecture or a meeting, this Tasker profile can spare you some real embarrassment. It uses your phone’s orientation feature to detect a change in the position of your phone.

1. Create a new Tasker profile, but this time choose “State,” and then select “Sensor.”

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2. Open the menu options and select “Face Down.” Go back.

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3. Name this task with your choice of wording. Click on the ‘‘+’’ button. Select “Audio,” then “Ringer Volume” in the new options. Set the volume level to zero.

That’s all!

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3. Open Some Apps in a Sequence

If you need to consume information fast, here’s your profile. It’s helpful if you love the feeling of automating your day.

1. Create a new Tasker profile and select “Application.” A list will show on the next screen. Choose the application you want to open first. Go back.

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2. Name your Tasker profile. Click again on the “+” button. Click on “Choose App” and then “Launch App.” Now select your second application. Go back. On your Tasker profiles list, long-press the second app and select the option “Move to Exit.”

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3. Name your task when prompted and click on the “+” button. Select “Display,” then “Display Timeout.” Now you can set the value as you deem fit.

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5. Send Text Message When Battery Juice Is About to Run Out

Sometimes you may be on a trip or a volunteer mission and can’t afford to plug your phone in to charge. Having a flat battery could mean that you are cut off from family and friends for a while.

You don’t want them worrying about your safety. This Tasker profile sends a text to them as soon as your phone hits a set low battery percentage.

1. Create a new profile and choose “State.”

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2. From the options, choose “Power,” and then select “Battery Level.”

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3. Set the battery level for which you want Tasker to send the text message. Go back.

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4. Name the task and click the “+” button. Select “Phone,” then choose “Compose SMS.” In this new screen, type in the details of the message and create the list of recipients.

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6. Use Tasker Profiles to Secure Your Apps

Privacy is a sensitive topic, and you need as much of it as you can get. Thankfully, the Tasker app provides the means to lock away some of your essential applications from prying eyes.

1. Create a profile and choose “Application.” From the list, select the applications that you need to secure. Go back. Choose a name for the new task and hit the “+” button. Select “Display,” then choose “Lock.”

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2. Now select the lock key for the section.

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7. Switch Mobile Data Off When Battery Is Low

This Tasker profile is a means to help you conserve battery and regulate your mobile use – especially on long trips of adventure. It enables you to shut your mobile data connection off when your battery drops below a particular value.

1. Create a profile and go to ‘”State -> Power -> Battery Level.” From the “Options,” edit the “Battery Levels” for which you want to trigger the profile.

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2. Choose a name for the new task profile and tap on the “+” button. On the next screen choose “Net,” then “Mobile Data,” and then select “Turn On.”

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8. Set Up an Alarm to Catch Privacy Invaders

Remember those apps you secured for privacy reasons? This Tasker profile helps you protect them further. It sets up an alarm that alerts you the moment someone attempts to open them.

1. Create a profile and choose “Application.” Select all the applications you want to secure. Go back. Give this task a name. Click the “+” button. Go to “Options,” select “Alert,” and then “Beep.”

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2. In the next set of options, tweak the settings such as frequency, duration, and amplitude per your liking.

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9. Switch WiFi on When You Open Google Maps

Google Maps work best when using WiFi, so it’s best that you switch to this mode while using maps. Also, WiFi helps you save on mobile data cost. These instructions show how to configure the Tasker mode to help you achieve this.

1. Create a profile and choose “Application.” From the menu, select the “Google Maps Application.” Give a name to this task and click the “+” button. Click “Net,” then WiFi.

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2. In the next screen, change the status to “On.” Now you are all set.

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10. Turn Off Auto-Rotate During Bedtime

Nothing is as annoying as having your phone flip orientation when you are using it on the bed. This Tasker profile automatically turns off the auto-rotate feature during bedtime hours.

1. Create a new profile and choose “Time.” Select your bedtime hours. Set these hours on this screen. Choose a name for this new task, and click the “+” button. Select “Display,” then “Auto-Rotate,” and then turn it off.

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Wrapping Up

Tasker is a powerful tool that can turn your Android phone into a powerful personal assistant. If you haven’t used the Tasker app before now, this is your chance. Tasker profiles should not be a pain to set up anymore.

The 10 Best Programming Games to Test and Build Your Coding Skills

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Programming is fun once you’re confident and know what you’re doing, but getting to that point can be a grueling experience.

Which is why, in between classes and lectures and tutorials, you should set aside time to play these programming games and challenges. Not only do they serve as fun breaks, but you’ll learn faster and retain more info thanks to the hands-on practice and experience.

1. Robocode

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Robocode is a complex programming game where you code robot tanks that fight against each other. Your job is to write the artificial intelligence that drives your robots to success—using real languages like Java, Scala, C#, and more. To get started, check out the Robocode Basics and Tutorials.

The Robocode installer comes with a development environment, built-in robot editor, and Java compiler. You’re actually writing real code! Despite launching back in 2000, Robocode is still regularly updated and maintained, helped along by the fact that it’s open source and extremely addictive.

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2. Codingame

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Codingame is a game-like web app where you solve puzzles and challenges by writing real code. Over 25 programming languages are supported, including Java, C#, Python, JavaScript, Lua, Go, Rust, and more. Each puzzle/challenge has a theme (e.g. program the turret to shoot down airships that come too close), which kicks up the fun factor.

3. Codecombat

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Codecombat is another web app for game-like puzzles and challenges that can only be solved by writing code. But whereas Codingame is more entertaining, Codecombat has a significant educational bent with a “Classroom Edition” that teachers can use to help their students learn how to code. As of this writing, three course paths are available: Computer Science, Web Development, and Game Development.

4. Codewars

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Codewars isn’t so much a game as it is a gamified way to practice coding and solving algorithmic challenges. You get points for completing puzzles and point values are determined by how efficient your solutions are. Codewars lets you view solutions submitted by others, which you can study and learn from. I believe it’s one of the best ways to learn a new programming language and its idioms.

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5. Codehunt

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Codehunt is a game that can be played using either Java or C#. It’s designed to teach you the fundamentals of whichever language you pick, starting with Training, moving through topics like Loops and Strings, and ending with intermediate challenges like Sorting, Cyphers, and Puzzles. What’s interesting about Codehunt is that it doesn’t tell you how to win each challenge—figuring that out is part of the fun!

6. Vim Adventures

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Vim Adventures is a fun game-like tutorial for learning how to use Vim, a highly unusual but extremely powerful text editor that many programming pros love to use. It has a huge learning curve though, which is why tutorials like this exist. So while Vim isn’t a programming language per se, mastering Vim can help you become a more efficient coder, hence why I’ve included it in this article.

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7. TIS-100

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“It’s the assembly language programming game you never asked for!” It says so right there on the tin. TIS-100 is a video game like no other, forcing you to learn and use a mock version of low-level assembly coding to solve its puzzles. This game is not a joke—it’s difficult, it’s open-ended, and it has incredible replay value as long as you don’t become so frustrated and confused that you uninstall in a fit of rage.

Download: TIS-100 ($7)

8. Shenzhen I/O

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From the same studio behind TIS-100 comes Shenzhen I/O, a puzzle game where you’re tasked with creating simplified circuits and writing simplified assembly code that runs on said circuits. Between the two games, Shenzhen I/O is easier to get into and more enjoyable yet just as satisfyingly complex.

Download: Shenzhen I/O ($15)

9. Human Resource Machine

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In Human Resource Machine, you play as an office worker who completes tasks by combining various instructions together. In a sense, this game is all about puzzle solving through visual programming, even going as far to touch on concepts like logical flow and memory management—but presented in an easy-to-digest, office-themed way. It’s a great game for exercising your programmer’s brain.

Download: Human Resource Machine ($10)

10. Screeps

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Screeps (which stands for “scripted creeps”) is an MMO strategy game where you use JavaScript to code the behaviors of in-game entities and build an empire for yourself. The base game comes with a private server where you can play on your own, plus 30 days of full access to the official server. After that, you can keep playing on the official server in a limited capacity, which can be lifted with a monthly subscription.

Download: Screeps ($15, optional subscription for $9/mo)

Other Ways to Sharpen Your Coding Skills

Looking for yet more ways to hone your programming ability? I highly recommend exercising what you know with one of these programming project ideas, and you may benefit further by listening to some of these podcasts for coders and developers.

However, if after everything you’re still struggling and can’t seem to grasp the basics of programming, you may want to step back and consider whether programming may or may not be right for you. Let us know how it goes!

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