IFTTT for iPhone allows you to setup your iPhone's Contacts app as a channel. Once set up, you can then have the app perform various functions, all of which are triggered when you add a new contact to your device. One such function is to append your new contact's information to a plain text file on Dropbox, or as another row in a Google Drive spreadsheet. Currently there's no way … Read more
On Friday Google decided it was time to give Gmail users their full-screen compose window back.
As the rollout of the "new" feature continues, you'll eventually see the icon to expand pop-up compose window. Clicking on it will reveal the full-screen compose window.
Now for the best part: you can set the full-screen window to appear by default going forward. To do just that, click on the More Options arrow in the lower-right corner of the compose window.
From here click on the "Default to full-screen" option, placing a check mark next to the listing. … Read more
Urchin Tracking Modules, or UTMs, are tracking tokens added to URLs. They are a tool used by Google Analytics to help calculate the unique number of clicks on a specific link, navigation choices on a Web site, and how much time is spent looking at it. The namesake comes from Urchin Software, a company Google acquired in 2005. Google Analytics borrows a great deal of its structure and features from Urchin 6.
To get started, you'll just need to install a copy of the respective add-on for your Web browser.
Head to the Chrome Web Store entry … Read more
Google is continuing its efforts to replace the core apps on iOS devices with the latest Chrome for iOS update.
Beyond the ability to browse Web pages in full-screen, users can now set Chrome to open Google-related links in other Google apps by default. So when you tap on an address while using Chrome, Google Maps will launch with that location plotted on the map. In the past Chrome would have directed you to the Web version of Google Maps.
To set Chrome for iOS to launch these apps … Read more
If you use Chrome on your iPhone or iPad and have stumbled across an iTunes link, then you've encountered a wall of text when you tapped on that link. Next, you likely copied the link and returned to the waiting arms of Safari to open it. Thanks to Amit Agarwal on his blog, Digital Inspiration, I now know a simple way to open iTunes links in Chrome for iOS.
When greeted with that wall of text, which is just the HTML code for the iTunes page in question, tap what Amit amusingly calls the Hamburger button that sits just … Read more
Searching through your browser history for that one article you read that one time is a painful, often fruitless exercise. With Chrome extension cottonTracks, your browser history is organized by subject, making it easier to drill down to a particular article you read in the past.
After installing, cottonTracks places a small "C" button to the right of Chrome's URL bar and immediately gets to analyzing your browsing history. You do not need to create an account or log-in, and the developers state that the extension is 100-percent private -- everything stays on your machine.
Click on … Read more
Just a couple of weeks ago, Feedly and Digg Reader weren't able to import Google Reader subscriptions manually. Digg recently added support for OPML import and now you can do the same with Feedly. If you haven't exported your Google Reader data yet, you only have until July 15 to do so. Once you've exported the data, here's how to import it to Feedly:
Step 2: Log in to your Feedly account.… Read more
People hate ads, but not as much as they hate spending money. That's why the Web and most other media are financed primarily by ads.
Along come browser extensions that block some or all ads, and Web sites lose the revenue they rely on to survive.
People like me who explain how to use ad-blocking software become pariahs in the eyes of site owners and others who make their living on the Web (including yours truly, which would appear to make me a pariah in my own eyes).
The fact is, many Web ads are a genuine nuisance. As … Read more
If This Then That (IFTTT) is a free service that helps you connect unrelated apps and services across the Web. As we've shown you in the past, you're able to get really creative with recipes.
On Thursday IFTTT released its official app, IFTTT for iPhone, for free in the App Store. Until today, the only way for users to create, edit and share recipes was by visiting IFTTT.com. With the app, users will have all of the same options and features found on the Web site, but in addition to the services integrated with the site, users … Read more
In the past the only way to post an Instagram photo on a Web page was to upload and post the photo directly. This wasn't a huge deal, so long as the photo was properly attributed. Then Instagram rolled out its video feature and there was no easy way to embed a video on a Web page.
The need to embed Instagram content was now front and center.