Having a countdown timer counting down the exact seconds until a big event can be very entertaining. Since the creation of the Internet, there have been countless services and methods of creating a countdown timer to put on display. ItsAlmo.st looks to be a quick and easy way of creating and sharing a countdown timer. … Read more
Google has been on-again, off-again with providing its Gmail users with offline access, but today it announced a new, HTML5-based solution for people who need to manage their inbox off the grid.
After months of testing, Google is rolling out offline access for Docs, Calendar, and Gmail. While Docs and Calendar aren't immediately available, Chrome users can enable Gmail offline right now. Here's how:
Head to the Chrome Web Store and install the new Offline Gmail app. Once installed, open a new tab and launch the app.
You'll be asked to allow offline mail storage. This is … Read more
Facebook is slowly rolling out its new privacy center, which offers a couple of long-awaited features (preapproved photo tags!) and reintroduces some older, lesser-known security options.
We've rounded up the most important new privacy options, including a few that Facebook had buried until now.
1. Approve tags before they're published. Facebook finally lets you approve tagged photos and posts of you before they land on your profile. How many times has a friend tagged you in an unflattering photo? It's time to end these actions.
Go to Account > Privacy Settings and select Edit settings next to &… Read more
There are zillions of ways to share photos online, but Facebook is incredibly popular. If you want to save pics for offline use or to share them using other services, it's possible to tackle them one at a time, but if you want to take an entire album at once, you need to set things up first. Here's how to get those albums:
Downland and install the PhotoLive Chrome extension. It should be available for other browsers (and other social networks, for that matter) sometime soon, but for now, it's Chrome or nothing. Navigate to a Facebook … Read more
People up and down the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Irene's arrival this weekend. When will she make landfall, and what damage might she bring to your area? Tracking a hurricane isn't an exact science, but thankfully there are a number of sites that can keep you informed.
The Queen Mother of hurricane-tracking sites is the National Hurricane Center. It serves up information straight from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including current advisories, satellite photos, and a number of maps that show projections for wind speed and storm surge.
One of the biggest complaints on Google+ is the amount of noise generated in your stream by people you don't necessarily want to hear from.
For example, when people add you to their Circles and share content with you, the notifications are overwhelming, notifying you each time someone has shared a post with you.
The annoyance is enough push you away from Google+, but now the Plus team has released a solution.
Ignoring someone on Google+ When you ignore people, their posts and anything they've shared in your "Incoming" stream will be removed. In addition, you … Read more
Google Docs makes collaboration simple, but if you are monitoring more than a couple of files (or your collaborators like to make lots of changes at random times), it can be a pain to keep track of it all. E-mail notifications are fine, but if you want to keep your inbox clean, there's a great Chrome extension that can make your life easier. Here's how to use it:Download and install WatchDoc. Click the WatchDoc icon in your extension bar and then click Login. Tell Google Docs to grant access. (You only need … Read more
Who wouldn't want to blog for a living? Low pay, even lower esteem among your publishing peers, and the scorn of anonymous readers who aren't shy about telling you and the rest of the world what an idiot you are.
Yes, blogging is a career of the future, right up there with correctional officer and bankruptcy attorney.
Cynical? Moi? Actually, I've been blogging now for almost four years and I love it. Maybe somebody not named Arianna Huffington or Perez Hilton is making beaucoup dolares from a blog, but I haven't met that person. Still, money … Read more
Another social network is here, Google+, making it even harder to keep all your profiles--Facebook, Google+, and Twitter--updated. Sometimes we get so engrossed by one (Google+), we end up neglecting another (Facebook).
To make things easier, there's a simple way to post directly from Google+ to Facebook without any extra extensions, or third-party apps.
Method: Go to Facebook.com/mobile and copy the e-mail address provided under "Upload via Email&… Read more
While Firefox might be your chosen browser for its speed, useful add-ons, and open-source culture, it's also packed with many useful built-in features.
We dug through Firefox's endless list of features to find you the best, little-known secrets you can start using right now.
1. Customize search with Smart Keywords A little-known Firefox feature lets you run searches within any given Web site from the browser's address bar. For example, to search for "TouchPad" within Amazon.com, all you'd have to do is type "amazon touchpad" in the Firefox bar.
To create … Read more