One Cool Internet Or Computer Trick By Users

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1. A shortcut to any website.

Whatever you type into the URL bar can be surrounded by www. & .com by pressing control + enter.

2. An easy way to browse photos on a subreddit hands-free.

When viewing picture based subreddits, add a “p” into the url like so: redditp.com/r/subreddit to get a picture slideshow of the posts on that subreddit. This is particularly useful when you want to browse a picture based subreddit ahemhands-free.

3. A shortcut to downloading music.

Type -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “weezer” into a google search bar.

And for other searches, replace “weezer” with whatever you’re looking for. It finds music downloads on public ftp and http sites.

4. How to do a reverse image search.

Hold S and right click an image to do reverse image search in Chrome.

5. How to skip the boring intros of most Youtube videos.

The Wadsworth constant, which was proposed by /u/wadsworth, states that the first 30% of any YouTube instructional video is skippable. YouTube added it as a feature. Tutorial video? Add ?wadsworth=1 to the end of the URL and skip the awkward introduction by the host about their hobbies, genetic history, what they had for breakfast, and the explanation you could have gathered from the video’s title.

6. How to restore a closed browser.

ctrl + shift + T

Opens up the last tab you closed.

7. How to make your cursor move by words.

Most of the good ones are gone, but, holding control makes your cursor move by full words, instead of by characters.

So CTRL + backspace will delete the entire previous word. CTRL + arrow keys will jump to the start of the previous word.

8. A shortcut to highlighting a URL.

CTRL + L highlights the url/address bar in Chrome.

9. How to access private Youtube videos and subscription-only sites.

If a YouTube video is marked as private I’m pretty sure you can gain access simply by deleting the “watch?” In the URL.

I didn’t include this before because I never personally tried it, but I’ve heard that if you remove the “?” In a New York Times online URL you can avoid having to buy a subscription or whatever they want you to pay for.

10. The new “cntrl+Alt+delete.”

Don’t hit control+alt+delete, hit control+shift+escape to go directly to the task manager.

11. How to stop a distracting GIF.

One weird trick is pressing ESC to halt animated GIFs that are distracting. Animators hate me.

12. How to switch between open windows.

So many don’t know about alt-tab, which lets you switch between open applications quickly. It changed my life.

13. A shortcut to reenabling browser right-click.

Putting the following into a favorite/shortcut on the toolbar re-enables browser right click. Good for sites that disable it to stop you stealing pictures, or if their own right click context menu is buggy.

javascript:void(document.oncontextmenu=null)

14. How to open up an incognito window (and what it’s good for).

I’m positive everyone knows this, but ctrl + shift + n opens up an incognito mode tab on chrome. You can browse freely being sure that nothing of what you do is saved in browsing or downloads history. No cookies either.

15. A simple way to clear your cache.

CTRL + SHIFT + R = Clear cache and then refresh page.

16. How to access a blocked subreddit.

If certain subreddits are blocked at your school or work you can type the subreddit name with a + at the end of it.

ex. /r/AskReddit+

17. Apparently, plug-ins are what’s up.

Plug-ins make your internet experience 100x better:

  • YouTube Center: allows you to customize YouTube to your liking, auto HD, remove annotations, and other annoying things that normal people have to adjust every time they watch a video.
  • Imagus: allows you to view images by just hovering over the link. Works great for reddit.
  • AdBlock: Everyone should know about this already. Blocks ads. Allows you to whitelist sites that have tasteful, non-intrusive ads (like reddit).

18. An alternative way to pause a Youtube video.

Tired of hitting spacebar to pause a YouTube video and having it scroll down a page instead? Hit “k” instead.

19. How to access paywall sites.

For websites like washingtonpost.com that allow you a certain number of free stories per month before you hit a paywall, just delete the cookies from the site and it will reset your count. Alternatively, you can browse it in incognito mode (yes it’s useful for more than porn).

20. A fast and easy way to track your UPS package.

If you Google a UPS tracking number, it will link you right to the tracking page for your package.

21. How to excise words from a Google search.

When searching things in Google, you can type a minus sign and then the word you don’t want (-stuff) to remove that word from the search.

22. How to make Google do a barrel roll.

Googling “do a barrel roll” results in a barrel roll on Google.

23. How to access video websites that are restricted in your country.

Youtube video or website not available in your country? Try https://hola.org/ lets you proxy from a different country really easily.

24. A hidden game in Google images.

A lot of people probably already know this, but…
Go to Google. Type in Atari Breakout. Go to Images.

Enjoy.

25. How to make Google look off-balance.

Try searching “tilt” in the address bar in chrome…

Google engineers must have fun. :)

26. A website that usually has discounts on everything.

Always check retailmenot.com for coupons before buying anything online.

News to Share: Google Launches Person-Finding Tools Following the Nepal Earthquake

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The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday left more than 1,000 people dead and more still missing. Google’s Crisis Response division announced it’s using the company’s person-finding tool, which connects emergency responders with friends and loved ones of missing persons, to aid in the aftermath of the disaster. It’s currently tracking about 1,400 people in the country and counting. Visitors can type the name of whom they’re looking for into a search box, or text “search [name]” to +91-9773300000 in India or +1-650-800-3978 in the United States.

Google Person Finder gathers information from responders and individuals, who can upload information for a missing person or someone who has been found, helping people locate each other. The search giant has deployed the tool before in times of disaster.

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Facebook is also offering a person-finding tool, but in reverse: If you are in the affected area, you can mark.

Here’s how you can tell your friends you’re safe via Facebook

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Screenshot of the Facebook Home page of a user in the affected area.

Facebook’s recently launched feature now enables you to inform your loved ones of your ‘safety status’ in the Nepal Earthquake.

‘Safety Check’, a feature launched by Facebook in October 2014, tracks people in the affected areas by looking at your profile info and updates, and the city where you are using the internet. If you’re in the affected areas, it’ll ask you to update your safety status.

It then generates a News Feed in your name to inform your Facebook friends whether you’re safe or in need of help.

Apart from the auto tracking Facebook’s Safety Check also allows you to manually update your location if you’re in the affected areas.

The idea of this tool emerged after social media played a crucial role in keeping people connected during the devastating 2011 Japan Tsunami.

Safety Check is available globally on Android, iOS, and desktops so log on to your closest platform and let your friends know you’re safe!

With Safety Check you can check upon your friends and also mark the ones you’re sure about as safe.

Happy Earth Day: Free apps for greener living

In honor of Earth Day we have put together a list of free apps designed to help you live a more earth-friendly lifestyle. The recommendations include:

PaperKarma – This free app is designed to help you cut your paper waste. Tired of getting unwanted paper junk mail? Just snap a photo of the unwanted mail, and PaperKarma will figure out what it is and how to stop it. Using a large database of company information, the app uses the photo to submit a request on your behalf to stop the mail.000102 EARTH

iRecycle – With this free app, you can find local, convenient recycling opportunities when you’re on-the-go or at home. iRecycle provides access to more than 1.5 million ways to recycle over 350 materials. Using your current location, ZIP code, address or city, the app provides you access to details about collection points, such as website address, phone number, directions, hours of operation and materials collected.

Seafood Watch – This free app provides recommendations to help you choose ocean-friendly seafood at your favorite restaurants and stores. With the app, you learn more about the seafood you eat and can locate and share businesses that serve sustainable seafood.

JouleBug – This fun and educational app is an easy way to make your everyday habits more sustainable at home, work or play. The apps shows you how you can use resources without using them up. A free app, JouleBug organizes sustainability tips into Pins that you can earn in the app by doing simple actions in real life that help the planet. You learn more about each tip with easy-to-understand Impact Stats, Bonuses, How-To Videos, and Helpful Links.

GoodGuide – The GoodGuide app reveals whether products are safe, healthy, green and socially responsible while you shop. The free app’s barcode scanning feature lets you quickly access GoodGuide’s science-based health, environment and social ratings for more than 170,000 products.

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‘It’s Our Turn To Lead': Events To Engage Your Team On Earth Day

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With the greater part of the billions of object in our world and a ton of time spent looking, regardless we haven’t discovered another very like her.

Tomorrow is Earth Day. From reusing and recycling to reconsidering and reconnecting, people will be assembling in a wide range of awesome green approaches to praise our Mother Earth this week. The festivities in her respect will proceed with well into the weekend, so in case you’re requiring thoughts, we’ve got a developing rundown of Earth Week Events to inspire you.

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The greatest challenge of mankind is upon us. For Mother Earth’s birthday this year, let’s engage our company leaders, colleagues, friends and family in meeting that challenge with everything we’ve got.

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InstaPlace – Travel

A location based Photo App to let everyone know exactly where and when you were in that photo. Location overlay will give you a chance to share with friends what you’re seeing in real time! Beautifully crafted custom skins will give your photos CLEANER, more ELEGANT look.

Granny vs Zombies HDGames

The Zombies are in town, and its up to you to send them back to where they came from! You start playing as a lovable granny, but don’t be fooled by appearances! This granny is really kick-ass! Collect different weapons, items, cash, and blast your way through the hordes of Zombies to clean-up the town. Granny vs Zombies HD is a fast paced action shooter for the iPad.

Tracing Paper – Productivity

Tracing Paper is a simple yet elegant universal application for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch that helps you practice and improve your drawing and sketching skills by giving you a blank translucent canvas with a clean and simple grid on which you can trace anything you wish as often as you like. I believe it will be great for anyone who enjoys drawing or for kids that just want to play around!

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iPhone case got a new look from Moscase

The average phone case is basically a piece of plastic that protects your device when you drop it. But what if you could add modular features to your iPhone like a heart rate monitor, a grappling hook, or a backup battery? Now you can.

Moscase comes to use from Hungary and is being crowdfunded to the tune of $150,000. The case protects your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and has a removable back. You can quickly snap out the back and replace it with one of the optional tools, turning your case into a breathalyzer, a speaker, or even an e-ink screen for reading.

The device comes in two parts. The bumper without a backplate can sense your pulse, temperature, and body impedance AKA how fat you are. It costs $129 and comes with a “passive” backplate. A model with one “active” backplate costs $219. I think the e-ink solution is the coolest, allowing you to read on the back of your phone, saving your battery for more important work.

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Obviously all this is pretty pricey but it’s a cool way to add lots of sensors to your iPhone for not much money. I met one of the founders in Budapest and he told me that they found traction at home but not abroad and, when they ship in June, you’ll have plenty of time to play with your new case before Apple releases the iPhone 7 with USB-C and a huge rear camera.

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India wants a neutral Web, and Facebook’s Internet.org can’t be a part of it

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It’s been a little over two weeks since a major public debate on the issue of net neutrality kicked off in India, and things have been hotting up ever since.

We reported that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently released a paper outlining the framework for over-the-top services (OTTS) like search engines, video platforms and social networks, and invited citizens to voice their opinions on the licensing of internet services in the country.Since then, savvy Indian Web users have been hard at work getting the word out. One Change.org petition has received nearly 240,000 signatures.Meanwhile, SaveTheInternet.in helps users send a lengthy plea in support of net neutrality to the TRAI with a couple of clicks.

Local comedy act All India Bakchod also launched a video that features the team’s well-known stand-up comedians explaining the issue and urging viewers to write to the TRAI by April 24.

To date, the regulator has received over 600,000 emails from netizens voicing support for net neutrality. Unfortunately, SaveTheInternet India’s investigation has shown that the TRAI’s paper includes misleading edits of quotes from The Economist’s articles on net neutrality, which are biased towards telecom operators and internet service providers (ISPs). So it’s not clear if the organization can be completely trusted to accurately represent people’s sentiments in its report.

Ultimately though, it’s not the TRAI that will pass legislation or make amendments. That’s down to the Department of Telecommunications, which is part of the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology.

The regulator can only make recommendations to the DoT, which can apply or ignore them as it sees fit.

The ministry has set up a committee [PDF] to consider net neutrality. It will publish a report in the second week of May.

Once it has made a decision, the DoT can make changes either by amending the license agreements [PDF] it makes with mobile and broadband providers, or by issuing a notification to them under the IT Act (2000).

The department could also consider amending the IT Act itself to add stronger net neutrality provisions. However, that would need to go through parliament and would take significantly longer.

Zero-rating services

Over the past few days, the debate has focused on mobile operator Airtel’s upcoming Zero services, which lets companies pay to offer their internet services to users at no charge — including those who don’t even have a data plan.

This is what’s called a zero-rating service. While it does bring the benefit of free internet access, it violates net neutrality principles, as the bouquet of sites and apps available are controlled by providers.

For the ISPs themselves, there’s plenty of money to be made. Content providers and online services will have to bear the cost of data usage by consumers, and ISPs can dictate how much those audiences are worth.

This makes it hard for companies with limited budgets to compete with established players. It also limits users’ choice of sources of information and services.

Major online retailer Flipkart was said to be in talks with Airtel to sign up for Zero and allow mobile users to shop online through the company’s app without incurring data charges.

Twitter and Facebook users began to attack the e-commerce giant for disregarding net neutrality, and even posted 1-star ratings and negative reviews to its Android app on Google Play.

The company then announced that it is no longer considering signing up to Airtel Zero.

Similarly, Cleartrip, a travel ticket platform that lets users book seats on flights, buses and trains, has opted out of Facebook’s Internet.org program. The company was joined in its decision by others on the platform like NDTV, Times Group and Newshunt.

Cleartrip clarified its stance in a statement:

“The recent debate around #NetNeutrality gave us pause to rethink our approach to Internet.org and the idea of large corporations getting involved with picking and choosing who gets access to what and how fast. What started off with providing a simple search service has us now concerned with influencing customer decision-making by forcing options on them, something that is against our core DNA.So while our original intent was noble, it is impossible to pretend there is no conflict of interest (both real and perceived) in our decision to be a participant in Internet.org.”

Even Facebook acknowledges that Internet.org is in its own interests. On a recent earnings call, Facebook’s finance chief Dave Wehner said, “I do think that over the long term, that focusing on helping connect everyone will be a good business opportunity for us.”

Wehner explained that if Facebook becomes one of the top services in these countries, “then over time we will be compensated for some of the value that we’ve provided.”

Leo Mirani of Quartz makes a great case against zero-rating, as it allows services to dominate Web experiences for users. He takes the example of Facebook:

“If the majority of the world’s online population spends time on Facebook, then policymakers, businesses, startups, developers, nonprofits, publishers, and anyone else interested in communicating with them will also, if they are to be effective, go to Facebook.That means they, too, must then play by the rules of one company. And that has implications for us all.”

However, Mark Zuckerberg believes otherwise and still stands behind Internet.org. In an article in today’s Hindustan Times, the Facebook CEO said:

“Arguments about net neutrality shouldn’t be used to prevent the most disadvantaged people in society from gaining access or to deprive people of opportunity.Eliminating programmes that bring more people online won’t increase social inclusion or close the digital divide. It will only deprive all of us of the ideas and contributions of the two thirds of the world who are not connected.”

My take on zero-rating is that it may indeed offer short-term benefits, but in the long run, could end up empowering telecom operators to control what we see online and how we use the internet.

If the idea is to bring free Web access to those who can’t afford it right now, there are other ways to go about it — such as offering limited data for free, or subsidising internet access — without creating a walled garden of services and content.

Privacy

In order for internet providers to ‘manage’ bandwidth and internet speed for various kinds of traffic, such as VoIP calls and streaming video, they will have to monitor your browsing activity… closely.

ISPs can use what is called Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to look at what sort of content you’re accessing online. The Centre for Internet & Society, a non-profit organization in India, queried two state-run ISPs about whether they used DPI; both BSNL and MTNL said they don’t deploy DPI on their networks.

It’s harder to coax such information out of private ISPs, but there’s reason to believe that some of them do. For example, Airtel mentioned its plans to charge mobile users different rates for VoIP services than their standard data plans last year — the only way they could implement such an initiative is if they actively kept tabs on your Web traffic.

It’s one thing for ISPs to monitor types of bandwidth for the purpose of creating different speed lanes, but such programs could easily lead to increased collection of data on users’ browsing habits. That data could then be sold to third parties or even stolen by hackers.

Is there hope for net neutrality in India?

It’s hard to say, because there are so many moving parts in the country’s massive and convoluted machinery. As mentioned above, both the DoT and TRAI are looking into the matter and will publish reports soon. However, the DoT is not legally required to take the regulator’s recommendations on board.

If it opts to amend license agreements or issue notifications — both of which are executive actions that don’t require new legislation — the government agency could settle the matter in less than a couple of months, based on its handling of previous cases.

But there is always the threat that the country’s rampant corruption could rear its ugly head, steering decisions in favor of organizations with deep pockets.

It’s heartening though that Indian Web users are coming together in greater numbers than ever before to fight for a neutral and open internet. The energy on social networks and blogs around the country is palpable. The net neutrality campaign in India won’t go down without a fight.

Thanks to Amlan Mohanty, a Bangalore, India-based IP lawyer.

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