Unless you’re a really die-hard fan of XP and Vista and have no plans of upgrading, it’s assumed you’re using the latest Windows 7.

Many professionals and novices alike are finding Windows 7 a real crowd pleaser because of its user-friendly abilities and features. Speaking of features, many people including some IT pros aren’t familiar with Window 7’s hidden secrets that are pure work productivity boosters, and fun, too. We’re not just talking about your usual keyboard shortcuts, but real features such as:

Hidden "Send to" Icons

Hidden Send to Icons Windows 7 When you right-click on an icon, the options in “Send to” are actually quite limited. For a full list, just press Shift key before right-clicking. This will save you time rather than doing copy/cut-paste.

Recover Closed Browser Tab

We often close a browser tab accidentally. You can search for it without using the history. For Google Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer, press Ctrl + Shift + T.

Additional Clock and Time Settings

Default Additional Clock in Windows 7 Need to call Uncle Marvin? What time is it in Alaska? Is mom still awake in Brisbane? No one can memorize so many time zones (even Americans still get hung up with their 5 time zones). You can add more clocks when you click on the date and time icon. Click the time and date at the right side of the taskbar and then click Change Date and Time Settings. Look for the Additional Clocks tab and you can add one or two extra clocks with custom time zones and labeling of your choosing. After you click Apply and OK, click the time and date again. The local time should be the big clock, and the ones next to it the custom additions.

Updating the BIOS Revision

When tuning up a slow or troublesome PC, one of the first things to check is whether they have the latest BIOS revision. Most people never update their BIOS, and in the case of hardware or OS upgrades it can often be the key to solving mysterious crashes.

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You can use a search engine to find the latest BIOS release for a particular PC model. To find out what's in the PC you're working with, use the System Information utility. Just click Start and begin typing System Information in the search box. The shortcut should pop to the top of the list within four or five characters. The System Summary page includes a wealth of information, including the manufacturer and model for major-brand PCs, the exact processor, and the BIOS version and date.

Using the Windows Registry Editor

There are a thousand tweaks that you can do only by editing an obscure value in the registry. So you make one of those changes, and then a few weeks or months later you need to do it again. It's easy to find your way back if you leave behind a trail. You can simply save the key in question to Window’s Registry Editor, or the Regedit built-in Favorites menu. At the top of the editing window, click Add to Favorites and the current location is saved, using a name of your choosing. If you need to remove entries from the list, just click Remove Favorites.

Power Settings to Save on Electricity

Part of boosting work productivity is to save on your electric bills and lessen overhead expenses. You can do this by simply making your PC more energy-aware. The biggest change of all is to let your PC go to sleep when they're not being used. That cuts the amount of power they consume by 97%, and they wake up quickly when they're needed again. Just go to Control Panel > System and Security or Hardware and Sound. Click on Power Options and make the necessary power saving settings.

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Window switching with Alt+Tab

Window switching with Alt+Tab Another useful tool in Windows 7 is Alt + Tab. In the window you can click on any icon including the desktop to open it. Alternatively on pressing tab, it moves to the subsequent icon and after you leave alt, the highlighted window opens. If you want to move the highlighter the other way, press shift while hitting tab.

Some of the Best Tricks and Tweaks in Windows 7 You Might Not Know Yet

Why download those files you found on the web when you can just save them straight to the cloud?

When we found something useful on the internet (e.g. photos, videos, MP3s, PDFs, docs, etc.), we normally take the time to download them, save them to our hard drive, and upload them to our online drive. That’s how typical users perform backup whenever they found something great on the internet. But, do you know that you can skip through this process by simply sending those files you found on the web straight to DropBox, Facebook and other similar sites?

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Back to my previous post, I have described how easy it is to backup, share and sync your files across multiple computers with DropBox. At no cost, you can safely and seamlessly put your files on the cloud, access them anywhere, and recover them in the event that you’ve accidentally deleted them.

This post seeks to complement that innovative technology of DropBox and its rival SugarSync. If you want to save yourself from unnecessary clicks when trying to save, backup file you found on the web, this post is for you.

Save Files Directly To The Cloud With Cloud Save

Cloud Save is a Google Chrome extension that lets you to automatically save files to web services such as DropBox, Google Docs, Box.net, SugarSync, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Twitpic and more. So when you stumble upon a website and wish to grab any of the file as backup, you can just right-click the link, then decide where you’d like to send the file. Cloud Save will then automatically save the file to the chosen web service.

Scan File URL Before Download -- Check Download Link If Safe

Cloud Save truly saves your time as you don’t need to download file you found on the internet as backup. With Cloud Save, you can just right-click the file/link and allow Cloud Save to connect through these web services to initiate transfer/backup process. Download Cloud Save for Chrome here.

Cloud Save: The Quickest Way To Download, Backup Files Straight To The Cloud

There may come a time when you need to extract all images inside a .DOC Word document and save them as separate PNG or JPEG files. This can be strange but there are insanely weird scenarios when a friend or a working colleague of yours will forward you a copy of images embedded in a Word file.

Exporting and saving all embedded images in a Word document can surely be a pain especially if you’re dealing with large files. Microsoft Word doesn’t have a quick option to extract and save all embedded images/pictures as separate JPEG files at the same time. While you can always save pictures from a Word file by simple right-clicking the image and choosing “Save Picture” option if any, that process is just a whole waste of time. On top of that, you’ll get prompted to save the file in the form of multiple “Save As” boxes which can be very annoying sometimes!

So, how do you batch extract and save all images/pictures embedded in a .DOC file all at once?

The solution is simple: just save the .DOC file as HTM or HTML. By the time you save any .DOC file containing images, MicroSoft Word automatically extract those images and save them in a folder named as that of your .DOC or HTML file. Take a look at these screenies (click to enlarge):
There’s not any or anything that can extract all images inside a word file more quickly other than Microsoft Word itself. Microsoft Word comes with many great functions that you can even use it to create a simple webpage or have it as your datasource. For more tips of this type, click related entries below.

How To: Extract All Images Embedded In .DOC Word Documents All At Once

5 Handy Google Sheet Tricks To Help You Work Fast & Save Time

Just like Microsoft's Excel, Google Sheet has equally powerful functions hidden up its sleeve. It can help you do routinary, mundane tasks fast and perform time-saving complex operations.

With Google Sheet, being an open-source software and with its collaboration support, it's likely that you'll end up using the app more often than not. It's one indispensable tool every web master and virtual assistant can't live without.

While you may not use below's list of useful Google Sheet functions everyday, it pays to be familiar and well-verse with these shortcuts. We hand-picked this shortlist of five essential Google Sheets hacks to help you save time in dealing with spreadsheets.

1. Use SPLIT function and obtain the first word from a phrase

google sheet split function

Suppose you want to extract the first word from a string in a Google Sheet column. You can use SPLIT() function to split a string and obtain first word , as follows:

=index(SPLIT(A2, " "), 0, 1)

With the above function, a string “10042 Ferrara” yields “10042”.

To obtain the n word, just replace 1 with n accordingly.

2. Use REGEXEXTRACT to retrieve number from a string

google sheet regexextract

Suppose you have this data in a column and you wish to obtain the price

<p>Lined Linen Tunic with Silk Hem</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>RRP    $99.95</strong></p>

You can do so with REGEXEXTRACT function to extract the price, as follows:

=REGEXEXTRACT(C2, "[0-9]*\.[0-9]+[0-9]+")

3. Using CONTACT to combine multiple values

google sheet concat combine values

Suppose in Column A you want to get the first word and combine it with the value in Column J, you can achieve it using CONCAT function.

=concat( index(SPLIT(A2, " "), 0, 1), concat("-", J2) )

Or use ampersand to combine multiple values:

="RRP "&value(REGEXEXTRACT(E12, "[0-9]*\.[0-9]+[0-9]+"))

4. Use SUBSTITUTE() & RegexReplace() to search and replace

google sheet substitude regexreplace

Say you have a column of data that contains HTML ASCII codes and you want to get rid of them. Here's how you do it:

=SUBSTITUTE(B2,"&nbsp;", "")

Or you can go creative, do a nested SUBSTITUTE

=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(B2, "</p>", ""),"<p>", "")

Or you can go use RegExReplace to get rid all HTML tags

=RegexReplace( B2, "<\/\w+>|<\w+.*?>", "" )

Or a combination of Substitute and RegexReplace

=SUBSTITUTE(RegexReplace( B3, "<\/\w+>|<\w+.*?>", "" ),"&nbsp;", " " )

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5. Use VLOOKUP to search by keyword and return a specified cell from another sheet

Google Sheet's vertical lookup is a powerful function you need to master. It lets you search down the first column of a range for a key and returns the value of a specified cell in the row found.

If that doesn't make sense, imagine you have Sheet14 containing sku and color columns

Sheet14

And wanted to append the color initial found inside a separate table from Sheet15

Sheet15

You can do a quick search using VLOOKUP and return the color initial (from Sheet15) by providing color from Sheet14.

The full formula:

=VLOOKUP(I2, Sheet15!A1:B7,2, false)

Where I2 is the keyword, Sheet15!A1:B7 is the range, and 2 is column position from Sheet15 we want to retrieve.

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So next time you are asked to update a Google Sheet and do dead boring, repetitive tasks, try to look around inside Google Sheet list of functions and see if you can automate stuff and save huge amount of time in the process.

5 Handy Google Sheet Tricks To Help You Work Fast & Save Time

In my previous post, I demonstrated how to skip long introduction part of any given video on YouTube. By specifying start time parameter, I demonstrated how to quickly jump to specific time, seconds or minutes while streaming your favourite YouTube video.

In this post, I'm going to show you another tip on how to grab, rip and download specific parts of YouTube video. Here you can save time and download only those specific portions you need by specifying start time and end time of any given video on YouTube and even other media sources such as Google Video, Sevenload, MySpace, Dailymotion (HQ), Vimeo (HQ), Metacafe, MyVideo, Veoh, many others.

Download Specific Parts, Portions of YouTube Video

I introduce you Clip Converter, a free and easy to use online media conversion service that allows you to convert and download nearly any audio or video URL to common audio & video formats. Clip Converter is an online video and audio converter but with a twist: it offers a lot of options before you start the conversion and download. The exciting feature about it is that you can freely specify what part of the video you want to rip, convert and download.

Here's how to convert and download specific parts of YouTube video with Clip Converter:

  1. Visit Clip Converter official website.
  2. Paste your YouTube URL at 'Media URL' and press Continue.
  3. Select the format and the options for the conversion. Here you can specify video resolutions, audio & video bitrates, video start time and end time.

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  4. Press the 'Start' button at the bottom to start the conversion.
  5. This may take several minutes. After the conversion is finished you can download the converted file.

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You don't need to download entire full length video on YouTube and edit it using video-editing software out there when you just want specific parts of the video. Clip Converter comes with revolutionary functionality that are missing on most online video converters/downloaders out there.

Alternative to ClipConverter

If for some reason ClipConverter refuses you to download a YouTube video containing music, youtubetomp3.com here's a decent alternative to ClipConverter you can use.

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LINK: Clip Converter

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We all have our own methods of extending our phone's battery life. Things like dimming the backlight, closing unused applications, switching off bluetooth and wi-fi services when not in used, and auto-locking our phone are just some things we do to add few more minutes to our phone device.

Here we're going to explore another way to prolong the battery life of your device (e.g. iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Symbian phone). But at this time, we'll instruct our mobile phone to automatically shutdown at specific preset time. Let's start with Blackberry:

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Auto Switch Off Your Blackberry


One of the least explored features of Blackberry is the Auto On/Off function, a unique builtin function that lets you
automatically turn off your Blackberry device. Here's how to auto switch off (and on) your blackberry device:
  1. Go to the Home Screen on your
    Device.
  2. Press the menu key to show all your applications.
  3. Select Options.
  4. Select Auto On/Off
  5. Enable the Weekday and Weekend options and select the times that you want your device to turn off and turn on.

Switch Off - An Auto Shutdown App for Nokia Symbian




If you're looking for ways on how to auto turn off your Nokia Symbian s60 phone, then, this app is for you. Switch Off is a free utility app that lets you automatically switch off your phone at preset time or after an inactivity period. This auto power off app is compatible to all Symbian S60 3rd Edition FP1 phone devices.

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I personally tried Switch Off on my device and it worked like a charm. SwitchOff.sis (unsigned) FREE download here [40Kb].

If you're looking for similar auto switch off app for Android, you may want to check out the latest version of Power Off. It's a tiny Android application that can help you to automatically turn off your rooted Android device.

For iPhone, iPads, check out this tutorial How to Auto Turn Off iPhone at a Specific Time. It explains how to use your iPhone's clock function to put the phone in sleep mode at a set time in the future.

Auto send SMS text messages at later time

Being able to automatically shutdown your mobile phone at later time can be useful in many ways. Not only can you use it to impress your peers but sure you can save power and extend your phone's battery life. Auto switching off your phone can also be useful when you want to auto switch off your music player while listening your favorite tracks especially during bedtime.

How To: Automatically Switch Off Your Phone At Later Time

So you copied something, a photo or a tiny line of codes perhaps, and out of carelessness and itchy happy fingers, you accidentally copied another. And then you realized you need to re-access those previously copied items. And so you begin to wonder: is there a clipboard history, or a temporary folder where all your copied items are saved?

If you’re on Windows and you don’t have any clipboard manager installed, there is not such a way to recover those previous clippings. The notorious Windows’ clipboard only holds one item at a time. New items will permanently delete the previous one.

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Not Until the arrival of clipboard managers -- an extremely useful group of applications that can save you from any computer disaster like sudden shutoff, system crashes, etc. And here, I’m going to share you one of my favorite: Ditto.

Recover/Restore Previously Copied (and Cut Items) Back To Your Clipboard With Ditto (link)


Ditto is an open source (and therefore, FREE) extension for a standard Windows clipboard. This cool utility app extension allows you to save each item previously placed in a clipboard, thus, allowing you to access these items later on. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be placed in a clipboard, whether it is text, images, HTML, and even custom formats.

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Simply put, Ditto allows you to save, manage, and retrieve the countless clipboard grabs you make each day. It’s like recording all your cut and paste – copy and paste activities on a separate clipboard.

Some of the good features of Ditto and its Quick Paste Tools:
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Searching previously copied files.
  • Saving any type of information that can be placed on a clipboard.
  • Keeping multiple computer clipboards synchronized.
  • Data is encrypted when sent over a network.
  • Sending individual clips to other computers.
  • Able to access tray icons or global hot keys.
  • Can assign hot keys to specific copy entries.
  • Automatically checks for updates.
  • Can select any entry by double clicking.
  • Can use drag drop or enter key.
  • Can paste into any window that accepts standard copy or paste entries.
  • Displays thumbnail of copied images on a list.
Download: Ditto Clipboard Manager (FREE)

Must-Have: Recover All Items Stored On Your Clipboard with Ditto (Windows)

As someone on Quora once said, “Quora is a giant campfire where random people come along, sit down, and tell their stories”.

Quora, without a doubt, is one great platform where Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, James Wales of Wikipedia and countless others including world-renowned NASA scientists, astronauts and engineers converge and embark into a stimulating and immersive discussion of just about anything.

So it's normally safe to assume that Quora hosts a plethora of smart & insightful discussions, answers and thoughts from qualified & experienced people with different professional background which are sure a delight to read.

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And if you're like me who doesn't have the luxury of time to immerse and browse through Quora during the day, you probably have wished to just feed those interesting reads to your favourite news reader app like Pocket so you can read them later offline.

The thing is: Quora hasn't have this feature yet nor Pocket has integration support for our beloved Quora.

But fret not, there is a way out..

Add “Save To Pocket” Button In Quora for Offline Reading

Meet Quora Save To Pocket, a Google Chrome extension that allows you to push contents from Quora to Pocket. With this extension, you can save any answer, question or blog post to your Pocket account straight from your Quora feed. Sweet...

How it works

The add-on works this simply:

You install the Chrome extension. Once added, you connect the app to Pocket via the standard OAUTH authentication protocol, and you're done. Save to Pocket link should now automatically appear on every thread and answer on Quora, as seen below:


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Pocket actually has its own vendor-specific browser extension that makes it easier to add links to your Pocket account. The problem with their official browser extensions, when used in Quora pages, is you can't selectively add those specific answers you find interesting. And considering how Quora renders its pages, Pocket's official add-ons meet an incompatibility with Quora as yet.



LINK: Quora Save To Pocket (Chrome)

How To: Send, Save Quora Answers In Pocket and Read Offline

No matter how advance Project Management and CRM tools can get, no one can ever ditch Google Sheet.

Google Sheet is still one powerful tool that if you know how to exploit the service to your advantage, you know that it's more than just a spreadsheet-editing software.

And if you're using Google Sheet as an additional tool aside from your usual project management service, here's a nifty tip on how to enable email notification so you'll be notified in real-time whenever a collaborator is making some updates on a shared spreadsheet; no need for you to waste time waiting for hours for other collaborators to update the sheet.

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Enable Email Notification On A Shared Google Spreadsheet




Email notification for Google Sheet is actually a built-in feature, but not activated by default. You have to manually enable it to start receiving email notifications. Here's how:
  • Open the spreadsheet where you want to get notified for any changes.
  • Go to the Tools > Notification rules.
  • In the window that popups, select when and how often you want to receive email notifications.
    • When:
      • “Any changes are made”
      • “A user submits a form”
    • How often:
      • “Email - daily digest”
      • “Email - right away”
  • Hit Save.

You're done. Whenever someone made some changes on a shared spreadsheet, you'll be automatically alerted via email, like this:



You may also need to setup email push notification on your smartphone so that no emails will be missed.

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Google Sheet is still my go-to place when it comes to working and collaborating with clients for a specific project. During a website pre-deployment, after the QA, we have a client review phase where a client is expected to inspect and jot down all design & functionality hiccups of a website. While BaseCamp, Asana or Teamwork may be used to collect the findings, I find it a lot time-saver and efficient if I can get a consolidated view of all findings inside a single Google sheet. And now that I can setup email notification, both the client and I can save time.



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  • Love is like a programming. It could have plenty of languages, yet all machines of varied platforms can communicate and understand...
  • Love is like a programming. You'll surely lost in the middle if you've got no good start in your codes...
  • Love is like a programming. We could have plenty of algorithms, small or big, just to implement one self to another...
  • Love is like a programming. You've to employ looping or repetitive way of winning one's heart...
  • Love is like programming. You've to undergo breaks and continue the execution of your feelings at the right time...
  • Love is like programming. You can do it in any language as you like as long as it can be best interpreted at the other end...
  • Love is like a programming. Everything has to be planned first before you code it out...
  • Love is like a programming. Not all are made to serve the purpose of comforting one's need, sometimes just to make fun..
  • Love is like a programming. You'll really have a rewarding end especially if you know what you're doing...
  • Love is like a programming. There're plenty of ifs that has to realize to help you sort out what's best for you and your loved one...
  • Love is like programming. If these and that won't work, there are always available else-ifs...but if these all don't work, there's always executable option called else...
  • Love is like programming. If the process takes so long to win her, then its time for you to end and kill the process.
  • Love is like programming. There are always available optimum solutions to every glitches or buggy relations...
  • Love is like programming. It is healthy to honor some comments as these serve as a guide along the way...
  • Love is like programming. Sometimes we do extra effort while the other end acknowledges it not...
  • Love is like programming. You've got to be patient in debugging erroneous relationships...
  • Love is like programming. You've got to save what you've just started...
  • Love is like programming. You've got to expect errors upon compiling what you feel...
  • Love is like programming. it takes many sleepless nights just to make it perfect...
  • Love is like programming. It's kinda boring sometimes..
  • Love is like programming. You've to handle probable errors properly and employ some exceptions..
  • Love is like programming. You don't have to be in haste to complete everything...
  • Love is like programming. You've to clear all unnecessary codes for your relationship to run efficiently...
  • Love is like programming. There are times you've to declare everything in public or it's safe to stay private...
  • Love is like programming. There's a need to increment one's feeling to work it out...or decrement if necessary.
  • Love is like programming. Sometimes there's a need to color the interface of one's feeling.
  • Love is like programming. There're a lot of things you shouln't say coz they're reserved for someone else.
  • Love is like programming. It takes a lot of analysis to come up with a better relationship...
  • Love is like programming. Sometimes it takes much of your time to meet the needs of your client...
  • Love is like programming. You really got to spend most of the time..
  • Love is like programming. You've to be very cautious with your codes or else you're just creating a mess..
  • Love is like programming. It has so many decision-points...if certain criteria meets, then go for it..
  • Love like programming. It has so be issued with delimeters to limit the execution of your love-in-action.
  • Love is like programming. You've to validate all inputs coming out from two of you...
  • Love is like programming. You've to nullify everything in your possession or control just to make it work if that's necessary...


And ultimately, love is like programming.You don't have to expect the other end would applause or recognize what you've just made.

Love is like programming...

Here’s the situation. You have a lot of work to do. Perhaps you have a deadline at work to submit a report. Perhaps you’re catching up with your school term paper deadline. Perhaps you’re working as a home based web developer and your client has set a deadline.

But, the temptations are numerous. You end up watching the latest Linkin Park videos on YouTube, or you keep commenting and uploading on Facebook, or you can’t seem to stop the latest downloads of “Game of Thrones.”

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This doesn’t sound good for productivity. It can get you fired, or you end up with a failing grade, or worse, you lose your client.

It really boils down to personal self-discipline. However, there’s an app that can help you with your self-discipline issues and to help you get the real work done.

Save Yourself from Time Sinks & Be Productive Online With LeechBlock (link)

Image Courtesy of Techifire
Introducing an extension called Leechblock. It works perfectly well with Firefox. This may sound almost impossible, but, the extension app does work.

All you need to do is download Leechblock, install it, then restart your browser. Now comes your honesty and discipline factor. Select the site or sites that make you unproductive and block them on the browser’s tool menu.

But, it doesn’t stop there. You can set the time periods that these sites should be blocked. That’s right; you’re not depriving yourself completely. It’s just a discipline thing. You can even set the number of minutes or hours you can allow yourself to visit the selected sites per hour or per day.

Block, Restrict Access To Unwanted Websites - No Additional Software Needed

Lastly, you can select the days of the week Leechblock should block these sites. You can also set an optional “custom name” for the selected sites such as “The Force Balances Time between Work and Play” or other funny or not so funny file names. Putting up custom file names allows you to categorize what sites you’re blocking.

You can add sites anytime to the block lists on Leechblock. Can you undo the blocked sites? Here’s where the discipline factor comes in. Of course, you can unblock anything, but, Leechblock will make it difficult for you.

So, stop wasting your time and get back to work. But, before you do, download Leechblock first.

For Chrome, you may want to check out Nanny, yet another productivity add-on similar to LeechBlock that allows you to be more productive and less distracted by blocking sites.

How To: Temporarily Block, Restrict Access to Unwanted Websites and Increase Productivity

Students and working professionals nowadays are increasingly becoming more dependent to flash drives and other devices of that sort. People can't seem to live without them, along with their phones, iPods, and video players. People carry storage devices such as USB sticks to make sure they've got access to their most important files/documents such as reports, assignment, installers, etc.

But as with many other creatures out there capable of forgetting, we sometimes miss to bring our USB stick. So we often resort to rush back to our home and fetch those files no matter how it would cost. And the trouble doesn't end all there. A simple misuse of flash drives often results to unexpected crash, and that means instant loss of files!

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DropBoxYou can't allow this to happen, and I'm going to show you how you can avoid this to happen.

The simplest way to protect your data is to put them in the cloud! That way you'll be able to access your files/documents whenever, wherever you are in the world. The process is simple: synchronize your files stored from various sources, computers, devices and leave them in the cloud. There are many ways on how to complete this, and the one that I'm going to show you is thru the use of DropBox.


If you haven't had a chance to try DropBox, this is about your time now to give a shot and be amazed. DropBox is a feature-rich online file storage service, but not the type of free online hosting service you might think it is. DropBox seeks to simplify your work by allowing you to bring all your files/documents together in one place and have them accessible to specific group of people.

Access Remote Files Anywhere Without Using FTP Client

What sets DropBox incredibly apart from others is that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it easier to collaborate and share files with others, whether you're a student or professional. And the most amazing part about it is that DropBox can recover and restore back specific file should your classmate or working colleague accidentally modified or deleted the file!

Here are notable features of DropBox that you should truly care:

1. Your files, anywhere
  • Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.
  • Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
  • Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
  • Manually set bandwidth limits -- Dropbox won't hog your connection.
2. Simple sharing
  • Shared folders allow people to work
  • together on the same projects and documents.
  • Invite friends, family or teammates to a folder. It'll be as if you saved the folder to their computers.
  • Create photo galleries viewable by anyone you choose.
  • Send a link to any file in your Dropbox using your Public folder.
3. Dropbox mobile
  • Apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry keep your Dropbox at hand, even on the go.
  • Bring your files with you when you're on the go.
  • Edit files in your Dropbox from your phone.
  • Easily upload your photos and videos to Dropbox.
4. Your stuff is safe
  • Dropbox protects your files without you needing to think about it.
  • Dropbox keeps a one-month history of your work.
  • Any changes can be undone, and files can be undeleted.
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption.

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DropBox is very useful that you can even save any online file directly to your DropBox account by simply specifying file URL (no need to manually download the file and upload it to DropBox). Signup for a free DropBox account and get the peace of mind you deserve.

How To: Sync Your Files From Multiple Computers And Access Them Via Web

This is my personal tips purposely drafted for those who're new to mobile technologies and to those who content only to the typical music, text, call, and imaging tools as key features for most of today's mobiles.

But if the above-mentioned phone capabilities are within your wants and needs, then congrats! You can save, at least! China phone is always cheap and social-looking!

Should you have the plan to upgrade or replace your outdated phone, you may take the following tips to have a rewarding end:

  • Budget Issues
  • If budget is not going to be an issue and that you have the 'can afford' lifestyle and spending thousand of pesos is not going to be a big deal, then the better. If not, don't worry as you could still own. I guarantee you.
  • Define your needs
  • I noticed majority of users with high-end phones never makes use of the potential their phone could have become. Their phone's capabilities were not optimized. So before you get your wallet or credit card, decide first why you need a phone! Would it be just purely texting, calling, with some added extras like little organizer, Alarm clock? Or would it be because you are a music lover opting you to buy music phone? Or are you having fun with picture-taking which is why you need a camera phone? Or are you going to buy a phone for video streaming's sake? Or you intend to buy a phone for mobile internet? Or buy a phone for gaming purposes only? Or you want a phone with basic functionalities with music, imaging, internet, business tools and or gaming at the same time? Or are you a type of user who just want to buy phone because that's what makes you 'in'? and because also of the sleek design that you cannot help but there you go buy again? Remember that all phones are built for some purpose to serve.You can choose from wide arrays of styles, performance, costs and colors from Motorola, Nokia, i-phones, LG, Blackberry and Sony-ericson.
  • Platform/Operating System/Software Environment
  • This is going to be crucial stage for those who're particular to softwares. I would highly recommend Symbian phones (phones running under Symbian OS) than to Java phones, iphones, the newly-built Android phones powered by Google. Why Symbian? Java applications or midlets are also compatible to Symbian. So you don't have to worry that stunning 3D games would not be installed. Have you heard the symbian freedom? This is the term used what and how incredibly Smartphones(symbian) are all about. There are always mobile versions for widely-used PC applications like, to mention a few, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop, Mozilla, BitTorrent, Video Editor, PDF reader, html viewer, File Explorer, Instant Messaging, and many more. And there are hundreds of cool and sophisticating symbian applications available today that you should not miss out. There's a lot of Symbian phones today, ranging from s60v1 7.0 to the latest s60v5 9.5 for nokia. You've to prefer nokia for its ease-of-use, versatility, and the only make with plenty of applications that can be installed specially to s60v3 9.1. One key feature of symbian phones is that you can launch more than one application concurrently unlike Java phones you have to run an application one at a time. That is, you can browse the web and at the same time play your jukebox. Nokia's Smartphones are much cheaper than to any other symbian phones. For a complete list of these symbian phone, you can google or click some ad links below for details.
  • Consider the RAM, speed, and Connectivity
  • The higher the specs is the better.Having a 64mb of Random Access Memory will do. N70 has 32mb of RAM. E61 has 128mb of RAM. RAM anyway is where our temporary files are being dumped. RAM is different from Physical Memory. Don't you worry about microSDs, SDs and Pen Drives as they're sold much cheaper today at CD-R-King. Symbian phones are like mini-computer. You've to consider the processor...my CPU speed is 235MHz...not bad. If internet speed is going to be your concern, go for EDGE, WCDMA/3G, and as much as possible, go for phones with HSDPA...the fastest! Phones with built-in wireless fidelity (wifi) and WLAN is an advantage!You'll have a productive experience with Nokia! So, as much as possible, go for Nokia if you love multimedia!

Tips Before Buying a Phone

Previously on this blog we have talked about Cloud Save, a nifty Google Chrome extension that lets you right-click any in-page links & files and save them straight to the clouds.

We've also talked about Mover.io, a much advanced cloud files manager that consolidates all your virtual drives so you can manage all your cloud files in one centralised dashboard.

And now I am thrilled to introduce you yet another rare gem on the web that you'll gladly welcome in your productivity arsenal: Ballloon.

New Web App Ballloon Tranfers Files to the Clouds in Seconds




Ballloon is a brand new web service that lets you save files directly to your cloud storage accounts like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, etc. It eliminates the need for you to manually download files from the web, whether it's a 1MB audio file or 800MB zip file. Use Ballloon' web app instead to automatically save them to your DropBox or any cloud storage accounts of your choice. You just have to provide a direct link and you're done.

All it takes is your Google account to get started and you can start connecting all your cloud storage account and start Ballloon transfer in seconds. You can also assign a default remote directory every time you initiate a transfer for each cloud storage account.

There's also an official Google Chrome extension you can use, but that's optional. So for those who don't want to bloat their browser with add-ons, the web-based version is already pretty much functional and it works like a charm.

The Good

Ballloon is FREE, and the guys behind it promised that there will always be a free plan should this app matures into a full-blown premium web app.

User interface is also a delight to use, notably modern and straight-forward to navigate; from signing up all the way to connecting your cloud storage accounts, the whole process is seamless.

Access, Manage All Files Stored Across Multiple Cloud Accounts All At Once


What really makes Ballloon stand out is the fact that it moves your files amazingly fast (and I mean it). A 4MB audio file for instance takes only five seconds to arrive in my Google Drive. A 150 MB backup file from my other blog only takes 50 seconds to arrive on my Google Drive.



Think of server-to-server communication; no more delays regardless of your internet speed. And transfers take place in the background; you can close your browser's tab once you've initiated the transfer and your files should arrive in its destination shortly.

The Bad

Apparently only the following cloud storage accounts are supported:
  • DropBox
  • Google Drive
  • Copy
  • SugarSync
  • One Drive
I hope they can add support for other cloud storage providers like Amazon, Rackspace and even FTP. If they can bring this integration while maintaining the same level of speed I used to enjoy today, I'm happy to fork out a few bucks and be one of their premium users.

Check out the FAQ page for more information.



LINK: Ballloon

Ballloon: Directly Save Large Files To DropBox & Other Cloud Accounts In Seconds

Learn how you can use IFTTT as an iOS photo spy software to secretly copy every single picture taken on your spouse or kid's iPhone, iPad. Automatically get a backup of every iOS photo including selfies, n*des and other inappropriate snaps.

WARNING: The author shall not be held responsible or liable for any misuse of the app detailed on this post. The method outlined below can get you in serious trouble. Do it at your own risk.

Been fiddling around with IFTTT few days ago and I accidentally discovered that you can actually use IFTTT iOS app as a FREE spy app to secretly collect, monitor every single iOS photo being taken on your spouse or daughter's iPhonE, iPad. Good news is: the process is no rocket science and you don't have to spend a penny nor you need to jailbreak your iOS device to accomplish this.

For the uninitiated, IFTTT (If This, Then That) is a massively popular web automation service that allows you to automatically perform certain actions based on your conditions (or triggers). IFTTT termed them as recipes, and there are plenty of recipes flooded out there that should help you save time by automating certain asks. One good example is you can get SMS alerts from specific email addresses, or you can let your device to automatically send screenshots to your email.

Remotely Get a Copy of Every Single iOS Photo Taken on iPhone Without Getting Caught

Step 1 Compel your target to install IFTTT. Sure it won't be a problem as IFTTT has hundreds of awesome recipes up its sleeve. If you know your partner's iTunes account, then, that's a bonus as you can install the IFTTT straight away.

Step 2 Once you've successfully installed IFTTT, best to burry it in the Utilities folder or anywhere that's least accessed.

Step 3 Enable Background App Refresh for IFTTT. This ensures that all new photos are uploaded to IFTTT server when online. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh

Step 4 Disable IFTTT's iOS Notification to ensure your target won't get notified every time the recipe runs. Go to Settings > Notifications, select IF and turn off Allow Notifications slider.

Step 5 Create a new recipe with the following trigger and action:

TRIGGER: Any new photo (under iOS Photos channel)
ACTION: Send an email (under Gmail channel)

See video walkthrough below.

Be sure to save your new recipe and you're good to go!

Now, every time a new photo is added on your target's phone, you will automatically get notified via email including the link of the newly added photo, as seen below:

Caveats

a) The target's iPhone or iPad should be connected to the internet for this remote photo spying method to work. Not necessarily connected all the time but should be connected once in a while so IFTTT can push new photos to their server.

b) Data delivery is a bit delayed.

I don't want this recipe to be called as an exploit but rather a heaven-sent functionality you can use to spy on anyone's iPhone and be in the know what your daughter, girlfriend or wife is up to.

Use IFTTT As A Spy App: Secretly Copy, Collect iOS Photos on iPhone, iPad (No Jailbreak)

To those who want to escape the hassle of downloading documents online and running multiple programs just to view them, well, then, here’s something sweet for you:

Docs Online Viewer is new and a FREE online document viewer add-on for the Mozilla Firefox that eliminates the need for you to download common day job files such as DOC, DOCX, XLS, PDF, CSV, etc. Powered by Google Docs API and Zoho Viewer, Docs Online Viewer is absolutely a time and computer resource saver.

Docs Online Viewer: Use Only Your Web Browser To Open/View DOCS, XLS, PDF, etc.

With Docs Online Viewer, you can view any document with relative ease and safety without having to download it first. This eases the burden of your computer in protecting itself from unwanted malware or tracking cookies, or worse, viruses. It also saves time from having to download something before being able to view it.

Doc Online Viewer also proves very useful for Linux users who do not have Windows Office. The Docs Online Viewer will open any document format such as DOC, DOCX, PDP, PPT, PDF, ODT, and more. 

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Opening documents on your Mozilla Firefox does not even involve installing any software in your computer. All you need to do to start is:

1 With your Firefox, download and install Docs Online Viewer HERE. Firefox may require you to restart your browser after installation.


2 Once installation is done and Firefox has been restarted, you should see a tiny "Eye" icon on the search results page when you search for any documents, whether using Yahoo, Google, or Bing.


3 Click on the "Eye" Icon and another window will appear. The document can then be viewed on this online window within the browser. You can view the pages in order, zoom, and use tab options like File, View, Help, or search for a particular word in a search box.

4 Suppose that you’re using other browser and you want to view some a doc file, just prefix your file URL with:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=file_full_URL

Example:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.xmlw.ie/aboutxml/wordsample2.doc

Some notable goodness of Docs Online Viewer:

  • Cutting down viewing time of documents by avoiding downloading time consumption. 
  • Documents are easily identified using the 
  • Online Viewer Ease, simplicity, and convenience of use. 
  • Honesty to being secure and risk-free. 
  • Pages can be viewed in any order. 
  • Safety, since documents are viewed on the browser. 
  • You can download the original document should you opt to. 
  • You can even edit and save a document online. 

Buttonizer Gives You Cleaner and Neater Viewing Area by Turning a Toolbar Into a Button (Firefox)

Supported File Formats: DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, PDF, PAGES, AI, PSD, TIFF, DXF, SVG, EPS, PS, TTF, XPS, ZIP, RAR, RTF, ODT, SXW, SSV, SXC, ODS, SXI, ODP, WPD

If you’re wondering how to open documents using only your browser (without using additional software), well, give Docs Online Viewer a shot!

Open and View Online Documents of Any Format Directly On Your Browser without Downloading Them

The older we get, the less time is spent on quality slumber. Blame it to the corporate life' stress, household responsibilities, or maybe that's just how adulthood simply works?

That's why we always try to snatch that much-needed naps whenever we can, whether on a bus or a train.

So, if you're among those millions of nine-to-five warriors who commute your way to work, or you're a backpacker with long trips to the countryside, here's a neat trick how to sleep off your commute without worrying about missing your stop. Let your phone automatically alerts you when you're about to enter your destination just in time.

What you need

  • IFTTT app (available on Android, iOS)
  • Mobile data connection

For the uninitiated, IFTTT (short for If This, Then That) is a powerful web-based service that lets you perform actions based on user-defined triggers. We call these actions as “applets”. IFTTT works like Zapier but much easier to use.

Let Your Phone Alerts You When You Arrive At Your Destination

The goal here is to create an IFTTT applet that notifies you when you arrive at your destination. To do this, we'll use both Location and VoIP Calls services. Here's how to get started:

  1. Install IFTTT app (iOS, Android), and sign-up.
  2. Create your first applet by going to My Applets tab and click on + icon top right.
  3. Now, you'll be asked to define the trigger and action, like this:

  4. Tap on this and search for Location > You enter an area and specify the area you want to be notified.

  5. Once done you'll be taken back to step 3 where you create an action. Just tap that and search for VoIP Calls service where you can fire Call my device action, as seen below:

  6. Save your applet and ensure your IFTTT is running in the background. You're done.

    Use IFTTT As A Spy App: Secretly Copy, Collect iOS Photos on iPhone, iPad (No Jailbreak)

While Google Maps' previous update already has a push notification that alerts you when you're approaching your stop, I find it too unreliable to be honest. A VoIP call works better, ensuring you get off the bus or train just in time.

Long Commute? Get Power Naps and Get A Phone Call When You Arrive At Your Destination

Whether you are a seasoned coder or a newbie dabbler, you need a code snippets repository.

A code snippets repository is a place where you can keep a file of your own most-used codes so you can check back and copy the needed lines of codes without having to rebuild them from scratch. Code snippets will basically save you time when developing or administering a website as you no longer have to rewrite the codes to achieve the desired results.

For example, here's a tiny code snippet you can add in your .htaccess file to speed up your site:

Responsimulator: The Most Accurate, Reliable Web-Based iPhone, iPad Simulator Online

While there are already long standing, well-reputed code snippets storage sites freely available out there, there's not such an abundance of apps that can beautifully store and organize your code snippets similar to how GistBox works.

In this post, we're going to explore how GistBox can help you in becoming more productive and learn why you cannot stay away from it once you get your hands into it.

So, what is GistBox?

GistBox is another code repository service designed to make code snippet management a little less boring. GistBox uses GitHub's backend but it comes with its own advanced label and search functionality — the features which are missing in GitHub's Gist.

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GistBox was designed to be a curated, personal snippet library – like long term memory for the practicing software engineer.

Here's a few reasons why GistBox is the best:

I like Gist, but it's too limited; it lacks of important functionality like being able to organize your code snippets via tags or labels. So here allow me to point out the notable goodness of GistBox.

Color-Coded Labels. You can create labels as much as you want and assign a color for each label. GistBox Labels works like categories, so for every code snippet you add you can organize it by language, project or purpose.


Advance Search. GistBox's search functionality is surprisingly amazing. If you like how Gmail's search works, then, you'll also love GistBox. With GistBox, you can search through the entire code snippet library or through specific labels.


Collaborate with a group. Another cool feature of GistBox is it's ability for you to create groups and share useful snippets among co-workers — great if you're working with a team.


Split Screen: Splits Your Web Browser into Multiple Resizable Windows

GistBox is lightweight, free and usable. And it's a must-have to all devs!
Still not convinced? Go, check out GistBox and see it for your self.

GistBox: The Best Place to Store, Organize Code Snippets and Pastes

A single browser tab opened on Chrome can consume an average memory of around 30MB. Can you imagine what happens while you’re working on the internet (web development, SEO, etc.) and you open up, say, 20 or more browser tabs?

This might result in your browser getting bogged down. Worse, you might suddenly experience performance issues, unresponsive webpages, unexpected crashes, or the computer just freezes over. That’s because some webpages can consume a lot more memory than 30MB.

It’s a good thing someone thought about Tab Managers.

Since we’re talking about Chrome, we picked the Top 5 Chrome Add-on or Extension Tab Managers and picked at it to see how each one worked:

Manage Tab Overload with this 5 Best Memory-Saving Chrome Add-ons

Tab Managers Chrome

Tab Manager (link)

Tab Manager Is an open source add-on that allows you to handle your tabs fast. The add-on allows practical functions such as displaying all tabs and windows, allowing new tabs and windows, selecting of tabs using Ctrl + Shift, moving  tabs between windows, deleting tabs and windows, pinning and unpinning of tabs, and searching tabs by title or URL.

Page Snooze (link)

Even with so many tabs open, Page Snooze can help manage tab overload by allowing you to snooze tabs for up to 2 weeks. This can pop back up once the time is up. You can view all your snoozed tabs and manage them on the Page Snooze options page.

The Great Suspender (link)

With Great Suspender, you can unload, park, or suspend tabs to reduce the memory load of Chrome. Tabs can be configured with auto-suspend after a set period of time or they can be suspended manually. You can whitelist tabs to be excluded from automatic suspension. Suspended tabs are retained after closing and reopening the browser, preventing the tabs to reload even after restarting the computer. Tabs are restored using a very simple and intuitive interface.

OneTab (link)

With this extension you save up to 95% memory by reducing tab clutter. You simply click on OneTab to convert all your tabs into a list. When you need to access any tab, you can either restore them individually or all in one go. This can also reduce the CPU load on your computer.

TooManyTabs (link)

Developed by Visibo Ltd, TooManyTabs was first used with great success on Firefox. This version for Chrome carries virtually all of the same features when you open a lot of tabs on Chrome. The extension helps you manage your tabs even when too many are opened and you can’t anymore identify the tabs or favicons. You get a bird’s eye view of all opened tabs; clear preview of each tab’s content; instant tab search; tabs sorted by opening time, domain, or title; and ability to restore recently closed tabs; suspend idle tabs to save memory, and import tabs data from TooManyTabs unto Firefox.

Split Screen: Splits Your Web Browser into Multiple Resizable Windows


5 Best Memory-Saving Chrome Add-ons to Help You Manage Tab Overload

These are the most essential smart home devices to give you a headstart with smart home living without breaking the bank. These smart home devices we hand-picked are all affordable, requires no technical know-how, and an absolute joy to use.

Unless you’re in a cave in the past few months minding your own business, skipping all the smart home technology headlines, you probably have heard of Internet-of-Things (IoT) and connected smart home devices.

Internet-of-Things (IoT) explained

The easiest definition of Internet-of-Things (IoT) I can think of is that it’s just a network like an internet where all your smart home devices are connected. IoT typically operates on top of your existing home WiFi network, so you can just simply imagine of IoT as a network of home devices within your existing home network.

Forbes predicts that by 2022, people would spend $1.22T on IoT devices and a global market that will continue to burgeon each year. No wonder the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) continues to surprise us with cool and bizarre IoT gadgets, ranging from robotic cleaners, smart locks and pet food dispenser.

Smart home technology or IoT devices - what are they?

At the heart of IoT network are your connected home devices that able to send and receive commands at a swipe of a finger or by your voice, giving you:

  • the ability to automate routinary tasks like preparing your morning brew, starting your heater, turning on your cooling system at home while driving from work, turning off virtually any appliance at a certain time (and save money in the process), etc.

  • the ability to secure your home from burglary and unwanted entries inside your premises while you’re away from home

  • the convenience and efficiency, saving both time and money (later we’ll tell you how some IoT devices can cut your electric bills)

One popular notion of having connected home devices setup is that it’s going to cost you a fortune and it’s bloody rocket science to set up. That’s plainly wrong. While some well-promoted IoT devices can be costly, that doesn’t mean you need to follow the herd and just buy what other people buy.

We can just start off with the basics, the least costly ones, to give you the feel what it’s like to have IoT at home. And in this guide, we’ll even skip using smart home hubs and controllers like Amazon Echo or the highly recommended Wink Hub 2. Hubs and controllers are all optional.

Below are essential smart home devices you should start using for smarter homes

IoT on a Budget: 5 Surprisingly Cheap, Essential Smart Home Devices to Automate Your Home

  1. Smart Plugs (~$15)

    No must-have smart home devices list is complete without smart plugs. Also known as Wifi Smart Sockets or Smart Wifi Outlets, smart plug essentially lets you wirelessly control nearly every single home appliance using your iPhone or Android device. This magical device gives your home appliance wireless connectivity so you can remotely turn them on or off right at your fingertips or schedule your appliance to be automatically turned on or off at a certain time.

    I have an old window-type aircon which unfortunately doesn’t have a timer, but with Wifi Smart Sockets, I can easily put a timer and let it automatically turn off at 3 am without interrupting my slumber.

    How To: Make Any Wired Speaker Into Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for Less than $7

    Do you want to wake up from the smell of freshly brewed coffee in your kitchen? Simply prepare the beans/filter a night before and plug your coffeemaker in a smart plug. You can get it to automatically brew your coffee the next day or brew it using your iPhone while you’re in bed scanning your emails.

    Of course, the fun doesn’t stop there. You can plug in your other home appliances like electric fans, water heaters and control them wirelessly at your fingertips.

    There are a plethora of smart wifi sockets to choose from, some even have nifty features like energy usage tracker, Amazon Echo, and Google Home integration so you can simply control them with your voice. The most important Wifi Smart Socket feature to look for is a timer, where it completely cuts power after a timer expires.

    You can score a decent smart plug at Amazon like the Orvibo S25 Wi-Fi Smart Socket which starts at $15 as of writing or from your local online store.

  2. Smart Bulbs and Lighting (~$34)

    What if you can dim your light or control your ambiance within your iPhone or Android device or by simply asking Siri or Alexa to do so?

    That’s exactly what smart lighting is all about. You get a smart bulb and a special device (bridge) acting as a connector so you can remotely control the bulb wirelessly.

    In smart lighting category, Philips Hue Smart Lighting Kit is definitely king. But it comes at a price. However, there is decent Philips Hue alternative you can try like the cheaper, all-white version Philips Hue White. Or if that’s still expensive, Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb is a good Philips Hue line alternative.

  3. Sound and Motion Sensing Device (~$25)

    Another welcome addition to your home security system, this category of the internet-connected device lets you monitor your home away from home. This top-rated monitoring device Wyze Cam Pan for instance alerts you when there are possible intrusions within your premises. It has a night vision capability, can track moving object and can detect sounds.

    Most smart motion-sensing devices usually work with Alexa so you can simply ask Alexa to show your front door, kid’s room, or anywhere else you have your Wyze Cam Pan.

  4. Smart Smoke Detector (~$120)

    Smart smoke detector? Why not!

    I’m extra paranoid when it comes to fire so I don’t mind forking out a few bucks for smart smoke alarms. Smart smoke detector essentially alerts you when there’s a fire even if you’re miles away from home. This special type of device connects to your iPhone or iPad over wifi or cellular so you’ll be quickly alerted when there are smokes detected.

    Nest Protect is always a good one you can invest in but there is also excellent Nest Protect alternatives you can check in. Just search for it on Amazon or eBay.

  5. Robotic Vacuums and Cleaners (~$179)

    Just when you thought IoT can’t be any cooler, I’m ending this list with smart home cleaners. This category of a connected home device can do all the dirty work of keeping your room dust-free. Robot vacuums normally come with a smart app where you can schedule or initiate cleaning session or you can simply ask Alexa or Google Home to start the job.

    Ecovacs Self-Charging Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a popular option under this category, but feel free to explore more that works for you.

That’s it!

Again, smart home hubs and controllers like Amazon Echo are all optional. The above-mentioned smart home devices will continue to work without Amazon Echo or Google Home unless you’re willing to spend more and take your home automation game to the next level.

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