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Items should consist of at least two paragraphs.

The first should be a "teaser" paragraph. This paragraph will be automatically published in our RSS feed. It should state the nature of the find and the benefits without mentioning the product name or providing a product link. For example:

"For months I've been looking for a good way of deleting 'undeletable' files. Finally I've discovered a free utility that does the job reliably and simply."

The second paragraph should at the very least, expand the benefits, name the product and provide a product link. For example:

"Unlocker is a tiny 230KB utility that works with Windows 2000 and XP. Vista users are out of luck. Just right click on the 'undeletable file', select 'Delete with Unlocker' from the context menu and next time you boot the file will be gone for good."

You can have a third paragraph if you wish; indeed as many as you like. However there must at least be a second paragraph after the opening "teaser" paragraph.

Make Chrome Display the Full URL in the Address Bar

Google Chrome browser

Google has tried off and on for years to hide full URL’s in Chrome’s address bar. Here’s how to see the full URL in the current version of Google Chrome.

In the latest version of Google Chrome, Google hid the ‘https://’ and ‘www’ part of a URL. Here are the steps to make Chrome display the whole URL in the address bar:

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Convert Web Page Text to Speech with this Browser Extension

Read Aloud

This browser add-on for Chrome and Firefox uses text-to-speech technology to convert web page text to audio.

Listen to the current web-page article with one click in 40+ languages.

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How to Disable Geolocation in Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge

Disable geolcoation in your browser

Most modern browsers geolocation services within the browser. Geolocation attempts to locate you based on your IP address, Wi-Fi, or network location. Here’s how to disable it in Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.

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How To Blur Faces and Strip Metadata from Images

Image Scrubber

This new app enables non-technical users to quickly blur parts of images while also erasing any identifying metadata.

Blur or mask anything in an image and remove metadata (EXIF data) using your mobile, your web browser or offline with this app.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Ocean Sunset Ripple Effect

This week’s wallpaper shows sun sinking behind bright orange and yellow cloud cover. The calm ocean below looks almost like brush strokes, with colors ranging from dark blues and purples to lighter blues and some soft yellows. Icons show up quite well on this background.

Ocean Sunset Ripple Effect wallpaper

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This Site Is a One Stop Destination for Most of Your Calendar Needs

CalendarLabs


CalendarLabs is an all in one site for all sorts of calendars. In addition to a wide selection of categories, there are printable yearly and monthly calendars for any year between 1800 and 3000.

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Wallpaper of the Week Dark Blue Aurora Horizon

This week’s wallpaper shows a blue aurora borealis with lighter flares at the edge of a dark horizon, with a dark blue starry sky overhead. This is a background that looks much better at higher resolutions than it does in the smaller image here. The darker and lighter blues show icons very well.

Dark Blue Aurora Horizon Wallpaper

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Gmail Can Now Hide Google Meet from Sidebar

Hide Google Meet in Gmail

Google has rolled out a setting to hide Google Meet from the sidebar in Gmail.

Google previously announced the ability to start or join a Meet call from Gmail. Many users found that the Google Meet sidebar in Gmail interfered with their work. Now there’s an option to turn it off. The option is rolling out to G Suite users and will be available to all Gmail users within the next few weeks.

Here’s how to turn off Meet in the Gmail sidebar:

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