How To Make Use of Podcasting

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Podcasting has become the new trend of public informing and its popularity is growing each day. Something like the radio broadcasting of the future, nowadays you can follow your favorite podcast show directly from your mobile phone or your tablet. What is great is that you don’t actually have to follow the program live instead you can add the list of your favorite stations on your device and keep track of the last episodes or download them and listen offline.

 

This podcast fever doesn’t come as a surprise since one of the consequences of contemporary living is relying on digital media to an extent. What makes podcast exceptional is the fact that it is a digital medium that reaches and engages the audience via listening. That means, even if you are busy doing something else, you can still play your show and multitask like many of us are used to. Not only that, it is also scientifically proved that listening someone’s voice and absorbing information in this way improves learning and enables better memorising.

 

So, if you are looking for a free and easy way to pick up a new skill or broaden your knowledge, you will be happy to hear that podcasts are not all about fun and light-hearted content. There are also plenty of stations that offer useful, extensive information on pretty much everything that comes to your mind. Here is a quick overview on what you can learn:

 

History Lesson

 

Whether you were skipping history classes at school or you’re conducting a professional research, there are many great podcasts where you can find anything from answers to trivia quiz questions to an in-depth look into historical facts, literature critiques etc.

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Learning a Foreign Language

 

You’ve always wanted to take up a new language but you never seem to have enough time? It is understandable, since language learning courses can be rather time consuming and also cost serious money. With podcasts, you can have fun on your way to work and listen the host portraying real life situations in both your native and target language, completely free of charge.

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Technology and Professional Development

 

Learn how to overcome the fear of speaking in public, become proficient in Excel, try adding web design to your list of expertise or even take online piano lessons- all of this is possible once you start skimming through this comprehensive database of audio and video manuals.

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Nutrition and Health

 

One doesn’t have to be a fitness buff to know how important physical health is. Sure, nowadays the idea of a perfect body is more emphasized than ever and although going extreme is never good, some little tricks like “shape your legs” exercises or “learn how to prepare a healthy, fat-free meal” are always welcomed, especially during summer season. Instead of paying a visit to a gym or nutritionist, visit your podcast application and subscribe to a channel that best fits your body sculpting needs.

 

Cooking

 

Back in the days, cooking used to be reserved for housewives and professional chefs only,  whilst now represents a trending virtue and a must have skill of modern men and women. Keep track of your latest cooking podcast episodes and learn how to prepare a gourmet meal, get familiar with international cuisines and ingredients, and peek into master chef recipes from around the globe.

 

This was just a close-up on all you can learn by listening a podcast. For those of you who want to find out more about it and see how it works, we suggest downloading Podcast app from the App Store (iOS users) or Stitcher app from Google Play (Android).

 

 

 

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7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Google

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Let’s face it – Google is the boss. This search engine started out in the 90’s, as an idea to collect endless amount of information on the Web, and it has slowly worked its way into achieving that. In fact, Google is the perfect example of an over-achiever, which does not come as a surprise since it had the possibilities for evolving from the very first day.

What its founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin couldn’t have known, is what it would evolve into. Simply said, it has grown into one of the most important achievements of our time, crawling over 30 trillion web pages a day and providing us with all of the World’s information right at our fingertips. With all of the innovations that Google brings to this world, it’s no wonder that we love it and use it so much. Think of it as the go-to place for all of your needs. Well, almost all.

But since we use Google so much, one would say that we ought to know all of its nooks and crannies, right? Think twice, because its brilliance lies exactly in all those new features we discover everyday.

Here are some of the things you didn’t know you could do with Google:

 

1) Search for the history of word usage

 

Google Ngram Viewer is a really cool and useful graph tool,  which allows you to search for words in books published from 1500-2008, and then see their usage throughout time. For example, we can type in “book, report, document” and it will show us a statistical graph of how the use of these words changed over a long period of time.

Google-NGram

 

2) Challenge your general knowledge with SmartyPins

 

Google Maps SmartyPins is one of those things that you simply can’t stop playing with. It’s perfect for testing your general knowledge, as well as geographical skills. It’s important to note that we do not support productivity killers like this, but this one just kind of snuck in our way.

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3) Translate from handwriting

 

Handwriting is an interesting feature in Google Translate , because it allows you to draw the words and symbols that you normally wouldn’t know how to read. For example, if you wanted to know what a certain Chinese or Japanese symbol means, you can manually draw it and you will see the translation in the results. Just click on the “Select Input” drop menu and select “Handwrite”.

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4) Build Legos in Google Chrome

 

There are endless reasons as to why you should unleash your inner child at certain times. Build with Chrome brings an enormous Lego set to your browser so that you can take a peaceful 5 minute break from work. Plus, you can’t step barefoot on these virtual Legos!

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5) Get amazing fonts for free

 

Google Fonts is a huge open source directory/gallery that contains some really cool fonts that you can download completely free of charge. Add them to your collection and you can use them straight away in Google Docs.

Google-Fonts

 

6) Have fun with hidden search queries

 

Go to Google and type these phrases in, one at a time:

  • “Do a barrel roll” – This one never gets old.
  • “Google gravity” – And then hit “I’m feeling lucky”.
  • Don’t type anything in the search box and just hit “I’m feeling lucky”. You will be sent to a catalogue of all Google Doodles. Cool, right?
  • “Tilt” – The screen will tilt one way.
  • Go to Google Image search and type “Atari Breakout”. See you in 2 hours.

Atari-Breakout

 

7) Explore Google Docs’ uncharted features

 

Use the “Polyline” tool to create simple shapes and graphs that you can easily fill in with color and then use in your document. Click on Insert > Drawing > Select line > Polyline.

Research panel. Use the research panel to search Google without leaving your document. To browse Google just click on Tools > Research. This one is very nifty if you are working on a paper that requires you to extract information from a certain page or article.

Use keyboard shortcuts. No need to browse through various articles to find the right keyboard shortcut that you need. If you are a Mac user, just press ⌘ and /, or Ctrl and / if you run a Windows PC, to view all keyboard shortcuts in one place.

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Do you know some other interesting Google features and tools? Share them in the comments below.

How to Always Open PDF in a Specific Way?

Depending on the file type, each PDF that we are working with opens in a default manner. For example, some files open in 200% view mode, while others open in two pages instead of one. This is usually not an issue, but when we are working on a dozen files, it can be quite frustrating because we then have to adjust Viewing settings separately for each document.

Here is how you can avoid this problem. Inside Adobe Acrobat reader, you can set up the default open settings.

To do so, go to Edit – Preferences.

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Now, choose the Page Display sections.
In the sections, Page Layout and Zoom, choose the appropriate settings instead of Automatic. You can set options so that each document opens to 100% zoom level or so that it always fits on the page. If you prefer to read on two pages, then you can set that option as well.

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Click OK, and that’s it! Now, whenever you open a new PDF, you can have it look exactly as you would like it to.

Don’t forget that you can also choose settings so that each PDF opens at the last page that you have read.

How To Create Drop-Down Cells in Google Sheets

There are various ways in which we can use Google Sheets. Crafting budgets, managing small projects and creating various lists are just some of the things we can do with this popular SpreadSheet tool. While most of our SpreadSheet work revolves around simple table tasks, once in a while there is a need for including more advanced features in the mix. And those features are, unfortunately, not as transparent as their simpler counterparts.

 

Introducing drop-down cells. In case you are not familiar with their role in our lives: they are basically cell boxes with preset multiple choices. They save your time by giving you pre defined values for each cell and thus give a wider functionality to Google Sheets. By utilizing them you can quickly assign team members to specific tasks on your project, grade performance or simply manage your resources.

Here is how you can create drop-down cells in Google Spread Sheet:

1) Go to Google Drive and open your SpreadSheet that you wish to add drop down boxes to.

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In this case we have entered some example tasks that we want to assign to certain employees.

2) The next step is to add the values that your drop-down cells are going to contain. For this example we are going to use the names of the employees. Create a new tab and enter the names. This additional tab will be the source of the data for your drop-down cells.

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3) Go back to your first tab and select the cells that you want to have the drop-down feature. Right click on your selection and then choose “Data Validation”.

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4) On the pop up window, click “Select Data Range”, which is presented as a sheet icon on the right side.

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5) Select the data of your choice. We switched to our “Employees” tab and selected the cells containing their names.

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And that’s it! Each selected cell will now have a drop-down selection, something similar to the example below. You can assign values by clicking on them from the drop-down menu or by typing in the first letter, after which the cell will automatically fill.

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Overall, this is a great Google Sheets feature that can significantly automate certain aspects of your work, especially if you are often dealing with several types of resources.

 

Do you know any other way of improving Google SpreadSheet performance? Share your thoughts in the comments.

How To Convert PDF Tables To Google Sheets

The reason for Google Drive’s popularity is evident – you can upload, edit and store your files online, without taking up the precious space at home or in the office. Besides that, it enables you to access and synchronize your files from multiple devices, therefore being a service of choice for many accountants, teachers, students and managers.

 Being a dependable tool, Google Drive is often a place to safely store a wide array of document types, including PDF files, which are, unfortunately, not editable by default.

The Drive does provide a solution to that problem: it allows you to convert PDFs to fully editable Google Docs format. This is a viable solution for any PDF file that has a lot of text, but what happens when you have to edit an Excel SpreadSheet generated PDF file?

 With Cometdocs PDF Converter app, you can convert PDF to Google Sheets in 3 simple steps:

 1) Find your PDF file and right click on it. Select Open With > Cometdocs PDF Converter.

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2) When prompted to select the conversion type, choose “to Excel (xlsx)”. You will be presented with the converted file.

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3) Click on “Open With” and choose “Google Sheets”.

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And there you go! You have successfully converted PDF into a Google Sheets document which you can now freely edit.