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Great tools for Chrome users obsessed with tabs

Tired of bookmarking everything so you can read it when you have time? Try taking your tabs on-the-go with you and more with these new tools.

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How many tabs do you have open right now??!

So many times we see funny stories, or touching news, but do not have the time to read about it when we see it. You can bookmark it, of course, but then you’re stuck searching through folders later, trying to remember where you saved it. Another option is leaving the story in a tab and reading it when you have time, but you run the risk accidentally closing all your tabs and losing it, or not having access to the tab when you’re on-the-go. Luckily, there are several new tools that can help you keep those stories, and access them on-the-go.

1.Pushbullet makes your tab game mobile

This first tool makes me wish I was an Android user. Pushbullet, saves you time by moving your notifications, links, and files wherever you go. You can automatically see all of you Android phone’s notifications right on your computer: see who’s calling, or read and reply to text messages, even if your phone is on silent, in another room, or out in the car. You can also send pictures, files, links and more to your other devices and friends. Send pictures and files to your phone wirelessly opening them right from the notification; no more digging through your email or Dropbox. Pushbullet also gives you the ability to push links to your phone just by right-clicking on it from your computer.

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While I haven’t tried it, I did notice one thing you might want to keep in mind: everything on your phone becomes visible to Pushbullet. Currently, there is no end-to-end encryption, so there is the possibility that Pushbullet can read every conversation you’ve ever had through text, not that they would, but please keep in mind you are “sharing” your information. Reminder: always review the privacy policy before you click “accept.”

2.TabCloud will save your tab life

Aah, TabCloud. Where have you been all my life? I am prone to “accidentally” closing all twelve of my open tabs and then cursing myself for not paying attention to what I was doing. TabCloud saves you this frustration. It allows you to save any window session and restore it at a late date, even on another computer. Simply click the TabCloud icon on the menu, you will then see your current open windows and previously saved windows (if any). Then, you can save open windows, or restore saved ones. TabCloud does offer a secure login using your Google account, with the additional ability to logout on the TabCloud menu. Perfect tool for taking your tabs on-the-go with you, or to back up your tabs if you are prone to accidentally closing them.

3.The Great Suspender reduces memory use

Finally, The Great Suspender, is a lightweight Chrome extension to help reduce Chrome’s memory footprint for user that like to have too many tabs open at the same time. You can unload, park, and suspend tabs, as well as, auto-suspend tabs, to prevent the lag and drain on your browser that can occur when you have too many tabs running. The extension will automatically unload each tab, while retaining its favicon and title text. A tab can be restored, any time, by clicking anywhere on the page when you need it. This helps reduce the number of elements on your page, while reducing excessive javascripts and memory leaks. Perfect for users who are prone to keeping tabs open even when they aren’t using them, like me.

No matter how many tabs you keep open, or how you use them, the ability to save them and take them on the road with you can come in quite handy. If you don’t already have a tool to help you do this, these are definitely worth a look.

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Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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Smart clothing could be used to track COVID-19

(TECH NEWS) In order to track and limit the spread of COVID-19 smart clothing may be the solution we need to flatten the curve–but at what cost?

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When most people hear the phrase “smart clothing”, they probably envision wearables like AR glasses or fitness trackers, but certainly not specially designed fabrics to indicate different variables about the people wearing them–including, potentially, whether or not someone has contracted COVID-19.

According to Politico, that’s exactly what clinical researchers are attempting to create.

The process started with Apple and Fitbit using their respective wearables to attempt to detect COVID-19 symptoms in wearers. This wouldn’t be the first time a tech company got involved with public health in this context; earlier this year, for example, Apple announced a new Watch feature that would call 911 if it detected an abnormal fall. The NBA also attempted to detect outbreaks in players by providing them with Oura Rings–another smart wearable.

While these attempts have yet to achieve widespread success, optimism toward smart clothing–especially things like undershirts–and its ability to report adequately someone’s symptoms, remains high.

The smart clothing industry has existed in the context of monitoring health for quite some time. The aforementioned tech giants have made no secret of integrating health- and wellness-centric features into their devices, and companies like Nanowear have even gone so far as to create undergarments that track things like the wearer’s heart rate.

It’s only fitting that these companies would transition to COVID assessment, containment, and prevention in the shadow of the pandemic, though they aren’t the only ones doing so. Indeed, innovators from all corners of the United States are set to participate in a “rapid testing solutions” competition–the end goal being a cheap, fast, easy-to-use wearable option to help flatten the curve. The “cheap” aspect is perhaps the most difficult; as Politico says, the majority of people have a general understanding of how to use wearable technology.

Perhaps more importantly, the potential for HIPPA violations via data access is high–and, during a period of time in which people are more suspicious of technology companies than ever, vis-a-vis data sharing, privacy could be a significant barrier to the creation, distribution, and use of otherwise crucial smart clothing.

There is no denying that the Coronavirus pandemic has accelerated, among other things, technological advancement in ways unseen by many of us alive today. Only time will tell if smart clothing–life-saving potential and all–becomes part of that trend.

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Say goodbye to browser cookies – Google wants to give you ‘trust tokens’

(TECH NEWS) Google plans to do away with third-party cookies in favor of “trust tokens”. The question is, will they gain our trust?

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Privacy concerns should be at an all-time high with the sheer number of people working from home–something that may have been factored into Google’s recent decision to begin phasing out third-party cookies in their Chrome browser.

In doing so, Chrome would join browsers such as Safari and Firefox–two popular alternatives that have been more proactive about protecting user privacy in the past, according to The Verge.

Cookies, for those who don’t know, are small pieces of information stored on your computer by websites you visit; when third-party cookies are downloaded from these sites, they can track your activity across the internet, thus resulting in unpleasantries like targeted ads and location-based services appearing in your browser.

It’s all a little too accurate to your habits for comfort, so Google is proposing a separate solution: trust tokens.

No, trust tokens are not the newest form of currency on CBS Survivor–they’re “smart” iterations of cookies that will validate your access to a specific website without tracking you once you leave that page. This way, you get to keep your website-specific data–passwords, usernames, and preferences–without having your privacy encroached upon any more than Google already does (admittedly, that doesn’t sound like much of a change, but bear with us).

The real catch for trust tokens is that they don’t actually identify you the way that cookies do, and while some of the side effects of trust tokens may resemble cookie use–e.g., advertisers knowing you clicked on their ad–tokens are a decidedly less personal, more private way to access web content.

Google isn’t just throwing out third-party cookies as a gesture, it seems. Along with the announcement about trust tokens, Google mentioned that they plan to create more transparency around ads–specifically by allowing you to see why you’re seeing a specific ad and from whom and where the ad originated. An extension to help lend additional information about ads is also in the works.

These changes are expected to be implemented within the year. For now, though, you should stick to Firefox or Safari if you’re worried about cookies–you’ll be able to get back to your Chrome tabs soon enough.

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This Zoom alternative offers a branded video meeting experience

(TECH NEWS) AirConnect is a conferencing portal that allows for company customization and automated onboarding so you can focus on other priorities.

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The concepts of company culture and branding are now more important than they’ve ever been. When we were first hearing these terms, they felt like buzzwords and ways to attract new talent and business without any actual execution.

Now that we have an understanding of what they are and how to use them, they are so much more practical and necessary – from big businesses to a one-person Etsy shop.

It’s been a little different in the last few months trying to figure out how to make company culture exude in the virtual world. For places that are hiring, it is also tricky to show how they differ from the rest over a video conference call.

The creators of AirConnect have taken this into account and have unleashed the virtual conference concept with an element of customization. As they say, “nothing beats a personal touch”.

Through use of this video conferencing tool, you can meet virtually with customers and clients in a brand video meeting portal. Customization options include headers, logo placement, and colors.

Additionally, the tool allows for customers to access their data via a customer portal, which allows for some automation when onboarding clients, assisting customers, or meeting with partners. AirConnect urges users to “say goodbye to Zoom links”.

“Let’s face it, nobody likes the where’s-the-link, what’s-the-password, can-you-hear-me-yet: and that includes your customers. Say hello to a single place where they can meet with you, as well as seeing all their account information, resources and anything else you like. Ah, that’s better, isn’t it?” explains the website.

The fully featured customer portal allows users to go beyond the simple zone of a place to talk. The ability to connect to sheets is where customers can access the aforementioned data.

The video call feature in the branded portal offers as many video touchpoints as the user would like; whether it’s used for on-boarding or standard consultations. The fact that customers can access their own data anytime allows users to put their time towards the high-value touchpoints.

On-boarding processes can also be automated by capturing customers’ information and documents in a single portal, making activation simple.

This certainly differentiates from Zoom or Skype as it has the customization option. What do you think – is it useful or flashy for the sake of flash?

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