SAY AND SHARE URLS WITH GOOGLE TONE

Your voice would, literally, go places with this freshly launched Google Chrome extension. Fitting perfectly into its name, Tone, lets you share a URL from your current tab with anyone within earshot. Available for free in the Chrome Web store, it uses your sound to transfer information and the others’ speakers, and can be used on any laptop. And having used it, we can say it truly is as easy as it sounds.

As it goes, everything comes with its boons and banes, the extension being audio-based; the information being carried can be blocked by even the smallest hindrance, for example, any wall. The research tem behind the extension has announced that the alpha version was very efficient in its working but it sounded horrible. They then shifted to codec, which played the sound past the boundaries of human hearing, but as laptop microphones are developed for voice, that option didn’t work as expected.

The current version of Tone, makes use of a “dual-tone multi-frequency signaling” system, which is the same system that is used in telephones. For the perfect reception and to proffer best results, you will hear a short series of beeps when you hit the ‘Tone’ button on you Chrome browser. As soon as the laptop senses a sound, a notification will pop and once you click on the notification, the URL shared will open.

Though it is too early to say how it will perform, but being experimental, there is not much to loose. How about you download the extension from here, and let us know how it worked for you.

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5 TRICKS TO MAKE YOUR SELFIES MORE LIKABLE

It seldom happens that a day passes by without you click a selfie. And a day out with the girls or the night out with the boys or the Friday night fun has no count of the number of pictures clicked. By the next morning, you see more than half of those clicks can’t go public. Not because of an order that you weren’t supposed to be having but because of the creep who kept staring and didn’t even leave the pictures.

We’ve shelled out five easy tricks to get fox common picture problems within seconds.

CROP 

You’ve donned the best dress, you’ve never looked better and the pictures have, obviously, come wonderful. But each of them has something odd in the frame. One has your uncle eating, there is one where you niece seems to be hitting her younger brother and then there is one which is just perfect but you cant use it because your cousin thinks she looks fat.

Crop away all those unwanted people and area, which act as a big distraction. Choose from the set crop proportions or just use the custom option to set your own limits.

TIP: Don’t forget to save a copy of the original though most of the applications come with the option but you still stay on the safer side in case you’re using one that doesn’t.

SHARPEN

 Situation 2: You’re taking the regular stroll with your dog and you see him doing super funny. The perfect picture for an instant instagram update, but because it is extremely easy to keep the pet static, you have about 20 blurry shots.

Easy fix, use your phone’s ‘Sharpen’ feature and your picture is perfect for uploading.

PS: Cute pet pictures are always a favorite.

COLOR ADJUSTMENTS 

Bring out the right colors in your pictures by making tiny adjustments in the color temperature of the images. Adjust the white balance or use the retro touch or my all time favorite, sepia. Though black and white makes every picture look so good.

SATURATION

At times, it happens that you have a very good picture in hand but the colors seem to be a little off. Push the colors a notch up by adjusting the saturation levels. But make sure you don’t take the levels way too high or the picture will look more fake than real.

Push the saturation a little too much and you’ll have the impeccable alien environment neon picture.

BRIGHTNESS/ CONTRAST

No picture has ever looked bad with a little more brightness. Even if you decide to skip all the above options, do this! None of those dark, shady pictures get shared or liked; the bright ones are always loved. Brighten the picture and the get ready for a number of notifications.

5 GREATEST FITNESS APPS OF 2015

So, it has been a week since you have decided to hit the gym but each time the morning alarm sounds, you see nothing apart from the snooze button. Even after months of self-motivation and even longer time of negative motivation from that one friend, getting into the routine has been a pain.

But did you know, that smartphone of yours has a number of applications that can help you get into shape. We tested a number of these apps available in the store and here is a list of five top apps that you can use at your convenience, anytime, anywhere. They help, really, they do.

NIKE+ TRAINING CLUB

Get lean, get toned, get strong, or just get focused, choose from these simple-to-follow workout schedules and you’ll realize getting into the groove was never this easy. The application has over 100 workouts, which have been designed by Nike’s trainers for people of all fitness levels.

Done with one regime, jump onto the other, here are plenty of days and plenty regimes to keep you working. Each workout comes with video tutorials for perfect understanding.

(FREE: iOS, Android)

RUNTASTIC SIX PACK ABS

Ok, this one has actually been tried and test by almost all of us here. And each one of us can vouch for the fact that getting a notch closer to those flattering abs was never this easy. The app comes with slow motion videos and you can even choose your very own personal trainer, Daniel or Angie. The virtual training session make sure you don’t hurt yourself trying out new workouts. Start using this one and we’re telling you, strengthening your core will soon have a tick.

(FREE: iOS, Android)

FITNET

We can assure you, you would never have thought your phone’s camera could help you working out better. Well, with this app installed on your phone, you can rest assured that none of your workouts be going wrong for long.

We’ve seen almost all fitness applications with tutorial videos, but Fitnet measures how well you follow through these videos. And right after the workout, it gives you instantaneous feedback to help you improve your performance.

(FREE: iOS, Android)

WOD DECK OF CARDS

This one completely stands up to its name, Workout Of the Day, WOD, just makes your daily exercise session a lot more fun. Choose from a list of exercises that you want to focus on and then continue with whichever comes up first in your ‘deck of cards’. Keep going until you reach the end of the deck or your energy, whichever comes first.

(FREE: iOS, Android)

STRONGLIFTS trongLifts 5×5

You workout using this application and you will be 5 times stronger. Once you choose three lifting exercises of your preference, the application keeps encouraging you to finish 5 sets of 5 reps, thus the name, 5×5.

Not only does it prompt you to completing the exercise with the sets, it also gives you proper breaks in between each set. It also tells you when to add more weight and other improvement suggestions. Keep going through with this workout for three times a week and see a stronger you emerge.

(FREE: iOS, Android)