How to enable the reader mode in Chrome for Android

Google keeps popping up with new ideas exclusively designed to enhance user experience. The ‘Reader Mode’ is one such latest introduction. While browsing pages in Safari you might be well acquainted with its reader mode. Now Google Chrome for Android will carry this feature to give users a better reading experience. This mode allows users to reformat web pages that make reading easier on your mobile device.

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Prior to this you had to go through the time consuming process of installing BookMarklets for reading convenience. Now with the help of the reader mode which comes embedded in the latest version of Chrome readability has become better than before.

If you wish to use the readability mode on Chrome for Android simply click the ‘Reader’ button placed in the address bar of the browser. Your reading view will enhance automatically. The headers and other insignificant items including navigation bars get hidden and your page get optimized which supports better readability.

If your address bar does not display the reader button then probably it’s hidden. Type chrome://flags and the page will display a list of flags that is embedded in Chrome. Select the ‘Enable Reader Tool Mode’ and relaunch Chrome on your phone. The reader button will now show up in the address bar of Chrome for Android. However there is a small issue with this. The reader mode for Chrome may not be visible for all pages of an article on Chrome. You might have to enable it time and again by turning on the flag which reformats the page layout for improving readability.

The reader mode feature is absolutely convenient when it comes to printing or saving pages on your Android phone.

Handy tip isn’t it?

How to quickly move files between Android and Desktop

Data cables take up a fair amount of your precious time when it comes to file transfers between Desktop and Android phone. Here’s where AirDroid comes to your rescue. Forget the hassle of connecting your phone to your desktop via cables since this app allows you to quickly transfer files, to and fro, between them.

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This handy app itself has come with some fresh updates. Its latest version 3.0 makes file transfers even more convenient. In its previous versions if you were to transfer files using this app then you had to authenticate connection by opening a special web page in your browser. Only when your connection is validated were you allowed to upload and download files.

AirDroid has introduced a dedicated software program that is Windows and Mac compatible. This omits the need of a web browser. Now all you have to do is install AirDroid on your desktop and just drag and drop your files into the desktop app. These files will be quick-moved to your Android device as well. The file transfer will happen at jet speeds if your desktop and phone connect via Wi-Fi. But if your devices are not stored on LAN then do not panic; you can transfer files via cloud. The files you just transferred will hang on there for about a week before it gets washed out completely.

With AirDroid you can check out your call logs and reply to SMS’s as well. However you will still need the web browser if you wish to capture screenshots and photographs taken with your phone camera.

How to find the publication date of a Web Page

Let’s assume you have a website which is quite popular and has earned you a fortune over the years. You might then do back track to recollect when exactly your website was started. If the website is active for years it might give your brain a tough time to recall the actual date when the website went live.
Of course Google doesn’t go without answering that one as well! But before that it’s necessary to know 3 basic concepts under internet dates. First is the publication date, the date when your website went live on the internet. Second is the discovery date, the date when the search engine spiders discovered your web page. Third is cache date, the date when your website was actually crawled.

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Now if you wish to unearth the date of publication here’s how you do it in just 3 simple steps!

1. Copy paste the complete web page address or the URL of the website in Google.com along with the ‘inurl:’ prefix operator in the search box. Then press enter.

For example:

inurl:www.mywebsiteage.com

This is how your result might look…

google.com/search?q=inurl:http:// www.google.com/ websites

2. Now copy paste the following text towards the end of the Google search in the address bar of your browser and press enter.
“&as_qdr=y15”

Your result:

google.com/search?q=inurl:http:// www.google.com/ websites&as_qdr=y15

3. That’s it! You can now actually see the publication date of your web page in the results displayed by the search engine.

Simple isn’t it?

5 hidden features of Samsung Galaxy S4 you need to explore

The thrill of holding a Samsung Galaxy S4 is something that even bond movies can’t equate. You wait for months together and put in your hard earned money just to get your hands on the God of Smartphones. Once you get it, it actually does become your ‘Life Companion’ forever and after. And why it wouldn’t? With its mind blowing features the smartphone seems to have stuck to hands of many and has become an indispensable gadget that no one is ready to part with.

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The buying experience of a Samsung Galaxy S4 is filled with “wows” and “aahhs” followed by curiosity quenching sessions. It’s obvious that you might be acquainted with many of its convenient features via user manuals or your friends who by now have mastered the art of using the Samsung Galaxy S4. But hold on! If you think you know it all, here is some more!
We have explored and listed few more awesome features and tricks that you probably might not know about…

1. Float your virtual keyboard
You can switch on the floating board and make your virtual keyboard float. Just pop open the Smartphone’s virtual keyboard, hold down the keyboard setting button and enable the “Floating Keyboard” option. This adds to the flexibility and convenience of the phone usage.

2. Improve battery life with Wi-Fi timer
You can stop your phone from draining its battery life time and again all you need to do is to make sure the phone connects/disconnects from Wi-Fi automatically. Go to ‘Settings’, choose the ‘Menu’ option from ‘Wi-Fi’ and select the ‘Advance’ setting. Now just adjust the time frame under the Wi-Fi timer option

3. Connect your Samsung camera to your Smartphone
Now you can connect the Samsung Galaxy S4 to your digital camera using the Samsung Smart Camera app. Before you start you need to add a camera shortcut to the lock screen of your phone. Go to Settings->My Device Tab->Lock screen and select ‘Enable multiple lock screen widgets’. Tap the ‘Lock Screen’ widget and then select camera as your favorite app or just quick launch the camera option using the icon just above it. Now tap the camera icon and just swipe towards the left of your screen to start the camera.

Now to link your smartphone to your digicam download the Samsung Smart Camera app which will enable you to directly launch Autoshare, Remote Viewfinder from your Galaxy S4. So the next time you use the camera, the Smart Camera app will auto connect to your Galaxy S4. This feature can be used only if your smartphone supports the NFC feature.

4. Type faster using Trace-to-type feature
Now you need not type each and every letter on the QWERTY keyboard of your smartphone. Just enable the “Trace-to-type” feature on your Smartphone by choosing ‘Continuous Input’ from the ‘Predictive Text’ option under the ‘Cog’ icon.
Just trace the letters to type the word and the text will show in the textbox of the phone’s message screen.

5. Enable Adaptive Display on S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 definitely gets a thumbs-up for this handy feature. When you step out in the sun your phones display almost becomes invisible. The adaptive display feature in your Galaxy S4 comes to rescue. Just select ‘Adapt display’ from ‘Screen Mode’ under the ‘Display’ option of ‘Settings->My Device’. Your Smartphone will give you a clear readable view of the tabs opened on your Galaxy S4.

If you still hadn’t had enough, look out for this segment on our website to explore more such exciting tricks and techniques hidden within your Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone.

Converting between Time Zones with Google

The most requested and definitely an even handier feature from Google is finally here. Google not only supports time conversion but also shows Converting from one time zone to another with Google is now possible with just a small yet useful command. The time one conversion command is pretty simple and doesn’t ask you to have an incredible memory or a tech brain. All you need to do is to specify the time zone in abbreviation or just mention its acronym.

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Now let’s see how to do it…If you wish to convert 5pm from Eastern Time to Pacific Daylight time zone type as follows…..

· convert 5pm EST to PDT

Likewise you can use the following formats to convert between time zones of your choice. You can either use the location name or specific time zone acronym to convert between time zones in Google as given below:

· 9.30am Chennai in Boston
· what time is it in New Jersey if its 3 am in Singapore
· convert 7am eastern time to Greenwich mean time
· 11pm Sydney in Kuala Lumpur

Apart from this you can use Google to display the current date and time in any given city. There’s more to this…you can just type the time zone acronym or name in the search box and the current date/time of that particular zone will be retrieved by Google. This tip allows you to quick-convert between time zones in Google; be it your desktop computer or mobile device.
Although Google is not the first to come up with the time zone converter app, however it has managed to catch up with the rest! DuckDuckGo, Wolfram Alpha and few others are predecessors which offer in-built time zone converters.
Introduction of this feature may however be a setback to many other exclusive date time converter sites like timeanddate.com since users might not be inclined to view from the sites displayed by the search engine when Google itself exclusively displays the result when searched by the user.
With this the tech giant has affirmed that technology is indeed simple!