5 Self-Destructing Apps to Send Secure Messages or Stay Organized

Self-Destructing Apps to Send Secure Messages

The threat to your privacy looms large. Beyond encryption, if you want to ensure your data isn’t stored anywhere, use these self-destructing apps to send sensitive information. Even if you use the most secure apps, there is a chance someone might get sensitive or personal data at a later date because it was stored somewhere. If you want to send something without it being stored forever, try these self-destructing apps that blow up the message, once and for all. Of course, if you use Gmail, you can already send self-destructing emails with Confidential Mode, one of the best new Gmail…

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The threat to your privacy looms large. Beyond encryption, if you want to ensure your data isn’t stored anywhere, use these self-destructing apps to send sensitive information.

Even if you use the most secure apps, there is a chance someone might get sensitive or personal data at a later date because it was stored somewhere. If you want to send something without it being stored forever, try these self-destructing apps that blow up the message, once and for all. Of course, if you use Gmail, you can already send self-destructing emails with Confidential Mode, one of the best new Gmail features.

These apps have different uses. Some let you send a single message or even a message on Slack. Others use self-destruction to keep your system lean and make you productive. Pick what you need.

SafeNote (Web): Send Notes or Files, Choose When It Self-Destructs

Safenote sends self-destructing messages and files

SafeNote is the new kid on the block for self-destructing apps, and it’s already doing everything right. Like all the other apps, it encrypts any note you write, or any file you upload. Then it creates a link, which you can share with the recipient.

What makes it better is that SafeNote lets you set when and how the link self-destructs. You can either set a time period (from one hour to one month) or use the option to delete the note immediately after it is read the first time. The latter is useful for one-on-one communication, while the time limit lets you share it with multiple users.

You can password-protect the link too. And you can choose to be notified when anyone opens the link, or when the note is destroyed. It’s a simple, easy-to-use app that does everything right.

1ty.me (Web): One-Time Self-Destructing Links for Passwords

1ty.me is a secure app to send one-time read notes and passwords

It’s a bad idea to send a password for any account over email, instant message, or any such service. Instead, when you need to share passwords, use a self-destructing note like the ones created by 1ty.me.

Write your password in the notes field, and click the “Generate Link” button. You’ll get a link that can be shared with anyone. The first time it is opened, 1ty.me will destroy the message forever from its servers. So there’s no way to share this with multiple users, but at least you know it’s not going to be stored anywhere.

There’s an option to be notified when the link is opened. And 1ty.me warns the user before opening the link that it will be destroyed forever, so they should copy-paste the sensitive information immediately.

Secret Message for Slack (Free): Self-Destructing Notes Within Slack

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Slack has become the chat and instant messaging app of choice for most organizations. And in organizations, you often need to send sensitive information. If your IT guy or boss can find that later, it would be disastrous, right? That’s why you need Secret Message.

This Slack integration adds the ability to send self-destructing notes to anyone in Slack. Once you add it, start a message with “/secret” (without the quotes). The recipient won’t see it till they click the “Read Note” button. The note will be available till they refresh Slack, or they can immediately delete it too. It’s a much safer and more private way to message on Slack.

Secret Message is as free and awesome as all our other favorite weird and wonderful Slack integrations. Try it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Add: Secret Message for Slack (Free)

Confide (Android, iOS, Windows, macOS): Confidential Instant Messenger

Confide is an instant messenger that auto deletes messages after they're read and stops screenshots

If you want a full-fledged instant messenger that secures messages and auto-deletes them, as well as works across different desktop and mobile operating systems, check out Confide. It does most things right.

All messages are end-to-end encrypted. Also, no one can take screenshots of the app, which makes it even more secure. And all messages disappear forever once they are read. These features work across one-on-one chats as well as groups.

Confide lets you send photos and videos, and has premium features that allow unlimited attachments as well as the ability to “unsend” messages before anyone reads them.

Download: Confide for Android | iOS | Windows | macOS (Free)

Deelete (Chrome): Auto-Delete Downloads After 24 Hours

Not every self-destructing app is about privacy and security. Deelete, a Chrome extension by Organizely, uses such scheduled auto-deletion to declutter your hard drive from the many one-time-use files you routinely download.

All of us get emails with attachments that we need only once, or just for the day. But then they sit in our Downloads folder forever. Over time, this builds up into a cluttered mess, which might even be slowing down your PC.

With Deelete, every time you download an attachment or any file on the internet, you’ll get a popup asking if you want to keep the file, or delete it in 24 hours. If you choose the second option, Deelete will ensure it removes the junk. It’s a fantastic tool and one of the best Gmail extensions for Chrome that we’ve seen.

Download: Deelete by Organizely for Chrome (Free)

Obliviate Your Messages

These self-destructing apps are great to use on desktops or mobiles, and especially with emails or Slack. But if you want a secure self-destructing app for your chats, check out our homemade brew.

MakeUseOf made obliviate, a secret messaging app that auto-destroys messages. You can set a timer, and even destroy the message before it has been read. Check it out, you’ll love obliviate.

Download: obliviate for Android and iOS (Free)

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5 New Google-Made Apps That Are Cool, Useful, and Fun

Google is constantly developing new apps, conducting experiments with AI, and making cool stuff. In case you missed their latest and greatest, here’s a quick rundown. Google is a technology giant that is a massive part of how we use the internet today. Its developers and engineers constantly update Google apps or create new ones that make our digital lives easier. There is such a huge number of them, in fact, that it’s easy to miss out on some excellent tools, like the ones in this list. Google Live Transcribe (Android): Transcribe What Anyone Is Saying Google Live Transcribe is…

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Google is constantly developing new apps, conducting experiments with AI, and making cool stuff. In case you missed their latest and greatest, here’s a quick rundown.

Google is a technology giant that is a massive part of how we use the internet today. Its developers and engineers constantly update Google apps or create new ones that make our digital lives easier. There is such a huge number of them, in fact, that it’s easy to miss out on some excellent tools, like the ones in this list.

Google Live Transcribe (Android): Transcribe What Anyone Is Saying

Google Live Transcribe is an accessibility tool meant to make life easier for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. It automatically turns any speech into text while the person is still speaking. It’s fast enough to be used in conversations.

The text can be a black font on a white background or a white font on a black background. The top-right corner indicates whether the environment is noisy, which means people have to speak louder to be heard. And if someone speaks to you from behind, the phone vibrates to let you know. Try it out, it works surprisingly smoothly.

The app uses Google’s Cloud Speech API, so it requires an active internet connection. Google says it doesn’t store any audio on its servers, but we’d take such proclamations with a pinch of salt. Google already knows a lot about you, and they do share data with authorities.

Download: Google Live Transcribe for Android (Free)

Squoosh (Web): Compress Images Online, With Advanced Options

Squoosh is an online image compression app made by google

There are some amazing online tools to edit images and reduce their size. But you don’t usually get granular control or advanced options. All that changes with Squoosh, which is bound to become your default app for all image compression.

At its base level, you can simple reduce the size in pixels, or reduce the palette of colors available. But when you get into compression, you get to do a whole lot more. You can tinker with the image’s compression file format, quality, channels, smoothing, and quantization. If you don’t know what these are, let Squoosh pick it for you. You could even experiment with each to learn more about them.

As you change the settings, the final output size will change in real time. You can also see a before-after comparison in real time, using a slider. Once you’re done, download the image to save it.

Password Checkup by Google (Chrome):

Password Checkup is a chrome extension to check if your passwords have been hacked

There are some excellent tools to check if your accounts have been hacked. Google is making it simpler with the Password Checkup extension for Chrome. You won’t have to go to sites any more, the tool will now tell you when it’s time to change a password.

The extension monitors your activity on all websites you visit. Every time you enter a username and password that is part of a data breach known to Google, you will immediately get an alert. If that happens, it’s obviously best policy to change the password to something more secure.

Google says the extension’s purpose is privacy, and so it never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device. Used with the new Google Passwords manager, this tool should be able to help you stay safer on the internet.

Download: Password Checkup by Google for Chrome (Free)

Shadow Art (Web): Form Shadow Puppets With A.I. and Webcam

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This is so cool! Google has taken the ancient practice of forming shadow puppets with your hands, and turned it into an interactive digital experience. Shadow Art is one of Google’s A.I. experiments, available for free in the form of a web app. You’ll need a webcam and an active internet connection.

Here’s how it works. First you select your Zodiac animal sign. Shadow Art will then use your webcam to calibrate the space it’s looking at, and then show you an outline of hands. Use your hands to match the outline, and you’ll have created your first digital shadow puppet! As soon as it’s done, the puppet transforms into cool art.

Not only that, Shadow Art is also a game. You have to cycle through all 12 Zodiac signs, learning how to make the animal shape with your hands. You’ll get 20 seconds for each sign, so have fun!

Text.App (Chrome): Text Editor for Chrome and Chrome OS

Text.App is a free text editor and notepad replacement for chrome and chrome os

For some reason, Google Chrome OS does not have a simple notepad or text editor tool. Text.App is the missing software for both Chrome OS as well as regular Google Chrome, for those who want a text editor that saves to Google Drive.

Text.App has all the standard features of a text editor, and then some. For starters, you can open multiple files and switch between them as tabs. You can save files to Google Drive, and open directly from Drive too. Developers will be happy to know that the app has syntax highlighting, so you can paste your code and work in it.

The tool is completely free, but there isn’t a web app version. You will need to use it as a Chrome app only.

Download: Text.App for Chrome (Free)

More From Google

These are the five latest tools from Google that we think are cool and useful. But Google has made so much more in the recent past that you might not have seen some of the others. For instance, did you know about these 5 Google-made apps worth checking out?

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The 5 Best Valentine’s Day Apps for a Romantic Date Night

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February 14 is coming up and you better have something romantic planned for your partner. But just in case you don’t, these free apps offer great date night ideas for Valentine’s Day. There’s something for everyone here. You can turn your relationship into a quiz, assign tasks and rewards for your significant other, or test how right you are for each other. And as always, there’s some romantic music to go with it. All these apps are for people who already have a special someone in their lives. If you’re single, we have you covered with free dating sites to…

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February 14 is coming up and you better have something romantic planned for your partner. But just in case you don’t, these free apps offer great date night ideas for Valentine’s Day.

There’s something for everyone here. You can turn your relationship into a quiz, assign tasks and rewards for your significant other, or test how right you are for each other. And as always, there’s some romantic music to go with it.

All these apps are for people who already have a special someone in their lives. If you’re single, we have you covered with free dating sites to help you find love.

1. 36 Questions in Love (Web): What Every Relationship Needs to Ask

36 questions to find out if you're in love

In a famous study, psychologists Arthur and Elaine Aron (yes, they’re a married couple) investigated what makes people fall head over heels for each other. They distilled their research to 36 questions for the couple, which you can discuss this Valentine’s Day.

The theory of the questions is that for an old couple, a new exercise like this can rekindle the kind of intense excitement you felt when you first fell in love. And for a new couple (or a pair on the verge of becoming one), the questions end up drawing you closer or proving you don’t belong together.

Either way, the 36 questions are an intimate activity for a romantic time. The questions get really personal and make you think about yourself and your partner. It takes about an hour or two to get through the list; every couple needs to go through them.

2. Happy Couple (Web, Android, iOS, Windows): Quiz Each Other, See if Answers Match

How in sync are you and your partner? To find out, try this cool app that sends you a short quiz daily. The more your answers match, the more points you earn to “level up” your relationship status.

Each day, the app asks five questions. Three are the same as your partner’s, and two are random. Pick from the multiple-choice answers, or add a custom note. Once both you and your partner have answered the same questions, you’ll see if you matched or not. If you didn’t, you can see the responses and comment on them.

It’s a fun little app and one of those cool Valentine’s Day games couples should play. Plus, even after V-Day, you’ll still get daily checks to discover more about each other. And that’s the best part of a relationship, isn’t it?

Download: Happy Couple for Android | iOS | Windows (Free, in-app purchases available)

3. Spark Now (Android, iOS): Tasks and Rewards for Couples

In any relationship, the question you hear most often is “Whose turn is it?” Spark Now puts a fun twist on doing activities for each other or together by attaching rewards.

Let’s say you want your significant other to plan date night for Valentine’s Day, or do a series of other tasks on that day. Launch Spark Now, set it as a task for them, and add a reward. The tasks can be in different categories (date night, cooking, cleaning, intimacy), set to repeat on schedule, and your partner will even get notifications for reminders.

Used creatively, Spark Now can make chores a bit more fun given that you get rewards. And don’t stick to chores alone…

Download: Spark Now for Android | iOS (Free)

4. Kindu (Android, iOS): Find Secret Desires Without Embarrassment

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There are activities you might fantasize about doing with your partner but are too shy to bring up. Kindu is an embarrassment-free way to find out which of each other’s desires overlap and keep the rest secret.

Here’s how it works: both you and your partner install the app and add each other. Go through the free Starter Pack of Kindu cards that contains fantasies like cooking a romantic dinner or giving a sensuous massage. If you like, you can make a custom card of your own too. Obviously, a lot of the ideas are more adult in nature, which is why the secrecy is important.

For each Kindu idea card, tap love, hate, or maybe. If you and your partner’s taps match, you’ll both see it. If they don’t match, the idea card is kept secret and discarded. So even if you have a Princess Leia gold bikini fantasy, your partner won’t ever know if they’re not into it.

Download: Kindu for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

5. YouTube’s Romantic Playlist (Web): 18 Most Popular Valentine’s Day Songs

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What’s a romantic evening without some mushy music in the background? Billboard has listed 18 songs on YouTube that surge in traffic on every Valentine’s Day. From the dulcet tones of Elton John to the Barry White’s inimitable deep vocals, it’s quite the playlist.

The good news is that you don’t need to go hunting on YouTube for these. We’ve got your back with a no-signup playlist on Cue YouTube. Fire it up in a desktop or mobile web browser and start playing.

Of course, it’s always more romantic to make your own playlist. And for that, we have a suggestion of love songs to stream on Valentine’s Day.

Get in the Mood for Valentine’s Day

With these sites and apps, you’re guaranteed a romantic evening with your significant other. Whether it’s an endless steam of love songs or an app to find out each other’s hidden desires, you’ll have a great Valentine’s Day.

But don’t feel left out if you’re alone for the big day. You can enjoy some great movies on Valentine’s Day for singles.

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5 Super Sites for Remote Workers and Digital Nomads

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More and more people are looking to work from home or travel the world while they do their job. If you’re a remote worker or a digital nomad or just want to get into that space, you need to visit these sites. Digital nomadism isn’t new, but is gaining widespread acceptance with every passing day. It’s only natural to eschew the office, given the rapid advances in communications technology. But it still feels daunting since it’s off the beaten path. These websites help you answer any questions you might have about digital nomadism. Learn about the kinds of opportunities available,…

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Remote Working

More and more people are looking to work from home or travel the world while they do their job. If you’re a remote worker or a digital nomad or just want to get into that space, you need to visit these sites.

Digital nomadism isn’t new, but is gaining widespread acceptance with every passing day. It’s only natural to eschew the office, given the rapid advances in communications technology. But it still feels daunting since it’s off the beaten path.

These websites help you answer any questions you might have about digital nomadism. Learn about the kinds of opportunities available, and how you can ease yourself into it.

Remote Habits (Web): Interviews and F.A.Q.s From Successful Remote Works

Remote Habits interviews successful remote workers for their productivity tips

The best way to grow in any field is to follow in the footsteps of those who have succeeded. Remote Habits specializes in interviewing remote workers and finding out what makes them keep ticking along.

The site is divided into interviews and public questions. In public questions, the entire community of readers comes together to discuss a topic, much like any forum or discussion board.

The interviews focus on a single individual who answers most of the popular questions, but also adds specifics about the hardships of their particular job role. Chances are, you will find someone whose job profile meets your own, and you can learn from what they do.

If you like Remote Habits, you might also want to check out Alberto Gallego’s newsletter for remote workers, which has a monthly guide on how to stay productive, be inspired, and live a balanced life.

Nomad List Chat (Web): Public Chat for Digital Nomads

NomadList's chat has the best community of digital nomads and remote workers

Nomad List is one of the most comprehensive resources for digital nomads and remote workers. It has almost every type of information you’d want to know about any place you want to go to. Honestly, it’s the best place to figure out where you should go as a digital nomad.

But NomadList is so good at this part that the other great feature is often ignored: chat. Nomad List hosts a public chatroom for digital nomads and remote workers to talk about anything and everything under the sun. It’s free to join and participate, and you’ll find different chatrooms discussing different topics.

The chat feature is always buzzing, and you should be able to find like-minded individuals or get answers to any questions you might have. Nomad List is known for a great community of remote workers, who are welcoming and encouraging of newbies in the digital nomad world.

WorkMode (Web): Find a Wi-Fi Cafe Anywhere

Find a wi-fi cafe anywhere in the world with WorkMode

For remote workers, cafes often end up as offices or workplaces. They offer consistent Wi-Fi connectivity, a place to work in peace, easy access to a washroom, and refreshments to keep you going.

WorkMode is a super simple web app built on top of Google Maps and its data. This at-a-glance interface makes it easy to find a nearby cafe that offers Wi-Fi, along with other amenities. The results appear on a Google Map of the area, which you can filter by distance, fast Wi-Fi, coffee quality, quietness, or reviews.

The app also lets you test the internet speed at any location, so that other users can know what to expect. Be warned that not all cafes listed here offer free, unlimited Wi-Fi. If that’s a priority, then you might want to check our guide on how to get free Wi-Fi almost anywhere.

There are plenty of other apps like WorkFrom. But their usefulness depends on where you are. WorkMode’s Google Maps data makes it slightly more useful no matter where you are.

RemoteList (Web): Curated List of All Remote Jobs Boards

RemoteList aggregates remote job boards

Remote jobs are popular enough now with their own dedicated online job listing boards. In fact, there are so many of them that you might wonder, which job search engine do you need? Head to RemoteList, a remote jobs board curator, to figure it out.

You can see a list of all the remote job boards and sort them by popularity. Dive deeper into the one most people are using and find more listings. Each board explains why it’s popular, and Twitter users can leave a comment on their experience with it.

There’s also a Q&A section to discuss remote working issues, as well as a Jobs tab to curate job postings from different boards. You can safely ignore both of those though, there is hardly any content there.

Nomad Pick (Web): Super-Site for Remote Worker Tools and Resources

Nomad Pick is a Super-Site for Remote Worker Tools and Resources

Nomad Pick is an aggregator of the best resources and tools for remote workers or digital nomads. Bookmark this website so that you can always find the best app or site for the lifestyle you desire.

The categories include accommodation, blogs, books, communities, coworking, destination guide, finances, flight, food and drink, gear, health, insurance, passport and visa, podcasts, remote work, retreat, travel planning, and miscellaneous. Each section lets you sort the recommended sites by upvotes so that you can further drill it down.

Nomad Pick’s carefully selected choices are the easiest way for any remote worker to do as little research as possible and still find a reliable tool for the job at hand.

Ready to Remote? Check Out These Companies

With this list of super-sites for remote workers and digital nomads, you should be ready to take the leap. And remote working doesn’t mean that you’d have to look at startups and not established corporations. Well, prepare to be surprised.

Check out this list of large companies willing to hire remote workers. You will find the likes of Photoshop-maker Adobe and computer giant Dell here.

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5 Brain-Hacking Positivity Apps to Manage Depression and Change Your Mood

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When you’re feeling stressed, depressed, and unable to get out of a funk, these free apps can help manage your mood and trick your brain into feeling more positive for the time being. From bots that will talk to you through a funk to long-term projects that help express and manage your mental state through photography, these apps have several approaches to change how you feel. It’s all about mood management and mind hacks, a combination that can help you better understand depression and anxiety, and deal with disorders. Important: If you have signs of depression, mood disorders, and other…

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When you’re feeling stressed, depressed, and unable to get out of a funk, these free apps can help manage your mood and trick your brain into feeling more positive for the time being.

From bots that will talk to you through a funk to long-term projects that help express and manage your mental state through photography, these apps have several approaches to change how you feel. It’s all about mood management and mind hacks, a combination that can help you better understand depression and anxiety, and deal with disorders.

Important: If you have signs of depression, mood disorders, and other mental health issues, these should be addressed by a medical professional. The apps in this article are stop-gap measures or add-ons to actual therapy and advice, they can’t replace medical diagnoses.

The One Project (Web, Android, iOS): Therapeutic Photography for Disorders

The One Project has been around for eight years, but a recent overhaul has put it on a new stage. The project continues its goal of using therapeutic photography, but now puts it into a new mobile app that lets you better connect with the community and the goals of the ideal.

Therapeutic photography is all about taking and analyzing your photos to understand how you see the world. Others in the community can also comment on your pictures to perhaps uncover things about yourself that you didn’t realize. It’s a learning process, done both consciously and subconsciously. You can learn more about it in the TED talk by founder Bryce Evans.

The One Project generally carries a $9.99 membership, but the community prides itself on denying nobody. So if you have financial constraints, you can still use the app by requesting a free membership.

Healacrity (Web): Daily Questionnaire to Reduce Stress

Healacrity helps beat stress with a daily questionnaire

When you wake up and start the day, you can approach the challenges and tasks with a clearer mind. Healacrity takes this clarity to prepare your brain for the day, no matter what happens, so that you don’t get stressed.

The web app, which also works on mobile, has a step-by-step questionnaire. You will be asked about big goals and the future, small goals and what’s troubling you, and worst case scenarios too. By writing your deepest desires and fears on a daily basis, it’s a bit like a doing a brain dump that also preps you.

Healacrity will email your responses immediately so that in case things go wrong, you can refer to your inbox which has a plan that you set at the start of the day on how to deal with obstacles. It’s better than having your tired, stressed mind coming up with a new attack.

Youper (Android, iOS): Bot to Track Moods and Rewire Your Brain

Youper is a mobile app that combines an AI-based chatbot with basic features of apps to track mood and progress. Through a series of questions and exercises, it will help you figure out how you’re feeling, why you’re feeling it, and beat it.

The chatbot will ask you a daily question to track your mood, or you can start the app to talk through how you’re feeling. There’s a bunch of presets for common moods, and you can choose the intensity of your feelings too. Over time, Youper will smartly figure out patterns in how you feel, and counter them with exercises.

There are also short-term exercises like guided meditations, for situations when you are feeling bogged down and want an instant boost. The bot understands normal language and has even auto-replies to feel like a natural process.

Download: Youper for Android | iOS (Free)

Moodrise (Android, iOS): Instant Mood-Changing Videos

Our moods are dependent on chemicals in our brain, like dopamine, oxytocin, endorphins, and so on. Some studies have shown that certain types of videos, sounds, or activities release more of these chemicals. For example, watching nature videos can release GABA, which makes you calmer.

Moodrise is an incredible app that puts together a series of 10 video exercises to help change your mood. First, you state how you are feeling, so the app can track your emotions. Then you choose from the recommended chemicals and undertake the exercise. It takes less than five minutes to finish one, but through watching, listening, and interacting with the set, your mind will trick itself into feeling better.

Moodrise is completely free, and you can do multiple chemical exercises in a day too. If you can’t find “Moodrise” on your phone’s app store, try searching for the developer AeBeZe.

Download: Moodrise for Android | iOS (Free)

Pause by Pauseable (Android, iOS): Move On Screen to Meditate

We all know that mindfulness meditation apps help improve your life, but several people find it difficult to sit still in one place without any activity. Pauseable combined the principles of Tai Chi with technology to create Pause, an app that makes you move to meditate.

Start the app, plug in your headphones, and you will be asked to touch the screen. Then you have to slowly trace your finger across the screen. Calming sounds play on your headphones, in sync with the calming animation and movements of your finger. You’ll get prompts if you go too fast or stop, along with prompts to close your eyes.

Ideally, a Pause session should last for 10 minutes, after which you’ll get a notification on your headphones. But you can change the duration in the app’s settings, as well as the difficulty for how slowly you move on screen, how much contact you need, and so on.

Download: Pause for Android | iOS (Free)

To Fight Depression, Move Away From Screens

This set of apps offer various ways to change your mood and feel better. But don’t over-rely on them. In fact, technology can be the source of your depression without you even knowing it.

The internet, smartphones, social media, and other such digital factors can affect your mood. Learn about how technology feeds depression, and take steps to counter it.

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5 Awesome Reddit Apps and Extensions You Aren’t Using

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Reddit has so much going on that even if you’re an expert, you might not know just how awesome it can be. These apps and extensions promise a better Reddit experience than ever before. Reddit is the internet’s unofficial discussion forum for pretty much any topic you want to talk about. The tools in this article are more useful for regular Reddit users. But if you haven’t already been to the site, or if you find it a little overwhelming, try these other sites and apps for Reddit beginners and casual users. SubSrv (Web): Browse Multiple Subreddits At Once SubSrv…

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Reddit Apps

Reddit has so much going on that even if you’re an expert, you might not know just how awesome it can be. These apps and extensions promise a better Reddit experience than ever before.

Reddit is the internet’s unofficial discussion forum for pretty much any topic you want to talk about. The tools in this article are more useful for regular Reddit users. But if you haven’t already been to the site, or if you find it a little overwhelming, try these other sites and apps for Reddit beginners and casual users.

SubSrv (Web): Browse Multiple Subreddits At Once

SubSrv lets you browse multiple subreddits at once

SubSrv is a simple dashboard that puts multiple subreddits next to each other. This way, you can look at the latest trending posts in all of your favorite subreddits, at the same time. And you can discover new subreddits too.

You don’t need to be a Reddit member, nor do you have to sign up at SubSrv. Simply type the name of the subreddit in the box, and it will instantly create a new column that fetches the latest 3-100 posts (customizable) from that community. Add as many as you want to create a “subpack”. Each subpack has its own unique URL, so you can bookmark it and revisit it whenever you want to get a new list of posts on the dashboard.

SubSrv also offers recommendations for popular subpacks, like “history geek” and “awkward cringe”. This is a neat way to discover new subreddits that you might not have otherwise visited.

RemindMeBot (Chrome, Firefox): Reminders to Check a Thread Later

RemindMeBot extension easily sets reminders for reddit posts

Reddit is often most useful only when a thread has plenty of comments. If you stumble upon a thread or comment early and think it will be worth reading after it has got more comments, you should check it out later. RemindMeBot is the simple way to set a reminder for that.

Reddit’s famous u/RemindMeBot lets you reply to any comment or post to create a custom reminder with the words “!RemindMe 5 days” (without the quotes). Obviously, you can change the days to weeks, months, or years, and the number to whatever you see fit.

The extension, available for both Chrome and Firefox, makes it simpler for anyone to set a reminder. The RemindMe button now appears on every post title as well as comment, and a single click will let you quickly set when you want the alert. No typing needed.

A calendar widget lets you quickly choose a date too. And you can also check out all the reminders you have set. This is the kind of excellent Reddit extension that makes a better browsing experience.

Download: RemindMeBot for Chrome | Firefox (Free)

Readr for Reddit (Chrome, Firefox): Clean, Better Reading Page

Reddit has some amazing written content on it. From those who write fascinating fiction in r/WritingPrompts to subreddits for true stories from real people, you’ll want to read it all. But the default web interface makes for an uncomfortable reading experience.

Readr for Reddit is a free browser extension that beautifies and declutters the mess. In each post’s options, next to the permalink button, you’ll find a “read” button. Click it to turn the post into a clean reading interface.

Readr uses a better font in a larger size, and puts it on a distraction-free background. It looks and feels a little like reading Reddit on a Medium post. You also get a dark mode or a light mode, and the ability to adjust basic readability settings.

Download: Readr for Reddit for Chrome (Free)

Note: The official Readr website says that there is also a Firefox Add-on, but at the time of writing, it has been removed from the Firefox Add-ons marketplace. If you’re a Firefox user, please try the link from the official Readr page.

Removeddit (Web): See Removed Posts on Reddit

See removed reddit posts at Removeddit

Often while browsing Reddit, you’ll see a sign on a post that says [removed]. This means the moderators or administrators have deemed that comment or post to not fit the rules and deleted it. But you can still see the post in its entirety with Removeddit.

Removeddit is one of a few sites that are fighting Reddit’s censorship to let you read deleted comments on Reddit. So the next time you see such a sign on a thread, change the URL from “reddit.com” to “removeddit.com” while keeping everything else the same. You’ll be transported to the Removeddit site, where it shows all deleted posts and comments in that thread.

Removeddit also has a handy bookmark that you can click instead of changing the title. And if you go to the website’s homepage, you’ll find a list of the latest threads that have been removed or deleted by moderators.

Minimalism for Reddit (Web): Fastest, Barebones Reddit Browsing

Minimalism for Reddit

The Reddit website, especially after the new redesign, has become slower and heavier, not to mention more cluttered. If your internet connection isn’t fast, you might want to try this alternative Minimalism for Reddit website.

It doesn’t load any sidebars or other junk. It removes usernames to replace them with emojis. You won’t get options on the post either. It’s as minimalistic and clutter-free as Reddit can get. And all of that also makes it much faster than any other extension or web app.

Plus, the whole page doesn’t look like Reddit, so you can also use it to browse Reddit at the office, since no one will suspect you’re wasting time.

Do You Know Reddit’s Worst?

It’s easy to find the most popular or the best posts in any subreddit by choosing the “Top” “Of All Time” filters. But what about the worst posts on Reddit? Here’s your quick guide to the most downvoted Reddit comments of all time.

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5 Sites to Download Free and Copyright-Free Music for YouTube Videos

Copyright Free Music for YouTube

Don’t post a video on YouTube with background music from a copyrighted source. It’s probably going to be taken down. Instead, get free and royalty-free music from one of these sites. It doesn’t matter if you’re hoping to be a viral sensation or just posting something for family and friends to see. If it’s free for the public to see, the copyright owner of that music can make a claim and remove your video. And yes, YouTube is notorious for making your favorite videos disappear because of this. A better option is to use copyright-free or royalty-free music. These sites…

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Don’t post a video on YouTube with background music from a copyrighted source. It’s probably going to be taken down. Instead, get free and royalty-free music from one of these sites.

It doesn’t matter if you’re hoping to be a viral sensation or just posting something for family and friends to see. If it’s free for the public to see, the copyright owner of that music can make a claim and remove your video. And yes, YouTube is notorious for making your favorite videos disappear because of this.

A better option is to use copyright-free or royalty-free music. These sites will give you background choices that are free, as long as you add a link to the source in your description.

Thematic (Web): Free Tracks From Legit Artists

Thematic has free music fom professional musicians to use on youtube

Thematic is the service that most YouTube creators should be looking at for free songs from established artists and musicians. To get access, you’ll need to become a member of Thematic, but you don’t even need a credit card to sign up.

After you’ve become a member, you’ll get to see the full Thematic music catalog, which includes music from several indie as well as decently popular musicians like Olivia Lane or Kingdm. That’s right, you can use an Olivia Lane song without VEVO taking down your video.

Of course, there are some rules for that. Thematic members have to follow a particular attribution link and style to use the songs on YouTube or Instagram, and those are the only two platforms where you’re allowed to show your video. But as long as you follow the necessary requirements, you’ll get a fantastic, professionally-made song for your videos.

WOWA (Web): Unsplash for Music

WOWA is the unsplash for music

WOWA has only about 20 tracks on the website. They vary in style, and you can download all of them for free. But this site is different from all the others here because the tracks come with a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.

In case you don’t know about Creative Commons licenses, the CC0 license lets you use any work for free, in personal or commercial causes, edit it as you see fit, and without attribution. This means you can do whatever you want with the music on WOWA, and you don’t have to add a link for it in the YouTube description or include it in any credits roll.

New tracks are added to WOWA only once in a while. If you want to know the next time new material is available, subscribe to the newsletter for alerts.

Icons8 Fugue (Web): Browse by Themes, Genres, and Moods

Icons8 is a well-known resource for free stock icons and photos, and they now also offer a great selection of royalty-free music and audio tracks. Each track can be downloaded to your drive as a free high-quality MP3, or you can pay to unlock the WAV file.

The music collection is divided into three categories: themes, genres, and moods. Each has its sub-categories to further refine your choices and quickly find what you’re looking for. You can stream any song in full before downloading it, and get information like runtime, visualizer, and so on.

Of course, there’s a search function as well. But you’re probably better off using the large number of tags on the site to browse and find what you need.

TeknoAXE (Web): One Musician, 1500 Free Songs

TeknoAXE has a large collection of free and royalty free music to download

For nine years now, musician and YouTuber TeknoAXE has been making new songs and scores and letting anyone on the internet use them for free. The majority of these tracks are electronic dance music, rock, and metal, but there are plenty of thematic compositions too.

The CC 4.0 license only means you need to attribute the original link, and note if you made any changes. In exchange, you get a collection of almost 1,500 songs spread across several genres, and even moods like comedy, drama, horror, and so on. Listen to a few tracks and you might think, “Hey, I’ve heard this before.” That’s because TeknoAXE’s music has been used widely on YouTube already.

For his latest music, you can follow TeknoAXE’s YouTube channel. He usually uploads a new track every week, and this is a good way to find a new sound for your video before it becomes popular.

CCHound (Web): Hand-Curated Picks By Musicians

CCHound has hand-picked royalty free music

The internet is filled with royalty-free, Creative Commons-protected music, but not every song is a winner here. That’s why a few taste-makers got together to pick their favorites and put them on CCHound.

The collection isn’t actively updated anymore, but even with what exists, it’s a good way to find the cream of the crop rather than go trawling through the huge number of royalty-free tracks on sites like Jamendo or SoundCloud. You can browse by tags, genres, or search for something. And each song is clearly marked whether you can use it with attribution or not.

If you don’t find something on CCHound, you might need to go to its sources. This collection of sites with free Creative Commons music should help you find a track that suits your taste.

You Know Copyright, But What About Copyleft?

Finding the right music and using it legally will ensure that your video stays up for as long as you want. It isn’t subject to the whims and fancies of copyright takedown notices, or cease and desist letters.

That said, it’s best to familiarize yourself with a bit of copyright law, as well as some of the ways of using copyrighted material on the internet. In fact, the first place to get started is the new concepts of copyleft and copyright.

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5 Tools to Find the Best Things to Buy on Amazon Quickly

Amazon Shopping

Amazon, the global online shopping giant, makes it hard to find what you’re looking for. Let’s make it easier with a few choice apps, websites, and extensions. Between these tools, you’ll be able to fix many of the annoyances that you encounter while shopping on Amazon. This includes a cleaner interface without sponsored posts and ads, curated picks of the best products on Amazon, and even a better search engine. Needless to say, to use any of these, you should have set up an Amazon account and be familiar with buying from the site. If you aren’t, you can learn…

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Amazon, the global online shopping giant, makes it hard to find what you’re looking for. Let’s make it easier with a few choice apps, websites, and extensions.

Between these tools, you’ll be able to fix many of the annoyances that you encounter while shopping on Amazon. This includes a cleaner interface without sponsored posts and ads, curated picks of the best products on Amazon, and even a better search engine.

Needless to say, to use any of these, you should have set up an Amazon account and be familiar with buying from the site. If you aren’t, you can learn all about it in our extensive Amazon shopping guide.

Amazon Lite (Chrome): Remove Unwanted Ads and Banners

Amazon Lite removes unwanted ads and banners from Amazon

Amazon’s website design hasn’t changed much in years, and now it looks like a cluttered mess. Just loading the homepage takes a long time, and the search results are full of sponsored items, advertisements, and other unnecessary elements.

Amazon Lite is a free extension for Google Chrome that removes all these distracting and useless artifacts. You get a clean interface for the search results as well as a product’s description, and the user reviews too. It’s a much more pleasing way to browse or search on Amazon.

Speaking of search, Amazon Lite also strips away all the junk on the homepage and leaves you with just the search bar. It’s much faster to load, and far less distracting too.

Download: Amazon Lite for Chrome (Free)

Most Popular (Web): The Most Loved Products on Amazon

Most Popular has the most loved products on Amazon

Amazon’s “Best Seller” tag doesn’t indicate the best product itself. If you’re unsure about what to buy when you’re faced with too many choices, go to Most Popular and check.

When deciding the best product in any category, Most Popular takes multiple factors into account, including the number of customer reviews, average rating, earnings, purchase/download volume, price, availability and release date. The products are then put into categories (work, wellness, etc.) and lists (like the best coffee maker, the best headphones, etc.) Go through the categories or search for products.

Most Popular also works with apps in the iOS App Store and extensions for Google Chrome, so that’s a neat bonus if you’re looking for software along with products.

FiveStar (Web): Minimalistic, Fast Amazon Search

FiveStar is a minimalistic amazon search engine

FiveStar is a replacement for the default Amazon search to get a single page with all the top results. Search for any product or a category, like wireless headphones, and you’ll get the best-rated products.

All you see is the name, the price, and a little picture of the product. It’s nice to see only the top results and not be confused for choice, and without having to scroll too much. You can sort these by price, but none of the other Amazon filters are available at FiveStar.

Trusty Search Assistant for Amazon (Web): Easier Filters and Infinite Scroll

Of course, FiveStar is only useful if you want to quickly find what you want without much fuss. If you’re on a hunt, you’re better off with advanced ways to search Amazon, using tools like Trusty Search Assistant.

This Chrome extension adds a bunch of new options to the search results so that you can quickly filter or sort them according to what you need. It also removes the page-by-page style of results that Amazon uses, and instead goes with an infinite scroll so that you can see all choices at once, and the filters affect them immediately.

These filters are sliders that affect three basic aspects: rating, review count, and price. You can always set these through Amazon’s sidebar, but the sliders make it much more appealing, not to mention they stay on screen all the time.

Download: Trusty Search Assistant for Amazon for Chrome (Free)

DS Amazon Quick View (Chrome): Preview Product Page Without Clicking

Preview amazon product pages with DS Quick View for Amazon

You search for something in Amazon, you see a list of products, but to find the right one, you need to keep clicking back and forth between the results page and the product page. Well, no more. DS Amazon Quick View lets you preview the product page without ever leaving the results.

Just hover the mouse cursor over the item’s image, and this nifty Chrome extension jumps into action. It will show the details you need to know such as the product description, item’s shipping weight, shipping charges, average customer review, and other information that can help you decide. The extension also shows data about the seller, so you don’t end up buying from an untrustworthy source.

DS Amazon Quick View only works with the Amazon USA website. If you want to use it with other Amazon country sites, or get extra features like price history, purchase the Extended DS Amazon Quick View add-on.

Download: DS Amazon Quick View for Chrome (Free)

For Weird, Cool, or Discounted Products…

These websites and extensions are useful when you know what you want on Amazon. But well, Amazon has some offbeat items that you probably don’t know about (and didn’t know you wanted).

You should check out this list of websites to find cool, weird, or discounted items on Amazon. You never know what will catch your eye.

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5 Fastest Ways to Find a Good Movie or Film Worth Watching

Ready to kick back and enjoy a movie? Don’t waste time figuring out what to watch. Use these apps to find a good film quickly.

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There are so many films out there, and so little time to watch them. When you’re ready to kick back and enjoy a movie, you don’t want to waste time figuring out what to watch. So here are five of the fastest ways to find a good film.

These sites recommend films that are currently showing in theaters as well as old films worth watching. If it’s the latter, you might want to check which movies you can stream on services like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

StayIn (Web): Quick Questionnaire for Mood-Based Recommendations

StayIn uses a Tinder-like interface and a quick series of questions to figure out what sort of mood you are in, and recommends a movie based on that. It’s a browser-based app that also works well on mobile screens.

The questions are written like a human would ask (and sometimes include profanity too). So instead of “Choose a genre”, it would ask something like, “Are you in the mood for some action?” You have to click Yes, No, or Don’t Care on each question card. Don’t think too much about it, go with your gut.

When you’ve sorted these filters enough, StayIn will give you recommendations for movies to watch, complete with their basic details. It’s one of the quickest ways to get a film worth watching.

End Rating (Web): For a Satisfying Climax

Find films with the best climax at End Ratings

There are some great movies that mess up their conclusion. Then there are films that seem to build up to the end, and the climax is what makes the whole film worth watching. If you’re looking for the latter, End Rating is a quick way to find such movies.

The site gives movies two types of ratings. One is a general film rating, which is indicated in green. This seems to be based on movie ranking sites like IMDb or Metacritic. Then there is the rating in orange, which is where users rate the film’s ending.

Among the top-rated films in this are the likes of Limitless and The Usual Suspects. You haven’t seen The Next Three Days? Well apparently, the ending makes the movie worth watching since it got a 100/100. What’re you reading this for, go see it.

Suggest Me Movie (Web): The StumbleUpon for Movies

Suggest Me Movie is a StumbleUpon for film recommendations

There is no searching or clicking around at Suggest Me Movies. Open the site and you’ll get a new film recommendation, complete with its IMDb rating, a trailer, genres, and quick details about the plot and cast. It’s like the classic StumbleUpon website, but only for films.

If you want, you can customize these recommendations with a few filters. Set start and end years, genres, minimum IMDb score, votes, and up to three keywords to search in actor names or the synopsis.

You won’t always get a winner with Suggest Me Movie, and there are quite a few foreign film recommendations. But if you don’t like what you see, just click the Suggest Me Movie button again to get a new pick. This simplicity is hard to beat.

LazyDay (Web): Search for Anything, or Get Random Picks

LazyDay offers a comprehensive search engine for movies as well as random picks

LazyDay is one of the best-tagged film catalogs to get movie recommendations. You can search for almost anything and get a film in the results. For example, you might search “Character says I love you” or “Stabbed with a needle” and you’ll get a result for it at LazyDay.

The results have everything you’ll need about a movie to make a decision, including a trailer, a quick synopsis, and the IMDb rating. You don’t even need to go away from the results to find these things, it’s all available without leaving the page, which makes your search much faster.

If you can’t make up your mind and are feeling too lazy to search, LazyDay also offers “Random Picks” so you don’t have to decide. That’s quite nice, isn’t it? Sometimes, all you want is to not think, and be catered to like TV used to do.

CringeMDB (Web): Find Films Safe to Watch With Parents

CringeMDB tells you which films are safe to watch with your parents

We all know IMDb is a great database of everything you’d want to know about a film. That includes its Parents’ Guide to find and avoid inappropriate movie scenes for kids. But what if you’re the kid and you want to watch something with your folks, or anyone else, without feeling awkward? Turn to CringeMDB.

The website lets you search films between 1995 and 2017 to find which ones are safe to watch with folks and which ones will make you cringe at a scene or two. But rather than the search function, you should use CringeMDB for theater releases.

The “In Theaters” and “Upcoming” tabs have movie posters showcasing what is playing in cinema halls right now, and films that are set to release soon. You can plan your outing accordingly, and save yourself a few blushes.

More Recommendations In Different Ways

Naturally, this list is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to film recommendation websites, apps, and engines. We’ve talked about many of them before, but if you’re looking for quick ways to find movies, then you should check out Movie of the Night.

Like Suggest Me Movie, it gives you only one recommendation at a time, but in this case, you set some criteria for it first. The website is a part of our list of five recommendation sites to find new movies, which also includes a cute app to find a movie that is common ground between you and your date. Try it out.

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Got a New Kindle Reader? 5 Apps and Sites Every Kindle Owner Will Love

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Amazon’s Kindle is the best ebook reader around. If you own a Kindle, these apps and sites unlock its full potential and features, from using the Kindle’s web browser easily to developing a habit of reading regularly. These tools are mainly aimed at bettering the Kindle ebook reader, and it doesn’t matter which Kindle device you use. They will also work with the Kindle app on computer, phone, or tablet. EpubPress (Chrome, Firefox): Create an Ebook From Multiple Tabs Instead of researching a topic on your laptop, EpubPress lets you read all about it on your Kindle. This nifty extension…

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Amazon’s Kindle is the best ebook reader around. If you own a Kindle, these apps and sites unlock its full potential and features, from using the Kindle’s web browser easily to developing a habit of reading regularly.

These tools are mainly aimed at bettering the Kindle ebook reader, and it doesn’t matter which Kindle device you use. They will also work with the Kindle app on computer, phone, or tablet.

EpubPress (Chrome, Firefox): Create an Ebook From Multiple Tabs

epubpress turns multiple open tabs into an ebook for kindle

Instead of researching a topic on your laptop, EpubPress lets you read all about it on your Kindle. This nifty extension takes all the tabs you have opened and turns them into an ebook that is saved to your device.

Here’s how it works. First, open links in different tabs, and arrange all those tabs in the order that you’d like them to appear in the ebook. Once you’re ready, click the EpubPress extension icon, and select which tabs you want to include in the final ebook. When you’re ready, start the process. It takes a little time depending on how many pages there are and how big the images are. Yup, you also get pictures in your book, which can increase the file size.

By default, EpubPress makes the book in the EPUB file format. This format works on Amazon Kindle, but if you want the best possible result, convert it to MOBI with one of these best online ebook converters. Once you’re done, send the ebook to your Kindle and read it there.

Download: EpubPress for Chrome | Firefox (Free)

Push To Kindle (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Android): Send Any Article to Kindle

Push to Kindle is one of the oldest and best services to instantly send any article you are reading to your Kindle. While Amazon has official apps to send documents and articles to Kindle, this works better than the Amazon-made tools.

Set up an account with Push to Kindle and you can even use it with just an email. Send any URL to that email address, and Push to Kindle will automatically turn it into a readable page on Kindle and send it to your device. It just works.

The browser extension or mobile apps can be used similarly. The first setup is a bit of a tedious process, but it’s worth the 15 minutes it takes. Once you’ve invested that amount of time, from then on, you’ll be able to send any article to your Kindle in a couple of clicks or taps.

Download: Push To Kindle for Chrome | Firefox | Opera | Safari (Free)

Download: Push To Kindle for Android | Kindle Fire (Free)

Snippet (Web, Chrome, Firefox): Organize Kindle and Other Highlights

organize Kindle highlights and notes with Snippet

Kindle lets you highlight certain sentences and add notes so that you can refer to them later. There’s a web page to check them all out, but Snippet is a much better tool to organize them all and revisit them.

The app and extension syncs with your Kindle account to import all highlights for every book you have ever read. The free version only imports highlights, while the paid version (5 €/month) also imports notes.

You can create tags in Snippets and attach those to your highlights. So eventually, when you want to look at motivational quotes, click the motivation tag in Snippets to see what you’ve highlighted along those lines. You also get five different colors for highlights, to color-code the type of things you want to revisit.

Snippet isn’t limited to Kindle alone, as it can be used to highlight sentences or add notes to articles on the web.

Download: Snippet for Chrome | Firefox | Bookmarklet (Free)

Kinstant (Web): The Start Page for Kindle’s Web Browser

Kinstant makes the Kindle web browser easier to use

The Kindle is a black-and-white device and its touchscreen isn’t as sensitive as a phone’s or tablet’s screen. So when you try to browse the web with the built-in browser on the Kindle, it’s not the best experience. Unless you use Kinstant.

Kinstant is a Start Page created for the Kindle web browser, with large and legible text, as well as large buttons to tap. It includes links to the fastest version of popular websites, like the New York Times, Gmail, Facebook, The Onion, and so on. To check the weather, enter any U.S. zip code to be taken to the lightest version of Weather.gov.

Another annoyance in the Kindle web browser is that you need to add the “http://” or the “www”. Kinstant fixes that with shortcuts so that you don’t need to do all that.

It would be a good idea to make Kinstant your Kindle web browser’s homepage. You might also want to check out Reabble, an RSS feed reader made for the Kindle browser, which is one of our favorite Kindle-based apps and sites.

Bookly (Android, iOS): Track Reading, Add Notes, Make It a Habit

Bookly is a companion app for readers, whether they’re on Kindle or not. It helps you track what you’re reading, how long you take and turn reading into a daily habit.

Once you add a book by searching for it, key in how much of it you have read, in pages or percentage. When you begin a reading session, start the Bookly app and open the book in it. You can add quotes, words, or thoughts as you read, and even listen to ambient sounds so that you’re not distracted.

When you’re done on your Kindle, stop the session on Bookly too. Over time, Bookly will track your reading statistics and generate an infographic when you’re done with a book. The app also lets you set monthly and annual goals, in terms of how much you read. The app will also send you a daily reminder to read at a certain time that you set, such as when you’re on your commute.

Download: Bookly for Android | iOS (Free)

For Free Books and More…

These five apps and sites ensure that any Kindle reader will have a much better experience than simply reading books on the device. There is so much more you can do with the Kindle when you unlock its features with these tricks.

But this isn’t the end of the list. There are several other Kindle-based tools to do more with the device. For example, you should check out eReaderIQ, the best advanced Kindle books search engine. It’s all part of our list of sites and apps that Kindle users shouldn’t miss.

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