Thursday, March 23, 2017

Stay Focusd

If you are one of those people who wants to study but can’t focus because as soon as you pickup your books, your mind starts to think about all kind of weird things it can ever think about. Such as, do aliens really exist? Is there water on mars? Why are there two windows in my room, then you start looking for things on the internet with some music in the background, and somewhere in the middle of your research you see an interesting thumbnail of an upcoming movie so you decide to go on YouTube and watch the trailer. Suddenly, you realize that you forgot to study and it’s too late now. Well, if that’s the case then we have a surprise for you; you can block everything that comes between you and your studies.

Introducing the new app StayFocusd, which helps you block all the distracting websites at a certain time. You can set a time when you want all the sites to be blocked other than educational sites. For example: you’re researching on your science project, you don't have to worry about movie trailers popping up because they’ll be blocked by this app and if you want to listen to the music while doing your homework but you know it’ll distract you, then you can block that too.

So the next time you’re going to study, you don’t have to worry about those weird thoughts on aliens and other time wasting websites and you’ll be able to fully focus on your studies during your adjusted study time, get good grades in schools and put a smile on your teacher’s face.

By Sohaib Hakim

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Grammarly for Chrome

No one’s grammar is perfect, especially when writing an essay the night before it’s due. That’s where Grammarly can help. Grammarly is a Google Chrome extension that checks your grammar as you type. After you download it and create an account, you can use their service to check your grammar and spelling, as well as find some synonyms that may better fit your writing. Although the extension doesn’t support Google Drive at the moment, you can copy and paste it into their website checker, which works just fine. It currently supports Microsoft Word, Gmail, and plenty of other websites, just look for the green G on the bottom-right of where you would type. As you type, the extension will search for any errors or inconsistencies and suggest possible edits, which it underlines in orange or red to let you know. When you click on the underline, it will tell you what it thinks is wrong, and what you could change it to. Though some advanced issues are behind a subscription payment, it will help you with the more basic issues for free.

By Franklin Moy

Friday, March 10, 2017

Google Dictionary

Many people have come across a time when they’re reading an article online and come upon a word that they don’t know the meaning. Enter the Google Dictionary extension for Chrome. This extension tells you a word’s definition in just a couple seconds. All you have to do is double-click or highlight a word on the website and then click on the Google Dictionary icon in the top right. In order for the extension to work after installing it, though, you have to close and re-open your browser. Then after that, you’re all set! It’s pretty simple!

By Franklin Moy