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By Amit Agarwal | Software tutorials, #tech and productivity tips curated by @labnol

Your Mobile Phone can Detect Earthquakes

Was it just you or did the ground really shake? Your iPhone, iPad and most newer mobile phones can work as basic seismometers, the same instrument …

iPhone

Protect your Google Accounts with a USB Security Key

Most big-name web services like Gmail, Microsoft, Evernote, WordPress and Dropbox now support 2-step authentication to improve the security of your …

Security

How to Collect Email Leads from Twitter in a Google Spreadsheet

One of the best features of Twitter that is relatively unknown to most users is their Lead Generation cards. Your tweet, see live example, will have …

Gmail

How to Receive Files in your Google Drive from Anyone

A school teacher wants to have a public drop box (not Dropbox) where students can upload homework assignments. A recruiter wants to have an online …

Google

How to Play YouTube Videos in the Background on iOS

The YouTube website is probably the world’s biggest library of songs and music videos that you can watch on any device. You can play your favorite …

YouTube

Choosing an Internet Based Fax Service – Guide

Although most people have switched to email, there are those rare occasions when you have to send signed documents with your written signature and a …

Guides

How to Publish your own Podcast on iTunes

The Digital Inspiration podcast is now available on iTunes. You can also subscribe to the podcast in other podcatcher apps using this RSS feed. The …

iTunes

The 10 HTML Codes You Need to Know for Writing on the Web

The computer keyboard creates “dumb” punctuation marks that may not be acceptable in printed work but are common on web pages. It outputs straight …

Writing

How to Connect an External Microphone to your iOS Device

With apps like Adobe Story, iMovie and ScreenChomp, it has become relatively easier for anyone to produce movies, slideshows, podcasts and other …

Microphones

How to Add QR Codes to Printed Web Pages

When you print any web page, your web browser will automatically add the URL of the site in either the footer or the header area of all the printed …

Barcodes

A Google Search Operator That You May Not Know About!

Search operators in Google (see Google cheat sheet) help you refine and improve search results.

For instance, a query like “Taj Mahal AND Hotel” will …

Incredible Art Made Entirely In Google Drawings

Google Drawings is a simple Microsoft Paint like diagramming application that is commonly used for creating flowcharts and diagrams inside documents …

Google

How to Force the Browser to Remember the Username and Password

When you enter your username and password to log into a website, Google Chrome will prompt you to remember the password. If you accept, Chrome saves …

Google Chrome

Download WhatsApp Photos via Dropbox

A friend has a book publishing business and have customers across the country who sell these books. They are old-school businesses that always relied …

Dropbox

You Should Learn Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions, or RegEx, are used for searching patterns in text. For instance, a RegEx like iP(hone|ad|od)s? will find mentions of any iOS …

Regex

How to Monitor your Website’s Uptime with Google Docs

Do you have a website or a blog? Would you like to receive instant alerts as soon as your site goes down or becomes inaccessible to users? Would you …

Google

How to Accept Social Payments on your Website

Web publishers and content creators are experimenting with a “cash-less” payment model where people can use social networks to pay for premium …

Social Networks

Make Screencast Movies of your iPhone or iPad with QuickTime

Did you know that your Mac ships with a screencasting software that can be used for quickly recording movies of your computer screen? You can record …

Screencast

How to Record Screencast Videos on Android

I uploaded my first Android screencast on YouTube today. The video walks you through the steps necessary to install an Android app from the Google …

Screencast

How to Fake your Location in Google Chrome

Sometimes websites may request access to your location so that they can serve more relevant information. For instance, if you are looking for a gas …

Geotagging

Create an Apple ID without using a Credit Card

Some apps, Google Earth for example, are available as free downloads in the iTunes Apps store but you need a UK or US based Apple ID to install them …

iTunes

Find How Many Visitors Are Not Seeing Ads on your Website

Adblocking software like AdBlock Plus have become mainstream and now pose a significant threat to web businesses that are dependent on online …

Google

Gmail Size Search Operator Finds all Emails with Large Attachments

Search Gmail messages by Size using the undocumented “size” operator

Wondering which email messages are eating up all the Gigabytes of space that you …

Gmail

Tips to Extend the Life of your Gadget’s Batteries

Your mobile phones, tablets and laptops have rechargable Lithim Ion batteries that lose capacity as they age but with good care, the batteries may …

Batteries

How to Save Tweets for any Twitter Hashtag

Wouldn’t it be nice if Twitter had an Export button? You search for something, maybe a trending #hashtag or your brand name, and all the matching …

Screencast

Useful FFmpeg Commands

FFmpeg is an extremely powerful and versatile command line tool for converting audio and video files. It is free and available for Windows, Mac and …

FFmpeg

How to Scrape Google Search Results inside a Google Sheet

This tutorial explains how you can easily scrape Google Search results and save the listings in a Google Spreadsheet. It can be useful for monitoring …

Google

How to Import Web Data into Google Docs

You have been using Google Docs to create basic documents and spreadsheets but did you know that Google’s cloud-based Office suite can do even …

Choose the Right Chart Type for your Data

Find the Right Chart for your Data Type

Charts help you visualize numeric data in a graphical format but the problem is there are just too many types …