Archives for August 2016

Technology

Useful Google Chrome Extensions

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Random Musings, Tips+Tricks, What We Watch

Tips & Tricks for Binge-Watching on Netflix

I can’t recall what my weekends were like before Netflix. I love it, you love it, and it’s kind of the best thing since sliced bread. But, there are ways to make it even better! Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years so you, too, can improve your viewing experience:

  • I saw an article on Mashable earlier this year that outlined all of Netflix’s hidden categories, many of which don’t come up in typical searches. Enjoy the endless possibilities! You could also browse the NetflixBestOf subreddit to determine which new show to binge watch, and add this Chrome extension that adds IMDb ratings and Rotten Tomatoes ratings to almost every title on the site. 
  • Know your keyboard shortcuts: 
    • The spacebar will pause and play 
    • Hit F for fullscreen, and Esc to get out of it 
    • Shift + right arrow will fast forward; shift + left arrow will rewind
    • Up arrow will increase volume, and down arrow will decrease it
  • Sign up for Netflix’s trial program. Click on Your Account, Test Participation, and toggle. You’ll be one of the first to try new recommendation algorithms and other feature updates before they’re released publicly. 
  • If you want better recs, rate what you watch! If you hated something and don’t rate it, Netflix will think you liked it and recommend more of the same. 
  • Hate yellow subtitles? It’s easy to change the way they look. Adjust the font, color, and size by going to Your Account and clicking on Subtitle Appearance. Yay for hot pink text!

What shows or movies are you guys watching? Leave a comment below!

Apps, Technology, Tips+Tricks

Useful Google Chrome extensions for all of your Web browsing needs!

Google Chrome is my default browser for all of my devices, including my MacBook Air, Chromebook, and Galaxy Note 5, for several reasons. I absolutely love that I can retrieve bookmarks, tabs, and even my browsing history for any of these devices anywhere. It’s definitely the first app I install on any new device, and one that I use every single day.

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Another reason why I love using Google Chrome, specifically on my MacBook Air, is the fact that I can add extensions to my browser. The options are endless -- from add-ons that let me quickly check the number of new emails to instant coupon finders, extensions help make sure that you’re being the most productive while surfing the Web. You can find a full list of extensions on the Chrome Web Store, and below are a few extensions that I use every day:

  • Evernote Web Clipper: Evernote is my go-to app across all of my devices for keeping my personal notes in one place. The Evernote Web Clipper is an extension that lets you “clip” a page that you are viewing and add it to your Evernote notebook. Whether it’s a new recipe you want to try or a fashion tip, you can instantly save pages, and access them on any other device via your Evernote account. 
  • Honey: I love online shopping, especially if it involves flash sales and discounts. Honey is an extension that automatically finds and applies coupon codes when you shop online. All you have to do is click on the Honey button during checkout, and the app will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart.
  • Grammarly: Everyone needs a good spell checker, and Grammarly is a tool that automatically checks your spelling and grammar as you type in your Chrome browser. It catches even the tiniest of mistakes, and helps me make sure that my tweets, Facebook posts, and emails are error-free. Unfortunately it does not support Google Drive yet, but I look forward to when that feature will be added on! 
  • Giphy for Chrome: At Cutline, we are huge lovers of funny and cute GIFs, especially if they involve puppies! This extension lets you easily add a GIF to any email, blog posts, tweets, or anywhere else on the Web.
  • Google Cast: If you use a Chromecast at home, this is a must-download extension Google Cast lets you cast any of your tabs in your Chrome browser to your TV. It’s specifically handy when streaming videos or music from sites that are not supported by Chromecast.

Do you have a Chrome extension that you love? I’d love to hear new suggestions or tips!

People, Technology, What They Read

Free books? Yes, please.

Buying books can get pricey. Enter: OverDrive. This app carries e-books and audiobooks from more than 30,000 public libraries worldwide! Remember libraries? Endless aisles of books, FOR FREE. The app’s usefulness will depend on how good your local library’s ebook selection is. My local library, Milpitas Library, has a lot of options. But, I know some other cities have meh selections.

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Once you install the app, enter in (and save) your local library. From there, you’re taken to your library’s website and asked to provide your library card number. Voila! Search a seemingly endless stream of books by title, author, ISBN number, category, or popularity. Note that sometimes there is a waitlist -- since libraries only have access to certain copies of e-books or audiobooks, just like they do for physical books -- but, I haven’t had to wait more than two weeks to read even the buzziest best-sellers. It’s super easy to place a hold, and you’ll be emailed once your item is ready to download. The app also serves as a Reader! You can adjust the font, text size, and brightness. You can also highlight within chapters.

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The app is free for iOS, Android, and Amazon Kindle. Check it out and let us know what books you’re reading! Tweet @Cutline with your favorite picks.

7Questions, People, PR Rockstar

7 Questions With… Chloe!

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Q. What will you do at Cutline?
At Cutline, I’ll be doing my best to live up to the amazing reputation of the rockstars who already make up this agency as an account coordinator.

Q. What's your greatest moment in PR so far?
I’m not sure I can think of a specific moment, but seeing your hard work result in a glowing story for your client is always a great moment. That’s one of the things I love most about this industry -- your work generates tangible results.

Q. Who do you love to follow on Twitter and why?
Being a 90s baby, I do love to follow The 90s Life (@The90sLife), because who doesn’t love being reminded of those epic all-denim outfits. Also, the pop-culture junky in me can’t help but follow E! Entertainment (@e_entertainment), to get my daily celebrity fix.

Q. What's the one gadget service you wish someone would come up with?
I would absolutely love if someone created a fitness/health service that examined your body and determined your health goals, and then partnered with a food service (like Blue Apron maybe?) and a fitness service (possibly SoulCycle?) to lay out a schedule for you to reach your personal goals in a certain time period. You could pay a service fee that would cover each partner in the process, and find a fitness regime that is perfect for you! Seems easy enough, right?

Q. Android, iPhone, or other?
iPhone all the way, sorry Android lovers!

Q. What's your favorite thing about living in the Bay Area?
My favorite thing about living in the Bay Area is the endless amount of activities I’m able to dive into. For example, I’m going to a mac and cheese festival this weekend - if that isn’t exciting, I don’t know what is.

Q. What do you love to do when you're not working?
When I’m not working, I love to travel. Getting lost in different countries and immersing myself in foreign cultures is a huge passion of mine, one that I think will never go away. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to 20 countries around the world, my favorite being England and the most interesting being Japan. If you can (and haven’t already), I highly recommend jumping on a plane and getting your travel feet wet - you won’t regret it!