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Fun Language Learning Apps

Last year, I made a New Year's Resolution to travel more in 2016 -- and I am happy to share that I actually achieved it. In February, I packed my rain boots for Seattle, enjoyed the sunshine and salty ocean of Mexico in March, tasted fame in L.A. in September, and explored the amazing history of Spain in October.  Read more

Gadgets, Technology, Tips+Tricks

iRobot Roomba 980 Review

For Christmas, my brother-in-law bought himself an iRobot Roomba 980. Priced at $899.00, the autonomous robotic vacuum has wheels and rotating brushes that cleans floors, and, well, lives. Upon seeing it, I was skeptical because I am old-school and like to use sweeping/cleaning as therapy...also, I was raised in a home where cleaning is a rite of passage, so I deeply value the cultural tradition that comes with a clean home. Thus, you can understand my skepticism. However, after seeing it in action I was enthralled and charmed by the little robot cleaner.  Read more

Gadgets, Random Musings, Technology

My First Experience With Virtual Reality

I’ve never been into video games or known much about how they work. I’ve seen my little brother become obsessed with games whose names I can’t pronounce, while staying up late just to finish one last battle. With that being said, I wouldn’t call myself a gamer. But after using a virtual reality headset, I can say that I am a bit obsessed with this new world -- so much that it compelled me to write about my experience.

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Apps, Random Musings, Technology, Tips+Tricks

Apps Every Hiker Needs

I’m looking forward to spending as many days outdoor as possible this season with my Nikes and fanny pack. And, I’m not going to settle for just any trail. Good hikes take planning, and I’ll be using a few key apps to find the perfect trail, navigate it, and make the most of my time outdoors.

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Technology

Useful Google Chrome Extensions

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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.

People, Technology

What We’re Watching

In the latest installment of “What We’re Watching,” we highlight the shows and movies we’re currently obsessing over and binge watching in our free time. This week we hear from Shaq!

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What did you watch?

What technology / app(s) did you watch it on?

  • Laptop

What did you think?

  • This was the most adorable movie. It's about a bunch of folks who live in Iowa and sculpt butter for the State Fair. Doesn't sound that cute, but it really was!

What do you plan on watching next?

  • Stranger Things on Netflix. Check out this awesome story from Rolling Stone!

 

Apps, Technology, Tips+Tricks

Apps for Cats

Yes, you read this post title correctly. Homo sapiens aren’t the only tech-obsessed creatures -- you can easily turn your iPad into something your cat can play with for hours! As President of the Crazy Cat Lady Club, I’m excited to share my [cat’s] favorite free iPad apps that prompt stimulation, meows, howls, and growls.

  • Friskies Cat Fishing 2 – Friskies created this simple game with one rule: swipe at the colored fish that swim across the screen. You cat will win points for every fish swiped in a record amount of time. Note that cats all over the world are competing for the highest score… does your feline have what it takes to be #1?

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  • Game for Cats – All cats love the red laser dot. It’s a fact. This app lets your cat try to catch that dot!
  • Cat Toys Lite – Cat + mouse = endless entertainment! Your cat will be tasked with catching a pink mouse that scurries across the screen. The mouse responds to touch -- if it’s caught, it will wriggle away. cat lite

Try these out and let me know what you think! Don’t worry too much about damaging your iPad -- in my three years of mothering a furball, I’ve never encountered any issues with scratches. They typically use their paws, not their claws.

Do you use any apps to keep your cat busy? Tweet us some of your faves!