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Google Now Helps You Learn About Anne Frank

On what would have been her 90th birthday, Google has unveiled a new way to learn about Anne Frank. An online exhibit details Frank’s childhood, with numerous photos to study. And Street View imagery lets you virtually explore Anne Frank’s childhood home.

An Introduction to Anne Frank

Frank was born in Germany on June 12, 1929. However, being Jewish meant her and her family were forced to move to Amsterdam to avoid persecution by the Nazis. They were then forced into hiding, and it was during this time that Frank wrote her famous diary.

The Franks, and the other Jewish people hiding with them, were eventually discovered, and sent off to concentration camps. Anne Frank died in 1945 at the tender age of 15, and yet her legacy has lived on thanks to the diary she penned while in hiding.

Learn More About Anne Frank

In partnership with the Anne Frank House, Google Arts and Culture has delved deep into the archives to create an online exhibit detailing Anne Frank’s short life. This is available on the Google Arts and Culture website, or on the app for Android and iOS.

As detailed on The Keyword, the online exhibit tells the story of how Anne Frank came to be hiding in a secret annex in a house in Amsterdam. It also recounts what happened to Anne and her family and their friends after they were found by the Nazis.

As part of the exhibit, you can also explore Anne Frank’s childhood home through indoor Street imagery. The flat has been restored to its original 1930s style, which means you’ll get a sense of the surroundings Frank grew up in before being forced into hiding.

The Street View imagery is particularly interesting. Because, while the Anne Frank House is worth a visit, it’s always busy and isn’t easily accessible to everyone. Thanks to Google Arts and Culture you can now pay the Anne Frank House a virtual visit.

Download: Google Arts and Culture on Android | iOS

With a Little Help From Google

Anne Frank is just one of millions of people who lost their lives as a result of World War II, but her story is an important one that should be required reading. Now, more people have the opportunity to learn about Anne Frank, with a little help from Google.

Image Credit: Ralf Schulze/Flickr

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Learn HTML5 Game Development From Scratch With This $25 Bundle

Some of the most successful games on the planet right now can be found on mobile and the web. Titles such as Angry Birds and Clash of Clans are very complex, but they are addictive. If you would like to make a living from building games like these, the Zero to Hero HTML5 Game Developer Bundle should be your starting point. This bundle offers eight courses and 24 hours of training — and you can grab it now for just $ 25 at MakeUseOf Deals.

HTML 5 Games

In times past, developing games was a lengthy and difficult process. But thanks to frameworks like Phaser, anyone with some knowledge of code can now create something cool.

This bundle helps you get started, with eight beginner-friendly courses. The training looks at developing simple games with HTML5, JavaScript and Python that work on multiple platforms. You don’t need any previous experience, and you should come away with a small portfolio.

Through hands-on tutorials, you discover how to build a Zelda-like game with HTML5 and a Mario-style platformer with Phaser 3. Separate courses show you how to code with Python and JavaScript, with a focus on game development. You also learn how to build a tower defense game, create game controls, handle arcade physics, manage sprites, and much more.

24 Hours for $ 25

Order now for $ 25 to get lifetime access to all 24 hours of training, worth $ 1,182.

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How to Create Transitions for Your Google Slides Presentation


Google Slides is an easy application for putting together slideshows, and it has a lot of the same functions as Microsoft PowerPoint. One of those functions is the ability to “transition”—that is, the way your slideshow animates itself when it moves from page to page.

Here’s how to create a transition for your Google Slides presentation.

Step 1: Open Your Document

Create Transitions in Google Slides Transition Button

The first thing you’ll want to do is open up the slideshow you’ve been working on. Transitions are usually one of the last things you’ll add to your presentation, so the file you’re working on should be close to finished.

For this tutorial, I’m going to work with a file that I started in another tutorial: How to Create a Presentation in Google Slides. In that tutorial, we covered the basics of the application and how to make a simple slideshow from start to finish.

If you’re a complete newbie to the program, we recommend reading that article first.

Once you have your slideshow open, click on Transition at the top of your page.

Step 2: Your Transition Menu

Create Transitions in Google Slides Transition Dropdown Menu

After you click on Transition, your Transition dropdown menu will open up on the far right-hand side of the page.

This is where you’ll have the option to apply animations to each slide. If you click on the dropdown menu that says No transition, you’ll see a list of options.

Create Transitions in Google Slides Dissolve Transition

Dissolve is one of the animations you can use. Beneath that, you’ll see the speed settings for this option displayed along a yellow slider.

Under Dissolve, you’ll see the option Fade. It’s very similar to Dissolve in terms of effects. If you want to put together a professional looking slideshow that’s a little less flashy, these are good choices to go with.

Create Transitions in Google Slides Slide From Right Transition

Beneath those two options, you’ll find Slide from right and Slide from left.

Like the other transition options, you can adjust the speed. When you adjust the speed and press Play, Google Slides will give you a preview of what these transitions look like.

Create Transitions in Google Slides Flip Transition

Flip is one of the more dramatic transitions. It’s also the sort of transition that you immediately think of when someone says “cheesy slideshow”.

Flip is very over the top, and while there’s some value in having an option like this—you might be able to come up with a creative use for it—we wouldn’t recommend using this one in a workplace setting.

Cube and Gallery are equally dramatic transitions and look very similar to Flip.

Step 3: Apply Your Transition

Create Transitions in Google Slides Adjust Speed

After you pick the transition you want to use, it’s time to apply it to your slide.

For this tutorial, I’ve gone with Slide from right, which follows the natural eye movement when reading.

Now that I’ve picked a transition, I can adjust its speed. It’s important to note that if you crank up the speed to 100%, as I’ve done here, it “erases” your transition, as it moves too fast for people to follow.

Each time you adjust the speed, you can press Play to test out the speed of the transition. If you don’t like the speed, press Stop to stop the animation.

If you like the speed of your transition, press Enter to apply it to your slide.

Create Transitions in Google Slides Apply to All Slides

When you press Enter, it’s important to note that the transition has only been applied to this one slide.

If you want to apply it to your entire slideshow, press Enter, then click Apply to all slides.

Create Transitions in Google Slides Remove Transition

If your transition has been successfully applied to all slides, you’ll see three little overlapping circles next to the preview images along the far left-hand side.

What if you want the same transition on all your slides, except for one? No problem.

To change the transition on an individual slide, click on the slide so it’s active. You’ll know it’s active when the outline around it turns yellow.

Next, go to your Transition dropdown menu and choose No Transition. Do not apply it to all slides.

Once this is one, you’ll have a separate transition for this page.

Step 4: Add Speaker Notes

Create Transitions in Google Slides Add Speaker Notes

If you or someone else is going to be presenting this slideshow in front of an audience, it can be a good idea to add Speaker notes.

Speaker notes are prompts for the person giving the presentation. They will act as a guide for what you should say and when.

To add speaker notes, click on an individual page that you want to add details to. Beneath the large preview of that page, you’ll see a blank white box that says Click to add speaker notes.

When you click on that box, a cursor will pop up. From there, you can start typing.

Step 5: Check Your Presentation for Errors

Create Transitions in Google Slides View Present

Once you add your transitions and speaker notes, there’s a good chance that you’ll be close to finished. But before you finish, it’s good to check your presentation for transition errors.

To check for errors, go to View > Present.

Create Transitions in Google Slides Presentation Screen

When you click on View > Present, Google Slides will open up a new browser window with your finished presentation. Depending on the resolution of your screen and its dimensions, it’ll look similar to this.

Your work file will remain in your original browser window.

Step 6: Learn Your Presentation Toolbar

Create Transitions in Google Slides Toolbar Autoplay

If you go down to the bottom left-hand corner of your presentation screen, you’ll see a toolbar. This toolbar is what you’ll use to control your presentation as it’s playing. It’s good to get familiar with it, as it will help you check for errors.

This solid arrow highlighted in red is the autoplay. If you press this button, it will prompt Google Slides to play your entire slideshow without stopping. This means it will play through your individual slides relatively quick.

Create Transitions in Google Slides Toolbar Play

If you go to either side of the autoplay function, you’ll see left and right arrows. These are the Next buttons. They allow you to move through the presentation at your own speed.

Create Transitions in Google Slides Toolbar Notes

If you click on Notes, a new screen will pop up showing you the speaker notes for that individual slide.

Create Transitions in Google Slides Toolbar Full Screen Mode

This “empty box” is the full screen mode icon.

If you click this, Google Slides will take you out of the windowed browser and expand your slideshow so it fills the page. This is good for checking to see what your presentation will look like as an “audience member”.

Create Transitions in Google Slides Toolbar Options

Lastly, you’ll see the Options button. If you click on this you’ll find several different functions, including the ability to print your presentation or download it as a PDF.

Step 7: Fix a Slide

Create Transitions in Google Slides Fix a Transition

Let’s say you check your presentation and you notice that one of the slides doesn’t work with the transition you had. This is easy to fix.

Exit your presentation browser and go back to your Google Slides workspace. Click on the slide that you want to fix, then click on Transition.

Under the Transition dropdown menu, choose the transition that works best for you. In this case, I’m giving the closing slide the same transition as the other slides, so everything matches.

If you’re worried about how this change looks, you can check your presentation again by going View > Present.

And there you have it! You’re done your slideshow.

Animate Your Slides

Google Slides is a great application for creating quick and simple presentations. Transitions between slides aren’t the only sort of animation that you can include, however.

If you’re looking for more information on how you can make your slideshow stand out, look at these tips that go into a perfect presentation with Google Slides.

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Spotify Launches “Your Daily Drive” for Commuters

Spotify has launched a new personalized playlist called Your Daily Drive. As you may have guessed from the name, Your Daily Drive is aimed at commuters who endure a Hellish drive to work and back every day. However, you don’t have to be a commuter to listen to it.

As well as offering access to almost any song you can think of, Spotify also hosts podcasts and playlists. Some of these podcasts are personalized to you, and contain content that Spotify’s algorithms think you’ll enjoy. And Your Daily Drive is the latest one.

What Is Spotify’s Your Daily Drive?

Your Daily Drive contains a mix of songs and artists you like, songs and artists you’ve yet to discover, and short-form podcasts from The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Public Radio International. All of which will be mixed up together in an audio soup.

The podcasts can be anything from 10 to 30 minutes long, but if you encounter one you’re not interested in you can just skip it as you would do with a music track. Unlike other personalized playlists Your Daily Drive will be updated multiple times a day.

The idea of Your Daily Drive is to replicate broadcast radio, but with content curated to your specific interests. Spotify is unlikely to always get it right, but as with other personalized playlists, as you listen to (or skip) tracks, the playlist will evolve.

According to Spotify, “Americans log 70 billion hours behind the wheel each year, with a big chunk of that time spent commuting to and from work or school”. Hence the need for streaming services to start catering to this group who need audio entertainment.

Can Spotify Compete With Broadcast Radio?

Spotify is going to struggle to replicate the broadcast radio experience completely. Broadcast radio can react to breaking news, and deliver travel and weather updates as well. However, Your Daily Drive is a good first attempt at breaking into this area.

Your Daily Drive is available right now to all Spotify users in the US. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on the personalized playlist making it to other countries. Still, you can always listen to one of these podcasts guaranteed to make your commute easier instead.

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The 7 Best Printers for Small Businesses in 2019


It’s a fact of modern life. Even though digital devices continue to play a larger role in everyday work, there are times when a printer is indispensable—especially for a small business.

And while there are a huge number of different printers for home use, they are often expensive when considering operating costs like the cost per printed page. Fortunately, there are a number of options, usually laser printers, designed specifically for small business.

We’re highlighting seven contenders for the best all in one printer for small business that won’t break the bank and provide years of use.

1. Brother HL-L6200

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One of the best small office printer options is the Brother HL-L6200. The laser option can print up to 48 pages per minute with automatic two-sided printing. You won’t have to worry about frequent paper changes as the main tray can hold up to 520 sheets while a multi-purpose tray can also hold an additional 50 pages. For even more capacity, you can add an optional tray with 520 or 260 sheets.

Along with a Gigabit Ethernet connection, an office can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi. Mobile device users can take advantage of the printer using popular protocols like Apple’s AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

The printer also works with Amazon’s optional Dash Replenishment Service that will automatically order toner when the supply is low.

2. Epson WorkForce ET-4750

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When it comes to selecting an office printer, you might not think that an inkjet option would be up to the task. But the Epson WorkForce ET-4750 is different. Instead of relying on costly cartridges, the printer uses large ink tanks. Epson includes enough ink to print more than 11,000 pages in color or 14,000 pages of black. And when it comes time to add ink, you can find it in low-cost bottles from Epson. That should definitely help keep the cost per page low.

Along with printing, this all-in-one option is a scanner and fax too. The printer features a 250-sheet paper trade along with a 30-sheet automatic document feeder.

There are a variety of ways to connect to the printer including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and AirPrint. You can also interact with the printer using the built-in 2.4-inch touchscreen.

3. HP LaserJet Pro M426fdw

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A monochrome laser printer, the HP LaserJet Pro M426fdw can provide an output of up to 40 pages per minute. The first page of a job can finish in less than six seconds. The all-in-one is also a copier, scanner, and fax machine. Any document you scan can be sent to email, a network folder, a USB flash drive, and the cloud directly from the printer and its 3-inch color touchscreen. It’s also possible to scan both sides of a document on a single pass.

There are two trays that can hold 250 sheets and 100 sheets, respectively. There is also a 50-sheet automatic document feeder. The printer supports the Amazon Dash Replenishment Service, and can automatically print a document on both sides of the paper. Office users can take advantage of both a wired or wireless connection to the printer.

4. Canon imageCLASS MF267dw

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A compact and inexpensive monochrome laser printer, the Canon imageCLASS MF267dw offers up to 30 pages per minute output. The all-in-one is also a scanner, copier, and fax. You can quickly scan and convert one and two-sided documents into a number of file formats, including a searchable PDF.

The paper tray can hold up to 250 sheets. The printer also offers automatic two-sided printing. Along with an Ethernet connection, you can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct. It’s also compatible with printing directly from mobile devices. There’s even an LCD display to adjust settings and use the printer without a computer.

5. Brother HL-L3210CW

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If you’re looking for the reliability and low overall cost of a laser printer, but also need to occasionally print in color, take a look the Brother HL-L3210CW. The printer can provide up to 19 pages of output per minute in both monochrome or color and can print on both sides of a page in one pass.

An included tray can hold up to 250 sheets of paper while a manual feed slot can be used for other types of material like card stock and envelopes. Multiple users can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi or a single computer through USB. Smartphone and tablet users can also send items to the Amazon Dash Replishment Service enabled printer.

6. Xerox Phaser 6510/DNI

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Another color laser printer for business, the Xerox Phaser 6510/DNI offers a maximum 30 page per minute output. Offering standard and automatic two-sided printing, Xerox includes a 250-sheet paper tray. For a larger office, you can also add an optional 550-sheet tray to the mix. There is also a 50-sheet bypass tray available to use for labels and other types of material.

The printer can connect using a Gigabit Ethernet input, USB 3.0 cable, or Wi-Fi. Mobile printing is also supported.

7. Samsung Xpress M2885FW

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The Samsung Xpress M2885FW offers a convenient and unique way for Android device users to print, scan, copy, or fax from their mobile device. Just tap your smartphone on the NFC sticker, and the job will begin. It also offers connection via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and from other mobile devices.

The monochrome option can output up to 29 pages per minute along with automatic two-sided printing. The paper tray fits up to 250 sheets. A special Eco button can help you save up to 20 percent on toner. You can also take advantage of the Amazon Dash Replenishment Service with this model as well.

The Best All-in-One Printer for Small Business

With our choices for the best printer for small business, you can keep productive while keeping overall costs low. That’s definitely a winning combination.

While a printer is an obvious tool for helping to get work done, there is an important item you might be overlooking—a comfortable office chair. Make sure to take a look at some of the best office chairs for better posture and to prevent back pain.

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Shazam Can Now Identify Music Played Through Headphones

Shazam has gained a new feature allowing it to identify music playing through your headphones. In a nutshell, this means that regardless of the app you’re using, Shazam can identify the song playing through it without actually hearing it.

An Introduction to Shazam

For the uninitiated, Shazam is an app which helps you identify a song whose name escapes you. Say your sitting in a bar and a song you used to like starts playing. You can whip out your phone, let Shazam listen in, and find out the name of the song.

As cool as Shazam is, the app has always had a blind spot. In order to identify music, it would actually have to hear it. Which, if the music was playing on your phone, would mean unplugging your headphones or holding one earpiece against the microphone.

How to Identify a Song While Wearing Headphones

This is no longer the case. With the latest update, Shazam can now identify music played through headphones. This means that if you’re sitting on a bus watching YouTube and hear a song in the background, you won’t need to disturb everyone in order to identify it.

This works across a whole host of different apps. Basically, if you have Shazam installed on your phone, it can hear any music being played in another app. That is once you have enabled the Pop Up Shazam feature in the Settings menu.

This feature is currently only available on Android. Which is ironic given that Apple now owns Shazam, having acquired the company in 2018. However, this feature relies on permissions that iOS currently doesn’t support, handing Android an exclusive.

Download: Shazam for Android | iOS

Is Shazam the Best Music Identification App?

This feature isn’t particularly useful for apps such as Spotify, which display the song currently playing anyway. However, if you hear a song being used in an advert in a podcast, for example, Pop Up Shazam should work a treat. And display the song lyrics as a bonus.

Shazam isn’t the only app capable of identifying songs by hearing them. The major competition being Musixmatch and SoundHound. So we pitched Shazam vs. Musixmatch vs. SoundHound to see which was best. Read the article to find out who won.

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