Sometimes, you just don’t feel like reading. It can be an article, a Wikipedia entry, or a research paper for school. Instead of searching for a YouTube video, listen to articles using Microsoft Edge’s Read Aloud feature. Microsoft Edge has a pretty stellar built-in reader mode . It removes all the stuff from the web page (including ads and extra content) and presents it in a customizable text format. RELATED: How To Use Reading View In Microsoft Edge The reader mode also has a Read Aloud feature (similar to Siri’s feature on Mac ). In the past few years, text-to-speech has come a long way. When you use Microsoft Edge’s Read Aloud feature, you don’t feel like a robot is talking to you. In fact, there are a couple of voices that almost sound human, with variable pitch, appropriate pauses, and stellar pronunciation for complex words. To get there, first, open the article that you want Microsoft Edge to read out loud on your Windows 10 PC or Mac. Then, from the … [Read more...] about How to Have Microsoft Edge Read You Articles Aloud
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A custom wallpaper goes really well with custom app icons and custom widgets . You don’t need to be a designer to create your own solid-color or gradient wallpaper. All it takes is the Shortcuts app on your iPhone and iPad. Using the WallCreator shortcut from MacStories , you can generate a solid-color or a gradient wallpaper right on your iPhone or iPad. You can generate the wallpaper randomly, or you can specify a specific color. As shortcuts go, WallCreator is incredibly simple to use. It automatically figures out which device you’re using and it generates a wallpaper that’s the perfect size so you don’t need to know the screen resolution of your iPhone or iPad. What’s cool is that the shortcut supports both the Hex code and plain English names for a color. So, if you want to make a top to bottom wallpaper with a purple and blue color, you can do so in just a couple of seconds. Before you get started, you’ll need to enable the Untrusted Shortcuts feature for the … [Read more...] about How to Create iPhone and iPad Wallpapers Using Shortcuts
If someone has ever told you something you didn’t really ask to know, they probably also told you “JSYK.” Here’s what that internet initialism means and when to use it. “Just So You Know” JSYK stands for “just so you know.” It is used to share a piece of information or comment with someone who didn’t request it. It can be used to start a conversation, or it can come up in the middle of a discussion with someone. It bears a lot of similarities to the popular FYI or “for your information.” While the initialism can be written in both uppercase “JSYK” and lowercase “jsyk,” the lowercase version is much more popular online in messages and social media. One thing to note is that sharing something with “JSYK” may be considered rude, depending on what you say and its context. For example, while you might consider it helpful, providing sudden criticism can be considered unwarranted by the person you’re talking to. The Origin of JSYK JSYK can be traced back to the earliest days … [Read more...] about What Does “JSYK” Mean, and How Do You Use It?
Microsoft PowerPoint now has a Presenter Coach to let you rehearse your presentations before going to the audience. This coach gives you a detailed report telling you how well you did and suggesting areas for improvement. Here’s how to use it. How the Presenter Coach Helps You with Your Presentations Consider the Presenter Coach in PowerPoint as a trusted friend who listens to you practice performing your presentations . This coach reviews your entire presentation and creates a report detailing your performance. For example, it will grade you on how fast you speak and how much you use filler words like “um” and “ah.” It will also inform you of words you might want to avoid and encourage you not to simply read the words on your slides aloud. Basically, if you need a second opinion on your presenting style, this is a great way to get it. RELATED: 8 Tips to Make the Best PowerPoint Presentations What You’ll Need To use the Presenter Coach in PowerPoint, you … [Read more...] about How to Practice Your Presentations with PowerPoint’s Presenter Coach
If you’re on your way to China or are simply the curious kind, you may want to find out what lies beyond the Great Firewall. While a heavily censored internet looks a lot like our own, it manages to seem a little off in some subtle and not-so-subtle ways. What Makes the Internet in China Different? Unlike, for example, the United States or European countries, China has placed its internet behind a strict screen of censorship dubbed the Great Firewall. It’s a highly sophisticated system that can block connections from Chinese IP addresses to ones that are considered harmful to the Chinese public. This includes adult entertainment and gambling sites as well as those featuring particularly violent content. Most striking of all, though, is that so few foreign media sites are accessible to people in the People’s Republic. The Chinese Communist Party tightly controls information flow and prefers that its people not read sources that haven’t been vetted by the regime. That being said, … [Read more...] about What to Expect from the Internet in China