The world is different now. If you’re reading this article, you’re already connected with people around the world online, and our own writing team hails from a number of different countries. Now you don’t need to leave your country to work and shop beyond your border.
There’s tons of essential apps that help us all work online and be more productive in today’s interconnected world, but there’s one service that, more than any other, makes global work and commerce actually work: PayPal. The payment juggernaut owned by eBay is the handiest way to transfer money overseas without all the bureaucracy of dealing with banks.
If you sell stuff online, you’ll likely get paid via PayPal, so why not use PayPal to pay for all of your online services? There’s one problem: everyone doesn’t accept PayPal payments. Let’s look at the most popular services that don’t work with PayPal, and the alternates you can use with PayPal instead.
Since its inception, HTML5 has being used in many areas where, previously, Flash used to be the only major player. Today, you can build full-featured apps, accelerated graphics in games, stream HD video, and so much more just using native web code. No plugins required. The web is now an app platform in its own right.
The web has been a gaming platform for years — remember the flash based physics games that are so similar to Angry Birds, but came out years back? Now, though, the best online games aren’t just games that require Flash or full application downloads to run; they’re games designed 100% in native web code. Here’s 15 of the best HTML5 games that pulled me in, and kept me playing far longer than I thought they could.
While I need multiple browsers for my job, Chrome is my daily go-to choice. Its where I spend my days working, though I sometimes open Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera for certain tasks. Why? Well, its fast, handles multiple tabs easily and has a great selection of extensions that make my job easier.
Extensions may sound like icing on the cake to most people, but when you make your living in a web browser some of these little add-ons can become rather important parts of your life. I was recently asked by a colleague which ones I thought helped me the most and that I thought were essential to my daily functions as a tech writer, and I did not have much problem rattling off a few answers. So, with that said, here is a list of my five favorite extensions that I use every day.
I woke up this morning, grabbed my iPhone to check the news in Reeder — which is powered by my Google Reader account — only to find at the very top that Google is shutting down Google Reader, for good, on July 1, 2013. They said it’s because too few people use it, which is rather ironic since most of us heard the news via articles synced in Google Reader.
Of course, it’s been a rumor for some time that Google Reader might be the next Google service to hit the chopping block, but it’s not just a rumor this time. Rather, is the first thing the Google Reader team has posted on their blog since 2011. That should, in itself, tell part of the story. And rather than beating around the bush about it being shut down, Google Reader will now warn you itself, rather starkly, that it’s going away. It’s really, really real this time.
That’s terrible news, since most RSS apps for desktops and phones are powered by Google Reader, and Google’s service was so popular that it practically pushed all alternatives out of the market. FeedDemon has already announced that it’s being killed as well, since it’s powered by Google Reader sync, even though years back it had its own sync engine. Google pushed most other RSS readers out of the market, and is now killing their own RSS reader app. It’s not a good day for RSS, a service that’s already been tough enough to convince people to use, and Google+ isn’t a good alternate unlike what Google apparently thinks according to a former Google Reader product manager.
So what do you do? Quit subscribing to RSS feeds? Nope. I sure won’t, and we sure hope all of our RSS subscribers here won’t, either. The good news is, there’s a ton of other great RSS services out there today, ones that have come online in the past few years or held on even though Google Reader remained dominant.Here’s all the info you’ll need to find a new service and get your feeds moved to it, pronto, before your Google Reader subscriptions are lost.
Every service-related business – or freelancer – needs an invoicing tool to send invoices to their client. It should be simple to use yet produce professional enough invoices that will give a positive impression to your clients and hopefully make getting paid simpler.
If you search the internet, you will come across many invoicing tools with different pricing and features. Depending on your business size, you need to choose a service that suits your needs and can be easy on your pocket as well. It’s not so simple to find the perfect tool, so we have gathered a list of some of the best invoicing tools for your daily use.
Let’s take a look. (more…)
One of the most important things to get the attention of the employer is your CV/resume. This is because when you apply for a job anywhere in the world, the first thing that the employer sees is your resume and based on that, they decide whether to call you for an interview or not. It should include everything about you, your strengths, education and work experience, awards and certifications you have and your skills.
It’s not just the skills and your education that catches attention. In order to attract the interest of your employer, you have to make sure that your resume is unique, simple and professionally designed. If you are looking for a simple yet easy way to design a professionally looking resume/CV, we have gathered a list of some handy online tools. Take a look. (more…)
If you’re planning on starting a new eCommerce site, there’s a ton of different tools you can use today to start selling stuff online. There’s the biggest names in eCommerce: Magento, Shopify, and OpenCart. Then, there’s the WordPress eCommerce plugins like WooCommerce, which have gotten very popular lately. There’s also a ton of smaller eCommerce solutions that you might have never heard about.
If you look for eCommerce themes on ThemeForest, the theme and site template marketplace by our parent company Envato, you’ll find that the designers there have started making themes for quite a number of different eCommerce solutions. Two that have just recently started getting popular with theme designers are Zen Cart and osCommerce. They’re both opensource eCommerce tools, powered by PHP and MySQL, and just might be what you’re looking for in your next eCommerce solution.
Let’s take a look at some of the best themes on ThemeForest for Zen Cart and osCommerce, all of which have been released in the past couple months.
Gmail is one of the most popular emails services today. If you are a Gmail user, you should have a pretty good idea that it already comes with tons of lab features to improve the productivity of its users. However, it still lacks few features that many users prefer.
If you are a Google Chrome user, you’ve likely come across a number of extensions in Chrome Web Store to add extra features to Gmail. Today, we have gathered a list of some of the best Chrome extensions that can improve your Gmail experience.
Let’s take a look.
Every computer user has their own preferences when it comes to web browsers. Some might be in the favor of Firefox while others consider Google Chrome to be the best among them. If you ask me, Google Chrome is my favorite browser not just because it’s from Google, but because its simple, lightweight and easy to use with a gigantic library of web apps and extensions to improve the browsing experience.
However, all the extensions that are available in Chrome Web Store are definitely not be worth downloading. So, rather than wasting time looking for the perfect extensions for your browser, we have gathered a list of some of the best extensions available in Chrome App Store ranging from productivity to news to photography and more.
Let’s take a look.
A big part of development, coding, or web design is repeating yourself. No one likes to admit it, but a lot of the work we do is repetitive. A great way to reduce the number of times you have to write something is to save it to use again later using code snippets. Snippets are little bits of code that you have written before that you think you might find useful again later, they could be a specific way to show images on a site, the SQL to create a handful of tables in one stroke, or an entire class for the backend of an ASP.NET web application. Whichever it is you need a place to keep the snippets so that you can get to them when you need them.
This is where the cloud based snippet storage comes into its own. You can access it from anywhere that you have an internet connection, which is everywhere these days. It saves you messing around with memory sticks with your code in text files on, or sending yourself snippets by email (we’ve all done it!) and allows you to find what you want when you want it. I’ve compiled a list of 17 super slick snippet storage sites below in no particular order, check it out, you might find the perfect one for you.