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September 8, 2016
by Rachael Inake

Google Chrome for Google Apps + handy extensions

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If you use Mozilla Firefox, you might have noticed it hasn’t been working well with Google Drive and Docs. Use Google Chrome for the best experience. You can download it for free at

Additionally, with Chrome, you can also install handy extensions (they’re like mini apps that run off of the Chrome browser) like an AdBlocker, web clipper for saving online articles, bookmark manager and more. Check out this list of 35 best Google Chrome extensions.

June 5, 2015
by Leanne Riseley
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Share Your Favorite Travel Apps


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Summer Break is here!

If you are traveling this summer (and even if you are not) we encourage you to share your favorite travel app!

In the comments section, share the app you love, the cost (if there is a cost…many great apps are free), and a brief description of what it does and how you use it.

Check back often as others share to learn something new!

To kick it off, here is one:

Google Translate is available both on Android and iPhone. It is FREE! It can translate close to 90 different languages including Italian, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese to name a few. There are several very handy ways to use it.

You can type the word or phrase,


speak the word or phrase,


or use the camera to instantly translate a sign or a menu!

(Currently, this feature works with from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish)


Here are the links to download the free app. Happy translating!

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Note: Android users may download language packs so Google Translate can be used offline. This feature is not yet available for iPhone users.

We look forward to seeing your posts.

May 28, 2014
by Leanne Riseley
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Writing this summer? Consider using noise generators

White_noiseAre you working on your contract renewal or tenure or promotion document this summer? If music is a distraction or you can’t stand absolute silence, you may want to to use a noise generator to create just the right background noise helping you be more productive and less distracted. Some people like Coffitivity, an online and mobile app that offers the background noise typical of a coffee shop. Others like noise generators which produce consistent, yet variable sounds. The white noise helps your brain relax from jumping at any little sound if the background is otherwise extremely quiet. It can also be used to mask other sounds if you’re trying to concentrate. Some noise generators (online and mobile app) are:

SimplyNoise, which lets you choose from white, pink, or brown noise. You can set the volume to a particular level, or choose an optional oscillation speed that will vary it.

Noisli, which offers white, pink, and brown noise as well as sounds of rain, waterfall, fire crackling, and other sounds that can be combined in various ways. In addition to the sounds, the Noisli site changes color, which some find relaxing as well.

MyNoise, which offers the widest array of choices and customizable options. These choices include white, grey, and impulse noise; natural noises; tonal drones; soundscapes; and many more. There are many preselected options, but you can also customize the sound to your own preferences using ten frequency sliders. It offers a calibration mode that helps you adjust the sliders according to your own hearing curve and your computer equipment.

Adapted from the full article “Tools I Use: Online Noise Generators

January 28, 2014
by Leanne Riseley

Use Format Painter in MS Office to Replicate Formatting

Do you have formatting in one part of your document that you want to apply elsewhere? You can “copy” one or multiple characteristics of text (bold, color, font size, etc.) by using the Format Painter which copies formatting to another selection of text.

To do this:

  1. Select the text you like the look of by highlighting it. Click Format Painter, and then highlight the text you want to change.

FormatPainter2. If you want to copy the formatting to more than one selection of text, double-click instead of single-clicking Format Painter.  It keeps the Format Painter “active” which allows you to repeat it in multiple locations. To exit the Format Painter, press Esc. or click on the Format Painter icon again.

In addition to text, Format Painter also works on shapes, cells, or picture borders, and applies it to the second. You can easily apply the same formatting wherever you want in your document with a couple of clicks. This applies to all MS Office Applications.

Video Tutorial (2 min) on using Format Painter

January 20, 2014
by Rachael Inake

Google Chrome on iPad

Consider installing the Google Chrome browser and use it instead of Safari. Google’s Chrome browser is a free app available for iOS and will allow you to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, and history from your desktop and other devices you use Google Chrome with so you can move from device to device and have the same browsing experience. Read these “10 Reasons You Should Switch to Chrome for iPad.”

Ready to try Google Chrome? Click to follow these instructions to install Chrome for iOS.

October 10, 2013
by Leanne Riseley

Google Makes Quickoffice Free to Everyone

Quickoffice, Google’s app for editing Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on mobile devices, is free to anyone with a Google account (Google@UH qualifies).

Available for Android and iOS devices, Quickoffice integrates with Google Drive and allows users to edit Office documents without converting to Google Docs formats for collaboration with individuals who do not use Google products. Continue Reading Article–>

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