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Use Manilla to manage your bills on the go

Managing bills online can be a big hassle. Some banks offer a bill pay solution, but often times it's confusing and far from intuitive. Manilla, a free service first launched in 2011, wants to help make paying your bills and managing your money less of a hassle.

During the signup process with Manilla, you're able to add any utility, bank, credit card, health travel, and subscription accounts to the service.

Once you've added the appropriate accounts, Manilla will automatically monitor your bills and account balances for you. You'll then receive alerts to remind you when a … Read more

Chrome extension lets you save Facebook posts to read later

One of my least favorite parts of Facebook is combing through my News Feed for a post I skipped past earlier in the day, or worse, earlier in the week that I now want to share or read. If I can't remember who shared it or I didn't like or comment on it when I first encountered it, then my search efforts meet with little success.

Thankfully, I found a Chrome extension via AddictiveTips today that helps solve this problem of how to keep track of News Feed items I may want to return to later. It won'… Read more

Visualize shared links, trends with BuzzSumo

If your job requires you to know which topics are the most discussed on social media or if you are simply a curious denizen of the Internet, BuzzSumo will show you which links are making the rounds.

Head to the BuzzSumo Web site and enter a topic or domain name. BuzzSumo will return a list of articles that are the most shared across five social media networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. You can sort the results by an individual network or by an aggregate total shares.

On the left-hand panel, you can filter the results by article type … Read more

Better manage downloads in Chrome with Downloadr extension

When you download a file in Chrome, the download shelf makes its appearance at the bottom of the browser. It keeps you apprised of a current download's progress, but can get in the way of the page you are viewing, and it must be closed manually.

If you aren't enamored with managing your downloads from the download shelf, the Downloadr extension for Chrome adds a button to the right of Chrome's URL bar that you can use instead to keep tabs on your downloads.

Click on the button to open a small panel with a chronological list … Read more

How to use Google Drive as a backup tool

Now that Google Drive storage is stupid-cheap (e.g., two bucks per month for 100GB), you might be wondering about its viability as a backup tool.

It's viable. Though you can't use it to clone an entire hard drive (not a good idea with any cloud-storage service), you can use it for the next best thing: preserving your important data.

All you need is Google's desktop sync utility, which, not unlike Dropbox, adds a special folder to your hard drive that acts as a two-way conduit. Any files or folders you put there will get synced to … Read more

Chrome extension turns ads into social media feeds

If you want to rid your Web browsing experience of ads, your best bet is AdBlock. If you want to replace the ads on some sites with equally or arguably more distracting feeds from Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, however, then there is the Post Forward extension for Chrome.

After you install the Post Forward, you can then head to the extension's site or click the button the extension installs to the right of Chrome's URL bar to connect to any of three aforementioned social networks. The extension will then replace ads on some sites -- a select few … Read more

New health site lets the crowd rate treatment effectiveness

You have a back ache. Like millions of others in your situation, you open your browser and search for "back pain." The various health sites in the search results instruct you to apply ice, to apply heat, to rest it, and not to rest it.

They advise you that the pain should go away on its own within 72 hours, while simultaneously informing you that your achy back could be a symptom of a serious, even life-threatening illness, so you should make an appointment to see your doctor right away.

In other words, your guess is as good … Read more

How to make Skype calls in a browser

Skype voice and video calls in HD are now available worldwide thanks to a new plug-in by Microsoft. The free plug-in supports modern versions of Chrome and Firefox on both Mac and Windows computers, as well as Internet Explorer 8 and higher.

To make calls with Skype on the Web, visit Outlook.com and sign up for a free account if you don't already have one. Once you've done that, sign in.

Click the messaging icon on the top right corner and the messaging pane will appear on the right side. Under the "Add people to chat … Read more

Add speed reading to Chrome, Firefox

Speed reading is about to have another popularity spike -- one likely fueled by the recent announced of Spritz on the Galaxy S5. The speed reading feature will come included with some apps, and uses a single focal point in words, along with rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP for short) to display words one-by-one at speeds up to 1000 words per minute.

This technology is not only useful on smartphones or tablets, it's also great for tackling longer written works online in less time. If you search for what the average reading speed is, you'll come up with … Read more

How to lock in another year of Amazon Prime at $79

This morning Amazon announced the price for its Prime service is going up $20 per year to $99. The price increase isn't a lot of money, considering what you get with the service, and most people (judging from Twitter, at least) won't take issue with the increase. At the end of the day, Amazon Prime at $99 can still be a tremendous value. Rick Broida has a breakdown of what you're getting for your money in his post, "Amazon Prime: Still a good deal at $99?"

With that said, if there happened to be a … Read more