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7 of the Best Evernote Alternatives (and Why You Should Finally Switch)

7 of the Best Evernote Alternatives (and Why You Should Finally Switch)

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Evernote is a proper riches to rags story. Once the default note-taking app for anyone and everyone, it is now incredibly hard to love. And it’s not so much to do with the app itself (which has tried its best to update itself with the times), but with the company: With every new update, the Evernote free plan becomes more restrictive, and the Premium plan becomes more expensive. As of now, the free plan only lets you use Evernote on two devices and limits your monthly uploads to 60MB.

But in the years that Evernote has struggled, many alternatives have risen up. Companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google finally got their acts together, and they all make genuinely good note-taking apps now. And if you prefer third-party systems, one with premium features you actually don’t mind paying for, there are plenty of those options, as well. Here are our recommendations for the best Evernote alternatives.

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Don’t think of OneNote as something that’s only for Windows users. Like many Microsoft apps, OneNote feels right at home on iPhone, Macs, and Android phones. There’s a pretty good web app, and a web clipper.

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25

Did you know that you can download more than 33,000 BBC sound effect samples for free?

Did you know that you can download more than 33,000 BBC sound effect samples for free?

There can be few organisations that have used more sound effects than the BBC, but did you know that that the good old British Broadcasting Corporation has made more than 33,000 of its FX available for free download?

The collection has swollen considerably since it was first made public; the sounds are available under the RemArc licence, which means that they can be used for “personal, educational or research purposes”.  

The archive is easily searchable, and a quick browse confirms that there’s a wide variety of content, ranging from the atmospheric to the downright obscure. Each sample can be previewed and has its duration and filename listed.

You can dive in and start downloading right now on the BBC Sound Effects website, and don’t forget that MusicRadar also offers its own library of free samples in the form of SampleRadar. This content can be in commercial recordings royalty-free.

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25

The death of offices and the rise of remote work could mean someone with your title makes 20x you

The death of offices and the rise of remote work could mean someone with your title makes 20x you
The era of remote work will set you free. At least that's how the promise goes. But what if it creates a new class of high-earning remote workers, …
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8 Ivy League Courses You Can Take for Free

8 Ivy League Courses You Can Take for Free

An Ivy League education comes with a lot of caché and costs a lot of cash. But for just a bit of computer cache, you can take some Ivy League classes without investing anything more than your time. 

The eight institutions that comprise the Ivy League join lots of other places of higher education in offering some of their courses online and frequently for free. Though they are not for credit, they can enrich your life in lots of ways. Taking an online course doesn’t have any of the pressure that being in school has. There are no deadlines for papers, no tests you forgot were today. Instead, you can focus on actually absorbing the material. When there is coursework such as readings or quizzes, it's completely optional. So you can choose to get involved with some side projects or just enjoy the lectures.

Finding these classes takes a little work, though. Apple’s iTunes U once had half a million classes available for free, but it shut the service down last year. (There is an archive online.)  Now there’s a smattering of classes available on the sites of individual schools and other platforms like edX and Coursera. We’ve put together some of the more interesting offerings below. (Be sure to check out our full roundup of the best online learning services as well.)

More Human Than Human at Brown University

Fantastic Places, Unhuman Humans: Exploring Humanity Through Literature (edX)
This Brown class asks us to consider what makes us human by examining what’s not: robots, androids, and aliens. Students will create an avatar along the way of this unusual literary journey. The class takes about three weeks and is archived so you can start it at any time. (Take the course.)

All Dalai'd Up at Columbia University

Indian & Tibetan River of Buddhism (edX)
This class from Professor Robert Thurman is perennially packed at Columbia. Thurman was the first American Buddhist monk and was ordained by the Dalai Lama. (He’s also Uma Thurman’s dad.) This class covers the history and philosophy of Buddhism throughout India, South and Southeast Asia, Tibet, and Central Asia. Here you can get a seat right in front and take your time in completing the approximately 12-week class. (Take the course.)

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FEB
23

Meta expands Reels globally in an attempt to cure Facebook’s woes

Meta has launched Facebook Reels, its short video product for the blue app, across 150 countries.

This is likely a bid to restore its plummeting user base, and restore some ad revenue.

After seeing some success with Instagram Reels, the company began testing its short video platform within the Facebook app in India last March. Later in September, it launched this feature in the US.

But is this global launch of Reels enough to right its sinking ship?

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The social media giant has had a horrid past few weeks. Its daily active user count dipped for the first time in history. That resulted in the firm losing more than $250 billion from its market cap.

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23

How to Find Every Single Wi-Fi Network Password Stored on Your Computer

How to Find Every Single Wi-Fi Network Password Stored on Your Computer

Find all your stored passwords on MacOS and Windows.

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You've connected to a Wi-Fi network in the past, but you've forgotten the password. It's not on the back of the router or written down anywhere else you remember, but you still need the password to connect to that same network on another device. So what can you do?

If you've ever used a password to connect to a Wi-Fi network on your computer, the password is permanently stored there -- you just need to know where to find it. Whether you have a MacBook Pro running MacOS Monterrey or an HP Pavilion All-in-One with Windows 11, there's a way to find the passwords to all of the Wi-Fi networks you've ever connected to. Here's how.

How to find Wi-Fi passwords on MacOS

Every password you've entered and saved on a Mac is stored in the Keychain Access application, the password management system for MacOS. And that includes Wi-Fi network passwords. 

To start, use the search feature to open the Keychain Access app and do the following:

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23

This Android malware hid inside an app downloaded 50,000 times from Google Play Store

This Android malware hid inside an app downloaded 50,000 times from Google Play Store

A new form of Android banking trojan malware targets customers of 56 different European banks and has been downloaded by over 50,000 users in the space of a few weeks. 

Detailed by cybersecurity researchers at ThreatFabric who've dubbed it 'Xenomorph' because of links to another trojan called Alien, this malware first appeared this month. The malware is designed to steal usernames and passwords to access bank accounts and other sensitive personal information. 

Like many other forms of Android malware, the malware has apparently managed to bypass protections and gets onto smartphones via apps in the Google Play Store.

SEE: Cybersecurity: Let's get tactical (ZDNet special report) 

One of the apps identified was a cleaner app that promised to help speed up a device by removing unused clutter: the app has been downloaded over 50,000 times.

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23

73 Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make Your Life Easier

73 Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make Your Life Easier

If you've upgraded to Windows 11, here are the keyboard shortcuts you need to know about.

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As the adoption rate for Windows 11 increases this year, more and more users will have questions about how to use Microsoft's latest operating system. Although much is still the same as it was in Windows 10 -- which Microsoft will continue support for through 2025 -- Windows 11 does come with several new features, including a few unique keyboard shortcuts.

We'll cover all of the most important keyboard shortcuts for Windows 11, many of which carry over from Windows 10 and earlier versions of Microsoft's operating system. That includes the basics, such as Ctrl + X to cut a selected item, as well as a couple of Windows 11 exclusive shortcuts to help you snap an active window into place.

Here's a handy list of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for navigating Windows 11. And if you want to check out more on Windows 11, here are 9 hidden Windows 11 features and how to make Windows 11 act more like Windows 10.

Windows 11 shortcut basics

To start, here are the ones you'll use most often.

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23

Safari is about to lose its place as the world's second most-used desktop web browser

Safari is about to lose its place as the world's second most-used desktop web browser

Apple’s Safari web browser has never been as popular as Google Chrome, which dominates the worldwide market share, but it has been consolidated as the second most-used browser for a long time. However, new data suggests that Safari is about to lose its second place in the ranking to its competitors.

As shown by StatCounter (via TechRadar), Safari remains the second most-used desktop web browser in the world as of January 2022, but two of its competitors are close to taking over second place this time around.

While Safari is used by 9.84% of desktop users, Microsoft Edge is right behind with 9.54% market share. Firefox, which had only 8.1% share in January 2021, has gained new users during the past few months and now has 9.18% of the desktop market share. Unsurprisingly, Google Chrome is still in first place with 65.38% of the share.

By comparison, 10.38% of desktop users were surfing the web with Safari in January 2021, which suggests that Apple’s web browser has been losing ground to other alternatives. If Safari continues to lose users, it will probably slip to the third or fourth place in the ranking over the next few months.

When considering the US market, Safari still has an advantage against Microsoft Edge with 18.12% versus 12.09%, respectively. However, Safari has already lost its second place as the most used desktop web browser in Europe. It’s worth noting that Safari is only available on macOS (when it comes to desktop), while other web browsers can be installed on Macs and Windows PCs.

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An influencer-marketing firm wrote a report about how the metaverse will affect the creator economy. Here are 5 key takeaways.

An influencer-marketing firm wrote a report about how the metaverse will affect the creator economy. Here are 5 key takeaways.
Tech companies are rushing to build the metaverse, an immersive version of the internet.For creators, the metaverse offers a variety of new opportunities to connect with fans and monetize.Here's how internet users feel about the metaverse, according to a recent survey.

Since October, when Facebook rebranded to Meta and announced plans to build the "metaverse," the concept has been the talk of the tech industry.

Besides Meta, other companies – such as Microsoft and Chinese tech giant Tencent – have been investing in creating their own metaverses, and even legacy companies like JPMorgan are getting in on it, with a recent report form the bank predicting that it will become a $1 trillion market opportunity.

The influencer-marketing firm IZEA set out to gauge how internet users — particularly content creators — feel about the metaverse. In late 2021, it surveyed about 1,000 people, asking them about their behavior and expectations around the metaverse. 

The survey was split into two parts, "Influencing in the Metaverse" and "Influencing Crypto," which digs deeper into how internet users see the role of cryptocurrencies and NFTs within the future of the web.  

The sample included internet users in the US who were at least 18 years old. 62% of respondents said they were regular social media users, while 23% identified as "influencers" and 15% said they don't use social media.

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17

How a Saudi Woman's IPhone Revealed Hacking Around the World

How a Saudi Woman's IPhone Revealed Hacking Around the World
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B2B Marketing Through LinkedIn: Strategies To Succeed

B2B Marketing Through LinkedIn: Strategies To Succeed

In today’s scenario, digital marketing is a prerequisite for the success and online visibility of a business. One cannot ignore promoting their brand on the web if they want to see tangible results. The results include increasing user engagement and bringing more people into the sales funnel. 

Social media management is one of the most crucial arms of digital marketing. The popularity of social media platforms in the last decade has only increased. Thus, it has become an inseparable part of digital marketing. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., are some of the goliaths in the social media marketing realm. They are preferred for B2C(business to consumer) marketing. 

Another social media platform that often gets overlooked and underestimated for its marketing capabilities is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a social media network for the business community. It focuses on career development and professional networking. These aspects make it suitable for B2B(business to business) marketing. 

Want to know more about B2B marketing through LinkedIn? Keep reading. 

This article will discuss the value of LinkedIn for B2B marketing. We will learn why it is suitable for effectively connecting to other businesses. Furthermore, we will learn how to build a strategy to make your B2B marketing endeavor successful on LinkedIn.  

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Delete duplicate photos with this free PC software

Delete duplicate photos with this free PC software
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Common SEO Mistakes on Your Website

Common SEO Mistakes on Your Website

As a business owner, you likely understand the importance of a quality online presence. Too often brands suffer due to a poorly made website, ridden with SEO mistakes. Small business SEO is the determining factor in terms of consumer engagement and web visibility. As you work to build your brand and market your business, it is imperative that you set your website up for success through effective SEO practices. We have compiled a list of the top 10 most common SEO mistakes that businesses make on their website to get you started. 

10 Common SEO Mistakes on Your Website

1. Not Prioritizing Google My Business

Of the 167 billion Google searches conducted annually, the average business profile receives only 1,260 of these views. Of the 1,260 views, only 59 actions typically result. This meager percentage is a grim reality for most businesses registered on Google. Fortunately, as a business owner, increasing your visibility and engagement is largely in your power. 

Google places utmost importance on “near me” searches, and consequently prioritizes business listings with adequate geolocation information. Ensure that your business profile contains specific contact information, up-to-date hours, relevant photos, and promptly answered questions. All of these factors will consistently increase your brand visibility on the search engine. 

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How to save a Google Doc as a PDF or Word document

How to save a Google Doc as a PDF or Word document

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Google Docs is an incredibly useful tool for schoolwork, business work, and content creation. When you need to send your original Google Doc file as an email attachment or submit it as a read-only document, you may need to download your document as a specific type of file. In cases like these, you need to know how to save a Google Doc as a PDF or Word document.

Read more: How to use Google Drive: Everything you need to know

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To save a Google Doc as a PDF to your computer, open the Google Doc you want to download, then click File → Download. Click your desired file type to begin the download.

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There were almost two internets. Then, the CIA destroyed one.

There were almost two internets. Then, the CIA destroyed one.

In Mashable’s new three-part episode of our series on the digital age's dark side, Kernel Panic, we explore a startlingly advanced computer network developed in Salvador Allende's Chile of the 1970s. Called Project Cybersyn, the network was a centerpiece of Allende's effort to modernize the Chilean economy. It was developed in parallel with the American networks that would become the internet, at a moment in time in which President Nixon was trying to undermine the Chilean economy and overthrow Allende, the first democratically elected Marxist leader in Latin America.

Cybersyn, designed by a farthinking British theorist named Stafford Beer and run by a cadre of young revolutionary programmers, was an astonishing success. Using little more than old telephone wires and mothballed pre-war machinery, the Chilean program managed to build out a real-time data stream very much like the social media newsfeed of today, watching and monitoring the country's industry from a retro-futuristic control room in the capital.

For two years, the programmers used Cybersyn to battle strikes and attempted coups until finally, in September of 1973, Allende was overthrown by a military junta led by Augusto Pinochet. The dream of a stable, modernized Chile died with Allende, and so did the potential for a second internet, built in parallel and evolved under a totally different system of information sharing.

Mashable speaks to Fernando Flores who served under Allende as finance minister before spending three years in prison under Pinochet, as well as Raul Espejo, operational director of Project Cybersyn, and the family of Stafford Beer to take you inside the dream and disappointment of Project Cybersyn.

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Four BIG changes planned for WhatsApp that you need to know about

Four BIG changes planned for WhatsApp that you need to know about

WhatsApp’s messaging app is plotting four big changes to groups that are expected to be rolled out soon.

Meta-owned messaging service WhatsApp, with more than 2billion users worldwide, is rolling out updates for its app with several new useful features previously only available to beta users.

WHAT IS THE FIRST CHANGE? 

One of the new changes includes new voice note functionality, which will allow you to pause and resume voice recordings.

According to Insider website WABetaInfo this feature will help those who get frustrated with having their voice notes interrupted by incoming phone calls and having to start over or record their messages in parts.

Furthermore, the feature will allow you to listen to, delete, or continue recording the voice note before sending it.

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How Influencers are Making Money with Instagram

How Influencers are Making Money with Instagram

An influencer is someone who has the ability to influence the buying decisions and opinions of others through social media.

For example, if you have a blog and you write a post about a new book, people who read your blog may decide to buy the book or even borrow it from the library after reading your review. 

If enough people see your review and decide to purchase the book, then you are an influencer for that product.

In today’s world, there is more demand than ever for online content. It is not very difficult to earn some extra money by publishing helpful articles on your blog, but you can make even more money if you become an influencer for other companies.

How influencers are making money with Instagram

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The hackers hunting for the lost Bitcoin billions

The hackers hunting for the lost Bitcoin billions
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Rhonda Kampert (left) used her recovered Bitcoin to help her daughter, Megan, through university

Rhonda Kampert was an early adopter.

She bought six Bitcoins in 2013, when they cost about $80 each, and were the chatter of niche corners of the internet.

"I used to listen to a radio talk show and they started talking about crypto and Bitcoin so I got interested," she says.

"Back then buying it was so complicated but I fumbled my way through the process and bought my coins."

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How publishers are using technology to drive 10-20X better conversion than Google Ads | What’s New in Publishing | Digital Publishing News

How publishers are using technology to drive 10-20X better conversion than Google Ads | What’s New in Publishing | Digital Publishing News
Sponsored Content

Google and Facebook hold the largest share of total US digital ad spend, 38.6% and 19.9%, respectively (Wordstream, 2020). Those numbers are comparable across the globe, and it means that before you even jump into the advertising pool, you’re competing against giants.  

Publishers have been aware of increasingly losing advertisers to search engines and social media over the past decade, and most still haven’t found a sure-fire way to win their sponsors back. 

Why Do Advertisers Choose Google & Social Media?

The first step in reclaiming advertisers from these pay-per-click giants is to assess why so many businesses choose to spend their marketing dollars with them. 

There are a few things that Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. offer to their clients that many publishers simply do not; and all are a must-have to compete today:

Targeted to a specific audience that can show intentContinual measurability with live reports Pay for results (clicks and impressions) 

How Can You Make Your Publication More Appealing Than Google and Friends?

Digital transformation. It’s the buzzword on everybody’s lips, but what does it really mean for the world of publishing?

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