These tips will help you get the best possible battery life on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.
Thanks to more efficient chips and improvements to software, the battery life on Apple’s computers continue to improve with each new model year. The company also includes various energy saving settings in its OS X operating system. These can be tweaked by going to the System Preferences and clicking on Energy Saver, but there is also more that you can do. These tips will help you squeeze the most juice out of the battery on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
Show battery percentage
A feature that you should enable (if it isn’t already) is the battery percentage indicator. While this won’t actually increase your battery life, it will make it easier to monitor it.
To enable the percentage indicator, click on the battery icon at the top right-hand corner of the menu bar and select the “Show percentage” option.
Check battery condition
The next thing you will want to do is check the condition of your battery. To do this, hold the option key on the keyboard and click on the battery icon at the top of the menu bar. A “Normal” battery rating is what you will hopefully see and not a “Replace soon” warning. If your battery is in bad shape you will most likely be required to purchase a new computer or contact Apple about fixing it, unless you have an older MacBook with a removable battery.
Install software updates
As I mentioned, having the latest software installed on your computer will help you get the best possible battery life. To check to see if an update is available for your computer, click on the Apple logo in the menu bar and select the “Software Update” option, or open the App Store and click on the “Updates” tab.
Dim the display
Just like on a mobile device, the display on your computer uses a ton of energy. When you disconnect the power cord, it’s best to dim the brightness down below half or to a suitable level for your eyes. To do this, press the F1 button on the keyboard, or use the F1 and FN button if that doesn’t work. It’s also best to disable the MacBook’s auto brightness feature. To do this, go to the System Preferences, select display, and uncheck the “Automatically adjust brightness” box.
Disable the backlit keyboard
All of Apple’s aluminum MacBooks include a backlit keyboard. This is great for when you are typing in the dark, although it can also drain your battery. The backlight can be disabled by pressing and holding the F5 key, or the FN key and F5 key if it doesn’t work. You can use the F6 (or FN+F6) key to turn the keyboard backlight back on.
Turn off Bluetooth
There is a good chance you won’t be carrying around a Bluetooth mouse or speaker when you leave your desk. With nothing to connect to, there is no point to have Bluetooth enabled. I recommend disabling the radio to conserve battery.
To turn off Bluetooth, enter the System Preferences, select Bluetooth, and click the off button. Alternatively, you can turn it off by clicking on the Bluetooth icon in the top menu bar.
Disconnect unused dongles
As is the case with Bluetooth, if you aren’t actively using a USB-connected device (such as a flash drive), you should unplug it to prevent battery drain. If the power cord isn’t connected, charging your smartphone or tablet via the MacBook’s USB port will also drain your battery.
Quit applications you are no longer using
It’s best to close programs out completely when you are done using them. This can be done by clicking the Command key and Q key at the same time, or clicking on the program in the top menu bar and selecting the “Quit” option.
If a program is frozen, click on the Apple icon in the top menu bar, select Force Quit, and click on the program that won’t close.
You can’t stop Google from scanning your inbox or serving you ads, but you can opt out of receiving personalized ads in Gmail. And you can eliminate one prominent ad banner altogether.
Google updated its terms of service this week to clarify the manner in which software automatically scans and analyzes the content of your emails so the company can deliver what it calls “tailored advertising,” in addition to ferreting out spam and malware. When you signed up for your Gmail account, you consented to such things.
If you’ve been using Gmail for any length of time, however, then you’ve likely learned to ignore the ads it displays above, below, to the side, or directly inside your inbox. Perhaps with Google’s terms of service in the news this week, you’ve given new thought to the ads you see in Gmail. There is no way to stop some of the ads from appearing, but if you dig around in settings, you can opt out of targeted ads. And you can eliminate one ad that sits at the top of every message you read when using accessing Gmail via a desktop or laptop.
Perhaps you don’t like the targeted ads because they are a constant reminder of Google’s ever-vigilant scanning of your personal correspondence. Or perhaps you just find targeted ads harder to ignore than ads that aren’t tailored to you and your interests. Whatever your reason, you can opt out of what Google refers to as “interest-based ads” and receive contextual ads that may be based on the message you are currently reading but not on the content of your inbox on the whole as well as your Google search history and other account information.
To opt out, head to Google’s Ad Settings page. Scroll down to the “Opt-out settings” area and click the “Opt out” link for “Opt out of interest-based ads on Google.”
Next, let’s get rid of the narrow banner text ad that sits above every Gmail message you open. You’ve probably blocked it out, but there is an easy way to eliminate it altogether. Click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner and choose Settings. Then click on the Web Clips tab and uncheck the box for “Show my web clips above the Inbox.”
Now, as the informative post on WonderHowTo explains, you can also remove any ads that appear as messages in the Promotions tab of your Gmail inbox, but to do so, you have to delete the Promotions tab. In my case, I don’t see such ads in my Promotion tab, and deleting it would unleash a wave of messages to my primary inbox that I’d rather keep quarantined in the Promotions tab. If you’d like to get rid of the Promotions tab, go to the Inbox tab in settings and you’ll be able to uncheck a box for the Promotions tab.
Alternatively, Chrome users can use the Gmelius extension, which lets you customize what elements show up on Gmail and where.
Admit it, your laptop is filthy. It’s time to clean it, from the screen to the keyboard to the vents.
If you are like me, then you are sitting in front of a laptop that has seen cleaner days. No matter the make or model, it doesn’t take long for a laptop to start looking tired, from a smudged screen and a filthy keyboard to dirty, dusty vents and ports.
To clean your laptop, you will need:
Soft, lint-free cloths
Mild dish detergent such as Dawn
A can of compressed air
Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Before you begin, power down your laptop and unplug it from the wall. Remove the battery, if your model allows such a maneuver.
First area to hit: the lid and bottom panel. Mix a couple drops of Dawn (or another, inferior dish soap) and a couple cups of warm water together, dip your lint-free cloth in the soapy mixture, wring out, and wipe down the surfaces. Rinse out the cloth with clean water and wipe down again. Lastly, to avoid water streaks, wipe down a third time with a dry cloth.
Next up: the keyboard. The key here is not to let any liquid drip down underneath your keyboard. Use your can of compressed air to remove any crumbs that are lying in the crevices in between the keys. After that, dab a lint-free cloth in isopropyl rubbing alcohol and gently rub your keys. You might be able to remove some stains with soap and water, but isopropyl rubbing alcohol is better for two reasons. For one, it evaporates almost immediately, which greatly reduces the risk of liquid getting inside your laptop. Secondly, it’s effective in removing the oily residue left behind by your fingertips.
If you lent your laptop to a friend who returned it while sneezing and coughing, you can disinfect your keyboard by using a disinfecting wipe containing up to 0.5 percent hydrogen peroxide.
Lastly, if your laptop has large side vents, you’ll likely find that they are a magnet for dust bunnies. (Same goes for expansion ports.) Use a can of compressed air to blow the dust bunnies out; this will not only make your laptop look better, but it can also improve performance by letting your laptop better control its temperature with a clean vent. If there is a dust bunny that you see is stuck behind the vent that you can’t dislodge by blasting it with compressed air, then consult your user manual on how to open the case. Be sure you remember which screws went where for the reassembly; snap a picture or two of your laptop before opening the case for a handy reference.
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Tablets are great for consuming entertainment and media, while laptops and other full PCs are required to actually create those works, or so the conventional wisdom goes. Some substitute the charged word “productivity” for creation, but the pitch is the same. You need one device for A, B, and C, and another for X, Y, and Z.
That means there’s a sizable group of people out there spending at least part of the time lugging around a laptop and a tablet at the same time. I’ve been guilty of that, usually packing a 13-inch ultrabook or MacBook Air and an iPad into my carry-on bag for airline flights.
With the new Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft, the software powerhouse (and sometimes hardware maker) says it finally has the single grand unified device that will satisfy both the creation and consumption instincts equally. You’ll feel just as at home watching a movie or reading a book as you will editing video footage or writing your novel.
Of course, that’s largely the same pitch we got for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablets, which points to the difficulty in translating the full Windows 8 experience freely between a laptop and tablet. Dozens of our hands-on reviews of devices ranging from 8-inch slates to 13-inch two-in-one hybrids back this up, as does the mixed reception to the first two generations of Surface Pro.
Both of those devices, as well as the Surface Pro 3, smartly lean towards the laptop side of the tablet spectrum, including Intel Core i-series CPUs and keyboard covers designed to feel more like laptop keyboards. With the Surface Pro 3, starting at $799 for an Intel Core i3 CPU and a 64GB SSD, we can see the thinking at Microsoft start to lean even more toward the laptop side, with a new kickstand and touch cover that allow you to work at almost any angle.
Design and features
Despite the talk of this being the thinnest Intel Core i-series device to date, it still doesn’t feel quite as thin and ethereal as, for example, the iPad Air. But its thinner body, coupled with a larger 12-inch screen, give it a more upscale feel than either the Pro or Pro 2, which were criticized for a certain boxiness.
Both of the previous Surface Pro models had 10.6-inch screens and were 13mm thick, with a footprint of 10.8 inches by 6.8 inches. This new 12-inch version is 11.5 inches by 7.9 inches, but drops the thickness to an impressive 9.1mm.
Built into the thin body you’ll still find a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader, and Mini DisplayPort, 5-megapixel and 1080p HD front- and rear-facing cameras, as well as stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound. Other hardware specs include SSD storage from 64GB to 512GB; 4GB or 8GB of memory; 802.11ac or 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi; and TPM 2.0 for enterprise security.
With a wink and a nod, Microsoft says this new Surface Pro design isn’t exactly fanless, but it might as well be. That’s because the new system internals, designed in partnership with Intel, allow the system run run not only ultra-low voltage Core i3 or i5 CPUs, but also Core i7 ones, with a slim, quiet fan moving air as needed without that telltale whirring sound, or a fan exhaust blowing on your hands. Our Surface Pro 3, a midrange model with an Intel Core i5 CPU, certainly felt cool and ran quietly during our initial hands-on testing, but the same can be said of many Windows 8 tablets, some of which are truly fan-free.
Another immediate difference in the new design is the kickstand, which can adjust to nearly any angle between 22 degrees and 150 degrees. As the owner of normal-sized legs for a 6-foot-tall male, I still had a hard time getting the Surface Pro 3 to sit comfortably on my lap. The kickstand either kept the screen angle too severe to see clearly while seated, or else the end of the kickstand was sliding off my knees when I tilted the screen further back.
Taking the type cover and kicking in its additional top-edge magnetic hinge, raising the back edge of the keyboard to a better angle, helped a bit, as the raised angle feels much more natural for typing (which is why nearly every PC keyboard has tiny feet at the back edge).
The better-than-HD touchscreen display, 12-inches diagonally at 2,160×1,440 resolution, looks clear and bright, and follows a growing trend towards better-than-HD displays. Do you need more pixels on a 12-inch screen? That’s debatable, but some 13-inch models are already hitting 3,200×1,800.
Built for a pen, in portrait mode
It may take a second to spot, but there’s one major change to the Surface design ID this time around. The capacitive touch button Windows logo — which brings you back to the Windows 8 tile interface — has shifted from the bottom long edge of the chassis to one of the shorter edges.
There’s two reasons for that, to my mind. First, the new keyboard covers snap in over the area where the original Windows button was located when you use the second tilt-up hinge. Second, moving the Windows logo button to the short edge points users towards using the device in portrait mode. I’ve found that most Windows tablets and hybrids are designed around use in landscape mode, which has the screen lying against its longest side, while the all-popular Apple iPad is primarily understood as a device to held upright in portrait mode, much like a book or magazine.
This ties directly into Microsoft’s strong pitch for the Surface Pro 3 as an educational device for note-taking, annotation, drawing, and sketching. The included battery-powered Bluetooth pen is metallic, and more substantial than versions I’ve tried with other Windows 8 tablets, such as the eight-inch Asus VivoTab 8. In the case of the Asus, the Wacom stylus was made of thin plastic, but at least it slid right into an internal slot in the tablet body. For the Surface Pro 3, you’ll need to either keep in your pocket or bag, or perhaps slide it behind your ear, unless you have a sold-separately type cover and its awkward stick-on stylus-holding loop.
While the Surface Pro pen (Microsoft would prefer you call it a pen rather than a stylus) works in a variety of apps, including The New York Times crossword puzzle app, OneNote is an easy example of how it works for drawing and taking notes. If you have all your Microsoft cloud services properly set up, your OneNote files can sync to other Windows devices such as your phone (unlikely) or laptop (rather more likely). Even better, just click once on the Pen’s top to open OneNote, even if your Surface is asleep, and notes are automatically saved. A future update will let you double-click the top of Surface Pen to instantly capture and save a screenshot.
The next great tablet keyboard
The tragedy of the Surface Pro has always been that the single coolest thing about it doesn’t actually come in the box. The excellent type cover, which acts as a screen protector, full keyboard, and touchpad interface, stubbornly remains a sold-separately accessory, despite the fact that I can’t imagine anyone ever buying a Surface without one. At $129, it’s expensive for an add-on keyboard, but it’s also still the main wow factor of the Surface.
The new type cover for Surface Pro 3 is larger than its predecessors, although the older versions will still work — they just won’t cover the entire screen when the cover is closed. It still feels like the best add-on tablet tablet keyboard you can buy, while falling short of a decent budget laptop keyboard. The secondary hinge, really just a line near the top edge you can fold the cover along, lifts the rear up and holds it against the body via a magnetic connection, giving you a more natural typing angle. It’s an excellent ergonomic improvement, although it makes typing louder and clackier.
The touchpad built into the type cover is better, made of what a Microsoft rep described as a “ceramic fabric” material. It’s still too shallow to easily navigate all around the screen. You’ll most likely develop a shorthand combination of touchscreen and touchpad, plus pen, to get around.
Along with the type cover there is a new $200 Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 with a Mini DisplayPort supporting resolutions up to 3840×2600, five USB ports — three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports — and a Gigabit Ethernet jack. There is a standalone Surface Ethernet Adapter for $40, too.
Does the Surface Pro 3 really do something so different than its predecessors that it will replace the sea of glowing MacBook Airs seen in the audience during Microsoft’s NYC launch event? No, it’s still the same basic concept, a Core i-series slate, coupled with a very good keyboard accessory — but it’s certainly different enough from the Surface Pro 2 that I can call this a very substantial generation-over-generation leap.
We’ll be testing the Surface Pro 3’s application performance and battery life, so stay tuned for a full review and benchmark results.
Microsoft released an update to its Windows Phone operating system last month. The Windows Phone 8.1 update is currently available for developers and will roll out to current Windows Phone 8 users over the next few months, although there is a way to manually update your device now. These tips will help you navigate the revamped operating system and access all of the new features it has to offer.
Customize your device
Windows Phone users could previously add a custom background image to their lock screen, however they were stuck with a rather boring home screen. In Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has given users the ability to now set a background on the live tile Start screen. This can be done by going to the settings menu, selecting the “start+theme” option, and choosing a Start background. From here you can also add an extra row of live tiles, select a new accent color, and change the phone’s overall color motif from light to dark.
Access the new voice assistant
The most anticipated feature in Windows Phone 8.1 is the inclusion of Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant. The feature, which is comparable to Apple’s Siri voice assistant and Google Now, can be accessed by pressing the phone’s search button. There is also a Cortana shortcut in your app drawer, which can be pinned to your Start screen for faster access.
Cortana can search the Web, answer questions, set reminders, tell you the weather, and more. Pressing the music symbol in the top-right corner of the screen will open Cortana’s Shazam-like music recognition feature. Simply open this menu, let the phone listen for music, and it will tell you which song is playing. Additional features and settings can be found in Cortana’s Notebook. This can be accessed by pressing the three-line icon located next to the music symbol.
Building upon the multitasking feature found in Windows Phone 8, the latest update now allows you to close apps with a swipe of the finger. The feature is similar to those found on iOS and Android, and previously WebOS. The Windows Phone multitasking menu can be accessed with a long press on the back button. Once inside it, you can quickly jump to a previously opened app, or close it either by pressing the “X” icon or with a downward swipe.
Take a screenshot
If you wanted to take a screenshot on a Windows Phone 8 device you would be required to press the power button and Windows button simultaneously. In version 8.1, however, the action has been changed to the power button and volume up key.
One of my favorite additions to the Windows Phone operating system is the new Action Center. The feature is similar to the notification pulldowns found in both Android and iOS. A simple swipe down from the top of the screen will give you quick access to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, and Rotation Lock toggles, along with a link to the full settings menu. Notifications that appear in the Action Center can be dismissed with a swipe from left to right.
Share your Wi-Fi networks
Another new feature in Windows Phone 8.1 can be used to automatically connect you to local, open Wi-Fi networks. The feature, known as Wi-Fi Sense, also gives you the ability to share the Wi-Fi credentials of your trusted networks with your Outlook, Skype, and Facebook friends who own a Windows Phone 8.1 device. While your friends will have access to your network, they won’t be able to see the actual Wi-Fi password.
Wi-Fi sense can be enabled or disabled by going to Settings, clicking Wi-Fi, and scrolling down to Wi-Fi Sense.
Avoid going over your data limit
A majority of users are on some sort of shared or limited data plan. Going over your data limit could cost you big bucks, but a new feature in Windows Phone 8.1 looks to help you prevent that. The Data Sense feature shows you how much data you use on both cellular and Wi-Fi connections, and which apps are using the most data.
There is also an option to set data limits. This feature can be programmed to prevent background data from downloading over cellular connections when you are nearing your limit. The Data Sense feature can be found in the phone’s app drawer.
Keep your phone’s storage in check
Microsoft has included a new Storage Sense feature in Windows Phone 8.1 to ensure you never run out of space again. For phones with expandable storage, Storage Sense provides an easy way to move apps, music, and pictures to your SD card. It can also be used to see which apps or content are taking up the most space on your device, and it gives you the option to delete or uninstall large and unwanted files.
Storage Sense is located in the phone’s app drawer.
The technology landscape has changed drastically since Google made its market debut 10 years ago. Google’s IPO and its co-founders had a big hand in that evolution.
Ten years ago, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin introduced the world to the search engine’s now-famous mantra: Don’t be evil.
The three-word vow is a promise to “do good things for the world” — and was introduced in an unusual 4,000-word treatise Page and Brin wrote to would-be investors in their 2004 founders’ letter before the initial public offering. The message was clear: Yes, we’re joining the businesses on Wall Street, but this is not business as usual.
“Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one,” Page wrote in the opening line of the letter, citing billionaire investor Warren Buffett as a source of inspiration. “But the standard structure of public ownership may jeopardize the independence and focused objectivity that have been most important in Google’s past success and that we consider most fundamental for its future. Therefore, we have implemented a corporate structure that is designed to protect Google’s ability to innovate and retain its most distinctive characteristics.”
Tuesday marks a decade since Google went public. Its path has charted the course for the myriad tech companies that have come after it.
The search engine made its debut on the Nasdaq stock exchange, raising $1.2 billion. The amount seems almost paltry compared to Facebook’s $16 billion offering in 2012, and the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s forthcoming IPO, expected to fetch about $20 billion.
But the world was a very different place in August 2004. Facebook was only a few months old. Apple was still about three years away from releasing the iPhone. And Google was known for search — and not much more. (Gmail was still in its infancy, launched in April of that year. Google would buy Keyhole, which would become the basis of Google Maps, two months after its IPO.)
Google’s IPO changed all that. The company still rules the search world, but now it’s also known for its Android mobile software, online video site YouTube, and ambitious, game-changing projects like driverless cars and Wi-Fi equipped balloons. Projected revenue in 2014 is $67 billion (it was $3.18 billion in 2004), and Google’s market capitalization is just shy of $400 billion. The stock, which was priced at $85 at its opening and closed at $100.34 that day, traded at $582.16 end of day on Monday.
Google’s influence has grown so vast since then that it’s run into criticism over its market might. The company clashed with regulators in the United States and Europe over competition issues, and has been the target of privacy advocates who fear Google’s power over users’ data. (The “Don’t be evil” philosophy has been a favorite go-to for critics to cite while protesting Google’s policies.)
While it set the stage for the next 10 years, the IPO didn’t go off as smoothly as Page and Brin might have liked. At the last minute, the offering price dropped to $85, from the expected range of $108 to $135. And an interview that Page and Brin gave to Playboy drew ire from the Securities and Exchange Commission, who thought the piece put the company in violation of the commission’s IPO rules.
All market debuts are seminal moments for the companies, but Google’s IPO caused reverberations that would affect not only tech IPOs from there on out, but the landscape of the entire tech world as well. To get a sense of perspective, CNET chatted with Lise Buyer, founder of the IPO strategist Class V Group. Buyer was Google’s director of business optimization until 2006 and part of the team that took the company through its IPO. Buyer said she was the most skeptical team member when Page and Brin came up with “weird” ideas for the IPO, but that in the end, she was a believer.
Here are four ways Google’s IPO changed the way tech companies take on an IPO and how they run as public firms. Google wouldn’t make any of its executives available for this story, but instead pointed to Page and Brin’s letter from the’s IPO prospectus.
1. Warren’s playbook.
Page and Brin called their message to investors an “Owner’s Manual,” taking their cue and the name of their letter from Buffett, founder of Berkshire Hathaway, who often wrote essays and letters to his shareholders. Google’s version was written mostly by Page.
The practice is more commonplace now. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his founders’ letter to tell potential investors that “Facebook was not originally created to be a company.” When Alibaba filed for its IPO in May, it was more of a surprise that the filing did not include a letter from co-founder Jack Ma.
But things were different in 2004, and reading a manifesto that said the company would do no evil and take a long-term approach “even if we forgo some short term gains” was novel, to say the least. “People howled at how ridiculous the idea was,” says Buyer.
2. Going Dutch.
Google took an unorthodox approach to its offering. It rounded up investors using a “Dutch” Internet auction where the IPO price is based on bids by investors, making the stock available to a larger pool of people. The degree of success Google had with the Dutch method is debatable. Buyer admits “it wasn’t the perfect deal,” but argues it was the right choice for the company at the time.
The IPO didn’t set off a trend of Dutch offerings, but was emblematic of one thing. It was Page and Brin’s attempt at taking a process that was always done one way, and seeing if it could be done in another, more efficient way, said Buyer. It’s the same audacious thinking Google has applied to projects since. An example: Google is trying to cut the inefficiencies out of driving with software-powered cars.
“The process was unusual,” says Buyer. “But it was a big old clue to the investors that the company would be unusual.”
3. In control.
The company also rewrote the rules for tech founders. It created a corporate structure based on “dual-class” stock, which gives the founders outsize voting power. The structure was uncommon for a tech company at the time, but more common for media companies where there’s concern over the business side influencing editorial content. In the letter, Page even names The New York Times Company as having a similar structure.
Page and Brin wanted the same principle to apply to Google: not having to worry about investors meddling if they made decisions that favored long-term plans over short-term profits.
Other high-profile tech companies have followed suit. Facebook and LinkedIn — which went public in May 2011 — both use dual-class stock.
4. Android makers, moon shot takers.
The IPO paved the way for some of Google’s most important projects beyond search. Yes, it brought them cash. Lots of cash. But as important, Page and Brin, feeling less pressure from investors partly due to the dual-class, could devote their time on efforts and experiments that took Google into areas outside of the cash cow search business.
Almost exactly a year after the IPO, Google acquired mobile software maker Android, which now powers the majority of the world’s smartphones. “I felt guilty about working on Android when it was starting. It was a little startup we bought,” Page said in March. “It wasn’t really what we were working on.”
“That was stupid, he said. “That was the future.” Google has since parleyed Android into the most popular mobile operating system in the world with more than 80 percent market share, according to research firm IDC.
The same idea goes for the company’s so-called “moon shots,” audacious attempts at technological leaps like driverless cars or the connected headset Glass. “You don’t want the company to not have the ability to not make a big investment that might not pay off for awhile,” said Buyer.
As for whether Google has lived up to its pledge to don’t do evil, that depends on whom you ask. “The idea was that we don’t quite know what evil is, but if we have a rule that says ‘don’t be evil,’ then employees can say, I think that’s evil,” Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, told NPR last May.
For the founders though, one thing about the idea was simple: Change the world in the best way possible. There’s no denying they’ve delivered change.
Ready to exercise your supreme Chrome skills? Learn how to set your location, easily view cached pages, and more!
Pick your Geolocation
Not interested in sharing your current location with the websites you’re visiting? Or maybe you want to see if you can get a better price on travel when booking from another state? Try this tip.
Open Developer tools (F12, or Ctrl + Shift + I)
Click the phone icon in the top left-hand corner of the developer tools area
Click the Emulation tab in the lower half of the tools window
Pick Sensors on the left, then tick the check box next to Emulate geolocation coordinates
Enter values for latitude and longitude
Delete autocomplete entries from the omnibox
When you’re typing out a URL and you see a few embarrassing entries in the omnibox suggestion list, you can delete them by pressing Shift + Delete while they are highlighted.
Easily view cached websites
Want to see the cached version of a website? Just add “cache:” in front of the URL. Now you can skip searching for it and click the tiny arrow to select Cached on the Google homepage.
Install Chrome extensions manually
If the location you’re seeking isn’t available on the Chrome Web Store, you can download the CRX file and drag and drop it on your Extensions page. For detailed steps, check out this how to post.
View mobile versions of websites
When your Internet connection is slow, the last thing you want to do is load a huge image-heavy website. This is especially true when you are trying to stay within a bandwidth limit, whether you are traveling or just trying to be conservative with your own plan.
Open Developer tools (F12, or Ctrl + Shift + I)
Click the phone icon in the top left-hand corner of the developer tools area
Click the Emulation tab in the lower half of the tools window
Pick Device on the left, then choose a device from the Model drop-down box.
Have any other power user tips? Share them in the comments!