Top 8 Google Chrome Extensions That Everyone Should Be Using

While extensions are not required on Google Chrome, they drastically improve functionality over the stock browser. There is a limit on how many extensions you run before you will start to notice a performance hit on your computer, which will vary from system to system. Just pay attention to your system and if you start to notice a slowdown, the culprit very well may be the last Chrome extension you added to your system.

Typio Form Recovery

Have you ever written something and then your browser crashes and you lose everything you had just written? There is an extension called Typio Form Recovery that will remember your last entries for a customizable number of days into any place you enter text with the exception of password fields. If you would like to save your passwords as well, you can toggle it on in the settings. Typio Form Recovery stores everything locally on the machine, meaning someone won’t be able to hack a central server to retrieve whatever they might be seeking from you writing history.

Pushbullet

Pushbullet makes it easy to share content from one device to another. An example of this is if you are reading recommendations for a restaurants food online on your desktop. When you are ready to head out and try them out, you might want to send the recommendation to your phone. With Pushbullet this is seamless, once installed, just press the Pushbullet icon on Chrome, choose the devices section and choose the device you would like to send it to. And it works both ways, so if you are viewing something on your phone, you can send it just as easily to your desktop from iOS or Android devices.

Adblock Plus

Some advertisements are created to be very intrusive and potentially contain malware which can harm your computer, and by extension, you. Adblock Plus empowers you to block annoying ads that don’t meet Adblock Plus’s requirements, e.g. are extremely intrusive, contains malware etc. This way you don’t need to feel bad about blockings websites that you love and are ad supported.

Session Buddy

Managing tabs can be tough. You might end up with several windows, all full of tabs that you know you need to reference for one reason or another. When this happens and you want to close everything, or to close just a few specific windows without losing anything, you can use Session Buddy. It stores all of your browsing sessions separately. You can choose to save an entire session at any time and it also stores your previous sessions automatically when you close Chrome. When you are ready to bring a previous session back, all you have to do is locate the session time and choose specific tabs from your session, choose to open your previous session in their respective windows, in one window (which is separate from your current window) or in the current window.

Google Dictionary

When browsing online you will inevitably come across a word that you don’t know. With Google dictionary installed you can simply double click on a word and a little popup will show the definition along with an audio option so you can listen to how the word is pronounced.

Pocket

When you come across an article that you would like to read later you can save it to your Pocket reading list. Pocket will then generally strip out ads and displays it on a book-like page in order to improve its readability. With Pocket’s chrome extension installed you can right-click on any webpage to bring up the context and save it to your Pocket.

Visual Ping

Visual Ping will allow you to monitor any web page for changes. You can even set it to alert you depending on the amount of change made on the page and the specific location on the page. If you are looking for a job that is currently filled, you can set an alert so as soon as the job listing page changes, it will send you an email. This also provides you the advantage of potentially being first to apply for the job.

Dashlane

The Dashlane extension, coupled with the their desktop client are great for boosting your security. You can randomly generate passwords, save your current ones, automatically fill in forms and enter payment information with this extension.

Google Chrome’s own built-in password manager stores your passwords in plain text. So anyone who is able to gain access to your browser can bring up your passwords and use them, unlike Dashlane. With Dashlane you have to enter your master password before you can view your passwords. If you are logging into a new browser or haven’t logged in for a long time, Dashlane will verify it is really you by requiring two factor authentication.

Subliminal Language Learning. Fact or Myth ?

Travelling enthusiasts have always had special linguistic curiosities. How often have you wanted to learn more about a certain language during a cruise or trip towards an exotic place? Some people say that the simplest way to learn the basics of a language is to interact with the natives. While that is true, wouldn’t it be great if we could learn a language by simply diving among its speakers, without any conscious effort from our side?

What is subliminal learning?

Generally speaking, subliminal learning means learning the complex rules of a foreign language without actively pursuing it. This process is displayed best and most often in children, who can learn the basics of multiple languages easily and without having any idea of concepts like grammar or pronunciation.

In the case of an adult who wants to learn a language, this process is usually more complicated and success is not guaranteed. The general question still remain, though – are adults still capable of subliminal learning?

Learning while sleeping

One of the most popular ideas behind subliminal learning techniques is learning in your sleep. The idea is to fall asleep with headphones in your ears in which you constantly hear phrases of a language, but not loud enough that they actually interfere with your sleep.

Although this technique does not work for learning a language at a fluent level, those who have also participated in active learning throughout the day have discovered that night-time repetitions help them remember words better.

This approach was subject to extensive testing, which has proven that the technique is useful for remembering phrases and words. Groups of students who have slept for a few hours with headphones in their ears have performed much better in testing that those who did not do this exercise.

Learning a foreign language without conscious effort is possible – although only up to a certain level, at least while using the technologies and methods available at this time. Adults should also actively participate in the learning process in order to follow up on grammar and vocabulary lessons from during the night. Studies have shown that nocturnal repetitions can greatly aid in refining your knowledge and are very recommended. So, if you want to learn a new language while traveling, focus on active learning during the day and let your subconscious help you during the night.