Google’s Keep is now an excellent sidekick to its productivity apps

Google’s Keep is now an excellent sidekick to its productivity apps

I love Google Keep for taking notes because it’s flexible, easy to use and has a great home screen widget for Android devices. Now, it’s getting an upgrade that’ll make it useful for creating professional documents.

Keep is now integrated into Google Docs, so you can rifle through all your notes and drag their contents right into your new document.

That’s especially handy for when you’ve jotted down bullet points in a note that you’d like to elaborate on, or a photo from your phone you want to add quickly. It’s a clever way of making Keep more useful for people who often scribble ideas on their phones.

You can access Keep in Docs on your desktop by launching the sidebar from the Tools menu.

Keep has also been added to Google’s G Suite of productivity tools, so business users signed up to the program can now use the app with their work accounts. If you’re tiring of more bloated options like Evernote, it’s certainly worth a try.

Capture ideas in Google Keep, bring them to life in Google Docs
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The World’s Weirdest Animals #Infographic

Every country has its bizarre creatures, creepy crawlies and dangerous predators, but some seem to be just that little bit more extraordinary that the others. From the teeniest, smallest bug with multiple legs, to the many giant beasts that are seldom seen, heading out on the trail of wildlife whilst visiting another country is a universal pastime and at the root of many a holiday or trip away.

In order to discover just how strange the earth’s inhabitants can be, travel comparison site dealchecker have done the hard work, and have searched through the wildest undergrowth and turned over every stone to find the ultimate collection of the world’s most unusual creatures, be they feathered, scaly, furry or… shell-less? Among those featured are a couple of curious critters who have been only recently been discovered and have since been widely celebrated for their sheer weirdness – Ninja Lantern Shark anyone?

There is even a species of spider, found deep within the Western Ghats Mountains in India, that has been named after the ‘sorting hat’ in Harry Potter. If you’re an animal lover, a wildlife spotter, birdwatcher or deep sea diver, you need to get acquainted with these weird and wonderful animals!

The World’s Weirdest Animals

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SteamWorld Dig 2: Watch 5 minutes of Switch gameplay, including a boss fight

This sequel to a cult classic is looking great

The original SteamWorld Dig was something of a cult classic. It never quite blew up, but everyone who played it seemed to adore it. With SteamWorld Dig 2 debuting on Nintendo Switch — as announced during a Nintendo Direct earlier today — hopefully a wider audience will have a chance to discover this game’s charming mix of mining, platforming and action.

We got to see the sequel for ourselves today at a Nintendo event. While playing it, we took the video above, where we quickly get back into the hang of mining for resources, exploring some cool ruins and eventually fighting a weird, laser-happy robot boss.

Check it out for yourself above, and stay tuned for more SteamWorld Dig 2 coverage to come. The game will be released on the Nintendo Switch this summer, and developer Image & Form said it will follow on more platforms. The original SteamWorld Dig launched on the Nintendo 3DS but eventually made its way to Windows PCs, Mac, PlayStation 4, Vita, Wii U and Xbox One.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild is too big to worry about spoilers

Hyrule is not as progressive as I would like.


I’m going to spoil something about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for you: You can catch and ride a skeleton horse. Are you mad at me? Send your hate mail here, but that’s the last spoiler in this story, I swear!

I don’t think you should get mad. The new Zelda is far too expansive with way too many things to do for you to realistically expect to find them all on your own through natural exploration. Is it more magical for you to discover the stalhorse on your own? Probably. But I think it’s far more likely that you wouldn’t have discovered it at all. Or even if you did, I’m positive you have missed a dozen other tiny, incredible moments, characters, or items that you might never see before you put down Breath of the Wild for good. My suggestion then is to let down your spoiler guard and join the rest of us in collectively exploring Zelda. You don’t have to start Googling for secrets every time you’re stuck or encounter a new quest, and you don’t have to go out and buy the strategy guide. Instead, when a Twitter post comes across that shows you something you haven’t experienced personally, revel in the fact that this game is big enough to continue hiding things from you. And join us by sharing some of your own moments.

... I should go play more Zelda.

Above: … I should go play more Zelda.

Image Credit: GamesBeat/Jeffrey Grubb

I think if you go that route, you’re still going to experience the bulk of Zelda’s treasures first-hand. And then instead of getting upset when someone shares something you haven’t seen yet, go get in the game and seek it out yourself immediately. That’s what I’m going to do with an item I just discovered through a friend’s post on social media. AVClub writer Sam Barsanti just shared a screenshot of his “squad” from Breath of the Wild, and it showed me an equippable item that I never even imagined. Check out the post for yourself if you want to see what I mean (like I promised — no more spoilers in this story).

After 115 hours of Breath of the Wild, it is nuts to me that I am still stumbling over things I had no idea about on Twitter or Reddit. And instead of making me mad, it motivates me to go back and put even more time into Link’s epic adventure.

In my review, I explained that one of the most important things about Breath of the Wild is that it is simultaneously deep and wide. The map is enormous in scale and is roughly a quarter of the size of the island of Manhattan except without the option to take a cab.

At the same time, Nintendo packed each one of those square kilometers with so much to do that you can get distracted a dozen times on your way to any one objective. In a world this dense, it’s absurd to think you’ll see everything through your own time with the game. Maybe you could 100-percent it on your own, but if you’re going to do that, you’re probably playing the game nonstop with complete devotion and no time for scrolling through Twitter.

Now, I’m not saying that you deserve to be spoiled because you are following me on social media. But you’ll find a lot more happiness if you let go and let yourself enjoy discovering aspects of the game through the experiences of other people.


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Some Firefox 52 Users on Linux Left Without Sound


Many Firefox users on Linux were left without the ability to play sound in their browser after updating to Firefox 52, released last week.

The issue at the heart of this problem is that Mozilla dropped support for ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and is now requiring Linux users to have installed the PulseAudio library to support audio playback inside Firefox.

ALSA is a software framework included in the Linux kernel that provides an API for sound card drivers. On the other hand, PulseAudio is a more modern sound server that’s already supported on most Linux distros, but also on FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and even macOS.

Users on small/old Linux distros affected

Most modern Linux distros come with PulseAudio installed by default, but some minimalistic distros still rely on the built-in ALSA framework.

Users on these distros were left with no sound in Firefox 52, which now requires AudioPulse as a minimum requirement. Users on mainstream distros, but which use older OS versions, are also affected.

In the past ten days, since Firefox 52’s release, countless of Linux users have been complaining about the lack of sound in Firefox [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6].

Mozilla didn’t warn Firefox users about this change

While Mozilla engineers talked about imposing AudioPulse as a minimum requirement for Firefox, this conversation took place on an obscure Google Groups topic back in July 2016.

Firefox 52 Linux users weren’t told about this change and had no forewarning. The Firefox 52 release notes didn’t mention anything about ALSA or PulseAudio.

Linux users begged Mozilla engineers to continue to support ASLA-only distros, but many were stern in their decision. “That isn’t going to happen. Sorry,” said one developer named Anthony Jones.

Adam Hunt, a Linux community contributor, has criticized Mozilla for the way it treated Linux users.

Overall this is a fairly minor technical issue that is not that hard to fix, but Mozilla has handled it very poorly and lost the confidence of a portion of its Linux user community over this. They could have communicated this impending change to the users in advance, as well as reached out to main distros that would be affected and let the developers there know. Then they could have also at least put it in the release notes for Firefox 52. These small steps could have mitigated much of the bewilderment and anger expressed and much of the loss of market share Mozilla will probably see, as a result

Following the backlash, Mozilla has now set up a support page detailing the issue and is prompting ALSA-only Linux users via a popup that reads “To play audio, you may need to install the required PulseAudio software.”

Downgrade Firefox or switch to another browser

Users on affected Linux distros that don’t want to install AudioPulse can revert back to older versions, use Firefox 52 ESR, or use another browser altogether.

As a heads up, Firefox 53, scheduled for release next month, will drop support on Linux editions for processors older than Pentium 4 and AMD Opteron.

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