Google Chrome for Android Now Auto-Downloads Articles for Offline Reading

Google Chrome for Android Now Auto-Downloads Articles for Offline Reading

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google Chrome for Android has now received an offline-focused feature
  • It enables the browser to automatically download relevant articles
  • The feature is available in India and more than 100 other countries

Google Chrome for Android has received the ability to start making content offline for you. The browser essentially downloads relevant articles automatically when connected to an umetered Wi-Fi network, based on the popularity of any particular content in your location or your browsing history. Once downloaded, the content is available for access even if you don’t have a connection. The new offline-specific feature is available in the latest version of Chrome for Android. Early this month, Googlereleased Chrome 67 for Android with a horizontal tab switcher. The update also brought new augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) APIs, including WebXR Device API and Generic Sensor API, to bring Web-based AR and VR experiences to mobile devices.

The new feature, which has been launched for Chrome for Android users in India and more than 100 other countries including Nigeria, Indonesia, and Brazil, offers a way to surf the Web even when you’re not connected to a constant Internet connection. “When you’re connected to free, unmetered Wi-Fi, Chrome will automatically download relevant articles, based on what content is most popular in your location,” writes Amanda Boss, Product Manager, Offline Chrome for Android, in a press statement.

If you’re signed into Chrome, the new feature will push articles that are based on your history. The downloaded content is available for access alongside all your downloaded content through the Downloads section. You can visit the section by tapping the three-dot button from the top-right segment and then selecting the Downloads option.

Back in December 2016, Chrome for Android received the feature to let users download content for viewing offline. The browser at that time added the ability to download music, videos, and full webpages. But in May 2017, Chrome received a dedicated ‘Download Page Later’ option that made it more convenient to download and view webpages for offline use. That update also brought a ‘Download Link’ option that made downloading of content easier than its original version.

Having said that, the latest feature takes Chrome to next levels by automatically downloading relevant articles on the basis of their popularity in your location or using your browsing history logs. There isn’t any workaround to enable the new experience. However, you need to have the latest Chrome version on your Android device to start receiving articles for offline read. The app is available for download via Google Play.

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How to Block Pop-Ups in Chrome

How to Block Pop-Ups in Chrome

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pop-up blockers are built-in on popular browsers
  • They don’t offer fool-proof protection
  • Here’s how you can block pop-ups in Google Chrome

The current state of the Web experience is far from ideal. Pop-ups are one of the biggest culprits, and they’re much more annoying on mobile, as opposed to the desktop. For one, they often take over the whole screen. And two, it’s not exactly convenient swiping them away with your fingers, unlike on a PC with a mouse.

Thankfully, most browsers like Chrome, Opera, UC Browser, and Firefox, offer a built-in pop-up blocker, which you can use to swat away the pesky stuff. Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers in India – across desktop, mobile, and tablet combined – and to block pop-ups with Chrome, simply follow these steps. Of course, none of the methods are completely fool-proof, so some pop-ups will inevitably squeeze their way in. Plus, websites are constantly developing new ways around these systems, which the developers then have to figure new methods for, so it’s a cat-and-mouse game.

Here’s how you can block pop-up in Chrome on Android, Windows, iOS, and macOS. We’ve also written about UC Browser, Firefox, and Opera, if you don’t use Chrome.

How to block pop-ups in Chrome (Android)

If you’d like to change the pop-up blocker setting on Chrome for Android, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Tap the three vertical dot menu button in the top-right corner.
  3. Choose Settings > Site settings > Pop-ups.
  4. Turn on the toggle to allow pop-ups, or turn it off to block pop-ups.

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How to block pop-ups in Chrome (iPhone/ iPad)

If you’d like to change the pop-up blocker setting on Chrome for iOS, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Tap the three vertical dot menu button in the top-right corner.
  3. Choose Settings > Content settings > Block Pop-ups.
  4. Turn on the toggle to allow pop-ups, or turn it off to block pop-ups.

How to block pop-ups in Chrome (Windows/ macOS/ Linux)

If you’d like to change the pop-up blocker setting on Chrome for desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the three vertical dot menu button in the top-right corner.
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Scroll to the bottom, and click on Show advanced settings.
  5. Under Privacy, choose Content settings.
  6. Under Pop-ups, choose from the two options to allow or block pop-ups.

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Have you had any trouble with pop-ups on Chrome? Share your questions via the comments below.

For more tutorials, visit our How-To section.

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Vocus.io Chrome Extension Aims to Boost Email Productivity

Vocus.io Chrome Email Extension Aims to Boost Email Productivity

Usefulness
Functionality
Price

Summary


Vocus.io is a Chrome extension that will help you to accurately track email opens and link clicks, find any person’s email from their name, automate “gentle reminder” followups and more.

Want to keep better track of your email? Vocus.io, is a Google Chrome browser extension that founder Ahmad AlNaimi says will “dramatically improve your productivity on Gmail”  — and more.

How It Works

Adding the extension to Google Chrome is pretty straight forward. Just go to the Vocus.io website and click the get started tab. The extension will immediately ask your permission to integrate with your Gmail account. You will also receive an email confirming your request.

Vocus.io Chrome Email Extension Aims to Boost Email Productivity

You will also be prompted to add the extension to Google Chrome. Here’s how it appears when integrated.

Vocus.io Chrome Email Extension Aims to Boost Email Productivity

Now you are ready to start using the feature as you please.

Features

The Chrome extension carries with it the ability to: accurately track emails, find any person’s email from their name, integrate with Salesforce and other CRMs, launch multi-stage mail merge campaigns, schedule emails, and more.

Accurate Email Tracking

Vocus.io helps you to take the guess work out of email tracking. The extension is able to tell you not just who, but also when, where, and how your email was opened. Classic email trackers will just send you a notification that someone opened your email and that’s just about it. Vocus.io, however, goes on to tell you who that someone is, the gadget they were using and the exact time they opened the email.

Automation of Followups

Another important feature that any business will find useful is the ability to automate followups. We all know that followup emails certainly double the chance of getting a response, but many times, the day-to-day business activities hinder effective followup of emails. Vocus.io, however, allows you to create what they call “a sequence of gentle reminders” to your recipients. This instantly doubles the response rate.

Smart Planner

The Chrome extension also offers you a chance to smartly organize meetings. Instead of engaging in the daunting back and forth emailing when planning a meeting, Vocus.io allows to you share your availability and poll the invitees in a single email. The poll content automatically changes to show responses from your team members.

Ability to Write Now, Send Later

The extension also allows you to schedule your email to be sent at the most appropriate time that your recipient is most likely to see and respond to it. You can therefore write an email on a weekend or late on Sunday night and schedule it to be sent at 9 a.m. in the morning.

Besides, you can also use the extension to run a multi-stage business campaign with attachments. All you have to do is to create a new campaign from Dashboard > Mail Merge and upload a CSV file. The CSV file must have a column with emails. You can as well have any number of columns that will be available as variables in your subject line or message body. You can then schedule the emails to be sent at a certain time.

Pricing

The company offers a 30-day free trial of their extension and if satisfied with its performance then you can opt for the Starter pack that costs $4.99 per month or the Professional pack that has a limited offer of $7.99.

Conclusion

Vocus.io is truly an effective email management tool that will dramatically increase your productivity. The downside is that it is only works with Gmail for now, but in an email to the Small Business Trends, Ahmad says that they will soon be bringing support for Outlook.

Image: Vocus

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Vocus.io Chrome Extension Aims to Boost Email Productivity

Vocus.io Chrome Email Extension Aims to Boost Email Productivity

Usefulness
Functionality
Price

Summary


Vocus.io is a Chrome extension that will help you to accurately track email opens and link clicks, find any person’s email from their name, automate “gentle reminder” followups and more.

Want to keep better track of your email? Vocus.io, is a Google Chrome browser extension that founder Ahmad AlNaimi says will “dramatically improve your productivity on Gmail”  — and more.

How It Works

Adding the extension to Google Chrome is pretty straight forward. Just go to the Vocus.io website and click the get started tab. The extension will immediately ask your permission to integrate with your Gmail account. You will also receive an email confirming your request.

Vocus.io Chrome Email Extension Aims to Boost Email Productivity

You will also be prompted to add the extension to Google Chrome. Here’s how it appears when integrated.

Vocus.io Chrome Email Extension Aims to Boost Email Productivity

Now you are ready to start using the feature as you please.

Features

The Chrome extension carries with it the ability to: accurately track emails, find any person’s email from their name, integrate with Salesforce and other CRMs, launch multi-stage mail merge campaigns, schedule emails, and more.

Accurate Email Tracking

Vocus.io helps you to take the guess work out of email tracking. The extension is able to tell you not just who, but also when, where, and how your email was opened. Classic email trackers will just send you a notification that someone opened your email and that’s just about it. Vocus.io, however, goes on to tell you who that someone is, the gadget they were using and the exact time they opened the email.

Automation of Followups

Another important feature that any business will find useful is the ability to automate followups. We all know that followup emails certainly double the chance of getting a response, but many times, the day-to-day business activities hinder effective followup of emails. Vocus.io, however, allows you to create what they call “a sequence of gentle reminders” to your recipients. This instantly doubles the response rate.

Smart Planner

The Chrome extension also offers you a chance to smartly organize meetings. Instead of engaging in the daunting back and forth emailing when planning a meeting, Vocus.io allows to you share your availability and poll the invitees in a single email. The poll content automatically changes to show responses from your team members.

Ability to Write Now, Send Later

The extension also allows you to schedule your email to be sent at the most appropriate time that your recipient is most likely to see and respond to it. You can therefore write an email on a weekend or late on Sunday night and schedule it to be sent at 9 a.m. in the morning.

Besides, you can also use the extension to run a multi-stage business campaign with attachments. All you have to do is to create a new campaign from Dashboard > Mail Merge and upload a CSV file. The CSV file must have a column with emails. You can as well have any number of columns that will be available as variables in your subject line or message body. You can then schedule the emails to be sent at a certain time.

Pricing

The company offers a 30-day free trial of their extension and if satisfied with its performance then you can opt for the Starter pack that costs $4.99 per month or the Professional pack that has a limited offer of $7.99.

Conclusion

Vocus.io is truly an effective email management tool that will dramatically increase your productivity. The downside is that it is only works with Gmail for now, but in an email to the Small Business Trends, Ahmad says that they will soon be bringing support for Outlook.

Image: Vocus

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