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Toby is my new favorite Chrome extension for managing browser tabs

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Tab overload, particularly with the memory hog that Chrome is, can be a real problem. It is for me, particularly when using my now ageing desktop. However, Toby is a really handy Chrome extension that helps keep everything organized, and it was updated this week with a free new syncing feature.

The Chrome extension previously offered a sync option, but in a slightly convoluted way that involved linking it to your Google Drive. Now, that’s no longer required.

As someone with a persistent interest in better ways to manage tabs, Toby has quickly become my new favourite tab manager by providing genuinely useful options in a simple, well-designed extension.

Once you’ve installed Toby, each time you open a new tab, you’ll find your list of saved tabs – or alternatively, you can hit the icon in your taskbar to access your lists of tabs, or to save the whole session. Across the top of the screen, you can jump directly to one of five different topics, that you can create as necessary. Or you can view all your saved tabs shown in lists on the ‘All’ tab. While you can create a whole load of different lists, you can only create up to five topics (you can think of these as ‘tags’ too, for filtering purposes).

The ‘All’ tab is by far the easiest way to move items between different lists, if you accidentally assign a page to the wrong one.

For my new favorite tab manager, I don’t actually use it as often as you might think, but it’s the times when I need to quickly assign my mess of open windows to a bunch of different lists before running out of the house that I truly appreciate the ease of Toby. It’s similarly useful to me when researching different topics for different stories.

Oh, and it’s free.

If you don’t see the new syncing feature yet, it’s being rolled out to users in batches to ensure a smooth transition. The Google Drive syncing feature will stop working from January 1, 2017, and will disappear after that date once you switch it off.

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How to restore the old @ Twitter replies on Windows and Mac

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Twitter always come under a lot of pressure from users for changes to its UI. This week, the humble @ reply was changed to streamline conversations and encourage more replies.

The changes, however, aren’t welcomed by many Twitter users:

And it’s not just working out what’s a reply and what’s not, it’s also damaging to brands.

https://twitter.com/lauraolin/status/847612421359325184

How to get back the old Twitter UI

Thankfully, changing back to the old way of viewing tweets isn’t difficult, you just need to download Tweeten for Mac or Windows. If you’d rather not install the desktop software, you can use the Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser plugins instead.

To enable the old style @ replies, or put back the ‘favorite’ rather than ‘like’ button, you need to right-click anywhere within the app. On the Windows version tested, navigating to the ‘Settings’ in the lower-left corner of the app doesn’t bring up the correct options, which is a little confusing. However, right clicking and hitting Settings will bring up the correct panel.

You can see the difference between the new and old style replies shown within Tweeten below.

The candid update note delivered to existing Tweeten users was also appreciated.

 – Tweeten

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A really handy free tool for your tech-confused relatives (or maybe even you?)

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Do you know your JigaPNGs from your TetraLols? Is a RibbiBit something I just made up? Did I make all of them up?

Of course I did, but you might not know that if tech is your foe, rather than your friend, and that’s where the ‘Sideways Dictionary‘ comes in. If you don’t know your ransomware from a trojan, or are baffled by bitcoin, the potential tech holds is more confusing than empowering and the headlines you read make less and less sense.

Now, when you find yourself discombobulated all you need to do is go to Sideways, and see what the term that’s confusing you really means – unlike a normal Wikipedia-style definition or dictionary entry, however, the site uses analogies rather than descriptions to get the point across. So, adblocking, for example, is ‘like auto-skipping the ads on recorded TV. The ads fund the programs, but if people can find a way to avoid watching them, they usually do,” in one ‘definition’.

There are multiple analogies per term, and you can submit your own if you register and login. Likewise, you can vote on your favorite analogies to see them rise up the page. And if you don’t want to keep visiting the site directly, you can install a Sideways Dictionary Chrome plugin that will indicate any terms that can be defined as you browse around the Web.

While it sounds simple, the tool is actually the work of Alphabet-incubated JigSaw and the Washington Post – whether or not user submissions will be vetted closely enough to keep all the analogies of a good enough quality to be useful remains to be seen.

For now, it’s a useful place to get a simple explanation to send to your perennially-confused family and friends.

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Monzo outage is perfect example of why you should choose services based on how they deal with problems

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Monzo is a bit of a darling of the fintech scene at the moment, but it’s by no means alone in trying to ‘redefine’ banking for a digital, mobile-first experience.

What that means is that there are many different companies all offering similar and comparable services, that are all suitable for slightly different users, depending on the features you need. However, an outage at the weekend served as a useful reminder that choosing a company or services based on how well it communicates and deals with its problems should come near the top of your list of considerations.

Due to a failure in an upstream provider, a handful of UK fintech upstarts left customers stranded without the ability to make payments in shops. Or, most users would have been stranded if Monzo, Revolut, Loot and other affected services hadn’t been quick to inform users of the problems as they occurred.

Monzo particularly, however, did a great job of keeping its users up to date via in-app notifications, its Twitter feed and a dedicated status page on its site. Multiple updates kept users informed of the problem and an estimated fix time, while of course reminding people to carry another card with them while the problem was ongoing.

Of course, there were always going to be a few unlucky people caught out by the problem – if you were at the till trying to pay as it occurred, there wouldn’t have been an explanation in place, for example – but transparency and reliable communication is highly-valued by users, particularly when it comes to any sort of financial services.

So while I don’t have a Monzo (or any other fintech challenger) account, when the need arises, I know where I’ll be looking first, and it almost certainly won’t be one found on a high-street.

 

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