Icyte: Capture Web Pages And Highlight Text In A Flash

iCyte: Capture Web Pages And Highlight Text In A Flash icyte logo1At some point, many of us will have to do some research, trawl through dozens of websites or like me; write an article. Have you ever found yourself with about fifteen tabs opened in your browser; all of which containing snippets of information that you hope to compile into something useful? Just keeping track of all those tabs is difficult enough – and printing them all off? Forget about that.

iCyte is a browser add-on that allows you to capture web pages, highlight text and save it to your account.

First, go to iCyte.com and click the big “˜Create an Account button‘. Then, ignoring the option to create an account, select your browser from the left side of the screen. It is supported by Firefox and Internet Explorer 7 & 8. Sadly, there is no Chrome option available.

When the download begins, you’ll be asked to close all browser windows. You have to do this in order for the installation to complete.

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When it has done so, re-open the browser. It should automatically take you to the iCyte website where you’ll be asked to create an account. If it doesn’t automatically bring you their, go to the “˜Create an Account‘ page where you first downloaded the add-on and create an account there.  As you can see from the screenshot, it only needs a few pieces of information to capture web pages and there is no confirmation e-mail that needs to be retrieved. Once you have done this, you can begin using iCyte.

Go to the web page you would like to save. If there is text on the page of particular relevant to you then highlight it using the mouse as you would if your were going to Copy & Paste. While the text is highlighted, click the iCyte button along the top of the browser in the iCyte toolbar. A window will open.

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Using this window, enter in the name of the project. So for example, if you’re researching flight prices enter in “˜Holiday Planning‘ or if you’re researching an essay, enter in the title of said essay. If you already have an existing project you want to add to, click the arrow to the side of the text entry bar and select the appropriate project. After that, you can enter in tags and notes about the web page you are saving. When you’re happy with everything, click “˜Save’ and you’ve captured the web page.

To view the web pages and highlighted text you have saved, click on the ‘View Cytes’ button in the iCyte toolbar. This will open up a sidebar in the browser with a list of all your different projects and “˜Cytes’. They’re easily recognisable because of the screenshots but you can use the search bar to find one quickly. In the screenshot, you can see that I have saved a Cyte of the MakeUseOf.com homepage and a couple of my personal blog.

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By clicking on one of these “˜Cytes’, the browser will load the Cyte in its full form. The quality is amazing and it looks just as it does when you viewing the actual web page. All of the links and buttons in the Cyte are fully clickable and will load their respective pages in a new tab. Along the top of the Cyte, there is an option to “˜View Live’. This will bring you to the original page of the Cyte.

All in all, iCyte is a great tool for those who research a lot and need somewhere to store all their information without printing off reams of pages. Do you know a similar tool? Cyte it in the comments!

How To Add Opening & Closing Credits To Your Movies With Imovie ’09 [mac]

how do you write movie creditsI’ve already described several reasons why iMovie ’09 is a useful movie editor for general users, but the program does have some limitations. With previous versions of iMovie, third-party plug-ins could be used to add effects and get beyond the limitations of the program. But for some odd reason, Apple decided to close the program’s doors to the wide variety of creative third-party enhancements and instead incorporate a few of those features in the latest version, while still leaving out many of them. But if you experiment a little with iMovie “˜09, you can find creative ways to enhance your video and movie productions.

For this particular tutorial, we’re going to bump up the opening and/or closing credits for a movie production.


iMovie ’09 includes a traditional set of titles and movie credits that are in some ways a cut above previous versions of what was offered in previous versions of the program. But when it comes to movie making, it’s all about motion. You’ll notice that in nearly all movies, there’s constant movement in nearly every clip and frame. So let’s see how we can create a non-linear opening or ending credits in iMovie ’09.

We’re going to create a credits clip separate from the movie itself using one of iMovie ’09’s themes. Then we’ll save the credits clip so it can be added to the beginning or ending of a movie (you could also simply start out your movie with a selected theme, but that’s not always desirable). The examples that I provide here are just that, examples. You’re responsible for experimenting and customizing to fit your own needs.

Step 1

Start a new project in iMovie and title it “Credits“. Select the Scrapbook theme and deselect the “Automatically add” transition button. Click “Create“.

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Step 2

Now click on the Titles icon in the Toolbar. Notice we get a couple of dozen title styles, including styles specifically for our selected theme.

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Select the Simple style first and drag it into the Story Board. You will be presented with a Background palette to choose from. For our tutorial we’re going to select the Stars background.

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Click on it so that it shows up in the Story Board. As a background it’s okay, but remember, video is about motion. So let’s put some motion in the background image. Select the background clip and then click on the editing button in the clip, and select Cropping and Rotation.

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This will open the clip in the Viewer on the left side of iMovie. Now select the Ken Burns button, and then move the Start and End boxes around so that they will create some motion in the background.

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Step 3

Click on the Title bar of the background/title clip in the Story Board.

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It will open up again in the Viewer where you can customize the title.

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Step 4

Now we have a movie background and an opening title. Let’s go back to the Title styles in the tool bar and build on our credits. At this point you can select any styles you like. The objective is to maintain movement in each clip. You, for example, can use the Upper Third style and add a name or title role. The next style might be the Lower Third 1 in which you add another name.

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These styles can be followed by other motion styles below them. Just experiment until you get the flow you want. For each clip also add motion to the background as we did above. One last suggestion is to use transitions between each of the title style clips, which again will add motion between clips.

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After your credits are set, select some music from your iTunes library or from the set of Jingles in the Movie and Sound Effects browser of iMovie.

After the credits are set up like you want it, choose Share in the iMovie menu bar and select ”Export Using QuickTime” and then select ”Export to MPEG-4” or to whichever format you’re creating your movie in. You can drag that exported clip into your movie project.

The above steps are a little more extra work in iMovie, but you will find that if you poke around and combine various tools and styles that you can get beyond some of the limitations of the program.

Let us know if this tutorial was useful for you, and what tricks you use in iMovie ’09.

Netatmo Weather Station Review And Giveaway

Where do you go to check on the weather? A favorite website? A reliable app? Or maybe just good old Google? All these options are valid, but in this day and age, why not have your very own weather station right in your home?

The Netatmo Weather Station is a neat gadget that can do just that. With a radio and Wi-Fi connection combined, it sends the current weather conditions from both outside and indoors straight to your smartphone or tablet. So does it really work? Read on to find out. As usual, you can also win this iOS and Android compatible weather station for free! More details to follow.

For the record, we should state that this review unit was purchased at our own cost. This review isn’t affiliated with the manufacturer, and is therefore, completely unbiased. This is what we truly feel about the Netatmo Weather Station.

Introduction

There are lots of different weather stations you can buy if you need to stay on top of your indoor or outdoor conditions. Most of these stations use simple displays to tell you about their findings, which means you get the information you need, but you only get it when you’re home, looking at the display.

The more modern variety of weather stations can connect to your computer, giving you access to the data from anywhere, as long as you have access to that computer. The Netatmo (which you can currently get for $179 on eBay) does things a little differently.

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The Netatmo Weather Station stores all your measurements on its own servers. You can then access the data using your smartphone, tablet, and computer. This means you can truly stay on top of your home conditions, even if you’re away for an entire week.

The Netatmo is compatible with iOS and Android devices, and uses both radio signals and Wi-Fi for data synchronization. It measures temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide level, barometric pressure and noise indoors, and temperature and humidity outside. It can also provide custom alerts, in case there are certain conditions you want to be aware of immediately.

What’s In The Box

So how does the Netatmo really work? To understand that, we first have to take a look at the station itself.

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The Netatmo Weather Station comes with two modules, a bigger indoor module and a smaller outdoor module. It also comes with all the necessary accessories to keep these modules charged, working and convenient to use.

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These include a wall charger with multiple adapters (depends on the country you’re buying it in), a standard micro-USB cable and a pair of AAA batteries. It also comes with a sticky tape mount, and a set of one screw and one screw anchor. You can use the latter two to hang the outdoor module on an outside wall, if there’s no suitable surface to place it on.

The modules themselves are covered in single-piece aluminum which makes them durable as well as weather resistant. The outdoor module can be opened as necessary to change its batteries. According to the Netatmo website, one pair of batteries should last up to a year with standard use.

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The wall plug is used with the indoor module, but this is not a charger as you might have expected. The Netatmo indoor module doesn’t have a battery of any kind. This means it has to be plugged into the wall in order to work. While this might seem like a backwards decision, it actually makes sense for a device like this. A rechargeable battery would not only make the module much heavier, it could also affect its temperature reading by heating up itself.

Setting Up The Netatmo Weather Station

Since the two Netatmo modules come paired out of the box, the actual setup process you need to go through is pretty easy. To set things up, you’re going to need to download the free Netatmo app from iTunes or Google Play. Alternatively, you can plug it into your computer to set it up without installing the app.

Once you launch it, the app will take you through every step of the setup process.

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During this process, the app will recognize the indoor module, update its firmware if necessary, and help you set up the Wi-Fi connection to be used with the indoor module. Once that’s done, the outdoor module will transfer its measurements to the indoor module via radio, and the indoor module will upload all measurements to the cloud using Wi-Fi.

This initial pairing (if using the app) is done via Bluetooth, so if you’re running into difficulties while trying to pair, check if Bluetooth is enabled on your device. This happened to me while trying to pair the station with my Android device, and the cryptic error I got was no help at all.

It’s also important to note that the two modules must be placed no more than 100m (330 feet) apart, and too many walls between them may cause interferences as well.

Using The Netatmo Weather Station

Once everything is set up, your weather station is active and measuring. There’s nothing more you need to do, except to check the app to see the conditions.

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The app’s interface is a little hard to figure out at first, but once you locate the almost invisible “i” button on the bottom left corner, things start to clear up a bit. The top section shows you everything you need to know about outdoor conditions, including current temperature and humidity, and the highest and lowest measurements to date. The indoor section below it includes the carbon dioxide color spot (ranges from green to red, according to carbon dioxide measurements), as well as pressure and noise measurements.

The two bars in the middle summarize your general indoor condition (ranged from Very Good to Bad), and provide an air quality measurement, showing the level of pollutants. Also included is a local weather forecast for the next few days.

When left alone, the Netatmo sends a reading every 5 minutes or so. Want a measurement done right now? This is how you trigger an on-demand measurement using the indoor module.

The video is showing me plugging in the indoor module, at which point it flashes green, and then triggering the measurement by touching the module until it flashes blue. You can also blow on the module to trigger a high carbon dioxide alert, if you feel like it.

It’s not only about current measurements, though. The app gathers all the available data, which you can view in graph form. Use the dropdown menu on the right to switch between the different available measurements.

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You can zoom these graphs in and out, and see the exact result of each measurement made, its time of day, and its date.

But what are you to do with this information? If you want your conditions to stay just so, you can set up the app to alert you when things go awry. By default, the app will alert you of extreme conditions such as a freeze, a pressure drop, high carbon dioxide levels and low room temperature. You can turn any and all of these off, and add any outdoor or indoor alerts you feel are necessary, or tweak current ones to better suit your needs.

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The Netatmo app doesn’t like it when conditions go sour, and it won’t hesitate to tell you so.

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At the end of each week, the Netatmo will provide a weekly summary, telling you about notable events that happened this week. These include, for example, the carbon dioxide max point measured, the lowest indoor temperature measured, and more.

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Once you’ve been using the station for a while, you may want to view weekly, monthly, or even yearly graphs. This is possible using the Netatmo Web app, which is yet another way to access your measurements and configure your station. From here you can also access the Netatmo World Map, which aggregates outside temperatures measured by a large number of worldwide users.

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Want to share the fun with family or friends? Invite them to view your data using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn or email. They will then be able to see everything you see, without owning a station themselves. You can also choose to contribute your outdoor data to the world map, or rather, opt out of contributing, as this is enabled by default.

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The app also includes a pretty good help section, not only for operating the station, but for understanding what each measurement means, and for making the best use of the app.

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Living With The Netatmo Weather Station

Despite my expectations, having the Netatmo around turned out to be an addictive experience. I check out the app first thing every morning and last thing every night, and words like “cold” and “stuffy” suddenly get a whole new meaning with actual measurements to back them up.

Prior to having the Netatmo, I kept feeling like there was “no air” in the bedroom, especially in the mornings. The Netatmo showed me I was right: carbon dioxide does in fact go through the roof when sleeping in a closed room without ventilation. It also taught me that even a small crack in the window can improve things greatly.

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After some initial trouble on the first day, trying to figure out how everything works, and some problems while trying to re-configure my wireless network, the Netatmo became a complete hands-off experience. I could forget it existed for several days, and then check out the app to see all the measurements I missed. It’s definitely a gadget you can buy, set up, and trust to continue doing its job without constant tinkering.

The drawbacks? There are several. The first and foremost, is the price. $200 is quite a lot to pay for some weather measurements. The station lacks a carbon monoxide sensor, which could have made it a life-saver, and also lacks any kind of display on the modules themselves, requiring an additional device every time you want to see how cold it is.

It’s nice to have access to data from everywhere, and the station definitely works well, but are you willing to pay $200 just to know how cold or hot it is in your room? There are much simpler and cheaper sensors out there that can tell you that, and while you may not have access to them while out of the house, most people don’t really need that.

Should You Buy The Netatmo Weather Station?

Do you need to know about your current conditions at all times? Do you want to be able to leave the house and stay on top of your indoor weather? Do you have a hobby that requires constant weather supervision? Do you actually need weather alerts to appear on your phone?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, the Netatmo Weather Station is a great buy. If not, the Netatmo is still a great toy, but at $200, I would give it a pass.

MakeUseOf recommends: Buy it only if you really need indoor weather tracking and alerts.

How do I win the Netatmo Weather Station?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, January 3. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email.

The Winner

Congratulations, Natalie Schilla! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before January 15 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

Send your products to be reviewed. Contact Jackson Chung for further details.

8 Reasons Men Shouldn't Get Upset When Women Get Jealous

You’ll have to deal with jealousy at one point or another in your relationship. So, if ever your boyfriend gets upset when you’re jealous, we’ve rounded up the reasons you can use to make him see the good in it.

Being a jealous woman in today’s fake-how-you-feel society is never viewed as a good thing. We know that that’s why we strive to keep our cool even when we saw our man just check out that hot chick who passed by while we were sitting over coffee. We’ve been afraid of being labeled as the ‘jealous woman’ so we’ve done our best to be play the cool girl’s role.

Today, however, all the faking ends. Here are eight reasons when we’re jealous and why rather than being upset, our boyfriends should just be more accepting and happy about it.

1. We’re jealous because we care about our relationship

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We’ve worked hard for it together, and we don’t want all our efforts to go to waste just because you can’t resist flirting with anything that wears a skirt. It’s one way we check what’s in your heart, for if there’s no love anymore, there’s no point in making both of us stay and suffer, right?

With that said, jealousy is one way we show you how much we care (even if you won’t agree to that all the time). You can ask your mom or sister or any female relative you’re close to if you’re still not convinced. Better yet, here are more reasons.

2. It means you’re not just important, but prized

Things that don’t have that much worth to you often get ignored. They disappear and you don’t even notice that they did. It’s the same thing with you and our relationship. You’re of so much worth to us that we won’t just shrug off any sign that we may lose you over someone.

Call it possessiveness, but it’s just us guarding what’s rightfully ours. It’s the same thing with anything we value in life. For instance, your home or car. It’s not like you just let anyone stare, get near or touch it when you’re around, right?

3. It’s also our subtle way of showing we’re scared of losing you

It’s not like we can tell you about our greatest fears and insecurities in life as we share dinner before going to bed or watching Netflix on our days off. So, when we show our jealous side, it’s us simply telling you we want you in our life for as long as possible.

4. We’re capable of feelings, too

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We can’t blame you if you’ve forgotten that we feel things, too (insecurity and jealousy included), given the fact that we’ve always showed you our strong and independent side. However, we actually do and jealousy helps us to get that message across. We sincerely hope you get it by now.

5. We’re reminding you about how you behave in public

We couldn’t really care less if every woman who passed by us (or the other way around) at the mall bats their lashes to get you to notice them. However, if you respond by winking at them or giving them that smile that captured our hearts when we were just in the beginning of our relationship, it’s another story.

6. You should learn to be sensitive to our feelings

It’s an art most men struggle to master. Our jealous side will help you to get better each time until you nail it (and you can thank us then).

7. It’s one way you can improve in the relationship

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If you take any of our comments about how you can’t resist doing a double take on hot women who pass by you constructively, take a mental note of the supposed criticism, and take it to heart without resenting us. You’ll be a better version of yourself. When that happens, we won’t be able to help ourselves. We’ll fall more in love with you.

8. It’s the best way you can test how much we love you

It pains us to be mushy and corny (and we know you feel the same way, or worse), but that’s the number one reason behind our jealousy: we love you. You should actually have known it for some time now, but if you still need convincing, we’re giving it to you straight now.

We’re jealous when your attention is on someone else because we are in love with you. Don’t make us repeat that, okay? We’re not Chuck and Blair. We’re an even better couple than them.

You’ll hardly find a woman who will intentionally act jealous all the time. It’s because when we get jealous, it’s almost always because there’s a reason behind it.

Or, it’s probably because of some things that you do or might have done without knowing it will make us jealous. With this said, know that we know how jealousy is completely unavoidable but should only be exercised in moderation (because too much of anything is never good). So, keep calm and be assured, we won’t be the jealous woman if you don’t give us a reason to.

Do you get jealous over something or someone? How do you deal with the jealousy you feel? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Cavemen Trump Modern Artists At Drawing Animals

Paleolithic people living more than 10,000 years ago had a better artistic eye than modern painters and sculptures — at least when it came to watching how horses and other four-legged animals move.

A new analysis of 1,000 pieces of prehistoric and modern artwork finds that "cavemen," or people living during the upper Paleolithic period between 10,000 and 50,000 years ago, were more accurate in their depictions of four-legged animals walking than artists are today. While modern artists portray these animals walking incorrectly 57.9 percent of the time, prehistoric cave painters only made mistakes 46.2 percent of the time.

Modern artists are also worse at capturing the gait of horses and other quadrupeds than taxidermists, anatomy textbook writers and toy figurine designers, the researchers report today (Dec. 5) in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.

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Four-legged animals walk by moving their legs in the same sequence. First, the left-hind foot hits the ground, then the left-front foot, followed by the right-hind foot and finally the right-front foot. Only the speed at which four-legged animals complete this sequence differs.

But this simple gait often escapes the notice of artists. In 2009, biological physicist Gabor Horvath, a researcher at Eotvos University in Hungary, found that 63.6 percent of the animals depicted in anatomy textbooks were drawn in impossible gaits. Half of toy horses, lions, tigers and other quadrupeds were also wrong. Even depictions in natural history museums failed much of the time: Just over 41 percent of those showed errors.

In the new study, Horvath and his colleagues wanted to look at the same question over the history of art. In the 1880s, photographer Eadweard Muybridge used motion pictures to show how horses and other quadrupeds really walked. This knowledge spread, so Horvath and his colleagues split their analysis into three time periods: prehistoric art, historical art made before Muybridge's work, and art made after 1887, when Muybridge's work would have been public. [Gallery: Where Science Meets Art]

Getting animals right

The researchers plucked 1,000 examples of art from online collections, fine art books and Hungarian museums, as well as on stamps and coins. Chance alone would dictate that artists mess up depictions of four-legged gait 73.3 percent of the time, the researchers calculated. But art produced after prehistory but before Muybridge showed more errors than chance would allow. In fact, 83.5 percent of depictions from this time period were wrong.

A sketch by Leonardo da Vinci (A) shows improper foot placement (B). Images C and D show how the image could be corrected to show the horse walking correctly.
A sketch by Leonardo da Vinci (A) shows improper foot placement (B). Images C and D show how the image could be corrected to show the horse walking correctly.

Credit: Horvath G, Farkas E, Boncz I, Blaho M, Kriska G (2012) Cavemen Were Better at Depicting Quadruped Walking than Modern Artists: Erroneous Walking Illustrations in the Fine Arts from Prehistory to Today. PLoS ONE 7(12): e49786. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049

The erroneous drawings even included one sketch of a horse by Leonardo da Vinci, known for his anatomical sketches. In the sketch, the horse has its right-hind foot and left-front foot down with its other two feet lifted, an unstable position. In fact, four-legged animals keep three legs on the ground at any given time.

It's possible that the high level of pre-Muybridge errors may reflect artists mimicking their peers' un-anatomical work, the researchers wrote. But Paleolithic man seems to have been a keen observer of four-footed fauna. Cave art got its depictions right about 54 percent of the time, far better than chance.

Muybridge's work did improve depictions of four-legged walks, the study suggests, but with a success rate of 42 percent, post-1880s artists still aren't doing as well as cavemen. Taxidermists squeak by with a success rate of about 57 percent, according to Horvath's 2009 work.

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