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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Amazon is the undisputed king of online retail, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. The site has a utilitarian interface that can be clunky at times. Fortunately, browser extensions can add functionality and simplify some tasks, making shopping on the world's biggest internet store even more awesome.

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Bookmarklets are great for adding functionality to your browser without the hassle of extensions. They also happen to work very on mobile browsers such as Safari and Chrome. With them, you can add a button to instantly fix smartphone browser problems and send a page to various services, change font sizes, and much more. Here's a list of some of the most useful bookmarklets.

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LinkedIn likes to send you a lot of emails. On any given day, you might get 10 different emails blabbing on about birthdays, contacts joining or other annoying notices. To unsubscribe from all of them, it takes a bunch of clicks, but developer Chengyin Liu created a bookmarklet to unsubscribe in a click.

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If you're a slow reader, then reaching 400 words per minute or more might seem like an impossible task. That's not taking into considering reading comprehension -- what good is being fast if you're not absorbing anything? One way to improve your abilities is computer-assisted speed reading, something you can get right now in your browser with a bookmarklet called "Squirt".

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If you're like me, you probably have a bookmarks folder full of music videos, SoundCloud tracks and other songs you've collected around the web. Whyd is a new, invite-only service that makes it easy to save those songs in one place, build playlists to stream anytime and organise all that music so you can come back to it later.