Productivity

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iOS: iOS 11's new built-in document scanning feature is both a time-saver and a convenient way to capture information. It makes it easy to attach real-world documents to your digital musings without leaving one app for another. It won't replace any dedicated document scanning apps, but it's a great alternative to buying a document scanning app if all you want is a signature-ready document you can export anywhere.

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Facebook has a fake news problem. Its most recent trending news misstep promoted misinformation from anonymous messageboard 4chan about the Las Vegas shooting. To combat the spread of fake news (and growing backlash against the company), the social network is testing out a new feature enabling users to tell the difference themselves between an article from a trustworthy publisher, and one that's a bit more suspect than usual, by hitting a "more information" button.

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iOS: Apple's recent 12.7 update to its iTunes app removed support for the iOS App Store and iOS app management. After an outcry from users, however, Apple has brought app support back in iTunes 12.6.3. Even if you've already upgraded to iTunes 12.7, you can still take advantage of the app-friendly nature of iTunes 12.6.3, but if you stick with it you'll have to miss out on any future iTunes features.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm a teenager in year 10 and I've started looking at things like programming and coding. I was wondering if you could tell me how to get started with programs like C and Python? I've struggled to find helpful tutorials online for teenagers.

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Even the busiest worker suffers from poor motivation every once in a while. Maybe it's been too long since your last holiday or maybe that work project you poured your heart and soul into failed miserably. Whatever the reason, you need to buck up before it starts affecting your performance. This infographic explains 10 tried-and-tested methods that will help you to stay motivated.

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With the handful of new smartphones, voice assistants and accessories announced by Google yesterday, it makes sense to collect a few opinions before diving in and buying whatever your favourite search engine company announces. Sure, some products might look good on stage, but how do they hold up when you get your hands on them? There are surely a few reasons you'd want to drop $79 for a tiny Google Home, but could the $US399 ($512) Google Home Max be the voice assistant speaker for you? What about the Pixel 2 XL over its smaller companion, the Pixel 2? Should you even consider importing a Google Clips camera to record your mundane existence? Well, unsurprisingly, a lot of people already have thoughts on the subject. Below are the early reviews for the major new products and features announced this week.

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Cal Henderson is the co-founder and CTO of Slack, the leading workplace messaging platform, which Henderson's team invented while trying to build an online game called Glitch. That wasn't the first time Henderson and his Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield set out to build a game and ended up with a startup. In the early 2000s, Henderson joined Butterfield's team to build Game Neverending, which spawned the photo-sharing site Flickr. He's been programming (and blogging at iamcal.com) for 15 years.

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iOS/Android: Choosing how to use spare moments on your phone can feel like dieting. You might find yourself choosing Twitter or Facebook every time, mad at yourself for never cracking open Kindle or Instapaper. Fighting this habit takes a whole arsenal, so here's one more weapon: Turn off all your "bad" notification badges and turn on some good ones.

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iOS: If you live in your Messages group chats, you know how cumbersome it can be to share something other than pictures of yourself. Popping in and out of other apps, copying and pasting links, looking for that share button that seems to be in a different spot every time -- it can get frustrating. Luckily, you can eliminate the app-switching annoyance by using Message's App Store, which lives right next to your text box in the Messages app.

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One major advantage Firefox, Chrome and other browsers have had over Edge is a rich extension ecosystem. In comparison, Microsoft has struggled -- massively -- to compete in this area. To be fair, it had to win people back to Edge first, which it's managed to somewhat accomplish. And while extensions for the browser are still thin on the ground, the steadily growing collection now has over 70 options.

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Sure, you need to finish that PowerPoint presentation for next week, but it won't hurt to just check Facebook real quick and see if Mark posted pictures from the party last weekend. And then make a quick online order. And you really should like a few photos in that gallery... It's easy to waste a few minutes (or a few hours) on the web without realising it.

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iOS: Having some trouble sending an office email on your iPhone? You downloaded iOS 11, didn't you. Sure, it has some dope upgrades inside, but it's also the first version of the new operating system, and that means bugs. True to form, a software issue in iOS 11 is preventing Exchange email servers from sending and receiving messages, affecting Outlook, Office 365 and Exchange Server 2016 users. The good news is that Apple's latest iOS update, 11.0.1 fixes the issue, along with some other unspecified bugs.

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Mac: Apple's new desktop operating system, High Sierra, is officially available for your downloading pleasure. Compared to Apple's iOS 11 update, which added a host of new features such as augmented reality, a new dock on the iPad, and improved multitasking support, High Sierra's improvements are mostly under the hood. You won't find many flashy additions, but you will notice upgrades to a variety of services you employ on a daily basis, upgrades that should make your experience with macOS snappier and more secure.

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If you have a public Instagram account, then anyone else with an Instagram account can currently comment on your photos. That's great sometimes, but as we all know, the internet is can be a pretty dismal place, and letting anyone comment on your pics can occasionally (or not so occasionally) mean that you get a bunch of abusive or offensive comments on your pictures from a bunch of strangers.

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Avid gamers are most likely using the digital marketplace and multiplayer matchmaking app Steam to play their games library on the big screen, even if it's just the battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. But Steam and its TV-friendly streaming console Steam Link (favoured by users who aren't playing on their home computer or a Steam Machine) aren't just useful when it comes to streaming games to other devices in your home. They're perfect for remote desktop streaming, letting you view the desktop of your gaming machine on whatever compatible device you're on at home.