1. Ready, set, Google Doodle competition!
After announcing the Google Science Fair, the Web giant has opened a new competition for artists.
The competition is open to artists in grades K-12, and the winner will see their artwork on the Google homepage as well as win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for their school.
The competition closes on Thursday, March 20, with the winning Doodle animated on the Google homepage on June 9. Have fun!
Read more: “Welcome to the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition“ (Google)
2. A 5-step tool for easy GIFs
You've seen them, these magical looping photographs on the Internet. GIFs, pronounce them as you like. A new website, Giffffr.fr, allows one to create GIFs from YouTube videos in minutes.
All you need to do is grab the URL from the YouTube video (not the shortened URL for sharing, the actual URL), then follow the instructions. You can easily change the beginning, end, size and speed of the GIF, as well as add a custom caption.
It's remarkably easy, and the process shouldn't take too long. The editing options are basic, but for a quick GIF, it's a great tool.
Read more: “Giffffr is a really simple tool to turn YouTube videos into GIFs“ (Yahoo)
3. Tetris has the ability to stop hunger
Brick by brick, a new study has found that Tetris can help stop food cravings.
“The reason for the lower cravings,” the study reports, “Is that Tetris is a fast-moving visual game that requires attention to shapes and positions. That distracts the part of the brain that produces imagery of the thing you crave and therefore makes it harder to crave.
Who knew that playing video games could help you lose weight?
Read more: “Playing Tetris may stop your food cravings“ (Lifehacker)
4. Assume a new email identity without changing your address
Chances are, you're probably sending emails with your real name showing up in the “From” field of the email header.
Well, that changes today. All three of the major webmail providers (Google, Outlook and Yahoo) now allow users to change their names, whether for privacy purposes or to increase in utility.
Just be careful about changing that work email address.
Read more: “Change your name in Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook.com“ (CNET)
5. Updates give a boost to Secret
Secret is a popular new social network, and the app just added some new features that users had been begging for.
The new version lets users flag inappropriate content, subscribe or unsubscribe to any post, as well as enabling unliking – a feature that allows users to remove any association between you and all of your previous posts on Secret's servers.
Read more: “Secret adds subscribe/unsubscribe options, post flagging, unlinking and more“ (TechCrunch)