Dronies Are the New Selfies

The future is a scary place

The Daily Dot wrote a headline that pretty much sums up the world we’ve created in six terrifying words: “Drones are the future of selfies.”

Smartphone selfies have jumped the shark. They’re so easy to take, your grandma can do it. (And she does).

Far more intriguing is using one of our generation’s most versatile new technologies that can do everything from unmanned missile strikes to delivering your groceries to capturing your duck face. Taking selfies with personal drones is not quite commonplace but has been making waves in certain technologically enterprising communities. (Complete with an Instagram hashtag).

Dronies begin like a selfie: The subject of the photo is holding the control as the drone hovers in front of their smiling (or cooly detached and unengaged) faces. But then the drone slowly pulls back to show the subjects and surrounding landscape from above.

This static image is not a dronie:

This is:

Utilizing cute kids for the nonthreatening spread of dronies are highly encouraged:

The Wall Street Journal says that drones also make for the best family vacation photos, so start taking dronies now before they stop being cool.


111+ Keyboard Shortcuts for Your Most-Used Online Tools

Lewis and Clark discovered the Pacific Ocean. I discovered what a four-finger swipe does on my Macbook.

The discoveries will not go down the same in history, but I have to admit: I was pretty stoked to find mine.

Little epiphanies like these are hugely satisfying when I’m trying to squeeze just a little more time out of each and every day. A second or two here becomes a minute or two there. It’s an awesome feeling to sense that you’re working just as fast as possible.

We’re always open for a good hack here at Buffer, and we often hunt for keyboard shortcuts in our favorite apps, tools, and services. We thought it might be useful to share some of our discoveries (and favorites) with you.

Keyboard shortcuts for all your favorite services

I’ll go into a lot more detail on each of these shortcuts, but if you’re interested in a quick overview of what we’ll cover, here’s an infographic to read, share, and maybe even pin on the wall next to your computer.


(With the shortcuts you see below, I’ve listed most with their Mac keyboard names and shortcuts. In most cases, these can be translated onto a Windows keyboard by substituting <Command> on a Mac for <Control> on a PC. When this isn’t the case, I tried to make a note of the shortcut on both. If there’s any confusion at all, let me know in the comments!)

Common keyboard shortcuts

Before we get in too deep, I wanted to quickly review a handful of common shortcuts that are helpful to know in a variety of different apps and services. You might already be familiar with these, but just in case:

<Command>+c = copy

<Command>+x = cut

<Command>+v = paste

<Command>+q = quit

<Command>+w = close window

<Command>+n = open new

<Command>+s = save

<Command>+p = print

Keyboard shortcuts for Gmail

We’ve built quite the system for the way that we use Gmail at Buffer. As a distributed team, it’s imperative that we stay in touch as often as possible and make connections on as many different points as can be. Email can get deep and wide pretty fast. Here’s how we combat it:

e = archive email and return to inbox

] = archive email and go to next email (returns to inbox if you’re at the last email)

g then i = go to inbox

<Shift>+u = mark unread

c = compose a new email

r = reply to sender

a = reply-all

<Command>+<Shift>+c = add cc recipients

<Command>+<Shift>+b = add bcc recipients

To see the full list of Gmail shortcuts, simply type a question mark from anywhere inside Gmail.

Note: If keyboard shortcuts don’t seem to be working, check your Gmail settings for the on/off switch.


Keyboard shortcuts for Twitter

As part of our Twitter tips series, we mentioned how you can supercharge your Twitter experience with shortcuts. Twitter makes it as simple as possible by using up key real estate in their drop down menu to link to their full list of shortcuts. Here are a few favorites:

g + l = Takes me directly to my Twitter lists

j / k = Cycling forward and backward through tweets

Enter = Open tweet details

| = Close all open tweets

You can view the full list of shortcuts by clicking on the gear icon in the top right of the Twitter menu, and choosing Keyboard Shortcuts from the drop-down menu.


Keyboard shortcuts for Facebook

Facebook keyboard shortcuts differ by browser and by computer. For the Mac, all of Facebook’s shortcuts in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome start with Control and Option. On PC, the shortcuts are unique to each browser. Here’s a quick view:

  • Internet Explorer for PC: Alt + #, then Enter
  • Firefox for PC: Shift + Alt + #
  • Chrome for PC: Alt + #
  • Safari, Firefox, and Chrome for Mac: Ctrl + Opt + #

The # signs in the above shortcuts represent different hotkeys that perform certain. For instance, if you were using Internet Explorer on the PC, you could jump to the Facebook home page by pressing Alt + 2, then Enter.

Here are where each of the 10 numbers takes you:

0 – Help
1 – Home
2 – Timeline
3 – Friends
4 – Inbox
5 – Notifications
6 – Settings
7 – Activity Log
8 – About
9 – Terms

In addition, there are a few regular shortcuts that can make browsing Facebook even faster.

j/k = scroll up/down between News Feed stories

l = like or unlike a story

c = comment on a story

s = share a story

p = post a new status update

/ = search

Typing a question mark will open the full list of Facebook shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube

Are you a fan of YouTube? We’ve recently started building more videos ourselves here at Buffer, so we’re excited to learn more about how everything works. We also love watching cool vids! Here are some ways we’ve found to watch even faster.

1 = jump ahead to 10% through a video

5 = jump ahead to 50%

Any other single digit = jump ahead to a certain percentage through a video (e.g., 3 = 30%, 4 = 40%)

0 = starts the video over at 0:00

<Spacebar> = pauses/unpauses the video


Here are even more shortcuts for YouTube, courtesy of Hong Kiat.

Keyboard shortcuts for Google+

Like most Google products, Google+ has some handy shortcuts for faster use. Try any of these from inside your Google+ account.

left arrow = Navigates to the menu at the left side of the page (e.g., Home, Photos), and you can scroll this list with the up/down arrows.

/ = selects the search box at the top of the page

j/k = moves up/down in the stream

You can access the full list of Google+ shortcuts from any G+ page by typing a question mark.

Keyboard shortcut for the Buffer extension

This is one of our favorite tips to use with Buffer. When you’ve installed the Buffer browser extension, you can activate your Buffer composer with a simple hotkey from any website at all. The shortcut is customizable in the Buffer extension settings, but it defaults to this:


Keyboard shortcuts for WordPress

We use WordPress every day for composing our blog posts here at Buffer, so we’ve picked up a few tricks along the way. If you ever want to view the full list of keyboard shortcuts inside your WordPress editor, click on the question mark icon from the editor menu.


Here are a few of my personal favorites:

<Command>+ 2, 3, or 4 = Heading 2, 3, or 4 wherever your cursor currently is

<Alt>+<Shift>+a = add a link

<Alt>+<Shift>+m = insert an image

(I use distraction-free writing mode when I’m composing in WordPress, and there’s a neat shortcut that lets you resize the width of the distraction-free editor. Press <Control>+plus/minus to change the width.)

To see the full list of WordPress shortcuts, you can click the question mark icon in the menu bar of your post editor, or use the shortcut <Alt>+<Shift>+h.


Keyboard shortcuts for Pocket

I’ve found Pocket to be an ideal part of my researching and reading habit, and it’s great to learn new ways to make this tool even more useful. Here are a couple.

<Command>+1 = go to homepage

<Command>+2 = go to favorites

<Command>+3 = go to archive

a = Archive

f = Favorite


The complete list of keyboard shortcuts can be found here.

Keyboard shortcuts for Mac

We are pretty big Apple fans at Buffer. Our setups include Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros, and we’ve learned some pretty nifty tricks to fly through our workflows just as fast as possible. Here are a few of our favorite tips:

<Command>+<Spacebar> = opens Spotlight search so you can search your Mac for anything (files, apps, etc.)

<Command>+up/down = scroll to top/bottom of a page or document

<Command>+h = hides the active window

<Command>+<Tab> = switches between open applications

<Command>+~ = switches between windows in the same app (e.g., multiple browser windows)

<Command>+d = functions as the delete key

<Command>+<Shift>+4, then <Spacebar> = the first part of this shortcut lets you take a screenshot of anything you see. Just press the hotkeys then click and drag the crosshair cursor over the area you want to grab. If you’d like to take a screenshot of an entire window, press spacebar once the crosshair cursor appears.

Here is a huge list of even more shortcuts for Mac.

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows

Before joining Buffer, I worked at a company that exclusively used PCs, so I learned a number of different ways to work quickly in Windows. I get the sense that a lot of you might be on PCs, too, so if there are any favorite shortcuts I overlooked here, please add them to the comments!

<Alt>+home/end = scrolls to the top/bottom of a window/page

<Alt>+<Tab> = switch between open windows

<Windows>+d = show desktop

F2 = rename a selected file or folder

<Windows>+<Print Screen> = take a screenshot ands save it to a “screenshots” folder in your pictures

<Windows>+m = minimize all windows

<Control>+scroll = in windows explorer, this cycles through viewing options and changes folder sizes

There are tons more Windows keyboard shortcuts, too.

Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs

When I’m not writing in WordPress, I’m writing in Google Docs. A lot of the most useful keyboard shortcuts in Docs are similar to the common ones you use in a lot of other places: copy, cut, paste, etc. That being said, here are three unique ones that save me a bit of time.

<Command>+k = insert link

<Command>+<Shift>+c = word count

<Command>+<Option>+m = insert a comment

Here is the full list of Google Docs keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts for browsers

Most browsers can be sped up the same way with similar shortcuts across each. You’re likely familiar with a few of these. Any of your favorites that I missed?

<Command>+n = opens a new window

<Command>+t = opens a new tab

<Command>+w = closes the current tab

<Command>+<Shift>+t = opens the most recently closed tab(s)

<Command>+<Shift>+n = opens a new Incognito window (great for seeing how someone else might experience a page if they’re not logged in as you)

<Command>+l = places your cursor in the address bar

<Command>+plus/minus = increases/decreases the zoom on the page (<Command>+zero resets everything to default)

Keyboard shortcuts for Dropbox

Dropbox has been a huge help for me to digitize parts of my life that used to take up boxes and boxes in my office. Now that there’s a whole bunch of files there, it’s been fun to figure out how to surf them even faster. Here are a few tips:

/ = search

left = go up a folder

right = open a selected folder

<Enter> = download or open a file

F2 = rename a selected file

You can access the full list of Dropbox keyboard shortcuts by typing a question mark within Dropbox.


Keyboard shortcuts for Feedly

Feedly is a favorite integration for many of us who use Buffer, and it’s one of the most popular RSS readers out there. The keyboard shortcuts are really unique and interesting, too. These only require keying in a letter or series of letters. No Command, Control, Alt, or Shift needed!

ga = view all

gh = go home

gg = view the magic bar (like a quick navigation to all your feeds + search)

gl = go to saved articles

m = mark as read

s = save for later

b = add to Buffer

The complete list of Feedly shortcuts can be viewed at any time by typing a question mark.


Keyboard shortcuts for Evernote

You might use Evernote for your curation or saving strategy. It makes clipping and saving from just about anywhere—browser, phone, photos, handwritten notes—super easy and useful. A number of us on the Buffer team use it regularly. Here are some top shortcuts:

<Command>+n = create a new note

<Command>+<Shift>+n = create a new notebook

<Control>+<Command>+n = create new tag (Windows users try <Control>+<Shift>+t)

Here are even more Evernote shortcuts, courtesy of dashkards.


Keyboard shortcuts for Spotify

Do you listen to music while you work? Turns out there are a number of neat benefits in regards to music and the brain, so connecting with services like Spotify could help you work a little faster. Here are some quick tips:

<Command>+up/down = volume up/down

<Command>+left/right = next/previous track

<Spacebar> = pause/unpause

<Enter> = play selected row

Click here to see the full list of keyboard shortcuts for Spotify.

Keyboard shortcuts for Soundcloud

Soundcloud is another source of great music to optimize your brain for creativity; plus Soundcloud hosts a number of podcasts and unique audio tracks that are uploaded from users. Here are some ways to work with Soundcloud even faster:

<Shift>+up/down = increase/decrease volume

<Spacebar> = pause/unpause

<Shift>+left/right = play next/previous track

arrow left/right = seek

l = like the playing track

r = repost the playing track

You can see the full list of Soundcloud shortcuts by pressing H from inside Soundcloud.


Keyboard shortcuts for the Tumblr dashboard

If you’re into Tumblr for visual content, memes, or laughs, you can browse through your dashboard lightning fast with these shortcuts.

j/k = move forward/backward through your posts

l = like the current post

n = view notes for the current post

arrow right/left = go to the next/previous page

<Alt>+r = reblog the current post

Even more Tumblr keyboard shortcuts and fun tips can be found here.

Bonus tip: iPhone / iPad

Touch gestures in iOS are so fun and helpful to use, I just couldn’t help but place one here. An iPhone/iPad is not necessarily a big part of my workflow, but I definitely find myself looking for neat ways to use these devices better. Here is my favorite find so far:

Double-click <Home> to bring up a card view of open applications, then touch a card and swipe up to close the app. You can also do a four-finger swipe up to pull up the same card view (the four-finger swipe is my go-to move).


(screenshot courtesy of iMore)

What are your favorite keyboard shortcuts?

I’m sure you’ve got some neat ways that you’ve found to hack your way to a quicker workflow. What keyboard shortcuts do you use? Are there some favorite apps with some favorite hacks?

I’d love to hear any tips you might have in the comments. I’m always on the look out for more ways to work smarter!

P.S. If you liked this post, you might also like The Beginner’s Guide to Putting the Internet to Work for You: How to Easily Save 60 Minutes Every Day and The Big List of IFTTT Recipes: 34 Hacks for Hardcore Social Media Productivity.

Kevan is a content crafter at Buffer, the super simple social media management tool. His social media and productivity tips have appeared in Fast Company and Lifehacker, and he’s always on the lookout for a good headline pun. Connect with him on Twitter .
TIME Video Games

Steam In-Home Streaming Now Available, Lets You Play PC Games on Virtually Any Computer

Anyone with a Steam account can stream games from one PC to another running a completely different operating system, so long as it's on the same network.

Valve put its Steam In-Home Streaming program — a way to play Steam games between two computers on your home network — out for public beta just a few weeks ago, after running a private beta test for months.

Testing presumably went smoothly, because Valve’s announcing today that the feature is now available to anyone with a Steam account:

Players who have multiple computers at home can immediately take advantage of the new feature. When you login to Steam on two computers on the same network, they automatically connect, allowing you to remotely install, launch, and play games as though you were sitting at the remote PC.

The upsides of In-Home Streaming are really twofold: You can either stream content to something like your living room’s mongo-sized TV without dragging your PC around (or building a Steam Machine), or simply use a lower-end laptop running any number of operating systems, from Windows to OS X to SteamOS to Linux.

It’s also not a new concept: My colleague Jared Newman’s been streaming Steam games from his PC via Nvidia’s Shield for a while now. But Valve’s approach is more manifold, letting you mix and match existing or older devices without trading down to something the size of a handheld — a problem for PC games that don’t scale well on five-inch screens.

Valve’s put up an info page on the fledgling service here, with a handy info-graphic and step-by-step. Not that you really need the step-by-step. According to Valve, there’s just three: Log into Steam via Windows, log into another computer on the same network, then hit your library, select a game and fire away.

MORE: The History of Video Game Consoles – Full

TIME Advertising

Watch: Roger Federer Tries Out Google Glass in New Ad


Tennis star Roger Federer is offering fans a look at the world from his point of view. The 17-time Grand Slam winner stars in a new spot for Google Glass in which viewers can see just what he sees when he’s smacking forehand winners across the court. In the video, Fed rallies with fellow tennis pro Stefan Edberg and makes some time in his busy schedule for a pint-sized fan.

Google has been ramping up the marketing for Glass as it prepares the product for a consumer release. A beta version was available for purchase from Google’s website but appears to be sold out.

TIME Media

Netflix Will Have to Spend a Fortune for Its International Expansion

Justin Sullivan--Getty Images

Netflix is displaying Frank Underwood levels of ambition with its latest announcement. The streaming service is planning to expand to six new European countries later this year: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

With 36 million U.S. subscribers and 13 million internationally, Netflix has the most room for growth abroad. The company has an estimated 1.5 million subscribers in the UK and is available in more than 40 countries total. France and Germany will be two of the largest markets that Netflix has entered so far.

The expansion will put a hurt on Netflix’s balance sheet, though. The company’s international division has always been a money pit—it lost $274 million on operations abroad in 2013 alone. Not only does Netflix have to provide technical and customer support across a wide variety of languages, but it also must negotiate streaming rights for programming for each individual country.

That may help explain why Netflix spent about $19.30 per user internationally in the first quarter of 2014, compared to just $14.50 per user in the U.S. In its last earnings report, Netflix said that its current international operations will be profitable by the end of the year, but Chief Financial Officer David Wells said upcoming expansions will be just as pricey as previous ones.

Netflix believes it is spending now to profit later. CEO Reed Hastings has said that international customers will eventually generate 70 to 80 percent of Netflix’s revenue. That’s why company is now creating content specifically tailored to this audience, such as an upcoming show about a family that owns a soccer club that will be in Spanish.

TIME Airbnb

Airbnb Sending Anonymized User Data to New York’s Top Lawyer

Airbnb has agreed to share anonymous data with the Attorney General's Office, which can then request further data on individual hosts.

Airbnb, a service that effectively lets people turn their homes into private hotels, has agreed to share anonymous user data about all of its New York hosts with New York’s Attorney General.

The agreement comes after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s second subpoena against the startup. The information being shared won’t include names, addresses or other personal data. The Attorney General’s Office will review the anonymous data for one year, and may request further information on individual hosts.

Does this mean the government will come knocking if you host through Airbnb on occasion? Probably not, at least according to Airbnb’s blog post.

“We believe the Attorney General’s Office is focused on large corporate property managers and hosts who take apartments off the market and disrupt communities,” Airbnb wrote. “We have already removed more than 2,000 listings in New York and believe that many of the hosts the Attorney General is concerned about are no longer a part of Airbnb.”

Airbnb has come under attack from lawmakers in New York and San Francisco, some of whom feel the service should be subject to the same laws–and taxes–as hotels. In San Francisco, a proposed bill would set some ground rules for services like Airbnb, such as allowing people to rent only their primary residences through the site.

Airbnb says it’s pleased with the agreement in New York, but said in a statement “there is so much yet to be done” in working with governments around the world.

TIME Social Networking

You Can Now See How Much More Popular You Are Than Your Coworkers

A new LinkedIn feature lets users see how their profile views rank compared to their connections

As if the job market wasn’t competitive enough already. LinkedIn is introduced a feature Wednesday that allows users to stack themselves up against their connections’ profile views.

The stats include a percentage ranking comparing users to their place among their connections, as well as a numerical ranking. It also appears beside a list of your top-10 most-viewed connections, plus some inks to tips on updating your profile.

The new ranking system sheds light on how much data LinkedIn collects about us, as well as how much the network is used by others to find out about us. It may also be a subtle nudge to push users to add connections, update their profiles and spend more time on the social network.

LinkedIn said in a blog post that the feature lets consultants and business owners see how effective their marketing strategies are, and it allows new graduates to “thoughtfully build their network.” The Who’s Viewed Your Profile feature—adjacent to the profile ranker—also allows job seekers to see which employers have looked at their profiles, LinkedIn said.


TIME Technologizer

‘Secret’ App Is Now Available on Android


The anonymous social network opens up to non-iPhone users

On the Secret social-networking app, which launched in February, there are no user names, photos, profiles or other clues as to who’s saying what. But everybody has had one basic fact in common: They’ve all had an iPhone, the only device which the app has run on until now.

Starting today, Secret is also available for Android phones. And in a move which remains the exception rather than the norm, its creators didn’t just clone the iOS version. Instead, they’re rolling out some changes first in the Android edition, making it–for the time being–the most up-to-date expression of the idea. The company’s founders, former Goooglers Chrys Bader and David Byttow, recently chatted with my about their brainchild and gave me a sneak peek of the new version.

On Secret, you see stuff from friends–although you don’t know who’s who–as well as friends of friends, people located near you and and a smattering of folks located elsewhere who have said something which has been favorited and/or commented upon more than usual. In the iPhone version, all of the items from all of these types of users have intermingled in one stream of secrets.

The new Android version divvies up the secrets into two streams. Friends and friends of friends go into the “Friends” tab; “Explore” includes everything else. It reminds me a bit of how Instagram lets you switch between photos from friends and ones which are just plain interesting, and sets Secret up for a future in which it might further categorize the items it shares.

Besides the two-tab interface which is debuting on Android, Secret is getting a few other tweaks designed to make it more engaging and lively. It now shows you how many friends you have on the network, in an animated graphic which it weaves into your stream. (I have 274, which is more than I would have guessed.) The service is also experiencing with prodding shy users to pipe up by inserting questions such as “What’s the best lie you ever told?” and polls into the stream.

One of the things which makes Secret fascinating is that everybody who uses it seems to have a different take on what it’s for. In the stream I see, there’s juicy gossip which may or may not be true, silly pranks, touching confessions of emotional frailty, heartfelt expressions of appreciation for loved ones and far more gross sex-related disclosures than I really care to read.

Bader and Byttow see their creation as a positive force–and ban harsh stuff about private individuals–but are basically happy with the diversity of self expression to be found on it, including the recent chatter about executive departures, layoffs and other tech-industry scuttlebutt. “There are a lot of things that go unsaid in a high-pressure environment such as Silicon Valley,” Byttow says. “It’s a use case we discussed in the early days. To see it actually happening and feel it, it’s very intriguing.”

Byttow told me that they even approved of the recent wacky “secret” about Apple building earbuds capable of measuring heart eate and blood pressure– a hoax which a number of tech sites took seriously and reported as a possible real product: “It got people thinking about what’s possible with earphones. There’s got to be one or two startups out there who think about that and say ‘You know what, maybe that’s not a bad idea.'”

Of course, for Secret to have staying power, it’s going to need to appeal to large numbers of people who aren’t Silicon Valley insiders or the sort of jokesters who fantasize about imaginary Apple products. Being available on Android should help there–and I’m curious to see whether the influx of newbies will be noticeable to seasoned Secret veterans such as myself.

TIME Advertising

Google Wants to Put Ads in Your Refrigerator

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California
Stephen Lam—Reuters

Updated 12:53 p.m.

Remember how advertisements were crammed into Tom Cruise’s every waking moment in Minority Report? That, apparently, is Google’s vision of the future.

In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosed Tuesday, the tech giant revealed that it has hopes to place marketing messages in currently ad-free objects like refrigerators and thermostats. “A few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities,” the company wrote.

Google was trying to explain to the SEC why it doesn’t need to disclose to its investors the size of its mobile business. Because the definition of mobile devices is changing so quickly, it would be “misleading and confusing” to investors to break out mobile usage and revenue, the company said. When there are ads on our fridges and attached to the ceilings of our homes, it will be even harder to define “mobile,” according to Google. “Our expectation is that users will be using our services and viewing our ads on an increasingly wide diversity of devices in the future, and thus our advertising systems are becoming increasingly device-agnostic,” the company wrote. Other tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo regularly disclose figures related to mobile growth.

The disclosure, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, illustrates exactly why Google is so gung-ho about the “Internet of Things,” the move toward turning previously “dumb” gadgets like watches into connected devices that can interact with other computers. The company is already placing its Android mobile operating system into cars through a partnership with automakers and pushing it into smartwatches through an optimized OS called Android Wear. Earlier this year, Google also bought Nest, a company that manufactures smart thermostats, for $3.2 billion. At the time, Nest said that it would not broaden its privacy policy, which currently limits use of users’ personal data to “providing and improving Nest’s products and services.”

A Google spokesman clarified the implications of the SEC letter. “We are in contact with the SEC to clarify the language in this 2013 filing, which does not reflect Google’s product roadmap,” the spokesman said. “Nest, which we acquired after this filing was made, does not have an ads-based model and has never had any such plans.”

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