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Microsoft free Keyboard for Excel app

Right, you love Microsoft Excel. But you use a smartphone for most of your spreadsheet interactions. And not only is the default Android keyboard wanting. The Google keyboard is no better. But there’s hope right here, right now.

Microsoft (yeah the people with a competing mobile platform), offers Keyboard for Excel; an optimized-for-numbers keyboard that includes Excel operators plus a Tab key for easy navigation.

The sole downside is this keyboard is a Beta product. And is missing auto-correct support, gesture typing and is English only.

Microsoft Garage is Microsoft’s version of Google’s Summer of Code. And offers lots of innovative apps.

[image courtesy Google Play store]


Google Assistant everywhere

This Google Assistant feature is appearing everywhere. But just not on my phone! Am I sad at the omission? Not really. 

You can now get the Google Assistant in the

  • text chat app Google Allo
  • video chat app Google Duo

And in the new vastly over priced Google Pixel smartphones. 

And if you have Android Nougat and if you’re willing to root your device then modify ( some configuration files.

Get news keep ad blocker

Starting June 30, 2016 Indian news site have put in ad blocker mechanisms. So if you don’t want to be tracked you can’t access their news. 

IMHO its no big loss as you can read most of the really important news on sites like the BBC and CNN :p

Or you can use an ad blocker like uBlock Origin on Mozilla Firefox like I do. The plugin is also available on Chrome and on Opera (are there any other noteworthy browsers?)

Of the many ad blockers (free and paid) available ‘Origin is the best. Its completely replaced Ghostery and Disconnect for me. Both add considerable resource overhead (no-no when using an older computer with under 2 GB RAM).  

Update@July 12/16: Times of India web edidition isn’t being bypassed by the ad blocker 🙁 but if you click the stop button when the page loads you can read without ads. 

And ‘Origin let’s you white list specific pages via Ctrl+Click. Not exact but it should tide you over until the news providers come to their senses.