Google Play Books: Read any PDF.

The Play Books App for Android is one of the finest and best eBooks reader. The fluidity and certain awesome features, such as the dictionary, make it an all time favourite app for many users. However, only a few people know that it could read any PDF you want, not just an eBook. Also, you can use it to read any eBook which isn’t available in the Play Store.

To do so, firstly visit the Play Store and proceed to Books.


Navigate to the Uploads tab, and proceed to Upload a file.

Here, you need to upload the PDF file or the required eBook.

This approach seems to be a lengthy one, specially for those who read extensively on mobile devices. Here, you can take advantage of the fact that the required files can be uploaded from Google Drive. You can as well upload the file from your Android Device using the Drive App.

Simply, upload the file to Google Drive and access it from the window. And wait as the file is being processed.


Now it’s the time to revisit your Play Books App, where you shall find the file. Thou shall now read it as a regular Google Play purchased eBook with the same awesome features.

Chrome OS: On your Desktop.

Get the features of Chrome OS.

Google’s Chrome OS uses Web Apps extensively, and most of the features of OS come from them. Many people adore the idea and concept of Chrome OS. Though web apps are just links to specific sites, with some more feature set, we prefer to use them over the standard browser-surfing procedure. They are self updated, accessible to any one, small in size and the users do not need to have special privileges. Making web apps is quite simple, be it any OS. What you actually require is the popular browser from Google: Chrome or Chromium.

Chrome Web store app

Chrome Web Store App on Ubuntu.

Just visit the Chrome Web Store and install any web app you desire. After having it installed, visit the New Tab page of Chrome.

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Right Click on the App icon and select Create Shortcuts. A pop up window appears asking you to create what type of shortcut you prefer. Check the Applications Menu option to make sure that your formerly-only-chrome-app is now installed into your system.

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This trick works on any platform. But for those Geeks who use Ubuntu, there’s even a better technique. Simply install Fogger. Fogger lets Ubuntu users quickly create and run websites, services and utilities in a dedicated, WebKit-based window on the desktop. The biggest +1 over standard method is the desktop integration with unity like desktop notifications, unread message count on launcher icon. Note that Fogger is available only on Ubuntu 12.04.

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Fogger Apps on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Mac users can use Fluid. Fluid lets you create a Real Mac App (or “Fluid App”) out of any website or web application, effectively turning your favorite web apps into OS X desktop apps.Creating a Fluid App out of your favorite website is simple. Enter the website’s URL, provide a name, and optionally choose an icon. Click “Create”, and within seconds your chosen website has a permanent home on your Mac as a real Mac application that appears in your Dock.

Windows users can go with AllMyApps. Just liked above apps, it integrates your web apps into the system, thus, enabling notifications.

The sad part with the above three OS-specific softwares is that you need to install the respective software and make your apps. if you just want any single or simple web app, the first technique is indeed the best.

If you like to keep your desktop clean, make sure you download Chrome OS Wallpapers and add these Web Apps to your Desktop. Ubuntu users can check out my theme posts and install the one that suites their choice. Windows users need to set the Aero color to complete white and set the web apps in the App Tray.

Thus, you can transform your desktop into a well-built app ecosystem, like you have on mobile devices these days. And the ones who loved the concept of ChromeOS can implement it to maintain the former OS and functionality.

Read ahead only if you love Chrome OS and use Windows.

Google has added the Chrome OS styled launcher to the developer version of Chrome for Windows. It organizes apps into a tray and can access the Chrome Apps directly from desktop. This procedure is even simpler than the first method. Try out the Chrome Dev Channel if you want to test the feature.

Pulse: An RSS Reader.

Add any website to Pulse: The Ultimate News App.

Pulse needs no introduction. It’s one of the finest and best news app available for any OS, be it Android, iOS, Mac, Windows and as a web app.  It streams all the content you want, from all sources at a single place. That is why, it’s a favorite of many, including me.

One can add the sources from which data should be retrieved but there’s a limitation. Only popular websites are available as options. What about other blogs or sites? Pulse developers seem to have considered this. Yes, you can use Pulse as an RSS Reader and add any site or blog you desire. You can also add YouTube Channels.

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A GeekSpecs Article in Pulse.

Just follow the two steps and make Pulse your complete knowledge hub.

Step 1: Go to Add Content tab, which should be with the current pages menu. Proceed to Add New Content to Pulse and type the website’s name in the search bar, that you want to add. Refering to the screenshot below, I have searched for GeekSpecs Meet Vora  or  GeekSpecs WordPress, which successfully shows my blog. And do not worry about the page it shows. Just add any search result you see.

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Pulse:Web App


Pulse:Android App

Step 2: Add any YouTube Channel you desire. I’ve demoed the feature with ERB.

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So, there you are, having Pulse transformed into an all-option service.

For those who haven’t tried out this awesome service, here are the links.




Web App