How To Use The Nearby Tracking Feature In Pokèmon Go

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Tracking Pokèmon in Pokèmon Go was a very buggy feature when the game first launched because the game servers were usually always under immense load and tracking wasn't very reliable. Niantic responded to the many players complaints directed towards this feature by removing. They instead added a 'Sightings' feature to compensate for it and rolled out an experimental 'Nearby' feature to select users. The Nearby tracking feature in Pokèmon Go is an improved version of the original tracking feature and it has now been made available to players in other regions. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Enable Notifications For A Facebook Post Without Leaving A Comment

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When you leave a comment on a Facebook post, you start receiving notifications for all new comments on the post. If the post in question is a major life event announcement, the new comments and their notifications quickly become annoying. The good news is that you can turn them off. For posts that you do want to follow and get updates for, you normally have to leave a comment on them. There is however a better way to enable notifications for a Facebook post without leaving a comment. Here's how. Read More

How To Download Movies In 1080p From iTunes In Windows

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iTunes has HD movies that you can rent or buy. HD movies are available in two resolutions; 720p and 1080p. By default, when you download movie from the iTunes store, it downloads the 720p version even when there is a 1080p version available. It doesn't prompt you to select the resolution you want to download the movie in. Instead, it assumes you want the movie HD but in the lowest resolution available for HD. To download movies in 1080p from iTunes, you need to tweak its preferences a bit. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Transfer Multiple Pokèmon To Professor Willow In Pokèmon Go

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Pokèmon Go lets you keep 250 Pokèmon in your bag. If you consider just how many Pidgeys and Rattatas appear on average, and you decide to catch them just for the XP, your bag is going to fill up very quickly. There is a very simple way to work around this; transfer the Pokèmon to Professor Willow. The feature has been part of the game from the very start. Originally, you had to transfer one Pokèmon at a time. An update to the app now lets you transfer multiple Pokèmon at once. Here's how. Read More

Check If Your PC Meets The Windows Holographic App Requirements

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Microsoft is one the bigger companies dabbing in virtual and augmented reality. It's headset, the Hololens should be available to consumers some time next year. The Hololens is going to be expensive and it's going to require a fairly decent system to run. If you have the cash to spend on a Hololens headset, chances are you have a system that can handle its requirements. To be on the safe side though, you can run a check to see if any of your hardware components need to be updated. This check can only be run if you have the Windows 10 Insider Build 14971 running on your system. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Select Which Browser Gmail Opens Links In On Your iPhone

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Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are three of the most popular browsers available for iOS.  Because iOS is a closed and restricted system, you usually end up using Safari. Apps like Twitter and Facebook have their own built-in browsers but any time an app needs to open a link and it doesn't have a built-in browser, you are forced to use Safari. Gmail for iOS has long had the ability to circumvent this. All links that you open in Gmail automatically open in Chrome if you have it installed on your system. A recent update to Gmail has now added the ability to select the browser Gmail opens links in. It's also added a feature that lets you select a browser each time you tap a link. Here's how to set it up. Read More

How To Add A Period By Double Tapping The Space Bar In Windows

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Phones have a neat, quick-typing trick; when you hit the space bar twice, a period is automatically added. This saves time because you aren't required to switch to a different keyboard layout to add the period. This is an OS trick and is available system-wide on phones and you can use it when you're texting or typing a new Facebook status. Unfortunately, this features is restricted to phones for the most part. In Windows, you cannot automatically add a period by double tapping the space bar. The good news it, you can use an AutoHotkey script to add this functionality to all apps. Here's how. Read More

How To Use The Citation Feature In Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides

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There is a new citation feature in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slide that lets you insert a citation in MLA, APA, and Chicago format for articles and links you find in Google Explore. It works inside the document, spreadsheet, or presentation you have open and lets you insert a reference to a source you are citing The reference appears at the bottom of the page you cited it on. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Show/Hide The Notifications Number Badge In The System Tray In Windows 10

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Windows has long had a notifications system. In Windows 10, it was finally unified with the Action Center panel. Action Center itself is a long standing feature of Windows but it has become a more recognized feature now that it can be accessed as a side panel. The Action Center is where all notifications reside. You can open it to view recent notifications and click a notification to take you to the app. Its System Tray icon shows a number badge to indicate the number of new notifications you have. When you have new notifications, this icon is filled out and if you think that is indication enough, then you have the option to disable the number badge on the icon. Here's how. Read More

How To Map The Caps Lock Key To The Esc Key In macOS

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The Touch Bar in the new Macbook Pro line has been getting mixed reviews. Users think it is frivolous and not really a new, innovative feature. The Touch Bar's true usefulness hasn't be realized just yet but one thing is clear; the Esc key is gone. In order to accommodate the Touch Bar, Apple removed the Escape key from the physical keyboard. The Touch Bar now has a virtual Esc key but if you aren't warming up to it, you can simply map the Caps lock to the Esc key. Here's how. Read More

How To Use Shooting Modes In Google Camera [Android]

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Some camera apps have a dedicated night mode for taking photos in low light. Instagram has a night mode for its Story feature in iOS though not for the main camera feature and it makes photos in low light look better. A recent update to the Google Camera app has brought something similar to for Android users; shooting modes. While shooting modes in Google Camera do not feature a night mode, they do include modes for shooting better photos when it is sunny or cloudy. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Use Chrome Spotlight Actions In iOS

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Chrome for iOS has just received an update. Unlike previous updates, this one actually brings a new feature to the browser; spotlight actions. Spotlight actions in iOS are quick actions for apps that can be executed from Spotlight. To execute a Spotlight action, you must type in the correct word in the search bar. Chrome has introduced two Spotlight actions; Voice and Incognito. Voice allows you to open Chrome with Voice search and Incognito allows you to open an incognito tab in Chrome. Read More

How To Add A Note To A Sketch File

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Sketch is a popular and powerful image editing app but it doesn't do much to help you organize the work you need to do on a particular project. Notes is a Sketch plugin that lets you create notes inside a Sketch file. The objective is to be able to record feedback or changes you need to make to a file inside it making it easier to find when you get to work. Read More

How To Exclude A File, Folder, Or Process From Windows Defender In Windows 10

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Windows Defender is the built-in virus protection that Windows comes with. It isn't easy to turn off, and occasionally it will flag a file incorrectly. That said, it's still reasonably good protection for your system even if it is resource hungry. If you find Windows Defender is constantly flagging a file or a process as malicious when it isn't, you might be tempted to disable it. This will likely put you at serious risk. A much better way to deal with the problem is to exclude the file, folder, or process that it keeps blocking. Here's how. Read More

How To Manage Subscriptions In iTunes On Your iPhone

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iTunes isn't just for buying music; the iTunes app, together with the App Store app allow you to purchase apps, make in-app purchases, and subscribe to services. The services you subscribe to are managed entirely from iTunes; you can upgrade or downgrade plans and you can cancel subscriptions. Managing your subscriptions in iTunes is fairly easy if you know where to look. Neither the iTunes app nor the App Store app on your iPhone have an option for managing subscriptions. The options are tucked away in the Settings app. Here's where you need to look. Read More

How To Add ‘Search Google’ To The Right-Click Context Menu In Microsoft Edge

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Leading desktop web browsers have an option in the right-click context menu for quickly sending a search term to your default search engine. Because Google is the preferred search engine for just about everyone, this option is commonly known as the 'Search Google' option in the context menu though it can work for just about any search engine. Microsoft Edge doesn't have this option just yet. You can change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge to whatever you prefer but this option isn't going to show up, not even for Bing. If like most of the world your preferred search engine is Google, you can add the 'Search Google' option to the right-click context menu with the Google Context Menu Edge extension. Read More

How To Install Extensions From Outside The Windows Store In Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft Edge now supports extensions. You can download an extension for Edge from the Windows Store. Microsoft has added support for extensions only recently to Edge so there aren't a lot of them in the Windows Store. Quite a few are still in beta and developers prefer to make them available outside the Windows Store, possibly to avoid poor ratings. If you want to install an extension in Edge, it's a fairly simple process if you know what to do. Read More

How To Add Or Remove Apps From The Share Panel In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a system wide Share panel that works with all Windows Store apps, and the default apps in Windows 10. It lists the apps that you can use to share photos or files with. Something almost identical is present in Windows 8/8.1. The Photos app, for example, lets you share a photo via email or the Twitter app if you have it installed. Apps that can work with this share panel are automatically added to it when you install them. As a user, you don't have control over which apps appear here and there is no apparent setting that lets you tweak it. The good news is, there's a hidden setting that you can enable that gives you complete control over the Share panel. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Enable Star Ratings In The Music App In iOS 10

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iOS 10 revamped the Music app. The revamp wasn't just a UI overhaul; features were added and removed in the new version. One feature that Apple sought fit to remove was the Star rating feature. It allowed users to rate a song on a five point scale. This helped create smart playlists among other things. The feature was sorely missed and as of iOS 10.2, it has been added back to the app, You must however enable it from the settings. It is simple enough unless you don't see the setting at all which is a different problem altogether. Here's how to enable the star rating option in the Music and what to do if you don't have the option to enable it. Read More

How To Get Scroll To Next Picture Function Back In The Photos App In Windows 10

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The Photos app in Windows 10 allowed users to go to the next or previous photo by scrolling the mouse wheel. Users were not happy with this functionality. It was likely due to Windows Photo Viewer, the default photo viewing app in Windows 7 which allowed users to zoom in/out with the scroll wheel. Microsoft gave users what they wanted with an update to the Photos app and replaced the scroll wheel's next/previous photo function with the zoom function. Users are now complaining they liked it the way it was before. Microsoft isn't likely to add the functionality back but you can get it back with a simple AutoHotkey script. Read More