View The Latest Medium Posts In The iOS Notification Center

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Medium is a publishing platform that just about anyone can publish on. There's no limit to what you can write about and if you can offer insight into a particular lifestyle, a specialized job area, or just an experience you had, your post will likely do well. Medium has its own dedicated app for iOS devices in the App Store and while the app is great, it lacks a widget that you can add to the Notification Center. Medget is a free and open source iOS app that is essentially the missing widget for the Medium App. It shows you the last four posts on Medium and lets you open them in Safari. Read More

How To Troubleshoot And Fix The Windows 10 Start Menu

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The Start Menu in Windows 10 is of the most problematic features of the OS. If it works well for you then you're lucky but there are hoards of users who have a dysfunctional Start Menu that fails to open, fails to launch apps, doesn't let you pin apps, gets stuck, and won't let you access the list of all installed apps, among other things. Those with a buggy Start Menu deal with a very essential feature on their desktop being useless. Users employ different hacks to fix the problem but no one hack has been able to track down and fix the problem for everyone and many fixes that work for some users often do not work for others. Microsoft knows there's a problem and has released a  tool called Windows 10 Troubleshooting Tool that aims to troubleshoot and fix problems with the Start Menu. Read More

How To Stream Audio From Your PC Or Mac To Chromecast

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Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are two different devices. The Chromecast is meant for video and audio streaming and aims to give users a 'smart' TV for the very cheap price of $30. The Chromecast Audio is meant to stream audio to speakers and give you 'smart' speakers without breaking the bank. Even though both devices are cheap, you might not want to buy them both and perhaps would like some way to use the Chromecast as just an audio streaming device. This is possible provided you aren't trying to hook the Chromecast up to a pair of speakers. What you can do, with the right third-party apps, is stream audio from your PC or Mac to the Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn Off Live Video Notifications On Facebook

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Facebook live videos turned the social network into a platform for live streaming. It's a limited feature but people, brands, and companies all seem to be willing to give it a try. Anyone can stream a live video; Facebook pages and profiles alike. Every time a Page or a friend you follow on Facebook begins to stream live, you receive a notification so you can watch it. Facebook also gives you notifications for live streams it thinks you'll be interested in. The thing is that live videos aren't a refined feature and there's only so much you can get out of it that many people tire of watching them and that's when the notifications start to get annoying. The good news is, Facebook has a setting to turn these notifications Off. Here's where it is. Read More

Screenshot A Web Page And Add A macOS Window Frame To It [Chrome]

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Screenshots make it easier to explain a process or show-off an online product's feature. A good screenshot can actually get users interested in trying a product out or make an otherwise long tutorial seem easier to follow. There are plenty of screenshot tools available for every desktop platform in existence and even mobile platforms are spoiled for choice but the ability and tool to take a screenshot isn't always enough especially when aesthetics matter. Standardized Screenshot is a Chrome extension that takes screenshots of web pages. It won't scroll a web page and capture all of it but it will resize the browser window to 1366px, frame the screenshot in a macOS Window frame, and add a nice drop shadow all in one click. Read More

How To Publish Photos Directly From Adobe Lightroom To Instagram

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Instagram is more than just a place to show off clothes, food, jewelry, and selfies. The social network is an excellent place to showcase artwork. It's where you can find artists who work wth all sorts of mediums showing off their work and their works-in-progress. For photographers, Instagram is no different and in addition to using the platform to showcase their work, photographers make use of other photo editing tools as well such as Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a feature rich photo editing app that works great with other Adobe products and has a huge offering of Plugins to make it all the more useful. LR/Instagram is one such free Plug-in that might interest you if you're looking for an easy way to publish photos from Adobe Lightroom directly to Instagram. Read More

How To Enable A Download Save Prompt In Microsoft Edge On Windows 10

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Windows 10 really wants to make Microsoft Edge everyone's default browser and it's trying everything it can to make that happen regardless if users want it or not. The browser isn't bad but it's definitely a work-in-progress with several features, add-ons being the major one, yet to make an appearance on the stable Windows 10 builds. It also has it quirks one of which is that the browser doesn't ask you if you want to save or run a file when you click a 'Download' button. The download simply starts and you can only cancel or pause it. If you wanted to save a file to a different location i.e. not in the default downloads folder, then you will have to move it later once the file has downloaded. If you'd like Edge to prompt you before a download begins and ask whether to save a file, and where to save it, you can get it do so with a little change in the Windows registry. Read More

How To Disable Sticky Corners On Windows 10 Dual Monitor Setup

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Windows 10 has reasonably good support for a dual monitor setup. It's possibly the best support Windows has ever had for a dual monitor setup compared to the previous version. Windows also has a super neat feature called Snap that lets you quickly snap windows to either edge of your screen. Couple these two together and you have a problem; users on a dual monitor setup who try to move a window from one monitor to the other by dragging it along the top of the screen are stopped because the window snaps to the edge instead. The sticky corners along the top are meant to prevent users from unintentionally moving a window to the next screen but they are often a hindrance to users looking to do just that. The solution is to disable the sticky corners using a free and light weight app called Non Stick Mouse. Read More

How To Download A File You Skipped In A Torrent

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Torrenting is a much frowned upon and extremely popular way to share files. It can help files download faster, it lets you pause and resume a download, and it builds a community. A single torrent can download multiple files. Let's say you want to download multiple versions of the Firefox browser but don't want to be bothered looking for it in different software and app repositories, and then downloading the versions individually. You could probably find them all in one place and ready to download as torrent. Where a torrent lets you download multiple files in one go, it also lets you individually choose which of the files you want to download and skip the ones you don't want. If you have skipped a file in a torrent and later decided to download it, you might wonder just how to do that since there is no 'I changed my mind and want to download this file now' button to do the trick. Here's what to do. Read More

How To Link Directly To A Section Of A Web Page

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Links to a Wikipedia page can be modified so that they link to a particular section of the article instead of just the page itself. It's pretty useful especially when the article is particularly long and only a section of it is relevant for whoever you need to share it with. This isn't a specific Wikipedia feature, it's a web page thing i.e., something to do with the HTML of the page. The link is modified with the HTML 'id' attribute attached to an element of a web page and this is something you can do with just about any web page that uses the 'id' attribute to define a style for an element. Here's how it work. Read More

How To Bring Back ‘Open With’ Option In Windows 10 Right-Click Context Menu

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The amount of bugs Windows 10 has, one might think they're a feature and Microsoft is just trying to teach everyone how to Google for a solution to problems. An odd bug that some Windows 10 users have encountered is the 'Open with...' option missing from the right-click context menu when users right-click a file. The option is a very important one as it allows users to select an app to open the file with. For unidentified files, or files that a default program has not been associated with, this option is the fastest and at times only way to set a default program. If the option is missing on your system it's to do with a problem in the Windows registry. It's easy enough to fix even if the solution isn't obvious enough to spot. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Run An Unidentified App Without Changing Gatekeeper’s Settings

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Gatekeeper is a security feature introduced in macOS in Mountain Lion that let users choose which apps can and can not run on their Macs. The feature has three options for allowing/disallowing apps; run apps from the Mac App Store only, run apps from the Mac App Store and from identified developers, and run apps from anywhere i.e. from any origin and developed by anyone. To run apps from unverified developers, you have to change Gatekeeper's settings and allow apps to run from anywhere and then you have to remember to change the setting back if you want to keep your system safe. Alternatively, macOS does let you run just the one app as an exception and keep the Gatekeeper settings unaltered. Here's how. Read More

Use A Script To Pin A Window To The Top With A Keyboard Shortcut [Windows]

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Our daily workflow often involves one app that we simply cannot function without. It might be the web browser for some and Photoshop for others. It depends on what you do but what many people often need, regardless of what line of work they're in, is to pin an app on top of all others so that it's never ever sent to the background even when out of focus. Some apps have this feature built-in but they are a very rare breed. Third-party apps like PinMe do a decent job of letting users pin any app or window to the top but they aren't the most convenient to use given they lack support for hotkeys. If you're looking for a way to pin the current active window to the top in Windows 10, you can use AutoHotkey and a little script to get it done. The script will let you use the Ctrl+Space bar shortcut to pin a window to the top. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Stream From VLC Player To Chromecast

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Since February of 2015, VLC has promised to add support for Chromecast but the feature has yet to be implemented. The stable version of VLC still doesn't support casting to the Chromecast but support for it has been spotted in the nightly builds of  VLC 3.0. The release date for a stable build of version 3.0 hasn't been given yet and for all we know it might not drop until the end of this year (or even early next year) but VLC is indeed adding support for the Chromecast just as it promised. If you aren't too bothered with bugs, you can download the nightly build yourself and use it to cast to your Chromecast. Fair warning: it's very buggy. Read More

See How Far You Can Get On A Budget Using Different Taxi Services

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Cheap, on-time, reliable transport is incredibly important to anyone who needs to get around. Services like Uber and Lyft have thrived because they can provide transport quickly and flexibly but also because they're cheaper than hiring a cab. Both companies have effectively disrupted taxi services as we know it but are they really always the cheaper option and which of the two is cheaper? If you're on a budget and trying to get to a specific destination, Up Hail Discover is a web service you might want to check with before you order a cab. The service lets you select a point of origin, a budget, and select a taxi service to see how far you can get on it. Read More

How To Create iTunes-Like Smart Playlists In Google Music [Chrome]

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As much as people love their iPhones, they hate iTunes. It's an app that's forced on to every iPhone and iPad user indiscriminately but it isn't all bad. For one, iTunes has a pretty neat smart playlists feature that lets you set rules for including songs in a playlist. The rules make it so you don't have to manually scan and add items from your music library whenever you want to create a playlist. This is a feature that Google Music lacks. Google Music auto-generates smart playlists but if you want to create one with your own rules you can't without the help of a really awesome Chrome extension called Autoplaylists for Google Music. The extension has a paid subscription based version as well as a free version. With the free version, you can create one smart playlist while the paid version lets you create multiple smart playlists. The subscription costs $1.99/ month. Read More

How To Open An App Or File In A New Virtual Desktop On Windows 10

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The virtual desktops on Windows 10 are a small yet significant addition to the desktop OS. The feature is great and is begging developers and Microsoft alike to develop it into something better. The concept has been around for ages with macOS and Ubuntu both supporting it but no one seems to want to develop the feature into anything really useful. Fortunately, there are apps that lend virtual desktops in Windows 10 more functionality than they come with out of the box. VDesk is a free and open source little app that lets you open any app or file in a new Virtual Desktop from the context menu. It also supports command line arguments that can open an app or file on a specific virtual desktop. Here's how it works. Read More

Here’s Where Windows 10 Default Wallpapers Are Saved

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Windows isn't known for its breathtaking desktop wallpapers but they aren't bad either, just not comparable to those found on macOS. At one point, the Windows XP desktop image was one of the most popular images in the world. If you're in love with any of the Windows 10 wallpapers and want to use them elsewhere, in addition to your desktop, you might want to know where they're saved on your system. The images, in all their HD glory are inside your Windows root folder. Read More

How To Identify Any Plant With Just A Photo Of It

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Accidentally touching poison oak or poison ivy was a popular story line used by sitcoms two decades ago. It might have been funny but it also made it obvious that some plants can be dangerous for you. Plants are basically awesome until they try to kill you or your pet but a dangerous plant is rarely something we know about until it's too late. PlantNet is an iOS and Android app that lets you identify any plant with just a photo. It's a great way to not just make sure plants in your home are safe for you, your kids, and your pets but also a good way to learn about the flora in your community. Read More

How To Download A Chrome Extension As A CRX File

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Chrome's Web Store has a large number of apps and extensions that range from productive to simple fun. The Chrome Web Store is awesome but it doesn't offer you any way to download extensions or apps without installing them. When you click 'Add to Chrome' the extension or app in question will download and install with no intermediate steps involved where you can stop the installation from happening. What this leads to is users unable to back up an extension in case it become unavailable later on. At best, they can backup the folders of a particular extension in their profile, or just backup the entire profile. Meet Chrome Extension Downloader. It's a simple web app that lets you download any Chrome app or extension. You need to be able to access an app's Chrome Web Store page or have access to the app/extension's ID. Read More