4 Visual Changes In The New Windows 10 Technical Preview Build

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Microsoft has released Build 9879 of the Windows 10 Technical preview and it's actually more buggy than the last one. As it was with Build 9860, some features originally revealed at the official unveiling of Windows 10 but not released immediately, have been enabled with this new build. Windows 10 is also under going what can best be described as an interface change though the changes are far less extreme and really just a reinforcement of the Modern UI. Four UI changes caught our eye are the new folder icons, the battery indicator on both the lock screen and in the system tray, the new hamburger style buttons on Modern apps, and the refined look of the Notification Center. Read More

Beam For Reddit Is Yet Another Great Way To Procrastinate [iOS]

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It's the middle of the week and you probably know by now if the rest of it is going to be any good. In case you're in for a bad week and could do with some procrastination cheering up, try out Beam for Redddit. It's a brand new Reddit browsing app for  iOS and is designed to impress. You can leave comments and upvote or downvote posts from the app if you're signed in though there seems to be no way for you to sign out. What sets Beam apart from other apps is that it isn't just for browsing Reddit but also for discovering new sub-reddits. It has a dedicated discovery tab that shows you trending sub-reddits and the posts currently popular in them. You can view GIFs, play videos, subscribe or unsubscribe to a sub-reddit. You can also filter out NSFW and spoiler content and open links in Chrome instead of Safari. Read More

Force Your Browser To Use Google.com And Ignore Your Location

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I've had to switch to using a different laptop recently and it took some time to set it up the way I had things set up on my old laptop. Surprisingly, one of the harder things for me to do was to get my browser to play nice. Every time I Googled something, it would default to Google local search. I previously had it set up to always use Google.com but the trick to it was long forgotten and took more time than I cared to invest to figure out again. Why can't they make it simpler? Ponder that if you will but if you're trying to get your browser to ignore Google local search and just stick to using Google.com, here is the trick to getting  it to do that in Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Read More

Facebook Launches Groups App, Lets You Add A Group To Your Home Screen

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Facebook launched a new app today, Facebook Groups. Much like the Messages app, this app takes a popular Facebook feature and lets you use it in a stand alone app. The point is of course to make access easier because Facebook as a service has grown significantly complex to the point that messages and group interaction isn't convenient from your news feed. Facebook groups is a lot like the Messages app in layout. You have a home screen where all your groups are listed. You can post a status or photo to a group, get regular push notifications for any group activity, and even create a new group from the app itself. Perhaps the crown jewel in terms of features on this app is the ability to add a group to your phone's home screen. The app is available for both iOS and Android although at the time of writing, the Google Play Store link isn't working. Read More

5 Basic Excel Functions That Make Work Infinitely Easier

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Excel is the illiterate man's (and woman's) favorite data manipulation tool. The literate i.e. those that can code, don't need to worry themselves much about columns, rows, and the correct formula and its syntax because these wizards have their own devices. For everyone else, practically anyone in a management position, Excel is an essential work tool. Despite this, a lot of people, especially those just stepping into a job are often intimidated by it. In reality, if you learn Excel well enough, you can use it to keep time based records that update automatically, use it to store inventory, and even conduct surveys. That said, here are five very basic Excel functions that every beginner needs to know. Read More

Remove A Suggested Channel From YouTube

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YouTube is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. I can't even count how many times I've seen Sainsbury's 2014 Christmas commercial and a lot of times, I saw it as an ad which means it was followed by a video that I watched afterwards. Good times. Now, because I watch so many videos and I have no filter for what I'll click on, YouTube starts thinking I'm interested in the weirdest stuff. It's an algorithm so I can't expect it to understand that my viewing habits are just an average human being lazy but it becomes a problem when my home page is filled with suggested channels that do not interest me. These suggestions aren't all bad and I've found some good channels this way but they are recurring, painfully recurring and when one does not interest me, it's just spam. What's more is that new suggestions won't show up unless these old ones are made to go away. Here's how you can tell YouTube to stop showing you a particular kind of video or remove a channel from the suggested ones altogether. This doesn't require an extension or an add-on so it will work in ANY browser. Read More

Waaaaay! – Follow the Arrow Is An Easy-To-Follow Navigation Tool

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If you're good with directions, rarely get lost, and are quick to find yourself again if you do, you know this ability is sort of like having a super power. You also know that a good sense of direction isn't popularly recognized as a supernatural ability, you're pre-disposed to think that everyone should be able to find their way from point A to point B without any trouble. If nothing else, anyone should be able to use Google Maps but that sadly isn't the case. Lots of people still get lost and/or have trouble following a map. Waaaaay! - Follow the Arrow is turn-by-turn navigation for dummies (no offense). If you find following directions is overly complicated, this app is what you need. It detects your current location, asks you to pick a destination, and then guides you with nothing more than a compass. It's up to you to pick which route you want to take as long as you're following the arrow. Read More

How To View And Delete Cookies In Firefox Developer Edition

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Firefox has always been the go-to browser for developers. This preference comes as a result of Mozilla always considering the needs of developers as well as end users with each iteration of its browser. The company makes it a priority to provide the best development tools and in that endeavor, they recently launched the Firefox Developer Edition. This browser, in Mozilla's own words, is a browser for developers made by developers. It features amazing tools and needless to say, it isn't intended for the average user though developers can rely on it to work as a reliable browser when/if needed. Where the Firefox Developer Edition is somewhat familiar in the tools it provides, it's going to take some time to grow familiar with it all. If you've started using it you might have found that there isn't an obvious way to delete cookies. This post explains how you can view, edit, and delete cookies in Firefox Developer Edition. Read More

Where To Watch Finds Where You Can Legally Watch Movies & TV Shows [Web]

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Movie piracy (and all other forms of piracy) are wrong and we often see public service messages that impress on us the gravity of the crime that is piracy. No doubt you've heard claims that piracy harms the entertainment industry and there has been quite the crack down recently with innocent videos being removed from YouTube, and some search results being removed from Google on account of copyright infringement. We're not going to argue whether piracy is harmful or not, instead we feel introducing Where To Watch to our readers is a much better way to fight rampant movie and TV show piracy. This simple little web app lets you search for any movie and/or TV (any season) and find where you can pay to legally watch it. Read More

Facebook Places Help You Find Something To Do In Any City

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The number of apps developed to help people find interesting things to do, find people to do things with, or just find a good place to eat is huge and growing. The latest to take a jab at this niche is Facebook. Fortunately the company hasn't launched an app to achieve this purpose. Instead it's made use of its existing web interface and its already rich database of places to help you find restaurants, hotels, bars, cafes, public attractions, gyms, schools, theaters, and much more. A new dedicated page called Facebook Places has been launched. It asks you to enter a city and it will list all places, duly sorted into categories, for you to choose from. Read More

Dear Developer, This Is Why I Won’t Buy Your App

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In my line of work, I get to test a lot of apps. I hunt for them, I judge their usefulness, I try them out, and then when I find an app works well enough or addresses a real problem, I review it for our readers. It sounds like a fun job and as I've continued to test and review more and more apps, I've picked up on tell-tale signs of what makes a good app. But I'm not overly clever to pick up on these signs; it's a by-product of experience and where I can identify if an app is good or bad just by looking at the screenshots and reading a brief description, it isn't a foolproof check. Developers are just as clever (if not more) at the game  than I am and they give me the slip. It's times like this that the true test of a good app comes down to one thing, and one thing alone; features. Read More

Stop Read Receipts Being Sent On Whatsapp With This Cydia Tweak [Jailbreak]

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Messenger apps that tell you when/if a message you sent has been read are a double ended sword; on the one hand, you know your message has been read and you don't have to send a reminder or worry that the message may not have been seen on time. On the other hand, it makes it exceptionally difficult to ignore a person or delay replying to a message by using the age old excuse, 'I didn't see your message' and this is something WhatsApp users learned the painfully hard way. The company pushed an update to their servers that enabled a 'seen' read receipt to appear when a message had been read. The receipt comes in the form of the grey check mark that signals a message has been delivered turning blue when the message has been read. It caught many users unaware and because the change wasn't an app update, it means for now there is no way to disable it. If you've got a jailbroken iPhone though, you can use WhatsApp Read Receipt Disabler. It's a free Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository that, as its name clearly states, stops the read receipts from being sent. Read More

Stop Animated GIFs From Auto-playing In Your Browser

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Auto-playing content, whether it's an ad, a video (I'm looking at you Facebook), or a GIF can a drag down your bandwidth and it can also be exceptionally annoying since it slows down the page load. The only time it's acceptable for content to auto-play is if you're browsing Imgur, or perhaps Twitter where there are plenty og GIFs and Vines being shared but at all other times auto-playing content is just another thing you wish websites would stop doing. We detailed how to disable auto-playing content in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safrai, and Opera but our post didn't address GIFs that will continue to auto-play despite 'click to play' being enabled in your browser. Here's how you can stop GIFs from playing in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Read More

Everything You Need To Know About The Windows 10 Notification Center

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Notifications have been a part of the Windows OS for a good long time though up until Windows 8, they weren't even in the same league as those on OS X or even on our smartphones. Windows 10 refines them further so that you can review all notifications you've received in a single pop-up panel. The notifications can be turned off or muted on a per-app basis, or you can mute all notifications for a certain period of time. The notifications are interactive; if you save a new file, or download an app, clicking the notification that alerts you to the completion of either of those actions will open the file, or launch the app for you. Here is a quick run down of everything you can do with the new Windows 10 notification center. Read More

Until AM: Mix Music From Your Local Drive Or SoundCloud [Web]

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Mixing music and experimenting with sounds isn't something as simple as creating a playlist (or a mix tape?). It's a lot of experimentation, it requires a good ear, and a pretty good idea of what you're doing. It also requires the use of complex and costly software which is worth investing if you know you're going to use it, and use it frequently. For anyone just curious about mixing music and trying their hand at being a DJ, there is Until AM, a simple web app that lets you mix any two songs either from your local drive or from SoundCloud. You can increase or decrease the playback speed, independently control the volume of each song, and manage the delay for each one. Read More

Can’t Receive Messages After Switching From iPhone To Android? Now There’s An Official Fix From Apple

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Apple is known to poach Android users, and when someone decides to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone people are more than just curious as to why anyone would make a decision like that. Whatever the reason to switch may be, anyone who previously went from an iOS device to an Android device or Windows Phone would have experienced a delay or a complete failure to receive messages sent by iPhone using friends. Try as one might, they just couldn't get iMessages or even regular texts to find their way to the new Android phone. This happens when you don't disconnect iMessages from your  phone number. You may have removed your Apple ID from a device but iMessages is a service that must be turned off and simply removing your Apple ID from a device just doesn't cut it. Unfortunately, not a lot of people will know this until it is too late. This very issue got a significant amount of attention in the blogsphere earlier this year, and Apple has just released a tool to let you deactivate iMessages from any browser using your Apple ID. Read More

TakeOwnerShip Pro: Resolve ‘Cannot Delete’ And ‘Access Denied’ Errors [Windows]

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File and folder permissions on Windows are pretty great when they're working for you but when the OS suddenly decides to deny access to a folder on your hard drive even though you're logged in as the administrator, these very permissions become a problem, to say the least. You end up jumping through hoops trying to figure out why a file you created a short while back is no longer accessible to you. We've reviewed a number of utilities that help fix the 'Cannot Delete File' and 'Access Denied' errors, noteworthy of which is Unlocker. A new app in this same category is TakeOwnerShip Pro; it has a super simple interface and is compatible with all Windows versions from Vista to Windows 10. Read More

Use The New Tab Page As A Dashboard For Task Management Services [Chrome]

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One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and on the New Tab page, organize them in an orderly manner. Taco App is a little service that works through a Chrome extension and is indeed something like the One Ring only for task managing apps and services. It lets you connect over 30 to-do list and task management services and presents all upcoming tasks from them on the New Tab page. The tasks can be organized on the page into stuff that's meant to be done later and stuff that is meant to be done next. Needless to say, the default New Tab page is replaced with a new one but it still links to your frequently visited sites (the speed dial) at the bottom of the page, you can print the list of tasks, and email them. Supported services include Asana, Jira, Basecamp, Github, Evernote, Gmail, and more. Read More

Sleep Better Tells You How Well You’re Sleeping

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Scientists still debate over why we sleep. There is no doubt that we need to sleep but the effects of sleep are simply amazing and worth every bit of research that is done about it. While scientists are figuring out the many mysteries of sleep, the REM cycle, why we dream, sleepwalk, talk in our sleeps, and that one time when Professor Utonium began robbing toy stores in his sleep, we wake up to the shrill call of our alarms wondering why it feels as though we haven't rested at all. Sleep Better is an iOS and Android app by Runtastic, a popular name in heath and fitness apps, and it helps analyze your sleep patterns telling you how efficient your slumber was. Sleep Better integrates with iOS 8's health app. Read More

Translate Medical Jargon Into Simple English With A Chrome Extension

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At some point in our lives, we've all felt ill and decided that instead of consulting a certified medical practitioner who went to medical school and studied medicine for a good four years we should just Google our symptoms to find out what's wrong with us. The answer is usually that we have some sort of cancer or that one of our symptoms is indicative of cancer.It's overkill no doubt but it's possible that we aren't reading the information right. Even if we're just reading up on a disease that may be transferred genetically, or something the doctor warned us we might be at risk of, a lot of the medical information available online isn't written in layman terms. Iodine's Medical Translator is a Chrome extension that fixes that. It finds medical terms on a web page and translates it into ordinary English that we can comprehend. Read More