Force Windows Apps To Open As Maximized

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One of my favorite Windows features  is window management. Specifically, the Snap feature is what I love. Windows 10 has improved it significantly for anyone working with a large monitor. Modern apps can also run full screen on the desktop. The snap feature is so popular that it causes envy among OS X users though they might not admit it. Apart from this very obvious and very awesome way to manage windows, the OS  offers a few obscure settings to manage windows better. If you''re looking for a way to always open an app with a fully maximized window, while wanting to make other selective apps open as normal sized and/or minimized windows, there is a simple trick to it that lets you do just that. Read More

PhotoMath: Solve Linear Equations And Fractions Using Your Camera [iOS]

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Simple arithmetic is easy enough; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and division. You can do it on a basic calculator. Add brackets to the mix and you have to remember which order to solve them in. It's still do-able with an ordinary calculator. Now think linear equations in one unknown variable or fractions. If you haven't done a lot of maths recently, you are probably going to be choppy at some of this. PhotoMath Solve is a free iOS app that I could've benefited from in my school years. It's an app that solves maths problems simply by scanning them with your camera and it shows you the individual steps that led to that solution. The app isn't exactly going to help you ace an advanced degree in Mathematics but if you have children who get Maths homework, the app can be a useful in helping them learn. At present, the app can only scan problems that have been printed and not hand written. It can solve basic arithmetic operations, fractions, decimals, linear equations in one unknown variable, and some logarithmic functions. Read More

What’s New In iOS 8.1

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iOS 8.1 was released a few days back and since the release of iOS 8, this is the third update to the OS with iOS 8.0.1 and iOS 8.0.2 being rolled out earlier to deal with the many problems the OS brought with it. And iOS 8 did indeed bring quite a few problems with it. iOS 8.1 fixes some bugs but it also rolls out some other features that require Yosemite to be running on Macs. Talks and speculation of bugs aside, here is the list of the new features made available with the update. Read More

Hooks: Get Alerts For TV Shows, Concerts, Games, Rain And More [iOS]

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Reminders, alerts, alarms; they're all great at making sure you don't forget important things like meetings, picking up the milk, remembering to take the trash out, not skipping leg day. Everything thing that is a drag to do, and therefore more likely to be forgotten, is kept on our radar by these ever helpful apps. But what about the fun stuff we forget about? There is more to life than just meetings and piking up the dry cleaning. Hooks – Alerts that Matter is an app for creating alerts for important things like when the next episode of your favorite show airs, when your favorite band is playing, when a new movie is going to be released, and more. Unlike other reminder apps that help you be more productive, this app reminds you of the up and coming fun things in life. Read More

3 Tools To Create And Embed Graphs Or Charts Online

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Nothing beats a good graphical representation of data. You can sit and write a very well-worded explanation of what a data set represents but if you don't have a nice graph to show the overall t rend, you may have written in vain. As far as desktop apps are concerned, you have excellent options like  iWork for Mac, Office Libre for Linux, and MS Office for Windows. These are all desktop solutions that can be used to create great charts for documents and presentations. With online publishing, presenting charts is different; you can use a graph created and exported from a desktop app, or you can use the many online tools that have been created for presenting better graphs to an online audience. Here are three free tools that do just that and come with an embed feature. Read More

ScreenToGif: Screencast GIF Making Tool With Powerful Editor [Windows]

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We did a post a few days back on tools for creating GIFsScreenToGif is a Windows app that has just caught our attention for all the right reasons and warrants its own review. ScreenToGif is a free executable utility that records a screencast and saves it as GIF. Unlike Recordit, it doesn't convert from an video format to a GIF, instead you record a GIF. You select the frame rate and the recording area, and when you click record, it starts to capture the GIF. You can manage the playback rate, and choose to loop it and if that isn't enough, the app also lets you add text to your GIF, insert title or image frames, and edit each individual frame. It is about as complete as a GIF making app gets and it's fast. Read More

Pictacular: Browse Instagram In A Pinterest Like Layout

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When Instagram finally rolled out a web interface, the world rejoiced. And very soon, it wasn't a big deal any more, possibly because the web interface has always felt like an obligatory sort of product. Instagram certainly doesn't see much purpose behind it because no one is going to take and upload photos from their desktop. Instagram has life on our phones and is little more than place holder text when it comes to the desktop. I've personally never used the web interface much simply because there isn't any point but Pictacular not only makes it infinitely better to view photos on Instagram but also makes it so you enjoy browsing photos. It's a simple little web app that you connect your Instagram account to. In turn you can view your photo feed, save your hashtag searches, and browse photos in popular categories like food, tech, and brands. Read More

3 Ways To Download Subtitles From A YouTube Video

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You'd be surprised how useful people find subtitles to be. Many might think subtitles at the bottom of the screen can ruin your movie watching experience but some people genuinely benefit from them. For some it's a better viewing experience, for non-native speakers of a particular language subtitles can serve as a good learning tool, and anyone with a hearing impairment can watch movies without any trouble. If you're watching a DVD or a Blu-Ray, getting subtitles is no problem. A simple Google search will help you find millions of resources for movie subtitles. Now imagine you wanted to download subtitles of an instructional YouTube video and you will find you have far fewer options. Here are three ways to extract subtitles from a YouTube video. Read More

Calculate Your Risk Of Heart Disease With KnowYour4

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Heart failure is one of biggest causes of death and with any health risk, it's never too early to start living and eating better. For a lot of people, the kick to start improving their health doesn't come in until a real scare. That said, if you want to know just how much you are at risk of hearth failure, KnowYour4 is a little web app that tells you just that. It works in two modes; one relies on certain figures taken from a complete blood picture and is more accurate, the other relies on data like weight and blood pressure to assess your risk and is considerably less accurate than the first. It measures your current risk with the average risk rate and tells you what's off. Read More

Eat Your Greens Analyses What’s On Your Plate From A Photo [Paid]

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The desire to eat fries or enjoy one piece of cake will let you convince yourself that you otherwise eat healthy and that one little detour on the road to health isn't going to matter. Breakfast was healthy, lunch was light, dinner had plenty of meat so what's wrong with fries? The thing is, we all know fries aren't good for us, that unless we've been eating healthy, the slight slip isn't a good idea but we don't know that about everything we eat. Not many restaurants will provide nutrition information so what's a quick way to tell if what's one our plate is healthy or not? Eat Your Greens is a remarkable new iOS app available in the App Store for $1.99. It does two really amazing things; it identifies food by its color and it tells you what color you need to eat more of. All you have to do is take a picture of your food, identify the different colors by placing markers, and the app does the rest. It is a unique approach that lets you analyse food nutrition by color instead of counting calories all the time. Read More

Weatheroux⁺ Is As Simple And Clean As A Weather App Can Get [Android]

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Android Lollipop, is out now and Material design is a very real and happening thing. You can read about the many great new features in Android L in our features post here. Material design is going to be changing how Android apps look very soon and in honor of simple design, here is an excellent weather app for you; Weatheroux⁺. We review so many weather apps that we could probably create a top ten list out of just those but each one is selected for one outstanding feature that may appeal to the user. With Weatheroux⁺, we love the design and simple execution of it. It's used and navigated entirely with a tap of your finger. If that isn't simple and minimal, I don't know what is. Read More

Thin Bookmarks Lets You Customize The Bookmarks Bar [Firefox]

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We've covered a lot of extensions and add-ons that help manage bookmarks and there is a healthy number of options available for anyone wanting to save bookmarks online if you prefer to have your bookmarks wherever you go. What we haven't covered much is a way to customize the existing bookmarks toolbar in our browsers. On reflection, I realize just how rare those are. Given how much users love to customize their browsers, it's strange for this particular and very frequently used feature to not have received much attention in terms of appearance. Thin Bookmarks is a Firefox add-on that lets you customize the appearance of the bookmarks bar; you can manage its height, hide either the icon or title of a bookmark and/or a folder, manage padding around a bookmark, enable scrollbars for scrolling through a list of bookmarks, and hide the 'Open all in tabs' entry. Read More

ColourCode: Create Analog, Monochrome, Triad, And Quad Color Schemes

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Adobe Kuler is one of my favorite mobile apps for two very simple reasons; it saves me the trouble of finding the right color for a theme and lets me just point to a picture that I like, and because it can create color schemes with a large number of variants. ColourCode is a web app that is my new favorite for creating color themes. It has seven different variations that it can create a theme from any base color that you select. The theme can be downloaded as an SCSS, LESS, or PNG file. Alternatively, you can also get a permalink to a theme and share it with anyone. There is no sign up required and the app is absolutely free. Read More

Understanding Facebook Friends’ Lists And Your Privacy

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Facebook has become such an important part of social life that a Facebook snub can ruin friendships and relationships. There was a time when we questioned if we should add our boss or a colleague on Facebook but no one stops to ask that any more. Fortunately, Facebook gives us a pretty great way to manage our privacy without it appearing that we've snubbed anyone; lists. Lists are your way of keeping track of how you know people and managing what they can see but what are you doing when you add someone to the 'Restricted list? We take a look at Facebook lists and what they are for in this post. Read More

New Features In Firefox 33 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 33 is out for both Desktop and Android. You should be prompted to upgrade the next time you launch it and if you're a developer, you might want to upgrade right now. This latest instalment is a treat for developers with two new noteworthy features; a media sidebar in the Style editor and a paint flashing tool. End users will want to upgrade for the improved search functions and the more reliable session restore feature. Firefox for Android is also supporting the new Paint Flash tool for developers. For End users the new option to delete data when you quit the app is very promising as is the ability to stream video content to Chromecast and Roku.

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Facebook Adds Stickers In Comments; This Extension Gets Rid Of Them

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Facebook has just rolled out a new feature; you can now use stickers in Comments. From what little exploring we've done, the feature works on posts by individuals and not yet on posts by pages. If you're wondering what these 'Stickers' are they are emoticons you can use in Facebook chat in addition to the normal smiley faces that you've grown familiar with. They feature popular characters like the Power Rangers and Pusheen. Like every new feature introduced by Facebook, we will naturally feel duty-bound to criticize this one. Thoughts like, 'What will my news feed look like now?' come to mind. Considering Facebook won't support GIFs, this is a fairly good feature. If you aren't too stoked about it though, there is a way to hide stickers from your comments: a Chrome and Firefox extension called Unsticker Me. The extension removes the cartoonish imprint and replaces it with just this text [Sticker] so you know what comment was posted by someone but don't actually have to look at it. Read More

Windows 10: Toggle The Start Screen And Start Menu From The Desktop

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Windows 10 brought back the Start menu and at the same time made it so that we would never ever accidentally swipe-switch to the Start Screen ever again. We talked briefly about how to enable one and disable the other in our Windows 10 features post. To do so, you have to open the Taskbar properties where there is a dedicated Start Menu tab. The 'Use Start menu instead of the Start screen' option toggles them. When the change is made, you have to be logged out of your system for it to take effect. If you prefer a much faster way of doing it, consider the right-click context menu on your desktop. A user at TenForums has developed a script that lets you add a toggle option to the context menu. It makes a change in the Windows Registry so if you're weary of such things, you might not like this solution. With the script, a user does not have to be logged out for the change to take effect making this process exceptionally faster than the default method. Read More

Photoshopped or Not? Three Ways To Tell If An Image Is Real Or Fake

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We live in a world where everyone has a camera touting smartphone. Kids are learning to photograph from a very early age and as they get older, they also learn to use Photoshop. Photoshop was at one time a sophisticated image editing tool still used extensively by designers. Today it has become both a verb and a tool to make up miracles and appear more physically appealing in photos. To put it bluntly, there are a lot of fake photos out there and Photoshop is the go-to tool used to create them. A few things are given; photos in magazines are always photoshopped. They're made brighter or darker to suit their purpose among other changes but how do you tell if a photo has been tampered with if it isn't in a magazine? Here are three very simple ways to check the integrity of a photo. Read More

Use Google Hangouts As A Stand-Alone Chrome Desktop App

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Google Hangouts replaced Gmail Chat and Gtalk a good while back. The Hangouts Chrome extension is what we use now in place of both though you can still chat inside Gmail even if you don't have the Hangouts extension installed. You can also find Gtalk on certain file hosting sites and use your Google account to sign in but Hangouts is now the face of Google's cat service. If you still want to use Hangouts as a desktop app complete with all its features, there's good news for Chrome users; Google has released a Chrome Desktop App for Hangouts. Our very first observation is that it is a bit Material Design-ish to look at with the floating button on the desktop but let's get a little deeper. Read More

What Is GIFV And What Does It Mean For You

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The Internet, and particularly the blogspher is talking about Imgur and the GIFV project. To the ordinary person who is fond of browsing r/gifs, or the Imgur gallery, this mean better quality GIFs but for people who create and upload these GIFs it is a much bigger deal. If you want to read about all the benefits of GIFV, we suggest you read the original Imgur post on the topic. For our part, we've simplified what GIFV is for you below. Read More