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

How To Enable/Disable The Quality Filter For Your Twitter Timeline

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Twitter introduced a quality filter for the Notifications timeline a while ago. It is enabled by default and  it effects other timelines, not just the Notification timeline. It can result in you missing quite a few tweets. Case in point, I've been seeing very few new tweets in my timeline despite following over 800 accounts. I don't recall enabling the quality filter which leads me to believe Twitter enabled it by default when the feature was rolled out for my account. If you have been seeing too few new tweets in your timeline, you might need to disable the quality filter. If you are overwhelmed by too many tweets in your timeline, you might want to consider enabling the quality filter. Here's how. Read More

How To Move Windows Store Games From One PC To Another

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If you want to copy a game you downloaded from the Windows Store from one PC to another, you're going to have to download the game all over again. It will take time and bandwidth. Simply copying files between PCs doesn't seem to work either as games can't be installed like that and will fail to run. There is however a pretty simple work around to this that lets you copy Windows Store games between two PCs. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Download Movies & TV Shows For Offline Viewing In Netflix

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Netflix has finally introduced offline viewing. At present it is limited to select movies and TV shows. It works  only on an iOS or Android device and is available through an app update. The feature allows you to download entire movies or episodes of a series you're watching to your device. In the event you do not have an internet connection, or you don't want to burn through your data plan while travelling, you can download something to watch later. Here's how the feature works. Read More

YouTube Indicates Partially Watched Videos & Resumes Playback Where You Left Off

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The YouTube web interface and mobile apps have been updated with a resume watching feature. When you watch a YouTube video but don't finish watching it all the way to the end, YouTube remembers where you left off. It then indicates on the video's thumbnail how much of the video you've watched. When you click on it, the video resumes from the exact place you left it off. Here's what the feature looks like in action. Read More

How To Backup Your Oculus Games & Settings, And Move The Installation To A New Location

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Facebook's Oculus Rift is one of the high-end VR headsets available in the market today. In addition to the high cost of the headset, the desktop needed to run it costs $3000. It is not a cheap toy by any means. Games and settings for the Oculus and the Rift are all stored in the Oculus directory. If you ever decide you want to move them or back them up, you will need an app to do it.  vrBackupper is a free Windows app that can backup and restore Oculus games and Rift settings, and move the Oculus installation directory to a different location. Read More

Shift Left-Click A Taskbar Icon To Open A New Instance Of The App

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When you left-click an icon on the Taskbar, it opens the app the icon belongs to. When you right-click an icon on the Taskbar, it shows you the jumplist and a few quick actions you can perform. These actions include closing the app or opening a new instance of it, if supported. You can observe this with File Explorer. The right-click context menu for File explorer has a 'File Explorer' option that opens a new File explorer window. When you have one File Explorer Window open, left clicking it will only minimize/maximize the window. If you want to open a new instance of any app without going through this context menu, you do so by holding down the Shift key and left-clicking the icon. Read More

How To Fix Gmail Blocking Outlook Sign In Attempts

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Gmail is as secure an email service as you could hope for. It offers two-factor authentication in addition to several other precautionary measures for keeping your account secure. You can configure your Gmail account in most email clients but if Gmail deems an email client to be a security risk, it will block it from signing you in. The result is that you're unable to add your Gmail account to an email client. This is what happens when you configure a Gmail account in Outlook on your desktop. Here's the fix for it. Read More

How To Move The System Tray To Your Secondary Display In Windows

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Windows has slowly been improving support for multiple monitors. In Windows 10 you get the taskbar at the bottom of your primary and secondary displays. The system clock is present on both displays as well. Older versions of Windows gave you the taskbar on all your displays but the system clock has only recently been added to the task bar on all additional displays. At this time, there still isn't any way to get the system tray to appear on both displays. It will appear only on one display at a time. By default, it appears on your primary display. If you're fine with the system tray appearing on just one display, but would prefer it appear on your secondary display rather than the primary one, there's a very simple trick to do just that. Read More

How To Transfer Activity Data From The Health App To A New iPhone

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When you buy a new iPhone, you can set it up in one of two ways. You can restore it from a back-up of your old iPhone or you can set it up as a new device. When you restore from a backup, you are able to transfer every bit of data from your old iPhone to the new one. When you set up an iPhone as a new device, there is one type of data that you can't get to a new iPhone over unless you restore it from a back-up; activity data from the Health App. If you want to set up your iPhone as a new device but would like a way to port the activity data to your new phone, Decipher Activity Transfer is the app you need. Read More

How To Watch 360° Videos And Photos In VLC Player

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360°  videos have not yet become mainstream but 360° photos are slowly becoming popular. It takes only a reasonably good phone to capture a 360° photo. Viewing a 360° photo or video for that matter isn't as simple. You can view the photos and videos easily on your mobile device or on YouTube but media players have not yet caught up with this new video format. VLC however is ahead of the pack. The VLC 360° technical preview is now available and it lets you view both 360° videos and photos. Read More

This Is The Quickest Way To Switch Chrome Profiles

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Chrome supports multiple profiles. If you have multiple users logged into the same Windows or macOS account, they will likely share the Chrome browser. One simple way to keep everyone's auto-fill data and search history separate is to create different Chrome profiles for each user. The profiles are easy to create and we've detailed how you can switch between them via keyboard shortcuts. You can also create special desktop shortcuts to launch a particular profile. That said, the quickest way to switch between profiles isn't via the keyboard. The mouse is the superior tool in this regard. Read More

How To Free Up Space On Your iPhone Without Deleting Apps Or Photos

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Apple has increased the amount of storage space you can get on an iPhone with the iPhone 7 line. You can now get up to 256GB on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Unfortunately, the price for this storage is high and higher end models aren't easy to afford. If you have an older iPhone model, chances are you might only have 32GB or 16GB space on your device and iOS is taking some of that up already. If you're running low on space but can't afford to buy an iPhone with more storage space, there's a quick way to free some up; just download a large app. Read More

How To Batch Rename Files & Folders In Windows Without Using Third Party Apps

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File renaming apps range from the simple to the complicated. They allow you to rename multiple files in one go based on a single or criteria or on a more complex one. You can select files based on the date they were created and their type. You can also set a renaming syntax for how the files should be renamed. If your file renaming needs are much more simple, i.e., you just want to rename all files in one folder to something more meaningful, you don't need a app. Windows has you covered with a fairly intelligent renaming logic built into the rename function. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Add A Do Not Disturb Switch To The Volume Controls In Android 7

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Android has a do not disturb mode that you can enable to block out all unimportant alerts. The feature was introduced in Android 6 along with Quick Settings in the Notifications shade. This shade includes a toggle for enabling and disabling do not disturb. The shade can be accessed from any and all screens which means you can enable and disable do not disturb from any screen. If the shade isn't the easiest for you to access, Android 7 has an option to include a Do Not Disturb toggle in the volume controls. When you press either of the two physical volume keys on your device, a slider appears on your screen for managing the volume. As of Android 7, you can add a Do Not Disturb switch to this on-screen slider. Here's how. Read More