How To Block Websites On iOS Devices & Keep Kids Safe

iPads have become a popular learning tool over the many years. Where an iOS device can be a great learning tool for a child, it can also give them access to age-inappropriate content. There's also the fact that kids just learn to use technology faster than you would expect them to and there comes a point when you can't just limit them to use certain apps. At times like these, you might want to consider blocking access to a few websites that you deem inappropriate for kids. Here's how you can block a website on an iOS device. Read More

Find A Horror Movie To Match Your Mood

Yesterday we reviewed a little service called ReelScary that let you look up how scary a movie was before you sat down to watch it. The rating provided by the site is unrelated to its IMDb rating and is based on how gory, disturbing, and full of suspense it is. KillerFlix is a somewhat similar web app that finds  movies (good or bad) based on the kind of movie you want to watch. KillFlix deals exclusively with sub-genres of horror; thriller, gory, violent, and my personal favorite slasher, among others. It features movie ratings and movie synopsis from Bloody Good Horror. Read More

How To Open An ePub File In iBooks On Your iPhone

The transition from reading physical books to reading ebooks is a difficult one. Apart from the complete lack of book-smell, you wonder whether or not the device you have will make for a comfortable reading experience. A lot of tablets that are dedicated ebook readers exist but if you can't splurge on a dedicated device, you will probably have to make do with what you have on hand. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can use the iBooks app to read an ebook in the ePub format. Here's how. Read More

How To Create A Basic Two Option Poll On Twitter

Twitter has introduced a new polling feature that lets users ask followers a question and choose from one of two answers. The poll remains active for 24 hours and updates live for both the person who tweets it, and the users who are responding to it. A tweeted poll can be pinned to your profile much like any other tweet and users can respond to the poll from the web or from mobile apps. Media cannot be added to a tweet that is a poll question which means you will have to tweet out the question and cannot, for example, use an image and ask for an opinion on it. Read More

Check How Scary A Movie Is & Add Your Own Rating

Halloween is just a few days away and if you're too old to go trick or treating, watching a good scary movie is a great alternative. The thing with a good scary movie is that, like comedy, it needs to be done very well. Where comedies rely on the worst of cliches to come across as funny, too many horror movies use little more than jump scares to terrify the audience. A good scary movie, one that will truly disturb you and have you checking under your bed for monsters, is hard to find. Meet ReelScary; a community powered website that lets users rate movies on how scary they are. Read More

See How ISO, Aperture, And Shutter Speed Settings Affect An Image

Smartphone cameras have become so good that they are often the entry device for many photography enthusiasts. With cameras becoming powerful, manufacturers are also allowing users to customize camera settings like ISO sensitivity, Aperture, and Shutter speed. If you're starting out with the basics of photography then you will experiment with these settings quite a bit. If you're having trouble understanding just what changes made to either one of these settings does when you're taking a photo, visit Exposure Tool. It's a very simple online tool that shows you the effect of these settings on a given image and lets you play with them. Read More

How To Use Google Translate As A Proxy Service

Workplaces and schools tend to bar certain useful websites from being accessible because they can (and often do) lead to hours of procrastination. That said, sometimes you need to genuinely access a blocked website and not everyone has a go-to solution on hand that they can use to circumvent their network restrictions. At times like these, it's good to have a quick work-around that won't require you to download and install anything on your system (cause that too might be blocked). Your quick work-around comes in the form of Google Translate. Here's how you can use it to access a website blocked on your network. Read More

How To Exclude Apps From The Doze Feature In Android 6.0

Android 6.0 comes with a brand new feature called Doze that preserves battery life. It turns On by itself and you can neither opt-in nor opt-out of it. If Android thinks your battery charge needs saving, it will step-in and take measures to preserve it. One of the things Doze does to preserve the battery is to stop background notifications. You will continue to get background notifications from Hangouts but most if not all apps will not make the cut. If you have a different app that you want to rely on for important messages, or just have a few you would like to exclude from the Doze feature, you will have to explicitly tell Android 6.0 to leave it alone when it turns Doze On. Here's how. Read More

Check Which Facebook Friends In The Oct 2015 Earthquake Are Safe

Facebook is proactively helping users check if their friends are safe post the 7.5 earthquake that struck Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India today. If you have friends on Facebook who live in the affected area, you can check with Facebook to see if they've marked themselves safe. If you yourself are in the affected area, you can mark yourself safe. Visit this link to check into the Afghanistan Earthquake 2015 check-in point. Details after the jump are commentary. Please visit this link to let you family and friends know you are safe. Read More

Manage & Set A Default Volume For Vine Videos [Firefox]

The Vine video player is beyond basic; there is no seek bar and the volume goes On or Off. Granted Vines are so short in length you aren't likely to need the usual controls that you get with a standard media player but smarter volume controls can't hurt. Vine Volume Fixer is a Firefox add-on that lets you set a default volume level for all Vine videos that play. Once the add-on is installed, all Vine videos play at 25% volume and you can customize this level from the add-ons settings. Read More

Recover Unsaved MS Word Documents With Version Control

It isn't until you lose a very important document moments before a deadline that you truly get in the habit of compulsively saving documents. I'd be lying if I said I didn't sometimes accidentally try and save the tab I currently have open in my browser but I'd rather be safe than sorry. If you have however had the misfortune of your computer crashing, or accidentally hitting 'Don't save' when closing a document when you meant to save it, there's a way to recover it. It works even if you don't have file history enabled in Windows because the recover feature is in MS Word itself. Read More

Have Your Phone Call Out To You Every Hour So You Don’t Lose It

We've all misplaced our phones at some point. They're super thin and as each millimeter of their thickness is shed with a new model, they get easier to lose. It's getting so you don't have to let the phone slip between the crack in the couch and cushions to lose it. You can instead lose it by accidentally shutting it in a book. We once reviewed an app called Marco Polo for the iPhone that allowed you to call out to your phone if you had lost it but the app had one downside; it taxed your battery. Butterfingerz is an app for both iOS and Android that calls out to you after every hour so that if you can't find your phone, you can follow the sound to it. Read More

Find Which App Uses The Most Memory On Your Phone In Android 6.0

You have no doubt observed that some apps, mostly those that are games, consume more battery life than others. This is true for just about any device whether it's a laptop or a mobile phone. Android phones are no different. Games will obviously tax your battery but apps also consume a device's memory i.e RAM. How slow or quickly an app runs, how good multi-tasking is on your device depends on the available RAM on said device. As of Android 6.0, users can now simply look up which apps are taking up the most memory on their device and optimize how they use the app so that the device runs more smoothly. Here's where you can look at the RAM usage for all running apps on your Android phone. Read More

How To Configure Do Not Disturb Rules In Android 6.0

Android 5.0 introduced Do Not Disturb; a feature that allowed you to silent all notifications on your phone for a specific time on certain days. The feature at the time was called Interruptions. As of Android 6.0, it has been renamed to Do Not Disturb and it now comes with configurable rules. The rules allow you to create multiple scenarios that will trigger Do Not Disturb. These rules may be based on time, or an event in your calendar. The feature is very basic but exceptionally useful nonetheless. Here's how you can create rules for the Do Not Disturb feature in Android 6.0. Read More

How To Set Up App Links In Android 6.0

Apps like Facebook and Twitter come with their own built-in browsers so that you can open links in your feed without having to switch to your browser. It makes it easier to return to your social media feed of choice and lately, these apps have been making improvements to their in-app browsers so that users have a better reading experience. That said, nothing opens a Facebook link like the Facebook app, and the same can be said of Twitter links. Android 6.0 makes opening these links in their respective apps much easier. You can set Twitter and Facebook (and just about any app that can open links) as the default app to open certain links from the more actions menu. This new feature is called App Links and here's how you can use it. Read More

How To Revoke Individual Permissions For An App In Android 6.0

Security, especially when it comes to apps, has always been a huge concern for Android users. Every now and then you will see new reports of malicious apps being present in the Google Play Store. Malicious apps exist and they do make it to the Play Store and on to our devices. Unfortunately, a malicious app is only discovered after it's been around for a while. One way to keep ourselves safe is to limit what permissions an app has. Some apps might ask for additional permission as you continue to use them, or after they have been updated. If you ever feel an app is asking for too much access to your device you can always revoke it and as of Android 6.0, you can individually manage app permissions for any app and revoke them selectively. Here's how. Read More

Customize The Quick Access Toggles In The Notification Panel In Android 6.0

My dad uses an Android phone and he knows the basics of it. One thing he's always had a problem with is the toggles in the Notification Panel. He manages to tap the WiFi toggle and turn it Off, and then he wonders why the internet isn't working (or who turned the internet Off on his phone). I've often wished I could just get rid of some of those toggles and it seems someone at Google has heard my silent prayers. In Android 6.0 there is a new experimental feature that allows you to customize which toggles appear in the Notification Panel. You can not only remove a toggle but also rearrange how they are ordered. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable The Invert Colors Toggle In Android 6.0

Back in Android 5.0 (Lollipop) the toggles in the Notification Panel were a major addition. These toggles allowed users to quickly turn On/Off some of the most frequently used settings on the device like Bluetooth and WiFi. It also had a toggle that let you use the flash on your phone as a flashlight. With Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) there's a new toggle in the Notification Panel called Invert Colors but it is greyed out so that you cannot use it making you wonder why it's there in the first place and what exactly is it going to take to get it to work. To make the Invert Colors toggle functional, you need to turn it on in the Settings app. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable System UI Tuner In Android 6.0

Android 6.0 is slowly rolling out to devices and it certainly comes with lots of new features that you will want to explore. Some features in Marshmallow are experimental and hidden away unless you decide you absolutely want to, have to, need to, try them out. These new experimental features reside in a preference in the Settings app called the System UI Tuner but you won't simply see the preference there if you open the Settings app. System UI Tuner, because of the experimental nature of its settings, has to be enabled first. Here's how. Read More